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May 29 California commented on Fox News Panel Uses Logical Fallacy to Slam Seattle Kayaktivists.
Nothing to do with the fallacy, but on the topic of oil in our waters, oil from the Santa Barbara bumblefuck has arrived in Santa Monica Bay. A globule got smeared on my board during my morning surf. And a stretch of beach is closed in Hermosa. Great stuff.
May 19 California commented on In Music News: Starbucks and Spotify Join Forces, While Sony's Leaked Contract Shows Huge Spotify Advances.
A couple things regarding the MFN provision. First, Spotify has an affirmative duty to report more favorable terms to Sony (par. 13(b)(2)). It's not just that Sony has an audit right. Second, MFNs typically automatically adopt the more favorable provision, sometimes retroactively. Here, Sony can elect to adopt the more favorable provisions, not renegotiate the deal (par. 13(c)).
Mar 12 California commented on Why the "Blurred Lines" Decision Is Ultimately Good for Music: A Dissenting View.
I'm inclined to more or less agree with @12 (apart from the Wonder bit). Up until the verdict, Pharrell's attorneys felt the trial had gone well (the sound recording was excluded and Pharrell called out Gaye's attorney and musicologist for modulating a melody during his examination). The surgery was successful, except the patient died. The lesson of this case may be little more than better to settle and avoid juries.
Oct 2, 2014 California commented on Dig Aretha Franklin… Cissy Houston's Eye Roll.
Yeah, that was kinda rough. A few years back, I saw her at the MusiCares Person of the Year dinner. She sat at her table for 3+ hours listening to people speak about her and perform tunes from her repertoire. Finally, when it was her time to accept the award, it took three people helping and an uncomfortable amount of time for her to ascend the small flight of stairs to the stage. She was massive, much larger than in the Letterman video, and sweaty and out of breath. She struggled to say her thank yous because she was in awful physical shape. She then lumbered over to stage left where her band was, grabbed the mic, and out came a flawless "cha-cha-chain." It was a stunning transformation--she was no longer someone who struggles with simple functions (walking, breathing, speaking). She was a force from the first note to the last. Never seen anything like it.
Aug 11, 2014 California commented on Anonymous Issues Stern Warning to Ferguson Police Department, Demands National Legislation.
In case the author or moderator does not see the unregistered comment @2, he says that the family has requested that the media not show images of the kid's corpse.
Aug 6, 2014 California commented on Hell Hath No Fury Like an Early-'80s Teenager Whose Father Recorded Over Her VHS Tape of Beloved MTV Videos.
So much fury that she ran out of steam on page 3 and couldn't keep up writing in cursive.
Jul 25, 2014 California commented on Black Males Disproportionately Ticketed for Smoking Pot in Public.
@18, the title of the story that Charles cited is: African Americans Disproportionately Cited for Public Pot Use in Seattle - Police. The first sentence of the NYT story says "disproportionately." Direct your contempt appropriately.

I'll further note that your derisive use of "Chuckles" and "Chuckie" is off-putting, unnecessary, and lessens what may otherwise be a meritorious critique. I know it's the internet and it's anonymous and all, but why go out of your way to be condescending?
Jun 4, 2014 California commented on Conservatives Wanted Bowe Bergdahl Home. They Just Didn't Want Obama to Be the One to Do It..
Is Shannon //(*_~)\\ someone of consequence or just an easy mark in the Twittersphere?
May 27, 2014 California commented on Steve Ballmer Reportedly Met With Shelly Sterling Over the Weekend to Discuss the Clippers.
@11, I'm with you re: Bennett and Stern. I thought at the time and still think that Bennett always intended to move the team and that Stern was complicit, setting up Seattle as a warning to all other cities to pony up the funding when called upon.
May 9, 2014 California commented on How Do You Exhibit Tattoos?.
Somewhat related and plenty interesting, look up "Tim" by Wim Delvoye, if you're not already aware. In life, Tim displays his tattoo by sitting shirtless and still in galleries. In death, "Tim" will be preserved and exhibited (if at all) as a hide.
 

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