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Saturday, July 04, 2015

"Back to the Future," the ultimate action-comedy-romance-sci-fi flick, turns 30 on July 3. The classic film invented its own form of time-travel (if you watch the movie 88 times in a row, you will have traveled 10,208 minutes into the future), but even the most dedicated fans may not know what went went down before the film even made it to theaters. Here are some facts about "Back to the Future" every DeLorean diehard should know:


Monday, June 22, 2015

Since 2011, however, Morales has been web-slinging in the company's alternate super-powered world, replacing the murdered Peter Parker. But now, it looks like that alternate version of Spidey is becoming the official one. According to the New York Daily News, when the Spider-Man comic relaunches in the fall, Morales will be the face underneath the mask, not Peter Parker.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Police arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a church in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday night, local broadcaster WRIC reported. No one was injured in the incident at the United Nations Church International, about four miles from downtown in the predominantly black capital city of Virginia, and police quickly took the person into custody. read more


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sharan Shetty, Slate: Madonna's career is packed with provocations, but few inspired outrage like "Justify My Love," the 1990 single that came with a grainy, art-house music video of the singer indulging in some taboo menage a trois. MTV deemed the video too explicit to air, and the subsequent scandal overshadowed how good, and ahead of its time, the song really was. But what happens when you pair its innovative, trip-hop production with some Led Zeppelin power chords? The folks at Wax Audio grafted Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" onto Madge's controversial, spoken-word classic, and the result is a surprisingly good and extremely sensual piece of music. Enjoy. read more


Monday, June 15, 2015

Game of Thrones is like the weather. It's pretty boring, except for the cataclysmic disasters. What was the weather like last fall? Last spring? Two summers ago? On Game of Thrones it's always bleak with a 90 percent chance of rape and sudden death. Any stretch of episodes is indistinguishable from the rest, unless a monster storm (or an actual monster, e.g. Dragons, Stannis) makes landfall. read more


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Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government? Really? Slaves, who were lawfully stripped of their culture and religion, taught that they were inferior to whites and not even fully human, forced into lives of servitude, abuse, rape, mental and emotional anguish, were not robbed of their basic human dignity? Really?

Clarence Thomas is married to a white woman -- something that would have been illegal today if it weren't for the Supreme Court's historic Loving v. Virginia ruling which deemed discrimination against interracial marriage as unconstitutional. It's dangerous to equate too heavily the black civil rights struggles with those of the LGBT community, but the irony here is still profound. Does Thomas see his marriage as a mere government benefit? If the law of the land stated that he and his wife couldn't be married, simply because he is black, would his dignity truly remain intact? Would he have no sense of injustice?

At the end of the day, Thomas's dignity argument is wholly irrelevant. The dignity of slaves doesn't absolve the United States of its sins. The dignity of Japanese Americans held in internment camps didn't make the discrimination any less real. This idea that maintaining one's dignity makes oppression, marginalization, and the denial of basic human rights okay is beyond ridiculous.

If Clarence Thomas is against marriage equality, so be it: there's nothing he can do about it anyway. But the fact that a Supreme Court Justice could use this reasoning as justification for his decision? That's downright undignified.

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Better than I could say it.

Reason 3 polls on this subject are meaningless:

The public continues to view the law through a partisan lens, a dynamic that has persisted since the passage of the law in 2010. Most Democrats (70 percent) express a favorable view of the law, while most Republicans (75 percent) express an unfavorable view, and independents fall in between (42 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable).

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Reason 1: How do you feel about Obamacare? How about the Affordable Care Act?

They're two different names for one law, but a new poll shows more Americans oppose the president's signature health care law when it has his name attached than when it's called the official name.

According to a new CNBC poll that surveyed two different groups, 46% of the group that was asked about "Obamacare" was opposed to the law, while 37% of the group asked about the "Affordable Care Act" was opposed to the law.

At the same time, more people support "Obamacare" (29%) than those who support ACA (22%.) In other words, having "Obama" in the name "raises the positives and the negatives," as CNBC put it.

It's also important to note that 30% didn't know what the ACA was, compared to 12% who weren't familiar with Obamacare, according to the poll.
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#23 | POSTED BY KANREI AT 2015-07-01 01:56 PM

Reason number 2:33% say Ice Cream is good as is.
33% say Ice Cream is good, but not as good as it could be.
33% say Ice Cream is without value.
Yes, 66% like Ice Cream. It is all based on how the question is phrased.

#41 | POSTED BY KANREI AT 2015-07-01 03:34 PM |

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