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  • The Atlantic namechecks Bald Move in a piece about podcasting

  • 205 - "Rebecca"

    I am going to guess:

    The brothers' dad knew where the $14k went and couldn't tell Chuck, wasn't quite the saint Chuck makes him out to be, and Jimmy knows the real story but has kept his pact with his dead father.
  • 203 - Virtù e Fortuna

    I think Bernard transferred the file to himself. It explains the shakiness and why Charlotte Hale seems almost playfully annoyed with Bernard in the presumed present timeline- because looks like she got away with Abernathy but the information was no longer there and it keeps eluding her. 

    Estelter said:
    Is Bernard shaky because he needs more brain juice, or did he download Abernathy’s secret hidden programing?

  • Goddammit, Louis.

  • Sharp Objects Ep. 7 - Falling

    Feels a little out of left field that we seem to have suddenly learned that Amma has a lengthy mystery medical history of her own and isn't just some wild child who runs around at all hours of the morning as she appeared.  If we had had that information there would have been a lot less mystery.  

  • American Gods Season 2

    They had a Motel America setup for American Gods at New York Comic Con. I got a free T Shirt.

  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    That Atlantic article I cited actually speaks to your sentiment.  The Washington Post polled and found out 9 out of 10 Native Americans aren't actually offended by the Redskins name.  Which apparently replicated a 2004 poll finding.

    "Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name."

    Which struck me as odd, until I read that Atlantic article and they found

    "that Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness."

    Which is very consistent with the results of the Washington Post poll.  So, who actually is getting offended at the team name, and why?

    Travis said:
    It's funny (well not "funny" funny, but... well you know), I've always seen "political correctness" as just basic "don't be a dick." You know who gets annoyed by "the oppression of political correctness?" Dicks! Just be cool and try not to step on people's feelings. I think that's a pretty reasonable standard for society, right? Also, it's not like people are being hauled off to jail for simply being assholes, so really it's just people fabricating outrage (or perhaps getting outraged) at the fact that people don't want to hang out with assholes who either just don't care about people's feelings or do so selectively (I suppose you can be sued for creating a hostile work environment and what not, but then you actually are stepping on the rights of others, and you like shouldn't do that and stuff). It's the exact same thing as the bogus "war on Christmas" and all of that nonsense. People just want to feel aggrieved about stuff so they whine on and on about how they used to have to care so much less about the impact of what they said on other people, and honestly that is probably just because the world of communication used to be smaller, or people weren't nearly as empowered as they are now to speak up so the world has become a bit more enlightened on the effects of what they say. In essence, you've always been a dick but you're just figuring it out now. 

    Carrying it to the famous example: I'm sorry that we all took it for granted for so long, but it's a dick move to call your football team The Redskins. Now, obviously they have exercised their right to do so but by doing so they invite controversy and public awareness that it's a dick thing to do. So they are left with a choice, carry that baggage or change the name. They totally control their destiny, but they can't have it both ways. Political correctness simply comes down to how you want the world to see you, and with the fast spread of information and ability for people to gather and spread messages it creates more intense pressure now. If you don't want people to call you out for being a jerk, don't be a jerk, man. I've never got what all of the fuss is about.

    Sorry it that was a little over-caffeinated, but it's been a stressful and very caffeinated type of day. I feel good now though. Yeah!

  • The Good Place (NBC)

    If you buy the Manifest Destiny Package, you can get anyone you want forcibly removed from the table!
  • Making A Murderer - Season 2

    The most popular blood draw system since the 1940s is literally called the Vacutainer system - It fills by vacuum once you slide the test tube into the receptacle and the top is pierced by the needle in the receptacle. Therefore the blood drawer does not need to mess with drawing into a syringe and transferring to individual tubes. 

    LordBy said:
    I’m in for Season 2, though I reserve the right to hate it if it’s pointless.

    The possible tampering with the previous blood evidence while it was in police custody casts doubt on the DNA/blood evidence. I’ve seen justification that the vial was filled by syringe causing the hole, but that doesn’t make sense unless the vials are vacuums while empty as filling it full of blood through a sealed cap would cause the cap to pop-off under pressure otherwise.

    Documentry was certainly driving a narrative, which is part of why it was so compelling, and Avery is no Boy Scout. The workings of the system were also quite flawed and this documentary did a lot to raise the issue of systemic problems to the public’s awareness which is a good thing.

    If the cops and prosecutor believe that you’re guilty, whether for valid or invalid reasons, there are a lot of levers they can pull to make sure you’re found guilty. They have all the power if you can’t hire a good legal team to defend you and even the level of railroading that takes place with truly guilty people can be pretty alarming.

  • Jon Snow & Ygritte getting married today...

    Also it looks like Maisie Williams had a trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore where she picked up a nice handbag.