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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Saturday Mornng Confusion # 5845

Talk about coincidences, the Mrs. Herself has a daughter (my step-daughter) who is in Scotland for a two week vacation.

Yesterday they went into the city centre of Glasgow for a bit of lunch at one of the three million pubs in the area ........, and sitting right next to them was none other than their former next door neighbor from Sarnia!!!!

ONCE AGAIN: Talk about coincidences! (By the way, it's currently 18 degrees and raining in Glasgow ....... WHAT! RAINING AGAIN?)


Air Canada screwed up somehow and sold flight packages for 90% OFF!

Then I read this in the paper: "Air Canada not honouring 'glitch' that sold flight packages for 90% off!"

After thinking about it for a while ...., I gotta admit that I don't blame them! 


This is cute, kids: Donald Trump supporters are now being called "Trumpeters!"


Talking about Trump, there is a video making the rounds that has Sarah Palin interviewing Donald Trump and the Democrats were quick to label it: "Loser Interviews Hater!"


(I just spent twenty minutes reading an article about the large colon .....! Jesus Christ I gotta get a life!)


Ever hear of Priyanka Chopra, Melissa Benoist or Jon Batiste?

Don't worry: After premieres of 'Quantico,' 'Supergirl' and 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,' the names of these — and seven other under-35 up-and-comers — may be popping up everywhere. (This story first appeared in the Sept. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.)

With more than 400 original scripted series in production, breaking out is no easy feat these days. But as the TV industry heads into its busiest season, these three up-and-comers, 35 and under, are poised to cut through the clutter.

Priyanka Chopra, Jon Batiste and Melissa Benoist


While we're in Hollywood: Friday, an attorney for James Woods was in court in an attempt to push Twitter to produce records in connection with the anonymous user who suggested the actor was a "cocaine addict."

Yup, Jimmy is gonna sue him for 10 million bucks! (Must be the cocaine talking eh? -Ed)

Twitter tells the politically-outspoken actor that calling him a "cocaine addict" appears to be hyperbole. 

Woods is suing the individual tweeting as "Abe List" for $10 million. The defamation lawsuit aims to send the message to the defendant and "anyone else using social media to propagate lies."
After the lawsuit was filed late last month, Woods' attorneys followed up with a subpoena to Twitter in order to unmask "Abe List" as well
as a second individual under the Twitter name "T.G. Emerson," who accused Woods of being a "notorious coke fiend and registered sex offender." What Woods might not have expected was the scorching response that would came back from the social media service, which has hired outside counsel to deal with this case.
In a letter dated August 21, Twitter's attorney Ryan Mrazik faulted Woods' lawyers Michael Weinsten and Evan Spiegel with not providing proper documentation, conducting unauthorized early discovery and making "vague, overbroad, and unduly burdensome" demands. The biggest objection, though, was reserved for a potential abuse upon the First Amendment.

(Twitter tells the politically-outspoken actor that calling him a "cocaine addict" appears to be hyperbole.) 

"The speech at issue appears to be opinion and hyperbole rather than a statement of fact," wrote Mrazik. "Further, the target of the speech is a public figure who purposefully injects himself into public controversies, and there has been no showing of actual malice. Attempts to unmask anonymous online speakers in the absence of a prima facie defamation claim are improper and would chill the First Amendment rights of speakers who use Twitter's platform to express their thoughts and ideas instantly and publicly, without barriers."
Woods' lawyers believe they do have a prima facie case of defamation.
In a brief filed today they write: "The offensive Twitter postings were not in any way couched as opinion, joke or hyperbole. Nor were they qualified in any way whatsoever."

"Abe List" has hired his own attorney, Kenneth White at Brown White & Osborn, to defend the matter. The attorney is familiar to many as the caustic former federal prosecutor who tweets as "Popehat" and who blogged about the case after THR first reported it.
White was in LA Superior Court today as well and has filed his own opposition to early discovery in the case.
"Plaintiff James Woods is abusing the court system to lash out at a constitutionally protected political insult  the very sort of insult he routinely uses himself," opens the brief (read here. Twitter's letter attached as exhibit.)

With nods to Woods' own postings ("Put down your crack pipe," Woods once tweeted to a follower; "I wouldn't want you to spend your precious crack allowance being enlightened," the actor wrote to another), White calls out the plaintiff for "routinely" employing insults like "clown" and "scum."
"But Plaintiff apparently believes that while he can say that sort of thing to others, others cannot say it to him," White adds.
The brief goes on to argue that Twitter is a platform known for hyperbole, and that Woods himself is "a well-known part of Twitter's culture of political hyperbole." He cites a Daily Beast story that called him "Obama's biggest Twitter troll" and writes that "perhaps because he's so consistently combative, or perhaps because he's played the role of drug users in his movie career, 'James Woods is on cocaine' has become a Twitter in-joke or meme."

In Woods' own legal papers today (read here), references to other tweets are called a red herring.
"First, there is no reason any of Mr. Woods' followers, all of whom were exposed to the defamatory statements, would even bother to investigate the speakers and/or their Twitter sites to determine if they were reliable sources," writes Weinsten. "As to Mr. Woods, we are not aware of any false statements of fact made by Mr. Woods[,] and his sometimes sharp commentary on political matters is irrelevant to the allegations here."
 The judge has yet to rule and instead has scheduled an Oct. 2 hearing to discuss the matter further.
In the meantime, White says he will be filing an anti-SLAPP motion. As such, the judge will first analyze whether the lawsuit targets free speech on a matter of public concern. If so, Woods would have to demonstrate a likelihood of prevailing in the lawsuit before the case moves any further. To do this, he'll have to rebut the argument that the tweets are non-actionable hyperbole and opinion as well as show there's reason to believe these tweets were published with actual malice (knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth). If Woods can't do that, he could end up paying "Popehat" legal fees.

(Now the wife brought up a good point, what if Wood's turns around a sues ME .......? Doesn't mater much I guess, since I don't have any money anyway!)