Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Shit Videos Say...
And since there's still some life into this horse worth beating out of it, here's the final shit I will post about this stupid meme and I pray that it gets so beaten into the ground that it stays fucking dead. Just like it should stay.
Because really, these are god damn unfunny and super racist when you factor it all into it.
As a feminist, I have to say this one is just.. well, let's just see it.
So yes.. there. Hopefully the horse.. it be beaten to death. Fuck this meme.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I May Or May Not Get Some Tacos
In a surprise situation the other week, Mayor Maturo defended four police officers who were charged for using excessive force against immigrants as the reporter asks "What are you going to do for the Latino community today?", you know, in light of the situation and the Mayor response with...
Why yes.. I have spent 2 years in Puerto Rico, I can spout out any bullshit I want to. He actually said those things. It's literally amazing that someone could talk like that and be completely confident with everything they are saying as if it was nothing at all.
It reminds me of a person I know who tries to excuse their blatant racism against other minorities by saying that they dated the race. As if that's a legitimate excuse for anything. But heya, that whole interview is beyond hilarious. What's even more hilarious is that he won his election by a simple 34 votes.
Though, where he hits the bingo on all his comments is when he talks about the racism he experienced as an Italian. Uuhhh, whites experienced racism, didn't you ever hear of Irish need not apply? Though I guess what I'm getting at is that saying Eating tacos isn't an appropriate response to the police brutalizing immigrants and this fucker should realize that.
One can only hope that he goes to a little Mexican cantina and I just pray to Jesus Christo that they saw this and made proper preparations for him. Maybe I just hope that he's killed by an angry mob. Or even a happy mob. You know, however they're feeling is really fine with me. Just make sure it's very mob-life and I'm good with that.
Or even worse, I hope he eats at Taco Bell and feels really bad. Like, you know, how I usually feel after eating Taco Bell. Though I wish the reporter mentioned how Taco Bell isn't Latino at all. Or, you know, how tacos are associated with Hispanics and not Latinos.
This whole thing is like an episode of the Office, but a lot more horrible in every way. So I guess it's just like the office but in a different way.. Or maybe I just don't know what's up and this kid needs to own me on this matter...
Well, I can't deny that many Mexians enjoy tacos. Why sure, stereotypes are true, so says the white person. I mean, look at what else he said;
most of the mexicans that matter, the ones working and being exploited, theyre too busy to think thats offensiveI have a dream. That one day a tiny Latino boy can go down to Wendy's, hand-in-hand with a white girl, and get a taconator super double combo deluxe with extra mayo and no tomatoes....
But hey, at least they did eventually give him his tacos.. cause you know he wanted them and now he has them.. all 2,000 of them.
An immigrants' rights group in East Haven delivered thousands of tacos to Mayor Joseph Maturo's office the day after he made comments that many are calling insensitive. In response to his commentary, reform immigration for America delivered more than two thousand tacos to his office along with a message
"We just delivered 500 tacos to the mayor's office as a visual of all those across the country who are outraged by his careless remarks," the group posted on their website earlier in the afternoon.
The group encourages those who found the mayor's comments offensive to text TACO to an automated number in order to send a taco to Mayro Maturo's office this week. They say that as of this morning, they'd gotten more than 3,300 texts.Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the comments "racially insensitive", "repugnant" and "unacceptable. The mayor later apologized for his statements, saying that he was tired after a long day.
But, Reform Immigration for America says that's not enough. They'll continue delivering a taco for every text they receive.
"But what's happening with the tacos!?," you may be wondering. The group said earlier today that they'd arranged for them to be donated to a local food pantry -- a plan that they say the mayor is now trying to take credit for.
In a press release published today, Maturo said, "Recognizing that there are many in need in our State, we have arranged for all of the tacos to be donated to local soup kitchens and pantries."
Sunday, January 29, 2012
You'll Die Alone
A lot of people fool themselves into relationships, especially during this time of the year with Valentine's Day so close, mainly because of the fear of being alone. I'd wager that it has a lot to do with more than just the fear of being alone, but with the fear of dying alone.
Why? Well, if you die alone it's more common that you have this notion that you will not be remembered. And in the end, isn't that what really matters? You can kill a person but you can't kill an idea after all. What they don't tell you and what we all know is that even though you can't kill an idea, it's pointless if it's not remembered.
And really, that's the biggest fear. Why the leaders erected great big statues of themselves to achieve godlike status. To be remembered. Because it's true. You can't kill an idea, but you can let it die out and never be forgotten.
It's no wonder we put our names on a tomb on a grave. Not for us. But for anyone who crosses paths with it in the future will read our name and even if that's all that's left, it's still something to last as a memory.
So when I post these pictures of mass coffins being put into the ground, I'm pretty sure it creates some sort of fear in the back of your mind. You really don't want to end up like this. That's why you get married. That's why you have a big family. So that you can have people around you for a long time and to remember you. To send you that Christmas card. To call you up on your birthday.
No one ever really wants to die alone.. Let alone have an unmarked grave. It's probably considered one of the saddest things to see an unmarked grave because you realize.. no one knows who's there.
Do you know what these are? It's the poor people. The box they're carrying in the above picture contains 24 stillborn fetuses. Yeah, tragic. I know. But it goes to show that even the poor need some respect when they die. It's what shows we are human. The ability to mourn for the loss of life. Even if we didn't know them. You can't just leave them out in the field. Which is probably where they died.
To be perfectly honest, I sort of want to be buried anonymously with 3 dozen strangers when I die. It doesn't sound all that half bad. At the very least I wont be lonely... in theory. But nah, I really just want to be burned or have a natural burial.
Just toss me on a boat, cover it with gas and other flammable items and just let me burn into to ocean forever. Die how I lived, all washed up.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Shit White People Shit...
Didn't I tell you that we weren't done with this subject? True to my word. We're not. How about we look at the other side of the coin in what black girls think whities act like in Shit Girls Say To Black Girls
Ij these videos, a black woman caractures a white girl. She hits on a lot of things that black women experience. Stuff about hair, things about black men and what not.
This video is titled Shit White Girls Say to Arab Girls
These aforementioned videos address the racial ignorance of white people, but it's always based on a white female. That is not fair to white women at all. And Women in General.
It's not just gender and race they tackle, but also sexuality:
Then again, there's always the real dark side to all of this shit....
Friday, January 27, 2012
Unionized Teachers? Pfft, Fuck'em
Kentucky sounds like an interesting place that I will eventually want to drive through and spend a couple of days in seeing what it has to offer. Especially Harlem County. I mean, who doesn't like a little moonshine and U.S. Marshalling? I guess the one thing that Kentucky doesn't like is unionized jobs. Specifically those teachers. And who can blame them? I mean, they are ruining our youth and making them dumber. Know a great idea? Let's take money away from them!
When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) proposed his 2012-2013 budget this week, he admitted that it was “inadequate for the needs” of the state’s people. “We should be making substantial investments in our physical and intellectual infrastructure to bring transformational change to our state,” Beshear said. “This budget does not allow us to do enough of that.”It's odd that they're suggesting that we should be making substantial investments in our physical infrastructure to bring transformational change to the state.. Oh gosh, if only there was some sort of, like, governor, that could change that. Boy, that'd be hell of a lot more helpful, wouldn't you think?
Beshear’s assessment of his own budget is, unfortunately, correct. The budget makes $286 million in cuts, including a 6.4 percent cut to a higher education system that has been plagued by funding cuts and rising tuition for years. And though it attempts to preserve K-12 education funding, it will result in less spending on Kentucky’s students and schools, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports:[indent]
Although the main funding formula for K-12 schools wouldn’t be cut, population growth means spending per student would decline. Also, education officials say the current year’s population estimate was low, resulting in a cut of more than $50 million to that funding formula.
At the same time, the $43 million tax break Kentucky approved for a Bible-themed amusement park — which will include a 500-foot by 75-foot reproduction of Noah’s Ark — could go into effect for the first time under Beshear’s budget. In addition, the budget includes $11 million to improve a highway interchange near the park. Proponents of the park, Beshear included, have claimed it will boost tourism and create jobs, but those assumptions are based on a report done by the park’s developers.
While Beshear’s budget isn’t guaranteed to pass as proposed, it will likely go through mostly unchanged. Unfortunately, that means lawmakers could jeopardize Kentucky’s substantial gains in K-12 education and ensure ballooning tuition rates at its colleges and universities, all while they preserve tax breaks for what critics have dubbed the “Ark Park.”
But hey, fuck that I can't wait to visit the creation museum and the ark park in the same weekend. All thanks to Steve Besher (D), again... that D stands for democrat.
You know, why don't they just get it over with and replace all public education with Youtube lectures and web form standardized tests. Like those self checkout deals at the supermarket. Recess can be replaced by 30 minutes of xbox a day to cut down on grounds keeping and supervision. All you'll need then is like, 1 or 2 IT guys and maybe a few security guards and janitors to mop up the piss and droppings from this future rat cage.
Or fuck it, why the hell not turn the kids into janitors. After this piss poor education, one union janitor can be turned into 30 child janitor slaves. It's a win-win for everyone involved, especially a nice way to shit on top of those union jobs once more.
Just more fuel to add to the fire that is my stance that teachers are the least respected profession anyone can pick and I doubt this country will change its view on them as anything but the enemy that is keeping our kids "dumb" anytime soon.
To all you teachers out there, know that not everyone doesn't appreciate what you go through. Sadly Kentucky is going to be added to the list of places that just doesn't care..
Thursday, January 26, 2012
You Wont Have Lucas To Kick Around Anymore
And on this day I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in relief and were suddenly silenced on who they could bitch about. For you see, George Lucas turning off his light saber and calling it quits. Retiring from this crazy rat race we call the industry..
So Lucas is retiring. I'm not sure how one can really retire from something they haven't been doing much anyway. You know his role was simple to stamp something with the "Cannon" or "non-cannon" stamp and just sit back while the checks came in the mail. That was fox's biggest problem, they only got distribution rights. So whenever a new version of the film comes out, it may not be due to Lucas wanting to show how it was originally intended by in fact to give Fox some new cash flow.
“I’m retiring,” says Lucas. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” Rather the Star Wars creator is reputedly returning to the kind of esoteric art films which he has eschewed since his feature debut, THX 1138, failed to find any kind of meaningful audience.
It’s a potential move which has already found favour with the producer of that debut flop, Francis Ford Coppola – the Apocalypse Now director remarking, “Now that [Lucas has] demonstrated hos commercial moviemaking abilities, it’s time to show his other side.”
The source of this change of direction in his autumn shade could be interpreted as Lucas feeling he has achieved all he ever wanted to achieve with Red Tails. Or it could be he is sore that his WWII actioner was passed over for distribution by the major studios, with him being left to pick up the cost; with this and the production budget taken into account, the endeavour is reckoned to have cost him just shy of $100m.
It's also not as if Lucas was actively making many movies. This whole notion that Red Tails was the film he's been trying to make for 20 years is crazy. Well, he may have wanted to, but at any time he could have. Remember, this is a man who used model X-wings to create what was the best damn space dog fight in film history. What exactly was he waiting for to make Red Tails?
Not to mention that we should just throw it out there, Red Tails may have been his passion film, the film that once ignored and overlooked in the January dumping ground was the straw that snapped this camel's back, but the marketing for it was horrendous at best..
Why yes, who would think that it was a good idea to add Dubstep music to a World War II period piece, why not.
So this victory can be said it's one for the books. The underdog finally overtook the evil empire. Much like how the Ewoks kicked the ass of the evil oppressors and how those snowed in rebels destroyed those AT-AT on Hoth.
But speaking on Hoth, can I get my nerd rage on for one second? Well, not so much nerd rage but nerd confusion. You see, when I was looking back at that in Empire Strikes Back, the film that everyone seems to think is the best of the series due to "the bad guy winning", some little flaws occurred to me.
"THAT ARMOR'S TOO STRONG FOR BLASTERS!"
*Blast cockpit of fallen walker, it explodes*
But to be fair, I'm pretty sure that young Skywalker disabled its shield with his strategically placed lightsaber strike somehow. For some reason as a child it all made sense to me that the AT-AT had been weakened by that fall. And sure enough from Wookieepedia, which I'm not sure if they went dark last week for SOPA
"The walker's strong external durasteel armor was virtually impervious to all but the heaviest of artillery weapons.Don't you get it?! The shot from the Rebel pilot that destroyed the downed AT-AT was cleary in the above-mentioned weak point. That shot was probably made in celebration and the pilot probably had no expectation that it would have had such an explosive effectiveness.
The most vulnerable part of the walker was a weak point found at its flexible neck, which was susceptible to lighter blaster barrages. The legs were also somewhat unstable and could be tripped, leaving the walker defenseless. While first appearing to be a slow, lumbering vehicle, the AT-AT would often times be on top of its enemies before they knew what had hit them. The AT-AT also lacked armor covering on its underbelly, leaving the spot vulnerable to mounted guns or portable missile launchers. To remedy this weakness, AT-STs were usually stationed around the flank of the walker to ensure nothing was given a clear shot at the AT-AT's weak underside."
The statement that Luke Skywalker made about the armor's resistance to blaster fire was made in the heat of a heretofore unseen battle against the best ground force in the galaxy, which until this point was deemed unstoppable. No army or group before it had faced a squadron of Imperial AT-AT's and survived, much less discovered their weaknesses or destroyed any of them. It is unreasonable to hold him canon accountable as at the time of his statement the Snowspeeder's mounted blasters seemed to be quite useless against such a mighty power.
It is amazing that the Rebels were able to down as many walkers as they did before the fortress was toppled. Especially given their own forces and the historical nature of the battle. This was a first, and without the skill, talent, ingenuity, and luck of people like Skywalker, the Rebel Alliance would have surly fallen on that cold day. So maybe I should show a little more respect to the matter. I know.
But all this does remind me that when I was a child. No, I mean literally a child, I bought all the Star WARS technical manuals and tech specs for all sorts of junk in the Star Wars universe. Which were basically these books where they did faux diagrams and tech specs for ships that will never see the light of reality from the star wars universe and they were chock full of fluff text. They basically served no purpose but to fill my child brain with idiot thoughts about space lasers.
I do wonder if I can submit those as patents and just fuck with Lucas even more. I mean, what does he care, he's retiring after all.. Or at least that's what he says. Even though he is working on the small screen with a new Star Wars program. Which they did let slip some info regarding.
They made it known that the Star Wars TV series was going to be set after episode 3 and highlight the underbelly of Corescant. Yeah, just what the Star Wars universe needed, a fucking CSI: Crime solving series set in the sci-fi universe. As if CSI doesn't already deal enough with science fiction when it comes to solving crimes.
It's perfectly fitting to put that after the prequels, you know, considering the high stakes awesomeness that the prequels brought in terms of political diplomacy and what not..
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Detective Comics - New Logo
Wait, Detective Comics? Really? You didn't know that DC stood for Detective Comics? Sure enough, the comic label that brought you a man in blue tights that can fly as well as a detective who likes bats is named after the genre of comic stories it told. Detective crime stories.
Which makes you wonder why they have a name that is pretty redundant. It's like saying ATM machine. The machine is already included as the M of ATM. And yet we have Detective Comics Comics. In any case, over the decades they've constantly changed their logo. And it appears it's time to do another regeneration of the DC logo that appears on the top left of the comics
We didn’t want a static logo, but a living identity that could capture the power of our characters and storytelling,” says Amit Desai, senior vice president of franchise management. “What is special about DC content is the notion of a dual identity. When you think about our DC Comics superheroes, there’s a secret identity. When you think about Vertigo, it’s this notion of good vs. evil in many of the stories. And so, in addition to flexibility, the new logo communicates this idea of dual identity: There’s more than meets the eye. You have to take a closer look to understand the richness of our characters and stories.
So I guess you can take the first reaction after seeing this black and white version, which had to be black and white for the patent and copyright process as color doesn't matter. Or if you submit it with color then it ONLY includes a patent for the logo in that specific color.
But my first reaction to this was that the new DC logo looked so goddamn generic. I mean, it looks like a peeling sticker. DC should be more than that and should have something iconic with two whole letters. Much like how their logos appeared in the past.
But then you realize it's not for the printed books. As anyone in the industry can tell you, they're just about worried that the printed work is all but dead. The future for comic books is in digital. I'm sure this new logo has more roots for the future of digital than anything else. Just look at the designs again. This time with color and with their themes going on for each comic title.
I can honestly say that I can get behind the Green Lantern version. And suddenly with seeing it in color, I'm much more okay with the new logo. I was worried it was just going to be gray and boring or just non-existent blue and white. The whole 'dynamic logo' thing is actually pretty good when you see it in motion.
It also adds a new element to the books. Especially when it comes to digital as the new logo is going to be animated on the digital content. Like we'll see the D and it will peel back to show the C and end in the static image we see here
I mean, it still looks like a symbol for a paper processing company. Nothing really is "energetic" or "fun" about the static image of it. And I have to wonder on if DC is trying to bring back the 90's so much with the hiring and pimping out of Liefeld, why they just didn't go back to their old 90's logo?
So what can we expect this to look like on the comic page?
As you can see, it may look cool on digital comics, but on the actual printed stuff, it's going to look a little.. well flat. Not to mention that while the green lantern one looks neat, the Batman one just looks like it's generic. Oh, scary, some fog...
In the end, this doesn't effect the story and unless the new DC logo is the main villain of the next mega event, it's not going to have any effect and will be socially accepted into the comic world, even if it has to deal with a little good nature ribbing.
Come five to ten years from now when they change the logo yet again, I'm sure people will be complaining that they're changing it. Even if they hated it. Because in the end, that's what us comic folks do. We complain.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A couple of days ago I mentioned Megaupload getting shut down and the CEO, Kim Dotcom, getting arrested for it. After realizing that he named himself that I had to look him up, because really, what kind of man renames themselves that after starting an uploading website?
Sure enough, this is what I found....
And I can't help but laugh my ass off at this. That has to be one of the gooniest motherfucking nerdy internet nerds around. Yeah, sure. He is making hundreds of millions, but at least I have some self respect. Enough to not call myself Kim Dotcom.
So what exactly does the feds have on him? Oh that will surprise you...
- The US government is clinging to evidence that Megaupload's owner, Kim Dotcom, shared the song "Nah" by 50 Cent featuring Mobb Deep in 2006. Seriously. This is one of their major claims. "On or about December 3, 2006, KIM DOTCOM distributed a Megaupload.com link to a music file entitled “05-50_cent_feat._mobb_deep-nah-c4.mp3."Ha ha ha ha ha, the fucker is probably the most out there person I have seen. Just look at those pictures. Most of all, look at those charges they got him on. But favorite picture of these has got to be this one:
- Kim is a resident of Hong Kong and New Zealand. He is also a citizen of Finland and Germany.
- According to the US government, Kim made $42 million off of Megaupload in 2010.
- Private emails between Megaupload employees make it very clear that they were were running an illegal operation but didn't really care. In one exchange, an employee wrote, “We have a funny business... modern days pirates” to which another responded, “We’re not pirates, we’re just providing shipping services to pirates”
- Megaupload spent $2.4 million on yacht rentals in June 2011 alone.
- The US is looking for at least 14 Benzes, a Predator statue, two 108 inch TVs, a Seadoo, a 1957 Cadillac, a Maserati, and a Mini Cooper.
-Kim owned a Rolls Royce Phantom with a license plate that read "GOD." Some of the tags on his other cars included: GUILTY, STONED, GOOD, CEO, MAFIA, and HACKER.
Just look at that. Kicked back in his private plane... sippin on orange juice... flashing his digital watch...
It's just the best picture ever. I mean, I would probably comment on being health conscious, but then I think of all the people exploited for rich peoples' fads and just realize that this dude just really liked orange juice. Which is sort of funny because you don't expect that to be the thing someone with a private plane would like.
Black may be slimming, but it's not THAT slimming, bro. And while I thought the picture goodness couldn't get any better, sure enough this nugget dropped:
Would you check that out? And above all else, I can't help but notice that gourmet sauce dish filled with ketchup to the side of his plate. Which leads to the question of WHY?! As far as I can tell it's fried plantain slices. But is the ketchup for the slices or for the steak? And what the fuck is up with the coca cola? Coke with some steak? You would expect a rich dude like this to have coke.. just not THAT coke.
What sort of place is this? Well, I guess a $100 head restaurant's reaction to someone ordering "burger and fries and a coke" must be strange, but then again, I don't think they really care. It's more likely that this restaurant caters to wealthy diners and specializes in ripping them off, as if they're on a cruise ship or in a resort town.
But that still doesn't explain the facial expression. I'm trying very hard to give this guy credit and pretend that's just a poorly timed photo, but after a while I am having difficulty figuring out why anyone would ever make that face when they're not completely out of breath.
Which leads to the only conclusion I can deduce... He rant out of breath while sitting down. He's like a less grotesque Kevin Smith. I mean, this guy doesn't actually wear Jorts, after all. It sort of reminds me of a morbidly obese Doug Funny, if you are old enough to remember that Nicktoons gem.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Happy New Year
Wait, aren't I a good 23 days too late in telling you this? NOT IF WE'RE GOING BY THE MOTHERFUCKIN' CHINESE CALENDAR, YO!
Happy Year of the dragon. Being that I am a year of the monkey, I have no idea what any of this actually means. But since I post daily I figure that it's well worth digging into and letting you find out about why the Chinese just keep their old calendars for a few more weeks than we do.
You see, they too have 12 characters in their calendar, only they're animals in the order of Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Sadly cat was fooled that day by rat and didn't make it to become one of the zodiac symbols. These 12 Zodiac symbols cycle through every 12 years and it just depends on what year you were born that will be your Zodiac animal.
So what does the Dragon mean? Well, it's a water dragon. Which means that each year is an element-metal zodiac and this being water it goes with water, wood, fire and earth. The water calms the dragon and it is a year where we can see other points of view. The Chinese believe that the dragon is unpredictable and untouchable. All of this is pretty meaningless when you think about it. But it's nice to think about so there you go.
On this day you tell each other Gung Hay Fat Choy as it means best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year in Cantonese and is the proper way to greet people on New Year's Day.
Now what do you have to do to have a successful new year? No resolutions required here, just a simple check list of things to do:
1. Clean your home before the new year's day as it washes away the dirt of the year before.
-This is a lot like NYE for everyone else. Only it's puking it all out that gets rid of the bad of the year before.
2. Buy new clothes, get a hair cut, and shoes, for a fresh start in the new year
-Time to go to Chinatown to buy some cheap knock offs!
3. A red piece of clothing for the New Years brings good luck because it is the color of luck
-I always said this. One of the main reasons why I'm so darn attracted to redheads.
4. Prepare something sweet for new year's day. It helps bring sweet things to the year.
-Also diabetic comas.
5. Remember that the Chinese New Year is considered as the new beginning, which literally means, let bygones be bygones.
-It means that all those bridges you burned since your last reset on January 1st are now back to being good.
6. Red paper on your door will bring you luck. Chinatown sells the lucky red New Year's paper for doors, but if you can't get to Chinatown, a nice piece of red paper will do.
-Red on the doors for the Jews wasn't so lucky..
7. On New Year's Day, we are not supposed to wash our hair because it would mean we would have washed away good luck for the New Year.
-So go out and party with that stinky unwashed hair.
8. Go to Chinatown for the Dragon Dance and firecrackers. Firecrackers scare off the bad spirits so that only good spirits will begin the New Year.
-Don't rush out today. The celebration happens on Saturday.
So there you have it folks, Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
It's Such A Perfect Day...
Just a perfect day,
Drink Sangria in the park,
And then later, when it gets dark,
We go home.
Just a perfect day,
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later, a movie, too,
And then home.
I'm glad I spent it with you.
Oh such a perfect day,
You just keep me hanging on,
You just keep me hanging on.
Problems all left alone,
Weekenders on our own.
It's such fun.
Just a perfect day,
You made me forget myself.
I thought I was someone else,
I'm glad I spent it with you.
Oh such a perfect day,
You just keep me hanging on,
You just keep me hanging on.
You're going to reap just what you sow,
You're going to reap just what you sow,
You're going to reap just what you sow,
You're going to reap just what you sow..
Saturday, January 21, 2012
It's pretty funny that I don't have to do anything to that title and it comes out sounding like it's insulting McDonalds in some shape. Thanks Ronald, you made my job a whole lot easier today.
In any case, this is how long it has been since I touched a McDonalds product. I didn't even know that McBites existed. And why should I? It's not to sound like some prissy person who just snubs their nose at fast food, but let's face it, I have not had the itch to try shitty fast food for a long time.
To add to that, there already exist the notion of chicken in bite size form. It's called a chicken nugget. So when I saw a poster for McDonalds McBites and it looked like just round chicken nuggets, I was confused as all fuck. But sure enough, McDonalds McBites exist.
The article says a lot. The focus point should be that with Beef prices rising this is their solution. Sounds pretty funny if you ask me. A place known for its burgers is just going with the chicken items when times seem lean on beef.
With rising beef and dairy prices forcing McDonalds Corp. to raise menu prices on Big Macs and other offerings, the world’s largest fast food chain is trying to find tasty alternatives for frugal shoppers.
The latest creation? “Chicken McBites,” a fried snack that is being billed as crispier than conventional chicken nuggets. The so-called popcorn chicken has been rolled out in Detroit, and comes with a variety of dipping sauces and starts at just $1.99.
But will consumers eat up the item, or will the simply see it as a way for McDonald’s to cut out meat to beef up margins?
It’s worth noting, too, that McDonald’s has made other recent attempts to expand its chicken menu. Late last year, McDonald’s began testing spicy chicken sandwiches by introducing Jalapeño Cheddar and Cheddar Onion McChicken varieties in San Diego. The sandwiches are being sold in other markets in California and, this week, were made available in Texas.
Or is it that this is just another move McDonalds is making against the ever expanding Chick-Fil-A. I mean, what next, will McDonalds come out and say that they hate the gays as well? They copied Chick-Fil-A's sweat tea concept, "healthy" chicken sandwich option and now they're going after the Chick-fil-a looking chicken nuggets option?
But back to the real issue here. Why the fuck does McDonalds even need this? Again, they already have Chicken Nuggets. Was there really demand in the market place by people who felt that they weren't fully able to commit to eating a whole chicken nugget and thus needed, nay, demanded that McDonalds fill their request for a smaller, bite size breaded chicken option?
Someone answer me that because I'm really confused on the matter. What sort of conditions have to exist that you take something already small and you make it even smaller? I know the craze for sliders has been wild and makes everyone just stop and want to spend even more money on less meat products. Which I guess I still don't get, but hey, it's out there and I will gladly critique that when it comes to places like Burger King making slider options.
And even then, I can somewhat understand those a little more because if you get three small burgers that all have different flavor profiles or items in them, then at least you're sampling three different meals opposed to chicken bites, which is the same breaded and fried chicken flavor bite after bite. Only difference is that you need to take more bites or pay more for less meat.
Hell, Chicken Nuggets don't even get you laid anymore.
You know, I could probably make a lot of funny comments about that, but I'm choosing to not touch that one with a ten foot pole.
A Los Angeles woman was arrested on suspicion of prostitution after she allegedly offered sexual favors in exchange for Chicken McNuggets, Burbank police said.
Khadijah Baseer was seen opening customers’ car doors in a McDonald's drive-through on the 1700 block of Olive Ave. late Wednesday night, Officer Joshua Kendrick told the Burbank Leader.
A customer told police that Baseer asked for free Chicken McNuggets in exchange for sexual favors. The man said he declined the offer.
In the end, it's a stupid choice by the consumer and I can only pray that they go away. Though knowing the masses, it'll be a hit and McDonalds will take it away, at best, to create some buzz and hype around it ala the McRib.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Shit Shit Says To Shit
If you haven't been on Facebook or just about anywhere internet Memes exist lately, I guess you haven't been exposed to the latest craze that your friends are talking about. Which is "Shit _____ say to _______"
It's this new rage over on youtube with the kids these days. The thing that interests me the most is how people express how they see other races or genders. Or in many cases both. It's a hard and honest look at how someone sees someone else. In many instances it's not very flattering and in many instances the videos are played by actors who aren't of said gender or race.
Many of them aren't very funny. Not to sound like the old grumpy man who yells to his neighbor's kids to get off his lawn, but they aren't. Though I'll fully admit that some of them are. In fact, some of them, if you are around the environment, makes you relate to them. For other's, you may not be able to relate at all.
The whole meme started with this video, titled "Shit Girls Say"
As you can see, it is a man dressed as a woman portraying his views on how women are, in a comedic fashion. And because it was incredibly popular, it spawned copies left and right. Here is "Shit Black Girls Say":
It's pretty much the same thing as Shit Girls Say, but uses black female stereotypes. Oddly enough, for both videos, there are women that relate to it or find it funny. (I have to admit I laughed when he said "I always cry during the Color Purple", because I always cry during the Color Purple.
Another theme in these videos is the idea of giving oral sex and how the women deny it.
For the "Shit Black Girls Say", they make fun of physical abuse. Not funny. Then there's probably the only and best one out there. Shit no one talks about..
Or maybe Shit Cat's say
But perhaps someone should make "shit guys say girls say" by re-uploading the original video with that title changed. It could be very easy to make a Shit Assholes Say:
"I know! I'll make a video that stereotypes an entire group of people of some other gender/race than me and put on the 21st century equivalent of a minstrel show and it will be a youtube sensation because there's nothing funneir than tired-ass racism and misogyny."Oh.. don't think we're done with this subject..
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Aftermath of a Blackout
Now anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time may know that I can come across as being.. well, a bit cynical. But I have to wonder if it's me being cynical or was Google and Wikipedia's "Strike" against SOPA in a sense laughably half-assed?
Like, at no point could you NOT use either service. As reported in yesterday's post, a slew of websites including Wikipedia's own site offered you ways to get around the blackout. Google's was especially shitty. They changed their logo and that's it. They seem to change their logo all the time anyway so I don't pay attention to that sort of things. Not to mention that if you're a chrome user you never even have to go to Google's homepage anyway since you can just type whatever it is you are looking up in the URL bar.
And even though Wiki's was better than Google's effort, It was all trivial anyway. I mean, yeah, it got maybe a handful of the attention of the few casual internet users who didn't already know about SOPA/PIPA. So on that account, Wikipedia did a better job at it.
Way to go nerds.
And yeah, it got around 13 senators to drop support in a day. So maybe it was a success on that aspect and did some work in spreading the message. In the end, the goal was just to raise awareness, and it did that. Maybe I'm just taking it too far. I'm a bit of an extremist. Maybe full on blocking the page would have taken would-be supporters and made them enemies.
Perhaps in your next attempt you should link this video to everyone you know to better educate them on the matter.
And while it was a success in spreading the word, is anyone else disconcerted by none of these protest actions being directed at the RIAA, MPAA at all? Everything was "write your senator" or "Call your rep," but nobody was talking about, say, boycotting movies or trying to address the real heart of the matter - intellectual property owners want to get paid for their shit, yo.
Basically everyone thinks that SOPA was the government's idea when this kind of action has been pushed before by the usual anti-piracy suspects and basically the only real push-back came from similarly large corporate entities.
What's the old saying? The fish rots from the head. So perhaps instead of cutting off the rotting pieces of the fish's body, we should cut off the head. Because as it stands, if I'm an RIAA stooge right now, I'm not sweating this protest much at all. There's no heat on me what so ever and there's no reason to be mad. Well, other than the fact that a handful of people not paying to watch my shit movies really really bothers me.
You have to admit, the whole movement avoiding that common sense is a bit weird. On the bright side, MPAA's twitter is basically a bunch of hilarious flailing about. You have to wonder how much hate mail and hate tweets they get. The scary thing of all this is the big picture being missed. This isn't the first time that the RIAA/MPAA has tried to do something like this and it's not going to be the last. All they have to do is get Google or Micorsoft to flip on their stance and go along with their lobbyist and once that happens it's curtains for the freedom on the internet.
Just look at what happened to MegaUpload..
MegaUpload Shut Down by the Feds, Founder ArrestedYou have to laugh a little about that name. Kim Dotcom. That's utterly amazing. That's like something a child would come up with. What's the president of Window Washer's incorporated? Why that's David Squeegee. But hey, at least it saves you the problems of having to work with Kanye West...
MegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia. The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand on request of US authorities.
An indictment unsealed today by the department of justice claims MegaUpload has cause the entertainment industries more than $500 million in lost revenue.
Just a few weeks ago MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak that his Mega ventures have nothing to worry about, as they operate within the rules of the law.
“Mega has nothing to fear. Our business is legitimate and protected by the DMCA and similar laws around the world. We work with the best lawyers and play by the rules. We take our legal obligations seriously. Mega’s war chest is full and we have strong supporters backing us,” Dotcom said.
Swizz Beatz has Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kanye West and Will.i.am in hot water with their label by getting them to promote his site, MegaUpload. The CEO of the Internet company, Beatz — also a recording artist, producer and DJ — persuaded the stars to appear in a “Mega Song” video promoting his service, intended to send large media files. The catch is the music industry has been fighting against file sharing, accusing the services MegaUpload offers of supporting piracy.there's a bunch more info here now http://torrentfreak....ut-down-120119/
I'm guessing that RapidShare must be terrified right now. It's so absurd that the Big Scary Number they cite is $500 million in lost revenue and generated $175 million "in criminal proceeds." Now let's see.. 500 million.. Compared to 7,700,000 million banks stole from the government.
All this just looks a lot like a criminal version of Viacom suing YouTube. With the exception of MegaUpload failing to remove copyrighted content per requested, if the indictment is to be believed.
At this point, I'm just wondering if someone can let me know when I should start wiping my hard drive of all non-legal content, that'd be swell.
I know this is vaguely related, but it's well worth noting. The Supreme court said that you can now re-copyright public domain works.
We may have won one for freedom yesterday, but it seems that they won one as well.
Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
In a 6-2 ruling, the court said that, just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.” (.pdf)
The top court was ruling on a petition by a group of orchestra conductors, educators, performers, publishers and film archivists who urged the justices to reverse an appellate court that ruled against the group, which has relied on artistic works in the public domain for their livelihoods.
They claimed that re-copyrighting public works would breach the speech rights of those who are now using those works without needing a license. There are millions of decades-old works at issue. Some of the well-known ones include H.G. Wells’ Things to Come; Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the musical compositions of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky.
For all of you who are wondering how this was actually going to stop online piracy? You know, because a DNS blacklist wouldn't stop torrents, or p2p files sharingnetworks, or usenet, or ftps, or really anything that matters. It wouldn't. People would just be pushed into using shady DNSes that don't follow the law, which means that they could run their own phishing scams on you where you type in facebook.com and end up at their phishing fake site without any real way to tell that anything's wrong. That's one of the litany problems with the bill.
In all, the purpose of this sucker is to enable holders of intellectual property and those connected to them to harass people hosting websites with objectionable content on a whim--it will make piracy more annoying and troublesome for those who are used to typing Piratebay on their URL space while facilitating the censorship of political speech.
At this point, I honestly don't think the internet can be meaningfully censored, it's like part of its design principal.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The Great Internet Blackout...
I guess this is one for the day, because while I support the black out in an attempt to get awareness of a serious issue out there, it seems like a lot of sites are just using the blackout as a means to market and plug their own site.
For example, take a look at the social media today DOT com. I'm not sure if this will last for long, or even past today, but they have blacked out their website.. specially at a point where they give you tips on how to browse wikipedia DOT ORG without the blackout.
That somehow seems counter productive to the cause. But maybe that's just me. In fact, a lot of places are running with this story of how exactly to get around Wikipedia's blackout. As if, you know, they still want to look up misinformation for their term papers but at the same time support said cause.
Then again, Wikipedia gives directions on its own page on how to get around the blackout. So really, it's just sort of odd to see how a protest movement like this could just be created to make a statement, and then you can completely ignore the statement as anything more than just a minor inconvenience. Isn't this cause a bit more important that it could get a week's worth of blacking out. You know, to show what exactly is at risk.
So really folks, there's no need to panic. You can still look up every little curiosity that crosses your mind if you try to following options (it helps if you have a smartphone or tablet):
Or perhaps that's why these sort of movements may work on paper or may delay it for a while, but in the end, it's still going to come. Big lobbyist money is still pouring in left and right against the cause and seeing as how the internet can't be bothered to do it for more than 12 hours, it seems like people just don't give a shit about it enough to sacrifice their convenience for the cause. Even if they already know the well advertised methods around it.
Then again, I'd imagine that a longer black out would cause a real loss in network traffic and that wouldn't make the website much money. Even if you could get around it by some little net hacking tricks. But the fact that I'm seeing this used as a marketing ploy is just all sorts of disturbing when I think about it.
Not to mention when I see people actually call the internet being on "strike". Why yes, an organization doing a thing that will cost them virtually nothing at no risk to anyone is far from what I would consider being on strike. The idea of a strike moving away from something that humans are doing to protest and enact change to something a corporation is doing to white knight for the people, but mostly protecting itself sort of scares me.
Mind you, not as bad as the fact that our government is trying to censor free speech because a bunch of intellectual property owners are losing a couple of bucks here and there due to piracy, but still, this whole thing scares me.
But hey, at least it's getting the message across to those who aren't aware of it..... oh what the fuck! Come on people, you can't be THIS stupid..
DaynaDelmastro Dayna DelmastroAight so congress is fuckig retarded? What the fuck do i do without google and wikipedia before midterms?
legaedtke luke gaedtkeAnybody want to explain in real people words what this SOPA thing is all about? I would just Wikipedia it but it is shut down...
#confusedZoe_Bentham zo benthamBut seriously, what's SOPA and why is Wikipedia gone? #confused_dumbobee ♐Fuck You AllOMG I WANNA DO ENGLISH ISU BUT WIKIPEDIA ISNT WORKING :@@@@@@@@@@@@@
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUteebixtches Tiara Rosa-Lyn Oki
#wikipedia used to be my nigga, but fuck himRiltoro Rilwan ToroWhat the Fuck is SOPA and why are they trying to mess with Wikipedia
Oh, and on a comical note. I noticed that Demonoid took part of this SOPA blackout. Which is sort of odd considering the nature of the website. You see, I thought the point of the protest is that SOPA would censor legitimate websites while at the same time do nothing to prevent piracy. So isn't Demonoid shutting down for the day actually supporting SOPA then?BeliebInCady Hooligan & Belieber♛WIKIPEDIA IS PISSING ME OFF. IM TRYING TO LOOK SOMETHING UP YOU GAY ASS CUNTS
SOPA and You - The Internet Should Be Free
As if you were going to be surprised on which side I came down on this one. Even if I get a paycheck from a Hollywood studio, I just can't fathom any reason why we should take steps towards a world like China and block, limit or restrict where and what people see on the internet in America. We are, after all, home of the brave and land of the free.
But with that said, I'm going off the assumption that you even know what the fuck I'm talking about when I say SOPA or NDAA is. Maybe I'm just giving the readers of this blog enough credit to follow current affairs. Especially ones that effect places like REDDIT and WIKIPEDIA.
Today you may notice that Wikipedia is currently down. I'm sure you found that out when you were trying to fact check something for your just started class project. The BBC news headline I read stated: "Wikipedia to shut down in anti-piracy protest".
Not to nitpick, but it does kind of make it sound like they're protesting piracy and not anti-piracy laws. Which again, is what all of this is about. Wait for it, I'll explain it soon enough.
So what is SOPA?
SOPA = anti-internet-piracy law that will allow for blanket shutdowns of sites with file sharing content. i think that's right anyway. the big internet companies (google/twitter/facebook) are freaking out over it and now internet people are trying to build momentum against it
NDAA = routine defense funding bill with a cool section that explicitly re-authorizes "enhanced interrogation" and allows the military to indefinitely detain terror suspects anywhere in the world, including us citizens on us soil. the original bill required the military to do this but i think that part was softened in the Bi-partisan Compromise
When you think about it, the entire process regarding SOPA is so fucking absurd. I mean, let's face it, the walls are crumbling and the lights are dimming and the world is in chaos. What do they do? Wring their hands about Mickey Mouse's intellectual property rights.
This is a list from Opencongress on those outside groups that supported SOPA:
- Motion Picture Association of America
- Independent Film & Television Alliance
- National Association of Theatre Owners
- Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.,
- National Music Publishers' Association
- American Federation of Musicians
- Directors Guild of America
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- Screen Actors Guild
- National Cable & Telecommunications Association
- Recording Industry Association of America
- Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
- NBC Universal
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
- National Association of Manufacturers
- Concerned Women for America
- National Criminal Justice Association
- National District Attorneys Association
- Council of State Governments
- International Trademark Association
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- International Association of Fire Fighters
- U. S. Chamber of Commerce
- Americans for Tax Reform
- Let Freedom Ring
- Outdoor Industry Association
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- Ford Motor Company
- Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
- Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
- Society of Plastics Industry
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
- Software & Information Industry Association
- Entertainment Software Association
- American Association of Independent Music
- Eli Lilly and Company
- Specialty Equipment Market Association
- Universal Music Group Inc.
- Association of American Publishers
- News Corporation
- Xerox Corporation
- Dow Chemical
- Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
- National Confectioners Association
- Estee Lauder Companies
- Sony Pictures Entertainment
- CBS Corporation
- National Basketball Association
- Greeting Card Association
- Advanced Medical Technology Association
- Beam Global Spirits &Wine
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Adidas America
- Acushnet Company
- ABRO Industries, Inc.
- 1-800 Contacts, Inc.
- Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
- Bose Corporation
- Warner Music Group
- Major League Baseball
- Electronic Components Industry Association
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Kekepana International Services
- LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
- Nike, Inc.
- Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
- Timberland Company
- Time Warner
- Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association
- 3M Company
- National Retail Federation
- Retail Industry Leaders Association
- Philip Morris International
- National Association of Broadcasters
- Center for Individual Freedom
- National Governors Association
- National Football League
- International Union of Police Associations
- Graphic Artists Guild
- International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition
- United States Tennis Association
- Associated Builders and Contractors
- Christian Music Trade Association
- National Narcotics Officer's Associations' Coalition
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- United States Conference of Mayors
- Church Music Publishers Association
- Major County Sheriffs Association
- Copyright Alliance
- American Federation of Television & Radio Artists
- International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees
- National Songwriters Association
- Minor League Baseball
- Coalition Against Online Video Piracy
- Letter of Council
- Capitol Records Nashville
- Church Music Trade Association
- American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers
- Country Music Association
- Country Music Television
- EMI Christian Music Group
- Lost Highway Records
- Gospel Music Association
- MCA Records
- Mercury Nashville
- Provident Music Group
- Republic Nashville
- Showdog Universal
- Sony Music Nashville
- UMG Publishing Group
- Warner Music Nashville
- Word Entertainment
- BMG Chrysalis
- Cengage Learning
- EMI Music Publishing
- Hachette Book Group
- Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
- McGraw-Hill Education
- MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
- Pearson Education
- Penguin Group
- Perseus Books Group
- Random House
- Scholastic, Inc.
- W.W. Norton Company
- Wolers Kluwer Health
- True Religion Brand Jeans
- National Sheriff's Association
- COTY, Inc.
- Major City Chiefs
- National Troopers Coalition
- National Center for Victims of Crime
- National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
- Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
- National Association of Fusion Center Directors
- National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
- National Association of State Chief Information Officers
- Association of Talent Agents
- Council of the Better Business Bureau
- State International Development Organizations
- Beachbody LLC
- Tiffany & Company
- Creators’ Freedom Project
- Engine Advocacy
- Boing Boing
- Creative Commons
- Daily Kos
- Hype Machine
- O'Reilly Radar
- Go Daddy
- Consumer Electronics Association
- Computer and Communications Industry Association
- Public Knowledge
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Open Internet Coalition
- Center for Democracy & Technology
- Business Software Alliance
- Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
- Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
- Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square
- Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
- David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!
- Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
- Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
- Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube
- Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet
- Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal
- Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist
- Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
- Biz Stone, co-founder of Obvious and Twitter
- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation
- Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter
- Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!
- Progressive Change Campaign Committee
- Union Square Ventures
- Wikimedia Foundation
- Men's Rights Advocacy Forum
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Consumers Union
- American Library Association
- Computer & Communications Industry Association
- Human Rights First
- Consumer Federation of America
- Human Rights Watch
- United States Student Association
- Irregular Times
- Information Technology Industry Council
- Association of Research Libraries
- Entertainment Consumers Assocation
- Writers Guild of America, West
- Reporters Without Borders
- Freedom House
- Association of College and Research Libraries
- Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Demand Progress
- U.S. Public Interest Group
- New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative
- Center for Media Justice
- Center for Rural Strategies
- Brookings Institute
- American Society of News Editors
And sure enough, we did it.
In a surprise move, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to the huge online protest and the White House threatening to veto the bill if it had passed. But don't celebrate yet. PIPA (the Senate's version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.Sure enough, we win, right? Ha! Nah. PIPA is still alive in the Senate with 40 co-sponsors. It's just a situation of everybody knows SOPA, so let's just use PIPA now to get the same lobbyist to their final destination. And what does PIPA mean?
The Piss In People's Ass Act.. No, wait. That's one too many A's at the end. Hell if I know. You should just realize that it's something the intellectual property owners came up to fuck you out of your internet signal and free ability to pirate shit. And why shouldn't it pass? Every other law to help entertainment industry groups collect rent off other people's work has passed and their former lawyers have appointed positions at all levels of society to make sure it happens.
I know someone who is studying law and is taking a "constitutional law: individual rights and liberties," class. Which I guess is kind of like going to veterinary school and studying about unicorns.
For the time being for the rest of the day, if you try loading up Reddit, Wikipedia and hundreds of other websites today, it'll come up for just a split second before the blackout page shows up. But if you hit escape in that second, it stops loading and you can browse at your leisure...
So hey, you can cruise the net still. it's just a matter of making sure that this doesn't pass. Though even if it does, there's always Obama to carry out our hopes and change.. and veto this potential bill... right?
VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information
"the more freely information flows; the stronger that society becomes" President Obama http://tiny.cc/rh5b1
By allowing free conversation it is so easy to drop a link
It would be ridiculous for an ISP to block the entire whitehouse.gov domain on court order because a single user posted a link. It is difficult for any web administrator to know which links to copyrighted material are done with permission. This will kill the free flow of information and conversation on the internet.
SOPA is too blunt. Please veto.
Then again, I have as much thought that Obama would give any shit about any of this and I fully expect him to sign it all away the moment it comes to his desk. You know, to save up those political points and all.