Geoff: Thousands of outraged Christians in America have petitioned Netflix to cancel Good Omens because it's blasphemous.
Good Omens was produced and released by Amazon.
For the record, Good Omens supports Satanism no more than it supports Christianity. It's a comedy for fucks sake.
Geoff: Another bookish client.
Monthly subscription mail-order books (in the vein of Lootcrate, if you've ever heard of that), but sending out YAF for 15 - 30 year old women.
Geoff: A top Department of Health and Human Services official looked into “reversing” the abortion of an undocumented teenager in the agency’s custody last year, according to a report in Vice. Scott Lloyd, the director of the department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, admitted in a deposition that he had talked to colleagues about the possibility of giving the young woman a shot of progesterone—an unproven means, promoted by anti-choice activists, of halting an in-progress abortion—after she’d taken the first of the two drugs that make up a medical abortion.
Geoff: Someone on Twitter complaining that Mark Rutte is a "classic example of an over-reaching EU bureaucrat."
Geoff: The court of appeal has declared British arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful because they contributed to civilian casualties in indiscriminate bombing in Yemen.
The ruling from three senior judges follows a challenge brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, which had accused the UK government of licensing the sale of arms when there was a clear risk that their use could breach international humanitarian law.
In its judgment in London on Thursday, the court of appeal ruled that “the process of decision-making by the government was wrong in law in one significant respect”.
Announcing the court’s decision the master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, sitting with Lord Justice Irwin and Lord Justice Singh, said the government “made no concluded assessments of whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of international humanitarian law in the past, during the Yemen conflict, and made no attempt to do so”.
kellyfarr: nice to know you guys have a code of ethics in this regard. US sells weapons to everyone. If there is a legal niche that could be reported as troublesome then we use israel, or other countries to hide those sales.
Geoff: These fucking, "five senses," memes are pissing me off.
For a start it's an insult to people with synesthesia.
Secondly, there are more than five senses.
Geoff: The shared office I work in has two Germans, a Pole, and a Russian.
They are all talking on (separate) phone calls, and trying to be heard over the clamour of the office, so they are all gradually getting louder and louder.
It's the audible equivalent of 1939.
Geoff: A man has been arrested after students were threatened with a replica gun at a university.
Armed officers were called to Exeter University at about 11:30 BST to reports of a man "making threats to other students, whilst in possession of a handgun".
Devon and Cornwall Police said a weapon seized was "not believed to be a viable firearm" and no-one had been injured.
A 25-year-old man has been held on suspicion of possession of a firearm.
Student Katie Leadbetter-Hope said about seven officers had "stormed into the Amory building" with a police dog and a man who "looked like he was of student age" was later led outside in handcuffs.
tl ; dr
Dumbass shows up at uni with a replica handgun. Police smack him down and take him away.
Could the US police take a lesson from this?
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Best sort of client phone call.
- Had something to genuinely inform the client of.
- Had something I could easily explain to the client and they could understand.
- Had something positive to inform the client of.
- The client listened.
- The client was happy.
- The call lasted almost exactly 5 minutes.
Geoff: An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites is expected to be delayed for a second time.
The changes - which mean UK internet users may have to prove their age - were due to start on 15 July after already being delayed from April 2018.
While the government has not officially confirmed the postponement, it is expected to announce on Thursday that the date will be pushed back again.
The reason for the delay is not clear.
The reason for the delay is that it's an unworkable law, introduced by technologically inept politicians, hoping to please an even more ignorant electorate about something that isn't going to solve the problem that is being blown out of proportion.
Geoff: *There was a fairly major typo which changed what I meant there. So I'll re-post.
My kids could get around any ISP or even site based restrictions without breaking a sweat or spending any money. That's why I talk to them, make sure they understand about sexuality and relationships and respect and consent and fantasy/RP vs reality and aftercare.
Porn isn't a problem for the kids. Prudery and pretending that talking about sex is too scary for children is what the fucking problem is.
Me: "Does my oath of vengeance mean I am not allowed to retreat from undead?"
DM: "No. It means you have to attack undead over other enemies."
Me: "But I don't have to stand here letting these fuckers attack me?"
DM: "No, you hate them, but you're not stupid."
Me: "Good to know."
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Aura_: Slight spoiler--no reading for you!
Recently CR introduced proper Romero zombies. And it was scary as all hell to hear "The amount of damage it took should have killed it, but it's still up and still advancing..." in a room where the two doors just slammed shut.
Geoff: We are in a time where someone thought this was a logical, moral, sensible, and possibly even compassionate argument.
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Geoff: It's days like this, after six months of working for Mercedes-Benz, I just got a new client which I _want_ to work with.
A new app for young kids to help them develop creative writing skills. And the work I did for Mercedes-Benz is subsidising my work for them.
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justme0123: In school, I am sure I had a creative writing "chapter" at least, I know we worked on it a little bit, now my son took Eng lit, in HS and UNI and had a lot of lessons in it, but my daughter had none, I hope mac learns the love of the written word.
Geoff: Four suspects will face murder charges for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, three of them Russians, international investigators said on Wednesday, with a trial due to start next March in the Netherlands.
Almost five years after the plane was downed over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, prosecutors said there was enough evidence to bring criminal charges.
The suspects were named as Igor Girkin, a former colonel of Russia’s FSB spy service; Sergey Dubinskiy, employed by Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency; and Oleg Pulatov, a former soldier with the GRU’s special forces spetsnaz unit. All were Russian soldiers previously sent abroad.
A fourth suspect, Leonid Kharchenko, is a Ukrainian. He led a military combat unit in the city of Donetsk as a commander, it was alleged.
Girkin was minister of defence in the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). He was the commander of the DNR when the plane was shot down on 17 July 2014. Dubinskiy served as Girkin’s deputy in the DNR, and Pulatov was Dubinskiy’s deputy. Kharchenko was under their command.
Investigators said the soldiers “formed a chain linking DNR with the Russian Federation”. This link was how the separatists obtained heavy equipment from Russia including the Buk launcher used to fire at MH17 with “terrible consequences”.
Geoff: I saw this and thought, "Yeah. That's probably how I'll go."
Then I thought about it some more and realised that thing I shouldn't be petting is Aura when I've annoyed her one too many times.
Geoff: President Trump has promised to cure cancer, eradicate AIDS, and ensure that American astronauts land on Mars if he wins a second term. “We will push onward with new medical frontiers.
We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases—including cancer and others and we’re getting closer all the time,” Trump said to a cheering crowd at his rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night. “We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we’re very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars.”
Presumably, his loyal followers are all hoping he'll win so they won't be given the code word which forces them (via post-hypnotic suggestion) to take their suicide pills.