The answer is yes: Americans are about the only people on earth who can get the Olympics who are not allowed to see much of it live. Apparently we need lots of “context”—otherwise known as human interest stories, endless narrative, and lots f commercial breaks. Thanks, NBC!
This is probably not going to surface to the top being as I’m coming to this thread late in the game, but I am a post-colleged age male who raped several girls through use of coercion, alcohol, and other tactics over a course of 3 years.
“As Romney chastises the president for pointing out that successful business ventures benefit from a larger social compact and accuses critics of pining for “free stuff,” Romney is simultaneously touting an Olympic effort that, more than any other in American history, succeeded thanks to public investment—some of it sunk into questionable projects of marginal value to the Salt Lake games. “The $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars that Congress is pouring into Utah is 1.5 times the amount spent by lawmakers to support all seven Olympic Games held in the U.S. since 1904—combined,” Donald Barlett and James Steele reported for Sports Illustrated in 2001. Those numbers were adjusted for inflation.”—How taxpayers helped the GOP candidate turn around the 2002 games. (via motherjones)
From a black man to Mitt Romney: Fuck you. Black people don’t want free shit, you out of touch Dr. Reed Richards hair having motherfucker.
We want the same shit that your white constituency wants: Opportunity, good schools, safe streets, JOBS, a house that doesn’t fucking double and triple in interest rate while the value plummets, a place to shit with a door on it and the ability to not be denied coverage when we have a medical problem. We’re no different than anybody else but you wouldn’t know that because the only black person you probably know personally you just happen to be running against him for president.
I’m tired of these piece of shit Republicans talking DOWN and whitesplaining to people of color AS IF they had it hard all their lives. NO Mitt Romney, you never had to worry about the price of milk ever in your fucking life. You were raised with a silver spoon in your mouth and your father probably owned a silver spoon factory.
If you were really in touch, you’d talk about JOBS because we have a 14% unemployment rate in the black community but your party couldn’t pass a fart through cotton much less a fucking jobs bill. You’d talk about the safety net but we all know that you and Rand Paul are looking to take a pair of comically large shears to that motherfucker.
Instead you walk in front of the NAACP and talk PAST them and your message hits your goddamn racist, sexist, homophobic, bible thumping, hate ridden, against their own interest base that ignores when we spend half a million on cruise missiles but complain when they see somebody cashing an unemployment check that happens to own an iPhone. FUCK YOU.
I have a goddamn question for you, Willard:
What about your perpetually poor white voters in states like West Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana that vote for you even though you give no fucking care about them. As long as you hammer on how black Obama is, how the liberals want to shoot their white women with abortion guns and the fact that gays want to marry your children they’ll continue voting for you. They staff your fucked up infantry and you’ve spent the past 60 years brainwashing them into thinking they deserve to get welfare checks but the second black people get them, it’s a problem.
Fuck you and your face. Fuck your hair. Fuck your party. Fuck Newt Gingrich and fuck the whole conservative movement that has allowed their side to turn into this giant self-eating mutated blob.
In an experiment conducted in conjunction with Dr. S. A. Thomas, a major contributor in the bioremediation industry, a plot of soil contaminated with diesel was inoculated with mycelia of oyster mushrooms; traditional bioremediation techniques (bacteria) were used on control plots. After four weeks, more than 95% of many of the PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) had been reduced to non-toxic components in the mycelial-inoculated plots. It appears that the natural microbial community participates with the fungi to break down contaminants, eventually into carbon dioxide and water. Wood-decay fungi are particularly effective in breaking down aromatic pollutants (toxic components of petroleum), as well as chlorinated compounds (certain persistent pesticides; Battelle, 2000).
The concept of mycoremediation was explored in the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, where vast tracts of fungal forest rehabilitate the planet after catastrophic human polluting and apocalypse.
I don’t think PA’s Kickstarter really overshadows any other projects, because there are enough awful, terrible kickstarter projects not worth the webspace they’re hosted on already.
but what this does is undermine the reputation Kickstarter has as a place to help genuinely creative people without the means to fund their ideas. Kickstarter projects that succeed typically have some sort of intangible benefit to a person or society, either through cleverly designed consumer products or goodwill towards someone or someones plural.
penny arcade’s tiered “we’ll take whatever money you idiots are willing to give us” plan is asking for $1 million dollars to remove all advertisements from their website. Penny Arcade is already a financially solvent company. They produce a product that (unfortunately) is very well-received.
This kickstarter isn’t funding some new project, it isn’t going to fundamentally change their already-successful product, and it isn’t going to supply any sort of greater good to anyone. The idiots at PA are simply making a cash-grab to replace one source of income (affiliate advertising space on their website) with another (directly taking money from shitty nerds’ pockets) and nothing more.
their plan is to do this every year if it’s a success this time. this is essentially like moving from an affiliate blog revenue system to turning their operation into a comic book publisher like DC or Marvel. the only difference is that DC and Marvel produce a physical item that you actually receive in exchange for your money, whereas Penny Arcade will continue to publish the same stuff, online-only, without any changes besides the removal of a few ads that are already paying VERY well if their business is any indication.
So I guess this makes sense to spend money on if you purchase comics regularly and see Penny Arcade as another investment, even though there is no sort of collector’s value or even any tangible product delivered as a result of your purchase.
to me it just sounds like a dirty cash grab by a couple of shitty idiots that still don’t understand how to run a sustainable business after doing the exact same thing since 1998.
if anything they’re pigheadedly trying to swim against the current of what makes businesses financially solvent today. “no advertisements!” is a really naive solution for an almost 15 year-old company that has never moved off of the internet.