Put down the pitchforks, people.
>The tech giant says the app violated a policy against cashing in on conflicts, and the decision was not the result of a request to take it down.
>In a statement, Google said the game was removed because it violated Google Play's policies. "We have a longstanding policy prohibiting developers from capitalising on sensitive events such as attempting to make money from serious ongoing conflicts or tragedies through a game," Google said.
>Google noted it had pulled apps previously for attempting to profit from other high-profile events such as earthquakes, crises, suicides and conflicts.
This isn't Google bowing to China. This was an rpg game to role play as a Hong Kong protestor. Google doesn't let people make games about tragedies.
EDIT: Because I've had to answer these same replies a dozen times now, here are some answers:
>But Google has an app for [war] or [bad event]
It's for serious and ongoing tragedies. Read the comment.
>Could I put the game up of it were free?
I'm not Google's legal team. I don't know.
>Google is bowing to China.
Google is banned in China and the HKmap app that Apple took down is still in the play store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=live.hkmap.app
Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist quoted in the article, used to work for the New York Medical Examiner's Office in 2001 and was one of the medical examiners who processed the bodies from the World Trade Center on and after 9/11. She's seen some shit.
I read her book a couple of years ago. It was a very good read.
Officers responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle discovered a person "who was in the process of burglarizing the vehicle" just after 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. ET) Tuesday, according to a statement from the Tempe Police Department.
As officers approached, the suspect ran away holding what they thought was a handgun, the statement said. An officer raced after the suspect giving "verbal commands," and during the chase "perceived a threat" and fired his weapon, hitting the teen. They did not specify how many shots were fired.
The weapon found near the 14-year-old was a replica 1911 model airsoft gun, which police believe was stolen from the car along with other items.
Edit: Here’s a link to Amazon listing of 1911 airsoft if anyone else wondering what it looks like
Edit 2: to everyone asking why I picked this link to show a 1911, maybe just take a breath and chill out. I had no idea what a 1911 was before seeing this story, so I wanted to find out if it was a pistol, rifle, machine gun, bazooka, whatever. It’s just provided for anyone else who doesn’t know what a 1911 is. To repeat, I do not know what specific model the guy used. The link was provided as reference for anyone else who is gun-illiterate like me. Ok? We good now?
>Barr created the only possible scenario in which that could happen
What really freaked me out was discovering that Barr's father, Donald Barr, back in 1973 wrote a science-fiction book involving a planet where sexual slavery of children was front and center. The story was filled with sexual stuff involving kids.
There's a whole world of pedos just under the surface here. Epstein wasn't going to rat anyone out, he would have pleaded the 5th on every question he was asked. But the trial might still have lead to unwanted investigations, so they needed him dead to just stop questions being asked.
Google's ( Alphabet's ) market cap is $726.74 Billion.
Disney's market cap is $162.52 Billion
Google is about 5X the size of Disney. So Disney ain't buying google anytime soon.
Get a good VPN that's not based in the states.
if you know how to buy bitcoins and pay in them. Cryptostorm, Earthvpn, hideme, or nordvpn
Edit: people hate nordvpn but like PIA
Edit 2: doesn't need to be out of the states as long as it doesn't log.
Edit 3: from u/halohudini
> For anyone considering a VPN that is based in the states, I ask you to take a look at what happened to Lavabit. Any VPN based in the US can be compelled to turn over their encryption keys allowing authorities to view all traffic passed through its servers.
I'm pretty neutral on Obama. So I will offer this:
I think it is the attitude they are frustrated with. I have heard people (even supporters) comment:
As to the bad luck timing of his public assessments
He said ISIS was "contained," then a few days later was Paris.
He then made fun of people who want to carefully screen immigrants as being, "afraid of women and children".
A. The next day it was revealed a Paris terrorist was a woman (as was the SB woman, a woman terrorist)
B. Then two little children went into an African market and detonated.
Then he talked about the radicalization problem as though it was offshore -- and then the San Bernardino terrorist mini-cell detonated.
So that is my sense from the people who discuss it. Your water cooler may have different talking points.
Edit: Thank you for gilding this post, I really appreciate it.
Edit2: To answer some replies, I added a link to the Al Arabiya report from Reuters confirming the ISIS claim of responsibility for San Bernardino. And a link showing the ISIS connection to the Paris terror cell leader who it says joined ISIS while in Syria.
His old man also wrote a book about a planet where kids were sex slaves. I shit you not:
Kind of seems like Don Barr and Epstein had more than a few interests in common.
Its even more surprising that many people can't afford a $500 emergency, and half of people who earn $100-150k a year, don't even have $500 saved up.
*Edit, for the people who find this statement so hard to believe...
For everyone wondering, the bill is S. 1035, and here's the bill's text.
Edit: Added link to the bill's text, and thanks for the gold!!
Terrorist sympathizer. Just look at how killing all these innocents is terrorizing the poor Israeli snipers. Clearly all Gazans are terrorists, and anyone who supports them are barbaric sympathizers, and always anti-semitic yes.
Edit: if anyone wants to learn more about the history of this conflict, I can't recommend enough the book "Righteous Victims" by Benny Morris, an Israeli historian who is as objective an author as you can find on the matter.
>Councilman James Gray, who represents the Lower 9th Ward, agrees. He said the policy change is one driven by emotion and not the facts.
No, the "facts" are that this is the second murder of a Domino's driver in New Orleans. There's a fine line between discrimination and protective policies. There's also a correlation between where most murders occur and impoverished neighborhoods.
Edit: Thanks for the Gold, stranger!
Edit 2: I've made a mistake. It does appear that the murders occurred in separate districts.
Regardless, Domino's is merely serving its own interests and employees' safety. Murder is cause enough for this policy change; the number of times committed shouldn't be a factor.
I thought this comment from a discussion on this topic on another forum was insightful:
>If you are interested in undermining these communities that are repressive to women, one of the most important and effective ways to do that is to provide women-only gathering spaces outside the control of the men of the community where women can network and be amongst each other without men policing their thoughts and speech. And even better is women-only spaces that belong to the general community where women in oppressive communities will have the opportunity to interact with women in the general community, and to build the sorts of connections that allow them to safely escape repressive communities.
>Women-only gyms, pools, hairdresser hours, nail salons, etc., are where an awful lot of women who end up fleeing closed religious communities (or domestic violence situations) meet the women and get access to the social services that help them escape. There's a reason DV and cult-escape groups do a lot of outreach through commercial and community locations with women-only hours.
Why is anyone in this thread calling the teacher who was suspended a woman, or a Japanese woman? It's a man. Stephen.
A woman resigned under very different circumstances a year ago - for similar beliefs. She was caught red handed by authorities.
Also - what's with the whataboutism? BLM isn't even remotely the same thing as a white nationalist group. Do people really need those differences spelled out for them?! And then there's the out of left field "La Raza" reference.
In any case - the teacher is on leave "pending investigation". Check out the original article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/white-nationalist-teacher-dallas-texas-identity-evropa-stephen-arnquist_n_5ca6921ee4b0a00f6d3d24e6?43e
It also includes two other instances - both resulting in firing - of a teacher and a principal being fired. In their cases - there was video footage.
What is notable is all of these examples are post 2016.
> I have a 1897 Sears Catalog reprint that is amazing to look thro
Which you can buy on Amazon
My original comment about how misleading this title is is already being downvoted to oblivion. To quote Samsung:
"Should consumers enable the voice recognition capability, the voice data consists of TV commands, or search sentences, only. Users can easily recognize if the voice recognition feature is activated because a microphone icon appears on the screen."
IT IS NOT RECORDING EVERY GODDAMN THING YOU SAY
is it worth the lung cancer tho
edit: Can you get away with Social Smoking?
u/jammacus down there with even more juicy stats
FYI Seth is MATCHING the next $1 million, not outright donating $1 mil. So RR still needs our help to get to $5M!
From a RR rep, around 11pm, in the comments on their Kickstarter:
>"Starting right now, Seth has agreed to match our next $1,000,000 of pledges, to help us reach even more schools in need! That's right: for each dollar pledged over $4,000,000, Seth will MATCH IT, dollar for dollar, up to 1 MILLION DOLLARS!"
I am as progun as they come. I keep my firearms in a heavy safe, with one home defense pistol in a separate smaller quick-access safe near the bed.
If there is even a small chance a kid will wander around your home, FUCKING LOCK THAT SHIT UP. It's really not that hard. Especially if you just have a pistol, small safes or lockboxes can be had for under $50. If even that is too much, cable locks are like $5. No excuses. Stop making us all look bad.
Thankfully, accidental gun deaths are now under 500 a year, even though we have at least 100 million gun owners. It's a shrinking problem. But let's get it as close to 0 as possible. Each one is a tragedy.
Here is one for $20. It will fit a pistol or two. It obviously won't stop a determined adult with a bit of time, but will at least keep curious toddlers at bay. Buy a better, heavier safe if you can.
Small alligator clips like these keep my broken straps connected. They won't last forever, but I've at least doubled the life of my mask.
edit: as /u/Habib_Zozad points out below, this fix is not appropriate if the strap has broken off of the mask itself. Reattaching the strap with an alligator clip (or staple or anything else I can think of) would certainly compromise the fit and integrity of the mask. This works only when the break is between two sections of strap, meaning you only need to overlap the two sections and then clamp them together to hold.
It’s a landmark book, and if you’re interested in the topic, there are some newer ones that have built on (and somewhat critiqued) Alexander’s thesis. Most notably:
Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime
James Forman Jr.’s Locking Up Our Own
The sad fruits of decades of Islamaphobia.
Edit: for people whom think Islamaphobia is an unsubstantiated media buzzword, Glenn Greenwald expresses:
>A 2014 Pew Poll found that Americans feel more negatively toward Muslims than any other religious group in the country.
>There are all sorts of obvious, extreme harms that come from being a nation at permanent war. Your country ends up killing huge numbers of innocent people all over the world. Vast resources are drained away from individuals and programs of social good into the pockets of weapons manufacturers. Core freedoms are inexorably and inevitably eroded — seized — in its name. The groups being targeted are marginalized and demonized in order to maximize fear levels and tolerance for violence.
> But perhaps the worst of all harms is how endless war degrades the culture and populace of the country that perpetrates it. You can’t have a government that has spent decades waging various forms of war against predominantly Muslim countries — bombing seven of them in the last six years alone — and then act surprised when a Muslim 14-year-old triggers vindictive fear and persecution because he makes a clock for school. That’s no more surprising than watching carrots sprout after you plant carrot seeds in fertile ground and then carefully water them. It’s natural and inevitable, not surprising or at all difficult to understand.
Edit 2: I'm literally not condoning the state of affairs in the religious world by pointing out that our nation has (in certain circles) developed especially heightened prejudices to a specific ideology.
Don't forget that Donald Barr hired Epstein (who had no teaching creds) to teach 7th graders math. At the same time, Donald Barr also wrote a sci-fi novel about sex slavery in space.
Ultimately, William Barr is covering for his father.
In 2012, BP's annual profit was $25bn. That's $68,493,150.68/day in profit. In 2012, the fine would have been equivalent to 2.56 days of profit, if my math is correct. Edit: as you said, it'll cost BP nothing in the end.
There's lots people can do, if you get uBlock Origin and Ghostery or you've severely limited their ability to track you between sites. it's a different story if you're clicking through to a site from a link on facebook or google (or reddit for that matter), but even still there are ways to mitigate that kind of tracking.
~~Edit: Don't use Ghostery~~
Edit 2: Apparently Ghostery went open source earlier this month, my bad.
Nestle will sue the US and Oregon under TTIP rules saying this ruling has cost them profit and unfairly advantages the people.
The car is a 2003 BMW 325Cl. That's a 13 year old car worth maybe $6k-$8k. Just because it's a BMW doesn't mean it's a nice car.
EDIT: This hit SNOPES back in March. The more you think about this story, the more it doesn't add up.
EDIT #2: Found her linkedin profile, says she was a personal banker back from 2007-2008. If this is accurate, and she's not been in banking for almost 8 years - then it sounds like she may not have had clarity when she was under medical treatment.
Note - a personal banker is a step up from a teller, but it's not really what we think of when we hear "banker". This is the person who sits at a desk and helps you sign up for all the accounts/credit-cards a bank wants you to have.
As a young adult in America with poor parents, I've been sitting on a massive toothache for five years and some suspicious reproductive health issues for one year because when I did go for one basic checkup on my own dime, a meeting with a doctor I'm which I was only examined, blood pressure taken, and told to come back again cost me $160. Had I come back for an ultrasound like I was asked to, it would have been $400 for another visit easily.
I don't even bother getting my teeth checked out; that's a price range with an extra zero at the end.
EDIT: Thanks for everyone's considerate advice. I'll look into cheaper options and see if I can do anything about it.
I wanted to hijack this upvote train to show everybody something I found this morning; I was looking at thermoplastic pellets on Amazon and I found this listing. Looking at the reviews, nearly every one of them is someone who bought these pellets to make themselves a false tooth in lieu of partial dentures. I thought this was interesting and a good illustration of how dental care, even if it is cosmetic, is unaffordable for many people.
Here's one: "Saved $790 making my own tooth! I made a temporary tooth and saved myself $800. I recommend this product. Let's put the dentist outta business!"
2nd EDIT: I'm definitely not advocating making your own tooth out of thermoplastic. Just putting it here to illustrate the length some people have to go.
The documentary was absolutely amazing. 96% on RT.
I felt so bad for Huma. He seemed detached of any empathy in that shown to friends/family.
Instead, he just "accepted" responsibility - and continued to push forward in his political field. However, he did nothing to fix his personal issues, and apologize directly to Huma.
I feel like both Huma and Weiner married each other not out of love - but rather out of political motivations. They had a kid shortly after getting married. Huma overlooked it. Not once, not twice, not thrice, but... I forget what number were at now. It's high.
I cannot believe he hasn't learned his lesson yet. He's an amazing Democratic politician. Was great friends with Jon Stewart. Everytime he's on Bill Maher - hes eloquent and passionate about the issues hes presenting. For that reason, I gave him a pass.
However, this latest "nude" - is just dissapointing. And with his son.... I don't know anymore man.
The fact that his last name is Weiner, is just...sigh... you can't make this stuff up.
Check out this Senator with a funny sounding name. He says he'll stand up for Net Neutrality if elected president!!
"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." -
I know I'm not the only person who thinks the Muslim hatred is getting out of hand.
> Weather Underground
I fucking love that website. Great data, lots of choices, easy to understand, even gives doppler radar maps so you can eyeball when rain is going to start/stop at you. Haven't tried any mobile apps for them though.
Growing up with neglect and violence at home has a greater impact of becoming an abuser than being sexually abused does. (source )
this will probably get buried but my grandfather published his memoir of his life before, during and after the holocaust. the things he remembered in detail are amazing and horrifying and i had no idea till i read it the life he had, and even more amazing is what kept him going. he was also on a death train just like Edith. after the war, he joined the resistance to help others escape the Nazis. he was also worried that people were denying the holocaust, and this is why he wrote the book.
if you are interested in reading it, you can find it here: A Witness to a Non-Happening
if you have anymore questions, feel free to ask
Also worth pointing out that HKmap.live (the app Apple removed at China's request) is still alive and well on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=live.hkmap.app
Still worth having a conversation here, but entirely misleading to draw certain parallels.
Netflix Revenue 4.37 Billion (2013)
CBS Revenue - 15.2 Billion (2013)
This whole "worth more" argument is based on irrational investment and super inflated stock prices. Investors are pumping up its value based on future promise. It is meaningless.
Read this article. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-possible-netflix-horror-story-in-4-charts-2015-04-16
I think what is lacking today that was in place years ago is community. In the past most people knew the other people in their communities. If they saw a child in danger they would know the parent wasn't nearby and be able to act. If they saw a child up to mischief they knew how to discipline them or contact the parents so they could discipline the child.
Today I barely know the people one street over. I talk more to people in other states via social media than I do the people a few hundred feet from me.
Someone will innovate and solve this problem soon I think. (It might even be me.)
My horrible, half-baked idea: National local events.
Just like the 4th of July brings people to barbecue and fireworks, we need a national holiday that brings local communities together. The funding could come from local businesses and corporations who want to foment good will. Basically it's an excuse for everyone to get out and talk to others around them.
It needs more than just the blurb above to be successful. It would need extensive organization and something more than "meet the neighbors" to motivate others to get out and actually do that. Which is why its more sentiment than actionable.
Thanks for the gold, but apparently my idea is already implemented as something called "National Night Out" according to several posters. There is also an app called Next Door that looks promising.
Half-baked idea #2:
An app/event that is meant to find the "best" person in the community and promote them to the next level. This could be a talent or skill. The community would hold an open contest and then decide who to support that year. That person would then get limited funding, social mentions, and a lot of suggestions. It might even be a way to get someone without funds to college.
Except it's not "unions", it's "unions in situations where the people represented by the union hold all the negotiating power".
In a situation where you can't form a union because your company will fire literally anyone trying it, and have enough money to replace every single employee twice, there's an imbalance of power that can easily be abused.
In a situation where you literally must cave to every demand the union makes because you have nothing to negotiate with and can not risk a police strike or previous negotiations have been so lackluster that they already hold all the power (because hero worship, etc), there's an imbalance of power that can easily be abused.
Unions are perfect when there's similar levels of power between the union and the group the union generally negotiate with. Unions are supposed to exist in situations where there are actual rights that need protecting, and people who would actually take away those rights given the chance.
Police unions exist to protect a group who are already supported by the people the union negotiates with. Until there's some actual adversarial negotiations with police unions, police unions will continue to hold all the power and their members will continue to be immune to consequences of their own actions.
Texas, and other Gulf states, are already experiencing an incredible rise in flood rates (Related). This is going to cause massive damage, even with a strong response. Still, hurricane flood damage in the future will be increasingly catastrophic for these areas.
In any case, disaster relief should be unconditional, and nonnegotiable.
Most of that stuff can be permanently disabled by editing registry files. Something like this. Registry editing sounds scary if you've never done it, but it's really easy. Just don't go editing random ones.
I'm not saying that Windows should be in the clear for "accidentally" re-enabling stuff, but it's nice to permanently squash those features you don't want, like Cortana, start menu ads, Skype reminders, etc.
In 1992, naturalist Terry Tempest Williams published <em>Refuge, An Unnatural History of Family and Place,</em> a book in which an ever-expanding Great Salt Lake threatened wild bird nesting grounds. It's disheartening to learn that the lake has the opposite problem now.
Legally it's not, but a Black woman who swam there said she was treated rudely and kicked by multiple Hasidic women.
De facto it looks like it's a Hasidim-only time.
> In the pool — basically all the worst kind of passive aggressive lap swimming stuff: pushing off in front of you, jumping in front of you, not moving from the wall when you need to turn, etc., plus being kicked underwater, multiple times by multiple different people. In the locker room — cutting for the shower as though I wasn't waiting and staring, mostly. I've swam at other times, so I know it isn't just that the pool has a culture of chaos. And you know, it's possible other people found it calming and wonderful (and I am not sure how much being black would have to do with it either), but it was super uncomfortable so I stopped swimming them after a few tries, because who has time for that kind of shit?
We have a similar problem in Bloomington, IN.
We have a good social net here for homeless who appear here. The problem with that, is that anything you do to assist with homeless attracts more. And I mean a lot more.
As city government, what can you do? We have shelters, we have food banks, we have free delivered food; really there's lots of resources. And our numbers have doubled in the last 2 years. Any money left available is eagerly gobbled up by people coming from out of city/state to here. Add this to greyhound therapy, from other cities, and this is a problem.
What needs to be done is a war on poverty and homelessness, and it needs to be applied across the whole country. That will stem the flood of moving homeless to better areas, and we can start really fighting it.
EDIT(11:53 -500): "war on poverty and homelessness" was a bad phrase, and is derailing by attacking that phrase. Call it "ending homelessness", "fixing homelessness", or something.
EDIT(2:30 -500): /u/NoMoreNicksLeft has an intriguing solution revolving around stopping the game theory attributes of cities helping the homeless. Read about it here. It's a rough draft, but contains essential pieces to start solving the problems locally!
Yes. These weren't just industrial strength zip ties. They're double sided ties specifically designed as cuffs. Usually in large scale deployments like riots because it's easy to carry and deploy a larger number of them. Like these:
People are still responding to his apology and admission with shaming him for asking. That's not a game I'll play. That's one thing about this that is a good thing and should be addressed. He did ask. He had a power dynamic at times, yes. He didn't always ask or wait for a yes, that's also wrong. But two of these reports mention him asking. One was met with a no, and he didn't do anything. One was met with a yes and he did do something. That's consent at the time and while contributing to the pattern of exhibitionism, to me isn't legally grey at all. (And the power dynamic was involved, and he's acknowledged that in his admission.)
One comedy writer said in reponse to his apology "If a woman wants to see your penis she will tell you." which I think is another issue too. My last boss was a woman and if she told me she wanted to see my dick, that's still fucking wrong and implying otherwise does nothing to stop this behavior. Sexual harassment is wrong in all forms from all people.
Just so everyone knows, the Supreme Court ruled in Rodriguez v. United States that police cannot make you wait for a drug dog.
Edit: I know they can still hold you if they want but sometimes exercising your rights requires you to stand up for yourself. Don't let police tread on your freedoms. Be insistent and ask what the probable cause is, let them know you don't consent and won't comply with unlawful orders.
Imagined being forced to dress in all black standing in the blinding sun during days of over 100 degrees F or 37.8 C.
yeah the complaint is here https://www.scribd.com/doc/316578160/Michael-John-McLeod-et-al-vs-Valve-Corporation
It miscontrues a lot of stuff. It portrays Steam login as some kind of tacit support of the betting websites.
It describes this thread (http://steamcommunity.com/groups/csgolounge/discussions/8/627456486705186974/) as follows:
> In a post on Valve’s forum, a moderator — that is, a Valve spokesperson who manages the forums on behalf of Valve — told "younger” users who think they have been scammed through third party sites such as Lounge to not post on the forums about it. Rather, those “younger” users who were scammed on a third-party gambling site should contact Valve directly. In this post, the moderator on Steam’s own forums told users, including its “younger” users: “Safe betting and trading!”
I dont know anything about CSGO Lounge Steam group but something tells me this person isn't a Valve employee.
The complaint is full of these questionable or outright wrong claims.
So this is the second person to depart NPR recently. Mike Oreskes was ousted earlier this month.
NPR has been very vigilant about following up and questioning the culture that would allow this to happen. There was a rather intense grilling that Mary Louise Kelly did to CEO Jarl Mohn on All Things Considered the day after it happened.
I'm sure he's going to be raked over the coals again today or tomorrow. Look for it to happen.
Because the site appears to have been hugged to death...
FRX3 is a Solar and crank powered emergency radio/torch/cell phone charger.
The version linked has been discontinued on Amazon UK and US. But here is a (non-affiliate/referral) link to the updated model on Amazon US.
Kotaku (insert laugh track here if you want) ran an article back in may about Twitch streamers and the things they have to deal with sometimes. One of the cases was when a Twitch streamer found a teenager who had flown in from Singapore with nothing but luggage, hoping that he'd be able to spend a night with his favorite streamer, on his porch in the middle of the night.
It's worth a read, at the very least. I imagine that for some YouTube content creators that upload multiple times a week, some of their fans probably start thinking the same of them. Best buddies, talking about their day, etc.
For those who find this story interesting and are unfamiliar with it, or would like a deeper dive, I just finished the book <em>Bad Blood</em> which tells the story. Highly recommend.
EDIT: Finished reading the book, not writing the book. Author is Pulitzer-Prize winning John Carreyrou of the Wall Street Journal. I am very much not him.
From the Amazon reviews of his book, titled Space Relations: A Slightly Gothic Interplanetary Tale:
>I have a copy of this book. It is a really badly written book whose only excuse seems to be to refer to human trafficking and sex slavery either as an appeal to prurient interests - in which case it fails, or to relate reminiscences in fiction, or possibly as a payoff, because the dialogue and connecting thoughts are lacking, as well as any real plot even after half the book is read.
>The writer seems to like putting everything in terms of girls, and boys, and children, even when the scenes do not necessarily (but often do) involve kids. So while for instance the 14 year old girl getting raped in the first few chapters is really supposed to be 14, the hero of the book in danger of being sodomized - 'bend down kid and make it good' (sic) is not supposed to be a kid. It is that way throughout the book. They are either labeled like they are children (the queen was a 'child'), or actually boys or girls. So it pretty much starts with the word "naked" and goes down from there.
>It is pretty shocking a headmaster of a school would write this junk. It's not the only low grade sf story out there with this non-writing in it - but they are always bad reads. exploitation novel at best, says something about the writer regardless.
I guess it's not quite a mystery how Jeff got that job at the school.
I'm Canadian and our teacher did the same, she turned on the news. Her husband was visiting New York and had been in one of the buildings a day before the tragic events unfolded. Although I was young at the time I'm proud that we Canadians provided support when our brothers and sisters south of the border needed it most.
Operation Yellow Ribbon^
>Operation Yellow Ribbon (French: Opération ruban jaune) was commenced by Canada to handle the diversion of civilian airline flights in response to the September 11 attacks in 2001 on the United States. Canada's goal was to ensure that potentially destructive air traffic be removed from United States airspace as quickly as possible, and away from potential U.S. targets, and instead place these aircraft on the ground in Canada, at military and civilian airports in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia (and also several in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) where any destructive potential could be better contained and neutralized.
Many of them are Baby Boomers or Gen Xers who were exposed to plenty of education and critical thinking as they were growing up. However, there's the idea that in the information age, we are bombarded with so much information and stimulation that it is hard to begin to filter out the junk. It becomes much easier to simply pick a single source of information and label that as "trusted", than to be constantly scrutinizing all the information you get from everywhere.
This phenomenon was predicted as far back as the 80s, with the rise of cable TV and mass media advertising. There's an interesting part of a book called Amusing Ourselves to Death (https://www.amazon.com/Amusing-Ourselves-Death-Discourse-Business/dp/014303653X) where the author proposes that modern governments don't need to limit the amount of information their citizens have access to in order to control them. All they have to do is overload them with nonsense, making them unable to effectively process the quality information they do receive.
I am hopeful for the future, because our current generation was raised in the Information Age, and we've been exposed to this environment since our early years. We are more adept at navigating the internet, and therefore investigating the reliability of our sources of information. Our relative youth makes us less stubborn than people in their 50s or 60s.
Train your brain to attribute good things that happen to long-standing causes. For example if you do a good job at work tell yourself "it's because I'm a hard worker".
Train your brain to attribute bad things that happen to short-lived causes. For example if you get lost, tell yourself "it's because I'm tired today".
These two habits of thought have been scientifically shown to be an enormous asset in resisting depression and succeeding in many things. source: Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
hoes is the plural of a garden implement.
hos is just illiterate.
The colloquialism ho' is in fact an elision of the word whore. Apostrophes are used in the place of dropped letters or phonemes. As the W is silent in whore it is only necessary to use an apostrophe After the o as such ho' unlike 'n' as in rock'n'roll, though one would not be in error if they chose to use both, 'ho'. Given this the proper spelling of the plurality is ho's. Further the plural possessive, as in " I am those whores' pimp" would be ho's'.
I hope this clears up any confusion.
reference: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/184757/elision http://www.taddlecreekmag.com/apostrophes-n-quote-marks
I highly highly recommend you look into his recent comments about the biased fake news media being against him and how we need alternatives...
Edit: Here's a link, it provides direct sourcing but it seems relatively opinionated, just the first link on a Google search - https://thenextweb.com/distract/2018/05/24/dear-elon-musk-stop-spreading-fake-news/
Oh you wanna go deeper!?
William Barr's father, Donald Barr, wrote a sci-fi novel about sex slavery in space while Epstein was working for him (teaching 7th graders.)
<strong>Space Relations</strong>: A slightly gothic interplanetary tale - By Donald Barr
Windows 10 Home has so many annoying "features" it is scary. You can't even tell your PC not to download updates unless you say you have a metered internet connection.
On top of that the privacy settings are insane. Takes a good 30 minutes to disable everything trying to send Microsoft information. Some of the information being for advertising purposes.
And of course they install and run One Drive by default, which is another "feature" you have to disable.
Stick with Windows 7, if it lets you...
/u/Ryesagain knew of some software to help disable tracking in Windows 10.
Yep. It's only $4 a month to add onto my homeowner's plan. Things like this happen.
You can also place valves on sewer cleanout covers in your yard so if the pressure in the pipe builds the sewage is ejected at that point before backing up into your home. Your yard would be covered in shit and sewage, but it beats your home being covered in it. Something like this. https://www.amazon.com/Homesaver-Flip-Sewer-Relief-Valve/dp/B00PZLP1J4
Seven Super Girls
It gets a bit tinfoil-y at times but check out r/elsagate if you want to see more ways to stop this.
That was a recent change in the law, which only effects crimes that are committed after Jan. 1, 2017.
Under the old law there was generally a 10 year statue of limitations for prosecution. With exception for new DNA evidence.
In the case of Corey Feldman the old rules would apply and the individual names would be immune.
It all seems to be coming from a fairly credible ex-member of the British Intelligence. From a New York Times Article:
> The former British intelligence officer who gathered the material about Mr. Drumpf is considered a competent and reliable operative with extensive experience in Russia, American officials said. But he passed on what he heard from Russian informants and others, and what they told him has not yet been vetted by American intelligence.
Here's a link to that New York Times Article.
If this came out to be true, this could be a defining political moment for America.
This is why it's important to know how to recover "deleted" photos and video, if you're using a standalone camera where you can pull the SD card (or similar storage media).
As soon as you delete your previous data, swap the media for a fresh one and quarantine the one where you deleted stuff. When you get to somewhere else, use PhotoRec or whatever recovery software you have chosen to attempt to rescue the "deleted" material.
Rehearse this scenario before it happens to you for real. Carry that spare SD card.
(Also, it can be useful to zero-fill your cards between uses, so you don't have to wade through "good-deleted" old material to find the "bad-deleted" stuff that you want to get back.)
I sprained my ankle several years ago and went to an urgent care clinic. They charged me $250 for a brace that was 20 bucks at Wal-Mart then charged me $300 for a nurse to put it on... Keep in mind, putting it on was a matter of sticking my foot in it and attaching two velcro straps.
Edit: It was pretty much identical to this one
Everyone should watch the documentary <em>The Kill Team</em> to see what happens to whistleblowers in the US military.
This is a dude who along with Sheriff Joe drove a tank into some dudes farm he accused of cockfighting, turns out that the dude wasn't even cockfighting.
Ever since then I've been willing to believe any awful story about him.
Having grown up in Alaska, there is definitely a different in climate now than there was in the 80's.
Pretty interesting to look at the differences and extremes from here https://www.wunderground.com/history/monthly/us/ak/fairbanks/PAFA/date/2019-6?cm_ven=localwx_history comparing January temps in the 80's to what they are now. Make note of the more regular scale changes as you get into the 2010's.
It's more, stop leaving your kids alone with people, as priests don't abuse people any more than other people. The problem with the argument of not leaving them with others in general is that family is one of the highest sources for abuse.
I swear him and executives for companies like Comcast must go to the Cobra Commander School of Villainy or something. Some politicians have a copy of The Art of War on their nightstand, he must have a bunch of Smurfs tapes with notes of the best Gargamel scenes.
I just downloaded Signal to try it out, it's open source, and co-founded by Brian Acton who co-founded WhatsApp and left Facebook after the merge when they asked him to lie to the EU about their intentions to merge WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. It seems to be nice, haven't tried it in anger. The desktop version is its own app, I'd have preferred a browser based option like WhatsApp web but that's a minor quibble.
Read Marketing Democracy. Nothing changed after Pinochet. The same economic and social structures remained, the poor (base of the left) are still marginalized and displaced from influence, but instead of Pinochet's terror the state now use statistics and hurdles like status, education and class-distrust to keep the neo-liberal ideology in power.
Well it still takes food and nutrients to synthesize lab grown meat so I highly doubt it will ever be cheaper than rice and beans. There's still a lower limit on how economically viable it is - caloric ratio for lab grown meat is about 3:1 or 4:1. This means it takes 3 or 4 times the calories input to get a certain output of calories in lab grown.
Still waaaaaay better than the 7 or 10:1 ratio of normal livestock and without the cruelty and environmental impact, but staples will be the cheapest forever for a reason. Especially if we can one day lab grow crops, too.
Info on the 10% food chain rule. Eating animals instead of plants will always have a greater negative impact, but lab grown will save the world before everyone goes vegan.
If you want to make an impact now, cut back considerably or go full on plant-based!
Look into Intel's Management Engine
The government has their fingers in it at the basest levels, the discussion should've happened after Snowden revealed the NSA's mass collection.
This book 'The Coming of the Third Reich' does a really good job of showing how it didn't just come out of nowhere. Ideas of racial superiority, purity etc. and their role in an ideal country were building from much earlier.
Also worth reading the book 'The American Axis' for a picture of how much currency such ideas gained in the USA at the time, including with Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh.
Just want to add for interested people, the reason the movie exists is because it was a book written by David Morrell who was a professor at U of Iowa. The character of Rambo came in part from his interactions with students, some of whom were Vietnam vets.
Also, the ending of the movie is Hollywood's version. That is not how Morrell ended his novel.
A lot of power outages are caused by extreme heat overheating older transformers. That has nothing to do with bringing in energy from other places...
It literally says that in what you're quoting.
> One of the main causes of outages is the United States; aging equipment and the impact of severe weather.
Like this guy who raped his own toddler? He didn't even go to jail, he is rich after all and prison would not suit him well.
One should also add that this journalist also was/is a staunch conservative, writing for a conservative paper ("Die Welt"), and he had always defended the US and US police. He wrote "my child-like trust in US police has disappeared" (Mein kindliches Vertrauen in die US-Polizei ist dahin).
This is him: https://twitter.com/Potomaker
The translated story (he wrote it in German for the German paper), link found on his twitter: https://medium.com/@monberl/the-day-the-u-s-police-became-my-enemy-81dd63ddb669
Congrats US, you manage to antagonize even your very own and most loyal allies (I'm talking about individuals like that journalist, not about whole nations because I always find it overblown and meaningless to treat abstract entities like a "nation" like a person).
Florida's Governor Scott blames the algae bloom on "federal government's release of water from Lake Okechobee" but the scientist says, "The bloom begins in the Gulf about 10 to 40 miles offshore -- near the west Florida continental shelf -- and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.
Once the red tide is inshore, the algae can grow even more using man-made nutrients, such as fertilizer."
See Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okechobee "From NBC’s “Today Show” to The Daily Telegraph of London, news outlets chronicled the closing of beaches, the declaration of a state of emergency and the desperate, heart-breaking efforts of people using garden hoses to save manatees, affectionately known as sea cows, caked in toxic slime and struggling to breathe."
"But the reports didn’t explain the most tragic part of the story – that this calamity is man-made. It’s the culmination of 135 years of engineering missteps, hubris and a determination to turn Everglades sawgrass into cash crops. Despite talk of spending $10.5 billion over the next two decades to fix the problem, a cloud of political uncertainty leaves it unclear when, how – or even if – the harmful algae blooms will be stopped.
Environmental degradation is only part of the price the public pays so private companies can turn sugar into money. These tropical wetlands have been drained and maintained for decades at great expense for the benefit of Florida’s sugar cane industry, which is dominated by two politically connected companies."
> You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.
> Response to a question from the audience during a meeting of the Eastern Science Fiction Association on (7 November 1948), as quoted in a 1994 affidavit by Sam Moskowitz.
> The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.
> Lecture: "Off the Time Track" (June 1952) as quoted in Journal of Scientology issue 18-G, reprinted in Technical Volumes of Dianetics & Scientology Vol. 1, p. 418
Apparently she was only able to get pregnant at all because her body underwent puberty way too early. That is so bizzare.
This article claims that not all of the lead service lines have been replaced yet.
A writer for the New York Times actually wondered why national parks are so white and thought it was a problem that blacks don't have a passion for camping.
Emphasis on the dog comment. My dog sits in the front passenger seat. About a year ago, I was almost in a collision thanks to an incident where someone ran a red light and I had to swerve and stop suddenly to avoid them. My seatbelt kept me secure but my poor dog smacked his face on the glove compartment pretty hard. Now I secure him with a seatbelt at all times. Here is the link to the one I purchased — it’s also quite useful w/ regard to preventing the dog from jumping out the window.
> chances are some evidence of bodies would have turned up over 7 years, right?
No, not if the murderer has any idea what's he's doing. Evidence tends not to just "turn up." One-third of murders in the US go unsolved, and not all of them go through extraordinary lengths to get away with it, either.
I would have loved if the judge had quoted Heinlein there:
> There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest.
>This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit.
There's a good documentary regarding this topic called The Brainwashing of My Dad.
The woman describes how despite their political differences she was always able to have reasonable discussions with her father. That is until he started watching Fox News. Then he became irritable, reactionary, and incapable of considering opposing views. It took a while to deprogram him.
It's available on Prime video.
If you prefer reading more on this topic, /u/snarkinthebox made a suggestion below
>There's a good book about it called <em>The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network Into a Propaganda Machine</em>
Less of a "theory" and more a confirmed proof that the technology exists. Here's the Wikileaks uploads of all the information made public about the software. It's not that any evidence from the shooter's iPhone would be inadmissible in court, it's that there is no evidence on that phone at all. It was his secondary work phone and he didn't destroy it like he did with his other phones. What the FBI wanted was a good tragedy that could be used to gain LEGAL blanket surveillance capabilities on all iPhone users, as you mentioned.
Sending money somewhere else isn’t inherently bad. The problem, described by the interesting book Moneyland, is that money flows more easily than information or laws. Some countries purposefully make it hard to find who owns what company or organization.
Another good book about this is The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens.
Someone else a few months ago posted that in answer to someone else saying they found it hard to explain why 'I have nothing to hide' isn't the right answer.
>Over the last 16 months, as I've debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, "I don't really worry about invasions of privacy because I don't have anything to hide." I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen, I write down my email address. I say, "Here's my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you're doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you're not a bad person, if you're doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide." Not a single person has taken me up on that offer.
Glenn Greenwald in Why privacy matters - TED Talk
Just because they are in positions of power doesn't magically make them immune to the corrupting influence of power.
Read their book.
Just read it.
You can stop pondering why stuff like this happens as soon as you do.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Perhaps this would give a better idea of why they had to do this now or never.
This is the weather forecast for the next 10 days in Chiang Rai.
And if they even look like they're about to go off the reservation, they "die in a car accident" before they even get the chance, like Scott Gerwehr:
The Intercept: Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture from Beyond the Grave
Torture & The War on Terror: James Risen Exposes the Whistle-Blower That Wasn't
>Investigative reporter James Risen has spent years exposing the dark underbelly of the War on Terror. And in his latest book, "Pay any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War," Risen tells the troubling story of a man named Scott Gerwehr.
>Gerwehr, a RAND corporation researcher, was essentially given permission to experiment on Iraq and Afghan detainees with behavioral science techniques—techniques that were designed to elicit information.
>Risen says that Gerwehr had intricate knowledge of American detention and torture systems, and the close collaboration between American psychologists and the national security establishment. Gerwehr wanted to come forward as a whistle-blower, but died before he had a chance.
Yep. That's the world we live in, sure enough.
Their web site where they are collecting online donations: LastrealIndians.com (Linked from the article).
The indiegogo campaign page (Including video).
>Asked about the two clemency applications on Friday, the White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, discussed the “pretty stark difference” between Ms. Manning’s case for mercy and Mr. Snowden’s. While their offenses were similar, he said, there were “some important differences.
>“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” he said. “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”
We also see a ton of gains from it economically. Geopolitics is not a zero sum game and you would do well to quit thinking that way.
Trade is good for everyone. Suez canal being open = more global trade = less third world shithole causing problems = less military intervention = more GDP for everyone.
These things have a way of snowballing. We stop Israeli Egypt or Saudi aid we lose all say in those countries. Left to their own devices the middle East would be even less stable.
Unstable middle East = high gas prices and less trade = more military intervention (when it inevitably spills into Europe) = less GDP for everyone.
Should others contribute more? Maybe, but you can't trade global stability in a pissing match with Europe. Global stability is fragile. It's one of the reasons Trump is so scary. He doesn't understand the world and a moron engaging in international relations could easily set off all kinds of incidents that escalate into huge problems. His Taiwan call and subsequent tweets are a great example.
Edit:. As a side note, trade itself promotes stability. It is a tenant of classical liberalism (as in founding fathers, completely unrelated to current usage). If you want to end a dictatorship or form an alliance trading with them will get you there far faster than sanctions. It's why Obama wants to engage in trade with Cuba. You know what devestates a communist state? Selling the public superior products for cheaper. If you would like to understand this on a deeper level go read Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman. I find it particularly amusing that Republicans argue against this kind of thing because Friedman was about as conservative an economist as there ever was.
I've always noticed a lack of white liberals moving to black neighborhoods—they claim they're safe and wonderful, yet they live far away from them. Strange.
No one wants their neighborhood to look like black neighborhoods, where people are randomly shot, mugged, and burgled frequently.
Also, ethnic groups self-segregate in America, but not to the extent of blacks. It's pretty well-known sociology that even upwardly-mobile blacks choose to live in black neighborhoods.
It reminds me of this story about how Navy pilots are ordered to dump fuel before the end of the fiscal year or they'll receive cut-backs to their budget. It's a ludicrous and broken system.