Some Ideas for Saving Twitter From Its Trolls

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Here’s a good article with a list of eight ideas to Save Twitter From Its Trolls.

Everyone knows that Twitter has a serious, unsolved problem with abuse and harassment on its platform. I know it. Twitter knows it. If you’re a frequent Twitter-user — particularly a female — you likely also know it, too, because according to the Pew Research Center, more than seven in 10 Internet users has witnessed online abuse.

Frustratingly, however, none of this mounting awareness seems to have resulted in substantive change. Yes, Twitter has recently streamlined its abuse reporting process and softened some of the language in its abuse policies. But after each and every reform rolls out, there’s usually a backlash from activists and victims’ advocacy groups, complaining that the new protections are too weak, or too cosmetic, or too easy to evade.

As if to further prove the point, a recent analysis of Twitter abuse by the group Women, Action and the Media! found that even when reports are vetted by a third-party group, Twitter takes action on only 55 percent of reported abuse.

Inspired by that unending cycle, we turned to a group of experts — victims, advocates and academics — to ask what concrete, anti-harassment tools they would introduce. The responses varied widely, from tweaks to Twitter’s fundamental user-interface to entire about-faces in policy. Put them together, however, and you have a pretty clear vision of what a troll-free Twitter could be.

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114 comments

1 Justanotherhuman  May 14, 2015 4:33:08pm

Excellent ideas

Maybe a General Strike against Twitter for a day until they include more protections and make them stick?

They seem awfully cavalier when people express real fear about being harassed and stalked.

2 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 4:39:15pm

OK, @rickygervais made me laugh and disgusted at the same time.

3 Timothy Watson  May 14, 2015 4:41:42pm

Second episode of Celebrity Jeopardy I’ve seen this week and I have no idea who these people are on either episode.

4 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 4:54:29pm

It’s been one of those …

5 Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2015 4:56:01pm

OK, this is too funny.
UpChuck apparently can’t read at all:

6 Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2015 4:57:42pm

I admit it, I’m quite surprised:

7 Kid A  May 14, 2015 4:58:23pm

They were put to sleep by the Rangers in five games, LOL.

8 Nyet  May 14, 2015 4:59:01pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

But but but Benghaaaazi!

9 BeachDem  May 14, 2015 4:59:21pm

re: #6 Backwoods_Sleuth

I admit it, I’m quite surprised:

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Is it surprising in that Rand is not ahead, or that Hillary isn’t?

10 Justanotherhuman  May 14, 2015 5:00:18pm

Later, Lizards!

Keep calm…

11 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:00:27pm

I’m still laughing! A record store in Springfield sometime in the 90s.

12 freetoken  May 14, 2015 5:00:28pm

re: #3 Timothy Watson

Second episode of Celebrity Jeopardy I’ve seen this week and I have no idea who these people are on either episode.

What qualifies as a “celebrity” is a pretty low bar in these reality-TV days.

13 freetoken  May 14, 2015 5:01:11pm

So… I’ll ask the existential question: Do we want Twitter to be “saved”?

14 makeitstop  May 14, 2015 5:02:03pm

re: #5 Backwoods_Sleuth

OK, this is too funny.
UpChuck apparently can’t read at all:

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What could that possibly mean?

15 Nyet  May 14, 2015 5:02:30pm

re: #13 freetoken

So… I’ll ask the existential question: Do we want Twitter to be “saved”?

As long as it is here to stay… and it is here to stay.

16 Decatur Deb  May 14, 2015 5:03:09pm

re: #15 Nyet

As long as it is here to stay… and it is here to stay.

Like to think of it as “there to stay”.

17 Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2015 5:05:31pm

re: #14 makeitstop

What could that possibly mean?

I’m guessing it’s the photo in the Fox tweet. Apparently UpChuck believes he has exclusive ownership because everything because FIRST!!11!! and nebulous reasons…

18 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 5:06:57pm

re: #13 freetoken

So… I’ll ask the existential question: Do we want Twitter to be “saved”?

I think Twitter would be much more useful, not to mention more fun, if the problem of stalkers and harassers could be solved.

19 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:07:14pm
20 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:10:19pm

I like Twitter. I get my news there and good lot of my humor. Charles is right, Twitter can be fun. It’s just the horrible degenerates who sully the experience.

21 Decatur Deb  May 14, 2015 5:11:17pm

If I need a short obscene tirade, I just hide Wife’s car keys when she’s in a rush.

22 freetoken  May 14, 2015 5:14:18pm

re: #21 Decatur Deb

If I need a short obscene tirade, …

If I need a short obscene tirade (and I really don’t need such) then I just turn on AM radio and the hate-talkers never fail.

23 Decatur Deb  May 14, 2015 5:15:34pm

re: #22 freetoken

If I need a short obscene tirade (and I really don’t need such) then I just turn on AM radio and the hate-talkers never fail.

Analog is great, but there’s nothing like a live performance.

24 freetoken  May 14, 2015 5:15:51pm

It’s sort of raining here today. This May has been unusual in that it may turn out to be the wettest month in this year (which in Cal climate terms runs from Jul-Jun.)

25 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:16:30pm

I liked this.

26 Shiplord Kirel  May 14, 2015 5:19:38pm

Day before yesterday, the 12th, would have been my late wife’s 58th birthday. This is the tribute I posted here at LGF on her birthday in 2011.

27 Nyet  May 14, 2015 5:23:27pm

re: #25 teleskiguy

No offence to the officer, but it reads a bit like a self-boast.

28 Belafon  May 14, 2015 5:24:17pm

re: #13 freetoken

So… I’ll ask the existential question: Do we want Twitter to be “saved”?

How would we know about Ferguson or Baltimore or those other places?

29 Weet  May 14, 2015 5:27:54pm

Oh no.

This is eerily reminiscent of that plane crash in the Alps.

“Sumwalt said video from inside the cabin shows that 65 seconds before the crash, the train’s speed went above 70 mph. Just 16 seconds before the end of the recording, the train’s speed went above 100 mph, Sumwalt added.”

That’s the NTSB saying that just a little while ago. I had tried to find the video of today’s NTSB press conference to get the latest on the train crash. I have not found the video yet but I found this and decided to share. This ‘quote’ is all over the news.

NTSB on train crash

30 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:29:04pm

re: #26 Shiplord Kirel

{{{Shiplord Kirel}}}

31 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 5:32:35pm

I am amazed that so many of our law enforcement officers are actually college graduates these days.

I think we were safer back when a degree was uncommon in the police force.

This is probably the saddest video I posted all year.

32 Jenner7  May 14, 2015 5:32:58pm

re: #7 Kid A

My hubby, huge Pens fan, just said: “Shit heads.”

Haha.

33 Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2015 5:34:00pm

UpChuck really doesn’t get it that he doesn’t get to claim exclusive ownership of everything he “finds”.
Other people can and do find the same stuff without “stealing” his garbage.

34 Bubblehead II  May 14, 2015 5:34:09pm

re: #29 Weet

Oh no.

This is eerily reminiscent of that plane crash in the Alps.

“Sumwalt said video from inside the cabin shows that 65 seconds before the crash, the train’s speed went above 70 mph. Just 16 seconds before the end of the recording, the train’s speed went above 100 mph, Sumwalt added.”

That’s the NTSB saying that just a little while ago. I had tried to find the video of today’s NTSB press conference to get the latest on the train crash. I have not found the video yet but I found this and decided to share. This ‘quote’ is all over the news.

NTSB on train crash

I’m not going to read to much into this until more data comes out. Mainly because of the many cases of someone hitting the gas when they meant to hit the brakes. Also, take into account, he also hit the brakes right before entering the curve. My take right now is that he throttled up when he meant to throttle down (hence doing 70 mph in 80 mph section), realized his mistake and hit the brakes to slow down, but was to late.

35 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:34:19pm

re: #29 Weet

Preliminary evidence doesn’t look good. The corridor the train was travelling through is notorious. A quick Google Maps search of the area indicates several turns in the tracks, with the place where the wreck occurred a rather pronounced almost-90-degree curve in the tracks. 106 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. zone is egregious, to say the least.

36 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 5:35:02pm

re: #26 Shiplord Kirel

Day before yesterday, the 12th, would have been my late wife’s 58th birthday. This is the tribute I posted here at LGF on her birthday in 2011.

{{{{{shiplord kirel}}}}}

37 Lord Of The Pies  May 14, 2015 5:38:27pm

Oh look, a Bullshit Eater on my timeline==>

38 psddluva4evah  May 14, 2015 5:39:08pm

Was reading about this today. At first I was like ooh a Sudanese Princess…yes…then I read the story and was like..um…wtf?

Disney’s Sudanese Princess Movie Will Have White Main Characters, Be Egregiously Racist

Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter wrote that screenwriter Stephany Folsom had been tapped to write Disney’s latest princess movie, a “unique princess tale inspired by the true account of an American [white] man claiming a territory in Africa and proclaiming himself and his family its royal rulers,” which, uh…where to begin?

THR went on to explain that The Princess of North Sudan will focus on

[…] an American dad whose daughter asked if she would ever be a real princess. That question set the man on a search for a region in the world that was disputed, eventually finding a territory named Bir Tawil, an area between Egypt and Sudan. In June of 2014, he flew to the area, planted a flag and, calling it the Kingdom of North Sudan, claimed it for himself and his family

.

I mean it’s sorta based on a true story. From Jezebel:

Disney’s Movie About a White Princess of Sudan Is Probably a Bad Idea

Disney has a movie in the works about a white man who buys land in Sudan so that his daughter can be a princess. Interesting. Sounds cool.

In fact, The Princess of North Sudan is based on a true story. In real life, a farmer from Virginia named Jeremiah Heaton traveled through the desert to an unclaimed area bordering Egypt and Sudan, where he planted a flag and the seed for his daughter Emily’s future imaginary kingdom.

By the time Emily turned seven last year (on June 16), her dad had a literal flag up in North Sudan and declared her a (white Nubian) princess. A cool thing to do if you have the advantage of taking over some far away land…

Wow. Why do I imagine a room probably absent of non-white folk reading this story and thinking…”hell yeah…now this is gonna be a fun wholesome family film”…yeah for who??/

I mean…no one said, “um guys, I’m not too sure about this one…”

39 Lord Of The Pies  May 14, 2015 5:43:49pm

re: #38 psddluva4evah

Was reading about this today. At first I was like ooh a Sudanese Princess…yes…then I read the story and was like..um…wtf?

Disney’s Sudanese Princess Movie Will Have White Main Characters, Be Egregiously Racist

.

I mean it’s sorta based on a true story. From Jezebel:

Disney’s Movie About a White Princess of Sudan Is Probably a Bad Idea

Wow. Why do I imagine a room probably absent of non-white folk reading this story and thinking…”hell yeah…now this is gonna be a fun wholesome family film”…yeah for who??/

I mean…no one said, “um guys, I’m not too sure about this one…”

This dude “stuck a flag” in the ground and claimed it in the name of White Dudes Who Stick Flags In The Ground (like they did on the Moon!)

40 Weet  May 14, 2015 5:44:12pm

re: #34 Bubblehead II

I’m not going to read to much into this until more data comes out. Mainly because of the many cases of someone hitting the gas when they meant to hit the brakes. Also, take into account, he also hit the brakes right before entering the curve. My take right now is that he throttled up when he meant to throttle down (hence doing 70 mph in 80 mph section), realized his mistake and hit the brakes to slow down, but was to late.

Thanks for telling me that. I guess it’s possible that he did not realize right away? Seems odd that it would take so long.

41 #FergusonFireside  May 14, 2015 5:48:06pm

re: #13 freetoken

So… I’ll ask the existential question: Do we want Twitter to be “saved”?

I love twitter. I don’t engage often, but the info I get quickly is worth the fight.

42 A Cranky One  May 14, 2015 5:48:39pm

re: #39 Lord Of The Pies

This dude “stuck a flag” in the ground and claimed it in the name of White Dudes Who Stick Flags In The Ground (like they did on the Moon!)

43 Backwoods_Sleuth  May 14, 2015 5:49:28pm

Overdid things today outside, even though I took lots of breaks. My back and shoulders are complaining…a lot.
niterz, lizardz!

44 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 14, 2015 5:49:51pm

re: #40 Weet

Thanks for telling me that. I guess it’s possible that he did not realize right away? Seems odd that it would take so long.

You remember the whole “unintended acceleration” idiocy, right? People would swear up and down they were slamming on the brake when they were obviously hitting the gas. I think some of them even got some money from Audi for it. (How Audi got scapegoated for that, I don’t know.) The human mind can play tricks.

45 Bubblehead II  May 14, 2015 5:50:09pm

re: #40 Weet

Thanks for telling me that. I guess it’s possible that he did not realize right away? Seems odd that it would take so long.

If I remember right, he hit the brakes 11 seconds before the turn. 54 seconds after the speed increase. He fucked up. No question about it. But I highly doubt it was intentional like CCJ is claiming. If the PTC had been in place, his mistake would have been over-ridden by the fail safe system.

46 #FergusonFireside  May 14, 2015 5:51:10pm

re: #24 freetoken

It’s sort of raining here today. This May has been unusual in that it may turn out to be the wettest month in this year (which in Cal climate terms runs from Jul-Jun.)

Traffic was a shitshow. Will be worse tomorrow.

47 #FergusonFireside  May 14, 2015 5:52:58pm

re: #25 teleskiguy

I liked this.

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Turn in the rogues you see. I know he sees them.

48 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:54:00pm
49 #FergusonFireside  May 14, 2015 5:55:27pm

re: #28 Belafon

How would we know about Ferguson or Baltimore or those other places?

Bingo

50 psddluva4evah  May 14, 2015 5:56:24pm

re: #42 A Cranky One

re: #39 Lord Of The Pies

IKR! Let’s just take out Disney of the equation for now, WTF! I went to a graduation for my god daughter and half the pre-K girls said they wanted to be a Princess when they grew up (my Maddie said she wanted to be a doctor!). Sure as hell don’t see them going over to another freakin’ country and just “seizing” land. I mean, if that ain’t big evidence of “white privelege” I do not know…

51 Bubblehead II  May 14, 2015 5:56:30pm

re: #45 Bubblehead II

If I remember right, he hit the brakes 11 seconds before the turn. 54 seconds after the speed increase. He fucked up. No question about it. But I highly doubt it was intentional like CCJ is claiming. If the PTC had been in place, his mistake would have been over-ridden by the fail safe system.

As for the time lag in noticing his mistake, what else was he doing in in the cab? Did these requirements distract him? This is why we have post accident investigations. Find out what went wrong and fix them. Unlike CCJ and others, the NTSB wants facts, not hyperbole.

52 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 5:59:32pm

53 BeachDem  May 14, 2015 6:03:43pm

re: #38 psddluva4evah

Wonkette’s take

wonkette.com

54 CleverToad  May 14, 2015 6:05:42pm

Payday tomorrow — finally kicked in my mite towards the GoFundMe fund. To contribute what this sane little sandbox is worth, I’d have to win the lottery. (Note to self, remember to buy a ticket tomorrow…)

Now I hafta go back and try to catch up on the midday threads, as usual

55 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 6:06:15pm

Singer Cher rips GOP over Amtrak funding

B, b, but on Megyn Kelly’s Video Gossip Rag last night, she kept telling us that this tragedy had nothing to do with infrastructure issues. (Gawd, did she really go to Law School to do this work?)

Perhaps she didn’t count — well, not having the current technology as an issue.

I guess that would make us too much like socialist Europe or Saudi.

Remember when America was always the first, the fasted and the most advanced?

gah

56 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 6:06:24pm
57 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 6:06:58pm

re: #54 CleverToad

Payday tomorrow — finally kicked in my mite towards the GoFundMe fund. To contribute what this sane little sandbox is worth, I’d have to win the lottery. (Note to self, remember to buy a ticket tomorrow…)

Now I hafta go back and try to catch up on the midday threads, as usual

Thank you very much!

58 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 6:07:14pm

re: #52 teleskiguy

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Video

It was a baby bear!!!

59 thedopefishlives  May 14, 2015 6:08:58pm

re: #55 FemNaziBitch

One of the victims of the train derailment was a local businessman. Celebrities and Fox News derptards can shut right the hell up as far as I’m concerned. Chuck C. Johnson is right out.

60 jaunte  May 14, 2015 6:11:46pm

re: #38 psddluva4evah

Was reading about this today. At first I was like ooh a Sudanese Princess…yes…then I read the story and was like..um…wtf?

Disney’s Sudanese Princess Movie Will Have White Main Characters, Be Egregiously Racist

.

I mean it’s sorta based on a true story. From Jezebel:

Disney’s Movie About a White Princess of Sudan Is Probably a Bad Idea

Wow. Why do I imagine a room probably absent of non-white folk reading this story and thinking…”hell yeah…now this is gonna be a fun wholesome family film”…yeah for who??/

I mean…no one said, “um guys, I’m not too sure about this one…”

I can’t believe they’re raising money for this “nation.”
Already up past $4,000.
indiegogo.com

61 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 6:12:04pm

re: #56 Charles Johnson

That is weird.

O_o

62 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 6:16:55pm
63 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 6:18:41pm
64 thedopefishlives  May 14, 2015 6:20:44pm

re: #63 FemNaziBitch

If I fits, I sits.

65 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 6:21:00pm
66 Jenner7  May 14, 2015 6:21:48pm
67 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 6:22:38pm

re: #56 Charles Johnson

Some very weird news on the Amtrak crash: 2 Trains Hit by Projectiles Minutes Before Amtrak Derailment | NBC 10 Philadelphia.

It’s probably just coincidence. But Bostian did have a concussion and head wound, and says he can’t remember the crash. Was he hit by a projectile right before the crash? It might explain why the train sped up suddenly.

68 thedopefishlives  May 14, 2015 6:23:58pm

re: #67 Charles Johnson

It’s probably just coincidence. But Bostian did have a concussion and head wound, and says he can’t remember the crash. Was he hit by a projectile right before the crash? It might explain why the train sped up suddenly.

NOOOOO IT IS TEH GHEY!!!!

69 Kragar  May 14, 2015 6:26:34pm

re: #67 Charles Johnson

It’s probably just coincidence. But Bostian did have a concussion and head wound, and says he can’t remember the crash. Was he hit by a projectile right before the crash? It might explain why the train sped up suddenly.

Which begs the question:

Were either of the engineers on the other trains black or gay?
///

70 Cheechako  May 14, 2015 6:28:41pm

re: #67 Charles Johnson

It’s probably just coincidence. But Bostian did have a concussion and head wound, and says he can’t remember the crash. Was he hit by a projectile right before the crash? It might explain why the train sped up suddenly.

The in-cab video may answer this question.

71 BeachDem  May 14, 2015 6:28:56pm

re: #60 jaunte

I can’t believe they’re raising money for this “nation.”
Already up past $4,000.
indiegogo.com

And, of course, they were able to set it up as a non-profit.

72 GlutenFreeJesus  May 14, 2015 6:30:02pm

Good news from IL. Right to work shot down in flames with 0 YES votes. Of course, a bunch of Rs voted present or just went for a walk. Even rural IL is union-strong, and they chickened out by not putting in their votes.

chicago.suntimes.com

73 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 6:31:50pm

re: #67 Charles Johnson

It’s probably just coincidence. But Bostian did have a concussion and head wound, and says he can’t remember the crash. Was he hit by a projectile right before the crash? It might explain why the train sped up suddenly.

A head wound that required 15 staples to close.

Hmm.

74 #FergusonFireside  May 14, 2015 6:32:32pm

re: #66 Jenner7

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Power.

75 GlutenFreeJesus  May 14, 2015 6:33:44pm

re: #73 teleskiguy

Which came first. The head wound or the crash…

76 Bubblehead II  May 14, 2015 6:45:01pm
77 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 6:45:38pm

Ho. Lee. Shit.

The guy is a hypocrite and a terrible liar.

I remember him saying he finally did register to vote as a Republican so he could vote for Ted Cruz. Still though, what a fucknut.

78 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 6:49:00pm

re: #76 Bubblehead II

79 Mattand  May 14, 2015 6:50:08pm

re: #67 Charles Johnson

Those tracks run through some residential neighborhoods (Frankford and Port Richmond) that can be on the rough side. It wouldn’t be a shock to hear of some kids or sadly, someone older who was drunk and should know better, throwing shit a train for laughs.

80 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 6:52:40pm

re: #76 Bubblehead II

BTW, Alice is amazing!

81 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 6:54:34pm
82 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 6:59:28pm

“Tomorrow I’m suing Little Green Footballs for saying mean things about me on Twitter!”

83 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 7:00:47pm

re: #76 Bubblehead II

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because you are you

84 FemNaziBitch  May 14, 2015 7:01:10pm

bbl

85 Targetpractice  May 14, 2015 7:04:15pm

re: #67 Charles Johnson

It’s probably just coincidence. But Bostian did have a concussion and head wound, and says he can’t remember the crash. Was he hit by a projectile right before the crash? It might explain why the train sped up suddenly.

What continues to stick out to me is how sudden the acceleration was and how short the interval was between the application of emergency brakes and the derailment. All of it happened in under less than 5 minutes, which makes me uncomfortable writing it off as simple negligence. If the high speed had been constant for much of the trip or over a longer period, it might make sense. But less than a minute? Nah, something more was going on here.

86 stpaulbear  May 14, 2015 7:05:00pm

re: #81 Charles Johnson

‘Chucktastic’ sounds like a word you’d use to describe eating four deep fried Snicker’s bars on a hot afternoon at the MN State Fair.

87 Bubblehead II  May 14, 2015 7:08:38pm

re: #80 teleskiguy

BTW, Alice is amazing!

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Yes, she is.

88 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 14, 2015 7:20:54pm

re: #86 stpaulbear

‘Chucktastic’ sounds like a word you’d use to describe eating four deep fried Snicker’s bars on a hot afternoon at the MN State Fair.

Before getting on the whirligig ride

89 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 7:22:41pm

Hey, maybe I’ve created a new hot Twitter hashtag!

90 stpaulbear  May 14, 2015 7:25:04pm

re: #88 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate

…sitting in between your wife and your mother-in-law.

91 Amory Blaine  May 14, 2015 7:36:36pm

The High Road Wins
How and why Minnesota is outpacing Wisconsin

Minnesota and Wisconsin offer something close to a laboratory experiment in competing economic policies. Since the 2010 elections of Democratic Governor Mark Dayton in Minnesota and Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, these neighboring states with similar populations and economies have pursued radically different strategies. Dayton embraces good government, progressive taxation, and high-wage policies, while Walker has chosen shrunken government, fiscal austerity, and a war on labor.

92 Snarknado!  May 14, 2015 7:40:26pm

re: #91 Amory Blaine

The High Road Wins
How and why Minnesota is outpacing Wisconsin

I heard some Wisconsin politician or other call the current situation a success — it’ll just take time for the unleashing of small business to bear fruit.

Yes, he really said that. <smh>

93 Thanos  May 14, 2015 7:40:49pm

Man says he didn’t mean to kill stepdad with atomic wedgie

kansascity.com

94 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 7:42:09pm
95 Bubblehead II  May 14, 2015 7:42:35pm
96 psddluva4evah  May 14, 2015 7:42:55pm

So I just saw the new trailer for the latest Mission Impossible. Gawd I can’t stand Tom Cruise, but I WILL BE GOING TO SEE Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation… i loved Ghost Protocol!

The scene where he hung off a plane WAS NOT CGI!!!!! The sumabitch is crazy!

variety.com

97 Charles Johnson  May 14, 2015 7:43:15pm
98 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 14, 2015 7:46:07pm

re: #81 Charles Johnson

Great stuff! UpChuck is going to have an aneurysm when he listens to it.

99 Amory Blaine  May 14, 2015 7:46:18pm

re: #92 Snarknado!

Yes we’re still under the uncertainty of the recall because you know, right wing economic policies are like frightened turtles..

100 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 7:47:02pm

Looking at my #89, I now realize this can be interpreted in any number of ways, including outright offensive ways.

For the LGF audience, I’ll provide correct context. I found out Lindsey Vonn started dating serial adulterer Tiger Woods, so I divested myself from Ms. Kildow (her real name) on Twitter because it made me physically ill to know that the greatest woman skier ever was involved with the greatest golfer ever (I FUCKING HATE GOLF!). That, and the fact that Tiger is a poor human being when it comes to respect and admiration of women.

Well, Lindsey is a smart and strong woman. She found out about sleazy Tiger sometime this winter, and broke off the relationship publicly, in the most benign way possible.

I can understand the “mutual break-up” talk. Lindsey, even her being “The Greatest Woman Skier In The World” probably doesn’t have much leverage or say with regards to one Tiger Woods. When their relationship first started, I took the cynical thinking way, thinking “Lindsey’s worth just a few mil, Tiger’s worth a hundred mil” and thinking that Lindsey was making a business decision.

I’m pretty sure I was wrong. And I probably shouldn’t be so cynical.

101 Mike Lamb  May 14, 2015 7:51:10pm

re: #94 Charles Johnson

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In three months, he’ll repeat his claim that he’s never threatened to sue anyone…

102 retired cynic  May 14, 2015 7:54:16pm

re: #101 Mike Lamb

In three months, he’ll repeat his claim that he’s never threatened to sue anyone…

Do you really think it will take three months? I think three days may be more likely.

103 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 14, 2015 7:54:28pm

I predict CCJ will take to his blog soon to write another waambulance piece about how unfair Bob and Chez are, and Charles, too.

104 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  May 14, 2015 7:56:59pm

re: #97 Charles Johnson

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So quoting him is “making things up” about him? Is there a name for this theory? Is it “Gingrich’s Law”?

105 teleskiguy  May 14, 2015 8:03:10pm

I try to keep my direct correspondence with UpChuck to a minimum. Tonight, though…

106 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  May 14, 2015 8:05:10pm

GotNews has published “dick pics” of the engineer (via Shannon Knutsen) and quoted liberally from the railfan site Bostian posted to.

CCJ boasts:

Using some gotnews.com sleuthing, we found some interesting posts from one of the train forums.

By that, I’m sure he means he read the New York Times profile of Bostian.
nytimes.com

In posts on the website trainorders.com — where train enthusiasts and employees congregate — a writer who used the handle bwb6df and signed many of his posts as “Brandon Bostian” routinely chided railroad companies for not doing more to prevent accidents, saying in one post that he found the specter of human error “frightening.”

That writer also used other identifying information matching what is known about Mr. Bostian.

107 Great White Snark  May 14, 2015 8:13:24pm

Wow big lightning flash, few seconds and one long loud thunderclap. Okay, I’m only impressed because Los Angeles gets that so rarely.

108 b_sharp  May 14, 2015 8:15:19pm

re: #107 Great White Snark

Wow big lightning flash, few seconds and one long loud thunderclap. Okay, I’m only impressed because Los Angeles gets that so rarely.

Come up here. We get some impressive light shows, especially around Calgary.

109 Higgs Boson's Mate  May 14, 2015 8:44:43pm

re: #96 psddluva4evah

So I just saw the new trailer for the latest Mission Impossible. Gawd I can’t stand Tom Cruise, but I WILL BE GOING TO SEE Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation… i loved Ghost Protocol!

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“Rouge Nation:? It’s that damned gay agenda again!

110 Great White Snark  May 14, 2015 8:47:49pm
Contented Wildlife

And good night all…

111 Weet  May 14, 2015 8:51:52pm

re: #45 Bubblehead II

If I remember right, he hit the brakes 11 seconds before the turn. 54 seconds after the speed increase. He fucked up. No question about it. But I highly doubt it was intentional like CCJ is claiming. If the PTC had been in place, his mistake would have been over-ridden by the fail safe system.

Thanks. Aside: I didn’t know and don’t care what CCJ says.

I did see the info that Charles posted above about projectiles hitting trains that night. I found that out the night of the crash (about a specific SEPTA train), and wrote my friends about it. Mayor Nutter said it was ‘unrelated’ in a presser the next day, however. If this crashed train was also hit by projectiles, it could certainly explain a distraction that affected the engineer’s ability to deal with the speed of the train properly.

While investigating the ‘projectile hit windshield’ theory, I also found this article yesterday, where an Amtrak conductor said this:

“My take on the whole thing is there must have been impact on the window to get that kind of damage,” Callanan tells ABC Action News in an interview recorded overnight in Tampa. … “And when I saw that on the right-hand side of the engine, it looks like it struck something and I don’t think it was the guy hitting his head.”

Amtrak conductor speaks

Here’s a twitter feed from the night of the crash where the ‘projectile hit windshield’ was reported.

Twitter Projectile Report

112 weltallica  May 15, 2015 3:11:00am

WAM also cleared Gamergate of being a “misogynist hate group that threatens and harasses women”. They analyzed the data, and BOOM. All lies disproven. All accusers proven wrong (despite profiting from the accusation quite nicely).

But that can’t be true. I *FEEL* like Gamergate harasses women. WAM are clearly wrong. After all, I heard that someone heard that someone heard that someone heard that Gamergate harasses women, so there you go! PROOF. Besides, WAM are probably just a bunch of neckbeard virgin loser men pretending to be women. YOUR FACTS END WHERE MY FEELINGS BEGIN!

113 Varek Raith  May 15, 2015 4:21:48am

re: #112 weltallica

Oh please.
All you have to do is see what they post and the crap GG pulls on a regular basis.
Also, look how it all started; A butthurt ex with an axe to grind.

114 Bass Reeves  May 15, 2015 5:47:34am

re: #112 weltallica

I had to do some digging to find out what was going on, but One Angry Gamer basically came to the conclusion he wanted to, rather than what was said. The thought process he used was that only .66% of the accounts on this autoblocker list were associated with harassment. What he failed to realize (or more likely ignored) was that twelve percent of *all* harassment on twitter directed towards women came from gamergaters.


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