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  1. Wtf, this is so stupid. Calling someone "parent 1" is like talking to a robot.... French schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week. Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it “dehumanises” parenthood, is “ugly” and could lead to rows over who gets to be “parent 1”. The amendment was passed by MPs on Tuesday night as part of a wider so-called law to build “a school of trust”, which among other things also makes attendance compulsory for all three-year-olds. “This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school,” said Valérie Petit, MP for the majority REM party of President Emmanuel Macron. Ms Petit, from the Nord department, said that the words mother and father, on all school documents such as pertaining to the canteen or authorising children to go on excursions, no longer took into account the recently-passed gay marriage law, nor the existence of same sex parents. She added: “We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.” Socialist MP Joaquim Pueyot also praised the reform as “a question of respect and dignity”. “You cannot imagine the consequences when children don’t feel treated like the others,” he said. FCPE, France’s biggest parent’s federation, called “a very good thing”. “It echos the (recent) law on fighting harassment because often situations of child harassment target kids who don’t fit the current criteria.” But the move angered the mainstream conservative Republicans, or LR, party and the far-Right. Conservative MP Xavier Breton said: “When I hear people say this is an old-fashioned model, I would remind people that today among unions celebrated, civil or marital, some 95 per cent are man-woman couples.” Conservative MP Fabien Di Filippo denounced a “frightening ideology, which in the name of limitless egalitarianism promotes removing points of reference, including those regarding the family”. The idea of replacing mother and father by parent 1 and 2 was already mooted during the debate leading to the 2013 law legalising same sex marriage but was not inscribed into legislation at the time. Indeed, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the current education minister, had opposed the amendment on the grounds that this need not be a legislative matter. Eric Ciotti, another Right-wing MP, said: “They swore this was fantasy, that it would never happen. The negation of gender deconstructs the balance of our society.” Traditionalists were appalled. Ludovine de la Rochère, president of the Manif Pour Tous organisation that opposes gay marriage, called it “totally dehumanising”. “Children need bearings,” she said. Meanwhile Marine Le Pen, head of the far-Right National Rally, said “the mask has fallen” from the Macron camp regarding its view of society. Jordan Bardella, head of RN’s European election list, said the move was part of an attempt to “ideologically condition children”, even claiming that “totalitarianism is not far off”. The Right wasn’t the only camp to express scepticism. AFDH, the French association for same sex parents, said that while it welcomed providing a way for such parents to be “included in forms”, it warned it could create a “parental hierarchy”. “Who is ‘parent number 1’ and who is ‘parent number 2’?,” asked AFDH president Alexandre Urwicz, who called for more “inclusive” forms including the boxes “father, mother and legal representative”. Jean-Michel Aphatie, editorialist on Europe 1 radio, said that while the change was logical to keep step with “administrative reality”, turning parents into numbers was “very administrative and very ugly”. The amendment could yet be rejected by the majority-Right Senate but will then return to the National Assembly for a final reading. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/14/schools-france-replace-mother-father-parent-1-2-controversial/
  2. Over a dozen western songs have been banned from being played in daylight hours by Indonesia's conservative West Java province. A list of 85 songs, including 17 western songs, has been singled out by the West Java broadcasting commission for containing what was deemed to be adult and offensive content. This includes Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You", Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder", and Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like". A memorandum issued on Tuesday, 26 February warned that the listed songs should only be played or broadcast between 10pm and 3am. “In this case, what is banned is not the songs, but the lyrics of the songs that contain *****graphy, *****graphic association, and obscenity,” Rahmat Arifin, deputy head of the commission, told Tempo.co. The full list of Western songs is as follows: “Love Me Harder” – Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd “Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers “Dusk Till Dawn” – ZAYN “Let Me” – ZAYN “Sangria Wine” – Pharrell & Camila Cabello “Bad Things” – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello “Plot Twist” – Sigrid “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran “Overdose” – Agnez Mo feat. Chris Brown “Makes Me Wonder” – Maroon 5 “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars “Versace On The Floor” – Bruno Mars “**** it, Don’t Want You Back” – Eamon “Midsummer Madness” – 88rising “Till it Hurts” – Yellow Claw “Your Song” – Rita Ora https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/27/pornographic-songs-by-ed-sheeran-and-ariana-grande-banned-in-indonesian-province
  3. This was published in 2013 but I just came across this and it's honestly very scary and it makes me angry that people would do this.
  4. From the Guardian: He's literally going up against the wealthiest man in the world, he's about to get scalped even further
  5. Karl Lagerfeld has died at 85, according to reports in France. The iconic fashion designer, who was the creative director of Chanel, died after a period of ill health that lasted for weeks. Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday, February 19th, French magazine Closer reports. He had missed two of Chanel's haute couture shows in Paris on January 22, but the fashion company only said he was feeling tired. https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/breaking-karl-lagerfeld-dead-85-14019724
  6. Currently on mobile https://start.att.net/news/read/article/people-lee_radziwill_jackie_kennedys_younger_sister_dies-rtime/category/entertainment
  7. With Aquaman being a billion-dollar hit, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. wants more waterworks from its DC Comics hero. But while any discussions of a direct sequel have not engaged on any sort of serious level by the studio, director James Wan or star Jason Momoa, with all the players seemingly intent on taking a breather and their time, there is talk of a spinoff. Warners has hired newbie scribes Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to pen a horror-tinged script centered on the Trench, the deadly amphibious creatures seen attacking the hero and his love, Mera, in Aquaman. Wan and Peter Safran will produce the project, titled The Trench, which would be much more modestly budgeted than the normal DC superhero tentpole. The Trench creatures are rather recent arrivals to the Aquaman lore, having been introduced in the comics only in 2011 when DC did a revamp of its entire publishing line. They are revealed to be part of the kingdom of Atlantis but when it sunk, inhabitants who were cut off from other survivors and evolved into ravenous monsters. Details of the take are being kept submerged but it will be set in the kingdom of the Trench and will not feature the main cast of Aquaman. Gardner and Fitzgerald were assistants at Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’ production shingle, during the filmmaker’s Super 8 period. They previously wrote a submarine thriller titled The Volos. The duo is repped by WME. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/aquaman-spinoff-works-1184285
  8. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/modern-family-final-season-11-abc-1203128742/ I generally post the article rather than just the link, but I think the title pretty much does the trick here
  9. Did you know that wool kills? PETA and our international affiliates have exposed cruelty to sheep in 99 wool-industry operations on four continents. Workers violently punched them in the face, stomped and stood on their heads and necks, threw and cut them, and beat them on the head with clippers. Why do people do that to these sensitive animals? Well, shearers are often paid by the number of sheep they shear, rather than by the hour, so they have an incentive to work quickly and recklessly. It's common for them to cut off large swaths of skin from the sheep while they rush through shearing them. In the commercial wool industry—from which mainstream stores such as Forever 21 obtain wool—none of the millions of sheep are safe. Cruelty to sheep is the norm in the wool industry despite any #FakeAssurances that companies and industry groups give. No company should be profiting from animal abuse. Tell Forever 21 to Drop WooL Follow @Never21 on Instagram to Speak Up f0r Sheep For all animals, Michelle Feinberg Senior Advocacy Strategist PETA
  10. HMV has been saved from administration for a second time in six years. 100 of the entertainment retailer's stores have been purchased by Doug Putman, owner of Canadian chain Sunrise Records. The winning bid for HMV is undisclosed. 27 of the store's branches have not been saved and will close indefinitely, resulting in 455 job losses. 1,487 jobs have however been retained, with a further 122 secured in warehouses. Four of the sites staying afloat are under the Fopp sister brand. "We are delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK and add nearly 1,500 employees to our growing team," explained Mr. Putman. "By catering to music and entertainment lovers, we are incredibly excited about the opportunity to engage customers with a diverse range of physical format content, and replicate our success in Canada." https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/hmv-rescued-from-administration-by-canadian-firm-sunrise-records-and-entrepreneur-doug-putman__25485/
  11. The Motion Picture Academy, responding to a widespread backlash to its initial plan to only spotlight two of the best original song nominees on the Oscarcast, is now planning to have all five nominated songs performed on the Feb. 24 show, Variety has learned. Earlier today, the Academy tweeted that Jennifer Hudson would perform “I’ll Fight,” the Diane Warren-penned song from the documentary “Rbg.” A subsequent tweet announced a “spoiler” that “The Place Where the Lost Things Go” would be “performed by a surprise special guest.” Previously, the plan had been to include only the top 10 hits “Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born,” and “All the Stars,” from “Black Panther.” Producers last week told representatives for the remaining three nominees that there wasn’t time to perform all five songs in a streamlined show. But now, sources tell Variety that offers have gone out to reps from all five to perform the songs. https://variety.com/2019/music/news/oscars-invite-all-five-best-song-nominees-1203125178/
  12. WWE security making fans take off AEW shirts at Royal Rumble. for those who don't know AEW is a new promotion that will be airing on TNT network in 7 months. Vince McMahon's first rival promotion since WCW was bought in March 2001. Fans are being subjected to taking their entire shirt off in front of the crowd.
  13. THE FIRST BIG RELEASE OF 2019 ...is not what you'd expect. http://m.hitsdailydouble.com/ under coming soon Miley? Drake? Justin Bieber?
  14. Best Picture Black Panther - Kevin Feige, Producer BlacKkKlansman - Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers Bohemian Rhapsody - Graham King, Producer The Favourite - Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers Green Book - Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers Roma - Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers A Star Is Born - Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers Vice - Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers Actress in a Leading Role Yalitza Aparicio, Roma Glenn Close, The Wife Olivia Colman, The Favourite Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Actor in a Leading Role Christian Bale, Vice Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Viggo Mortensen, Green Book Directing BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee Cold War - Paweł Pawlikowski The Favourite - Yorgos Lanthimos Roma - Alfonso Cuarón Vice - Adam McKay Actor in a Supporting Role Mahershala Ali, Green Book Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Sam Rockwell, Vice Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams, Vice Marina de Tavira, Roma Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk Emma Stone, The Favourite Rachel Weisz, The Favourite Adapted Screenplay The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen BlacKkKlansman - Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty If Beale Street Could Talk - Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins A Star Is Born - Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters Cinematography Cold War - Łukasz Żal The Favourite - Robbie Ryan Never Look Away - Caleb Deschanel Roma - Alfonso Cuarón A Star Is Born - Matthew Libatique Animated Feature Film Incredibles 2 - Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle Isle of Dogs - Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson Mirai - Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito Ralph Breaks the Internet - Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Original Score Black Panther - Ludwig Goransson BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard If Beale Street Could Talk - Nicholas Britell Isle of Dogs - Alexandre Desplat Mary Poppins Returns - Marc Shaiman Original Song “All The Stars” from Black Panther - Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe “I’ll Fight” from RBG - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns - Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman “Shallow” from A Star Is Born - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
  15. Only two of this year’s five Oscar-nominated songs may be performed live on the Academy Awards show Feb. 24, Variety has learned. Multiple sources tell Variety that the two biggest chart hits — Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” — are the two chosen by Academy execs and show producers for performance on the telecast. The other three — “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” — would likely be acknowledged only during the announcement of the song nominees. Rumors of their exclusion is already causing consternation among members of the music branch as well as among those nominees’ respective camps. The Academy declined specific comment except to say that no decision on song performances has been made yet. A source with knowledge of the Academy’s thinking says cutting songs is less a knock on the nominees than something long discussed as part of this year’s mandate to limit the show to three hours. The Academy has hinted that several Oscars (for so-called “craft” categories such as sound editing and sound mixing) will be presented during commercials, an already controversial move. Read more: https://variety.com/2019/film/awards/oscars-lady-gaga-kendrick-lamar-best-song-performers-cut-1203117143/
  16. From CNN: Florida Today noted this is Florida's seventh mass shooting in less than three years.
  17. Spotify is getting ready to enable a block feature in its apps to mute artists you don’t want to hear from. Spotify is currently testing the “don’t play this artist” feature in its latest iOS app, and The Verge has been able to test the new block functionality ahead of its release soon. The feature simply lets you block an entire artist from playing, so that songs from the artist will never play from a library, playlist, chart list, or even radio stations on Spotify. The block feature works on songs by an individual artist, but it doesn’t currently apply to tracks that an artist is featured on. Thurrott first spotted the feature, and notes that Spotify originally decided not to offer blocking “after serious consideration” back in 2017. Spotify has now reversed that decision. source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/21/18191332/spotify-block-feature-mute-artists-music
  18. It's not clear yet whether this is a track from a High as Hope re-release or a new era. She has a history of premiering tracks from new albums really early, so it wouldn't be out of character.
  19. Mobile again but https://start.att.net/news/read/article/rolling_stone-pedophile_confesses_to_killing_jonbenet_ramsey_in-rpenskemc/category/news+