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So I just finished reading through the 4th district opinion 141167.P Timothy Bostic v. George Schaefer, and here’s what I’ve taken from it.

  • As with Perry vs Brown, the proposed reasons for government intervention in marriage based on gender was taken apart comprehensibly.
  • As with Perry vs Brown, the arguments related with marriage’s most important primary purpose being “for the children” were all but openly ridiculed.

  • Considering the punt the Supreme court took previously, standing was examined to ensure an air-tight procedural basis.
  • The dissent is incredibly flawed, and attempts to require a much lower standard of scrutiny for a discriminatory law, by declaring same-sex marriage to be entirely novel and unrelated to marriage. Justice Niemayer then declares that instead it is the “creation” of such a right that must be scrutinised. However, he provides no supporting evidence beyond his declaration of it to be so, only referring to cites that are not directly related to that question. And even recognises that other jurisdictions have identified marriage as a right that encompasses same sex marriage, and could be cited as such, but still claims that is not a reasonable conclusion. Since reduced scrutiny is the only plank of his dissent, removing it makes the entire rest of his arguments fall apart.

  • The majority found that the appropriate examination could only be Strict Scrutiny, a departure from Perry vs Brown and a much much more demanding basis. There are no valid court cases of precedent and standing where a law was questioned on basis of strict scrutiny and found to survive it. (Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 case that defended Internment of Japanese was later found to have been an unsound finding as the Government had withheld evidence from the courts that made it clear that Internment was not made on any rational basis. As such it is not directly overturned, but it does not provide precedent and could probably be directly challenged.)
We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance.
AFFIRMED
141167.P Bostic v.  Schaefer, 4th Circuit Court Opinion
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Hey Korra Nation! Phew. Some of you may have heard versions of this news elsewhere, but here’s the official word. After this Friday’s on-air premiere of Episode 8 “The Terror Within” at 8/7c, all remaining Book 3 episodes will move to a digital rollout. That means two things: 1) Korra is NOT…

Here’s the history of how Nickelodeon has handled digital downloads for Legend of Korra.

Last September they put out a fully priced Season Pass (£20.99 in the UK) on iTunes for Book 2. The first episode was made available with a few ‘making of’ extras.

Then nothing.

No further episodes were released.

Again, that was last september, they sold it as a fully priced season pass for the entire season, and they didn’t give the people who bought the season pass the rest of the episodes. Legend of Korra is currently absent from the US iTunes Store, but you can still see that situation on the UK one. As much as I’d like to, I can’t even buy Book 2 unless I import physical media, let alone any episodes of Book 3.

I hope this will all be rectified after SDCC… But to be honest I don’t think it will be.

It looks to me like Legend of Korra has been canceled. They might sell the remaining episodes online, or just bury them somewhere as US only streaming on the Nick website for a while. But it’s probably over for the show as an ongoing series, I will be entirely surprised if there is a Book four. I still hold out hope, but I don’t think it’s going to happen, and I think they are going to put you on an “Indefinite Hiatus” to “Assess online distribution”.

DC: Wonder Woman is too difficult to find a movie audience for-
Marvel: YO YOU LIKE BLACK WIDOW? HERE SHE IS IN THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE WITH A TON OF SCREENTIME AND MAJOR ASSKICKING SKILLS
DC: We can't allow the lesbians in Batwoman to get married in the comic, sorry.
Marvel: HEY GUESS WHAT WE'RE GONNA FEATURE A GAY WEDDING ON THE COVER OF AN X-MEN ISSUE
DC: The new direction for storytelling needs to be dark, gritty, mature and cynical.
Marvel: DUDE CHECK IT OUT LOKI GOES SPEED DATING IS THAT NOT THE BEST SHIT EVER
DC: After years of rumors, the Superman/Batman movie is finally coming, but with a new actor and suit for Batman and MAYBE a cameo from Wonder Woman.
Marvel: PHASE 2 MOTHERFUCKERS EVERYONE IS IN EVERYONE'S MOVIE AND THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW
DC: We can try to add maybe one or two 'people of color' to our lineup...maybe...
Marvel: NEW MS MARVEL THAT'S MUSLIM AMERICAN, BITCHES.
DC: We feel no problem with Batman's vengeful personality being like wet cardboard.
Marvel: NEW LATINA GHOST RIDER WHO SEEKS VENGEANCE WHILE TAKING HIS AWEET LIL BRO FOR ICE CREAM
DC: We can't mention any superhero titles in our movies, that's ridiculous.
Marvel: FUCK YEAH YOU WANT A RACOON VOICED BY BRADLEY COOPER WITH A GIANT GUN? YOU WANT VIN DIESEL PLAYING A TREE? AMY FUCKING POND PLAYING A SEXY BALD SPACE PIRATE? HERE YOU FUCKERS GO
DC: Our fanbase is mostly white males, I'm sure our focus is-
Marvel: NEW SHE HULK LINE WHERE SHE GOES TO COURT THEN SAVES NEW YORK
DC: Wait-
Marvel: NEW FEMALE THOR
DC: I didn't-
Marvel: NEW BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel: TAKE ALL THIS COOL SHIT MARVEL BE OUTIE
Marvel: PEACE

sexhaver:

Dwarf Fortress bug fixes are a goldmine

  • Bug:6545 Flying creatures crash into trees, stop flying, fall to the ground, and explode
  • Bug:6586 Dwarves climb trees and fall out of them, for no obvious reason, note that they are dwarfs

What do you think was the Worst Adaptation To Film?

Here’s my Nomination - On Stranger Tides

It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when a story about Pirates would not just naturally also have some magical-voodoo in it. It’s even harder to imagine that this combination wasn’t significantly made or popularised until 1987’s “On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers. Powers quickly made apparent the two flavours just fit so well together, in a work that mixed the rough salty pirate yarn, with the creepy ghostly-voodoo threads. Curses and cannons just suddenly and obviously went together in a tale of a young boy forced into piracy to discover the fate of his father. It should be recognised as a modern classic, and probably be on school reading lists, but sadly it’s passed over.

And then there’s the movie ‘version’. The Pirates of the Carabean series had already heavily lifted tone, settings, and even set pieces from “On Stranger Tides” so it seemed natural enough that they should turn it into part of the series. Alas, the decision was made that the story should be changed so it all pivoted around Jack Sparrow, because of the rising popularity of the character and the actor who portrayed him. Alas, as we all discovered, Jack Sparrow is not a good focus protagonist. And the resulting movie was not only barely related to the novel it claimed to be adapting, but a mish-mash of concepts, set-peices and characters mixed together without care. And as you would expect the end result was a characterless messy stew with a bad taste.

I highly highly recommend you read “On Stranger Tides”, I strongly suggest you don’t watch “On Stranger Tides”.

"It’s not that we’re complaining that Thor is being replaced by a Woman, it’s that Thor’s name is being given to someone else. That’s never happened before! Except for all the other times! But that was to Men! And a frog that one time!

Okay. So this film has things organised that we know that it’s now ~4am, and yet somehow all these fresh looking people are turning up for a band’s surprise show. I mean, yes NY is the city that never sleeps, but even NY gets a bit tired and listless at 4am.

re: Movie. Pretty sure if you ran a Yugo into a new york fire hydrant, the yugo’s front end would crumple like a cardboard box. Also, the fire hydrant would not topple over like it was made of styrofoam. Also, those things have huge water pipes under them.