Warner Bros. Targets Streaming Subreddit Over Piracy, Fails

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You can find almost anything on Reddit, including free, pirated movies, which is why one movie studio has started to not just go after the sources of these videos, but the places that aggregate them.

Warner Bros. filed a copyright claim against a popular subreddit, r/BestOfStreamingVideo, asking for that community to get removed from Google’s search results, only to have Google deny the request.

According to TorrentFreak, there are multiple reasons why Google would’ve refused to remove the page, which suggest that maybe the request was too broad, or that they’re moving the responsibility over to Reddit to moderate its communities. It’s not clear if Reddit also received the notice.

According to the Lumen Database, Warner Bros. filed 24 copyright claims on July 26 to Google, one of them being for the subreddit to that was linking out to a copy of the 2015 film Interstellar.

The subreddit has over 46,000 subscribers as of the time of this writing. The moderators have made light of the incident, posting a thread with a “comedy” tag and continuing to go on their merry way. Some even have some advice for Warner Bros.


It’s not even the first time the subreddit has been targeted. In 2014, Lionsgate also tried to remove it, but was unsuccessful.

“In my opinion, if Warner Brothers spent all the time and money they spent on trying to control piracy on building a centralized platform for users to own their own movie library for a cost-effective price, they would make millions,” moderator xosfear told TorrentFreak.

[The Next Web via TorrentFreak]

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This Viral Rant About Hillary Clinton is the Most Savage Takedown Ever

from http://usuncut.com/politics/savage-hillary-takedown/

Politico recently posted a Hillary Clinton puff piece to its Facebook page, in which a young Clinton supporter aims to convince fellow millennials about how her candidate was “such a boss” in the 1990s. One Facebook commenter was having none of it.


Almost immediately after Politico posted the article, Mark’s comment tearing apart Clinton’s record jumped to the top of the thread, attracting over 150 likes. Perhaps the reason for the comment’s virality is that nothing cited in the comment is factually incorrect. Here’s a point-by-point breakdown:

“Hillary attacked her husband’s rape victims and destroyed them in public”

Last month, the New York Times ran a story about how Hillary Clinton’s swift, aggressive efforts to shush the multiple women accusing her husband of sexual assault in the 1990s present an image of the former First Lady contrary to the feminist icon brand she’s crafted for her 2016 presidential campaign:

“We have to destroy her story,” Mrs. Clinton said in 1991 of Connie Hamzy, one of the first women to come forward during her husband’s first presidential campaign, according to George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton administration aide who described the events in his memoir, “All Too Human.” (Three people signed sworn affidavits saying Ms. Hamzy’s story was false.)

When Gennifer Flowers later surfaced, saying that she had had a long affair with Mr. Clinton, Mrs. Clinton undertook an “aggressive, explicit direction of the campaign to discredit” Ms. Flowers, according to an exhaustive biography of Mrs. Clinton, “A Woman in Charge,” by Carl Bernstein.

Mrs. Clinton referred to Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who had an affair with the 42nd president, as a “narcissistic loony toon,” according to one of her closest confidantes, Diane D. Blair, whose diaries were released to the University of Arkansas after her death in 2000.

Ms. Lewinsky later called the comment an example of Mrs. Clinton’s impulse to “blame the woman.”

“Hillary Clinton was on the board of Walmart, the nation’s largest discriminatory employer who paid women 70 cents on the dollar”

Between 1986 and 1992, Mrs. Clinton was a member of Walmart’s board of directors. As ABC News reported, Clinton’s years on Walmart’s board were some of the company’s worst, during which the conglomerate squashed workers’ efforts to organize for better wages and working conditions.

“I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else,” Clinton said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in 1990.

According to the National Organization for Women (NOW), 57 percent of Walmart’s employees are women, but a majority of its managers are men. And in 2001, the company paid women an average of $5,200 less per year than its male employees. NOW also found that to this day, thousands of female Walmart employees are still trying to get the company to pay them equal wages they were denied:

In Dukes v. Walmart — the largest class action gender discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history — 1.5 million female employees accused Walmart of discrimination in promotions, pay and job assignments. The case included 120 affidavits relating to 235 stores. When the Supreme Court heard the case in 2011, it ruled that “[e]ven if every single one of these accounts is true, that would not demonstrate that the entire company operate[s] under a general policy of discrimination.” Today, many of the plaintiffs are in the process of filing smaller suits against the corporation.

“Clinton called single mothers ‘deadbeats’”

As First Lady, Clinton pushed hard for her husband’s bill aimed at cutting welfare benefits to appease white, working-class voters while he was running for re-election. US Uncut has written extensively about how Clinton’s welfare reform disproportionately impacted women and people of color, and that even the black poster women Clinton used as a backdrop at the bill’s signing were harmed by its passage. This isn’t just speculation — Buzzfeed dug up a 2002 interview with the Gettysburg Times in which Hillary Clinton cavalierly referred to welfare recipients as “deadbeats.”

“Now that we’ve said these people are no longer deadbeats—they’re actually out there being productive—how do we keep them there?” then-senator Clinton said.

“Clinton called black men ‘super predators’”

In January of 1996, while stumping for her husband’s re-election in predominantly-white Keene, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton compared black youth to animals. Two years prior, her husband had signed a sweeping crime bill into law that allocated billions of dollars for new prisons and created the notorious “three-strikes” provision that punishes repeat offenders with harsher jail sentences. In Keene, Clinton used dog-whistle racist language when talking about gang violence, calling them “super predators” and saying they needed to be “brought to heel,” as one would a dog. Watch:


Bill Clinton went on to win the New Hampshire primary with a whopping 84 percent of the vote.

“She and her husband traveled first-class to execute a black man with an IQ level of 70”

Mark is referring to Ricky Ray Rector, whom Clinton executed just before the New Hampshire primary in 1992. Rector had committed two murders, then shot himself in the head, causing permanent brain damage. A judge then ordered Rector to stand trial despite his mental condition. A Yale professor studying the case wrote about how Rector honestly believed he would live to be able to vote for Clinton in the November elections:

That afternoon, after Clinton had refused all final entreaties for clemency, Rector sat with one of his attorneys watching, on a TV outside his cell, news reports of his impending execution, two hours away, intermingled with accounts of Clinton’s travail over the Flowers charges, and he abruptly announced, in a thick mumble, “I’m gonna vote for him, Gonna vote for Clinton.” It had always been his habit to put aside his dessert until bedtime, and after eating his last meal, of steak and fried chicken in gravy, with cherry Kool-Aid, he carefully set aside his helping of pecan pie, to finish later. One of his attorneys had earlier stated that Rector “thinks he’ll be back in his cell on Saturday morning.”

“Clinton said marriage should only exist between people of the opposite sex”

As a U.S. Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton was a staunch opponent of marriage equality. In a televised interview from the capital city of Albany, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked then-Senator Clinton if she would support government recognition of civil unions and gay marriages. Clinton didn’t even blink before saying no, drawing boos from the audience. Her reaction to the boos was simply to smile and laugh.

MATTHEWS: “Do you think New York state should recognize gay marriage?”


Watch the full exchange:


Given the disconnect between Clinton’s record as a First Lady and U.S. Senator, it’s not hard to understand why a majority of voters in swing states say she’s neither honest nor trustworthy. It remains to be seen whether or not she’ll win over women and people of color in Nevada and South Carolina, where Democratic voters will choose between her and Sanders in the coming two weeks.

rest at http://usuncut.com/politics/savage-hillary-takedown/

People Are Dragging Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay for Using the N-Word A Lot on Twitter

from https://mic.com/articles/150198/people-are-dragging-miss-teen-usa-2016-karlie-hay-for-using-the-n-word-a-lot-on-twitter#.54CytnLDq

"Can someone let the Miss Teen USA pageant know that Karlie Hay, their newly crowned winner, seems to have used the n-word on Twitter? Like, a lot?

Here’s the winner of #MissTeenUSApic.twitter.com/L0volbvEmW


The 18-year-old Hay, who was formerly Miss Texas Teen USA, won the top crown Saturday at the Miss Teen USA pageant in Las Vegas. But before the clock had even struck midnight on her reign, angry Twitter users had already begun dredging up transgressions from her past.

miss teen USA is from houston im ready to fightpic.twitter.com/QZYycMaLsH


Though Mic could not independently confirm that Hay, whose personal account is now private, wrote the tweets herself, dozens of users have screengrabbed the exchanges — and, unsurprisingly, they’re pissed off.

I can take the #missteenusa top 5 being an all white, all blonde top 5. What I can’t take is – why didn’t the winner clean up her page?

Among the disgruntled was former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford, who said that as a pageant winner herself, she couldn’t understand the lack of preparation for media attention on Hay’s part.

If u win any pageant – first things first. Clean up ur page. Cus if ur under 21 u shouldn’t b drinking&if ur WHITE the n word ain’t yo word!

Before Hay had even received her crown, the pageant had already sparked controversy over the fact that its top 5 finalists lacked diversity.

These are your TOP 5 #MissTeenUSA contestants!pic.twitter.com/qi3KJT6COb


Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunchhttps://twitter.com/missteenusa/status/759561553423142914


Since her tweets were brought to light, Hay has responded on Twitter with a public apology, citing "personal struggles" as the reason for the foul language:

I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work…

All that’s left to do is to sit back and wait to see if the Miss USA Organization decides to take any disciplinary action against their newly crowned queen.

https://twitter.com/tylerconway_/status/759621384171651073 …"

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Trump Faces Withering Bipartisan Backlash For Attacking Khan Family

from http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-faces-withering-backlash-for-attacking-khan-family

"YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Donald Trump sparked bipartisan backlash after the Republican attacked the bereaved parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who spoke at the Democratic convention last week.

Critics from both parties on Saturday questioned whether Trump had the empathy and understanding to be president, particularly after he questioned why mourning mother Ghazala Khan stayed silent during her husband’s Thursday night address.

"He was kind of trying to turn that into some kind of ridicule," Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said after a campaign event in Pittsburgh. "It just demonstrates again kind of a temperamental unfitness. If you don’t have any more sense of empathy than that, then I’m not sure you can learn it."

Former President Bill Clinton, who joined his wife and Kaine at the event, agreed: "I cannot conceive how you can say that about a Gold Star mother."

Lawyer Khizr Khan gave a moving tribute to their son, Humayun, who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. During the speech, Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood quietly by his side.

"If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me," Trump said, in an interview with ABC’s "This Week."

Ghazala Khan has said she didn’t speak because she’s still overwhelmed by her grief and can’t even look at photos of her son without crying.

Trump also disputed Khan’s criticism that the billionaire businessman has "sacrificed nothing and no one" for his country.

"I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures," Trump said.

Trump’s comments sparked immediate outrage on social media, including from Republican strategists, who criticized Trump both for attacking a mourning mother and because many considered them racist and anti-Muslim.

Senior Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, remained silent, as did vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.

But John Kasich, the Ohio governor who sought the GOP presidential nomination, said on Twitter, "There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect. Capt. Khan is a hero. Together, we should pray for his family."

Hillary Clinton told voters gathered in a Youngstown gymnasium late Saturday: "Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing."

"He attacked the distinguished father of a soldier who sacrificed himself for his unit, Capt. Khan," she said. "I think it is fair to say he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified."

Late Saturday night, Trump released a statement calling Humayun Khan "a hero" but disputing his father’s characterization.

"While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things," said Trump.

Trump’s comments about Khan came a day after he criticized retired four-star Gen. John Allen and slammed a Colorado Springs, Colorado, fire marshal for capping attendance at the event. The fire marshal, Brett Lacey, was recently honored by the city as "Civilian of the Year" for his role in helping the wounded at a 2015 mass shooting at a local Planned Parenthood.

"Our commander in chief shouldn’t insult and deride our generals, retired or otherwise," Clinton told a crowd gathered Saturday on a factory floor in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Clinton has used the days following her convention to try and win back some of the white working class voters that once made up a key piece of the Democratic Party’s electoral coalition. Trump’s anti-trade message has appealed to those voters, who feel frustrated with an economic recovery that’s largely left them behind.

While Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, attempted to sell their positive economic message, much of their strategy centers on undermining Trump, particularly the business record that makes up the core of his argument to voters.

Trump has made plans to visit some of the same areas Clinton is campaigning in during her three-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, scheduling Monday stops in Columbus and Cleveland."

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Texas’s Most Prominent Conservative Newspaper Endorses Hillary Over Trump

from http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/07/30/texass-prominent-conservative-newspaper-endorses-hillary-trump/

"The Houston Chronicle, Texas’ largest newspaper, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president yesterday, becoming one of the first major newspapers to endorse a candidate. As the editorial board itself said, this early endorsement came because the choice in the election this year is about “something much more basic than party preference,” namely “the most basic notions of competence and capability.”

The paper’s board reiterated President Obama’s belief that Clinton would be “the most qualified person in years to serve as president,” and announced its support for her on issues ranging from immigration to healthcare and energy policy, all of which are of crucial importance to Houston and to Texas in general. As they note, “there’s no comparison in terms of thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and practicality” between Clinton’s expert-informed policies and Trump’s “paper-thin, bumper-sticker proposals.”

Most importantly, however, the Chronicle realizes better than most the degree to which this country’s most basic and foundational principles are at stake in this most crucial of elections. “Whether or not voters like her personally,” the editorial board writes, “is almost irrelevant at this moment of reckoning” between a hopeful vision of an open, inclusive, progressive American society and a walled-off, oppressive, inward-facing dystopia. The Chronicle goes on to mercilessly and rightfully castigate the GOP nominee:

Any one of Trump’s less-than-sterling qualities – his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance – is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, “I alone can fix it,” should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic.

As Clinton herself has acknowledged, she is not the best campaigner and has made many mistakes in her career, but the enormity of the actual political choice facing the nation should make it a moral imperative for every decent American to support her.

The Chronicle’s editorial marks one of the first major newspaper endorsements of this election cycle, but many more are sure to follow for Clinton given the inevitable ability of informed observers to recognize her obvious superiority to Trump. It is also significant that Texas’ premier newspaper should endorse the Democratic candidate. Although the city of Houston is substantially more liberal than the state as a whole, the Chronicle is no liberal rag; it endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012 and Hillary is only the third Democratic candidate ever to be endorsed by the paper. Indeed despite Texas’ notorious conservatism, its rising Hispanic population and the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of cities like Houston and Dallas has been pushing the state’s politics to the left. A competitive race in the state does not seem totally out of the realm of possibility, and the Chronicle’s endorsement can only help Clinton’s chances there. "

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Donald Trump Keeps Calling The U.S. The ‘Highest Taxed Nation.’ It’s Not Even Close.

from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-tax-rate_us_576ade9ae4b0c0252e781158?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Donald Trump likes to say the United States is the "highest taxed nation in the world."

He said it Wednesday while attacking Hillary Clinton. He said it in May. He said it February. He said it last August. But it is not true at all.

When it comes to its tax rates, the U.S. ranks 17th, 19th or 31st among the world’s 33 developed nations depending on what metric you use, as Politifact has doggedly noted each time Trump has wheeled out this lie.

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Politifact also looked at numbers from the World Bank, which "placed the United States near the bottom in tax revenue as a percentage of GDP." Another report from the World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers includes things like property and business profits, and it determined the U.S. ranked 64th out of 189 countries in total tax rate.

There’s just no way to slice the numbers to make Trump’s statement anything less than totally untrue. The simple fact is that the U.S. tax rate is near the middle or bottom compared to other countries.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Houston Chronicle endorses Hillary Clinton for President, says Trump is “danger to the Republic”

from http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/7/29/1554307/-Houston-Chronicle-endorses-Hillary-Clinton-for-President-says-Trump-is-danger-to-the-Republic

"Houston Chronicle is endorsing early, as they obviously understand that Hillary is prepared to be President and Trump is a danger to the United States.

They absolutely blistered Trump in this Presidential endorsement and they have plenty of great things to say about Hillary as well.

Check out the entire endorsement at the link below.

www.chron.com/… "

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