Polecat Cast 107: Discord… Cesspool of the Internet

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Concierge, Student, Illustrator at Mercury Theater, Good Guy Comics
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Join us on the Polecat Cast as we discuss Marvel Execs change of heart, Discord the cesspool of the internet, and a new male contraceptive no one wants to pay for! Tune in @6pm Eastern


SJWs Don’t Read Comic Books? Nawww…

By Max Derrat

Hey kids! Do you like comic books? No? Do you know who Steve Rogers is? No? Do you want to force comic book creators to make characters and story lines that push your ideological agenda and then continue to not buy them when they concede? Yeah? Well guess what? Thanks to your craptastic attitude, the comic book medium is struggling more than it should to stay alive nowadays. Even though that’s a primary reason, and we all know it, even the execs over at Marvel don’t want to admit it in full at the risk of being dogpiled. For example, this past week, Marvel Comics VP of Sales, David Gabriel gave an interview to ICV2 regarding a slump in sales back in October 2016. The primary reason he gave was that there was so much content on shelves that there isn’t enough profit, but he also said there is a possibility that tastes have changed. When pressed on what he meant, he backed off and said that that question probably isn’t for him to answer, but rather the retailers. What he “heard” from them is that customers aren’t responding to the implementation of characters with a wide array of sexual and racial characteristics. Quote:

“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity…that’s what we saw in sales. We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against.”

You hear that? That is the sound of a thousand terrible things heading this way? Of course, the SJWs retaliated and cited every possible reason but the one the VP cited for why this is happening. Of course, some are legitimate. Comics aren’t selling as well as they used to, constant reboots and crossovers are getting boring for some. Why would they dog-pile the VP though? He wasn’t saying this; the retailers were. Of course, this is another clear example of the Internet outrage machine getting out of hand… AGAIN.

Source: https://heatst.com/culture-wars/marvel-exec-claims-forced-diversity-female-led-comics-responsible-for-slump/?mod=sm_fb_post


New male contraceptive is safe, effective and inexpensive – but no company has agreed to sell it

By Araweg

Doctors are currently on the cusp of launching the first new male contraceptive in more than a century. However, these doctors are not from some Big Pharma lab; rather, the breakthrough has been emerging from a university startup in the heart of rural India. So far, results show that the product is safe, effective, and easy to use, but it is gaining little traction with drug-makers. Now, not to sound too cynical, but one possible reason for the lack of interest may be, according to estimates from the last major drug company to explore the area, that “a new birth control method for men has the potential to win as much as half the $10 billion market for female contraceptives worldwide and cut into the $3.2 billion of annual condom sales, businesses dominated by pharmaceutical giants Bayer AG, Pfizer Inc., and Merck & Co.” Methinks said pharmaceutical giants probably want to maintain those billion dollar industries, and it’s usually best not to fix something that isn’t broken. Indeed, despite all of the benefits that this male contraception could have across the world, so far only one U.S. non-profit has taken up development of the technology outside of India. And it’s a shame too: the procedure itself is 98% effective at preventing pregnancy (or about the same as condoms if they are used every time), and has no major side effects while lasting up to over a decade unless the choice is made to reverse it. But don’t worry, men. I’m sure Big Pharma will come around soon enough… for the right price that is.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-male-contraceptive-20170401-story.html


Jordan Peterson Denied Grant

L Kemlo

After 25 years of continual grant money, Professor Jordan Peterson’s federal research grant application has been denied. Peterson is suspicious the first denial in his long academic career from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is linked to the controversy surrounding his stand on gender-neutral pronouns.

Peterson stood openly against Bill C-16, which included “gender identity” and “gender expression” in the Canadian Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code, despite knowing he was vulnerable to attacks on his grant funding and clinical psychologist license.

He says the rejection “[is] all the same to me … But it’s cut the legs out from under my graduate students. […] Almost all of [the grant money] is used to pay my grad students their supplement so they can get their PhDs.” The application was for continuing research in the investigation of the structure of personality, assessing personality and political beliefs and for online interventions for people to improve performance at school and work.

Source: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/an-opportunity-to-make-their-displeasure-known-government-pulls-funding-of-pronoun-professor


Discord About Discord

By Mike J.

Voice and text based internet chat programs haven’t changed much in recent years. Most of the dependable standbys such as Skype, Ventrillo, Mumble, and TeamSpeak are all at least a decade old, and it shows. Recently a new chat program called Discord has appeared on the block and it’s taken the internet by storm. Boasting a user friendly setup, the ability to be used in-browser with no download needed, and no cost to start a server, it’s easy to see why so many flocked to it. But even with it’s spectacular rise in popularity, it still has it’s detractors. An article from Kotaku by writer Bryan Menegus names Discord as “The Web’s New Cesspool Of Abuse”. Throughout the article, Menegus tells of far-right communities, such as 4chan’s /pol/, descending onto muslim and LGBT communities in order to raid and harass them. He further states that the victims have little in the way of defense and that Discord staff isn’t doing enough to moderate their service. This couldn’t be further from the truth as community administrators have a plethora of options in dealing with raids and trolls. This article seeks to place the blame squarely on the ones running Discord as if it is their duty to police each of their over ten-thousand channels. While better tools can always be put in place, trolls and raids can never truly be stopped. So let Discord proceed forward in the way they deem fit, they appear to have a handle on things so far and their 25 million plus users seem to agree.

Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/01/opinion/sunday/manhood-in-the-age-of-trump.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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