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Comment Re: Superhero Movies (Score 1) 162

our kid who you are apparently teaching that being a white male in America is somehow unfair and he should act like a victim.

No, I'm teaching him that pre-judging ANYONE on the basis of their race or gender is a bad thing. Maybe you're teaching your kid that it's okay to always villianize or mock a particular race or gender, just as long as it's white people or men. Seems to be the consensus in Hollywood lately, and certainly at Disney.

Submission + - Female Developer sues Women Who Code and Google Women Techmakers for Defamation (medium.com) 1

_Sharp'r_ writes: Marlene Jaeckel, co-founder of Polyglot Programming, is suing for defamation of character after being silenced and kicked out of Google Developer Group, Google Women Techmakers, Rails Girls ATL and Women Who Code because of her political views and especially her friendship and public support for former Google employee James Damore. The ban is controversial among group members.

Comment Re:Superhero Movies (Score 5, Insightful) 162

Here are the cinematic options that Hollywood gives me today:

1) Superhero sequel #2986--this time with slightly improved explosions
2) Disney movies where men/boys are always either the buffoon or the villain
3) Indie darlings about black/gay/lesbian/transsexuals fighting evil white people over slavery/oppression
4) Remake of decent movie that you liked 20 years ago, but now with an all-woman cast and much shittier writing!

Now which should I spend $50-$80 to take my wife and son to, when I could just stream something at home on my 4K home theater?

Comment Re:SJW Marvel (Score 1) 159

How about America? A comic that Marvel promoted the hell out of, written by an openly virulent man-hating anti-white racist? This was a comic from Marvel, mind you (not some indie company), which featured a superhero who attacked white people and men in every issue--a comic from Marvel that portrayed white men as the ultimate villains in society.

Hey, remember when comic books used to have a broad market, including both kids and adults? Well, would anyone in their RIGHT FUCKING MIND want their kid reading America?

Comment Experience from a working-class red state (Score 3, Interesting) 679

Of course, NYC assumes their experience is typical. But where I'm at, EVERYONE still uses cash. It actually annoys me, because it takes time to make change. I'm actually surprised when I see someone else (like myself) paying with a debit card. Cash is still king here.

At least it's not as bad as it was in the 1980's in Miami, though. Back then, with all the drug smugglers, *everything* in that city ran on cash. People bought cars and mansions with suitcases full of cash (and banks, realtors, and car dealerships never asked where it came from, of course). It was a very strange place to be.

Submission + - The Weird Story of the FBI and 'It's a Wonderful Life' (smithsonianmag.com) 1

Anonymous Cashews writes: That now classic 1946 Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," was regarded by the FBI as having "communist tendencies" for questioning the virtues of capitalism.

It’s A Wonderful Life bombed at the box office before becoming a Christmas classic. Along the way, it also caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The movie’s preview showing at New York’s Globe Theater took place on this day in 1946, a day before the movie opened to the public. “Though it has become a quintessential American classic, It’s a Wonderful Life was not an immediate hit with audiences,” writes Jennifer M. Wood for Mental Floss. The film’s producer and director, Frank Capra, ended up $25,000 in debt. In spite of this, Capra said he thought the tale of a suicidal man and his guardian angel was “the greatest film I ever made.” An unnamed FBI agent who watched the film as part of a larger FBI program aimed at detecting and neutralizing Commie influences in Hollywood (fathered by, yes, J. Edgar Hoover) said it was “very entertaining.” However, writes scholar John A. Noakes, the agent “also identified what they considered a malignant undercurrent in the film.” As a result of this report, the film underwent further industry probes that uncovered that “those responsible for making It’s a Wonderful Life had employed two common tricks used by Communists to inject propaganda into the film.” These two common “devices” or tricks, as applied by the Los Angeles branch of the Bureau, were smearing “values or institutions judged to be particularly American”–in this case, the capitalist banker, Mr. Potter, is portrayed as a Scroogey misanthrope–and glorifying “values or institutions judged to be particularly anti-American or pro-Communist”–in this case, depression and existential crisis, an issue that the FBI report characterized as a “subtle attempt to magnify the problems of the so-called ‘common man’ in society.”


Submission + - This Rub-on Male Hormonal Contraceptive Is About to Be Tested on People. (sciencealert.com)

Zorro writes: If you're a sperm-producer who doesn't want kids, your personal contribution to contraception is currently limited to condoms or the snip.

Needless to say, not everybody likes those choices. But now a topical treatment could add another simple, non-invasive option to the mix — it's a hormonal gel that reduces sperm count when applied to the skin.

The progesterone analogue, called nestorone, competes with the body's testosterone levels, reducing them in the testes just enough to prevent mature sperm from being made. The added boost of testosterone helps keep hormones balanced throughout the rest of the body.

By rubbing half a teaspoon of the quick-drying liquid each day onto a body part, such as the upper arms or shoulders (away from the family jewels is probably best), sperm levels will be kept down for the next couple of days.

*The Jokes just write themselves for this*

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Power Outage Strands Thousands at US Airport. 600 Flights Cancelled (cnn.com) 189

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: A power outage at the world's busiest airport left thousands of passengers stranded in dark terminals and in planes sitting on the tarmac, amid a nationwide ground stop. Incoming and outgoing flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were halted indefinitely as crews worked to restore power, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. Atlanta is the heart of the US air transport system, and what happens there has the potential to ripple through the country.

More than 600 flights to and from Atlanta have been canceled, including 350 departures, according to Flightradar24... Flights headed to Atlanta are being held on the ground at their departure airport. Inbound flights to Atlanta are being diverted, US Customs and Border Protection said. Departures from the airport are delayed because electronic equipment is not working in the terminals, the FAA said. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Some people stranded in the dark terminals used their cellphones as flashlights, one passenger told CNN. "There were a few emergency lights on, but it was really dark -- felt totally apocalyptic."

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