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  1. Ex-Citigroup President Havens Caught Up in Prostitution Probe. Buyout Pioneer John Childs Charged in Florida Prostitution Sting I think there is zero chance that the two women arrested for running the series of strip mall based "spas" ran in the kind of social circles that would allow them cultivate a client base like this. I wonder if there is another Jeffery Epstein type actually running the show. Vance is corrupt AF. It's no coincidence that his decisions to not prosecute Ivanka and Don Jr, and Weinstein happened about the same time their lawyers were contributing to his political campaign. I wouldn't be surprised if Epstein's lawyer's did the same.
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    S16.E12: Kentucky Farewell

    I remember waay back when the judges were criticizing the chefs on fiddly plates that didn't honor the cut of meat. Oh, wait. That was Carne, form a couple of weeks ago. I thought Kelsey was totally PYKAG when she bought canned crab. You look at the length of the shadows and brightness of the sun in their rooms and it's clear that its not close to being early morning. I also laughed at the "Oh, I can't believe Tom showed up so early" when they had probably been up for hours. I think this is it. Macau, thanks to the rising number of Chinese billionaires, is the hottest gambling spot in the world. Great restaurants follow that kind of money.
  3. Common's "TED Talk" (didn't those stop being a thing about five years ago?) ad for Microsoft has already been deservedly criticized many times here. But now I find them so annoying, I am annoyed by the appearance of the scientists. Which makes me feel bad because they are probably very nice people doing undeniably good things. The thing that annoys me most about the latest McConaughey ad is the voice of the woman exclaiming "Whaaat?" in the beginning. Grates.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Yup. He assumed he wouldn't get caught and his "experience" would give him access to interviews and business/political relationships that he never would have developed as "that guy from Empire". I wonder how hard Mayor Rahm Emmanuel rode the police to solve this case quickly. Because their clearance rate isn't that great.
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    It is weird that that MSNBC managed to hire two Republican operatives named Michael Steele. And on top of that, one is white and the other is black.
  6. Florida officials engaged in a large scale raid of a prostitution/human trafficking ring. In addition to arresting those that ran the operation, they are also charging those who solicited services there, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. His team won the Super Bowl just a few weeks ago. ETA, Apparently the police plan to charge everyone who frequented the businesses during their investigation. Over six months, over 200 people, with video from the massage rooms. There are a lot of worried guys in the state right now. And probably some really uncomfortable conversations with spouses.
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    S02.E06: The Sounds of Thunder

    Part of me wants a batshit crazy space anime plot.
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    NFL Thread

    That's what the league should have done. The same way the NBA negotiated an anthem policy with its players. Instead they tried to unilaterally impose a new policy and the union, naturally, fought back.
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    The stats site 538 has done a lot of work examining how sexism affects aggregation sites. The men who vote on those sites don't like movies about women. Their opinion is over represented on those sites and it results in situations like this,
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    Morning Joe: All Episodes Talk

    Tired of Joe complaining about how bad white males have it in this country. Turned on the TV for ten seconds and he's ranting about the poor fictional MAGA victims of Smollett's false report. Had to turn it off even though my guy Eugene Robinson was going to be in the segment. His MSNBC colleagues Ken Dilanian and Pete Williams wrote that prosecutors believe that it was Joe based on all the information they have gathered including search history. It looks like he was targeting a lot of high profile hosts at MSNBC and CNN.
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    S02.E06: The Sounds of Thunder

    Agreed, the ethical concerns weren't handled very well. They went from "We can stretch the General Order One" to "Let's uplift all of the Kelpians" in about forty minutes. And the resolution of the conflict didn't make sense. If anything, a newly enlightened Kelpian society driven by the rage Saru exhibited versus a more technologically advanced Ba'ul who have been neutered would seem to increase the chance for war. The culling was bad, but the solution, outside of the handwavium of "Kelpians figure it out", felt like it might be worse. Those opening voice overs are real energy sappers. I really like the dress Serana was wearing when she was on the Discovery. I hope they do a Short Trek on her (?). I thought the title of this episode was interesting because you have to wonder if it's a reference to Clarke's short story A Sound of Thunder. Nah, probably not.
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    The NBA

    Good for you Nellie!
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    NFL Thread

    Not to slight you @kariyaki, but the big difference between all of us here and the players of the NFL is that they are extraordinarily talented people with an extraordinarily rare skill set who are key to billionaires making money. It's a totally different playing field. Talent traditionally gets breaks. Whether it's drug using Wall Street brokers, professional athletes or Johnny Depp, who sounds like a total mess but still gets roles. This is a league that hails Ray Lewis, but Kaep is toxic?
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I don't think he's going to jail. When asked, the police chief said that the thing he wanted most was an explanation/apology and compensation for the resources the CPD used on the case.
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    TTZ In The Media

    Twenty one seconds in pretty familiar face. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Fifty one seconds, Nick of Time. Two Shatner episodes. Any other references?