Taylor Swift performs “Out Of The Woods” on Jimmy Kimmel

Looking at it now
It all seems so simple
We were lying on your couch
I remember
You took a Polaroid of us
Then discovered
The rest of the world was black and white
But we were in screaming color
And I remember thinking…

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet, good.
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet, good.

Are we out of the woods?

Looking at it now
Last December, we were built to fall apart
Then fall back together
Your necklace hanging from my neck
The night we couldn’t quite forget
When we decided
To move the furniture so we could dance
Baby, like we stood a chance
Two paper airplanes flying, flying…
And I remember thinking

Taylor Swift - Jimmy Kimmel - Out of the woods

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Ebola – Who Is To Blame? (Infographic)

News Item: CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

 

Area43.net - Who is to blame for EBOLA?

As much as we’d like to think that Ebola is just a virus, the sad truth of the matter is that its very existence is due to the fault of several entities.
Here, using scientific data compiled over the span of a coffee break, we see the leading causes of Ebola.
No one is innocent, especially not the patriarchal CIS heterosexist system of oppression including the evil Koch Brothers, Faux News, and their allies climate change. Lack of funding is also to blame because with lots of funding, I could have paid for the full version of infogram and perhaps used men and women symbols instead of just men.

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Megadeth – Hook In Mouth – (Dedicated to Wikipedia’s attempted deletion of the Federalist)

Parts of this song are dated only by the production values and the references to the PMRC, however,  individuals seeking to rewrite history will always be with us.
Today we find out that users on Wikipedia are attempting to delete The Federalist from the site.

 The science-loving censors at Wikipedia, not content with memory-holing unassailable facts about Neil Tyson’s history of fabricating quotes (part 1part 2, and part 3), are now trying to completely erase The Federalist from Wikipedia. Seriously, take a look:

Wikipedia The Federalist Censored

So to all censorship loving “progressives”, I dedicate this song to you. Megadeth “Hook In Mouth”:

Hook In Mouth

Cockroach in the concrete
Courthouse tan and beady eyes
A slouch with fallen arches
Purging truths into great lies

The little man with a big eraser
Changing history
Procedures that he’s programmed to
And all he hears and sees

Altering the facts and figures
Events and every issue
Make a person disappear
No one will ever miss you

Rewrites every story
Every poem that ever was
Eliminates incompetence
And those who break the laws

Follow the instructions of
The New Ways Evil Book of Rules
Replacing rights and wrongs and files
And records in the schools

You say you’ve got the answers
Well, who asked you anyway?

Ever think maybe
It was meant to be this way?

Don’t try to fool us
We know the worst is yet to come

I believe my kingdom will come

(1st solo)

F is for fighting
R is for red
Ancestors’ blood in battle they’ve shed.
E, we elect them
E, we eject them
In the land of the free, and the home of the brave
D, for your dying
O, your overture
M, they’ll cover your grave with manure

This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me
As long as there’s a P.M.R.C.

(2nd solo)

F is for fighting
R is for red
Ancestors’ blood in battle they’ve she’d
E we elect them
E we eject them
In the land of the free and the home of the brave
D for your dying
O your overture
M is for money
You know what that cures

This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me
As long as there’s a P.M.R.C.

F is for fighting,
R is for red,
Ancestors’ blood in battle they’ve shed.
E, we elect them
E, we eject them,
In the land of the free, and the home of the brave
D, for your dying
O, your overture
M, they’ll cover your grave with manure

This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me
As long as there’s a P.M.R.C.

Put your hand
Right up my shirt
Pull the strings
That make me work

Jaws will part
Words fall out
Like a fish
With hook in mouth

Rewrites every story
Every poem that ever was
Eliminates incompetence
And those who break the laws

Follow the instructions of
The New Ways Evil Book of Rules
Replacing rights with wrongs,
The files and records in the schools

I’m not a fish
I’m a man…

HOOK… IN… MOUTH!

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“Our God is the God who named the stars”

“Our God is the God who named the stars”  is a questionable quote  Neil deGrasse Tyson attributes to President George W. Bush, but mounting evidence shows that this is not the case.
From The Federalist:

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s story has three central claims: 1) Bush uttered that precise phrase, 2) in the days immediately after 9/11, 3) in order to distance American religion from that practiced by radical Muslims.

As you have probably already guessed, every single claim is false. Every one!

That said, I am going to let the evidence speak for itself and let you make your determination regarding Tyson fabricating quotes.
My focus here is simply  to observe the search engine results for the Tyson fabrication “Our God is the God who named the stars” and hopefully keep a running tabulation on the results as Wikipedia continues to scrub any references to Tyson’s quote fabrications.

Here are the search results for “Our God is the God who named the stars” for  today, September 22, 2014.
I’ve include a link to the search here to save you time.
http://goo.gl/1s41xu

"Our God is the God who named the stars"

Neil Tyson’s fabricated George W Bush quote.

Some quick takes on these results:

  • Looks like Wikipedia still holds the top search position, and will be a tough result to topple.
  • I am surprised that the Daily Beast article attacking the findings isn’t listed. I wonder if perhaps they are hesitant of writing more on the topic for fear of boosting attention to Tyson’s fabrications?
  • The Hayden Planetarium is a respected institution so it is troubling to see the (mis)quote there.
  • I’m glad to see that many conservative publications are using good SEO and filling out their title page tags! The only one that needs a little work is the Weekly Standard.  Step up your game fellas, every pixel counts in the marketplace of ideas.


Lastly I’m including this graph from Google Trends to show the jump in activity for this topic and will revisit again to track changes.  SEO is not an exact science, but experimenting does yield results. Once I hit publish, I am excited to see where this blog post ranks relative to these other results, if it ranks at all!

Like Mr. Tyson, I too love science, but  in the real world I don’t get paid to tell falsehoods, misquotes, and misinformation to my clients.

UPDATE : 9/24/14
Check out the updates on this search term!

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First Thoughts on Taylor Swift’s New Song “Shake It Off”

I am a huge  Taylor Swift fan so like thousands of other fans I took a break  to watch the Taylor Swift Yahoo Livestream  and saw the debut of both her new song and the video for “Shake It Off”.
I’ve mixed feelings on this new song so here are the negatives and the positives and screencaps and more!

The Bad

  • Really most of my beef is with the video, and not the song although the song didn’t really grab me at first.
  • The rap. I’m not a fan of rap, and not even like  those “I like all music except rap and country” people. I like country! It’s JUST the rap.
  • This Vevo screencap that shows up every time the video is embed somewhere. They couldn’t have picked from any other scene? Who makes these decisions?

You're better than this Taylor!
Why this…

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

…and not this?!

 

The Rad

  • Even though it is in the rap part, as a NorCal guy I am super stoked to hear her say “hella”! I also hope it will encourage young men to get good hair. Our nation faces a crisis of bad hair and we can do better.
  • The fact that she can make fun of herself and her critics will never stop being awesome. Thematically this is the dance friendly 2014 continuation of “Mean” in which she states that she knows her flaws and is bashed for it. Haters continue to grouse about her on twitter which means her song has effectively struck it’s targets with military precision.
  • Taylor’s optimism “I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving. It’s like I got this music in my body and it’s gonna be alright”.  True PMA!
  • The part at the end of the video where it is just her dancing with regular, normal, people is fantastic. I could watch an entire video of that! T Swift at her best!
  • This will sound trollish but the fact that people are already whining about ‘cultural appropriation‘ is funny to me.
  • Aside from the eyebrow raising rap antics, the lyrics are still classic clean cut Taylor and for that, hearteyes! If she ever turns to sleaze, I will be disappointed. We already have multiple young ladies acting like tarts in music videos, having THE biggest pop star continue to lead a fairly G -rated life is awesome.
  • In the process of writing this post the song has grown on me  (a little) and now that I listen to her last single “Sweeter Than Fiction” this direction makes so much sense because that song was SO 80’s and poppy. (and awesome)


So enjoy the music video, and pre-order 1989 from Target to support big box stores!

Haters Gonna Hate!

(gif courtesy of my bros at Stuff You Will Hate who like me also <3 T Swizzle.)

 

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