Viewers have been able to watch live as Senate Republicans indulge, and Democrats cross-examine, Donald Trump’s nominees for his cabinet. Within a 24-hour period Tuesday and Wednesday, three of the most controversial and quite possibly the least qualified of these nominees paraded across the screen in a cavalcade of misstatements, lapses of judgment, conflicts of interest and from time to time spectacular displays of ignorance and insensitivity.

Where to begin? Our pick is Betsy DeVos, the nominee to be education secretary, whose energies and considerable family wealth have been devoted to promoting privately run charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools in her home state, Michigan. She refused multiple times to agree that traditional public and charter schools should be held to the same level of accountability. She seemed unaware of some of the basic functions of the education department. She seemed surprised to learn, when Senator Al Franken brought up the matter, of a long-running debate over whether and to what extent to use test scores to measure student achievement or student growth.

She also won the tin ear award hands down. When Christopher Murphy asked whether she would agree that schools are no place for guns, she did not give the obvious right answer to a Democratic senator whose state suffered the horrendous Sandy Hook massacre (“Senator, there is no place for guns in schools”). Instead she said that localities should decide, and — in a transcendently odd moment — suggested that schools in places like Wyoming might need a gun “to protect from potential grizzlies.”

Next up, Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma attorney general initiated endless lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency, which he’s been asked to run, and who very nearly matched Ms. DeVos in the wrong answer department. One Democrat after another asked whether he would recuse himself in cases involving those lawsuits and cases involving companies that contributed copiously to his campaigns. The obvious response was, “Of course I will!” Instead, Mr. Pruitt would only say that he would do so if the agency ethics officer tells him to. Mr. Pruitt’s answer to climate change questions was equally depressing. Nearly all mainstream scientists say that human activities have been largely responsible for the rise in global atmospheric temperatures. Mr. Pruitt’s response was that the jury was still out.

Lastly, there was Mr. Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, a representative from Georgia. Mr. Price made the preposterous claim that repealing the Affordable Care Act really wouldn’t hurt people as long as they had bare-bones insurance policies that paid for treatment only in catastrophic circumstances. He couldn’t offer any convincing defense of his proposals to strip hundreds of billions of dollars from the budgets of Medicare and Medicaid. In response to questions by Senator Elizabeth Warren, he said that spending on the programs was the “wrong metric” to judge them by and argued that lawmakers should instead focus on the “care of the patients.” Quality of care is certainly the most important standard, but why would drastic cuts to those programs magically result in people getting better medical treatment?

Mr. Price also could not explain why he and a broker he hired traded health care stocks when he was proposing and voting for legislation that would affect those companies. He refused to see that even if he didn’t violate insider-trading laws, his investments represented a huge conflict of interest.

And so it went on another episode of Mr. Trump’s unreality show.


OP-ED in the New York Times“Donald Trump’s Cabinet Picks Stumble By.”

Grizzly fucking bears.

Though it is often claimed that the left stands for equality while the right stands for freedom, this notion misstates the actual disagreement between right and left. Historically, the [right-winger] has favored liberty for the higher orders and constraint for the lower orders. What the [right-winger] sees and dislikes in equality, in other words, is not a threat to freedom but its extension. For in that extension, he sees a loss of his own freedom. ‘We are all agreed as to our own liberty,’ declared Samuel Johnson. ‘But we are not agreed as to the liberty of others: for in proportion as we take, others must lose. I believe we hardly wish that the mob should have liberty to govern us.’ Such was the threat Edmund Burke saw in the French Revolution: not merely an expropriation of property or explosion of violence but an inversion of the obligations of deference and command. ‘The levellers,’ he claimed, ‘only change and pervert the natural order of things.’

Conservatism, then, is not a commitment to limited government and liberty…These may be the byproducts of conservatism, one or more of its historically specific and ever-changing modes of expression. But they are not its animating purpose…[It] is impelled by a more elemental force – the opposition to the liberation of men and women from the fetters of their superiors, particularly in the private sphere. Such a view might seem miles away from the libertarian defense of the free market, with its celebration of the atomistic and autonomous individual. But it is not. When the [right-]libertarian looks out upon society, he does not see isolated individuals; he sees private, often hierarchical, groups, where a father governs his family and an owner his employees. ”

-Corey Robin

“This is not one of those situations where it’s just smoke. There is in fact fire,” said Alabama’s new state superintendent of education, Michael Sentance.

The fire: Sentance revealed earlier this month that high schools there have “misstated student records … resulting in diplomas that were not honestly earned.” At a recent meeting of the state school board, he also admitted that Alabama’s education department had not provided enough oversight.

“This is a black eye for the department,” Sentance said, “and it makes the education system here look bad, and in some ways undeservedly so.”

The revelations come as high school graduation rates have been rising across the country, nowhere more than in Alabama. Its rate, now at 89 percent, has risen 17 points since 2011. The average state increase was barely four points.

Alabama Admits Its High School Graduation Rate Was Inflated

Illustration: LA Johnson/NPR

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds
The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.

As a result, the Army’s financial statements for 2015 were “materially misstated,” the report concluded. The “forced” adjustments rendered the statements useless because “DoD and Army managers could not rely on the data in their accounting systems when making management and resource decisions.”

Disclosure of the Army’s manipulation of numbers is the latest example of the severe accounting problems plaguing the Defense Department for decades.

The report affirms a 2013 Reuters series revealing how the Defense Department falsified accounting on a large scale as it scrambled to close its books. As a result, there has been no way to know how the Defense Department – far and away the biggest chunk of Congress’ annual budget – spends the public’s money.

The new report focused on the Army’s General Fund, the bigger of its two main accounts, with assets of $282.6 billion in 2015. The Army lost or didn’t keep required data, and much of the data it had was inaccurate, the IG said.

“Where is the money going? Nobody knows,” said Franklin Spinney, a retired military analyst for the Pentagon and critic of Defense Department planning.

The significance of the accounting problem goes beyond mere concern for balancing books, Spinney said. Both presidential candidates have called for increasing defense spending amid current global tension.

An accurate accounting could reveal deeper problems in how the Defense Department spends its money. Its 2016 budget is $573 billion, more than half of the annual budget appropriated by Congress.

The Army account’s errors will likely carry consequences for the entire Defense Department.

Congress set a September 30, 2017 deadline for the department to be prepared to undergo an audit. The Army accounting problems raise doubts about whether it can meet the deadline – a black mark for Defense, as every other federal agency undergoes an audit annually.

For years, the Inspector General – the Defense Department’s official auditor – has inserted a disclaimer on all military annual reports. The accounting is so unreliable that “the basic financial statements may have undetected misstatements that are both material and pervasive.”

In an e-mailed statement, a spokesman said the Army “remains committed to asserting audit readiness” by the deadline and is taking steps to root out the problems.

The spokesman downplayed the significance of the improper changes, which he said net out to $62.4 billion. “Though there is a high number of adjustments, we believe the financial statement information is more accurate than implied in this report,” he said…

Some employees of the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), which handles a wide range of Defense Department accounting services, referred sardonically to preparation of the Army’s year-end statements as “the grand plug,” Armstrong said. “Plug” is accounting jargon for inserting made-up numbers.

At first glance adjustments totaling trillions may seem impossible. The amounts dwarf the Defense Department’s entire budget. Making changes to one account also require making changes to multiple levels of sub-accounts, however. That created a domino effect where, essentially, falsifications kept falling down the line. In many instances this daisy-chain was repeated multiple times for the same accounting item.

The IG report also blamed DFAS, saying it too made unjustified changes to numbers. For example, two DFAS computer systems showed different values of supplies for missiles and ammunition, the report noted – but rather than solving the disparity, DFAS personnel inserted a false “correction” to make the numbers match.

DFAS also could not make accurate year-end Army financial statements because more than 16,000 financial data files had vanished from its computer system. Faulty computer programming and employees’ inability to detect the flaw were at fault, the IG said.

DFAS is studying the report “and has no comment at this time,” a spokesman said.

On Dealing with A Gish Gallop Presidency

If you don’t know what Gish Gallop is, it is a debate tactic created by creationist shill Duane Gish.  A Gish Gallop involves spewing so much bullshit in such a short span on that your opponent can’t address let alone counter all of it. To make matters worse a Gish Gallop will often have one or more ‘talking points’ that has a tiny core of truth to it, making the person rebutting it spend even more time debunking it in order to explain that, yes, it’s not totally false but the Galloper is distorting/misusing/misstating the actual situation.  The entire Trump presidential campaign and presidency has been an exercise in Gish Gallop.  Whether this has been by design or by accident doesn’t matter.  The reality is it is what it is and has to be treated as such.  Handling Gish Gallop can be exhausting, frustrating, and demoralizing.  Gish Gallop arguments like the Hydra, every time you dispatch one bullshit claim two more pop up.  This is by design to exhaust and overwhelm you.  It doesn’t have to.

The best way to deal with someone Gish Galloping you is to figure out first, they are employing this tactic, then figuring out what the real priorities are and focusing on them.  Don’t get caught up in the barrage of bullshit.  When Trump talks about inauguration crowd sizes, who the fuck cares?  It is okay to point out his were one-fifth of Obama’s but in the big picture, this is meaningless.  The focus should stay on his Russian connections, his tax returns, his bigotry/racism/misogyny, the horrible people he has placed in critical roles in government.  Once you hone in on what is really important, the next thing to do is focus on an area or two that are important to you.  All are important but you can’t focus and cover all of them.  Focus on the few most important to you and the ones in your wheelhouse and have faith that the other important issues will be covered by people just as invested and passionate as you.  One of the goals of Gish Gallop is to spread the opponent’s energies out, thin out the efforts and attacks.  Don’t play into this.  Pick what you think you can address and help with best and let others deal with the rest.

Even if you properly focus on your wheelhouse and allow others to focus on theirs, it is still possible to get overwhelmed and exhausted. That’s okay.  There are millions of like-minded people fighting right now.  It is okay for you to step away for a day, a week, a month, whatever it takes to re-energize yourself to come back and fight. Don’t feel bad or guilty for stepping away for awhile.  It is more important to fight when you are at your best than to fight just for the sake of fighting.  Pyhrric victories are not what are needed right now.  It is important to take care of yourself physically and mentally because this fight isn’t going to end soon and is only going to get worse.  People who employ the Gish Gallop tactic don’t ever abandon it.  When things don’t go their way, when they are called out on their bullshit in meaningful ways, they double-down and throw more bullshit at the barn door.   People who use the Gish Gallop tactic do so because they know they are full of shit.  They are NEVER, EVER going to admit they are wrong.  They will defend their nondefensive territory with every fiber of their being.  If you want to take them on, you have to be willing to do the same.  You have to be willing to spend the same time and energy they do.  You have to be just as committed to your positions as they are.  You have to stay focused on the real issues and priorities.  You have to always keep in mind the main priority is to keep conservatives from getting elected/reelected.  The fight right now is not about what progressive is the “most progressive” or what idealistic policy is the best to pursue.  The fight is to get conservatives out of office as quickly as possible.  

anonymous asked:

Blackmadhi erotic accounting

(((goddammit @mesa-verde)))

Simon was an auditor with integrity, but the feeling of CEO Nahyuta Sahdmadhi’s assets on his body made him forget the liabilities he faced for doing this.

“You can forgive those few financial misstatements, can’t you, Blackquill?” Nahyuta asked, tossing the income statement in question away. “I’ll pay you in something else besides your auditor fee,” he added, winking and grabbing onto Simon’s dark lapels.

((Send me a prompt and a ship and I’ll write a three sentence fic for it))

There is a meme I see a lot in progressive circles. The meme goes like this.

“Idea: a reality show where gay marriage opponents have to live under 100% biblical laws for six months so they can show us how awesome it is.”

The meme is credited in the version I have seen most recently to Molly Manglewood of Alternet, but I have seen variations on the theme posted in all sorts of places in different words.

I hate this meme.

I stated in an earlier post that I hate it for about seven discrete reasons but that’s a slight misstatement because really all the reasons are tied together pretty fundamentally.

Here they are.

- If you’ve followed me for any length of time or heard me talk about this before, you’ve already all heard the one I often raise first, a little defensively. The trope presumes that no one would be so far out and ridiculous as to actually keep the laws of the Old Testament in particular, because that would somehow be far too burdensome and ridiculous for anyone in the modern world to deal with. That patently isn’t true because Orthodox Jews exist. I know from my own experience and the experience of many of my friends and family members that there are people who live full and modern lives while keeping the dietary laws, the Sabbath, the imperative not to mix wool and linen in clothing, any supposedly “wacky” thing you can find in the Old Testament (or as we call it, the Torah), as well as any number of laws in the commentaries that I would argue are even more onerous, such as the laws of family purity. The argument implies that the people I know to exist and thrive cannot really be existing and thriving. It’s deeply Christian-centric in a way that I think really ridicules Jews. Ok, that’s obvious to me at least, but now it’s out of the way.

- The argument, as a result, completely fails to address homophobia within Jewish communities, which, as a bisexual Jew who lost my faith partly as a result of my anger at the biblical and consequent community attitudes to gender and sexuality well before I was willing to acknowledge my bisexuality as a real thing, is kind of a big deal to me.

- it presumes that homophobic religious people are hypocrites and it does that from a place of real and dramatic ignorance of scripture and doctrine. I know some people who like the meme like it because that has been their experience in the religious communities in which they were raised, but it still bothers me for a few reasons:

- it implies that religious homophobia stems from idiocy and a lack of contemplation basically, and proceeds to try to effect change on that basis. I understand the impulse to take that attitude but I think it’s naive, unrealistic, arrogant and strategically completely defeatist. When is the last time you ever convinced anyone of anything by insulting their intelligence and telling them that if only they were clever and farsighted like you they would agree with you? And haven’t you known otherwise intelligent people who surprised and even disgusted you with their positions on matters? Wasn’t there usually more to it, something slightly more complex and profound than “they were dumb I guess, despite all evidence to the contrary”?

- it implies that religious people don’t know their own texts better than snide atheists. First, I admit that I’m biased about this, as a Jew, since education about matters of Torah and the commandments is a huge component of my relationship with my culture and history and is so frequently a huge part of Jewish faith. I admit that sometimes certain religious groups do not encourage such study, leading to the presumed ignorance and the presumed supreme knowledge of people who pass the meme around. Often, though, this is emphatically not the case, and one example of when this is not the case is the trope itself. Unlike Judaism, Christianity does not demand adherence to a whole host of the laws of the Torah/Old Testament - it’s one of the formative aspects of Christianity. Someone can be a deeply faithful person who strives for Christian values and not keep many of the commandments of the Old Testament. A lot of the people who pass the meme around don’t know that, and I think if you’re going to engage people in debate about something that is deeply central to their moral and spiritual lives you should probably bother to do enough research to know that before accusing THEM of ignorance or of skating over biblical principles. There are great biblical arguments to have in a Christian framework about whether homosexuality was ever actually condemned by Jesus and whether the Leviticus statement should even be considered applicable. Have those instead; engage genuinely with biblical scholarship if you care what religious people think, which I feel you should. Similarly I see a lot of people saying things like “oh well everyone would just be stoned immediately if they tried to live according to the bible because that’s how people were punished” and I cannot speak for Christianity here but Judaism actually has addressed that - there are no courts of sufficient Jewish authority to give those punishments out anymore and additionally we have a religious obligation to follow the laws of the land and not wildly administer killings. There is a perception that religious people do not think about or tackle the challenges of living piously in the modern world. They often do.

- It implies that the main problem with religiously based homophobia is hypocrisy, and that if you are consistent you can be as hateful of queerness as you like. What do you say to someone who kept all the biblical laws in this hypothetical reality show and, far from finding them burdensome, found the whole experience fascinating and moving? Are they now given license by this meme to keep on keeping on with their belief that queerness is an abomination? Have they passed the test?

- What do we say to the genuinely pious? This is a huge issue I think we shy away from tackling - when you’re arguing with a religious person who wants to be good and kind and loving but also wants to live by their faith’s commandments, you are facing an argument where you are asking someone to betray themselves, to pit some of their values against others and make them choose. To decide that a part of your religion is false is to fundamentally change your life; a lot of ex-religious people understand that but a lot of people who pass that meme around have never been religious, have never understood what they are asking of a religious person when they ask them to reject something their faith demands they believe. We’re talking loss of moral centre, loss of family and community … it’s huge. You need an argument that is cognisant of that, not an argument that presumes they were never that attached to most of their faith in the first place.

- deep down it suggests that the main problem with keeping biblical law is that it is too hard, that the main problem with repressing queer desire is that it is too hard. That buys into the idea that the acceptance of queer people and queer sex and love is about buying into a culture of easy fixes, laziness, licentiousness, lack of personal responsibility, lack of discipline and childishness. Paying your taxes is hard. Being constantly mindful of consent is hard. Treating your fellow human with kindness and respect is often very hard indeed. The argument that you shouldn’t do something because it is hard or because other things asked of you by the same source that issued the directive are hard does not address the central problem of homophobia or of the characterisation of queer sex as an abomination. The central problem is not that it is too hard not to be queer. It is that that isn’t a fair thing to ask, that it harms people, that people should have the right to autonomy when harm is not being done … We won’t even get into it because there are heaps of arguments expressed possibly billions of times. The “it’s too hard” argument buys into myths about queerness that are already way too popular in religious circles and does no justice to the centre of the problem of repressing and punishing queerness.

According to the pundits, things that “mattered” at last night’s debate, versus things that didn’t:

What mattered:

–Mike Pence was polite (mostly)
–Tim Kaine was ruder than Pence was

What did not matter:

–Pence constantly misstated or lied about Donald Trump’s plans
–Pence constantly misstated or lied about his own record
–Pence’s record and positions on the issues
–Trump’s (lack of) policies and (inconsistent) positions on the issues
–Pence’s general abandonment of Trump’s positions (?!) across the board



Spider-Man #8.

Okay, I’m a sucker for scenes like this hand-holding here. It’s a good moment where out three musketeers (yes, I’m sticking to that nickname) trying to comfort each other in the face of how trauma-inducting level of STUPID Bendis War is.

This issue has sooo many problems. From the starters, Bendis ignores continuity to write people how he wants. He still seems to think Sam never fought anything above a street level thug and certainly not Hulk(with whom he indeed fought). But that’s Bendis, he only cares about his own continuity. Like how Jessica Jones was hired to spy on Miles and found out his secret identity. It never happened to her before. Except the very first story with her, where she was in the same situation with Captain America. It was written by you, Bendis, how did you forget that?!

Tony Stark is a colossal asshole in this book. He goes to rant how Bruce Banner made one misstate that created the Hulk. I guess SAVING SOMEONE’S LIFE is a mistake in Tony’s book. Our hero, ladies and gentlemen! That or Bendis forgot it’s not Ultimate Universe, where his origin is different. Then right after Banner’s death Stark tries to rally everyone against Carol, coming with some crazy conspiracy theories how she put Clint Barton there and told him to shoot. Such a sensitive approach, asshole! Jesus, never before I wanted to punch Stark so much in my life. And this is from a guy who writes his own comics series, no wonder it doesn’t sell as much as Marvel wants it!

And Miles grandma just crossed the line with hiring Jessica to spy on him I mean for the fuck’s sake, that’s just violation of privacy and quite frankly, shows an incredible lack of trust. Jessica’s advice for Miles to stop doing what makes his family worried is just missing the point. If his grandmother went so far to prove he is up to no good, then NOTHING he will ever do will make her think otherwise. I know that kind of people, you can climb to the top but they will still bring up every single smallest mistake you ever made to guilt-trip you into shutting up and doing what they say. This might have struck too close to home for me, but this whole ordeal is a sign of controlling behavior! His grandmother looks to me like a friggin abuser!

Oh and the dialogue is so cringeworthy and full of exposition dump, that even Sam has enough of it at one point. And art can get equally lazy, at one point the artist just copied the same face on two panels.

That being said, there are some good moments here. Like this above. Like conversation between Miles and Luke Cage and how Luke brings up what Sam Wilson things about Miles (that he has long way to go, but can be one of the greatest heroes in the world. Or how Luke pointed out that yes, it is important that Spider-Man is a kid of color. Good contrast to all the crap Bendis was pulling about how it doesn’t matter in the early issues.

Things I’ve learned about dealing with someone with dementia and/or  memory issues. 

1.  Smile and answer the question like it’s the first time they’ve asked. Even if it’s the fourteenth or fortieth. 

2.  Erase the phrase “Don’t you remember?” or any reiteration of it from your vocabulary. 

3.  Unless it’s causing a problem, don’t correct any fabrication or misstatement of facts. They are filling in the blanks with false memories and they think it’s true.  Telling them the truth, no matter how logical or rational you are, will only upset them further. 

4.  Listen for intention not the words they say. They may call you by a different name, mix up the days of the week, or conflate three people into one, but asking if you want egg salad for dinner is what they want to know. Answer that and let the rest go. 

5.  Sometimes they just want someone to say “I love you.”  When they tell a story or complain or get frustrated, you don’t always have to solve it. In fact, jumping in and solving it makes them feel inadequate and useless. Give them a hug and tell them you care instead. 

6.  Give them things to do. Sitting around thinking about all the things they don’t remember only heightens depression and anxiety.  Let them wash the dishes and don’t mention if they put them away in the wrong places. Let them make egg salad and then eat some of it. 

7.  You have to be willing to change too.  Just because you’ve always put the cans in alphabetical order doesn’t mean you have to get angry and storm about when they put them up randomly. 

8.  There’s often a method to their forgetting. My mother calls me Linda all the time; that’s her sister, the one everyone says I look like. I just accept it and answer to that name because when she looks at me she doesn’t know if she’s seeing her daughter or her sister. 


11 incredible Bernie Sanders quotes show he’s the progressive we’ve been waiting for 

To say Bernie Sanders is the most liberal candidate in the race is not just an understatement, it fundamentally misstates his place on the political spectrum. From a policy perspective, Hillary Clinton has more in common with Republican hopefuls like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) than Sanders, who advocates for single-payer health insurance, free college for all Americans and rewriting U.S. free-trade agreements. And he has a strong message for his 2016 rivals.

Snape in GoF

The usual post misstating Snape’s brand of awfulness to his students brought my attention to this passage of Book 4:

“You know why Snape’s in such a foul mood, don’t you?” said Ron to Harry as they watched Hermione teaching Neville a Scouring Charm to remove the frog guts from under his fingernails. 

Yeah,“ said Harry. "Moody." 

It was common knowledge that Snape really wanted the Dark Arts job, and he had now failed to get it for the fourth year running.

So why was Snape in such a foul mood at the start of this particular school year? Oh gee, maybe…because Voldemort was going to be coming back?

“If you a star, I’m a whole planet.”

To be completely honest, I was torn as to whether I even wanted to include this example on the list. I mean, I get it. French Montana is a rapper, not an astronomy major. It’s not his job to know that stars are significantly larger than planets. At no point during his development as an artist did he need to know that the smallest star ever measured is still way bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Hell, if you ask me, planets should be bigger than stars, because planets are where the people are, and we need that extra room for football stadiums and coffee shops. If nothing else, this is the sort of wishful thinking I could totally see myself getting behind. But alas, an error is an error, and this one just happens to be the most egregious misstating of astrological facts on wax since Jay Z assured us that the Sun revolves around the Earth.

The 16 Most Baffling Insults In Rap Music History

Trump’s Week of Errors, Exaggerations and Flat-out Falsehoods
POLITICO Magazine subjected the GOP frontrunner to our fact-checking process. This is the result.

Politico decided to fact-check Donald Trump’s statements over the past week:

The result: more than five dozen statements deemed mischaracterizations, exaggerations, or simply false – the kind of stuff that would have been stripped from one of our stories, or made the whole thing worthy of the spike. It equates to roughly one misstatement every five minutes on average.

So, over 60 false statements by the leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination – and that’s just from the last week. One of the media outlets covering Trump should designate someone to report his lies and “mischaracterizations” full time.

And the sad thing about this is that his supporters don’t care. It doesn’t matter to them that their candidate is lying directly to them about who he is, what he’s done, what he believes, and what he plans to do if elected President. This should disqualify ANY candidate in the eyes of voters, but his dangerous and damaging campaign just continues to roll on like an avalanche of hate, destroying every bit of common sense along the way.

Hillary made it a point to misstate a lot of Bernie's policies

Bernie had to do a lot of clarification. Hillary should stick to her accomplishments and end the ‘Bernie disinformation tour’. My two cents.

Seems people are still thinking Jonghyun responded to GD but yesterday’s BNR was pre-recorded


[Netizen Comments] Article: “SHINee and EXO can’t compose their own songs? … GD’s clueless statement”

Top Rated:

1. [+760, -39] GD needs to retain his humility. The truth is that the public doesn’t all like Big Bang songs, so the fact that he made a misstatement like this is downright thoughtless. Was that reply the best he could do? Tsk tsk. I’m part of the public too, but when it comes to talent and character, SHINee definitely seems better to me?

2. [+669, -25] Thank you for this article~~ Really, SHINee is actively participating in writing and composing~ And Exo’s only been around as a group for 3 years… Most people know they’re working hard on writing and composing but I guess some people still aren’t aware~

3. [+642, -29] GD’s statement yesterday has dumbfoundingly revealed what grand delusions he really has about himself. It’s like he lives in his own little world. The reporter’s write up is refreshing.

4. [+589, -31] GD’s self-love is stabbing the sky ㅋ

5. [+561, -26] Seems like GD’s comment is saying the songs he’s composed appeal so much to the public that they get used as title tracks, but honestly this isn’t quite right either because even Jonghyun released a solo album full of songs that he wrote and composed, and he gives songs to other singers too. And Exo is trending toward writing and composing more and more actively, so it’s true that what GD said is worthy of misunderstanding.

6. [+233, -10] Excuse me but, SHINee’s Jonghyun not only makes songs for his own group, but also makes songs for other singers?

7. [+224, -5] Whatever the case, it’s obvious that this interview will become a shameful memory in (GD’s) history..

8. [+221, -5] As a Seo Taiji maniac, the way I see it is that Big Bang, Exo, SHINee, etc. are all popular and have passed through a difficult systematic process to get to where they currently are now. But GD’s comment yesterday feels like he’s pointing fingers at SM’s system. I’m not sure if GD is indeed a “great” artist, but it’s true that he’s a “hot” artist. But among Seo Taiji’s songs, the songwriting and composing is credited to only three characters: “Seo Tai Ji.” But Big Bang’s songwriting and composing are GD + Teddy + TOP + other producers, etc. and it’s impossible to tell who created what part. Is it possible to see these as only GD’s songs? I think SM artists, who assimilate songs written by great producers really well, are talented singers too.

9. [+215, -7] Seems like GD doesn’t listen to his juniors’ songs at all ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ What’s worse is that SHINee and Exo’s latest albums, that they promoted at the same time, contain self-composed songs…

10. [+173, -3] Then.. can we also agree that actors can only assimilate a role as their own when they write their own script?? I guess actors…should also write drama and movie scripts their own selves~~* Wouldn’t it also be a skill to be able to assimilate someone else’s script or song superbly??

11. [+175, -7] GD’s comment wasn’t intended to mean what the reporter’s headline suggests. But it’s wrong to respond to a question that asks about the distinguishing factors between the groups by saying, “We create our songs ourselves, and the public likes that”; then what becomes of the songs written and composed by SHINee and Exo? They’ve also created songs that the public likes, the same as Big Bang.

Other comments:

[+159, -5] Seems like since fans keep upholding him as an “artist, not an idol,” he thinks of himself as a special artist who isn’t an idol.. Is he also dissing his fellow team members who don’t write songs.. ㅋㅋ

[+158, -5] I feel better seeing this articleㅠ Although I’m a SHINee fan, I also liked Big Bang. But I think if Jonghyun saw this news, the comment would make him feel like all the products of his worries and efforts until now have been in vain. Of course, even if GD didn’t intend it that way, I don’t think it was right to respond in such an irresponsible and immodest way in his position as a senior. I’m disappointed in GD ㅡㅡ

[+135, -5] He says he’s not interested in whatever you do in Korea because he’s a globetrotting world-class superstar~ And let’s have a listen to those title tracks you claim to have written yourself, look at this guy talking like he wrote them all by himself when he worked together with Teddy

[+104, -1] If he’d at least given a response that asserted that he makes his own kind of music, regardless of SHINee and Exo, I wouldn’t have cared. It’s true that he writes music and is popular, but. It’s indisputable that it wasn’t a good response to a question that asked about what differentiates them. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance.

[+76, -2] Ahyoo, this kid is good at being silent when it comes to explaining plagiarism or thoughtless actions, but he never misses out on boasting about how he makes his own music when all his hits are collaborations ㅋ

[+67, -3] While you were doing drugs at the very least SHINee Exo were probably practicing for their future

[+56, -2] Anyway the clearest thing from this incident is that GD’s lost the public’s trust and goodwill

[+44, -0] Why does he think singers have to create their own songs to be recognized (as being talented)..? A lot of talented singers aren’t able to self-compose their songs.. Singers are people who sing, not people who create songs.. Although it would be even better if you could sing and write your own songs.. shouldn’t it not matter if you can’t? I don’t think it’s right to show off your talent or ability just because of the fact that your songs are self-composed..


iKON’s Solo Concert Sells Out in 10 Minutes

The tickets to rookie group iKON‘s upcoming solo concert have been completely sold out within minutes after going on sale.

The first round of ticket sales opened on January 6 at 8 p.m. KST, allowing fans to purchase tickets to the first concert held on January 30. Before the sales opened, “iKON’s concert” was the most searched topic on many Korean search engines.

It took only ten minutes for the slightly over 10,000 tickets to be completely sold out.

The tickets for the second concert held on January 31 will go on sale tomorrow, January 7, at 8 p.m. KST. Many fans are already thinking of new tactics to use for the second round of competitive ticketing, as success rate is often determined by broadband and clicking speed.

“iKONCERT 2016 SHOWTIME TOUR IN SEOUL” will be held on January 30 and 31 at 6 p.m. KST at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated that 10,000 tickets were sold to the concert. More than 10,000 tickets, an estimated 14,000, went on sale today.


Because as much as people who say there is too much Regina in 5B annoy me I’m also annoyed by people who are misstating facts

Here is what we know about Lana’s filming by episode

5.12 (100 Regina heavy) - Filming all days we have filming reports for (3).
5.13 (Snow centric with Regina flashback) - Filming four of the five days we have filming reports.
5.14 (Rumple centric) - Filming three of the five days we have filming reports.
5.15 (Hook centric) - Filming three of the four days we have filming reports (and she was released for christmas later than most of the cast).
5.16 (unclear who is the centric) - Filming five of the seven days we have filming reports.
5.17 (Belle centric) - Filming one of the five days we have filming reports.
5.18 (Red Mulan focus) - Filming two of the six days we have filming reports (the same number we have of any of the rest of the main cast except Bex)
5.19 (Mills sister centric) - starts filming today

Given that we don’t have filming reports for about half the days they filmed and we still know she filmed a lot… anyone who tells you that we only have two days of her filming while the rest of the cast is filming a ton is not keeping track of the filming very well.