Saturday, October 18, 2014

Male strippers on Ebola-infected nurse’s flight pretty appalled by CDC’s irresponsibility « Hot Air

Male strippers on Ebola-infected nurse’s flight pretty appalled by CDC’s irresponsibility « Hot Air: "“If a stripper can make a decision that’s more responsible than the CDC, then surely other people can make those decisions, too” Goode, who comes from a family of pharmacists, told the Daily News. “It’s not rocket science.”"



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GOP rep: What if terrorists self-infect and bring Ebola into the U.S.? « Hot Air

GOP rep: What if terrorists self-infect and bring Ebola into the U.S.? « Hot Air: "BuzzFeed’s point here, I guess, is that it’s bad form for a congressman to articulate this possibility even if plenty of Americans are already worried about it because that would be fearmongering, quite unlike what Democrats do routinely with climate change, the “war on women,” horsesh*t like this, etc etc. It’s one thing for the rank-and-file boobs on the right to see terrorists under every rock, it’s another for a man in power who’s, um, almost certainly going to be reelected anyway to broach the subject. But never mind that. What’s the actual argument for why Last’s point is stupid? I can see the argument for why an Ebola attack is inefficient: If you’re an Al Qaeda or ISIS ringleader who’s eager to kill a bunch of Americans, it’s easier to send someone into the U.S., have him buy a couple of guns and a few hundred rounds on the black market, and then open fire on the subway. You might kill a few dozen people that way. To kill the same number with Ebola, you’d have to enter the west African hot zone, try hard to get infected, immediately hop a plane to the U.S. via Europe (doing everything you can to suppress an early fever so that you’re not screened out at the terminal), wait while your viral load builds and then hop on the subway. An infected terrorist might have the strength to do that, but the longer he waits to let the disease spread in his system, the weaker he’d get."



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'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Paid Branding Deals Should Have #GamerGate Up In Arms - Forbes

'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Paid Branding Deals Should Have #GamerGate Up In Arms - Forbes: "Recently, popular YouTuber John Bain, aka TotalBiscuit, revealed that YouTubers were being offered deals to receive early review copies of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and would be paid to promote it so long as they didn’t say anything negative about the game. Anyone who chose not to sign up wouldn’t receive a review code."



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Supporting GamerGate Does Not Make You a Bully

Supporting GamerGate Does Not Make You a Bully: "And that’s when I felt ashamed of myself for considering taking the easy way out and slinking off to leave people who love gaming and are passionate about reforming this industry to fend for themselves.
How did the evil, violent members of GamerGate respond? By launching a fundraiser for the PACER Center, an organization dedicated to “expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families.” At the time of this writing, the campaign has received over $10,000 in donations.
It’s actions like these that give the lie to the media smear campaign to brand GamerGate as a hate movement. This follows the effort by early GamerGate supporters to step in and contribute to The Fine Young Capitalists, an organization dedicated to promoting women in the gaming industry, after attempts to derail their fundraising campaign by progressive activists."



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Friday, October 17, 2014

What’s happening in the video game industry matters to America | Rare

What’s happening in the video game industry matters to America | Rare: "Gamers have fought not to be controlled by a group of people who believe they know what’s best for everyone, which the right should also understand.

Their biggest mistake was underestimating the size and fight of the dog that is the gaming community. In short, it’s big.

The video game industry is a massive, multi-billion dollar industry that habitually outperforms Hollywood as the top cultural medium. Currently, the most watched person on YouTube is a guy who records himself playing and commentating on video games.

The video gaming community has its own professional leagues with sponsors. It has generated charities that have raised millions of dollars. Games are even being used more and more in schools as a teaching tool.

This is all due in part to the fact that video games have become more than just getting Mario to the princess or shooting your friends online. Video games have become the great story teller of our time."



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Video: The pro-legalization remix of “Because I Got High” you’ve been waiting for « Hot Air

Video: The pro-legalization remix of “Because I Got High” you’ve been waiting for « Hot Air: "The advocacy version of the song has a bit of a mellower feel, and features lyrics that are a reflection of the legalization crowd’s attempts to turn around the image of marijuana and its users. Instead of emphasizing all the responsible and adult things he couldn’t do because he got high, Afroman cites medical uses, all the drugs he didn’t do because he was high, and the resulting tax revenue from marijuana sales. I’m not sure Afroman himself is the ideal messenger for this cultural makeover, but he’ll get clicks. And maybe the message is, “If Afroman can be responsible, anyone can.” Up next, Snoop Dogg visiting the H&R Block months before the filing deadline. Because he got high."



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

GamerGate: Part I: Sex, Lies, and Gender Games - Reason.com

GamerGate: Part I: Sex, Lies, and Gender Games - Reason.com: "As often happens, reality is more complex than any of these narratives. While the gamers' revolt has very legitimate issues, is also true that it has been linked to some very ugly misogynist harassment of feminists. It also seems clear that the overwhelming majority of GamerGate supporters reject such tactics—and that harassment related to this conflict has been a two-way street. For a supposed misogynist "hate mob," GamerGate includes a lot of vocal women—and they have their own complaints of gender-based abuse, such as being called gender traitors or even "male sockpuppets." Finally, the feminism GamerGate rebels against is not simply about equality or  diversity; it is an authoritarian, far-left brand of gender politics that views everything through the lens of patriarchal oppression and tolerates no dissent."



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