here’s that guy who wants crowdfunding money for a video about how Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn are ruining the earth explaining why black people don’t succeed. I imagine that nothing about that sentence was surprising to you
it is a bewildering, stupid, depressing watch in that it’s different than what you would imagine a video called “why blacks fail” would be about and yet somehow more insane. if you don’t want to click on the video, and I don’t blame you, his bottom-line answer is “entrepreneurship,” as in, “black entrepreneurship is why blacks fail.” you think I’m joking? I watched this video and I lost my ability to joke. I can never make a joke again. I forgot how to joke. what are jokes
Well, and he’s a woman-beater. Davis Aurini? He beat the hell out of his mentally ill girlfriend after they watched One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest together, which— wasn’t my reaction to that movie. Got off on self-defense— some Canadian judge bought some story he told about her having some episode. If you go look at the twitter feed for the shitty guy with the fat neck, Fat Neck’s like, “Hey— he was found INNOCENT. Of woman-beating.”
The Ben Spurr guy who made the videogame where the player can beat Sarkeesian’s face in— he’s going to be in their documentary too. As a victim. Feminists were mean to him after he made a game where you can beat a woman’s face in, apparently, the poor thing. Probably not going to be featured is the lady who called him on making the game because she’s probably busy dealing with the criminal harassment trial she’s in the middle of— after she objected to Spurr, she got so many threats and harassment she feared for her life, etc., etc., etc. (It’s going to be Canada’s first harassment trial that relates exclusively to twitter harassment— two other women some 50+ year old father of 4 (boys) was harassing-slash-STALKING joined her in the complaint).
The exact same people now claiming that Sarkeesian “made up getting death threats” were yelling about how Ben Spurr didn’t do anything wrong to make a game where the player can beat her face in, two years ago. You go back two years ago and they were spouting the same exact shit, they just didn’t have “defending journalistic ethics” to hide behind or whatever. It’s all a bunch of shit. I don’t know. I read about this shit too much last week…
Anyways: Davis Aurini? Not just some racist. Also a known woman-beater. More here but … has to be better ways to spend your time…
“If we moved furniture for a living we’d have a bad back or bad knees. We think for a living. We try to create. We try to constantly think of cool ideas. And every once in a while there’s a breakdown in the engine… I guess that’s the price you pay.”—Violent J
I can’t find this information anywhere else but the Comics Reporter is usually very reliable but but but it’s not anywhere on Google if you put it in but but but but but but
Tom didn’t even say that! Click on the link, and Tom’s saying something completely different until Blaise Larmee (that’s who AltComics is, right?) changed what he said…???? Tom hasn’t tweeted anything either. EDITED TO ADD: if you look at that first image on his tumblr, it doesn’t really lend much credence to this being true either.
If this is a hoax, it’s a fucking ugly and mean-spirited one. I wouldn’t understand why anyone would find it very funny.
“Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went on an extended rant about President Barack Obama’s decision to wear a tan suit during a statement about the terrorist group ISIS he delivered on Thursday at the White House. “There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said on NewsMaxTV on Friday. The interview was flagged by Buzzfeed. “When you have the world watching … a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out —I’m not trying to be trivial here— in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy.[…]”
“A St. Ann police lieutenant resigned Thursday after he pointed an assault rifle at protesters and cursed at them, officials said. Lt. Ray Albers had worked for the department for 20 years. Albers resigned after the city’s board of police commissioners met and recommended to the board of aldermen that he be fired or resign.”—Well, that’s one, at least. The cop who said protestors should be “put down like rabid dogs” also got fired.
“Human sensory and motor systems provide the natural means for the exchange of information between individuals, and, hence, the basis for human civilization. The recent development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) has provided an important element for the creation of brain-to-brain communication systems, and precise brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces (CBI). These technologies, BCI and CBI, can be combined to realize the vision of non-invasive, computer-mediated brain-to-brain (B2B) communication between subjects (hyperinteraction). Here we demonstrate the conscious transmission of information between human brains through the intact scalp and without intervention of motor or peripheral sensory systems. Pseudo-random binary streams encoding words were transmitted between the minds of emitter and receiver subjects separated by great distances, representing the realization of the first human brain-to-brain interface. In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated B2B communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious B2B communication technologies. More fully developed, related implementations will open new research venues in cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience and the scientific study of consciousness.
“Actually, that’s not the only showbiz tale. There’s the ice bucket challenge, 2014’s Gangnam Style, which is sort of uplifting, in that it involves famous people doing something stupid for charity. […] Everyone’s done it. Simon Cowell, Kate Moss, Liam Gallagher, Dennis Nilsen. Former president and Teddy-Ruxpin-faced planet-vandal George W Bush joined in the fun, proving that even dot-eyed locust warmongers appreciate a bit of slapstick. Bush had an ice bucket emptied over his head by wife Laura. He’s cheerfully commanded people to use buckets of water before, of course, but back then he called it “waterboarding”. Over three million people have watched his stunt on YouTube, although two million of those stumbled across it accidentally after typing “dripping wet bush” into the search engine.”—Charlie Brooker. 2014’s Gangnam Style…
“There has always been a silent agreement between Grant Morrison comics and Grant Morrison readers that one thing will not be considered in evaluating these grand struggles for the evolution of the superhero concept: that we won’t just elect to go do something else. That we won’t decide that the best way to deal with the problems of superheroes is to stop reading superhero comics. And this I’ve come to see as a narrative fault, because Morrison keeps going on and on and on about evolution, and yet the superhero decades have proven circular in their advancements, so that Nu 52 DC reads quite a bit like Wildstorm circa 1995, and as a result I find myself standing outside, wondering “hey, if nothing really changes, this guy can just position himself, profitably, as a shaman in perpetuity, right?””—
Joe said it all better but: That was a striking book, just in how unhip it felt compared to everything else I got that week. It had some interesting ideas in the execution (I like the bit about books being windows into the places the characters will visit, I guess). There were things to like about it, some. It just felt like … not of this year. When Joe talks about looking at it with nostalgia, I think he really nails at least my experience of it— “this might’ve really meant something to me once" was the most it inspired in me (plus a brief "oh no is this going to be about the internet?" fear that Jeff Lester talks about elsewhere)(I don’t know if “no, it’s just going to be about comics again" was too much relief). Just in the stuff it was concerned about… like, those battles already all got lost. Bad guys win. Or good guys win if you’re really into Lady Thor or whatever. I don’t know. I don’t care anymore. I guess that was the weird thing about it— just this visit to a planet of concerns I don’t have anymore…
(Or just this massive body of work he’s been building about superheros being held hostage and corrupted by Decrepit Forces feels very strange right now, when… I’m the first person to be cynical and say “all these indie success stories are a fad and a bubble! nothing good will last! humbug! Humbug to everything!" But that felt strange right now where the rest of comics are suffused with a very different kind of optimism. It felt like a book wanting to joust obstacles on a dirt path located adjacent to a … well not a highway, but a different dirt path whose obstacles are probably just being hushed up and also a dirt path with too many science fiction comics on it, what’s with all the science fiction, buy a different set of dice, you nerds, etc. I don’t know. I’m babbling about dirt on the internet again, aren’t I? The behavioral therapy isn’t working…)
Probably this all just says more about me and where I’m at, than anything. It was just weird how much that seemed like a thing of the early 00’s. And also just kind of striking given how much you see Morrison’s fingerprints in many of your hip books of the moment. I read that book after reading not less than three Image books with Morrison’s DNA splattered all over them…