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YouTube Details New Policy for Punishing Rogue Creators, After Penalizing Logan Paul

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:05 AM PST

YouTube formally adopted new penalties it will enforce against creators who post disturbing or violent videos — the same day it sent internet millionaire Logan Paul into the demonetization penalty box.

The measures, outlined in blog post Friday, include potentially suspending offending creators’ participation in advertising, original productions and video recommendations. They’re intended to show that YouTube is serious about curbing odious content, after numerous advertisers froze spending last year over hate videos and kid-inappropriate content.

The Google-owned video service outlined the steps to crack down on “bad actors” after announcing earlier Friday that it was temporarily pulling advertising from all of Paul’s channels, citing a pattern of behavior in his videos that made them unfit for advertising. His most recent offense: a bizarre video in which he shot a Taser at a dead rat. YouTube had previously removed Paul’s channels from the Google Preferred premium ad program, after he uploaded (and then deleted) a video showing the body of a person who died from a suicide.

In the past, YouTube’s response to such situations was sometimes “slow and didn’t always address our broader community’s concerns,” Ariel Bardin, YouTube’s VP of product management, acknowledged in Friday’s blog post.

“When one creator does something particularly blatant — like conducts a heinous prank where people are traumatized, promotes violence or hate toward a group, demonstrates cruelty, or sensationalizes the pain of others in an attempt to gain views or subscribers — it can cause lasting damage to the community, including viewers, creators and the outside world,” Bardin wrote.

YouTube has long maintained Community Guidelines for what it considers acceptable content — banning, for example, pornography, spam and gratuitous violence. It also has a set of advertiser-friendly guidelines that spell out which videos are ineligible for ads. And creators already face potential penalties up to having their channels terminated if they violate YouTube’s terms of use.

In addition to those, YouTube found the need to establish the new policies to prevent “widespread harm” to the YouTube ecosystem, according to Bardin. The possible punishments cover three areas:

  • Premium Monetization Programs, Promotion and Content Development Partnerships: YouTube may remove a channel from Google Preferred and also suspend, cancel or remove a creator’s YouTube original series or movie.
  • Monetization and Creator Support Privileges: YouTube may suspend a channel’s ability to serve ads, ability to earn revenue and potentially remove a channel from the YouTube Partner Program, including creator support and access to our YouTube Spaces.
  • Video Recommendations: YouTube may remove a channel’s eligibility to be recommended on the platform’s home page, trending tab or “watch next” feature.

Bardin emphasized that YouTube believes “strongly in the freedom of expression” but said the video platform must weigh that against its responsibility “to protect the entire community of creators, viewers, and advertisers from these rare but often damaging situations.”

YouTube expects to issue the penalties against rogue creators “only in a rare handful of egregious cases,” Bardin continued. The aim of the new policy is to help YouTube prevent “the actions of a few from harming the broader community.”

Clint Eastwood: ‘Fan selfies are pain in the rear’

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:45 AM PST

Clint Eastwood says fan selfies are “a pain in the rear”.

The 87-year-old actor and director hates being asked to take pictures with his fans but is constantly being inundated with requests.

He told USA Today: “I don’t like selfie sticks and I don’t like selfies. Period. But you get asked to do so many of them. It’s a pain in the rear.”

Speaking about shooting his new movie ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ in Europe, he moaned: “We were in Venice and Rome doing these shots. Everybody has these sticks. And if it’s not the sticks, they are doing this deal, ‘Can you stand next to (me for a shot)?”

However, Clint’s popularity proved to be helpful when the crew need a distraction while shooting at tourist hotspots including the Colosseum in Rome.

He said: “It was a real mess, but it was real fun.”

Anthony Sadler, who stars in the movie, said: “”Hundreds are people were going to (Eastwood) while we were shooting there. He was the perfect decoy. They’d be all over him.”

And co-star Alek Skarlatos added: “He jumped on that grenade.”

The movie is based on the autobiography ‘The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Soldiers’ by Jeffrey E. Stern, Spencer Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos. The movie stars Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos as themselves and follows the trio as they stop the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which a man opened fire in a carriage during a journey from Amsterdam to Paris.

Cardi B almost mauled by cheetah

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:16 AM PST

Cardi B was almost mauled by a cheetah while shooting the video for ‘Bodak Yellow’.

The 25-year-old rapper shot the music video for her debut single in Dubai and it depicts her as a queen with a throne and a cheetah but things almost went terribly wrong.

Director Picture Perfect told Genius: “We actually got this cheetah from a Sultan out there. I didn’t know how hard it was gonna be to get a cheetah out there. We shot this scene we didn’t use, and he attacked Cardi in that scene.

“This cheetah scene was really supposed to be Cardi in an exotic car. That’s the vibe in Dubai. They ride around with these cats in the passenger seat. We could never get that shot off. We didn’t find the guy crazy enough to let us put a cheetah in his passenger seat and I don’t think Cardi would’ve trusted that.”

However, they brought in another cheetah and Cardi B agreed to pose alongside it to get the perfect shot.

He added: “We got her spirits back up … and this cheetah right here is not the other cheetah from the other scene. This cheetah right here he’s eaten about six pounds of deer meat at this time, and he’s just calm.”

The ‘Bodak Yellow’ hitmaker has a lot of career ambitions she’d like to accomplish, but recently admitted she’s most looking forward to having a family who she can pass her business empire onto in the future.

She shared: “I really want to accomplish more records, more Billboard hits. I might want to get into acting or designing clothes, but my real goal is to have beautiful kids, a beautiful mansion, and do business that makes me money until the day I die. Then be able pass it on to my children.”

Film Review: ‘Are We Not Cats’

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:01 AM PST

The phrase ​”That which nourishes me also destroys me,” in its Latin formulation (“Quod me nutrit me destruit”) originates from an Elizabethan-era portrait purportedly of playwright Christopher Marlowe. But it’s exponentially more famous for being tattooed below Angelina Jolie’s navel — and if Xander Robin‘s stylishly screwed-up feature debut “Are We Not Cats” were also to get its lower abdomen inked, that motto would be the obvious choice. Anya (Chelsea Lopez), the heroine of the tale, is a troubled young woman, whose wonky, dusky-pink wig conceals a wispily bald pate: She eats her own hair. The hangdog hero, Eli (the appealingly Brad Dourif-esque Michael Patrick Nicholson) dabbles in trichophagia himself, occasionally nibbling on his patchy beard, though his head hair couldn’t be more tousled and full if he were the brooding star of a black-and-white French film. Along with “Phantom Thread” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” “Cats,” which is finally getting a U.S. release after premiering two years ago, proves that this is quite the cinematic moment for relationships in which the line between love and mutually reinforcing dysfunction is a blurry, furry one.

Morphing from road movie to quirky love story and briefly even flirting with glistening, Cronenbergian body horror, the film starts as an almost-too-standard indie. Eli is directionless and broke. A rash covering his back is only getting angrier and more pus-filled. He stops by his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in hopes of a booty call while working his garbage route, and she definitively dumps him. He’s soon dumped from his job, too, right next to an actual dump truck. Then his chirpily charming Russian-emigre parents announce they’re decamping to Arizona. But they leave him a truck, which can be both a place to live and a new source of income. Eli may be short on entrepreneurial spirit, but many shots of him, undernourished and grappling with furniture removal on snowy stoops, suggest he’s vaguely trying.

One casual gig leads to a unexpected trip to a small town with the feckless Kyle (Michael Godere), who bonds with Eli over slugs of antifreeze and introduces him to his girlfriend, Anya. Eli is instantly smitten, even when he awakens from a drunken party to the sight (and sickly sound) of her covertly masticating her few remaining strands. It’s not just that Anya eats hair, it’s that she apparently eats only hair. But unlike the felines of the title, she can neither digest the hair nor cough it up, and it’s making her very sick.

Kooky details include a Rube Goldbergian lighting machine Anya is designing, as well as her trashy silver boots and the blue lipstick that makes her look like she’s constantly got a mouth full of poison berries. There’s a mini-piano involved, not to mention an old-school electric organ accessorized with colored bulbs. In fact, Robin’s film is one ukulele away from being unforgivably hipster. Yet there’s a lightness of touch, especially in Matt Clegg’s unusually slinky photography and the terrific, unexpectedly soul-heavy soundtrack that (mostly) saves it from becoming too precious. And though this is the kind of film where two young people don’t spend time looking at their iPhones — or even use a computer (the gory, medically dubious climax is enacted without so much as a YouTube tutorial for guidance) — the sweet earnestness of the two leads makes their characters seem real.

Lopez and Nicholson also appeared in Robin’s short film of the same name, on which this longer version is based, and the roles hang on them comfortably, even at their most grotesque. Lopez invests Anya’s attitude-and-artifice exterior with something shy and raw and sad, even if her purpose is ultimately to be rescued, like the inside-out Rapunzel she is. And Nicholson registers a low-key breakout for his rangy, rumpled riff on the lovestruck, questing Prince. He doesn’t write a single line but exudes the soulful, scuzzy romance of a beat poet.

There’s nothing much to say about love that hasn’t already been said, filmed, sung or embroidered on a sampler. But where many romances include a tacit lesson about accepting the loved one for who they are, Robin isn’t afraid to bloody his hands with the murkier, slimier implications of that platitude. Where does accepting end and enabling begin? Is it romantic to abet someone’s pathology if it’s fundamentally self-destructive, or is that simply reckless? These are ticklish, peculiar questions about unhealthily co-dependent amours fou, but ultimately “Are We Not Cats” is a little too sweet-natured to do more than bat them around a bit, before curling up and purring its gently bonkers conclusion.

Margot Robbie says sex scandal has brought Hollywood together

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 01:00 AM PST

Margot Robbie thinks the sexual misconduct scandal has brought Hollywood together.

The ‘I, Tonya’ actress has been shocked by the number of accusations that have rocked high-profile figures since a series of claims were first made against influential movie producer Harvey Weinstein last October, but she thinks there are “positive” things to have come out of the situation.

She explained to OK! magazine: “I think everyone was shocked to learn the extent of this problem and to see just how far it reached every corner of the industry.

“But I think the positive thing that’s come out of it is how much everyone has come together.

“There’s a sense of community that I haven’t felt before.”

The 27-year-old star – who is married to director Tom Ackerley – hasn’t been offered a role with anyone who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour.

But Margot has admitted she would think twice about pressing on with a project if that was the case.

She said: “I haven’t yet come across a moment in my career where I’ve felt ethically conflicted about the person I was working with.

“Perhaps new information would make me stop and feel conflicted about that.”

Margot considers herself a feminist and admitted she would be very “surprised” if anyone else in her life didn’t share the same values.

The Australian star also outlined her own definition of the contentious term.

Asked if she thinks of herself as a feminist, she said: “Yes, I’d be surprised if anyone close to me wasn’t a feminist actually. Men and women.

“Because the definition I go by of what is a feminist is any person who believes in gender equality.”

Analyzing North Korea’s 2018 Military Parade: The Missiles and the Launchers

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:47 AM PST

The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) discusses North Korea’s February 2018 military parade with imagery analyst and ArmsControlWonk podcast producer Scott LaFoy. The discussion focuses on North Korea’s strategic missiles.

Click the arrow to the right to listen. If you’re an iOS or Mac user, you can also subscribe to The Diplomat’s Asia Geopolitics podcast on iTunes here. If you use Android, you can subscribe on TuneIn or on Google Play Music. If you like the podcast and have suggestions for content, please leave a review and rating on iTunes and TuneIn.

Adult daughter criticizes mom — for everything

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:01 AM PST

Dear Amy: I need some help with my oldest daughter. I divorced their father when my girls were under the age of five. My ex was an alcoholic and heavy smoker who was — at best — spotty with child support.

I was a great earner and provided for the girls. We had dinner together every night and I never missed an activity. Their father died three years ago from lung cancer. Both daughters are successful and doing well, but my oldest, at 34, is still unmarried and very unhappy about it.

This daughter criticizes me endlessly. Endlessly. If I adjust a behavior that bothers her, she picks something else to rag on me about. Honestly, it’s exhausting. I find myself communicating with her less often, and mostly by text. I can’t have a conversation with her — even through text — about anything without a jab. We share an Amazon Prime video account and she will even critique my choices about what I watch!

I am close to her best friend, and I will text this friend before I do my daughter, who then gets insulted and comes after me for THAT.

I find all of this disrespectful. As a parent, I’m sure I made mistakes but I don’t think I deserve this constant dressing down.

It’s almost as if the roles are reversed and she is now raising ME! I have a good job, a nice husband whom she likes, a lovely home, friends, etc.

I’m not sure what she gets from abusing me, and even though I want a relationship with her, it is becoming just too hard to take.

Your advice?

— Put Down Mom

Dear Mom: You mention that your daughter’s treatment is a sort of role reversal, in that she is now acting like a parent to you.

This is a problem. If you see degrading treatment as somehow “parental,” then perhaps there is something to your own parenting which might have contributed to this behavior. It’s something to think about.

One bonus of having adult children is that parents can expect their children to (finally) behave like adults.

Is this treatment that you would tolerate from any other adult? I doubt it. And so you should not tolerate it from your own daughter.

Why are you sharing an Amazon Prime account? Why are you communicating with her best friend? These are two choices that you could quickly change.

You should stop adjusting your own behavior to please her. Convey that if she wants to have an active relationship with you, she will have to adjust her own behavior.

Dear Amy: I taught my children to write thank you cards after receiving gifts for birthdays, holidays or whatever the occasion. My grown children, our parents and siblings have carried on this tradition of thoughtful etiquette. However, we also send gifts to several nieces and nephews (and their children), who live out of town. We don’t receive a thank you note, email, phone call, text … nothing.

Some live great distances away and we wonder if the packages even arrived. I have emailed a niece who lives in Europe to see if my package arrived for her family of four … and then she replied “yes, and thanks.”

I enjoy gift-giving, but I do want a thank you, by note, email, call or even a text. Is this too much to expect?

I’m tempted to discontinue gift-giving to these relatives or perhaps sending them thank you notes and stamps as Christmas gifts next year as a hint. Do others experience this? Am I expecting too much? What do you think?

— Gift-giver

Dear Gift-giver: This is a perennial issue. Yes, a gift should be acknowledged and you should be thanked. If you give a gift in person and the person thanks you in person, they needn’t follow up with written thanks.

Anyone receiving a gift in the mail should acknowledge it via any of the numerous ways we have of connecting with one another these days.

If you have to chase down recipients, then this is a sign that they don’t necessarily value your efforts.

Dear Amy: “Confused Mentee” had a mentor who had been accused of sexual misconduct. You advised this mentee to sever ties with him.

What a sexist, knee-jerk reaction! What about forgiving someone for mistakes?

— Anti-feminist

Dear Anti: I suggested that Confused should contact the mentor and ask if these “graphic” allegations were true. I would describe these as “crimes” versus “mistakes,” but yes, forgiveness would be an option.

(You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: askamy@amydickinson.com. Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, 16650 Westgrove Drive, Suite 175, Addison, Texas, 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.)

OMARR’S DAILY ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST, For release 02/10/18 for 02/10/18

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:01 AM PST

BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Emma Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on this date in 1991. This birthday gal has played various roles on “American Horror Story” since 2013 as well as starring as Chanel Oberlin on the short-lived “Scream Queens.” On the big screen, Roberts’ film work includes “Nerve,” “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” and “We’re the Millers.” Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of Julia Roberts.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Find constructive ways to occupy your time. Excess energy and an abundance of time make today an excellent day to tackle some projects around the house. You may find that you’ll get more done on your own away from distractions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Live and let live. Avoid confrontations and disputes as even if you are in the right, there’s little to be gained from a conflict. Let physical outlets be a way to release pent up energy and clear your mind of your troubles.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It may not be worth your time. Calling someone out for a transgression or mistake may result in a dispute that will take up more time than you should be willing to give. Doing homework may prepare you for the coming week.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You can’t win them all. Someone may not appreciate your attempts at wit or humor, but that doesn’t mean that your whole day should be ruined over it. Creative projects will allow you to express your imagination.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Forget your troubles. Concentrate on finding ways to relax and enjoy yourself. Leave nagging problems alone until Monday. A group outing where you can really let your hair down may be just what the doctor ordered.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A stitch in time saves nine. Finding little ways to cut corners may help things run more smoothly either around the house or at work. Tackle nagging little chores around the house now as you may not have time later.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t be so sure that you have all the answers. You may be missing a vital piece of information when you assume that you are completely right. Avoid challenges and confrontations and be willing to forgive.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Devote your time toward maintenance. Help your proverbial ship sail more smoothly by correcting errors or fixing what is broken. A bit of good advice may point out a problem that you didn’t even know existed.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Not everyone is looking for a fight. Someone may offer criticism simply to help you and is not trying to attack you. Lock up the piggy bank and throw away the key as money should be spent only on essential items.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Act now, regret later. Take time to think things over before making decisions. Moving too quickly or carelessly leaves room for mistakes. Dwelling in the past may make you gun-shy about the future.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be an optimist. There may be a brief period today when you are only able to see the downside when, in fact, there is much to be positive about. Someone you care about is not trying to avoid you, they just need space.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t cry over spilled milk. You shouldn’t waste too much time fretting over mistakes, just own up to it and move on. Staying positive and upbeat will certainly keep your day bright, as well as all those around you.

IF FEBRUARY 10 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are in an expansive frame of mind and may be prompted to acts of generosity as the next two to three weeks unfold. Because you are gregarious you may spend too much time on social media sites or with friends rather than on your job. In March, however, your social talents can be extremely helpful as you can achieve your ambitions without seeming pushy or aggressive. Avoid making major expenditures or investments in late May or early June when your street smarts and negotiating skills are in decline. In August you are easily misled and may fall prey to wishful thinking. You will have the best success dealing with significant purchases or business and financial matters in October.

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