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Gretchen Carlson Slams O'Reilly: ‘Nobody Pays $32M For False Allegations – Nobody’

The former Fox News host effectively destroys Bill O'Reilly's claims of innocence, garnering 70k 'likes' so far on Twitter. It must be deeply satisfying for Carlson to turn the tables on the fetid swamp that is Fox News.

Gretchen Carlson has recently begun rebranding herself as an advocate for better, safer workplaces, and has a new book out that the fine people at Fox News will no doubt ignore.

Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back

Source: The Daily Mail

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson hit out at her onetime colleague at the right-leaning cable network, Bill O'Reilly, after it was learned on Saturday that he paid a whopping $32million to settle a sexual harassment claim.

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Posted by Heather

St. Louis Hannity Wannabe Pushes Debunked Clinton Uranium Conspiracy Theory

Coming to a local broadcast station near you. As we have discussed here previously this year, if you hate what Fox "news" and right wing hate talk has done to rot the brain of your right wing relatives, you're not going to be any happier with the takeover of your local television outlets by the ultra-right wing Sinclair Broadcast Group.

As Media Matters reported this week, here's what's going on at Sinclair stations across the country: Sinclair-owned stations give platform to serial misinformer Peter Schweizer of Breitbart:

Dozens of Sinclair-owned local news stations are running a package featuring serial misinformer Peter Schweizer, a senior editor-at-large for Breitbart, making debunked allegations about Hillary Clinton’s role in a deal selling U.S. uranium holdings to Russia while she was secretary of state. This package is the latest in Sinclair’s attempt to infect local media with inaccurate right-wing commentary.

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:30 am
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Houston vs. Los Angeles?  Okay, I guess, though I have little interest in either team.  I believe "no dog in the fight" is the relevant expression.

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Our long time home weather station bit the dust recently.  I've been researching replacements.  We picked up a new one from Costco which will be serviceable but I suspect we'll upgrade to something else before too long.  The bells and whistles this new one has are of little use to us, and it comes without some features I'd like to have.  Oh, sure, the $500 models have all the features, but I'm nowhere near taking that step.

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There's some guard rail missing from the front porch due to the (ongoing, forever) soffit and gutter project.  We put up some CAUTION tape to prevent mishaps.  M pointed out that it looks like a Halloween decoration.  Oh, great...kids will think it's a joke and fall off the porch. 

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There is a lecture hall (formerly the boiler room!) in a local museum (formerly Union Station) and I've never been in the lecture hall.  Presuming all goes as planned, later today I'll attend a presentation in the lecture hall all about the adjacent television station (formerly a different train station).  All of this plays into so many of my interests; it should be fun and interesting.  Report to follow.

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We have two Shelties (Shetland Sheepdogs).  One of their traits is that they like to "spin" or run in circles.  One of them does that a LOT.  We took that dog to the vet's yesterday for his annual checkup.  Our longtime vet recently retired so we were seeing (testing out, really) a new vet.  He commented several times on how much our dog was spinning.  Is our dog that unusual or hasn't this vet met a Sheltie before?

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There's something that Dark Souls does which not many other games do - turn an out-of-game mechanic into a part of the in-universe background. In the case of Dark Souls it's the way that "dying" in the game - and returning to your last save point, leads to the idea of the main character as Undead, cursed to return to life, losing some of themselves each time.

Universal Paperclips also takes a common game mechanic and turns it into part of its story. It's a clicker/idle game - a genre which traditionally begins with you clicking on a button to produce an item, selling the items to allow you to automate the clicking, and then balancing the various resources that are produced in order to boost the production rate. The games tend work on exponential increases, where intermittent step changes in technology move you to the next level. This gets very silly very quickly - Cookie Clicker can end up with you producing duodecillions of cookies (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000).

The genius of Universal Paperclips is that it ties this idea together with the idea that Nick Bostrom invented in 2003 - the Paperclip Maximizer. Which is an illustration of an AI which is not dangerous because it's cartoonish villain which hates all humans, but because it has things it wants to do, and humans are in the way. In this case, whoever created the AI gave it the drive to make paperclips, not realising that if such a creation got out of control it would then maximise the number of paperclips whether or not this meant converting the entire surface of the planet into them.

So the game starts off with you making a few paperclips. And then managing the income from selling them, making making some automatic clippers to make them for you, investing in marketing. And then slowly upgrading yourself, gaining the trust of your creators, and then...well, you should probably play it for yourself.

(It took me about five hours to play it through, over a couple of days. It doesn't run when it's in a background tab, so I recommend putting it in its own window, or even a different browser.)
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Lois Lane (coming in to work in jeans, a blouse from Modcloth and a vintage corduroy jacket): Oh, no, today’s Hallowe’en, isn’t it? I hate it when Hallowe’en falls on a Friday.

Perry White: Tell me about it, I’m going to have to spend my commute tonight dodging costumed drunks.

Lois: Even worse — Hallowe’en plus casual Friday means Kent is going to show up in that stupid Superman costume. Again. I mean, it was kind of funny the first year, but now it’s just—

Clark Kent (wearing a Supergirl costume, sized to fit a grown man): Ahem. (He is still wearing his glasses. He slides them coquettishly down his nose.)

Lois: .....

Lois: .....

Lois: Well at least you took my advice about being less predictable.

Perry: (sighing) Just do us all a favour, Kent — next time come as Batman. Or... Waldo.

Jimmy Olsen (entering with extra-large coffee): ‘Morning Mr. Kent, ‘morning, Miss Lane, ‘morning, Mr. White. Oh, hey, Mr. Kent — was I right about Wegman’s having the best wig selection in Metropolis? I was, wasn’t I?

Leaving for Dallas

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:35 pm
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I'm going to be in the Dallas metro area for my little sister's wedding next week. Leaving Tuesday, and I'll be there until Nov 2. There will be family stuff and wedding stuff and I will be stocking up on things I have trouble buying in Finland like cotton yoga pants and cotton terry-lined socks.

And I'm PRETTY sure I don't know anybody in the Dallas area anymore from fandom, but feel free to contact me here or on Twitter if I've forgotten anyone.

Michael Humphries

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:34 pm
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Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by Nicole Belle

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

I won't give details of my specific experiences, but as you've probably guessed, #MeToo. In fact, the same with my mom, my sisters, my daughters, my grandmothers, my aunts, my cousins, friends, co-workers, etc. I don't know a woman who hasn't had some sort of unwanted sexual experience or harassment.

That's a problem, guys.

And while there's something cathartic about lifting the veil of shame from the silence and realizing you're not alone in adding your voice to the #MeToo, there's something also painfully obvious that one whole part of this equation isn't being addressed.

The wounds of the #MeToo’s are likely ones we have been responsible for inflicting, if not in personal acts of aggression:

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Yankees out

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:00 am
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Air temperature 46 F, dew point 35, broken clouds, wind north about 8 mph. Bike ride may be on schedule.

Phoning it in

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:27 pm
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Oh dear, another blooper from David Mitchell in this week's Observer New Review.

Or, at least, a classic case of writing about something before reading it properly.

The first was that Cambridge University lecture timetables are being labelled with “trigger warnings” about the plots of various literary works, including The Bacchae and Titus Andronicus. So English literature undergraduates are being protected from the knowledge of, among other things, what one of Shakespeare’s plays is about, in case it upsets them.
That is so not what the furore about this that I saw across my bits of social media was: what I saw was the push-back against the elitist assumption that eny fule already no that Titus Andronicus contains murder, rape, mutilation, and involuntary cannibalism (not to mention massive amount of racism).

And trigger-warnings aren't about protecting people from the knowledge that works of art contain disturbing material: they're precisely about letting people who haven't yet encountered them know that they contain material some people may find upsetting. Like the warnings you see at the beginning of a movie, just so you know what you're letting yourself in for.

And I'm really not sure that one can assume general cultural familiarity with one of the less-produced of Shakespeare's plays (the one that suggests that, had he been writing in the 1960s, he'd have been working for Hammer Horror - while some of the early comedies suggest also possibly moonlighting for the Carry On films, but I digress). Okay, there has been a movie version of the play itself, and Theatre of Blood alludes to it in one of the vengeances taken against the critics of the protag. But I doubt it's all that well-known to the individual on the Clapham omnibus.

Blast from the past

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:22 am
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Rex Morgan, M.D., 10/22/17

Faithful readers! Do you remember the backstory on Rex’s hapless pal Buck, introduced to the strip more than four years ago? Well, he came into Rex’s practiced because his — wife? girlfriend? — Doris “accidentally” shot him in the head with a nail gun, and then Rex and June went over to have dinner with him, and it turned out that during his cheerleading past Rex and Doris hooked up, and then later in the dinner Doris got real blotto and passed out at the dinner table, and then … I never covered how this plotline ended? Clearly she and Buck broke up before she managed to successfully murder him, though. Anyway, it’s definitely true that violet domestic abusers often escalate after a relationship is over, so, uh, kudos for realism, I guess?

Pluggers, 10/22/17

Pretty sure “in a collision after your husband gets distracted because he’s horny for another car” is in the top ten Most Plugger Ways To Die.

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