Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Look How Long it Took to Plagiarize A News Item...

Yes, the BIG story is that some reporter bought an assault rifle in under 7 minutes. Another aspect of this is... That it took even less time for every Buzz Feed, Gawker, Decider, Huffy-Puff, Stealy-Wheel website to publish the story, too. And how many pay ANY royalty?

At the "aggregate" sites like Yahoo or "Google" (is your friend), they'll give you your choice of where to read the story. Don't most of these websites simply steal the facts (which can't be copyrighted) and at best, give a source attribution. Gosh, how nice. Try buying a cup of coffee with source attribution. There are fewer and fewer news organizations and photo agencies. There are fewer responsible journalists to make sure a story is factual. On the positive side? There are plenty of websites and blogs making chump change, with the owners proudly claiming to be "writers" or "editors." Right, and keep your day jobs as garbage collectors and sewer workers. Making a living in writing, reporting and photography never was easy, and it's much worse now. But I could be wrong. I can't afford a fact-checker or proofreader.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

GREAT MOMENTS IN SHOW BUSINESS (nor not) #5928

Yahoo's Second Hand News: Conan O'Brien on Ass Salt Rifles

You know these Gawker Buzzfeed Decider Daily Beast sites. They all steal from Associated Press (quotes can not be copyrighted). They pretend THEY are the news source.

All they add is some fluff around the quotes.

Yahoo was among the hundreds of sites reporting that Conan O'Brien has called for an assault weapons ban.

First off, WHO is Conan O'Brien? A cult figure on cable TV. Nice that he called a halt to twitching his pants up and down and touching his nipple to do something serious. But let's be honest, most every talk show host now spends more time moaning about a dead rock star or a terrorist shooting than telling jokes.

Who gives a DAMM?

Yes, in stealing Conan's quotes, Yahoo declared that what Conan said was "damming." Really? The guy was preventing water from flowing somewhere?

I know seizing on a typo may seem trivial in this moment of crisis. But if nearly two dozen school kids getting blown away by automatic weapons in the hands of one lunatic doesn't change things, 49 people in a gay nightclub won't, and nothing some cult comic says on TBS will.

Yahoo might as well have spelled it "ass salt" rifles. Shrug shrug, "We know what they meant. Why hire proofreaders when the CEO can enjoy a ten million dollar salary?

What next?

Ellen Degeneres announcing there should be a $10 surtax on jock straps.

Paris Hilton declaring she won't leak another sex tape.

Stephen Colbert insisting he won't leer into the camera with a smug expression on his face.

Kylie Jenner limiting a change in lip color to only once an hour.

Nice try, Conan, but nothing matters. Not literacy, not having more than one or two news and photo agencies, not what any celebrity says or even a politician.

By the way, America's infrastructure is collapsing, with roads buckling, sink holes devouring cars, bridges on the verge of collapse, and train tracks in dire shape. Nobody's doing a thing about non-controversial matters that would seem to be no-brainers.

Ocean tides are rising, as various disasters on Long Island and New Jersey have proven, and rivers routinely swell and overflow, from the Seine to the Mississippi. Nobody gives a dam. Damming, isn't it?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Germany: Trade You a Comedian for all those Muslims...

Verrrrry interesting (to quote the comical Nazi played by Arte Johnson on "Laugh-In.")

A story today about The Pope accepting some sad Syrian refugees mentioned that they were stuck on Lesbos (what a straight line). And why?

Because Germany has a new deal with Turkey to return some of the more psychotic and murderous Muslims coming into the country.

Glance over to the side, and note another story about Germany and Turkey in the news: a comedian who joked that Turkey's president watches porn MAY end up in jail for five years.

It seems that Madame Merkel of Germany doesn't want to offend Turkey. Not when Turkey seems to be offering to pull Muslims out of Germany and toss 'em somewhere else. "Hey, Merk, we'll pull 'em out of your pubes and...you don't really want to know WHAT happens to them, do you? Didn't think so."

Just do us a solid, and shut up this dumb cluck comedian who doesn't respect the leader of Turkeys.

There's some murky law Merkel can point to, saying that ever since Germany murdered millions of Jews and tried to take over the world twice, it's time to be sensitive about people who make jokes.

On the plus side, a smug Muslim who was making "jokes" about Jews was given a fine and a minor jail sentence. Well, yeah, you incite hatred of any minority, be it religious or sexual, you get called on it. Smugly saying, "that was a joke" when it wasn't, doesn't get you off the hook.

BUT...joking about any world leader is pretty much fair game. Unless you're saying, "This Turkey guy should be assassinated," and there's not even some kind of punchline (..."by drowning him in cranberry sauce") then it shouldn't be a crime. The comic is doing it from a stage, and from behind the big flashing sign: "COMEDIAN."

Freedom of Speech is being swapped for "we've got too many Muslims, help us get rid of some," a reality show turned deadly.

Got it, Merks. You're throwing a comedian under the bus in order to keep smiling and saying to Turkey: "Take our Muslims. PLEASE!"

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dan Garodnick: Do you understand the words "COPYRIGHT" and "ASSHOLE?"

I was at one of those idiotic "neighborhood association" meetings where Bernie Sanders-types get up and bitch about how traffic lights move too fast. Then a Bernie Sanders in drag-type adds, "It's hard to get a cab!"

Then some nice lady scolds everyone for not being nice, and allowing the patient police officer from the local precinct to read out his list of how many violations were written up for speeding bike riders.

This is followed by the various reps for very busy politicians who give little speeches and hurry away. I did manage to collar Garodnick's stooge before he hurried away. I mentioned the issue of copyright-infringing lunatics in Times Square. Not to mention the old public access porno woman letting it all hang out and the fabulous "Desnudas" all painted up. How about passing a law to get rid of them?

The answer: "It's hard to pass legislation." You'd think that's the reason we elect a councilman, to pass legislation, but I guess not. What Garodnick finally did (let's leave behind a dozen other laws that should be passed, and a dozen more that need to be strengthened) is this:

Huh?

As usual, the Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Sanitation, Police Department, end up doing a Three Stooges impression, as they toss the hot potato around: "Not ME, NOT me, NOT ME!"

So it's the Department of Transportation, which has no uniformed officers, that is supposed to enforce rules? They're going to tussle with violent, psychotic illegal aliens in super-hero outfits? Grinning whores in paint? Lunatics for whom English isn't even a second language hiding under Dora the Explorer's skirt?

"Cops said they do not plan to use the new rules as an excuse to arrest performers..." Oh, how helpful.

This is all too familiar. Call up the cops, and they say, "Oh, that's Sanitation." Call up Sanitation and they say "Oh, that's DOT." Call up "DOT" and they say "Contact 911." And around it goes.

Dan, the guy in the Spiderman outfit who has been arrested four times is an ASSHOLE. A self-entitled ASSHOLE. He and the rest of his psychos actually believe he has a right to climb into a copyrighted and trademarked outfit, and intimidate tourists.

Apparently Marvel, Disney, Sesame Street and the rest have absolutely no way of protecting their intellectual property. They're supposed to hire lawyers to serve papers on illegal aliens? They're not allowed to confiscate the costumes. As with Internet piracy, they're supposed to just shrug and let the entitled do as they please.

Dan, the answer isn't to try and fence in a bunch of non-English speaking maniacs.

What happened? You were lobbied by the Insane Elmo Squad?

What's wrong with NO unlicensed costumed characters allowed in Times Square or anywhere else? This isn't Halloween. Let Marvel, Disney, Sesame Street etc. get $100 a day from these psychos, and issue licenses. No license? Costume confiscated. Maniac is arrested.

As for the Desnudas (isn't it lovely to live in Nueva York, where almost nobody speaks English anymore), PAINT is not clothing. Nudity doesn't belong on city streets. Beaches? Rooftops? Not Times Square. Whatever became of "disturbing the peace?" Whatever became of "creating a public nuisance?"

It seems pretty obvious that laws CAN be passed, and that if motivated (by a Giuliani or a Bloomberg) the police, the Department of Saniation, our city council and the rest CAN take aggressive action. What we are seeing under Mayor De Lousio, is lame, limp non-leadership that is creating bratty, self-entitled lunatics destroying the "quality of life" in the city. Giuliani was big on the "broken windows" theory. You fix "broken windows" and create a sense of pride in the neighborhood. Well, regarding Times Square, let's fix the crackpots.