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"24 Scientific Ways to Influence People Without Saying a Word"

More: http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_996_24-scientific-ways-to-influence-people-without-saying-word/

"Richard Sherman: Make billionaires pay for their own stadiums"

More: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/06/09/richard-sherman-make-billionaires-pay-for-their-own-stadiums/?utm_network=facebook&utm_post=5874064&utm_source=FB+-+SNF+on+NBC&utm_tags=srm%5Bfootball%5D

A major part of the NFL’s business model is getting taxpayers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new stadiums. One of the NFL’s best players thinks it’s time for that practice to stop.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said on 710 ESPN in Seattle that if he had his way, the billionaires who own NFL teams would foot the bill for the stadiums.

“I’d stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on stadiums . . . maybe make the billionaires who actually benefit from the stadiums pay for them. That kind of seems like a system that would work for me,” Sherman said, via MyNorthwest.com.

It’s an argument that citizens and public officials in many NFL cities agree with, and yet the NFL has managed to find many municipalities willing to finance its stadiums. And more cities, most recently Las Vegas, are saying they’re open to giving taxpayer funds to the NFL. As long as those cities keep offering their money, the NFL will keep accepting.

*Posted with a wink and nod to Mark Davis*

"People are bidding on a 'bag of air' from Kobe Bryant's last game"

More: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25557601/people-are-bidding-on-a-bag-of-air-from-kobe-bryants-last-game?linkId=23532220

Some people are stupid. And I don't mean "hit reply all on that joke about your boss to the entire office" stupid. I mean genuinely, "what could you possibly be thinking" stupid. As such, people will try and profit off of said stupidity, and often times, these situations involve sports. Such is the case with this:


That's right, someone is selling a bag of air from Kobe Bryant's last game.

A bag. Of air.

As if you're going to be able to verify that. Or that someone would actually be impressed by a bag of air sitting on a display. Or that you're not going to accidentally puncture that bag when you move and then it just escapes and joins the rest of the air or slowly leaks out over time. Or as if it wasn't a bag. Of air.

"State’s primary a losing proposition to some Bay Area Republicans"

More: http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/State-s-primary-a-losing-proposition-to-some-7253129.php?t=d83232ccbd&cmpid=email-premium

For while the Bay Area is the nation’s progressive soul, it is also home to some of the country’s most prominent establishment conservatives, including former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Condoleezza Rice (who declined to comment), as well as deep-pocketed donors Silicon Valley entrepreneur Floyd Kvamme, who, along with wife Jean, has contributed $200,00 to a pro-John Kasich super PAC, and venture capitalist Jillian Manus.
Cathie Bennett Warner says she will consider voting for a Democrat if Trump is the GOP’s nominee, but “if it’s Bernie Sanders, I’ll probably leave the country.” Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle
Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle
Cathie Bennett Warner says she will consider voting for a Democrat if Trump is the GOP’s nominee, but “if it’s Bernie Sanders, I’ll probably leave the country.”

Many of them are nauseated by Trump’s divisive comments on immigrants, Muslims and women, and regret the establishment-splintering chaos the Republican primary has produced as the original field of 17 candidates has dwindled to three.

They use such words as “miserable,” “sickened,” “ashamed.” And most alarming for Republicans candidates everywhere, they’re not opening their checkbooks.

By this point in the election season, “I would have been knee deep in one of the campaigns,” said Manus, who campaigned for GOP gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But “I haven’t given one cent to a candidate. Actually that’s not true. I gave to Kamala Harris,” a Democrat running for U.S. Senate.

"...From President to the Local Dog Catcher"


"Mark Zuckerberg Asks Employees to Stop Crossing Out ‘Black Lives Matters’ on Office Walls"

More: http://www.theroot.com/blogs/the_grapevine/2016/02/facebook_ceo_mark_zuckerberg_asks_employees_to_stop_crossing_out_black_lives.html

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is upset with his employees at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., campus. It seems as though there’s a faction of Facebook employees who don’t believe that black lives matter, and they have been expressing their displeasure by crossing out anything regarding Black Lives Matter on the office walls.

The walls’ purpose at Facebook has always been to serve as an outlet for employees to voice their opinions and express themselves. But Zuckerberg is quite displeased with the actions of some of the employees, and said so on an internal memo:


"49ers QB shares poignant anti-Donald Trump message on Instagram"


More: http://thegrio.com/2015/12/14/49ers-qb-shares-poignant-anti-donald-trump-message-on-instagram/

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might be out of the game with a season-ending shoulder injury, but that doesn’t mean he’s staying out of the political game.

The quarterback posted a quote on Instagram with the phrase, “Food for thought.” The quote, which was attributed to retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe, said:

“You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with the government, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s OK to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care that Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one.

“But think about this. If he keeps going and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you, and you better hope that there’s someone left to help you.”

"Laquan McDonald video inspires viral conservative vlogger to leave GOP"

More: http://thegrio.com/2015/11/28/laquan-mcdonald-video-inspires-viral-conservative-vlogger-to-leave-gop/

A 13-year old YouTuber who went viral due to his conservative videos criticizing President Obama is now admitting that his conscience is making him leave the Republican party.

When the president invited Ahmed Mohamed to visit the White House after he was detained for bringing a homemade clock to school, Pearson posted a video asking, “When cops are gunned down, you don’t invite them to the White House. You never did. But when a Muslim kid builds a clock, come on by. What is this world you’re living in?”

However, now the former chairman of the Teens for Ted Cruz youth group is having a serious change of heart about his political allegiances.

Friday, Pearson told CNN that he could no longer be a “champion of a party that turned a blind eye to racial discrimination.”

"Blushing with Sexism: The Makeup Secrets of Fox News"

More: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/blushing-with-sexism-the-makeup-secrets-of-fox-news


That the women who appear on Fox News are very young, very beautiful, and very heavily made up is news to no one. And despite the often combative nature of the on-air segments, the backstage experience seems to be much more relaxing. "Honestly," says Basse, "99.9 percent of guests are jazzed about being there because it's almost like a mini-spa. They do full hair and makeup [at the Fox News studio], and the people there are nice. They're just nice." But, she continues, not everyone who sits in her chair wants to have their makeup done. "Sometimes a guest is more low-key and low-maintenance, and they're really nervous, and all I've ever said is, 'Makeup is meant to make you look your best,'" she says. "I let them think I'm giving them exactly what they want, but in the end, I always get exactly what I want. Because I know what the producer's looking for. If for some reason I get someone who's really pushing back, I'll tell them a little bit more about what's going on instead of just slapping something on their face."

Basse believes that the way makeup is applied can even affect the outcome of an interview. "I've never tried to change the way someone looks, but I always try to have them reflect their best self," she says. "If they're really comfortable with how they look, then they're going to give a really great interview. The interviewer's going to get the most authentic interview. Makeup, a lot of times, really sets the tone for how the interview goes, believe it or not."

Dr. Heldman is more critical of Fox News' beauty rules. "They never write anything down, but there are unofficial rules, like you can never put your hair up," she says. "They're definitely looking for certain physical types. There's not really any doubt about that." She added, "When you go on Fox you're automatically not legitimate. You're there as eye candy and to be scoffed at. That is your role on Fox if you're a woman."

Veteran hair stylist Tanya Crocker echoes the hair-down rule. "The majority of the time, the hair is down," she says. "I don't think I've ever had an up-do or even a half-up or anything on any actor or news anchor who was filming for interviews. Most of the time they want hair down." But, she tells me, she understands the reasoning behind this. "I do remember hearing about Fox News being in articles about sexism," Crocker tells me, "but really you're just trying to put your best face forward. You want to look your best on camera."

"Carson: I Won't Become 'A Vanilla Envelope' Just To Avoid So-Called Gaffes"

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ben-carson-fox-host-shooter-comments

A Fox News host asked Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Wednesday morning what some might have wondered for a while now — did he need to get better at saying what he means?

During his campaign so far, Carson has made (and then walked back or clarified) comments on using drone strikes to secure the border, and whether he would be OK with a Muslim president.

This week, Carson addressed the recent massacre of nine people at an Oregon community college. He said that he wouldn't have just stood there and "let him shoot me." He also said that the thought of taking away gun rights was more "devastating" than any body with bullet-holes that he had seen.

During the Wednesday interview on Fox, host Martha MacCallum pressed Carson on the comments after he blamed the media for twisting his words.
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