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Name: Miles Archer
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Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
Home country: USA
Current location: Nevada
Member since: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 06:49 PM
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Florida Apartment Complex Threatens Tenants With $10,000 Fine For Bad Reviews Online

Florida Apartment Complex Threatens Tenants With $10,000 Fine For Bad Reviews Online


A Florida apartment complex is under fire after management forced new tenants to sign a "social media addendum" that threatened a fine of $10,000 if they gave the place a bad review online, Ars Technica reports. The addendum, which went viral Tuesday after the Windermere Cay complex in Winter Garden started handing it out, also forces tenants to sign away their rights to any photos, reviews or other material about the complex posted online:

“Applicant will refrain from directly or indirectly publishing or airing negative commentary regarding the Unit, Owner, property or the apartments,” the addendum reads. “This means that Applicant shall not post negative commentary or reviews on Yelp!, Apartment Ratings, Facebook, or any other website or Internet-based publication or blog."

Before Tuesday, few people had reviewed Windermere Cay. By the end of the day, however, a lot of people had reviewed the place. Things are not going well for the apartment complex online.

Chris Christie sells out New Jersey taxpayers ("dirty deeds, done dirt cheap")

Chris Christie sells out New Jersey taxpayers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is going back to the payday lender, selling out future taxpayers to fix a cash crunch of his own design.

Here’s the background. For over a decade, New Jersey had been embroiled in a battle with Exxon Mobil over the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of public land in the northern part of the state. The company was found liable several years ago, but the amount of damages and cleanup costs it owed had not yet been determined.

Expert witnesses for the state ballparked the total figure at $8.9 billion, and a judge was expected to rule on the final number soon. But then, this month, the state’s lawyers swooped in and decided to settle for a mere $225 million, not including undisclosed cleanup costs. That’s cents on the dollar.

The news was met with outrage from environmentalists and former state officials. A similar case was also settled for pennies on the dollar a few months ago. These are, as New Jersey Sierra Club chapter director Jeff Tittel put it in a phone interview, “dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.”

Posted by Miles Archer | Fri Mar 6, 2015, 02:51 PM (2 replies)

Let's celebrate DAVID GILMOUR'S 69th birthday with a Floydgasm. Post your favorite tunes here.

One from my Top 10..."Comfortably Numb" from "Pulse."

Rolling Stone: Go Ahead and Call Bill O'Reilly What He Is: A Pathological Liar

Go Ahead and Call Bill O'Reilly What He Is: A Pathological Liar

The Fox News mouthpiece leapt on Brian Williams with a predatory recognition of common weakness

By Jeb Lund March 5, 2015


A good rule of callout culture is to never target someone for the same things you do. No adulterer is more insufferable, after all, than the fire-and-brimstone minister. But when NBC anchor Brian Williams was exposed for fabricating stories of journalistic heroism, poor Bill O'Reilly just couldn't help himself. There was Williams, that prick, garnering widespread acclaim for the kind of stories Bill had already been making up for years.

A real American doesn't tolerate that kind of crap, and Bill O'Reilly is a real American. He has evolved into a post-fact reality, nightly defending a singular nation of fear and confabulation against all enemies foreign and domestic. He is a fiction more palpable than himself, and he can't stop, because it's all he has.

Some of the story is probably familiar to you. O'Reilly has lied high and low during his nearly 19 years at Fox News, but the latest round of scrutiny about his stories began with an article in The Nation questioning whether O'Reilly's reporting aided in covering up a massacre in El Salvador in 1982. Instead of primarily focusing on whether O'Reilly acted as a stooge for murderous conservative policy 14 years before his Fox gig, the media instead latched onto O'Reilly's claims that he'd reported from a leveled town where no one was left alive or dead, when in fact The Nation's article included O'Reilly's CBS footage of a very much not-leveled town with at eight people walking around in the background of his shots.

That article and O'Reilly's pummeling Brian Williams inspired Mother Jones' David Corn and Daniel Schulman to look closely at O'Reilly's other tales of hazardous, daring reportage, including his claims to have been in a "war zone" during the Falklands War. Despite O'Reilly's calling Corn a "despicable guttersnipe" and attempting to handwave away the accusations as a liberal hit job, Corn and Shulman's charges have stuck. The nearest O'Reilly — or any other American reporter — got to the war zone was 1,200 miles, and his fallback assertion that protests he "alone" covered in Buenos Aires constituted one have been debunked multiple times over by O'Reilly's former colleagues. Worse, O'Reilly's own footage contradicts his story that he had a gun pulled on him.
Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 11:49 AM (5 replies)

Would appreciate your feedback RE: one of the worst breaches of ethics I've seen in my profession.

Some of you know me, some of you don't. I used to be "Amerigo Vespucci" on DU until my computer died in October 2013 and I lost my User ID / PW (and didn't remember the email I used to sign up), so I became Miles Archer. I'm a Web Designer.

A couple of days ago I was using Google to come up with a prospect list for sales calls. The concept was simple...the vast majority of Web Surfers do NOT click past page one of Google's search results, so I started making my list on page 6. These are sites that dropped the ball on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or haven't updated their content in a long time.

Also, Google is going to start penalizing sites that are not mobile friendly. They have an online tool that you can use that delivers a "report card."

So here's the point.

I found three dental offices in my town with the exact same Website.

The three Websites are virtually identical other than the names of personnel, phone numbers, and addresses.

Now, if the three practices were owned by the same individual, it would would not be a matter of ethics. One of my dental clients is in the practice with his wife, and he requested two identical sites...one with her domain, one with his.

But this is a "Web Designer" who used one GoDaddy template three times for three different clients and sold each of them identical content, and each site's home page has the same stock photo woman with the hideous neon death grin as its centerpiece.

I've done this long enough (since 2001) to know that one, two, or all three of the practices may say "SO WHAT?" when I contact them.

They've been ripped off, though, and this kills their online credibility.

Obviously I am calling to pitch my doing sites for them, but I'm also willing to alert them to the fact that an unscrupulous individual took their money and ran.

I plan to keep the calls simple and brief and do not intent to inject drama or finger-pointing...just stating the facts, "Two other practices in town have sites identical to yours," and then I will see if a broader conversation can take place.

Your thoughts?

If you were one of the dental offices in question, would you appreciate the call, or consider it one more annoyance from a salesman?

CAIN! Prison Proves Being Gay Is a Choice, Says GOP Pres Hopeful Ben Carson

Prison Proves Being Gay Is a Choice, Says GOP Pres Hopeful Ben Carson


GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson believes homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice. His proof? "A lot of people. . . go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay," the retired neurosurgeon said Wednesday in the above interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo. "So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

In the clip, Cuomo appears dumbfounded by the logic and follows with a rational observation. "I'm not denying that's true," he says, "but I'm denying that's a basis of understanding sexuality. . . A lot of people go into jail a drug addict and come out a criminal. Does that mean all drug addicts are criminals?"

Carson maintains that civil issues should be controlled at the state, not federal, level. When Cuomo compares the same-sex marriage issue to constitutional changes following the abolition of slavery, Carson is adamant those are two unrelated issues. "People have no control over their race," he says. He also closes out the interview by telling gay people why they want to get married and examining the meaning of the word "marriage."

"Why do gay people want to get married?" he asks. "Because they want to have various rights — property rights, visitation rights. Why can’t any two human beings, I don't care what their sexual orientation is, why can't they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage."
Posted by Miles Archer | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 11:11 AM (6 replies)

I'll bet Spock knew how many holes it took to fill the Albert Hall, and a bunch of other cool shit.

Internet has been down at the house and I have been going to the Library for WiFi, so news of Leonard's passing came to me a bit late. No TV either, just pretty much shut off from anything resembling "news."

What an original, what an icon. Icons aren't supposed to die, but somehow they do, reminding us of our own mortality.

R.I.P., Spock.
Posted by Miles Archer | Mon Mar 2, 2015, 05:14 PM (9 replies)

When caught in a lie, your best defense is a vote of confidence from a guy who killed his intern

Joe Scarborough Defends Bill O'Reilly: 'He Was In The Falklands!'


Joe Scarborough told his fellow co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday morning that he didn't "get" the questions surrounding Bill O'Reilly's war tales and appeared to suggest the Fox host was "in the Falklands."

"This Bill O'Reilly thing, I'll tell you the truth, I don't get it," he said.

Last week, Mother Jones magazine published an article that cast doubt on things O'Reilly has said about having covered the Falklands War for CBS News in the 1980s.

"Are we debating rubber bullets versus real bullets?" Scarborough said. "I don't know."

Woman involved in pet store arson sentenced

Woman involved in pet store arson sentenced, reveals pregnancy


Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The woman who admitted she tried to burn down her pet store with live animals trapped inside has learned her fate.

Gloria Lee was sentenced to 5-14 years in prison on arson and insurance fraud charges. She received probation on charges of animal cruelty.

She also revealed that she was 3 months pregnant with her husband's child. This is the same husband she told investigators was responsible for the pet shop fire as Lee was currently having an affair with her accomplice Kirk Bills. The judge accused Lee of using her pregnancy to manipulate the court into giving her a lesser sentence.

A dramatic surveillance video was released that police say shows Gloria Lee, and co-conspirator Kirk Bills lighting the store on fire with 27 puppies still in their cages.

ESPN: Keith Olbermann off air after tweets

Keith Olbermann off air after tweets


Keith Olbermann will not host his show for the rest of the week, ESPN said Tuesday, because of tweets critical of Penn State and its annual THON fundraiser.

"We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State," ESPN said in a statement. "It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN.

"We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday.

Olbermann apologized in a tweet Tuesday.
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