1. Which blonde actress wants you to eat at Olive Garden?
2. Which “Office” star narrates this Carnival Cruise Line ad?
3. Which funny lady is the voice of the sea?
4. Which leading man wants you to rub his belly?
5. Which hunk du jour wants you to drive a hybrid?
6. Which actress wants you to think real hard?
7. Which actor is flying Delta?
8. Which watchman thinks Peyton’s rewards are “priceless?”
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9. Which actress wants your cat to eat fancy?
10. Which actor wants you to drive a Pontiac?
Submerged rock pavement (shown here) would have allowed the indigenous people to control how far their tubers grew, making for easier harvesting. (Credit: Katzie Development Limited Partnership) This harvest came 3,000 years too late. Hundreds of blackened potatoes were pulled out of the
http://twitter.com/#!/VeganAri/status/267759466341097473 We know that the Obama administration pays attention to citizen petitions started on the White House’s official website; Press Secretary Jay Carney cited a petition as the reason the White House released its top-secret beer recipe this
We know that the Obama administration pays attention to citizen petitions started on the White House’s official website; Press Secretary Jay Carney cited a petition as the reason the White House released its top-secret beer recipe this summer. What to make, then, of the nearly 20 petitions that have popped up in the last few days asking for states to secede from the Union in the aftermath of President Obama’s reelection?
UNPRECEDENTED! 19 States so far with petitions to the U.S. Government requesting a peaceful secession from the Union!
– Tom Francois (@Tom_Francois) November 11, 2012
It’s believed a petition from Louisiana started the ball rolling, and citizens from more and more states have jumped on board. Consider, for example, the text of this petition asking for Texas to withdraw from the United States:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
With the looming implementation of Obamacare a done deal, liberals haven’t hesitated to blame announcements of layoffs and hiring freezes on rich, angry right-wingers having a post-election hissy fit. Oh, and racism. So it didn’t take long for the Left to lay into the Tea Party as sore losers.
Secession was tried once before by 11 states over the issue of slavery. Roughly 750,000 soldiers died in Civil War. Grow up, Tea Party.
– Abraham Lincoln (@Mr_Lincoln) November 11, 2012
so since Obama won, 15 states including Texas have petitioned to secede from the U.S. smh stupid crackers
– Amina(@HASHed_out) November 11, 2012
So the Tea Party has decided to start petitions in several states to secede from the United States. No, these people aren’t crazy. #nutjobs
– Bobo(@thegreatbobo) November 11, 2012
I mean honestly, Alabama can’t even function right now – much less on its own. Do they even realize what secession is? Stupid rednecks…
– Christopher Spencer (@cspencer96) November 11, 2012
To those with dreams of secession…If you hate the United States so much save us all the drama and just move.You won’t be missed.
– PJamma (@mspammajamma) November 11, 2012
15 states have a petition to secede from the union, because our president is black. Continue to enjoy your Jersey Shore.
– Wake Up Mr. West! (@Beastedward) November 11, 2012
That deep spirit of racism is really rearing its ugly head in the hearts of these RW conservatives. They r even talking about secession. WOW
– ProBlackNationalism (@Strong_BlackMan) November 12, 2012
Liberals would never stoop so low as to entertain leaving the country, would they? Many will remember the calls for blue states to secede after George W. Bush’s reelection, handily covered in this 2004 piece in Salon. (Fair warning: Do not drink hot liquids while reading it, or you’ll ruin your monitor when you get to the line, “Liberals have long opposed the growth of state power.”)
It might surprise some of the “sore loser” crowd to learn that many conservatives are not on board with the idea of secession at all, even at the “let’s start an online petition” stage.
Why are ppl talking about secession?? Talk about giving up! #stupid
– Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) November 11, 2012
I oppose secession. I oppose splitting America up in any way. But I understand why other people feel the way they do.
– Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) November 11, 2012
What’ll be more amusing than lawmakers in Louisiana and Texas calling for secession, is what MSNBC hosts will say about it.
– Jerome Hudson (@JeromeEHudson) November 11, 2012
Seeing quite a few tweets about secession.People need to get a grip.We FIGHT for our country.
– Christopher Walton (@CWalton_67) November 11, 2012
The petitions to secede aren’t sick or extreme, but simply symbolic way of reminding Obama that he governs with our consent. #tcot
– RJB (@GeorgiaPinesRJB) November 12, 2012
Others, though, are giving the thought serious consideration, and at the least consider the petitions a message that needs to be heard at the White House. Will its occupants give it the attention they gave to the White House beer recipe?
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It’s been a rough month in the gamer community. The furor surrounding Anita Sarkeesian opened up the floodgates for endless discussions of gender in games and gamer culture – and that much, at least, is good. Even if we don’t all agree on the same points, the fact that lots of people are having
It’s been a rough month in the gamer community. The furor surrounding Anita Sarkeesian opened up the floodgates for endless discussions of gender in games and gamer culture – and that much, at least, is good. Even if we don’t all agree on the same points, the fact that lots of people are having conversations about it is a healthy thing.
There are folks out there trying to make a positive difference. Meet Sam Killermann, a gamer on a one-man mission to make our community a more welcoming place. In late June, he launched a site called Gamers Against Bigotry, which asks visitors to sign a pledge against using hateful language and identity-based slurs in-game.
A few weeks after the site’s quiet debut, Killermann is now running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds needed to make GAB a non-profit organization. The Mary Sue got in touch with him to learn more about the project, and to pick his brain about the issue at hand.
Q: One can safely assume that the people who sign the pledge aren’t the ones using bigoted language to begin with. How does putting your name on a list help to address the problem?
SAM KILLERMANN: The pledge benefits folks who are already avoiding bigoted language in-game because it unites them and shows them they aren’t the only ones who feel the way they do. At times, and depending on the game you’re playing, it can feel like you’re the only one who is put off by the bigoted speech that’s tossed around in game chat.
Every additional pledge is another person speaking up, publicly, that bigoted language isn’t okay. As our numbers grow, we’ll get a better sense of where the gaming community really stands on this stuff.
Also, while that assumption seems safe (and is certainly widely assumed), in the first two weeks it’s proven to be quite inaccurate. About a dozen of the pledgees have contacted me saying things like “I never realized doing this actually hurt people,” or “I just thought it was part of the culture, so I played along,” and ended their messages with “But I’m going to try to stop now.” And those are just the gamers in those situations who have gone out of their way to get in touch with me. We can safely assume more signed with those sentiments and didn’t let me know (see what I did there?).
Q: On the GAB website, you specifically mention that swearing and getting angry is A-OK. The folks I’ve gamed with over the years all have mouths like sailors (as do I), and we talk our fair share of smack. We see cursing and giving each other a hard time as all in good fun, but that’s the same argument that a lot of people who use slurs in-game put forward. And to be fair, there are people who find four-letter words offensive. What’s the difference between garden variety profanity and identity-based insults? Why is it okay to accept one and not the other?
SK: Identity-based slurs are designed (and have been historically used) to make an individual feel worthless because of some perceived in-born deficiency that they had no control over, like having happened to be born a woman, or Black, or gay, or – brace yourself – a gay, Black, woman. They cut to the core of people and remind them that one permanent aspect (or more) of them is seen as bad, and no matter what they do, that will never change.
Garden variety profanity goes against the grain of society as a whole – it’s a social taboo, and using those words breaks an unwritten social law. They aren’t personal, they aren’t laced with a long history of violence and identity-based hatred, and they aren’t likely to push someone into a downward spiral leading to depression or worse.
To sum it up: profanity can be seen as offensive, but identity-based slurs are always just downright shitty.
Q: The usual counter-argument on this issue is that asking people to refrain from using slurs equates to censorship, or that it somehow impedes their freedom of speech. What’s your take on that?
SK: This idea of “freedom of speech” is a bit of an urban legend that is perpetuated when it’s convenient. Would you be free to walk into a grocery store and start yelling “I love killing n*****s because the only good n***** is a dead n*****”? (That’s a direct quote from the last time I played Call of Duty.) Absolutely not. If you were lucky, you’d be escorted out by a manager (and not a torch-bearing mob). Then why is that okay to do in a gaming lobby?
Further, you’d be thrown out of that same grocery store just for constantly yelling (even if you were yelling “I LOVE BABY CARROTS! OH SWEET GOD I LOVE BABY CARROTS!”), because it ruins the grocery shopping experience for everyone else.
It’s not a matter of infringing on free speech as much as it is a matter of infringing on a gamer’s ability to play games without being subject to identity-based, bigoted, hate speech. The ultimate question I urge people to ask themselves is “How would not having bigoted language present in gaming be a bad thing?”
Q: Tell me more about your gameplan for GAB if the IndieGoGo campaign is successful. I know that you’re raising money for a 501(c)3 non-profit application, as well as to keep the website running and to help get the word out. If GAB does become an official non-profit, what’s the next step?
SK: Our ultimate goal is to end bigotry in gaming, and there are a few paths we want to be able to take to that goal.
Getting the word out about the pledge to all gamers, and giving them a chance to decide whether or not they will sign, is crucial in understanding exactly where the community, as a whole, stands on this stuff (something we don’t truly have any idea of at the moment). If we can advertise the pledge through a variety of channels, we can increase the odds of that opportunity cropping up.
We also want to work with game developers to improve the current systems that prevent bigoted hate speech and promote a stronger gamer community. While working on this, we want to create outlets for GAB pledgees to form our own gaming community by making it easier to connect and play with other people who care enough about others to not degrade their identities.
And on the other path, we want to provide resources and opportunities to help educate the people who are currently the biggest offenders. I don’t believe that most people who use bigoted language in games are actually bigots. They are simply power-tripping on the amplification to their voice gaming gives them, and enabled by anonymity. If someone created something that helped people realize that their in-game behavior has real-world, seriously harmful effects, they might just reconsider. We can be the someone to create that something.
The problem is that all of these things take a significant amount of time and human effort and money. Several people have mentioned that they won’t donate unless the organization is a legit 501(c)3. I think that’s reasonable because actually filing the application and getting approved lends a lot of credibility to the organization, and also creates a system of accountability. All good things.
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Parks, beer, and great people. What more could you need?
1. It’s the greenest city in the country.
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Sheffield has over two million trees. That’s four for every resident.
2. And it’s right next to the Peak District.
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3. Which means you can jump on a bus to get here.
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Ladybower Reservoir is half an hour’s bus ride from the city centre.
4. Or drive here in half an hour.
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This is Chatsworth House.
5. Sheffield is full of beautiful parks.
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Endcliffe Park is one of 80 public parks in the city.
6. And great pubs.
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The Old Queen’s Head is the oldest building in the city, dating back to 1475.
7. And great pubs in beautiful parks.
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The Dam House has a beer garden in Crookes Valley Park.
8. And then there’s the beer.
The New York Times listed Sheffield as one of its “Places to Visit in 2014” due to it being Britain’s best beer city.
9. Sheffield is built on seven hills. Like Rome.
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10. Except it’s nicer.
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11. It’s the home of Jessica Ennis-Hill.
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12. Who Sheffield loves.
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This was the 18,000-strong crowd that greeted her when she returned from London 2012 with a gold medal.
13. Sheffield United even named a stand of Bramall Lane after her.
14. The city is incredible at football.
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The combined average attendances of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday was 37,857 last season. That’s more than most teams in the Premier League, despite the fact that they play in the third and second tier respectively.
15. Which means that the Steel City derby is one of the most intense in the country.
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Most notably in what is now known as the Boxing Day Massacre of 1979.
16. Sheffield is also home to the oldest derby in world football.
But it’s not played between Wednesday and United. Sheffield FC and Hallam FC first played each other on Boxing Day 1860.
17. Sheffield’s stars still remember their roots.
20. It’s home to loads of great music.
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That’s Arctic Monkeys.
21. Seriously. Loads.
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That’s Pulp. But the Human League, Reverend and the Makers, Def Leppard, Little Man Tate, and Heaven 17 all come from Sheffield too.
22. Plus it hosts the Tramlines Festival every July.
In 2011, Tramlines was voted the Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards.
23. It’s the home of Henderson’s Relish.
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24. Which even this guy loves.
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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam’s MP, wrote an open letter defending the honour of Henderson’s earlier this year.
25. And it’s home to one of the country’s best universities.
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26. Just look at Sheffield. It’s bloody lovely.
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“It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.”
1. In 1962, Roald Dahl, the much-loved author of Matilda, The Witches, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, among others, lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles.
2. Twenty-four years later, Dahl wrote this letter to the Sandwell Health Authority, which subsequently published it in one of its pamphlets:
Measles: A Dangerous Illness
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy,” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her. That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness. Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk. In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year. Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another. At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections. About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about? It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.
The ideal time to have it done is at 13 months, but it is never too late. All school-children who have not yet had a measles immunisation should beg their parents to arrange for them to have one as soon as possible.
Incidentally, I dedicated two of my books to Olivia, the first was â€˜James and the Giant Peach’. That was when she was still alive. The second was â€˜The BFG’, dedicated to her memory after she had died from measles. You will see her name at the beginning of each of these books. And I know how happy she would be if only she could know that her death had helped to save a good deal of illness and death among other children.
3. Unknown to Dahl’s family, he wrote a secret account of Olivia’s death.
According to The Telegraph, they “discovered it only after his death 28 years later, written in a school exercise book with one word on the cover: Olivia. It was hidden at the back of a drawer in the writing hut at the bottom of Dahl’s garden in Great Missenden, Bucks.”
4. In 1998, The Lancet published a 12-patient case series on the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine by Dr Andrew Wakefield and 12 others.
It suggested there was a link between the vaccine and autism, but has since been widely rejected as fraudulent: The British Medical Journal concluded that Wakefield “misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the … study”, according to CNN. The Lancet later retracted the paper and Wakefield was struck off the General Medical Register.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the MMR jab’s safety record is “very good”. Despite this, Forbes has reported that “the worst measles epidemic in 20 years” has broken out in California due to “growing enclaves of unvaccinated people”.
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It’s usually by the third glass of wine that I bring up the topic of oral to my friends during our drunken chats. I like to hear their opinions, and being close friends with a lesbian couple, I get extra information on topics like this. “I don’t understand what your problem is,” they laugh. Or,
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