17 January, 2018

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Ecstasy of Hedy Lamarr - The Hairpin

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Ecstasy of Hedy Lamarr - The Hairpin:



A small Motion Picture piece from 1941, suggestively entitled “Hedy’s Secret Weapon,” broke the news that The Ecstasy Girl was also a Girl Inventor: “They say it isn’t right, that it shouldn’t happen. Anyone as fabulously beautiful as Hedy Lamarr simply cannot possess brains!” Yet it was “undeniably true” — Patent Number 2292387 belonged to Lamarr.
Over the course of the two-page feature, Anthiel gives full credit to Lamarr, claiming his work on the patent was merely technical.


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How To Kill A Possum - The Awl

How To Kill A Possum - The Awl: "I pathetically consulted my iPhone for ideas, but realized it had done its job: illuminated the problem, and Googled the crap out of it. But as of yet, there isn’t an app that can kill things. Now it was time for me to do my job. Nobody was going to take care of this problem but me, and so far, I had been failing miserably. I had one idea left, and as much as I hate to admit it, it had come from my boyfriend. Lying in bed one night, soon after the “Rooster Incident,” listening to me go on and on obsessively about the possums and how to protect the flock, he told me he had read online about someone who had duct taped a butcher knife to the end of a broom handle and stabbed a possum to death.

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When Truth Falls Apart - The Awl

When Truth Falls Apart - The Awl: "Dismediation isn’t discourse. It doesn’t disinform, and it’s not quite propaganda, as that term has long been understood. Instead, dismediation seeks to break the systems of trust without which civilized society hasn’t got a chance. Disinformation, once it’s done telling its lie, is finished with you. Dismediation is looking to make you never really trust or believe a news story, ever again. Not on Fox, and not on NPR. It’s not that we can’t agree on what the facts are. It’s that we cannot agree on what counts as fact. The machinery of discourse is bricked. That’s why we can’t think together, talk together, or vote together.

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Access Denied - The Awl

Access Denied - The Awl: "To make this as crude and simple as possible, a generation of publications and channels that were built and configured around the maintenance of large and exclusive audiences now find themselves borrowing much less coherent audiences from platforms that mediate their every action. The first and most apparent effects resulting from this change were in their styles of coverage: their stories, videos, and beats changed to better suit the new places in which they’re consumed. These changes were apparent in viral news and curiosity gap headlines; in strange patterns of coverage and new styles of bizarre colloquial feed writing and video. It was a story told largely in terms of publications and their traffic.

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16 January, 2018

Breaking Bad Cast Interview – How Breaking Bad Became a Phenomenon

Breaking Bad Cast Interview – How Breaking Bad Became a Phenomenon: "On premiere night, we did all the planning in the world to launch the show. We scheduled the pilot for the night of the NFC championship game, which was typically the highest non-Superbowl event in sports. We thought the show would be male-skewing, so there’s forty to fifty million men who will be coming off this event, and this is what we would launch Breaking Bad into. Lo and behold, the Giants played the Packers, and the game went into overtime. Only one championship game in the history of the NFL had ever gone into overtime before, and this one did! So for the first fifteen minutes of the premiere, most of America was still watching the game. Looking back, there were countless moments like that where Breaking Bad shouldn’t have succeeded, but the material was strong enough to overcome it."



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15 January, 2018

Wikipedia:Chesterton's fence - Wikipedia

Wikipedia:Chesterton's fence - Wikipedia: "In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, "I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away." To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: "If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.""



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14 January, 2018

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari - The Atlantic

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari - The Atlantic: "Was Grace frozen, terrified, stuck? No. She tells us that she wanted something from Ansari and she was trying to figure out how to get it. She wanted affection, kindness, attention. Perhaps she hoped to maybe even become the famous man’s girlfriend. He wasn’t interested. What she felt afterward—rejected yet another time, by yet another man—was regret. And what she and the writer who told her story created was 3,000 words of revenge porn. The clinical detail in which the story is told is intended not to validate her account as much as it is to hurt and humiliate Ansari. Together, the two women may have destroyed Ansari’s career, which is now the punishment for every kind of male sexual misconduct, from the grotesque to the disappointing.

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13 January, 2018

I'm In Hawaii And Just Got The Scariest Alert Of My Life. Here's What I Did Next.

I'm In Hawaii And Just Got The Scariest Alert Of My Life. Here's What I Did Next.:



As I looked through a big window in the living room, I could see most of Honolulu below. On the edge of the city is the lush Diamond Head extinct volcanic crater. Beneath that lies rows and rows of homes that seem to melt together. The suburban boxes feel like they would just fall into the sea, if not for the skyscrapers that dot Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu and form a wall that stops them from flowing straight into the ocean.
It was the view I had looked at my whole life. But for a split second, I saw it all gone — just gray dust and rubble, like a photo I might have seen of a bombed-out city in World War II.
I saw the people I loved gone, as well as the city that had given me everything, opening its arms to me when I born at Kapiolani Hospital and shaping me into the person I am now.


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The President is Wrong to Accuse the FBI of Treason - Lawfare

The President is Wrong to Accuse the FBI of Treason - Lawfare: "The president seems to have determined that Agent Strzok and Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer to whom he sent the message, were plotting to overthrow him if he were elected. But as the Journal itself reported earlier, that is not the only interpretation of the message. Citing persons familiar with Strzok’s account of the events, the Journal reported that Strzok was responding to Page’s suggestion that the investigation into Russian interference with our election should proceed slowly to avoid compromising sources; Strzok urged that it move quickly because if Trump were elected “some of [his] associates could land administration jobs and it was important to know if they had colluded with Russia.” This interpretation, which is entirely plausible on its face, would reflect not treason but an admirable and entirely appropriate concern to protect our government from possible covert foreign influence. One would hope that the president would at least wait to hear from Strzok and Page before convicting them of a capital offense.

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s1ugg0 comments on Rumor has it he did this even with bone spurs

s1ugg0 comments on Rumor has it he did this even with bone spurs: ""Private Emmanuel Mensah selflessly ran into super heated neurotoxins without a breathing apparatus to save his neighbors. He selflessly venture into the immediately IDLH environment repeatedly to effect rescue."

Make absolutely no mistake. This man suffered to save these people. And he consciously made the choice more than once. To put it another context this is like him running repeatedly into enemy fire, getting shot each time, and still going back to help more people. And, personally, I'd rather be shot then breath in toxic smoke that is a few hundred degrees. In fire school they tell you if you run out of air you should try to keep your mask on and asphyxiate instead of breathing that smoke. Please think about that for a moment. It is literally preferable to be suffocated to death than to breath that smoke. That is what they teach us at the fire academy.

America as a whole is worse off without him. The world is worse off without him."



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11 January, 2018

The other evangelicals – The Immanent Frame

The other evangelicals – The Immanent Frame: "Across the country in Atlanta—in a decidedly different social and political environment—I encountered the same spirit of openness and intellectual humility across difference in multiple evangelical contexts. In a disadvantaged historically black neighborhood in Atlanta, for example, white evangelicals are getting an immersive crash course in intersectional inequality through “strategic relocation”—the intentional practice of moving into disadvantaged urban contexts in order to learn from and participate with residents in projects of social empowerment and transformation. Their experiences have transformed these white evangelicals’ understanding of racial and economic inequality, politics and social change, their faith, and themselves. Strategic relocation has also led them to abandon ineffective and paternalistic strategies of social engagement in favor of collaborative strategies built on reciprocal relationships across difference."



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Andy Savage’s Standing Ovation Was Heard Round the World. Because It Was Wrong. | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Andy Savage’s Standing Ovation Was Heard Round the World. Because It Was Wrong. | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer:

But the place to start is in calling it what it is when a youth pastor engages in sexual activity with a teenager in the youth group.
Others will debate whether it’s a crime, or whether someone can be restored to some form of leadership after abusing their authority. There’s certainly more to be said and done here.
But, before all that, we should be clear on one thing.
It’s not an incident. It’s abuse.


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(11) James Gunn - Posts

(11) James Gunn - Posts:

This constant line that EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD KNEW being pushed by the far right wing, fake news, conspiracy press, and Russian bots, is illogical. I am as plugged into Hollywood as anyone. I have refused to work with Harvey Weinstein, or the Weinstein brothers in general for the past twenty years, NOT because Harvey was a sexual predator, but because trusted friends told me they were horrible to work for. I like being around nice people, so I didn't want to work for them. I certainly didn't know Harvey was a serial sexual predator.
Certainly many of you have known someone in the past - maybe in your church or your neighborhood or your school - who was later discovered to have abused or harassed someone sexually. Did you know about it beforehand just because you were part of the same group? Probably not.


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10 January, 2018

The day I accidentally killed a little boy - BBC News

The day I accidentally killed a little boy - BBC News:

I heard that voice many times every day, and so although I enjoyed my studies and I loved living in California, there was always that voice holding me back. I had killed a child and I could never forget that.
I thought about Brian the day I got married. I thought about Brian the day my father died. I thought about Brian the day I defended my dissertation. I thought about Brian the day I started a new job. He lived with me.
I married in my early 30s. I told my husband that I'd had this accident but we never talked about it. He didn't ask and I didn't want to impose my pain on him - this was my issue to deal with and I didn't really feel I had the right to ask for comfort.


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HOLLY BUTCHER: 1990-2018 — SAMANTHA WILLS FOUNDATION

HOLLY BUTCHER: 1990-2018 — SAMANTHA WILLS FOUNDATION: "Let all that shit go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more. 

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(((≠))) on Twitter: "So a judge begins with the proposition that an executive order is lawfully entered; executive orders by definition lie entirely in the discr… https://t.co/sNpSNAUIzt"

(((≠))) on Twitter: "So a judge begins with the proposition that an executive order is lawfully entered; executive orders by definition lie entirely in the discr… https://t.co/sNpSNAUIzt": "The problem with our system of government right now is diffuse responsibility and a categorical unwillingness by the legitimately-enumerated-and-responsible actors to retake their power and responsibility."



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France's Deneuve denounces #Metoo campaign for 'puritanism'

France's Deneuve denounces #Metoo campaign for 'puritanism':



“This urge to send men to the slaughterhouse, instead of helping women be more autonomous, helps the enemies of sexual freedom,” the 100 women, including 74-year old Deneuve, one of France’s most famous screen stars, said in a column published by Le Monde daily.
The man’s right to “pester” a woman was an essential part of sexual freedom, they said, describing the campaign as “puritanism”.
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