So how did Cracked’s Robert Evans write this article? Did he speak to some anonymous mole out to expose the rot in the system? Nah! Why do that when you can just speak with Jack Abramoff? Seriously, thats what they did.
I called this “Culture” for lack of a better category. To err on the side of caution, I’m declaring the following links NSFW. My mind has gone to a dark place today, and you’re invited. No, there isn’t any particular reason I feel this way now. I just do. Its just that misery loves company, and I could use some. If you don’t want your day ruined, close this page NOW.
You think you know fairy tales? You probably don’t. According to this video, alot lot of them used to be much worse than their modern versions. They were outright horror stories. For example, Hansel and Gretel used to be more horrifying than “witch wants to eat lost children, so they put the witch into her own oven.”
“Top 10 Fairy Tale Dark Origins” by Creeps McPasta Plays
Fiction not enough to ruin your day? How about some reality? Most of the toys in this next video were real safety hazards. And too often the companies making them knew it and didn’t care. Yes, this includes some talk about death.
“15 Worst Toys Ever Recalled” by Danger Dolan
Dead and/or mangled kids not bad enough? How about putting a child through hell on earth, and forever ruining your image of small towns while we’re at it? This final link is a Cracked article of the “What Rape Culture?” type, to borrow a fellow lizard’s phrase.
“5 Things I Learned as a Sex Slave in Modern America” by Anonymous (+ Robert Evans)
When you hear about modern-day slavery, you probably picture some third-world brutality occurring in Africa or Southeast Asia (and if you just muttered something about your unpaid office internship, go ahead and slap yourself right now). When you hear about sex trafficking, you imagine a gang of Eastern European thugs kidnapping women and getting chased down by Liam Neeson.
But, incredibly, human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States today. Statistically, Liam Neeson is more likely to sell his own daughter into slavery than have her stolen by some mysteriously brown Parisians. Cracked wanted to know how the hell this was possible, so we sat down with “Jane,” a former sex slave, and asked her about her life.
If you’re not disgusted and horrified to your core by now, then you’re either pure evil or just completely dead inside. If these links (especially the last) have made you uncomfortable, depressed, sick to your guts and/or angry, then thank you for joining me today.
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Link broken? The gist is that this is an impressively sarcastic review of an old slasher flick based on the “unrealistic” premise of a cop abusing his power to murder people.
They could’ve called this article “Look at how ‘supply-side’ economics, anti-environmentalism, and all-around pro-oligarch legislation and ideology has destroyed some of the most iconic, classic Americana.”
Oh, and gentrification-based laws are also robbing us of the classic ice-cream truck jingle. “Family values” my ass.
Edit: Make a drinking game out of how many times you see the word “classic” here or in the link. This is depressing enough to get hammered for.
I normally don’t go recommending games, especially on a site like LGF that doesn’t focus on games. But this one took me by surprise, with how deep it was in its simplicity. The intuitive way to play turned out to be the wrong way. Getting the good ending required me to rethink good & evil within the game’s context. “Morality” in games is usually handled in a more ham-handed way than this. And while this one might seem equally hammy at first, its actually quite subversive. I’m genuinely impressed.
Its a flash game on Newgrounds. Its called “Perdition.” Your character is an android that has acquired free-will.
Who knew that big-budget crap-pop culture could do so much good?
But there was one clear message in Transformers 4: Hollywood loves the s*** out of China, because China loves Hollywood more than anyone else in the world. Films like Looper and Iron Man 3 did a decent amount of Eastern pandering, but something like half of Transformers: Age of Mechanical Dinosaurs takes place in Hong Kong. It’s no surprise that, while enjoying decent success in the U.S., Transformers is a freaking monster overseas.
Transformers 4 has been so successful, in fact, that we’re starting to suspect Michael Bay’s secret goal might be to avert World War III via dumb robot movies (his primary goal remains “make all of the money in the universe by blowing things up and hating women”). You laugh, but he’s doing more for Chinese-American relations than Richard Nixon ever did.
This is a (sometimes NSFW) webcomic on the Escapist Magazine site called Critical Miss. The focus is usually on games, but they dib-&-dab in social issues sometimes. Like today: Flat Earth Birth Control
From the first panel:
So, the supreme court has has decided that companies can use religious grounds to avoid paying health insurance claims for contraceptives.
Will this effect you?
No, because you’re mutants who will never experience human intimacy.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking in black-and-white terms about foreign countries. America is a free country, so we assume that all these repressive dictatorships must be like America in Opposite World, restricting every freedom they can get their hands on. But it’s not that simple. We don’t want to take away from the fact that a lot of these places are hellish nightmares, but some of them actually have (or had) policies even more progressive than those in the West. For example …
So wtf is our excuse?
Read all about it here: techdirt.com
TL:DR - Basically, this is just the latest sham story told to a ridiculously gullible press by the notorious Kevin Warwick.
(I linked to web archive because the original Warwick watch site is toast)