Box Office Disaster: Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘The Fifth Estate’ Bombs

Wow, who could have guessed the wikileaks movie would be as much a dud as most of their leaks?

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The Fifth Estate bombed in its opening weekend with a truly awful $1.7 million from 1,769 theaters, making it the worst debut for a film opening in at least 1,500 theaters this year. (Sorry, Paranoia!) The film, which cost DreamWorks a reported $26 million to produce, earned tepid reviews from critics and could only manage an anemic $969 location average.

Just how bad is that? Well, let’s put this in perspective. Notorious stinker Movie 43 grossed $4.8 million in its opening weekend in January, almost three times as much as The Fifth Estate. Getaway, the ludicrously awful Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez thriller drove away with $4.5 million in August. Heck, this weekend’s Arnold Schwarznegger/Sylvester Stallone action flick Escape Plan bombed this weekend with $9.8 million — and that’s still almost six times more money than The Fifth Estate made!

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1 Eclectic Cyborg  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:22:18pm

Unconfirmed reports say the studio is now planning to change the name of the movie to Gigli 2.

2 Dr. Matt  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:29:41pm

Has GG blamed Obama yet?

3 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:30:32pm

Wouldn’t a real supporter of Assange just pirate the movie anyways?

4 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:30:54pm

I am awaiting to watch my free, pirated copy as it should be.

5 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:31:32pm

They greenlit the sequel though.

Snowjob.

//

6 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:31:48pm

I hear it’s huge in Ecuador.

7 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:32:42pm

Yeah but wait until it hits French movie theaters. //

8 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:33:28pm

I plan on watching the movie if I ever get stranded in a Russian airport.

9 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:34:01pm

The book was better.

10 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:34:39pm

re: #2 Dr. Matt

Has GG blamed Obama yet?

No, he’s too busy blaming “corporate Conspirators”.

11 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:38:03pm

Should have cast The Real James Woods instead. //

12 gummitch  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:38:50pm

I was jazzed by the trailer because Cumberbatch and picked up the book from the library. Terrible book by a whiny former Assange cultist. If Cumberbatch wasn’t in the film it would never have even cracked one million. A real waste of a terrific actor.

13 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:39:57pm

I still think Mark Gattis would have been a better Assange.

14 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:41:04pm

re: #13 Kragar

I still think Mark Gattis would have been a better Assange.

Alec Baldwin or Jesse Ventura

15 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:42:12pm

re: #14 b.d.

Alec Baldwin or Jesse Ventura

Tracy Morgan

16 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:42:22pm

I can’t wait for the video game and the happy meal.

17 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:42:25pm

They’ll make more money when they release it in a double feature with Atlas Shrugged Part 3.

18 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:42:49pm
19 Eclectic Cyborg  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:44:28pm

Well at least this pretty much guarantees there won’t be a porn version.

20 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:44:38pm

re: #15 Kragar

Tracy Morgan

I’d might have gone and seen it if they cast Tracy Morgan.

21 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:45:37pm

re: #17 b.d.

They’ll make more money when they release it in a double feature with Atlas Shrugged Part 3.

I was thinking Short Circuit.

22 AlexRogan  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:46:21pm

re: #19 Eclectic Cyborg

Well at least this pretty much guarantees there won’t be a porn version.

Never underestimate the porn industry.

The Filth Estate, perhaps?

23 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:47:10pm

re: #22 AlexRogan

Never underestimate the porn industry.

The Filth Estate, perhaps?

The Felch Estate

24 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:47:22pm

re: #19 Eclectic Cyborg

Well at least this pretty much guarantees there won’t be a porn version.

If there was one it would probably make more money than this Max Bialystock-grade flop.

25 AlexRogan  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:49:07pm

re: #21 Gus

I was thinking Short Circuit.

Hey, Johnny 5 is much cooler than Assange!

26 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:49:49pm

What would create MOAR BUTTHURT, the movie being a real stinker (as it is), or being a big hit and everyone who sees it knows what a horrible shitbag Assange really is.

27 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:50:42pm

re: #25 AlexRogan

Hey, Johnny 5 is much cooler than Assange!

Totally.

28 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:50:44pm

Tigers lost last night. I haz a sad. :(

29 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:51:05pm

“You can’t change the world without crashing the system!”

Can I get a big “woohoo!” for anarchy? Come-on folks let me hear you…

‘crickets’

30 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:52:21pm

fox lead pp

FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that his fellow Republicans are concerned about dealing with Obama on immigration since he would not negotiate fairly during the recent fiscal crisis.

oh?

31 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:54:56pm
32 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:56:51pm

re: #26 Vicious Babushka

What would create MOAR BUTTHURT, the movie being a real stinker (as it is), or being a big hit and everyone who sees it knows what a horrible shitbag Assange really is.

Fading into obscurity why being holed up in a bureaucratic office for the rest of your life is vastly more humiliating than being a popular controversial figure.

33 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:57:13pm

re: #31 Gus

OT

Image: degn1.jpg

Ah, you got yourself a beast of burden. Good on ya.

34 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:57:21pm

re: #31 Gus

OT

Image: degn1.jpg

That is too cute!

35 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:57:41pm

re: #30 dog philosopher

fox lead pp

FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that his fellow Republicans are concerned about dealing with Obama on immigration since he would not negotiate fairly during the recent fiscal crisis.

oh?

Doesn’t Rubio have an immigration plan that he wrote then ran away from? Obama should champion that one.

36 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:58:27pm

re: #33 Varek Raith

Ah, you got yourself a beast of burden. Good on ya.

re: #34 Backwoods_Sleuth

That is too cute!

Cat and Lizard: An unlikely yet adorable friendship - Army Kitty

Also here.

37 Spocomptonite  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:59:17pm

I can just imagine the Assange conspiracy theorists who will think the movie was actually a plot to to transform their “heroic deeds” into something lame so public opinion would be against them.

Not at all because they were lame to begin with, of course. /s

38 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:59:18pm

re: #30 dog philosopher

fox lead pp

FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that his fellow Republicans are concerned about dealing with Obama on immigration since he would not negotiate fairly during the recent fiscal crisis.

oh?

39 calochortus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:00:09pm

re: #31 Gus

OT? How could a cat and a lizard in the tub possibly be OT?

40 blueraven  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:00:33pm

The thing is, the largest movie audience is probably 35 and under. They just do not care. They post their lives on facebook, smartphones, instagram, linkedin etc…They dont have great expectations of privacy and the younger ones for the most part don’t care about all these state secrets. It is a big bore for them.
They care more about the cost of education and getting a decent job.

41 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:01:18pm

re: #36 Gus

first link didn’t work, but second one did.

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww………

42 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:02:58pm

re: #41 Backwoods_Sleuth

first link didn’t work, but second one did.

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww………

Works here. Oh well. Both about the same.

43 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:05:18pm

re: #42 Gus

Works here. Oh well. Both about the same.

yay!

44 AlexRogan  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:09:06pm

re: #26 Vicious Babushka

What would create MOAR BUTTHURT, the movie being a real stinker (as it is), or being a big hit and everyone who sees it knows what a horrible shitbag Assange really is.

Perhaps a little of Column A, a little of Column B.

People who aren’t dudebros and know what Assange is weren’t going to see the movie anyways; those who are dudebros, those who could be easily swayed by dudebros, and those who are noncommittal about the whole matter are apparently catching wind about how even Cumberbatch can’t save this movie.

Color me…satisfied.

45 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:12:26pm

Assange fans won’t come to the theater because they know all of them are being watched by the NSA.

46 allegro  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:13:23pm

Even if I do crush on Cumberbatch stringy blonde hair does nothing for him.

47 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:13:25pm

re: #40 blueraven

The thing is, the largest movie audience is probably 35 and under. They just do not care. They post their lives on facebook, smartphones, instagram, linkedin etc…They dont have great expectations of privacy and the younger ones for the most part don’t care about all these state secrets. It is a big bore for them.
They care more about the cost of education and getting a decent job.

And they do all that during the movie!!!

48 Iwouldprefernotto  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:26:28pm

Didn’t Assange hate the book? Claim it was full of lies. How does that fit into the picture? Please discuss.

49 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:27:27pm

Pooped.

50 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:27:49pm

Question for all you internet /web site tech savvy people-
How far wrong would I be if I asserted the ACA as one of the most challenging web site launches ever? #1? top 5? Top 10?

Charles you might have a really good idea with what you face here.

51 HoosierHoops  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:29:56pm

Well the first thing you know..Jullian is a millionaire
The policefolks said, ’ You better move from here’
Said, ’ Europe is not the place I wanna be..’
So he loaded up on Tricks and moved to Beverly

Hills that is.. Swimming pools..Movie stars..

Well now it’s time to say goodbye to J and all his kin
Sure like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in
You’re all invited back to this Eucadorian Locality
To have a heaping helping of my hospitality..

Hillbilly that is..Set a while..Take your shoes off..
You all come now..ya hear?


( Cause I ain’t fucking going anywhere )

52 Charles Johnson  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:34:11pm

re: #50 Political Atheist

Question for all you internet /web site tech savvy people-
How far wrong would I be if I asserted the ACA as one of the most challenging web site launches ever? #1? top 5? Top 10?

Charles you might have a really good idea with what you face here.

I don’t know about most challenging ever… I don’t have enough technical details about it to really judge that. But it’s definitely a very complex task, just looking at what it’s supposed to do.

The Obama admin definitely screwed up the launch; my impression is the developers didn’t do enough (or any?) stress testing under high server loads. Seems like the scheduling was way too optimistic given the scale of the project.

53 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:35:59pm

And the Ugg boots teams loses. //

54 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:39:39pm

re: #52 Charles Johnson

The scale of the task is not being recognized. Just as a user, and observer-Most of the biggest deployments have big trouble at first.

Amazon grew over time. The ACA servers face peak or very high demand right at first. IMO that deserves to be said to the critics. Most of whom hate the whole idea anyway.

55 HoosierHoops  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:39:55pm

re: #52 Charles Johnson

I don’t know about most challenging ever… I don’t have enough technical details about it to really judge that. But it’s definitely a very complex task, just looking at what it’s supposed to do.

The Obama admin definitely screwed up the launch; my impression is the developers didn’t do enough (or any?) stress testing under high server loads. Seems like the scheduling was way too optimistic given the scale of the project.

For only 25 million Charles we could have ( Choking on this this ) An Amazon Cloud with an Oracle Database back end. And guess what?
We sit on a beach in Hawaii..Freshen that drink up for you Charles?
/

56 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:45:16pm

Just a fun little page for a Sunday…Phil Collins & Genesis “Jesus He Knows Me”

littlegreenfootballs.com

57 Decatur Deb  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:46:10pm

re: #54 Political Atheist

The scale of the task is not being recognized. Just as a user, and observer-Most of the biggest deployments have big trouble at first.

Amazon grew over time. The ACA servers face peak or very high demand right at first. IMO that deserves to be said to the critics. Most of whom hate the whole idea anyway.

It’s way too soon to tell, and the computer isn’t the product. If we get 7 million newly insured by 31 Mar, the system launch will be a big success. If not, blame the damn code monkeys.

58 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:49:43pm

re: #50 Political Atheist

Question for all you internet /web site tech savvy people-
How far wrong would I be if I asserted the ACA as one of the most challenging web site launches ever? #1? top 5? Top 10?

Charles you might have a really good idea with what you face here.

I can’t speak for the federal website, but Kentucky’s went down for about 90 minutes that first morning because of traffic overload. But that got remedied fairly quickly.
Could be that Kentucky had already been working on our own exchange for months. So far, the only problem I’ve heard about was that server overload the first morning. Everyone I know who has visited (except for that brief time) haven’t had any problems.

59 Decatur Deb  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:50:55pm

re: #58 Backwoods_Sleuth

I can’t speak for the federal website, but Kentucky’s went down for about 90 minutes that first morning because of traffic overload. But that got remedied fairly quickly.
Could be that Kentucky had already been working on our own exchange for months. So far, the only problem I’ve heard about was that server overload the first morning. Everyone I know who has visited (except for that brief time) haven’t had any problems.

Computers work better in states whose governors aren’t complete idiots. CONFIRMED.

60 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:52:28pm

re: #58 Backwoods_Sleuth

re: #57 Decatur Deb


Well I get to see how it goes here in California soon. A month from now a few of us who applied should Page our experience.

61 AntonSirius  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:56:35pm

Having seen the movie at the Toronto Film Fest, it’s actually not bad. Cumberbatch is fantastic, and it neither lionizes Assange nor demonizes him (although ending the movie before it has to deal with the sexual assault accusations certainly helps in that regard).

The Hollywoodized portrayal of all the computer stuff is typically crap though, and barely better than the ridiculous nonsense in Hackers. And if you don’t already care at least a little bit about the subject matter, there’s absolutely nothing there to hook in the random movie watcher. A wide release was a huge, huge mistake - they would have been far better off doing the standard award-season limited release and tried to get some buzz and noms for Cumberbatch’s performance they could build the the marketing around.

Basically, the fact that it’s bombing is on the studio, not the film.

62 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:56:39pm

re: #50 Political Atheist

Question for all you internet /web site tech savvy people-
How far wrong would I be if I asserted the ACA as one of the most challenging web site launches ever? #1? top 5? Top 10?

Charles you might have a really good idea with what you face here.

The worst would have to be SimCity 5’s launch. Unplayable for a week because of shit servers.

63 GlutenFreeJesus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:57:25pm

re: #19 Eclectic Cyborg

Well at least this pretty much guarantees there won’t be a porn version.

StickiLeaks.

64 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:59:37pm

re: #50 Political Atheist

Question for all you internet /web site tech savvy people-
How far wrong would I be if I asserted the ACA as one of the most challenging web site launches ever?

SEE! SEE!
DEATH PANELS!!!!!!!!by computerz

65 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:01:08pm

re: #62 Varek Raith

The worst would have to be SimCity 5’s launch. Unplayable for a week because of shit servers.

Any “always online” game these days should come with a proviso on the box that says “May be unplayable for its first week.” Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 also were beset with server issues. And if you play any sort of MMORPG, then you get used to the regular server outages. STO, for example, seemed for awhile like it went down every Sunday for one server-related issue or another.

66 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:06:23pm

Instant classic.
Youtube Video

67 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:08:05pm

It’s pretty much a given these days that if your game relies upon an internet connection in any fashion, even if it’s just for cloud saving, then you’re at the mercy of the RNG as to whether or not you can access the servers at the time you want to.

68 ProTARDISLiberal  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:08:09pm

re: #65 Targetpractice

Speaking of online games, I found a class in TF2 I can be halfway-ok at.

I can do Spy.

69 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:09:49pm

re: #68 ProTARDISLiberal

Speaking of online games, I found a class in TF2 I can be halfway-ok at.

I can do Spy.

Could never really get into the rhythm of being a Spy. I actually had the most luck as an Engineer.

70 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:11:06pm

re: #52 Charles Johnson

I heard today a lot of the problem was a last minute roll out for more personal information to enter the exchange.

71 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:11:43pm

re: #52 Charles Johnson

my impression is the developers didn’t do enough (or any?) stress testing under high server loads.

Where I work that is the new normal. Little to no real world testing. Every IT project I’ve been on for years now it’s like no one has ever worked in IT before and everything is being done for the first time, again somehow.

Personally I think it has to do with when businesses decided you don’t need people with IT backgrounds to manage IT projects.

72 ProTARDISLiberal  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:16:35pm

re: #69 Targetpractice

I am good at being a sneaky, underhanded asshole.

73 Killgore Trout  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:17:49pm

re: #68 ProTARDISLiberal

Speaking of online games, I found a class in TF2 I can be halfway-ok at.

I can do Spy.

Congratulations. Spy is the hardest class to play. Spies don’t usually rack up big points but an effective spy is very helpful to the team.

74 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:18:43pm

I always liked playing the rubber flame thrower dude.

75 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:19:13pm
76 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:19:44pm

Anyone try this game yet?

store.steampowered.com

77 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:20:46pm

re: #74 Amory Blaine

I always liked playing the rubber flame thrower dude.

Heavy or Pyro for me.

78 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:24:45pm

Meet the Pyro

Youtube Video

79 sagehen  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:25:57pm

re: #70 Amory Blaine

I heard today a lot of the problem was a last minute roll out for more personal information to enter the exchange.

The first big problem was that somebody made a deliberate choice that you’d have to create an account and log in before being allowed to shop around. Huge mistake.

Letting people window shop is important.

80 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:26:39pm

Frank Schaeffer lances through wingnuttiosis:

Does Being Raised Evangelical Destroy Your Brain? Why The Tea Party-Evangelical Right Learned Nothing Post-Shutdown

Evangelicals raised on magical fact-free myths are trained from birth to believe lies. Put it this way, if you believe Noah was real you’ll be more likely to believe Ted Cruise is a truth teller too.

[…]

Franky’s writing similar to my rants the past week or so.

America’s God-problem is a dark secret the American family doesn’t want to talk about in public.

81 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:26:51pm

This thread might end up having more views this weekend than that movie had.

82 Stanley Sea  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:27:24pm

Update from florida…..family pizza recipe finally passed to my hands. The dough is a-risin.

84 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:34:16pm

re: #82 Stanley Sea

Update from florida…..family pizza recipe finally passed to my hands. The dough is a-risin.

Hope you are making enough for everyone!

85 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:36:10pm

dear apple

flat graphics look cheap, not “modern”

thank you

86 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:36:19pm

Thing to keep in mind about the faults in the Healthcare.Gov rollout is that there’s still six months before actually signing up starts to matter. So in six months time, if the major issues are worked out, then a bad roll-out will be a minor issue.

87 Decatur Deb  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:36:21pm

re: #79 sagehen

The first big problem was that somebody made a deliberate choice that you’d have to create an account and log in before being allowed to shop around. Huge mistake.

Letting people window shop is important.

For the majority of poorer people who will qualify for a premium credit and cost sharing, the shopping would be meaningless and perhaps a turn-off. The raw monthly bites for many plans are several times the real costs. The final calculation requires an income entry.

88 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:37:35pm

re: #79 sagehen

The first big problem was that somebody made a deliberate choice that you’d have to create an account and log in before being allowed to shop around. Huge mistake.

Letting people window shop is important.

Not really a bad idea to create an account and log in first, even though trolls are quite adept at creating fake accounts.
My sister in Florida was able to create an account for herself before the site crashed and burned down there the first morning.
She was relieved to have been able to get that far and was willing to wait for the dust settled before she started to shop.

89 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:37:59pm

The only people who actually care about this movie are the dudebros. Young people seem to want zombies and more idiocy. And older people who might actually know a little something about Assange from reading about Snowden are pissed off that these guys would hack and steal, so they’re not going to put money into that movie to “reward” JA, and most have never heard of Cumberbatch (who?) anyway, so he’s not even a draw for them.

And the dudebros are just complaining about its portrayal of JA, so we know they’re the ones going to see it.

90 Stanley Sea  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:38:27pm

re: #84 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hope you are making enough for everyone!

Two pizzas. You better hurry.

We do one with smoked baby clams. Think its a french thing. So good & been a while.
VB - we mix & k
nead by hand but im thinking a basic

91 Stanley Sea  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:39:30pm

Typing from my phone is a joke…..

A basic kitchenaid will do the job.

92 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:41:52pm

re: #90 Stanley Sea

Two pizzas. You better hurry.

We do one with smoked baby clams. Think its a french thing. So good & been a while.
VB - we mix & k
nead by hand but im thinking a basic

clams should never be allowed to smoke during the larval stage, even if they are french

93 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:42:40pm

re: #79 sagehen

The first big problem was that somebody made a deliberate choice that you’d have to create an account and log in before being allowed to shop around. Huge mistake.

Letting people window shop is important.

I fucking hate with the burning passion of 1,000,000 suns, this idea that you should “shop around” for health care like it’s fucking Black Friday and you want to buy a fucking pair of shoes.

Rand Paul pounded this stupid fucking idea by claiming that the elective lasik surgery that he performs used to be very expensive but is now cheaper because of FREE MARKETS!!!1!!

No you fucking asshole, it’s because the technology has become less expensive, the same way that a hard drive that cost $500 back in the day costs $50 now, because it’s cheaper to make.

ALSO PEOPLE DO NOT NEED FUCKING LASIK SURGERY THE SAME WAY THEY NEED TREATMENT FOR LIFE-THREATENING HEART CONDITIONS AND CANCER.

Lasik surgery is like liposuction.

Jesus Christ in a Hello Kitty Ambulance.

The last thing I want to be forced to do if I’m having a heart attack or cancer is SHOP AROUND FOR A FUCKING BARGAIN.

94 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:43:00pm

re: #82 Stanley Sea

One of my brothers has been holding my mothers apple pie recipe hostage for almost 20 years.

He’s the worst cook I know but has the magic pie recipe and won’t let it go.

95 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:45:05pm

re: #93 Vicious Babushka

I fucking hate with the burning passion of 1,000,000 suns, this idea that you should “shop around” for health care like it’s fucking Black Friday and you want to buy a fucking pair of shoes.

Rand Paul pounded this stupid fucking idea by claiming that the elective lasik surgery that he performs used to be very expensive but is now cheaper because of FREE MARKETS!!!1!!

No you fucking asshole, it’s because the technology has become less expensive, the same way that a hard drive that cost $500 back in the day costs $50 now, because it’s cheaper to make.

ALSO PEOPLE DO NOT NEED FUCKING LASIK SURGERY THE SAME WAY THEY NEED TREATMENT FOR LIFE-THREATENING HEART CONDITIONS AND CANCER.

Lasik surgery is like liposuction.

Jesus Christ in a Hello Kitty Ambulance.

The last thing I want to be forced to do if I’m having a heart attack or cancer is SHOP AROUND FOR A FUCKING BARGAIN.

“I can’t fucking breath! HELP!”
“Well, I can take you to County General, but that’s a bit pricier. Memorial is cheaper, but it’s about an hour drive.”
“I DON’T FUCKING CARE!!!”

96 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:45:09pm

re: #90 Stanley Sea

We do one with smoked baby clams.

Chewy, often gritty smoked baby clams. Yummy, NOT.

Now if you want to talk smoked baby oysters I have at least a dozen recipes that utilize them…including one for pizza. ;)

97 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:45:22pm

re: #93 Vicious Babushka

Jesus Christ in a Hello Kitty Ambulance.

You win the internet for today. We are but your humble servants…

98 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:46:37pm

re: #93 Vicious Babushka

Rand Paul pounded this stupid fucking idea by claiming that the elective lasik surgery that he performs used to be very expensive but is now cheaper because of FREE MARKETS!!!1!!

the price of housing, health care in general, and a college education increased five times as fast as salaries and wages over the past 30 years, also because of FREE MARKETS!!!1!!

thank you so much, “free markets”

99 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:46:49pm
Jesus Christ in a Hello Kitty Ambulance.

Gus?
Yeah, need that pic.
;)

100 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:48:42pm

re: #91 Stanley Sea

Typing from my phone is a joke…..

A basic kitchenaid will do the job.

A basic kitchenaid is fine depending on the amount of dough. If you’re using 4 cups of flour or less you should be fine with a basic kitchenaid.

However if you want to make a larger dough using more flour, a kitchenaid will overheat and the newer models (which are crap compared to the old Hobarts) will just shut down.

Since I make bread dough using an entire 5-lb bag of flour, I had to make two batches in the old Kitchenaid, and even then I put a bag of ice cubes on the motor to keep it from overheating.

The Electrolux can easily handle 5 lbs. of flour.

I still use the Kitchenaid for cake batter, muffins, and small batch dough, and a Cuisinart for pie crust.

101 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:49:07pm

Hell, if “shopping around” meant the FREE MARKET! would drive prices down, then it wouldn’t cost several hundred dollars to fly across the country and back again.

102 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:50:25pm

free market

“in theory, theory and practice are the same thing, but in practice, they are not”

103 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:50:57pm

I just asked my 23 yr old grandson if he knows who Benedict Cumberbatch is.

“Who?”

“Benedict Cumberbatch.”

“Can’t say that I do.”

104 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:51:11pm

re: #95 Targetpractice

“I can’t fucking breath! HELP!”
“Well, I can take you to County General, but that’s a bit pricier. Memorial is cheaper, but it’s about an hour drive.”
“I DON’T FUCKING CARE!!!”

I see commercials for hospitals. COMMERCIALS!!!1!

It used to be that if you had an emergency you went to the closest ER. Then, you went to the ER where your doctor practiced.

Now I see fucking TV COMMERCIALS for hospital emergency care. WTF.

105 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:51:43pm

BREAKING: Local couple purchases tickets for 6:15 showing of The Fifth Estate.

106 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:54:06pm

Speaking of movies, has anyone seen Silver Lining Playbook? It’s been sitting on the Blu-ray for a couple of weeks and I haven’t watched it yet.

107 erik_t  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:54:22pm

One would think, if the invisible hand of the free market were so powerful, these alleged service providers that charge two or three or twenty-seven times as much as the cheapest option would, you know, go out of business. Because that’s how magic capitalism magically works.

That most health care providers are many years or decades old is a rather damning indictment of the idea that there are vast differences in efficiency, profit margin, etc. between them.

108 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:56:51pm

re: #100 Vicious Babushka

VB, you really should have a weekly on Food Network.

109 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:57:40pm

Rand Paul and Paul Ryan is pushing this whole idea of “bargain shopping” because HEY GRANNY LOVES BARGAIN SHOPPING!!!1!!

When did you ever hear about a clearance sale on Bypass Surgery or Hip Replacement?

Shit, I have never even seen a clearance sale on walkers or ankle braces. What do you say about that Paul Ryan you granny-strangling shit?

110 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:58:18pm

re: #108 Political Atheist

VB, you really should have a weekly on Food Network.

I should change my nic to The Delicious Babushka. :)

111 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:58:42pm

LOLWUT

112 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:59:10pm

re: #110 Vicious Babushka

I should change my nic to The Delicious Babushka. :)

Giggity!
/runs

113 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:59:25pm

Had a wingnut one time declare me that surely you could plan for emergencies procedures and pay for them out of pocket, saving money in the long-run. The emergency in question? Childbirth. But even that is a matter where you can’t predict when the kid is going to drop. You could be over in France when he decides to make his debut appearance. What then, Mr. “Always Prepared”?

114 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 2:59:43pm

Grandma, do you want to go to the Dollar Store Hospital or the regular one?

115 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:01:31pm

Sensationalist Simcha Jacobovici wows them at Cannes:

Israeli-Canadian producer was presented on Friday with a Gold Dolphin Award in the category of “Science and Information”.

Israeli-Canadian producer Simcha Jacobovici was presented on Friday with a Gold Dolphin Award in the category of “Science and Information” at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for the documentary The Resurrection Tomb Mystery (aired this year on Channel 1 IBA).

The Resurrection Tomb Mystery follows the four-year journey of Jacobovici as he employs ground-penetrating radar and robotic cameras to explore the contents of a near pristine 1st century tomb.

[…]

Jacobovici doesn’t do science, he does sensationalism, not unlike what the History Channel has turned into, or even the partly-owned-by-Murdoch NGC produces.

Jacobovici is on a mission, as indicated in the last paragraph:

“It’s great to be in Cannes”, Jacobovici said, “and it’s especially great to be recognized in the technology and science category. We believe that our robotic cameras pushed the envelope of Jerusalem based archaeology and brought back images that will be debated for decades. I think we should start looking at the beginning of Christianity from the perspective of Jewish history and Israeli archaeology. It’s a field that’s been dominated for too long by Christian theology.”

That the judges at Cannes… what can I say, but that the entertainment industry has never been real strong on differentiating science from entertainment.

116 erik_t  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:01:52pm

re: #113 Targetpractice

Had a wingnut one time declare me that surely you could plan for emergencies procedures and pay for them out of pocket, saving money in the long-run.

To what counter do I go to get my all-people-will-have-the-same-number-and-severity-of-medical-emergencies coupon validated?

Hmm, better find a notary too, while I’m thinking about it.

117 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:02:23pm

This thread inspired me to call my brother and beg for the family pie recipe. He hummed and hawed made a couple of excuses then I said if you send it to me I’ll make you a couple and bring them to our nieces bday party next week.

Apparently I’ll be getting it shortly.

Will let you know how things go hopefully by next weekend.

Thank you LIzards.

118 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:03:36pm

re: #116 erik_t

To what counter do I go to get my all-people-will-have-the-same-number-and-severity-of-medical-emergencies coupon validated?

Hmm, better find a notary too, while I’m thinking about it.

“Hey, where can I get my ‘coronary bypass’ hole punched at? Which counter is that?”

119 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:04:10pm

re: #115 freetoken

This guys TV show The Naked Archaeologist is very entertaining. I watch it whenever I see it’s on.

120 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:04:14pm

re: #105 b.d.

BREAKING: Local couple purchases tickets for 6:15 showing of The Fifth Estate.

“This report just coming in…
It seems that Julian Assange has threatened by email to and I quote “expose all of the couples personal documents on wikileaks” unless they purchased tickets for the movie.

While this certainly seems to fit in with the message that this movie actually conveys from this reporters perspective…hold on, I have an urgent notice coming up from the newsroom right now…uhh…nevermind a great humanitarian like Julian Assange would certainly never try to blackmail anyone with exposing their personal information, especially not this reporter’s.

Back to you Bryan”

121 Decatur Deb  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:06:26pm

Republicans blame each other after shutdown fiasco

The make-up sex will be…icky.

usatoday.com

122 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:07:41pm

re: #113 Targetpractice

Had a wingnut one time declare me that surely you could plan for emergencies procedures and pay for them out of pocket, saving money in the long-run. The emergency in question? Childbirth. But even that is a matter where you can’t predict when the kid is going to drop. You could be over in France when he decides to make his debut appearance. What then, Mr. “Always Prepared”?

yes, “planned emergencies”

The death of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery is a tragedy for her family and for society as a whole. Sadly, about 650 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.

CDC: maternal death rate in US

123 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:08:27pm

Slate runs with Bjorn Lomborg’s latest concerned article about something or other:

Of Course the World Is Better Now Than It Was in 1900

It’s so obvious where he is coming from, when he throws this in:

On one hand, because CO2 works as a fertilizer, higher levels have been a boon for agriculture, which comprises the biggest positive impact, at 0.8 percent of GDP. Likewise, moderate warming prevents more cold deaths than the number of extra heat deaths that it causes. It also reduces demand for heating more than it increases the costs of cooling, implying a gain of about 0.4 percent of GDP. On the other hand, warming increases water stress, costing about 0.2 percent of GDP, and negatively affects ecosystems like wetlands, at a cost of about 0.1 percent.

What Lomborg leaves out is that increased CO2 doesn’t matter if nutrients, water, and light are not equivalently beneficial. He touches on water at the end of the paragraph but never really connects the two.

This is concern at it’s most deceitful.

124 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:09:36pm

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

yes, “planned emergencies”

CDC: maternal death rate in US

“Sir, your wife’s iron levels have reached critical levels. If we don’t begin an IV drip immediately, she could die.”
“Fuck, how much is that going to cost extra? Any way we can call for a second opinion?”

125 Decatur Deb  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:10:05pm

re: #93 Vicious Babushka

All true, but sagehen was talking about shopping for health insurance, not health care. The whole ACA debate gets simpler if that distinction is maintained.

126 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:10:24pm

re: #124 Targetpractice

“Sir, your wife’s iron levels have reached critical levels. If we don’t begin an IV drip immediately, she could die.”
“Fuck, how much is that going to cost extra? Any way we can call for a second opinion?”

“shop around! you have plenty of time!”

127 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:11:43pm

Dudebros in action, 20 October:

REPORT: US ACCESSED EX-MEXICAN PRESIDENT’S EMAIL

A report citing documents from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says the U.S. gained access to the email system of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

The German newspaper Der Spiegel cited the Snowden documents in a story posted Sunday.

[…]

GreenSnow can dribble these things out week by week, and a media hungry for eyes will readily print every one of them.

128 Stanley Sea  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:12:42pm

re: #96 ausador

Chewy, often gritty smoked baby clams. Yummy, NOT.

Now if you want to talk smoked baby oysters I have at least a dozen recipes that utilize them…including one for pizza. ;)

Hey! Its been awhile. Ill report bavk, but memory says yum!

Reminds me of a PBS show where the kid told his dad (broccoli & ketchup)

Dont yuck my yum!

129 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:12:55pm

“Sir, I know the bone is protruding from your leg, but do you have a major credit card or will you be paying cash?”

130 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:12:58pm

re: #127 freetoken

Was there a sekrit salsa recipe in those emails?

131 Decatur Deb  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:12:59pm

re: #127 freetoken

Dudebros in action, 20 October:

REPORT: US ACCESSED EX-MEXICAN PRESIDENT’S EMAIL

GreenSnow can dribble these things out week by week, and a media hungry for eyes will readily print every one of them.

He should publish a 2014 tearoff calendar pad.

132 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:13:21pm

re: #115 freetoken

Sensationalist Simcha Jacobovici wows them at Cannes:

Israeli-Canadian producer was presented on Friday with a Gold Dolphin Award in the category of “Science and Information”.

Jacobovici doesn’t do science, he does sensationalism, not unlike what the History Channel has turned into, or even the partly-owned-by-Murdoch NGC produces.

Jacobovici is on a mission, as indicated in the last paragraph:

That the judges at Cannes… what can I say, but that the entertainment industry has never been real strong on differentiating science from entertainment.

Yeah, every time they find a nail at an archaeological dig, it’s OMG TEH NAIL THAT NAILED JESUS!!!!11!!!

Like nobody else ever used nails for anything else, ever.

133 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:14:33pm

I nominate this for the LOLWUT official illustration:

134 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:14:43pm

re: #132 Vicious Babushka

Yeah, every time they find a nail at an archaeological dig, it’s OMG TEH NAIL THAT NAILED JESUS!!!!11!!!

Like nobody else ever used nails for anything else, ever.

Every bit of wood came from Noah’s ark.

135 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:16:02pm

Simcha Jacobovici, Bjorn Lomborg, Glenn Greenwald… this is what our media sells us.

136 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:16:14pm

re: #134 Kragar

Every bit of wood came from Noah’s ark.

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT “GOPHER WOOD” IS SO IT COULD BE ANYTHING!!!1!!!!!

137 Varek Raith  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:16:51pm

re: #133 Vicious Babushka

Just a man in a suit riding across a lake on a motorized surfboard while smoking a cigarette. 1948. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?

138 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:17:10pm

re: #132 Vicious Babushka

Yeah, every time they find a nail at an archaeological dig, it’s OMG TEH NAIL THAT NAILED JESUS!!!!11!!!

Like nobody else ever used nails for anything else, ever.

Or wood, either.

Just for crosses, doncha know.

139 Shiplord Kirel  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:18:08pm

Watched Knute Rockne, All American this afternoon on AMC. Believe it or not, I had never seen it before, at least not the whole thing. The famous scene with Ronald Reagan as George “the Gipper” Gipp is completely overshadowed by Pat O’Brien’s inspired performance in the title role. Reagan is only on screen a couple of minutes, though it is a very good performance. Even so, it is interesting that this became his signature role, while all his leading man appearances are nearly forgotten.

140 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:18:32pm

re: #136 Vicious Babushka

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT “GOPHER WOOD” IS SO IT COULD BE ANYTHING!!!1!!!!!

I thought it meant a really happy boy gopher.

141 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:18:35pm

re: #129 Kragar

“Sir, I know the bone is protruding from your leg, but do you have a major credit card or will you be paying cash?”

“AAAAHHHH!!!!”
“Well sir, if you pay cash, we can offer a discounted rate.”
“FUCKING HELL!!”
“Sir, we need to ask these questions, as the paperwork for a loan can take time.”

142 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:18:39pm

re: #132 Vicious Babushka

Considering archaeology can be a pretty boring topic I like the way Simcha does his show. He tells the history while showing artifacts and talking to experts.

I may be a little more nerdy than most but I like the way he presents archaeology most of the time. Not everything he does is gold but a good amount is worth seeing.

The Mrs would disagree with me. She is far cooler than I.

143 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:21:47pm

re: #141 Targetpractice

“AAAAHHHH!!!!”
“Well sir, if you pay cash, we can offer a discounted rate.”
“FUCKING HELL!!”
“Sir, we need to ask these questions, as the paperwork for a loan can take time.”

“Would you like something for the pain?”
“YES!”
“Can I interest you in our easy financing plan?”

144 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:23:06pm

I see that WND’s chief racist, Colin Flaherty, has yet another white-victimhood black-mob scare article up.

These things don’t even qualify as “dog whistles” anymore. WND is just a race-hate site; it’s the commercially successful brother of Stormfront.

And yet there are GOP politicians who flock to these people, such as Rick Santorum.

Can we call them racists now?

145 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:23:11pm

re: #143 Kragar

“Would you like something for the pain?”
“YES!”
“Can I interest you in our easy financing plan?”

“I’LL DO ANYTHING, JUST MAKE STOP HURTING!!!”
*five minutes later*
“Now sir, would you be interested in our frequent saver program?”
“Dude, I’ll sign whatever, just keep the groovy pain meds coming.”

146 Tim TeaBro  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:26:49pm

re: #144 freetoken

Can we call them racists now?

No. Because then you would be racist.

147 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:28:28pm

How do I know my Skyrim build is now overpowered? I’m sitting here, just letting a Frost Troll bash at my shield and my health bar is barely flickering. Great way to power level the Block skill, however.

148 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:30:23pm

re: #145 Targetpractice

6 months later: I was under the influence of some very powerful meds Your Honor I had no idea what I was signing.

149 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:31:01pm

re: #128 Stanley Sea

Just sayin…

If the clams don’t turn out to be quite as good as you remember try the smoked baby oysters next time. They melt in your mouth and the taste isn’t all that much different.

Clams are usually used for soup or stews or other dishes where they are cooked for awhile to soften them up. 15-20 minutes in the oven at 400-425 for a pizza just isn’t going to do that.

Still if clams are what you remember liking then by all means try them once, if it doesn’t turn out quite like you remember then I’m just offering the obvious alternative.

Besides having a few tins of smoked baby oysters around the house is a good thing, ever try some with cream cheese and Dijon mustard on toast?
;)

150 blueraven  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:31:02pm

So now the republicans are trotting out a new “investigation” over the ACA rollout. Is there anyone who does not think this is purely political?

They are calling for Sebilius to be fired and to testify immediately.

Yes, the rollout has NOT been good. The website seems to be a mess and I hope like hell they get it fixed soon…but it has only been a few weeks. If it drags on for months and months then it might be fair game. But right now it is SSDD.

151 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:32:18pm

re: #150 blueraven

So now the republicans are trotting out a new “investigation” over the ACA rollout. Is there anyone who does not think this is purely political?

They are calling for Sebilius to be fired and to testify immediately.

Yes, the rollout has NOT been good. The website seems to be a mess and I hope like hell they get it fixed soon…but it has only been a few weeks. If it drags on for months and months then it might be fair game. But right now it is SSDD.

Overcompensation. Critics gave them shit for waging the futile shutdown fight over the ACA when the roll-out was “disastrous,” so now they’re trying to jump on the bandwagon after it’s already a mile down the road.

152 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:32:53pm

re: #151 Targetpractice

They just want attention.

153 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:33:48pm

re: #152 freetoken

They just want attention.

“LOOK AT ME!!!”

154 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:35:06pm

re: #153 Targetpractice

“LOOK AT ME!!!”


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155 Kragar  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:35:26pm

re: #147 Targetpractice

How do I know my Skyrim build is now overpowered? I’m sitting here, just letting a Frost Troll bash at my shield and my health bar is barely flickering. Great way to power level the Block skill, however.

Just started a new run last night, working on my archery and stealth picking off bandits around Whiterun.

156 b.d.  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:37:21pm

re: #127 freetoken

Dudebros in action, 20 October:

[dudebro] What about Felipe Calderon’s 4th Amendment rights!!!!! [/dudebro]

157 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:41:57pm

re: #98 dog philosopher

the price of housing, health care in general, and a college education increased five times as fast as salaries and wages over the past 30 years, also because of FREE MARKETS!!!1!!

thank you so much, “free markets”

by the way, have you ever had this particular argument with wingnuts? i mean, they were already ready to call you a socialist on general principles, and here you have just gone and handed it to them on a silver platter, so they think, by having the temerity to question Free Markup Theory. with their typical frog-leaping logic, they conclude you have just actually admitted to being karl marx in person

“so you’re against free markets, then? you’re a believer in the all powerful state, aren’t you??? you believe in - “

“no, i’m just against naively believing in simplistic theories that don’t pan out in reality”

158 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:42:15pm

re: #155 Kragar

Just started a new run last night, working on my archery and stealth picking off bandits around Whiterun.

Bandit: “Guess I scared him off.”
*THUNK*
Me: “Guess again.”

159 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:44:41pm

re: #156 b.d.

[dudebro] What about Felipe Calderon’s 4th Amendment rights!!!!! [/dudebro]

I wasn’t aware that he had become a U.S. citizen?

Besides you think other countries don’t do the same things to our public officials?

Considering how stupid most of our elected officials act many probably have a shared universal password for government secret information, something “hard” to guess like BigMac.

///

160 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:47:32pm

ok, so in consultation with the mishpochah, i have been assigned to get the bar mitzvah boy something called “dr dre beats headphones”, whatever that is…

161 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:51:00pm

re: #160 dog philosopher

ok, so in consultation with the mishpochah, i have been assigned to get the bar mitzvah boy something called “dr dre beats headphones”, whatever that is…

*cough*way overpriced junk*cough*
(but it looks cool and has a cool name to a teenager)

162 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 3:58:54pm

re: #160 dog philosopher

You might want to look at this Consumer Reports article…

consumerreports.org

It says you can get better sounding headphones for less than half as much. Only they don’t have the Dr. Dre logo on them. :(

163 Killgore Trout  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:00:49pm

Tried to install buildcaft today. Almost impossible overly complex procedure not helped at all by Windows 8 confusing programs for Apps and hiding them somewhere in some secret app location unknown to humans. I give up, I’ll just play vanilla Minecraft and like it.

164 danarchy  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:01:44pm

re: #162 ausador

You might want to look at this Consumer Reports article…

consumerreports.org

It says you can get better sounding headphones for less than half as much. Only they don’t have the Dr. Dre logo on them. :(

All you really need to know is that the same folks who bring you the super overpriced Monster cables are behind these. They are actually decent headphones, but they are priced like great headphones.

165 Targetpractice  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:03:31pm

re: #163 Killgore Trout

Tried to install buildcaft today. Almost impossible overly complex procedure not helped at all by Windows 8 confusing programs for Apps and hiding them somewhere in some secret app location unknown to humans. I give up, I’ll just play vanilla Minecraft and like it.

I might have been able to help you with a Win7 install, but I know nothing about Win8. For good reason.

166 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:05:59pm

re: #164 danarchy

All you really need to know is that the same folks who bring you the super overpriced Monster cables are behind these. They are actually decent headphones, but they are priced like great headphones.

Monster and Dr, Dre had a contract dispute that Dr. Dre surprisingly won, the headphones are now built by cell phone giant HTC.

167 Stanley Sea  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:06:28pm

re: #149 ausador

Nothing fancy. Smoked baby clams…..from a tin.

In the oven!

168 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:08:44pm

re: #162 ausador

You might want to look at this Consumer Reports article…

consumerreports.org

It says you can get better sounding headphones for less than half as much. Only they don’t have the Dr. Dre logo on them. :(

That’s why they invented decal sheets for printers…

169 dog philosopher  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:10:46pm

re: #162 ausador

You might want to look at this Consumer Reports article…

consumerreports.org

It says you can get better sounding headphones for less than half as much. Only they don’t have the Dr. Dre logo on them. :(

hmm but you know of course that the branding is all important in teenage land

i only hope he’s not disappointed that i bought the previous generation as available on the amazon for $200 instead of the brand spanking new super duper updated too cool model at $300

sigh…

anyway, as a relic of years long gone by, i was unaware that they made headphones that are capable of taking phone calls, making reservations at posh hotels for your mistress, and concluding leveraged buyout negotiations

170 thedopefishlives  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:15:13pm

Evening Lizardim from the cold and rainy wild north country. This article made me smile reeeeeeal big. I was disgusted when I first saw the commercial, and I prayed that the dudebros would not get a monster turnout. How go things among the lizardfolk?

171 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:16:46pm
172 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:19:30pm
Does Lighting the Olympic Flame Involve Setting Fire to a Piece of 35mm Film?

Image: olympicflame.jpg

Sure looks like it, and the discussion at PetaPixel is about what film that really is. So I weighed in of course.

I don’t know what film it is this time. But next time I’m confident it will be from a film print of 5th Estate.

173 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:19:55pm

More scare about genetic engineering:

Debate over genetically modified food heats up

174 thedopefishlives  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:21:21pm

re: #173 freetoken

More scare about genetic engineering:

Debate over genetically modified food heats up

Gregor Mendel was a MONSTER!!!1!1one

175 goddamnedfrank  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:25:20pm

re: #172 Political Atheist

Image: olympicflame.jpg

Sure looks like it, and the discussion at PetaPixel is about what film that really is. So I weighed in of course.

I don’t know what film it is this time. But next time I’m confident it will be from a film print of 5th Estate.

I’m guessing it’s Nitrate.

176 sagehen  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:27:31pm

re: #139 Shiplord Kirel

Watched Knute Rockne, All American this afternoon on AMC. Believe it or not, I had never seen it before, at least not the whole thing. The famous scene with Ronald Reagan as George “the Gipper” Gipp is completely overshadowed by Pat O’Brien’s inspired performance in the title role. Reagan is only on screen a couple of minutes, though it is a very good performance. Even so, it is interesting that this became his signature role, while all his leading man appearances are nearly forgotten.

Yes, amazing that a respectable character role could overshadow this stellar performance.

177 Political Atheist  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:31:44pm

re: #175 goddamnedfrank

I’d think so. The article mentions “American silent film” the government had purchased. It sure is volatile enough. 120F can set it off if it’s old.

178 freetoken  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:32:03pm

That sensationalistic British rag article was so void of content that I couldn’t find what it supposedly is referencing, but thanks to government funded medical websites I was able to track down this new publication that I think sparked it:

A canonical to non-canonical Wnt signalling switch in haematopoietic stem-cell ageing

Many organs with a high cell turnover (for example, skin, intestine and blood) are composed of short-lived cells that require continuous replenishment by somatic stem cells1, 2. Ageing results in the inability of these tissues to maintain homeostasis and it is believed that somatic stem-cell ageing is one underlying cause of tissue attrition with age or age-related diseases. Ageing of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) is associated with impaired haematopoiesis in the elderly3, 4, 5, 6. Despite a large amount of data describing the decline of HSC function on ageing, the molecular mechanisms of this process remain largely unknown, which precludes rational approaches to attenuate stem-cell ageing. Here we report an unexpected shift from canonical to non-canonical Wnt signalling in mice due to elevated expression of Wnt5a in aged HSCs, which causes stem-cell ageing. Wnt5a treatment of young HSCs induces ageing-associated stem-cell apolarity, reduction of regenerative capacity and an ageing-like myeloid–lymphoid differentiation skewing via activation of the small Rho GTPase Cdc42. Conversely, Wnt5a haploinsufficiency attenuates HSC ageing, whereas stem-cell-intrinsic reduction of Wnt5a expression results in functionally rejuvenated aged HSCs. Our data demonstrate a critical role for stem-cell-intrinsic non-canonical Wnt5a signalling in HSC ageing.

It’s a big leap from that to the Mirror’s headline.

179 ausador  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:33:11pm

re: #169 dog philosopher

The supposed advantage of the Dr. Dre headphones is that they are designed specifically for low bass frequencies. So your child can now go around sounding to bystanders like many of the cars equipped with giant sub-woofers. (BOOOOM DA-BOOOOM BOOOOM)

I hope you have budgeted sufficient funds for the corrective hearing aids he will need within 10 years.

Seriously I have told all my nieces and nephews that if they want a surefire way to live extremely comfortably then they should study to become a Otologist or neurotologist. This is because we are raising an entire generation that will almost all have hearing impairment before they are 40 thanks to “beat box” and “dubstep” style music played at over a 100 decibels.

180 Gus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:38:38pm

Boy I tells yah. You’d think that Romney is still running for president.

181 Amory Blaine  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:55:25pm

re: #175 goddamnedfrank

I’m guessing it’s Nitrate.

Hopefully it’s The Fifth Estate.

182 urbanmeemaw  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 5:04:57pm

re: #106 Vicious Babushka

I saw it twice and I loved it. I highly recommend it.

183 b_sharp  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 5:13:45pm

re: #163 Killgore Trout

Tried to install buildcaft today. Almost impossible overly complex procedure not helped at all by Windows 8 confusing programs for Apps and hiding them somewhere in some secret app location unknown to humans. I give up, I’ll just play vanilla Minecraft and like it.

Download and install Start 8 and it will give you access to all your programs again.

184 John Vreeland  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 8:36:21pm

Godawful 2004 film Taxi is playing on HBO this week. It was so bad I recall the producers decided to skip town for a few weeks until the cloud of shame dissipated. It had about the same budget as 5th Estate but did much, much better at the box office taking in over $12M from 3001 theaters in the USA on its first weekend.

So it seems that Julian Assange emailed Benedict Cumberbatch to ask him to not to participate in the film. But he did it anyway. That’s just all kinds of sorry.


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