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1  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: April 15, 2014, 11:03 am
Is there a reason why the "0" is at the top of the y-axis instead of the bottom? It really threw me off. Someone created a flipped version that I think is easier to read:

Switching gears:


2  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Twitter on: April 14, 2014, 10:44 am


Turns out AA couldn't have had her IP address or her "details" (only law enforcement can get that info) and Ibrahim Sarah learned nothing from this.


    Why would I blow up one of your planes, I have my own jet @AmericanAir

    — Sarah (@QueenDemetriax_) April 13, 2014

    Wow bc of this I gained 1k followers

    — Sarah (@QueenDemetriax_) April 13, 2014

    Okay today was the highlight of my twitter days

    — Sarah (@QueenDemetriax_) April 13, 2014

Her account has been suspended however.
3  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: April 07, 2014, 01:01 pm

A fairly long article about what was supposed to be a filmed indie "game jam" that turned into a nightmare mainly due to some douchebag from Pepsi named Matti Leshem. ("This is the story of the most expensive, most highly-produced game jam in the history of the video game industry, and how it was dismantled by a single man.")

The whole thing is worth reading, but here are some choice quotes:

And everyone “got it.” It was a reality-kinda-sorta-thing. Sponsors would be there. Mountain Dew would be there. Dramatic tension was likely unavoidable on some level, and the prizes would be dumb. If anything it was just poor planning, and maybe some questionable brand integration. But no one, not a single person there, expected Matti to push the stuff so unnaturally, barring any drink that wasn’t water or Dew from being consumed while the cameras were rolling. Even the development manna that is coffee was barred from set, and if anyone wanted some, they had to leave their workstations and get it over by where I was sitting – an unlit chunk of Rodeo-side work space normally occupied by someone named Brad. Then came the demands.

Davey was forced to take off his nail polish because he couldn’t hold the can with it on. Zoe had to take off the buttons she usually wears on her jacket, but shouted down a PA who tried to make her cover her tattoos. The Arcane Kids were screamed at for not holding bottles right, while the entire group was lectured on how to properly smile like you’re enjoying the product – a product that everyone was enjoying less and less. The slow train wreck of faces flipping into scowls marked only the beginning of what would soon turn into an utter shitshow.

Challenge two rolled around – an arts-and-crafts-style affair that would be judged by Joe, Kellee and Nidhogg creative director Mark Essen, and the toll began to sink in. The devs were tired. Their energy was quickly waning, and their ability to code well was being jeopardized by the excessive pageantry. There was will left to go on, but it was fading fast… then, once again, Matti.

“Two of the other teams have women on them. Do you think they’re at a disadvantage?”

Silence. It was like the wind was sucked out of the room behind the barrier, but the floor was so loud, only the two all-male teams heard the question. Mark answered diplomatically that the teams actually had a huge advantage by having more viewpoints, though everyone was strong regardless because of their skill. Matti cut him off, pulled back the camera, and coughed, “Stop filming. We’re not getting a story here.”

I cannot begin to impress upon you the psychological effect this line had on everyone. The idea that these professionals, who stake their livelihoods on code and design, might be reduced to “pretty faces” and antiquated gender stereotypes, an idea perpetuated by the guy who was ostensibly in charge, was like hitting the biggest nerve in the history of nerves with a pneumatic drill. Adriel built shit that flies around in space. It’s probably flying around in space right now.

Here are some posts on this fiasco written by other people involved:

Zoe Quinn:

Adriel Wallick:
(same article, but her site isn't easy on the eyes)

Robin Arnott:
4  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: March 30, 2014, 12:29 pm



Found on this Reddit thread, which includes people sharing stories of similar stuff happening elsewhere because everything is horrible.
5  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: March 28, 2014, 12:29 pm
Why was that picture made to look like it was posted recently in the NY Times?

Moving on, I tried to look up more info on this guy and stumbled across these anime fansites, which consisted almost entirely of  pictures of anime girls in bikinis:


At first I thought it was someone else with the same name, but nope, totally the same guy.


Back in the day, I was a pretty high profile political blogger. I was in the Technorati Top 100 for quite a long time, for example. I used to get linked to by other high profile political blogs. I got a lot of attention. A lot of people liked the stuff I wrote. A lot of people despised it.


After a couple of months of cooling off, with some of the bruises healing, I thought that I wanted to start blogging again. But I didn't want to go back into that same lion's den again, and face all that horseshit. The solution?

Blog about something totally inconsequential, something so trivial and unimportant that the self-important people who Had A Mission would never pay attention to me. Write about something fun, something I enjoyed, and something that made no difference at all. In so doing, I would attract people with similar interests, I hoped, but chase away all those who suffered from excessive earnestness.

Anime! The perfect choice!

This is surreal.


"Before Den Beste, it was extremely difficult to find well written and thought out pieces anywhere on the web."


This is amazing. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this.
6  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: March 10, 2014, 04:08 pm
Meanwhile, at an Orlando gun show:

7  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Random pictures on: March 08, 2014, 12:38 pm
8  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Random pictures on: March 01, 2014, 12:53 pm
9  Forum / Linkies / Re: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here, It's Fermun's Depressing News Links on: March 01, 2014, 12:37 pm
A section from the police report on the Sandy Hook school shooting:


I'm linking that because you will never be able to unread it. Holy shit.

Switching gears: http://www.wlwt.com/news/mom-friends-fatally-injected-man-with-heroin-took-photos-after-death/24742724
10  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Random pictures on: February 16, 2014, 12:24 pm

11  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fuck the Police on: February 12, 2014, 12:47 pm

A Brooklyn cop kicked a 10-year-old boy in the shin, breaking his leg, as the child was recording him with his cell phone, according to court papers.

Cops were responding to Krystle Silvera’s Flatbush home looking for her ex-boyfriend in connection to violating an order of protection, according to Silvera’s lawsuit, which also contains disturbing allegations that she was sexually abused by a cop.

 The visit soon spiraled out of control shortly after cops began pounding on the front door at 7 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2013, according to the complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Silvera’s 61-year-old mother, who is suffering from brain and lung cancer, answered the door but had difficulty understanding the cops’ reason for being there, the suit said.

The curious child went to see what was going on, grabbed his mother’s cell phone and began recording the commotion.

“The police had come to our house before (due to the domestic violence complaint) and he’s fascinated by the police, he looks up to them,” Silvera, 30, a nursing student at Long Island University, told the Daily News.

But the cop apparently didn’t like being recorded and began assaulting the child, the suit said.

 “I heard my son screaming, ‘You can’t do that! You’re hurting me! Don’t hit me!’ ” she said.

The mother had been upstairs getting her 5-year-old daughter ready for school. She bolted downstairs into the fray, dressed in her underclothes, and was grabbed by a cop who pulled her outside in the freezing cold, the suit alleges.

While Silvera was being restrained, her breast popped out of her bra revealing a pierced nipple, according to the suit.

“The officer flicked the piercing, he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast,” she said. “He said, ‘Is this what mothers look like these days?’

But Courtney’s dream of becoming a detective someday hasn’t been shattered.

 “I told my mom being a detective would be cool,” the youngster said.

“I want to be a better detective than the one who did this.”
12  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: nerds fucking suck on: February 11, 2014, 11:56 am
The guy who made that popular/frustrating mobile game "Flappy Bird" recently had it removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play. Turns out that getting a lot of attention, money, and hate mail out of the blue isn't all that great (especially when you live in an authoritarian country).

Anyway, the real lesson is that "casual" gamers are just as insufferable as "real" gamers.

13  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: 2 Brony 2 Farriers on: January 24, 2014, 01:53 pm


From the majestic and filthy mind of Yours Truly, Tasha Reign, comes my most passionate fantasy – "Tasha's Pony Tales.” Once upon a time, four scrumptious blondes deliberately drink [sic] a potion transporting them far, far, away to Magic Pony Cloud Land! Anointed anal-plug pony princesses, they hold court in a beautiful land full of hard, throbbing cocks to suck, f*ck, and ultimately conquer. From hot butt-plug sex action, to four-girl orgies, boy/boy/girl threesomes, and multiple hardcore boy/girl scenes, the pony princesses’ tight holes will transport you to an erotic world you’ll never want to come back from. Are you ready to take this fantastical journey?
14  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: January 23, 2014, 01:42 pm
Thug is a racially charged word, and pretending that Pargin doesn't already know that is insulting to both his intelligence and the vast amount of time he has spent reading Free Republic.

Yeah, literally the first thing I thought of when I saw Wong's posts was this comment from a few years ago:


Quote from: Wong
Yet, be it on Youtube, or Digg, or Reddit, 99% of the comments are congratulating the innocent old man for putting the "thug" in his place.

And if you don't think "thug" is code for "nigger", then you were born five minutes ago. There is no single place on earth more racist than internet geek hangouts.

See also:


I think even if Trayvon just gave him a shove or a punch in the nose, I think Zimmerman would perceive that as a lethal threat in the same way he wouldn't have if the assailant had looked like Jonah Hill, or me. Not because, "I hate niggers and want to kill as many of them as possible" but because a million cultural influences have trained him to think of young black males as animalistic and ready to murder at a moment's notice. You know, just like the rap song boasts insisting that very thing is true.  You can look at a harmless kid and see a thug. Really see it - not lie and say you saw it, to justify a murder, but really in that moment think, "This is a person who will kill me for stepping on his sneakers. After all, that's what the movies, songs and nightly news have told me all my life."

But you could hook that same person up to a lie detector and ask him if he hates black people and he'd say no, that's ridiculous and the needle would remain still. He'd say he doesn't hate black people, that he just hates "thugs." That he is far more likely to see a person with black skin as a "thug" doesn't really cross his mind.


It was actually really close to the election last year before I heard this angle,  you know for most of the campaign the meme was "elitist." He was a private-school educated, snooty Harvard ivory tower type, with his Starbucks and arugula and probably a hybrid in his garage.

Then around August or September before the election I heard Rush Limbaugh start referring to Obama as a "street thug" and from then on it seemed like the turned the narrative more to "Obama's ACORN black panther army wants to take down the whites!"

It's interesting because it seems like the first accusation was easier to make stick (and worked against Kerry) but maybe their polling showed otherwise. I mean it's not like they had a domestic dispute from Michelle or some photo of him roughing up a guy that they could use to cement that thug image in people's mind. All they had was his skin color.


I personally don't think any reasonable person can say that "thug" or "welfare thug" isn't racially charged language in America. To look at a mixed-race president, educated at Columbia and Harvard, and call him a "welfare thug", you're speaking from a set of attitudes that in the English language we define as "racism."

Can anyone disagree with that? I'd be eager to hear your arguments.

say what you want about donal (he's terrible) but man he's really come a long way if he was willing to do that

Off topic, but someone here (I think it might've been you, actually) mentioned elsewhere that Donal, Wong, and some other mod were huge right-wing pricks back on Jay Pinkerton's old forum. Could someone shed some more light on this?

Moving on:


Last week, a Swedish judge ruled that a man who proceeded to have sexual intercourse with a woman who was screaming “NO” so loudly that she went hoarse was not guilty of rape. People were understandably upset. And so, today, the judge wrote an op-ed clarifying that what he MEANT was that rape really depends on whether or not the rapist feels like they’re raping someone. Much better!

The case that’s causing forehead slaps across Sweden involves a 27-year-old woman who met a man at a restaurant and invited him back to her home accompanied him back to his home. After some consensual kissing, the man attempted to push for other sex acts, which the woman declined. The man proceeded to have sex with her, anyway, as she screamed “NO” loudly enough for the neighbors to hear. Which, you know, is rape. Pretty obviously rape.

Not in the opinion of Lund district court judge Ralf G. Larsson, who listened sympathetically to the rapist’s claim that he didn’t think the woman actually meant that “NO” (which she was yelling); rather, she meant YES, which is a common synonym for NO. The woman countered that she most certainly did not mean YES, as she was screaming NO, but the judge ruled that because the rapist doesn’t know what NO means and thought that his victim was kind of into it, that thing he was doing to her as she was yelling NO, no rape was committed.
15  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: January 07, 2014, 01:20 pm


My nomination is Patrick Sharkey's look at neighborhood poverty levels for blacks and whites. This is from his deeply troubling book, Stuck In Place. There is some sense — and the president has affirmed this — that racism is no longer a real threat to mobility, that it is now class. This is wrong. And Sharkey's chart is just one reason why. Basically it shows that huge swaths of black people live in neighborhoods with poverty levels that virtually no whites ever experience. And this finding has been consistent across post-Civil Rights history.

If you look at the chart, in the first generation, 62 percent of black people but only 4 percent of white people lived in neighborhoods where 20 percent or more of the people were poor. The numbers aren't much different in the second generation. And in both generations, only a third of black people live in neighborhoods with under 30 percent neighborhood poverty. Only 1 percent of all white Americans lived that way.

The chart basically mirrors something that most black people know intuitively. I was not raised poor. I had two parents. I never worried about food, clothing or shelter. The same could not be said of most of my friends. I was directly exposed to levels of violence that most white people of the same income as my parents rarely experience. I made out okay. A lot of black people did not.

So this idea that we can just change the subject and pretend that middle-class blacks and whites are, somehow, the same is erroneous. They aren't. Black people — regardless of class — live around way more poverty than even poor white people. Incidentally, this is also the reason one should be very skeptical when people say things like "controlling for income" or "controlling for class." For black people, class is racism. We should not be shocked by this. We've had some 350 years worth of policy with that exact goal. America is working as intended.
16  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: December 18, 2013, 12:20 pm
so, a population density map

If that were the case, NJ would be pure red (yaaaay we're not completely terrible)

17  Forum / Linkies / Re: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here, It's Fermun's Depressing News Links on: December 05, 2013, 12:48 pm
A woman unknowingly live-tweets her husband's fatal car accident:

18  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Actual Horrible People (Fox News) on: November 21, 2013, 12:57 pm

That guy is a huge piece of shit, but I feel like this part of the story deserves more than just a passing mention:

Hawaii, on the other hand, is garnering a reputation for a less-than-compassionate approach to its homeless population, and it’s not just because of Brower. It’s got the  highest rate of homelessness in the country, but rather than build more shelters or offer more services for the poor, lawmakers  approved $100,000 over the next two years to offer one-way flights off the islands to any of the state’s estimated 17,000 homeless persons.


There are just a few eligibility restrictions. In order to get a free one-way ticket, a person must be participating in the program for the first time and swear he or she is doing so voluntarily. The problem is that in many cities that have implemented similar programs, like New York, San Francisco, and Baton Rouge, “voluntary” doesn’t always mean voluntary, particularly when a city’s police department gets involved. When a homeless person has a run-in with the law, they are often presented with a choice: go to jail or “volunteer” for a one-way ticket. In addition, there is little verification that the person using the one-way ticket will have any better opportunity at their destination, because at that point Hawaii has shed its responsibility for providing care and services.

the "publisher"'s response is also pretty heinous:

There aren't enough middle fingers in the world to express how I feel.
19  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: FuckYou.gif on: November 18, 2013, 12:02 pm
How to Flip the Bird.

"1. Simply extend the middle finger."

"2. Give it some emotion!"

"3. Give it more ZAZZ. Make it yours!"

20  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Well, Fuck This Day I Guess on: November 10, 2013, 12:22 pm
You are fucking awesome for helping a dog in need. Good on you for doing what you did, TDF. The world needs more people like you, and less of these shitty situations.

Agreed. I can't imagine being in a situation that horrifying, but if I ever get involved with a predicament like that, I hope that I can handle it half as well as you. You did good.

this complete stanger telling me all about her awful father and how he used to train fighting dogs, and how he set his big-ass Mastiff on her dog while she was out, and how he'd just got out of prison,

Any idea why he was in prison? Was it related to dog fighting?

and that him and his partner look after her dog and kids while she works all day,

That is fucking terrifying.
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