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Title: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 31, 2009, 05:32:22 PM
Like the youtube thread, only for news & not news stories you don't really want to start a thread over, like this:



Sick Sea Turtle Swims Right to Hospital Doorstep

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Sick-Sea-Turtle-Pays-Unexpected-Visit-To-The-Doctor.html

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A sick sea turtle swims to the doorstep of the only place in the world that is licensed solely to treat turtles

By  TODD WRIGHT

A sick sea turtle made a special trip to the doctor, swimming across the keys to find the Turtle Hospital.
 
Stop reading if you've heard this one.

Why did the sea turtle cross the Florida Keys? To go to the doctor.

A loggerhead sea turtle nearly swam to the door step of the Florida Keys Turtle Hospital, the only licensed veterinary facility in the world that solely treats sea turtles.

The 73-pound reptile was suffering from a bacterial infection and somehow knew exactly where to go for help -- no Yellow Pages needed.

Staff members at the hospital actually waited several hours before treating the turtle because they thought it may have just been lost when it showed up at the dock of the treatment center.

But the turtle stuck around, probably unaware of the Turtle Hospital's "no walk-ins" policy.

Eventually, he was treated with meds and now has a new home in a blue tank until he's all better.

No doubt, the hospital will get plenty of referrals from their new patient when he is back with his friends -- Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael.

Oh, Todd.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 31, 2009, 05:39:02 PM
Like the youtube thread, only for news & not news stories you don't really want to start a thread over, like this:

I've been waiting to start this very same thread.  :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 31, 2009, 05:50:07 PM
That's a pretty amazing story actually. I wonder how the turtle did it, since it's unlikely it was just a pure coincidence.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 02, 2009, 04:31:43 PM
ShamWow pitchman Vince Shlomi arrested for punching prostitute

(http://media1.suntimes.com/multimedia/032809shamwow.jpg_20090328_07_09_38_3-282-400.imageContent)

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/people/1500466,shamwow-guy-vince-shlomi-arrested-032809.article
He's known for hawking a super-absorbent towels on in commercials, but this pitch man found himself in hot water -- without the aid of a ShamWow -- last month.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 02, 2009, 06:20:31 PM
I wonder if the ShamWow can wash away the evil in his soul with its super absorbent material?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 06, 2009, 12:36:36 AM


Detroit Metal City Singer Kaji Beat Up, Robbed in Sweden

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-05/detroit-metal-city-singer-kaji-beat-up-robbed-in-sweden (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-05/detroit-metal-city-singer-kaji-beat-up-robbed-in-sweden)


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Japanese musical artist Hideki Kaji was beat unconscious and robbed of 20,000 kronor (about 250,000 yen or US$2,500) worth of film equipment during the filming of a music video in Sweden on April 4. Kaji has released a dozen albums in Japan, where he is known as "Mr. Sweden" for his longtime interest in the country.

Kaji performed the "Amai Koibito" theme song as the mild-mannered Soichi Negishi lead character for the soundtrack of last year's Detroit Metal City film. Toshio Li's live-action movie adapted Kiminori Wakasugi's rock-n-roll comedy manga of the same name. Kaji released two singles as the Negishi persona, and he also sang and made a voice acting cameo in Studio 4°C's anime video adaptation. (Actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama played the Negishi character onscreen, while Kaji provided his singing voice.)

Kaji was on a road in the southern Swedish city of Malmo with a camera team, but the team had left the filming location on a break to take photographs of their children. Kaji was watching over the filming equipment alone, and he was dressed in a pineapple costume for the video. According to the local police, three male individuals literally beat the stuffing out of Kaji — his pineapple costume had burst open and all of its stuffing was pulled out. Kaji lost consciousness and when he awoke, the film equipment was gone.

The Swedish police are searching for the assailants, but as of the morning of April 5, they have not identified any suspects.

Source: Natalie

Update: The maintainer of the bulletin-board system on Kaji's official website has posted an update on Kaji's condition at 1:33 a.m. JST on Monday. According to the post, the maintainer contacted Kaji, and confirmed that Kaji is doing well now. The maintainer adds that the filming will continue, and Kaji's "voice sounded very upbeat."

English translations of the local press reports have begun to appear online. However, what the Japanese press translated as "stuffing pulled out of his costume," an English translation of the Swedish reports rendered as "lost a [dental] filling."



They must really dislike pineapples in any shape or form in Sweden
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 06, 2009, 01:40:52 AM
What a ... weird incident. I didn't even know Detroit Metal City was anything but a manga series.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on April 06, 2009, 02:57:37 AM
What a ... weird incident. I didn't even know Detroit Metal City was anything but a manga series.
I have to say that the Anime is pretty god damn funny. Also I need to see the Live Version adaptation.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Eluvei on April 06, 2009, 05:17:07 AM
I have to say that the Anime is pretty god damn funny. Also I need to see the Live Version adaptation.

You should! It's just as funny.

In fact, I noticed something Berserk-related in the movie. I don't know if it's considered a spoiler, so click here (http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2108/bscap0000hgz.jpg) if you're curious. It's volume 30!  :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 06, 2009, 12:09:02 PM
You should! It's just as funny.

In fact, I noticed something Berserk-related in the movie. I don't know if it's considered a spoiler, so click here (http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2108/bscap0000hgz.jpg) if you're curious. It's volume 30!  :serpico:
Well, they're both published in Young Animal, so it's not surprising. But always cool whenBerserk gets more exposure  :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 06, 2009, 12:23:33 PM
I DEMAND MORE AMAZING ANIMAL STORIES.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090406/ts_afp/australiaanimaldogoffbeat_20090406082210
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SYDNEY (AFP) – A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said.

Sophie Tucker, apparently named after a late US entertainer, fell overboard as Jan Griffith and her family sailed through choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast in November.

The dog was believed to have drowned and Griffith said the family was devastated.

But out of sight of the family, Sophie Tucker was swimming doggedly and finally made it to St Bees Island, five nautical miles away, and began the sort of life popularised by the TV reality show "Survivor."

She was returned to her family last week when Griffith contacted rangers who had captured a dog that had been living off feral goats on the largely uninhabited island, in the faint hope it might be their long-lost pet.

When the Griffiths met the rangers' boat bringing the dog to the mainland they found that it was indeed Sophie Tucker on board.

"We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us," Griffith told the national AAP news agency.

"She wriggled around like a mad thing."

Griffith said that when the dog was first spotted on the island she had been in poor condition.

"And then all of a sudden she started to look good and it was when the rangers had found baby goat carcasses so she'd started eating baby goats," she said.

Sophie Tucker, a member of the Australian cattle dog breed, had been quick to readjust to the comforts of home, complete with airconditioning, Griffiths said.

"She surprised us all. She was a house dog and look what she's done, she's swum over five nautical miles, she's managed to live off the land all on her own," Griffiths said.

"We wish she could talk, we truly do."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 06, 2009, 01:05:48 PM
Cool story, badass pet. :beast:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 06, 2009, 02:47:27 PM


Featherweights: Detroit police halt pillow fight


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090405/ap_on_re_us/odd_pillow_fight_prevented (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090405/ap_on_re_us/odd_pillow_fight_prevented)


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DETROIT – Police in Detroit have ruffled some feathers after they cracked down on an organized pillow fight at a downtown park.

The Detroit News reports that police at Campus Martius Park prevented the feathery fight Saturday by disarming pillow-toting participants. The bout was part of a worldwide event organized on social networking Web sites.

Michael Davis of Hamtramck says police confiscated the 32-year-old man's pillows but returned their cases. He says he was told that he needed a permit.

Scott Harris of Ferndale told the News that it's "not illegal to own a pillow."

Detroit police spokesman James Tate says cleanup was the issue.


they must have been working undercover to crack this one down.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 08, 2009, 11:37:44 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090408/ap_on_en_tv/people_r_lee_ermey

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MISSOULA, Mont. – Actor R. Lee Ermey is living up to the Marine Corps' mantra: "A Few Good Men."

The former Marine drill instructor and host of The History Channel's "Mail Call" was in Missoula on Monday to film a segment for his upcoming series, "Locked and Loaded," when he said he found some cash. A lot of cash.

Ermey, best known for playing the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," said he was driving with crew member Harlan Glenn to a museum when he spotted a black object on the road.

Ermey stopped the car and picked up the bag, which contained cash and checks that looked like they were meant for deposit in a Native American fund.

"Just on one deposit slip alone was, like, $3,700, and another one for $2,800," Glenn said. "There was easily $8,000 in cash and the rest in checks."

Ermey told the Missoulian newspaper he thought: "Some poor guy right now is probably getting fired, probably having the worst day of his life. So what we did was we went right down to the Wells Fargo bank and deposited it for him."

Don Luke, a business expert at the Wells Fargo branch, said he was surprised to see "The Gunny" stroll in.

"We weren't sure if it wasn't 'Candid Camera,'" Luke said.

That's pretty damn cool.  :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 09, 2009, 04:08:49 PM
I DEMAND MORE AMAZING ANIMAL STORIES.

Here's this one for you Bob.


http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/42744732.html (http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/42744732.html)

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COEUR d'ALENE -- These days, a North Idaho neighborhood lives under the threat of a sneaky midnight burglar notorious for airing neighbors' dirty laundry.
The suspect: Jack, a 1-year-old feline who can't keep his paws off of anything, especially other people's clothes.

When night falls, Jack rises and sets out on the prowl, looking for pants, shirts and even underpants to claim as his own.

"It's his fetish. He collects clothing mainly at night," said Jack's owner, Judy Waring. "He lives life in the fast lane."

Waring said Jack usually heads out for a heist around 4 a.m., and sometimes stays out all night.

 And as the sun rises, Jack falls fast asleep. By day, he's one tired cat, looking as innocent can be, as he catches up on sleep with his legs lazily stretched out on the carpet.

Waring said Jack wasn't born astray; she said he picked up his sneaky habit last October.

Since then, Jack has brought home two towels, a stuffed duck and 27 pairs of gloves - some of which were brand new, just to name a few acquisitions.

"Gap sun hat, these (men's underpants) speak for themselves, designer shorts - lined, which I may decide to keep," Waring said.

Waring said her favorite among the things Jack has brought home is a black dressy glove.

"It's so dressy and nice. I tried it on once, and it looked really wonderful. And I'm hoping Jack brings the other one home," she said.

But as the loot piled up, Waring decided she couldn't keep Jack's habit a secret any longer.

She hung up all the goods on a clothesline in front of her house, hoping neighbors would find something they've been missing. There was so many things on display that when Waring's neighbor saw the setup, she thought she was having a yard sale.

"I wanted to absolve any blame that we might receive," Waring said.

Defusing potential blowups, Waring said, is about all she can do.

"He likes it. It's his thing. And if I decided to make him stop, how would I?" she said. "I don't know, but I know there's a woman who charges $60 an hour to come and talk to your pets. We might have her come and talk to Jack about this."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: royoak on April 13, 2009, 01:06:21 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7995865.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7995865.stm)

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Saudi Arabia has banned vehicle number plates which are seen as "offensive" in English when Arabic letters are given in the Latin alphabet, reports say.
...
The first on the list, for unexplained reasons, is the combination "USA".
(http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Smilies/emot-patriot.gif)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 16, 2009, 04:47:31 PM
Found this through Slash Dot, which I check occasionally:

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/15/inside-the-james-bond-villain-data-center/
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In an underground bunker 100 feet beneath Stockholm lies a unique facility operated by the Swedish ISP Bahnhof. It’s become known as the “James Bond Villain Data Center” after it was featured on the Pingdom web site last year. Dean Nelson of Data Center Pulse recently got a tour of the data center from Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung, who provided a look at the many unusual features of the facility, a former military bunker designed to withstand a hydrogen bomb blast. Karlung has said he drew his inspiration for many of the center’s flourishes from James Bond villains (especially Ernst Blofeld), hence the waterfalls, greenhouse-style NOC, glass-enclosed conference room “floating” above the colocation floor, and blue-lit diesel engines (supposedly used in German submarines). T
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 16, 2009, 06:07:22 PM
Found this through Slash Dot, which I check occasionally:

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/15/inside-the-james-bond-villain-data-center/

Fucking awesome. I wish I owned a place like that. :judo: A secret place from which we would administrate SK.net. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 16, 2009, 06:14:59 PM
Fucking awesome. I wish I owned a place like that. A secret place from which we would administrate SK.net.
And I'm sure a place like this would have a ... creative way of disposing of banned members   :badbone:

There are some more awesome pics of the place here: http://royal.pingdom.com/2008/11/14/the-worlds-most-super-designed-data-center-fit-for-a-james-bond-villain/

I think I'll check out their hosting prices. :void:

PS: Wow, their website is just awesome. " Hur många megaton tål din server?" translated as: "How many Megatons can your server withstand?"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 16, 2009, 06:27:57 PM
And I'm sure a place like this would have a ... creative way of disposing of banned members   :badbone:

Acid vats or shark pools? The impossible dilemma.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 16, 2009, 06:36:44 PM
Found this through Slash Dot, which I check occasionally:

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/15/inside-the-james-bond-villain-data-center/

That's pretty cool. :guts:

__________________________________________________

I found this, but not as impressive as yours Walter
 
http://altjapan.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/04/mushi-mecha.html (http://altjapan.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/04/mushi-mecha.html)

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Check out this incredible mushi (bug) mecha that was profiled on the Japanese TV show "Nanikore Chin Hakkei" last night. Stills from the segment here (the control box in particular is great) or click here (http://www.isdesign.co.jp/myhome/archives/2009/03/post_582.html)  for a link to a blog featuring photos of it being assembled for the shoot (which took several trucks, a crane, and seven hours.)

Designed and built by an Ibaraki man in his garage over the course of eleven years, the "Kabutom MX-03" looks like a prop from a Power Rangers spin-off but is an actual working vehicle. Why build it? Because owning an eleven meter long, fifteen ton robot beetle makes you a mack daddy -- in Japan or anywhere else.


Shaped like a kabuto-mushi (rhinocerous beetle, a favorite design of Japanese toymakers and, uh, candymakers), it can be remote controlled or piloted from the cockpit (visible on the left side), and is capable of carrying passengers inside its shell. Alas it more "shuffles" than walks -- the legs pull it along the ground, while the weight is supported by wheels. But hey -- not bad for something created for the love of it in a garage. Passion like this represents the best part of Japanese otaku culture.
Click here for the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf7Sytl2-EE)

11 years, he must really like beetle robots.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 28, 2009, 04:26:29 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/28/low.flying.plane/index.html
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The YouTube video shows dozens of people standing in a parking lot, watching the plane approach. As it nears, they begin to run. Someone unleashes an expletive. "Run, run!" says one person. "Oh my God," cries another.

Two officials said the White House Military Office was trying to update its file photos of Air Force One.
*WONK WONK* Just grabbin a photo, pay no attention to the looming 747 hurtling toward your city!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on April 28, 2009, 06:41:49 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/28/specter.party.switch/index.html

The Regressiv...er, Republican Party continues to marginalize itself. Democrats are going to have 60 seat filibuster-proof majority.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 28, 2009, 07:09:02 PM
Burglars tie up woman - but flee the house when they realise she's married to action hero actor Dolph Lundgren (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1173697/Burglars-tie-woman--flee-house-realise-shes-married-action-hero-actor-Dolph-Lundgren.html)

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/04/26/article-0-0047C492000004B0-476_233x423.jpg)

 :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 28, 2009, 07:26:24 PM
Hahaha awesome.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 28, 2009, 10:47:14 PM
Good thing they didn't go to far. Last thing you want is the Punisher after you.  :isidro:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/punisher4.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 02, 2009, 12:31:56 AM


http://www.newsmeat.com/news/meat.php?articleId=47781138&channelId=2951&buyerId=newsmeatcom&buid=3281 (http://www.newsmeat.com/news/meat.php?articleId=47781138&channelId=2951&buyerId=newsmeatcom&buid=3281)
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A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT(HOLE)
Call it shovel-ready public relations. In March, Kentucky Fried Chicken, owned by Yum!, spent $3,000 to finance the repair of 350 potholes in Louisville, then sprayed each spot with the message: "Re-freshed by KFC." "We thought we could refresh the streets and try a new form of advertising," says KFC spokeswoman Laurie Schalow, adding that the chalk ads fade out in a month. KFC plans to run similar repair programs in other cities, including Chattanooga and Warren, Ohio. Will asphalt ads bring more traffic to KFC outlets? Brand consultant Laura Ries is skeptical. "What does deep-fried chicken have to do with potholes?" she asks.

I guess all its fair in advertising.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 02, 2009, 12:43:04 AM
That's actually really brilliant marketing.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 02, 2009, 01:20:27 AM
That's actually really brilliant marketing.

At the very least, it's a decent thing to do.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 02, 2009, 02:10:39 AM
If eating at KFC gets them to patch up the pot holes where I live, then it's worth it.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 02, 2009, 07:08:54 AM
At the very least, it's a decent thing to do.

Yeah and that's precisely why it's intelligent. People will see it and their opinion of KFC will be ameliorated because they'll see the company as using its funds to care for citizens. It's a easy and very cheap ($3000) way to be locally seen as the good guys. Even if it doesn't immediately translate to more clients, it's the kind of thing that goes a long way.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 08, 2009, 04:52:43 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090508/ap_on_re_us/us_school_dance_flap
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FINDLAY, Ohio – A student at a fundamentalist Baptist school that forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding and kissing will be suspended if he takes his girlfriend to her public high school prom, his principal said.

Despite the warning, 17-year-old Tyler Frost, who has never been to a dance before, said he plans to attend Findlay High School's prom Saturday.

Frost, a senior at Heritage Christian School in northwest Ohio, agreed to the school's rules when he signed a statement of cooperation at the beginning of the year, principal Tim England said.

The teen, who is scheduled to receive his diploma May 24, would be suspended from classes and receive an "incomplete" on remaining assignments, England said. Frost also would not be permitted to attend graduation but would get a diploma once he completes final exams. If Frost is involved with alcohol or sex at the prom, he will be expelled, England said.

Frost's stepfather Stephan Johnson said the school's rules should not apply outside the classroom.

"He deserves to wear that cap and gown," Johnson said.

Frost said he thought he had handled the situation properly. Findlay requires students from other schools attending the prom to get a signature from their principal, which Frost did.

"I expected a short lecture about making the right decisions and not doing something stupid," Frost said. "I thought I would get his signature and that would be the end."

England acknowledged signing the form but warned Frost there would be consequences if he attended the dance. England then took the issue to a school committee made up of church members, who decided to threaten Frost with suspension.

"In life, we constantly make decisions whether we are going to please self or please God. (Frost) chose one path, and the school committee chose the other," England said.

The handbook for the 84-student Christian school says rock music "is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people's hearts and minds."

England said Frost's family should not be surprised by the school's position.

"For the parents to claim any injustice regarding this issue is at best forgetful and at worst disingenuous," he said. "It is our hope that the student and his parents will abide by the policies they have already agreed to."

The principal at Findlay High School, whose graduates include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, said he respects, but does not agree with, Heritage Christian School's view of prom.

"I don't see (dancing and rock music) as immoral acts," Craig Kupferberg said.

Gosh darn kids and their dang gone prom!  :mozgus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 08, 2009, 05:16:47 PM
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"In life, we constantly make decisions whether we are going to please self or please God. (Frost) chose one path, and the school committee chose the other," England said.

Let it be known that dancing displeases God.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on May 08, 2009, 06:10:26 PM
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rock and roll "is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people's hearts and minds."

I laughed at that.

Music didn't plant the seeds of rebellion.  The parents did.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 27, 2009, 03:14:25 AM
Giant blob found deep beneath Nevada
The blob, which drips like honey, is between 15 and 20 million years old


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30949358/

Just ... what the hell IS IT?!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: avidwriter on May 27, 2009, 03:42:39 AM
Giant blob found deep beneath Nevada
The blob, which drips like honey, is between 15 and 20 million years old


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30949358/

Just ... what the hell IS IT?!

What no pictures? It might be some kind of mineral deposit that broke down with water over the years and turned into this "blob" that now drips...who knows.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 27, 2009, 07:17:34 AM
Giant blob found deep beneath Nevada
The blob, which drips like honey, is between 15 and 20 million years old


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30949358/

Just ... what the hell IS IT?!

Reading the article, it's actually a very boring and probably common geological phenomenon.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 28, 2009, 02:53:39 PM
ENOUGH with your blobs! More about this Goat!

http://www.worldculturepictorial.com/blog/content/billy-goat-lance-corporal-william-windsor-retires-royal-welsh-regiment-mascot-with-full-mili

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From his gleaming headplate to his immaculately groomed whiskers, Lance Corporal William Windsor looked every inch the proud old soldier as he left camp for the last time yesterday. He has seen service overseas, met royalty and led every battalion parade, but after eight years on the job, it is time for William Windsor to retire. But unlike other old soldiers, this veteran will be spending his final days in a zoo - because he is the regimental goat, better known as Billy.

His send-off came with full military pomp and ceremony - befitting-his lifetime's service with the 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh. Cheering comrades lined the route from his pen to the trailer waiting to take him to the Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, where the Army veteran informally known as Billy the Goat will spend his honorable retirement.

William Windsor, mascot of England's 1st Battalion, appears at his retirement parade after seven years of UK Army service. The Battalion, known as The Royal Welsh, has had a goat in its ranks for more than 200 years

Captain Nick Zorab said: ‘The soldiers themselves love having him - it's a bit of a novelty in these days. He's very friendly and not aggressive at all. He likes being out and about and meeting people. We have never had any complaints. When people hear that we have a goat among the battalion, they think we must be kidding. But having a goat among our ranks is a tradition we have had for over 200 years.’

The history of the regimental goat dates back to the American War of Independence when a wild goat wandered on to a battlefield and ended up leading the regimental Colours at the end of a battle.
In 1844, Queen Victoria presented the first Royal goat, and since then most have been presented by the sovereign.

The regimental goat is considered a full member of the battalion. He marches in front of the Battalion on all ceremonial duties and is much loved by all ranks. He has a full time carer known as the Goat Major who ensures the welfare of the goat at all times. Billy’s replacement will be unveiled in June when a kid will be collected from a herd on the Great Orme, North Wales.

For the most part Billy has served as unbleatingly as a goat can - although he did once butt heads with top brass when he was temporarily demoted for not marching in time. He spent two-and-a-half years overseas in Cyprus when the battalion was posted over there and has lived in Chester since their return. During his time in Cyprus, he was disciplined and temporarily demoted from his rank of Lance Corporal to Fusilier for not marching in time during a parade for the Queen's birthday.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/william-windsor_goat_mascot.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 28, 2009, 04:26:39 PM
Quote
During his time in Cyprus, he was disciplined and temporarily demoted from his rank of Lance Corporal to Fusilier for not marching in time during a parade for the Queen's birthday.

Maybe he was feeling sheepish that day. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 28, 2009, 04:37:14 PM
Maybe he was feeling sheepish that day. :troll:

Or maybe it was a conspiracy for it to be demoted. So he was the perfect scapegoat. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 28, 2009, 05:13:17 PM
Or maybe it was a conspiracy for it to be demoted. So he was the perfect scapegoat. :troll:

Nicely done, sir.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Señor Caudillo on May 30, 2009, 04:20:03 PM
"Satanic rituals", huh? From the very same people who claim that Jews make bread with the blood of Arab children, why am I not surprised to hear this. I guess the Iranian government will comb every inch of their country to stamp out even an ordinary rock concert.

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/05/27/74002.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on May 30, 2009, 08:44:30 PM
Or maybe it was a conspiracy for it to be demoted. So he was the perfect scapegoat. :troll:

Well, the Government is always trying to pull the wool over our eyes.  :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: m on May 31, 2009, 05:17:34 PM

This to me is shocking news:

 :isidro: :isidro: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090531/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_french_open_93  :isidro: :isidro:

I know it's not shocking in the same sense as some of the other news posted on this thread but still.

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 01, 2009, 11:18:25 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090601/od_nm/us_swiss_car_odd

Quote
ZURICH (Reuters) – A car traveling on a motorway in Switzerland lost all four wheels simultaneously, coming to an immediate halt in the middle of the highway, police said on Saturday.

The car had just stopped and the passengers had changed from winter to summer wheels themselves, a common task in Switzerland where there is plenty of snow in winter, but used the wrong nuts when mounting the new set.

"When they then drove back on to the motorway, all of the wheels disconnected," St Gallen cantonal police said in a statement. "Luckily, no one was injured and no other vehicle was damaged."

This is even better since I just got through an entire ordeal fixing my tires.  :ganishka:

 Really they should have know better.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: CowTip on June 02, 2009, 01:01:52 AM
All 4 at once? Man that would have been a sight to see.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 06, 2009, 11:54:50 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/06/obama.threat.arrest/index.html
Quote
A man accused of making threatening statements about killing President Obama has been arrested in Nevada, the Secret Service said Saturday.
It's not necessarily BIG NEWS, but what I found funny/interesting was his rant at the end of the article that sounds like something an evil Doc Brown might say.

Quote
"We are 94 million miles from the sun, and are in-between the sun and moon, and the eagle that flies between them and it's a giant step for mankind. ... I have traveled thousands of miles to be here and know things that are going to happen. ... the banking system will fail and people will die. ... there will be chaos in the world," Murray said, according to the complaint.
Wow!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 07, 2009, 07:24:38 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/06/obama.threat.arrest/index.htmlIt's not necessarily BIG NEWS, but what I found funny/interesting was his rant at the end of the article that sounds like something an evil Doc Brown might say.

Haha holy shit, now that's a real lunatic. "THE STARS ARE ALIGNED, THE TRUE GODS WILL RETURN! 9/11 WAS PLANNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! LET ME SEE OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HE'S AN ALIEN I TELL YOU!! :mozgus:"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on June 07, 2009, 10:33:43 AM
9/11 WAS PLANNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!

It wasn't? :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on June 07, 2009, 03:27:35 PM
It wasn't? :griffnotevil:

 ;)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 07, 2009, 05:58:07 PM
It wasn't? :griffnotevil:
;)

(http://aazealh.net/Divers/iwanttobelieve.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 09, 2009, 07:34:41 PM
Dog finds live grenade, obediently brings it to master.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090608/od_afp/germanyusanimalswwiioffbeat
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on June 09, 2009, 07:44:15 PM
Dog finds live grenade, obediently brings it to master.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090608/od_afp/germanyusanimalswwiioffbeat

Good boy! :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 09, 2009, 08:00:47 PM
Dog finds live grenade, obediently brings it to master.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090608/od_afp/germanyusanimalswwiioffbeat

Why can I see my dog doing this?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: pippin22 on June 16, 2009, 02:52:45 PM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2009/06/16/vo.uk.tasered.man.trentfm

I never thought police brutality could be this funny.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 16, 2009, 03:34:44 PM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2009/06/16/vo.uk.tasered.man.trentfm

I never thought police brutality could be this funny.

I didn't see anything in that video that was funny. Just a guy getting tasered and punched in the face, while the cops did it infront of a camera.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: pippin22 on June 16, 2009, 05:09:37 PM
"TASER, TASER, TASER!"  "Let go I'm gunna taser him again, TASERTASERTASER!"

 :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on June 25, 2009, 04:22:57 PM
R.I.P Farrah Fawcett you sexy thing. :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Neptune on June 28, 2009, 06:15:18 PM
Another dead american hero :(

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html)

Not Billy Mays!!! NO!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on June 28, 2009, 07:46:23 PM
Another dead american hero :(

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html)

Not Billy Mays!!! NO!
What is it with this month? David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Billy Mays all taken from us.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on June 29, 2009, 12:21:08 PM
(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/2504/shampow.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on July 01, 2009, 10:22:20 PM




Sea lion takes boat for
a spin (http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/strange/offbeat_cnn_california_sea_lion_takes_boat_for_a_spin_20090701826_2594462)

Quote
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KABC/CNN) - A sea lion got behind the wheel of a boat and took sheriff's officials in California on a wild ride.

Officials were notified that the animal was hanging around a dock in Newport Beach. After several failed attempts to get the sea lion in the water, officials took the animal aboard their fire boat but the animal commandeered it.

The lion took control, honked the horn, and even put the boat in reverse.

It took more than an hour and a few squirts from a garden hose to get the animal to go back to sea

What's next a cruise ship? :ganishka:


Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Bekul on July 01, 2009, 11:22:49 PM
I didn't see anything in that video that was funny. Just a guy getting tasered and punched in the face, while the cops did it infront of a camera.

Any update on this yet? Are those cops in jail?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on July 02, 2009, 04:04:51 PM
Walkman, at 30, a mystery to teen (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/01/BU2618GKE7.DTL&nopu=1)
Prepare to feel old.


Quote
"My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day," Campbell wrote. "He had told me it was big, but I hadn't realized he meant that big. It was the size of a small book."

Sure enough, people on the street noticed the antique clinging from his belt with amusement and friends on his school bus were quick to come up with some witty remark.

Campbell went on to criticize the portable cassette player's size, appearance, functionality and the "hissy backtrack and odd warbly noises."

Even when he discovered the cassette had more music on the other side (it took him three days), Campbell was still disappointed it could only hold a small fraction of what an iPod can.

"Did my dad ... really ever think this was a credible piece of technology?"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 02, 2009, 08:37:34 PM
Ant mega-colony takes over world

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8127000/8127519.stm

They forget to mention that they take over my kitchen every fall/winter too.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 02, 2009, 08:45:45 PM
I want Obama to make America the first hegemonic nation to strike a deal with the insect world's hegemon.

"Let us join forces... and rule the world."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 02, 2009, 09:00:30 PM
(http://aazealh.net/Divers/ItCameFromRedAlert.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 02, 2009, 09:53:14 PM
They forget to mention that they take over my kitchen every fall/winter too.

I've been fighting them off for years.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 10, 2009, 08:31:10 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/03/palin/index.html

Well, there goes another Republican "candidate for President." At this rate, there aren't going to be any by 2012.



http://www.nypost.com/seven/07092009/news/worldnews/tail_to_the_chief_178430.htm

TAIL TO THE CHIEF!

(http://www.nypost.com/photos/galleries/news/worldnews/pp_20090709_day_in_photos/photo25.jpg)

Oh, Aaz and I are lucky we have Presidents we can relate to. :guts:

But wait! It appears video footage proves Obama to be the messianic innocent we always knew he was, Sarkozy... not so much. :griffnotevil:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/07/when-in-rome.html

The final word: nice ass.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 10, 2009, 08:34:48 PM
The final word: nice ass.

It's a shame the face isn't as nice.  :schierke:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on July 10, 2009, 08:35:53 PM
It's a shame the face isn't as nice.  :schierke:

Nice enough. :carcus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 10, 2009, 08:58:31 PM
Nice enough. :carcus:

And small enough for a bag!  :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on July 10, 2009, 09:14:26 PM
And small enough for a bag!  :troll:
Don't use plastic.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on July 10, 2009, 09:28:57 PM
Don't use plastic.

Unless she's in to that. :slan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 11, 2009, 06:27:08 AM
Oh, Aaz and I are lucky we have Presidents we can relate to. :guts:[/center]

But wait! It appears video footage proves Obama to be the messianic innocent we always knew he was, Sarkozy... not so much. :griffnotevil:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/07/when-in-rome.html

The final word: nice ass.

Hahaha, well Obama is a smoother operator, that's all. He has mastered the art of the sliding glance, never stopping and staring. :guts: While Sarkozy is, as always, not quite a class act. Still, great picture, and well, Brazil never fails.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 16, 2009, 07:40:49 AM
Man killed when car plunges into Grand Canyon

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/arizona.grand.canyon.death/index.html

This article is like The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/29484) come to life.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 16, 2009, 07:51:02 AM
Quote
Authorities have not ruled the death a suicide

"Maybe I should have had my GPS checked after all, this shortcut looks dubiouAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 16, 2009, 03:57:26 PM
"Maybe I should have had my GPS checked after all, this shortcut looks dubiouAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"
I lol'd.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 22, 2009, 02:00:34 AM
Total eclipse envelops Asia in darkness
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/21/solar.eclipse/index.html

Has it been 216 years already?  :void:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on July 22, 2009, 10:16:38 PM



Quote
Taco Bell Chihuahua Dies
By Rennie Dyball

Originally posted Wednesday July 22, 2009 11:40 AM EDT
Gidget
 

She charmed millions without ever saying a word, and managed to make fast food tacos adorable. Gidget, the Chihuahua best known for her Taco Bell ad campaign, died from a stroke on Tuesday night at age 15.

"She made so many people happy," says Gidget's trainer, Sue Chipperton. PEOPLE met both Gidget and Sue at a Hollywood animals photo shoot in February, where the pup was a consummate pro and delighted the crew with her playful nature.

The mostly retired actor lived out her days laying in the sun – "I like to joke that it's like looking after a plant," says Chipperton – and entertaining at shoots when her trainer brought her along. "Gidget," says Chipperton, "always knew where the camera was."





That famous phrase will sure not fade. Adios Gidget.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2009, 12:07:19 PM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/21/russia_robbery/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/21/russia_robbery/)

Quote
Russian hairdresser turns stickup merchant into sex slave
Robber taken to the floor, then just taken

A workaday armed robbery at a Russian hairdressers turned into a three day sex ordeal for the would-be stickup merchant, leaving him with torn genitals and a viagra hangover.

The man, only known as Viktor, attempted to turn over a hairdresser in the small town of Meshchovsk on March 14 Russia Today reports. The owner, a 28 year old called Olga, agreed to handover the day's takings while employees and customers cowered in fright.

Unfortunately for Viktor, Olga was trained in Karate. As she was handing over the cash she struck him in the chest, before taking him to the ground and trussing him up with a hairdryer cord.

Olga then locked Viktor in the shop's utility room before telling colleagues she would call the police and then dismissing them.

However, she clearly thought better of it, deciding instead to strip the robber before handcuffing him to the radiator with a pair of pink frilly lined handcuffs. She then plied him with viagra and "raped" him numerous times over the following four days.

A tired and sore Viktor was finally released three days later, heading straight to the hospital for treatment for a torn frenulum. He then went to the police to report Olga for "actions of a sexual nature".

Shocked police then arrested Olga, who promptly reported Viktor for robbery.

“What a bastard,” Olga complained. “Yes, we had sex a couple of times. But I’ve bought him new jeans, gave him food and even gave him 1,000 roubles when he left.”

Apparently Viktor confirmed that he had been fed "royally" by the no-nonsense coiffeuse.

Olga and Viktor are both now apparently on charges, and hard time will no doubt be on the agenda when the cases finally reach court.

Long live Russia.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on July 23, 2009, 03:45:22 PM
Haha, the afternoon radio show I listen to mentioned this a few weeks ago during their "Shot of the Day" segment. As funny as the story is, there's nothing funny about a torn frenulum. :SK:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2009, 04:23:29 PM
As funny as the story is, there's nothing funny about a torn frenulum. :SK:

Indeed not. :void: I don't envy the guy. Still, better that than being shot in the face (considering he was robbing the place).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 24, 2009, 06:17:24 AM
Indeed not. :void: I don't envy the guy.

I do. You'd think she'd be a total butch hog, right? Well fellas, meet Olga!

(http://russiatoday.ru/s/obj/2009-04-14/rapper.858.jpg)

Sure, she's not Marissa Miller, but all things considered, unless there's something seriously wrong with her nose and eyes, not bad. Which just proves my suspicion that all foreign babes named Olga are semi-attractive blonds desperate to fuck you. This guy is a dumb bastard.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 24, 2009, 06:53:18 AM
Sure, she's not Marissa Miller, but all things considered, unless there's something seriously wrong with her nose and eyes, not bad. Which just proves my suspicion that all foreign babes named Olga are semi-attractive blonds desperate to fuck you. This guy is a dumb bastard.

Haha, point taken, but still man, a torn frenulum. I only know one person unfortunate enough to have had this happen to him, and if there's one thing he's made very, very clear, it's that you don't want it to happen to you.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: slan69 on July 24, 2009, 07:27:38 AM
Holy shit what the hell did she do to him in there to tear his frenulum. :griff:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 24, 2009, 07:35:53 AM
Holy shit what the hell did she do to him in there to tear his frenulum. :griff:

You'll know when you're of legal age. :slan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: slan69 on July 24, 2009, 07:38:31 AM
You'll know when you're of legal age. :slan:

Hmmm I don't think I would want to know even when i'm older. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 27, 2009, 10:56:26 AM
We all love stories of people being rescued by animals right? How about animals trying to murder people!

I now present you with the story of Moko the Evil Dolphin.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8170130.stm
Quote
A New Zealand swimmer got into difficulty when a friendly dolphin stopped her returning to shore.
The woman had been swimming with the dolphin, called Moko, at Mahia Beach on the North Island. But the playful dolphin did not want the fun to end.
People at a nearby cafe eventually heard her cries for help, and rowed out to her rescue.
She was found, exhausted and extremely cold, clinging to a buoy. She said the dolphin had meant no harm.
The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, was wearing a wetsuit. But even that eventually failed to protect her from the winter cold.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: slan69 on July 27, 2009, 10:59:36 AM
We all love stories of people being rescued by animals right? How about animals trying to murder people!

I now present you with the story of Moko the Evil Dolphin.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8170130.stm

Huh reading this reminded me of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror when the dolphins come to the land and force the humans out to sea. :SK:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on August 08, 2009, 12:56:05 AM
Another dead american hero :(

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html)

Not Billy Mays!!! NO!

read this from the autopsy on Billly Mays

Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hgD7fmgR6M4BDoANnCi4eq6xwo9QD99UD8HG0)
Quote
Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death
By MITCH STACY (AP) – 26 minutes ago

TAMPA, Fla. — An official autopsy report released Friday found that cocaine use contributed to the heart disease that suddenly killed TV pitchman Billy Mays in June, but his family called the finding "speculative" and was considering getting an independent look at the results.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner's office previously determined that the bearded, boisterous TV spokesman had a heart attack in his sleep. His wife found him unresponsive in bed in their Tampa condo June 28.

Mays, 50, was a pop-culture fixture with his energetic commercials pitching gadgets and cleaning products like Orange Glo and OxiClean.

While heart disease was the primary cause of his death, the medical examiner listed cocaine as a "contributory cause of death."

The medical examiner "concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and thereby contributed to his death," the office said in a press release.

The office said Mays last used cocaine in the few days before his death but was not under the influence of the drug when he died. Hillsborough County spokeswoman Lori Hudson said nothing in the toxicology report indicated the frequency of Mays' cocaine use.

Cocaine can raise the arterial blood pressure, directly cause thickening of the left wall of the ventricle and accelerate the formation of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries, the release said.

Title: John Carmack's Armadillo Succeeds in Mock Moon Landing Challenge
Post by: Aazealh on September 15, 2009, 11:25:29 AM
Quote from: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/090913-lunar-lander-challenge.html
Team Armadillo Succeeds in Mock Moon Landing Challenge
By Clara Moskowitz
Staff Writer
posted: 13 September 2009
07:15 pm ET


A commercial vehicle successfully completed a mock lunar landing Saturday, qualifying its team to win a $1 million prize offered for NASA's Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

The rocket-powered craft, built by Armadillo Aerospace, ascended 50 meters (164 feet) into the air, flew over to land on a simulated rocky lunar surface 50 meters (164 feet) away, and then rose and flew back to land where it started. The flight included a requirement of at least 180 seconds of flying time.

Armadillo's champion craft, named Scorpius, weighs about 1900 pounds fully fueled. The vehicle made its flight at the Caddo Mills Airport in Texas, where Armadillo Aerospace's facilities are based.

Armadillo is the first team to complete these requirements, which comprise Level 2 of the Lunar Lander Challenge. The company won Level 1 of the completion in October 2008, snagging a $350,000 purse. That achievement required a similar flight, but for half the time - only 90 seconds. The minimum flight time for Level 2 is calculated to simulate a trip between the moon's surface and lunar orbit.

"Since the Lunar Lander Challenge is quite demanding in terms of performance, with a few tweaks our Scorpius vehicle actually has the capability to travel all the way to space," said John Carmack, head of Armadillo Aerospace. "We'll be moving quickly to do higher-altitude tests, and we can go up to about 6000 feet here at our home base in Texas before we'll have to head to New Mexico where we can really push the envelope. We already have scientific payloads from universities lined up to fly as well, so this will be an exciting next few months for commercial spaceflight."

NASA will award the $1 million prize for Level 2 this year after all the entering teams have a chance to compete. Armadillo was the first of three teams gunning for the title; Masten Space Systems and Unreasonable Rocket are scheduled to make prize attempts soon, before the closing of this year's competition window on October 31.

"Carmack and the entire Armadillo team made it look easy... an overnight success after 4 years of hard work," said Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which manages the prize on behalf of NASA's Centennial Challenges program. "Congratulations on two perfect flights. Now we'll need to see if any other teams attempt the Level 2, Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. If no one does, then Armadillo will win $1 million in purse cash."

The flight represents an achievement not just for Armadillo, but for the whole commercial spaceflight field. With NASA's space shuttle fleet soon to retire, and the agency's goal of returning humans to the moon uncertain in the face of political and budget constraints, private companies could play an increasingly important role in space exploration.

"Congratulations to Armadillo Aerospace, NASA, and the X PRIZE Foundation for their excellent teamwork in making this week's Lunar Lander Challenge milestone possible," said Brett Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. "This competition shows exactly how much NASA can benefit from close engagement with the commercial spaceflight sector."

    * Video - The 2007 Teams for Lunar Lander Challenge (http://www.space.com/common/media/video.php?videoRef=XPC_2007TeamsLLC)
    * Video - 2007 Lunar Lander Challenge Woes (http://www.space.com/common/media/video.php?videoRef=071029xpc07_ng_llc_summary)
    * Future of Flight: Space Tourism, Investment and Technology (http://www.space.com/common/media/video.php?videoRef=071029xpc07_ng_llc_summary)

Carmack is fucking awesome. That is all.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 15, 2009, 11:53:40 AM
Great accomplishment by Carmack. Now let's see what happens when he makes it to Mars.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 09, 2009, 12:57:59 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091009/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nobel_peace

I didn't see this coming.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on October 09, 2009, 01:08:31 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091009/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nobel_peace

I didn't see this coming.
I really don't want to comment on this, but... really? Couldn't they have waited until the end of his presidency before something like this? I mean, what has he really done that deserves this?  :mozgus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 09, 2009, 01:16:27 PM
I mean, what has he really done that deserves this?  :mozgus:

Looks like not being George W. Bush was enough.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 09, 2009, 01:50:38 PM
I think i speak for the whole world when I say:  :???:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 09, 2009, 04:06:50 PM
Yeah, I was a little surprised when I heard about it this morning. Aren't we still in the middle of two wars in the Middle East? :???:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 11, 2009, 08:58:04 PM
Yeah, it's certainly unexpected, and considering nominations were over like two weeks after he was in office, it's obviously not for any accomplishments as President, so people comparing him to past Presidents that won or didn't and what they accomplished is a little misguided. I think we're all too close to it now and kind of taking it for granted already, but what his run and election represented, historically speaking, is an accomplishment far greater than any Nobel prize, so I find the backlash over this to be uncalled for and a little ugly.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on October 11, 2009, 09:08:03 PM
but what his run and election represented, historically speaking, is an accomplishment far greater than any Nobel prize, so I find the backlash over this to be uncalled for and a little ugly.

I can agree with the former part of your statement. It does show how far we have come in a myriad of ways. However, I would like to know who the other nominees were and what their accomplishments were. I mean, the people elected Obama. Whether or not he truly deserves this Prize is debatable. While I don't HATE him (I'll say I'm a little disenchanted with him these days) I honestly don't feel he's truly earned it yet. Hopefully in the future he shows he was worthy of winning it.  
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 11, 2009, 09:45:47 PM
I can agree with the former part of your statement. It does show how far we have come in a myriad of ways. However, I would like to know who the other nominees were and what their accomplishments were. I mean, the people elected Obama. Whether or not he truly deserves this Prize is debatable. While I don't HATE him (I'll say I'm a little disenchanted with him these days) I honestly don't feel he's truly earned it yet. Hopefully in the future he shows he was worthy of winning it.

I've been disenfranchised with him as well, though maybe not for the same reasons, or maybe for the exact same one; he's not going to live up to our ideal of him. But, you make it sound like Obama had nothing to do with getting elected President, like that wasn't an accomplishment and he's just some bum we picked out of a hat or that won the lottery. As for other nominees, you could always look up that information, but that's where I question where all this scrutiny and qualifying of the award comes from when people obviously don't even know or otherwise care about that. It's not like people are aware of the past winners or why they won, let alone question or criticize it. How about last year's winner, Martti Ahtisaari? I know you instantly were comparing Obama's resume to his in your head after the announcement, right? And what about Martti, anyway, did he really deserve it!? What about Muhammad Yunus, Wangari Maathai, or Shirin Ebadi? Who was nominated with them!? It's just absurd, as absurd as the idea Obama won this for anything other than his getting elected President, what that stood for, and the awareness it brought to issues he championed or the overall cultural/political awakening that occurred during the process of his election, which I find all the more remarkable considering where we stand today; which, feels like two steps forward, and one back. It's as absurd as the idea that that's somehow not worthy of a prize.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on October 11, 2009, 10:09:14 PM
As for other nominees, you could always look up that information, but that's where I question where all this scrutiny and qualifying of the award comes from when people obviously don't even know or otherwise care about that.
So, did one have to have always been intrigued by this event to take part in this conversation? Isn't it good enough that this may spark interest in next years' Nobel Peace Prize Awards? In fact I remember Gore winning and thinking how I thought he deserved the award. I'm not going out of my way to bash Obama, maybe I should make that clear. I just made need to read or listen to more to drive home a point I may be missing.

But, you make it sound like Obama had nothing to do with getting elected President, like that wasn't an accomplishment and he's just some bum we picked out of a hat or that won the lottery.
Of course he had something to do with it. I think it's safe to say the Republicans had quite a bit with getting Obama elected. They made themselves look SO bad in the Bush years that Obama represented in a plethora of ways the polar opposite of what we had come to loathe (at least to me he did).

what that stands for, and the awareness it brought to issues he championed as his own or the overall cultural/political awakening that occurred during the process of his election
It was good to see so many pay attention and take part in this election. I just hope he makes good on his promises and doesn't create a sea of young cynics who will feel let down when he turns out to be 'just another politician'.

I did vote for Obama. Hindsight is 20/20. Perhaps if I could vote again, I would vote differently.
Like I said in my previous post, I've become disenchanted. But don't read that as, "Oh I fuckin' hate him." More time has to pass before we can really see the impact he makes.
What happened to bringing the troops home? It looks like we are clearly gearing up for Afghanistan.
Health care needs reform. Absolutely. But not the type he seems to be pushing. (My family owns and operates a small business. We aren't allowed to collect Unemployment. We pay extremely high premiums for health insurance. We make sacrifices to do so. Myself, only recently. I choose to pay much more money for a PPO. I wish I didn't have to shell out money for times in case I get sick. I wish I could blow it on things I want. But there have been times I've gone out of Network for surgeries with fantastic results. I feel I get what I pay for regarding my health. IF socialized medicine is passed, I can take the lesser Public Option OR pay even HIGHER PREMIUMS for my current Health Insurance. )

When he has another BEER SUMMIT with Israel and Palestine THEN I'd say he's worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. Who am I kidding, it's only a matter of time before our troops are sucked into another sandy hell hole.

What bothers me lately is how people are treated for even questioning Obama's actions. I can only speak for myself. I hated Bush. Really. Now that I am kind of seeing some bullshit being spewed by Obama and speaking my mind on it (as I did with Bush the Clown), I feel like people are looking at me like, "How could you?"
It's simple. Republican or Democrat, they are all looking out for their own. I don't see a glory boy here. Sorry. Again, hopefully he does things that are as monumental as us Americans voting for him.

We should always scrutinize the government.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 11, 2009, 10:15:05 PM
I think whether or not Obama deserves it isn't really that important at this point. The fact that he now has the Nobel Peace Prize will put pressure on him to earn it. He's a wartime president and this is a way of the world saying that he now must do the right thing and deserve the "peace" prize that they gave to him. Your totally right Griffith, looking at the people that have won the award in the past or those that were nominated really can take away some of the glamour that goes with winning it. However as Americans I think we should be proud that another American has won the prize, you have to imagine what Obama represents to the rest of the world. Going back to what Aaz said earlier, the Bush reign of terror is over and things are changing, its started already.

So like everyone else I had a little wtf? moment when I read the news, but it's a good thing overall and now the ball is in his court. The last 8 years have been of fear, terror and war and now we are showing the world that we as a people can elect someone like Obama who is now taking a different approach. This isn't just Obama's award, being the President its really a point for the whole country. He even said that he was surprised he won but that he will accept it and try to deserve it best he can.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 11, 2009, 10:32:13 PM
So, did one have to have always been intrigued by this event to take part in this conversation? Isn't it good enough that this may spark interest in next years' Nobel Peace Prize Awards? In fact I remember Gore winning and thinking how I thought he deserved the award. I'm not going out of my way to bash Obama, maybe I should make that clear. I just made need to read or listen to more to drive home a point I may be missing.

I was just pointing out how relative and seemingly arbitrary it can be, whether you think it's arbitrary he got it, or arbitrary that people would complain. As far as generating interest in the award, etc, it's obviously a brilliant choice, also it's a smart kind of pressure to put on him, to define him this way and have him trying to live up to it. Interesting what you said about Gore, I didn't mention him in my example because he's so famous, but he was the last major example of people grumbling about deserving or not.

Of course he had something to do with it. I think it's safe to say the Republicans had quite a bit with getting Obama elected. They made themselves look SO bad in the Bush years that Obama represented in a plethora of ways the polar opposite of what we had come to loathe (at least to me he did).

Agreed, his rise seemed as perfectly timed and coordinated as Griffith's, let's just hope...

It was good to see so many pay attention and take part in this election. I just hope he makes good on his promises and doesn't create a sea of young cynics who will feel let down when he turns out to be 'just another politician'.

I did vote for Obama. Hindsight is 20/20. Perhaps if I could vote again, I would vote differently.
Like I said in my previous post, I've become disenchanted. But don't read that as, "Oh I fuckin' hate him." More time has to pass before we can really see the impact he makes.
What happened to bringing the troops home? It looks like we are clearly gearing up for Afghanistan.
Health care needs reform. Absolutely. But not the type he seems to be pushing.

When he has another BEER SUMMIT with Israel and Palestine THEN I'd say he's worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.

... he doesn't bring about an age of darkness, tarnish the legacy of what he's already accomplished, and make this award a great irony. Still, even given that unfortunate potential, this is where I disagree with you. I see the prize and his Presidency thus far as separate issues, and I think he's overqualified for the award frankly, clearly so by their own loose definitions of it. Certainly if Al Gore was deserving for the awareness he brought to climate change, Obama is too for the cultural awakening he was figurehead of, as well as a number of issues, such as his efforts for a nuclear free world. Again, it's all very relative, and in Obama's case there's so much expectation and unfulfilled promise it's hard for people to swallow that he's accomplished great things when there's still even more on his plate. The standard by which he is to be judged historically is nigh incomparable, and I'd be impressed if he gets a C. I think what sums it up best is a sarcastic comment I heard paradoying the Nobel backlash, "Obama doesn't deserve the peace prize until he achieves REAL World Peace like he promised!"

What bothers me lately is how people are treated for evening questioning Obama's actions. I can only speak for myself. I hated Bush. Really. Now that I am kind of seeing some bullshit being spewed by Obama I feel like people are looking at me like, "How could you?"
It's simple. Republican or Democrat, they are all looking out for their own. I don't see a glory boy here. Sorry. Again, hopefully he does things that are as monumental as us Americans voting for him.

Haha, you should talk to my friends in Santa Cruz, they already hate Obama more than Bush! :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on October 11, 2009, 10:36:12 PM
Well if anything it's good that we all take the time to talk about the world around us. I respect those WITH opinions. Even if they may differ from my own. It's those who don't have any or choose not to care that really disgust me.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 13, 2009, 01:38:34 AM
Yeah, a good exchange between you and I, Proj, and great post, Oburi. Plus, I haven't made a pro-Obama post since before the election! Whew, refreshing. =)



http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/10/watercar-python-is-a-hot-rod-for-land-and-water/?npu=1&mbid=yhp

HOLY SHIT! :isidro:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 15, 2009, 06:58:05 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/15/colorado.boy.balloon/index.html

This is just ... bizarre.

Quote
A runaway balloon has touched down in Colorado after a 6-year-old boy untied it from his family home in Fort Collins. The dome-shaped balloon is 20 feet long and 5 feet high, Larimer County Sheriff's Office says.

The boy was not inside the helium aircraft when it landed, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 15, 2009, 07:14:28 PM
So the kid was in the balloon when he untied it? Well then yea that's pretty tragic considering he could have fallen out anywhere. Its like a bad dream.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 15, 2009, 08:21:52 PM
They just started talking about this on the radio. Either he fell out of the balloon while it was airborn or he let the balloon go and is hiding out somewhere. They were looking for a few kids about a month ago who disappeared and it turned out they were hiding in the woods because they were afraid they'd get in trouble. They even avoided search parties looking for them. I wonder if the same thing is going on this time around. I hope so, it would be awful if the kid fell out of the balloon and is lying dead somewhere. :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 15, 2009, 09:39:42 PM
I actually just saw this on the news, I doubt the kid fell off, not out of that type of balloon. Its likely he was never in it when it left the ground, h'es prolly hiding out somewhere.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 15, 2009, 09:42:33 PM


I just got home, and was listening to the news. They said they kid was not in the balloon and was somewhere in the house.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 15, 2009, 09:44:44 PM
Yeah, they found him, happy ending, but surprise, this isn't the first time the kids have been in potential danger. =)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AheadoftheCurve/richard-heenes-business-partner-kids-put-danger/story?id=8839052

The parents were also on ABC's "Wife Swap."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 15, 2009, 09:46:19 PM
Well it was a good distraction. Kid watched Die Hard too many times. "How can they look for you if they think your already dead"?- Hans Gruber
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 16, 2009, 02:17:07 PM
So anybody else think this whole thing was a hoax? I heard some audio this morning on the radio and the way the kid answers the reporter's questions makes me a bit suspicious. The guy interviewing the family asks the boy why he didn't come out when he heard people shouting his name and looking for him and the kid says something like, "Because...they said...it was...for the show..." The dad's reaction is pretty priceless, he sounds like he's backpeddling like crazy.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 16, 2009, 03:02:52 PM
People need to stop reporting on this mess, because it is a nonstory.  :azan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 16, 2009, 04:39:08 PM
People need to stop reporting on this mess, because it is a nonstory.  :azan:

yea really. It'd be interesting if the kid was still missing or if at least actually went for a balloon ride.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: zrexe on October 18, 2009, 01:47:23 AM
Speaking of balloons, here's another story about a balloon haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKg9zUgu0Lc&feature
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Scorpio on October 18, 2009, 05:42:22 AM
Speaking of balloons, here's another story about a balloon haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKg9zUgu0Lc&feature

A good friend of mine and a 'pool supporter says he will never play with a beach ball again.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on October 18, 2009, 06:23:09 PM
Not that this is actually news or anything, but I found this story really interesting.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-dui-arrest,0,7127412.story
Quote
Woman Arrested for DUI Twice in One Night
KTLA News
1:06 PM PDT, October 13, 2009
A 33-year-old woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated twice in less than five hours.

Police stopped Talitha Gorea just after 7 p.m. Monday for vehicle and traffic violations and found her with an open container of alcohol and an ecstasy pill.

Gorea was charged with drug possession and DWI for having a blood alcohol content level above the legal limit.

She was released to a family member and given an appearance ticket.

Four hours later, police reported seeing Gorea speeding in the wrong direction on a one-way street and she was arrested.

Police say her blood alcohol level again registered above the legal limit.

Gorea was being held in jail pending her arraignment Tuesday.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Grail on October 18, 2009, 06:29:18 PM
She must be a real favorite at family get-togethers. :iva:

All jokes aside, it's pretty scary that something like that can happen. I wonder exactly what that particular family member was doing while she was out on her second joy ride. :schierke:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on October 18, 2009, 08:15:50 PM
I wonder exactly what that particular family member was doing while she was out on her second joy ride. :schierke:

Drinking?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on October 20, 2009, 05:03:15 AM
http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/index.php/2009/10/matthias-schlitte-is-a-modern-day-popeye/

Haha, this dude looks so freakish.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 27, 2009, 06:03:20 PM
http://www.katu.com/news/local/65957522.html

Wow, just read it, so many eccentric little details.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 27, 2009, 06:12:01 PM
http://www.katu.com/news/local/65957522.html

Wow, just read it, so many eccentric little details.

*circus music*
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 27, 2009, 06:12:08 PM
http://www.katu.com/news/local/65957522.html

Wow, just read it, so many eccentric little details.

The ending is killer. The poor dude just loves ice cream. All he wanted was ice cream... IIIIIICE CREEEAAAAM. :mozgus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 27, 2009, 06:13:48 PM
http://www.katu.com/news/local/65957522.html

Wow, just read it, so many eccentric little details.
It's ridiculous. Any judge worth his salt will throw it out.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on October 27, 2009, 10:21:25 PM
http://www.katu.com/news/local/65957522.html

Wow, just read it, so many eccentric little details.

Goes to show you that the Punisher should be real.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 27, 2009, 11:17:36 PM
(http://worththereed.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/kfc-murder.jpg)

The ending is killer. The poor dude just loves ice cream. All he wanted was ice cream... IIIIIICE CREEEAAAAM. :mozgus:

Yeah, that's the part that really got to me, that for a convicted murderer and rapist, the guy had the wits about him to literally turn a probable death sentence into pizza and ice cream! And now he's using the legal system to his advantage to sue his victim, and it's working! He's like some evolutionary milestone in the devolution of our civilization; not only will he kidnap, rape, and murder you... then he'll sue!

It's ridiculous. Any judge worth his salt will throw it out.

What's crazy to think about is, what if, his uh, reaction aside, he has a legitimate legal case? :magni:

I can't decide if a judge should throw it out anyway on principle, or uphold it on principle... I mean, there's actual real world logistics here, he could be out in 15 years on good behavior, and I bet he'll still want that 18 thou back. =)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: mydummyfrom2001 on October 28, 2009, 03:53:01 PM
Susumu Hirasawa, famous musician for Berserk fans, was mobbed at Twitter.
It all started from his post:

- たいしたこと書いてないのに3280人とはどういうことだ?おい。
= Would you happen to know why 3280 of people follow me. Here is nothing interesting.
  7:33 PM Oct 26th

- 間違えてないか?私は平沢進だぞ。平沢唯じゃない。
= Are you sure you're not mistaking me for Yui Hirasawa? I'm Sususmu Hirasawa.
  7:34 PM Oct 26th

After the post his twitter account started to vacuum up followers.
His post challenged geeks who love Yui Hirasawa, current nerd's icon. Please note that Yui Hirasawa was named after Susumu Hirasawa.

- おい、急に3,754は無いだろう。何かインチキやってないか?
= It is too fast to be 3,754. I doubt someone's cheat on me.
  8:28 PM Oct 26th webで

- あらー、4,000越えてしまった。悪い冗談だ。私をそっとしておいて。
= Ah, now it's more than 4,000. Bad joke. Please leave me alone.
  9:15 PM Oct 26th

- 増えるなーー!!
= Don't follow me!!
  9:39 PM Oct 26th

- 平沢進というのは「な~に~?この音楽、きもちわるい」とか、そういう類だから。かわいくないから。
= I'm a kind of "WTF creepy sound" or such. Not a fancy man.
  9:41 PM Oct 26th

- 私が「平沢唯」と書いたことにより、多くの皆様を誤った場所に導いてしまったことを深くお詫び申し上げますから。
= I apologize for trapping many people by the trolling word "Yui Hirasawa".
  9:46 PM Oct 26th

- 重ねてお詫び申し上げますから。
= I apologize again.
  9:51 PM Oct 26th

- 一夜にして3000人増?悪夢だ。
= 3000 of people started to follow me in a night? It's a nightmare.
  10:49 AM Oct 27th

- おーい、8,887番目の人。次から来る人に止めたほうがいいって言っといて。
= Hey 8,887th follower, say turn on their heels to the people in your back.
  4:56 PM Oct 27th

- あーそう。もうすぐ一万人なの。減るよ、絶対。
= ai. It's almost 10000. will decrease, I bet.
  10:38 PM Oct 27th

- あれほど口をすっぱくして言っているのに、まだ増え続ける気だな。
= You followers are still increasing no matter how I have said not to follow me.
  11:04 PM Oct 27th

The number of them has exceeded 10000 by the end of Oct 27th.
Now he has over 11000 followers.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 28, 2009, 06:32:20 PM
That's great! :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 28, 2009, 06:43:05 PM
Don't tell Lith! :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Henry Spencer on October 29, 2009, 12:09:47 AM
 :ganishka:

That's fucking hilarious. 11,000 misled fools.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 29, 2009, 03:56:12 AM
Larry David pees on Jesus, pisses off Catholics! (http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/larry_david_pees_on_jesus_pisses_off_catholics_20091028/) :mozgus:

Let's go to Fox News for the proper sense of outrage!

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2009/10/28/catholic-league-blasts-larry-david-curb-episode-urinates-jesus/

Quote from: Foxnews
On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying.
Quote from: Foxnews
During Sunday's episode, David, who created, wrote and produced "Seinfeld," visits a bathroom in his assistant's home and splatters urine on a picture of Jesus. Instead of wiping it off, David leaves the restroom. Minutes later, David's assistant enters the bathroom and concludes that Jesus is crying. She then summons her mother to the bathroom, where both women kneel in prayer.

"When David and Jerry Seinfeld (playing himself) are asked if they ever experienced a miracle, David answers, 'every erection is a miracle,' Donohue's statement continued. "That's what passes for creativity these days."

While the article makes it sound like he was pissing on Jesus like a protester burning a flag, I saw the episode and it was actually unintended splashback due to some medication he was on, giving him an, uh... unruly stream. :carcus:

Anyway, I wouldn't expect overly serious Christians to be amused, but here's one from the Fucking Crybabies Division of the Catholic Church:
Quote from: Foxnews
Deal Hudson, author and publisher of InsideCatholic.com, said he doesn't find any humor in the episode.

"I don't think it's funny," Hudson told Foxnews.com. "Why is it that people are allowed to publicly show that level of disrespect for Christian symbols? If the same thing was done to a symbol of any other religions -- Jewish or Muslim -- there'd be a huge outcry. It's simply not a level playing field."

Sorry pal, but any Christian complaining about not getting a fair shake, in America no less, deserves to be pissed off... or pissed on. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 29, 2009, 04:09:41 AM
Haha this is great. I saw the episode the night it aired and that scene was so far from being offensive, at least to me. It was just comedy (and really one of the more goofy episodes) of the entire series and words like "offensive" or "disrespectful"  were so far in the back of my mind that they can hardly even be considered to have been thought. Fox news is laughable. Even when I read Griffiths headline I still was scratching my head. It actually took me a few seconds to realize that he was referring to something that happened in the show just a few days ago.

Quote
While the article makes it sound like he was pissing on Jesus like a protester burning a flag, I saw the episode and it was actually unintended splashback due to some medication he was on, giving him an, uh... unruly stream.


Come on how can you read that and not have a big goofy smile on your face whether you've seen the show or not?  Any guy who has ever had to go the bathroom really bad and steps into someone else's house to let a jet stream knows sometimes there is some splashback, and yea sometimes people have those disturbing pictures of Jesus on the wall and yea... That's why this show is so funny, situational humor that happens to everyone... even Christians.



http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091028/sc_afp/astronomyspacebigbang_20091028233220

I found this interesting considering it's the oldest thing we have ever seen in the sky. This explosion happened roughly 13 billion years ago, the big bang happened  approximately 13.7 billion years ago so yea, thats pretty freakin old.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on November 02, 2009, 07:54:07 PM
Larry David pees on Jesus, pisses off Catholics! (http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/larry_david_pees_on_jesus_pisses_off_catholics_20091028/) :mozgus:

Larry David is a poor, misunderstood guy. I think this time he doesn't need to apologize!  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on November 04, 2009, 09:05:21 AM
http://www.georgehutchins.com/ (http://www.georgehutchins.com/)

Not news... yet! :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on November 04, 2009, 07:49:03 PM
http://www.georgehutchins.com/ (http://www.georgehutchins.com/)

Not news... yet! :troll:

Hahaha, fuck I hope not! Just the website alone looks like a loony conspiracy-theory website that a clown puked on.

..... Probably not far off, actually!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: CowTip on November 04, 2009, 08:06:48 PM
I concur with Deci.

I'd say that someone needs to hire a new website designer, but this very well might be just the thing that appeals to southern conservatives.

Disaster or stroke of genius?

Edit: Holy cow, if you haven't checked out his forums... well it's worth a depressing laugh.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 09, 2009, 06:16:31 PM
Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony Online
http://bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewstory&threadid=104104

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GameSpot reports on a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Central District of California against Sony, Sony Online Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment America alleging that Sony is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make its games accessible to visually impaired gamers. Word is:

    The suit also specifies the ways in which other companies have made their games accessible. For instance, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft allows the use of third-party mods in its game, which has led to the creation of several programs to include accessibility aids in the game. The suit also mentions Pin Interactive's action adventure PC game Terraformers, saying high-contrast 3D graphics modes, an audio compass, and voice-over detailing items collected in the game all serve to make the game more accessible.

    Beyond the denial of entertainment, the suit also contends that Sony's actions have caused visually impaired gamers a financial loss. Because Sony runs an official auction site where gamers can sell their in-game items for real money, the suit says Stern's inability to participate in that marketplace is costing him money.
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Post by: Rhombaad on November 09, 2009, 07:05:22 PM
Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony Online
http://bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewstory&threadid=104104

Wow...just...wow. :griff:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 09, 2009, 07:13:53 PM
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  Beyond the denial of entertainment, the suit also contends that Sony's actions have caused visually impaired gamers a financial loss. Because Sony runs an official auction site where gamers can sell their in-game items for real money, the suit says Stern's inability to participate in that marketplace is costing him money.
This part is just unbelievable. I'll be shocked if this gets any farther than district court.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on November 09, 2009, 11:13:34 PM
This part is just unbelievable. I'll be shocked if this gets any farther than district court.

The whole thing's pretty shameful to be honest. Guy should get a penalty for even daring make such a lawsuit.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 16, 2009, 04:56:35 PM
Apple tablet: One tech gadget for all
http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/16/technology/apple_tablet/index.htm?cnn=yes

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...rumors are circulating that Steve Jobs and Co. have designed a magazine-sized, touch-screen, hand-held, all-in-one device that is half-iPhone, half-Macintosh computer.

It's supposedly going to make its debut in the next few months, and you can have it for the low, low price of $600. Or $800. Maybe $1,000. No one's really sure.

If the rumors are true, the tablet will be able to do basically everything a gadget could possibly do. It's an e-reader, a gaming device, and a music player. You can watch TV and movies on it and surf the Internet (or so we've heard).

Goddamn it, this is the last thing I need -- another gadget.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: ori on November 24, 2009, 10:36:54 AM
Quote
This week a church in Guam pronounced a man and his copy of dating sim Love Plus husband and, well, wife, and the happy couple will be hosting a reception in Japan that you are cordially invited to view tomorrow.

http://kotaku.com/5409877/the-one-about-the-guy-who-married-a-video-game

Little odd but hey I've heard stranger things. Guess the game really IS good like I've been hearing.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: SimplyEd on November 24, 2009, 04:00:03 PM
http://kotaku.com/5409877/the-one-about-the-guy-who-married-a-video-game

Little odd but hey I've heard stranger things. Guess the game really IS good like I've been hearing.

Seems rather harmless but what if they'd get divorced? I mean, the guy could plead that "his wife" is cheating on him with other gamers on a regular basis. Would either of them be entitled to a partial amount of their aquired assets since their marriage? What about "her" income in revenues from sold games? Judging from other ridiculous court sentences, we might even see the birth of "human rights" for fictional characters (which none of us should probably desire).
The more i think about it, this could really develop into something quite messy.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 05, 2009, 07:37:53 PM
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/12/05/simpsons-billionaire-gets-most-write-in-votes-in-nyc-mayor-race/

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(CNN) – Charles Montgomery Burns, better known as Mr. Burns in the hit animated TV series "The Simpsons", got the most votes of any write-in candidate during last month's mayoral election in New York City. According to records released by the New York City Board of Elections, the cartoon billionaire received 27 write-in votes out of the 299 that were cast.
Eeeeeeeexcellent :void:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 15, 2009, 05:33:10 AM

(http://skullknight.net/images/cnn-twitter.jpg)
NEWS
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on December 15, 2009, 06:02:22 AM
(http://skullknight.net/images/cnn-twitter.jpg)
NEWS

I dunno Walt I think the Simpson's could go strong for another few seasons.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on December 15, 2009, 08:17:34 AM
http://skullknight.net/images/cnn-twitter.jpg (http://skullknight.net/images/cnn-twitter.jpg)
NEWS

Jesus Christ... The words "sad state of affairs" were never more fitting.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on December 18, 2009, 09:25:59 AM
What do people think about the new "Fire Safe Cigarettes"?

This is an old article, but we just recently began receiving them where I live in the south eastern US.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/may/27/smoking.deniscampbell (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/may/27/smoking.deniscampbell)

Honestly, as a smoker I can tell you I notice a huge difference, contrary to what that article says. The main idea behind this is to add paper and chemicals that will make the smoker inhale it more often so it doesn't go out (which makes cigarettes "safer"... somehow).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 18, 2009, 03:42:31 PM
What do people think about the new "Fire Safe Cigarettes"?
I've seen them at truck stops along the highway I travel. They sound ... dangerous to me. It's such new technology, who knows what other side effects there will be ("Oh, OK so instead of inhaling nicotine and other various chemicals, I'll just suck on this electric stick and inhale those fumes! Great!")

And isn't there some dispute over whether the FDA has actually approved them?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 18, 2009, 05:06:36 PM
I've seen them at truck stops along the highway I travel. They sound ... dangerous to me. It's such new technology, who knows what other side effects there will be ("Oh, OK so instead of inhaling nicotine and other various chemicals, I'll just suck on this electric stick and inhale those fumes! Great!")

And isn't there some dispute over whether the FDA has actually approved them?

The article he posted is talking about a new brand of cigarettes that put them selves out when not being smoked, you're referring to the electric cigarettes where they turn nicotine into mist and you inhale it. As far as the side effects of the electric cigs, I don't think they are anything really special, but you can hurt your self from nicotine poisoning pretty badly [and kill your self] if you're not careful.

Back on topic of the new chemicals being added to the cigs, I can see the concern, but amongst all the other deadly and horrific chemicals [for smokers: fucking awesome things] being added it makes you wonder why people are really complaining about something that is probably no more harmless then the other ingredients in a cigarette.

Personally I haven't smoked in over two months now.  :ubik:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 23, 2009, 08:16:35 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/12/23/uk.fugitive.facebook.prison/index.html

You guys have to read this. Guy escapes from prison, then posts on facebook about how he's eating delicious steak and planning to fuck women.  MALE OF THE YEAR.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on December 25, 2009, 03:02:11 AM
Brittnay Murphy is dead. I cant post a link right now but maybe someone else could.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 25, 2009, 05:28:59 AM
Brittnay Murphy is dead. I cant post a link right now but maybe someone else could.
Spelled Brittany. And she died on Dec. 20 so... kinda old news.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on January 05, 2010, 02:46:55 AM
Criminal eludes authorities in real world, gets busted in World of Warcraft:

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/warcraft-helps-catch-a-crook/1383804

This could only be better if he was busted playing a game with heavy Orwellian themes. :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Death May Die on January 15, 2010, 08:55:45 AM
Nothing major, just because these things creep me out. (Possibly not real)

http://zuzutop.com/2009/11/photo-of-huge-55ft-snake-shocks-world/ (http://zuzutop.com/2009/11/photo-of-huge-55ft-snake-shocks-world/)

Good run down on why its fake:
http://maxzoo.blogspot.com/2009/11/giant-snakes-for-goodness-sakes.html (http://maxzoo.blogspot.com/2009/11/giant-snakes-for-goodness-sakes.html)

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on January 15, 2010, 09:46:18 AM
It's Wrath-Amon!

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_EBii4vwd1So/RkyRlQD-UyI/AAAAAAAAACI/8roUHzfrW54/s320/vlcsnap-118181.png)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on January 18, 2010, 02:49:39 PM
Dragon Ball Actor Daisuke Gouri Passes Away (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-01-18/dragon-ball-actor-daisuke-gouri-reportedly-passes-away)

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The newspaper
reports that Gouri was discovered, with blood dripping from his wrist, by a passerby on a street in Nakano ward. Police officers at Nakano station are investigating his death as a possible suicide. According to the authorities, Gouri apparently collapsed face-down onto the street at about 3:00 p.m. The Yomiuri Shimbun paper adds that a knife was found under him along with a last will nearby.

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on January 25, 2010, 07:04:31 PM
A few items of interest/hilarity I stumbled onto while bored at work:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/25/BAAV1BMF32.DTL&tsp=1
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Nancy "Sunny" Bostrom, whom police briefly labeled a "person of interest" last year after her mother's mummified corpse was found seated in the living room of her Piedmont home, is running for City Council in the East Bay town.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/01/25/diff-rent-strokes-star-gary-coleman-arrested-over-domestic-assault-115875-21993947/
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Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman has been arrested on a charge of domestic assault.

The 41-year-old actor - famous for his catchphrase "What choo talkin' bout Willis?" was booked at his home in Santaquin, Utah, after a civil disturbance, according to reports in the U.S.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on January 28, 2010, 05:45:48 PM
Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/jd-salinger-91-is-dead/ (http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/jd-salinger-91-is-dead/)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on January 28, 2010, 06:35:37 PM
Yeah I just found out... I'm a huge fan of his novels, and when I first read that he'd died, I'd wished it were a mistake. I had a similar feeling when John Hughes died last  year.

For more than a decade now, I've been wondering if this story would prove true after Salinger's death:

Quote from: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-23402234.html

Salinger May Have Unpublished Books
03-22-1999

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A neighbor of writer J.D. Salinger says the author of ``The Catcher in the Rye'' has a cache of up to 15 unpublished books locked up in his home.

Jerry Burt, of Plainfield, who was friends with Salinger in the 1960s and lives near the author, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Salinger said in 1978 he'd written 15 or 16 other books.

Burt said the books were apparently hidden in a walk-in bank safe installed in Salinger's home. During a visit, Burt saw the safe open, but he said it was dark inside and he didn't see any books.
To back this up, in his daughter's memoir (which I haven't read so I can't back this up), she said one day her father brought her into a room with a big locked box. Inside were several manuscripts. He instructed her that when he died, these were to be published at some predetermined schedule, but were never to be published while he was still alive.

I guess we'll wait and see.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on January 28, 2010, 11:10:55 PM
The Onion already has a fitting tribute:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/bunch_of_phonies_mourn_j_d
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Post by: Walter on January 28, 2010, 11:16:32 PM
That's perfect  :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on January 29, 2010, 11:45:12 PM
Speaking of books...

School system in Va. won't teach version of Anne Frank book

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012804001.html?g=0

At least not the new version which restored pages concerning her emerging sexual feelings and some negative views of others in hiding, which while it seems a hasty decision based on one complaint, probably doesn't really matter much, but I posted this for this excerpt:

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The ALA has documented only six challenges to "The Diary of Anne Frank" since it began monitoring formal written complaints to remove or restrict books in 1990. Most of the concerns were about sexually explicit material, Maycock said. One record dating to 1983 from an Alabama textbook committee said the book was "a real downer" and called for its rejection from schools.

Right out of The Onion, man.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on January 30, 2010, 12:15:40 AM
You guys have got nothing on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools)

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'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools

A parent's complaint over a 'sexually graphic' definition has seen dictionaries removed from southern Californian schools

Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex".

Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry is "just not age appropriate", according to the area's local paper.

The dictionary's online definition of the term is "oral stimulation of the genitals". "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the paper.

While some parents have praised the move – "[it's] a prestigious dictionary that's used in the Riverside County spelling bee, but I also imagine there are words in there of concern," said Randy Freeman – others have raised concerns. "It is not such a bad thing for a kid to have the wherewithal to go and look up a word he may have even heard on the playground," father Jason Rogers told local press. "You have to draw the line somewhere. What are they going to do next, pull encyclopaedias because they list parts of the human anatomy like the penis and vagina?"

A panel is now reviewing whether the Menifee ban will be made permanent. The Merriam Webster dictionary joins an illustrious set of books that have been banned or challenged in the US, including Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, which last year was suspended from and then reinstated to the curriculum at a Michigan school after complaints from parents about its coverage of graphic sex and violence, and titles by Khaled Hosseini and Philip Pullman, included in the American Library Association's list of books that inspired most complaints last year.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 04, 2010, 05:12:22 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_secret_castle

This guy is awesome, I hope he beats those evil planners! We Californians know just how sinister those types are.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on February 04, 2010, 05:50:45 AM
You guys have got nothing on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools)


Hahaha, I have to tell you, my girlfriends cousins' kids are around that age and I find this type of censorship hilarious. Gotta give most of the credit to my slightly wicked sense of humor, but I like to imagine what it's going to be like when these kids start to rebel. I mean, seriously, you don't want 10 year-olds to know what oral sex is? That's fine with me, just wait a few more years and they'll learn the natural way. What're the parents going to do then? Start shooting anyone who wears short pants or a tank top around their family?

This has to be particularly strange to you Aaz, living in France and all. Aren't you jealous of those of us living in "moral America"?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on February 04, 2010, 06:17:29 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_secret_castle

This guy is awesome, I hope he beats those evil planners! We Californians know just how sinister those types are.
Aww, who didn't want to live in a secret castle at some point? Poor guy. :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 04, 2010, 07:01:18 AM
Hahaha, I have to tell you, my girlfriend...

Hmmm, sounds familiar, I wonder...

Quote from: Search for: "girfriend" By user: "Deci"
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Yep, this just in: Deci allegedly has a GIRLFRIEND, everybody! :troll: :ubik:

Stay tuned, still awaiting confirmation from a second source.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Turkitage on February 04, 2010, 07:15:43 AM
Hmmm, sounds familiar, I wonder...

Yep, this just in: Deci allegedly has a GIRLFRIEND, everybody! :troll: :ubik:

Stay tuned, still awaiting confirmation from a second source.

LOL - very nice sir. that is too freakin funny!!!!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on February 04, 2010, 07:18:59 AM
Tip of the hat to Griff, my good Sir. You are a gentleman and a scholar.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Eluvei on February 04, 2010, 07:28:03 AM
I had never laughed so hard at 6:00 in the morning. Well done, Griff.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 04, 2010, 11:05:38 AM
This has to be particularly strange to you Aaz, living in France and all. Aren't you jealous of those of us living in "moral America"?

I don't think France is very different from other European countries in that regard, but yeah, American puritanism is disgusting.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 05, 2010, 12:54:06 AM
Thanks guys, though that post wrote itself, moving on...


Bizarre attack ad heats up California Senate race

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl1112

This thing needs to be seen in its entirety to be believed (follow the link to the embedded video), first it goes laughably over the top, then it literally turns into a joke. :ganishka:

Also, the sheep metaphors remind me of Berserk, almost like an ad one would run against Griffith. :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on February 05, 2010, 01:05:13 AM
(http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/3283/7419472.jpg)
Is Griffith a SINO?
Savior In Name Only :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 05, 2010, 01:24:13 AM
All you need to know is that picture is less frightening than the ad, which was described as "psychedelic" and "terrifying." :ganishka:

Anyway, found a direct youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRY7wBuCcBY
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on February 05, 2010, 05:34:26 AM

Judgment Day: The Governator Attacks Florida

Quote from: NbcMiami
The original Terminator looks like he wants to terminate the opinion that Florida is the most desirable tourism destination in the nation, so he told a group at a convention in the Silicon Valley that "Florida is known for its old people."

and another quote from post on politics (http://www.postonpolitics.com/2010/02/schwarzenegger-says-florida-is-for-old-people-state-cfo-invites-governato-for-visit/)

Quote from: postonPolitics.com
“Like one state is known for its potatoes; one state is known for its oil,” Schwarzenegger said. “And another state like Florida is known for the old people.”
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 05, 2010, 01:25:36 PM
Hahahahahaha! It's true  :azan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on February 12, 2010, 09:44:30 AM
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Police in New Mexico found a body buried in someone’s front yard last week, which no one would care about at all, except that front yard once sort of belonged to Christian Bale. Says TMZ:

We’ve learned in 2008, while Bale was filming “Terminator: Salvation” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the body of Michael Snyder lay in the front yard. Snyder had been missing for 8 years … buried at the home the entire time. The body was discovered last week, after cops received a tip. Snyder’s ex-wife has been arrested and charged with murder. Bale obviously had no idea the body was in the yard.

When reached for comment, Christian Bale said he had to return some video tapes.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 12, 2010, 10:14:14 AM

(http://ljplus.ru/img4/a/t/atticus_pics2/bale.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 18, 2010, 02:55:22 PM
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/warrants-out-for-suspects-in-hamas-commander-s-killing-in-dubai-1.584074 (http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/warrants-out-for-suspects-in-hamas-commander-s-killing-in-dubai-1.584074)

Check out the video in the article. Straight out of an espionnage movie. Kudos to the police for piecing it all together.
Title: Son of Gene Simmons Tracing Bleach
Post by: Dar Klink on February 25, 2010, 08:51:59 PM
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html (http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html)
Quote
Is Bleach being copied and passed off as an original American comic called Incarnate by Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons?

 :ganishka:
I find this hilarious...
http://letsleepinggodslie.deviantart.com/ (http://letsleepinggodslie.deviantart.com/)
Nick Simmons' deviantart...
Quote
Favourite artist: Kentarō Miura / Tsutomu Nihei / Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Maybe he should have traced Berserk, at least then his comic would look good. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Turkitage on February 25, 2010, 09:36:13 PM
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/warrants-out-for-suspects-in-hamas-commander-s-killing-in-dubai-1.584074 (http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/warrants-out-for-suspects-in-hamas-commander-s-killing-in-dubai-1.584074)

Check out the video in the article. Straight out of an espionnage movie. Kudos to the police for piecing it all together.

man, that's kinda freaky even watching stuff like that. I bet they were a little nervous when the other people got in the elevator too.. not for a particular reason but just mighta been a little awkward.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 25, 2010, 09:42:54 PM
I bet they were a little nervous when the other people got in the elevator too.. not for a particular reason but just mighta been a little awkward.

Yeah I think they were. It's the kind of plan that you don't want to fail, and they obviously can't just kill bystanders. Operations like these obviously mean an insane amount of pressure for all those involved.

http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html (http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html)
 :ganishka:
I find this hilarious...

And he even tries to make money with it... :schierke:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 25, 2010, 09:58:41 PM
And he even tries to make money with it... :schierke:

Good news however, his publisher is investigating the claims of plagiarism and halted all future production.

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/02/radical-halts-nick-simmons-incarnate-amid-claims-of-plagiarism/
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Radical Publishing has stopped production of its comic Incarnate while it investigates growing accusations that creator Nick Simmons plagiarized Bleach and other popular manga series.

The allegations against Simmons, son of KISS frontman and reality-TV star Gene Simmons, emerged at the beginning of the week on the GameFAQ forum before gaining steam Wednesday on fan sites and LiveJournal. The latter link presents perhaps the best visual support for the Bleach claims.

The Wikipedia entry for Nick Simmons now includes a section detailing "Accusations of Plagiarism" that lists eight manga -- the insanely popular Hellsing, One Piece and Vampire Hunter D, among them -- and an amateur artist from DeviantART. There are assertions that, in addition to panel compositions, character designs and poses, Simmons lifted dialogue and "plot segments" from other works. A group calling for legal action against the 21-year-old Simmons has begun on Facebook, where some members have declared today "Bleach Protection Day."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Okin on February 27, 2010, 11:13:41 PM
So being an uncreative hack on deviantart is a crime? And I thought justice didn't exist. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Eluvei on March 01, 2010, 07:44:28 PM
Good news however, his publisher is investigating the claims of plagiarism and halted all future production.

(http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/ff330/Kylara21/plag/1819compare.jpg)

I bet there's a lot to investigate! :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 03, 2010, 04:58:28 PM
I thought this was an odd story, first the picture, headline, and tease that was on the Yahoo front page:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/raceprotest.jpg)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_black_history_mock_party

Sounds pretty damn serious, right? Like we've got helter skelter on our hands, but if you read the article, it's kind of sensational and... desperate.

Quote
The protests came on the same day UC San Diego announced the discovery of a white pillowcase fashioned into a KKK-style hood — the third racist incident around the campus in as many weeks — and a day after UC Santa Cruz officials found an image of a noose scribbled on the inside of a bathroom door.

The third racist incident "around" the campus in as many weeks! That might be the best example, mixed with a genuine "racial incident" (boy is that a lame euphemism), there's stuff like the noose doodle in a bathroom stall at UC Santa Cruz... uh, I'm going to need more context than a noose scribbled on a bathroom wall to report a "racial incident" in the newspaper, let alone relate it to one hundreds of miles away. Was there also a sexual harassment incident in the bathroom involving a cartoon penis?

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Although UCLA students said no racial incidents had occurred recently on their campus, in 2007, a fraternity held a "Tijuana Sunrise" party that mocked Mexican-Americans with stereotyped images, they said.

In other news, there was a racist "Toga Party" invoking Greek stereotypes. At least at one point the article does point out that most of these things, if they aren't even more innocuous, amount to shock value:

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The incidents are disturbing and most likely the work of "outliers" using offensive and outrageous behavior to gain notoriety, said Brian Levin, director of California State University's Center for Study of Hate and Extremism in San Bernardino.

He said surveys show young people are less prejudiced than ever, but "these things touch a nerve, and these folks know it."

The same thing could be said about this story.

Anyway, when you're using the entire UC system as your "who" and "where," that's a humongous and diverse pool of people, separated by thousands of miles, all over the state of California. You could probably come up with any story or angle you wanted in all that, and actually, I think it's strange they couldn't cite more, and better, examples of racism (like actual discrimination). It's not that I'm being totally insensitive, I think some of these situations, like the one where the statue was defaced, are worthy of their own article. What I object to is how they're tying isolated incidents together to stretch the story into some kind of sensational epidemic of racism, which just doesn't hold water, and only dilutes the actual newsworthy events that are included. It's like if on one campus there was a major break in and robbery, that's a story; but, then you add that at another campus someone's laptop was stolen, and somebody couldn't find their iPod, and elsewhere someone's backpack went missing, resulting in an article with a tone like, "flurry of thefts rocks UC system!"

Yeah, right, it's anarchy in the UC, I even found the symbol on the bathroom wall.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on March 03, 2010, 05:19:26 PM
Was there also a sexual harassment incident in the bathroom involving a cartoon penis?

rofl
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 03, 2010, 05:41:07 PM
I never thought I'd see such sloppy journalism from Yahoo! News. I feel betrayed. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 04, 2010, 04:40:24 AM
Web helps blind gamer beat Zelda 64: http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/03/03/dnt.blind.gamer.beats.zelda.wis

Can you imagine the Water Temple... :mozgus:

PS: This thing just jumped to the front of CNN, wow.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 04, 2010, 05:29:20 AM
I never thought I'd see such sloppy journalism from Yahoo! News. I feel betrayed. :troll:

Ha, well, the site it appears on aside, I'd like to be able to have more faith in stories from news agencies like The Associated Press. Then again, considering some of the stuff you'll find on CNN these days...

Web helps blind gamer beat Zelda 64: http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/03/03/dnt.blind.gamer.beats.zelda.wis

Can you imagine the Water Temple... :mozgus:

PS: This thing just jumped to the front of CNN, wow.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/cnnzelda2.jpg)

Wow, you weren't kidding.

Fuckin' Ocarina of Time, man. This definitely adds to its legacy as a preeminent "must play" title. :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 04, 2010, 09:28:59 AM
Ha, well, the site it appears on aside, I'd like to be able to have more faith in stories from news agencies like The Associated Press. Then again, considering some of the stuff you'll find on CNN these days...

Yeah, my point is that all these websites rely on sensationalism for page views. Walter certainly has more to say on the topic, but as far as I'm concerned journalism really isn't what it used to be.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 04, 2010, 04:38:08 PM
Yeah, my point is that all these websites rely on sensationalism for page views. Walter certainly has more to say on the topic, but as far as I'm concerned journalism really isn't what it used to be.
I can summarize my perspective in a few words: It's all about the clicks!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 04, 2010, 07:23:32 PM
Yeah, it's too bad, it's one thing for yahoo to pimp articles that way, another for the articles themselves to pander like that.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: ori on March 04, 2010, 09:21:59 PM
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South Korea was in shock today after police arrested a couple Wednesday for child neglect that allegedly caused their 3-month-old daughter to starve to death. The husband, 41, and wife, 25, were addicted to online games, spending up to 12 hours every night at Internet cafes, police said.


"They called in last September to report that they found their daughter dead after coming back home in the morning," Det. Chung Jin-Won of the Suwon Seobu Police Station said. "They had spent 12 hours, all night at a PC bang."


http://abcnews.go.com/International/baby-death-alleged-result-parents-online-games-addiction/story?id=10007040




Sigh just great......More great publicity for gamers. Stupid people like this ruin it for everyone.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 04, 2010, 09:30:30 PM
Why couldn't these retards at least play on their own computers? You'd think if one was going to spend 12 hours a day playing a game he'd get his own rig instead of renting one.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: slan69 on March 05, 2010, 10:44:30 PM
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News Calgary & Alberta
Two charged in stolen property sting

Police found thousands of items of stolen property, brand new and still in packaging, during a search warrant of a Red Deer home.

Two people have been charged in relation to the find of stolen goods earlier this week which included DVDs, televisions, furniture and computers, but police said they believe it may be part of a bigger operation linked to thefts across the province and into B.C.

Red Deer City RCMP Const. Sabrina Grunow said part of the ongoing investigation will be to determine where the property, valued at about $100,000, came from and where it was destined to be sold.

“All the property was new in original packaging, we are looking at a lot of property,” she said Wednesday.

“We are still looking at locating other property, we’re not done by any means.”

Among the goods found in the home on the south side of the city were more than 2,600 DVD and Blu-ray discs, video games including Wii and Xbox 360 games and computers.

“There were boxes and boxes of stuff,” Grunow said.

“There were TVs, furniture and a table and chairs still in the box.”

While police couldn’t say how they believe the goods would have been sold they are confident it was part of a fencing operation

“I don’t think anybody can say 2,600 DVDs are for a personal collections,” Grunow said.

“We are still looking at where all this stuff was destined for.”

The accused are said to be romantically involved.

Ricardo Hudson, 30, is charged with various possession of stolen property charges, possession of break-in instruments, and remains in custody.

Carla Chilton, 23, is charged with numerous possession of stolen property charges, and possession of break-in instrument charges.

My older sister bought blu rays off that bitch Chilton on eBay.  :mozgus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 08, 2010, 10:47:27 PM
Walter certainly has more to say on the topic, but as far as I'm concerned journalism really isn't what it used to be.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/05/la.times.faked.page/index.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 08, 2010, 11:06:23 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/05/la.times.faked.page/index.html
Man... front page ads are always a sign that the ship is going down.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 10, 2010, 01:16:42 AM
This has a lot to do with what you guys were talking about recently: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/breaking_news_some_bullshit
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 10, 2010, 01:24:40 AM
Yeah, and it goes well with their video about how loons won't have anything to stack in their house after print new dies.

Anyway, on a less serious note, Lindsay™ Lohan sets the celebrities rights movement back about 500 years:

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/reuters/MTFH55238_2010-03-09_17-27-15_N09240786.htm
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 10, 2010, 01:30:24 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXOpriBUog8

Really? That? Is she fucking kidding her self?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 16, 2010, 11:33:18 PM
Quote from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100315/ap_on_sc/us_sci_antarctica_sea_life
Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had figured nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

That's why a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica. A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera's cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.


"We were operating on the presumption that nothing's there," said NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting Wednesday. "It was a shrimp you'd enjoy having on your plate."

"We were just gaga over it," he said of the 3-inch-long, orange critter starring in their two-minute video. Technically, it's not a shrimp. It's a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.

The video is likely to inspire experts to rethink what they know about life in harsh environments. And it has scientists musing that if shrimp-like creatures can frolic below 600 feet of Antarctic ice in subfreezing dark water, what about other hostile places? What about Europa, a frozen moon of Jupiter?

"They are looking at the equivalent of a drop of water in a swimming pool that you would expect nothing to be living in and they found not one animal but two," said biologist Stacy Kim of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California, who joined the NASA team later. "We have no idea what's going on down there."

Man, aren't we all weaklings compared to those damned sea creatures. No light, no heat, no problem. :seagod:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 20, 2010, 10:39:16 AM
They are also very friendly, truly something everyone should live up to! :ubik:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on March 22, 2010, 09:27:03 PM
http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/107/1079073p1.html

On GameCrush, guys are Players and girls are PlayDates. Players pay to play and PlayDates get paid to play. Guys can browse PlayDate profiles (there are currently around 1,200), view photos, and even chat with girls for free. Publicityhazard's turn ons include vibrating controllers, for instance, and is turned off by three red lights. Once you find a gal you fancy you send her a game invite and if she accepts you get six to ten minutes of one-on-one gaming time. PlayDates have the ability to block any guy they want for any reason. When the service launches tomorrow it will only support the Xbox 360 and a few casual games hosted on the GameCrush website, but there are plans to add PlayStation 3, Wii, and World of Warcraft support as soon as possible.

At times like this, I wish I was an attractive female.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 22, 2010, 09:31:24 PM
God, that's pathetic.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on March 23, 2010, 01:20:57 AM
Wow... even I think that's pathetic and I take pictures of myself eating dinner with cute( :badbone: :badbone: :badbone:) anime/manga characters.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 02, 2010, 01:12:25 AM
Orca the dolphin killer:
Families see astonishing attack
as they enjoy nature trip
(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1261276/Orca-dolphin-killer-Families-astonishing-attack-enjoy-nature-trip.html)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 02, 2010, 04:00:24 AM
The back breaking on the nose is pretty ingenious, but "brutal" almost feels like an understatement.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Scorpio on April 04, 2010, 07:06:29 AM
I thought this was kind of funny and kind of sad: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8602327.stm
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Bekul on April 04, 2010, 07:19:36 AM
I thought this was kind of funny and kind of sad: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8602327.stm

Wow, no. That's not fully at all. That's just obscene.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 04, 2010, 07:41:41 AM
I thought this was kind of funny and kind of sad: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8602327.stm

I don't really see what's funny about it. Just sounds retarded honestly. What happened to common sense? And don't these officers have anything better to do?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: dwarfkicker on April 04, 2010, 03:45:05 PM
I hope the kid and her mother win that lawsuit.  The fucking cops should have just laughed at the dean and the teacher with the complaint.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Scorpio on April 05, 2010, 01:28:57 AM
Well then. Let's see if this form of humor is less cynical and depressing: doctor uses ambulance to transport his cow! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8602787.stm
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Eluvei on April 07, 2010, 06:17:03 AM
A guy held an old lady hostage with a Sega Master System gun in Brazil.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/kba8w2.jpg) (http://i41.tinypic.com/29wjxu1.jpg)

No one was hurt. :schierke:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 08, 2010, 05:11:07 AM
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/04/scienceshot-animals-that-live-wi.html?rss=1

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Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Bekul on April 08, 2010, 05:25:57 AM
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201004060069

'Maddow takes down Fox-promoted, misleadingly edited California ACORN tapes'
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 08, 2010, 08:28:20 AM
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201004060069

'Maddow takes down Fox-promoted, misleadingly edited California ACORN tapes'

I remember seeing parts of that video at the time and even then it was clear they had edited it the hell out of it. Now you're telling me the whole organization was shut down without any proper investigation? Pretty scary.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 09, 2010, 07:35:59 PM
http://www.kcra.com/news/23088954/detail.html
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GLENWOOD, Iowa --


An Iowa woman's pet parrot is back on safe ground after spending three days battling the elements while trapped in a tree, Omaha, Neb., TV station KETV reported.
"I left the door open and, um, the bird flew out," Mariah Jensen said.
Jensen's $2,000 scarlet macaw, Jobe, got away on Easter.
"He flew out to a tree and we've been chasing him around for three days now," she said. "He doesn't understand to fly down."
Jensen said she rented an 80-foot-tall crane to get to Jobe, but rain hindered her efforts.
"I managed to get it stuck and we can't get it out now," she said. The crane stayed stuck until late Wednesday.
For a while, it seemed like nothing would work.
"It's hard," Jensen said. "You want to see some type of progress and we've just dug ourselves deeper."
She said her bird went through a lot of wind and rain over the three-day ordeal. Jobe was just out of everyone's reach.
Finally, with a poke and a push, the petrified pet was back in safe hands.
Jensen said Jobe's rescue cost her $1,000, a price she was willing to pay from the beginning.
"It's worth it," she said. "It's worth it."
But Jobe will also have to pay a price. Jensen said she's having his wings clipped so that something like this will never happen again.
"He's grounded," she said.

Thank god, they got the bird. Everyone the bird is safe.  :ubik:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Okin on April 13, 2010, 08:31:55 PM
And she couldn't just clip its wings or dare I say climb the tree?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on April 13, 2010, 10:47:35 PM
Lot going in Glenwood huh? "Mr. Smith has replaced his mailbox after accidently backing up over it."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 20, 2010, 07:02:48 PM
http://www.life.com/image/ugc1039342/in-gallery/41842/exclusive-the-day-einstein-died

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Albert Einstein, the genius physicist whose theories changed our ideas of how the universe works, died 55 years ago, on April 18, 1955, of heart failure. He was 76. His funeral and cremation were intensely private affairs, and only one photographer managed to capture the events of that extraordinary day: LIFE magazine's Ralph Morse. Armed with his camera and a case of scotch -- to open doors and loosen tongues -- Morse compiled a quietly intense record of an icon's passing.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 23, 2010, 01:52:57 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hOvd2ZHpLgAEKjwU87acksA24EDQD9F8FSU81
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WASHINGTON — Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.
The SEC's inspector general conducted 33 probes of employees looking at explicit images in the past five years, according to a memo obtained late Thursday by The Associated Press.
The memo says 31 of those probes occurred in the 2 1/2 years since the financial system teetered and nearly crashed.
It was written by SEC Inspector General David Kotz in response to a request from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
The memo was first reported Thursday evening by ABC News. It summarizes findings of past inspector general probes and reports some shocking findings:
_ A senior attorney at the SEC's Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office. He agreed to resign, an earlier watchdog report said.
_ An accountant was blocked more than 16,000 times in a month from visiting websites classified as "Sex" or "Pornography." Yet, he still managed to amass a collection of "very graphic" material on his hard drive by using Google images to bypass the SEC's internal filter, according to an earlier report from the inspector general. The accountant refused to testify in his defense and received a 14-day suspension.
_ Seventeen of the employees were "at a senior level," earning salaries of up to $222,418.
_ The number of cases jumped from two in 2007 to 16 in 2008. The cracks in the financial system emerged in mid-2007 and spread into full-blown panic by the fall of 2008.
California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said it was "disturbing that high-ranking officials within the SEC were spending more time looking at porn than taking action to help stave off the events that put our nation's economy on the brink of collapse."
He said in a statement that SEC officials "were preoccupied with other distractions" when they should have been overseeing the growing problems in the financial system.
An SEC spokesman declined to comment Thursday night.

Well! This is just embarrassing. Now we just have to wait for the inevitable countdown to people making this out to be a bigger deal than it should be.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 26, 2010, 09:16:50 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36769422/

Hawking: Aliens may pose risks to Earth

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"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet," Hawking said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships ... having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”

The 68-year-old scientist said a visit by extraterrestrials to Earth might well be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas, "which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on April 26, 2010, 09:25:36 PM
I think I already saw a space documentary (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116629/) about this.



Quote from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100507/ap_on_re_us/us_cattle_crash
About 40 cows killed as rig flips on Calif freeway

Thu May 6, 11:09 pm ET

REDLANDS, Calif. – A big rig carrying scores of cattle has overturned on Interstate 10 in Southern California, killing at least 40 cows and forcing the closure of lanes for several hours.

California Highway Patrol officials say the tractor-trailer on Thursday flipped over onto a pickup truck, narrowly missing the driver.

Officer Hope Maxson says the truck was carrying about 160 young cows. None were on the roadway in Redlands, but many were injured.

She says crews cut off the top of the trailer to pull out the remaining live animals, which were mooing loudly.

San Bernardino County Animal Control Chief Brian Cronin says veterinarians are examining the animals and removing the dead.

No humans were injured.

Wow, what an article, from headline to the last line it reads like one of the Onion's more abstract pieces.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 07, 2010, 02:38:04 PM
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1987568,00.html?hpt=C2

Quote
...their closest relatives, early modern humans, may have driven them to extinction.
...
Researchers compared the Neanderthal genome to the genomes of five living people: one San from southern Africa, one Yoruba from West Africa, one Papua New Guinean, one Han Chinese and one French person. Scientists discovered that 1% to 4% of the latter three DNA samples is shared with Neanderthal's — proof that Neanderthals and early modern humans interbred. The fact that Neanderthal DNA was not present in the genomes of the two present-day Africans indicates that interbreeding occurred after some root population of early modern humans had left Africa, but before the species evolved into distinct groups in Europe and Asia.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on May 09, 2010, 08:56:37 PM
http://digg.com/comics_animation/Bro_s_Medieval_Edition   :carcus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Azriel on May 13, 2010, 08:47:05 PM
http://www.comicsbeat.com/2010/05/10/frank-frazetta-rip/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on May 13, 2010, 10:53:36 PM
This saddens me immensely, but I am thankful to have been alive while he worked.  He was probably my favorite artist if I had to pick one.  I have tons of his art books...he will be greatly missed.

Watch the documentary "Painting with Fire" and "Fire and Ice" if you haven't yet. : )
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 14, 2010, 07:42:54 AM
Yeah, Frank Frazetta was an amazing artist and he deserves a better homage than what he's getting. I'm just happy that he was so prolific.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 01, 2010, 11:09:44 PM
“I am going to come and burn the fucking house down… but you will blow me first.”

“You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault.”


Sincerely,
-Mel Gibson

http://www.thesuperficial.com/mel-gibson-to-oksana-youre-going-to-get-raped-by-a-pack-of-n-words-07-2010
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Cronus on July 01, 2010, 11:12:06 PM
(http://cdn04.cdn.thesuperficial.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/0701-mel-gibson-racist-480x360.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 01, 2010, 11:28:00 PM
Good God where is the wav!? :ganishka:

(http://www.iamspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/melpoo.jpg)

Speaking of crazy beardos...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_sc/eu_sci_russia_math_genius
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on July 02, 2010, 04:20:38 PM
Speaking of crazy beardos...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_sc/eu_sci_russia_math_genius

What were you doing in Russia, Griff? :iva:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on July 05, 2010, 04:11:06 PM
Not really news but I'm just wondering if anyone got the new iphone. I heard it's a disaster but I don't know anyone that has it so I haven't seen it up close yet.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 09, 2010, 12:23:00 PM
Quote from: http://gawker.com/5582644/all-the-terrible-things-mel-gibson-has-said-on-the-record?skyline=true&s=i
We have compiled the Bible of terrible Mel Gibson quotes. (And Mel Gibson loves Bibles, because "there is no salvation for those outside the Church.") We're sure he's said more and worse. These are merely the terrible things he's said near an open microphone, tapped telephone, police officer, or journalist:

"I will report her to the fucking people that take fucking money from the wetbacks." — phone conversation with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, about an employee, via

"You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault." — phone conversation with Grigorieva, via

"I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first." — phone conversation with Grigorieva, via

"You know what, you fucking deserved it." — to Grigorieva after she asked, "What kind of man is that who would hit a woman when she is holding a child in her hands, hitting her twice in the face?" via

"Fucking Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world… Are you a Jew?" — to male police officer during 2006 DUI arrest, via

"What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?" — to female police officer during 2006 DUI arrest, via

"I want to kill him…I want his intestines on a stick… I want to kill his dog." —on New York Times reporter Frank Rich, who criticized The Passion of the Christ, to The New Yorker in 2003, via, h/t

"I own Malibu… I am going to fuck you." — to arresting officer during 2006 DUI, via

"Look what you did to me... look what you are... look what every part of you is... fucking fake... fucking fake… You are the most synthetic person... who the fuck are you?" — phone conversation with Grigorieva, via

"They take it up the ass. [laughs, stands up, bends over, points to anus] This is only for taking a shit." —to Spanish newspaper El Pais when asked what he thinks of gays, in 1991, via

"With this look, who's going to think I'm gay? I don't lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?" —from the El Pais interview, via

"I'll apologize when hell freezes over. They can fuck off." —to Playboy in 1995, about whether he'd issue an apology to gays and lesbians, as GLAAD recommended

"I am one tough motherfucker and you can't bother me anymore. You ask anybody what their number one fear is and it's public humiliation. Multiply that on a global scale and that's what I've been through. It changes you and makes you one tough motherfucker. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." — interview with The Telegraph and perhaps the most frightening quote of all, explaining why, no matter how much we abhor, ridicule, and shun this man, we will never be able to get rid of him.

(http://outlandinstitute.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/mel-gibson.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on July 09, 2010, 01:39:42 PM
Spoken like a true Road Warrior. :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 09, 2010, 09:14:37 PM
Spoken is the right word, because... here it is, folks!

http://gawker.com/5583622/mel-gibsons-horrifying-phone-call-is-now-online :isidro:

"That's provocative!"

Indeed.

(http://www.solarnavigator.net/films_movies_actors/film_images/mel_gibson_braveheart.jpg)



UPDATE: Gibson's agency drops him, which is the least of his troubles, but some of the details surrounding it are funny.

Quote from: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/risky-business-wme-drops-mel-gibson.html
Several studio executives have said in the wake of these disclosures that they consider the troubled actor too untouchable in the industry. "I'd rather get engaged to Lindsay Lohan than have anything to do with him," one studio chief said.

Ho ho ho, but my favorite part...

Quote from: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/risky-business-wme-drops-mel-gibson.html
A spokesman for Gibson said the star had always planned to do without an agent after Limato's death. He added, "At this point he doesn't seem to be in need of an agent." He said Gibson has projects lined up for the next two years. Those include starring roles in two films: "The Beaver," a dark comedy directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, and "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," that Gibson co-wrote.

The Beaver and How I Spent My Summer Vacation! You can't make this stuff up. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 13, 2010, 02:59:14 AM
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/07/exclusive-new-audio-mel-gibson-admits-hitting-oksana-threatens-kill-her-listen-it

More hilarity!

(1:48)
"YOU SHOULD JUST FUCKING
SMIIIIIIIIIIIIILE
AAAAAAAAAND
BLOOOOOOW ME!
 .....
'CAUSE I DESERVE IT!!!"

His delivery here provided the biggest laugh of the day for me. Best performance by a male actor in 2010?

PS: Obligatory YTMND parody already made: http://nevertrustawoman.ytmnd.com/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 13, 2010, 10:06:07 AM
That one's serious like a heart attack, pretty frightening, actually. I want more of the hilariously ignorant Mel, not the one that sounds like a danger to himself and others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FncxPczfCI

Ahhh, that's better.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 13, 2010, 11:48:31 AM
He needs to release a video of himself saying all of this while reading the script for The Beaver. The public might be dumb enough to believe it.  :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 13, 2010, 11:52:35 AM
He needs to release a video of himself saying all of this while reading the script for The Beaver. The public might be dumb enough to believe it.  :troll:

(http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/melgibsonthebeaver.jpg)

:ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 19, 2010, 04:04:36 AM
http://thisismean.ytmnd.com/

Click for more Mel hilarity.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 19, 2010, 07:51:04 AM
http://thisismean.ytmnd.com/

Click for more Mel hilarity.

Jesus, I'm in tears listening to this shit. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on July 20, 2010, 01:33:31 PM
http://thisismean.ytmnd.com/

Click for more Mel hilarity.
XD *forwards link to his work staff*
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 22, 2010, 01:30:40 PM
Welp, /b/ and Tumbler has gone and lost it's marbles!
How the Internet Beat Up an 11-Year-Old Girl (http://gawker.com/5589103/how-the-internet-beat-up-an-11+year+old-girl?skyline=true&s=i)

Basically 4Chan and Tumbler have been sending death threats and real life stalking an 11 year old girl who made a video about people that were all about hating on her. There's really no innocent party involved with this, the girl shouldn't have been making threats to people in the first place, her parents should have been monitoring not adding to the situation like they did and the /b/ should have really just left the kid alone in the first place.

Anyways, the harassment apparently became so bad that they decided to place her under police protection (http://gawker.com/5590166/11+year+old-viral-video-star-placed-under-police-protection-after-death-threats). This whole thing is a mess, and thankfully everyone else can just watch from the sidelines and see how this just implodes on it's self.

Edit: Ok so this is strictly not news. http://gawker.com/5590166/11+year+old-viral-video-star-placed-under-police-protection-after-death-threats
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Update: A spokeswoman for the Marion County, Florida sheriff's department confirms that they are investigating a case regarding an 11-year-old girl with details that closely matches Jessi Slaughter's story. However, the Sheriff's office says that they're only investigating allegations that there are pornographic photos of her online. "Basically we're just investigating if these pictures do actually exist," the spokeswoman says. They're also looking into prank calls to Jessi's house that have referenced the alleged photos.

And the death threats Jessi's mom told us about? "There have been no death threats or threats of harm in any way" towards Jessi, according to the spokeswoman.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on July 22, 2010, 01:35:30 PM
Welp, /b/ and Tumbler has gone and lost it's marbles!
How the Internet Beat Up an 11-Year-Old Girl (http://gawker.com/5589103/how-the-internet-beat-up-an-11+year+old-girl?skyline=true&s=i)

Basically 4Chan and Tumbler have been sending death threats and real life stalking an 11 year old girl who made a video about people that were all about hating on her. There's really no innocent party involved with this, the girl shouldn't have been making threats to people in the first place, her parents should have been monitoring not adding to the situation like they did and the /b/ should have really just left the kid alone in the first place.

Anyways, the harassment apparently became so bad that they decided to place her under police protection (http://gawker.com/5590166/11+year+old-viral-video-star-placed-under-police-protection-after-death-threats). This whole thing is a mess, and thankfully everyone else can just watch from the sidelines and see how this just implodes on it's self.
I heard that there were actually no death threats made to the family, when it was investigated. Just the annual /b/ getting taken too seriously by some random person or group media parade! :troll:

Oh, and as an added effect, the parents were on Good Morning America this morning, which made some people from /b/ worried about being in the public spotlight again, so as (what I'm guess was) a half-joke by the mods, they made /b/ sfw, had the mods and janitors patrolling and deleting anything deemed "not nice," and put up some rules stating that there was to be no profanity, flaming, or any of that allowed.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 22, 2010, 01:37:49 PM
I heard that there were actually no death threats made to the family, when it was investigated. Just the annual /b/ getting taken too seriously by some random person or group media parade! :troll:

I just saw that at the bottom of my link. Crap!  :schnoz:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on July 22, 2010, 01:43:11 PM
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1203/1279782618914.png (http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1203/1279782618914.png)
If you wanna see the "new rules," which ended up being pretty funny because they didn't even mention 4chan by name during the program.

Overall though, it's sad that the parents had no idea what was going on with the daughter, but still pretty typical. Parents need to learn to watch over the internet! (just glad mine didn't when I was younger :troll:)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 22, 2010, 01:45:19 PM
The only thing to come out of this that's worth mentioning is the dad's reaction and its subsequent remixes.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 25, 2010, 11:13:03 AM
Something news worthy....

Attempted Car Theft destroys car! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10753021)
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A bear climbed into an empty car in the US state of Colorado, sounded the horn and sent the vehicle rolling down hill with the terrified animal still inside.

The car's owner, 17-year-old Ben Story, took a snap of the panic-stricken bear as it demolished the inside of his vehicle in its bid to escape.

Police in Larkspur, near Denver, eventually freed the animal by opening the door from a distance using a rope.

It is believed the bear was attracted by a sandwich left on the back seat.

Mr Story and his family were asleep when the bear opened the unlocked door of his 2008 Toyota Corolla in the early hours of the morning and climbed inside.
...
The bear was last seen running into the woods.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on July 29, 2010, 03:12:04 AM
I'm surprised nobody posted this. It's a bit older news now but still...

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/17387/96683
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 10, 2010, 08:10:38 AM
http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/110619/bedbugs-bad-for-business

Did we cure AIDS and cancer or something? We can't be this bereft of real problems.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on September 10, 2010, 02:35:39 PM
http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/110619/bedbugs-bad-for-business

Did we cure AIDS and cancer or something? We can't be this bereft of real problems.

Bedbugs are one of those things where it's no big deal unless you're allergic/sensitive and then it's like HOLY SHIT I CAN'T LIVE HERE.  Also they are mean nasty horrible little hard to kill fuckers.  They get AUGH points from me for their mating style.  Males have a hypodermic needle looking thing for their junk.  They don't even bother looking for the right hole on the female, they just stab her through the side and fill 'er up.  Unsurprisingly this lowers the female's lifespan but in the MOAR EGGS THAN U game it's a winning strategy and so gets passed on through the buggy generations.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 10, 2010, 10:02:05 PM
Life was just better before I knew any of this.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 12, 2010, 09:37:35 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100910/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_software_resale

This might affect used game sales. Or not. We'll see how it plays out.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 17, 2010, 06:55:40 AM
Sailor's body found inside shark at Jaws Beach (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/bahamas/8005531/Sailors-body-found-inside-shark-at-Jaws-Beach.html)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. :carcus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on September 19, 2010, 02:39:28 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/17/ground-black-people-cookb_n_541817.html

Just add salt and freshly ground black people!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 28, 2010, 03:52:40 PM
'The Wire' writer David Simon among MacArthur genius grant winners
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/27/AR2010092706331.html

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"It was exacerbated when I went online and looked at the people who'd gotten fellowships in the past. The majority of them are involved in endeavors which are very tangible -- efforts to combat poverty or economic disparities, or to improve the environment. And while I think storytelling is a meaningful way to spend your life . . . it does feel a little bit secondary or off-point. I definitely felt a little sheepish after looking at the list.

This year's list of fellows includes three physicists, three denizens of Cambridge, a sculptor and a type designer, a jazz pianist and a violinist, an entomologist from Minnesota and an indigenous language preservationist from Mashpee, Mass. Simon is one of a few "geniuses" whose names may be recognizable to people outside their fields; others include Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard historian and author of the Pulitzer-winning "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," and theater director David Cromer, who will mount a Broadway revival of "Sweet Bird of Youth" with Nicole Kidman next year.

Simon, 50, was born in the District and has lived in Baltimore since his reporting days at the Sun, where he covered crime in the '80s. His television work, which exhumes drama from urban decay, has worked its way into academia and onto op-ed pages -- the tuberati routinely laud "The Wire" as the best TV show in the history of the universe -- but has not been showered by Emmys or massive ratings. His first reaction was to deflect the money (paid quarterly for five years) to charity, but the foundation urged him to take time to absorb the news.

This is really good news for David Simon, congrats dude!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 29, 2010, 09:02:54 PM
This article's headline is right out of The Onion:

Swanky new Vegas hotel’s ‘death ray’ proves inconvenient for some guests

 :guts:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100929/bs_yblog_upshot/swanky-new-vegas-hotels-death-ray-a-mild-inconvenience-for-some-guests


Also, this is just awesome:

http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-15749633/man-lives-with-croc-for-20-years-22154983
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2010, 03:12:51 PM
An earth-like planet has finally been discovered.  It's pretty close to the real deal.

And it's only 20 light-years away!  Ready the shuttle for launch!

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2022489,00.html?hpt=C2 (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2022489,00.html?hpt=C2)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 30, 2010, 04:41:21 PM
An earth-like planet has finally been discovered.  It's pretty close to the real deal.

And it's only 20 light-years away!  Ready the shuttle for launch!

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2022489,00.html?hpt=C2 (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2022489,00.html?hpt=C2)

Wow. Words can't even express how awesome this is. Twenty light years is obviously pretty far away and we have almost no hope of reaching something so distant in our lifetime (Hawking drive, please!), but what a discovery.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 30, 2010, 05:07:14 PM
Simply amazing. Why the hell isn't this at the top of every international News site? Ugh, people...   :femto:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2010, 05:30:01 PM
Because it isn't sleeping with any of the planets in our solar system.  That's why.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 30, 2010, 05:38:14 PM
Now the curious part is that if it can support life, where is that life?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 30, 2010, 05:40:55 PM
Now the curious part is that if it can support life, where is that life?

Buried somewhere in New Mexico, from what I can recall. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Jesterhead on September 30, 2010, 05:46:03 PM
Now the curious part is that if it can support life, where is that life?

Probably extinct.

Distance isn't the only barrier between us and extraterrestrial life.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2010, 05:55:12 PM
Now the curious part is that if it can support life, where is that life?

Right now they can only get a measurement of what the atmosphere consists of.  I imagine they'll really find out more when the GMT is finished.

GMT = Giant Magellan Telescope (http://www.gmto.org/ (http://www.gmto.org/))
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 30, 2010, 06:03:06 PM
Probably extinct.

That's a possiblity, but it's also possible that life is still evolving there and isn't self aware yet. Or they're far more advanced than we are and have made it to our neck of the woods already. They might have discovered our planet the same way we've discovered theirs. Or there's nothing living there at all.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 30, 2010, 06:31:42 PM
Or there's nothing living there at all.

We need to colonize that shit, and it needs to have been done fast!   :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 30, 2010, 08:19:40 PM
We need to colonize that shit, and it needs to have been done fast!   :guts:

Hell yeah! Their unobtainium will soon belong to us! :rakshas:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 30, 2010, 08:30:10 PM
Hell yeah! Their unobtainium will soon belong to us! :rakshas:
... :schierke:

I think you mean vespene gas.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on September 30, 2010, 08:46:20 PM
Sorry I'm not super-educated on the subject, but does anyone know how long it takes light to travel twenty light years? I've been under the impression that most of the stuff we look at in space isn't even really there anymore.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 30, 2010, 08:58:14 PM
Sorry I'm not super-educated on the subject, but does anyone know how long it takes light to travel twenty light years? I've been under the impression that most of the stuff we look at in space isn't even really there anymore.
It's 20 years away, traveling at the speed of light.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on September 30, 2010, 09:02:14 PM
/facepalm
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2010, 09:11:13 PM
Sorry I'm not super-educated on the subject, but does anyone know how long it takes light to travel twenty light years? I've been under the impression that most of the stuff we look at in space isn't even really there anymore.

Well, light travels at 186,282 miles a second.  Multiply that times how many seconds are in a year and then again by another 20

1 second @ 186,282
1 minute @ 11,176,920
1 hour @ 670,615,200
1 day @ 16,094,764,800
1 year @ 5,874,589,152,000
20 years @ 117,491,783,040,000

So, it's 117,491,783,040,000...basically 120 trillion miles away.

The moon is 238,857 miles away, and that took three days at roughly 79,619 miles a day.  I'm going to guess that with today's technology we could get there faster.  But, let's face it, we haven't improved it all that much.  So, let's go ahead and do the math on that.  With 79,619 miles a day, it would take us roughly 1,475,675,191 days to get there.  So, that's like...4,042,945 years.

Not so bad if you think of it as just 20 light years though=)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 30, 2010, 09:28:15 PM
... :schierke:

I think you mean vespene gas.

:farnese:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 13, 2010, 12:15:12 AM
Playboy son of NKorea leader raps succession plan (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101012/ap_on_re_as/as_nkorea_rival_sons)

Another one seemingly ripped from the onion, this guy's probably both the black sheep and the envy of his family. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 13, 2010, 06:07:12 AM
Playboy son of NKorea leader raps succession plan (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101012/ap_on_re_as/as_nkorea_rival_sons)

Another one seemingly ripped from the onion, this guy's probably both the black sheep and the envy of his family. :ganishka:

Makes me hope the actual successor will see some sense and dismantle the regime.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Truder on October 14, 2010, 05:25:25 AM
good to see that all 33 of the Chilean miners got out safely :ubik:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 16, 2010, 01:17:13 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gays_in_military

I just love how the article keeps giving out telling details of these guys who are trying to remain anonymous, mixed with the reasons why its so imperative they keep their secret:

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When word came down of a judge's ruling that gays could serve openly in the military, an Air Force officer received joyous congratulations from a comrade. Realizing there was someone in the room who didn't know his sexual orientation, the officer pretended it was a joke and laughed it off.

I hope that someone doesn't read the news! But wait, that account wasn't a specific enough...

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The Air Force officer was at work on his military computer when news of Phillips' ruling flashed up on CNN. A friend who knew his secret ran in and said, "You can come out of the closet now."

"I had to push him out and kind of laugh it off with the other person there in the office," the officer recalled. "It made me really, really nervous at first, because my first thought was, `Oh, crap. I just was outed, and I know that the policy is probably coming back. What do I do?'"

For the rest of the day, the officer — co-founder of a support group called OutServe — was worried some other friend might inadvertently say something. He wondered if he should go home until things calmed down.

Not that worried, apparently. If you're wondering what to do though, you probably shouldn't talk to the Associated Press, for starters. This one is arguably even better though:

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"I'm not coming out yet because of the repercussions I might get," said an Army specialist at Fort Bragg, N.C., who, like others reached by the AP, did not want his name used. "I've got a year and a half left ... and I don't want just one day of me coming out to destroy all of what I worked for. I still want my benefits. I still want the military to pay for my college when I get out."
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The soldier from Fort Bragg said he believes the ban is on its way out. But until then, he plans to continue "living a lie."

"The day that that does happen, then that's when I'll walk out of the darkness and say, `This is who I am. I've been serving my country for seven years, and I've done it just fine — being who I am,'" said the 23-year-old, who returned last weekend from a nine-month tour in Iraq.

The 6' 3" 225lb Captain with dark red hair and green eyes, of Irish-Mexican decent, who was born on July 24, 1987, didn't want his name used, so let's just call him... Juan O. No, that's too obvious... uuuh, let's say J. O'Malley.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 16, 2010, 01:28:59 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/arts/30giraldo.html

Greg Giraldo died from and overdose on prescription pills. It's pretty sad, he was a funny comedian, one of the few who always made me laugh.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 16, 2010, 02:03:01 AM
A new word was literally just invented:

o·buri·u·ar·y
[oh-bury-oo-er-ee]
noun, plural -ar·ies, adjective
–noun
1.
    a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper, at least two weeks after the time of death, or even after they've been buried.
–adjective
2.
    of, pertaining to, or recording a death or deaths at an irrelevant time: the obituary page of a weeks old newspaper.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 16, 2010, 02:23:47 AM
Dude fine, you want real news. Check this shit out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f_DPrSEOEo

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 16, 2010, 02:37:11 AM
At least I'm smiling now. :guts:


On topic: Here's something that'll make my friend leaving California not feel so bad about his timing, or maybe not:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_marijuana_legalization_justice

I doubt it'll pass anyway, but if it does I don't think this is going to be any more an issue for private users than previously, and would probably just get better unless the Obama administration went crazy. I mean, this is the situation as it stands with local law enforcement:

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"We will continue as we are today regardless of whether it passes or doesn't pass," Baca said. His deputies don't and won't go after users in their homes, but public use of the drug will be targeted, he said.

Pretty tough, huh? Literally just don't do it right in front of the police! Even then, there's pot shops all over LA, and just about anybody can get a card to legally carry, so it's basically already legal here just from the old medical marijuana prop, so this would just completely open the floodgates, whatever the feds say. Here's the meat:

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If California prevents police from enforcing the stricter federal ban on marijuana, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government cannot order local law enforcement to act, he said.

It "is a very tough-sounding statement that the attorney general has issued, but it's more bark than bite," Mikos said.

"The same factors that limited the federal government's influence over medical marijuana would probably have an even bigger influence over its impact on recreational marijuana," Mikos said, citing not enough agents to focus on small-time violators.

Federal drug agents have long concentrated on big-time drug traffickers and left street-level dealers and users to local and state law enforcement. As police departments began enforcing California's medical marijuana law, the DEA only sporadically jumped in to bust medical users and sellers that local law enforcement was no longer targeting.

Allen Hopper, a drug law reform expert at the American Civil Liberties Union in Northern California, predicted that federal agents would selectively crack down on marijuana growers and merchants instead of going after every Californian who uses pot.

"They don't have the resources to flood the state with DEA agents to be drug cops," he said.

Nearly all arrests for marijuana crimes are made at the state level. Of more than 847,000 marijuana-related arrests nationwide in 2008, for example, just over 6,300 suspects were booked by federal law enforcement, or fewer than 1 percent.

Consequently, the fight over legalization may end up the same way medical marijuana did, experts said.

When Californians approved their first-in-the-nation medical marijuana law in 1996, Clinton administration officials vowed a harsh crackdown. But nearly 15 years later, California's billion-dollar medical marijuana industry is thriving.

During the Bush administration, retail pot dispensaries across the state faced regular raids from federal anti-drug agents. Their owners were sometimes sentenced to decades in prison for drug trafficking.

Yet the medical marijuana industry still grew, and it has expanded even more since Holder said last year that federal law enforcement would defer to state laws on using it for medicinal purposes.

Besides California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in recent years.

At the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Club, where you can buy marijuana-filled carrot cake and lollipops, manager James Kyne said the federal government would just be continuing "an endless cycle" with little positive effect.

Holder "is opening a bigger can of worms," Kyne said. "I really think the AG and the federal government could put our tax dollars to better use."

Yeah, you read that last part right, carrot cakes and lollipops. The only thing funnier than that is the idea that the same government that can't stop those weed-filled treats now would be able to after it's officially legalized.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 17, 2010, 04:38:00 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/10/16/tyrannosaurus.cannibalism/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Tyrannosaurus Rex doesn't care about your perception of right and wrong.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: BerserkMJM on October 17, 2010, 08:46:43 PM
I remember when the T-Rex was something to be feared. But now it seems all you would need is some tripping wire to take one out. And worse, you can use its carcass to lure the others.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 21, 2010, 09:11:08 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/10/21/juan-williams-npr-fired-truth-muslim-garb-airplane-oreilly-ellen-weiss-bush/

Juan Williams fired by allegedly left leaning news organization for comments made on rightwing propagandist news organization. I don't really care about the original story, but his response is well played. Obviously makes him look good, but also raises a lot of interesting issues, such as prejudice in relation to fear, the media, and how much of that is justified or not. While I thought his specific admission about Muslims was irrational (the odds are so slim I'm honestly more afraid of random people not dressed in Muslim garb), it was to a make a larger point in defense of those groups, so he says. The whole thing is silly all around I guess, though so is random searching 90 year old Jewish ladies at the airport out of some misguided sense of objectivity. What's the standard for not being ignorantly prejudiced today? Ignorance to the opposite extreme? Having your guard down at all times? Also, how can people get past such feelings, irrational or not, if they can't talk about them without being fired? Though, it does help if you get a $2 million contract from Fox News (http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-juan-williams-20101022,0,4294425.story) to fall back on. Hey, if they want insensitive remarks, I can do a lot better than Juan!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Ramen4ever on November 01, 2010, 06:14:41 PM
http://sify.com/news/security-checks-at-us-airports-to-get-more-touchy-news-international-kk3qOgehajj.html
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Security checks at US airports are set to get more 'touchy' for those who opt out of full-body scan, as TSA is set to change its pat-down procedure.

TSA officers used to pat down passengers with the backs of their hands, but now they'll use the fronts of their hands to search more than ever before, in some cases touching body parts that once were off limits.

One more reason not to fly to or through the States.
Though I gotta admit, this has incredible potential if you wanna make people uncomfortable.  :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on November 06, 2010, 01:18:22 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101106/ap_on_re_us/us_train_station_shooting

White ex-officer's sentence spurs Oakland protest

So basically the prosecutor couldn't prove he intentionally did it, so they found him guilty on manslaughter charging the transit officer. So...

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An Oakland rally billed as a tribute to Grant turned into a march through the downtown area with residences nearby, where demonstrators broke car and bus windows late Friday night. Some carried a banner reading "Justice for Oscar Grant." Police helicopters hovered above, shining spotlights on the crowd.
riot
1. a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.
2. Law . a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting and tumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes.
3. violent or wild disorder or confusion.

This isn't like a march against autism, I'm pretty sure that this qualifies as a riot.  :schierke:

Walter is there a reason why they wouldn't want to label this as a riot?

Further on! Just so everyone knows why he ended up getting two years.
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Prosecutors had sought a second-degree murder conviction, saying Mehserle became angry at Grant for resisting arrest.
However, jurors were given the choice of lesser charges, including voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. In reaching a decision on involuntary manslaughter, jurors found that Mehserle didn't mean to kill Grant, but his behavior was still so negligent that it was criminal.
The judge rebuked prosecutors for arguing that Mehserle intentionally shot Grant, saying there wasn't any evidence to back up that allegation. Perry also said he believed the videos showed Grant resisted arrest and many people, including Mehserle's fellow officers and Grant's friends, contributed to the tragedy.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on November 23, 2010, 09:40:09 PM
I just wanted to note that after North Korea attacked South Korea today, CNN's two major photo headlines were about Natalee Holloway and TSA pat downs. Korea was hot linked below. :schierke:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 23, 2010, 09:46:17 PM
I just wanted to note that after North Korea attacked South Korea today, CNN's two major photo headlines were about Natalee Holloway and TSA pat downs. Korea was hot linked below. :schierke:
I noticed that myself, but then I noticed they have a whole section dedicated to stories on the developing issue.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on November 23, 2010, 09:49:51 PM
I noticed that myself, but then I noticed they have a whole section dedicated to stories on the developing issue.

I saw that too, underneath Natalee Holloway's totally inconsequential face and next to CNN's larger subsection concerning it's "Heroes Quiz", so it's still bass ackwards unless I just checked at the worst possible time before they could get the Korea story front and center. I notice the TSA pat down holiday fluff story is still the big picture in the middle of the page though (update: TSA was replaced by high school football/concussion story, "Was Jesus a Communist?" is coming up the ranks fast though =).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 15, 2010, 03:52:09 PM
Very interesting news:
http://chattahbox.com/science/2010/12/15/hiv-patient-‘functionally-cured’-after-stem-cell-transplant/ (http://chattahbox.com/science/2010/12/15/hiv-patient-‘functionally-cured’-after-stem-cell-transplant/)

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An American HIV patient being treated for leukemia in Germany underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant to treat his advancing illness, and doctors were stunned to find that the procedure cured both the HIV and the leukemia, Fox News reports. Because the stem cells came from a donor with a rare, inherited gene mutation that makes carriers immune to HIV, the infusion allowed the patient to put his HIV diagnosis behind him.

Although the news is impressive, HIV experts warn that the therapy cannot yet be used on the entire HIV population, Fox News says. Noting that the patient is “functionally cured,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned that the stem cells used in this case are extremely rare, and that an HIV patient would not only have to find a stem cell donor with the unusual mutation, but would also have to be a match.

The patient in question has gone without HIV therapy for three years and doctors agree that he appears to be free of the virus, Fox News reports. Researchers hope that the news opens the door to new and different means of curing the HIV disease.

This is very interesting to hear about. It'd be interesting to see how many doors this breakthrough opens for Stemcell research. Hopefully it'll allowed in the US with full support.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on December 15, 2010, 06:52:49 PM
If true that is indeed quite remarkable. I'd heard before that some people were effectively immune to HIV, but for such a thing to happen... That HIV patient must feel like the luckiest man in the world.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Scorpio on January 14, 2011, 07:21:02 AM
My poor namesake...

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/13/horoscope-hang-up-earth-rotation-changes-zodiac-signs/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on January 14, 2011, 07:49:47 AM
No shit. Looks like I'm a Pisces now.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on January 14, 2011, 08:27:48 AM
My poor namesake...

On the other hand I couldn't be more delighted to no longer be a "cancer," at least astrologically. :griffnotevil:

Plus, my sign got upgraded to one that inspired the name of a Robot Master, just call me Gemini Man. :badbone:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on January 14, 2011, 08:47:15 AM
Fuck that, I'm still a Leo, don't care what they say. :badbone:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: K. on January 14, 2011, 10:21:08 AM
All rounds on me, today I stopped being a Virgo. I'm a man now!  :ubik:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on January 14, 2011, 10:51:15 AM
On the other hand I couldn't be more delighted to no longer be a "cancer," at least astrologically. :griffnotevil:

Plus, my sign got upgraded to one that inspired the name of a Robot Master, just call me Gemini Man. :badbone:

I'm so upset at you right now.  I've been Gemini my whole life.  And now I'm some kind of a Taurus? Just like that???  :judo: :judo:

I'm still Gemini in my heart.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Scorpio on January 14, 2011, 11:44:48 AM
I'm still Gemini in my heart.

Yes, well. A friend of mine had the sign for Gemini tattoo'd on his chest, except now he no longer is one.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on January 14, 2011, 02:26:05 PM


I don't really care, not like I follow horoscopes to tell me what to do.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Turkitage on January 14, 2011, 03:00:24 PM
Yes, well. A friend of mine had the sign for Gemini tattoo'd on his chest, except now he no longer is one.

Yeah, this is great. Everyone that got a tattoo, necklaces, and rings of their signs/colors must feel pretty awesome. Though, I'm sure every single one of them would say stuff that doesn't matter like they'll always be a X or an X at heart (some examples above). I guess it's only natural.. if you've been told something your whole life... only to have that change all of a sudden definitely is  :puck:.

I don't really care, not like I follow horoscopes to tell me what to do.

agreed
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 14, 2011, 03:49:33 PM

I don't really care, not like I follow horoscopes to tell me what to do.
:badbone:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on January 14, 2011, 04:28:35 PM
Quote
It turns out that astrology has had issues from its inception. (Aside from the fact that it tries to link personality traits with positions of the stars.)

This part cracked me up. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on January 14, 2011, 05:37:24 PM
Yeah, this is great. Everyone that got a tattoo, necklaces, and rings of their signs/colors must feel pretty awesome. Though, I'm sure every single one of them would say stuff that doesn't matter like they'll always be a X or an X at heart (some examples above). I guess it's only natural.. if you've been told something your whole life... only to have that change all of a sudden definitely is  :puck:.
agreed

I don't actually care, I never check horoscopes anyways. :guts:

This part cracked me up. :ganishka:

That's hilarious, I didn't read that part.
Yes, well. A friend of mine had the sign for Gemini tattoo'd on his chest, except now he no longer is one.
That's intense haha.  It always looked a bit like the green lantern symbol to me.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 20, 2011, 05:14:16 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/20/new.york.missing.reunion/index.html?iref=NS1

Here's some happy news for everyone.
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In 1987, an anguished, trembling Joy White pleaded for someone to help her find her infant daughter.
"I hope she's all right," the heartbroken mother told reporters at the time before collapsing in tears.
Now, 23 years later, White is crying tears of joy as the decades-long mystery of her missing daughter reached a happy ending.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on January 20, 2011, 07:06:12 PM
Yeah, it's all over the news here ... NY1 forgot the weather update for a bit and focused on this story all morning :schierke:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on January 21, 2011, 04:30:25 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/20/new.york.missing.reunion/index.html?iref=NS1

Here's some happy news for everyone.

That's really cool. :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 04, 2011, 01:44:23 PM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-ho-marriott-drug-indictment-20110203,0,4918623.story

When I imagine bad luck, I think of this guy.
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When a car exploded and caught on fire after crashing into Richard Marriott's Ellicott City home in December, emergency personnel checking on structural damage to the residence discovered 19 large marijuana plants growing inside.

Marriott, 44, was indicted by a Howard County grand jury Thursday after being charged by police with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug production equipment.

The accident, in the 5100 block of Montgomery Road, occurred about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 10 when Bryan Bolster lost control of the BMW he was driving and crashed into Marriott's home. The 20-year old Bolster, who lived on Landing Road in Ellicott City, died at the scene.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 09, 2011, 03:17:51 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/04/dashiell-hammett-unpublished-works-found

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A cache of unpublished works by famed writer Dashiell Hammett, often seen as the father of hardboiled detective fiction, has been found and is set to be unveiled in America.

Hammett, whose best-known work The Maltese Falcon was made into a film starring Humphrey Bogart, died in 1961. Now 15 unpublished short stories are to hit the bookshelves after being unearthed by a magazine editor, Andrew Gulli, among the literary archives of the Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas in Austin.

Looking forward to these.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 09, 2011, 06:24:56 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/04/dashiell-hammett-unpublished-works-found

Looking forward to these.

Wow, neat! Will look forward to that as well.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 16, 2011, 02:30:40 PM
Real-life OCP corporation launches fundraiser to erect Robocop statue in Detroit, Mich.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/imaginationstation/detroit-needs-a-statue-of-robocop

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"I'd fund that for a dollar!" Everyone who contributes to the RoboCop statue at any level will have their name listed in a credits section on detroitneedsrobocop.com and receive a personalized digital badge. So when your friends say, "Hey! Did you hear about that new statue of RoboCop in Detroit?" You can say, "I helped build that, *and I'll show you the proof*."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 16, 2011, 09:03:11 PM
Real-life OCP corporation launches fundraiser to erect Robocop statue in Detroit, Mich.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/imaginationstation/detroit-needs-a-statue-of-robocop

That's awesome! :guts:


On the more depressing side of the news:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110216/ap_on_hi_te/us_teacher_suspended_blog

This lady's fucked exactly because she's right on the money about the state of, not just teaching, but, kids in America.

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"My students are out of control," Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. "They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying."

Ding ding ding ding! And sounds like they're already college ready. :ganishka:

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"They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative," Munroe said of her students in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. "The students are not being held accountable."

Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things, but she acknowledges that she did write some things out of frustration — and of a feeling that many kids today are being given a free pass at school and at home.

"Parents are more trying to be their kids' friends and less trying to be their parent," Munroe said, also noting students' lack of patience. "They want everything right now. They want it yesterday."

I'd say it goes further than that, even friends have limits to how far they'll blindly support you. I'd say more like slaves or zealots with extreme prejudice, no clue, and entitlement of their own. Here's why we're already fucked though:

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One of Munroe's former students, who now attends McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., said he was torn by his former teacher's comments. Jeff Shoolbraid said that he thought much of what Munroe said was true and that she had a right to voice her opinion, but felt her comments were out of line for a teacher.

"Whatever influenced her to say what she did is evidence as to why she simply should not teach," Shoolbraid wrote in an e-mail to the AP. "I just thought it was completely inappropriate."

He continued: "As far as motivated high school students, she's completely correct. High school kids don't want to do anything. ... It's a teacher's job, however, to give students the motivation to learn."

No, it's not, it's the parents' and the kids' job! Unfortunately the above loser mentality is the only thing they're learning.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 16, 2011, 10:01:22 PM
I know how that woman feels.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 16, 2011, 10:21:50 PM
I hope locals in the area organize to protest that teacher's suspension. They could overturn the suspension easily with enough pressure to the school board.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on February 17, 2011, 12:31:07 AM
Wow that's pretty nuts.  16,000 comments on that story. 

This part made me laugh.

"She also listed some comments she wished she could post on student evaluations, including: "I hear the trash company is hiring"; "I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son"; and "Just as bad as his sibling. Don't you know how to raise kids?""

But it also makes me sad.  It just sounds like bad parenting across the board.  All the things she mentioned should be instilled by parents.  I think it's silly people are offended over what is essentially a good critique, if a little harsh.  I can't imagine how offended these kids will be when their professors call them out. 

And here I thought it was the teachers job to uh...Teach?  Maybe not anymore.  Well, it's refreshing to see the teacher getting a lot of support.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 17, 2011, 02:16:02 AM
Pretty much the problem with anyone younger than me. I don't know honestly what is wrong with people born between 1991 and 2000, but people can't behave in class. I'm probably the oldest guy in my classes and it's insulting that these shits come in spending someone else's money (IE: Mommy and Daddy; Gov'ment) and don't even try.

Aphasia: You'd be surprised if the professors would say something or tell them off, but a lot of the time they'll just choose to ignore it. For example, I had a sociology class and there were these two people that would talk with each other, laugh randomly, and make fun of everyone in the room. On several occasions it took one of the older students (25+) to tell them off to get them to shut up. I was in my math today, and the back row of kids coming in just sat back there chatting it up and giggling the entire time. It is almost enough to make me yell at them. Anyways, they do get it in the end, when they fail the class and blame the teacher for this.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on February 17, 2011, 04:50:56 PM
Tiny water bears become first creatures to survive in space

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1054351/Tiny-water-bears-creatures-survive-space.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 17, 2011, 08:39:41 PM
Tiny water bears become first creatures to survive in space

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1054351/Tiny-water-bears-creatures-survive-space.html

Thing's as badass as it looks.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 17, 2011, 08:44:26 PM
Thing's as badass as it looks.
Spice must flow.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 19, 2011, 07:31:06 PM
Anonymous Declares war on the Westboro Baptist church.  :schierke:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20033942-501465.html

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   We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS - the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People - have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.
    Being such aggressive proponents for the Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Information as we are, we have hitherto allowed you to continue preaching your benighted gospel of hatred and your theatrical exhibitions of, not only your fascist views, but your utter lack of Christ-like attributes. You have condemned the men and women who serve, fight, and perish in the armed forces of your nation; you have prayed for and celebrated the deaths of young children, who are without fault; you have stood outside the United States National Holocaust Museum, condemning the men, women, and children who, despite their innocence, were annihilated by a tyrannical embodiment of fascism and unsubstantiated repugnance. Rather than allowing the deceased some degree of peace and respect, you instead choose to torment, harass, and assault those who grieve.
    Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man - except for yourselves - has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.

    ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.
    Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.

    The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.

So what exactly are they going to do to them? Shut down their websites? Threaten to kill their families? Protest them? All of this shit happens already, I don't see them really caring.  
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 20, 2011, 12:16:19 AM
Finally a worthy target.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on February 20, 2011, 02:42:24 AM
Internet, the one true foe of churches everywhere.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 20, 2011, 06:36:35 AM
People are going to be disappointed when all that happens is a DDOS attack and some counter protesting. That might be enough to scare your average person, but come on, this is the Westboro Baptist Church. It's not like they go by just any day without someone saying they want to kill them, hell a DDOS isn't even going to disrupt their picketing.

My friend said it best:
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I really want to see what vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS is made of. Hopefully its more than just a bunch of chronic masturbaters who like writing semi-articulate "open" letters under the guise of anonymity.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 20, 2011, 06:46:11 PM
People are going to be disappointed when all that happens is a DDOS attack and some counter protesting.

That's all it takes to be a "hacker" nowadays.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 20, 2011, 09:19:52 PM
That's all it takes to be a "hacker" nowadays.

It'd be more entertaining to actually see a real hacker do something with their site, or someone buy all of their domain names.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 03:49:21 AM
This isn't even news anymore, but journalism is dead:

http://oddnews.yahoo.com/video-odd-news-24293034

And here's the Daily Show pointing out the sad state of CNN, which if you follow their website, you've known about for years.

http://tv.gawker.com/#!5772963/jon-stewart-attacks-cnn-youre-not-even-news-anchors-anymore

Also, I understand the irony that I'm bringing this to you via a comedy-news show. That's the point.


Has anyone read "News Clown" by Philip K. Dick?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 01, 2011, 08:48:24 AM
This isn't even news anymore, but journalism is dead:

http://oddnews.yahoo.com/video-odd-news-24293034

And here's the Daily Show pointing out the sad state of CNN, which if you follow their website, you've known about for years.

http://tv.gawker.com/#!5772963/jon-stewart-attacks-cnn-youre-not-even-news-anchors-anymore

Also, I understand the irony that I'm bringing this to you via a comedy-news show. That's the point.

This constatation doesn't get any less frustrating regardless of how many times it imposes itself to me.

Has anyone read "News Clown" by Philip K. Dick?

No, but I'm now very interested in doing so.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 09:29:28 AM
This constatation doesn't get any less frustrating regardless of how many times it imposes itself to me.

Yeah, I know I'm repeating myself, but it just keeps getting worse. I liked CNN's boring attempts at neutrality better than their appeals to the merely indifferent.

No, but I'm now very interested in doing so.

The actual name of the story is Stand By. Dick was absolutely prophetic.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 06, 2011, 06:30:02 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/digitaltrends/nasascientistfindsevidenceofalienlife

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Aliens exist, and we have proof.

That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Hmm... one guy...

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“Given the controversial nature of his discovery, we have invited 100 experts and have issued a general invitation to over 5,000 scientists from the scientific community to review the paper and to offer their critical analysis,” writes Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics scientist Dr. Rudy Schild, who serves as the Journal of Cosmology’s editor-in-chief. “No other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting, and never before in the history of science has the scientific community been given the opportunity to critically analyze an important research paper before it is published.”
I'll wait to get excited then.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on March 11, 2011, 03:33:48 PM
On a lighter note, it would be cool to see the shoreline receding like that. :schnoz:
Agreed. Super interesting!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12697975

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Microsoft has sold more than 10 million Kinect sensor systems since launch on 4 November, and - according to Guinness World Records - is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device on record.

The sales figures outstrip those of both Apple's iPhone and iPad when launched, Guinness said.

Kinect is an infrared camera add-on for Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console that allows it to track body movements.

The success of Kinect has also helped to drive games sales, Microsoft said.

More than 10 million games have been sold worldwide to date, it added.

Gaz Davies, editor of Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer's Edition, said: "We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector."

Guinness World Records said that Microsoft sold eight million devices between 4 November last year and 3 January at an average rate of 133,333 a day.

Despite the strong sales of Kinect, in January Microsoft reported profits of $6.63bn (£4.1bn) for the last three months of 2010, down from $6.66bn a year earlier.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on March 11, 2011, 06:16:17 PM
That's pretty nuts.  I never expected it to sell that well.  Microsoft's marketing team is great at making people think they want something.

Customer: So what's this Kinect thing?  It looks just like my Wii.

Microsoft: OPRA! EXERCISE!

Customer: Oh! That sounds fun! What kind of games will it have?

Microsoft: JUSTIN BEIBER
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on March 12, 2011, 02:05:21 AM
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/11/west_africa_lurches_toward_war

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As the world watches the tsunami in Japan and the uprising in Libya, another part of the world is on the brink of disaster. Is anyone paying attention?

MONROVIA, Liberia — Along a muddy border between the Ivory Coast and Liberia, Ivorian refugees pack into a small wooden boat that resembles a giant, square fruit crate. The raft fills quickly and just as quickly departs directly across the river, where a Liberian immigration officer waits to direct them on the opposite bank. The new arrivals carry nothing but the clothes they are wearing and any small plastic bags they can manage. Once on the Liberian side, they are herded into long lines and processing queues. Many will sleep outside; some will take shelter with ethnic kin, in local villages, who are themselves often struggling to survive.

...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 12, 2011, 08:13:56 AM
Yeah the Ivory Coast has been going to shit for a while now. Hopefully an all-out civil war can be avoided, but things aren't looking too good right now. Gbagbo just doesn't want to go, and his opponents aren't backing down either. The whole region is unstable, there even have been major protests in Burkina Faso as a result yesterday.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 22, 2011, 09:24:05 PM
Some important news: http://abcnews.go.com/us/video/christian-women-pole-dance-for-jesus-13193235&tab=9482931&section=1206833
 Pole Dancing for Jesus.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 22, 2011, 10:04:06 PM
Some important news: http://abcnews.go.com/us/video/christian-women-pole-dance-for-jesus-13193235&tab=9482931&section=1206833
 Pole Dancing for Jesus.

"Now the pole is her temple."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: royoak on March 23, 2011, 08:10:53 PM
Amazing: http://www.kpho.com/news/27272012/detail.html (http://www.kpho.com/news/27272012/detail.html)
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In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and arrested the homeowner, Jesus Llovera, on charges of suspected cockfighting.

Llovera was alone in the house at the time of the arrest, and he was unarmed.

“I think taxpayers should be shocked,” said Robert Campus, Llovera’s attorney. Campus said he believes the operation costs tens of thousands of dollars.

Deputies had no probable cause to believe Llovera was armed or dangerous, according to Campus.

Campus said he believes the entire scene was basically a stage, to help actor Steven Seagal’s TV show, “Lawman.”

Seagal was riding in the tank.

Seagal and tanks should be the solution for everything!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on March 30, 2011, 08:34:32 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/russian-boy-finds-message-bottle-24-years-20110330-035105-793.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on March 31, 2011, 01:43:11 PM
 :isidro:




Seriously.







Guys.









Seriously...












http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2011/03/oh-my-god-3

You have to watch the news report to believe it.

EDIT:

The predictable outcome: http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2011/03/r-i-p-guy-fused-to-chair
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 31, 2011, 01:52:49 PM
Good God...

Quote from: http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2011/03/oh-my-god-3
Officials say the girlfriend served food to him, since he never got up.

(http://www.forkparty.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Slave-Leia-and-Jabba-the-Hut.jpg)

What a love story.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on March 31, 2011, 06:13:25 PM
Now, this is a story all about how
I couldn't stand up after I sat down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
Though not too long or you'll fuse to your chair

In Bellaire Ohio born and raised
In my chair is where I spent most of my days
On WoW, maxing , relaxing all cool
Defecating on my chair like it's my cesspool
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 31, 2011, 08:55:30 PM
While a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Kept ignorin' trouble in my livelihood
I fell in one little coma and my girl got scared
She said "You're movin' with the police to the hospital in Bellaire"

They called for the cops and when they came near
I was fused to my chair so they cut a hole in the rear
If anything they can say that this fat was rare
But I thought "Man, forget it, yo holmes, it's Bellaire"

I pulled up to the hospital severely overweight
And I said to the maggots "Yo holmes, smell me later"
I looked down at my kingdom
I was no longer there
Where I shat on my throne as the Chairman of Bellaire
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on April 01, 2011, 12:06:20 AM
Thanks guys! :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 11, 2011, 12:29:41 PM
The truth is out there!

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Secret FBI memo 'proves' govt. covered up Roswell alien landing of 1947 (http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/132521/20110410/ufo-fbi-secret-memo-flying-saucer-disc-1947-roswell-new-mexico-1947-landing-aliens-dead-bodies-crash.htm)

A secret memo released online by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in its 'Vault' has emerged as proof for the famed landing -- or crash or capture -- of a flying saucer with three dead aliens in Roswell in New Mexico in June 1947.

The memo, titled 'Flying Saucers', was written by FBI agent Guy Hottel. The decades-old memo, which was published by the FBI in its 'Vault,' says "three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico', citing an Air Force investigator.

See the FBI document here: http://vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%20Hottel%20Part%201%20of%201/view (http://vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%20Hottel%20Part%201%20of%201/view)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on April 11, 2011, 12:57:26 PM
That's incredible ... thanks for sharing Aaz.

EDIT: There's a video to the article

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13033437

Laser gun fired from US navy ship

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The US Navy has fired a laser gun from one of its ships for the first time.

Researchers used the high-energy laser (HEL) to disable a boat by setting fire to its engines off the coast of California.

Similar systems had previously been tested on land, however moist sea air presented an extra challenge as it reduces a beam's power.

The navy said that ship-borne lasers could eventually be used to protect vessels from small attack boats.

The US military has been experimenting with laser weapons since the 1970s.

Early systems used large, chemical-based lasers which tended to produce dangerous waste gases.

More recently, scientists have developed solid state lasers that combine large numbers of compact beam generators, similar to LEDs.

Until now, much of the development of HELs has focused on shooting down missiles or hitting land-based targets.

The latest round of tests showed its wider possibilities, according to Peter Morrison from the Office of Naval Research.

"This test provides an important data point as we move toward putting directed energy on warships.

"There is still much work to do to make sure it's done safely and efficiently," he said.

While a weaponised system would likely be restricted to military vessels, merchant shipping has also expressed an interest in laser technogy,

A gun which uses visible laser light to temporarily blind pirates was announced by BAE Systems in 2010.

The technology is still being tested, ahead of a commercial launch.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 11, 2011, 03:42:14 PM
The truth is out there!

See the FBI document here: http://vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%20Hottel%20Part%201%20of%201/view (http://vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%20Hottel%20Part%201%20of%201/view)
I want to believe...  :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on April 21, 2011, 03:52:24 PM
Real Madrid goes and gets its big ol' trophy run over by a Goddamn bus!

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/6401243/copa-del-rey-trophy-run-bus-real-madrid-postgame-celebration

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(http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0421/soc_a_copadelray_sy_300.jpg)
The Copa del Rey trophy fell out of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos' hands -- and under the team bus.

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MADRID -- Real Madrid waited 18 years to win back the Copa del Rey trophy -- only to drop the cup and watch it get crushed under the wheels of a bus.

Only hours after beating archrival Barcelona in the domestic cup final in Valencia, Madrid defender Sergio Ramos let the 33-pound cup fall from the top of the team bus during celebrations early Thursday morning in the capital.

The front right wheel of the bus rolled over the trophy before the driver stopped.

The broken pieces were gathered and returned to the bus, but the trophy did not reappear at the club's traditional celebration spot at the Plaza de Cibeles in central Madrid.

"The cup fell, it fell," Ramos said, according to Europa Press agency. "But the cup is OK."

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The club said Thursday that the trophy will be repaired.

"It is not in good shape, evidently, it was run over by a bus," Madrid spokeswoman Marta Santisteban told The Associated Press.

 :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on April 21, 2011, 03:57:27 PM
Ouch. That sucks. :SK:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 21, 2011, 04:00:21 PM
Sounds like they need a new defender.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 21, 2011, 04:15:36 PM


Is like the Lakers winning it against the Celtics and the same thing happening to Bynum :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on April 21, 2011, 04:18:57 PM
Hey, at least they didn't throw him under the bus! :troll:


Is like the Lakers winning it against the Celtics and the same thing happening to Bynum :ganishka:

I always think about that when they're waving the trophy around during those parades, "What if Kobe just drops that thing like a bad pass?" :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on April 21, 2011, 06:08:29 PM
I always think about that when they're waving the trophy around during those parades, "What if Kobe just drops that thing like a bad pass?" :guts:

Maybe it's like the Oscars and you get a fake one while you're up there and a real one later? :void:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 04, 2011, 01:22:23 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/05/01/2011-05-01_group_of_deaf_mute_friends_stabbed_at_bar_after_thug_mistakes_their_sign_languag.html
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The 45-year-old Lee thought the group was throwing gang signs at her, and responded by flashing gang signs back at them, cops said.

The group motioned for her to leave them alone.
Eventually, Lee left the bar but returned with two members of her crew, 19-year-old Marco Ibanez and a 17-year-old who was not identified, cops said.

Ibanez allegedly pulled a knife and began stabbing Stewart and his friends.

Stewart and three of his friends were taken to a hospital and treated for stab wounds.

A bouncer at the bar who had a bottle smashed over his head in the melee was also taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said.

Lee, Ibanez and the 17-year-old were arrested and charged with aggravated battery.

Stewart's mother, Brenda, said there was no way her son was making gang signs.

"Only sign language," she told WSVN television. "That's the only way all of them, they do sign language."
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/p0XQV.jpg)
:badbone: THUG LIFE  :badbone:

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 04, 2011, 01:40:28 AM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=88255&tsp=1

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Stanley is a 29-year-old man who wakes up in the morning and puts on typical clothing before going to work. But when he returns home he slips into a diaper and fuzzy pajamas with feet. He also sucks on a pacifier, drinks from a bottle, and sleeps in a giant customized crib.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=88255#ixzz1LLcA66oP
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 04, 2011, 02:44:32 AM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=88255&tsp=1

Haha, seriously, what a freak show...



"Where a grown man plays with legos."

 :farnese:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 08, 2011, 06:49:30 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/05/05/computer.kiss.device/index.html?iphoneemail

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A Japanese lab has created a device that may let let you "French kiss" someone over the Internet.

And by "kiss," we mean waggle your tongue on a plastic straw, thereby making another plastic straw waggle remotely on someone else's tongue.
...
The folks at Tokyo's Kajimoto Laboratory say it's just the beginning of what could become a full-on person-to-person experience over the Internet.
:magni::casca:  
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on May 10, 2011, 04:33:02 PM
Now that "Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are separated", it's a good opportunity to post this:

http://sadarnold.com/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Nomad on May 12, 2011, 07:49:13 PM
http://m24digital.com/en/2011/05/11/the-court-ruled-in-her-favor-and-now-she-can-masturbate-at-work/

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A woman aged 36 was enabled by the justice to masturbate in her workplace because she has a strange disease.
This is the story of Ana Catarina Bezerra Silvares, an employee of an accounting firm, a divorced mother of three who lives in the village Vila Velha, Espírito Santo.
The woman suffers from a rare condition known as “compulsion orgasmic”, caused by a chemical alteration in the brain region of the cortex, which leads her to masturbate several times a day to relieve the deep anguish that it causes.

You GO girl *snap snap*
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 17, 2011, 02:27:16 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20063168-503543.html

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"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail," he told the Guardian's Ian Sample. "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
...
Hawking said that our existence is down to pure chance, and that one's goal should be to "seek the greatest value of our action."
It's more or less how I feel about the afterlife, but I don't exactly feel reassured that the greatest mind of our age backs me up.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 17, 2011, 02:31:14 AM
That story worked really hard to be not news.
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"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,"
Plasticity: The ability of the brain to adapt itself after trauma or surgical alteration.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 17, 2011, 03:44:51 AM
That story worked really hard to be not news. Plasticity: The ability of the brain to adapt itself after trauma or surgical alteration.
Huh?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on May 17, 2011, 12:24:59 PM
Plasticity: The ability of the brain to adapt itself after trauma or surgical alteration.

I think you're parsing the intent of the sentence wrong.  He's not making the machine analogy to say the brain has no ability to recover from some amount of damage, he's trying to get at the idea that once your mobo is burnt out, for whatever reason, it's just done.  There is no silicon heaven.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 17, 2011, 12:41:37 PM
I think you're parsing the intent of the sentence wrong.  He's not making the machine analogy to say the brain has no ability to recover from some amount of damage, he's trying to get at the idea that once your mobo is burnt out, for whatever reason, it's just done.  There is no silicon heaven.

LIAR! :mozgus: All my babies (dead HDDs) are in heaven! :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 17, 2011, 03:31:05 PM
Never liked computer/brain analogies, too beholden to computers. Speaking of computer brains though, there's a new Terminator... :badbone:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0517-arnold-20110517,0,1994592.story

Well, kind of, it's only ten years old. For a sad home-wrecking affair it's also kind of an old-fashioned story, the kid went from being the help to the heir overnight (sort of). Where have we heard something like that before? :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 17, 2011, 04:26:56 PM
Never liked computer/brain analogies, too beholden to computers. Speaking of computer brains though, there's a new Terminator... :badbone:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0517-arnold-20110517,0,1994592.story

Well, kind of, it's only ten years old. For a sad home-wrecking affair it's also kind of an old-fashioned story, the kid went from being the help to the heir overnight (sort of). Where have we heard something like that before? :serpico:
Great, now that the kid has been publicly acknowledged, expect a robot from the future to come back at any moment to eradicate humanity's last hope.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 17, 2011, 05:13:53 PM
http://gawker.com/5802704/is-this-arnold-schwarzeneggers-love-child

Looks like we've got more juicy details: IT IS A SON! And thank the gods, he plays football. Also, mom was Arnold's attractive personal stewardess who flew all over the world with him. How were we to know? BTW, her name is Tammy Baker Tousignant... good rule of thumb, stay away from women with "Tammy" and "Baker" in their name, especially together.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 17, 2011, 05:16:58 PM
http://gawker.com/5802704/is-this-arnold-schwarzeneggers-love-child

Looks like we've got more juicy details: IT IS A SON! And thank the gods, he plays football. Also, mom was Arnold's attractive personal stewardess who flew all over the world with him. How were we to know? BTW, her name is Tammy Baker Tousignant... good rule of thumb, stay away from women with "Tammy" and "Baker" in their name, especially together.
Jesus, they even link to the kid's Facebook profile. Imagine trying to hide that your whole life. "I'm the T-800's kid... and I can't tell anyone!"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 17, 2011, 05:27:12 PM
"Are you Tanner, Conner?" :badbone:

What's interesting is that up until yesterday mama was denying it before Arnold admitted to paternity and then she went silent, so it begs the question what pressured him to admit this now? Even if Maria had found out or he told her, I doubt she would have outed them publicly. It's like a role reversal where Arnold is putting this woman and her kid in a bad spot coming out with this rather than the usual other way around, "Shut up rich celebrity father, leave my family alone and quit admitting you're my dad!"

I recently heard a funny though unflattering story about Arnold concerning his separation, that when he went on vacation with his family he would sometimes spend all day by the pool signing autographs and glad-handing. Guy certainly doesn't shy away from attention, and it made this otherwise innocuous and even altruistic line in his statement stand out in a different light...
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"While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on May 17, 2011, 05:47:26 PM
I recently heard a funny though unflattering story about Arnold concerning his separation, that when he went on vacation with his family he would really spend all day by the pool signing autographs and glad-handing. Guy certainly doesn't shy away from attention, and it made this otherwise innocuous or altruistic line in his statement stand out in a different light...

I wonder if he is really just concerned about his family and the media.  If I were related to someone that famous I don't think I'd want any attention garnered through that person.  Especially if it was my family, I would want their privacy respected.  Or maybe he just likes attention, that's possible too.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 17, 2011, 05:50:49 PM
I just have a hunch he was forced into this situation of airing his dirty laundry, maybe by an extortion attempt. The other scenarios don't add up, to me.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 17, 2011, 08:55:18 PM
That's what I'm wondering, what forced his hand? For the record, I wasn't insinuating he did this for attention, it obviously hurts him, I was just wondering if even in announcing this he wasn't considerate of the consequences to the others involved (one thing we know, they're not on the same page).

Seemingly, this woman didn't want to break this news either, but was that because she was on the take (or, is there another woman)? Arnold was reportedly financially "supportive", but unless the price was becoming prohibitive there's no sense in biting the bullet if he's not going to cut them off completely, which would be another PR disaster.

So then, did a third party get a hold of the information, one he couldn't negotiate with? The timing here is strange as well, particularly the lapse between when he apparently told Maria and she moved out, to the separation, to the announcement of this... he was still that much in control of this thing, and after squashing it all this time while he was in office no less. Very weird. Perhaps he simply figured it was inevitable that this story would be re-examined with the announcement of their separation, that the Enquirer or someone was closing in, but it's amazing that he already got away with it for this long after the original story technically broke years ago.

And WHAT a story! This could be as big as any of Arnold's blockbusters, you've got an American sweetheart and the biggest action star ever, an A-list celebrity couple that's also tops of the political spectrum, breaking up over a secret lovechild... it's like a Brangelina scandal that also appeals to the male demographic.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 17, 2011, 09:14:59 PM
If Arnold was in his prime, this would be the story of the decade.

I tend to think things don't make sense to us because we've yet to see the full picture. There's clearly some missing pieces to this puzzle right now.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 18, 2011, 04:48:13 AM
Like, ANOTHER WOMAN!? Women even? I was wondering about that given how the first prospective baby mama named was responding. Still, I don't want to believe this...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1388212/Mother-Arnold-Schwarzeneggers-lovechild-revealed.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Oh Arnold, this story just got uglier! (http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)


Other very reliable sources:
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In a further revelation website TMZ claimed that Schwarzenegger used his Santa Monica office for meetings with a series of women, around five to seven years ago.

The women would arrive in the early hours of the morning, carrying manilla envelopes. After meeting with Schwarzenegger for several hours they would then leave.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 18, 2011, 04:54:25 AM
But... what did they do with the manilla envelopes?!?  :magni:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 19, 2011, 08:24:23 PM
Here's the missing data that explains everything, it's old news, but a pretty amazing piece on Arnold and his, uh... indiscretions. Which on this scale one might call his regular behavior. It's wonderfully titled, "Arnold the Barbarian."

http://www.brianflemming.org/archives/000300.html

It's got some annoying formatting issues, but persevere, it's worth it. I'll just tease it with this alleged real-life Arnold one-liner, said in situ, which is just the tip of the iceburg: "Eating isn't cheating."

Hasta la vista, baby.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Truder on May 20, 2011, 07:49:33 AM
wait.. what?

i hear a lot of talk about the world ending May 21st. what is the deal? im totally lost  :farnese:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 20, 2011, 08:09:24 AM
wait.. what?

i hear a lot of talk about the world ending May 21st. what is the deal? im totally lost  :farnese:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8525047/Doomsayers-predict-apocalypse-now.html    (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8525047/Doomsayers-predict-apocalypse-now.html)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aphasia on May 20, 2011, 11:06:58 AM
I sure wish they would've waited till the 23rd.  The 22nd is my birthday. :azan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: D-Scape on May 20, 2011, 01:27:38 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8525047/Doomsayers-predict-apocalypse-now.html    (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8525047/Doomsayers-predict-apocalypse-now.html)


So this guy predicted the end back in 1994 too, eh? What was his explanation for that failure? Error in calculation?

Honestly, I wish the Rapture would hurry the hell up and just happen so I don't have to listen to these bible-thumping ghouls.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Ramen4ever on May 20, 2011, 02:35:10 PM
This moron is 89? Darwin's law, Nooooooo!! :'(
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 20, 2011, 07:34:05 PM
"Macho Man" Randy Savage is dead at 58. http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-8508663
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 20, 2011, 10:13:55 PM
"Macho Man" Randy Savage is dead at 58. http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-8508663

I just heard the news. It's a really sad situation. I feel awful for his wife.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Ramen4ever on May 20, 2011, 11:11:47 PM
"Macho Man" Randy Savage is dead at 58. http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-8508663

Passing of an icon. RIP Macho Man
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 26, 2011, 12:26:46 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/china-prisoners-internet-gaming-scam

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As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.

Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do.

"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu told the Guardian. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [£470-570] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 26, 2011, 02:53:07 PM
Well, that certainly explains some things.

EDIT:

Quote from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/13500857
Giant water bug photographed devouring baby turtle

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/52940000/jpg/_52940746_imgp3023.jpg)

A giant water bug has been photographed eating a juvenile turtle in an unusual predatory role reversal. Large bugs in the Lethocerinae family have been known to prey upon small vertebrates including fish and frogs. But unlike insects that often fall prey to reptiles, scientists have observed one particular species of bug eating snakes and a turtle. Dr Shin-ya Ohba recorded the unusual behaviour during night sampling in western Hyogo, central Japan.

Writing in the journal Entomological Science, Dr Ohba describes observing a Kirkaldyia deyrolli eating a Reeve's pond turtle in a ditch next to a rice field. Using its front legs the giant water bug gripped the turtle, inserting its syringe-like rostrum into the prey's neck in order to feed. The giant water bugs are known to only attack moving prey, so it is likely that the 58mm insect captured and killed the young turtle before feeding on it.

Dr Ohba has also photographed giant water bugs eating snakes in the past. "Everyone thinks that Lethocerinae bugs live on fishes and frogs. Although eating a turtle and snake are rare in the natural condition, [this evidence] surprises naturalists [by showing] voracious feeding habits," said Dr Ohba. He suggests that these observations of bugs predating reptiles call into question previously held opinions about predator-prey dynamics in freshwater habitats.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 11, 2011, 12:52:40 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110610/us_yblog_thelookout/bloodthirsty-pack-of-dogs-take-out-350-lb-llama

 :beast:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Viral Harvest on June 19, 2011, 02:07:20 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110617/us_nm/us_deer_power

"Deer dropped by eagle knocks out power in Montana"

Nature's children have been cruel as of late.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on June 19, 2011, 04:03:05 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110610/us_yblog_thelookout/bloodthirsty-pack-of-dogs-take-out-350-lb-llama

 :beast:

As long as they don't make it into Northwestern Washington, I'm fine.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Truder on June 20, 2011, 09:06:13 PM
Ryan Dunn from Jackass has died. :(

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.ap.org/tv-news.en.ap.org-20110620-us_obit_ryan_dunn
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Viral Harvest on June 21, 2011, 07:32:01 AM
Ryan Dunn from Jackass has died. :(

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.ap.org/tv-news.en.ap.org-20110620-us_obit_ryan_dunn

I'm not sure if this has been confirmed or not, but I heard it was DWI-related. Plus he was going 110 before they crashed, turning the car into a heap of Mecha-Godzilla defecation. If the DWI bit is true, I really have no remorse for this clown.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 21, 2011, 11:41:34 PM
If the DWI bit is true, I really have no remorse for this clown.

Same.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 22, 2011, 05:40:11 AM
I'll believe he's dead when Oburi confirms it in six weeks. :troll:

(sorry, can't help myself :farnese:)


Anyway, I've been talking about this for years, right down to the bank robbery by note, and someone finally did it:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110621/ts_yblog_thelookout/man-robs-bank-to-get-medical-care-in-jail

The $1, and the lesser larceny charge that came with it, was a nice touch. People said I was crazy when I'd tell them this idea for "free" health care, well who looks crazy now!?

(http://mit.zenfs.com/102/2011/06/James-Verone.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on June 22, 2011, 01:16:55 PM
http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/jun/150611-Japanese-man-Tokyo-saliva-schoolgirls-spit.htm

(http://files.sharenator.com/1238584287_seinfeld_had_enough_Funny_GIF_collection-s295x221-142915-580.gif)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 22, 2011, 04:29:17 PM
Trick question: which episode of Seinfeld is that from? Anyway, I feel the same about this one:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FACEBOOK_STANDOFF

Awful guy uses facebook while holding woman hostage while awful family/friends message encouragement. You can see it all here on his wall:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000295855161&sk=wall

Simply astounding, these people are frighteningly stupid and unaware parodies of themselves. I'll never use the word "homie" again, even ironically.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on June 22, 2011, 05:05:52 PM
Trick question: which episode of Seinfeld is that from?

It's from Curb's season 4 finale ;) Colbert's in it as well.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 22, 2011, 05:17:07 PM
(http://www.jerriblank.com/curb_colbert_3.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on June 22, 2011, 05:18:49 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110621/ts_yblog_thelookout/man-robs-bank-to-get-medical-care-in-jail

(http://mit.zenfs.com/102/2011/06/James-Verone.jpg)

I thought that was Tommy Chong at first lol.

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The $1, and the lesser larceny charge that came with it, was a nice touch. People said I was crazy when I'd tell them this idea for "free" health care, well who looks crazy now!?


Certainly not this guy (photo aside).  Looks like it all went according to his plan. Dude is like the Joker of healthcare.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 22, 2011, 05:27:21 PM
Certainly not this guy (photo aside).

And even that's understandable since, despite being according to plan, it's still appropriate to have a "WTF, is this really happening?" look in such a surreal situation.

Looks like it all went according to his plan. Dude is like the Joker of healthcare.

I'm bummed I didn't do it first when I had the chance. :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 24, 2011, 02:04:20 AM
I'm not sure if this has been confirmed or not, but I heard it was DWI-related. Plus he was going 110 before they crashed, turning the car into a heap of Mecha-Godzilla defecation. If the DWI bit is true, I really have no remorse for this clown.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/06/22/ryan.dunn.drunk/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Truder on June 24, 2011, 03:24:18 AM
I know that people are saying "He had it coming"..

but still, people who grew up watching Jackass have the right to be sad for that man! He gave us good laughs and fond memories. If there was one thing to be mad about, it's that he took someone with him. So I guess these are definitely conflicting emotions coming from me :|
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 24, 2011, 06:43:00 AM
If there was one thing to be mad about, it's that he took someone with him.

Indeed (sadly enough it seems most people don't care about that guy), and aside from that, his behavior was dangerous and would have eventually resulted in a tragedy. That's what people are condemning. If a drunk moron slammed his Porsche into your mom's car at 140 mph, instantly killing her and whoever she was driving with, how'd you feel? That's why some people say he had it coming.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: zrexe on June 24, 2011, 06:15:16 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Ron-Artest-is-petitioning-to-change-his-name-to-;_ylt=AuDK965p2QZGZmEbSSjB.zu8vLYF?urn=nba-wp5466

The Artest formerly known as Ron.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rus on June 27, 2011, 09:44:32 AM
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/06/new-cigarette-warnings-unveiled.html

New Cigarette Labels...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on June 27, 2011, 02:29:57 PM
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/06/new-cigarette-warnings-unveiled.html

New Cigarette Labels...

I heard about this last week. I don't think it'll change too many minds. After all, most people who smoke cigarettes know what they can do to you. It can't hurt, but I don't anticipate it helping that much, either.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 27, 2011, 02:37:20 PM
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/06/new-cigarette-warnings-unveiled.html

New Cigarette Labels...
It's kind of extreme, but somehow I have a hard time feeling sorry for cigarette companies...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 27, 2011, 04:20:31 PM
These are a bit more tame than what we have here. Click to see an example. (http://www.handirect.fr/data/classes/actualite/actu_3009_vignette.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 27, 2011, 05:22:25 PM
Yeah, I don't feel bad for them either, it's still lip service and window dressing compared to the hold of a powerfully addictive and wholly destructive substance, which they're still making money off of even though it should be illegal by all rights if it wasn't grandfathered in by tradition and bribe money of varying legality.


Anyway, the Supreme Court rejected that violent video game ban, now we can play Kane & Lynch games forever!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/27/scotus.video.games/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Also, some of the quotes from this trial, the first time the Supreme court has addressed gaming, are fantastic:

Quote from: Justice Scalia
Reading Dante is unquestionably more cultured and intellectually edifying than playing Mortal Kombat. But these cultural and intellectual differences are not constitutional.

Couldn't have said it better myself... on a message board. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 30, 2011, 07:45:46 AM
Quote from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/13958630
'Singing penis' sets noise record for water insect

A tiny water boatman is the loudest animal on Earth relative to its body size, a study has revealed.

Scientists from France and Scotland recorded the aquatic animal "singing" at up to 99.2 decibels, the equivalent of listening to a loud orchestra play while sitting in the front row. The insect makes the sound by rubbing its penis against its abdomen in a process known as "stridulation".

Researchers say the song is a courtship display performed to attract a mate.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on August 04, 2011, 08:16:56 PM
RIP Hightower

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/54416000/jpg/_54416587_jex_1126926_de15.jpg)

Quote
Bubba Smith, probably best known as Hightower in the Police Academy movies, died yesterday in his home at the age of 66. No cause of death has yet been named, but the results of his autopsy should be known late today or tomorrow.

When asked to comment Michael Winslow just made the Pac-Man dying noise. :(
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on August 09, 2011, 06:14:20 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/nyregion/dog-helps-rape-victim-15-testify.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/nyregion/dog-helps-rape-victim-15-testify.html)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 12, 2011, 02:53:31 AM
http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/11/dna-discovered-in-meteorites/?hpt=hp_c1

"NASA researchers have found the building blocks of DNA, the genetic molecule that is essential to all life forms, in meteorites, pieces of space rock that have fallen to Earth. The discovery suggests that similar meteorites and comets may have impacted Earth and assisted in life formation here."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 13, 2011, 08:33:36 AM
http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/11/dna-discovered-in-meteorites/?hpt=hp_c1

"NASA researchers have found the building blocks of DNA, the genetic molecule that is essential to all life forms, in meteorites, pieces of space rock that have fallen to Earth. The discovery suggests that similar meteorites and comets may have impacted Earth and assisted in life formation here."

Great stuff. More clues as to how life began. It's also interesting how they found components on those meteorites that are very rare in biology (are only found in a virus).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 18, 2011, 03:00:28 AM
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/265455/Bear-s-eating-me-girl-told-mum-in-call

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A DISTRAUGHT mother listened on a mobile phone as her teenage daughter was eaten alive by a brown bear and its three cubs.

Olga Moskalyova, 19, gave an horrific hour-long running commentary on her own death in three separate calls as the wild animals killed her.

She screamed: “Mum, the bear is eating me! Mum, it’s such agony. Mum, help!’”

Her mother Tatiana said that at first thought she was joking. “But then I heard the real horror and pain in Olga’s voice, and the sounds of a bear growling and chewing.”

She added: “I could have died then and there from shock.”
....my god.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Truder on August 18, 2011, 06:15:22 AM
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/265455/Bear-s-eating-me-girl-told-mum-in-call
....my god.
Thanks for ruining my nice dinner.  :sad:

I genuinely feel bad for the mother.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 18, 2011, 01:41:20 PM
Pretty crazy story. Can't imagine what they must have felt, both of them.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on August 18, 2011, 03:43:33 PM
I've really got to stop reading this thread.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on August 18, 2011, 03:55:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyophYBP_w4

Seriously though, i find that story a bit hard to believe.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 18, 2011, 04:25:25 PM
It's believable in the context of the article; mother bear immobilizes the girl, leaves to to get her cubs and eat the girl's father over a lengthy attack/feeding, and the girl had her phone. It's not like she was attacked by bears and decided to liveblog it instead of fighting back or something.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on August 24, 2011, 01:11:25 PM
Philly cheesesteak shop owner who told customers to order in English dies.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/24/pennsylvania.cheesesteak.owner/index.html?&hpt=hp_c2

Time for a pilgrimage I reckon ...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2011, 01:32:00 PM
I guess he never reflected on how his ancestors were treated when they immigrated to the United States. The cycle of hatred continues...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 24, 2011, 03:59:42 PM
I guess he never reflected on how his ancestors were treated when they immigrated to the United States.

That might actually be why he felt so strongly about it, though at the end of the video even he didn't seem that hardline about the policy (at the end of the day, he's going to sell the sandwiches).

The cycle of hatred continues...

Really? Who was he on the cycle, the new Hitler? The Cheesesteak Nazi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lfZg-apSA)? :ganishka:

I think the cycle of hatred's standards are going way down as we make progress (and subsequently become whinier, especially in this country where we just go insane over this shit). I can't believe this is a story, let alone that people think this guy was a hero or villain.

So, I guess his cheesesteak sandwiches were pretty good?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2011, 04:32:43 PM
That might actually be why he felt so strongly about it, though at the end of the video even he didn't seem that hardline about the policy (at the end of the day, he's going to sell the sandwiches).

I'm at work, so I wasn't able to watch the video; I was basing my statements on the article. I don't hate the guy or anything, I just think it's ironic that he made that policy when his anscestors experienced the same kind of crap. A bit hypocritical if you ask me. Certainly nothing to lynch the guy over, though.

Really? Who was he on the cycle, the new Hitler? The Cheesesteak Nazi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lfZg-apSA)? :ganishka:

Of course not. :iva:

I think the cycle of hatred's standards are going way down as we make progress (and subsequently become whinier, especially in this country where we just go insane over this shit). I can't believe this is a story, let alone that people think this guy was a hero or villain.

I definitely think both sides are being too harsh about it (he's not a hero or a villain). But you can't deny that it's a pretty prejudicial way to conduct business, especially in a country that should be proud it's a melting pot.

So, I guess his cheesesteak sandwiches were pretty good?

The story did make me hungry for one, that's for sure. Not many good (any) Philly cheesesteaks in the Seattle area. :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 24, 2011, 05:01:32 PM
I'm at work, so I wasn't able to watch the video; I was basing my statements on the article. I don't hate the guy or anything, I just think it's ironic that he made that policy when his anscestors experienced the same kind of crap. A bit hypocritical if you ask me. Certainly nothing to lynch the guy over, though.

Well, to be fair we don't know what his ancestors experienced or how it shaped his views.

I definitely think both sides are being too harsh about it (he's not a hero or a villain). But you can't deny that it's a pretty prejudicial way to conduct business, especially in a country that should be proud it's a melting pot.

The grandstanding part of it is silly, and his attitude on illegal immigration is certainly glib and stupid, but if you see the offending sign from the video, it's hard to take as seriously as the article is portraying. The point of the policy is actually practical though since I'm assuming this was borne out of real experiences where he didn't understand what customers wanted because they spoke different languages. I mean, to me this isn't so much an issue of prejudice, though it's there, but manners, entitlement and passive aggressiveness on both sides. Though, if you live in a country and can't even order food in the native language, you're the asshole and I have no sympathy. It's like anything else, everyone appreciates it when you can speak the language of their country, even just visiting, but if you live there and still can't, of course they're going to think less of you for essentially being willfully ignorant. Only in America is this even debatable, and sadly not even because we're a multicultural melting pot, but because we're rude entitled assholes with martyr complexes, and everyone sure learns that language when they get here. =)

The story did make me hungry for one, that's for sure. Not many good (any) Philly cheesesteaks in the Seattle area. :sad:

What about Dominoes (http://www.delawareonline.com/blogs/secondhelpings/uploaded_images/SteakDmno-749949.jpg)? :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2011, 05:12:49 PM
Well, to be fair we don't know what his ancestors experienced or how it shaped his views.

True. I'm did a lot of assuming. And you know what that means... :SK:

The grandstanding part of it is silly, and his attitude on illegal immigration is certainly glib and stupid, but if you see the offending sign from the video, it's hard to take as seriously as the article is portraying. The point of the policy is actually practical though since I'm assuming this was borne out of real experiences where he didn't understand what customers wanted because they spoke different languages. I mean, to me this isn't so much an issue of prejudice, though it's there, but manners, entitlement and passive aggressiveness on both sides. If you live in a country and can't even order food in the native language, you're the asshole and I have no sympathy. It's like anything else, everyone appreciates it when you can speak the language of their country, even just visiting, but if you live there and still can't, of course they're going to think less of you for essentially being willfully ignorant. Only in America is this even debatable, and sadly not even because we're a multicultural melting pot, but because we're rude entitled assholes with martyr complexes, and everyone sure learns that language when they get here. :ganishka:

Good points. Hope I wasn't coming across as a rude, entitled asshole with a martyr complex, though. :sad:

What about Dominoes (http://www.delawareonline.com/blogs/secondhelpings/uploaded_images/SteakDmno-749949.jpg)? :troll:

Dude, they don't even make good pizza. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on August 24, 2011, 05:39:32 PM
So, I guess his cheesesteak sandwiches were pretty good?
I'm gonna rent a car and drive there this Sunday. I hear Jimmi's (around the same zip code) is the best but this one and the one across from it are top contenders. I just posted the news because I'm a foodie and I'd heard good things about his sammiches.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 24, 2011, 06:07:28 PM
The owner seems like he only threw it up there in jest. I don't think he'd shew someone away for ordering in broken English.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 25, 2011, 02:32:29 PM
Well personally I like Dirty Harry's take on the issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnRkCemeV7k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnRkCemeV7k)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on September 06, 2011, 03:44:45 AM

 
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/208902/20110905/tiniest-electric-motor-molecule-electric-motor-1-nanometer-electrically-driven-molecular-motors-sulp.htm (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/208902/20110905/tiniest-electric-motor-molecule-electric-motor-1-nanometer-electrically-driven-molecular-motors-sulp.htm)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Truder on September 09, 2011, 10:05:53 AM
I (and all of San Diego) just got my electricity back after a painstaking 12 hours! but all is well now and the world may keep rotating. :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 09, 2011, 12:48:32 PM
I (and all of San Diego) just got my electricity back after a painstaking 12 hours! but all is well now and the world may keep rotating. :griffnotevil:

After the Hurricane my friend was out of power for a week.

Speaking of asshole weather. It hasn't stopped raining since Monday! One of my local hangout spots, actually flooded really bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdaaYIom30I (This is at Ellicott City, MD, this is the top of the hill rain going down towards the river)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKCgqvvv_cU (The downtown part of Ellicott City featuring some locals walking around in the water)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pyrJiQbISI&NR=1 (From the heavy rainfall one of the stone walls collapsed and crushed six cars no injuries)

And here is a slideshow of the flooding throughout Maryland:
http://www.wbaltv.com/slideshow/weather/29107291/detail.html

Some of the parts of where I live got to be bad to the point sections of the roads needing to be cut off.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 15, 2011, 09:58:52 PM
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Higher-Netflix-prices-equals-apf-1466852939.html?x=0&.v=8

Quote from:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix's decision to raise prices by as much as 60 percent is turning into a horror show.

The customer backlash against the higher rates, kicking in this month, has been much harsher than Netflix Inc. anticipated. That prompted management to predict Thursday that the company --the largest U.S. video subscription service-- will end September with 600,000 fewer U.S. customers than it had in June.

Whoops! Make it 600,001 since I'm canceling my subscription this month as well. :griffnotevil:

Of course, to put it in perspective Netflix has over 20 million subscribers so they're still going to be making money hand over fist on this, but they're certainly aren't offering the deal they once were. As a matter of fact, with Starz leaving they're basically charging a lot more for a service that just got notably worse.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 06, 2011, 12:16:40 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/business/steve-jobs-of-apple-dies-at-56.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/business/steve-jobs-of-apple-dies-at-56.html)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 10, 2011, 04:22:33 PM
http://blog.netflix.com/2011/10/dvds-will-be-staying-at-netflixcom.html

Netflix is having a bad month, but at least they're getting it right in the end.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 18, 2011, 07:16:14 PM
Quote from: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/475217-Tech_Specs_for_Ultra_HDTV_Advance.php
ITU Study Group reaches agreement on key technical issues for a new standard

A new standard for ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) took an important step towards becoming reality as experts at the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service announced that they had reached agreement on most of the pertinent technical characteristics for a new UHDTV standard.

While consumer products using the technology are will take years to be widely available, broadcasters and others have been working for some time on the technology, which represents a major leap forward in image resolution and picture quality. Recently, Japanese public service broadcaster NHK, which played a pioneering role in the development of HDTV, demonstrated a screen with 33 million pixels, far more than 2 million pixels on HDTV screens today.

[...]

One important application for the additional pixels available in UHDTV screens might be glasses free 3D. One important difficulty in the development of glasses-free 3D has been the large number of pixels needed on a screen to accommodate different viewing angles.

And because a picture (shamelessly stolen from engadget.com) is worth a thousand words:

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/10/eltie-1318949754.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 18, 2011, 08:16:40 PM
It's a shame Steve Jobs isn't around to invent this, but in any case enjoy your obsolete media collections, losers.  :iva:

Oh, who am I kidding? You'll just reaffirm yourselves buying it all again. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 18, 2011, 09:51:58 PM
Wh-wh.... why do I need that? I still don't even have an HDTV yet. Should I now hold out for the successor to UHD?  :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on October 19, 2011, 04:24:58 AM
I'm so stubborn I've yet to buy a blu-ray or a blu-ray player ever since I heard new technology was already available before blu-ray was released to the public, but I've had an HDTV forever. What's your hangup Walter?  :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 20, 2011, 04:00:37 AM
It's a shame Steve Jobs isn't around to invent this, but in any case enjoy your obsolete media collections, losers.  :iva:

Way to rub it in. :void:

Oh, who am I kidding? You'll just reaffirm yourselves buying it all again. :troll:

...Yeah. :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 20, 2011, 04:06:31 AM
I've had an HDTV forever. What's your hangup Walter?  :serpico:
I don't really see the need to own one. I dont want to repurchase my library, I don't have an HD-enabled console and I don't care to pay extra on my cable bill just so I can see inside the pores of my favorite TV stars. *Shrug* I actually recently got an amazing tube TV for $10 on Craigslist. Workin pretty good for me. I figure I'll snag an HDTV when I can get it for $10 off some poor schmuck trying to buy up to an U-HDTV :carcus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 20, 2011, 04:11:51 AM
I kinda feel the same way about this new UHDTV. I'm satisfied with my current setup and I don't feel like purchasing my library again (most of the Blu-rays I own I never purchased on DVD). Plus, I don't need 3D sans glasses built in.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 20, 2011, 05:56:37 AM
Way to rub it in. :void:

...Yeah. :sad:

That was my entry for ''mean post of the year.'' That it even qualifies shows I'm not what I used to be.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on October 20, 2011, 01:10:31 PM
That was my entry for ''mean post of the year.'' That it even qualifies shows I'm not what I used to be.
I'm sure you're just saving it up for next year, it's just around the corner!

In any case, I'm happy for this because it means nice HDTV prices will go down and I can grab me a good one, which I'm fine with since I think the main draw for a while for UHDTVs will be the 3D affects. How long until we reach the limit of telecine transfers? Maybe some new technology will come about that can upscale stuff without it looking like crap though.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 20, 2011, 06:09:38 PM
That was my entry for ''mean post of the year.'' That it even qualifies shows I'm not what I used to be.

I thought it was more funny than mean. :serpico:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 20, 2011, 06:56:26 PM
Thanks, it's synonymous where I come from though.


Anyway, Muammar Gaddafi is dead, and there's footage of him clearly on his last legs (http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/10/20/nr-gadhafi-last-moments-alive.cnn?hpt=T1), probably before the mob finished him off. Somehow I don't think these kinds of videos are going to deter future despots. Do you think if they had youtube in 1945 Hitler would have posted a suicide video from his bunker?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on October 20, 2011, 07:19:05 PM
Thanks, it's synonymous where I come from though.

Fair enough. :serpico:

Anyway, Muammar Gaddafi is dead, and there's footage of him clearly on his last legs (http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/10/20/nr-gadhafi-last-moments-alive.cnn?hpt=T1), probably before the mob finished him off. Somehow I don't think these kinds of videos are going to deter future despots. Do you think if they had youtube in 1945 Hitler would have posted a suicide video from his bunker?

I don't think it will deter other despots, either. They never think it's going to happen to them; I think it takes that level of megalomaniacal thinking to get to where they are. As far as Gaddafi goes, good riddance. Next up: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Bashar al-Assad.

I just hope the Libyan people get a break this time around and can elect someone (or a group of people) to manage their country fairly and justly.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on October 21, 2011, 09:47:09 PM
BTTF 2 hoverboards will be the next step

http://youtu.be/Ws6AAhTw7RA
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on October 21, 2011, 10:01:40 PM
Next up: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Bashar al-Assad.

Oh, both great choices!  Either way would end with Iran trying to destroy us.  Who we liberate first would just dictate the number of allies Iran has in the end.  So do you go straight for the head of the Imminent Threat To Democracy™ or fight a proxy-war-not-called-a-proxy-war with Iran in Syria?

I think fighting Arabs is becoming old though (and Persians are just Arabs by a different name, right?).  Besides, it looks like we're starting to focus on Central Africa.  I think it's pretty likely the next Imminent Threat To Democracy™ will be a Sub-Saharan African country.  You have to change things up to keep them interesting, right?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on October 31, 2011, 10:54:58 PM
Woman crawls into a dead horse to feel one with it -

Link to the article - http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Portland-woman-boyfriend-wont-face-charges-in/O5kF74cxmUikMab_W02A2g.cspx

Link to the uncensored picture(s) - http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/700.jpg

:slan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Viral Harvest on November 04, 2011, 07:52:33 AM
http://www.destructoid.com/activision-hunting-down-modern-warfare-3-pirates-214741.phtml

Watch out! ACTIVISION MIGHT COME TO YOUR HOUSE! This gives the term "nerd rage" a whole new meaning. (Granted, Activision will not actually come to your house but I'm sure they'll contact the CYBER POLICE (http://"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG1h-BAYSbE&feature=player_detailpage#t=7s"))
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Gobolatula on November 30, 2011, 01:41:41 AM
One of my favorite comedians, Patrice Oneal died today. It really sucks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23FwEd5c8Cg&feature=player_embedded

He was such a funny dude.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on November 30, 2011, 06:34:56 AM
One of my favorite comedians, Patrice Oneal died today. It really sucks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23FwEd5c8Cg&feature=player_embedded

He was such a funny dude.

Yeah, that was really sad to hear.  I loved him.  Sad day. :(
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Xem on November 30, 2011, 10:50:21 PM
Patrice's death actually affected me more than I first realized, very sad indeed and will be missed. I used to be really skeptical of his act but over time it kept growing on me and never stopped, I think the world is gonna miss out on a real impactful individual. Sad sad sad...

Patrice O'Neal on Spelling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppf0Mc40jak&feature=related)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on December 01, 2011, 06:33:36 PM
Did ‘Star Wars’ become a toy story? Producer Gary Kurtz looks back

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/08/12/star-wars-was-born-a-long-time-ago-but-not-all-that-far-far-away-in-1972-filmmakers-george-lucas-and-gary-kurtz-wer/

(http://latimesherocomplex.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/6a00d8341c630a53ef013486259171970c-800wi.jpg)

Not new, but with the recent re-raping of Star Wars on blu-ray, it's worth another look at the other man behind Star Wars. Here are some relevant excerpts, particularly concerning the original plan for Return of the Jedi, which I've bolded:

Quote
“Star Wars” was born a long time ago, but not all that far, far away. In 1972, filmmakers George Lucas and Gary Kurtz were toiling on “American Graffiti” in their San Rafael office when they began daydreaming about a throwback sci-fi adventure that channeled the old “Flash Gordon” serials as opposed to the bleak “message” movies that had taken over the genre.

“We had no idea what we were starting,” said Kurtz, who was the producer of the first two “Star Wars” films and also a second-unit director. “That simple concept changed Hollywood in a way….”

There was a bittersweet tinge to Kurtz’s voice, and it’s no surprise. This year is the 30th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back,” the “Star Wars” sequel that many fans consider the pinnacle moment in a franchise that has pulled in $16 billion in box office and merchandising. But 1980 was also the year that Kurtz and Lucas realized the Jedi universe wasn’t big enough for the both of them.

“I could see where things were headed,” Kurtz said. “The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. It’s a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It’s natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that’s not the best thing for making quality films.”

He added: “The first film and ‘Empire’ were about story and character, but I could see that George’s priorities were changing.”

Quote
Kurtz’s presence speaks to his vital role in the franchise’s history — he is, for instance, the one who came up with the title for “The Empire Strikes Back” — but the Lucasfilm leadership is already fretting about the Jedi galaxy expatriate’s appearance. They may have good reason; during a recent visit to Los Angeles, the filmmaker, who just turned 70, showed a willingness to speak out against the priorities of an old partner.

“The emphasis on the toys, it’s like the cart driving the horse,” Kurtz said. “If it wasn’t for that the films would be done for their own merits. The creative team wouldn’t be looking over their shoulder all the time.”

Quote
Alexandre Philippe is the director of “The People vs. George Lucas,” a documentary that just had its West Coast premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He says that Kurtz has become a figure of integrity to the fans who believe that Lucas has followed the wrong path.

Philippe said the departure of Kurtz was a major moment in “Star Wars” history and deeply unsettling to all involved. “The cast and crew were crushed when George and Gary went their separate ways,” said Philippe, who added that Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker, later explained it in broken-family terminology. “He said it was like mom and dad getting a divorce. They were both equally loved and respected on the set.”

For Kurtz, the popular notion that “Star Wars” was always planned as a multi-film epic is laughable. He says that he and Lucas, both USC film school grads who met through mutual friend Francis Ford Coppola in the late 1960s, first sought to do a simple adaptation of “Flash Gordon,” the comic-strip hero who had been featured in movie serials that both filmmakers found charming.

“We tried to buy the rights to ‘Flash Gordon’ from King Features but the deal would have been prohibitive,” Kurtz said. “They wanted too much money, too much control, so starting over and creating from scratch was the answer.”

Lucas came up with a sprawling treatment that pulled from “Flash Gordon,” Arthurian legend, “The Hidden Fortress” and other influences. The document would have required a five-hour film but there was a middle portion that could be carved out as a stand-alone movie. Kurtz championed the project in pitch meetings with studios and worked intensely on casting, scouting locations and finding a way to create a believable alien universe on a tight budget.

“Our plan was to do ‘Star Wars’ and then make ‘Apocalypse Now’ and do a black comedy in the vein of ‘M*A*S*H*,’” Kurtz said. “Fox insisted on a sequel or maybe two [to ‘Star Wars’]. Francis [Ford Coppola] … had bought the ["Apocalypse Now"] rights so George could make it. He eventually got tired of waiting and did it on his own, of course.”

The team of Lucas and Kurtz would not hold together during their own journey through the jungles of collaborative filmmaking. Kurtz chooses his words carefully on the topic of their split.

After the release of “Empire” (which was shaped by material left over from that first Lucas treatment), talk turned to a third film and after a decade and a half the partners could no longer find a middle ground.

“We had an outline and George changed everything in it,” Kurtz said. “Instead of bittersweet and poignant he wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.”

The discussed ending of the film that Kurtz favored presented the rebel forces in tatters, Leia grappling with her new duties as queen and Luke walking off alone “like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns,” as Kurtz put it.

Kurtz said that ending would have been a more emotionally nuanced finale to an epic adventure than the forest celebration of the Ewoks that essentially ended the trilogy with a teddy bear luau.

He was especially disdainful of the Lucas idea of a second Death Star, which he felt would be too derivative of the 1977 film. “So we agreed that I should probably leave.”


Kurtz went straight over to “The Dark Crystal,” a three-year project with old friend Jim Henson, whom Kurtz had brought in on the creation of Yoda for “Empire.”

Quote
he says that “Empire” may be the shining moment of his career, the confluence of commercial and artistic success. His work as a second-unit director and his hands-on efforts with the visual effects make him especially proud.

“I took a master class with Billy Wilder once and he said that in the first act of a story you put your character up in a tree and the second act you set the tree on fire and then in the third you get him down,” Kurtz said. “ ‘Empire’ was the tree on fire. The first movie was like a comic book, a fantasy, but ‘Empire’ felt darker and more compelling. It’s the one, for me, where everything went right. And it was my goodbye to a big part of my life.”

I don't know if I would have liked all the differences in that vision of Jedi (judging by Empire, their compromise seemed to be the best way), but I wish he hadn't lost Lucas' ear or left in any case.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on December 01, 2011, 07:04:23 PM
Luke Skywalker made into an Eastwood-like lone avenger would have been fantastic though.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on December 01, 2011, 07:21:24 PM
The People vs. George Lucas documentary is pretty cool. I only wish they had a chance to interview Lucas and ask him questions head on. I'd love to watch an interview like that if it exists.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on December 01, 2011, 07:34:05 PM
Luke Skywalker made into an Eastwood-like lone avenger would have been fantastic though.

Oh definitely, I'm imagining some combination of the ending of Fallout crossed with imagery from The Gunslinger. :guts:

I just don't know if I could handle Han Solo being killed so soon after being rescued. :judo:

The People vs. George Lucas documentary is pretty cool. I only wish they had a chance to interview Lucas and ask him questions head on. I'd love to watch an interview like that if it exists.

Not necessary, I think he's made his feelings pretty clear already; they're his movies, he can do what he wants with them, if you don't like it, don't buy it. Unfortunately, few have called his bluff.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on December 01, 2011, 10:43:49 PM
I just don't know if I could handle Han Solo being killed so soon after being rescued. :judo:

Well if that can comfort you, I think in a way him dying wouldn't have been less of a cop out than him living. It's been done many times before either way. The Ewoks though... That was a bit much, I think anyone can agree. In fact I'd say that Lucas' bullshit was already obvious long before the new trilogy, starting with the Ewoks spin-offs. And since Kurtz mentions it, the second Death Star always felt a bit cheap as a plot device to me, even as a kid.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on December 01, 2011, 11:38:15 PM
Well if that can comfort you, I think in a way him dying wouldn't have been less of a cop out than him living. It's been done many times before either way.

Yeah, I almost added to my last line on the subject "although it's not like he did much after anyway." It all comes down to how it was portrayed, if it was something bitingly tragic after the relief of getting him back that the characters never quite overcome, okay. If it just seemed like a gimmicky waste to kill him off right after saving him ala Alien 3 (:troll:), it'd be as much as a bitching point as anything.

The Ewoks though... That was a bit much, I think anyone can agree. In fact I'd say that Lucas' bullshit was already obvious long before the new trilogy, starting with the Ewoks spin-offs. And since Kurtz mentions it, the second Death Star always felt a bit cheap as a plot device to me, even as a kid.

Oh yes, like many, as an adult I've come to see Return of the Jedi less as the ideal end of the holy trilogy than a mixed bag and the beginning of what Star Wars has become. Though, they tried, and it's not bad; the space battle at the end is technically the best in the series, plus a simultaneous nature vs technology ground battle, lightsaber duel, and Death Star run. It's a fitting follow up in the same vein as the first film (it's got the Death Star and MORE), and still works on a basic level as a satisfying conclusion. It just failed to expand on the potential of the characters like Empire, which is truly the anomaly of the series in writing, characterization, tone, etc. I can see Lucas' side of the story though beyond just merchandising, it shouldn't have been ambivalent since the original Star Wars was a rebuttal to that, and so it was fair to bring that back around. It's just unfortunate he went so far retarding the growth achieved by Empire, which is more unfortunate because most series fail to make such a leap in the first place. I would have liked to have seen a Jedi produced by both Lucas and Kurtz, something between the Jedi we have now and what Kurtz described above, something where the characters overall got as much attention as the spectacle. Oh yeah, and directed by Steven Spielberg, now THAT would have been the best way to end to Star Wars. :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on December 06, 2011, 06:41:52 PM
http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20111205/scientists-nature-paper-black-holes-111205.html#menu
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 09, 2011, 01:18:24 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/diamond-ring-save-woman-buried-alive/story?id=15112540#.TuIYLGOVpkY

"Oh what happened to you this morning?"  :???:

"Just dug my self out from being alive, no big deal."  :badbone:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on December 19, 2011, 04:02:20 AM
R.I.P. Comrade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXQ8unERVTE&feature=share
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on December 19, 2011, 03:54:13 PM
Another Horcrux has been destroyed. (http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/19/world/asia/north-korea-leader-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on December 21, 2011, 05:22:33 AM
Another Horcrux has been destroyed. (http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/19/world/asia/north-korea-leader-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)

What's a Horcrux?


(http://cdn.fd.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Butt-coke.jpg)

Gives a whole new meaning to crack cocaine.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on December 21, 2011, 07:08:01 AM
What's a Horcrux?

According to the Harry potter Wiki :
A Horcrux is a very powerful object in which a Dark wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of his or her soul for the purpose of attaining immortality.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on January 04, 2012, 04:37:34 AM
(CNN) -- A Massachusetts mom said police went too far when they paid her and her 5-year-old daughter a visit for failing to return their library books on time.

"She's 5; she didn't understand," said Shannon Benoit of her daughter, Hailey.

Police said Tuesday that an officer showed up last week at the Benoit's home in the town of Charlton to inform the family that the books were long overdue.

Hailey -- who was standing beside her mom when the officer arrived -- then burst into tears.

The books, titled "How To Tie My Shoes" and "Eloise's Birthday," had been sitting on Hailey's bookshelf since April

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/03/us/massachusetts-overdue-books/index.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on January 04, 2012, 05:03:27 AM
While that's certainly strange, it doesn't totally surprise me. However, there are some things not being said in the article, but are implied.

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Police Chief James A. Pervier said his officers have been asked by library personnel to make similar visits to at least 13 other Charlton households over library late fees.

Officials say the police-backed crackdown has since inspired more prompt book returns among library patrons.
What's not being said here is that under normal circumstances, the library system has utterly no sway with the police department. This kind of enforcement request would be laughed at if it came directly from someone like the library administrator. However, the collection order could have come from both of these departments' boss: the county executive/mayor, who has a stake in a) keeping accounts balanced and collecting owed fees; b) creating an image that his departments are accountable.

Just my thoughts after reporting on similar stories in my own career.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on January 04, 2012, 05:16:51 AM
Yea I totally understand. I just thought that it was funny about how the girl starts crying and the two police officers have stand there and ask her to return How To Tie My Shoes. I'm sure at that moment they may have been thinking "Do we have better things to do"?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on January 07, 2012, 05:39:28 PM
Meanwhile in Russia.
http://gizmodo.com/5873441/this-girl-sneaked-into-this-russian-military-rocket-factory
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It was easy to get in. She just went there, jumped over the fence and got right into the heart of the complex through a series of tunnels and pipes, which was very surprising. After all, this is an active industrial installation that belongs to one of the top manufacturers of liquid-fuel rockets in the world. Their engines power the modern Soyuz, the Zenit 3SL, and the Angara and Baikal launch vehicles. Heck, their RD-180 engine powers the first stage of the Atlas V, an American rocket. More importantly, they have specially strong ties to the Russian military.

Here is a thread with more pictures. It's all in Russian, i don't understand what they are saying . http://lana-sator.livejournal.com/160176.html#cutid1
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on January 07, 2012, 05:50:02 PM
Meanwhile in Russia.
http://gizmodo.com/5873441/this-girl-sneaked-into-this-russian-military-rocket-factory
Here is a thread with more pictures. It's all in Russian, i don't understand what they are saying . http://lana-sator.livejournal.com/160176.html#cutid1
Those pictures are simply incredible. My first audible reaction: "Holy SHIT!"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on January 07, 2012, 05:55:28 PM
Those pictures are simply incredible. My first audible reaction: "Holy SHIT!"
Yeah, i had the same reaction. Considering that this factory is apparently active, she just walked inside and there was no security. That's kinda scary.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on January 07, 2012, 06:58:34 PM
Amazing stuff. Makes me want to go there.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on January 07, 2012, 07:11:23 PM
Meanwhile in Russia.
http://gizmodo.com/5873441/this-girl-sneaked-into-this-russian-military-rocket-factory
Here is a thread with more pictures. It's all in Russian, i don't understand what they are saying . http://lana-sator.livejournal.com/160176.html#cutid1

Spectacular pictures. Like in more cases than one would suspect, reality beats fiction.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on January 07, 2012, 07:21:40 PM
Spectacular pictures. Like in more cases than one would suspect, reality beats fiction.

Yet, I still think of it in terms of fiction; looks like stuff from The Empire Strikes Back. :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Señor Caudillo on January 07, 2012, 08:41:40 PM
I got one of my Russian speaking friends to translate some of the stuff in there. According to her live journal, Lana Sator has made her trip to that liquid rocket-fuel factory not once, but no less than 5 different times. She also includes a brief history of the factory itself, which has been continuously in operation since 1929. Not surprising, since USSR was one of the earliest countries that was seriously interested in jet aviation and space travel, and to invest in them. The third pic is a scan of a warning sign that was placed on a protective fence, that warns that as the area contains various dangerous chemicals and is sanitarily unsafe, any land developments in nearby areas surrounding the factory must absolutely obtain a special permission from the Russian government itself. Also, as usual, any and all the tresspassers will be severely punished by the law. A warning that Lana probably should have heeded. Considering how infuriated Russian government is at her and given the defiant "fuck you" nature of her activities, they probably have some kind of connection to the recent Russian  anti-government protests and, considering the factory's proximity to the Khimki forest, to the popular protest movement to save that said forest as well.         

 http://www.rferl.org/content/russia_khimki/24369538.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 28, 2012, 03:41:41 PM
Probably the funniest Not-News I've heard in a while.
http://gothamist.com/2012/01/26/man_offers_football_fan_500_bucks_f.php
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I *desperately* need to learn about football between now and next week's Super Bowl game. My girlfriend and I were just invited to a Super Bowl party at her ex-boyfriend's apartment, and to be honest, last time I met him he told me he played football in college and I responded that I did as well—which was a lie.
I really don't know anything about football except for the fact that touchdowns how you score points and sometimes you kick the ball. I've been reading articles on ESPN.com and watching clips online but I don't think it's going to prepare me for questions about actually playing it, or for making good comments during the game. So I need someone who can *quickly* teach me about all of things I would have learned playing football as well as what to say about it.
This is really important to me. I think my girlfriend still really likes her ex and when we first started dating she cheated on me a few times with him, so I really can't risk looking like an idiot in front of both of them. Seriously, this is really important. My girlfriend and I are going through a bit of a rough patch now and she keeps threatening to move out.

Man my cheating girlfriend is going to lose me if I don't know football.  :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on January 28, 2012, 04:42:57 PM
Why is he going over there in the first place ?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Death May Die on February 11, 2012, 06:14:44 PM
LOL Weird

http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/top-shots-of-the-week-02-10-1328832076-slideshow/ (http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/top-shots-of-the-week-02-10-1328832076-slideshow/)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 11, 2012, 08:19:50 PM
LOL Weird

http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/top-shots-of-the-week-02-10-1328832076-slideshow/ (http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/top-shots-of-the-week-02-10-1328832076-slideshow/)
That is so awesome  :ubik: Great to see these two working together, even if "The Tomb" sounds like it might end up more like "The Bucket List."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 14, 2012, 03:42:46 AM
Yikes, when did Arnold turn into William Shatner?

Anyway, in more eccentric news...

http://jalopnik.com/5884800/since-1997-a-man-has-been-digging-out-his-basement-using-only-rc-scale+model-construction-equipment
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on February 17, 2012, 07:30:58 PM
Meet the man without a heart.
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In March of last year, Craig Lewis, 55, was dying from a heart condition that caused build-ups of abnormal proteins, and not even a pacemaker could help save his life.
But two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute proposed a revolutionary new solution – install a ‘continuous flow’ device that would allow blood to circulate his body without a pulse.
Dr Billy Cohn and Dr Bud Frazier installed the device after removing Mr Lewis’ heart. Within a day, the patient was up and speaking with physicians.
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096314/Meet-HEARTLESS-man-able-live-heartbeat-PULSE.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on February 17, 2012, 08:52:24 PM
Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent the same procedure. It's pretty amazing what doctor's are capable of doing these days.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 22, 2012, 12:52:51 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/feds-ohioan-against-fur-planned-murder-hire-230442665.html
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Investigators say the FBI was notified in November of a Facebook page Lowell created under the alias Anne Lowery offering $830 to $850 for the hit and saying the ideal candidate would live in northeast Ohio, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the court on Friday.

The affidavit says an FBI employee posing as a possible hit man later began email correspondence with Lowell, and she offered him $730 in jewelry or cash for the killing of a victim of at least 12 years but "preferably 14 years old or older" outside a library near a playground in her hometown.
...

She told the undercover employee she wanted to be on site when the slaying took place so she could distribute "papers" afterward, the affidavit says. She hoped to be arrested so she could call attention to her beliefs and to get out of the home she shared with her parents and brothers who eat meat and eggs and use fur, leather and wool, investigators said.

 :???:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on February 26, 2012, 01:09:05 AM
The US Government Officially Declared That The X-Men Aren’t Human

http://www.mediaite.com/online/good-to-know-the-us-government-officially-declared-that-the-x-men-arent-human/

The picture on the above entry is perfect, but the real article is especially interesting:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/30/x-men-arent-human-us-govt-says-but-hulk-is/

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The judge found that the X-Men and other superheroes’ abilities made them more than mere mortals, and thus they could not be classified as humans, as stated in the court’s decision:

“They are more than (or different than) humans … a 'mutant' is someone with an extraordinary appearance or abilities

So, there's already real legal precedent against the humanity of mutants!

(http://images.cryhavok.org/d/1803-1/Magneto+Was+Right.jpg)

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on February 26, 2012, 03:16:35 AM
That was great, Griff. To think that I'd see Xavier's dream come crashing down... in real life!  :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on February 26, 2012, 04:28:42 AM
English plainclothes police officer follows himself for 20 minutes. (http://boingboing.net/2012/02/08/english-plainclothes-police-of.html)

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An undercover police officer in Sussex, England, shadowed a suspicious character through the streets a small market town for 20 minutes, following directions passed to him by a CCTV operator who guided him towards the suspect. After 20 minutes, the CCTV operator realized that the "suspicious character" was the police officer himself.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 01, 2012, 02:26:03 PM
Andrew Breitbart is dead:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/andrew-breitbart-died-los-angeles-144221781.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/andrew-breitbart-died-los-angeles-144221781.html)

I will not mourn his absence from the public discourse.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on March 02, 2012, 09:44:04 PM
Quote from: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/02/06/43643.htm
A depressed Army reservist who made a phone call for help says dozens of police responded by surrounding his home and arresting him, vandalizing and searching his place without a warrant, seizing his dog and killing his tropical fish.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 02, 2012, 10:54:08 PM
That'll teach him.  :azan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 03, 2012, 01:39:42 PM
That'll teach him.  :azan:
That story sounds like bullshit, but it's not... here's the full court filing. http://www.scribd.com/doc/80941044/Matthew-Corrigan-v-District-of-Columbia

Utterly ridiculous that this happened to him.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 03, 2012, 02:50:48 PM
Utterly ridiculous that this happened to him.

Yep. Honestly I'm surprised they waited for animal control, maybe they're getting reluctant with the killing dogs thing. Anyways, I honestly hope the guy wins and reels in the abuses of power the police have been committing with their 'No-Knock raids'.   
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on March 03, 2012, 03:09:34 PM
I wonder if they happen to have his conversation with the suicide hotline recorded. Most likely not. Still, what a mess.

Common Sense: "Morons!"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 03, 2012, 05:37:20 PM
Yep. Honestly I'm surprised they waited for animal control, maybe they're getting reluctant with the killing dogs thing. Anyways, I honestly hope the guy wins and reels in the abuses of power the police have been committing with their 'No-Knock raids'.

It's hard to believe that things like that can happen in a developed country. I hope these guys all lose their badges and get thrown in jail for good measure.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 03, 2012, 07:06:53 PM
It's hard to believe that things like that can happen in a developed country.

Yeah, though part of me likes to think this could only happen in a developed country; dehumanized to point of disconnects like this. Somewhat Kafkaesque too.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 03, 2012, 07:36:26 PM
I honestly hope the guy wins and reels in the abuses of power the police have been committing with their 'No-Knock raids'.   
Even if the guy wins, and even if new federal laws are passed as to how police can/can't act in these situations, I think we all know that there is a certain authority and power that local police will always have over the average Joe. Abuses of power will continue to exist as long as there is that power structure in our society.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 03, 2012, 09:40:47 PM
Yeah, though part of me likes to think this could only happen in a developed country; dehumanized to point of disconnects like this. Somewhat Kafkaesque too.

Very true.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on March 15, 2012, 10:50:08 AM
http://universenumberfive.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/newt-gingrich-rally-in-las-vegas-interrupted-by-local-grindcore-band-2/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on March 15, 2012, 12:35:14 PM
http://universenumberfive.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/newt-gingrich-rally-in-las-vegas-interrupted-by-local-grindcore-band-2/
Fun times.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on March 21, 2012, 11:29:55 AM
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-21/yamato-macross-director-noboru-ishiguro-passes-away

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Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported on Wednesday that Noboru Ishiguro, the veteran director of such works as Space Battleship Yamato, the first color Astro Boy anime series (1980), The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, has passed away. He was 73.

Ishiguro directed some of the most highly regarded anime classics of the last five decades, including those listed above as well as Megazone 23, The Super Dimension Century Orguss, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? film, and Yōkai Ningen Bem. Ishiguro also conceived of Megazone 23's story and founded Artland in 1978, the studio that co-produced Macross, Orguss and Galactic Heroes, and animated more recent titles such as Mushi-Shi, Demon King Daimao, and Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Most recently, Ishiguro directed the 2008-2009 television anime series Tytania, which was based on a series of novels by Galactic Heroes author Yoshiki Tanaka, and Pattenrai!! - Minami no Shima no Mizu Monogatari, a 2009 film based on the life of Yoichi Hatta, the Japanese engineer that helped modernize Taiwan when it was a colony of Japan.

Ishiguro was scheduled to attend North Carolina's Animazement convention on May 25-27. He attended past U.S. conventions such as several Anime Expo events, Anime Weekend Atlanta in 2007, and Otakon in 2009.
RIP. I was at the Otakon panel back in 2009.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on March 21, 2012, 06:09:57 PM
I just came here to post that IncantatioN, this is depressing as hell, the guy directed some of the most amazing and influential anime out there and my favorite, Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He also seems like a really cool guy:
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I'm just happy I was able to meet him before he died. He's such a cool guy.

At his panel at Otakon '09, he told the entire audience to stand up and play rock-paper-scissors with him, where anyone who lost had to sit down, and the winner won a T-shirt or something. It came down to myself and two other people, whom he invited up on stage for the final round. I ended up coming in second place, but I still ended up winning a prize from him: his used, Dorito-encrusted LoGH mousepad, which he randomly pulled from his laptop bag. He even autographed it for me. I'll never forget that.

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I was at Anime Expo 2002 with a friend of mine. Were chatting about Giant Robo etc and suddenly, a wild Noburo Ishiguro appears and walks by. No handlers, no nothing, just strolling through the lobby. My friend walks over and says hi, points at Ishiguro, points at his back, and surprisingly, Ishiguro nods enthusiastically and suddenly hops on my friends back, who proceeds to run around the lobby with Noburo Ishiguro on his back for a good 2 minutes.

(http://i.imgur.com/Dysi9.jpg?1)

RIP one of the greats of anime, I think it's time to watch some Macross: Do You Remember Love? in his memory.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 22, 2012, 12:56:41 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57400837-501465/video-games-scrutinized-new-bill-seeks-violent-warning-labels/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57400837-501465/video-games-scrutinized-new-bill-seeks-violent-warning-labels/)

Congressmen Joe Baca and Frank Wolf want to introduce a law to require all video games rated 'E' or higher to carry the label "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior."

A politician is a crowd pleaser who pisses everyone off. I would explain why this bill sucks but that would feel like explaining why you shouldn't click on an ad saying you won a free ipod.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 22, 2012, 01:50:03 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57400837-501465/video-games-scrutinized-new-bill-seeks-violent-warning-labels/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57400837-501465/video-games-scrutinized-new-bill-seeks-violent-warning-labels/)

Congressmen Joe Baca and Frank Wolf want to introduce a law to require all video games rated 'E' or higher to carry the label "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior."

A politician is a crowd pleaser who pisses everyone off. I would explain why this bill sucks but that would feel like explaining why you shouldn't click on an ad saying you won a free ipod.

No big deal, it won't pass. If it does, it'll lose in court.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 22, 2012, 02:53:55 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/opinion/please-stop-apologizing.html?_r=4

A brisk read. I much prefer the man in print.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 22, 2012, 03:02:30 PM
No big deal, it won't pass. If it does, it'll lose in court.

I'm optimistic it won't pass; the video game industry has lobbyists now and the Supreme Court acknowledges video games as free speech.

It just bothers me when politicians say things that are intentionally inflammatory or false. If a forum user spoke the way a politician spoke, he would be banned for trolling.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on March 22, 2012, 03:06:05 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/opinion/please-stop-apologizing.html?_r=4

A brisk read. I much prefer the man in print.

I have to register to read this?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 22, 2012, 03:13:37 PM
I have to register to read this?

Sorry, must be a regional thing. Here:

Quote from: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/opinion/please-stop-apologizing.html?_r=4
Please Stop Apologizing
By BILL MAHER
Published: March 21, 2012

THIS week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.” Of course, if something is “inexcusable,” an apology doesn’t make any difference, but then again, neither does Newt Gingrich.

Mr. De Niro was speaking at a fund-raiser with the first lady, Michelle Obama. Here’s the joke: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

The first lady’s press secretary declared the joke “inappropriate,” and Mr. De Niro said his remarks were “not meant to offend.” So, as these things go, even if the terrible damage can never be undone, at least the healing can begin. And we can move on to the next time we choose sides and pretend to be outraged about nothing.

When did we get it in our heads that we have the right to never hear anything we don’t like? In the last year, we’ve been shocked and appalled by the unbelievable insensitivity of Nike shoes, the Fighting Sioux, Hank Williams Jr., Cee Lo Green, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Don Imus, Kirk Cameron, Gilbert Gottfried, the Super Bowl halftime show and the ESPN guys who used the wrong cliché for Jeremy Lin after everyone else used all the others. Who can keep up?

This week, President Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axelrod, described Mitt Romney’s constant advertising barrage in Illinois as a “Mittzkrieg,” and instantly the Republican Jewish Coalition was outraged and called out Mr. Axelrod’s “Holocaust and Nazi imagery” as “disturbing.” Because the message of “Mittzkrieg” was clear: Kill all the Jews. Then the coalition demanded not only that Mr. Axelrod apologize immediately but also that Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz “publicly rebuke” him. For a pun! For punning against humanity!

The right side of America is mad at President Obama because he hugged the late Derrick Bell, a law professor who believed we live in a racist country, 22 years ago; the left side of America is mad at Rush Limbaugh for seemingly proving him right.

If it weren’t for throwing conniption fits, we wouldn’t get any exercise at all.

I have a better idea. Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize.

If that doesn’t work, what about this: If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth.

The answer to whenever another human being annoys you is not “make them go away forever.” We need to learn to coexist, and it’s actually pretty easy to do. For example, I find Rush Limbaugh obnoxious, but I’ve been able to coexist comfortably with him for 20 years by using this simple method: I never listen to his program. The only time I hear him is when I’m at a stoplight next to a pickup truck.

When the lady at Costco gives you a free sample of its new ham pudding and you don’t like it, you spit it into a napkin and keep shopping. You don’t declare a holy war on ham.

I don’t want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone. That’s why we have Canada. That’s not us. If we sand down our rough edges and drain all the color, emotion and spontaneity out of our discourse, we’ll end up with political candidates who never say anything but the safest, blandest, emptiest, most unctuous focus-grouped platitudes and cant. In other words, we’ll get Mitt Romney.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 22, 2012, 03:31:53 PM
Good read.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 22, 2012, 04:07:37 PM
People should be held accountable and they should be prepared to defend what they say.

I partially agree with Bill Maher because the mainstream is often times a horrible judge if what is and what is not acceptable to say. I also agree that politics is a place where people are unbelievably hostile to each other over differing opinions. But even when we have bitterly divisive opinions, we can learn from each other when we're forced to defend ourselves.

He's also right to point at that some of these reactions are completely ridiculous. Robert Deniro was mimicking CNN when they were seriously asking 'Is America ready for a black president?'. I'm shocked anyone could see it as a racial jab toward anyone else. Blitzkrieg has frequently been used outside a WWII context and Mitt Romney was obviously not referring to Hitler.

I partially disagree with Bill Maher because there are some people who don't do anyone any good. Do any of us really benefit from giving air time to birthers? Shouldn't we either confront these people or sever ties with them? If no producer ever puts them another television set or radio station, we would all be better for it.

I'm glad we live in a free country. It means someone has the right to express what's on his mind. It also means another person has the right to say when he thinks the first person's full of shit and should go away.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on March 22, 2012, 04:15:35 PM
Ha, read that earlier. So true. Cant wait to see him in april.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 27, 2012, 10:58:54 AM
And we are now in the "blame-the-victim" phase of the Trayvon Martin shooting: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/trayvon-martin-shooting-details-emerge-facebook-twitter-accounts-180103647.html

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 27, 2012, 11:38:22 AM
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"Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer ... climbed on top of [him] and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered."

"That is the account Zimmerman gave police," the paper said, "and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say."

That's an important detail. The other stuff isn't.

Trayvon Martin once put on fake grills to make a gangsta pose on Facebook and had weed in his bag at one point. Therefore he obviously deserved to be shot in the chest.

I don't believe this should have become a national media circus given that not all of the details of the case have come out; It's hard to point to something systematic if you're missing so much information.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 27, 2012, 11:45:59 AM
Well the media loves a circus.  :troll:

Anyways Zimmerman, regardless of the circumstances, had no business outside his home with a gun.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 27, 2012, 11:57:08 AM
Didn't Zimmerman pursue Martin while he was trying to get away? If so, I can understand why Martin would have fought. He was getting harassed by a stranger. Haven't really followed this whole thing but the way it's been portrayed, it looks like Zimmerman was looking for trouble. Trying to be a vigilante? Either way he shot an innocent man.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 27, 2012, 12:06:35 PM
Didn't Zimmerman pursue Martin while he was trying to get away? If so, I can understand why Martin would have fought. He was getting harassed by a stranger. Haven't really followed this whole thing but the way it's been portrayed, it looks like Zimmerman was looking for trouble. Trying to be a vigilante? Either way he shot an innocent man.

Well some of the 'eye witnesses' are saying Martin was beating Zimmerman senseless (I would too if I felt someone was going to shoot me). That isn't a good enough excuse for what lead up to Zimmerman chasing the kid, fighting him, and then shooting him dead. The guy had no business doing what he did, literally no one was threatened by the Martin walking around. Even if Martin started the fight, Zimmerman instigated the entire thing by being present with a deadly weapon.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on March 27, 2012, 12:34:32 PM
Yeah.  It's generally against all official/semi-official neighborhood watch rules/guidelines to have a gun with you even if you do have a concealed carry permit.  Generally because of the possibility of encouraging stuff like this to happen.

Now, I can respect a gun owner that respects his gun.  But this guy seems to be one of those yahoos who is using his gun as a big ol' set of balls, and predictably this does not end well.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 27, 2012, 01:56:04 PM
That isn't a good enough excuse for what lead up to Zimmerman chasing the kid, fighting him, and then shooting him dead. The guy had no business doing what he did, literally no one was threatened by the Martin walking around.

My point exactly. I mean if I'm walking down the street and some idiot follows me while aggressively demanding that I tell him what I'm doing, you bet I'd eventually punch him in the face.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on March 28, 2012, 05:50:04 AM
The US Military Wants to Hack Foreign Game Consoles, Steal User’s Information

The Department of the Navy is looking very closely at used video game consoles. Only, they don't want to play them. They want to crack them open and steal all the information on overseas users they can get their hands on. To that end, the Department has contracted a company called Obscure Technologies to go overseas, buy a mountain of pre-owned video game consoles and obtain as much "significant and sensitive information from previous users" as it's possible to get.

Why overseas? Because of the nature of the work, they're not allowed to target any "US persons".
Obscure will be given just under USD$200,000 to undertake the work, mostly aimed at developing tools for getting the data and determining just how feasible such a process is. Attempts will then be made to gather the information both from the storage of the console itself, as well as "analyzing network traffic".

The company was awarded the contract because "its lead scientist [has] previously reverse engineered the Microsoft XBOX". To recap, in case you haven't really caught the gist of this yet, if you live outside the USA and have ever traded in a current-gen video game console, you're now at risk - a remote risk, but a risk nonetheless - of having your "significant and sensitive information" obtained by the US military.

Perhaps most interesting/terrifying is that, at the conclusion of the research, some of the software developed for extracting this data will be released as open source and made "freely available".

Source: http://kotaku.com/5896948/the-us-military-wants-to-hack-foreign-game-consoles-to-steal-user-data

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on March 30, 2012, 08:03:46 AM
New York city schools want to ban 'loaded words' from tests
By Brian Vitagliano, CNN

New York (CNN) – Divorce. Dinosaurs, Birthdays. Religion. Halloween. Christmas. Television. These are a few of the 50-plus words and references the New York City Department of Education is hoping to ban from the city’s standardized tests.

The banned word list was made public – and attracted considerable criticism – when the city’s education department recently released this year’s "request for proposal" The request for proposal is sent to test publishers around the country trying to get the job of revamping math and English tests for the City of New York.

The Department of Education's says that avoiding sensitive words on tests is nothing new, and that New York City is not the only locale to do so. California avoids the use of the word "weed" on tests and Florida avoids the phrases that use "Hurricane" or "Wildfires," according to a statement by the New York City Department of Education.

In its request for proposal, the NYC Department of Education explained it wanted to avoid certain words if the "the topic is controversial among the adult population and might not be acceptable in a state-mandated testing situation; the topic has been overused in standardized tests or textbooks and is thus overly familiar and/or boring to students; the topic appears biased against (or toward) some group of people."

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Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the NYC Department of Education, said this is the fifth year they have created such a list. He said such topics "could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students."

"Dinosaurs" evoking unpleasant emotions? The New York Post speculated that the "dinosaurs" could "call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists.”

But what the tabloid failed to realize is that those "fundamentalists" who oppose evolution on religious grounds, believe wholeheartedly in dinosaurs.
Young Earth creationists, or Biblical creationists as they prefer to be called, often point to dinosaurs in making their arguments. They say dinosaurs and humans roamed Earth together, citing legends of dragons and say the fossil record shows the earth is 6,000 years old, though few paleontologists and geologists share this theory.

At the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, the heart of the Young Earth Creationism movement, dinosaur models and exhibits fill the museum displays and gift shop.

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Apparently many of the words on New York’s list were avoided because of faith-based concerns.

For instance, the use of the word "birthday" or the phrase "birthday celebrations" may offend Jehovah's Witnesses, who do not celebrate birthdays. A spokesperson for the Jehovah's Witnesses declined to comment on the use of the word "birthday."

The Department of Education would not go on the record to explain the specific reasons for each word, which has left many to speculate and draw their own conclusions.

Halloween may suggest paganism; divorce may conjure up uneasy feelings for children in the midst of a divorce within their family. One phrase that may surprise many, the term "Rock 'n' Roll" was on the "avoid" list.

Piers Morgan's "Only in America": 50 banned words
And not good news for Italians: the Department of Education also advised avoiding references to types of food, such as pepperoni, products they said "persons of some religions or cultures may not indulge in."
The Department of Education said, "This is standard language that has been used by test publishers for many years and allows our students to complete practice exams without distraction."

Stanford University Professor Sam Wineburg is an expert in the field of education and director of the Stanford History Education Group.
When reached by phone said Wineburg, after a brief pause on the line, "the purpose of education is to create unpleasant experiences in us. ... The Latin meaning if education is 'to go out.' Education is not about making us feel warm and fuzzy inside."

Wineburg questioned the idea that the New York City Department of Education would want to "shield kids from these types of encounters." He said the goal of education is to "prepare them," adding "this is how we dumb down public schools."

Source: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/28/new-york-city-schools-ban-loaded-words-from-tests/?hpt=hp_c3

... Hmm I wonder how long before books start getting banned.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 30, 2012, 09:47:05 AM
I couldn't bear not posting this story:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/man-attacked-mountain-lion-saved-bear-213015363--abc-news-topstories.html
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A northern California man who says he was attacked by a mountain lion while out on a hike has a helpful hand - or claw - to thank for his life.
Robert Biggs, 69, of Paradise, Calif., says he was saved by a helpful bear.
Biggs set out Monday morning for one of his usual hiking and gold-panning trips near Whiskey Flats when he came across a mother bear, yearling, and cub sitting on a stream bank. Biggs said he stopped to watch the bears for a few moments, but, as he turned to leave, something jumped on his back and knocked him to his knees.
"My backpack raises up over my head and a mountain lion latched on to it," Biggs said.
Biggs hit the lion on the head with a rock pick he was carrying when he saw the bear grab the lion by the neck, Biggs said. The two animals struggled on the ground for a few seconds before the lion got free and ran away, he added.
"I think the lion was stalking the bear's cub and I got in the way," Biggs said. "The bear walked calmly back to her cub after, and I wrapped my arm up with a T-shirt and went gold panning before I went home."
Biggs returned home to his shocked wife, Suzanne, who said she tried to convince him to go to the doctor, but has still had no luck.
"I was pretty worried when I saw all of the blood on his clothes, but he's being very stubborn," Suzanne Biggs said. "I thought he should go in case of rabies, but Bob isn't worried."
Biggs has returned to the site of the attack four times this week. The couple has never worried about encountering large animals in the area before.
"I am going to think twice about going down there now," Suzanne Biggs said, "but I'm more cautious than Bob."
Biggs said he has no problem returning to the area, and is recovering.
"I poured some hydrogen peroxide on my arm, and it feels fine," Biggs said. "It's black and blue from the wrist to the elbow and you can still see the puncture wounds, but it feels fine."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 30, 2012, 11:08:58 AM
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"It's black and blue from the wrist to the elbow and you can still see the puncture wounds, but it feels fine."

Lol, yeah it's fine man, no problem here!

*2 weeks later*

"Sorry sir, we have to amputate."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 30, 2012, 11:34:07 AM
Lol, yeah it's fine man, no problem here!

*2 weeks later*

"Sorry sir, we have to amputate."

Ha!  :ubik:

Speaking of horrific infections, I had a friend that nearly needed to have her arm amputated because of a bite from a small dog (in a relatively short amount of time as well: 1-2 days [I don't know how infections work, please don't make fun of me]). They saved her arm, but well hopefully this guy turns out alright. 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on March 30, 2012, 02:08:13 PM
Speaking of horrific infections, I had a friend that nearly needed to have her arm amputated because of a bite from a small dog (in a relatively short amount of time as well: 1-2 days [I don't know how infections work, please don't make fun of me]). They saved her arm, but well hopefully this guy turns out alright. 
Yeah, dog bites are very serious, a dog's saliva has a lot of bacteria, if a bite is left untreated it can even lead to death. You should always wash the wound and look for swelling. A bit of googling led me to this article, give it a read !
http://www.oxfordleader.com/Articles-i-2009-06-17-229810.113121-sub-Dog-bite-led-to-amputations.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on March 30, 2012, 02:40:12 PM
My point exactly. I mean if I'm walking down the street and some idiot follows me while aggressively demanding that I tell him what I'm doing, you bet I'd eventually punch him in the face.

I'm inclined to think you would use your Professor X-like mental powers and convince said idiot to 'fuck off'. I may be wrong. *gets punched*

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/opinion/bennett-trayvon-martin/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Interesting. It's obviously better to have all the facts first. I know this will come across sounding cold, but cases like this happen all the time. All pointless death, no what what color the victims are, is fucking tragic. 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 30, 2012, 02:53:32 PM
I'm inclined to think you would use your Professor X-like mental powers and convince said idiot to 'fuck off'. I may be wrong. *gets punched*

People don't tend to follow me in the street in the first place, I have to admit. :void:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 30, 2012, 03:51:39 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/opinion/bennett-trayvon-martin/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

I read that article. There were a couple of good points, but a lot of what he said bothered me.

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At first, it was thought that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, was the aggressor because he followed Martin, got into a physical scuffle with him and shot him. But then, some witnesses claim that Martin attacked Zimmerman first, and the initial police report said that Zimmerman had blood on his nose and the back of his head after the incident. However, surveillance video footage that surfaced from the police station is leading to questions about the extent of Zimmerman's injuries.

That would be what's most unclear about the case at this point.

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To make matters more complex, we found out that in the past several months, Martin was suspended from school three times, once for the possession of drug paraphernalia.

This has no relevance to the case whatsoever. What does having drug paraphernalia or being a truant have anything to do with this case? I'm tired of these so-called analysts bringing this up.

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It was also revealed that Zimmerman identified himself as a Hispanic and was a registered Democrat.

Not relevant to the case. Everyone's capable or racism and violence regardless of race or party affiliation.

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A mob mentality seems to be in the ascendancy.
 
The New Black Panther Party offered a bounty for Zimmerman's capture.

Interesting point and relevant fact.

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Spike Lee fueled the flames by tweeting Zimmerman's home address, which turned out to be the wrong address and resulted in an older couple fleeing from their home and fearing for their lives after threats and crowds outside their residence. Lee, realizing his folly, has since apologized to the couple.

He also offered them an out of court settlement and the couple describe him as feeling genuinely sorry. But what he did was beyond folly; publishing someone's address is threatening.

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The loudest voices should be particularly careful not to rush to conclusions. Remember the Duke lacrosse case, in which members of the team were accused of a gang rape. The public rushed to judgment long before the young men were eventually acquitted.

It's very different from the Duke Case. For one, there was no evidence that a rape had taken place, the alleged rapists had alibis, and one even had ATM transactions from the specific time period the rape took place. We all know that George Zimmerman followed a stranger in a neighborhood even after he was told not to by police and shot and killed a teenager who was holding nothing but iced tea and skittles. What occurred between that time is murky.

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Lastly, why is there so much selective outrage on the part of so many?

The leading cause of death for black male teenagers is homicide, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Of all the black homicide victims, about 93% are killed by other black people. In 2011, nearly 85% of all people murdered in Philadelphia were black. Where are the marches and protests for these victims? Is it justice people seek or are they looking and even hoping for signs of white racism so they can exploit it?

That is a separate kind of tragedy which deserves its own coverage.

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While we wait and respect due process of law, we should do our part to uplift human personality. We can do so by giving both Martin and Zimmerman a just weighing of the evidence, both in the court of law and public opinion.

The advocates for vigilante justice are dangerous and our impressions will probably change as this case is investigated.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Proj2501 on March 30, 2012, 04:36:04 PM
That would be what's most unclear about the case at this point.

Perhaps not for long. Supposedly there will be medical records to say otherwise. Still, I suppose it's possible to self-inflict these injuries.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/justice/florida-teen-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

This has no relevance to the case whatsoever. What does having drug paraphernalia or being a truant have anything to do with this case?

It doesn't? While this automatically doesn't brand Martin as the aggressor definitively, it does shed some light on his character, IMO. We're not talking about a student leaving the library after a late night cram session. Speaking from personal experience, those I knew who walked paths similar to Martin, weren't boy scouts.

Interesting point and relevant fact.

But that is? Interesting, sure. Relevant to case? Hardly. Also, had it been a white or latino organization to issue such a threat, imagine the uproar.

He also offered them an out of court settlement and the couple describe him as feeling genuinely sorry. But what he did was beyond folly; publishing someone's address is threatening.

Awwww. He felt sorry? Again, imagine if Spielberg or, hell, Guillermo Del Toro pulled something similar. They'd be done for life. Spike Lee, what joke. He shouldn't be allowed to buy his way out of that. His stupidity could have had serious consequences.

It's very different from the Duke Case. For one, there was no evidence that a rape had taken place, the alleged rapists had alibis, and one even had ATM transactions from the specific time period the rape took place.

That didn't stop the circus of a trial that followed. She was given an opportunity to raise all sorts of hell. Also, look at her track record. Another shining star there.  :schierke:



Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 30, 2012, 04:43:00 PM
But that is? Interesting, sure. Relevant to case, hardly? Also, had it been a 'white' organization to issue such a threat, imagine the uproar.

I meant relevant to that point he was making, not in determining the outcome of the case.

Awwww. He felt sorry? Again, imagine if Spielberg pulled something similar. He'd be done for life. Spike Lee, what joke. He shouldn't be allowed to buy his way out of that. His stupidity could have had serious consequences.

Spike Lee's comments were completely reckless. Bennett's writing understated two things about the situation. I think they should have had him arrested.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 30, 2012, 04:56:44 PM
That article you posted is more about mob mentality than it is about the case though. "It's clear that some of the people raising the most noise are trying to make this less about the horrible death of a young man and more about claims of racial resentment that may or may not exist." In short, people will objectify anything for their own gain. Sad world we live in. But that doesn't mean the outrage is not justified from what we know of the situation. And I say this as an outsider who is completely unaffected by US racial tensions.

It doesn't? While this automatically doesn't brand Martin as the aggressor definitively, it does shed some light on his character, IMO. We're not talking about a student leaving the library after a late night cram session. Speaking from personal experience, those I knew who walked paths similar to Martin, weren't boy scouts.

That being said man if people who smoke pot deserve to be shot the world is soon going to be a very empty place.

Awwww. He felt sorry? Again, imagine if Spielberg or, hell, Guillermo Del Toro pulled something similar. They'd be done for life. Spike Lee, what joke. He shouldn't be allowed to buy his way out of that. His stupidity could have had serious consequences.

Just being his usual stupid self as far as I can tell.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 30, 2012, 05:03:48 PM
Bennett's definitely right about the mob mentality and Al Sharpton is not an objective analyst.

Unlike other political articles, this one was not incendiary. However, this is the man who when asked about the crime rate brought up the idea of aborting every black baby. I take his analysis with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 30, 2012, 07:01:13 PM
The bigger story to me, whatever happened exactly, are the implications of the immaterial social media assassination of Martin's character, and justification of his death, that amounts to calling him a nigger in so many words. "See, he deserved to die because he really was one of those blacks we're scared of, so we're not racist for thinking so," the racist thinking goes, delivered with all the unblinking conviction and lack of self-awareness of a Holocaust denier. Lovely story.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on March 30, 2012, 11:56:23 PM
Perhaps not for long. Supposedly there will be medical records to say otherwise. Still, I suppose it's possible to self-inflict these injuries.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/justice/florida-teen-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


Yeah, that's complete BS until the records are shown.  While I understand that his father and brother are trying to defend their son/brother, literally everything they've said to defend him so far has been a complete lie.  Keep in mind that one of their earliest defenses was that Zimmerman wasn't following Martin only to have the 911 calls come out hours later where Zimmerman himself said he was following him.  And that's just one of many different, contradicting stories they've given.

The dad is claiming every possible scenario as fact, no matter how stupid or unrealistic, because he knows if he stumbles upon one that the investigators can't outright disprove his son will walk free according to Florida's insane self-defense law.

If I were Zimmerman, and I knew that my wounds from being attacked from behind while getting in my car beaten in grass almost killed by having my head hit against a sidewalk told I was going to die because somehow my gun managed to slip out of its holster would mean most of this uproar would die down, I wouldn't go into hiding.  I'd haul my ass down to the local hospital, news station, or whatever and show whoever wanted to look the cuts, bruises, or scrapes.  But then again I wouldn't be hunting down black kids to begin with either so what I would do doesn't matter.  

The bigger story to me, whatever happened exactly, are the implications of the immaterial social media assassination of Martin's character, and justification of his death, that amounts to calling him a nigger in so many words. "See, he deserved to die because he really was one of those blacks we're scared of, so we're not racist for thinking so," the racist thinking goes, delivered with all the unblinking conviction and lack of self-awareness of a Holocaust denier. Lovely story.

Very well put, Griffith.  And that's one of the many things that sucks about this story.  The lack of self-awareness (unconscious denial?).  That once this all dies down those same people will claim they're not racist and that there isn't racism in America anymore.  It's like a guarantee that nothing will ever change.


Edited to better clarify what I was trying to say.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 04, 2012, 03:39:23 AM
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/03/decommissioning-the-space-shuttles/100271/

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Starting next month, NASA will begin delivering its four Space Shuttle orbiters to their final destinations. After an extensive decommissioning process, the fleet -- which includes three former working spacecraft and one test orbiter -- is nearly ready for public display. On April 17, the shuttle Discovery will be attached to a modified 747 Jumbo Jet for transport to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. Endeavour will go to Los Angeles in mid-September, and in early 2013, Atlantis will take its place on permanent display at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Test orbiter Enterprise will fly to New York City next month. Gathered here are images of NASA's final days spent processing the Space Shuttle fleet.

Check out these amazing images of the dismantling of space dreams.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on April 04, 2012, 11:07:19 AM
Whoa, those pictures look amazing, thanks for sharing. Here's another article with some cool pictures of Project Gemini - http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/04/remembering-project-gemini/100274/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on April 20, 2012, 03:54:35 AM
Congress has stripped away your 1st Amendment rights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SGWH3kirzg
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 20, 2012, 04:23:42 AM
Congress has stripped away your 1st Amendment rights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SGWH3kirzg
Way to sensationalize, dude... and sourcing Fox News? Really? It means that trespassing laws are expanded when Secret Servicemen are around large gatherings. If you're protesting and cross over a threshold you can be arrested and charged with a felony. And here's the actual range for that stripping:

Quote from: http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/how-big-deal-hr-347-criminalizing-protest-bill
These restricted areas include locations where individuals under Secret Service protection are temporarily located, and certain large special events like a presidential inauguration. They can also include large public events like the Super Bowl and the presidential nominating conventions (troublingly, the Department of Homeland Security has significant discretion in designating what qualifies as one of these special events)

So here's a tip, don't be a dick at the Super Bowl.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on April 20, 2012, 09:47:21 AM
Norway mass-shooting trial reopens debate on violent video games

(CNN) -- Norway's alleged mass killer testified on Thursday that he played video games as a way to train for a shooting spree that killed 77 people last summer. In particular, Anders Behring Breivik said at his trial that he played "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" as a means of shooting practice, according to CNN's report.
The confessed shooter also said he once played the online game "World of Warcraft," a role-playing adventure with multiple players from around the world, for as many as 16 hours a day.

For people who have long suspected that there is some link between violent video games and real-world violence, the statement offered frightening new evidence for why the video-game industry should be more strictly regulated. Many gamers and columnists, however, rolled their eyes and collectively muttered "here we go again."

"How many times are we going to do this?" Paul Tassi wrote in a Forbes story, "The idiocy of blaming video games for the Norway massacre." "Really now, it's getting absurd." "Norway Killer Played World of Warcraft, Which Probably Means Nothing At All," declared a headline on Time.com, which shares a parent company with CNN.

Whether shoot-'em-up video games can incite violence has been a long-running debate among the public as well as in clinical psychology. This type of discussion tends to come up every time it's revealed that a high-profile killer also played video games.

Perhaps the most memorable case study was the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999, during which experts speculated about the influence of the game "Doom" on the teenagers who carried out that crime.

And for years, the controversial "Grand Theft Auto" series, in which players can kill police officers, was targeted by critics who said it glamorizes criminals and promotes violence. The makers of the game were even sued by the attorney for a convicted cop killer in Alabama, who argued the game inspired his client.
Ultimately, it seems like science should judge whether playing violent video games can lead to a propensity for violence in the real world. A number of recent studies have cast doubts about the link between video games and violence, but there's no definitive answer.

Confusingly, a 2004 U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education report studied 24 cases of school violence and found: "Over half of the attackers demonstrated some interest in violence, through movies, video games, books and other media. However, there was no one common type of interest in violence indicated. Instead, the attackers' interest in violent themes took various forms."

The always-vocal jury of the Internet, meanwhile, rushed on Thursday to the defense of the video game industry. Here's a breakdown of the general argument, in case you want to be supercontrarian and appropriate these points for cocktail-party conversation this weekend.

Point 1: Lots of people play video games and don't kill people.

"How many subscribers do those two games have? Several million? And yet several million of us managed not to go bonkers with a gun," a commenter on my Google+ page. "Ridiculous argument."

Point 1.5: Lots of people who play "FarmVille" don't actually farm.

Here's a related point: People who play other kinds of video games don't usually (or ever) act out the things they do in the games. "Shooters do not create real-life killers. Neither does "FarmVille" create real-life farmers," another Google+ commenter said.

Point 2: The confessed Norway killer had other apparent influences.

"If we're looking for Breivik's influences and motivations, we'd better start with xenophobia, fundamentalist Christianity and right-wing ideology before even mentioning what was in his Xbox," a commenter wrote on CNN's story about the trial. And from Lisa Smith on Google+: "If there were no violent video games or movies, would Breivek have shrugged off writing his manifesto [on] his irrational fear of Islam? No, then perhaps then if he'd been unable to watch the news? Oops, now we have to keep him from using the Internet, was that enough?"

Point 3: There are lots of ways to train for a shooting spree.

From a Forbes column: "Let's say he did use 'Call of Duty' to help him train in some way. So what? That may sound callous, but let's be real here. If he went to a gun range every single day for the past year, a place that actually trains you how to hit person-shaped targets with a real gun firing real bullets in your hands, would we be talking about how shooting ranges are to blame? Would we want them all closed down for fear someone else might learn how to shoot a gun and kill someone? Some might, but they'd be shouted down by gun rights activists, ironically many of whom would like to blame games instead."

Point 3.5: And anyway, these games would be crappy for training.

"How can 'World of Warcraft' be considered 'training'? Unless he planned on looting gold and armor. Also, 'Modern Warfare' is hardly a training tool. Too linear and unrealistic," another Google+ commenter wrote. "Could the 'Armed Assault' series, with its more simulation based approach, have been more useful to create a mass murderer?"

Point 4: There's little scientific evidence to suggest video games actually make people violent.

From Time.com: "The most up-to-date research, according to academic and TIME contributor Christopher Ferguson, 'has not found that children who play VVG [violent video games] are more violent than other kids, nor harmed in any other identifiable fashion.' In Ferguson's own longitudinal studies, recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, he found 'no long-term link between VVG and youth aggression or dating violence.' And Ferguson references another recent longitudinal study involving German children, published in Media Psychology, which similarly found no links between increased aggression and violent video games."

Anders Behring Breivik extends a clenched fist on Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, for the second day of his trial.

Point 5: The Norway killer apparently saw "WoW" as a cover-up device.

I'll add this little factoid to the pile: If you search the manifesto that's attributed to Breivik, you'll only find a few references to "World of Warcraft." When he does mention the game, he appears to be explaining that by saying if you're playing "WoW" all the time, you can stop family members and friends from questioning what you're up to.

"Announce to your closest friends, co-workers and family that you are pursuing a 'project' that can at least partly justify your 'new pattern of activities' (isolation/travel) while in the planning phase," the manifesto says. "(For) example, tell them that you have started to play 'World of Warcraft' or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This 'new project' can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods."

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/19/tech/gaming-gadgets/games-violence-norway-react/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on April 20, 2012, 11:34:21 AM
The funny part is he WAS going to a gun range/club and and had upwards of a dozen training sessions there.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 20, 2012, 12:07:58 PM
Anders Breivik's act of violence was not random and the examiners have declared that he is not legally insane. He was deeply committed to an extremist ideology, unfortunately an ideology which has a lot of mainstream acceptance.

All you have to do is take a Klansman or re-branded ex-Klansman's narrative on Jews and swap it out with the word 'Muslims' and it will perfectly describe the ideology of the people who inspired Breivik:

They are an anti-western minority whose goal is your submission to them. They only look out for themselves will take advantage of your tolerance towards them and use political correctness to oppress you. Their culture poisons the very foundation of Western society. Humans want to live in peace and their ultimate goal is peace and prosperity; these people do not have that trait. The political establishment only bends to their will.

It should be noted that many of these writers, particularly the one Breivik cited, advocate staying within the law. There are other writers who paint the exact same narrative but call for terrorism and genocide.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on April 20, 2012, 01:53:19 PM
Who cares about fucking videogames people?! This piece of shit is about to get only 21 years (Norway is pretty amazing for criminals) if he's not deemed insane. At least that way they could keep him locked for life.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 20, 2012, 02:17:09 PM
Who cares about fucking videogames people?! This piece of shit is about to get only 21 years (Norway is pretty amazing for criminals) if he's not deemed insane. At least that way they could keep him locked for life.

If he is deemed a threat to the public, his sentence can be extended indefinitely. He is too dangerous to be out in public.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on April 22, 2012, 09:57:47 PM
Rogers’ “Cybersecurity” Bill Is Broad Enough to Use Against WikiLeaks and The Pirate Bay

Congress is doing it again: they’re proposing overbroad regulations that could have dire consequences for our Internet ecology. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, allows companies or the government1 free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to online services for “cybersecurity purposes.” Companies are encouraged to share data with the government and with one another, and the government can share data in return. The idea is to facilitate detection of and defense against a serious cyber threat, but the definitions in the bill go well beyond that. The language is so broad it could be used as a blunt instrument to attack websites like The Pirate Bay or WikiLeaks. Join EFF in calling on Congress to stop the Rogers’ cybersecurity bill.

Under the proposed legislation, a company that protects itself or other companies against “cybersecurity threats” can “use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property” of the company under threat. But because “us[ing] cybersecurity systems” is incredibly vague, it could be interpreted to mean monitoring email, filtering content, or even blocking access to sites. A company acting on a “cybersecurity threat” would be able to bypass all existing laws, including laws prohibiting telcos from routinely monitoring communications, so long as it acted in “good faith.”

The broad language around what constitutes a cybersecurity threat leaves the door wide open for abuse. For example, the bill defines “cyber threat intelligence” and “cybersecurity purpose” to include “theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.”

Yes, intellectual property. It’s a little piece of SOPA wrapped up in a bill that’s supposedly designed to facilitate detection of and defense against cybersecurity threats. The language is so vague that an ISP could use it to monitor communications of subscribers for potential infringement of intellectual property. An ISP could even interpret this bill as allowing them to block accounts believed to be infringing, block access to websites like The Pirate Bay believed to carry infringing content, or take other measures provided they claimed it was motivated by cybersecurity concerns.

The language of “theft or misappropriation of private or government information” is equally concerning. Regardless of the intent of this language, the end result is that the government and Internet companies could use this language to block sites like WikiLeaks and NewYorkTimes.com, both of which have published classified information. Online publishers like WikiLeaks are currently afforded protection under the First Amendment; receiving and publishing classified documents from a whistleblower is a common journalistic practice. While there’s uncertainty about whether the Espionage Act could be brought to bear against WikiLeaks, it is difficult to imagine a situation where the Espionage Act would apply to WikiLeaks without equally applying to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and in fact everyone who reads about the cablegate releases. But under Rogers' cybersecurity proposal, the government would have new, powerful tools to go after WikiLeaks. By claiming that WikiLeaks constituted “cyber threat intelligence” (aka “theft or misappropriation of private or government information”), the government may be empowering itself and other companies to monitor and block the site. This means that the previous tactics used to silence WikiLeaks—including a financial blockade and shutting down their accounts with online service providers—could be supplemented by very direct means. The government could proclaim that WikiLeaks constitutes a cybersecurity threat and have new, broad powers to filter and block communication with the journalistic website.

Congress is intent on passing cybersecurity legislation this year, and there are multiple proposals in the House and the Senate under debate. But none is as poorly drafted and dangerously vague as the Rogers bill. We need to stop this bill in its tracks, before it can advance in the House and before the authors can negotiate to place this overbroad language into other cybersecurity proposals.

Internet security is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. But we don’t need to sacrifice our civil liberties to do so.

Source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/03/rogers-cybersecurity-bill-broad-enough-use-against-wikileaks-and-pirate-bay
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 03, 2012, 02:07:29 PM
There exists a thing called the EA Indie bundle:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117061-EA-Unleashes-its-Indie-Bundle (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117061-EA-Unleashes-its-Indie-Bundle)


EA is a gigantic corporation that gobbles up businesses and releases endless big budget sequels. It has enough money to pump a fuck ton of advertisements into every gamer's cerebral cortex so as to drive them into a hypnotic consumerist frenzy. In other words, not indie.

I guess EA wants to improve its image, corner a new market, or both.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 03, 2012, 02:20:49 PM
There exists a thing called the EA Indie bundle:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117061-EA-Unleashes-its-Indie-Bundle (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117061-EA-Unleashes-its-Indie-Bundle)

Of course it's ironic that there's an "EA Indie" bundle, since it goes against the very definition of what indie means... but I think it'd be wrong to look down on these games because their publisher is wacky and stupid. Put yourself in the developer's shoes.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on May 09, 2012, 09:54:31 PM
Meanwhile New York has shown its gotten a lot smarter recently by...

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/viewing-child-pornography-not-crime-according-york-court-165025919.html

After reading the article I just wanted to slap each person in the court room that thought this was a good idea.

 :daiba:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 09, 2012, 09:59:05 PM
In the big news of the day, it was announced that Mitt Romney will be our President starting in 2013:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/09/politics/obama-same-sex-marriage/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Way to go, liberal pussies. Conservatives we're just having all the fun shooting themselves in the ideological foot lately and you had to show them that's our game. I'm disappointed because I thought Obama was smarter than this. Next is he going to clarify the reason he doesn't attend church is because he's too smart to really believe in God? Just because it's right or true doesn't mean you need to say so.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on May 09, 2012, 10:12:38 PM
In the big news of the day, it was announced today that Mitt Romney will be our President starting in 2013:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/09/politics/obama-same-sex-marriage/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

With the amount of flip-flopping that Obama does it wouldn't surprise the least if after getting re-elected
he signs a bill outlawing gay marriage. Meanwhile in related Obama news he and Congress passed and
signed a bill that gives sanctuary to members of Hamas in the United States.

(HR 1388)

Its not in the news go figure.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 09, 2012, 10:25:06 PM
With the amount of flip-flopping that Obama does it wouldn't surprise the least if after getting re-elected he signs a bill outlawing gay marriage.

Not likely since he expressed support for it in 1996 but has fudged his position since for pretty obvious political reasons (not the most noble pose, but smart). Romney is the one that's declared support for an anti-gay marriage amendment, and this plays right into his hands and wakes the base of a sleepy right for him (he really doesn't care either, but by the same token he's more likely to go through with it just because).

Should have known Biden would be the end of Obama eventually. =)

Meanwhile in related Obama news he and Congress passed and
signed a bill that gives sanctuary to members of Hamas in the United States.

(HR 1388)

Uh-huh, he's also a Muslim and wasn't even born in this country! Ugh:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/a/hr_1388_hamas_resettlement.htm

Its not in the news go figure.

That's called a red flag, which is why it's probably not a good idea to post suspicious things you can't confirm. The "Not News" half of the thread doesn't mean false news or propaganda.

Anyway, my sources tell me there's a new drug on the market that will enlarge to your penis, guaranteed.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on May 10, 2012, 01:13:03 AM
Anyway, my sources tell me there's a new drug on the market that will enlarge to your penis, guaranteed.

Trust me, man. It doesn't :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 10, 2012, 01:22:15 AM
Trust me, man. It doesn't :sad:

You mean I can't rely on Canadian pharmacy? Must be that damn socialized medicine... OBAMA! (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/nerdrage.gif)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on May 10, 2012, 01:11:40 PM
Meanwhile New York has shown its gotten a lot smarter recently by...

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/viewing-child-pornography-not-crime-according-york-court-165025919.html

After reading the article I just wanted to slap each person in the court room that thought this was a good idea.

 :daiba:

I'm not sure what's wrong with that one.  I wouldn't be surprised if I have some underage pics in my cache after trawling for pics of hot abs on Tumblr; it'd be nice not to be thrown in jail for them.  And in the days before popup blockers those twink sites might send you anywhere!  Though of course the smart thing for anyone to do is to clear their cache once in a while, lots of people don't know how.

I think the point of the legislation was that if you really are a kiddie porn hound they ought to have more on you than some trash in your cache before they bring you in.  Did the article say they couldn't use it as reasonable suspicion for issuing a search warrant?  Because that's what it ought to be, not a charge in itself.  I don't mind asking the cops to try a little harder when it comes to prosecuting end users of ANYTHING illegal anyway. 

ETA:  The article makes it sound like they dropped the charges on the guy the case was about.  They didn't, they just dropped like 2 of the charges which were based on stuff in his cache.  The convictions for the OTHER kiddie porn on his computer, that had been saved and deleted, stand.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 21, 2012, 10:04:03 PM
I don't know what to say to this: http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/worst-parent-week-dad-puts-toddler-washing-machine-183500809.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 22, 2012, 02:34:13 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/speech-members-congress-drops-grade-level-due-conservatives-192151897.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/speech-members-congress-drops-grade-level-due-conservatives-192151897.html)

Fascinating. I don't know what to make of this.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 22, 2012, 02:35:57 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/speech-members-congress-drops-grade-level-due-conservatives-192151897.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/speech-members-congress-drops-grade-level-due-conservatives-192151897.html)

Fascinating. I don't know what to make of this.
Victory of the Tea Partiers.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 22, 2012, 02:39:35 AM
Victory of the Tea Partiers.

It seemed to reach its nadir around the time of the 2010 midterm elections, but this has been the trend since 2005, long before any tea party member ever existed.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 22, 2012, 03:17:35 AM
I blame Libertarians.

They are the safest group to blame for things.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 22, 2012, 03:50:30 AM
I blame Libertarians.

They are the safest group to blame for things.

It's all the Koch brothers' fault.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Infinte on May 22, 2012, 08:49:24 PM
Oliver North is selling Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/05/02/oliver-north-is-selling-call-of-duty-black-ops-2/

From what I've had read this guy seems to be quite the douchebag with Iran-Contra affair and I'm wondering why Activision even had him on their commercials, and just when I thought Activision couldn't stoop lower.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 22, 2012, 10:23:03 PM
Oliver North is selling Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/05/02/oliver-north-is-selling-call-of-duty-black-ops-2/

From what I've had read this guy seems to be quite the douchebag with Iran-Contra affair and I'm wondering why Activision even had him on their commercials, and just when I thought Activision couldn't stoop lower.

Ah yes, that sniveling little shit who sold weapons to Iran to fund contras is now claiming that the exact same regime he armed is an existential threat.

I'm honestly surprised that a video game company would hire someone so polarizing for its marketing; I'm also surprised this man hasn't needed to hide himself from the public eye and hang his head in shame.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 22, 2012, 11:37:47 PM
I'm honestly surprised that a video game company would hire someone so polarizing for its marketing; I'm also surprised this man hasn't needed to hide himself from the public eye and hang his head in shame.
It's headline-grabbing. That's why they did it.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 22, 2012, 11:42:39 PM
Plus, Contra is one of the greatest games ever. :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 24, 2012, 10:21:08 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/york-senate-bill-seeks-end-anonymous-internet-posting-162549128.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/york-senate-bill-seeks-end-anonymous-internet-posting-162549128.html)

Yet another horrific government bill makes its way onto the table. We seem to be getting a lot of them this term. But considering this bill would devastate Reddit, YouTube, and Yahoo, I have confidence that it will be defeated. I'll keep my aliases (and all the cool abbreviations), thank you very much.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on May 24, 2012, 10:40:45 PM
Hey why not take it a step further just have the state send you a bar code that you wave in front of your computer and it will load your personal information for free.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 25, 2012, 12:47:22 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/york-senate-bill-seeks-end-anonymous-internet-posting-162549128.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/york-senate-bill-seeks-end-anonymous-internet-posting-162549128.html)

Yet another horrific government bill makes its way onto the table. We seem to be getting a lot of them this term. But considering this bill would devastate Reddit, YouTube, and Yahoo, I have confidence that it will be defeated. I'll keep my aliases (and all the cool abbreviations), thank you very much.
I'm all for sites that encourage members to foster a real persona over time, and where actions you take have consequences associated with your identity. That's the only way to truly develop a community. But doing it by LAW isn't the right way.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 25, 2012, 02:56:50 AM
I'm all for sites that encourage members to foster a real persona over time, and where actions you take have consequences associated with your identity. That's the only way to truly develop a community. But doing it by LAW isn't the right way.

But must a real persona include a full name and address? Not every site where users generate comments is necessarily about people creating a sense of community with each other; sometimes it's an opportunity for people to show their talent and knowledge without fear of being harassed in real life by potential enemies. Not that communities aren't a vital part of the online world, of course.

As for what creates a joyful online community, it's hard to say. One thing they all seem to have in common are at least a handful of articulate people who comment frequently. Placing constraints on how many times you can cover a topic is also another common factor.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 25, 2012, 03:01:04 AM
All I mean is, choose an identity and stick to it. Have some kind of accountability and credibility.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on May 26, 2012, 06:12:24 PM
http://travel.aol.co.uk/2011/09/28/man-caught-trying-to-smuggle-hummingbirds-in-his-underwear/

NSFW picture in the article

Quote
An air passenger has been caught trying to smuggle more than a dozen live hummingbirds inside his pants.

The tiny birds were discovered hidden in special pouches sewn inside the Dutchman's pants at Rochambeau airport in Cayenne, French Guiana.

They were individually wrapped in cloth and taped up to stop them from escaping.

Airport officials noticed the passenger fidgeting and acting suspiciously, and the man was detained by French customs officers.

The detainee, who is believed to have a previous record for trying to smuggle tiny creatures, was arrested but it is not yet known whether he has been charged.

The incident is yet another in a string of similar attempts to smuggle live animals between countries.

In August, a passenger was detained at Miami airport for attempting to sneak a collection of snakes and tortoises in his trousers, and in May, a passenger was caught trying to smuggle a virtual zoo, including baby panthers, leopards and monkeys, in his luggage.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on May 26, 2012, 06:56:49 PM
http://travel.aol.co.uk/2011/09/28/man-caught-trying-to-smuggle-hummingbirds-in-his-underwear/

After seeing the picture I can understand why he was fidgeting.  Ouch.

A real man would've tried smuggling woodpeckers though.  :femto:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 26, 2012, 09:22:22 PM
A real man would've tried smuggling woodpeckers though.  :femto:

I smuggle crocodiles. :daiba:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on May 26, 2012, 10:16:35 PM
I smuggle crocodiles. :daiba:

Ouch!  Just watch out for that death roll they do.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 27, 2012, 08:59:18 AM
Ouch!  Just watch out for that death roll they do.  :ganishka:

It's the only way I can get aroused anymore. :azan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on May 29, 2012, 02:21:17 AM
They're here! They Live!

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/05/28/new-details-miami-cannibalism.wsvn
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 29, 2012, 11:06:22 AM
They're here! They Live!

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/05/28/new-details-miami-cannibalism.wsvn

Do they expect us to buy that drug story?  :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on May 29, 2012, 06:04:03 PM
Do they expect us to buy that drug story?  :troll:

LSD? I mean if it was PCP i would believe it, but LSD makes no sense. Totally a cover up.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 30, 2012, 03:25:25 AM
LCD? I mean if it was PCP i would believe it, but LCD makes no sense. Totally a cover up.

It probably will turn out to be PCP, but just in case it turns out to be zombies I'm going to brick up my front window.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JudeauChop on May 30, 2012, 03:31:53 PM
It probably will turn out to be PCP, but just in case it turns out to be zombies I'm going to brick up my front window.

I've heard reports it was bath salts... 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 30, 2012, 05:53:49 PM
I've heard reports it was bath salts... 

I read the same thing on the BBC's iPhone app. I'm still buying a shotgun.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 30, 2012, 06:08:03 PM
I read the same thing on the BBC's iPhone app. I'm still buying a shotgun.

Excellet choice.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 30, 2012, 10:08:27 PM
Excellet choice.

Thanks, Bob! If this turns into something, you might need to change professions (unless vampires start cropping up, too).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 30, 2012, 10:49:17 PM
Bath salt zombies, no joke:

Quote from: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/30/153989768/bath-salts-drug-suspected-in-miami-face-eating-attack?sc=fb&cc=fp
"The cases are similar minus a man eating another. People taking off their clothes. People suddenly have super human strength," Aguilar said, according to ABC. "They become violent and they are burning up from the inside. Their organs are reaching a level that most would die. By the time police approach them they are a walking dead person."

BTW, it might be because I live on the left coast near Hollyweird, but just shooting the zombie man without attempting to taser him seems to me excessive force (granted, if ever a situation justified it... =). And a waste, if only we could capture a live one for the bio-weapon lab under the police station.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Jaze1618 on June 10, 2012, 03:08:52 PM
Miami Resident pulls Zombie prank in the Fallout of Miami Zombie Scare. Almost gets shot. (Full Video included below)

http://gawker.com/5915420/chasing-after-miami-residents-while-pretending-to-be-a-zombie-somehow-not-the-best-idea
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 11, 2012, 12:27:33 AM
Miami Resident pulls Zombie prank in the Fallout of Miami Zombie Scare. Almost gets shot. (Full Video included below)

http://gawker.com/5915420/chasing-after-miami-residents-while-pretending-to-be-a-zombie-somehow-not-the-best-idea

Not so funny when he's getting his ass kicked. (it's funny for us either way.) :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 15, 2012, 02:30:11 PM
New Copyright Bill to cause havoc for users of streaming sites

http://kotaku.com/5920140/come-october-dont-use-youtube-in-japan

This should prove to be an interesting yet bad decision as the grey area of the bill gives too much leeway for harsher provisions to be added on.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 22, 2012, 01:11:33 AM
NEW INTERNET LAW TO END WORLD (AGAIN) :magni:

More as this story doesn't develop.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 22, 2012, 01:11:58 AM
New Copyright Bill to cause havoc for users of streaming sites

http://kotaku.com/5920140/come-october-dont-use-youtube-in-japan

This should prove to be an interesting and bad decision as the grey
area of the bill gives too much leeway for harsher provisions to be
added on.
Why are you sourcing discussion of a copyright bill from Kotaku?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 22, 2012, 01:23:37 AM
Why are you sourcing discussion of a copyright bill from Kotaku?

I'm sourcing it Walter as that was were I found the article I know that their is a news article with similar language at animenewsnetwork (Link below). I've also sourced it because I thought it was relevent discussion pertaining to the specifics of the bill itself.

Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-21/law-penalizing-downloaders-criminalizing-ripping-passes-in-japan

I don't see anything but trouble coming from this bill.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 22, 2012, 01:25:31 AM
I thought it was relevent discussion
Posted on a site about video games known to get shit wrong on a daily basis.

Quote
Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-21/law-penalizing-downloaders-criminalizing-ripping-passes-in-japan
Posted on a site that keeps up with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh news.

Point being: Sites dealing in mass quantities of hyperbole should probably leave discussion of legitimate issues to the bigger dogs.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 22, 2012, 01:31:51 AM
...I personally don't care much for either of those 2 sites but news is news reguardless of who the source is. Until I see the same content posted on tech sites or sites covering anti-piracy legislation I'm going to have to run with what I have to run with. It might not be pretty it might not be nice but it is what it is.

:griffnotevil:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 22, 2012, 01:41:28 AM
news is news reguardless of who the source is.
Utterly ridiculous statement. Seriously, please think about what you just said. While you're thinking about that...

Breaking News: ANNAPOLIS, MD—Buddha just shat on my lawn. BOOM! EXCLUSIVE SCOOP!

Please go find a legitimate news site discussing said copyright law change, and then maybe we can have a real conversation not tainted by blog colorings. Also, the law passed on the 20th in Japan, meaning international news sites have had 2 days for it to percolate and reflect their own coverage, yet so far? Nada. Might be telling us something about it...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 22, 2012, 02:33:29 AM
...I personally don't care much for either of those 2 sites but news is news reguardless of who the source is. Until I see the same content posted on tech sites or sites covering anti-piracy legislation I'm going to have to run with what I have to run with. It might not be pretty it might not be nice but it is what it is.

No, it isn't, actually. What it is might be not true, like the time you posted an old email hoax as news (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=10072.msg210330#msg210330) when a simple Google search would have clued you in. So, "news is news" except when it isn't, and that utterly depends on the integrity of the source, which is less like Journalism 101 than just common sense. So, the next time you're thinking of posting a story from the Klu Klux Klan & Holocaust Deniers News Network about Obama or copyright news from the Hysterical Internet Leeches With Otherwise No Social Conscience Blog, please consider the source because it DOES matter.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on June 22, 2012, 03:10:20 AM
...I personally don't care much for either of those 2 sites but news is news reguardless of who the source is. Until I see the same content posted on tech sites or sites covering anti-piracy legislation I'm going to have to run with what I have to run with. It might not be pretty it might not be nice but it is what it is.

:griffnotevil:

Sir, you just gave a grave disrespectful statement to the hard working journalists who go after a story and get their facts straight.  Please reconsider :azan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on June 22, 2012, 11:39:43 AM
This reminds me so much of when we learned that Obama's trip to India cost $200 billion or when we found out that 10% of all Muslims were terrorists. The lies are so much more entertaining when they have numbers behind them.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Infinte on June 22, 2012, 12:24:09 PM
This reminds me so much of when we learned that Obama's trip to India cost $200 billion or when we found out that 10% of all Muslims were terrorists. The lies are so much more entertaining when they have numbers behind them.
Wow, that must have been one hell of a trip. :ganishka:

While we are on the topic of copyright laws, it seems that the EU Trade Committee turned down the international version of SOPA which is known as ACTA(Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) but the decision of whether it will be rejected or not lies with the European Parliament. British MEP (Member of the European Parliament) David Martin led the Committee during this decision. "This was not an anti-intellectual property vote. This group believes Europe does have to protect its intellectual property but ACTA was too vague a document," he said.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/118038-E-U-Trade-Committee-Rejects-Controversial-ACTA-Bill
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on June 22, 2012, 12:59:11 PM
But we still have CISPA on the horizon.

So let's keep a tally of all these internet bills so far this year: SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, the Arizona trolling Bill, the New York surrender your identity Bill, am I missing one?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 22, 2012, 03:15:45 PM
And its no different in Canada as they have their own iteration of laws now.

Source: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6544/125/

Its like these lawmakers are actually encouraging lawlessness by passing
these bills.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: MrWeatherby on June 23, 2012, 01:19:36 AM
Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 counts! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 23, 2012, 01:55:41 AM
Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 counts! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M)

That's the best news I've heard all day.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on June 27, 2012, 11:21:40 PM
Follow up to the Bath salt zombie:

"Tests in cannibalism case: Zombie-like attacker used pot, not 'bath salts'"
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/27/us/florida-cannibal-attack/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

Maybe it's just me, but anyone else think this is utter bullshit? Honestly, I don't like pot and I haven't smoked it since I was in high school, but this just seems like a blatant lie being used as a scare tactic to keep weed in a higher risk classification than it probably warrants (last I heard it was in the same classification as heroine...what?).

I suppose the pot could have been laced with something, but they made absolutely no mention of it. The case sounds like PCP, not pot.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 27, 2012, 11:40:37 PM
And I have to agree with the poster that the news piece being spun by CNN is complete and utter BS. The whole article reeks of the US Gov trying to kill the marijuana has medical benefits movement.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on June 29, 2012, 04:08:24 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120629-709477.html (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120629-709477.html)

Quote
MEXICO CITY--The chief executive of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo SAB (GMODELO.MX) said Friday that his company just couldn't pass on the opportunity to be fully integrated with the biggest and strongest beer maker in the world.

By selling to Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (BUD) the 50% of Modelo that AB InBev didn't already own, in a deal valued at $20.1 billion, Modelo is firmly positioning itself as a "world leader" amid further beer industry consolidation, Carlos Fernandez told reporters during a conference call.

AB InBev chief executive Carlos Brito, also on the call, described the combination as a "natural next step" for the two companies, saying that together they will be able to accomplish much more than they would as separate entities.

Corona brewer Modelo partnered with Anheuser-Busch more than 20 years ago. AB InBev absorbed Anheuser-Busch's 50% Modelo stake through InBev's $52 billion acquisition in 2008 of Budweiser producer Anheuser-Busch, a deal that created the world's largest beer maker by sales.

A fully combined AB InBev-Modelo would generate estimated annual sales of 400 million hectoliters for revenue of $47 billion in 2012, the companies said. The deal will also bring cost savings worth at least $600 million a year.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 03, 2012, 03:08:56 PM
THE ILLEGAL DIRT BIKE GANGS OF BALTIMORE
http://www.vice.com/read/the-wheelying-dirt-bike-gangs-of-baltimore-twelve-o-clock-boyz-lofty-nathan?utm_source=vicetumblrus
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There is something undeniably American about biker gangs, from the quintessential images ingrained in our mind of the 60s-era Hell's Angels made legendary by the writing of Hunter S. Thompson and The Rolling Stone's film Gimme Shelter to DMX's video for the "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" where he had all those dudes in baggie jeans riding through the ghettos of New York on ATVs and suicycles.

It's time to add one more motorist collective to that pantheon of rebels on wheels: Baltimore's Twelve O'Clock Boyz. They're a hundred-strong gang who wheely dirt bikes through a city where police are banned from chasing them, creating an illegal underground sport that the cops are powerless to do anything about.

For the last three years, filmmaker Lotfy Nathan has been documenting the Twelve O'Clock Boyz for a new film called Twelve O'Clock in Baltimore (trailer below), which is now ready for release at the end of this year. I spoke to him about the gang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oU0fiFn_IM

VICE: Hey Lotfy. How did you first come across these guys?
Lotfy Nathan: I saw them first in passing, actually. I think a lot of people in Baltimore see them tearing through the city, and most people don't really know what the whole thing's about. It's assumed that they're pushing drugs on dirt bikes—like a pack of dealers, or bandits, or something—which is kind of ridiculous, because these bikes are incredibly loud and attract a lot of attention, which is not what you want if you're selling drugs.

Very true. What made you want to make a film about them?
Well, I didn't know if it would actually be possible to contact them at first. But I asked around and found out where they congregated and they were actually really receptive to being filmed. I hadn't really connected the showing-off element of the bike riding to what they might be like in person before, but it kind of made sense. A lot of the guys are going for a YouTube celebrity status, so they were all about the camera.

I read about the weird situation with the police and the riders. Could you explain that a bit?
Basically, the bikes are illegal to ride in the city, but the police aren't allowed to chase anyone riding them, so they leave them alone. It's because of a death that occurred in 1999, involving a dirt bike rider when, allegedly, a police officer was giving chase. It's just too dangerous to chase the bikes. That then creates this awkward cat and mouse thing, because the police are being taunted.

There's a lot of "come get me" stuff from the riders?
Exactly. Some of the riders take that further than others, but, for the most part, it's just a big congregation. These guys come from all over the city and they flock up in packs of up to 100 bikes.

Do they ride through the whole city, or just their own neighborhoods?
No, through the whole city. It's a chance for kids who would otherwise be stuck in their own neighborhoods to parade through the whole city and declare it as their own. They go up to the harbor, where they're trying to keep things nice and pretty for tourists. They go to East Baltimore, West Baltimore, they go north, they hit the highway—wherever, really.

How do the police deal with them?
Police helicopters, undercover police, and unmarked cars... There are police staking out corners with tasers, ready to take these guys out.

Jesus. Have you seen anyone get in real trouble?
Sure. Occasionally there'll be a clash, whether that be from police, or someone wiping out on a bike, or someone pulling out a gun and trying to steal a bike in a block where they just aren't having it.

...

...

What does the rest of the city feel about it? Has it turned into a bit of a local treasure?
I would say it's pretty divided, and that really speaks of the divides in Baltimore. Some people think they're intentionally terrorizing people, some just think they're obnoxious and some people think they're sensational.

...

So, what's the basic story of the film now?
It follows a young boy who's just lost his older brother, and he's gravitating towards the dirt bike riders. He's growing up in a rough area in West Baltimore, and you see him acclimating to the group more and more as the story goes on. I just thought he was a kind of poetic representation of why the group exists. It's kind of like Boy Scouts in the hood, or something like that.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on July 07, 2012, 02:01:13 AM
A professional who is highly paid to make decisions for you changes her mind on a law:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/06/valarie-hodges-lawmaker-retracts-support-for-bill_n_1655249.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/06/valarie-hodges-lawmaker-retracts-support-for-bill_n_1655249.html)

I did not take this well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdKwf9SZ-as)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Death May Die on July 11, 2012, 03:41:51 AM
Wow!  :ganishka:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/bbq-chip-bandits-busted-canada-according-unintentionally-hilarious-163437954.html (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/bbq-chip-bandits-busted-canada-according-unintentionally-hilarious-163437954.html)

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnny Apples on July 20, 2012, 04:47:25 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/jon-lord-deep-purple-keyboardist-dies-at-71/2012/07/19/gJQAnQBBwW_story.html

 :judo: 
2012 is proving to be very unkind year for the HR/HM legends. Earlier this year, it was the very influential and (arguably) the very first American metal guitarist Ronnie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loaxDYWPZ54)  Montrose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccQRJJoW7TY) who had departed from us and passed on to the heavens. And sadly, Deep Purple's original keyboardist and co-founder Jon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfAWReBmxEs) Lord (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh0iihjANPc) has joined him now as well.
May they both rest in peace.
It can never be stressed enough that music will never be as wonderful and great as it once was decades ago. Most certainly not in this day and age of shitty autotuned pop "music" on the radio, or the cookie monster growling and the ever more downtuned guitars that sound like static noise coming from a broken radio. And the death of each and every talented veteran musician who was a part of that long gone golden era of great rock music makes it all the more poignant  :sad:    
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on July 26, 2012, 06:25:38 PM
Neat idea:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/travel/friends-summer-photo-tradition/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

But man, the drop off in just the last 5 years, brutal.


BTW, in other CNN headline "news," the CNN Belief Blog asks where God was during the shooting in Colorado?

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/where-was-god-in-aurora-massacre/

(http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)

I'm glad their "Religion Editor" was up to this tough task, I'd hate to think he was just stealing money with this totally bogus job. What a fucking embarrassment you are, CNN.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2012, 07:02:26 PM
What a fucking embarrassment you are, CNN.

How can you possibly say that? (http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/07/17/drew-pauline-potter-marathon-sex-to-drop-pounds.hln)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on July 26, 2012, 07:21:19 PM
How can you possibly say that? (http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/07/17/drew-pauline-potter-marathon-sex-to-drop-pounds.hln)
Housefly @ 1:40something.

VIDEO: 9-year-old caught beating tots at day care (http://www.khou.com/video/featured-videos/SHOCKING-VIDEO-9-year-old-caught-beating-tots-at-day-care-163753266.html)

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VICKSBURG, MS—A 9-year-old boy at a Mississippi day care center was captured on surveillance video beating, kicking and biting toddlers while the worker had her back turned.

One of the children’s father returned to the school after seeing the bruises on his baby and slapped the child he thought was responsible, but it was the wrong one. The dad was charged with simple assault.

The day care worker was fired and charged with two counts of child neglect.

The 9-year-old was kicked out of the school.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 26, 2012, 07:59:29 PM
BTW, in other CNN headline "news," the CNN Belief Blog asks where God was during the shooting in Colorado?

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/where-was-god-in-aurora-massacre/

(http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)

I'm glad their "Religion Editor" was up to this tough task, I'd hate to think he was just stealing money with this totally bogus job. What a fucking embarrassment you are, CNN.
Fuckafjaoiwef;aowijefowiaj ;iawoejf aiowjf awef awqefj wa;EOHF WA;OEHF AWOIG J2Wo3tj 23t 832 382tr 2
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on July 27, 2012, 09:44:28 AM
This is currently big news here in Greece.
Quote
Greece's triple-jump champion was expelled from the Olympics after posting a tasteless tweet about Africans and the West Nile virus.
Hellenic Olympic Committee officials announced Voula Papachristou wouldn't travel to London after she tweeted a joke about African immigrants.
On Monday, the track athlete posted a tweet reading, "with so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home." The comments created an uproar on Greek social media. Papachristou didn't address the criticism on Twitter for two days.
Source => http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/greek-athlete-expeled-olympics-racist-tweet-140602319--oly.html
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 03, 2012, 06:44:50 PM
BREAKING NEWS
Retired porn star Jenna Jameson supports Mitt Romney
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/retired-porn-star-jenna-jameson-says-she-supports-143703925.html
Quote
Jameson was being interviewed "exclusively" by a CBS reporter who was "on assignment" at "an event marking the 8th anniversary" of the San Francisco-area strip club.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on August 03, 2012, 08:31:58 PM
Funny ...
Quote
... Jameson said while sipping champagne in a VIP room at Gold Club in the city's South of Market neighborhood. "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."

That's not going to fly well with Middle/ Lower class people. BUT, boobs have a way of winning in most situations.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on August 20, 2012, 04:38:16 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/20/showbiz/obit-tony-scott/index.html

Damn, Tony Scott killed himself. He had a lot of great movies. The Last Boyscout, True Romance. Although he's probably best known for Top Gun.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 20, 2012, 07:14:39 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/20/showbiz/obit-tony-scott/index.html

Damn, Tony Scott killed himself. He had a lot of great movies. The Last Boyscout, True Romance. Although he's probably best known for Top Gun.

Damn! I was thinking about him just yesterday during the podcast... :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on August 24, 2012, 01:09:46 PM
And there goes all of Lance Armstrong's titles. I'm not sure which side of the story I believe, honestly. The only evidence are allegations. No positive tests.

Quote
"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough,'" Armstrong, 40, wrote in a statement emailed to The Times and other news agencies.

"For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999."

Armstrong's attorneys asked a USADA attorney to turn the matter over to UCI, the international cycling union, but USADA maintains it retains jurisdiction to strip the titles.

Armstrong never tested positive for performance-enhancing use during his decade-plus of Tour races.
...
Armstrong won the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005, but he was dogged by accusations from former teammates, including Floyd Landis — who was stripped of a Tour victory — and American rider Tyler Hamilton that his victories came amid team-wide deceit about performance-enhancing methods, including blood doping and steroid use.
...
"Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart's unconstitutional witch hunt," Armstrong wrote. "The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our [cancer] foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsense."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lance-armstrong-20120824,0,3310146.story
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 24, 2012, 04:58:17 PM
And there goes all of Lance Armstrong's titles. I'm not sure which side of the story I believe, honestly. The only evidence are allegations. No positive tests.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lance-armstrong-20120824,0,3310146.story

This hardly comes as a surprise to me. I don't follow cycling at all, but there have been suspicions of doping for Armstrong since the very beginning, including traces of EPO in a test as early as 1999. In a way he's almost lucky to have avoided trouble for so long. The thing is though, it's not just him, it's the same for practically everybody. How many Tour de France winners have lost their titles so far? I think it might be quicker to count those who haven't lost theirs. And that probably just means they were more cautious than the rest. That sport's been in a pretty sorry state for over a decade now.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 24, 2012, 08:42:36 PM
Here's an intelligent take on the significance of this:

http://3wiresports.com/author/alanabrahamson/

When you look at it this way, and consider how much this guy has mercilessly trashed his accusers in the past, it's kind of hard to see it any other way unless you're swayed by nationalism, front-running, or sentiment. To be honest, his fight against these allegations was far more compelling than any amount of bicycling he did (nobody cares about cycling here, it was a case of a winner with a cancer story that was otherwise known not to be a very nice personality). So, from that perspective I'm honestly sad to see the champion of cheating give up the fight, "Say it ain't so, Lance!"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 24, 2012, 09:44:08 PM
That's a fantastically written and researched article Griff. Thanks for linking it.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on August 25, 2012, 05:17:01 PM
That's a fantastically written and researched article Griff. Thanks for linking it.

Seconded.

The money wouldn't be the issue since I'm sure he's made a hell lot more from the fact he's won 7 races (from endorsements, etc.) than the actual winnings. Credibility of the guy = Level 0.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on August 25, 2012, 07:52:16 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/us/neil-armstrong-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/us/neil-armstrong-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)

Neil Armstrong dead at 82.

God speed, good sir.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 25, 2012, 08:12:12 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/us/neil-armstrong-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/us/neil-armstrong-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)

Neil Armstrong dead at 82.

God speed, good sir.

Now there's an Armstrong worth looking up to. Sad news, but I trust he had a better life than most.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on August 26, 2012, 05:22:13 AM
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/293224_649290709322_282746851_n.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 26, 2012, 05:23:49 AM
That's gotta be a joke. I refuse to believe people are that stupid.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: zrexe on August 26, 2012, 05:29:14 AM
That's gotta be a joke. I refuse to believe people are that stupid.

That particular quote which brought Lance Armstrong into the confusion as well was just golden.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 26, 2012, 06:07:46 AM
That's gotta be a joke. I refuse to believe people are that stupid.

Yeah, I think everyone knows who Billie Joe Armstrong is. They wouldn't confuse him with this Neil fella.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Dar Klink on August 26, 2012, 06:24:36 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/gY524.jpg)
A part of the president's speech prepared in case of an accident during the Moon mission.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on August 26, 2012, 02:48:28 PM
That's gotta be a joke. I refuse to believe people are that stupid.
Maybe ... maybe not, for instance - http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=7078.msg214110#msg214110

^_^
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 27, 2012, 08:36:10 PM
School shooting on the first day of School in Perry Hall, Baltimore County:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-perry-hall-high-shooting-20120827,0,970506.story
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The victim, whose identity was not revealed, was taken by a Medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition, authorities said. Police also declined to identify the suspect, whom witnesses said was grabbed by a guidance counselor and a teacher, who were able to wrestle the gun away from him and perhaps prevent further harm.

Read somewhere else that the victim is special-needs and is currently in critical condition. Aside from the 1 shot victim there are no reports of  deaths or other injuries.

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/27/hero-of-the-year-perry-hall-guidance-counselor-jesse-wasmer-tackled-shooter/
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As Twitchy reported earlier today, there was a shooting at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Md. Numerous Twitter users are reporting that a brave, unarmed Perry Hall guidance counselor, Jesse Wasmer, tackled the suspected shooter.

Billy Wiseman @Billy__Wiseman
Wasmer is a hero and deserves a raise and a medal or some shit
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on September 08, 2012, 08:28:48 AM
Life and death in Aleppo
This photographer managed to capture some pictures right before a tank assault in Syria. The pictures are very intense.
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I was filming a feature on life on the frontlines of Aleppo, Syria. I was camping out with the men of Noor Den al-Zenke batallion, who man a two-block stretch of back streets that now forms the final line between government troops and opposition forces.... On this morning, the men were relaxed and joking around as they cleaned their area from a tank attack the day before. That time, they had been prepared and the tank had fired too short. This time, the assault came with little warning.

Source => http://www.globalpost.com/photo-galleries/planet-pic/5718451/life-and-death-aleppo-photos
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on September 28, 2012, 04:12:06 PM
File sharing is now legal in Portugal

http://www.webpronews.com/file-sharing-is-now-legal-in-portugal-2012-09

http://torrentfreak.com/file-sharing-for-personal-use-declared-legal-in-portugal-120927/

“From a legal point of view, while taking into account that users are both uploaders and downloaders in these file-sharing networks, we see this conduct as lawful, even when it’s considered that the users continue to share once the download is finished.”

The prosecutor adds that the right to education, culture, and freedom of expression on the Internet should not be restricted in cases where the copyright infringements are clearly non-commercial.

In addition, the order notes that an IP-address is not a person.

The ruling explains that the person connected to the IP-address “is not necessarily the user at the moment the infringement takes place, or the user that makes available the copyrighted work, but rather the individual who has the service registered in his name, independent of whether this person using it or not”

This means that the account holders connected to these 2,000 IPs are not necessarily all copyright infringers, similar to orders we’ve seen in the United States previously.

Finally, the prosecutor ruled that even if file-sharing for personal use would be seen as illegal, the artists themselves should explicitly declare that there are not authorizing copying for personal use.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 29, 2012, 03:29:13 AM
I'll be weathering Hurricane Sandy over the next few days. Where I live in Annapolis, MD is within the cone of impact as of Monday morning, but the eye won't be within 50 miles of me. Will probably just get a lot of rain, wind and power outages. Typical for a coastal region.

Anyone else preparing for the big show?  :daiba:

If you're a dork and like to track these things, Google has a useful map with live data on it here: http://google.org/crisismap/sandy-2012
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on October 29, 2012, 04:46:56 AM
Yea I'm also preparing for Sandy. It's like last year all over again! I'm hoping we don't lose power for as long as we did then (almost a week). At least I've got plenty of reading material backed up.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on October 29, 2012, 11:31:07 PM
Anyone else preparing for the big show?  :daiba:
I had to make 1 desperate beer run, but now I'm just reading and drinking.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Gobolatula on October 30, 2012, 02:31:38 AM
My folks and my brothers went out to New Jersey for my cousin's wedding. They were supposed to be back tonight but now they're stuck out there for a few more days. What a pain.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 30, 2012, 03:25:23 AM
I hope you guys in the east coast don't have major problems from the storm.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on October 30, 2012, 02:07:51 PM
My office building is downtown Manhattan and has no electricity. I live away from the water/ coast and the building is sort of on this slope. I've had electricity throughout, 50 homes in my borough caught fire. DirectDK lives closer to the water so I hope he's doing ok with the electricity.

I don't have basic cable TV so I wasn't up to date on the happenings of the storm/ when what was going down. I would go down for long 3/4 hour walks, strong wet wind and sit in a few spots, get wet, come home to cook and watch Boss/ movies. I also drew a bit with brush and ink on Japanese paper after months all thanks to the hurricane.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 01, 2012, 04:40:26 AM
We lost power for about 36 hours. Was only bad at night—very cold. The next day, right as we were about to start going through the fridge items, the power came back. So really, no big deal at all for Maryland. Looks like some other areas got wrecked though. PICS: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_the_superstorm.html

The biggest storm ramification for me was the loss of Internet for 2 days  :magni: But now it's back.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Infinte on November 04, 2012, 04:20:29 PM
I have seen other pic from the aftermath and I hope guys are ok.

I usually avoid things coming out of the RPG Codex but this article regarding the recent fiasco with quite well known gaming journalists taking part in an advertisement for a videogame so they could join a contest to win a free PS3 at an event celebrating journalistic quality, after some other writers rushed to point out the stupidity in it they ended up getting getting their peers snapping at them with excuses such as "It was a hashtag, not an advert. Get off the pedestal" and one of the defenders(who also is a gaming journalist) turned out to be a person who had a ringing endorsement for the new Tomb Raider game and after some digging turned out to be working for Square Enix and that wasn't even the whole fiasco.

Here is the whole article: http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=8579
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 04, 2012, 07:29:50 PM
that wasn't even the whole fiasco.

Here is the whole article: http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=8579
Yeah, I've been following it. Not much of a fiasco, though. I do think there were some bad seeds here, but stuff like this happens all the time. People just for some reason picked this one thing to get upset over. But it doesn't reveal anything people didn't already know—these press guys are susceptible because they already function _as_ an arm of marketing.

What I found the most interesting about this whole argument were a few press guys acting indignant, saying they absolutely weren't affected by marketing events, and the free loot they get, and times they go out drinking with game companies does nothing _at all_ to sway their opinions.

That being said, it's important to clarify that they aren't "video game journalists." They're the enthusiast press. The difference being that there is no investigative wing for them. They operate in the private sector, as consumer advocates. They're held to different standards than mainstream journalists because it's a totally different industry that serves different needs.

Also, speaking as a journalist, much of what I write about relies on access to documents that are open to the public, as it's the public sector. I can expect to get information that's unfiltered. However, the sources video game writers rely upon come directly from marketing agencies. That's life in the private sector. Many of them have to, in a sense, play ball with marketing to get their day job done. So, people shouldn't expect the same qualities as mainstream journalists from these guys.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on December 19, 2012, 04:42:34 AM
Saw this story on a local sports show and thought it was pretty badass.  I love these kinds of stories.

Quote from: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/11/10/4402663/special-needs-senior-scores-honorary.html
Special-needs senior scores honorary TD in Aledo's 58-6 win over Fort Worth Trimble Tech

ALEDO — It didn’t count for one of Aledo’s eight touchdowns Friday night against Fort Worth Trimble Tech. But the moment counted for something memorable for Aledo special-needs student Vincent Mercer and his fellow Bearcats seniors.

Before the start of the second quarter of Aledo’s 58-6 victory against the Bulldogs, quarterback Pate Davis lined up and handed off to Mercer, who took the handoff and ran 40 yards through the Trimble Tech defense untouched into the Bearcat Stadium end zone. It was Mercer’s first chance to take a snap in a game.
 
“Vincent’s been part of our team, and he’s kind of been an honorary captain,” Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said. “He’s been involved with this senior class for years now. We wanted to give an opportunity for Vincent to be not just a guy who stands on the sidelines but actually go out and run a play.”

Buchanan said Trimble Tech coach Dwayne Henry and the Bulldogs players were just as eager as the Aledo players to take part in the special play.

“I called [Henry] last week and asked for his permission to do it and started going through the story and telling him about Vincent, and before I was even finished, he said, ‘Coach, I’ll let him run a play,’” Buchanan said. “As much as it meant to Vincent, it meant more to our football team to see him be a part of what they do every week.”

Next up for Aledo (9-1, 7-0 District 7-4A) is Cleburne in a Class 4A Division I bi-district game next Friday at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield.

Willie Gibson and Jess Anders paced the Bearcats’ offense against Trimble Tech (1-9, 0-7). Gibson made two acrobatic touchdown grabs in the second quarter while Anders rushed for 132 yards and two scores.

Aledo’s defense got the Bearcats on the board early. Tyson Mauser snagged a Trimble Tech pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown on the Bulldogs’ third play from scrimmage.

The Bearcats added to the lead a short time later on their first offensive play of the night. Aledo forced a punt on Trimble Tech’s second series. On first down at Aledo’s own 46, Baker Roberson took a handoff, cut left and rumbled 54 yards for a score and a 14-0 lead.

Anders broke off a 31-yard run on Aledo’s third series and followed it with a 2-yard touchdown plunge as the Bearcats built a 21-0 first-quarter lead.

Gibson scored twice in the second quarter to blow the game open. On Aledo’s first drive of the second quarter, Davis went deep on second-and-7 at the Trimble Tech 37. Gibson stretched out his arms as he sprinted into the end zone to get his hands on the slightly overthrown pass. He juggled the ball for a moment but eventually secured it for the touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

Gibson’s next catch came as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the second quarter. His 20-yard grab at the back of the end zone made it 35-0.
 
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/11/10/4402663/special-needs-senior-scores-honorary.html#storylink=cpy

For anyone who is interested, Aledo went on to win the next game but lost the one after that so they're out of the playoffs.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JoeZeon on February 03, 2013, 07:28:05 PM
Just a sad way to go for someone I had a lot of respect for. American Sniper is a great book by the way, anyone looking for a good read should try it.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272697/Deadliest-sniper-U-S-military-history-Chris-Kyle-shot-killed-point-blank-veteran-suffering-PTSD-Texas-gun-range.html#axzz2JqdcnhG2
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Tama on February 09, 2013, 02:12:45 PM
Hope everyone is okay from the Nemo storm if you live in New England. I'm from Western MA and we already got about 16 inches of snow, and our county put out a warning yesterday that from Friday until Sunday morning they will fine anyone who is driving unless it's an emergency. >_< Stay safe!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on February 09, 2013, 02:29:59 PM
Friday evening I had a series of emergency messages from either my weather app or T-Mobile and the news made it out to be this monster storm like the world was going to end. The one that hit the east coast 3 years ago around the time the new Tron movie was released was worse than Nemo, at least for NYC.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on February 15, 2013, 04:38:19 PM
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/meteor-hits-russia-according-to-officials (http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/meteor-hits-russia-according-to-officials)

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MOSCOW - A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.
The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declaring that the world was coming to an end. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light.
The meteor -- estimated to be about 10 tons -- entered the Earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.
Amateur video showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.
"There was panic. People had no idea what was happening," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1 million about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.
"We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud, thundering sound," he told The Associated Press by telephone.








Wow!!! :magni:
Check the link for videos
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on February 15, 2013, 05:21:38 PM
I watched the videos this morning on my BBC News app. Holy shit. :isidro:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on March 05, 2013, 04:50:31 AM
Quote from: http://news.yahoo.com/nra-title-sponsor-nascar-cup-race-texas-190035805--spt.html
NRA title sponsor for NASCAR Cup race in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association is taking its relationship with racing to a new level as the title sponsor of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
 
The deal with Texas Motor Speedway comes at a time when the NRA is involved in a renewed debate on gun violence in the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
 
"It's not about politics. It's about sports marketing," TMS president Eddie Gossage said Monday after the announcement of the one-year agreement with the NRA that includes a renewal option.
 
The April 13 race at Texas, the first scheduled night race in the Cup Series this season, will be known as the NRA 500.
 
This is not the NRA's first title sponsorship in NASCAR. The group sponsored the second-tier Nationwide race last September at Atlanta, which like Texas is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
 
"They saw it was obviously a very attractive sports marketing opportunity and seized it. That's what it's all about," Gossage said. "It's about putting on one of the great sporting events in America. I know in Atlanta last year they saluted a lot of the people that make America free. They are going to salute American freedoms and American families with this race. That's their plan so it seemed to be a good fit."
 
NASCAR said in a statement Monday that "race entitlement partnerships" are agreements directly between the track and the sponsor though NASCAR reserves the right to approve or disapprove those sponsorships.
 
"The race sponsor for Texas Motor Speedway's April event falls within the guidelines for approval for that event," NASCAR's statement said.
 
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president and CEO, expressed his excitement about the deal in a video message played during the track's media day. Gossage said LaPierre wasn't able to attend because of a scheduling conflict.
 
"The NRA 500 is the latest announcement in the long history of a growing partnership between the NRA, Speedway Motorsports and the NASCAR community," LaPierre said. "NRA members and NASCAR fans love their country and everything that is good and right about America. We salute our flag, volunteer in our churches and communities, cherish our families and we love racing. On April 13, we'll all come together at Texas Motor Speedway."
 
The sponsorship does seem like a natural. It's been a tradition at TMS that the winner of the Cup race gets to fire off a six-shooter in victory lane. And the winner of the pole gets a rifle as a prize.
 
At the Cup season-opening Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip drove a Toyota with a paint scheme supporting a relief fund for victims of the Sandy Hook shootings.
 
The Newtown-emblazoned car of Swan Racing was unveiled by NASCAR chairman Brian France in a news conference at Daytona, part of a one-race arrangement for the team. France and his wife announced they would donate $50,000 to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which the NASCAR Foundation would match.
 
Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta last September, has no issue with the NRA sponsoring NASCAR races.
 
" The NRA is our core fan base, and we all have guns, and all us racers love to go out and shoot. It's part of who we are," said Stenhouse, the only Cup driver at TMS media day. "Anytime you have a sponsor that embraces their market and who their core customers are, it's great for us.
 
"I was able to win the NRA race in Atlanta and those guys were great to work it," he said. "They take their stuff serious, they're concerned with the tragedies that we've had throughout the nation.
 
"I think they do a great job at working from their side to help things as well. I think it's a great partnership here at Texas."
 
Gossage said the NRA has been a generous supporter of Speedway Children's Charities, donating more than $500,000 to the charity's Texas chapter since 2000. He said the group has also had past sponsorship with signage at the track.
 
NRA officials first expressed interest last fall to Texas officials about sponsoring the track's spring race. The event previously had Samsung Mobile as a title sponsor since 2002, but the company didn't renew its contract after last April's race.
 
Without a title sponsor, Texas had been promoting next month's race as the Texas 500.
 
"We've had other (sponsor) offers but a lot of people wait and expect you to drop your price. That's not something we do. We're not going to be a discount speedway," said Gossage, not revealing specific details. "They were willing to meet the price. They afford us some great marketing opportunities as well with their membership to reach out to them and try to bring their members to attend the race here."
 
Gossage said TMS and the NRA reach similar audiences and that he expects a lot of tickets will be bought by NRA members and people who support the group's position.
 
"Obviously we know the NRA well and I can tell you from just looking at the demographics, I can tell you from the social media that I've been sitting here monitoring since that announcement was made, it's probably 99 percent supportive. Some wildly supportive," he said. "The public, it doesn't seem to be they're going to have any issue with it, and I'm not sure why anybody would think they would.
 
"Like I said, know your demographic and we pride ourselves on being good at what we do," he said. "So we know what we're doing and who we're partnering with."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 14, 2013, 04:30:34 PM
http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2013/03/new-results-indicate-new-particle-higgs-boson
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“The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” says CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela.
The first true fruits of the Large Hadron Collider have been borne, but it'll be some time before it is studied to the point where the data will make any sense to laymans (like me), I think. Still, it seems like mission accomplished!  :ubik:

A video on the findings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaRHSRrgphg
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 22, 2013, 03:50:43 PM
Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, has just passed away. A great writer of Literature who will most certainly be missed.
http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-chinua-achebe-author-of-things-fall-apart,94176/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:default

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Born in Nigeria, Achebe began writing as a college student, inspired partly by his sense of the woeful inadequacy of Western authors’ depictions of Africans and African life. He was still in his twenties when, writing in English, he completed Things Fall Apart and began submitting it to London publishers, many of whom rejected it out of hand, based of the assumption there was no market for sophisticated fiction from what was still called “the dark continent.”
...
Achebe, who used the success of his writing career to travel widely through Africa, took the whole continent as his canvas, but his strongest work also has a human dimension to it that makes it accessible and affecting to readers worldwide. John Updike wrote that Achebe’s true recurring subject was “baffled and broken African fathers.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 04, 2013, 06:43:00 PM
Roger Ebert is dead at 70 after a battle with cancer.

http://www.suntimes.com/17320958-761/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-after-battle-with-cancer.html

I respected his reviews, even if I didn't always agree with them.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on April 04, 2013, 07:36:20 PM
Roger Ebert is dead at 70 after a battle with cancer.

http://www.suntimes.com/17320958-761/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-after-battle-with-cancer.html

I respected his reviews, even if I didn't always agree with them.

Same here. I had the pleasure of meeting him back in 2001, while I was in Chicago. I told him he inspired me to be a writer and he responded with, "This is a special occasion. Usually people tell me that I inspired them to watch movies and critique things." Made me feel good.

BTW, the last sentence of his blog is "I'll see you at the movies". That really hit me right in the feels, moreso now since he posted it two days ago.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on April 08, 2013, 02:35:01 PM
Definitely sad to hear of his passing. I too didn't agree with all his reviews but he would see a few movies in different light, which was refreshing to me.

That's a real cool experience Johnstantine, thanks for sharing. Was this a casual encounter or at an event?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on April 09, 2013, 12:04:05 AM
So since nobody said anything, Margaret Thatcher is dead (http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/europe/twitter-reaction-thatcher-death/index.html?hpt=hp_c3).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on April 09, 2013, 05:45:48 PM
Good riddance!

(http://cdn.theweek.co.uk/sites/theweek/files/styles/theweek_gallery_main_image/public/reagan-thatcher.jpg)

Finally, together in Hell.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 11, 2013, 07:39:59 AM
http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2072505 (http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2072505)

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ROME, Maine (AP) — A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples has been caught in a surveillance trap at a camp he treated as a "Walmart," authorities said Wednesday.

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week when he tripped a surveillance sensor set up by a game warden while stealing food from a camp for people with special needs in Rome, a town of about 1,000 whose population swells with the arrival of summer residents.

Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believed Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore, has lived for 27 years.

Some residents say they've been aware of the hermit for years, often in connection with break-ins that have occurred. He was so well known to some summer cottage owners that they left food out for him so he wouldn't break in during the colder months, state Trooper Diane Vance said.

But others were hardly aware of the hermit living within their midst without detection since 1986.

"I was born in 1987. He was there before I was," Rome resident Melissa Witham said outside her home.

Paul Anderson, a selectman in the town about 20 miles northwest of Augusta, acknowledged local talk about a man living alone in the woods.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: frankencowx on April 11, 2013, 06:19:16 PM
FCC considering allowing obscenities and nudity on FCC licensed television and radio?? No need for HBO now!

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April 8, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it is considering dropping current broadcast decency standards that ban explicit profanity and "non-sexual" nudity.

You can read the press release from the FCC here.

Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening.

It is accepting comments on the proposal from the viewing public until the end of April.

Current broadcast decency law prohibits expletives and nudity, even if brief or "fleeting." The Supreme Court has upheld the law as constitutionally enforceable by the FCC, despite lawsuit attempts by networks NBC and FOX to overturn it.

http://action.afa.net/item.aspx?id=2147534194 (http://action.afa.net/item.aspx?id=2147534194)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 11, 2013, 06:33:51 PM
Pretty surprising. Does "non sexual nudity" include such things as Dennis Franz's ass?

Keep in mind it's just "considering" these possibilities right now, and the FCC is inviting comments. The official press release is here: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0401/DA-13-581A1.pdf

The link you referred to, The American Family Association, talks about allowing "frontal female nudity" but nothing of the sort is listed in the press release. Sounds like they're just exacerbating things to me.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: frankencowx on April 11, 2013, 06:51:58 PM
Fixed it. I guess 'isolated (non-sexual) nudity' equals frontal female nudity? :???:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: frankencowx on May 08, 2013, 11:53:37 AM
Ray Harryhausen passes away at 92.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/visual-effects-pioneer-ray-harryhausen-518636 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/visual-effects-pioneer-ray-harryhausen-518636)

I grew up watching Jason and the Argonauts, the 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans, so this is pretty sad for me. He was a true visionary.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Deci on July 05, 2013, 01:05:11 AM
Manga author received 1000's of death threats, most likely over the inspiration for one of his characters..

The death threats have given rise to a tidal wave of online speculation as to why someone would be angry enough with Isayama to want to murder him. Some believe it is because Isayama based one of Attack on Titan’s characters – a high-ranking soldier named Dot Pixis – on Yoshifuru Akiyama, a notorious general in the Imperial Japanese Army.


http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/315603/scitech/gaming/attack-on-titan-creator-receives-1-000-death-threats

(http://images.gmanews.tv/v3/webpics/v3/2013/07/2013_07_02_17_38_26.jpg)

Attack on Titan was actually one of the few anime I've actually been slightly interested in checking out.

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on July 05, 2013, 04:22:34 AM
Yeah, read that a few days ago. Either way, the manga is pretty predictable and lame but the anime makes it look good in the appearance department. People are gaga over it cos of those graphic scenes but take that away and it's shallow.

You know what?! Old news or not ... this is hilarious

(http://www.bet.com/news/music/2013/04/16/coolio-arrested-for-domestic-abuse/_jcr_content/featuredMedia/newsitemimage.newsimage.dimg/041613-celebs-coolio-domestic-abuse.jpg)

http://www.thisis50.com/profiles/blogs/coolio-robbed-of-his-jewelry

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Coolio reportedly had his jewlery and other valuables snatched when he attempted to stage dive during a performance at a British University earlier this week.

According to Contact Music, Coolio was performing at Staffordshire University on Wednesday (February 25) and the rappper decided to jump into the crowd but the audience parted and he landed on the floor.

While on the floor, the crowd mobbed Coolio and snatched his jewellery, bandana and shoes before he was rescued by the venue's security teams.

"(He) nearly flattened one poor girl then all the students decided to launch on him," said James Fielden, a bartender who witnessed the incident. "They grabbed whatever they could, including his trainers, watch, chains and glasses. He was pulled back on stage by the bouncers. They got his shoes back for him."

I haven't laughed as hard in so long. Stage dives, nobody catches him and they rob him instead ... brilliant.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 11, 2013, 03:35:16 AM
Normally I'd be the last person to post celebrity gossip, but this is a special case.

Headline: Justin Bieber pisses in restaurant mop bucket, yells ‘F**k Bill Clinton!’
Link: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/201842/justin-bieber-pisses-in-restaurant-mop-bucket-yells-fk-bill-clinton/

Curious about how he reacted to the video leaking, I checked his Twitter.

@justinbieber:  (https://twitter.com/justinbieber/status/355073352907489280)"In life u will make mistakes and people will try and tear u down...but u gotta stay positive. Stay strong..and learn to be better..and.....always live to serve others and The Lord. #growingeveryday"
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on July 11, 2013, 06:37:30 AM
Nothing new with celebrities apologizing and bringing God to make it sound credible. Either way, doesn't seem that outrageous what he did and don't care.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: BerserkMJM on July 11, 2013, 09:42:47 AM
Doesn't urinating in public get people on the sex offenders list?

That would be classic.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on July 11, 2013, 01:17:20 PM
@justinbieber:  (https://twitter.com/justinbieber/status/355073352907489280)"In life u will make mistakes and people will try and tear u down...but u gotta stay positive. Stay strong..and learn to be better..and.....always live to serve others and The Lord. #growingeveryday"

I don't belieb he's being sincere (see what I did there?).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on July 11, 2013, 06:26:03 PM
Kids and their lingo these days ... kinda reminds me of Idiocracy @ Beiber.

Video game starship worth $9,000 destroyed in ambush

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/video-game-starship-worth-9-000-destroyed-ambush-190533986.html

(http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/kudtGwv5g_6miHDjq6RHnA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/ygamesblog/eve-online-revenant-top630.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on July 12, 2013, 04:15:22 PM
I don't know much about EVE Online, but I feel like this kind of thing happens (relatively) frequently. Every few months there's another story about large scale heists or raids.

My question: is this real money that they've invested in this game? Or is it just some kind of conversion to put the EVE economy into perspective?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on July 12, 2013, 04:22:00 PM
I don't know much about EVE Online, but I feel like this kind of thing happens (relatively) frequently. Every few months there's another story about large scale heists or raids.
Yep, I think $9K is actually on the low end of what was lost in the last massive war that erupted as a result of a misclick (guy teleported into the middle of hostile territory while in super expensive ship, resulted in a huge battle).

http://www.gamefront.com/massive-eve-online-battle-starts-over-a-misclick/

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One of the largest battles in years, it took place over the course of 8 hours, involved over 3000 players, and resulted in the loss of approximately 834 billion ISK worth of ships and materials (for reference, that’s close to $30,000).
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 25, 2013, 07:01:03 PM
8-Year-Old Intentionally Shot And Killed Elderly Caregiver After Playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/24/8-year-old-grand-theft-auto_n_3810778.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

The police statement goes out of its way to throw video games under the bus.

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"Although a motive for the shooting is unknown at this time investigators have learned that the juvenile suspect was playing a video game on the Play Station III 'Grand Theft Auto IV', a realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people, just minutes before the homicide occurred."

OH, I SEE! Though, I also found this interesting:

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"By accounts of relatives of the victim, as well as friends of the family, the victim and the juvenile had a normal, loving, relationship and even shared the same bedroom," the sheriff's department said.

Hmmmm...

So, anyway, who is going to be selfishly defensive, intentionally obtuse, and less responsible about this; gun enthusiasts or video game enthusiasts? Because when I read the Internet gamer reaction to stuff like this it's actually becoming competitive, "The government wants to take my games away. :badbone:"

I look forward to the Kotaku article denying any connection is possible or should even be considered, because... GAMES! 2nd 1st amendment!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 01:52:33 AM
I've never really believed that violence can be associated with video games, but it is true that children are dumb and easily impressionable. I can see the little brat finding dads' gun and shooting her thinking she wouldn't possible die as a result.

I also think guns are almost never an issue in cases like this, as they save many more lives than they take. The only issue you could find about the gun is the fact that the parents didn't act responsibly and kept it somewhere locked or out of the child's reach.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 26, 2013, 07:47:28 AM
I also think guns are almost never an issue in cases like this, as they save many more lives than they take.

Let's not fool ourselves here: guns are about taking lives, that's what their purpose is. They might take someone's life over someone else's, but in any case they're about killing. Dissuasion is based on that premise as well.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 10:58:58 AM
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Let's not fool ourselves here: guns are about taking lives, that's what their purpose is. They might take someone's life over someone else's, but in any case they're about killing. Dissuasion is based on that premise as well.

Well that's obvious. What people tend to overlook is the thousands potential crimes that law enforcement and civilians prevent with their guns every day.

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 26, 2013, 11:55:23 AM
Well that's obvious. What people tend to overlook is the thousands potential crimes that law enforcement and civilians prevent with their guns every day.

I think you greatly overestimate the amount of crimes prevented by civilians using firearms.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 12:41:16 PM
I think you greatly overestimate the amount of crimes prevented by civilians using firearms.

You'd be wrong.

University Study Confirms Private Firearms Stop Crime 2.5 Million Times Each Year

http://rense.com/general76/univ.htm (http://rense.com/general76/univ.htm)

"Our results ended up indicating, depending on which figures you prefer to use, anywhere from 800,000 on up to 2.4, 2.5 million defensive uses of guns against human beings -- not against animals -- by civilians each year."

The study is from twenty years ago, and the numbers are certainly different today, but still I wouldn't call 800,000-2,500,000 crimes stopped a year by guns two decades ago an "overestimated amount".


Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on August 26, 2013, 01:11:44 PM
Like any sociological issue, this one is very muddy.  That study can't speak to questions like whether these confronted criminals would have scarpered if confronted with nothing but an angry resident or an angry resident with a baseball bat, that is, whether brandishing a gun in these situations is overkill.  It does mention that more than half of these 'uses' was the gun owner only saying that they had a gun.

From your link: "Okay. I can just hear critics saying that 50 or 55 people responding that they used their gun and you're projecting it out to figures of around 2 million, 2-1/2 million gun defenses."

I'm afraid I'm not 100% on board with their explanation why that's not a valid criticism.

http://www.stat.duke.edu/~dalene/chance/chanceweb/103.myth0.pdf
A discussion of the survey and of surveys in general :troll:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 01:22:37 PM
Like any sociological issue, this one is very muddy.  That study can't speak to questions like whether these confronted criminals would have scarpered if confronted with nothing but an angry resident or an angry resident with a baseball bat, that is, whether brandishing a gun in these situations is overkill.  It does mention that more than half of these 'uses' was the gun owner only saying that they had a gun.

From your link: "Okay. I can just hear critics saying that 50 or 55 people responding that they used their gun and you're projecting it out to figures of around 2 million, 2-1/2 million gun defenses."

I'm afraid I'm not 100% on board with their explanation why that's not a valid criticism.

While I understand that the study is by no means without flaws, the argument was that I was overestimating crimes stopped by private owned guns. Whether the civilian actually brandished a gun, or claimed to have one in possession, the threat or implied threat of a gun has stopped many crimes. The numbers may not be entirely accurate, but my statement that "thousands of crimes are stopped by lawn enforcment and civilians every day" was by no means an overstatement.

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http://www.stat.duke.edu/~dalene/chance/chanceweb/103.myth0.pdf
A discussion of the survey and of surveys in general

Yes yes, with every pro-gun claim or study, there will be an anti-gun or pro-control counterclaim. 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on August 26, 2013, 01:30:01 PM
I never thought I'd see the day that an article on Jeff Rense's website would be used in a serious discussion.  Idea of Evil, you can take me.  I've seen everything now.   :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 01:37:04 PM
I never thought I'd see the day that an article on Jeff Rense's website would be used in a serious discussion.  Idea of Evil, you can take me.  I've seen everything now.   :ganishka:

I had to google him, and in all honesty I had no idea who the guy was, but it's just a repost of an article on the nut's site. No red herrings please.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on August 26, 2013, 01:38:12 PM
Yes yes, with every pro-gun claim or study, there will be an anti-gun or pro-control counterclaim.

And with every anti-gun or pro-control counterclaim there will be twenty pages of the author complaining about the counterclaim..  http://www.saf.org/journal/11/kleckfinal.htm (mostly he seems to be angry about the idea that survey responses are not the gold standard of evidence based science)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 01:47:07 PM
I wouldn't call it "complaining." His study was under heavy scrutiny and he was defending his case. I'm sure though that people dissected everything in that article for their won gun-grabbing counter arguments. Gun debates are on the same level as abortion and religion, as there's never going to be end to them and you're never going to convert the opposing party's viewpoints to your owns.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on August 26, 2013, 01:55:20 PM
Indeed, so why bring loaded terms like 'gun grabber' to a friendly discussion like this?  Really what it boils down to for a lot of people looking at this debate from outside the USA's perspective is that they haven't noticed the breakdown of society with criminals running roughshod all over the defenseless population in places that are substantially less gunny than the States.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on August 26, 2013, 02:00:06 PM
I had to google him, and in all honesty I had no idea who the guy was, but it's just a repost of an article on the nut's site. No red herrings please.

By "red herring," you must mean a nutjob's website posted a completely unsourced "interview" about a study that says, literally, "some people say they use a gun in self-defense so millions must use guns in self-defense!"*  An interview, mind you, that could've been completely reworded or made up by the website.  (How would you know unless you actually contacted the interviewer and/or the interviewee and asked if that's what they said?)  I mean, it's clearly not a legitimate point to call into question your only source when it's a conspiracy theory nutjob saying another  questionable writer said a guy said so.  It's on the internet so it must be true, right?

But then again you're trying to prove crimes didn't happen a lot so I suppose "that guy said he did it so it must be true" is about as good as it's going to get.

*And that's the people who can actually remember that they used a gun in self-defense, according to the "expert."  Because, you know, being in a sitation where you feel like you must threaten a person's life to survive is so mundane that you easily forget about it.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 02:26:07 PM
Indeed, so why bring loaded terms like 'gun grabber' to a friendly discussion like this?  Really what it boils down to for a lot of people looking at this debate from outside the USA's perspective is that they haven't noticed the breakdown of society with criminals running roughshod all over the defenseless population in places that are substantially less gunny than the States.

Eh. "Gun nut" or "Gun grabber", it was just harmless banter on my part.

By "red herring," you must mean a nutjob's website posted a completely unsourced "interview" about a study that says, literally, "some people say they use a gun in self-defense so millions must use guns in self-defense!"*  An interview, mind you, that could've been completely reworded or made up by the website.  (How would you know unless you actually contacted the interviewer and/or the interviewee and asked if that's what they said?)  I mean, it's clearly not a legitimate point to call into question your only source when it's a conspiracy theory nutjob saying another  questionable writer said a guy said so.  It's on the internet so it must be true, right?

But then again you're trying to prove crimes didn't happen a lot so I suppose "that guy said he did it so it must be true" is about as good as it's going to get.

*And that's the people who can actually remember that they used a gun in self-defense, according to the "expert."  Because, you know, being in a sitation where you feel like you must threaten a person's life to survive is so mundane that you easily forget about it.

The study is sited many other places on the internet, and I just snipped the first link from Google without thinking,so ease up. I don't know where you're getting the idea that I'm trying to prove that gun crimes don't happen a lot. Where did I ever say that these crimes don't happen? I was just getting the point across that civilians do potentially save theirs or others lives every day with their guns.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Lithrael on August 26, 2013, 02:40:55 PM
Eh. "Gun nut" or "Gun grabber", it was just harmless banter on my part.

I find such terms usually whip up more emotional wagon-circling than is strictly necessary.  No one else used them in the last few pages at least.

The study is sited many other places on the internet, and I just snipped the first link from Google without thinking,so ease up.

This is true, and Skeleton is going over the top there since it's trivially easy to find cites elsewhere.  However when participating in even a friendly discussion, presentation matters a little; Jeff Rense is capable of citing actual facts, sure, and Hitler probably liked birthday cake too; however if I wanted to share my favorite cake photo I would try not to link to the one on Hitler's personal website.

Oh my god internet you do not disappoint.  http://hitlerparody.wikia.com/wiki/File:Hitler's_cake.gif
OMFG LOL an actual one on Stormfront!  http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t701462/#post8030362

OMG wow Stormfront hahah they have happy birthday Hitler threads that break up into discussions of whether having happy birthday Hitler threads will distract from and/or harm their cause rofl
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 26, 2013, 02:48:49 PM
You'd be wrong.

I don't think so, no.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 26, 2013, 02:56:39 PM
Are you saying you wouldn't eat a Hitler approved cake?  :carcus:

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Oh my god internet you do not disappoint.  http://hitlerparody.wikia.com/wiki/File:Hitler's_cake.gif
OMFG LOL an actual one on Stormfront!  http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t701462/#post8030362

OMG wow Stormfront hahah they have happy birthday Hitler threads that break up into discussions of whether having happy birthday Hitler threads will distract from and/or harm their cause rofl

 Oh man, that's great. Stormfront does it again!

I don't think so, no.

You must have an insanely high threshold for what you consider "enough" crime prevention with guns. Honestly, I don't see how you view hundreds of thousands of cases as not adequate.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on August 26, 2013, 06:08:04 PM
I don't know where you're getting the idea that I'm trying to prove that gun crimes don't happen a lot. Where did I ever say that these crimes don't happen?

That was bad wording on my part.  What I'm saying is the bad evidence you presented for the "guns save more lives than they take" argument is probably as good as the evidence is going to get because you're essentially having to prove a negative.  If you use a gun to protect yourself and actually succeed then no crime is committed.  And since most people don't report crimes that aren't committed to the police or news it's impossible to actually know how many times guns successfully stopped a crime from taking place.  "Hello? Police?  Yes, I'm so-and-so on the corner of so-and-so, and I was just not robbed!"  So you're at a disadvantage because there really isn't evidence.  At least any evidence that is even close to being intellectually honest.  Hence why the people who are trying to scientifically provide proof that guns save more lives have to rely on "that guy said he did" "evidence."

tl;dr: It's not your fault.  It's your position's fault.

This is true, and Skeleton is going over the top there since it's trivially easy to find cites elsewhere.  However when participating in even a friendly discussion, presentation matters a little; Jeff Rense is capable of citing actual facts, sure, and Hitler probably liked birthday cake too; however if I wanted to share my favorite cake photo I would try not to link to the one on Hitler's personal website.

I wasn't asking for a link to another shady website that copy+pasted the same text.  While I was firing tons of shots at Rense, the problem with the link is that it's literally just somebody writing something on a webpage.  There's no source.  There's no citations.  There's no links to the man's research.  There's no way of knowing if the interview actually happened.  If it did, there's no way of knowing that's what was asked or that's the answers that were given.  Using that webpage as a source is the exact same as saying "because it's on the internet."

Take your Duke link as an example.  That is chock full of stats, studies, and citations.  It's easy to see where they get their information, what they do with the information, and how they reach their conclusions with the information.  Look at the Duke article.  Now look at the Rense link.  Do you see the difference in quality?  Forget that it's even linked to Rense.  That's not even really important even though it's generally a good indication of what you're getting yourself into (websites like that rarely link to Duke studies, for example).  There's just no way to take it seriously.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 26, 2013, 06:18:31 PM
You must have an insanely high threshold for what you consider "enough" crime prevention with guns. Honestly, I don't see how you view hundreds of thousands of cases as not adequate.

Let's just say that your evidence did not prove compelling enough for me. No hard feelings though.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rendarg on August 26, 2013, 07:41:38 PM
8-Year-Old Intentionally Shot And Killed Elderly Caregiver After Playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/24/8-year-old-grand-theft-auto_n_3810778.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

I don't know, i mean when i was 6 or 7 i sliced people in a half with a chainsaw in doom, and i didn't go crazy. And there was access to guns at my family's house. Kids these days, i think they really must be putting something in the water.
Hm, thinking about it, back when i was a child, my father also always explained to me the special effects of some movies, or watching a making-of to show me how most of the stuff you see just wasn't "real". I guess this was a small but important detail, that has somehow been forgotten by parents today
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 26, 2013, 07:57:04 PM
I don't know, i mean when i was 6 or 7 i sliced people in a half with a chainsaw in doom, and i didn't go crazy. And there was access to guns at my family's house. Kids these days, i think they really must be putting something in the water.
Hm, thinking about it, back when i was a child, my father also always explained to me the special effects of some movies, or watching a making-of to show me how most of the stuff you see just wasn't "real". I guess this was a small but important detail, that has somehow been forgotten by parents today
In my opinion, it's just coincidence that GTA's name even was involved in this incident. The kid shot his caretaker in the head. That's the story.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JoeZeon on August 26, 2013, 08:55:43 PM
I've always aired on the side that I would rather give people the ability to defend themselves rather then be defenseless. Whether or not they decided to carry a gun is their decision, however they should have the legal right to do so if they feel they should. Also unless this kid actually meant to kill the caregiver, then its just a tragic and unfortunate accident.


If you use a gun to protect yourself and actually succeed then no crime is committed.  And since most people don't report crimes that aren't committed to the police or news it's impossible to actually know how many times guns successfully stopped a crime from taking place.  "Hello? Police?  Yes, I'm so-and-so on the corner of so-and-so, and I was just not robbed!"  So you're at a disadvantage because there really isn't evidence.  At least any evidence that is even close to being intellectually honest.  Hence why the people who are trying to scientifically provide proof that guns save more lives have to rely on "that guy said he did" "evidence."

tl;dr: It's not your fault.  It's your position's fault.
Agreed. I've personally discussed this with two police officers I know in my area and both of them have told me that it's hard to nail down how many people protect themselves with firearms because as you said, they are often not reported or not logged when they are. But they have told me, on several occasions, that criminals are at the end of the day cowards who avoid confrontations and areas where they feel as though they do not have a monopoly on force. Hence areas that have more private ownership of firearms are less likely to see the level of violence that places that don't.  Another part to add is that while I respect the police for performing a thankless job, they do not have an obligation to protect you and often show up after a crime has been committed. Warren v. District of Columbia concluded that, as well as many other court cases have in the  past.  It's up to you to take charge of your defense.

It's not the law abiding citizens who are responsible for the 10,000+ gun homicides in this country. Drugs, poverty and crime are the real triggers(no pun intended). Guns are an easy target because it's requires very little to stir the pot. Just awash people in fear mongering media, parade kids and grieving parents in front of cameras, throw a little bit of questionable statistics in and you've got a wonderful distraction to the real issues that I highlighted. Guns are inanimate objects, they cannot kill anything without someone pulling the trigger. Not trying to start a fight though.

I don't know, i mean when i was 6 or 7 i sliced people in a half with a chainsaw in doom, and i didn't go crazy. And there was access to guns at my family's house. Kids these days, i think they really must be putting something in the water.
Hm, thinking about it, back when i was a child, my father also always explained to me the special effects of some movies, or watching a making-of to show me how most of the stuff you see just wasn't "real". I guess this was a small but important detail, that has somehow been forgotten by parents today
Once again agreed, I also had guns in my home growing up and I was taught not to fear them, but to respect them. Good parenting is slowly going away unfortunately.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Metal_Bear_Rex on August 27, 2013, 12:20:18 AM
Ugh. This is a lesson to look before you post. Damn you Rense.

I also wholeheartedly agree with everything you posted JoeZeon. Well said. 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 27, 2013, 04:02:02 AM
In my opinion, it's just coincidence that GTA's name even was involved in this incident. The kid shot his caretaker in the head. That's the story.

Well, not so much of a coincidence since the police went out of their way to involve it in a press release for lack of evidence to back the inference and make it a claim. Since they shared a bedroom, why not also infer the elderly caregiver was possibly abusing him sexually and he was putting an end to it? Put that in your presser, Officer Biasweasel. =)

Seriously though, if the kid was playing GTA, specifically shooting NPCs in the head, and then went and shot her in the head... That's pretty damning. Though not as much as when people deny ANY sort of connection is possible or relevant for political reasons. E.G. New Study Finds No Link Between Guns and Gun Violence.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 27, 2013, 11:45:59 AM
Well, not so much of a coincidence since the police went out of their way to involve it in a press release for lack of evidence to back the inference and make it a claim. Since they shared a bedroom, why not also infer the elderly caregiver was possibly abusing him sexually and he was putting an end to it? Put that in your presser, Officer Biasweasel. =)
I read police reports every day, and even for murders it's extremely rare that they'll mention the prior circumstances a suspect was in before the incident took place, to the extent that they're guessing at the motive. The typical report will describe the incident itself and the immediate circumstances, and leave the speculating to the lawyers.

So what I mean is, it's strange for the officer filing the report to speculate motive, and the press ran with it.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 27, 2013, 12:10:52 PM
I don't see why you people are arguing over guns. Walter is right, the police just don't mention prior circumstances. So, obviously, this must be a cover up. The caregiver turned into a zombie and the child killed her in self-defense.

Edit: Yesterday, while everyone was yelling at Miley Cyrus for twerking at the VMAs, Army Staff Sargent Ty M. Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/26/president-obama-awards-medal-honor-ty-carter
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Carter was one of 53 American soldiers who woke up the morning of October 9, 2009 as the outpost where they were stationed -- one of the most remote and vulnerable in Afghanistan – came under attack by more than 300 Taliban fighters.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 27, 2013, 01:52:34 PM
I read police reports every day, and even for murders it's extremely rare that they'll mention the prior circumstances a suspect was in before the incident took place, to the extent that they're guessing at the motive. The typical report will describe the incident itself and the immediate circumstances, and leave the speculating to the lawyers.

So what I mean is, it's strange for the officer filing the report to speculate motive, and the press ran with it.

Yeah, as someone that's not familiar with police reports, that's what struck me as odd. They basically wrote the angle. Maybe it was to deflect attention from the kid locally (but it got it picked up nationally and that angle helped, whoops), but it's still odd to me how the report went out of its way to clearly suggest something without providing something concrete (official unofficial reason). It also makes me wonder where they got the intel he was playing it right before. The kid has already proven unreliable, so there's definitely got to be some faith on the part of the officer that the game was related. I just hope it wasn't, "Just my opinion, but I saw this game lying around and that's why I think he did it. Just sayin'... in an official police report."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 27, 2013, 02:06:11 PM
I just hope it wasn't, "Just my opinion, but I saw this game lying around and that's why I think he did it. Just sayin'... in an official police report."
Of course we can't know, but this is what' so devious about the relationship between a reporter and the police department. The report is THE official word on what happened, so the language used in it really paints the picture. A good reporter will rely on a report + witness interviews, but often people won't go into detail on an incident that's controversial. Once a case goes to court, lawyers are able to dig out witness testimonies and further evidence, but that's months after the incident.

So what you're left with in terms of immediate coverage of an incident is a report written by one person (usually), who has the chance to really play up the circumstances.

Btw, you should watch The Wire.  :carcus:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rendarg on September 16, 2013, 06:15:29 PM
Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/16/us-syria-crisis-turkey-idUSBRE98F0K920130916

not cool

this will end really bad


And what on earth is happening here?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/us/shooting-reported-at-washington-navy-yard.html?pagewanted=all
Gunman and 12 Victims Killed in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard

It's a navy base, so shouldn't the people be armed?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rendarg on September 22, 2013, 04:41:10 PM
a third term... a THIRD term

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/22/us-germany-election-idUSBRE98K06220130922

absolute majority...

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"It's a super result," said Merkel, flashing a broad smile.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRq89XXIPGU

maybe i should start thinking about applying for political asylum in one of your countries
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on November 21, 2013, 05:44:49 PM
New Bacterial Life-Form Discovered in NASA and ESA Spacecraft Clean Rooms

http://news.yahoo.com/bacterial-life-form-discovered-nasa-esa-spacecraft-clean-120000358.html

And a rare Magic Card sold for $27,000 :isidro:

http://kotaku.com/rare-magic-card-sells-for-27-000-1468597823/@rtgonzalez
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on November 21, 2013, 05:59:47 PM
New Bacterial Life-Form Discovered in NASA and ESA Spacecraft Clean Rooms

http://news.yahoo.com/bacterial-life-form-discovered-nasa-esa-spacecraft-clean-120000358.html

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the air is stringently filtered, the floors are cleansed with certified cleaning agents, and surfaces are wiped with alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, then heated to temperatures high enough to kill almost any living thing.
We should kill it now.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on November 21, 2013, 06:22:46 PM
We should kill it now.

I wouldn't mind having a symbiote to boot.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on November 21, 2013, 10:39:16 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/bacterial-life-form-discovered-nasa-esa-spacecraft-clean-120000358.html
Very interesting, i really like this part. Amazing how they managed to survive.
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Although many spores died, some survived, proving that certain bugs could successfully hitchhike to Mars. The most damaging effects came from the ultraviolet radiation the spores experienced outside Earth’s protective atmosphere. To survive, “either they have to hide or come up with an ingenious mechanism of repairing the DNA damage,” says Vaishampayan, who worked on the PROTECT experiment.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on December 06, 2013, 04:17:48 PM
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/08/iowa-police-kill-son-whose-father-only-wanted-to-teach-him-a-lesson/

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Iowa police kill son whose father only wanted to ‘teach him a lesson.

Police in Ames, Iowa began pursuing 19-year-old Tyler Comstock after his father, James, reported the van he was driving as stolen. By the time the chase ended, Tyler was dead, shot six times by Ames police officer Adam McPherson.

But the van wasn’t stolen, according to James Comstock, it was borrowed by his son, who wanted to buy cigarettes.

“He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him,” James Comstock told The Des Moines Register. “It was over a damn pack of cigarettes. I wouldn’t buy him none.”


Police chased Tyler Comstock onto the Iowa State University campus and set up a blockade that resulted in Comstock ramming Officer McPherson’s vehicle. McPherson ordered Comstock to shut off his truck, and when he refused to comply, McPherson shot at him six times.

The Iowa medical examiner’s office says he was killed by two gunshot wounds to the chest.

Comstock’s family is livid over what they believe is an overreaction by the police, whose own dispatchers were pleading with officers to “back off” in their pursuit.

Tyler Comstock’s step-grandfather, Gary Shepley, told The Register that the police are “trained to handle these situations. And if they panic before they even know what’s going on, then ask yourself: What if it was your child?”

“So he didn’t shut the damn truck off, so let’s fire six rounds at him?” he asked. “We’re confused, and we don’t understand.”
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 06, 2013, 04:47:20 PM
"Police chased Tyler Comstock onto the Iowa State University campus and set up a blockade that resulted in Comstock ramming Officer McPherson’s vehicle"

Brilliant.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on December 06, 2013, 06:28:44 PM
Then again, don't call the police to "teach your son a lesson". Sounds like every single person involved here, from the father to the son (he wouldn't stop the car, really?) and of course the brave officer, was fucking retarded.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Antonius Block on December 06, 2013, 06:40:20 PM
This can be a touchy subject, but if an officer is involved in pursuing a vehicle that has been reported stolen and then said vehicle is used as a weapon, it is only protocol to engage with deadly force.

Cops are not trained to wound or maim, if they pull their piece they will shoot to kill. To be sure some officers have extremely itchy trigger fingers, but if I was the officer involved I think the same outcome would be the case.

The statement about the dispatchers trying to call the officers off sounds like bullshit, seeing as most of them are civilians and don't really have all of the info when it comes to police protocol.

Extremely unfortunate case, but then again, extremely dumb actions by both father and son.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Scorpio on December 07, 2013, 11:47:11 AM
Even though I live in Denmark now, Ames IA was my hometown growing up so I followed that story pretty closely, which that article you linked in particular doesn't do.

While it's easy to say that killing the driver was ridiculous, and the article plays it like the cops here are satan incarnate, I think they were reasonably justified in their actions considering the number of lives that were put at risk. It's amazing to me that the dad who reported his truck stolen later toned it down to "borrowed." Cops don't go out looking for "borrowed" vehicles. I can't even fathom the son's reaction to police trying to pull him over, and if you watch the dashcam you can see just how dangerous it was. I was absolutely shocked when he ran that red light, as not only is that an extremely busy intersection, you can see Maple Willow Larch on the right which together are the biggest dorm buildings on campus, further on the right is the rec center, and on the left are more dorms and also central campus (where the chase finishes). Students jaywalk on this road all the time, often in groups, and going slow as a driver is a necessity- that no one was hurt is miraculous. The article also mentions that the cops in pursuit ignored orders to back off, which is also false; they slowed down and gave distance but this kid they were chasing was unbelievable reckless and started the whole thing by ramming a cop car and blowing an intersection. As mentioned before, lives were at risk, both motorist and pedestrian. I think it's a little silly to ignore public safety just because they know who this guy is. And finally, it wasn't just an issue of the kid not turning off the truck so they shot him, he was still trying to get away and his final act was ramming the cop car again while the officer was on foot behind it, which you can see in that video. At that point it wasn't just public safety, it became self defense.

Anyway. I don't defend Ames police often as they have certainly made their mistakes (Being the SOLE cause of the VEISHEA riots a number of years ago is one of them), but I hate sensationalist and biased reporting even more so I thought I'd give my take on this.

Edit: a better report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3IomE8uu2A
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 07, 2013, 01:03:56 PM
While it's easy to say that killing the driver was ridiculous, and the article plays it like the cops here are satan incarnate, I think they were reasonably justified in their actions considering the number of lives that were put at risk.
Yes, and that's what we've implied with our posts here.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on December 07, 2013, 02:16:33 PM
In the officer's defense, at least he shot the suspect only after the suspect rammed into him.  Here the officer fires at you after he rams into you.

Quote from: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/11/garland_cop_shoots_41_times.php
Garland Cop Charged With Manslaughter After Firing on Chase Suspect 41 Times


At first, the official story of what happened in the early morning hours of August 31, 2012, was that 25-year-old Michael Vincent Allen had led police on a high-speed chase through Garland and Mesquite before being herded into a cul de sac. In a last-ditch attempt to escape, he rammed a Garland PD squad car. The cop inside, fearing for his life, opened fire, killing Allen.

Within two weeks, the narrative had been revised. Vincent hadn't rammed the cop; the cop had rammed him. The "multiple rounds" the officer had fired became 41, with two pauses to reload.

The officer, a seven-year Garland PD veteran named Patrick Tuter, was placed on administrative leave and ultimately fired after an internal affairs investigation concluded the he'd violated the department's use-of-force and pursuit policies. Tuter had initiated the chase after discovering that Allen was wanted for drug possession, assault and evading arrest, and Tuter was the only cop on scene to fire his weapon.

On Monday, a Dallas County grand jury indicted Tuter today for manslaughter. The Dallas Morning News' Tanya Eiserer reports that it's the first time in 17 years that Dallas County has indicted an officer in a fatal police shooting. In the previous case, a Grand Prairie police officer was acquitted on a murder charge for killing a mentally ill man who lunged at another officer with a knife.

If convicted, Tuter faces up to 20 years in prison. A wrongful death lawsuit filed against Tuter is pending in federal court.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Antonius Block on December 11, 2013, 09:39:29 PM
This is kinda old news in terms of the major powers wanting to claim their stake in the Arctic regions, so that when the ice melts they can go to work and snatch up all of the resources, but I think it may be possible for this generation to actually see a war over said resources and land.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/10/russia-arctic-putin-idINL6N0JP40520131210
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on December 12, 2013, 04:25:29 PM
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/oct/21/mexico-student-police-chief-drug-cartel

"The last police chief was beheaded. Now a 20-year-old student is stepping up. Violent Mexico town pins hopes on undergraduate given £400 a month to take on the deadliest drug cartel"

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(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/10/21/1287657995349/Twenty-year-old-criminolo-006.jpg)

One reason Marisol Valles Garcia did not have much competition for the police chief job could be that her predecessor's head was left in front of the station a few days after he was kidnapped.

Another reason could be that a fifth of the population of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a dusty, sun-baked town on Mexico's border with Texas, has fled a wave of killings and burnings that have made this one of the most violent places on Earth.

It may also have been related to the fact that drug cartels tend to give police officers a choice of "plomo o plata", lead or silver, death or corruption – which is not much of a choice: if you take the plata, a rival cartel will likely fill you with plomo.

If being police chief of Praxedis for a monthly salary of not much more than £400 sounds like a career option from hell, you are not Marisol Valles Garcia, a 20-year-old criminology student who seized the offer and started her new job this week.

For an undergraduate who paints her nails pink and has an infant son to be thrown into the crucible of the drug war has astonished Mexico, but Valles Garcia appears to be sanguine: "I am frightened, I am only human, but you have to learn to trust and to have hope that things can change," she said. "Have faith that we can do something about this security problem. We want to build a place where young people can fulfil their hopes and dreams."

Valles Garcia has yet to make an arrest but has become an instant celebrity and been hailed Mexico's bravest woman. She brushed off the praise. "I don't think age is important," she said. "What is important is what is going on inside. What I feel and what I believe. We were not looking for publicity. I don't know how the information got out."

She heads a force of just 13 agents, nine of them women, with one working patrol car, three automatic rifles and a pistol. The town is small – just 8,000 people after the recent exodus – but it sits in Juárez valley, a strategic route once used by Apaches and Billy the Kid and now a transit point for cartels transporting cocaine, cannabis and other drugs to the US, which is a stone's throw across the Rio Bravo.

The previous police chief, Martin Castro, was abducted in January 2009 and his severed head turned up days later in front of the station, a warning that frightened away most of the force and left the police chief post unfilled for over a year.

The Sinaloa cartel is said to be waging an extermination campaign against the homegrown Juárez cartel in the valley, making it one of the deadliest fronts in a war that has claimed 28,000 lives in the past four years. Earlier this month a new mayor, José-Luis Guerrero, started interviewing candidates for a new community police force. Valles Garcia, a student from Juárez university who is due to finish a criminology degree in December, was working as the police secretary and applied to be a regular police officer. She so impressed the mayor that he offered the top job.

"To those who say we are naive and she doesn't have the experience, we say that the traditional methods have not worked," said Andres Morales, the mayor's chief of staff. "We know that the results will not be immediate. We are thinking of the medium and long term. Of laying the foundations for something better in the future."

Valles Garcia's force will focus on community policing and, in theory, leave the gunbattles to the army and national police. "We are only going to do crime prevention work," she said. "We do not have the means to take them [organised crime] on. Taking on the other stuff is the job of the state and federal authorities." She implied that she would not even report the presence of organised crime in the town.

Appointing a student was not a gimmick, said Morales: "We never imagined the kind of attention it would get, but we are not complaining. It helps us send a positive message to the community."

Valles Garcia has refused bodyguards because they would distance her from the community, imply she was frightened and not do much to protect her anyway.

Leading commentator Héctor Aguilar Camín welcomed the appointment. "People may be frightened and besieged, but they have not surrendered," he said.

Farmer Arturo Gomez said he would give the new chief a chance. "This is a town without law," he said. "It is not likely things will change from one day to the next, but let's see what a woman can do... things can't get any worse."

Fidel Vega, a petrol station employee, added: "Here, everybody is afraid, and anything that can be done to remove that fear would be good. This girl has a desire to get things done."

However, some traditionalists are upset. "Are there are no men in the state of Chihuahua?" asked one blogger.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Antonius Block on December 12, 2013, 05:59:45 PM
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/oct/21/mexico-student-police-chief-drug-cartel

"The last police chief was beheaded. Now a 20-year-old student is stepping up. Violent Mexico town pins hopes on undergraduate given £400 a month to take on the deadliest drug cartel"

I remember this story back in the day... I think the girl quit.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on December 12, 2013, 07:03:55 PM
I remember this story back in the day... I think the girl quit.

Yeah, she did. It was in early 2011. I think she just...didn't show up.

They're in the US now, trying to seek asylum.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on December 17, 2013, 02:59:12 PM
^ Sorry about posting a dated article guys.

http://www.buckinstitute.org/buck-news/five-fold-lifespan-extension-c-elegans-combining-mutants

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Research Highlights Possibility of Combination Therapy for Aging

December 12, 2013/Novato, California: What are the limits to longevity? New research in simple animals suggests that combining mutants can lead to radical lifespan extension. Scientists at the Buck Institute combined mutations in two pathways well-known for lifespan extension and report a synergistic five-fold extension of longevity in the nematode C. elegans. The research, done at the Buck Institute and published online in Cell Reports on December 12, 2013, introduces the possibility of combination therapy for aging and the maladies associated with it.

The mutations inhibited key molecules involved in insulin signaling (IIS) and the nutrient signaling pathway Target of Rapamycin (TOR). Lead scientist and Buck faculty Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, said single mutations in TOR (in this case RSKS-1) usually result in a 30 percent lifespan extension, while mutations in IIS (Daf-2) often result in a doubling of lifespan in the worms – added together they would be expected to extend longevity by 130 percent. “Instead, what we have here is a synergistic five-fold increase in lifespan,” Kapahi said. “The two mutations set off a positive feedback loop in specific tissues that amplified lifespan. Basically these worms lived to the human equivalent of 400 to 500 years.”

Kapahi said the research points to the possibility of using combination therapies for aging, similar to what is done for cancer and HIV. “In the early years, cancer researchers focused on mutations in single genes, but then it became apparent that different mutations in a class of genes were driving the disease process,” he said. “The same thing is likely happening in aging.” Kapahi said this research could help explain why scientists are having a difficult time identifying single genes responsible for the long lives experienced by human centenarians. “It’s quite probable that interactions between genes are critical in those fortunate enough to live very long, healthy lives.”


Former Buck postdoctoral fellow Di Chen, PhD, now an associate professor at the Model Animal Research Center, Nanjing University, China, lead author of the study, said that the positive feedback loop (DAF-16 via the AMPK complex) originated in the germline tissue of worms. The germline is a sequence of reproductive cells that may be passed onto successive generations. “The germline was the key tissue for the synergistic gain in longevity – we think it may be where the interactions between the two mutations are integrated,” Chen said. “The finding has implications for similar synergy between the two pathways in more complex organisms.”

Kapahi said ideally the research would move into mice as a way of determining if the lifespan-extending synergy extends into mammals. “The idea would be to use mice genetically engineered to have suppressed insulin signaling, and then treat them with the drug rapamycin, which is well-known to suppress the TOR pathway.”

Next up, they're going to test that on mice. Uh oh : p
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Death May Die on December 23, 2013, 07:15:51 AM
I joined THE group "finding freeman" (Eric Freeman) out of my love for the 1986 so bad its good movie Silent Night Deadly Night 2 some time ago. Through out the past year and half rumors circled that he had been found and someone got a hold of him.

Well ladies and gentlemen, he has been found. Here is the interview and back story:

http://vampiresdontwearglitter.blogspot.com/2013/12/finding-eric-freeman-horror-movie-bbq.html (http://vampiresdontwearglitter.blogspot.com/2013/12/finding-eric-freeman-horror-movie-bbq.html)

SNDN2 had a screen and guess who was in attendance for Q&A!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=_JWlLDHN2jQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D_JWlLDHN2jQ%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&app=desktop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=_JWlLDHN2jQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D_JWlLDHN2jQ%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&app=desktop)



Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Antonius Block on December 23, 2013, 01:17:54 PM
Nice! Thanks for posting this. Silent Night Deadly Night 2 is one of the greats.

When Ricky finally looses it and goes on his rampage it has got to be some of the best moments in Horror B-Movie history.  :ubik:

I always laugh til it hurts when I revisit this one!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on December 27, 2013, 07:31:12 PM
This isn't new news but I just found out about it and subscribed on the website. UrtheCast allows you to check out the Earth via HD live feeds from a space station. 

http://www.universetoday.com/106460/urthecast-camera-for-live-video-views-of-planet-earth-to-launch-nov-25/

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“Imagine you have a nearly live Google Earth, but it isn’t four year old data – you have data that is being refreshed all the time, with videos coming down over interesting areas where interesting events are going on, showing you what is changing, what is going on,” said George Tyc, the Chief Technology Officer at UrtheCast, in an interview with Universe Today earlier this year. “What we really hope to pull off is to change the paradigm, get the everyday person interacting and seeing the data coming down from space to see the Earth and how it is evolving over time in a way that isn’t available right now.”

Last week at the Canadian Space Society Summit, UrtheCast co-founder Wade Larson explained the camera setup will take place in phases, with Phase 1 of the project having two cameras facing the ground, with one having a fixed gaze and the other one featuring maneuverability to points of interest. These should be installed on the station sometime in December 2013, Larson said, with data coming in the first quarter of 2014.

The company’s aim is to make Earth video data more accessible to individuals and schoolchildren, who would log in on UrtheCast’s website, as well as the traditional customers of government and private companies. Additionally, a recent partnership agreement with the UN will see them offer real-time information on dynamic situations such as floods and mass movements of people during humanitarian disasters. They will also be integrating the data with live social media feeds as well as opening up their API for app developers.

...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on January 04, 2014, 05:22:09 AM
Hoax story from Colorado


http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/
 (http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/)

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One of the those victims was 29-year-old Jesse Bruce Pinkman, a former methamphetamine dealer from Albuquerque who had recently moved to Boulder to establish a legal marijuana dispensary.
Pinkman was partying with friends when he suffered several seizures and a massive heart attack which ultimately proved to be fatal. Toxicology reports revealed that marijuana was the only drug present in his system.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Deci on January 05, 2014, 12:20:41 AM
Hoax story from Colorado


http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/
 (http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/)

I don't know if hoax is the appropriate term to be used for stories like these, they aren't intended to be taken seriously. They're satire. So unbelievably unbelievable that you'd have to be a total buffoon with your head deeply embedded in the sand to think they're real. If someone does think they're real, or even gets upset that someone else might think they're real, it just makes it even funnier though. Kinda like Stephen Colbert or The Onion do, albiet much more intelligently and... professionally.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Death May Die on January 07, 2014, 10:27:13 AM
Did anyone else watch Michael Bay bow out on stage during a press conference?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4rMy1iA268 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4rMy1iA268)


Later Blogged about it:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/07/michael-bay-explains-his-ces-meltdown (http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/07/michael-bay-explains-his-ces-meltdown)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 13, 2014, 08:08:37 PM
France drinks more whiskey than the U.S. of A.
http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/the-french-drink-more-whiskey-than-americans-do-weve-failed-as-a-country/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on January 15, 2014, 03:19:00 PM
France drinks more whiskey than the U.S. of A.
http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/the-french-drink-more-whiskey-than-americans-do-weve-failed-as-a-country/

That's per capita. There's less people in France. It makes sense.

Now, if you took into account how many people in respective counties drank it, then America would completely overshadow Francejustlikeitalreadydoesohgodimsorryaaz
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on February 13, 2014, 09:32:42 PM
http://www.osundefender.org/?p=119765

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Hotel Selling Cooked Human Meat Found In Onitsha *Police Arrests 11 With Fresh Human Heads

On Thursday Onitsha police arrested 11 people after they discovered 2 fresh human heads in a hotel (name withheld) very close to the popular Ose-Okwodu market in Anambra state.2 AK47 rifles & other weapons were also discovered in the hotel.

The arrest followed tip-offs from area residents on Thursday morning. The hotel owner, 6 women and 4 men were arrested.

After police got access to the hotel, they made a startling discovery of two human heads wrapped in a cellophane bag, two AK47 rifles, two army caps, 40 rounds of live ammunition and so many cell phones.

“Each time I came to market, because the hotel is very close to the market, I always noticed funny movements in and out of the hotel; dirty people with dirty characters always come into the hotel. So, I was not surprised when the police made this discovery in the early hours of yesterday,” said a vegetable seller in the area.

A Pastor who was among the people who tipped off the police on Thursday said: I went to the hotel early this year, after eating, I was told that a lump of meat was being sold at N700, I was surprised. So I did not know it was human meat that I ate at such expensive price.”

Sept 05, 2013
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on February 14, 2014, 11:22:11 PM
Dude...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on April 06, 2014, 03:36:45 PM
I picked the wrong line of work. . .

Quote from: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/26/ndrangheta-mafia-mcdonalds-deutsche-bank-study
'Ndrangheta mafia 'made more last year than McDonald's and Deutsche Bank'

The 'Ndrangheta mafia from southern Italy made more money last year than Deutsche Bank and McDonald's put together with a turnover of €53bn (£44bn), a study has claimed.

The study by the Demoskopika research institute detailed the international crime syndicate's sources of revenue, including drug trafficking – which brought in an estimated €24.2bn – and illegal garbage disposal, which earned it €19.6bn.

The southern Italian mafia earned the equivalent of 3.5% of Italy's gross domestic product (GDP) last year, said the report based on analysis of documents from Italy's interior ministry and police, parliament's anti-mafia commission and the national anti-mafia task force.

The 'Ndrangheta is thought to have about 400 key "operatives" in 30 countries, but its activities are believed to involve as many as 60,000 people worldwide, the report said.

Extortion and usury last year brought in a substantial €2.9bn, while embezzlement earned the mafia €2.4bn and gambling €1.3bn. Arms sales, prostitution, counterfeiting goods and people-smuggling were less lucrative, bringing in less than €1bn together.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on April 09, 2014, 05:48:58 PM
Wow ... that's a lot of money. Let me know when you do change your line of work aiye?

RIP Ultimate Warrior. He had some of the best, over the top, incomprehensible promos in the business. Watched him get inducted in the Hall Of Fame after so many years and his speech on Raw is surreal now, in context to his death.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/pro-wrestling/wwe-ultimate-warrior-dead-at-54-1.7652139

(http://i.imgur.com/LSsfzof.jpg)

Also, RIP to the streak :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on April 28, 2014, 03:19:00 PM
Armed Russian robocops to defend missile bases

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229664.400-armed-russian-robocops-to-defend-missile-bases.html#.U16B5_ldWls

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THE West has always been a little squeamish about the idea of arming robots. Despite decades of development, no systems have ever been deployed and a vocal human rights campaign means it's unlikely to happen in the near future. The Russians, on the other hand, appear to be rather less concerned.

Last month, Dmitry Andreyev of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces announced that mobile robots would be standing guard over five ballistic missile installations. These robots can detect and destroy targets, without human involvement. Russia, it seems, is taking the lead in a new robotic arms race.

The robot sentry, aka the "mobile robotic complex", was developed by Izhevsk Radio Plant, a company based 1200 kilometres east of Moscow. It weighs around 900 kilograms and has cameras, a laser rangefinder and radar sensors. For fire power it has a 12.7-millimetre heavy machine gun, with optional smaller weapons. It is quick too, hitting speeds of 45 kilometres per hour on a petrol engine. It can operate for 10 hours, or switch to sleep mode for a week.

The makers put the sentry robot through its paces at an arms fair in Russia last year. Andreyev describes the robots as being able to engage targets in automatic as well as semi-automatic control mode. US policy, on the other hand, says a person has to authorise when weapons are fired. Drones don't fire missiles on their own, but act as remote launch platforms for human operators. Neither the makers of the Russian robot nor the Strategic Missile Forces responded to New Scientist's request for an interview at the time of going to press.

Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoygu is behind the move to arm robots. In January 2013, he said the army would expand its use of robots, saving $2.4 billion over two years. In June, the deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin announced plans for a new military robot laboratory at the Degtyarev arms factory in Kovrov, and a new centre of military robotics at the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy. According to Rogozin, the robots will save lives: "We have to conduct battles without any contact, so that our boys do not die, and for that it is necessary to use war robots."

In the US, unarmed sentry robots called MDARS patrol nuclear sites and Marine bases, but there appears to be little appetite for armed robots. Thousands of US robots, known as unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), were rolled out for bomb disposal in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the trial deployment of SWORDS, an armed version of the Talon bomb-disposal robot, in Iraq in 2007 was cancelled due to "uncommanded or unexpected movements". There were rumours of robots going rogue and turning their machine-guns on friendly troops. In fact, there were two minor incidents, one caused by a loose wire and one by faulty solder. But commanders were spooked enough to postpone SWORDS' debut.

Thomas Nash, director of Article 36, the UK-based arms control campaign group, is worried. "The prospect of states developing autonomous weapons systems that would identify targets on their own and attack them is a grave concern for humanity," he says.

He should brace himself. Russia's armed UGVs may soon be called on to fight in the front line. A promotional video for the interior ministry shows their commandos training with an armed robot.

This article appeared in print under the headline "Armed and dangerous"

Inevitable?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on April 28, 2014, 05:57:27 PM
Inevitable?

Yes.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on May 13, 2014, 01:50:13 PM
RIP Giger.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/Alien_creator_H.R._Giger_is_dead.html?cid=38569780
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 13, 2014, 02:05:39 PM
 :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on May 13, 2014, 02:12:06 PM
Damn.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on May 13, 2014, 04:08:57 PM
Sorry to hear it was the result of a fall. All too common and unpleasant way to go.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Sankari on May 13, 2014, 05:53:48 PM
I received as a xmas gift, from a friend , a visual guide for Alien. Its a great artbook , had some sketches by Ridley scott, and the backstory for the alian, Giger's artwook, I only recenvly became acquainted with his work, its a pity that he had to go like that, but his work will endure. Its already a well established cultural mark.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on May 13, 2014, 06:11:14 PM
The world's a little less weird now. Rest in peace, Giger. :(
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on May 13, 2014, 07:52:59 PM
Ugh. That's really sad. I loved his work. :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnny Apples on May 13, 2014, 08:51:47 PM
Awful. Without that man, Miura's Berserk with all its monsters and apostles as we know it wouldn't exist. The world has grown poorer now, without Hans Rudolph Giger's weird, transgressive and wonderful paintings and sculptures enriching it. RIP   :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Gummyskull on May 13, 2014, 10:23:41 PM
Such sad news,the world lost a great mind and artist. Giger has always been a huge inspiration to me and countless others.  He may be gone, but his influence and legacy will live on forever.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2014, 12:48:03 AM
Awful. Without that man, Miura's Berserk with all its monsters and apostles as we know it wouldn't exist.

There are certain influences, but I think you're overstating things here a bit. All of Miura's apostles and all of his monster designs weren't influenced by Giger.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on May 14, 2014, 12:59:46 PM
It's impossible to overstate Giger's importance to the world of film. There was before Alien and after Alien.
The creature is still the scariest movie monster.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 10, 2014, 02:44:20 PM
http://animals.io9.com/should-a-virile-bear-be-castrated-to-give-other-bears-a-1588418834

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According to some estimates, approximately 1 in 200 men living today in historical Mongolia are descendents of Genghis Khan. Likewise, one particularly virile bear living in western Europe is the father, grandfather, or great-grandfather of every other bear born in his territory for the last two decades.

Pyros is a 26 year old male brown bear who likes to get around. There are four other unrelated males in his area, but none of them have ever successfully sired any offspring. Wildlife managers are concerned, because the health of the bear population in the Pyrenees, a mountain range between France and Spain, might suffer due to inbreeding. And it's a population of bears they've explicitly worked to conserve. The so-called straw that broke the camel's back was when a cub was recently born who is both daughter and granddaughter to Pyros.

 :ganishka:

Don't worry, Pyros. It sounds like these prudish conservationists don't have the stones to sterilize you. Even if they tried they would come away only to realize they had been impregnated themselves!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 10, 2014, 02:51:37 PM
http://animals.io9.com/should-a-virile-bear-be-castrated-to-give-other-bears-a-1588418834

 :ganishka:

Don't worry, Pyros. It sounds like these prudish conservationists don't have the stones to sterilize you. Even if they tried they would come away only to realize they had been impregnated themselves!

I love the option to expand the bear porn image.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 10, 2014, 05:09:34 PM
I love the option to expand the bear porn image.

More inexplicable is that it barely expands in size at all. =)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 10, 2014, 05:22:49 PM
http://animals.io9.com/should-a-virile-bear-be-castrated-to-give-other-bears-a-1588418834

:ganishka:

A French bear, no doubt. :zodd:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 11, 2014, 05:17:56 AM
A French bear, no doubt. :zodd:

File photo:
(http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2013/080/d/8/hilarious_french_bear_by_eecha1-d5yskq3.jpg)



In other awesome animal news:

62 Year Old Fisherman Eaten Alive by 4.7m Saltwater Crocodile

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2651333/Man-snatched-crocodile-pulled-river-Kakadu.html

So, don't believe the whole "adult humans aren't prey size" bullshit. 4.7m? Jesus, that's big for a great white shark! Also, Aaz, you're welcome for the setup and I hope this doesn't give you a chill. =)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 11, 2014, 05:55:52 AM
62 Year Old Fisherman Eaten Alive by 4.7m Saltwater Crocodile

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2651333/Man-snatched-crocodile-pulled-river-Kakadu.html

So, don't believe the whole "adult humans aren't prey size" bullshit. 4.7m? Jesus, that's big for a great white shark! Also, Aaz, you're welcome for the setup and I hope this doesn't give you a chill. =)

Just a thrill. :slan: Crocs are just too badass, although this is obviously a very unfortunate accident. But really, much like with shark attacks, I can't help but question what these guys were doing. There are safe zones that are regularly patrolled. Going out in the wild in your own tiny boat is asking for trouble. And are there really people who believe that crocodiles won't attack an adult human? That's... pretty dumb.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 11, 2014, 03:32:45 PM
But really, much like with shark attacks, I can't help but question what these guys were doing. There are safe zones that are regularly patrolled. Going out in the wild in your own tiny boat is asking for trouble. And are there really people who believe that crocodiles won't attack an adult human? That's... pretty dumb.

There are people that think life is like a trip to Disneyland (where there are more fatalities than you think =), which is why I'm glad for stories like this so I don't sound so silly turning down that ill-planned camping trip with ill-prepared people because I don't want to be eaten alive by a horny French bear or a giant crocodile. NO THANKS! Who's crazy now!?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on June 11, 2014, 03:49:48 PM
62 Year Old Fisherman Eaten Alive by 4.7m Saltwater Crocodile

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2651333/Man-snatched-crocodile-pulled-river-Kakadu.html

Here's a CNN link - http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/world/asia/australia-crocodile-attack/

If you watch the video, 9 seconds the reporter's words sound like "Aaz's (As his) family watched ... in horror ..."
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on June 11, 2014, 04:21:59 PM
Here's a CNN link - http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/world/asia/australia-crocodile-attack/

If you watch the video, 9 seconds the reporter's words sound like "Aaz's (As his) family watched ... in horror ..."

Don't place your bets too quickly, I've wrestled crocs before. :slan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on June 15, 2014, 03:57:08 PM
Casey Kasem died this morning.

I'm both surprised and unsurprised after his disappearance not too long ago.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/06/15/legendary-radio-broadcaster-casey-kasem-has-died-publicist-says/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 27, 2014, 02:43:19 PM
Girl, 9, kills gun instructor with Uzi

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/us/arizona-girl-fatal-shooting-accident/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Sounds like the best lesson she could ever get, no joke. Also, because it's CNN it links to this:

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Kids and guns: What's your parenting style? (http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/1142925)

Personally, I wait until age 10 before I bust out the uzis, but that's just me helicopter parenting. Thanks again for the perspective, CNN!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 27, 2014, 03:12:56 PM
She was just exercising her rights, man.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 27, 2014, 03:13:41 PM
The price of freedom.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 27, 2014, 03:54:11 PM
Yeah, we can't put limits on these things. Hopefully she doesn't also kill her next instructor in six years when she gains the legal right to receive a permit to begin training to get a licence to... drive a car. Six years after that she can legally have a drink of alcohol.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on August 28, 2014, 01:04:00 AM
As a 1st world country, the US is probably the most backwards of them all.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on August 28, 2014, 06:11:15 PM
As a 1st world country, the US is probably the most backwards of them all.

We're definitely up there. :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on August 29, 2014, 05:10:06 AM
As a 1st world country, the US is probably the most backwards of them all.

Umm, excuse me, it's called EXCEPTIONALISM! It means we're the BEST COUNTRY EVER no matter what the "facts" say. :daiba:

We're definitely up there. :sad:

Yeah, right at the top. :badbone:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on August 29, 2014, 11:48:09 AM
I feel bad for the girl.  She's only nine and has to live with the fact she killed someone for the rest of her life.  Tough break.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on August 30, 2014, 03:52:38 PM
http://nationalreport.net/15-year-old-swatted-domestic-terrorism/
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Tama on August 30, 2014, 05:20:06 PM
http://nationalreport.net/15-year-old-swatted-domestic-terrorism/

I've heard of swatting before, but how exactly do people get each others home addresses when they do it? I'm not completely tech savvy, so I didn't know if there is a way to find it through your IP, or the people in question are just giving them their general location. Either way it's kind of scary..
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 30, 2014, 06:20:48 PM
I've heard of swatting before, but how exactly do people get each others home addresses when they do it? I'm not completely tech savvy, so I didn't know if there is a way to find it through your IP, or the people in question are just giving them their general location. Either way it's kind of scary..

It's likely got more to do with usernames and the like. With the proliferation of social networks nowadays it's not very difficult to find a lot of things about someone just from a name or an email address.

As for the satirical news article NightCrawler posted, while that kind of sentencing would obviously be ridiculous, I think something really needs to be done about "swatting" before someone gets killed. For one thing the police ought to do at least a little investigating before raiding a house instead of relying on a single anonymous phone call.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on August 30, 2014, 08:30:53 PM
I'm a layman in this subject. Do SWAT teams need warrants?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on August 30, 2014, 08:56:32 PM
I'm a layman in this subject. Do SWAT teams need warrants?

Not for emergency responses like those involved in "swatting" as far as I know. A single 911 call will do the trick.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 31, 2014, 12:54:47 AM
I'm a layman in this subject. Do SWAT teams need warrants?

They're supposed to get them from a judge prior to infiltration. But "exigent circumstances" are often used as the basis for barging in a home or building. This can be anything from "an officer heard a distressing noise" or they had a "tip" from a criminal informant (which can be easily concealed/fabricated if required).

I've worked as a reporter in a few small towns in the Southeast US -- Good 'ol Boy country. The scary thing to me about police abusing their authority are the stories you never end up hearing about, or at least can never prove. Extreme cases often rise to the headlines, but those are circumstances when cops got caught with their pants down, which isn't often in my experience. With the support network that small towns come prepackaged with, just imagine the amount of injustice that happen on any given week in smalltown America.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 02, 2014, 07:28:36 PM
Yeah, right at the top. :badbone:

:ganishka:

They're supposed to get them from a judge prior to infiltration. But "exigent circumstances" are often used as the basis for barging in a home or building. This can be anything from "an officer heard a distressing noise" or they had a "tip" from a criminal informant (which can be easily concealed/fabricated if required).

I've worked as a reporter in a few small towns in the Southeast US -- Good 'ol Boy country. The scary thing to me about police abusing their authority are the stories you never end up hearing about, or at least can never prove. Extreme cases often rise to the headlines, but those are circumstances when cops got caught with their pants down, which isn't often in my experience. With the support network that small towns come prepackaged with, just imagine the amount of injustice that happen on any given week in smalltown America.

Ugh. That's depressing. :sad:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Ratty on September 02, 2014, 08:06:21 PM
They're supposed to get them from a judge prior to infiltration. But "exigent circumstances" are often used as the basis for barging in a home or building. This can be anything from "an officer heard a distressing noise" or they had a "tip" from a criminal informant (which can be easily concealed/fabricated if required).

This is such a prevalent problem that I once had it pointed out to me by the Professor in a criminal Justice Class that they even try to make it look "heroic" or "normal" on shows like Law & Order. Where investigating outside a perfectly quiet house one cop will turn to the other and say "Did you hear that? Sounded like a scream to me." before kicking the door in. And these are supposed to be the "good guys".

Of course shows like that are complete pro-Police propaganda full of misinformation. Like cops saying that not talking to them is "Obstruction of justice!" (It almost never is, and any statements you make to the police can be used against you but will be dismissed as hearsay if you try to use them in your defense. And the 5th amendment says you never have to bear witness against yourself.) and acting like every case goes to trial when something like 90% of cases in America are settled with plea deals for lesser charges. (Because even when the accused is innocent most people would rather, for example, sign a plea deal and get probation/a fine for something they didn't do then go to trial and risk going to jail for it.) To say nothing of openly portraying defense lawyers as villains because the police would never arrest an innocent person.  :schierke: And so much more.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on September 10, 2014, 05:02:44 PM
This is probably the best news article summing up #GamerGate

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/)

As he points out, he can't possibly touch on everything, but distrust between gamers and the gaming press (which never really had a good reputation to begin with) is the best way to sum it up.

At this point, you would need a book to address all the accusations and industry/cultural trends involved in #GamerGate.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 10, 2014, 06:22:06 PM
distrust between gamers and the gaming press (which never really had a good reputation to begin with) is the best way to sum it up.

Having read the article and all the discourse attributed to developers and gamers therein, are you sure "Dumb vs. Dumber" isn't the best way to sum it up? All these people seem to have the emotional maturity of adolescent wolverines.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 10, 2014, 06:23:55 PM
Having read the article and all the discourse attributed to developers and gamers therein, are you sure "Dumb vs. Dumber" isn't the best way to sum it up? All these people seem to have the emotional maturity of adolescent wolverines.

I'm pretty well versed with the dispute as well, and don't see why every troll on the Internet is suddenly in an uproar over nothing. I believe it's all been perpetrated by a few young kids who don't know much about the world but are filled with vitriol and must put it to some use.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 10, 2014, 06:37:25 PM
I'm pretty well versed with the dispute as well, and don't see why every troll on the Internet is suddenly in an uproar over nothing. I believe it's all been perpetrated by a few young kids who don't know much about the world but are filled with vitriol and must put it to some use.

Censorship man, my 1st amendment rights are being violated! Conspiracy!

Yeah, I certainly don't see the "gate" part of it. Just a lot of young people, developers and fans alike, in relatively close proximity via the internet, getting each other all worked up.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on September 10, 2014, 06:55:03 PM
I think had the initial allegations like the harrassing/doxxing of a charity, Wolf Wozniak being piled on by Phil Fish, or the abuse of the DMCA been covered like any other scandals in the gaming press, this whole thing probably would have fizzled out in a few days. These were valid concerns, but that did not excuse trolls making death threats/hacking and hurling shit at developers/columnists.

When forum threads started getting shut down and columnists/developers started saying crazy things, people suddenly became more interested in people's patreons and past relationships. The initial allegations, the pro-GamerGate trolls, the thread deletions, and the anti-GamerGate trolls (the columnists in particular) made this issue a shitstorm.

A lot of things went wrong and now you have an escapist thread approaching 25,000 posts

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.858347-Zoe-Quinn-and-the-surrounding-controversy?page=1 (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.858347-Zoe-Quinn-and-the-surrounding-controversy?page=1)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on September 10, 2014, 07:02:42 PM
This is probably the best news article summing up #GamerGate

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/)

As he points out, he can't possibly touch on everything, but distrust between gamers and the gaming press (which never really had a good reputation to begin with) is the best way to sum it up.

At this point, you would need a book to address all the accusations and industry/cultural trends involved in #GamerGate.

I'll have to agree; it's pretty comprehensive. However I think it would have benefitted from establishing at some point the background of sanctimonious articles that have cropped up over the past few years in the "gaming press". Those have covered various different things from women to LGBT to just plain online bullying, but the jist of it is that the false empathy/morality/intellectualism from third-rate "journalists" had most likely been annoying people for a good long while. I also disagree with his conclusions (what he says about DRM, how the press is "left-leaning", and the three "scandals" he identifies).

As I was telling Walter the other day, what I personally find amazing about this whole business is that I'm apparently the only one who remembers that the current "gamer culture" was fabricated by the same "gaming press" about 10 years ago. Before that people just played video games. Gamers are dead? Fine with me, and I've been playing video games for longer than most people involved in this argument have been alive.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on September 10, 2014, 07:45:12 PM
As I was telling Walter the other day, what I personally find amazing about this whole business is that I'm apparently the only one who remembers that the current "gamer culture" was fabricated by the same "gaming press" about 10 years ago. Before that people just played video games. Gamers are dead? Fine with me, and I've been playing video games for longer than most people involved in this argument have been alive.

Well that's not hard, especially at your age.   :troll:

But yea, it's just bullshit. Playing video games my whole life, seeing the "culture" develop into what it is today is a strange journey.  It's done more harm than good in the minds of people who are outside, looking in.

 I miss the 90's.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on September 11, 2014, 01:32:53 PM
what I personally find amazing about this whole business is that I'm apparently the only one who remembers that the current "gamer culture" was fabricated by the same "gaming press" about 10 years ago. Before that people just played video games.
I miss the 90's.

We still had inexplicable advertising like this though...

(http://www.theicecave.org/damage_control/multimedia/playitloudad_060210.jpg)

90's Gamers. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on September 11, 2014, 02:03:02 PM
We still had inexplicable advertising like this though...

90's Gamers. :ganishka:

Jesus that brings back some bad memories... US ads in general in those days were pretty embarrassing.  Eventually the image being sold by advertising, that people who played games were some strange, exotic breed of people, was eventually embraced by the general public. But I think the transformative process we're really talking about came from the Internet. The mentality that the loudest voice gets heard the most eventually helped solidify that identity.

It's part of a larger conversation that is so self-evident to those who have been involved in it that I have trouble understanding what the argument is over.

The biggest impact felt by me over this whole fiasco is that one of my longtime favorite writers quit the industry (http://infinitelives.net/2014/09/11/on-leaving/) after being harassed for speaking her mind.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on September 11, 2014, 03:34:30 PM
Yeah, but Paul Rudd in the SNES commercial was gold.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on September 12, 2014, 02:21:56 AM
We still had inexplicable advertising like this though...

(http://www.theicecave.org/damage_control/multimedia/playitloudad_060210.jpg)

90's Gamers. :ganishka:

Man, those were the days.  I wanted that black Game Boy so badly.   :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 12, 2014, 11:27:06 AM
The biggest impact felt by me over this whole fiasco is that one of my longtime favorite writers quit the industry (http://infinitelives.net/2014/09/11/on-leaving/) after being harassed for speaking her mind.

And she is still being harassed.

I'm still not sure what Gamergate is about and I've read two articles "explaining" it, but from what I've seen the "gamer" argument has been petty. With that said, the most laughable thing about this is Adam Baldwin inserting himself into gamergate, which doesn't make any sense and reeks of attention seeking.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on September 12, 2014, 12:09:41 PM
I don't know whether I should be happy or upset that I've been completely oblivious to whatever the hell all this GamerGate shit is.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 12, 2014, 12:11:00 PM
I don't know whether I should be happy or upset that I'm been completely oblivious to whatever the hell all this GamerGate shit is.

Happy. Actually, very happy.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on September 12, 2014, 04:22:51 PM
I don't know whether I should be happy or upset that I'm been completely oblivious to whatever the hell all this GamerGate shit is.

Same here. I think I'll remain blissfully ignorant.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 11, 2014, 03:42:16 AM
Well, here's a good and scorching summary for #GamerGate (stick around for the comments =).

http://gawker.com/what-is-gamergate-and-why-an-explainer-for-non-geeks-1642909080

From personal experience, like when I recently downloaded Mortal Kombat (2011) and couldn't believe some of the character/wardrobe designs, I can attest to the fact that compared to other popular media video games are repugnant as hell when it comes to portrayals of women. That's saying a lot.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on October 11, 2014, 05:44:00 AM
Articles/interviews on GamerGate:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/09/gamergate-is-not-a-hate-group-its-a-consumer-movement/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/09/gamergate-is-not-a-hate-group-its-a-consumer-movement/)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/20/the-escapist-forums-brought-down-in-ddos-attack/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/20/the-escapist-forums-brought-down-in-ddos-attack/)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/06/its-time-for-video-game-journalists-to-engage-with-gamergate/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/06/its-time-for-video-game-journalists-to-engage-with-gamergate/)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmosgPNXmNc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmosgPNXmNc)

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/09/the_gender_games_sex_lies_and_videogames_124244.html (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/09/the_gender_games_sex_lies_and_videogames_124244.html)

https://soundcloud.com/radio_nero/series-1-episode-3-gamers-vs-gamr (https://soundcloud.com/radio_nero/series-1-episode-3-gamers-vs-gamr)

http://techraptor.net/content/indie-devs-opinion-gamergate-women-gaming (http://techraptor.net/content/indie-devs-opinion-gamergate-women-gaming)

http://techraptor.net/content/might-no-9-lesson-manage-community (http://techraptor.net/content/might-no-9-lesson-manage-community)

http://techraptor.net/content/fire-away-interview-captain-brad-wardell-ceo-founder-stardock-corporation (http://techraptor.net/content/fire-away-interview-captain-brad-wardell-ceo-founder-stardock-corporation)

http://apgnation.com/archives/2014/09/09/6977/truth-gaming-interview-fine-young-capitalists (http://apgnation.com/archives/2014/09/09/6977/truth-gaming-interview-fine-young-capitalists)

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Admits-40-000-Users-Were-Hacked-Whistleblower-Steps-Forward-67256.html (http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Admits-40-000-Users-Were-Hacked-Whistleblower-Steps-Forward-67256.html)

I’m all for game developers wanting to feel open to create games with female, black, or LGBT characters. I also don’t mind if a game developer chooses to make a game with straight, white, or male protagonists. Honestly, this whole “but players won’t be able to self-identify” is ridiculous. Is gender/race/sexuality the biggest divider between you and your character or the fact that they can shoot fireballs and come back from the dead?

I also don’t look for stories with strong x or y protagonists. Sometimes stories are interesting specifically because the main character is physically or psychologically weak. I just care how interesting the overall game was.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 11, 2014, 07:59:45 AM
Well, here's a good and scorching summary for #GamerGate (stick around for the comments =).

I find the "recommended by this author" list on the left more funny when put in parallel with the guy's stance on ethics in journalism and all that. Honestly, I think this whole thing isn't helped by the people who report on it. They're essentially acting like a clique, defending each other and pretending to tackle big issues while applying their usual lack of rigor to the information they provide. In this case, the takeaway for me is that Gawker wants to put pressure on Intel (who has "taken sides") to show them and any other advertiser that pulling ads from a site has consequences (ads being the lifeblood of all those news blogs).

In that regard, I feel the Forbes article Groovy Metal Fist posted last month was more effective because it was more measured. Furthermore, I still think there's a huge hypocrisy here from websites like Kotaku who won't admit they've catered to an adolescent-minded public for years and have contributed in no small part to establish the current climate of the videogame community at large. Brian Ashcraft's posts about Japanese porn games didn't seem too concerned with mysoginy back then.

To me a good part of the blame for this sorry state of affairs can be laid at the feet of those publications, and the fact they aren't coming forward more is telling of their lack of perspective/honesty. Nowadays the trend in news seems to be gender equality and the like, and they've latched on it, but only as superficially as they had latched on to the previous trend. And somehow they don't get the backlash? Well, those are the monsters you fostered, guys. Beyond that, it's pretty clear to me that continuously giving attention to the people harassing Sarkeesian and Quinn (who I don't think can be said to represent the entirety of the "gamergate" movement) is not the way to go about it. Whether they're being condemned or not doesn't matter, it just doesn't work and if anything, it motivates the harassers to go on. But do the publications even care? Probably not. It generates clicks, and that makes money.

The way I see, any serious discussion about the place of women in the games industry and their representation in the media itself has been poisoned for a while by this whole affair. And obviously the lack of quality commentary didn't help (pretty much the only people whose opinion on this I care about are actual female game developers and artists). It's a shame.

Articles/interviews on GamerGate:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/09/gamergate-is-not-a-hate-group-its-a-consumer-movement/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/09/gamergate-is-not-a-hate-group-its-a-consumer-movement/)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/20/the-escapist-forums-brought-down-in-ddos-attack/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/20/the-escapist-forums-brought-down-in-ddos-attack/)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/06/its-time-for-video-game-journalists-to-engage-with-gamergate/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/10/06/its-time-for-video-game-journalists-to-engage-with-gamergate/)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/04/gamergate-a-closer-look-at-the-controversy-sweeping-video-games/)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmosgPNXmNc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmosgPNXmNc)
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/09/the_gender_games_sex_lies_and_videogames_124244.html (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/09/the_gender_games_sex_lies_and_videogames_124244.html)
https://soundcloud.com/radio_nero/series-1-episode-3-gamers-vs-gamr (https://soundcloud.com/radio_nero/series-1-episode-3-gamers-vs-gamr)
http://techraptor.net/content/indie-devs-opinion-gamergate-women-gaming (http://techraptor.net/content/indie-devs-opinion-gamergate-women-gaming)
http://techraptor.net/content/might-no-9-lesson-manage-community (http://techraptor.net/content/might-no-9-lesson-manage-community)
http://techraptor.net/content/fire-away-interview-captain-brad-wardell-ceo-founder-stardock-corporation (http://techraptor.net/content/fire-away-interview-captain-brad-wardell-ceo-founder-stardock-corporation)
http://apgnation.com/archives/2014/09/09/6977/truth-gaming-interview-fine-young-capitalists (http://apgnation.com/archives/2014/09/09/6977/truth-gaming-interview-fine-young-capitalists)
http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Admits-40-000-Users-Were-Hacked-Whistleblower-Steps-Forward-67256.html (http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Admits-40-000-Users-Were-Hacked-Whistleblower-Steps-Forward-67256.html)

Nice job, I think this is a good selection of level-headed articles that broaden the discussion.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 11, 2014, 07:50:07 PM
I find the "recommended by this author" list on the left more funny when put in parallel with the guy's stance on ethics in journalism and all that.

 :ganishka:

Yeah, I'm incredulous about the whole thing though, and more than ready to believe the worst about all involved. Gaming journalism is a joke, but that this of all things is the issue these guys can rally around doesn't move me.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 11, 2014, 09:49:27 PM
Yeah, I'm incredulous about the whole thing though, and more than ready to believe the worst about all involved. Gaming journalism is a joke, but that this of all things is the issue these guys can rally around doesn't move me.

Yep, that's the key to the whole issue: pretty much every party involved is terrible.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 13, 2014, 04:31:28 PM
Yep, that's the key to the whole issue: pretty much every party involved is terrible.

Case in point, this measured article:

http://jezebel.com/gamergate-trolls-arent-ethics-crusaders-theyre-a-hate-1644984010/+laceydonohue

Basically, shitheads counter-productively taint her research for no good reason, and she immediately dials 911 and starts screaming, "BLOODY MURDER!" into the phone. These are two groups whose sensibilities could not be more incompatible. My favorite part though:

Quote
I do not say this to make the people of #Gamergate seem any more important, or effective, or powerful, or to give any sort of new credence to their ideas.

Oh good, for a second I thought you were elevating them to the level of Klu Klux Klan. :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 13, 2014, 07:52:38 PM
Bottom line, all those peons should get off my lawn. They're not part of the true gaming elite. :troll:

(http://aazealh.net/Divers/Games/Elite.jpg)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on October 13, 2014, 08:07:48 PM
Why do these sites ignore anything regarding Wolf Wozniak, The Fine Young Capitalists, Brad Wardell, Jennifer Dawe, or MundaneMatt?

Why are Kotaku journalists’ history of personal and financial ties with game devs (outside of Nathan Grayson) unimportant? Why was it okay for Patricia Hernandez to call herself a journalist and then publicize a video game made by someone who she has dated without any disclosure?

Why are the 40k hacked EA accounts unimportant that weren’t reported on due to journalists having too close a relationship with their subject matter unimportant?

Why is it that they make harassment, doxxing, and threats the central focus yet ignore the harassment, doxxing, and death threats being hurled at to people in favor of GG? Hell, ‘tolerant and inclusive’ people like Bob Chipman are not interested in the harassment being hurled at the other side.

https://twitter.com/the_moviebob/status/521504287915270144 (https://twitter.com/the_moviebob/status/521504287915270144)

Trying to reduce this all to racism, misogyny and sock puppets isn't serving anybody. DDOS attacks against the Escapist or TFYC’s indiegogo campaign being hacked and shut down are no better than DDOS attacks against Damien Schubert’s Zen of Design website or the researcher’s survey being spammed.

If you want to talk about bile or propaganda, why not Moviebob calling GG supporters subhuman vermin that need to be purged, or kthorjensen saying that ‘gamers should and will be executed’, or Devin Faraci saying that gamers are ‘worse than ISIS’, or Sean Mulvihill comparing gamers to pedophiles?
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on October 13, 2014, 08:14:46 PM
You're right. Both sides have been engaging in trench warfare to the point that I don't think anyone is truly rallying for the original campaign that GG started on anymore. It's being driven daily by retaliatory skirmishes at this point. And it's ugly as hell for everyone involved.

You can't disregard the toxic things that have been done, and so it further distances anyone from healthy discourse on the subject, since everyone has become polarized.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 13, 2014, 10:26:41 PM
If you want to talk about bile or propaganda, why not Moviebob calling GG supporters subhuman vermin that need to be purged, or kthorjensen saying that ‘gamers should and will be executed’, or Devin Faraci saying that gamers are ‘worse than ISIS’, or Sean Mulvihill comparing gamers to pedophiles?

I get what you mean about the the hypocrisy there, and the legitimate complaints about conflict of interest (though legitimate doesn't necessarily equate to importance or legitimacy for the overall cause). Though, unlike being a member of a certain race or gender, being a "gamer" isn't a protected characteristic or some disenfranchised minority group. That false equivalency and mentality is part of the problem here. On the other hand, I do understand why women and minorities are concerned about their representation in games and gamers' perception of them (either not giving a shit about or hating them in extreme cases) and recognize that it's greater importance. What I don't really get is why some gamers care so much about those groups caring, and why legitimate concerns about the industry manifest into attacks on those groups, other than the aforementioned hegemony, ignorance, and prejudice. Or, to see it slightly more kindly, it's like there's a defensive "DON'T TAKE MA GUNS!" mentality going back to zero tolerance battles over censorship. #Don'tTakeMyGames or #GamersRights were probably too self-evidently ridiculous as hashtags for a movement, though not by much. Granted, it's not fair to boil everything down to that, but those violations are far more serious and significant than the legitimate gripes of this cause, unfortunately.

You're right. Both sides have been engaging in trench warfare to the point that I don't think anyone is truly rallying for the original campaign that GG started on anymore. It's being driven daily by retaliatory skirmishes at this point. And it's ugly as hell for everyone involved.

You can't disregard the toxic things that have been done, and so it further distances anyone from healthy discourse on the subject, since everyone has become polarized.

Yeah, the extremists on each side have more in common with each other than they do the intellectual leadership of both groups, and vice versa. Some people care and want to talk about it intelligently and probably agree with each other, or at least acknowledge each other's points, but unfortunately most are just looking for an excuse to start fires.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on October 14, 2014, 04:42:04 AM
I get what you mean about the the hypocrisy there, and the legitimate complaints about conflict of interest (though legitimate doesn't necessarily equate to importance or legitimacy for the overall cause). Though, unlike being a member of a certain race or gender, being a "gamer" isn't a protected characteristic or some disenfranchised minority group. That false equivalency and mentality is part of the problem here. On the other hand, I do understand why women and minorities are concerned about their representation in games and gamers' perception of them (either not giving a shit about or hating them in extreme cases) and recognize that it's greater importance. What I don't really get is why some gamers care so much about those groups caring, and why legitimate concerns about the industry manifest into attacks on those groups, other than the aforementioned hegemony, ignorance, and prejudice. Or, to see it slightly more kindly, it's like there's a defensive "DON'T TAKE MA GUNS!" mentality going back to zero tolerance battles over censorship. #Don'tTakeMyGames or #GamersRights were probably too self-evidently ridiculous as hashtags for a movement, though not by much. Granted, it's not fair to boil everything down to that, but those violations are far more serious and significant than the legitimate gripes of this cause, unfortunately.

The main reason why I picked those examples was because these weren’t random anonymous trolls. They were professionals with a reasonably sized audience. But there has absolutely been harassment and bile thrown at women and minorities in support of GG. Some from journalists, some from trolls.

Women and minorities have definitely been harassed, doxxed, and sent extremely graphic death threats. Some of the sources I linked earlier go into detail. Hell, Devin Faraci, a professional columnist, doxxed a woman on his twitter feed. GamerGate supporters have also received racist and sexist comments, not the least of which was comparing women who support #NotYourShield to ‘house niggers’.

https://twitter.com/b0ltwolf/status/506172311817711616 (https://twitter.com/b0ltwolf/status/506172311817711616)

I have no reason to believe that the worst trolls who insult, harass, or threaten opponents of GG are in any way shape or form more virtuous than the trolls who do the same to supporters of GG. I don’t support the most toxic elements of either side. Both have shown that they are willing to harm women or minorities in their path.

Personally, I don’t care for click-bait brand ‘socially conscious’ journalism condemning various games. Some in GamerGate talk about it, some don’t. Headlines like ‘Straight White male is the lowest difficulty’, ‘Are video games like rape’, or OMG XBONE’S PRESENTATION HAD WOMEN, or refusal to buy GTAV for not including a female protagonist are not really improving anything in my opinion.

It's sad when videos produced by John McIntosh seem to be the most focused on voice about diversity, as I don't think he has anything valuable to add. This is genuine Poe's law territory:

https://twitter.com/radicalbytes/status/521625425332543490 (https://twitter.com/radicalbytes/status/521625425332543490)

"The core value of patriarchal masculinity is control. It’s not a coincidence that control is central to many video game mechanics & stories."

 :schierke:

If the Gaming Press did more to reach out to emerging video games industries in other countries, I would be far more interested. That would be a way to increase racial diversity, and possibly gender diversity.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 14, 2014, 07:21:03 AM
The main reason why I picked those examples was because these weren’t random anonymous trolls. They were professionals with a reasonably sized audience.

Alright, but I think we can agree saying those things about gamers, even idly threatening them, isn't the same as doing it to actual disenfranchised groups with histories of violent oppression. There's also the question of whether these were unsolicited stances or a retaliation. I don't know the answer to that, but I can guess that some of the attacks people received, particularly women, in the name of GG caused people to lash out at gamers in ways they normally wouldn't think to. That's where I can't help but see the whole thing as detrimental to all involved.

GamerGate supporters have also received racist and sexist comments, not the least of which was comparing women who support #NotYourShield to ‘house niggers’.

Well, that's certainly counter-intuitive to their own purported cause, and otherwise offensive, just as the GG trolls undermine their cause's legitimate arguments. More on this below...

I have no reason to believe that the worst trolls who insult, harass, or threaten opponents of GG are in any way shape or form more virtuous than the trolls who do the same to supporters of GG. I don’t support the most toxic elements of either side. Both have shown that they are willing to harm women or minorities in their path.

Yes, but even if their means are the same, one's purported cause could be more virtuous, their end more justified. Not saying it is, just that two sides engaging in the same uncivil behavior aren't necessarily equally wrong or unjustified in that behavior. Insulting and threatening someone in the name of something as lofty as equal representation, if that's their true motive, is certainly more worthy than doing in the name of video games. Of course, if that is their true aim I imagine they wouldn't be so counterproductive, but I'd be more understanding of somebody getting carried away or taking extreme measures with that passion, even if they're looking for a fight. Unfortunately, it's also basically an unassailable pretense for bad behavior, "I'm a liberal-minded progressive fighting for civil equality, you racist/misogynist piece of shit stereotype I believe in and hate, but it's okay because I've dehumanized you and you deserve it!" It's mostly disappointing because it's so counterproductive to such causes overall, which I'm sure is a frustration the legitimate wing GamerGate is feeling.

Personally, I don’t care for click-bait brand ‘socially conscious’ journalism condemning various games Some in GamerGate talk about it, some don’t. Headlines like ‘Straight White male is the lowest difficulty’, ‘Are video games like rape’, or OMG XBONE’S PRESENTATION HAD WOMEN, or refusal to buy GTAV for not including a female protagonist are not really improving anything in my opinion.

Obnoxious activist journalism isn't so harmful to anyone though (and I can't say how valid or necessary it is because it simply doesn't speak to my experience; other than I'm enjoying that lowest difficulty =). It's certainly not as bad as the dismissive, vehemently negative, or even violent sentiments it sometimes elicits or exposes. In that way they're sort of self-justifying troll bait, but the trolls and their feelings are already there, and as you've said some of them are more than just anonymous Internet bad guys. I do think representation is undoubtedly a systemic issue in both the gaming establishment, publishers, developers, journalists, and as a result the fanbase they've cultivated (like you and Aaz have said, some of the guys fighting "gamers" now helped create them). Anyway, I don't know what any of this is purportedly improving. I guess when all is said and done we're going to get more lip-service to representation, more lip-service to journalistic ethics, and more bitching from all sides (that'll be the only thing that isn't a token).

"The core value of patriarchal masculinity is control. It’s not a coincidence that control is central to many video game mechanics & stories."

 :schierke:

Maybe that's why I like it so much? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If the Gaming Press did more to reach out to emerging video games industries in other countries, I would be far more interested. That would be a way to increase racial diversity, and possibly gender diversity.

By accident seems to already be the plan for increasing gender diversity, and even if it works someday, as long as they continue to provide plenty of options for white male protagonists, I won't complain. =)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on October 31, 2014, 09:46:07 PM
So, after Antares earlier this week (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL5eddt-iAo) (Orbital Sciences, a resupply flight for the ISS) and the Falcon 9R back in August (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgGVkw9zjI8) (SpaceX, test flight), it's Virgin Galactic's turn: SpaceShipTwo has just exploded during a test flight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce_G5tyaZks) of its new rocket motor. Only, unlike the other two flights, this one was manned... One dead and one injured reported.

Pretty dark times for the private spaceflight industry.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on November 02, 2014, 10:35:27 PM
Pretty dark times for the private spaceflight industry.

There's something particularly tragic about a space mission ending in such a way.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on November 13, 2014, 03:46:21 PM
A little good news for all us space lovers, Philae landed on the comet's surface and you can see fascinating pictures on ESA's site - http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/13/philaes-landing-through-rosettas-eye/

xkcd animation of the landing sequence is damn cool

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--mwNehp9w--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/rr81uionhynju4pcckgd.gif)

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on November 13, 2014, 05:01:42 PM
A little good news for all us space lovers, Philae landed on the comet's surface and you can see fascinating pictures on ESA's site - http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/13/philaes-landing-through-rosettas-eye/

Some what tangential: I remember being in 6th grade and my science teacher was discussing Deep Impact vs. Armageddon and how Deep Impact was less probable (She might have used the term "impossible") because landing on a comet was more difficult than landing on a asteroid, like in Armageddon. Something about comets spinning too fast.

Anyway, it's really exciting to see this happen for the first time ever.

Also, as it turns out, apparently Deep Impact is considered more scientifically realistic by astronomers than Armageddon. So thanks, public education.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Rhombaad on November 13, 2014, 05:29:11 PM
Very exciting news. I was distressed this morning to read that it landed in such a way that it won't be getting the required solar power it needs to recharge its batteries. As a last resort, they may deploy the harpoon or landing gear in order to "hop" the probe to a better location. Right now, it appears to be sitting at an odd angle, about 1 km from the original landing site. Apparently, when it first landed, it hopped 1 km out into space, before taking another small bounce and finally settling.

Even if Philae's batteries don't last long enough for it to complete all of its tasks, it's still a monumental achievement, and the data and images they've collected so far (and will collect) sound very cool.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on November 13, 2014, 07:37:37 PM
A little good news for all us space lovers, Philae landed on the comet's surface and you can see fascinating pictures on ESA's site - http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/13/philaes-landing-through-rosettas-eye/

Yeah, it's a great accomplishment for ESA. I was at one of their events all day yesterday and there was a lot of emotion in the air. Here is the first panoramic shot (taken by CIVA) of where Philae currently is: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Highlights/Panoramic_postcard (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Highlights/Panoramic_postcard)

Some what tangential: I remember being in 6th grade and my science teacher was discussing Deep Impact vs. Armageddon and how Deep Impact was less probable (She might have used the term "impossible") because landing on a comet was more difficult than landing on a asteroid, like in Armageddon. Something about comets spinning too fast.

Beyond the spinning factor, landing a manned craft on a comet is reaaaally quite infeasible by any standard. They're pretty small, have extremely low gravity, extremely low density (they're made of ice and not rock), and are about as hostile to human life and as it gets. Plus they continuously expulse gas, and that could easily throw a guy off the surface.

I was distressed this morning to read that it landed in such a way that it won't be getting the required solar power it needs to recharge its batteries. As a last resort, they may deploy the harpoon or landing gear in order to "hop" the probe to a better location. Right now, it appears to be sitting at an odd angle, about 1 km from the original landing site. Apparently, when it first landed, it hopped 1 km out into space, before taking another small bounce and finally settling.

Yeah, the propulsion system meant to keep it on the floor when it harpooned wasn't pressurized correctly so it didn't function. It's possible that the harpoons (that were first reported as having fired) then caused it to hop like it did about a kilometer away from Agilkia (its planned landing site).

Even if Philae's batteries don't last long enough for it to complete all of its tasks, it's still a monumental achievement, and the data and images they've collected so far (and will collect) sound very cool.

From what the scientists are saying it's already gathered "extraordinary" data. They're not releasing any of it because it's both too early and they're tied by publication deals with big peer-review journals. They'll keep running all the experiments they can by segments of 12 hours, adjusting each time depending on the results of previous experiments, until they run out of battery. The second, long duration phase is jeopardized, but even then not all is lost. Depending on where Philae is, it's possible that the comet's rotation will eventually bring more sunlight to its solar panels (none of which is broken), not to mention that it's getting closer to the sun, so it could hibernate for a while and then resume operations at a later date. And by skipping some measurements until the very end (specifically the drill-based ones), they could conserve energy to run other experiments for longer. Either way the orbiter will carry on its own precious measurements.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on November 25, 2014, 03:35:44 AM
In case you weren't aware, Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting of Michael Brown, and now I'm watching as the people of Ferguson, MO burn their town down in protest.

This is the saddest and most frustrating news, especially coming from and area where I used to live.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/ferguson-cop-not-indicted-shooting-michael-brown-n255391 (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/ferguson-cop-not-indicted-shooting-michael-brown-n255391)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Salem on November 25, 2014, 03:39:42 AM
I'm watching it right now.  Unfortunately,  a lot of protesters had no interest in the result.  The day it happened I said it wouldn't hold water with so many initial conflicting stories.  The people protesting just want to destroy regardless of right or wrong,  truth or opinion.  Its truly disgusting and an embarrassment to the human race.  Sad indeed.  Only God knows what really happened, but its horrid to think people (even from surrounding towns) would destroy their homes. 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Oburi on November 25, 2014, 04:09:11 AM
  Only God knows what really happened,

And Darren Wilson
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on November 26, 2014, 12:07:21 AM
...The issue, I have with the people protesting ; is first of all that they don't know what they're talking about and secondly they're only their to cause
shenanigans. That being said however the chaos that's unfolded is due to the race baiting by media , politicians , and special interest groups whose sole purpose is to spark civil unrest and anarchy. Bottom line none of what happened would have happened had the deceased not attacked a police officer.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on November 26, 2014, 01:11:22 AM
...The issue, I have with the people protesting ; is first of all that they don't know what they're talking about and secondly they're only their to cause
shenanigans. That being said however the chaos that's unfolded is due to the race baiting by media , politicians , and special interest groups whose sole purpose is to spark civil unrest and anarchy. Bottom line none of what happened would have happened had the deceased not attacked a police officer.

If anyone was curious what type of news sites VengeanceQuest reads, I think we have our answer.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on November 26, 2014, 01:56:40 AM
Bottom line none of what happened would have happened had the deceased not attacked a police officer.

Well, ya don't fuckin say.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on November 27, 2014, 04:40:21 AM
Creed's Scott Stapp reveals he's 'penniless' - CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/showbiz/scott-stapp-homeless-statement/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)

I'm sure between his own prison and family members with arms wide open he'll find some people to take him higher  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on January 19, 2015, 01:33:26 AM
A mother has been arrested for burning her baby daughter to death:

http://6abc.com/news/police-mom-charged-with-killing-newborn-by-setting-her-on-fire/479008/ (http://6abc.com/news/police-mom-charged-with-killing-newborn-by-setting-her-on-fire/479008/)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on March 05, 2015, 09:40:31 AM
Almost posted this in the Vagabond Inn. :iva:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/us-billionaire-paul-allen-discovers-wreck-of-japans-biggest-warship-musashi (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/us-billionaire-paul-allen-discovers-wreck-of-japans-biggest-warship-musashi)

The Musashi, the sister-ship of the Yamato, has been found at last thanks to billionaire Paul Allen.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 17, 2015, 04:08:37 PM
So, I go to CNN.com to casually check on the election in Israel, but it wasn't on the front page, which would be fine since it's international news about a foreign election, but instead the top headline was a rookie NFL player retiring, followed by such important stories as transgender teen gets reality show, and dog chases truck. I blame myself, I knew where I was going and what I was likely to see, hell, it's the real reason I go there, but my expectations are almost always exceeded.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 17, 2015, 04:40:52 PM
CNN hasn't been a respectable news source for close to a decade. But I know exactly what you mean. In the back of my head it's still a destination to know what's happening in the world, despite more often than not resulting in frustration rather than information.

I'll still screencap embarrassing "news" from CNN to share with friends :guts:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 17, 2015, 06:24:30 PM
My sources niw irs associated press or google news.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on March 17, 2015, 07:54:25 PM
What news source(s) do you follow Walter, Griffith? I find myself checking The New York Times and Times Of India sometimes, time permitting.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on March 17, 2015, 10:13:45 PM
Drudge Report, breitbart, the blaze, and Media Busters only, sheeple. :badbone: <-This is the actual face of their readership.


Just kidding, though the truth isn't much better, I mainly stay in touch with current events through mediaite's and gawker's posting of Daily Show clips. =)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on March 18, 2015, 02:19:43 AM
My days of trolling meganews sites for world happenings are long since dead. There's not a single news source that isn't somehow obnoxious to me. So I have to rely on several.

Twitter has become my first source to learn about what's going down, and when I want to dig deeper than 140 characters, I'll Google a few keywords and read from 2-3 sources.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 29, 2015, 02:18:41 AM
https://archive.is/0GArU (https://archive.is/0GArU)

Salon endorses rioting. Even if innocent people get robbed, beaten, or have their livelihoods literally go up in flames.

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When those on the outside of struggle—the white, the wealthy, the straight, the able-bodied, the masculine—have demonstrated repeatedly that they do not care, are not invested, are not going to step in the line of fire to defend the oppressed, this [non-violence] is a futile political strategy.

Because the riots were conducted by effeminate gay people in wheel chairs? What the fuck is this terrorist apologist babbling about?

And this:

Riot shaming is a term now.
https://archive.is/nYl39 (https://archive.is/nYl39)

It really says something when you manage to get even more stupid and divisive than this:

 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/592910662424223744 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/592910662424223744)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on April 29, 2015, 01:12:49 PM
https://archive.is/0GArU (https://archive.is/0GArU)

Salon endorses rioting. Even if innocent people get robbed, beaten, or have their livelihoods literally go up in flames.

At the end of that post: "Cross-posted with permission from the blog “Radical Faggot”" Clickbait... success!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on April 29, 2015, 03:22:33 PM
I wouldn't encourage rioting, but I don't find it more distasteful than unarmed citizens being habitually killed by police with impunity (which is just the most obvious symptom here). I don't understand why people immediately get more worked up about fires and broken windows than that. I guess the fear of legitimate unrest versus the rationalization of authority and the status quo, "Everything's really ok, right? These are just some bad apples?" or that those people don't fear the police problem will actually affect them but civil unrest may. It at least serves to illustrate selective outrage (or experience), but more importantly, it REALLY gets people's attention, and the "legitimate" non-violent protests are seemingly undermined and discredited anyway. It makes me wonder about the canonization of non-violent protesters like MLK and if they aren't a more useful symbol for the status quo than they are for change as they're envoked to undermine or quell communities that feel marginalized enough to riot in the first place ("we promise to take you seriously only if you don't raise hell" uh huh). While there's certainly plenty of bad actors out there, like guys who riot over Lakers championships, I don't think large masses of people take on armored police forces on TV because it's opportune criminal activity.

Anyway, I watched Wolf Blitzer yesterday ask a non-violent protester to condemn the violence ad nauseum like it was his personal responsibility, which the protester obligezed each time, but Wolf couldn't reciprocate once that unwarranted police violence is also unacceptable (practically an axiom). There you go.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on June 04, 2015, 02:45:12 PM
Godzilla is now an official citizen of Japan and gets a new job as Tokyo's Tourism Ambassador (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-04-09/godzilla-gets-a-new-job-as-tokyo-tourism-ambassador/.86949)

Check out this awesome video of the monster in action - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPtKlODF7Sk=50s

And there's this on the inside - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMgujv90Y1o

(https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/godzilla-1.jpg?w=720&h=480&crop=1)

Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on June 04, 2015, 03:22:13 PM
Godzilla is now an official citizen of Japan and gets a new job as Tokyo's Tourism Ambassador (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-04-09/godzilla-gets-a-new-job-as-tokyo-tourism-ambassador/.86949)

They really should have vetted this guy better before awarding him citizenship, let alone giving him such a position. Based on his history my guess is he'll have to resign the next time he "tours" the city.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on June 08, 2015, 08:31:42 PM
NASA is live streaming a testing of the LDSD or Low Density Supersonic Decelerator - shaped like a saucer, it's got a a doughnut shaped cushion and a strong parachute. They're both designed to slow down the spacecraft as it descends through the Martian atmosphere.

Watch it live here - http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

It's reached the altitude it's supposed to and the test might happen very soon.

(http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/side_image/public/thumbnails/image/ldsd20140602-full.jpg?itok=S82-n2lJ)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on June 19, 2015, 03:29:18 PM
All Systems Go for NASA's Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/newsdisplay.cfm?Subsite_News_ID=38112&SiteID=4

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Beyond Earth, Jupiter's moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development.

NASA's mission concept -- to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability -- has successfully completed its first major review by the agency and now is entering the development phase known as formulation.

"Today we're taking an exciting step from concept to mission, in our quest to find signs of life beyond Earth," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "Observations of Europa have provided us with tantalizing clues over the last two decades, and the time has come to seek answers to one of humanity's most profound questions."

NASA's Galileo Mission to Jupiter in the late 1990s produced strong evidence that Europa, about the size of Earth's moon, has an ocean beneath its frozen crust. If proven to exist, this global ocean could hold more than twice as much water as Earth. With abundant salt water, a rocky sea floor, and the energy and chemistry provided by tidal heating, Europa may have the ingredients needed to support simple organisms.

The mission plan calls for a spacecraft to be launched to Jupiter in the 2020s, arriving in the distant planet's orbit after a journey of several years. The spacecraft would orbit the giant planet about every two weeks, providing many opportunities for close flybys of Europa. The mission plan includes 45 flybys, during which the spacecraft would image the moon's icy surface at high resolution and investigate its composition and the structure of its interior and icy shell.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been assigned the responsibility of managing the project. JPL has been studying the multiple-flyby mission concept, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, since 2011.

Instruments selected for the Europa mission's scientific payload were announced on May 26. Institutions supplying instruments include APL; JPL; Arizona State University, Tempe; the University of Texas at Austin; Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio; and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

"It's a great day for science," said Joan Salute, Europa program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We are thrilled to pass the first major milestone in the lifecycle of a mission that will ultimately inform us on the habitability of Europa."

NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington conducts a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system and the universe. The California Institute of Technology manages JPL for NASA.

For more information about NASA's mission to Europa, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/europa

YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1xUyJfd4dY
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on June 19, 2015, 03:39:04 PM
Sounds great. Now let's just hope NASA's budget doesn't get shaved down any more, or we won't be able to gather the intel.  :ganishka: ...  :judo:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on June 24, 2015, 08:54:06 PM
http://mentalfloss.com/article/28099/brief-history-plastic-pink-flamingo (http://mentalfloss.com/article/28099/brief-history-plastic-pink-flamingo)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnstantine on June 25, 2015, 05:59:27 PM
http://mentalfloss.com/article/28099/brief-history-plastic-pink-flamingo (http://mentalfloss.com/article/28099/brief-history-plastic-pink-flamingo)

I find this super coincidental since I read the series One Piece, and this week a character named Doflamingo was defeated.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on June 25, 2015, 08:54:37 PM
I find this super coincidental since I read the series One Piece, and this week a character named Doflamingo was defeated.
That's weird!  :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on July 06, 2015, 10:06:45 PM
New Horizons will make its fly by of Pluto around 7:50 AM (Eastern) on July 14 and is expected to be less than 7,800 miles above the planet's surface - to put that into perspective, if the probe was to view Manhattan from the same distance, its lens would be able to capture ponds in Central Park. So, exciting times! Hoping to see really detailed images of the planet.

Latest Images of Pluto from New Horizons

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/latest-images-of-pluto-from-new-horizons

(http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/thumbnails/image/nh-pluto-bw-series-7-6-2015.jpg?itok=J15kG4cu)

(http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/nh-pluto-color-7-6-2015_0.png)

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These are the most recent high-resolution views of Pluto sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, including one showing the four mysterious dark spots on Pluto that have captured the imagination of the world. The Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) obtained these three images between July 1 and 3 of 2015, prior to the July 4 anomaly that sent New Horizons into safe mode.

The left image shows, on the right side of the disk, a large bright area on the hemisphere of Pluto that will be seen in close-up by New Horizons on July 14. The three images together show the full extent of a continuous swath of dark terrain that wraps around much of Pluto’s equatorial region. The western end of the swath (right image) breaks up into a series of striking dark regularly-spaced spots, each hundreds of miles in size, which were first detected in New Horizons images taken in late June. Intriguing details are beginning to emerge in the bright material north of the dark region, in particular a series of bright and dark patches that are conspicuous just below the center of the disk in the right image. In all three black-and-white views, the apparent jagged bottom edge of Pluto is the result of image processing. The inset shows Pluto’s orientation, illustrating its north pole, equator, and central meridian running from pole to pole.

The color version of the July 3 LORRI image was created by adding color data from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission.

Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Last Updated: July 6, 2015
Editor: Tricia Talbert
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Delta Phi on August 22, 2015, 03:10:28 PM
US occultation ceremony set for August 21, 2017. :femto:

(http://i.space.com/images/i/000/049/699/original/solar-eclipse-2017-usa.jpg?1440196122)

As it stands, I live in the path of the total eclipse, but I don't know if I'll still be living here in 2 years.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on August 22, 2015, 08:59:37 PM
US occultation ceremony set for August 21, 2017. :femto:
Well, at least you've got some time to evacuate!  :slan:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Salem on August 22, 2015, 11:16:01 PM
US occultation ceremony set for August 21, 2017. :femto:

(http://i.space.com/images/i/000/049/699/original/solar-eclipse-2017-usa.jpg?1440196122)

As it stands, I live in the path of the total eclipse, but I don't know if I'll still be living here in 2 years.

Sweeeeeeeet.  Looks like I'm in the line of fire as well.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on August 24, 2015, 03:53:38 AM
Yes, I've been planning on making a trip out there for a few years now.  :void: :ubik: :slan: :femto: (http://www.skullknight.net/images/emoticons/conradtest.gif)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on August 30, 2015, 03:18:59 PM
It'll be interesting to see what's found there.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2015/08/29/tourists-flock-to-ksiaz-castle-in-poland-as-underground-nazi-gold-train-found/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2015/08/29/tourists-flock-to-ksiaz-castle-in-poland-as-underground-nazi-gold-train-found/)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Skeleton on August 31, 2015, 01:04:43 AM
Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wes-craven-horror-maestro-dies-818806)

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Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vp Iya Labunka,

Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street when living next to a cemetery on a street of that name when growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland. His five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89.
Similarly, Craven's Scream series was a box-office sensation. In those scare-'em-ups, he spoofed the teen horror genre. The movies frequently referenced other horror movies.

Craven’s first feature film was The Last House of the Left, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972.

Here invented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which he wrote and directed.
 
He conceived and co-wrote Elm Street III as well, and then after not being involved with the three more sequels, deconstructed the genre a decade after the original, writing and directing Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated as best feature at the 1995 Spirit Awards. His own Nightmare players, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon, played themselves in the film.
 
In 1996 Craven reached a new level of success with the release of Scream. The film, which sparked the phenomenal trilogy, grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2 (1997).
 
Between Scream 2 and Scream 3, Craven, offered the opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, helmed Music of the Heart (1999), a film that earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
 
That same year, in the midst of directing, he completed his first novel, The Fountain Society, published by Simon & Shuster.
 
Craven again pushed his genre boundaries with the 2005 psychological thriller, Red Eye, starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox. And in 2006 he wrote and directed a romantic comedy homage to Oscar Wilde featuring Emily Mortimer and Rufus Sewell as a segment in the French ensemble production, Paris Je T’aime.
 
Craven then produced remakes of The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009). Craven’s most recent written and directed film, My Soul to Take (2010), marked his first collaboration with Labunka, who also produced Scream 4.
 
Craven had recently signed an overall television deal with Universal Cable Productions and had a number of TV projects in development including The People Under the Stairs with Syfy Networks, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine with Syfy / UCP, and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment.
 
He also was executive producing the new Scream series for MTV.
 
Craven had recently written and was to direct the Thou Shalt Not Kill segment for The Weinstein Co.'s Ten Commandments miniseries for WGN America. 
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 31, 2015, 11:43:16 AM
I was at a comedy show last night when I learned he had passed. The bar held a moment of silence.

In other news: Alabama Fisherman Rescue Kittens from the Warrior River (video in link).
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/08/watch_alabama_fishermen_rescue.html

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Jason Frost, who lives in Hueytown, and his friend Brandon Key were out on the Warrior River near Bluff Creek Saturday morning when they heard a splash and saw something swimming across the water toward them. They weren't sure exactly what it was until they heard the meows.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on September 02, 2015, 01:06:44 AM
In other news: Alabama Fisherman Rescue Kittens from the Warrior River.
Now that's something you don't see every day! Maybe they're at least part Turkish Van.  :serpico:http://www.tica.org/public/breeds/tv/intro.php (http://www.tica.org/public/breeds/tv/intro.php)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on December 04, 2015, 08:27:06 PM
http://www.mediaite.com/online/msnbcs-live-tour-of-sbshooting-killers-apartment-is-most-awful-thing-ever/

HOLY SHIT! For reporters, these people sure lack the inquisitiveness to ask themselves compelling questions like, "Am broadcasting morbid and potentially sensitive information about dead killers and their living children, let alone trampling a potential crime scene like the day after a mass murder  that's currently under investigation? Should I maybe double check with the authorizes about this? Naaaah, the slumlord let me in for a 1000 bucks, so it's kosher."

Walter, I need a journalist's perspective here! Is this insanely tenacious, or just insanely salacious? Give me a professional's outrage level.

Parting Thought:

"Kent Brockman here, the Judge isn't allowing cameras inside the courtroom... *whispers* so we'll have to be real quiet." *door slams in his face*
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Walter on December 04, 2015, 08:43:25 PM
It was a terrible editorial decision, likely done without any consideration of the implications.

In other words, it's cable news.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on February 11, 2016, 03:53:32 PM
Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves, Proving Einstein Right - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/12/science/ligo-gravitational-waves-black-holes-einstein.html?_r=0
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Aazealh on February 13, 2016, 11:28:06 PM
150 000 penguins dead as colossal iceberg dooms rest of colony (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/13/colossal-iceberg-dooms-stranded-penguins/80343982/)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Johnny Apples on February 14, 2016, 02:07:18 AM
150 000 penguins dead as colossal iceberg dooms rest of colony (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/13/colossal-iceberg-dooms-stranded-penguins/80343982/)

Oh my God, that's awful  :judo:
Out of all the icebergs melted by global warming, why couldn't it have been particularly this one?!
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Emeratu on February 14, 2016, 09:23:18 PM
Oh my God, that's awful  :judo:
Out of all the icebergs melted by global warming, why couldn't it have been particularly this one?!
Yeah, pretty screwed up incident. From 160,000 to 10,000, just like that. Global warming is a real b!tch.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on February 15, 2016, 11:47:46 PM
http://www.9news.com/news/nation-now/man-skips-work-for-6-years-no-one-notices/43405965 (http://www.9news.com/news/nation-now/man-skips-work-for-6-years-no-one-notices/43405965) :ganishka:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Joe Chip on February 16, 2016, 05:43:59 AM
http://www.9news.com/news/nation-now/man-skips-work-for-6-years-no-one-notices/43405965 (http://www.9news.com/news/nation-now/man-skips-work-for-6-years-no-one-notices/43405965) :ganishka:
This happens a lot here in Greece. There are a lot of goverment buildings that havent got anyone working there. In case you need something, there is someone telling you that said person is on an errand and that he should be back in around half an hour. That person, then calls the other fella who then starts to get to work. I encountered many problems when i tried to get my work permit. The person incharge was on "holiday" for quite a while and all the other people didnt know what the hell they were doing.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on February 18, 2016, 02:36:42 AM
RIP Polish movie director Andrzej Zulawski : ( (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/andrzej-zulawski-dead-polish-director-866609)

Bummed to read about his passing, I love and own a few of his movies like Possession (absolute fav of mine from his works and I still remember my surprise to see a young Sam Neil in it), L'important c'est d'aimer, The Devil, On The Silver Globe and The Third Part of the Night.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: ApostleBob on February 18, 2016, 06:14:13 PM
RIP Polish movie director Andrzej Zulawski : ( (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/andrzej-zulawski-dead-polish-director-866609)

Bummed to read about his passing, I love and own a few of his movies like Possession (absolute fav of mine from his works and I still remember my surprise to see a young Sam Neil in it), L'important c'est d'aimer, The Devil, On The Silver Globe and The Third Part of the Night.

I just saw possession.  One of the most insane films I've ever seen.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on April 15, 2016, 12:04:11 AM
This happens a lot here in Greece. There are a lot of goverment buildings that havent got anyone working there. In case you need something, there is someone telling you that said person is on an errand and that he should be back in around half an hour. That person, then calls the other fella who then starts to get to work. I encountered many problems when i tried to get my work permit. The person incharge was on "holiday" for quite a while and all the other people didnt know what the hell they were doing.
That is crazy and sounds very frustrating!  :mozgus:

http://www.space.com/32546-interstellar-spaceflight-stephen-hawking-project-starshot.html (http://www.space.com/32546-interstellar-spaceflight-stephen-hawking-project-starshot.html)
This just seems so impossible, tiny crafts the size of postage stamps traveling such an enormous distance. It would be pretty amazing.  :isidro:
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: JMP on September 30, 2016, 09:05:26 PM
http://www.avclub.com/article/when-you-gaze-new-teddy-ruxpin-new-teddy-ruxpin-ga-243367 (http://www.avclub.com/article/when-you-gaze-new-teddy-ruxpin-new-teddy-ruxpin-ga-243367)
 :magni:
Title: AIM Going Offline
Post by: Griffith on October 06, 2017, 06:35:44 PM
https://aimemories.tumblr.com

*breakglass.wav*

Like everyone else, I haven't used it in years, but do have a lot of fond memories communicating with everyone from my buds in high school, Wally and Aaz, to my wife. Going to miss those old "Direct Connect Wars" with Wally most of all (Barret: "My name is Albert Wesker." *ominous strings*)
Title: Re: AIM Going Offline
Post by: Aazealh on October 06, 2017, 06:37:42 PM
Like everyone else, I haven't used it in years, but do have a lot of fond memories communicating with everyone from my buds in high school, Wally and Aaz, to my wife. Going to miss those old "Direct Connect Wars" with Wally most of all (Barret: "My name is Albert Wesker." *ominous strings*)

Yeah man, it sure takes us back. And are we even really better off now?
Title: Re: AIM Going Offline
Post by: Walter on October 06, 2017, 06:41:26 PM
Yeah man, it sure takes us back. And are we even really better off now?

No, we aren't. The tech behind chat platforms has become more streamlined, but features have regressed. I know people really love certain platforms like Slack and Discord. I've used them both extensively, but they lack basic features that made AIM such a crazy, weird thing. With F12 you could record 10 seconds of whatever sound was running through your PC. It was nominally for recording short voice clips, like a conversation. But me and Griff made it into a fucking artform by finding abstract/hilarious combinations of music/sounds + images. Every other chat platform since has been a disappointment...
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: IncantatioN on October 06, 2017, 06:53:15 PM
Used to use AIM a lot in the early to mid 2000's alongside Yahoo Messenger. AIM was better than Yahoo or MSN back then. Remember ICQ? It was big for us my first year in college but the mania slowly died down. I haven't logged into AIM since 2009 and hearing this news, I kinda regret it. I moved to GChat ever since.

I know people really love certain platforms like Slack and Discord. I've used them both extensively, but they lack basic features that made AIM such a crazy, weird thing.

We recently got Slack at work and after much protest (from me because it didn't make much sense for the inner workings of my firm on a day to day), I signed up for it. Now ironically, I'm the only one actually logged on to it every day and using it. Everyone else is signed off or just not interested.
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: Griffith on October 07, 2017, 05:20:55 AM
Yeah man, it sure takes us back. And are we even really better off now?

Nope, and Walter pretty much hit it on the head with AIM's wacky "we don't know any better" uniqueness. I also think it was a formative time or place thing that we and future generations can't recapture; this was before facebook and texting was prevalent for God's sake! This was IT!

No, we aren't. The tech behind chat platforms has become more streamlined, but features have regressed. I know people really love certain platforms like Slack and Discord. I've used them both extensively, but they lack basic features that made AIM such a crazy, weird thing. With F12 you could record 10 seconds of whatever sound was running through your PC. It was nominally for recording short voice clips, like a conversation. But me and Griff made it into a fucking artform by finding abstract/hilarious combinations of music/sounds + images. Every other chat platform since has been a disappointment...

Yep... I think another perfect example of AIM's beautiful wild west weirdness is how one could also use a small .wav file as your "avatar." Not because AOL designed it that way because it's cool, but seemingly because they didn't bother designing it to not be that way! We were truly free back then. :ganishka:

Used to use AIM a lot in the early to mid 2000's alongside Yahoo Messenger. AIM was better than Yahoo or MSN back then. Remember ICQ? It was big for us my first year in college but the mania slowly died down. I haven't logged into AIM since 2009 and hearing this news, I kinda regret it. I moved to GChat ever since.

Oh man, MSN SUCKED! And you know, I never even made it off AIM really, I used gchat or facebook for a while, but it wasn't the same and I basically stopped chatting altogether within a few years of AIM becoming obsolete. I used to chat with Wally, Aaz, and friends on there every day for hours and even played D&D on AIM for a while when some of my friends moved away (#aimemories) (http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif), but I could never get with the shit and just sort of faded away maybe that's just me though. =)
Title: Re: News & Not News Megathread
Post by: NightCrawler on October 13, 2017, 12:39:27 PM
MSN was the big thing around these parts until fb took off. You could customize it entirely, play games with other people, record audio. After it disappeared, i guess whatsapp is the only thing i use to keep in touch with people since i left all social media years ago.