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So how do we opt out of the ridiculous login hoops so we can actually use gmail on TOR?
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Wherein Chuck Wendig gets chumped, and doesn't have the stones to even speak to the guy he's perpetuating myths about...
 
WendigNO

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/07/01/the-wreck-of-the-s-s-censorship-or-how-writers-steer-their-careers-into-the-rocks/

Do your research, especially in an article when you're criticising someone for not doing their research:

"Now, this has an imperfect mirror in a situation that unfolded a little while ago about a dude not in the video games industry but rather the pen-and-paper games industry where said dude made some link-bait, button-pushing commentary about how rape is a wonderful plot device and how it’s okay because women have rape fantasies and — well, whatever."

More about how precisely this sort of reaction is 'dumb' and made without thinking and about WHY rape is such a powerful plot device. The point about women and rape fantasies is twofold - one that we don't assume that women want to be raped simply because they have these fantasies and two that there is a ready audience for this kind of material who would be ill served by ignoring it. Amongst them the many lovely and talented lady writers who were in the trenches with me during the BannedWriters campaign.

"Point is, he was then surprised that his link-bait took and the buttons he pushed were actually hooked up to something (like, say, The Internet), and when the rain of shit was just a drizzle he found no shelter and instead kept pushing buttons. The shit-rain fell harder and harder until a petition arose to get him canned from one of his publishers. At that point said game-writer dude dug his heels in even deeper and then made some comments about the very real rape-threats against the petition-writer that were ill-advised, and, lo and behold, he got canned from his publisher, oops.

Surprised? No. Disappointed that people don't read? Yes. Especially when it's down to other authors. Also disappointed in that libellous petition and that fellow creatives apparently come out in favour of censorship and don't do their research.

I wasn't canned. That's a fairly important point right there.

http://postmortemstudios.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/postmortem-studios-revised-statement/
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Photos from Tuesday evening's violent police response to a march supporting the Occupy Oakland protest encampment indicate that the Oakland Police Department is using the same crowd suppression techno...
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Not that it matters to Google if you want or need to have youtube talking to your gmail or not...
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Google said Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a radical shift in strategy.
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And as I just discovered, YouTube doesn't automatically connect with https when Gmail is connected with https. So the policy may be uniform, but the implementation is not.
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[EDIT oh wait, it's just two douche cops screwing around on the clock - http://westvirginia.watchdog.org/3386/watchblog-police-need-watching-too/

UPDATE: For some reason, this article is getting a lot of traffic despite being posted September of last year. Thanks for visiting. Because some seem under the impression that these videos are real, they are not. The two officers were real, but they were pranking and pulling over each other, not regular drivers. While city officials have declined to talk to any media about what actions they took against the officers, I’m told they did get in trouble and face punishment of some sort, but are otherwise still on the job.]

For some reason, Google+ insists this post doesn't exist every time I try to reshare it, so I'm resharing the Youtube link.
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Ahead of the imminent wave of historical revisionism around Margaret Thatcher, let's review Hunter S. Thompson's 1994 obituary (originally in Rolling Stone; this link is at The Atlantic) for Richard Nixon. "Richard Nixon was an evil man -- evil in a way that only those who believe in the physical reality of the Devil can understand it. He was utterly without ethics or morals or any bedrock sense of decency. Nobody trusted him -- except maybe the Stalinist Chinese -- and honest historians will remember him mainly as a rat who kept scrambling to get back on the ship." (Via +Jason Morningstar):

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/
From Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994
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The hilarious thing about this: Chuck Wendig manages people pointing out that he's made factual errors in his bad connection to Desborough's internet mobbing by deleting comments here that point it out. Which is funny, because I thought the solution to bad speech was more speech, not trying to silence people who point out your errors. XD

Which is ironic, since he seems to think people deserve whatever they get for saying things on the internet, period...
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QUIT TRYING TO MAKE ME FOLLOW PEOPLE GOOGLE+

Christ, this is why I never log in. Every time I come back I have screens of obnoxious crap to wade through just to get logged in. WTF.
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Apparently Google+ thinks I might like Newt Gingrich.
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"So, interesting thing: when we first launched G+, we thought that people would be total bastards if they weren’t tied to their own, very durable, identity. (Which was one of the drivers behind the original names policy) As we got more miles on the system, this was replaced with the concern that people are total bastards, period."

— Yonatan Zunger, chief architect for Google+
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That this was a revelation speaks volumes about some decision makers at Google. Fortunately, they at least are getting the revelation.
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This is me signing out of Google all the more often.
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