Thursday, August 27, 2015

AWKWARD: Ashley Madison was a bunch of dudes talking to each other, data analysis suggests

The Ashley Madison hack has revealed a lot of interesting things about the men who used the extramarital-dating site, including which cities, states, and universities they're from.
But what about the women?
It turns out, there may not have been very many women. As in, almost none.
Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz analyzed the data from the site's user database and found a lot of suspicious stuff suggesting that nearly all the female accounts were fake, maintained by the company's employees.
First, the official numbers. The info that the hackers published contained about 31 million accounts apparently belonging to men, and about 5 million apparently belonging to women.
But when Newitz dug deeper, she found a bunch of test accounts that ended with, suggesting that they were created internally (90% of them were for women), as well as 350 female accounts for people with the same and very unusual last name.
Then she found three really damning pieces of data:
  • Only 1,492 of the women in the database had ever opened their inbox to check their messages on the site. That's compared with more than 20 million men.
  • Only 2,409 of the women had ever used the site's chat function, versus more than 11 million men.
  • Only 9,700 of the women had ever responded to a message from another person on the site, versus almost 6 million men. (This number was greater than the number of women who checked messages because it's possible to answer messages in bulk when you first visit the site, without ever opening your inbox.)
It's possible that most of the women signed up but never did anything.
Either way, Newitz writes, Ashley Madison is a site where tens of millions of men write mail, chat, and spend money for women who aren't there."
The site's parent company, Avid Life Media, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Megyn Kelly doubles down on ‘white Santa’: I did it for the kids

By David Edwards
Friday, December 13, 2013 21:53 EST
Fox News host Megyn Kelly
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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Friday lashed out at critics who she said had accused her and Fox News of being racist because she insisted that Santa Claus and Jesus Crist had to be white men.
On her Wednesday show, Kelly had pointed out Slate columnist’s Aisha Harris assertion that forcing Santa only to be white caused non-white children “insecurity and shame.”
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said at the time. “But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.”
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know?” she added. “I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.”
After Kelly sparked outraged on the Internet and became fodder late-night comics, she responded to the controversy on Friday.
“I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching,” she explained. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that is lost on the humorless.”
“Many questioning whether I understand that Santa is a mythical figure, others’ suggesting that I am a racist who is outraged at the idea of a black Santa,” she continued. “Well, this would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular the knee-jerk instinct by so may to race bait and to assume the worst in people. Especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News channel.”
But Kelly said that it was commercialism, not racism, that forced her to declare that Santa and Jesus were white men.
“Fox News and yours truly are big targets for many people,” she concluded.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Charlie Brown Does ‘Louie’

Good grief! Or, maybe just grief. Fox Animation Domination has taken the characters from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and given them Louie-style age, angst and surreal misery.

Stephen Colbert and Megyn Kelly Agree: Santa Is White

The Wrap 
Stephen Colbert has come to Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s defense, agreeing that not only is Santa Claus white, but Jesus was, too.
Kelly has been mocked for telling “all you kids watching” her Fox News show that Santa Claus is white, in response to a Slate piece arguing that Santa need not be an old white man. She also made the clumsy case that Jesus is white, too.
“Jesus was a white man too, but it’s like… He was a historical figure and that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa,” she said.
Colbert said on Thursday’s “Colbert Report” that he couldn’t agree more.
“Just look at any photo of Jesus. He was just your average, Aramaic speaking, first century, Middle Eastern white guy,” he said. “The only evidence I need are the sacred Dockers of Turin.”
Colbert said there were practical reasons there coudn’t be a black Santa.
“If a homeowner in Florida sees a black man coming down their chimney, he is going to get shot: ‘Officer, I was just defending my milk and cookies,’” he said.
Besides, he asked, how could Santa change his race? “Santa can’t just change colors. It’s not like he’s magic or anything,” Colbert noted.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Miley's a "symbol of the way we live." Ummm, no

Miley Cyrus Makes Time's Person of the Year List

December 10, 2013
Time doesn't reveal its annual choice for Person of the Year until Wednesday, but the magazine did announce its Top Ten list featuring politicians, religious figures, business leaders and Miley Cyrus!
The singer's provocative twerking performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards in August has managed to keep her in the news and Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs explained on the Todayshow why the publication decided to put her on the list
"Power is not just political. It can be cultural, it can be spiritual," Gibbs said, adding that Cyrus "came in like a wrecking ball, literally," referring to her hit single Wrecking Ball. "At a time when you're living with an explosion of exhibitionism since we all now carry cameras with us at all times, she is a symbol of the way we live." 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nick Jonas Confirms American Idol Judge Rumors: Yes, 'I Am Being Considered'

Nick Jonas steps out at the 'Once' Broadway opening night at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City on March 18, 2012  -- Getty Images
Move over, Nick Cannon -- Mariah Carey may soon have another prominent Nick in her life.
Nick Jonas has confirmed he's in the running to fill the vacant judges' seat alongside the pop star on "American Idol."
"The rumors are true... I am being considered to be a judge on 'American Idol,'" Nick Tweeted to his 4.6 million followers on Saturday. "It would be a dream come true if it happens."
The 19-year-old JoBro later thanked fans for their overwhelming support of his possible move to the FOX reality juggernaut, Tweeting, "Loved seeing all your amazing response to #NickOnIdol keep it coming!"
As previously reported on, in late July, Mariah was confirmed as a judge on "American Idol's" Season 12.
According to Mimi's husband, Nick Cannon, his wife will be the fiercest face to ever sit at the judges' table - maybe even tougher than Simon Cowell.
"She's very serious about music and singing. She'll probably be the toughest judge that's ever been on [the] show," Nick told Access Hollywood backstage at "America's Got Talent" last week.
"She's going to be amazing... people don't know my wife's sense of humor," Nick continued. "They're about to get the whole Mariah Carey, raw and uncut! And see the woman that I fell in love with."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Burger King Employee Stands on Lettuce: Busted by Internet

Dude, get your feet off my greensDude, get your feet off my greensEver feel like nothing is secret any more because of the Internet? You may be right. It took 4Chanusers only 15 minutes to track down and bust the Cleveland-area Burger King employee who stood on top of two containers of shredded lettuce and then posted a picture of the gross act. 4Chan is a bulletin board-type website where members post images and comments.
"This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King," wrote the unnamed employee on the evening of July 16. Guess he thought that was funny. Other users weren't laughing: according to Hypervocal.comAnonymous, the notorious vigilante hacking group, used GPS data embedded in the photo to locate the fast food restaurant's address and reportedly contacted the franchise and FoxNews8. "Whoever this is is getting fired," a morning shift manager named Andrea, told the Cleveland Scene.
Bryson W. Thornton, Director of Burger King's Global Communications, wrote in a statement to Yahoo! Shine:
"Burger King Corp. has recently been made aware of a photo that shows a BURGER KING® restaurant employee violating the company's stringent food handling procedures. Food safety is a top priority at all BURGER KING® restaurants and the company maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question. The restaurant where this photo was taken is independently-owned and operated by a BURGER KING® franchisee. The franchisee has taken swift action to investigate this matter and terminated the three employees involved in the incident."
Still, make mine a burger, but hold the lettuce.