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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #300 on: May 02, 2015, 03:57:40 pm »
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #301 on: July 01, 2015, 05:38:03 am »
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« Reply #302 on: August 07, 2015, 05:27:06 pm »
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« Reply #303 on: August 31, 2015, 08:16:46 am »
MTV 2015 Video Music Awards Show

Normally I would post this in the Music Section, good and bad. But this was so atrociously awful that it HAS to go in the Glorious Fail thread. But where to begin? Who gets the top prize? Well, I gotta go with Kayne West. What a colossal hypocrite. The guy receives the Video Vanguard Award and then goes on an epic meltdown slamming Awards shows as pointless, and yet he attends each and everyone one of them to keep his name in the papers. I agree, awards shows are pointless. But if you want to be taken seriously, don't attend them you dumbf*ck. If that wasn't enough, he ran his mouth for what seemed like 20 minutes and made no f*cking sense whatsoever. He called out Justin Timberlake for something that happened 6 years ago, he admitted he was high, he kinda slammed Taylor Swift in a roundabout way in spite of her just giving him the award. Oh and to top it off, he announced that he will be running for President in 2020. This has to be taken with a grain of salt. He was high after all. All of this, especially his video montage intro was specifically to remind people is that he is a martyr for all artists out there and yet the music he makes is sh*t. Go figure. Hey Kanye, next time you get an award, just thank your wife, your kids, your fans and then get the f*ck off the stage. Idiot.

Justin Bieber was good for a laugh as his "performance" just further cemented the fact that he is a talent-less hack that has duped millions of girls into believing he is somehow legit. What a pile of sh*t he is. His singing had me laughing hysterically. But it was his dancing that really had me in stitches last night. To top it off, he gives a mini pep talk at the end that is meant to "inspire" but only made him look even dumber than he is. The kicker is that he starts to "cry" when all said and done. Well, fake cry that is as he's trying to create a buzz-worthy moment.

Miley Cyrus. What a f*Cking joke. As host for this years VMA, she went out of her way to really "shock" people. Her costumes were just dumb and did nothing to shock, but more to point out that she is going off the rails in her stupidity. She's not controversial, but just boring. Lady Gaga has been doing this for the last 5 years and Madonna has been doing this for the last 30 years. Speaking of Cyrus, I gotta give Nikki Minaj an A for effort in trying to start a war with her by calling her *bleep*. Still came off as staged, clearly a moment that Nikki wanted to be talked about the next day.

Overall, the show was a disaster from start to finish. I'd say 90% of the performances were awful. Unmemorable to say the least. I hope that MTV will cancel this redundant shows once and for all. On that, I agree with Kayne. KAYNE FOR PREZ!!! NOT!!!

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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #304 on: August 31, 2015, 11:24:11 am »
Huh, didn't miss anything did I... 'cepting for the overall trainwreck.

But I'll go with your simple statement... awards shows are pointless. As is reality shows, talent competitions (AGT, American Idol, etc).
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #305 on: November 24, 2015, 07:45:40 am »
Family of Muslim teen seeks $15M in clock incident

Sigh.

I wanna see the Lawyer that came up with that dollar amount.
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #306 on: November 25, 2015, 04:30:32 am »
Oh good gawd. This is one of those stories that people have gone too far in both directions. Yes he was treated unfairly, but I was rolling my eyes when a huge amount of praise came his way on his 'invention'.

What?

Now he's thrown the pendulum as far back as possible.

Ridiculous in all perspectives. I don't see goodness in where in this whole event.
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #307 on: January 21, 2016, 03:48:37 am »
Web sites that require some kind of ID (email or Facebook) before you can enter the site.

I've run into this on several occasions lately and it's not going to happen. I just want to look around and see if I'm interested. I give out my email to much as it is.

Asshat policy.
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #308 on: January 21, 2016, 05:57:49 am »
Agreed.
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #309 on: May 26, 2016, 10:08:29 am »
I've been thinking this from the first discussion about minimum wages...

McDonald's Ex-CEO Is Right When He Says A $15 Minimum Wage Would Lead To Automation

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Rensi, the ex-President and CEO of McDonald MCD +0.32% USA, has said that a $15 minimum wage would lead to greater automation within the locations of that company and its franchisees. And, of course, he’s absolutely right. Price changes alter demand.

It’s a useful reminder on the day that the Fight for $15 crowd are demonstrating outside the McDonald’s HQ too. What they’re really demonstrating for is accelerating the date at which their job disappears to a machine. They obviously have every right to make that view known but it does seem an odd thing to be demonstrating for:

    "The campus was shut the third year in a row for protests around the annual shareholder meeting.

    Hundreds of protesters marched through pouring rain to call for higher wages and union rights at McDonald’s Corp on Wednesday, leading the hamburger chain to shut down its headquarters a day before its annual meeting."

I’ve made my basic view about this known already. The U.S. is a rich country and yes, poverty is a relative matter in the manner that humans actually live their lives. Clearly we’re going to make sure that the poor of America live better than many people elsewhere simply because America is a rich country.

However, making $15-an-hour and working full-time (and add in the occasional free meal and some healthcare) puts you into the top 1% of all income owners globally. And I am deeply unconvinced that flipping burgers means you should be in that global 1% as of right.

Rensi makes his point on automation here:

    I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry — it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries — it’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” said former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria.

He made the same point a little while back here at Forbes:

    Recouping those costs isn’t as simple as raising prices. If it were easy to add big price increases to a meal, it would have already been done without a wage hike to trigger it. In the real world, our industry customers are notoriously sensitive to price increases. (If you’re a McDonald’s regular, there’s a reason you gravitate towards an extra-value meal or the dollar menu.) Instead, franchisees can absorb the cost with a change that customers don’t mind: The substitution of a self-service computer kiosk for a a full-service employee.

    In higher-cost European countries, these kiosks are already the norm. In 2011, the company ordered more than 7,000 of them to replace entry-level employees. They’ve been tested successfully in a number of markets in the U.S., and now the company is even testing self-serve McCafe kiosks where a customer can prepare and customize their own coffee beverage.

Note this carefully: where wage costs are higher then more automation has taken place. We might even note that a higher minimum wage will unleash the “robot rebellion“:

    For years, economists have been issuing predictions about how automation will impact the world’s job markets, but those studies and guesses have yet to make a call based on what would happen if a given sector’s wages rose. Instead, that specific guesswork mantle has been taken up by a former McDonald’s CEO who declared on Tuesday that a rise in the American minimum wage will set our nation’s robotic revolution into motion.

The important thing to understand is that how much labor is employed to do a task will depend upon the price of labor. Say that robotic french fry-making arm does cost $35,000. You have to pay a human worker $7.25 to do that job. You may or may not buy the robot, thinking that with the costs of maintenance of the machine and the greater adaptability of the human, a series of people is a better idea.

Now change that price of labor to $15 an hour. Not everyone will immediately go for the machine, but some people will because economics happens at the margin.

It’s also true that automation is coming, as it has been for the past couple of centuries. But is there a real point in bringing it along any faster? That is what a $15 minimum wage will do, meaning inevitably, some people lose their jobs.
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #310 on: June 06, 2016, 09:46:05 am »
This is not glorious and maybe we should remove the description.

But there are sooooo many fails in this story...

In controversial letter, father defends Stanford sex offender

Brock Turner = Sex Offender
Dan Turner = Father of the Sex Offender and author of the plea letter.
Judge Aaron Persky = Sentencing a sex offender "six months in jail and three years of probation after a judge worried that a stiffer sentence would have a ‘‘severe impact’’ on the 20-year-old."

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Public outrage over the lenient sentencing of a star Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault has been compounded by a controversial letter written by the athlete’s father.

Brock Turner was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a fraternity party in January 2015 at the elite university. He faced up to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for six.

Instead, Turner received only six months in jail and three years of probation after a judge worried that a stiffer sentence would have a ‘‘severe impact’’ on the 20-year-old.

The light sentence drew harsh criticism from prosecutors and advocates and prompted widespread fury on social media.

That fury intensified Sunday as critics slammed a letter written by Turner’s father as oblivious, ‘‘tone-deaf’’ and ‘‘impossibly offensive.’’

‘‘His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,’’ Dan A. Turner wrote in a letter arguing that his son should receive probation, not jail time. ‘‘That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.’’

‘‘He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile,’’ the letter says, noting that the former Olympic hopeful is now a registered sex offender.

In an interview with The Washington Post early Monday morning, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen confirmed that the letter had been submitted to the court before Turner’s sentencing last week and criticized the letter for reducing a brutal sexual assault to ‘‘20 minutes of action.’’ He also slammed Turner and his father for refusing to own up to the crime.

‘‘To this day, the defendant denies what he did,’’ Rosen said, adding that Turner ‘‘preyed upon’’ his victim and displayed violence.

Brock Turner’s attorney did not return The Post’s request for comment regarding Dan Turner’s letter.

The controversial letter emerged three days after prosecutors released another letter, this one written by the victim, who has not been named.

The two letters stand in stark contrast. While Dan Turner’s has been described as myopic, the victim’s has been called powerful and moving.

The victim’s letter begins by bluntly addressing her attacker.

‘‘You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,’’ she read in court. She then described how she decided to attend a party so she could spend time with her younger sister.

‘‘I made silly faces, let my guard down, and drank liquor too fast not factoring in that my tolerance had significantly lowered since college,’’ she said. ‘‘The next thing I remember I was in a gurney in a hallway. I had dried blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbow. I thought maybe I had fallen and was in an admin office on campus. I was very calm and wondering where my sister was. A deputy explained I had been assaulted. I still remained calm, assured he was speaking to the wrong person. I knew no one at this party. When I was finally allowed to use the restroom, I pulled down the hospital pants they had given me, went to pull down my underwear, and felt nothing.’’

She described in painful detail how the hospital staff documented her assault with probes and swabs, ‘‘shots, pills, had a nikon pointed right into my spread legs. . . .

‘‘I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else.’’

She described Turner as a predator picking off ‘‘the wounded antelope of the herd, completely alone and vulnerable, physically unable to fend for myself. . . .’’

She added: ‘‘Sometimes I think, if I hadn’t gone, then this never would’ve happened. But then I realized, it would have happened, just to somebody else. You were about to enter four years of access to drunk girls and parties, and if this is the foot you started off on, then it is right you did not continue.’’

‘‘You do not get to shrug your shoulders and be confused anymore,’’ she said of his conviction. ‘‘You have been convicted of violating me with malicious intent, and all you can admit to is consuming alcohol. Do not talk about the sad way your life was upturned because alcohol made you do bad things.’’

And yet, that is essentially the tone of Turner’s father’s letter.

Dan Turner’s letter begins with brisk reference to the sexual assault.

‘‘First of all, let me say that Brock is absolutely devastated by the events of January 17th and 18th 2015,’’ it says. ‘‘He would do anything to turn back the hands of time and have that night to do over again. In many one-on-one conversations with Brock since that day, I can tell you that he is truly sorry for what occurred that night and for all the pain and suffering that it has caused for all those involved and impacted by that night. He has expressed true remorse for his actions on that night.’’

Rosen said, however, that Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. Had he done so, prosecutors probably would have agreed to a sentence of less than six years.

Dan Turner’s letter then launches into a description of his son’s ‘‘easygoing personality’’ and the ‘‘inner strength’’ that made him such a good swimmer.

Dan Turner said he and his son were ‘‘totally in awe’’ of Stanford’s campus, and noted with pride the school’s 4 percent acceptance rate.

Turner then described his son not as a sexual predator, but as a victim.

‘‘He excelled in school that quarter earning the top GPA for all freshmen on the swim team,’’ the father wrote in his letter. ‘‘What we didn’t realize was the extent to which Brock was struggling being so far from home. . . . When Brock was home during the Christmas break, he broke down and told us how much he was struggling to fit in socially.

‘‘In hindsight, it’s clear that Brock was desperately trying to fit in at Stanford and fell into the culture of alcohol consumption and partying,’’ Dan Turner concluded. ‘‘This culture was modeled by many of the upperclassmen on the swim team and played a role in the events of Jan 17th and 18th 2015.’’

During the trial, prosecutors had argued that Brock Turner was part of a bigger problem.

‘‘He may not look like a rapist, but he is the . . . face of campus sexual assault,’’ Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci told the jury, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

In his letter to the judge, however, Dan Turner appeared to be flipping this script, using the pervasiveness of the problem as a shield to hide his son’s personal responsibility.

The Internet was not having it.

Prompting particular social media outrage was the way Dan Turner portrayed his son’s suffering.

‘‘His every waking minute is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, and depression,’’ the father wrote. ‘‘You can see this in his face, the way he walks, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite. Brock always enjoyed certain types of food and is a very good cook himself. I was always excited to buy him a big ribeye steak to grill or to get his favorite steak for him. . . . Now he barely consumes any food and eats only to exist.’’

The letter, which was first published by liberal website ThinkProgess, makes no explicit reference to Brock Turner’s victim, meanwhile.

Despite what critics called its tone-deafness, however, the letter apparently worked.

Judge Aaron Persky agreed with probation officials’ recommendation that Turner receive only six months in jail.

‘‘A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. . . . I think he will not be a danger to others,’’ the judge said, citing Turner’s youth and lack of criminal record, the Guardian reported.

That ruling has also made Persky a target of public ire. In the days since his decision, a Change.org petition calling for his removal has gathered almost 12,000 signatures. The petition also called for someone to challenge Persky in an upcoming election, in which he is currently unopposed.

Rosen said he was disappointed that Persky did not sentence Turner to more time.

At the same time, the prosecutor said he saw a silver lining in how the case and Turner’s lenient sentence had ‘‘led to a frank discussion about how to prevent campus sexual assault and what those campuses should do when it happens.

‘‘Honestly, what has helped to create such national attention in this case is the eloquence of the victim,’’ he added. ‘‘Never in my 20 years as a prosecutor have I seen a more eloquent victim statement.’’

Rosen said her letter had done more than just tell her tale. It had ‘‘come to represent the truth of thousands of sexual assault victims have experienced as well.’’

Indeed, her letter slammed Brock Turner for his solipsism.

‘‘You said, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin a life,’’ she wrote.

‘‘Ruin a life, one life, yours, you forgot about mine. Let me rephrase for you, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect. . . .

‘‘You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers, I collapsed at the same time you did. Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles, degrees, enrollment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.
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Re: Glorious Fail
« Reply #311 on: June 06, 2016, 09:48:18 am »
It's fathers words say everything I need to know about his Son. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree if you ask me.
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« Reply #312 on: June 08, 2016, 09:33:33 am »
Not a fail, but a win... related to the above case

Dad to dad: Open letter blasts father of Stanford rapist

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An open letter written by a North Carolina father chastising the father of Stanford University rapist Brock Turner was swept up Wednesday in the social media tide triggered by the savage crime and the controversy surrounding its punishment.

Turner, 20, was found guilty in March of three counts of sexual assault for the attack on an unconscious woman in January 2015. He was arrested after two graduate students witnessed the assault near an outside trash bin and intervened, tackling Turner when he tried to flee. Last week, Turner was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation, a ruling roundly criticized as too lenient.

A powerful, impassioned letter written by Turner's 23-year-old victim went viral, and a dubious defense missive written by the rapist's father, Dan Turner, drew almost as much attention across the nation.

Turner's letter also drew the attention of John Pavlovitz, a pastor and blogger in Wake Forest, N.C. Pavlovitz penned a blog post To Brock Turner’s Father, From Another Father. Pavlovitz writes that "Brock is not the victim here. His victim is the victim. She is the wounded one. He is the damager."

Pavlovitz's blog, johnpavlovitz.com, has been overwhelmed with readers and responses — "Keep refreshing if you get errors," Pavlovitz tweeted Wednesday to frustrated would-be readers.

Dan Turner, in a letter to the judge seeking probation for his son, wrote that Brock, now 20, will never again be "his happy-go-lucky self." Turner said his son has been anxious, depressed and no longer enjoys his favorite foods.

“His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,” Turner wrote in a letter seeking a term of probation for his son, a member of the Stanford swim team before he was kicked out of school. “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.”

Pavlovitz sees it differently. He writes the victim will be dealing with the pain of the attack "far longer than the embarrassingly short six months your son is being penalized." Pavlovitz adds "the fact that you seem unaware of this fact is exactly why we have a problem."

"There is no scenario where your son should be the sympathetic figure here," he says, adding that "the idea that your son has never violated another woman next to a dumpster before isn’t a credit to his character. We don’t get kudos for only raping one person in our lifetime."

Pavlovitz says he does not believe Brock Turner is a "monster." But he says Brock Turner must register as a sex offender and otherwise pay a steep price because he acted like one.

"You love your son and you should. But love him enough to teach him to own the terrible decisions he’s made, to pay the debt to society as prescribed, and then to find a redemptive path to walk, doing the great work in the world that you say he will," Pavlovitz concludes. "For now though, as one father to another: help us teach our children to do better — by letting them see us do better."
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« Reply #313 on: June 08, 2016, 09:38:39 am »
I hope that goes viral and that the public shaming ramps up because both have no shame to begin with.
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« Reply #314 on: June 08, 2016, 10:30:29 am »
if you click on the link to his blog, it get's even better with the letter he wrote.
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