Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ryan Broderick: You're fired!

Ryan Broderick got fired from BuzzFeed due to plagiarism:


This stuff happens.  It wouldn't happen to me, of course, because I never plagiarize.  All the stuff you read on this blog is 100% my own material.

A lot of Ryan's stories centered around fact-checking and conspiracy theories.  Typical headlines included "Trump’s Campaign And Fox News Are Attacking A Twitter Employee Because They Think He Fact-Checked The President. They Have The Wrong Guy," and "Lifestyle Influencers Are Now Sharing Some Bogus Far-Right Conspiracy Theories About The Coronavirus On Instagram."

I don't know what Ryan's politics are, but I get the feeling he is not pro-Trump.  It will be interesting to see how his peers treat him going forward.  Another BuzzFeed writer, Benny Johnson, was fired several years ago for plagiarism.  Johnson is an unabashed Republican, and there was a good deal of Schadenfreude floating around when he was canned.  Johnson later went to work for IJR, the Daily Caller, and now TPUSA.  When Business Insider wrote about Johnson getting hired by TPUSA, they referred to him as a "serial plagiarist." 

Will the same thing happen when Ryan Broderick joins another publication?  Will people even give enough of a fuck to write about him?

Monday, June 29, 2020

DocktorRemulak does the deed

The Atlantic had an article about how SDG&E fired Emmanuel Cafferty. The article doesn't mention who exactly took the photo of Cafferty and posted it on Twitter, but it cites a local story from NBC San Diego:
After Cafferty told his side of the story, the initial social-media vilification he had experienced gave way to a kind of embarrassed silence. The man who had posted a picture of the encounter on Twitter deleted his account and admitted to Priya Sridhar, a local news reporter, that he “may have gotten ‘spun up’ about the interaction and misinterpreted it.”
The NBC San Diego story doesn't identify the guy who posted the photo on Twitter, either.  The report says:
NBC 7 spoke to the man who originally posted the picture on Twitter. He has since deleted his account and said he may have gotten "spun up" about the interaction and misinterpreted it. He says he never intended for Cafferty to lose his job.
The embedded video included an interview with Cafferty, and it briefly showed a screenshot of the tweet:

The top of the tweet is cropped off, but you can make out a large potion of the Twitter user's handle:

The Twitter user was @DocktorRemulak.  His display name was David Bentley.  Like the story says, he has deleted his account, but I made an archive of the cache here:  http://archive.is/nltHg.  He followed 100 people and had 18 followers.  His bio said: "News Politics US News World News General News Government & Politics Gov Officials & Agencies."  On June 1st, he had tweeted: "I have been posting #TrumpIsTheAntichrist for months, now everyone will now find out he is the Devil incarcerated."

The tweet was amplified by another account, @Hwilsonia (Vote in November):

Hwilsonia's geotag says they're in San Francisco, and their timeline is full of posts about Black Lives Matter.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Anonymous on the DDoS attack

Here's another tweet I bookmarked a while back.  It's a tweet from June 15th by @YourAnonCentral (Anonymous).  It states: "The source of the DDoS attack on the United States is currently unknown. We speculate it may be China as the situation between South and North Korea is currently deteriorating."

@YourAnonCentral has a lot more followers than @yspyg78.  The account has 6,500,000 followers and it followers 850 people.  The bio states: "We support the weak against the powerful. Resistance is existence. #readtheroom #BlackLivesMatter #MMIW #NiUnaMas #OpDeathEaters #OpHongKong #OpRussia."  (There are also a few emojis.)

The tweet itself received 445 comments, 4,200 re-tweets, and 30,400 likes.  I assume whoever runs the account is anonymous (no pun intended).

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Twitter user has thoughts about churches

It kind of amazes me how everyday folks can share a thought on social media and have it seen and shared by thousands (millions?) of people.

Here's a post that was #1 on /r/All on Reddit.  It has 87,519 upvotes and 1,933 comments.  It was posted on /r/WhitePeopleTwitter, which is usually dedicated to funny tweets by or about white people, but this tweet is political in nature.  The post is titled "Immediately" and contains this screenshot:

Hey, maybe it's a good sentiment.  But there's no argument being made.  I thought maybe this was a reference to the recent Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but that took place at the BOK Center, which is a regular sports and events arena and not some megachurch.  So I guess it's just an evergreen tweet about churches and political rallies.

The Twitter user is Carla Hurst-Chandler (@ysypg78).  The tweet itself has 1,000 replies, 18,100 retweets, and 67,800 likes.  Carla has 7,394 followers (she follows 8,064 people) and her bio says:  "Retired Nurse, Author, Activist, Photographer.  #Resistance #BlueWave2020 NO DM's-PLEASE!"  (There are also a bunch of emojis that don't work with copy-and paste in blogger.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Stans vs. Sammy

Sasha Banks stans got very upset when it was discovered Sammy Guevara had made a crude comment about her back in 2016.  Here is @Queenofallerass (Tina Bobina Ho.) publishing the address of a Sammy Guevara in Mercedes, Texas:

I checked online, and that address corresponds to a Samuel G. Guevara, Jr., age 43.  The Sammy Guevara who wrestles for AEW is 26, and he's billed from Houston, Texas.  Mercedes and Houston are 344 miles apart.  The tweet has 28 retweets and 36 likes.

Sasha stans are dumb AF.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

McCarthy throws shade at Meltzer

Here's a tweet from Alex McCarthy of WrestleTalk:

Now you might think, "How is that considered shade at Dave Meltzer?"  Well, the story is about Charlotte Flair taking an extended break from WWE.  She's going to have a surgery and then, presumably, take some personal time off.  Usually, if you're talking about someone taking a break, you try to focus on when they'll be back.  You say, 'The wrestler will be back by such-and-such a date.'  If you're going to say "They WON'T be back by such-and-such a date," then it must be because that specific date holds some significance.  What's the significance of SummerSlam?  There isn't any significance, really.  It's usually considered a major pay-per-view, but all the pay-per-views are blending together these days thanks to the pandemic.  So why emphasize the line, “There’s a 0 percent chance Charlotte returns for SummerSlam”?

Well, the WrestleTalk story was posted at 7:46 AM.  At 6:34 AM, someone made a post on Wreddit about how Dave Meltzer said Charlotte Flair would be out of action for a while due to surgery.  The post said:
During the latest WOR Dave Meltzer said that Charlotte Flair is having surgery (unspecified where) and that's why they did the angle last night with Nia Jax. 
Right now the expectation is that she's gonna be back for Summerslam but that's not 100% sure. "They hope it's Summerslam" he said.
McCarthy phrased his tweet the way he did as a reaction to Meltzer's reporting.  On the one hand, he is confirming Meltzer's report that Charlotte will be out of action due to surgery.  On the other hand, he's trying to debunk the part where Meltzer says the people in WWE are hoping Charlotte will be back by SummerSlam.

The WrestleTalk article makes zero mention of Meltzer's earlier reporting.  But I feel that anyone who was aware of Meltzer's reporting would grasp why WrestleTalk included that quote about SummerSlam.

PWInsider also wrote about Charlotte's surgery, and said she was expected to be out six weeks.  (SummerSlam is on August 23rd.)


Monday, June 22, 2020

When directors are in a pinch

Sometimes a movie will segue from one scene to another by having a character slyly refer to a new location.  The scene then shifts to that new location, and the reveal of the location itself comes as a bit of a surprise.  The dialogue goes like this:
Character 1:  We need this specific thing to complete the mission. 
Character 2:  Okay.  So where's the thing? 
Character 1:  Oh, you're not going believe it...
I'm thinking specifically of the scene in Ocean's 11 where Basher is talking about the pinch.
Danny:  Could a pinch knock out the power of an entire city?  Like, for instance...  
Basher:  Las Vegas?  Yeah I think it might.  But there's only once pinch in the world big enough to manage it. 
Danny:  Where? 
Basher:  [Makes a sly expression]

I like to imagine the writers and the director hadn't totally figured out how Danny Ocean and his crew were going to steal the pinch.  They didn't know exactly where the heist would take place or how they were going to film it.  However, for logistical reasons, they needed to wrap up the scene with Basher early in the shoot, so that's why Basher doesn't mention the location.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sneaky Toni Storm

Do you ever see a dumb post on social media, but it's so dumb that you're not offended by it?  There was this post on /r/SquaredCircle a few weeks ago.  It featured an still image of Toni Storm smiling, and the post was titled:  "What is she being sneaky about?"
The OP was named /u/FartManJohn, so I'm pretty sure he was making a joke about farts. 

The top commentwhich has sadly been removedsaid:
Your posts creep me tf out man please get tested for autism
It was a dumb post, but it was genuine.  And a genuine dumb post is a different breed from other dumb posts.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The effect of VCRWrestling

The thing about @VCRWrestling is that he would often post things which other people wouldn't post.  He was willing to be a shameless troll.  And, if VCRWrestling posted something first, other people were willing to amplify him.

Here's a tweet from @SoDuTw (Rovert) on June 9th, talking about how he heard that Dave Meltzer apparently fat-shamed a female NXT wrestler:

Meltzer was talking on his podcast about a WWE skit with the Viking Raiders, and one of the running jokes in the skits is that women find Ivar cute, but not Erik.  And, for some reason, Meltzer got it into his head that WWE is trying to tell a secondary joke, in that the women who find Ivar cute are all homely and/or overweight.  You should be able to see the problem here...

The skit in question was a decathlon between the Viking Raiders and the Street Profits, and one of the judges was played by Catalina, an NXT wrestler.  Catalina wears a mask on TV when she's in character, but she wasn't wearing a mask in the skit, so it wasn't obvious she was a wrestler.  And Meltzer, during his review of the skit, referred to her as either chubby or overweight (I forget the exact term he used). 

Rovert seemingly expected a clip of the podcast to be posted on Twitter, but the question is:  Who would post it?  Rovert himself doesn't post audio clips from Wrestling Observer Radio.

Another Twitter user, @Kimporto95, replied to Rovert and anticipated that VCRWrestling, along with @MeltzerSaidWhat and @Ryan Satin, were all looking for the clip:

VCRWrestling had already deleted his account by this time, so he wouldn't be posting it.  And Ryan Satin has to keep up the appearance of being a professional, so he himself wouldn't post the clip--he would only amplify a clip like that after it was posted by somebody else.  That leaves @MeltzerSaidWhat.

Ever since VCRWrestling deleted his account, it seems like MeltzerSaidWhat has been posting less frequently.  Sometimes he'll go several days at a time without taking a shot at Dave Meltzer.  MeltzerSaidWhat isn't as big a troll as VCR was, so it wasn't a slam dunk he would share this particular clip.  Curiously, MSW did acknowledge the tweet from @Kimporto95, which means he was aware of what Meltzer had said:

Ultimately, MeltzerSaidWhat did not post the clip.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Joy Reid's face

I sometime think of the expression Joy Reid made on the Bill Maher show in 2015:

She made it after Ann Coulter said Donald Trump had the best chance out of all the declared Republican candidates of winning the election.  The audience erupted in laughter, so I assume Joy was playing off the audience's reaction a bit.

Monday, June 15, 2020

VCR logs off

It appears the Twitter troll @VCRWrestling has deleted his account.

The handle "VCRWrestling" currently belongs to someone with 60 followers whose account dates back to August of 2015.  (The actual @VCRWrestling made his account in July of 2017.)  What I think happened is that VCR Wrestling changed his handle and then deleted his account.  And then someone decided to jump on the available handle:

I think he changed his handle to @VCRLoggedOff.  When you search for interactions with VCRWrestling, you see tweets that are directed to both @VCRWrestling and @VcrLoggedOff.  I don't know if this is some sort of Twitter glitch, but it seems like an indication he switched his handle:

There is no active account right now with the handle @VCRLoggedOff.  However, when I tried switching my own handle to @VCRLoggedOff, Twitter informed me the handle was already taken.

There has been speculation for WHY VCRWrestling deleted his account.  Some people seem to think VCR was driven off the platform by AEW stans:

This theory doesn't really make sense to me, because VCR tended to block people who disagreed with him.  He once boasted about blocking close to 1,000 people.  Here's one example of his blocking habit:

VCR Wrestling deleted his account on either May 24th or May 25th.  There was an interesting exchange between Jonathan Snowden and another Twitter user on May 24th.  Snowden was talking about obnoxious Twitter accounts, and he mentioned "VHSWrestling."  The other user, @joelspaceship, replied: "vhswrestling is apparently a school teacher, one time we had some twitter beef and he went back on my feed and liked pictures of my kids. it was fucking creepy."  Snowden then replied: "DM me what you've got." 

I'll ignore the fact that both of them called the guy "VHSWrestling."  It is true, nonetheless, that VCRWrestling is a schoolteacher.  Snowden later deleted the tweets, and @joelspaceship locked his account, but I archived part of the conversation here.  I also recovered joel's part of the conversation by looking through my own browser history:


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Bringing Down the House and Iraq

Bringing Down the House, the 2003 film starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, was #1 at the box office for three straight weekends.  Its final domestic gross was $132,716,677.  It was a definite hit, and I've always wondered how much of its success was attributable to that random joke in the trailer where the kid goes, "Dad, what's a rack?" and Steve Martin's character responds, "It's a country."

No, I'm being serious.  The movie was released on March 7th, about a week before the invasion of Iraq.  So the joke was weirdly topical, but not at all political.  If you wanted a simple escape from the stress of the world, you could rest assured that Bringing Down the House would ONLY mention Iraq in the context of a sexual pun.

Tomorrow, I'm going to investigate how much of the success of Bad Teacher was attributable to that one joke in the trailer about LeBron James. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

TNA Reverse Battle Royal

This is legit one of my favorite matches to watch. 

They have so much trouble getting into the ring!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Highline on Persky

I finally finished reading this 2018 HuffPost article about the recall effort against Judge Persky:


Did you know there are comments at the bottom of the article?  Sixty-nine comments.  Delivered via the Facebook comments plug-in.  I had to fight myself not to look at them.  I know what my feelings about the article were; I don't have to look at sixty-nine other people expressing thoughts that are slightly and/or vastly different from my own.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Deep dive on Shaun King

The Daily Beast published a long article about Shaun King:


I actually reached the end of the article without realizing it.  I took a break, then went back to read the rest of it, and was surprised there wasn't anything more. 

There's a paragraph that reads:
Despite King’s promotion of the site and the money it’s raised, a Google search for “north star” shows it at the bottom of the second page of results, behind nearly a dozen articles about the star Polaris and results for the North Star Fund, “a social-justice fund that supports grassroots organizing led by communities of color,” the North Star Group, a financial-planning company, and North Star Teens, “an alternative to school where teens learn in the way that suits them best.”
Now, I'm not going to proclaim myself a Google expert, but when I ran a Google search for "north star," the fifth result was for Shaun King's website:

The bigger issue is that the blurb on Google spells his name "Shaunk King."  Shaunk King???  Hey idiots, it's "Shaun King."  Learn to spell!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

24/7 Championship scramble

WWE debuted a 24/7 title last year, and they had a scramble to crown the first champion.  I didn't watch it live, but I caught this clip from Raw on YouTube:

I watched this clip a bunch of times, and it always drove me a little batty because I could swear the thing was edited.  There's a point around the 3:15 mark where Mojo Rawley moves quickly from one side of the ring to the other, and there's a weird audio moment around the 4:00 mark when Drake Maverick slides into the ring.  So it seemed like the clip may've been edited, but I wasn't certain.     

A while ago I found another video on WWE's YouTube channel of all the 24/7 Championship title changes, and this video contained the FULL version of the scramble:

And, in fact, the Raw clip was edited down.  I assume the editor wanted to remove certain parts of action because they looked awkward.

In the edited clip, the bell rings at 2:47 to start the match, and it rings at 4:16 to end the match.  That's 1:29 of action.

In the full clip, the bell rings at 1:27 and again at 3:41.  That's 2:14 of action.

Meaning the edited clip had removed 45 seconds of action.

The edited clip removed about 33 seconds worth of footage just before Mojo Rawley gets into the ring to hit the pounce on Titus.  There's also about 10 seconds worth of footage just before Drake Maverick slides into the ring that got removed.

Neither of those edits are obvious at first glance.  I watched a recent match on WWE's YouTube channel between Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks, and there was a point where the video skips forward in the action; however, this fast forward was accompanied by a white flash (0:54 mark).  The edited version of the 24/7 scramble doesn't have any sort of white flash or other indication that the match has been edited.

Maybe the white flash is a new thing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Manic review: Doing nothing

You might think doing nothing is calming.


Doing nothing is painful.

At the end of the day, we lie down on our beds and do nothing.  Eventually we pass out from the pain.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Cracked goes off the rails

Why do I still read Cracked?  They publish three articles every morning like clockwork, and so it's easy to think, "Hmm, maybe one of the articles today will be a good one."  But none of them are.  I read a hilarious article on Cracked.com back around 2006 or 2007, and nothing since then has reached that level.

Anyway, an article today was titled "TV Shows That Went Completely Off The Rails By The Final Episode," and #6 on the list was Saved by the Bell

How the fuck is that considered "going off the rails"?  It's a wedding episode (really, a movie) featuring two characters who were a couple for a large portion of the series.  Is it considered "going off the rails" because it didn't take place in a classroom, or maybe because there wasn't a laugh track?     
I got the feeling this article was written by some freelancer in the Philippines who was paid $3 and hasn't watched any American TV in the last 10 years.  However, when I clicked on the byline, it brought me to the profile of "jesse_e," who's been a Cracked member since 2008 and apparently lives in New York.  He published his first article on April 29, 2020, and has published nine articles in that time.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Pokemon plot hole

In season 1, episode 34 of Pokemon: Indigo League, there's a scene where Ash, Misty, and Brock try to cross a bridge into Sunny Town.  They're told by a guard that the bridge is only for cars, although they would be able to cross if they were on bicycles.  Misty then huffs: "Well, if a certain someone here hadn't totally destroyed my bike, we could be just zipping right across this bridge now, couldn't we?"

Bitch, you were on the St. Anne when it capsized and sank!  There's no way you would've held onto your bike during that.  Also, the whole reason you started following Ash in the first place was because he owed you a bike, so you wouldn't even have come this far if not for Ash.

I don't know, it just always bugged me how Misty tried to guilt Ash in that moment.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Move U pre-roll

I often watch this entire Move U commercial when it plays before YouTube videos:

The funny thing is it that plays before a lot of chiropractor videos, and one one of the implications of the ad is that chiropractic treatment doesn't help eliminate back pain.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Scenes from NYC

This is actually a pretty relaxing video to watch.  You can see and hear most of the things clearly, and it doesn't just linger on a scene for 5 minutes straight.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

I fight for brunch

As this viral tweets states:  "there are two americas: one fights for black lives and the other fights for brunch."

I'm not going to lie.  In theory, I could go to one of the protests, but I know after about 20 minutes I'd turn to the person next to me and be like, "I really want a fucking omelet, dude."

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Timing a diversion

The thing with the internet is that every single page, every single tweet, has the ability to divert your attention for a certain amount of time.  And, maybe if I can figure out how long the typical diversion lasts, I can convince myself to avoid them.  It would become less about avoiding the diversion itself and more about making a choice:  Do I want to give up X minutes right now?

Yesterday, I was looking up a specific thread on /r/MovieDetails.  So I had to visit www.reddit.com/r/moviesdetails and type an inquiry into the search bar.  However, as I was glancing at the front page of /r/moviedetails, I saw a post about The Fellowship of the Ring, and I decided to click on it.  It was titled:
In "Lord of the Rings: The Fellow Ship of the Ring" (2001) in this "one does not simply walk into Mordor" scene, whenever Sean Bean looks down it's because he is reading the script on his lap. They had written that speech the night prior to shooting and he didn't have to memorize before shooting.
The thumbnail showed Boromir looking downward:

Now, I didn't recall Boromir looking down much during this scene, so I went and re-watched the Council of Elrond scene on YouTube:

As I re-watched the scene, I didn't see Boromir looking down much.  So I checked the comments on the Reddit thread, and at least one oether Redditor, /u/RayFisch, said the same thingthat Boromir only glances down a little bit while saying the line "One does not simply walk into Mordor."  However, another commenter had linked to a YouTube video of a cast reunion over Zoom, and Peter Jackson does confirm that Sean Bean had the script on his knee during filming.  (I guess it just wasn't noticeable in the film that he was repeatedly looking down.)  So who am I to dispute Peter Jackson?   
Anyway, I got done with checking the videos and the Reddit thread, and it was 6:20 PM.  I checked my browser history, and I had visited the /r/MovieDetails page at 6:12 PM.  So that was 8 minutes devoted to a diversion about The Fellowship of the Ring

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Colorado Times Recorder

LeBron James threw some unintentional shade at the Colorado Times Recorder with this tweet:

The Times Recorder shared a video of a large protest for George Floyd, and LeBron asked, rhetorically, whether the media would cover the scene.  I guess the good ol' Colorado Times Recorder doesn't count as "the media" in LeBron's mind.  To be fair, it appears to be a relatively new publication.  The domain was registered on March 11, 2016.  The paper currently 2,819 followers on Twitter and 6,870 followers on Facebook (and that's taking into account any recent increases following LeBron's tweet).  The About page lists four writers: