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1. Videos covering a topic being discussed by the news media at the time of posting.

2. Videos of past news coverage of events (e.g. Dan Rather covering 9/11, or videos that qualified for #1 a year ago).

3. Videos about the news media itself, discussing its bias, its influence, its history, its future, etc.



Polling rights. More than one poll up at a time.

Due to the intense controversy in my last poll, I am putting forward the question that maybe we should have a little more flexibility in the polling process. Perhaps the rule that only one poll be up at a time be amended to 2 polls at a time? What if there were for instance 2 topics that came up simultaneously that needed to be explored? That way no topic would be left behind and forgotten. On a side note it would cause less controversy when someone makes a "funny" poll.

Disney buy Lucasfilm for $4.05bn. Star Wars Ep. 7 for 2015



http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-news/press-releases/2012/10/disney-acquire-lucasfilm-ltd

Star Wars: Episode 7 confirmed for 2015. With episodes 8 and 9 after that, and long term, a new Star Wars film every 2-3 years.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become the President of Lucasfilm. George Lucas will become a Creative Consultant.

So, who saw that coming?

Anonymous Outs Amanda Todd's Bully - Siftable? *discuss

Anonymous has determined and exposed to the world the true identity of the main online tormentor Amanda Todd, a Canadian teen who killed herself when the bullying got too much for her to handle. I was going to sift it because I love it, it's newsworthy and would probably spark a discussion. But if I saw it sifted, I'd tag it with *discussion to determine if the Sift thought it was appropriate to post incriminations of unconvicted people.

So?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORIb2xj2wFg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0YD8IbKRoM
(and when that goes down)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFMiLDx6wNU

So Is America/Israel/Etc... Going Into Iran?

I'll keep this quick and simple. We have Russia trying to bring forces down from the north (it'll take awhile too), but they are politically engaged which could be dangerous. We have some new information that the U.S. is lining up it's stealth forces in the region (to use or just in case); if we elect a Republican President for the U.S. this November the chances go up.

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I Need Me Some Good Conservative Content

I spend 1-4 hours a day consuming videos and chatter here and at sites linked to from here, all of which leans towards the liberal. It occurred to me (again) today that absorbing so many opinions and talking points that conform to my own isn't really being intellectually honest. So I figured I should find some to balance things out. I'm not thinking of watching half and half, but maybe for every hour I spend on stuff I like, I could spend 10 minutes on something that challenges me a bit more.

So I'm looking for some sites that will satisfy me.

I know many of you will just get a good laugh out of this, and that's fine, but I'm looking for -- wait for it -- some intelligent, fact-based, rationally argued and conservative media, like a conservative equivalent to "The Point". They can be libertarians, fiscal conservatives, whatever. They cannot be blowhards who spew crap that's verifiably bullshit, who argue from tautological (especially religion-based) PoVs, or who just spout their talking points and win by yelling louder.

OK, stop laughing, I'm serious. If you know of any sites that would fit the bill, please drop them in the comments. It doesn't have to be videos, but it must be open to public comments and have at least a semi-intelligent atmosphere.

Or if you think I'm dreaming, you can have a laugh at my expense too.

Thanks!

Columbus Ohio in the News: Neo-Nazi Edition

So there's this neat little mural painted on the side of a building near downtown in Columbus. I've driven past it a few times, and I have to admit it's a pretty neat little bit of street art:



Well, a few days ago it got some slight modifications:



In case you're wondering, that black square is covering the word "niggers." Here's the full article I lifted that pic from.

We've been having quite a bit of this lately. Only a few days before that the African-American Studies building at OSU got tagged with "Long live Zimmerman!" and a few days before that some lady got her garage covered in racial slurs.

Once upon a time, I wouldn't read too much into this kind of thing. I'd figure that it probably was just a handful of assholes who think they're geniuses because they can hold a spray can and draw swastikas with it.

Problem is, I know the national context. This does not feel like some random guy doing his own thing. This feels like all the ugliness that gets broadcast through our airwaves and our internet transitioning from word to deed.

And I have no idea how we stop it.

Has U.K. "Political Correctness" Gone Too Far?

22 year old Sam Gorman did a streak at a MAJOR soccer league game on Feb 12th...... My question is does he deserve to be put on the sex offenders register for two years as a result of this despite the fact that he sexually assaulted /harrassed/molested nobody?.......... because that's what happened to him.

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/03/21/aston-villa-streaker-is-put-on-sex-offenders-register-after-running-onto-pitch-for-a-bet-97319-30590014/

I'm just interested in feedback here guys & gals.....please discuss.


Ron Paul signed off on racist newsletters, associates say

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ron-paul-signed-off-on-racist-newsletters-sources-say/2012/01/20/gIQAvblFVQ_story.html

By Jerry Markon and Alice Crites, Friday, January 27

Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, according to three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.

The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views.

But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.

“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.

The newsletters point to a rarely seen and somewhat opaque side of Paul, who has surprised the political community by becoming an important factor in the Republican race. The candidate, who has presented himself as a kindly doctor and political truth-teller, declined in a recent debate to release his tax returns, joking that he would be “embarrassed” about his income compared with that of his richer GOP rivals.

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Happy New Year!

I have spent the past year on the Sift learning, observing, laughing, crying, searching, and always thinking...much like my life in general. By far, the best part of my time here has been getting to know the people of this community. I truly hope that 2012 bring happiness and many Power Points to you all!!

5 Logical Fallacies That Make You Wrong More Than You Think

In the last 1.5-2 years, I've been zeroing in on some of the things that really bug me about debate. Last winter I had the chance to judge debates at Wash U and that experience really brought a number of problems to light for me. So when I went to cracked.com today and found a good article on that very topic, I just couldn't resist sharing.

http://www.cracked.com/article_19468_5-logical-fallacies-that-make-you-wrong-more-than-you-think.html

It's probably worth pointing out, however, that the title sucks. I don't think any of these 5 things actually qualifies as a logical fallacy.


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