‘Reign’ post-mortem: Showrunner defends the show’s most controversial scene

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Very jarring episode to watch. Props to Adelaide and Megan.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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After a story leaked months ago that Reign was working on a rape storyline that involved Mary, fans immediately took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the idea. More than 1,000 viewers signed a petition hoping to stop the writers before they could film the scene. But in tonight’s penultimate episode, Mary was raped by a Protestant who entered the castle in a failed assassination attempt against Francis.

In a painful scene, one of the Protestants revealed himself to be the father of the minister who was murdered last week. And as payback, he decided to attack Mary while another guard held her down. As the title of the episode indicated, it was an act of war and one that will undoubtedly end with the Protestant’s death, particularly after Mary tasked Francis with the job of finding the men that did this to her.

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To Get Off Russia’s Blacklist, GitHub Has Blocked Access To Pages That Highlight Suicide

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The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routs around it.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

GitHub is slowly navigating the tricky waters of Internet censorship in Russia, using its own platform to track how it’s doing it in an effort to remain transparent, but also agreeing to block pages that the regulator says offend content regulations.

“We have since blocked access within the Russian Federation to the specific content which was flagged as prohibited by law within the Russian Federation, and are working to get GitHub reinstated,” the company says. It cites its Terms of Service section A8 to further elaborate: “You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).”

The whole of GitHub was blocked in Russia earlier this week after the Russian information regulator, Roskomnadzor, said that GitHub was publishing illegal content — specifically, someone had uploaded pages that referred to methods for committing suicide. And…

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Unnamed Dog Stomped to Death

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Disgusting.

Originally posted on Dogs that Cops Killed:

I couldn’t find a photo for this pooch, but this has got to be the worst story I’ve heard yet. I am going to just except the first three paragraphs of the LA Times article about it, because I don’t think I have the strength to write about it myself:

In a case that has shocked Arizona animal activists, prosecutors have decided not to charge a Flagstaff police officer who in a gruesome incident this summer used his baton, boot and a cable to kill an injured dog after a fellow officer accidentally hit the animal with his car.

In August, Cpl. John Tewes was called after another officer hit a loose dog with his car about 2:30 a.m. Tewes and the other officer decided the dog needed to be euthanized, but Tewes was concerned about using his gun in the neighborhood.

Prosecutors said Tewes repeatedly tried to bludgeon the…

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The 9/11 Anniversary and Twelve Years of TSA Farce

Originally posted on TSA Today:

On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 TSA once again demonstrates that the agency is completely useless and a colossal waste of resources to employ a nefarious workforce comprised of criminals, rapists, child molesters, murderers, smugglers and societal misfits.

The agency, which has cost taxpayers a nearly $100 billion in its twelve year existence continues to engage in a charade that ostensibly “protects” the traveling public from yesteryears threats, while DHS concedes that ISIS terrorists are planning to cross the southern border into the US amidst the massive influx of illegal immigrants from South America. The mishandling of the border assault and TSA’s decision to allow people here illegally to board airplanes without identification has led to legislation forbidding TSA from allowing persons with only a Notice to Appear from boarding aircraft in US airports.

Today, another example inanity of the TSA Security Theater was reported in the media. In this…

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Enablers Desperately Cling to Killing in Glynn Co as Public Supports No Kill

Originally posted on YesBiscuit!:

The Florida Times-Union shamefully published a killing apologist piece whitewashing the weekly killing done by Barbara Sancomb, the manager at the Glynn Co pound in GA.  Framing the manager as an animal lover and showing a photo of her paw print tattoos to prove it, the paper talks about the terrible “burden” of killing animals who trust her and willingly submit to her while she’s killing them.  Like we’re supposed to be all aw when in reality, I expect most people’s reaction to the disturbing visualization is more AHHHHH!

The article also talks about how sad it is that no kill advocates have complained online about animals being mistreated, deplorable conditions and needless killing at the pound.  That hurts the shelter staff’s feels.  Plus, the paper says, the animal advocates are liars anyway.  Because other places are worse:

“Everybody who criticizes us, they have obviously never been to a bad animal shelter…

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Origin of the saying “Every dog has it’s day”

Originally posted on The Stunt Dog Guy TM:

So where did the saying “Every dog has it’s day” or “Every dog has his day” come from? I did some research and found the phrase is over 450 years old. It became popularized from Hamlet by William Shakespeare in the early 1600’s.  However, there are various forms of it that originated earlier.

The meaning of the quote in our current era, “Every dog has its day or every dog has his day”  is very simple. It means everyone gets a chance eventually; or that everyone is successful during some period in their life. (Example: Don’t worry, you’ll get chosen for the team. Every dog has its day. You may become famous someday. Every dog has his day.) This is from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.

Here is a brief history on the famous quote we recite today:

A dogge hath a day.
[1545 R. Taverner…

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Texas Man Who Killed Police Officer During No-Knock Raid Will NOT Face Murder Charge – Grand Jury Refuses To Indict…

Originally posted on The Last Refuge:

HatTip elvischupacabra – WASHINGTON COUNTY A Burleson County Grand Jury declined to indict the man who shot and killed a Burleson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was serving a search warrant in December.

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Investigators were executing a search warrant at Henry McGee’s mobile home near Snook when the shooting happened.  News 3 takes a look at why deputies had targeted McGee’s home.

28-year-old Henry Magee is no longer charged in the shooting death of Burleson County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Sowders.

A grand jury decided there wasn’t enough evidence for him to stand trial on the capital murder charge.

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TX City Manager Says Pound’s Primary Goal Should Be Killing

Originally posted on YesBiscuit!:

The website for Aransas Pass, TX describes the city as a “paradise” and promises a number of ideals, all consistent with a no kill community:

We pledge, through a strong sense of teamwork and customer service, to be respectful of individual dignity and rights, to remain fiscally responsible, to ethically and responsively interact with our citizens, to innovate when addressing community needs, and, in doing all that, be an organization in which we are all proud to serve.

But Aransas Pass isn’t a no kill community.  In fact, city manager Sylvia Carrillo appears to envision an all kill community, in direct contrast to every pledge made in the previous paragraph:

“We have, in the last five years…steered away from our mission. Our mission is animal control, and that is controlling the animal population,” she said. “Which means our primary goal should be…

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11th Circuit: TSA May Read Your Documents At Checkpoints, Not Responsible for Assault by its Screeners

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And people wonder why I refuse to fly.

Originally posted on TSA Out of Our Pants!:

Last week, the 11th Circuit heard oral arguments in my case against the nude body scanners and pat-downs, but in the meantime, the judges in my other TSA case, challenging whether officers may:

  1. Read through your personal documents at checkpoints
  2. Threaten travelers with false arrest and forcible search
  3. Conduct retaliatory searches that last for up to an hour
  4. Refuse to identify its screeners at checkpoints
  5. Lie about the existence of checkpoint videos in response to a FOIA request

…ruled that the TSA may indeed do all of the above. In its 32 page opinion, the court ruled that it’s perfectly reasonable for the TSA to read through your documents (maybe even digital documents) because it might prove that you have a fake ID, or it might provide additional suspicion if you have literature that the state doesn’t like. The court ruled that TSA screeners are not “officers of the United…

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Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Weev , aka Andrew Auernheimer, is free. The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction but took a bit of time to discuss his incarceration and plans with me.

To get the big question out of the way: Yes, he’s still a troll and doesn’t seem to have mellowed. But, to be fair, he’s dedicated himself to an interesting new kind of trolling that involves financial markets and is founding a new hedge fund, TRO LLC. That’s right: the Troll Company.

TC: How are you feeling?

Weev: I am pretty stoic about this moment of freedom. I think I have to channel the spirit of Seneca the Younger, who whilst the wealthiest in Rome wrapped himself in a blanket in case he lost everything in a shipwreck…

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