Roger Ailes, serial sexual harasser, dies at 77

The man who created Fox News is dead:

Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company last year, died Thursday morning at the age of 77.

The Ohio-born television pioneer was a confidant of presidents and an acknowledged master of communications. He founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into the nation’s long-running No. 1 cable news network.  Ailes resigned from Fox in July amid charges of sexual harassment.

Yeah, that’s right. I linked to Fox News because the pump truppets won’t believe it otherwise.

There are all kinds of things I could say, but I’ll defer to Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors:

There is nothing nice I could say about him when he was alive, so there is nothing nice I can say about him now. There is probably no one more responsible for the toxic divide in this country than Roger Ailes.

I wish for Ailes everything he ever wished for us on the left.

I will note one thing, though. According to the lying New York Times:

The cause was complications of a subdural hematoma that Mr. Ailes sustained when he fell and struck his head on May 10 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., the local authorities said.

This means that if he hadn’t been a sexual harasser, he would have instead been at work at Fox headquarters in New York the day he fell, and he would be alive today.

So Karma is a bitch. And she got even with him for sticking his slimy tongue on her face.

The Manchurian Cheeto

Remind me again, who was the threat to national security in the 2016 presidential election?

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

Obviously, this is how we got to this point:

I mean, do you have a better explanation?

The amazon and the furious

This is in the theaters in a month:

But it hit me when I saw the latest “Fast and Furious” movie (“The Fate of the Furious”) that I’d seen Gal Gadot in an action movie before:

See, I never thought she died in F&F 6. She just fell out of the scene in the chase on the runway that took an hour and went back to Paradise Island (or Themyscira if you really want to be technical about it.)

And besides, that makes more sense than a plane taking forever to get off a ground, even when you put everything in real time:

Writers decide not to strike. A win for AI.

This just happened:

Hollywood writers reached a tentative deal for a new three-year contract with television and movie studios early Tuesday, averting a strike in dramatic overtime negotiations.

At nearly 1 a.m. on the West Coast, weary union leaders, including Patric Verrone, the former president of the Writers Guild of America, West, emerged from the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of studios, and said that a favorable contract had been drawn up.

The writers made a deal because they knew they couldn’t compete with this:

Damn you, Hasselhoff!

Hollywood writers are going to strike. Bad move.

This happened this week (from the Los Angeles Times)

In a sign of rising labor tensions in Hollywood, members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union’s contract is set to expire May 1.

Although the vote is largely seen as a negotiating tactic to put pressure on the studios, it moves the union one step closer to a work stoppage that would have widespread repercussions throughout the film and TV industry.

The guild said 96.3% of the 6,310 writers who cast ballots voted in favor of the measure, which gives leaders the authority to call a strike if negotiations fail. The union said 67.5% of eligible WGA members voted, describing it as “a historic turnout.” The union has nearly 13,000 members.

During the last writers walkout in 2007, members voted 90% in favor of granting a strike authorization.

They might want to reconsider, because someone has downloaded screenplays into a computer and let AI come up with a script. I’m not kidding.

Here’s the first result:

And here’s the second:

I’ve said it before. When Skynet becomes self-aware, we are screwed. But even more screwed than we would have been a year ago, because Skynet is going to look at the orange babyman and his supporters and say, “Hell, no!”

To everyone who’s ever told me that Alex Jones speaks the truth

You know who you are. From the Austin-American Statesman:

At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”

“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”

But in emotional testimony at the hearing, Kelly Jones, who is seeking to gain sole or joint custody of her three children with Alex Jones, portrayed the volcanic public figure as the real Alex Jones.

Three things:

  1. Alex Jones is an unstable volcanic public figure.
  2. Alex Jones is a performance artist. It’s all for show.
  3. The Joker made more sense than Alex Jones.

Here’s Alex Jones:

Here’s the Joker:

Tell me. Who makes more sense? (And yes, Heath Ledger is the only Joker who counts.)

The most important difference: The pump truppets put a guy in the White House who believes what Alex Jones says.