Assholes

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:58 am
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One of my cats puked all over my bed at about 4 AM this morning. Now I have 28 pounds (2 cats) on my lap.


Yes of course I hate them and love them but what the hell.

Sunday Night

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:26 am
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I need to post a video to make you hate me more than you do. What can it be? Ooh this is so hard and so fun. I hate you, too, by the way.


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Posted by David

'The Arena Was Almost Empty': Baltimore Reporter Goes To Bill O'Reilly Show And Finds Only 20% Of Seats Full

Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's disgraceful history of alleged sexual harassment is cutting into his ability to sell tickets, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik revealed on Sunday.

During a panel discussion about O'Reilly's reported $32 million sexual harassment lawsuit, Zurawik reflected on the fact that Fox News chose to renew the host's contract even though executives were aware of the litigation.

"This speaks to the larger question of Fox News," Zurawik said. "This doesn't change Fox News. Twenty years of a culture that Roger Ailes established and that continued takes more than firing just the head of it. And now we see how deep-seated it is."

"O'Reilly is trying to get a new TV job," CNN host Brian Stelter reported. "He was back on Sean Hannity's show a month ago. I don't think he will ever be back on Fox in the wake of this revelation. But what about Sinclair or Newsmax or OANN? Do you think O'Reilly will ever be back on TV?"

Zurawik, however, suggested that O'Reilly's days hosting television are over.

"I think he's been pushed to the margins," Zurawik explained. "Although, especially with conservative media in this country, I predict nothing. Nothing surprises me sometimes when I see -- once you take your news platform and say, we're a political tool or, like [Breitbart chief Steve Bannon], we're a weapon. Nothing surprises me because I look at it through a lens of journalism."

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Today in Bad Headlines

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:40 am
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Posted by Erik Loomis

Look, we all know Frederica Wilson has major hat game. But somehow I don’t think it’s the hat that is driving Donald Trump crazy.

You know, it’s OK to say that what drives Trump crazy is that she is a black woman. I mean, that might be a violation of Both Sides Do It. But it would also be the truth. So we will never hear that from the Times.

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Voice recognition for inputting

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:25 am
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Posted by Victor Mair

When I'm with my sister Heidi, whether it be in Seattle or northeast Ohio or anywhere else in the world, she's often talking to Siri.  She asks Siri to look up information about trees, about food, about traditional medicines, about Yoga, about genealogy, and anything else she wants to investigate.  Above all, when we're driving around, she asks Siri for directions about how to get where we're going.

To me, who doesn't even own a cell phone, this is all quite miraculous.  A few days ago, at the conclusion of my "Language, Script, and Society in China" class, however, a new (for me) dimension of voice recognition was demonstrated by one of the students.

During the class period, we had been discussing the relative merits of phonetic inputting (e.g., Hanyu Pinyin) vs. shape-based inputting (e.g., writing on a pad or glass with one's fingertip) — cf. "Easy versus exact" (10/14/17).  As the class was disbanding, Ben Roth whipped out his cell phone, and demonstrated how efficient it was at entering Chinese text through speech.  Of course, everything he said was simple and routine, things like "wǒ ài nǐ 我爱你" ("I love you"), "tā shì wǒ de péngyǒu 他是我的朋友" ("he is my friend"), and so forth, but it did immediately and accurately turn Ben's spoken words into Chinese characters.

Krista Ryu, who was standing nearby, joked about writing a whole paper that way.  But would that be practical?  One thing that immediately comes to mind is how one makes corrections or revisions in what one has "typed" via voice input?  How do you backspace?  How do you delete?  How do you revise?  How do you move things around in the text (cut and paste)?

Voice inputting of Chinese characters has been around a long time.  I remember visiting the home of a Peking University professor about 25 years ago.  He showed me his new toy, which was some software that enabled him to input text via spoken language.  He had just gotten the software and he said that he was still "training" it to understand his unique accent (he also spoke with a noticeable stutter).  I watched him play around with it for about half an hour, but I don't think that he succeeded in entering even one complete, correct sentence.

I'm told that more and more people in China nowadays opt to enter text via voice, especially for very short messages on WeChat and similar social media applications.  That certainly is the EASY way out for dealing with the challenging writing system, but it may not be the most EXACT.

References

"Chinese character inputting" (10/17/15; includes references to earlier posts related to inputting)

"Stroke order inputting" (10/30/11)

"Voice recognition for English and Mandarin typing" (8/24/16)

"Voice recognition vs. Shandong accent" (3/1/15)

Prince Serebryany.

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:43 pm
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Posted by languagehat

I’ve finished Aleksey K. Tolstoy’s historical novel Князь Серебряный [Prince Serebryany] (see this comment), and, well, it’s a great Boy’s Own adventure story if that’s the sort of thing you like. Except that it’s Russian, so if the protagonists are lucky they die in battle and if they’re not they get tortured to death in Red Square. Brief summary: Prince S. returns after fighting in Lithuania for five years and finds the oprichniki terrorizing Russia and the woman he loves married to the aged Prince Morozov (who married her so she could escape the attentions of the unwanted suitor Prince Vyazemsky); he offends Ivan the Terrible, is saved from certain death by a gang of good-hearted thieves, and defeats the Tatars, after which he is pardoned by Ivan but suffers further trials and tribulations. I might not have bothered posting about it except for this passage of linguistic interest near the end:

     — То был мой старший брат, Григорий Аникин, — отвечал Семен Строгонов. — Он волею божьею прошлого года умре!
     — Не Аникин, а Аникьевич, — сказал царь с ударением на последнем слоге, — я тогда же велел ему быть выше гостя и полным отчеством называться. И вам всем указываю писаться с вичем и зваться не гостями, а именитыми людьми!

     — That was my older brother, Grigory Anikin, — answered Semyon Strogonov. — By the will of God he died last year!
     — Not Anikin, but Anikievich, — said the tsar, stressing the final syllable, — I ordered him at that very time to be above the gosti and call himself by a full patronymic. And I order all of you to write your names with vich and call yourselves not gosti but persons of distinction!

The word gosti literally means ‘guests,’ but it’s obviously being used in some specialized sense here; anybody know? (I’m also curious about what’s going on with the patronymic business.)

Also, a chapter about a duel on horseback (which soon gets converted into something else entirely) contains this passage: “но Вяземский, из удальства, не спустил стрелы, а напротив, поднял ее посредством щурепца до высоты яхонтового снопа” [but Vyazemsky, because of his daring, did not lower the visor, but instead raised it by means of the shchurepets to the height of the ruby sheaf]. I don’t know what the “ruby sheaf” might be, but at least those are familiar words; the word щурепец [shchurepets] occurs only here in all of Russian literature and isn’t in any dictionary I can access, and I have no idea what it might be. Again, all ideas are welcome.

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Posted by John Amato

After Meet The Press host Chuck Todd asked about the grieving widow that Trump offended, Sen. Lindsey Graham misrepresented the media's question to Trump about the four soldiers killed in Niger before attacking Rep. Frederica Wilson character.

Earlier, I wrote how Sen. Graham was now apologizing for Trump's white nationalism and now he's become Trump's newest hatchet man against Rep. Wilson.

Todd questioned Trump's handling of our Gold Star families while making condolence calls and asked, "In this, the grieving widow is always right. I'm sorry. I don't care what the story is. So I guess I ask you, why do you think he couldn't take the high road?"

Graham excused it by saying that if the reporter hadn't asked the question, none of this would have happened. "Then he brings up President Obama, which is absolutely the worst thing to do," he claimed.

This is patently and blatantly false. And it could also be called a misrepresentation of the event or, if Kellyanne Conway had said it, it would be a lie.

On October 16th, during a presser with Sen. Mitch McConnell, a reporter asked, "Why haven't we heard anything from you about the soldiers that were killed in Niger? And what do you have to say about that?"

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When Jeffy Jeff Comes To Town

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:41 pm
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This is totally stupid, but racial politics is often about signalling. There are things you cannot say, so you communicate in other ways.

Jeff Sessions was in town for some reason. He went to buy a cheesesteak at one of the two tourist cheesesteak places in South Philly. They are across the street from each other. One is Pat's, the other is Geno's. I live in the neighborhood (well, technically just outside it I guess but whatever).




Anyway, Geno's became infamous because its owner, Joey Vento, who has since died, put up a sign which read "This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING Please "SPEAK ENGLISH". Vento is the son of Italian immigrants, and once upon a time the restaurant that they owned had menus in Italian. This is South Philly, after all. The point of the sign was not the specific message, the point of the sign was to signal that Vento was on board with the anti-immigrant wave which was happening back then (2006). It was a signal for assholes. The neighborhood is increasingly populated by a new wave of immigrants - mostly Mexican and Vietnamese - and this was a big middle finger to the local population. It's also completely stupid for a tourist destination to insult tourists. Philly is not the #1 tourist destination in the world, but people do visit here and they go to Pat's and Geno's to get a cheesesteak when they do.

Vento died and his son (actually named Geno) now runs the place and he took the sign down. I have no beef with Geno's. There is no need to boycott Geno's. But when politicians are doing the "get a cheesesteak in Philly" thing they choose between Pat's and Geno's. Choosing Geno's means you're a big racist, and choosing Pat's means you aren't. This might not be entirely fair anymore - again I have no beef with Geno's as currently run. It isn't about the restaurant. It's about the signal.
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I guess the problem is Trump likes precisely two things: watching people say nice things about him on the teevee and playing golf. If only he just liked the latter.

Predictable

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:52 pm
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It was the point.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A spokesperson for Rep. Frederica Wilson says the threats against the congresswoman have intensified.
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Posted by Karoli Kuns

We've heard a lot from Donald Trump and his toadies about Rep. Frederica Wilson, but we haven't really heard much from her. She has chosen not to climb down into the mudpit and wrestle with the slime there. Good for her.

But she did speak to Joy Ann Reid today about why she was in that car with Sgt. La David Johnson's wife and mother, and why she heard Trump's call to them. She also had a message for Gen. John Kelly, whom she called a "puppet of the President." She also chided him to apologize for his remarks, because as she pointed out, he not only lied about her, but he lied to the American people about her. For that, she says, he owes an apology.

She is also quite concerned that this incident is being swept under the rug. She wants investigations, calling it Trump's "Benghazi." My only quibble with her on that is that Benghazi was tragic, but also overblown with lies in order to do political harm to Hillary Clinton. I think this incident warrants an investigation and full reporting of the facts, with the consequences falling where they may.

Let's not do with Republicans did, though I will say this: Trump lied; people died. That right there is a fact.

The transcript of Wilson's interview follows. As she notes, this all began because she has led the "Bring Back Our Girls" push for terrorist group Boko Haram to release the girls they kidnapped. Activity in Africa is an area in which Rep. Wilson is deeply engaged.

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Posted by David

'You Have A Moral Duty': Reporter Goes On Fox And Rips Them For Signing O'Reilly After $32 Million Lawsuit

In an appearance on Fox News, Hollywood Reporter editor Matthew Belloni called out the network for renewing a contract with disgraced host Bill O'Reilly even though executives were aware he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit that was reportedly worth $32 million.

The New York Times first reported this week that "six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations."

"It was at least the sixth agreement — and by far the largest — made by either Mr. O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against him," the paper added. "Despite that record, 21st Century Fox began contract negotiations with Mr. O’Reilly, and in February granted him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year."

The bombshell report was too much for Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz to ignore during his Sunday program.

"While Bill O'Reilly is calling the allegations crap, it does not look good," Kurtz noted.

Belloni agreed: "It does not look good for O'Reilly because the first question you have is, if these allegations are crap, why spend $32 million to settle them."

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Posted by John Amato

'He Won, I Lost': Sen. Lindsey Graham Becomes A Trump Apologist

Now that Sen. Lindsey Graham has morphed into a Trump apologist he spent some time defending him against John McCain's anti-white nationalism speech, telling Chuck Todd it was really targeted at Steve Bannon.

After Meet the Press host Chuck Todd played clips from former President George Bush, Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain for speaking out about Trump (though not by name) and Trump's divisive and despicable white nationalistic "brand of politics," Senator Lindsey Graham sat down with Todd to make excuses for Trump.

At one time Sen. Graham was fierce with his attacks against Trump's brand of divisiveness and extremism, describing Trump as "a race baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot."

But now things have changed. Sen. Graham has been joined to the hip of Sen. McCain for much of his career, but suddenly he's throwing out excuses to defend Trump, even after Donald has savagely attacked his mentor, who is suffering from brain cancer.

Todd said, "You were tough on candidate Donald Trump. In fact, I think right before you got out you called him a race baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. You heard what President Bush said. Where are we?"

Sen. Graham replied, "Well he won, I lost."

He continued, "President Bush is still popular in the Republican Party, but Donald Trump couldn't have won without rejecting the last 16 years really when you think there were a lot of people like about it."

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Posted by David

Fox News Halloween Segment Features Black Child In Watermelon Costume

Fox & Friends on Sunday featured a black child dressed as a watermelon.

During a Halloween costume segment, President Donald Trump's favorite morning program showed off some ideas for this year's Halloween holiday.

And while white children were dressed as robots and rainbows, one black child was forced to wear a costume that some might consider to be racially insensitive.

"Now we're going to have some organic fruit," the presenter announced. "Lucas is our watermelon!"


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