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Slavery was wrong. Racism was wrong. I'll give y'all that. I hate that my ancestors owned slaves, but what can I do about it? The Civil War was NOT all about slavery. Neither is the Confederate Battle Flag. It is not a national flag, it was a flag carried by ground troops, many of whom had nothing to do with the institution of slavery. It simply represents thousands of Southern men who died defending their right to self-government. It represents history, heritage, liberty, democracy, self-government. All we want is a symbol to call our own and represent the unique culture and heritage of our home. We are open to suggestions for a new flag to represent the South! Please do not hate us because of what our ancestors did....
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Dear Kareena, It is with great hope that we are writing this open letter to you today. Most of us have been well- wishers since Refugee released. Although it was your very first performance, you proved to be a powerhouse of talent with an extremely promising future in the industry. You proved us and critics right, with choosing content-backed films such as Omkara, Chameli, Jab We Met, Heroine, and Talaash where you demonstrated substantial performances. You did more than justice to roles that had you dig deep into emotions, and you always projected every sentiment with sheer brilliancy. There have been some disappointments, and although all successful careers come with hits and flops, your well-wishers have never associated poor box office numbers with poor performances. To cite an...
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Dear Lynn Shepherd, J.K. Rowling is a horrible human being. She is rich and selfish, and wrote a series of overrated pieces of garbage that she clearly ripped off of other writers. She struts around London, Paris, all over the world, thinking that she is better than all of us who are struggling in this down economy. She doesn’t deserve her success, as it is so clearly on the backs of so many millions of people who deserve it so much more than her. By the way, just kidding. But since you wrote this, I know it in my bones that you believe much of it. To sum up what you wrote, J.K. Rowling should stop writing because by continuing to do so, she is pushing out other writers who don’t have her success. By your own admission, you have not read any of the Harry Potter books and you...
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Dear Russell, Having watched your recent BBC documentary End the Drugs War, we felt that it was necessary to address some of the points and messages contained within the programme. While you make some very good points which we would agree with, there are other areas of the programme which can be potentially damaging to the drug policy reform movement, as well as to the people who use drugs you feature in your programme. While we agree that the War on Drugs needs to end, and that criminalising drug users is counterproductive, even harmful to drug users and wider society, we feel that you give a very narrow view of drug dependency based on your own individual experience, and haven't fully addressed or portrayed the complexity of drug use and the many factors which contribute to,...
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Doom looks pretty sweet—certainly technically very impressive—but it's still not quite what I'm after from a new Doom. It's getting closer, much closer, but it's not quite there yet. Here's things I'm still after: 1. Enemy bodies that lie around permanently after you kill them. Not sure if you really had that properly. 1.5. Why go so far with the gibbing and the breaking of enemies into multiple parts? It just looks fake and very forced, like ragdoll physics, and it just looks amateur and slightly silly in 2015. Blow enemies into bits when you fire a rocket into them and let the chainsaw but them into pieces, sure, but unless the player shoots them point blank with a shotgun or whatever then it would be far more satisfying if they simply showed really cool impact animations,...
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Dear Mr. Bossert As you may know, the 1946 live-action/animation hybrid Disney film Song of the South will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year. As you may also know, the film was last released to the public in 1986 for its 40th anniversary, shortly before the Walt Disney Company virtually withdrew the film from audiences to not be seen again. I understand why Disney and Mr. Robert Iger refuse to release the film due to a stature that the Company is known for; as the leading pioneer in family entertainment, there is a perfectly valid reason why Disney would not want audiences to see Song of the South. But there are several problems with this policy: Disney has been accused multiple times of racism in its animated films, whether it was the crows...
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I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon. But then I decided to act on it. My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and problems with children. She has lost 30 pounds and weighed about 90 pounds in her 35 years. She got very skinny, and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the morning and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role...
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I used to be one of those people, you know the ones, the rather irritating people who stand at a gig they have paid over the odds to be at taking photographs you are never really going to look at again and other people have no interest in looking at. Then I had an epiphany of sorts. Why am I standing here filming/taking photographs of a live event instead of watching it in all it’s glory. Admittedly I had very personal reasons as to why I was taking photographs at the Girls Aloud gig but in all honesty there weren’t many of us there that were there solely for the their musical (ahem) talents. However there I was stood at Download Festival having to watch KISS through someone’s android phone. This is when it hit me. For many years I have been of these inconsiderate people and now I am...
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Dear Taylor Swift, I have read your open letter to Apple where you give your reasons for refusing to allow your album ‘1989′ to be included on their forthcoming Apple Music streaming service. (For reference: http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor) I applaud it. It’s great to have someone with a huge following standing up for the rights of creative people and making a stand against the corporate behemoths who have so much power they can make or break someone’s career. For instance, you say: I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking,...
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To Apple, Love Taylor I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries. I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company. This...
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