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Old 04-23-2016, 12:36 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I still long for the days when MTV - which stands for Music TeleVision - actually played music videos.
I keep hearing these fairy tales about a time when MTV played music videos, but it's all just weird mythology to me.
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I keep hearing these fairy tales about a time when MTV played music videos, but it's all just weird mythology to me.
Nu, it's true, I prawmise. I amember it quite vividly (in spite of teh herbs). when it first started up, I was all like:

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A man who hasn't yet been identified appears to have committed suicide with a gun in a conference room at Apple's headquarters campus in Cupertino early this morning. Early reports cite radio dispatchers referring to a wounded woman, but no official statements have been made about the incident and firefighters who responded were turned away from the campus. The sheriff's office of Santa Clara County is investigating the alleged suicide.

Obviously with no news of any kind it's impossible to prove or disprove a connection, but it might turn out to be pertinent that yesterday Apple posted a quarterly revenue decline for the first time in 13 years, and as a result Apple stock has fallen around 14% over the last two days, a loss of about $46 billion in market capital. FWIW, the company is so far ahead in the number 1 spot though that this loss still does not threaten that position.
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A man in some kind of full-body animal suit and wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt has been shot by a police sniper after walking into a Baltimore TV station and threatening to blow it up, prompting a tense standoff. The belt was later determined to be fake, I'm uncertain about the current condition of Mr. Animal Crackers. No link as I'm on mobile, sorry.



ETA: The suit wasn't like a furry costume kind of suit, more like an adult-sized full-body pajama kind of thing.
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:29 PM   #31 (permalink)
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A man in some kind of full-body animal suit and wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt has been shot by a police sniper after walking into a Baltimore TV station and threatening to blow it up, prompting a tense standoff. The belt was later determined to be fake, I'm uncertain about the current condition of Mr. Animal Crackers. No link as I'm on mobile, sorry.



ETA: The suit wasn't like a furry costume kind of suit, more like an adult-sized full-body pajama kind of thing.
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Teachers in Detroit are working without pay. The former bankruptcy judge now administering the schools (the latest in a string of emergency managers appointed by our Republican governor) said Friday that the district doesn't have money to pay teachers over the summer, even though throughout the year, two-thirds of the teachers had money taken out of their checks so that they could get that money paid to them over the summer break. It's money they earned and money they set aside, but they won't be getting it.

They won't be getting it even though the district just got $48 million in emergency funds. Because teachers aren't important enough, I guess.

If any private employer did this, there would be legal consequences. But I guess if you're a Republican politician, all's fair.

Detroit Public Schools closed again due to teacher 'sickouts' - CNN.com
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Teachers in Detroit are working without pay. The former bankruptcy judge now administering the schools (the latest in a string of emergency managers appointed by our Republican governor) said Friday that the district doesn't have money to pay teachers over the summer, even though throughout the year, two-thirds of the teachers had money taken out of their checks so that they could get that money paid to them over the summer break. It's money they earned and money they set aside, but they won't be getting it.

They won't be getting it even though the district just got $48 million in emergency funds. Because teachers aren't important enough, I guess.

If any private employer did this, there would be legal consequences. But I guess if you're a Republican politician, all's fair.


This would be embezzlement for a lowly commoner.

Always remember that noise they like to pump out about the opposition being 'corrupt'? Yeah, these are the same people who think being an open crook for 'god' is perfectly acceptable and have little or no problem with using that supposed 'corruption' as an excuse to indulge in their own.
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Yeah I can kinda see that happening:

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Professor: flight was delayed because my equations raised terror fears | US news | The Guardian

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The new prison visitation .

How does 14 bucks a minute for a phone call grab ya?
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That is one of the most vile things I've yet read about.
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The persons who came up with this scheme must have studied with Martin Shkreli. A captive population who has no choice but to pay or become more ill -- the ideal market conditions for charging all the market will bear.
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The new prison visitation .

How does 14 bucks a minute for a phone call grab ya?
really deserves it's own thread...

sadly unsurprised here... if you can't make money off prisoners, make it off their families.
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From a RI news site: Deaf Woonsocket man arrested for obscene sign language gesture

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The Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, along with the Rhode Island Disability Law Center, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Woonsocket Police Department for the arrest of a deaf man.
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"While he was leaving, Mr. Alves gave an American Sign Language sign to the bouncer that was misinterpreted by the police as giving them the finger," Brown told NBC 10 News. "He said the word bull---- in sign language."
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A friend went to the department wanting to see Alves, and wrote a note to the officer on duty at the reception desk. The officer wrote him a note back that said in part "these things happen. He just needs to take it as a learning experience."
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He was also not provided an interpreter while he was being arrested, processed, or held.

This is "bullshit" in sign:


I hope the ACLU forces retraining on this police department. An insult to a bouncer that did not cause further public disruption should in no way result in an arrest. (Nor should the middle finger to a cop, although that is not what happened.) And the lack of a terp, while completely expected, needs to change to make sure the rights of those under arrest are protected in a meaningful way (pun intended). The cops are the ones in need of a "learning experience".
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On the plus side, I've learned how to sign bullshit today and shared it with all my coworkers.
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The new prison visitation .

How does 14 bucks a minute for a phone call grab ya?
A typical collect call from my brother ran $50. A decade ago.
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During a trip to Vegas for a conference several years ago I called my parents collect from the hotel, naively expecting it to be not much more of a charge than when you call collect practically anywhere else.

I don't remember exactly what the charge turned out to be, but I do remember that it was somewhere out in WTF-Land. I mean, really, hotel? All that money I left at the freaking Baccarat table and in your freaking noise-makers just wasn't enough?
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On the plus side, I've learned how to sign bullshit today and shared it with all my coworkers.
Off the top of my head, the signs I can remember sharing here include "bullshit", "vagina", "asshole", "pizza", and "fuck".

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Off the top of my head, the signs I can remember sharing here include "bullshit", "vagina", "asshole", "pizza", and "fuck".

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Well that covers most of the words I use in conversation.
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The new prison visitation .

How does 14 bucks a minute for a phone call grab ya?
Yes, the prison my bother is in just instituted video conferencing but fortunately they still allow face to face visits too.

Before the federal cap I'd have to put $100 dollars down from my credit card in advance and got charged about $10 per min for a phone conversation and then if there was any money left over they kept it, it did not come back to me or roll into a fund that could be used again.

It's not only the phone systems. My brother told me he's getting almost no food and has no soap, toothpaste or anything else. If I send cash, they take it as room and board so he gets nothing. So I have to go though this system (a commissary vendor) where I "shop online" in a special store for him. You can imagine what that costs.

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Last year, when her son was sentenced to 20 days in jail in St. Lucie County, Florida, for reckless driving, Linda wanted to buy him a second pair of underwear and socks. But the county’s intake fee and daily “rent” already had put the account about $70 in the red. Linda and her husband both were out of work and couldn’t afford to pay $100 for a pair of underwear.

“If relatives are putting money on somebody’s books while they’re an inmate, it’s to help them buy necessities,” Linda says. “I didn’t think it was right that the county was stealing the money.”
Prison is big business and no one either in government or corporate America has an incentive to put less people in prison or to make it any easier for those already incarcerated or for their families. Complete and total exploitation.
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That's a damn shame, and nothing is going to get done because taxpayers don't generally have a shred of sympathy for inmates.
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