DC made a mistake giving their movie rights to Warner Bros. Pictures (they’re going to wreck it, I’m sure).
But Marvel really needs to work on getting their own house in order.
In an interview on the Pointless Podcast, Guardians director James Gunn explained why certain aliens, like the Badoon, could appear in Marvel movies, while others will not. It’s not that Marvel Studios, producer Kevin Feige, and Gunn didn’t want to include the Badoon in the new film, but it boils down to the film rights. In other words, Marvel doesn’t own them. Gunn explained, “Marvel only partially owns Skrulls, and also for the record, we don’t own the Badoon either. So people were asking why we have the Sakaarans in the film, we don’t own the Badoon.”
The new Fantastic Four movie reboot cast doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before. They’re much younger and the Human Torch is black.
Considering Fox owns the film rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, Columbia owns Spider-Man, and Marvel still has the Avengers and their attached heroes, maybe we can chalk up the different studies as different universes in the Marvel multi-verse and the Fantastic Four and X-Men stories have been so bizarre because they’re one Marvel comics has never encountered.
The religious right doesn’t voice it well because they’re coming from a place of ignorance on the details, but they do have one point right.
Promiscuity can most definitely lead to problems with the formulation of happy, healthy, steady, long-term relationships.
It’s going to get more difficult as men in society realize they can get what they want most at a young age (physical relationships) without having the type of personality which most women would find desirable in the long-term.
That’s why the assholes tend to get the girls and it seems like nice guys finish last.
Both men and women are complicit in this where young women tend to be more attracted to guys who are confident in themselves and put a front of being good guys who want to treat a woman well; in fact, they’re just trying to get into the woman’s pants. Those guys know what they’re doing.
The nice guys are far too open and willing to please, making themselves too approachable and, as a result, a turn-off. Why would a woman want someone who falls in love so easily? Can someone like that be trusted?
Then again, can a guy who just wants to wet his wick be trusted, either?
So when a young woman says it’s so difficult to find a good guy, you might start to realize that the religious conservatives may have a point. They just don’t come from a place of wisdom and parrot the good point from previous generations of religious and moral philosophers.
Of course, I’m not an advocate of celibacy. Promiscuity forever, if you ask me. However, if we’re going to live like this and society is going to be a more promiscuous society, we need to rethink “relationships” and stop depending on two people to maintain a home.
1) Park your car correctly in your parking lane with a decent amount of space on each side. This isn’t simply a rule, it’s common FUCKING courtesy - even in an empty parking lot, you jerk.
2) 15 items or less, motha fucka. Did you fail remedial math? Do you even know what remedial means, dumbass?
3) Pick a grocery store lane. Do not park your stinking cart on one side and then park your lazy fat ass on the other side so you take up the entire god damn store.
4) Don’t walk slow down a lane like you’re contemplating the meaning of the universe. This isn’t your personal toilet at home where you can smell your stink while reading a magazine. Get the hell out of the way, old lady, or you’re going to find out you’ve fallen and made sure you can’t get up.
5) Don’t honk your horn in the middle of a grocery isle and chit chat with someone you haven’t seen for the last 10 minutes. Nobody cares and you literally just stopped right in front of me. Do you want me to butt into the conversation you’re having right in my way? You won’t like what I have to say, you dick.
6) Magazine is not a lending library, you cheap piece of crap. And stop getting your Cheetos covered fingers on all those birthday cards, those aren’t yours. I know you went to the grocery store without your wallet or money, cheapskate.
7) Have your money, check, credit or debit card ready at the cashier. Nobody wants to wait 3 hours after your 300 coupons are scanned for you to check your penmanship on your stinking check. Do NOT dot your stinking I’s.
I watched a Young Turks video about an amateur adult model who arguably doesn’t have what it takes to make it big and the person wondered why anyone would put themselves out there like that when all they’re doing is limiting their future outside of porn and not making much money in the mean time.
Yeah, being an amateur adult model doesn’t make you much money but it’s very likely that model is also working at a local strip club on top of that. The adult modeling gig is probably getting them more customers at the club more than anything (on top of the additional revenue from modeling).
Even those adult performers who “make it big” still work at strip clubs occasionally to both please their fans and for extra money.
Wife: “You know I have to go to bed by a certain time, else I turn into a frog.”
Me: “No you won’t.”
Wife: “Yes. I will! See? I can barely walk. Now I’ve got a frog leg.”
Me: “Well stop walking, you’ll break your frog leg!”
Wife: “Kitty’s trying to eat my frog leg! She’s trying to get rid of me so she can have you all to herself.”
Me: “That’s stupid. The kitty won’t get to have me all to herself. She knows better than that.”
Wife: “She’s a kitty, she don’t know nothin’.”
Me: “Sure she does. She’s my kitty. She’s special.”
Wife: “She’s going to eat me. She’s always been jealous of us. You see how she reacts whenever we cuddle.”
Me: “Well sucks for her, ‘cuz you’re my 1st choice for wife. If something happens to you, I’d have to go with my 2nd choice and that’s Kat Dennings. Kitty’s not even on that list, because I’m not a sick pervert.”
Wife: “Yes you are, even if she’s not on that list. Besides, she’s a kitty, she doesn’t know that.”
Me: “Kitty, stop trying to eat my wife’s frog legs.”
…the conservative view can be expressed with a line from Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: ’The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.’
In other words, only the “colorblind” are capable of stopping racism. What’s more, the inverse is also true: if you’re not colorblind, then you are incapable of stopping racism.
Because Obama acknowledges race as a force in American life—and because he even suggests that there are racists among us—he becomes the “real racist,” a construction designed to give conservatives moral high ground, while allowing them to insult Obama.”
The meta-data explanation has now been unmasked as a mega-lie, according to the latest revelations from exiled National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
When Snowden first disclosed the extent of America’s national security state spying on the electronic lives of Americans, the Obama administration led by the president himself said the government was not looking at the details of one’s electronic communications, web searches and sites visited. Instead, it was looking at so-called “ meta-data,” which was akin to a phone bill listing calls but not listening in. On Wednesday, the White House declassified documentsremaking that same argument.
But Wednesday’s disclosure by Snowden, reported by the U.K. Guardian, exposes that spin as a security state lie. The NSA has a computer program, called XKeyscore, that is its “widest-reaching” system for conducting digital dragnets. Screenshot presentations describing its capacities boast that it can trace “nearly everything a typical user does on the Internet,” including the content of emails, attachments, online seaches, websites visited, chats, phone numbers and user data. The 32-page slideshow uses examples of tracking overseas targets, but the software can be used domestically as well.
Here are three breathtaking revelations about Snowden’s XKeyscore disclosure:
1. Internet privacy is dead. Snowden famously said, “I, sitting at my desk, could wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email” address. XKeyscore explains how this can be done. Obviously, the government cannot collect billions of electronic messages and transactions with no smart way to sift through them, including examining them at the most detailed level. XKeyscore is the sifting and storage system for doing so. But technical capacities aside, the bottom line is online privacy is completely dead. The government now can collect dossiers on anyone down to the most intimate details of their lives. In contrast, Wednesday’s White House release only concerned the NSA’s narrower telephone dragnet.
2. The security state has trumped the Constitution. Snowden’s latest revelation begins by saying that any government contractor working for spy agencies can access and use this system. They don’t need a search warrant. There is no judicial process to push back. And Congress has enabled that shadow government to grow without checks and balances, which directly conflicts with the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment banning illegal searches and seizures. The Bill of Rights enshrined the quartet of police search warrants, protection against self-incrimination, trial by jury and the credo of innocent until proven guilty in response to Great Britain’s 18th-century abuses of this nature. XKeyscore completely upends those constitutional protections.
3. The security state’s defenders won’t stop lying. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told the Guardian that Snowden is “lying. It’s impossible for him to do what he’s saying he could do.” But the Guardian’s latest article is filled with screenshots from the program that show how to search “within bodies of emails, webpages and documents.” It also mentions another NSA tool, DNI Presenter, that not only can read stored emails, but also “the content of Facebook chats or private messages.” The agency had to create software tools like this, the Guardian explained, quoting a retired NSA employee, because without them it would be left with mountains of data and no way to parse it.
Moreover, the NSA spin that its data tools would only be used for overseas targets—to combat terrorism—doesn’t hold up because the NSA’s software tools do not discriminate between domestic and overseas targets. Everything is swept into the gigantic data-mining operation.
(Meaning Americans are spied on, as well as the rest of the world.)
“North Carolina right now is going apeshit in a way no state ever has. Take every crazy, angry idea your drunk, right-wing uncle mumbles at Thanksgiving, turn it into a law, and that’s North Carolina today.”—Bill Maher, Real Time With Bill Maher, August 2, 2013
This is not hyperbole. The GOP in North Carolina is also making it incredibly difficult to vote, so the odds they’ll be held accountable for this insanity are very, very low.