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General Discussion / Re: Kingsman
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:27:03 PM »
Thought this was about an actual James Bond flick. Disappoint.

General Discussion / Re: Crazy Atheist Guy Kills Muslims
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:53:57 PM »
fuck around with Warren and get your dome all maaruk'd up

Spamalot / Re: NPCF
« on: February 12, 2015, 01:11:27 PM »
I found my original troll mspaint while snooping through old pictures on my external yesterday

Spamalot / Re: Movies that I've watched recently
« on: February 12, 2015, 12:27:07 PM »
Watched Oculus. It was alright. Had the some of the kind of shortfalls I'd've expected but fewer than it could have and did some cool stuff. Coulda done more cool stuff, but I guess it would've been easy to overdo it as well.

Spamalot / Re: NPCF
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:59:07 AM »
quite possibly

Spamalot / Re: NPCF
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:37:11 PM »
that is fairly impressive

General Discussion / Re: John Stewart leaves The Daily Show
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:22:45 PM »
That's fair.

General Discussion / Re: TZT Hoodies 2015 Edition
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:45:18 PM »
We ought to have a few more logo's done up, if your going to make it so we can order our own, it would be pretty sweet to have a few choices.

Spamalot / Re: Good van or...
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:02:05 PM »
Dr Phil with no dialogue, just reactions...

General Discussion / Re: John Stewart leaves The Daily Show
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:55:34 AM »
I like that he's able to be more hard-hitting and he dedicates more time to each major topic, I just don't think his writers or his comic delivery are very good. He doesn't make me laugh very often, compared to Stewart or especially Colbert.

I don't think his show's inferior, though--it's good in a different way. I do hope they can find a good replacement for Stewart, though.

General Discussion / Re: How FCC chair took control of Internet
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:41:02 AM »

Alex Freeman

February 7, 2015

Washington, D.C. – On February 26, the FCC will weigh in on Director Tom Wheeler’s proposal of new Net Neutrality regulations.  For years activists, journalists and writers across America have engaged in the fight to have these regulations put into place.  Unfortunately, this is rapidly becoming a situation of “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.”

The debate concerning Net Neutrality has raged for years.  The arguments center on how the FCC will regulate broadband and internet providers that supply internet access to businesses.  Under Title II regulations, the FCC could mandate that internet providers ensure equal access to data streams for all websites, without throttling or adjusting speed for those that can pay more.  Essentially, Netflix would not be able to pay more in order to receive faster upload and download speeds than The Fifth Column.

On the one hand, this is a good thing for small businesses across the country.  The cost of doing business will not be hindered by their access to internet speed capabilities.  However, the proposed new rules say nothing about what a broadband provider can charge a consumer for access to faster speeds.  Verizon and Comcast will still be able to charge unregulated amounts to consumers for their access.  Caps on usage and throttling will still be subject to market conditions, set entirely by those providers.

As the Electronic Frontier Foundations sees it:

    “Having chosen to define broadband as an “information service,” the FCC can impose regulations that “promote competition” (good) but it cannot stop providers from giving their friends special access to Internet users (bad).  Nonetheless, in May of last year the FCC was still trying to stick with its original decision and, as a result, proposed rules that would actually have undermined the open internet. Millions of internet users spoke out against those rules and called for reclassification.”

The EFF has spearheaded the effort to ensure this Title II rule change. With the FCC redefining internet providers as telecommunications servicers, rather than information servicers,  EFF  touisting this shift as a “cause for major celebration.”  Providing an information service, T-Mobile or XFinity could slow access to any website at will and for profit.  Even with this rule change, it is still the consumers who will be expected to pay the price, one way or the other.  Consumers will be paying either directly to the telecoms, or indirectly to both telecoms and their subscribed internet services, like Hulu or YouTube.

The official rule change has yet to take effect, and already Capitol Hill is contesting it.  Republicans have not only vowed to block any rule change, but have also initiated inquiries into Barack Obama’s undue influence on Wheeler, the director of the FCC, an independent government agency.  Telecoms have threatened legal challenges if the rule change is passed, potentially restricting implementation of any fairness rules in the court system for years to come.

Additionally, any Title II rule modification could also come with “good conduct” regulations.  These regulations could censor transmissions and communications originating from outside of the United States territories, or prohibit file sharing applications that may potentially breach copyright regulations prior to any due process establishment of copyright breaches.  Already, we have seen websites like Silk Road and Pirate Bay taken down, and their creators charged in criminal actions.  These high profile cases might be only the beginning of greater censorship and persecution under the proposed new Net Neutrality guidelines and could go much further to silencing web communications and traffic when paired with the highly controversial TPP/TPIP trade pacts.

Ultimately, any decision the FCC makes will benefit business through assessing costs to consumers.  Even in the best case scenario, which is at this point the change to increased regulation as Wheeler suggested in Wired, the major corporations will tie up implementation of those changes in the Courts, as they did last year.  In the end, the Net Neutrality debate will not be finished on February 26th.  An open internet will be open to some, but not others.  And Free Speech will cost you.

General Discussion / Re: John Stewart leaves The Daily Show
« on: February 10, 2015, 11:55:58 PM »
Yeah I really had no idea he went on TDS as early as 99--holy crap

Also, Colbert and Stewart in one year--damn. At least we still have Jon Oliver, I guess. Nowhere near as funny, but he makes up for it a bit with thoroughness.

Saying that Islam is the worst religion because of ISIS is a bit like saying that conservatism is the worst ideology because of the Nazis.

To be fair, fascism *is* the worst ideology because of the Nazis.


In the newest edition of news that could pass as the plot of soft-core Cinemax porn, two women dressed in skimpy police uniforms seduced and drugged two on-duty guards before breaking 26 convicts out of a prison last Thursday in Nova Mutum, a small city in the interior Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

According to local reports, the two women arrived early Thursday morning and began seducing two prison guards (because that's not suspicious at all) while offering them spiked whiskey.

Though the exact events of the night aren't entirely clear, the next morning officials found the bottles of spiked whiskey and provocative police-themed lingerie next to the hand-cuffed and passed-out guards. One of the women is believed to be the girlfriend of one of the escaped inmates.

"We assume that is what the women were wearing when they seduced the guards," Willian Fidelis, a spokesman for the Justice Secretariat of Mato Grosso, which oversees prisons, told CNN.

By Sunday, 11 of the escaped inmates had been recaptured and police are tracking down the rest of the convicts who took three 12-gauge shotguns, two handguns and several .38 caliber ammunition as they reportedly "left by the front door," police Chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira told a news conference, reports International Business Times.

The guards in question have been arrested for negligence, as has the director of the prison unit, who was on duty at the time but not directly involved in the sexy prison break.

Prison guard being woken up by a fireman. He was still doped.Source: Military Police/Reporter MT

"Nothing like this has ever happened," Fidelis told CNN. "Nova Mutum is a small city. People haven't talked about anything else since it happened. Especially since 15 prisoners are still out there."

Though, to be fair, has anything like this ever happened anywhere? Well, yeah: in porn.

Spamalot / Re: Murderpartment
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:50:46 AM »
It surprises me that something like that would even affect the demand for a cheap apartment. I mean I know there are people out there that that would matter to, but I would think it would be hugely outweighed by other people like ya'll who don't give a fuck and wanna save a buck. I know I wouldn't bat an eye at that deal.

You can go out today and get the worst job possible, McDonalds for minimum wage, and make enough to have an apartment, a shitty car, TV, internet, cellphone, food ect.

I don't disagree in general with the notion that people here are largely too cozy for revolution to be likely, but this^ is patently untrue.

Introduction to the Living Wage Calculator

In many American communities, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the local cost of living. Recently, in a number of high-cost communities, community organizers and citizens have successfully argued that the prevailing wage offered by the public sector and key businesses should reflect a wage rate required to meet minimum standards of living. Therefore we have developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.
Update (3-24-14)

While the minimum wage sets an earnings threshold under which our society is not willing to let families slip, it fails to approximate the basic expenses of families in 2013. Consequently, many working adults must seek public assistance and/or hold multiple jobs in order to afford to feed, cloth, house, and provide medical care for themselves and their families.

Establishing a living wage, an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs, would enable the working poor to achieve financial independence while maintaining housing and food security. When coupled with lowered expenses, for childcare and housing in particular, the living wage might also free up resources for savings, investment, and/or for the purchase of capital assets (e.g. provisions for retirement or home purchases) that build wealth and ensure long-term financial security.

An analysis of the living wage using updated data from 2013 and compiling geographically specific expenditure data for food, childcare, health care, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities, finds that:

The minimum wage does not provide a living wage for most American families. A typical family of four (two working adults, two children) needs to work more than 3 full-time minimum-wage jobs (a 68-hour work week per working adult) to earn a living wage. Across all family sizes, the living wage exceeds the poverty threshold, often used to identify need. This means that families earning between the poverty threshold ($23,283 for two working adults, two children) and the median living wage ($51,224 for two working adults, two children per year before taxes), may fall short of the income and assistance they require to meet their basic needs.

The cost of housing and childcare for families with children exceeds all other expenses. In the United State, a typical family of four (two working adults, two children) spends 21% of their after-tax income on childcare and another 21% on housing. Faced with tradeoffs, a second working adult must earn at least $11,195 on average in order to cover the costs of childcare and other increased expenses when they enter the workforce. Single-parent families need to work almost twice as hard as families with two working adults to earn the living wage. A single-mother with two children earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour needs to work 125 hours per week, more hours than there are in a 5-day week, to earn a living wage.

The living wage varies based on the cost of living and taxes where families live. Families of four (with two working adults, two children) in the North ($56,179) and West ($53,505) have higher median living wages before taxes than the South ($49,167), and Midwest ($48,496). Within region, the largest variation is between Southern states, where the living wage ranges from $45,655 in South Carolina to $69,820 in the District of Columbia.

In most metropolitan areas, where the US economy and jobs are increasingly concentrated, the living wage is higher than the national median. Consistent with overall regional variation, of the most populous 100 metropolitan areas, Honolulu ($66,554), New York ($67,323), and Washington DC ($69,709) have the highest living wages for the typical family of four.

Please note that the data on the remainder of this website reflects values through 2010. Updated calculations for states, metropolitan areas, and counties will be available shortly. In the meantime, please contact for more information.

General Discussion / Re: hey
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:05:35 PM »
don't stop coming around because you think you're too weird for TZT m8--I don't think I have to tell you how silly that is

Spamalot / Re: Did everyone call Saul last night?
« on: February 09, 2015, 01:22:37 PM »
I still haven't finished BB. I guess I should--I just lost steam around the end of season 2

I like Bob Odenkirk, though. His sketch comedy show Birthday Boys falls flat sometimes but some of it is great.

General Discussion / Re: TZT Hoodies 2015 Edition
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:17:55 PM »

General Discussion / Re: brian williams down -- will he get coined?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:55:58 PM »
Quote from: grandapal

in other news, msnbc had the worst ratings in a decade


not that that's not cool but I can't help but feel like it's not as if the same people thay made network news bullshit aren't going to eventually co-opt social media, the blogosphere or w/e they ascertain most people develop their opinions from

Is that really the point you think is being made?

Spamalot / Re: For AD
« on: February 07, 2015, 01:50:38 PM »
Thoroughly enjoying.

Is the first half not good or something though?

General Discussion / Re: Arrested for Resisting Arrest
« on: February 07, 2015, 01:02:25 PM »

On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton urged state legislators to consider increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. The change, he argued, would help New Yorkers "get around this idea that you can resist arrest. You can't." It would also give cops an easy way to turn victims of their own worst impulses into the worst class of criminal.

In theory, a resisting arrest charge allows the state to further punish suspects who endanger the safety of police officers as they're being apprehended; in practice, it gives tautological justification to cops who enjoy roughing people up. Why did you use force against that suspect, officer? Because she was resisting arrest. How do I know you're telling the truth? Because I charged her with it, sir.

Consider a few recent would-be felons:

    Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel to NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, who was charged with resisting arrest for waiting for her family outside the Times Square Ruby Tuesday's.
    Jahmil-El Cuffee, who was charged with resisting arrest after he found himself on the receiving end of a head-stomp from a barbarous cop because he was allegedly rolling a joint. ("Stop resisting!" cops screamed at him as he lay helpless, pinned under a pile of officers.)
    Denise Stewart, who was charged with resisting arrest after a gang of New York's Finest threw her half-naked from her own apartment into the lobby of her building. (They had the wrong apartment, it turned out.)
    Santiago Hernandez, who was charged with resisting arrest after a group of cops beat the shit out of him following a stop-and-frisk. "One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back...They were taking turns on me like a gang," Hernandez told reporters.
    Eric Garner, who no doubt would have been charged with resisting had the chokehold from Daniel Pantaleo not ended his life first.

Cops using resistance as an excuse for their own abuse isn't some wild conspiracy theory. Sam Walker, a law-enforcement expert and retired University of Nebraska-Omaha criminal justice professor, told WNYC in December:

    "There's a widespread pattern in American policing where resisting arrest charges are used to sort of cover – and that phrase is used – the officer's use of force," said Walker, the accountability expert from the University of Nebraska. "Why did the officer use force? Well, the person was resisting arrest."

Fortunately, city district attorneys know the drill, and often have the good sense to dismiss resisting charges when perps are brought up in court. But Bratton would like to see that provision thrown out as well. "The vast majority [of charges] might end up being dismissed," he said at the joint hearing of state senate committees Wednesday. "We're asking district attorneys to treat them more seriously than they have been treated in the past."

Anticipating criticism, Bratton told the assembled lawmakers that he already had a plan to curb abuse: the department would use its CompStat arrest-tracking system to monitor officers who make lots of resisting charges that are eventually dropped, leaving oversight of the NYPD to the NYPD itself.

Spamalot / Re: For AD
« on: February 07, 2015, 12:49:32 PM »
Will play it on my way to work if it loads on my phone

General Discussion / Re: Taking that tough love a bit far
« on: February 07, 2015, 12:46:04 PM »
The boy was lured into a car, taken to a basement and told he could be sold into "sex slavery", police said...

The man told the boy he would never "see his mommy again" and would be "nailed to the wall of a shed"...

"Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong," a statement from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.


at least it wasn't in Florida


Anarchists vs. ISIS: The Revolution in Syria Nobody’s Talking About
by Gareth Watkins   February 6, 2015 0

Photos: Erin Trieb

The Middle East today is the last place anyone in the west would think to look for progressive political thought, and even less to see those thoughts translated into action. Our image of the region is one of dictatorships, military juntas and theocracies built on the ruins of the former Ottoman Empire, or hollow states like Afghanistan, and increasingly Pakistan, where anything outside the capitol is like Mad Max. The idea of part of the region being not just free, but well on its way to utopian, isn't one that you're going to find in the mainstream media.

But you're not on the mainstream media right now, are you?

Along Syria's borders with Turkey and Northern Iraq, lies a mainly Kurdish area with a population of 4.6 million where a huge social experiment is taking place at the centre of a crossfire between Syria's dictatorship, ISIS's collective insanity and Turkey's ongoing hostility towards the idea of Kurdish autonomy, with the US and NATO looming large in the background. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish National Council (KNC) established in the region of Rojava a society that mixes fierce libertarianism (guns are everywhere and there are no taxes – none) and Occupy-friendly anarchist thought with a healthy dose of feminism. While most Kurdish groups, especially those the US is friendly with, would some day like to establish a Kurdish state, in Rojava they have leap-frogged over the idea of the nation state into a more advanced system that they call Democratic Confederalism.

In the cantons of Rojava, there is a small central government with an absolute minimum of 40% female delegates, but most of the day-to-day work of running society happens at a local level, street by street and village by village. Democratic Confederalism's chief architect, Abdullah Ocalan, says that “Ecology and feminism are central pillars” of the system he has spearheaded, something that you would have to go very far to the margins to hear from Western politicians. In Rojava, men who beat their wives face total ostracism from the community, making their lives in a highly social, connected society virtually impossible. Instead of a police force and jails, 'peace committees' in each municipality work to defuse the cycles of inter-family revenge killings by consensual agreements between both sides – and it works.

The only part of Rojava's experiment that has received any international attention has been the YPJ, the female-only paramilitary forces that have been fighting, and winning, against ISIS and the Syrian Army. NBC, the Guardian and even Marie Claire have all covered the YPJ's bravery without even paying lip service to the ideology that makes it possible.

It was the YPJ, along with their male counterparts the YPG, that rescued the thousands of Yazidis stranded and encircled by ISIS on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. The Yazidi community had the misfortune to be based almost entirely inside the area that ISIS has claimed – and they have been a hated minority in the Islamic world for a thousand years, accused of 'devil worship'. While the US dropped supplies from above, the Syrian fighting groups broke ISIS's lines and saved tens of thousands of lives. They also successfully defended the city of Kobani when ISIS launched an all-out assault on the city of forty-five thousand with tanks, missiles and even drones. Despite heavy losses, the city remains ISIS-free, though its surrounding villages are still contested.

The YPJ/G and the the Democratic Society Movement that they fight for aren't perfect: they have been accused of using child soldiers (girls as young as twelve serve as cooks and cleaners for the YPJ and undergo some basic combat training, though they aren't deployed in combat) and they are forever tainted by their association with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), led by Abdullah Ocalan and classified as a terrorist organization by most nations. The formerly Marxist-Leninist party also has some murky connections to the drug trade and Turkish intelligence.

Despite all the obstacles facing them, the people of Rojava are, right now, the only large-scale movement on the entire planet implementing a real, working alternative to the state and capitalism. Like the Spanish anarchist federations and the Mexican Zapatistas before them, the people of Rojava have chosen to do the impossible: to create a new society while fighting as one of the smallest forces in a regional war, a tight-rope walk through a dodge-ball court. Only time will tell if they can pull it off.

Spamalot / Re: Movies that I've watched recently
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:08:36 PM »
enjoyed Whiplash

Spamalot / Re: Jennifer Love Hewitt bares it all
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:09:10 PM »
Thanks, Egg.


General Discussion / Pentagon report suspects Putin has Aspergers Syndrome
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:45:31 AM »

WASHINGTON — A study from a Pentagon think tank theorizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," according to the 2008 report obtained by USA TODAY.

Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," wrote Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Studies of his movement, Connors wrote, reveal "that the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality."

The 2008 study was one of many by Connors and her colleagues, who are contractors for the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), an internal Pentagon think tank that helps devise long-term military strategy. The 2008 report and a 2011 study were provided to USA TODAY as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Researchers can't prove their theory about Putin and Asperger's, the report said, because they were not able to perform a brain scan on the Russian president. The report cites work by autism specialists as backing their findings. It is not known whether the research has been acted on by Pentagon or administration officials.

The 2008 report cites Dr. Stephen Porges, who is now a University of North Carolina psychiatry professor, as concluding that "Putin carries a form of autism." However, Porges said Wednesday he had never seen the finished report and "would back off saying he has Asperger's."

Instead, Porges said, his analysis was that U.S. officials needed to find quieter settings in which to deal with Putin, whose behavior and facial expressions reveal someone who is defensive in large social settings. Although these features are observed in Asperger's, they are also observed in individuals who have difficulties staying calm in social settings and have low thresholds to be reactive. "If you need to do things with him, you don't want to be in a big state affair but more of one-on-one situation someplace somewhere quiet," he said.

Putin's actions have been under particular scrutiny since early 2014, when Russian annexed Crimea from neighboring Ukraine. Since then, Russia has backed Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine while the United States and European allies have started a series of economic sanctions that have weakened the Russian economy.

USA TODAY reported in March 2014 about the Office of Net Assessment's support for the research, but the Pentagon did not release the details of its studies. At the time, Pentagon officials said the research did not reach Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel or his predecessors. That is still true, said Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The Office of Net Assessment provides long-range plans for the Pentagon and helps shape future strategy. It has been particularly active in developing the military's "pivot to Asia," which has emphasized strategies to deal with China.

Connors' team has done several studies on Putin for ONA beyond those from 2008 and 2011, Henderson said.

Connors' program is called Body Leads. Military contract records show the Pentagon has paid at least $365,000 on outside experts to work with her since 2009. The two reports mention other work she and associates have done since Putin's rise to power, including a 2005 study called "An Act of Trust to Move Ahead" and studies in 2004-05 and 2008 by movement pattern analysis pioneer Warren Lamb.

The Slackers Propaganda

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