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'Orange Is The New Black' Scored Grammy Nomination For Theme Song 'You've Got Time' By Regina Spektor

'Orange Is The New Black' Scored Grammy Nomination For Theme Song 'You've Got Time' By Regina Spektor

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 14:11:34 in TV

“I guess if it's supposed to be something a bit edgy and raw sounding and presented through a female voice, it does the job, but it doesn't seem like that strong of a TV theme to me. (Perhaps the intent is to NOT sound like a TV show.)

It doesn't really have a hook or any characteristic that really defines or distinguishes it. The more successful theme songs usually have some features in common:

1. Easily recognized within the first 1 or 2 seconds. (Think Star Trek.)
2. Have a clear memorable melody line that people can hum or whistle. (Think MASH.)
3. Employ a distinctive instrument or sound (think X-Files whistle sound).

One of the best I've found over the last decade or so is the theme from Six Feet Under. It has all three of these features, realized through some unique instrumentation and artful arranging.”
Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 11:59:40 in Green

“It's pretty frosty. My friend in Great Falls (in the northern part of the state) just told me that was -26 F there.”
Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 11:46:12 in Green

“Happens every winter.”

sydneymoon on Dec 7, 2013 at 11:49:13

“Co-o-old”
Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 11:36:03 in Green

“Not only do few in southern regions know how to drive on snow/ice, but nobody's car is equipped to do so. Bridgestone doesn't sell many Blizzaks in Dallas. Be safe.”
Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Cold Snap Hits Large Swath Of U.S., Leaving Thousands Without Power

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 11:32:38 in Green

“Currently -12 degrees F here in southwest Montana.”

MoreDimensions on Dec 7, 2013 at 11:46:48

“Sounds like it's warming up. 

sydneymoon on Dec 7, 2013 at 11:37:01

“That's pretty darn cold. = o”

VikingQuest on Dec 7, 2013 at 11:34:11

“Think how cold it would be without global warming”
Want To Enhance Your Marriage? An Erotica Author Suggests BDSM

Want To Enhance Your Marriage? An Erotica Author Suggests BDSM

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 12:15:48 in Weddings

“Serious bummer.”
Want To Enhance Your Marriage? An Erotica Author Suggests BDSM

Want To Enhance Your Marriage? An Erotica Author Suggests BDSM

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 12:11:13 in Weddings

“Perhaps the distinction is willful participation, chosen personally by the woman in the submissive role, as opposed to submission demanded by a male-dominated society.

In the first case, the submissive may choose at any time to stop being submissive. In the second case, attempting to do so may lead to being ostracized by the community or worse (beating, stoning, etc.).

Perhaps it might be informative to find someone who practices BDSM and ask them about their "submission". Then find a woman living under the Taliban and ask her about her "submission". Methinks some differences might become apparent.”
Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 17:16:18 in Politics

“That's several questions, and none of them are simple. But if we're willing to subscribe to the belief that some labor is just of such little value that it shouldn't pay a living wage, then why have a minimum wage at all?”

jstanavgguy on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:43:33

“Personally, I do not agree with the concept of a minimum wage.

If there was no minimum wage, you would be surprised that employers would not be offering $1.25 an hour to do jobs that now pay $7.25.

Employers would feel the need to actually compete more, which would in the long run, cause wages to grow.

The minimum wage was a depression era concept that served a purpose at the time.

However, about my questions?

Actually, they are quite simple if you think about it.”
Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 17:14:15 in Politics

“But most who are born into poverty often reach adulthood in that same condition. If they haven't found their way out by adulthood is that their fault?”

ralphedwards on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:52:01

“of course it is.... I know plenty of people that grew up poor and now as adults are doing very well... I grew up with single mom and had nothing. anyone that truly wants to get out of poverty can in america as long as they are willing to work and stop making excuses about their background.”
Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 17:11:51 in Politics

“It may be oversimplification, but that's exactly what those who don't think this issue is a problem will do. As you point out, few rational people would suggest that all income could or should be equal. But those who are quite comfortable with the current income/wealth distribution will go to great lengths to convince others that those of us seeking change do expect and desire that outcome.

They like to distill this complex issue down to concern about income inequality = thinking that we should all receive the same size piece of the pie = socialism = communism. They do this every time. Nobody who supports single payer health care (or event the ACA) wanted to create a government committee that decides who should get treated and who should be left to die, but how often did we hear talking heads screaming about "death panels"? We shouldn't give them the terminology to make such distortions any easier. If we're interested in opportunity equality, we should talk about opportunity inequality rather than income inequality. If common sense prevailed, terminology and semantics wouldn't be so crucial, but this is politics and we're talking about the American public here. Words matter a lot.”

Kris Littman on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:21:52

“Well explained - thank you. The GOTP are creative enough with their "talking point" language.”
Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 16:59:53 in Politics

“Imbalance is one term I have considered. I like it because it speaks less about quantity and more about the extremely asymmetric distribution of income. It doesn't imply judgements on worth of value, but it does point out the difficulties of maintaining a functional society when only a few have nearly all of the resources. Thanks for the input. :)”

Good Guy Conservative on Dec 4, 2013 at 17:06:23

“This is one of my favorite types of discussions.”
Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 12:19:26 in Politics

“"If you do not have enough money, it probably is no one's fault but your own.... "

Really? Millions are born into poverty, and had no influence on who their parents would be.”

ralphedwards on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:32:18

“I'm talking about adults obviously... kids can blame their worthless parents who decided to have kids when they can't afford too...”
Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Obama To Speak On Income Inequality

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 12:15:54 in Politics

“The term "income inequality" is not the right one to use in this discussion. It suggests that the solution would be to create income equality, which by definition requires everyone to have equal incomes, which is not possible.

We'll never have (nor should we have) a system in which every person earns the exact same income. But we can have a system in which any honest work earns enough to live on and that cares for those who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own.

If you're going to put forth an argument, build it on terms that don't strengthen your opposition.”

jstanavgguy on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:35:11

“Ok, let me ask you a simple question.

let's say that you increase the minimum wage to $15, which is what many are calling for.

What does that do to jobs that pay, say, $15 already?

Should they see the same 107% increase?

I mean, their labor is no less valuable in comparison to a minimum wage job now than is was before the minimum wage was increased, is it?

And then, what do businesses do, so as to recover the lost revenues,. so they can remain profitable?

Or would you tell them that they have profited long enough, and must now do what is 'right' for the people?”

Kris Littman on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:25:49

“You don't think you've over-simplified here yak? No one suggests that all income will ever be equal, nor should it be. It's the opportunities that should be equalized. Do we have opportunities to further education; do we have opportunities to jobs with career advancement; do we have opportunities to lift ourselves and our future generations out of poverty? I don't understand the terror from the right about a better economical opportunity for all. The only thing that makes sense in this thinking is what we all see but cannot believe - the money hoarders at the top want to create a permanent service class. Here? In the USA? It's insanity. And completely unnecessary.”

Good Guy Conservative on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:24:03

“How about 'severe and growing income imbalance'?”
New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security

New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 12:07:01 in Politics

“Because too many of us don't believe that we ourselves can quickly become the most vulnerable.”

Koolodge on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:28:48

“It can happen very quickly!”
New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security

New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 12:04:12 in Politics

“These guys just don't quit. Instead of playing their numbers games, why don't they just tear down some schools and nursing homes, smelt the steel from the buildings (using fuel oil taken from heating subsidies) and use it to build a big expensive warship to kill people in foreign lands and enrich their corporate crony friends with? It would be more honest, less complicated and would achieve the same results.”
William Rockefeller, Metro-North Engineer, Fell Asleep Before Fatal Train Derailment: Report

William Rockefeller, Metro-North Engineer, Fell Asleep Before Fatal Train Derailment: Report

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 11:47:02 in New York

“Such technology exists, and Congress passed a law requiring it to be installed, but that law doesn't yet take effect, and railroads have been pushing to further delay it.”

Judith1496 on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:51:31

“We've had trains in this country for a long, long time. How does it happen that such a law is only now being put in place? Why did railroads NEED a law to get them to put in such technology? Where is a sheer sense of CARE about the well-being of passengers? .... Well then, where is a sheer sense of TERROR about liabilities?”
What It's Like To Be Divorced By 26

What It's Like To Be Divorced By 26

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 16:00:00 in Divorce

“If you get divorced and learn nothing from it, then divorce can be called a failure. But if you learn to take responsibility for what belongs to you, to let go of what doesn't, and to have the perspective and clarity to understand the difference, then divorce can be called an opportunity. Life doesn't offer too many second chances, but divorce can be a great one if you can come out of it stronger and better equipped for future relationships. If you can get though it without any mortgages or child custody issues in common (a clean break) that's even better.”
House Only Working 8 More Days This Year [UPDATE]

House Only Working 8 More Days This Year [UPDATE]

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 23:01:09 in Politics

“Thank God! At least they won't be able to do any more damage.”
Amazon Reveals It Wants To Deploy Delivery Drones. No Joke.

Amazon Reveals It Wants To Deploy Delivery Drones. No Joke.

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 22:50:43 in Technology

“Sweet! I can hardly wait to order stuff from Planet Callnowia.”
Sperm Whale Explodes In Stomach-Churning Clip From Faroe Islands (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Sperm Whale Explodes In Stomach-Churning Clip From Faroe Islands (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 20:05:50 in Green

“Guts Vesuvius. That cannot have smelled good.”
Americans To FCC: We Don't Want Cell Phone Calls On Planes!

Americans To FCC: We Don't Want Cell Phone Calls On Planes!

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 11:24:16 in Technology

“Not a victim, just someone who recognizes that choices are more limited when it comes to air travel options in more rural areas. My point was that in a number of markets, if you want to travel by air there is only one flight on one airline available that will get you (at least part way) to your destination. You can either buy a ticket from that airline, or not fly. Yes, in theory I could choose to take the bus. Or I could choose to move my family to an urban center. Or I could choose to learn how to play the guitar in order to become a rock star so that I can buy my own private jet. But in terms of what is most practical and cost-effective, I have to choose to just buy the ticket from the one airline available because they're what's available and I need to fly to do my job. If you live in a place where Comcast is the only internet provider available and you need internet access to do your job, your only realistic option is to "choose" Comcast. In some places the consumer-choice driven free market isn't exactly fully operational.”

Percy Chestwood on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:38:44

“Who said that every choice has to be fun and easy?”
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 11:01:37 in Politics

“When our political leaders (radical or otherwise) are found in "compromising" situations, they often still keep their jobs (in some cases even being reelected) and keep if not their social status at least their economic status. Maybe the Islamic world takes such transgressions a bit more seriously?”

UncleMike Davis on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:33:43

“Probably two thirds of Congress are being blackmailed or bribed or both on a regular basis, just to ensure their vote a certain direction. Now we know why they do not bother to read a new law or ordinance or treaty they are voting on.”

DoILookConfusedToYou on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:09:29

“Let me clarify that a bit. When political leaders give in to "compromising situations" they are often setups. Once their failure is documented they are blackmailed with it.
How else can you explain some of the INSANE voting that goes on up there?”
Americans To FCC: We Don't Want Cell Phone Calls On Planes!

Americans To FCC: We Don't Want Cell Phone Calls On Planes!

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 11:22:37 in Technology

“At what altitude were the planes when the calls were made? (How tall were the WTC towers?)”
Americans To FCC: We Don't Want Cell Phone Calls On Planes!

Americans To FCC: We Don't Want Cell Phone Calls On Planes!

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 11:18:49 in Technology

“While I believe that this is a legitimate thing for the FCC and FAA to look into, I can only assume that there is no definitive evidence that a phone (or tablet, iPod, etc.) can interfere with the electronics of the aircraft. If it was shown to be possible to take down a plane with an iPhone, they wouldn't be allowed on board.”
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