Newspaper apologises after using picture of Jackass star instead of soldier

Combat engineer Guy Boyland, 21, was killed during clashes with Hamas gunmen in Gaza on Friday.

The New Zealand Herald took pictures off the soldier's Facebook page, but mistakenly used an image of Ryan Dunn that Boyland had posted after Dunn's death in a car crash in 2011.
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-29 4:59am to the Off Topic News forum.

Police hope to deter downloaders with anti-piracy adverts on illegal sites

City of London police have began placing anti-piracy banners on websites for illegal downloading, in a bid to deter users.

The advert warns downloaders that the police are aware of the website and advises them to close the browser page.
Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-29 6:04am to the Horseshit! forum.

Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter

Richard Dawkins has said "date rape is bad" and "stranger rape at knifepoint is worse" and contrasted "mild" paedophilia with "violent" paedophilia on Twitter.

The writer, known for his atheism and books including The God Delusion, emphasised he was not approving anything but giving examples of a "syllogism" - logical argument where the comparisons do not infer any endorsement of either.

Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-29 5:14am to the Horseshit! forum.

The Day Burning Man Died

After being injured repeatedly by an ever-increasing celebrity population and an onslaught of #brands, the Burning Man festival died on Monday, July 28, 2014. The final, fatal blow came when Grover Norquist, a 57-year-old tax policy agitator and the president of Americans for Tax Reform, tweeted that he would be attending this year’s iteration of the festival.
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-29 5:10am to the Off Topic News forum.

Emotional Writer Needed For Support Community for Affluent Individuals

Special community for people who have earned a lot of money or been born into a wealthy family needs a blog ghostwriter. The focus of the community is providing psychological support for the problems money brings -- family tensions, unfulfillable expectations, boredom, etc. To do this you must be intimately familiar with the problems faced by wealthy people. If you grew up wealthy or through some other means can write detailed blog posts on this topic, please get in touch.

The posts need to be ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2014-07-28 16:32pm to the The Economy forum.

What Is a Woman?

On May 24th, a few dozen people gathered in a conference room at the Central Library, a century-old Georgian Revival building in downtown Portland, Oregon, for an event called Radfems Respond. The conference had been convened by a group that wanted to defend two positions that have made radical feminism anathema to much of the left. First, the organizers hoped to refute charges that the desire to ban prostitution implies hostility toward prostitutes. Then they were going to try to explain why, ...
Submitted by nocash at 2014-07-28 13:01pm to the Off Topic News forum.

What We Now Know About American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story made its first appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but true to form, they were chary with the details about the upcoming season currently in production, Freak Show. But at the very least, we now know more about the characters, including the fact that the villain, to be played by Fargo's John Carroll Lynch, will rival Rubber Man, Bloody Face, and the Minotaur from the previous three seasons in terms of pure horror. "He will scare the shit out of you," said ...
Submitted by nocash at 2014-07-28 7:18am to the Television forum.

What I Learned Turning The Israel-Palestine Conflict Into A Video Game

In February 2007, one of Israel's renowned major generals had been invited to play a new simulation game of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on prime time Israeli TV. It seemed like a good idea at the time, as he was running for prime minister on behalf of the Labor Party.

After being confronted with a suicide bomb in the opening sequence of the game, he responded with a series of hawkish moves, including an Apache helicopter airstrike and a ground operation to destroy the militants' ...
Submitted by nocash at 2014-07-28 12:26pm to the Video Games forum.

Orban Says He Seeks to End Liberal Democracy in Hungary

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wants to abandon liberal democracy in favor of an “illiberal state,” citing Russia and Turkey as examples.


He listed Russia, Turkey and China as examples of “successful” nations, “none of which is liberal and some of which aren’t even democracies.”

Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-28 12:09pm to the Politics forum.

Moaning Moguls

The past few years have been very good to Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and C.E.O. of the Blackstone Group, the giant private-equity firm. His industry, which relies on borrowed money, has benefitted from low interest rates, and the stock-market boom has given his firm great opportunities to cash out investments. Schwarzman is now worth more than ten billion dollars. You wouldn’t think he’d have much to complain about. But, to hear him tell it, he’s beset by a meddlesome, tax-happy ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-28 10:33am to the The Economy forum.

Are game developers actually paying for YouTuber and press coverage?

When it comes to the ethics of paying a YouTube personality to play your game for promotional purposes, we've seen that the ethical lines are blurred.

But there's an important question to ask when examining the practice of pay for play: To what extent are game developers actually paying for YouTuber coverage?

Earlier this week I surveyed 325 video game developers to find out whether they have paid for coverage from either the traditional press or YouTubers, and asked whether they would ever ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-28 8:41am to the Video Games forum.

Native Activist Charges Art Students with Plagiarism

Native activist and organizer Lauren Chief Elk is claiming that a group of students at the California College of the Arts stole her work for a project that received a monetary award from the school’s Center for Art and Public Life. Chief Elk is the co-founder, along with criminologist Laura M. Madison, of the Save Wiyabi Project, an advocacy group centered around an online database and mapping project that tracks disappearances and murders of indigenous women in Canada and the United States.
Submitted by owl at 2014-07-28 8:09am to the Arts forum.

Lawsuit Filed To Prove Happy Birthday Is In The Public Domain; Demands Warner Pay Back Millions Of License Fees

Happy Birthday remains the most profitable song ever. Every year, it is the song that earns the highest royalty rates, sent to Warner/Chappell Music (which makes millions per year from "licensing" the song). However, as we've been pointing out for years, the song is almost certainly in the public domain. Robert Brauneis did some fantastic work a few years ago laying out why the song's copyright clearly expired many years ago, even as Warner/Chappell pretends otherwise. You can read all the ...
Submitted by nocash at 2014-07-28 7:31am to the Music forum.

Inside the Anti-Obamacare Carnival

The stilt walker was the first clue that something strange had come to Washington. A few long blocks from the Capitol, with the dome in full view, a colorless midsize tent was ringed by circus performers, waving and beckoning tourists into something-or-other. It was Wednesday evening, and the street traffic was sparse, but a few tourists made it in, where they signed in with one of a dozen red-shirted, iPad-wielding libertarian millennials.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-07-28 7:21am to the Politics forum.

This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like

Shortly after Kathryn Tucker started Red Rover, an app that showcases local events for kids, she pitched the idea to an angel investor at a New York tech event. But it didn’t go over well. When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn’t invest in women.

When she asked why, he told her. “I don’t like the way women think,” he said. “They haven’t mastered linear thinking.” To prove his point, he explained that his wife could never prioritize her to-do lists properly. And ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-28 8:39am to the Off Topic News forum.

'No loud Americans' sign in Republic of Ireland, slammed by Kerry residents

A shopkeeper in Waterville, County Kerry faced a backlash from members of his community, after he said he would not serve “loud Americans”.

Peter Fitzgerald posted a sign in Peter’s Place cafe which banned loud Americans, as well as travellers on coach and bus tours.
Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-28 6:20am to the Food forum.

Viewer Tells Meteorologist to Stop Showing Off Her Boobs

A viewer in Tennessee sent a local meteorologist a letter complaining her fashion choices fit too "snugly under [her] bust."

In a letter Julya Johnson of WATE in Knoxville posted on Friday to her Facebook (later shared on Jim Romenesko's site) a viewer crabbily complains that the meteorologist is wearing dresses that emphasize way to much boob for their tastes:
Submitted by FMonk at 2014-07-28 6:00am to the Television forum.

Michele Bachmann: Gay people want to legalise child molestation

Michele Bachmann, who is famed for her homophobic views, has said that gay people want to sexually abuse children.

During conservative radio show Faith & Liberty, the Minnesota congresswoman said: “I think also they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually.

“That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”
Submitted by Kallipygos at 2014-07-27 20:05pm to the Politics forum.

In Ferry Deaths, a South Korean Tycoon’s Downfall

So much money was being siphoned away from the ferry company to Mr. Yoo and his relatives that it was starved of funds and spent just $2 last year on safety training for the Sewol’s crew members. The money went to buy a paper copy of a certificate.
Submitted by dienerinlb at 2014-07-27 17:02pm to the Crime forum.

Florida Cop Shoots Drunk Man to Death After Forcing Him to Drive a Car

More than 50 cameras caught Christopher Magee, a police officer in Baton Rouge, Florida, brutally shooting a black man named Carlos Harris to death in the parking lot of a night club three years ago. Now, Harris’s family is suing the police for negligence and wrongful death, which could cost Baton Rouge taxpayers up to 2 million dollars, according to reports.
Submitted by revdrew at 2014-07-27 16:07pm to the Crime forum.