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‘Simpsons’ Characters Provide Life Advice in Commencement Speech

Universities usually have a single commencement speaker, but Tufts got more than it bargained for: Comic Book Guy, Moe Syzlak the bartender, Quick-E-Mart manager Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, and Police Chief Wiggum all showed up to speak to the students-channeled through actor Hank Azaria, who voices the characters on “The Simpsons”. WATCH: Bill Gates Touts Power Of [...]Show More Summary

? Peter Thiel, Gawker, and Freedom of Speech

I, for one, don’t dispute Peter Thiel’s right to back Hogan’s case. I simply think he’s an asshole for doing it, and a coward for having attempted to do it in secret.

Randy Travis Plays Dying Country Legend in New Movie 'The Price'

Before he suffered a stroke in 2013 that greatly affected his speech, Randy Travis filmed one last movie — and one that wasn't much of a stretch: He plays a country music legend in the upcoming straight-to-DVD flick, The Price. The movie also stars Travis' real-life wife, Mary, as an old-flame...

TV Club: Welcome back to Wayward Pines, where everything is terrible

“Don’t trust anyone over 30,” goes an old slogan from the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley back in the ’60s. It’s an understandable sentiment among young people, who have a clear picture of the hash the older generation constantly seems to be making of this world. Show More Summary

Definitive Video Proof That Donald Trump Is a Minion of Satan

When President Obama was bothered by a fly during a speech recently, the entire religious right went into paroxysms of horror, declaring it was proof that the White House was infested by demons and yes, Lucifer himself, the dreaded Lord...Show More Summary

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson Cost Himself A $500K Bonus By Missing Practice

“PRACTICE? WE TALKING BOUT PRACTICE, NOT A GAME, NOT A GAME, BUT PRACTICE.” It’s been over 10+ years since Allen Iverson delivered that infamous practice speech. Fast forward to 2016 and Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson probably wishes he had shown up to practice, because he cost himself a $500K bonus by not doing so. […]

Hillary Clinton To Attend Event At Hibernia Bank Thursday

How long she'll be there, or whether she'll be giving any sort of speech, remains unclear. [ more › ]

City Of Mesa Abusing Trademark Law To Punish City Council Candidate They Don't Like

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another day, another story of abusing trademark law to try to silence speech. Paul Levy has the story of how the city of Mesa, Arizona, has sent a ridiculous cease and desist letter to Jeremy Whittaker, who is running for city council. Show More Summary

At the Herblock Prize ceremony, not talking about Trump still means talking about Trump

AT THE outset of his acceptance speech Tuesday evening, 2016 Herblock Prize winner Mark Fiore made a vow to the Washington audience: Although a political cartoonist, he’d go his entire talk without uttering the word Trump. “I won’t mention a certain orange-hued [candidate]. I’ll leave that to another Mark,” said Fiore, nodding to the front row […]

Russian Band Clashes with Officials Over Video Promoting Alleged “Propaganda of Alcohol Abuse”

No doubt in an effort to defend its glowing image as a domain of free speech and forward-thinking creativity, Russian officials are calling for the censorship of ska-punk band Leningrad’s new video for their song, “To Drink In St. Pete.” The video features an office worker, a grocery store clerk, a traffic cop, a taxi driver and a tour guide who all […]

Is Taiwan a Country?

Allen R. Carlson Politics, Taiwan, China The answer may define Tsai Ing-wen's presidency. In her recent inauguration speech, Tsai Ing-wen said very little of what Beijing wanted to hear from her. Instead she chose to assert Taiwan’s nationhood using language that is sure to aggravate China’s leaders. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas,' State Dept. Finds Hillary Clinton Broke Email Rules, Hodor Doorstoppers: P.M. Links

8 hours agoNews : Reason

Donald Trump responded to a speech by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) criticizing his business record and populist rhetoric by calling her Pocahontas. The presumptive Republican nominee also suggested he might run for governor of New Mexico. Show More Summary

“Small, Insecure Money-Grubber”

Senator Elizabeth Warren takes a break from skewering Donald Trump on Twitter to eviscerate him in long form via a speech yesterday: Words like “small” and “insecure” get under Trump’s skin because they contradict the grandiose image of himself Trump markets so industriously. But I like what Warren has done with “money-grubber” angle here to […]

Nasrallah accuses rivals of conspiring against Hezbollah in support of Israel

In a speech marking the 16th anniversary of the liberation of south Lebanon from Israel, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah stressed Wednesday that the axis of resistance will go ahead with securing achievements in several regions including Syria and Iraq, noting that the end of the Takfiri group, ISIL, is near. He also reiterated the controversial […]

Watch President Obama Have a Rap Sesh With Vietnam's 'Queen of Hip-Hop'

On the final day of his visit to Vietnam, President Barack Obama beatboxed at a town hall and requested a rap from Vietnam’s “Queen of Hip-Hop” in a moment that tied into the issue of free speech. Read more...

Picking Elizabeth Warren As Veep Probably Wouldn’t Cost Democrats a Senate Seat

This week, Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech at the Center for Popular Democracy that made donkeys everywhere salivate at the thought of her savaging the mogul 24/7 as a member of the national Democratic ticket. But whenever Warren's name comes up as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, objections ... More »

Elizabeth Warren Ramps Up Attacks on ‘Insecure Money-Grubber’ Donald Trump

The Massachusetts senator went beyond her usual Twitter rants and dedicated a speech to stopping Trump

Exploring gender perception via speech

Snap judgments of speakers' femininity or masculinity are based on acoustic information from the speakers' voices, but some vocal qualities deemed 'feminine' can overlap with acoustic cues for 'clear speech,' which is a set of changes speakers make when they suspect their listener is having difficulty hearing. Show More Summary

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