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Would you shop at a bookstore that sold books by Bill O'Reilly or Oprah?

Would you use a cable service that carried Fox News?

Would you allow your city or state to have a library carry a book by Hitler?

Because that is really the Spotify question. It is more of a bookstore than a radio station. You pick what you want to listen to. Out of the 75 million songs they carry, I bet a few have racist or insensitive lyrics. They carry music by Wagner and Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Page. thier 3.2 Million podcasts could have opinions you disagree with or facts that are wrong.

Heck Spotify gave 25 million to a couple of lazy, rich unemployed people whose family helped burn down the White House. (Fortunately Harry and Meghan are lazy grifters so no worries about boycotting thier podcast they haven't bothered to record it yet)


This is not radio. Like a bookstore, you pick what interests you and listen to that. Want to listen to nothing but Death Metal or Island music or K-pop here is a million songs. Want a podcast that covers the Buffalo Bills or Global warming plenty of those?

We get upset about republicans trying to police what we read and yet here we are trying to police what others listen to.

Look, I have no issues calling out Joe Rogan. he deserves it. I have no issues calling out David Bowie or Jimmy Page for molesting underage girls. But we choose what we listen to. And China Girl is a catchy tune. So sue me.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Fri Jan 28, 2022, 08:22 PM (27 replies)

The stress of running a lizard centric Instagram account


I am sorry but this is amazing.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu Jan 27, 2022, 10:11 PM (3 replies)

Amy's Kitchen says its food is made with 'love.' Some say the job has left them injured


Some factory workers who make meals at the family business describe an unforgiving workplace that pushes them past the point of injury.

When Ines De La Luz showed up for work at the Amy’s Kitchen factory in Santa Rosa, California, wearing an arm brace, prescribed after she couldn’t move her hand at the end of a fast-paced shift making frozen burritos in July 2020, she says a supervisor ordered her to remove the brace and return to the production line.

De La Luz and another injured worker who cleans the cafeteria say it was called “the corral,” like on a farm. Though they aren’t sure where the name originated, they say it highlighted the feeling that they were no longer important to the company, a family business that is one of the country’s top makers of vegetarian frozen and canned food. De La Luz says that in the fall of 2021, when she learned she was a candidate for surgery to treat her arm injury, Amy’s Kitchen told her it was eliminating her position in the cafeteria and laid her off.

But one former and four current workers say that image is at odds with the painful reality on the factory floor. They say that the growth of Amy’s Kitchen has been made possible by increasing the speed of production lines and that workers are becoming injured in an effort to maintain the speed. They say that the conditions leave them especially vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries that gradually get worse over time.


It has always amazed and amused me that so many people search the labels for cruelty free and vegan and then use products that utilize child labor and slavery.

TFD has a good video about this very subject.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu Jan 27, 2022, 08:56 AM (3 replies)

Supreme Court Rules for Northwestern Employees in Retirement-Plan Case


WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court said Monday that employers must regularly review their retirement offerings, unanimously ruling for Northwestern University employees who argued the school’s defined-contribution plan offered a confusing number of expensive investment options.

In the Northwestern case several current and former employees claim that the university mismanaged their retirement accounts by exposing them to funds that charged excessive management and record-keeping fees. The case now returns to the lower courts for a fresh look under Monday’s decision.

Among other claims, they argued that Northwestern offered mutual funds and annuities in their “retail” versions of funds, which carried higher fees than otherwise identical share classes available to certain large investors. They also alleged that the high number of investment options caused confusion and poor decisions by plan participants.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 requires plan fiduciaries to act with care, skill, prudence, and diligence. Federal courts in Illinois dismissed the case, finding no breach of fiduciary duty because low-fee funds were available within the hundreds of options the university provided through its retirement plans.


I am 90% on board with this. I cannot agree enough that it is the responsibility for the University of offer low fee investment vehicles in their 401k.

I am concerned about the criticism of too many choices, however. Adults need to take responsibility for themselves and additional options are generally a benefit. That said, the retirement plan should provide no cost assistance to those employees uncomfortable with choosing their own retirement options.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu Jan 27, 2022, 08:51 AM (1 replies)

'Mayor, you have chosen poorly': Pirates warn of Saturday invasion

Meanwhile, in Frozen Florida, you almost would not think there is a pandemic... or war clouds... or a pirate invasion... scratch that there is a pirate invasion.


Posted by cinematicdiversions | Wed Jan 26, 2022, 12:58 AM (1 replies)

Peter Dinklage Calls 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Live-Action Remake 'F*cking Backwards'


Disney has found massive success in recent years by making live action adaptations of its classic animated movies. Films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King” were box office smashes, capturing nostalgia from older audiences while introducing their most lucrative characters to younger generations. While Disney doesn’t seem to be diverting from the strategy anytime soon, Peter Dinklage thinks that “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” should stay on the shelf.

Disney recently announced that “West Side Story” breakout star Rachel Zegler would be starring in a “Snow White” remake, playing the princess alongside Gal Gadot’s Evil Queen. But in an interview on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast to promote his role in “Cyrano,” Dinklage had some harsh words for the new remake. He said that while some fans have praised Disney for the racially diverse casting, they miss the larger issue of the way the original film portrays disabled people.

“I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. You’re still telling the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me,” the actor told Maron. “You’re progressive in one way and you’re still making that fucking backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the fuck are you doing man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

The original “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the first full length animated feature from Disney, and remains one of the studio’s most iconic films. Dinklage’s concerns can be interpreted as part of a larger discussion of whether old art can be judged by newer moral standards. As society’s views evolve, the debate over whether problematic works should be buried or studied continues to rage on. For his part, Dinklage doesn’t think the story of “Snow White” needs to be hidden. He just wants to see the problematic aspects addressed, saying “if you tell the story of ‘Snow White’ with the most f—ed up, progressive spin on it? Let’s do it. All in.”


Someday Hollywood is going to wake up to three undeniable facts.

Gal Gadot has the range of a seventies cooktop.

Casting a white Polish Hispanic as snow white isn't really diversity

Don't piss off the Dwarf.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Tue Jan 25, 2022, 01:47 AM (18 replies)

Sweden sends troops to Baltic island as Russian navy steps up presence DW News

Sweden is not a NATO member, so it has to make sure its presence felt. Sweden of course, has maintained neutrality since 1812. Though one would be hesitant to call it strict. (It certainly did its best to protect the Nordic countries from incursions from both The Soviet Union and British empire in the middle of the last century. Yeah, that is a nice way to put it)
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Mon Jan 24, 2022, 07:58 AM (2 replies)

Best cities where the majority of homes are less than 100k.

Keep in mind that does not include property taxes. Some of these cities (I am looking your way Buffalo) have very high property taxes that negate some of the savings.

Good ideas if you are retired or work remotely.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sun Jan 23, 2022, 11:57 PM (53 replies)

Detroit man charged with setting pregnant girlfriend on fire released on 5k bail payment.


DETROIT (FOX 2) - When a Detroit man was charged with dousing his pregnant girlfriend with lighter fluid and then burning over 60% of her body, his bond was set at just $50,000 or 10%, meaning he could bond out for as low as $5,000. Two days after the charges were filed, he did exactly that.

Devonne Marsh was released from the Wayne County Jail Friday morning. According to documents with the jail, he was released from custody just before 11:20 a.m. on Friday. He's now out on bond with multiple conditions including no weapons, no drug use, and is ordered not to go to their shared apartment.

More than 60% of her body was burned in the fire and she was last listed in critical condition. It's not yet known if her babies will survive.

After Marsh was charged, there was a concern that he would be released due to the low bond necessary to grant his release.


I know low and no bail are very popular around here but it is a horrible issue. Much like defund the police with a dramatically rising crime rate, this is neither the time nor place for bail reform for people who try to kill woman. See also the Christmas parade massacre guy
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sun Jan 23, 2022, 10:05 PM (34 replies)
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