Wednesday, September 3, 2014

These Are the Top 10 Most Pirated Shows In the World

These Are the Top 10 Most Pirated Shows In the World

These Are the Top 10 Most Pirated Shows In the World

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:53 AM PDT

Online piracy for Breaking Bad rose by 412% the day after it won a flurry of Emmys, including one for Outstanding Drama Series, at the 2014 Primetime Emmys, according to anti-piracy firm CEG TEK International. This bumped Breaking Bad up from the sixth most pirated show worldwide to second, with other shows featured at the Emmys, such as True Detective and House of Cards, seeing similar increases as well.

Take a look at the ten most pirated shows online according to data provided by CEG TEK International, via Variety.

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:45 AM PDT

A federal judge in Louisiana ruled in favor of the state's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said in his ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show the state's ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law and a right to due process. He also held that Louisiana has the authority to set its own definition of marriage.

The plaintiffs in the case included same-sex couples who were married in states outside Louisana and want their marriage to be recognized there, an unmarried couple who wanted to tie the knot in Louisiana, and advocacy group the Louisiana Forum for Equality. That latter group plans to appeal Feldman’s decision, the Associated Press reports.

Feldman's decision breaks a pattern of judges ruling in favor of same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court's ruling in United States v. Windsor, a 2013 ruling in which part of the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down. Over 20 cases involving same-sex marriage have been decided in federal courts since the High Court’s decision in Windsor.


One Thing Kim Kardashian Is Really Doing Right with Baby North’s Clothing

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:39 AM PDT

One of my goals for this summer was to organize the hundreds of family photos we've snapped since our oldest son was born 11 years ago. Our youngest son, C.J., is seven and has loved to help me sort through the photos – but he slows my progress to a crawl with endless questions about his baby pictures.

"Why did you make me wear a football jersey?"

"Who put me in a sweater with a train on it?"

"Why did you always dress me like a boy?"

"Because we thought you would be a boy who liked boy clothes and boy toys," I reply matter-of-factly.

I'm not Kim Kardashian. I didn't dress my babies and toddlers in gender-neutral clothing. Check out North West’s hipster mini wardrobe. Notice the black tank tops, the black and white stripped pants and the complete lack of anything pink. I wish I were more like Kim when it comes to dressing my kids (and when it comes to having loads of money and a professional beauty team too, if we're really taking inventory), because C.J. is gender nonconforming. That means he's a boy who prefers to wear clothes and play with toys that are marketed to girls. If he can't wear those kinds of clothes and play with those types of toys, he'd prefer them to be as gender neutral as possible. I, like so many other parents, initially reinforced limiting (at best) and harmful (at worst) gender stereotypes while clothing, entertaining and educating my child.

Whatever her reason, Kardashian's no-pink-on-my-daughter stance is good because it shows that everything doesn't have to be "for boys" or "for girls." Clothes don't have to signify gender. You don't have to announce the sex and/or gender of your child via the outfit. If people can't tell, but want to know, they can ask. (Or, in North's case, they can look at the .5-carat diamond earrings in her tiny lobes and crossbody handbag and make a guess.)

Gender-neutral clothing for kids is one step in the right direction of freeing them from restrictive gender boxes. If Kim Kardashian is thinking outside the box, Angelina Jolie ripped the box apart and set it ablaze when she let Shiloh serve as ring bearer in a tux and top hat at her recent wedding to Brad Pitt.

Looking at his baby pictures all summer, C.J. hasn't liked what he's seen. And, truthfully, neither have I, because seeing my now-very-effeminate-dress-loving son in photos wearing a blue fire engine t-shirt with baggy, beige cargo pants and light up dinosaur sneakers makes me feel like I don't know the kid in the photo and, even worse, like I didn't know my own child.

Unlike Kardashian, at first I taught my child that pink was for girls and blue was for boys. Then, suddenly, he was old enough to teach me that a person's gender identity doesn't make itself known until they are two or three years old. From then on, they want to express that gender and their independence by picking out their own clothes and toys. They want to start making their own decisions. We call this blossoming "The Terrible Twos."

Maybe baby North West wears gender neutral clothes because her mom is publicly shunning outdated and antiquated gender stereotypes; or maybe it's simply because it's on trend and little Nori is clearly more hip, fashion-forward and stylish than most people on the planet. Many people are surprised by North's simple, understated, gender-neutral style. We all expected to see flamboyance, opulence, avant-garde. We expected New York Fashion Week on a one-year-old.

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Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

If every generation of parents creates a new definition of masculinity and femininity for their children's generation, then cheers to Kim Kardashian and all the parents out there who don't define their daughters with the color pink and their boys with the color blue. We are a generation of parents who have no interest in our daughter's being hyper-feminine and our son's being hyper-masculine. We're comfortable with androgyny. We're sick of the double standard of femininity in males being viewed as weakness, while masculinity in females is viewed as strength. We realize that colors, toys and clothes are for everyone regardless of who they are marketed to. We don't necessarily think gender expression is a definite predictor of future sexual orientation, but, if it is, we are okay with whatever the outcome – because love is love.

What are the repercussions of gender-neutral fashion choices and behaviors in children? Kids learn that they are free to be who they were created to be. We don't confine them to the blue aisles or the pink aisles; we give them access to the whole world to explore unrestricted.

I hope Kim and Angelina know that C.J. and I are available for gender-neutral playdates just as soon as I'm done with this family photo project that I started in June and am nowhere near finishing!

Lori Duron is the author of an award-winning blog ( and memoir (Raising My Rainbow) which were the first of their kind to chronicle the adventures in raising a gender creative child. With more than two million readers in nearly 180 countries, Duron's work has earned the attention of such media outlets as The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, PEOPLE, TIME and others.

Meet Clint Youle, One of the World’s First TV Weathermen

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:30 AM PDT

Weather presenters are a special breed, often adored for their catchphrases (see, for example, Al Roker’s “Here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods”) and their hilarious on-air mishaps.

On this day 63 years ago, TIME profiled one of the world’s very first TV weathermen, Clint Youle. Though he spent much of his life as a beloved weather icon, he “got into television almost by accident,” as the 1951 article points out. He got his start as a radio newswriter, but transitioned to television in 1949 when Chicago station WNBQ was seeking someone to do on-air forecasts. He’d taken a three-month meteorology course in the Army — and that was enough to land him the gig. As TIME reported, he soon developed a shtick that gained him quite a following:

Comfortably stationed before a 3-by-4-ft. map of the U.S., Youle starts out with a quick survey of local conditions (“Did you notice that sun today? It’s going to stick around for a spell”), sketches in symbols for his predictions (e.g., a sun for fair weather). Then he branches out to cover the outlook for most of the U.S., tells why weather forecasts sometimes go wrong, how a barometer works (“It’s just a scale for weighing the air above it”), explains the theory of weather fronts (“When warm air comes into contact with cold air, that makes weather”).

Over the past two years, Youle’s neighborly, screen-porch approach to the weather has brought him thousands of devoted listeners, who deluge him with fan mail. When Chicago soldiers were sent off to Korea, their relatives wrote to Clint for a report on Korea’s climate. A southern Illinois coal-mine owner asked—and got —information on how to adjust a barometer for use in his mine. Among Youle’s most appreciative fans are the personnel of Chicago’s U.S. Weather Bureau, grateful for someone who appreciates the weatherman and who knows how to handle critics when forecasts go wrong. Said one weather official: “He makes a real, honest effort to understand weather forecasting and to put it over.”

By 1951 — only a few years after Youle got the job — the gig had grown to two local weather shows and a 45-second spot twice a week on John Cameron Swayze’s network telecast. By then, Youle’s salary had spiked to $40,000 a year.

In 1999, Youle died at age 83. The New York Times credited him as the very first person to present the weather on a national television news program. The Daily Show even did a bit to honor him, in which Jon Stewart attempted to maneuver his way around a weather map. Turns out it’s harder than it looks.

Read TIME’s full profile of Clint Youle: Radio: Weather Guesser.

The Little Rascals Cast Recreated the Movie Poster for the Film’s 20th Anniversary

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:23 AM PDT

First of all: The Little Rascals is 20 years old. Just let that sink in for a moment. Cool? Cool.

The film actually came out on August 5, 1994, so the cast is celebrating a bit belatedly, but that’s okay. They all got together to recreate the original movie poster:

Yep, that image was posted on Twitter by Blake McIver, who played Waldo (full name: Waldo Aloysius Johnston III), the rich snob who tried to woo Darla. (You might also remember him as Michelle’s friend Derek on Full House. Ah, memories.) Note: there’s no way that dog is the original Petey, because it’s been 20 years and that’s not how dogs work. Otherwise, they got everyone else in there, which is pretty impressive.

The cast also took a selfie, because obviously:

And then Travis Tedford and Bug Hall (Spanky and Alfalfa, respectively) recreated that infamous Nutcracker scene:

Sadly, it does not appear that Porky and Buckwheat reprised the Two Pickles song.

Eating Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk By 40%

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:19 AM PDT

Eating fruit every day can lower risk of heart disease by up to 40%, new research suggests.

A new study that looked at more than 451,680 participants over seven years asked the group to report their fruit consumption, whether it be never, monthly, 1-3 days per week, 4-6 days per week, or daily.

The researchers found that compared to people who never eat fruit, those who eat fruit every day cut their heart disease risk by 25 to 40%. Those who ate the most amount of fruit also had much lower blood pressure compared to the participants who never ate fruit.

The study is not the first to find a connection between eating fruit and having better heart health. One study of about 110,000 men and women over 14 years found that people who eat fruit and vegetables every day had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and some studies have found that citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruits have especially protective benefits.

Next time you’re in need of a snack, grab an apple over a bag of chips. It’s surely not the last time science will say it.

The Difference Between the Ivy League and Football? There’s No Crying In Football

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:12 AM PDT

There's a new ideal for children growing up in America: let's call it the Achiever Ideal. The Achiever Ideal is first and foremost about academics. The young achiever is supposed to ace every test, perfect every report, never flub a problem set, never mess up a lab. The Achiever has to get all As, naturally. The Achiever has to be perfect.

The Achiever needs extracurricular activities to get to the Ivy League: there's no doubt about that. So The Achiever becomes president of the Classics society, serves on the prom committee, gets to school early for leadership training, and on Friday nights, as a special treat, The Achiever takes photographs of the football game for the student newspaper and the yearbook.

The Achiever photographs the game—but he doesn't play in it. Football takes too much time and, really, it's for poor kids, the sort of kids you steer clear of in the hallway. Football is for tough guys—and a few tough girls, too. And Achievers aren't tough.

It also takes up a lot of time. Football takes up time you could use to bone up on your weakest subject, or to start writing your college essay two years before it's due. In the time it takes to practice football and play the games, you could pump your grades up two more notches and maybe get three or four plum activities listed on your resume.

Plus, the game is rough. The game is violent. You might get slammed in the head. You might get hurt.

Brains are what matter now. You need to develop your mind if you want to succeed. You need to enhance your intelligence by mastering all the subjects that you can. Don't waste your time on a football field; don't hurt your head. That's for the slow kids; that's for the dopes.

Is it? Is it really? I'm all for the development of intelligence. I've been teaching for 40 years, at Yale, at the University of Virginia and at a wonderful high school in Vermont called Woodstock. I'm glad that kids are developing their minds. But in the rush to finish first in the cerebral Olympics, kids—and their parents, too—are missing something.

People who really achieve with their minds are not just smart and well educated—though those things matter. They have something else that matters too: they are spirited. They possess a quotient of what Plato called thymos. They are lively, determined and very hard, sometimes impossible, to discourage. Lawyers who get their innocent clients out of jail are smart, sure. But they possess a strong measure of spiritedness, of thymos. They strive and strive and they don't give up. Scientists out to cure a disease need potent intellect, but just as much, they need the capacity to try and fail, try and fail, and then finally try and succeed (if only part way). Writers who matter know how to revise their work endlessly to get it where it needs to be.

In a provocative book called The Smartest Kids In the World and an influential essay in The Atlantic, Amanda Ripley comes out against sports. They waste too much time, she says. They get in the way of academic pursuits. They rob kids of what matters. It's better, Ripley tells us, in Finland, better in Poland. But this way of thinking misunderstands where real achievement comes from. You've got to develop the mind, sure. But if that's all American kids develop, we're going to have a generation of sterile drones. (Is that, maybe, what some people half-want—quiet, productive serfs for the corporations of the future?) We've got to pay attention to spiritedness, too.

There are a number of ways to wake up and learn to aim your spiritedness. But I believe that football is one of the best. It's a game in which you get knocked down over and over and have to get up and start again. It's a game that awakens your passion and then can help you direct it at a worthwhile object: getting better at the game and maybe helping your team to win. When you have that model for how to deploy the spirit, you can use it for other aims in life.

Football is dangerous, sure. But there's plenty to do to make it much safer—beginning with making sure that coaches and the league do all they can to limit concussions. Football should be cleaned up, then made available to all young people who want to play, girls and boys alike.

If we Americans continue to create generations of stolid Achievers, we're going to lose what edge we have. We're going to become blander and more bureaucratic, less daring and less adventurous.

Intelligence is marvelous. But Plato insisted that the leading citizens in his ideal state, the Republic, were both smart and highly spirited. And if a republic is going to be worth anything, they have to be.

Mark Edmundson teaches at the University of Virginia. His book, Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game, is out from Penguin.

ISIS Video Intensifies Pressure on Britain

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:11 AM PDT

The release of a video showing the brutal murder of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who wrote for TIME and other news organizations, poses urgent questions not only for the U.S. but also for Britain.

Sotloff was the second U.S. national to be paraded before his death by a masked member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). The militant’s accent appears to mark him out as a Londoner and British media have dubbed him “Jihadi John” after former hostages suggested he may be one of a trio of British ISIS fighters they referred to as “the Beatles” during their own captivity. At the end of an earlier video announcing the death of U.S. photojournalist James Foley, the masked militant turned to the captive Sotloff, clad in an orange jumpsuit, and warned he would be next. The latest recording includes a similar death threat, this time against a British hostage, whose family has asked that his name be withheld from media reports.

British authorities have known for some time that ISIS was holding a Briton along with as many as 20 other prisoners, but had deliberately sought to keep this situation quiet, believing under-the-radar contacts with the captors enhanced the chances of the hostage’s release. News of the specific threat unleashed calls for the British authorities to do something. Their problem is that the range of options open is limited and fraught with risks.

In the U.S., President Obama drew fire for an Aug. 28 press conference by seeming to admit to a lack of strategy for fighting ISIS. The policy vacuum across the Atlantic has been even more pronounced. Just over a year ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a House of Commons vote to endorse U.K. participation in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Syrian regime, triggering a series of events that led to the abandonment of the U.S. plan. “It is clear to me,” said Cameron at the time, “that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.” Britain’s enthusiastic intervention in Iraq and elsewhere during Tony Blair’s premiership undoubtedly left Britons deeply wary of fresh military deployments, especially in support of U.S. campaigns. Meanwhile, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has wrestled with internal divisions over measures to combat jihadism at home, whether by inhibiting travel to and from conflict zones—one proposal would see British nationals potentially denied a right of return—or by toughening surveillance measures on suspected jihadis.

News of the British hostage at mortal risk from an English-sounding jihadi may be the catalyst that sees a British government again joining forces with the U.S. Cameron appeared in the House of Commons today to condemn the “abhorrent and barbaric” killings of Foley and Sotloff and to issue a message to ISIS: “These people need to understand we will not waver in our aim of defeating terrorism.” Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour party, pledged support for this aspiration.

“The key issue is stopping the momentum of [ISIS] and there does seem to be an effective formula for that which is reinforcing and arming the Kurdish forces and combining that with airstrikes,” says Nigel Inkster, director of Transnational Threats and Political Risks at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. “This won't solve the problem of [ISIS] because they have a strong hinterland in Syria, but would buy time to pursue other strategies. The behavior of [ISIS] and the threat it poses is such that this might be a much more saleable proposition than was the case with Syria.”

Charles Bird, a teaching fellow at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at Scotland’s St Andrews university, also perceives a new British readiness for action but warns that any reaction “must be dispassionate”. As a U.K. diplomat, he was seconded to the British military during and after the invasion of Iraq and sees a warning for Britain in the intentional parallels between ISIS hostage-killing and the similar bloody dramatics staged by Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi. Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant who founded al-Qaeda in Iraq, serves as a malign role model for ISIS, inspiring its use of hostages to gain publicity and provoke a confrontation with the West. “There are lessons that we've learned from Iraq,” says Bird. “At one stage it looked like Zarqawi's group was making quite a bit of progress, but then it was the Sunni tribes that said 'no actually we've had enough of this; we don't like this brand of Islam'.” Bird says Britain should focus on finding partners on the ground in Iraq and Syria to oppose ISIS. “We have to be very careful that in trying to squash the [ISIS] bubble we're not throwing fuel on a future fire.”

In fact, Britain might serve a useful role in helping the U.S. to broaden support for action against ISIS, in particular in helping to get Turkey on board, says Peter Neumann, a professor at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation based at London’s King’s College. “Turkey has an interest in the Kurds not becoming America’s only friend in the region.”

Nato leaders arriving today in Wales for a summit that already had a full agenda discussing Russian aggression in Ukraine are likely to hash out some of these options in bilateral meetings. Back in Westminster, work is continuing to look at ways of inhibiting the flow of young British Muslims to Iraq and Syria and to reduce the threat they may pose to the U.K., where the terror threat level was raised from “substantial” to “severe” on Aug. 29. Ghaffar Hussain of the Quilliam Foundation, which describes itself as “the world’s first counter-extremism think tank,” thinks that it is in this area that the British government is particularly lacking. “The government talks a lot about stopping terrorists. It’s almost too late if you’re doing this when people are already radicalized.” He argues that the presence of “Jihadi John” and other Britons in the ranks of ISIS shows how urgently Britain needs to focus on preventative work, to counter the narratives and recruitment processes that draw British youth to radical Islam. “Currently in the U.K. that’s not happening at all,” he says.

Joan Rivers Moved Out of Intensive Care, Daughter Says

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 11:01 AM PDT

Comedian Joan Rivers has been moved out of intensive care, her daughter said Wednesday.

“My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. The update came a day after she said the comedy legend, 81, was “still on life support.”

Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords last Thursday at a New York clinic and was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital. Melissa Rivers flew from California with her 13-year-old son, Cooper, to be by her side…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

Netflix Scores Rights to Fox’s Gotham

Posted: 03 Sep 2014 10:57 AM PDT

Gotham hasn’t aired a single episode yet. It won’t do so for another three weeks (its highly anticipated — and mostly well-received — pilot airs on Fox on Sept. 22), but this reality hasn’t deterred Netflix from jumping out in front and investing heavily in the show. The streaming service is paying a reported $1.75 million per episode for the exclusive video on demand rights for the superhero-less superhero show starring Benjamin Mackenzie and Donal Logue. Episodes are expected to be made available on Netflix in the fall of 2015.

The deal not only demonstrates Netflix’s great confidence in Gotham, which is being helmed by Rome showrunner Bruno Heller, but also its willingness to mix and match superhero universes that are currently engaged in a fevered arms race on both the big and small screen. The streaming service is expected to release its own superhero series, Daredevil, in May 2015. Daredevil is part of the Marvel Comics Universe, whereas Gotham (as well as Arrow, which Netflix also streams) is part of the DC universe. Though there’s no guarantee, the smart money’s on Netflix also adding CW’s The Flash after its first season. And Netflix already has The Avengers and other Marvel films available on demand.

Basically, if you’re some sort of audio-visual representation of a superhero story — with or without a superhero — Netflix wants you.

[Hollywood Reporter]


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