“Artist” Stirs Up Controversy Selling People’s Instagram Images For Profit


(PCM) A so-called “artist” by the name of Richard Prince has been turning quite a large profit by blowing up images from other people’s Instagram posts and selling them for upwards of $100,000. This is yet another reason to be incredibly careful about what you post online, as Mr. Prince is selling all of these prints without the permission of the individuals who originally posted and shot the photos.

Thus far, those that have attempted to sue Prince for copyright infringement have all lost in court due to a loophole in the laws surrounding intellectual property. It appears that fair use allows artists to comment or change an existing artwork to create something different. It is just how much change that is needed to make it different that comes into question, as long as it is a new expression, the court system considers it to be fair use.

Prince is simply taking the original photo from Instagram, blowing it up in size and then adding some of his own commentary to the bottom of the image. He has title the art series “New Portraits” and it has been on display at several art galleries and fairs in the New York City area.

Word to the wise for Instagram users … if you don’t want your images stolen and used for profit, be sure to set your accounts to private for protection.


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Scrabble Adds Some Questionable New Words


(PCM) In a move that proves that text speak is becoming more and more an everyday part of our venacular, Scrabble has add quite few questionable new words to its’ official dictionary. The new words include not only popular text speak, but also social media, technology and common slang.

A few of the new additions include ridic (a text abbreviation for ridiculous), shizzle, lolz, lotsa, pwn, thanx, bezzy, tweep, Facetime and many more. In total, about 6,500 new words have been added.

In a statement released by Collins Dictionary, the publisher of the dictionary of the Scrabble Players Association, claims that the new words were influenced by all parts of life including social media,slang, technology, and food plus English from all over the world.

The dictionary basis its’ decision on which words make the cut by researching just how often a word is used in everyday life. If they can find it written enough times it will make the cut. These days people are using slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs and text messages, so an new informal variety of the English language has been created.

Many people are outraged over the new additions to the official Scrabble dictionary claiming that slang or abbreviated words should not be included in the game, but others feel that as language continues to evolve so should the game and that appears to be just what they are doing.

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TLC Pulls “19 Kids and Counting” From TV Schedule


(PCM) In light of the recent child molestation confession from family member Josh Dugger, TLC has made the decision to pull all airings of “19 Kids and Counting” from its’ TV line-up.

Sources close to the production say that while TLC has not yet made a final decision about the show’s ultimate fate, the quick pull from the line-up in the heat of the molestation scandal certainly does not provide a positive outlook for the series in the future.

Food company General Mills was one of the show’s biggest sponsors and they too have revealed that they are blacklisting the show and pulling “19 Kids and Counting” from their current advertising schedule.

The fact that TLC ran a Duggar marathon on Thursday caused the network to receive quite a bit of backlash from viewers, as it prominently featured Josh is several episodes. It was most likely viewer complaints and threats to boycott the network which ultimately led to their decision to pull the series.

In a statement the network says “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time”.

In light of the molestation allegations going public, Josh Duggar, who is now 27 years old and married with three children released a statement of his own saying “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”

Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob, has also resigned from his position as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, an organization dedicated to preserving family values in America.


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Teacher Consumes A Live Hamster To Teach Students A Lesson


(PCM) A South Korean teacher is facing child abuse charges after consuming a live hamster during class in an attempt to teach his students a lesson. The 44-year old teacher, named Yu, noticed that his students at the Jeongeup Boarding School were teasing a hamster, so his plan was to teach them a lesson about just “how dear life really is”. 

Yu removed the hamster from the cage and then bit, chewed and ate the hamster in front of the horrified students. Speaking with a Korean news agency Yu said “I couldn’t control the situation and couldn’t stand it. While watching the hamsters die from teasing, I thought I should teach the children it was wrong to make light of life.”

Once the parents of the students found out about the situation, Yu was booked and charged with child abuse. He claims that he is ashamed for his actions in the classroom and never would have done it if he had known that he would not be facing the child abuse charges.

Looks like he definitely bit off more than he could chew this time around!


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Mom Publicly Shames Teen For Lying About Her Age On Facebook


(PCM) It is always important for parents to monitor their children’s activities online, especially when it comes to social media networks such as Facebook.  When one Colorado mother discovered that her 13-year old daughter was posing as a 19-year old and posted a photo of herself in a bra and lace panties her reaction has now gone viral.

In addition to banning her child from Facebook this mom took things a step further and created a video, which she posted on both her’s and her daughters Facebook pages, publicly shaming her for her online behavior.  She made her daughter tell everyone her real age, that she watches Disney channel, has a bedtime and that her underwear still has the days of the week on them.

The video has since gone viral and has been viewed over 11 million times since the mother posted it and many people are praising the mom for taking control of her daughters behavior. Others feel that she went too far, as the daughter can been seen in the video with tears streaming down her face.

The mother posted another video thanking other parents for their support and tells critics that she is not there to be her child’s friend, but rather to keep her protected. She reveals that she is a convicted felon and she refuses to lose her child to the streets. She claims what she did came from a place purely of love and hopes to encourage other parents to pay more attention to their children’s behavior online.

Watch the full video below:


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Game Of Thrones Actress Sophie Turner Talks About “That” Scene


(PCM) There has been a huge debate among fans of the hit HBO drama “Game Of Thrones” after Sunday nights episode placed beloved character Sansa Stark in quite a horrifying situation.

**Spoilers below if you have not yet seen this past week’s episode**

Fans were divided about just how far the series has begun to stray from the books and that a scene that depicts the rape of a woman was totally unnecessary as a way to move the plot forward. The final scenes of Sunday’s night’s episode of Game Of Thrones showed newlywed Sansa Stark being escorted to the bed chambers of her new husband, the deplorable Ramsey Bolton.

She is escorted to the bridal suite by pseudo brother Theon Greyjoy/Reek, who she believes is responsible for the deaths of her younger brothers. Ramsay forces Theon to watch as he rips off Sansa’s dress and begins his sexual assault on the character. The viewer can see the tears and horror in Theon’s eyes as he witnesses someone he has always seen as a sister being attacked by Ramsay, while Sansa’s desperate screams can be heard off camera.

When speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the questionable scene, actress Sophie Turner, who portrays Sansa Stark in the series, had the following to say “Last season [director] Alex Graves decided to give me hints. He was saying, ‘You get a love interest next season.’ And I was all, ‘I actually get a love interest!’ So I get the scripts and I was so excited and I was flicking through and then I was like, ‘Aw, are you kidding me!?” 

Turner went on to reveal “When I read that scene, I kinda loved it. I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. It was all so messed up. It’s also so daunting for me to do it. I’ve been making [producer Bryan Cogman] feel so bad for writing that scene: ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this to me!’ But I secretly loved it.”

Book author George R.R. Martin has refused to comment on the scene only commenting on social media that the TV series has always taken on the butterfly effect in a sense and that “smaller changes, lead to larger changes, which then lead to huge changes”.

How did you feel about Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones? Will you still support the series?


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