Rep. Peter King of New York slammed fellow Republican Marco Rubio for fundraising in New York after voting against federal funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy.”Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” King told the New York Observer’s Politicker blog. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you, now make us president’?”King said that New York donors should cut off Rubio and any other Republicans who “threw a knife in the back in New York” by opposing the bill. “[Republicans] are more and more taking on this anti-Northeast attitude,” he said. “We say fine, if you want to be anti-Northeast, then the Northeast is going to be anti-them.”Continue Reading… …
There’s nothing like a romantic comedy to keep you hopeful that love — usually through ridiculously dramatic circumstances — will find you one day.
Though we cycle through many of these films each year, a few have managed to capture our naive hearts while racking up big numbers at the box office. Yes, the narratives are unrealistic and the plots are predictable, but the success of these films shows we are still suckers for a good love story.
Which movies scored the biggest in theaters? Take a look through the slideshow below for the 10 highest grossing romantic comedies of all time.
The conservative media movement exists primarily as a moneymaking venture. As Rick Perlstein explained in the Baffler, some of the largest conservative media organs are essentially massive email lists of suckers rented to snake oil salesmen. The con isn’t limited to a couple of newsletters and websites: The most prominent conservative organizations in the nation are primarily dedicated to separating conservatives from their money.FreedomWorks, which is funded primarily by very rich people, solicits donations from non-rich conservative people. More than 80,000 people donated money to FreedomWorks in 2012, and it seems likely that only a small minority of those people were hedge fund millionaires. And what are people who donate to this grass-roots conservative organization funded mostly by a few very rich people getting for their hard-earned money? In addition to paying Dick Armey $400,000 a year for 20 years to stay away, FreedomWorks also apparently spent more than a million dollars paying Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to say nice things about FreedomWorks, in order to convince listeners to send FreedomWorks money that FreedomWorks would then give to Limbaugh and Beck. It’s a pretty simple con. Beck, meanwhile, also has a subscriber-based media operation, in which people pay his company money for access to programs where Beck expresses opinions that he was paid to hold. He also spent years telling everyone to buy gold from a company that pays him and defrauds consumers.Continue Reading… …
The photo in question. (Photo: Vice)
Antivirus software king John McAfee finally admitted this morning that an “unseasoned technician at Vice headquarters” royally screwed him yesterday by accidentally revealing his top secret location to the entire Internet. Whoops!
Mr. McAfee, who’s been on the lam in Central America for weeks, recently escaped Belize with the aid of a body double and a North Korean passport. Yesterday, a photo published to Vice alongside a post entitled “We Are With John McAfee Right Now, Suckers” was not stripped of its EXIF data before publication, making it possible to see the exact geographical location where Mr. McAfee was “hiding.”
Mr. McAfee quickly threw up a blog post claiming that he had manipulated the data to make it appear as if he was in Guatemala; however, photographer Robert King said on his Facebook page that Vice was in on the data manipulation, contradicting Mr. McAfee’s statement. That post has since been deleted from Mr. McAfee’s blog. Mr. King’s Facebook status has also been deleted.
Meanwhile, Vice removed the original photo from the blog post and replaced it with a Photoshopped version void of identifiable geo tags, which seemed like an unnecessary move if they had indeed manipulated the EXIF data.
It seems our suspicions were on point, and the EXIF data for the photo was accurate. On his blog this morning, Mr. McAfee wrote:
I apologize for all of the misdirections over the past few days. It was not easy to exit Belize and required many supporters in many countries. I am in Guatemala and will be meeting with Guatemalan officials this morning. If all goes well I will do a press conference tomorrow.
Vice Magazine reporters are indeed with me in Guatemala. Yesterday was chaotic due to the accidental release of my exact co-ordinates by an unseasoned technician at Vice headquarters. We made it to safety in spite of this handicap. I had to cancel numerous interviews with the press yesterday because of this and I apologize to all of those affected.
Today, Vice announced that it had managed to track down antivirus king John McAfee after he’d safely escaped Belize while wanted for questioning related to the murder of his neighbor. In smug hipster fashion, the online mag published a post called “We Are With John McAfee Right Now, Suckers,” along with a photo showing Vice editor in chief Rocco Castoro posing sans smile next to a cross-armed Mr. McAfee.
But it turns out that Vice may have forgotten to scrub the EXIF data from the photo they uploaded. In fact, the photo’s geolocation info shows that Mr. McAfee & Co. appear to be seeking safe harbor near Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
*Screenshot: Google Maps)
Vice writes that they’ve spent the past four days with Mr. McAfee, so the photo must have been taken during that timeframe; it’s unclear whether Mr. McAfee is still in that location. The EXIF data indicates that the photo was taken today around 12:26 p.m.
After the discovery hit the web, Mr. McAfee quickly took to his blog to explain the mix-up. He claims that he manipulated the EXIF data to make it appear that they’re in Guatemala, but the effect of the blog post comes off like he’s covering for Vice:
I openly apologize to Vice Magazine for manipulating their recently published photo. I have been ferocioously put my place by Mr. Rocco for “interfering” with the objectivity of their reporting. I, for my own safety, manipulated the xif data on the image taken from my cellphone, and created a fake emrgency so that the urgency of movement led, as I knew it would, to the hasty posting on their website. I felt that our tenuous situation demanded action, and that was the action that I chose.
I do not believe that Vice will remain with me further. Again, my apologies.
Of course, there is a chance that Mr. McAfee did indeed screw over Vice, as it is possible to edit EXIF data. Photographer Robert King said on his Facebook page that “The GEO tag was manipulated…. To keep our location secret…”
But why would Mr. King claim he was in on manipulating the geo tag, when Mr. McAfee wrote a post apologizing for doing it behind their backs, and effectively saying their working relationship is over? Additionally, why was the original asset photo deleted from Vice’s website and reuploaded, after being Photoshopped and scraped of the geotag?
Lots o’ questions. Either way, it is now much clearer who the real suckers are. …