This sells for $325US, it looks like. This reminds me of the upcoming Monster High Monster Maker toy that draws custom faces on blank dolls. It’s priced at $129US. I wonder if some enterprising hacker can repurpose it…
By paying for faux-viral sponsored tweets saying “Hey kids, ignore it and it’ll all go away!”
I remember being repeatedly told “Ignore it and it’ll all go away” when I was bullied as a kid. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. It puts all the responsibility solely on the victim. It’s not going to do jack for threats, bigotry, or smear campaigns. Those don’t magically become “nothing” when you block, or filter, or walk away from your screen.
The term “cyberbullying” even makes it sound like a children’s problem that people grow out of. If only! If only. But the Conservatives are obviously appealing to the Scared Parents demographic this next election cycle, so I can expect to hear more trite answers to complex social problems, via paid ads from the government…
“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
powerful Black Science Man
“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.
I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.
Or understand metric.
This disturbing ad is all over HGTV in Canada right now. Disturbing because:
- "Use a REALTOR™ or get SWATted. Love, your REALTOR™"
- "Oh sorry, nevermind, I can tell you’re not in the cartel because you’re white and upper middle class. Drop your weapons, everyone!"
- "Sorry, we’re just regular incompetent cops, going off without doing our homework as usual. You know who’s more competent? Your REALTOR™!"
This slightly more disturbing cut features them getting menaced with laser sights after the stand down order.
Bounce for Men: Because everyone has to do laundry, including young men insecure about their masculinity who feel anxious about smelling even faintly floral.
It’s telling that they’re advertising this during Back to School season, when a fresh batch of college freshmen are going to be doing their own laundry for the first time in their lives.
On the upside, this is proof that guys are increasingly doing their own laundry now. I would expect to start seeing more manly-scented household cleaning products in the next few years.
“Restaurants already use a number of hacks to make you think the food you’re ordering is cheaper than it already is.”
The points are valid, but unfortunately, the example menu looks like it was explicitly made to make designers scream in distress.
Ooh, I don’t have any of my art software set up right now but I’m so tempted to try this.
I somehow hadn’t yet heard the Momoiro Clover Z version of Moonlight Densetsu, but I sure as heck wasn’t expecting it to come up on my cable TV satellite radio channels.
Almost a thousand people in West Africa die from ebola and nobody bats an eyelash, yet 2 white people in the US contract it and miraculously a cure is released and given to them because they’re an “extreme circumstance.” Satire is dead and real life is a dystopian hellscape
Ok I have to call bullshit on this. The “cure” in question was a very new experimental antibody that hadn’t even started human trials yet. There’s not much of it to go around, it could easily have not worked worth a damn, and there could be unknown consequences for taking it. Possibly nasty ones, possibly long-term ones. Nobody knows yet!
The drug was released under a compassion clause that exists in US law, which I believe provides some shields to liability if things go wrong. Such legal protections may not be available in other countries.
Plus, the patients are doctors. They would truly have “informed consent” for the sort of mess they could be getting into with this stuff.
The aid workers are already fighting the perception that they are making things worse. The last thing they need to do is start mucking in with untested, possibly ineffective drugs.