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|♛| The Lousy Technician.

King Dedede pressed his flippers against the prison bars, glancing down towards the floor. He hadn’t expected company and being locked in this cell was shameful. Probably not as shameful as his…mistake. An accident….if that’s what it could be called.

The usual proud glimmer in his baby blues had faded into dim light and his usual egotistical personality had done the same.

He would usually plead not guilty after doing something wrong like steal others’ food but this time he just bowed his head. Moving his gloved yet blood splattered flippers from the bars.

His diamonds followed the sound of footsteps to find Avina entering the police station.

The avian pressed his beak between the bars. “Ya come to take me home?” It didn’t matter either way…it would be lonely without… Escargoon with him at the castle.

There’s a post circulating right now in regards to Scott Freeman (a Funimation VA who voiced APH England) and being charged with possession of child pornography. Sources have been found on the post, and from the images provided in them he has pleaded guilty for his possession (Here is the post, a source and another source). Warning, the comments in the source may be upsetting.

Please please please don’t harass any USUK, FRUK or general APH England fans (also, fans of characters that Freeman has also voiced) about this issue. This is a very big deal, and it’s disappointing to a lot of fans. Please don’t make fans feel guilty about liking the character or the show in general- it wasn’t in anyone’s knowledge that any one of them would do such a thing. I know there are people who dislike the dub for various reasons, but don’t harass people. Especially younger kids who are like… 11 and 12. 

On the other end of the spectrum, please don’t make jokes about/depictions of APH England watching child porn or molesting children because Freeman is his dub VA. That’s gross on so many levels; I don’t even want to explain why that’s a shitty thing to do. What a voice actor does is not necessarily what their character would do. Scott Freeman and APH England are separate beings, and should be treated as such. 

What he did was wrong and disgusting and illegal. Yes, it may be strange to think that when the next season is dubbed, APH England is going to sound different, and because his VA is different there will be a slightly different take on the character and his humor. You might like Freeman’s portrayal better, because “it’s the original” or something. But he needs to suffer the consequences, because this is something that he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with. Having a different voice actor for a fictional character does not matter if that is what the consequence for Freeman means. 

“I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

- 16-year-old Brenda Spencer’s answer as to why she shot up an elementary school in 1979.

Spencer, who is one of only three female school shooters, used a .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle to shoot 11 people. Eight children and a police officer were severely injured, while the principal and a custodian were killed. After the shooting, she locked herself in her house and telephoned a journalist whom interviewed her over the phone. He then passed the call onto police negotiators, who she told “I’ll come out shooting!” After a few hours, Spencer ended up surrendering. 

Tried as an adult, Spencer pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She remains incarcerated.
Lawyer: Subway May Have Known About Jared's Sexual Conduct With Children

NEW YORK (AP) — A former franchisee alerted an executive in charge of Subway’s advertising in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer.

Cindy Mills exchanged phone numbers with Fogle after they met at an event, said Robert Beasley, a lawyer in Florida who represents Mills. After Fogle began talking about paying for sex with minors, the lawyer said Mills alerted a regional Subway contact in Florida where her stores were based.

Mills became comfortable about coming forward after Fogle agreed on Aug. 19 to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex with girls as young as 16 and received child pornography. Mills was not immediately available for comment Thursday evening. But according to Beasley:

—Fogle told her about paying for sex with minors on a trip to Thailand, and paying for sex with a 16-year-old he found on Craigslist.

—She offered to show Moody the texts from Fogle, but Moody stopped her and said he didn’t want to hear anymore.

—Moody said he had dealt with similar comments, and reassured Mills that Fogle had met a teacher who would get him on the right track.

“To me, it was confirmation that they knew about it,” Beasley said.

David Brom was just 16-years-old when he brutally murdered his entire family on the night of February 18, 1988. He had hacked both his parents to death with an axe as well as his two younger siblings, 14-year-old Diane and 9-year-old Richard. David attended school the following morning and casually boasted about the attack, describing it in great detail to a female classmate. David was apprehended and tried as an adult, where he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His insanity defense had eroded and he is currently serving three consecutive life sentences. What shocked people the most about this crime was that David always seemed like a normal, friendly teenager and never displayed any violent tendencies. What suddenly drove him to slaughter his entire family remains unclear. 

Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

Kevin Roper leaves a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically…

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Teen brothers in family slay may have filmed murders

A search warrant affidavit in the stabbing deaths of a Broken Arrow couple and three of their children indicates last month’s slayings may have been recorded on video.

The affidavit first obtained by the Tulsa World says video cameras were in the home where 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed their parents and three siblings to death and wounded another sibling.

The brothers, both charged as adults, have pleaded not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and a single count of assault and battery with intent to kill. A 13-year-old sister was also stabbed, but survived, while a 2-year-old sister was found unharmed inside the home.

The affidavit, filed Thursday, says the cameras were near three of the victims and appeared connected to one or more of the computers taken from the home.

The affidavit did not say whether the cameras were activated, but did say “live footage recordings from surveillance cameras” could be found on a thumb drive taken from the home. The document also listed audio recordings and photographs among other possible items that could be found on the thumb drive.

The document states that several electronic devices were removed from the home by police and taken to the Broken Arrow Police Department and many have since been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis, but the OSBI’s findings haven’t yet been released.

The brothers are charged in the stabbing deaths of David Bever, 52; April Bever, 41; Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5.

Broken Arrow police reported going to the home about 11:30 p.m. July 22 after receiving a 911 call from one of the children, believed to be Daniel Bever.

Arrest reports say the 13-year-old identified the attackers as her brothers, who were arrested nearly an hour later in a wooded area behind the home.

The brothers are due back in court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 9.
Senior police officer found guilty in G20 disciplinary hearing -
Officer found guilty on three out of five offences stemming from summit five years ago

[…] Fenton had pleaded not guilty to five Police Services Act charges stemming from two so-called kettling incidents that occurred over the 2010 summit weekend.

The first took place when Fenton ordered officers to box in protesters in front of a downtown hotel and more than 260 people were arrested and taken to a makeshift processing centre.

The second incident occurred the next day when, six minutes after coming on shift, Fenton ordered police to keep scores of people standing for hours at a downtown intersection despite a severe thunderstorm that left them drenched.

More than 1,000 people were detained over the summit weekend in what is considered the largest mass arrest in Canada’s peacetime history. Most were released without charge.

Judgment? Harper Appointed a Convict Who served Jail Time to the PMO

Convict who served time brought Convicted Pimp & Money Launderer to Harper’s Residence

Stephen Harper has made much about his judgment.  Here is a prime example of that sound judgment.

On February 6th, 2006, Stephen Harper appointed Bruce Carson as a senior advisor in the PMO.  How much vetting was done before Carson became a close personal advisor to the PM?  Well, in 2006 Carson had been already been convicted of fraud twice and imprisoned once.  He had already gone bankrupt, bounced cheques and been disbarred.

In 1990, while employed doing research for the Library of Parliament, Carson was charged with fraud involving Budget Car and Truck Rental and a 1989 Toyota. Also during that year, he was charged with both the Bank of Montreal and the Toronto-Dominion Bank, each for amounts greater than $1,000. In June of that year, he pleaded guilty to all three counts, and received a suspended sentence with 24 months probation, provided that he “continue treatment at the R.O.H. (Royal Ottawa Hospital),” and pay $4,000 in restitution to Budget Car and Truck Rental within 23 months.

Harper has also denied that he was aware that Carson was under a court order to receive psychiatric treatment.

 You can read more here:

Carson takes convicted pimp and money launderer to party at 24 Sussex Drive

Boy, you can’t make this stuff up, can you?  In April of 2011, the Conservative Part of Canada confirmed that Carson brought a former prostitute who had been convicted of money laundering and running a brothel  to a party at 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the prime minister. 

Read about it here:

New Fraud Charges Related to Helping Prostitute Girlfriend

Next week Carson will be back in court to face multiple charges of illegal lobbying and fraud on the government.  In May of 2014, CTV News reported that, “The RCMP opened an investigation into Carson in March 2011, after receiving a referral from the Prime Minister’s Office. That referral followed a report by Aboriginal People’s Television Network that alleged Carson used his government connections to help his 22-year-old girlfriend.

According to the APTN report, Carson’s girlfriend and former escort, Michele McPherson, worked for H20 Pros and stood to earn commissions from sales of its water systems. Carson is alleged to have lobbied Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on behalf of the company.”

There are now dozens of examples of Stephen Harper not only condoning, but rewarding and protecting people convicted of election fraud and various crimes.  Two infamous examples of this would be convicted election cheats Vic Toews and Dean Del Mastro. In the case of the former, Harper appointed Toews to a federal judgeship, and in the case of the latter, he actually changed Canadian law so that Del Mastro could collect a million dollar-plus pension despite being convicted and jailed.

Currently, Stephen Harper has dozens of friends & appointees – dozens – either under RCMP investigation, at trial, or already convicted or jailed for Sexual assault, uttering death threats, sexual relationships with minors, possession of cocaine, common assault ,fraud, drunk driving, election fraud, multiple counts of child molestation, obstruction of justice, money laundering, bribery of a judicial officer, fraud on the government and breach of trust.

Andy Hall faces 7 years in jail and $11 million in fines for documenting labor abuses in Thailand.

The charges follow his report that exposed abuses by Natural Fruit Company, a large Thai pineapple wholesaler that supplies the EU. Hall found that the company controlled employees with violence, used child labour, and confiscated migrant workers’ passports. “I will comply with all court orders,” Hall said. “I will plead not guilty.”

Read about and SIGN this petition calling on Thai authorities to immediately drop the charges.
Trump VS Bush: Persuasion Wars


Someone accused me of having a man-crush on Trump because I keep writing about him. I plead guilty. I have no idea whether he would be a good President or not, and I don’t believe you know either. My man-crush is based on Trump’s persuasion skills. I have never seen better.

I hope that sharing some of Trump’s methods will make you more effective in your own life. And it is fun stuff. 

— start —

Who is the better persuader: Donald Trump or Jeb Bush? 

Let’s start with this article about Trump’s oft-repeated campaign theme “We have to take our country back.” The article suggests that the sentence is veiled racism and an intentional call to anti-immigration types.

Is it?

If you look at this situation with a political filter, it sure looks like a secret dog whistle to the anti-immigration folks, as the article suggests. But if you look at it through the filter of a trained hypnotist reviewing the work of another, you see a lot more.

You want to know what I see, right?

Hypnosis rule #1 is that you leave out the details and allow people to fill in the blanks with their own imagination. That’s why, for example, my comic characters have no last names while working in a nameless company for a nameless boss in a nameless location. I don’t want a reader in France to think Dilbert is an American and therefore of little interest. I want the French reader, the Elbonian, and the American to look at the Dilbert characters and say some version of “That character is me!” In order to achieve that effect, I intentionally omit details that would knock you off the track. For example, the minute I give Dilbert a last name it would over-specify his ethnic origins and give folks a reason to feel less connected.

When your intention is persuasion, you need to know when to drop a huge anchor that redirects everyone’s attention to one point and when to do the opposite and create a vague suggestion so people can fill in the blanks on their own. I’ll explain some examples of both.

In the first debate, Megyn Kelly asked Trump to explain his offensive comments about specific women. If Trump had engaged in the question, the headlines the next day would have been about him “walking back” what he said, or lying about what he said, or simply being smeared with the topic in general. It was a perfect media trap. Trump was expected to say something generic and defensive, and then the media would take it out of context and paint him as a horrible sexist. That ploy would have generated a week’s worth of “news” that required no research and no flying into a war zone. Very economical.

But Trump dropped an anchor on the media’s collective asses before the question was fully formed. He interrupted with “Only Rosie O’Donnell” (an unpopular name among core Republicans) and completely owned the headlines after that. That was some genius misdirection, and it was probably planned in advance. So that’s a good example of when to use a strong, visual anchor.

But how does a persuader know when to redirect attention to something specific versus being vague so the audience can fill in the blanks? Let me see if I can answer that for you.

A golden rule in sales is “Don’t sell past the close.” That means that once your customer says yes, you stop talking about the product because you might accidentally say something that stops the sale. You never add detail when the customer is already sold. The less you say, the more likely the customer (who is already sold) will continue talking himself into loving the decision because people like to think they are smart. (Google “cognitive dissonance” for more on that topic.)

Now review Trump’s empty sentence: We need to take America back.

From whom? Notice the intentional lack of detail? In this case, the lack of detail is the powerful part of the sentence.

The media’s political filter automatically goes to immigration, and that interpretation is probably somewhat right. The problem is that it is only 10% of the explanation. The other 90% is what is happening in voters’ heads when they get an open-ended suggestion that someone has somehow stolen the country. 

Who did this awful thing???

Is it the top one-percenters who stole all the country’s money?

Is it the liberals?

Is it the politically-correct people?

Is it the immigrants who are taking jobs?

Is it the wrong-headed people in general?

Is it the minorities? The women?

Is it just our reputation in the world that we lost?

Was it our former greatness we lost?

See how the open-ended suggestion works? Every voter is free to fill in the topic of their own greatest fear. Your brain is a movie that creates your personal history, and when the movie finds a gap, your imagination fills it in. It happens automatically and bypasses rational thought. As with the salesperson who has already made the sale, Trump says nothing you can dislike while giving you the freedom to fill in the blanks in the way that influences you the most.

In other words, Trump’s sentence “We need to take America back” invites you to hypnotize yourself to finish the thought. And you do.

Secondly, we know from studies that human brains are wired to have a greater response to loss, or potential loss, than to potential gain. Trump’s slogan about taking back America speaks to loss while retaining the optimism that we can get it back. That is pure, engineered, persuasion perfection. 

Trump’s slogan should, by design, make every voter spontaneously imagine the one thing they believe they have lost. It could be anything, from personal privacy to job opportunity to whatever. If you are afraid you lost it, Trump’s slogan makes you think of it automatically. And you just automatically paired your emotional sense of wanting something precious with … Donald Trump. 

Many of you still believe Trump’s rise in the polls is some sort of media-generated side show. It isn’t. It is a master class in persuasion paired with perfect timing and a weak field.

And I don’t think I need to explain why Trump’s hat is bright red, or why he is keeping his hair covered. There are no accidents in Trump’s world.

You might think that all world-class politicians have the same set of linguistic tools at their command. Let’s check that assumption by taking a look at Jeb Bush’s recent campaign utterances to see how they match up on the persuasion scale.

Jeb Bush recently said that Trump was a Democrat longer than he was a Republican in the past decade. That sounds like a good zinger, right? It got a lot of press, just as Bush wanted. Does Bush win that round?


Mentioning Trump’s party change might have been a good thing to say before Trump was trouncing Bush in the polls and locking up the nomination. But today it sounds like Bush is telling independent voters that Trump is not a slave to any party. They love that. And independents will probably decide the election.

It would be hard to engineer a worse thing for Bush to say at this stage.

Bush has also been saying on the campaign trail that Trump favored a tax hike on the wealthy. Again, it would have been a great thing to say before Trump became the probable Republican nominee. But saying that sort of thing today is telling Democrats and Independents that Trump is not the greedy billionaire you were afraid he might be. It solves one of Trump’s biggest problems.

On the persuasion scale, and looking at only these few examples, Trump gets his usual A+ and Jeb Bush gets whatever is worse than a failing grade. I say worse because failing in this context would mean having no impact on voters, but Bush probably convinced voters to prefer his opponent. You can’t fail harder than that.

These are just anecdotes. The fun here is seeing how many of the examples going forward fit the persuasion hypothesis. 

I remind you that in my opinion all of the candidates on both sides are reasonably qualified for the job of president. Trump has a huge persuasion advantage, but I don’t know how that would translate into the job of president.

Update 1: See this political thinker dismiss Trump’s linguistic savvy and try to explain his success as nothing but the public’s distaste for government. That is one small part of it. I’m fairly sure the other candidates are promising to change/fix everything too. Why don’t we believe them?

There is a reason Trump’s message penetrates the crowd noise while the other candidates crawl back to their dark corners. Trump is trained in the art of persuasion, and literally wrote the book on it. His opponents are politicians. That’s comparing a bazooka to a fly-swatter.

Update 2: Here’s a new story about Jeb Bush saying things that opponents are taking out of context, thus causing him to defend himself from the professional Outragists. Compare Bush’s strategy of defending himself with facts versus Trump’s method of ballsy redirection and emotionally nailing the listener to an entirely different topic. Which method looks more effective to you?

My updated prediction is that Trump will win the general election by a large margin. (Prior prediction was a small margin.) 


In Top Tech Blog today, how about a 3D printer that can print ten different materials? That seems close to the point at which robots can build new robots. One futurist predicted that when robots can build robots, everything changes. For example, robots could build power generation plants in the desert on the cheap and solve the world’s energy problems. Not sure I believe that yet.

Have you read my book yet?*

(”yet” in this context is a persuasion word. It is meant to cause you to think “no” while accepting the “yet” part without reason.)

“not sure why”

Maybe because you have been trying to manipulate me ever since I became single. Maybe it’s uncomfortable when you excessively message me essays and guilt trip me about how suicidal you feel every time I don’t reply. Maybe I find it kinda gross that you’re married while trying to get with me, and maybe it’s worse that when I call you out on it, your response is always “I can’t help it I’m a man :-(”

I’m so bored of men acting like fucking creeps then making it MY problem that I don’t find it appealing. I don’t care if you want to talk to me or think I’m closed off. I wasn’t put on this earth to please you and I don’t owe you anything.

I have to go to court in October because my ex hasn’t given up harassing me since we broke up in February. He even pleaded not guilty to the harassment charges (lol enjoy the bigger fine and community service order for wasting everybody’s time), despite there being a stack of evidence against him including a statement from my sister and friends who saw him breach his police warning by approaching me and acting aggressively at comic con. Not guilty though! It’s just me being “harsh :-(” probably.

All selfish, entitled men with no respect for women can just die please. You are the cancer of the human population and you’re ruining it for everyone.

So, Scott Freeman (APH England dub VA) has been charged and apparently pleaded guilty to eight counts of child pornography. That in itself is absolutely terrible; but I’ve also seen jokes about APH England concerning child porn and even people wishing Scott well? I just wanna say that what the VA does does not reflect on the character, and that eight counts of child pornography is not something I want a VA to have under his belt. Yes, he may be proven innocent, but do not expect him back on the FUNimation team. I do not want him there, and am eagerly awaiting the new Enlgand VA - who, hopefully, will have 1) a better track record and 2) a better English accent!