Friday, April 26, 2013

Today's Internets - "I guess you could say I am a loner..."

"Penning the next movie in the massive Star Wars franchise would be daunting for any man, and that's all screenwriter Michael Arndt is. A man, like any other. A man susceptible to studio pressure, fan expectations and writer's block, as this video — made for the eventual Blu-ray extras — reveals."
 "Michael Arndt"
Writing Star Wars w/ Michael Arndt - watch more funny videos      

"Culminating a two-week trial in which no hacking in the traditional sense occurred, a California man was convicted Wednesday under the same hacking statute internet sensation Aaron Swartz was accused of before he committed suicide in January. Defendant David Nosal was convicted by a San Francisco federal jury on all six charges ranging from theft of trade secrets to hacking, despite him never breaking into a computer. Nosal remains free pending sentencing later this year, when he faces a potential lengthy prison term..."

"Soul-crushing fun fact: Alison Brie dates Dave Franco, James Franco's younger brother. In a new Funny or Die sketch, the happy couple get together for a little cutesy couple foreplay banter. Then things get weird and Dave Franco tells Brie that he wants a "blumpkin." Words we never, ever, in a million years thought we'd hear out of dream girl Alison Brie's mouth: "Good luck getting Olivia Munn to suck your dick while you take a shit." "

Dream Girl w/ Dave Franco & Alison Brie from Dave  Franco      

"It should go without saying that the issue here is causation, not justification or even fault. It is inherently unjustifiable to target innocent civilians with violence, no matter the cause (just as it is unjustifiable to recklessly kill civilians with violence). But it is nonetheless vital to understand why there are so many people who want to attack the US as opposed to, say, Peru, or South Africa, or Brazil, or Mexico, or Japan, or Portugal. It's vital for two separate reasons...

First, some leading American opinion-makers love to delude themselves and mislead others into believing that the US is attacked despite the fact that it is peaceful, peace-loving, freedom-giving and innocent. As these myth-makers would have it, we don't bother anyone; we just mind our own business (except when we're helping and liberating everyone), so why would anyone possibly want to attack us? "

...Second, it's crucial to understand this causation because it's often asked "what can we do to stop Terrorism?" The answer is right in front of our faces: we could stop embracing the polices in that part of the world which fuel anti-American hatred and trigger the desire for vengeance and return violence."

Plastic Surgery Nation: Chinese Man Sues Wife For Being Ugly, Wins - All News Is Global |: "Plastic surgery is a hot topic at the moment in China. A recent advertisement for a Hong Kong plastic surgery clinic has triggered a hot debate in the country. The ad shows a family photo with a beautiful couple surrounded by three children who are, well, ugly ducklings."
 "The photo caption reads, “The only thing you have to worry about after plastic surgery is explaining it to your children,” E-Today reports. After an outcry on Chinese micro-blogging sites, the advertising company had to issue a statement saying that the children’s photos had to be retouched. According to data from Taiwan’s Foreign Trade Association, three million Chinese undergo plastic surgery each year. The market of these “high-end medical services” has an annual growth of 10%, quite a bit higher than the global average of 6%. With their relatively much more advanced professional staff and equipment, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan are fiercely competing for Chinese clients."

Guys start massaging girls at random, get phone numbers.  Counter-intuitive 101.

These dudes are hilarious.  
"We're three guys who pickup girls using ridiculous challenges."

Exchange 'women' for everybody, regardless of the study participants - Women are in Weight Gain Denial « Natural Health care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health
"Research showed that women, at an average age of 25, had put on up to 11 pounds over three years without realizing they had been getting heavier. This worries doctors because it indicates that national anti-obesity campaigns are failing and many women, in turn, are in danger of putting themselves at risk of cardiovascular disease and a number of other weight-related health issues. 466 women took part in the study, which monitored their weight for 36 months. Weigh-ins were conducted every six months and subjects responded to questionnaires asking them if they felt heavier or noticed any weight gain. The results were surprising. One-third of the participants failed to notice a weight gain of five pounds over the observation period, while a quarter failed to notice putting on more than 5 pounds."
"I'll venture to speculate that many men have the same thing going on. There once was a time not long ago where people (at least here in the US) were a bit more health/weight-conscious. Call it the Jack LaLanne-Arnold Schwarzenegger Era. It lasted about 20 years, maybe 15. It was a time many people quit smoking, went to gyms or health clubs, and weighed themselves daily. Now, not so much, especially the daily weigh-in on the bathroom scale. At the least, that's always been a good habit. Being obese or significantly overweight isn't just a women's health issue but also a men's health issue."

13 corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme - The Washington Post: "Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment.

...The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a wrist.

...The guards allegedly helped leaders of the Black Guerilla Family run their criminal enterprise in jail by smuggling cellphones, prescription pills and other contraband in their underwear, shoes and hair. One gang leader allegedly used proceeds to buy luxury cars, including a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW, which he allowed some of the officers to drive.

...Sen. Lisa A. Gladden (D-Baltimore), who works as a public defender in Baltimore when the legislature is not in session, said the large percentage of female corrections at the detention center contributed to the problem. “A lot of times, they become smitten with the inmates. [The inmates] talk really sweet and say really nice things, and the CO’s fall for them. You need to have a bunch of rough, ugly men.”"

[on the end of Angel] - " was very controversial at the time. As far as my interaction with fans, some people really got it and loved it and some people didn’t like it so much. But I personally loved it, because I thought that what it was saying – and I think he said it very clearly through my character – really, is that regardless of the amount of work that it appears ahead of you, you always stay in the fight. You do not give up. No matter how outnumbered you are, the battle for good continues. And I just thought it was such an optimistic and positive and wonderful ending, with a lot of meaning, as far as who these characters were. I thought it was beautiful. Just for me, that was the easiest moment I ever had playing that character, because in that last scene, it was actually my last shot as well. And I was just there, man. I knew I was saying goodbye to the character in the story and in my life and it was so easy to play. So I loved that episode and I loved the ending."

Obvious Headline is Obvious.

Law Requiring Warrants for E-Mail Wins Senate Committee Approval | Threat Level | "A Senate committee today backed sweeping privacy protections requiring the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant to obtain e-mail and other content stored in the cloud. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the package on a voice vote after about 30 minutes of debate, and sent the measure to the Senate floor, where it faces an uncertain future. The legislation, (.pdf) sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the committee’s chair, and Michael S. Lee (R-Utah) nullifies a provision of federal law allowing the authorities to acquire a suspect’s e-mail or other stored content from an internet service provider without showing probable cause that a crime was committed if the content is 180 days or older."

Details at the link.
Tip 597: Fat Is GOOD For You: Five Tips For Eating Fat So You Lose Fat - Charles Poliquin: "Certain fats are extremely good for you. These fats convey abundant benefits including aiding in the achievement of optimal body composition, the prevention of  cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. Here are five tips for enjoying fat.

#1: Eat A Lot of Omega-3 Fats 
#2: Use Coconut Oil
#3: Eat Butter
#4: Eat Avocado, Olive Oil & Nuts
#5: Go Low-Carb & Avoid All Processed Foods"

"In this 1995 Independent article, you can read about the former CIA officer who admitted that the Agency secretly funded and promoted Abstract Expressionism as a way for avant-garde, lefty types to reconcile their worldview with American values, rather than Soviet-style Communism. They operated in secret to avoid "the public hostility to the avant-garde," and hid their actions from conservative Congressmen who hated that long-hair junk."

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