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At the end of May, MegaCon happened. I took a ridiculous amount of photos. I spent very little time in panels or events or even the dealer room. This is all about the people and cosplay that you'll see. If you know somebody that's never been, you can show them this album so they can see part of the experience.

I've noticed that when I search for MegaCon photos online, there's so much you don't see. Maybe a site has few dozen photos, usually of the most impressive cosplay or of a huge crowd, but it's just the tiniest of what's there.

I've also noticed that viewing these kinds of photos tends to be a lot better as a group experience. View it on a big screen TV with appropiately nerdy friends, and you'll find yourself commenting on the surprises or the quality, or the hot guys/girls, etc. Or somebody will ask where a cosplay came from, and another friend will have the answer. It's actually pretty fun. Alone, people just tend to wonder when it ends before getting bored and closing it after getting the idea.

Thursday, the photos tend to be more candid, but the traditional poses dominate the every other day.
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"We have a great opportunity here, people. We also have the potential for real catastrophe and that’s not being hyperbolic. You know damn good and well which is which.

Don’t be stupid.

Thank you."
An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clint…
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Ali Afshar is a manager at Google, a doctor, and knows his rights. And he was brutally attacked by the police.

"Every time I see officers surrounding an individual who needs protection, I will interfere. Every fucking time. I will interfere like a middle-eastern mother-in-law. It is my duty as a physician. As a human. It is my duty to hold those people responsible for their actions. I can take a beating, thank-you. I will never ever ever ever walk by silently. Ever, fuckers. Pick on schizophrenics, you are picking on me."

This is not the first story like this I've heard. I doubt it will be the last. But if enough people keep stepping up to help when they suspect something terrible is happening, even at the risk of their own health, maybe it will make a change.

https://medium.com/@aliafshar/to-the-4-white-male-policemen-who-beat-me-for-checking-the-health-of-a-sick-black-man-in-their-8d77789fb24d#.a167xub9o
You may or may not know that the incidence and relapse rates of schizophrenia in African-Caribbean males in Western countries has been…
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I suspect this will be one that people share a lot for good reason.
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Where is the NRA outcry over the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Philando Castile?
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The most important person in the ad is the one appearing at the end.

#DumpDrumpf
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However artificial their origins, whatever their current process may entail, the music of Garbage now seems indistinguishable from the spirit of Shirley Manson.
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A (probably incomplete) list of all the people Trump has attacked and the lies he's told.

But God forbid Clinton should say some of his followers are deplorable. 
In the debut episode of his new series, "The Closer," GQ's Keith Olbermann tallies the most outrageous of Donald Trump's offenses.
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The press in the rest of the world gets it. The US news media is insane. They've lost all credibility. The New York Times has started issuing defensive articles about its journalism that start and end with the sort of weaselling excuses you'd expect from a child caught lying. Reuters and AP post headlines that are obvious lies - so obvious that their own reporting shows the headlines are lies. And then both refuse to admit they've done anything unprofessional. The media IGNORES the news and replays the same 5 seconds of a woman with pneumonia getting a little too much heat 7 million times. Matt Lauer, human Splenda, couldn't have screwed up the Commander and Chief event more spectacularly if he'd come out dressed as a lifeguard and given Trump CPR.

There are a lot of people on trial in this election. It's a trial that the rest of the world is judging and that the future will be judging. You and I are on trial. Donald Trump is on trial but most of all the US news media is on trial.

So far, it doesn't look good for the US news media. Apparently their defence attorney is Jerry Springer.

There are a few possible reasons for this. It could be the dog-bites-man problem: The media only focuses on what is new or unusual. Trump’s lies are neither. There could be a desire to ensure some obvious “balance” in the media coverage. If news outlets reported on every single Trump gaffe, there’d be almost no room left to cover Clinton. Others have speculated that it’s just sexism; Clinton is getting much more scrutiny because she’s a woman. It is hard to imagine a male candidate being criticized for not smiling enough. Clinton’s unique relationship with the media is to blame, too. She and her husband are notorious for cutting corners with the truth and hiding their activities. This has ensured she doesn’t get a pass on anything.

But it doesn’t really matter why it is happening. What matters is that it is happening at all. Everyone needs to step back from the daily coverage and cast their eyes over the massive smoking wreckage of this election. As soon as you do, it becomes painfully obvious that Trump is the most unsuitable candidate for president in living memory. My God, he isn’t even qualified to be president of the Hair Club for Men.

Dear US news media,
We don't know why you've lobotomised yourselves. But please, if you can't do something less destructive than cluster fuck this election just post cat pictures instead.
Pundits claim Clinton had a bad week. Next to Donald Trump’s seven days of gaffes and scandal, that is insane.
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What about Trump's health, he can't seem to remember what he just said, he repeats everything at least three times?
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He did what police officers are supposed to do -- put himself at risk to save a life.
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