ya lose some internets ya win some internets

Teenagers and celebrities are up in arms after photo sharing app Instagram scrubbed millions of spam accounts and bots.

The crackdown has been called the “Instagram Rapture” or “Instagram Purge” as accounts dropped thousands, and even millions, of followers overnight…


( ^winner ^)
(v LOSERS!!! v)

#instapurge 2014 // Top 100 accounts:

(you know who else destroys ancient cultural icons in the name of religion)

…This is an update to last week’s story about Greenpeace’s irresponsible stunt on the Nazca Lines site in Peru. The Nazca Lines are a collection of giant, rudimentary drawings of shapes and animals meticulously drawn into a windless, rainless plateau in a Peru desert thousands of years ago. The entirety of the area is covered in reddish-brown rock with a lighter soil underneath them. The pictures were created, for what reason archaeologists aren’t sure, by simply removing the upper layer of rocks and revealing the white soil beneath. The lines of the drawings amount to only several inches deep and are therefore pretty delicate. Scientists, as you’ll see in this video, wear special shoes when visiting the site, on which very few people are allowed to tread.

Greenpeace did not bother with such precautions. The Peruvian government is said to be charging Greenpeace activists with damaging the site, but it was unclear until now exactly how much impact they might have had…

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DPRKs

Kim’s “movie critics” go after Sony,
prob’ly ’cause criticizing their own cinematic crap gets ‘em fed to the dogs.
For example:


~ vid ~

Hey, pretty good production values, there, huh?
I especially like the part where they aim for the White House and hit the Capitol.
Woo, I wonder if somebody got fed to the dogs for under-selling NorK missile accuracy.

I waaas gonna make a snide observation about the hypocrisy of Kimmie’s guys censoring Sony for killing KIm while they laud the slaughter of our congressfolk; but it’s clear that the best response should be, not to censor, but to publicize the crap out’a their stuff.

Let the self-beclowning begin!

awferkripesake

Not sure if this is schadenfreude or just a face palm,
not that those are necessarily mutually exclusive, mind you.

Jaws dropped in Springfield’s Court Square Tuesday afternoon when Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams offered his take on the annual city menorah lighting ceremony.

Jesus is the reason for the season,” Williams said during remarks at the ceremony that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. [story]

No, it’s not important, and I’m certainly not makin’ an issue of it.
He’s just another in a long line of politicians who can’t help themselves once they get t’ yakkin’.
I mean, it’s not like Bud meant anything by it; and, after all, Jesus waaas raised Jewish.

(What? Ohhh, yeah. Funnier’n snot, so reckon I’ll go with the schadenfreude option.)

Speaking of politicians who can’t keep from yakkin’ …
(… and that calls for a little soul music)

Dreams of my Son

In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:

It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.

…Once again, Barack Obama’s imaginary son has found himself unfairly in trouble with the law. If you recall, his imaginary son was also shot by an imaginary neighborhood watch guard in the same style as Trayvon Martin. But Obama’s imaginary son is plucky and resilient and has lived a hard life in the hood so he keeps bouncing back.

In his life, Obama’s imaginary son has been shot at, concussed out of football, and racially profiled. Yet he keeps picking himself up and carrying on. Obama’s imaginary son should be an example to us all. No matter what kind of imaginary circumstances we find ourselves in, we can continue on with our imaginary lives….

President Obama, however, also should look inward and ask why his imaginary son continues to put himself in these situations. Perhaps it is also his own failings as an imaginary parent. Maybe his imaginary son is trying to rebel against the pressures that come with being the first imaginary son of the United States. Perhaps the President can get him some better-fitting clothes and tell him to stay in school instead of having constant run-ins with imaginary police.

previously…

codpiece wars

The regrettably named Norwegian underwear brand Comfyballs was all set to make its big debut in the U.S. this year when it was shut down by the country’s patent and trademark office. A trademark on Comfyballs, USPTO argued, was just too vulgar for Americans to accept. [story]

Hey, I know. Call ‘em … Redskins™!
Shirley, the USPTO won’t have a problem with … oh, wait.

Ohhh, so you think youuu have a better idea, mister smary-pants? Hmm?

(What? Nah. How many straight guys are gonna buy skivvies called “Smarty Pants”?)
_________
Cultural ref
Cultural ref
Title ref

… and this chair.

update: freedom isn’t

…Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures surrendered to cyberterrorists and pulled The Interview. The famous Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta said they would screen the movie instead of The Interview but Paramount has ordered them to stop

I woulda gone with …

… the eaten-alive-by-dogs thing,
but my idea of what makes a good comedy must be different from Sony’s.


DS12218 from John Patridge on Vimeo.

(What? Well, it’s su-post‘a be a clip from The Interview, but I make no promises.)Previousry
Previously
Previously

After you.

President Obama Wednesday said Americans should not be alarmed by a terrorism threat made against movie theaters, downplaying the danger as Sony Pictures announced a decision to cancel the planned release of a comedy about a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea.

“For now, my recommendation would be, ‘Go to the movies,’” Obama said Wednesday in an interview with ABC News. [story]

Other than that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Okay, they pulled the video.
Yeah, who didn’t see that comin’?

You can still find it here.

The New Face of War

Corporate “Nations”

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, the American entertainment subsidiary of Japanese multinational technology and media conglomerate SONY, the Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has made a fairly significant decision for America after this:

Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.

Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.

The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

All the world will denounce the SONY.

wow.

That’s like a bad Sony Movie parody of a NorK missive. ”how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to”?!?

All over a movie that looks to be slightly more interesting than Ishtar.

Now SONY has scrapped any and all releases of the movie; theater, PPV, DVD, streaming — everything. ..to protect those “who seek fun in terror”. or something…

But there’s this to consider:

Sony Pictures will take an estimated $90 million financial hit as a result of its decision to scrap the release of “The Interview,” …

One media report suggested that a total write-off was required to qualify for an insurance claim.

Which makes sense — business-wise.

Otherwise, for a $90million business decision, nutbags worldwide will be releasing weirdly-worded threats against all sorts of publications — and getting creative with other things — with this as a precedent.

The world will be full of fear!!!

Complete covering of the twerk of the wanton whore Katie Perry will happen or those who seek fun in gynecology will suffer awful fate!! Also, if your house is nearby, you’d better leave.

Also, this:

A former hacker for Anonymous, Hector Monsegur: …

“In my personal opinion, it’s not. Look at the bandwidth going into North Korea. I mean, the pipelines, the pipes going in, handling data, they only have one major ISP across their entire nation. That kind of information flowing at one time would have shut down North Korean Internet completely,”

… “They don’t have the technical capabilities.”

…“It doesn’t tell me much [that some of the code is in Korean]. I’ve seen Russian hackers pretending to be Indian. I’ve seen Ukrainian hackers pretending to be Peruvian. There’s hackers that pretend they’re little girls. They do this for misinformation, disinformation, covering their tracks,” he said.

“Do you really think a bunch of nerds from North Korea are going to fly to New York and start blowing up movie theaters? No. It’s not realistic. It’s not about ‘The Interview.’ It’s about money. It’s a professional job.”

hm…

‘Murica: f*uck you

USA!USA!USA!

Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that just got dethroned.

Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that, Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that just got dethroned. Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that, in its place, they’ll screen Matt Parker and Trey Stone‘s Team America: World Police


Link fixed.