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Kelvin Mace

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How to make presidential debates draw 100+ million viewers

Presidential debates are boring and other than political junkies, few pay attention to them until they are cut up into "gotcha" sound bites for political ads.

I think it is time to make debates "must see TV". I propose a series of debates with the following people as panelists moderators:

Stephen Colbert - Moderator
Jon Stewart - Panelist
John Oliver - Panelist
Lewis Black - Panelist

Tina Fey - Moderator
Whoopi Goldberg - Panelist
Liz Winstead - Panelist
Margaret Cho - Panelist

Dave Chappell - Moderator
Chris Rock - Panelist
Aasif Mandvi - Panelist
Larry Wilmore - Panelist

George Takei - Moderator
Wanda Sykes - Panelist
Dan Savage - Panelist
Rachel Maddow - Panelist

These are four debates I can guarantee would not only have record-smashing viewership, but would have a worldwide audience as well. Hell, you could sell tickets to the live event for a $100 a pop (for charity) and sell out any venue.

And finally, my absolute fantasy panel that, sadly, can never happen:

George Carlin - Moderator
Sam Kinison - Panelist
Robin Williams - Panelist
Bobcat Goldthwait - Panelist

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

And how many here will defend this hypocrisy?

http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/obama.php

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack Obama criticized the arrests of two reporters there on Wednesday night.

“Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs,” Obama said in a news conference televised from Martha’s Vineyard, where he’s vacationing. On Wednesday, Washington Post Reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly were arrested when working out of a McDonald’s in Ferguson. After being taken to the Ferguson Police Department, both were quickly released.

Just minutes after the president finished his remarks, a coalition of journalism organizations at the National Press Club in Washington began a news conference condemning the Obama administration’s attempt to compel James Risen, a New York Times reporter, to identify a confidential source. The menagerie of groups this morning presented a petition, signed by more than 125,000 people, calling on the Justice Department to end its six-year effort to force Risen to testify against his source.

In June, the US Supreme Court turned down a last-ditch appeal from Risen, removing the final legal barrier for federal prosecutors who want him to take the stand.

The coincidental timing puts a spotlight on a White House that has repeatedly defended its claim as the most transparent administration in history. In the past five years, however, the Obama administration has been decried repeatedly for both its secrecy and its aggression toward the press. What’s more, it has pursued more criminal leak investigations than every previous White House combined.

This is what a police state looks like folks



I wish I had the time to run down every person over the last ten years who told me I was being an "alarmist" for saying that the U.S. was a de facto police state so I could show them this picture.

More here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/ferguson-photos_n_5674573.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

What's the deal with this shirt West Virginia?

I saw this on a Wal-Mart dweller in NC:



Is this a brag on not being a slave state or are you simply pissed of about being confused with Virginia (and how often does THAT happen?)

The CORRECT rules for dating my daughter

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Riddle me this NRA...

I am sitting peacefully in the Waffle Shack, enjoying my morning coffee with my Spam Waffle ala Crisco Supreme™. I feel safe and secure, with .50 caliber firearm the size of a toaster holstered under my jacket, legally, since I have a concealed weapons permit. Also informing my sense of safety and well being, are my states "Stand Your Ground" laws which says that if anyone makes me feel my life is threatened, I may shoot that person deader than the Bill of Rights since the Patriot Act.

Coming in the door is a "suspicious" looking fellow carrying .50 caliber sniper rifle, which is his "god given" right under my states "open carry" law. I think he is here to rob the place, and draw my .50 Proctor Silex Automatic. The guy with the Corpse Maker 50 sees me and also decides I am about to rob the place..

We both fear for our lives.

His shot goes a bit wide blowing a hole the size of a basketball in the waitress, the waffle boy, and the toddler in a car seat, in a car, in the McDonalds a block away. Taking my time to take better aim, I cause the other Patriotic Gunamerican's head to do a reenactment of Scanners, but also manage to do an encore performance with the head of the policeman just getting out of his cruiser with visions of Deep Fried Cheese Cake Waffles™ dancing in his head, which are interrupted by the arrival of a small piece of lead at around 1400 feet per second.

Now, for some reason, people are upset. The police arrest me and want to charge me with murdering people. The families of waitresses, waffle boys and toddlers what to sue the estate of the guy with the rifle and want me charged with some form of murder.

We were both right. We were both obeying the law and I demand the NRA come in and protect all our rights against these people who wish to snatch our guns and imprison me for defending myself.

What do you do, NRA? What do you do?

The Catholic Church is now associated with four "mass graves" in Ireland

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/05/319100479/amid-horror-at-mass-graves-of-children-calls-in-ireland-for-an-inquiry

(BTW NPR, way to bury the lede...)

At what point do we stop talking about memorials for the "wee ones" and start declaring these sites crime scenes?

At what point do we prosecute the Vatican for crimes against humanity?

Imagine if a foreign government, say Iran, was found to have operated homes for unwed mothers in this country, and four "mass graves" were discovered with corpses of abused/neglected infants and children. How long before those sites would be crawling with the FBI? How long before the FBI descended on every single religious school run by Iran with picks and shovels? How long would churches. under the direct control of Tehran and operating in the U.S., be allowed to remain open?

(And before anyone casts aspersions, I am an ex-Irish Catholic from nuns, to altar boy, to Confirmation, et al)

Worker records ‘racist’ supervisor in cotton warehouse

Source: WREG Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There are shocking allegations of racial discrimination in a Memphis cotton warehouse.

Two men filed charges against the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse.

They’re accusing their former supervisor of calling them “monkeys” and telling them the water fountain and microwave were for white people only.

He said after months of racist comments and feeling powerless, he decided to use his phone as a weapon to fight back.

He recorded his attempt to drink water from a water fountain in the warehouse office.

“Hey!” says the supervisor in the recording.

“What?” asked Harris.

“I need to put a sign here that says `white people only.”

Harris also recorded his attempt to use the microwave.

“I am going to use the microwave,” said Harris in the recording.

“Hell no!” said the supervisor.

“Why can’t I use the microwave, man?”

“Because you are not white.”

“Put your sign on the wall then, because I am feeling to drink it,” said Harris. “What would they do when they catch me drinking your water?”

“That`s when we hang you,” said the supervisor.

Read more: http://wreg.com/2014/06/02/worker-records-racist-supervisor-in-cotton-gin/



And here is the company's response:

The owner of the cotton gin said he had no comment, but did say he outsources the management at that warehouse.


How can you have "no comment"? What, just because you outsource the management you have nothing to say about naked racism?

No comment = Approval.

"Post racial" society my ass.

Ayn Rand was one sick puppy

The dialogue between two of her "protagonists".

She thought of the evening last winter when he came in, took a small package from his pocket and held it out to her, saying, “I want you to have it.” She opened it and stared in incredulous bewilderment at a pendant made of a single pear-shaped ruby that spurted a violent fire on the white satin of the jeweler’s box….

He led her to the bedroom, he took off her clothes, without a word, in the manner of an owner undressing a person whose consent is not required. He clasped the pendant on her shoulders. She stood naked, the stone between her breasts, like a sparkling drop of blood.

…”Do you think a man should give jewelry to his mistress for any purpose but his own pleasure?” he asked. “This is the way I want you to wear it. Only for me. I like to look at it. It’s beautiful.”


“I like giving things to you,” he said, “because you don’t need them.”

“No?”

“And it’s not that I want you to have them. I want you to have them from me.”

“That is the way I do need them, Hank. From you.”

“Do you understand that it’s nothing but vicious self-indulgence on my part? I’m not doing it for your pleasure, but for mine.”

“Hank!” The cry was involuntary; it held amusement, despair, indignation and pity. “If you’d given me those things just for my pleasure, not yours, I would have thrown them in your face.”

“Yes… Yes, then you would – and should.”


I guess I can understand why the Cons love her, aside from her abject worship of money and the wealthy, she really has ZERO respect for women.

This reads like satire.

Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start

from Wired!

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/fighting-online-harassment/

“Fucking dumb bitch,” the message began, then went on to detail the manner in which Jenny Haniver should be sexually assaulted and murdered. Haniver (her gaming name, not her real one) found it in the voicemail of her Xbox account, left by a male competitor in the online combat game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. For Haniver, this was far from an isolated incident. In another match, after an opponent asked if she was menstruating and opined that “girls” played videogames only for attention, he left Haniver a voicemail that said, “I’m gonna impregnate you with triplets and then make you have a very late-term abortion.” For three and a half years, Haniver has kept track of the invective heaped on her in multiplayer games, posting some 200 incidents on her blog so far.

Haniver, of course, is not alone—harassment on the Internet is ubiquitous, particularly for women. In a 2013 Pew Research survey, 23 percent of people ages 18 to 29 reported being stalked or harassed online; advocacy groups report that around 70 percent of the cases they deal with involve female victims, and one study of online gaming found players with female voices received three times as many negative responses as men.

Boasting more than 67 million active players each month, the battle-arena game League of Legends is perhaps the most popular videogame in the world. But two years ago its publisher, Riot Games, noticed that a significant number of players had quit the game and cited noxious behavior as the reason. In response, the company assembled a “player behavior team,” bringing together staff members with PhDs in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience to study the issue of harassment by building and analyzing behavioral profiles for tens of millions of users.

This process led them to a surprising insight—one that “shaped our entire approach to this problem,” says Jeffrey Lin, Riot’s lead designer of social systems, who spoke about the process at last year’s Game Developers Conference. “If we remove all toxic players from the game, do we solve the player behavior problem? We don’t.” That is, if you think most online abuse is hurled by a small group of maladapted trolls, you’re wrong. Riot found that persistently negative players were only responsible for roughly 13 percent of the game’s bad behavior. The other 87 percent was coming from players whose presence, most of the time, seemed to be generally inoffensive or even positive. These gamers were lashing out only occasionally, in isolated incidents—but their outbursts often snowballed through the community. Banning the worst trolls wouldn’t be enough to clean up League of Legends, Riot’s player behavior team realized. Nothing less than community-wide reforms could succeed.

Some of the reforms Riot came up with were small but remarkably effective. Originally, for example, it was a default in the game that opposing teams could chat with each other during play, but this often spiraled into abusive taunting. So in one of its earliest experiments, Riot turned off that chat function but allowed players to turn it on if they wanted. The impact was immediate. A week before the change, players reported that more than 80 percent of chat between opponents was negative. But a week after switching the default, negative chat had decreased by more than 30 percent while positive chat increased nearly 35 percent. The takeaway? Creating a simple hurdle to abusive behavior makes it much less prevalent.

The article is very interesting and it is encouraging to see a company take the issue seriously and assign a team of folk with good credentials to examine the problem and devise solutions. Perhaps some of what they are talking about could be applicable here?
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