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Trump's Election Day vaccine "miracle"

Welcome, dear readers, to my semi-regular coronavirus roundup.


Bob Woodward's new book reveals that Trump was aware that the coronavirus was dangerous and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus" even as he publicly downplayed the threat and failed to act to save lives. (article now updated with audio of Trump's interview)
"This is deadly stuff," Trump told Woodward on February 7.
In a series of interviews with Woodward, Trump revealed that he had a surprising level of detail about the threat of the virus earlier than previously known. "Pretty amazing," Trump told Woodward, adding that the coronavirus was maybe five times "more deadly" than the flu.
Trump also admitted to intentionally downplaying the threat:
"I wanted to always play it down," Trump told Woodward on March 19, even as he had declared a national emergency over the virus days earlier. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

Election day vaccine

A group of nine leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies pledged on Tuesday to only seek approval for Covid-19 vaccines demonstrated to be safe and effective.
The pledge comes as Trump hypes the possibility of a vaccine before Election Day. His timeline has been pushed forward from “by the end of the year” to “before November 1st” and, most recently, “during the month of October.”
During his Labor Day press-briefing-turned-campaign-event, Trump said: "[It's] going to be done in a very short period of time -- could even have it during the month of October” (clip).
Trump went on to explicitly ties the vaccine to his re-election schedule: “We'll have the vaccine soon, maybe before a special date. You know what date I'm talking about” (clip).
Despite saying the quiet part out loud himself, the president tried to cast Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the ones politicizing the vaccine process: “They’re going to make the vaccine into a negative… They’re saying ‘wow, Trump’s pulled this off, let’s disparage the vaccine.’ That’s so bad for this country, that’s so bad for the world to even say that and that’s what they’re saying” (clip). Unfortunately, many media outlets have portrayed the issue as a “both sides” argument.
Federal officials and health experts say Trump’s Election-oriented timeline is unlikely. NPR spoke with Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser for the administration's vaccine development program, who said he expects to have "enough vaccine to immunize the U.S. population by the middle of 2021.”
Case in point, development on the vaccine Trump was rumored to be betting on, the AstraZeneca-Oxford project, was put on hold due to a suspected serious adverse reaction in a participant.
But the point may not be to have a vaccine fully available to the public; Trump can simply claim the “deep state” is holding things up, blaming Biden/Harris for the pandemic under his watch. Furthermore, experts say there is no way our government and existing infrastructure will be ready to distribute, administer, and track doses by November. Health departments will also need an infusion of federal aid, a proposal that seems out of reach with a Republican-controlled Senate afraid to spend any more money during the pandemic.
...many health departments are so overwhelmed with the current costs of the pandemic — such as for testing and contact tracing — that they can’t reserve money for the vaccine work to come. Health departments will need to hire people to administer the vaccines and systems to track them, and pay for supplies such as protective medical masks, gowns and gloves, as well as warehouses and refrigerator space.

America alone

Meanwhile, the U.S. is backing down from the global fight against the pandemic, further enshrining Trump’s “America First” perspective into official policy. The Trump administration declined to join a global effort to develop, manufacture, and equitably distribute a coronavirus vaccine, in part because the World Health Organization is involved. U.S. allies including Japan, Germany, and the European Commission back the effort.
“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” said Judd Deere, a spokesman for the White House.
  • Further reading: The Trump administration said it won't pay more than $60 million in dues it owes to the World Health Organization.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, in charge of distributing global assistance related to the pandemic, is shutting down its only pandemic-focused task force. Other agency bureaus and divisions will take on its functions.

Sturgis comes home

South Dakota (+120%), Iowa (+81%), and North Dakota (+66%) have seen the largest 2-week increase in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, compared to the two weeks before.
These three states were also the “epicenter” of the Sturgis motorcycle rally last month. The event packed nearly 500,000 people into a small town in South Dakota, with rallygoers attending from - and returning to - all around the country. Photos and reports from Sturgis documented a startling lack of face masks and social distancing precautions.
According to a new study, over 250,000 coronavirus cases can be contributed to the rally. Assuming a cost of $46,000/case, the authors estimated the rally cost $12.2 billion. “This is enough to have paid each of the estimated 462,182 rally attendees $26,553.64 not to attend,” they write.
SD, IA, and ND do not have statewide face mask mandates. In fact, the Dakotas are two of just five states that do not allow local officials to require masks (the others are ID, MO, and OK). Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been told by the White House that the state’s outbreak is the steepest in the nation and urged officials to require mask-wearing statewide. Reynolds has yet to do so.

Alabama schools

Alabama has the fourth-most daily new cases per 100k people (after ND, SD, and IA) despite a statewide face mask order. The state has largely lifted all social distancing measures and has encouraged schools to reopen with in-person classes and sports. According to a NYT database, four-year universities in Alabama have over 4,000 coronavirus cases just weeks after opening.
The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa accounts for over 1,300 of the cases. Professors at the school were reportedly told by the administration not to talk about the outbreak - not even to inform students if someone in their class tests positive. The mayor of Tuscaloosa let bars near the university reopen on Tuesday.
  • Further reading: Alabama is starting to see a payoff from its mask mandate, in place since mid-July. New covid cases have been cut in half over the past month and coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals fell to the lowest level since June.
  • Remember the news articles praising Trump’s new “tone” on masks? During Monday’s press conference, Trump tried to bully a reporter into taking off his face mask when asking a question (clip). The reporter, Jeff Mason of Reuters, refused. Apparently, this annoyed Trump so much that he was still griping about it on Twitter Tuesday (clip).

Trump pushes for sports

After weeks of haranguing schools to bring back sports, Trump has reportedly offered Big Ten football teams access to the national government’s reserve of rapid COVID-19 tests.
The new, cheaper […] tests could be the key that unlocks the door back to the Horseshoe and stadiums around the conference. And the White House might be willing to assist in that effort by potentially designating part of its supply to the Big Ten after buying 150 million rapid tests last week from Abbott Laboratories.
The president is so attached to the idea of college football resuming that he is pushing the Big Ten conference to go ahead without the participation of three schools, blaming the governors of Michigan, Illinois, and Maryland for the conference’s vote to cancel.

Mitch plays games

The Republican-controlled Senate is planning on voting on a scaled-down coronavirus relief package as early as this week. The “skinny” bill is unlikely to become law as Democrats feel it does not adequately address the magnitude of the crisis the nation is facing. McConnell is hoping a Senate vote on coronavirus aid - any aid - will help vulnerable Republicans up for re-election.
The Republican bill is expected to include a federal unemployment benefit, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, and more money for coronavirus testing and schools, as well as liability protections from lawsuits related to the virus. McConnell didn't release a price tag for the forthcoming bill, but it is expected to be at least $500 billion — half of the $1 trillion package Republicans previously unveiled in late July.
One of the reasons - perhaps the main reason - for the breakdown of relief bill negotiations may be new White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who served with Meadows on the Oversight Committee, told The Hill:
“Closing deals is not Mark Meadows’s strong suit. His whole track record is: blow it up… If you ask yourself what’s the difference between April and May, when we did reach big, broad bipartisan consensus, and today, the variable is Mark Meadows.”

Miscellaneous news

Lost in the Sauce was so long this week that I had to omit a couple of sections. I’ll include them here instead.
Immigration: Federal Judge Dolly Gee ordered DHS to cease using hotels as detention facilities for migrant children it seeks to expel from the border.
Gee said the use of hotels for detention purposes violates the Flores agreement because the locations lack sufficient oversight, state licenses to hold minors and standards for the care of young children. Minors have also faced a "woefully inadequate" process to seek the help of lawyers, who have been barred from entering the hotels, Gee added, citing declarations from attorneys who said they struggled to reach detained children.
  • Further reading: “Watchdog confirms botched family reunifications kept migrant children waiting in vans overnight,” NBC; “Trump nominee had role in removing prosecutor opposed to family separations,” Guardian
Immigration: The Trump administration has drafted a proposal that would dramatically expand the number of people required to provide biometrics for their immigration applications, while also increasing the personal information the government can demand, such as eye scans, voice prints, DNA, and photographs for facial recognition.
Immigration: The Border Patrol made a dramatized YouTube video depicting a Spanish-speaking attacker stabbing and killing a man in a dark alley after escaping from U.S. agents - “a clip apparently created to dramatize President Trump’s depiction of migrants as fearsome criminals.” The agency removed the video following backlash.
Environment: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened an inquiry earlier this year into whether Trump political appointees illegally weakened rules meant to protect whales from oil industry seismic airgun blasting. Then, just as quietly, it halted the probe.
Environment: The Trump administration proposed a rule change that would make it easier to permit oil and gas drilling operations in national forests. The move comes as a watchdog report reveals the oil and gas industry has been allowed to pay far less than usual to the government for the right to drill on public lands under a controversial Trump administration coronavirus relief policy. Furthermore, the administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, including oil and gas drilling, hazardous fuel pipelines, wind farms, and highway projects in multiple states.
Environment: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposal that would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to more energy development and other activities.
World: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against two International Criminal Court officials -- the Trump administration's most aggressive move yet to try to deter an ICC investigation into possible war crimes by US military and intelligence officials.
World: How Donald Trump took down the Robert Mueller of Latin America: At the center of the story is an alleged quid pro quo between Donald Trump and Jimmy Morales, a former television comedian who was elected president of Guatemala.
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Audio Drama/Fiction/RPG Debuts - July 2020

I've got what I think is a mostly exhaustive list of the new audio drama series that came out in July, which may be of interest to those looking for new shows. See below. Anyone want to tell me any I've missed, and I'll update it? (Note, "new" here means that the Ep1 of the RSS feed was released, or a previously non-fiction feed started producing fiction.) Listened to any of them that you would recommend?
Previous months are available here:
And the ongoing updates (just in case you don't want to wait for the end of the month) are available here:
And I do a weekly podcast collecting a few trailers here:

7/1: A Girl's Fiction (Fiction - Anthology)
Synopsis: Hi guys! And welcome to A Girl's Fiction. This is a podcast where I'll be writing stories exclusively for this podcast and will be sharing them with you. I hope that you're able to relate with some of these stories. If not, I hope that you can find some enjoyment in these stories.
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7/1: Citadel Goes Viral (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: Hi! This is Citadel Arts Group, a Leith based theatre company dedicated to giving a voice to older people. When the Covid virus hit the country, all our projects had to go on hold. That was when we turned to Zoom and we gave our playwrights group the challenge of creating short audio scripts for Citadel to record using the new technology - well, new to us anyway!

7/1: Piano Teeth (Fiction - Anthology)
Synopsis: A podcast from Piano Teeth. The voice inside your head. Expect darkly-comic, surreal and strange adventures all from the comfort of your own mind.
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7/1: Shadow of Arcanum (RPG - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: It has been 20 years since Vecna was defeated and Exandria has only gotten darker and crueller. Five companions set out on an adventure that will change their lives forever and will make them question everything they thought they knew. Shadow of Arcanum is a full POC lgbtq+ Actual play Drama.
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7/1: The Eternity Archives (RPG - Anthology)
Synopsis: A biweekly actual play TTRPG podcast. Join us as we venture A between realms to protect the fabric of reality by exploring everything the tabletop world has to offer!
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7/1: The Mistress Files (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Synopsis: There's no such thing as true evil in this world. Evil is only defined by which side of the line one stands. Follow the tales of The Mistress, one of the most feared criminal masterminds the world has ever known, and ask yourself: Which side are you on?
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7/2: The One Stars (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: The One Stars is a Comedy Fiction Podcast. Join our host Negative Nancy and her only friend Chatbot as they fly through space aboard the decrepit Space Windu. The One Stars features 'One Star Reviews from All Across the Multiverse. All reviews in The One Stars are fictional except when otherwise noted.
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7/3: Cape Lock (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: KINH's investigative reporter Christina Glass looks into a town that only exists in peoples minds.
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7/3: Please Tell Me What To Do (Fiction - Interactive)
Synopsis: Speed-written audio drama. I release Friday, you vote what to do next over the weekend, we do it all over again. It's like goosebumps if the kids grew up but the author did not.

7/3: Ritual (Dramatised - Anthology)
Synopsis: Three short plays from Dirty Protest Theatre in partnership with National Theatre Wales and Sherman Theatre in association with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Arts.
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7/3: Scared By Scott (Fiction - Horror)
Synopsis: Do you like listening to scary or spooky stories? Then sit back and listen to short horror stories presented to you with minimal music and sound effects for that campfire story feel. Try not to get scared…
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7/3: The Pulp Cast (Dramatised - Anthology)
Synopsis: The Pulp Cast is a fictional audio drama presentation in nostalgic anthology style. 21st Century stories with old school panache. Depressed detectives, dangerous dames, far-out journeys to outer space, and deep into the human mind. Enjoy original teleplays and new adaptations of forgotten gems from the under-appreciated underbelly of the Golden Age, reshaped and brought to life by the Pulp Cast's creators who are joined by an endearing and enthusiastic cast of guest voice actors. Grab your flashlight and pull the sheets up high, as we leap full speed ahead into the past!
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7/4: Apocalypse Songs (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: Red Scare Theatre Company presents a five part audio drama experience. A supernatural thriller about music journalist Amy Louise Chen (Cassandra Tse) whose investigation into an obscure 1960s musician leads her down an unexpected path.
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7/4: Daring Adventures (RPG - Fantasy)
Synopsis: Follow along with this intrepid crew as they set out on Daring Adventures.
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7/4: Figuring Out Will: A Radio Play (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: In a world full of emotional pitfalls, one geeky teen will join forces with his two best friends to face his insecurities and escape the friend zone by realizing it never even existed in the first place. Comedy. Drama. Doritos. Get ready to figure out Will. “Figuring Out Will” is a coming-of-age story set in a video store written by Alec Kerr that made its debut at the NYSummerfest Theater Festival at the Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan August 2018.

7/4: Green Door Theatre Company (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: Just imagine: it's Halloween night, winds are whistling through the crooked trees, darkness falls - and you begin to listen to the spookiest radio play ever recorded by Green Door Theatre!

7/4: Surely You Quest (RPG - Fantasy)
Synopsis: Avast and Ahoy! Prepare yourselves for high seas adventures and shenanigans as 3 heroes find out what awaits them in the mysterious oceanic world of the Chroma Archipelago. Jenny (Played by Hayley Rose), Lenny (Played by Mike Patten), and Pidge (Played by Blue Lennox), embark into the world of DM, Ryan Mitchum's, creation. What awaits will be incredible, daring, or at the very least hilarious.
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7/4: Tales of the Resistance (Dramatised - Anthology)
Synopsis: The San Francisco Mime Troupe present four two-part original political comedy audio plays, broadcast bi-weekly, each written and performed by Mime Troupe veterans and newcomers, and each in a different style. Each episode will be about 25 minutes long, and presented as podcasts and as radio shows on stations across the country.

7/4: This American Wasteland (Dramatised - Post-apocalypse)
Synopsis: This American Wasteland is an audio drama that follows an aftermath. Archived accounts narrate this story of a post-apocalyptic America.
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7/4: Welcome to the Revolution…Go Pats (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: A comedy audio-play about the American Revolution.
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7/5: Lost and Broken Things (Fiction - Horror)
Synopsis: Lost and Broken Things is a podcast featuring tales of original short fiction, generally exploring topics of a dark and disturbing nature.
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7/6: Dungeon Dive Bar (RPG - Fantasy)
Synopsis: Join seven friends as they delve deep into the ancient and mysterious Emerald Spire!
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7/6: Once Upon A Time In Trieste (Dramatised - Historical)
Synopsis: A 19th Century princess and a 20th Century revolutionary are trapped in a fairy tale castle, both struggling to come to terms with momentous events they have helped to shape. Over a night of prayer, cards and violence, they confront each other – and their own inner demons. By morning, only one of them is left.

7/6: Room Infinity (Dramatised - Thriller)
Synopsis: Mark Infinity, a survivor of an accident that had just occurred a year ago. Although Mark was released from the hospital in a fair good state, he had one major problem! His memory of that event that put him there where mysteriously gone. With only sparks coming back through a multitude of headaches, unknown people who somehow know who he is and especially the people in the black suits who are called “The Marked Ones”.
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7/6: The Drunken Geek (RPG - Fantasy)
Synopsis: The Drunken Geek is your chance to listen in on some nerds playing roleplaying games, starting with Pathfinder 2nd Edition. Fortunately, as they're all pub quiz hosts, they're pretty funny nerds.
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7/7: Beyond the Dark (Fiction - Science fiction)
Synopsis: Atmospheric sci-fi stories. Each episode is a new world to explore. You might find yourself in the heart of a cyberpunk metropolis, a post-apocalyptic wasteland, or a strange alien world. Every story has its own professional cast, an original score and accompanying sound effects for a truly immersive experience.
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7/7: Craiglockhart (Dramatised - Historical)
Synopsis: WW1 - 1917. When DAVID ALLISTER, a facially disfigured war hero, writes a biting condemnation of the war, he is placed in the care of DR ETHAN DRURY at Craiglockhart mental hospital until he agrees to publish a retraction. While there, he meets ARTHUR BRIDGELAND, a shell-shocked soldier obsessed with returning to battle after having been labeled a coward. David delights in tormenting Arthur until he meets and falls in love with Arthur’s suffragette sister, LUCY. Steam Punk meets James Whale by way of MASTERPIECE THEATRE.
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7/7: Eternal Future Productions (Dramatised - Historical)
Synopsis: Welcome to Eternal Future Productions! We strive to create good-quality audio productions that will reach listeners of all ages with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With a brand that is wholesome and uplifting, we hope to creatively inspire, encourage and challenge in ways that not only exceed general entertainment, but reminds us of our purpose.
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7/7: Ship of Fools (RPG - Fantasy)
Synopsis: Join 4 friends on a D&D adventure through the magical seas of the Lunluma Ocean, seeking fame, fortune, and French fries. Hijinks? Guaranteed. Good decisions? Not so much.
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7/8: Would You Rather… (Dramatised - Interactive)
Synopsis: Would you rather... the conversation starter where the participants can never really win. Decisions made when nothing is at stake - our answers are perhaps crowd pleasing rather than truthful. But what if these hypotheticals actually happened? What if your or your loved one's lives depended on it? The Would You Rather... podcast is based on making choices and the repercussions which follow.
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7/10: Arsen (Dramatised - Fantasy)
Synopsis: Arsen Audio Drama follows a young woman named Aurelie who, after the death of her parents embarks on a quest to learn the truth her family and her identity in the magical world of LaFresia.
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7/10: Eastmouth (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: Pirate radio for a coastal town that is bathed in mystery. Shh, don't talk to the town council.
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7/10: Harpy Productions (Dramatised - Horror)
Synopsis: Based on a short horror story by Edwin Crowe (first published as a creepypasta) "My Father Punished Me When I Talked to Ghosts" tells the story of Sean, a blind boy living alone with his father near the edges of reality- where the dead slip back to the world of the living. This strange coming of age story deals with themes of abuse, disability, and he power of friendship to those above them both.

7/10: Like Panties for Dishrags (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: Created entirely in lockdown, Like Panties for Dishrags is an audio comedy for adults written by BBC Talent award-winner Jon Blake, also shortlisted for a Writers Guild Award, the Children’s Book Award and the Laugh Out Loud awards. Be transported for 73 minutes to the notorious Tresedd estate where hapless tutor Dominic Kingdom Duff (played by Everyman Theatre’s Peter Harding-Roberts) wades hopelessly out of his depth to bring creative writing to the locals...with surprising results.
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7/10: The Visit (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: This programme has been made entirely in Lockdown, over zoom, and in total isolation. We hope you enjoy it! Ashley and Annie met at uni. Now it’s reading week, and Ashley has travelled to Annie’s family home; a world of Waitrose, Boris the Yorkshire Terrier, and 4 cars on the driveway. But, the O’Niell family are just like any other and love a night sitting around the telly with a cup of tea, or a glass of Chablis for Mum, Julia. In this seven episode series we follow the O’Neil family through a week of madness, cultural shocks, and maybe get a little too absorbed by the telly...
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7/10: We Never Left (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: A gothic audio drama about a college graduate who returns to her small town and confronts the mysterious curse that resides in it.
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7/12: Seen and Not Heard (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: What happens when you lose something you thought you'd always have? What happens when the thing you lose is one of your senses? Bet Kline is deaf. That wasn't the case a year ago. Now that her life has been upended, she has to figure out how to carve out a new path for herself and navigate her way down it. Easier said than done.
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7/12: To Sleep Perchance to Dream (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Synopsis: An original sci-fi audio drama. It was supposed to be a way to get away from problems on earth and earn some real cash, but on their return from a distant asteroid, the mining crew awakes to alarms and difficult decisions.
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7/13: Dirty Diana (Dramatised - Erotica)
Synopsis: As an escape from her carefully curated life and dying marriage, Diana secretly runs an erotic website where women reveal their intimate sexual fantasies.
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7/13: Gates (Fiction - Science fiction)
Synopsis: A secret war is being fought in the shadows after three people were infected by a four hundred an eighty million year old race of super beings and one of the original inhabitants of Earth.The infection has spread further and now in our time it will hit the fan. Dillon and Paul, along with Evil Bill can change into anything and slip inside the very shadows cast on the ground their enemies stand on, but only when Evil Bill wills it because they are now his puppets to command.This action packed Sci-Fi follows Evil Bill, his son Paul and Dillon Briggs as they fight Sensei Shisuki and look to uncoverthe mystery of their changes!
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7/13: Lost Terminal (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Synopsis: A sci-fi podcast searching for a response to "Hello world".
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7/13: Para.docx (Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: Para.docx is a supernatural podcast following the work of the NCRD’s filing staff as they handle reports from all across America — assuming the reports themselves behave.
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7/13: Wire Canaries (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Synopsis: Wire Canaries are live, it's 11am on the 8th September 2070... A monthly amateur podcast in which two underground radio presenters, one frantic researcher, and one ex-cop struggle to uncover what's been hidden behind the dead-end investigations of eight missing people in the isolated city of Malingate.
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7/14: Endeavour: Through the Maelstrom (RPG - Fanfiction)
Synopsis: A new ship. A new crew. A new era!Endeavour: Through the Maelstrom is a Star Trek Adventures actual play set in the 25th century, decades after Star Trek: Picard. Join us as we build transwarp conduits into uncharted space.
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7/14: The Great Chameleon War (Fiction - Science fiction)
Synopsis: Welcome to the Nesting Zone: a surreal rim of jungle around Mt. Tahoma prowled by transdimensional reptiles. The Amanuensis catalogues his expedition up the volcano slope and records stories of explorers caught in the evolving dreamscape. Paleo-mythic lizard pyromancy. Blood whisper secrets. Carnivorous astronauts. Cursed poem hallucinations. Staying sane is not an option.
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7/14: WG3 - Wrestling: Grit, Guts, & Glory (Dramatised - Sport)
Synopsis: The official podcast for WG3 - Wrestling: Grit, Guts, and Glory! Every week we will break down all the action on Monday Night Substance, livestream Pay-per-views, conduct interviews with your favorite wrestlers, and dish out all the 100% unfiltered and uncensored dirt in the world of your favorite fictional wrestling world. Hardcore wrestling fiction for hardcore wrestling fans!
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7/15: ConSensual (Dramatised - Romance)
Synopsis: Romance for riot grrrls. Join us for season one, Ten Week Turnabout, a contemporary romance story featuring a strong heroine in New York City and her small town turnabout date from the life she thought she left behind.
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7/15: Fast Times at D&D High (RPG - Urban fantasy)
Synopsis: Fast Times at D&D High is a new Actual Play podcast set in a magical homebrew world from the mind of Dungeon Master Persephone!
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7/16: Dying Breeds (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: Dying Breeds is a mockumentary series about clinging onto the old ways. Your host and roving reporter, Gervaise Sareen, searches out the people and professions of yesteryear to see if their days are numbered, or whether there's life in the old dogs yet.
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7/16: The Long Short Road (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: A quick tale of one woman's interactions with charity.
7/16: The Vertical Path (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Synopsis: When Earth catches a glimpse of a war raging on a distant world, human civilization begins to develop a conflict of its own.
7/17: CALLISTO (Dramatised - Horror)
Synopsis: "I know that there is something down there beneath the surface of this moon. It’s been there billions of years, entirely alone, waiting, until we arrived - and it knows that we are here." When five astronauts are sent to one of Jupiter's moons to research its sustainability for a potential colony, they discover a mysterious signal coming from below the surface, a signal which raises the suspicion that they may not be as alone as they thought.
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7/17: The Jeane Dixon Effect (Dramatised - Historical)
Synopsis: Jeane Dixon, America’s first “celebrity psychic,” comes to life in Joseph Rodota’s play, THE JEANE DIXON EFFECT. The former Southern California housewife predicted everything from presidential assassinations to Hollywood marriages, captivating television talk show hosts and dominating supermarket tabloids. Was she a genuine psychic? Or simply delusional? And did her cat really have ESP? Starring Valerie Leonard as Jeane Dixon.
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7/17: This Mortal Coil (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: When a Hamlet-inspired murder ruins her dress rehearsal, Elissa’s delighted. The detective’s an old actor pal and she’d forgotten her lines anyway. Lured in by the promise of Jammie Dodgers, Elissa pursues a dastardly killer with a penchant for Shakespeare. A comedy audio murder mystery by award-winning writer James Beagon.
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7/17: Voices from the Unknown (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: Write. Record. Listen. A self-publishing audio platform for new writing. Writing submissions can be sent to: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). The first show is Lockdown Quiz, perhaps unsurprisingly about a quiz during lockdown.
7/18: Red Dirt DnD (RPG - Western)
Synopsis: Red Dirt DnD mashes together fantasy with the Wild West. The actual play Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons podcast takes place in the fictional country of Rutoya as four adventurers map the Ka’alban Frontier for the Dwarven train barons. Elves and Orcs collide with saloons and sheriffs in this show featuring local Oklahoma actors and D&D veterans.
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7/18: White Heron Theatre (Dramatised - Anthology)
Synopsis: In the theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the stage goes dark between performances, we always like to leave a single light burning in the house until the curtain can rise again. We call it - a “ghost light.” And until we can all meet once more at White Heron, we’re pleased to offer you something we like to call our Ghost Light Series. Original Radio Drama created especially for you, our Nantucket audience. Nantucket's White Heron Theatre Company presents White Heron Radio Theatre. Our first series, The Ghost Light Series, is adapted by Mark Shanahan from Blue Baillett's book Nantucket Ghosts, 44 True Accounts. Performed by White Heron's award-winning actors. Original music, sound design and audio production by John Gromada. Produced by White Heron Theatre Company.
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7/19: Echo Chamber Audio Plays (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Synopsis: Passionate about new-writing, we develop scripts through virtual table reads, and we make audio plays. We are interested in telling stories we dont often hear, by people we want to hear more from. All are welcome here. We want to evolve into a community of people that make and take the form forward - a true audio collective.
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7/19: Parallel Lies (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Synopsis: In which a space pirate and an AI have a really long conversation... In the distant future (and in space), Deryn wakes up in a doorless room, with only a disembodied AI voice to keep her company. Bored (and slowly losing her mind), Deryn tells Tobias her story. But not everything is as it seems.
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7/19: Rise of the Shattered Sun (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Synopsis: Rise of the Shattered Sun is an Audio Drama set 800 years in the future. After a global conflict, an unlikely source wrested peace from the jaws of chaos. The Sol system has changed, and humanity is not just for humans.
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7/20: Low Tide (Dramatised - Comedy)
Synopsis: In our world, Low Tide is a scripted comedy podcast. But in fictional Conch County, Low Tide is a popular news and culture radio program that airs on Conch Public Radio. If you're a fan of NPR, Parks and Recreation, or Welcome To Night Vale, tune in to Low Tide. We have tote bags.
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7/20: The Case Files of Donovan Thane (Dramatised - Horror)
Synopsis: Vampire Detective Donovan Thane takes on any case. Even those of the macabre and other worldly.
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7/20: The Landscape of a Heart (Fiction - Thriller)
Synopsis: Returning home from war, recovering from what should have been fatal injuries, Matt Blair has spent months in isolation in his childhood bedroom. He has been welcomed and celebrated as a war hero by his family. As summer wanes, Matt decides it's time for him to put it all behind him and move on. In a seemingly manic episode and to his family's surprise, he embarks on a vacation alone. But the world would soon crumble around him making the tragedy he was trying to move on from, just the beginning.

A rescue operation through the desolate wasteland that was once the midwest of the United States and the fateful connection to the destruction is too much to be only a coincidence.
Matt begins his true journey. A journey that will exceed the boundaries of his own life and sanity, his pain and the human collective unconscious ensues. The true Landscape of a Human Heart is revealed.
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All The Longreads (So Far)

I'm trying to work on a system that would pull only the longreads links out and shove them into their own RSS feed. It's super hacky and embarrassing and all the other things that prevent people from sharing code (I will eventually, I's only 11 lines of python right now). But, I should at least share all the links, by date, in a post. Please enjoy all the longreads:
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:56:00 -0000 * How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes * Self-driving trucks in US offer window into where machines may replace humans * When Elon Musk Tunnels Under Your Home * The Case Against Quantum Computing * HOW GOOGLE AND AMAZON GOT AWAY WITH NOT BEING REGULATED * How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone * Scientists say goodbye to physical definition of the kilogram
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:15:10 -0000 * THE GENIUS NEUROSCIENTIST WHO MIGHT HOLD THE KEY TO TRUE AI * Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons * The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It * How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit * THE HAIL MARY PLAN TO RESTART A HACKED US ELECTRIC GRID * Space Camp grows up
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 21:56:00 -0000 * Why Technology Favors Tyranny * Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer * HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink * ‘It’s Giant and Has Like Five Million Buttons.’ The Office Desk Phone Won’t Die * Why Doctors Hate Their Computers * Here Comes ‘Smart Dust,’ the Tiny Computers That Pull Power from the Air * ASTRONOMERS SEE MATERIAL ORBITING A BLACK HOLE RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 * The Facebook Dilemma, Part 2 * A Cryptocurrency Millionaire Wants to Build a Utopia in Nevada * The Man Behind the Scooter Revolution * A Fork in the Road for Avis * The Encyclopedia of the Missing
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * Inside Rockstar Games' Culture Of Crunch * At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks * Podcast on Netflix Culture * It Might Get Loud: Inside Silicon Valley’s Battle to Own Voice Tech * How Dara Khosrowshahi’s Iranian heritage shapes how he leads Uber * AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF SILICON VALLEY DISRUPTION
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * The iPhone XS & XS Max Review: Unveiling the Silicon Secrets * Sex Workers Pioneered the Early Internet—and It Screwed Them Over * Raised by YouTube * Old Unicorn, New Tricks: Airbnb Has A Sky-High Valuation. Here's Its Audacious Plan To Earn It * EA announces ‘FIFA 19’ PS4 esports tournament
Fri, 28 Sep 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground * Coinbase Wants To Be Too Big To Fail * The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare * Meet the Community Keeping Obsolete Supercomputers Alive * The first Android phone 10 years later: An annotated review * Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:46:00 -0000 * Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’ * Bitcoin Miners Flock to New York’s Remote Corners, but Get Chilly Reception * Living The Stream * A brief history of the numeric keypad * Inside the Dramatic, Painful--and Hugely Successful--Return of Reddit's Founders
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:55:47 -0000 * Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed * Why a Leading Venture Capitalist Is Betting on a Decentralized Internet * Olaf Carlson-Wee Rode the Bitcoin Boom to Silicon Valley Riches. Can He Survive the Crash? * Memo to the Silicon Valley boys’ club: Arlan Hamilton has no time for your BS * Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 21:02:25 -0000 * Inside the World of Eddy Cue, Apple’s Services Chief * Bezos Unbound: Exclusive Interview With The Amazon Founder On What He Plans To Conquer Next * The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan * What went wrong at Social Capital * How Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness work * The man who won the lottery 14 times
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code * Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media * How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle * The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * VIRGIN GALACTIC’S ROCKET MAN * Inside Evernote’s brain * LET’S ALL GO BACK TO TUMBLR * Why Can’t Europe Do Tech? * To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can * Why the Next Silicon Valley Will Probably Be Outside the U.S. * Masayoshi Son’s secret to running his $100 billion fund: Telling start-ups to treat each other like family * What Happened to General Magic? * Growing Up Jobs
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency * How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy * THE 'GUERRILLA' WIKIPEDIA EDITORS WHO COMBAT CONSPIRACY THEORIES * Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce * MySpace and the Coding Legacy it Left Behind
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:55:00 -0000 * Hell for Elon Musk Is a Midsize Sedan * How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update * Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts * GEORGE HOTZ IS ON A HACKER CRUSADE AGAINST THE ‘SCAM’ OF SELF-DRIVING CARS * THE ONLY GOOD ONLINE FANDOM LEFT IS DUNE * Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No One Else Dares (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 3)
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:50:39 -0000 * How Twitter Made The Tech World's Most Unlikely Comeback * The Legend of Nintendo * Intel now faces a fight for its future * INSIDE THE CRYPTO WORLD'S BIGGEST SCANDAL
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * ‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech * The Twitter crime mystery that gripped Spain * Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' * Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' * Why Aren’t We All Buying Houses on the Internet?
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * Obama's US Digital Service Survives Trump—Quietly * he Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers * How Futures Trading Changed Bitcoin Prices * The Growing Emptiness of the "Star Wars" Universe
Fri, 11 May 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * Don't Skype Me: How Microsoft Turned Consumers Against a Beloved Brand * How to Make Your Open Office Less Annoying * The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia’s Editors From Killing Each Other * The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers * Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting
Fri, 04 May 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * ‘Hi, It’s Amazon Calling. Here’s What We Don’t Like in Your City.’ * Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category * All We Want to Do Is Watch Each Other Play Video Games * CoinTalk
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:30:29 -0000 * Inside Jeff Bezos’s DC Life * Hulu Beyond 'Handmaid's Tale': Execs and Stars on a Promising Yet Uncertain Future * Can Silicon Valley Get You Pregnant? * You could be flirting on dating apps with paid impersonators
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 21:05:17 -0000 * Lawyer bots take the hassle out of fighting parking tickets and property taxes — and could cost local governments real revenue * How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet * Checking in with the Facebook fact-checking partnership * A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers A New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins * South Korean millennials are reeling from the Bitcoin bust
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Random Shit 68: Why Modern Feminism is Complete Bullshit: The Ultimate Facts Sheet. [By Eclectic Crafter]

Eclectic Crafter's great 300+ links Works Cited page showing all the times modern feminism has been full of lies, hatred, misinformation, and general awfulness. Read the full thing using the link below.


  8. LINKCEPTION (other bunch of sources)
  10. LGBT+

1) Most Human Traffic Perpetrators are Women, not men:
2) Marine corps proves men are objectively better soldiers:
3) Both men and women are ‘graded’ in school based on looks, men have it worse (contrary to feminist belief)
4) Men stronger than women on average:
5) Porn users treat women better:
6) Women wanted 2:1 in STEM fields
7) Men use logic more due to wiring of the brain:
8) Men are less likely to KNOW emotions, not have them:
9) Missing people by age, race, sex:
10) Bad things are happening less:
11) Marriage is lowering:
12) Women control households more than men:
13) Women taking children more when single:
15) And women usually spend more of the money:
16) Male victims, and their Perpetrators:
17) Rape stats (1 in 6 wrong)
18) Who are being parents:
19) Males Attacked More Than Women/ Safer world
20) Fighting back causes less crime
21) Domestic violence:
  1. Men are guilty until proven innocent:
23) Murder statistics for UK/US:
24) Men are twice as likely to be homeless:
25) Women live longer:
26) List of movies for bechdel test. More pass than not:
1) Court bias against men is at least 6 times bigger than racial bias:
2) Blacks on SNAP (food stamps) more:
3) Race on Race violence
4) Blacks have a higher chance to go to jail during their life:
5) Blacks have lower income, but less poverty stricken
6) Irish worth less than blacks, treated worse:
7) Whites being enslaved:
1) Wage gap:
2) Wage gap legality:
1) Discrimination against males:
2) Men make up 97% of combat fatalities
3) Men pay 97% of alimony
4) Men make up 94% of workplace suicides
5) Men make up 93% of workplace fatalities
6) Men lose custody in 84% of divorce cases
7) 89% of men will be the victim of at least one violent crime
8) 77% of homocides are men
9) Men are over twice as victimized by strangers than women
10) Men are 165% more likely to be convicted of a crime than women
11) Men get 63% longer sentences than woman for the same crime
12) 60-80% of the homeless are men
13) Women's cancers receive 15X more funding than men
14) At least 10% of fathers are victims of paternity fraud
15) Women tend to choose careers that pay less than men
16) Women killing more kids, mainly male
17) Logic and truth are considered abuse:
18) By the way, men ARE shamed for not having children:
19) Women are liked more than males on Fathers day
20) Men commit suicide 4 times more than women:
21) Vast majority (92%) of workplace fatalities are men:
22) Selective Service sources:
21) Unfair health departments:
22) Boys in education:
23) Feminists fighting against equal custody:
24) Story on reproductive rights:
25) Rape charge anonymity pledge dropped:
26) Mens shelter owner suicide due to lack of funding:
27) Changing of rape laws to favour female predators:
28) Domestic Violence Programs Discriminate Against Victims Who Are Male:
29) Suppressing certain portions of domestic violence:
30) Feminists petition government to give money to women, whilst men suffered most during recession:
31) Manspreading:
32) Feminists complaining against the "sexism" of helping men who had lost jobs, rather than women who had gained jobs:
33) Men being sexually harassed more:
1) Feminism makes women scared:
2) Belittles, encourages more rape of females:
3) Hypocrisy with female perpetrators:
4) Feminists want women to be treated differently than men:
5) Further reading for the 2% false rape claim (being false):
1) Why reproductive rights are a mess summed up by a Reddit user:
2) Majority believe in equality:
3) Feminists like to see white people cry and be harmed:
4) Things that are racist or sexist to feminists:
  1. Photos/Light/The sun -
  2. Barbeques -
  3. Art by Whites (art in general) -
  4. Being White: Merit:
  5. BDSM:
  6. Not being a drug addict:
  7. Air conditioners:
  8. Science:
  9. Seriously, Science:
  10. Stem is sexist -
  11. Peer review is sexist -
  12. Mars colonies are sexist -
  13. Meritocracy -
  14. History -
  15. Chivalry -
  16. War -
  17. Sexist anthems -
  18. Sexist money -
  19. Sexist attitudes -
  20. Rape culture -
  21. Monogamy -
  22. Fatherhood -
  23. Judaism -
  24. Christianity -
  25. The Church -
  26. The Dalai Lama -
  27. Not Islam, though -
  28. Sexist words -
  29. Sexist Books -
  30. Art is sexist -
  31. Video games are sexist -
  32. Magic the Gathering -
  33. Toys -
  34. Chess is sexist -
  35. Women's football -
  36. Boxing -
  37. Head injuries are sexist -
  38. Car crashes -
  39. HIV -
  40. Climate change -
  41. The police -
  42. The beer industry -
  43. Laundry is sexist -
  44. Air conditioning -
  45. Seagulls - -tactics-steal-lunch.html
  46. Tesco manual checkouts -
  47. Miss Universe -
  48. Hot guys -
  49. Feminist Fantasies -
  50. Hugging -
  51. A shirt -
  52. Wearing a tie -
  53. Dress codes -
  54. Poverty -
  55. Criticism of Hillary Clinton -
  56. Barack Obama -
  57. Obamacare -
  58. Barclays Bank -
  59. Clickbait -
  60. Hollywood -
  61. TV -
  62. The Scottish legal system -
  63. Society -
  64. Life Expectancy -
  65. Rioting -
  66. Not rioting -
  67. The Bechdel Test -
  68. Feminism -
  69. Equal rights for men -
1) One:
2) Two:
3) Three:
4) Four:
5) Five:
6) Six:
7) Seven:
8) Eight:
9) Nine:
1) One:
2) Two:
3) Three:
4) Four:
5) Five:
9. Prison Rape stats
1) One:
2) Two:
3) Three:
4) Four:
5) Five:
6) Six:
10. LGBT+
11. ETC. Order Fixing
1) The Top Five Feminist Myths of All Time:
2) Does sex equal consent to parenthood:
3) Feminists saying the 1 in 4 (1 in 5, 1 in 6) rape myth:
4) FBI's section about forcible rape:
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Subreddit Stats: BasicIncome top posts from 2013-12-17 to 2017-11-25 05:29 PDT

Period: 1438.99 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 60958
Rate (per day) 0.69 42.35
Unique Redditors 287 8069
Combined Score 361199 367006

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 100741 points, 282 submissions: 2noame
    1. Mark Zuckerberg just called for universal basic income (2929 points, 444 comments)
    2. If this gets enough votes, Trump and Hillary can get asked about basic income during the Oct 9th debate (2626 points, 129 comments)
    3. BREAKING: The UK's largest union with 1.42 million members, Unite, has just voted to join the movement for basic income by actively campaigning for it. (2094 points, 312 comments)
    4. Dolly Parton is going to temporarily provide a basic income of $1000/mo to every family who lost their homes due to the wildfires in Tennessee. She's calling it the "My People's Fund" and describes it as a "hand-up" (1518 points, 45 comments)
    5. Remember a year ago when 62 people owned the same amount of wealth as half the world combined? Now 8 people do. (1341 points, 185 comments)
    6. No one should have to destroy themselves in order to "make a living." (1125 points, 125 comments)
    7. In the 1970s, Congress made a computational glitch in the way it gave out Social Security benefits, leading to some people essentially getting around $1,900 more per year for the rest of their lives. People in this group ended up with better cognitive function, and it was "clinically meaningful." (924 points, 27 comments)
    8. Everyone is always so sure the entire system will collapse if we make another improvement (812 points, 59 comments)
    9. Another billionaire just threw his hat into the basic income ring, calling it inevitable and wanting to fund it with helicopter money aka QE4P, Bill Gross of Janus Capital, net worth: $2.3 billion (772 points, 150 comments)
    10. Basic Income and Net Neutrality go hand in hand. Everyone should be treated equally regardless of how much money they have. (621 points, 12 comments)
  2. 17865 points, 43 submissions: mvea
    1. Universal Basic Income Is the Path to an Entirely New Economic System - "Let the robots do the work, and let society enjoy the benefits of their unceasing productivity" (1173 points, 173 comments)
    2. Your Boss Is Not More Stressed Out Than You, Science Says - "people lower on the corporate ladder are, on average, more stressed than people higher up" (1029 points, 46 comments)
    3. Silicon Valley’s basic income fans should spare a minute to defend the actual safety net - Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance are all on the chopping block right now. (702 points, 35 comments)
    4. Billionaire Warren Buffett: 'I don't need a tax cut' in a society with so much inequality (676 points, 55 comments)
    5. You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth (557 points, 94 comments)
    6. Ebay founder backs universal basic income test with $500,000 pledge - "The idea of a universal basic income has found growing support in Silicon Valley as robots threaten to radically change the nature of work." (553 points, 28 comments)
    7. Canada is betting on a universal basic income to help cities gutted by manufacturing job loss - “It’s time [we] start considering some kind of basic income because of the changing nature of work due to automation” (536 points, 19 comments)
    8. A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work - Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk back the idea. And trials suggest it can liberate jobless people from a life of humiliation (531 points, 97 comments)
    9. Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work (503 points, 69 comments)
    10. Math Suggests Inequality Can Be Fixed With Wealth Redistribution, Not Tax Cuts - A new report from the Complex Systems Institute justifies wealth redistribution with mathematics. (499 points, 98 comments)
  3. 17660 points, 41 submissions: Orangutan
    1. Bernie: "Here's my $70 billion plan for free college" — Congress: "There's no money for that... OK now let's add $80 billion to the Pentagon budget" (1468 points, 178 comments)
    2. Nation "Too Broke" for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35 (1153 points, 103 comments)
    3. Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health care. The real reasons people suffer poverty don't reflect well on the United States. (805 points, 117 comments)
    4. What Happens When You Give Basic Income to the Poor? Canada Is About to Find Out. Poor Citizens to Receive $1,320 a Month in Canada's 'No Strings Attached' Basic Income Trial. (724 points, 150 comments)
    5. Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer "Rich people don't create jobs" (696 points, 134 comments)
    6. A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows (567 points, 234 comments)
    7. U.S. Defense Department: The War On Terror Has Cost $250 Million A Day For 16 Years (515 points, 103 comments)
    8. Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots: "If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed." (496 points, 79 comments)
    9. In (1944), After WWII FDR planned to implement a second bill of rights that would include the right to employment with a livable wage, adequate housing, healthcare, and education, but he died before the war ended and the bill was never passed. (479 points, 35 comments)
    10. Elon Musk says people should receive a universal income once robots take their jobs: 'People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things' (477 points, 90 comments)
  4. 16700 points, 52 submissions: DerpyGrooves
    1. the fact that you can work full time in this country and still not afford to live disgusts me more and more every day (625 points, 211 comments)
    2. Congratulations! /basicincome is trending. (584 points, 35 comments)
    3. Wage slavery. (481 points, 180 comments)
    4. [Poster] If you're unemployed, it's not because there isn't any work. (462 points, 96 comments)
    5. TIL that 70% of Americans either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged from them (457 points, 111 comments)
    6. Are unemployed people parasites, like our politicians would have us believe? (445 points, 181 comments)
    7. If we had the same income distribution in the United States that we did in 1979, the bottom 80 percent would have $1 trillion more in annual income, or about $11,000 a year per family (432 points, 63 comments)
    8. Study Reveals It Costs Less to Give the Homeless Housing Than to Leave Them on the Street (426 points, 109 comments)
    9. "For a young voter, voting for Democrats is basically a defensive crouch to prevent the insane sociopaths from taking over. To provide real hope, Democrats would have to start pushing for basic universal income, for single-payer healthcare, for student loan forgiveness, and similar policies." (419 points, 68 comments)
    10. Britain's divided decade: the rich are 64% richer than before the recession, while the poor are 57% poorer (415 points, 38 comments)
  5. 7204 points, 17 submissions: butwhocare_s
    1. Most ‘Wealth’ Isn’t the Result of Hard Work. It Has Been Accumulated by Being Idle and Unproductive (748 points, 272 comments)
    2. If you tax the rich, they won't leave: US data contradicts millionaires' threats (725 points, 37 comments)
    3. 'We're working ourselves to death': Why the work week should be 15 hours (547 points, 58 comments)
    4. The Canadian province of Ontario is planning to pay a basic income of at least $1,320/month to its citizens. It will be launching a pilot project in a number of communities in the province by Spring 2017. • /worldnews (540 points, 25 comments)
    5. Millennials May Be the First Generation to Lose a Majority of their Jobs to Automation (485 points, 177 comments)
    6. I'm unemployed and ashamed. The idea that people don't want to work is a ridiculous myth (481 points, 109 comments)
    7. The wealthy have nearly healed from recession. The poor haven't even started (469 points, 31 comments)
    8. The fetishisation of work is making us miserable. Let'€™s learn to live again (381 points, 48 comments)
    9. Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire (374 points, 124 comments)
    10. America’s Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Replaced by Robots (351 points, 107 comments)
  6. 4568 points, 13 submissions: witchsbrew
    1. Chris Rock on minimum wage (467 points, 61 comments)
    2. Americans are stuck in a financial groundhog day: Long work hours, little vacation and not much to show for it (465 points, 89 comments)
    3. Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Kill Jobs, and Not Just for Drivers - Those 3.5 million truck drivers driving all over the country stop regularly to eat, drink, rest, and sleep. Entire businesses have been built around serving their wants and needs. (449 points, 93 comments)
    4. “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.” What Santens wants to know is this: “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat? (432 points, 99 comments)
    5. The Rent Crisis Is About to Get a Lot Worse: Millions of households could join the ranks of those spending more than half their income on rent, Harvard study warns (372 points, 119 comments)
    6. JPMorgan Software Does in Seconds What Took Lawyers 360,000 Hours (360 points, 50 comments)
    7. The U.S. Is the Most Unequal Developed Economy Outside Southern Europe (346 points, 38 comments)
    8. Study Finds Most Of America's Poor Have Jobs: Author Says It's Time Americans Change How To Think About Poverty And Employment (317 points, 36 comments)
    9. Why Being a Poor Kid in America Is Particularly Awful: For a rich country, the U.S. has an unusually high child-poverty rate—and spends unusually little on children and families. (298 points, 36 comments)
    10. An entire generation of men in the U.S. has gotten no raises (296 points, 83 comments)
  7. 4316 points, 14 submissions: Tertium_Quid
    1. Humanity Surprised It Still Hasn’t Figured Out Better Alternative To Letting Power-Hungry Assholes Decide Everything (488 points, 27 comments)
    2. No, billionaires don’t drive economic growth – and crony billionaires strangle it | Jan Svejnar (427 points, 35 comments)
    3. Robert Reich: The new Gilded Age is even more terrifying than the original (356 points, 67 comments)
    4. 180 Trillion Leisure Hours Lost To Work Last Year (328 points, 22 comments)
    5. Report: Poor People Pretty Much Fucked | The Onion (320 points, 12 comments)
    6. The 1 percent are parasites: Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs (315 points, 14 comments)
    7. Robert Reich: America’s super-rich are the real loafers (313 points, 48 comments)
    8. In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty | Barbara Ehrenreich (284 points, 39 comments)
    9. Your boss wants to control your vote: The real reason to fear corporate power (265 points, 73 comments)
    10. Tax havens: Super-rich 'hiding' at least $21tn - BBC News (258 points, 80 comments)
  8. 4287 points, 11 submissions: madcapMongoose
    1. Senate Democrats embrace a $15 minimum wage — which they once called hopelessly radical (656 points, 161 comments)
    2. 60% of students are chasing jobs that will be rendered obsolete by technology (638 points, 198 comments)
    3. Americans Want Jobs, Not Low-Paying Hourly “Work” (556 points, 82 comments)
    4. "They Don’t Just Hide Their Money. Economist Says Most of Billionaire Wealth is Unearned." (514 points, 80 comments)
    5. Article: "Low-Income Americans Can No Longer Afford Rent, Food and Transportation" (479 points, 49 comments)
    6. Americans Work 25% More Than Europeans, Study Finds (275 points, 72 comments)
    7. American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out. (245 points, 56 comments)
    8. Workers will simply try to survive, rather than prosper, as tech takes over the economy (245 points, 8 comments)
    9. How Low-Paying Jobs and Weak Safety Nets Reduce Innovation and Productivity - Evonomics (242 points, 10 comments)
    10. Most Internships for Presidential Candidates Are Unpaid. Can you guess who the exception is? (219 points, 31 comments)
  9. 3870 points, 1 submission: triestoohard
    1. When I created BasicIncome 4 years ago I never thought it would find so much support. Now I'm running for California Democratic Party delegate in Silicon Valley on January 7, on a pro-UBI platform -- AMA :) (3870 points, 379 comments)
  10. 3807 points, 12 submissions: ManillaEnvelope77
    1. CEO Pay Has Risen 90 Times Faster Than Average Worker Pay Since The 1970s (686 points, 110 comments)
    2. Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong (471 points, 62 comments)
    3. TIL that property developers have figured out that giving artists temporary housing/workspaces is a first step to making an area more profitable. Once gentrification sets in, the artists are booted out. It's called "artwashing". (356 points, 34 comments)
    4. New York Just Approved a $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers (311 points, 106 comments)
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    6. TIL after a millionaire gave everyone in a Florida neighborhood free college scholarships and free daycare, crime rate was cut in half and high school graduation rate increased from 25% to 100%. : todayilearned (273 points, 2 comments)
    7. Germany's largest Bank says a form of Basic Income may be needed to keep the global economy growing (over 2300 comments so far) (272 points, 7 comments)
    8. Arthur Schopenahauer's Work Was Possible Because He Lived Off a Basic Income (A Small Investment-Based Income Left to Him by His Father) (244 points, 31 comments)
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  11. 3404 points, 12 submissions: Widerquist
    1. The NPR radio show "On Point" will devote a whole hour to basic income live on air, 10am Eastern Time, Thursday, January 14 (521 points, 68 comments)
    2. Basic Income will be a major topic at the World Summit on Technological unemployment on Tuesday, Sep. 29. (406 points, 23 comments)
    3. Leading candidate for leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom has appointed a Basic Income advocate to write his economic plan (310 points, 24 comments)
    4. Greece government to roll out a guaranteed minimum income scheme (281 points, 81 comments)
    5. IMPORTANT NEWS: A long-term basic income supporter has been appointed Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity in the new provincial government of Quebec. (271 points, 62 comments)
    6. The Finnish Parliament is seriously considering a Basic Income Pilot Project (252 points, 39 comments)
    7. A Basic Income supporter received 37% of the vote in a Congressional Race in Pennsylvania in December (251 points, 22 comments)
    8. Co-chair of the World Economic Forum summit in Davos calls for a minimum income guarantee (244 points, 42 comments)
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    10. The Basic Income Guarantee movement will have events in three New York boroughs on the last weekend in February (218 points, 22 comments)
  12. 3359 points, 10 submissions: edzillion
    1. BBC Free Speech asks: 'Why are there so many programmes about benefit cheats, when the ones who steal the most from the welfare state are the bankers and big corporations?' (540 points, 49 comments)
    2. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur says basic income would work even if 90% of people [didn't work] (398 points, 75 comments)
    3. Most Welfare Dollars Don'€™t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore - FiveThirtyEight (378 points, 52 comments)
    4. What if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people? (349 points, 119 comments)
    5. Now Canada is trying a basic income, Britain can ignore it no longer (335 points, 23 comments)
    6. None of these six companies existed twenty years ago (313 points, 100 comments)
    7. The Absurd Amount of Entitlements That Go to Rich People (270 points, 70 comments)
    8. Standard of Living Declined in Britain Due to Government Austerity (264 points, 4 comments)
    9. Did anyone notice the rule change on /LateStageCapitalism? Basic Income posts now banned :/ (263 points, 242 comments)
    10. "Ultimately, then, society faces one of two scenarios: Either the political system will figure out a way to redistribute wealth in a way that preserves a middle class, or the political system will lose the capacity to redistribute wealth because it becomes completely controlled by elites." (249 points, 46 comments)
  13. 3240 points, 8 submissions: ummyaaaa
    1. Killer Mike: "Are jobs still necessary? Should we still be pushing that agenda of capitalism that forces people to work at the lowest possible wage to enrich the top?" (863 points, 127 comments)
    2. "The motivation for people to become terrorists, the motivation for people to cheat...goes down when their quality of life goes up." - Bill Nye, The Science Guy (748 points, 89 comments)
    3. Only when workers have the power to say no to employment, without risking their own survival, will we ever be offered truly fair wages. (352 points, 108 comments)
    4. We could end most depression if we had a basic income. (320 points, 131 comments)
    5. "Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both." - MLK (284 points, 83 comments)
    6. Rare video of MLK talking about “a new phase” and Guaranteed Income (250 points, 17 comments)
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    8. Basic Income (10 Reasons) (209 points, 38 comments)
  14. 3223 points, 8 submissions: Casapaz
    1. The Paradise Papers leak is about one thing: growing inequality (541 points, 56 comments)
    2. KRUGMAN: No matter what Trump does, manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the US (494 points, 94 comments)
    3. Research Shows Inequality Is Solved With Wealth Redistribution, Not Tax Cuts (444 points, 58 comments)
    4. What Happened to America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It (428 points, 24 comments)
    5. "Universal Basic Income" search on google has spiked up. (414 points, 22 comments)
    6. The top 0.1% of American households hold the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90% (337 points, 52 comments)
    7. The higher the inequality, the more likely we are to move away from democracy (288 points, 30 comments)
    8. Voices of the UK 1%: 'I should be taxed more. Maybe other well-paid people feel the same' (277 points, 28 comments)

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[Table] I am Adult Film Star Asa Akira, Author of INSATIABLE

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Date: 2014-05-14
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Hi - so I Google'd you and it says that you're an "anal queen." Does that mean if you have kids in the future they will be anal princes and princesses? Yes, and I will make sure I tell them every day.
Is there anything you would absolutely decline, no matter how well it paid? I would never eat shit, fuck a child, or fuck an animal.
If you could sit down with one famous person from the past or present and eat dinner, who would it be and why? Doubledickguy.
What is something you are fascinated with? Incest. Specifically twins. But not just in a sexual way.. although that is part of it. As an only child, my dream would be to have a twin brother who loves me so much that he won't let anyone else near me. It's dumb but it's my fantasy.
Asa, you are one of the funniest people on Twitter. Could you write us a haiku about your butthole? Anti wrinkle cream not just for the face and neck! now for buttholes too.
What's the best advice ever given to you? Always pee after sex.
How do your parents feel knowing they have a famous porn star of a daughter? They definitely wish I were doing something more socially acceptable, something they could brag to their friends about... but ultimately they are happy for me, and supportive of my decision to do porn. We talk every day, and have a great relationship still.
here my parents are unhappy with me because I'm not a doctor. Eh you could technically say the same is true for me.
If I ever meet you in public can I take a picture with you like Tyler the creator did? Edit: Context. If you ask nicely maybe I will say yes.. depending on my mood
What made you decide to write the book? Ok you totally asked the first question because you felt bad to ask an anal question, am I right? haha just kidding.
Are you going to continue writing new pieces? 1) I've always been a huge reader, I've always wanted to write a book. I didn't know that it was a realistic dream for me, until I met my literary agent Marc Gerald and he made it all possible. I'm trying to write a second book now, it's fiction.
I’ve always been drawn to anal sex, and am wondering if you have any tips for me that I can try with my girlfriend? 2) A great position for first time anal is reverse cowgirl. Use lots of spit, not lube- spit is the best lube. If you don't have enough spit, use a silicone based lube.
Hi Asa! What was it like working with Kassem on Going Deep? He was awesome. He refused to meet me before our interview, so that our first encounter would be genuine- with him, in character. I met the "real" him after the interview and he was just a cool guy. He's very funny, I was a fan of his before I ever went on the show.
Which of your holes is your favorite? My vagina! I just talk about my butthole all the time because it's more fun.
Hello Asa! I'm a student from the United Nations International School in Manhattan and the whole male student body was wondering who your favorite teacher was at UNIS? Also do you remember Mr. Evans or Mr Basenne? I really loved this german tut house math teacher (I was in math C, even though I'm Asian, I know I know) and I was trying to remember his name but couldn't... He was really funny. Also there was a history teacher in tut house that basically ran the class like a dictator but it was the only time I ever enjoyed History. I have really bad memory when it comes to high school, I was smoking way too much weed.
That had to have been Mr. Siefring, one of the best history teachers I ever had. Evans was a great personality, but man, I didn't learn any history from that guy. He sure did like spending all class talking about Lake Baikal and those freshwater seals... Yes! Mr Siefring!!! He was so mean but it worked for me.
If they made a movie about your life, who would play you (other than yourself)? It would have to be Lucy Liu, because she's basically the only Asian actress in hollywood.
How do you feel about uncut penises? I actually prefer it, especially for my butthole. I find the concept of circumcision really strange.. Like, why would we be born with something that needs to be cut off? But obviously, I am an equal oppurtunity sex-er.
Do you enjoy watching your own porn? Yes. I try to watch every scene I do. I think it's comparable to someone watching their own private sex tape they made with their boyfriend/girlfriend.
What is the largest thing you ever fit in your poop hole? Probably Mandingo's dick. I'm not really a size queen.. bigger is not better for me. I could never date someone as big as Mandingo.
What do you prefer more? Girls or boys? At what age you realized that you're bisexual? It kind of depends on my mood... But ultimately, I gravitate more towards men. It's a boyfriend/husband I want in the end, not a girlfriend/wife. I was about 15 when I first hooked up with a girl.
Hey Asa, I was curious if you have given Don Jon a watch yet, and if so, what were your thoughts on JGL's depiction of porn? Do you think it creates a rift in modern-day relationships? And what was your opinion of how Scarlett dealt with JGL's addiction? I think if your bf watches porn, you should just let him- it'll ultimately just make him love you more. I liked the movie a lot all the way up until the end. The end sucked.
Hey Asa, I love everything about you, especially your "Insatiable" series! As an insatiable woman myself, I connected with your work instantly. It also helps that you're gorgeous. How would you recommend a 28 yr old woman get into porn? And what should she ask herself/be sure of before she takes the leap? Also, I read the NY Post article and I'm shocked that your parents didn't bite your head off when they found out! How is that? Do you have special parent-calming powers? Lol. I would make sure she knows that once she films her first porn scene, her life willnever be the same again. Doing porn is like getting a tattoo on your forehead- it's forever, and everyone will know. Your friends, your family, your enemies, future employees... they will all find out. There will be lots of jobs that won't hire you once you do porn. If you still want to do it, I'd recommend you contact a reputable agent like Mark Spiegler, LA Direct, 101Models... All three are easily google-able.
What hobbies do you participate in that people would least expect? I love karaoke. I love reading. I love watching really bad television, and really good movies... I don't know that any of these things would be surprising, haha.
Well now I gotta ask. What's your go-to karaoke song? "Before he Cheats" by Carrie Underwood.
A lot of men get their ideas of how sex should be from the porn they watch. Should there be some kind of porn public service announcement where actors tell viewers to distinguish between the sex in porn from "real sex"? And are there any “good” things they can learn from watching porn if they pay close enough attention? I do wish there were some kind of disclaimer at the beginning of each movie, but I'm not sure it's so realistic to think people would actually pay attention to it. I think there are lots of good tips to be learned from porn, but I definitely don't think of porn as being educational. It's Entertainment, nothing more.
Asa how old were you when you first penetrated your butthole? The very very very first time was an accident (I believe him) when I was 21. The first time I enjoyed it, I was about 24.
I've always been curious... How long are male performers supposed to last? What happens if they come too fast? What if they don't cum? What happens then? Porn scenes typically last between 25 and 35 minutes. If they cum too soon, (which doesnt happen often) we just wait for him to get hard again and continue. If he can't cum, we usually give him about 30-45 minutes to jerk off. If he can't cum after that, we either reschedule for just the cum shot, or on very, very rare occasions, call another male pornstar in to do a stunt pop shot.
in your personal sex life how long is your man supposed to last? Two minutes is enough. seriously.
How is your marriage affected by your work in porn? I know your husband directs and acts, does being in porn mean you kind of have to be with someone else who is in the industry so they have a better understanding of the things you deal with? On a good day, it's not affected by it at all. On a period day, shit can get pretty crazy.
Just kidding. sortof.
Hi, congrats on the release of Insatiable! I plan on reading it at some point. In the NPR article about the book, it said your positive experience in the pornography industry isn't representative of those of many other women and that the culture is one of emotional, financial and physical exploitation of desperate young women. Do you ever feel bad supporting an industry with a culture like this? Is it possible to change the culture to a positive one? Porn has done nothing but good things for me, so of course I support it. While I believe there are definitely unstable girls in the industry who are in it for the wrong reasons (usually money,) I don't think porn exploits people any more than any other job does.
How do you feel about curved dicks? (left, right, up, down, corkscrew) - how long do you plan on staying in the industry? - do you enjoy cooking? what's your favorite thing to cook? - what's your favorite hobby or leisure activity? My favorite kind of dick is the kind that curves up- it just hits the perfect spot for me, especially in missionary.
Also, you're my favorite actress and i dig your swagger. I don't really have a clear answer as to how much longer I'll stay in porn... I think it's gonna be one of those things where I wakeup one morning like, "ok, thats it- it's out of my system. I'm ready to move on."
If you could shed some additional advice, what can a closeted satyr do to break into the industry? I actually don't cook. Sorry. But I do anal, so I think that sort of makes up for it.
If you didn't go into porn, what else did you want to be? Fat.
Asa, what is your favorite place in LA to get a taco? I'm more of a burrito person, and I like chipotle. I know, i know i'm the worst.
Who was the most fake as shit guest on DVDASA and could you please tell us why? I will never name them. But it was a big name.
You have, hands down, one of the funniest Twitter accounts out there. It's a completely different medium, but would you ever consider a stand-up tour? Or even just one show? Edited for elaboration. Never. I would never have the guts to do that!
How different was school in Japan than over here in the states? I actually attended an American school while I lived in japan, so it wasn't much different than the schools here.
In the episode post Bobby Triv and Quiet C's wedding you said something along the lines of "does everyone find THE one?" -- do you feel as if you and Toni's "open relationship" (for lack of better wording) made you question that, sorta like a Freudian slip? Do you prefer monogamy? When I said that, I was referring to the sense of peace that Bobby and Quiet C share in their relationship. They never fight, they don't really even argue. I wonder if that kind of relationship is possible for me?
About those dorm invasion scenes, bangbus, or anything to do with fucking strangers, are those really strangers that you pick up on the street? No, they are amateur porn performers.
Girlfriends coming over later, what kinda sex should we have? Give me a plan of action! (She's an 8/10 on the kinky scale) You should ask her!
I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your segment on 106.7 on the Sport Junkies last year. Thank you for that. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? I love reading the reviews of the scenes I've done. I like knowing people like watching me : )
How do you feel about pegging guys? Is it something that turns you on or did you just do it for the camera? Also, what do you think are the best/worst bits and would ever want to do to your husband? I had an ex-boyfriend who I used to fuck in the ass all the time. It's a lot of fun, for sure.
Can you type dirty to me right now? Dirty to me right now.
Hi, Asa. I hope this finds you well. As someone of note in the pornographic film industry, I am curious: what it is like to manage your personal life with your work life? Are they very separate spheres for you, or are they somewhat integrated? Thank you for your time. :) I definitely see porn as an extension of my personal life, and I'm lucky I'm able to capitalize on it. So I guess you could say the two are integrated.
Hey Asa, big fan. I just wanted to know how you got into the porn business in the first place and what did you do (or not do) to give you such a big name in the business? I always wanted to do porn... I really think I've just been super lucky.
Awesome book I loved reading it. How was your experience on the Bryan Callen show? I think that's probably one of the best interviews I've ever done, he asked some really great questions and we just had a really great conversation. He's an awesome guy!
Why do you think there are a lack of asian americans in western pornography esp. in cali where it is known to have a large population? also how prevelant is racism in the industry? I don't think it's a "racism" thing. I think it's a cultural thing. Asians are much more family-oriented, and aren't quite as quick to dive into an industry their families will be ashamed of.
Hi Asa! Thanks for the IAmA. just have a couple questions for you. 1.) Though I have not had the pleasure of reading your book yet, what were your inspiration(s) to write it? And in tell, what are your major inspirations in general? 2.) Apart from your career, is it quite possible to have a 'normal' monogamous relationship? And if so, what would be your preferences in a gentleman? 1) My inspiration to write the book was basically just that... There are a lot of girls in porn, like me, who are feminists, who are hypersexual, who just love porn... Most of the porno memoirs out there are very sad stories about victims. I'm not denying that that stereotype exists, but i wanted my story to be heard too. 2) I'm married now, to a fellow performer, Toni Ribas. Outside of work, we are monogamous. It's hard to say what will happen when we both leave the business... we both definitely enjoy having sex with other people, for now. I guess there is no definite answer to this question.
Just want to say you've made me very happy numerous times thanks to your films you truly have an award winning. EVERYTHING :) What was it like having your vagina molded for your fleshlight and what crossed your mind when they approached you with the idea? It was very exciting for me, because getting a fleshlight in porn is like getting your own shoe in basketball.
What do you think the most common false belief(s) about the porn industry is? You said once that you think many adult performers end up with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Would you be willing to share further thoughts on this? Are you aware that as Bach is to music, Arnold Schwarzenegger is to body-building, Washington is to America and Shakespeare is to literature, Asa is to porn? Thank you for the compliment. You put me in very good company, Lol. It's for sure very easy to develop body dysmorphic disorder when you're in porn- your body is judged constantly, and you are never JUST right for everyone. There is always someone who thinks you are too skinny or too thick. I would imagine it's similar in hollywood, or in the modeling world. I think part of it is also living in Los Angeles, where everyone seems to be way more bodyimage conscious than the rest of the country. My weight is something I struggle with a lot- Inside me is a fat girl dying to come out!
As a director and a performer, do you believe all the people talking about how porn is going "Mainstream"? P.S. Asa's butt makes Angus go nuts. I don't think porn will ever fully go "mainstream"- I mean , look at prostitution. It's supposedly the oldest profession, and in 2014 it's illegal. I don't mind though, I like the taboo-ness of porn. It makes it more exciting.
Asa, I would leave my career in medicine to do porn with you. Just sayin. Here's my question; considering Bill Poons perversion and how he "gets off" is pretty out in left field, what is the most out-of-charactenontraditional way you masturbate and what were you thinking about? Sometimes I think about catching my husband cheating on me. It's really weird, and makes me think I might have a cuckold fetish? But if that ever happened in real life I don't think I'd be turned on at all.
Any advice for a 20 year old female trying to make her way in the world? "If your life were a movie, and you were the main character, what would you want the main character to do?"
It's helped me make all my major decisions.
Did you ever had a genuine orgasm during one of scenes? One that wasn't scripted I mean. There's hardly ever orgasms "scripted" into our scenes... My orgasms are usually genuine. I'd say one out of 100 are straight up fake. I'm very lucky, if I close my eyes and concentrate and squeeze my pussy a certain way, I can make myself orgasm.
If you didn't do porn, would you still do anal? Also, what is your favorite color? Yes, I would still do anal, but probably less of it since it involves so much prep. My favorite color is grey. (specifically heather grey, but when i say that it sounds totally douchey)
Does anal sex feel like pooping? Girls don't poo so i wouldnt know.
Any comments on the whole Duke Porn star Belle Knox situation? Many pornstars seem to be annoyed by her on twitter. I agree with a lot of the things she stands for. I think people are annoyed because they feel she is representing the industry as a whole, when she has only been in for such a short amount of time. But I think anyone who can get people to see porn in a different light, is good. She's smart. She's in porn. As a choice. I like that.
I cannot wait to pick up your book, you are perhaps one of my favorite porn stars ever. Not only because of your videos but because of your hilarious personality on twitteinstagram. You're a big reader, what is your favorite book and what is one book that changed how you view the world? I love reading (you should check out 52book to take part of the reading challenge next year). Also, you spent a big part of your childhood in Japan. Do you think you'll ever live there again? My favorite book of all time is probably Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk... I also really love American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. And of course, the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole series... I can't pick just one. Every book I've ever read has contributed to how I view the world, but a particularly inspiring one I read recently was Tina Fey's memoir. I'm such a huge fan of hers, and I just really like her outlook on life, business, etc. When she writes about Amy Poehler, it makes me want to cry. i just really love them.
Who's a bigger whore, you or Ava Devine? Probably Ava Divine. And I mean that as a compliment to her.
Who is your favorite author? I love David Sedaris. Also Augusten Burroughs. Also Chuck Palahniuk... and a newer guy I love is Chad Kultgen. I also really love Agatha Christie, specifically the Poirot books. Sue Townsend wrote my favorite series ever, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole... I could never pick one favorite.
Hey Asa! Congrats on the book, it's one that I actually purchased and not downloaded (can't say the same about some of your scenes). Do you get mad when people pronounce your name "Ay-Suh" instead of "Ah-Sah"? I was lucky enough to take a pic with you a couple years ago at AEE and you are super tiny (a good thing). Your twitter feed is probably one of the funniest around. Can you do a quick haiku for us?? Thanks! you rock! Asa is actually my real name- so I'm so used to people pronouncing it wrong. When I was a kid, I used to dread when people had to pronounce it for the first time, cause i just KNEW theyd get it wrong. Now, it doesn't bother me- I understand that it's not a common name, I can't expect people to know how to pronounce it.
What would you do if you woke up one day to discover you had spontaneously grown a penis? It would probably mean I grew a prostate too, so I'd go get fucked in the ass.
Hi Asa! Did you have a ghost writer for this book? Who did the cover art? I didn't use a ghostwriter. Once you read the book, it's pretty obvious, it's written pretty much exactly how I speak. The cover art is by David Choe, I do a podcast with him called DVDASA.
What's the craziest thing you have ever done? I went swimming in the East River once when I was a teenager. When we got out, we saw a condom floating right where we had been. I would never do it again.
What did you use to do before adult films? I worked in a children's bookstore through out high school called Books Of Wonder in newyork city. Then I was a dominatrix, then I was a stripper.
Hey Asa! Just wanted to say really like your work so I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I've never been one for dirty talk because honestly I wouldn't know what to say. My boyfriend however, knows exactly what to say. any tips on some things I could say during sex to make things hotter? thank you ! Ps. Does anal feel better than the vagina? Wow this is a really bad question for me- I am HORRIBLE at dirty talk. I have noticed, though, that saying things about their dicks is something men enjoy. Ps I prefer vagina.
What is the best writing advice you've received and how do you deal with writer's block? Write every day. I deal with writer's block by just pushing through it- Even if I have it bad, I dedicate two hours every day to writing. Even if that means sitting in front of the computer, not getting a single word down, staring at the screen blankly.
Have you sucked 37 dicks? Yes.
Hey Asa! I was wondering how it came about with you working with The Hundreds? Bobby Hundreds and I know a lot of people in common, and we met a few years ago. It felt like a natural fit, I love that company.
Was your name inspired at all by the kick ass anime movie? :D. Yes :)
Your future grandchild/child/nephew googles you, finds videos and confronts you about them at thanksgiving dinner, How do you respond? I hope I can be honest, and I hope I'll have raised them to be non-judgmental. But who knows... maybe once I have kids I'll flip a total 180 and just straight up lie and say it wasnt me.
Should I stay with the beard or trim it down to a goatee? I prefer stubble.
What kind of dick size do you prefer? monster - huge - medium - below average - dick clit ? Anything that's not too small or too big is great. So I guess average?
What are your thoughts on funny looking penises? Mine has a really big head, and looks like a portabella. Warmly yours, inappropriate internet fan. Oh I've seen ones like that before. All penises are beautiful.
Asa is currently an exclusive girl for Wicked Pictures. I'm sure she'll work with us again in the future, but I really just miss her butthole. Most of my scenes are still anal!
I cant read so i may not be buying the book I wanna suck your cock.
You are allowed to shoot a scene with any world leader alive or dead. Who do you choose and why. Please give me the gritty details... I need this. I bet world leaders are horrible in bed. I think it would be fun to fuck Hitler in the ass with a huge strapon though.
Big dvdasa fan! What's more important to you as u got older. And what's got less important to u. Success is more important as I get older.. not sure why. It's something I didn't think much about when I was younger. Friends are less important. Wait, does this mean I'm just turning into an asshole?
Have you ever boned David Choe. and did he pay. Yes. It was for free.
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