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FaceBook and Twitter Demonstrate That They Track Every Thought and Mood By Deleting Everything On A List in One Day

Facebook and Twitter pledge to remove “hate speech” within 24 hours using mood and thought capture technology

 

 

 
Blackmailed and held for ransom on Facebook

 

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are teaming up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech.

 

The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary.

 

 

 

They also pledged to train their staff and work with each other to tackle the problem.

 

Vera Jourova, the EU justice commissioner in charge of the issue, said tackling illegal online hate speech is becoming more urgent.

 

“Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people and racists use to spread violence and hatred,” she said.

 

The companies also agreed to promote “independent counter-narratives” to fight hate speech, including content promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect.

 

Related: Microsoft goes to battle against terrorists online

 

Most of the companies already have their own rules and community standards in place.

 

Earlier this year, Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) expanded the team that reviews reports of terror activity on the network. Twitter said in February that it has shut down 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts in just seven months. Most of the people behind the accounts were affiliated with or supported ISIS, Twitter said.

 

“We work hard to balance giving people the power to express themselves whilst ensuring we provide a respectful environment,” said Monika Bickert, the head of Global Policy Management at Facebook. “We urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate.”

 

Facebook(FB, Tech30) said it gets as many as 1 million violation reports from users every day.

 

Related: Twitter crackdown on hate speech backfires

 

Microsoft(MSFT, Tech30) changed its terms of use last week “to specifically prohibit the posting of terrorist content on [its] hosted consumer services,” such as OneNote, a cloud-based document program.

 

Big tech companies have also met U.S. government officials earlier this year to discuss how to stop ISIS from recruiting terrorists on social media. The Obama administration had asked the companies to develop techniques to detect radicalization, and block pro-ISIS messages, photos and videos.

CNNMoney (London)

The Internet Opens Up On What “Dating” Really Means!

What is a dating red flag to you? Tell me what makes or breaks a date with you in a romantic partner. (v/AskVoat)

submitted 6 hours ago by obviouslyathrowaway

OK so I’m 22. In University. This is supposed to be easy. I’m OK looking I guess, never been that beautiful a gal, but I’m just finding it really hard to find someone who wants more than a quick little fuck and chuck I do keep myself in shape so I get guys hitting on me at bars but I’ve never had a relationship end well that started after I was drunkety drunk in a pub.

Maybe it’s just that I’m chuck material. Maybe it’s because I swear like a sailor. Who knows.

I’ve been using Tinder, OKC, and MyBae and while OKC and MyBae have been getting me matches that share my mindset on dating I’m starting to wonder if there’s something I’m doing on said dates that I should be mindful of. I tend to get a tad nervous and I wonder if that’s something guys won’t be keen on.

Anyway! I ramble too. Share with me your redflags and hell even stories of dates from hell would be fun.

 
 

 

 

[–] Legionality 17 points (+18|-1) 5 hours ago 

First off: looking for long term relationships in a bar is like looking for a salad in a steak house.

Men aren’t willing to ask women out any more so the ball is in your court (you can thank feminism). If you see a guy you like just ask him out on a date and don’t have sex with him.

If you give up your goods straight away then he will associate you with an easy fuck. If you hang out with him and you both have a good time he will associate you with a good time.

 

 

[–] ShowMeYourKitties 8 points (+8|-0) 3 hours ago 

I dunno man, I’ve had a pretty damn good salad in a steakhouse before.

 

 

[–] Legionality 0 points (+2|-2) 2.8 hours ago 

You went to a steakhouse and ordered a salad?

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[–] Asstronaut 1 points (+1|-0) 32 minutes ago  (edited 31 minutes ago)

Two of my best longterm (years) relationships have been with women who I met in bars, including my current girlfriend (we’ve been together two+ years now) who I’ll probably marry. Several friends have met their current spouses in bars aswell.

Just sayin’.

 

 

[–] Legionality -1 points (+0|-1) 26 minutes ago  (edited 26 minutes ago)

are you 22 at University?

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[–] loltidderkcuf 15 points (+17|-2) 5 hours ago 

Don’t get too drunk, if you’ve cheated don’t mention it (hopefully it’s in your past and you shouldn’t be judged on it), otherwise be honest and ask a lot of questions that are important to you.

I have a three date rule for sex and try not to kiss on date one, mainly because when I was online dating I’d set up 2-3 dates a week and I wanted to keep my head straight.

At 22 you have another relationship or two before you need to get really serious, but you do need to figure out what your priorities are in a relationship and that will involve a lot of platonic dates. I’m serious – sex just complicates things, and while a practice run on date three is fine, making the guy wait until you’re “a thing” will create a lot of mutual respect.

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 3 points (+3|-0) 5 hours ago 

I can see you’ve been downvoted but I do agree with that. I try not to get too drunk and I definitely avoid any serious PDA but I feel that I’m coming across a bit cold.

I don’t’ know. I guess I’ll figure this out eventually!

 

 

[–] blastar 14 points (+16|-2) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

How to get a long term relationship:

  1. Don’t be fat

  2. Find someone of your preferred gender

  3. Have sex

  4. If the sex was any good, do it again, otherwise return to step 1

  5. If you still can stand each other, do something else together, in between having sex

  6. Do more other stuff together, while continuing having sex

  7. Congratulations, you now have a great relationship

  8. Continue, don’t get fat

Get rid of the idea that having sex and finding someone for a relationship are different things. You can’t declare a relationship, it has to develop because you like doing stuff together, especially sex. Don’t let anyone fool you, a relationship where you don’t lust for each other is not worth it and will fail eventually.

 

 

[–] couchAccount 4 points (+4|-0) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

This is the shit that young adults don’t get, mostly because we keep sex from them. It’s a complete package, not some checklist that makes someone automatically respect you.

 

 

[–] Sosacms 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

I’ve always taken the opposite approach. Sex is easy to find so why should that take such a priority? The friendship, that’s what is difficult to find so that’s where I focused. It did not go well.

Sex really is the most important part of any relationship. It’s the most powerful expression of all those little emotions being developed and super charging them. Sex doesn’t really create emotions it just increases what’s there, both the good stuff and the bad stuff.

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[–] stretched_girl 8 points (+8|-0) 5 hours ago 

Maybe do some social stuff at the school? Are you certain that the dating sites are the way to go?

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 2 points (+2|-0) 5 hours ago 

Well I don’t think that they are but the social stuff I do with the student societies is great fun but I haven’t met anyone I’d rather like to date. Made some awesome friends though! 🙂

 

 

[–] MadAmos 4 points (+4|-0) 4 hours ago 

If you’re relegating people from your social circle and activities to ‘friends’ then you’re limiting yourself to the ‘just wanna get laid’ crowd.

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[–] stretched_girl 1 points (+1|-0) 4 hours ago 

Friends are a start. I have two, now, and have a job where there are other people around. You’ll find the one, but you have to be patient. The better you know someone, the better your chances. But I’m not any sort of expert and actually sort of damaged. I’m doing better than last year at this time, though 🙂 We’re both young (21f) and there’s no need to rush.

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[–] Chance 7 points (+7|-0) 5 hours ago 

This will sound cliche, but seriously you just need to keep talking to people and trying. Don’t put too much thought into it, just do and say whatever comes naturally and try to find someone you “click” with. Don’t force anything, just be the best version of yourself that you can be and hope that corresponds well with your date.

Besides that, in relation to what you asked in your topic title, one small aspect I’ve noticed that’s typically a very poor indicator of a person’s personality is if they have no friends of the same gender (or worse, any at all) or any hobbies/passions. A person without any interest or friends in their life typically is not a very well-rounded character.

 

 

[–] roznak 5 points (+6|-1) 5 hours ago  (edited 5 hours ago)

I make a mistake and see what happens. Does she yell at me or does she help me? red flag: Yelling

I once had a girl that yelled at me that if I came withing 0.5 m distance then she would scream and report me to the police. I ran from that girl!

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

Sounds like a nightmare there! I get wanting personal space with a stranger but having to blurt that out is bizarre!

 

 

[–] roznak 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Her kind of reasoning was that since I was her friend I was allowed inside th 1 m barrier. But this was in my early times, I had no success with dating back then. I even had no clue that women/girls could be crazy too.

 

 

[–] School_Lunch 4 points (+4|-0) 5 hours ago  (edited 5 hours ago)

Depends, different people have different red flags. It probably is your strategy. Try meeting more people at social events and activities.

Personality wise the number one turn off for me is a negative attitude.

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 1 points (+1|-0) 5 hours ago 

I suppose my problem is I don’t really have a strategy per se. Just always happy to put myself out there.

 

 

[–] sakuramboo 3 points (+4|-1) 5 hours ago 

Here is a quick story of a recent date.

Quick back story, I am a Linux Systems Administrator by profession. It’s only natural that at home I run Linux on my computers. Not only is it required for my job, but I feel most comfortable in Linux than in Windows or OSX. So, a few months back I went on a date with someone from OKC.

We spent a while talking about technology, we started talking about the differences between iOS and Android, facebook and other shit social media sites. Then our conversation continued like this.

Her: I’ve always been more attractive to the geeky/nerdy type guys. I even dated a guy once who actually ran Linux. I just can’t trust someone who runs Linux. Like they need to control everything. What do you use?

Me: Linux.

Her: Oh…

Me: Yeah, everything I have runs some distro of Linux.

Her: Ah… I’ll have another beer, please.

Me: Me, too.

That was a pretty big red flag for me.

The thing you need to remember is that most kids your age aren’t looking for relationships. They are looking to get laid. And given the social changes currently going on of men being stigmatized for being men, a lot of men are not looking too intensely on finding a relationship.

 

 

[–] TravisHusky 12 points (+12|-0) 5 hours ago 

That is actually really funny; people always hate on Linux.

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 4 points (+4|-0) 5 hours ago 

Yeah this really tickled me haha.

 

 

[–] chrimata 3 points (+3|-0) 4 hours ago 

Sounds like a mac user

 

 

[–] sakuramboo 1 points (+1|-0) 4 hours ago 

Ha. No, she used Windows. She was smart enough to know now to upgrade to Windows 8.

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

True. I suppose this is meant to be the “fun experimental stage” but I feel like that was what being in my teens was for really. I’m not ready for marriage but I wouldn’t mind some emotional intimacy you know?

 

 

[–] sakuramboo 2 points (+2|-0) 4 hours ago 

Traditionally, college age is the experimental stage. In college you find the real you. Plus, no sense in getting in a relationship without knowing where your career will take you. This is how many men see it. I would hate to get into a relationship only to have to break it off in a year or two because i got offered a job a thousand miles away. Why investing in that level of emotional connections only have it break because of a career?

 

 

[–] Butt_Slut 3 points (+3|-0) 4 hours ago 

I’m married, so the point is moot, but my big thing was her family. If her parents split up, it was a deal breaker. If she had a bad childhood, it was a deal breaker. If there was any conflict between relatives, it was a huge red flag.

When you marry a girl, you marry her family too. If you can’t find a wholesome girl – DO NOT SETTLE. Buy a dog or something. When selecting a potential life partner, there should be no compromising your standards.

 

 

[–] 9-11 2 points (+4|-2) 5 hours ago 

tinder

i dont have any constructive advice to give you, but i would have lots to give to someone (((dating))) you though.

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

What like?

 

 

[–] 9-11 0 points (+2|-2) 5 hours ago 

guy stuff you know, nothing too specific obviously because of limited info.

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[–] smokratez 2 points (+5|-3) 4 hours ago 

Having dated outside of her race. Not being white. Not being conservative.

 

 

[–] second_mouse 2 points (+2|-0) 4 hours ago 

If you want to meet someone to start building a life together, you want someone who shares your values and stuff, so…

Put the focus on a shared interest = get involved in something you really like (volunteering, astronomy, yoga, whatever) and from there you can meet someone.

Meetings in clubs are great for one-night stands but not so much for a relationship. They get akward the next morning.

To use a super corny metaphor, you want someone looking in the same general direction you do, not stare awkwardly into each others eyes. That gets old real quick.

 

 

[–] Pwning4Ever 2 points (+2|-0) 4 hours ago 

If they are fairly controlling and have a controlling mindset. And worst, trying to control me.

I am a fairly lenient person so i am not controlling at all. Its just a huge difference in mentality if im with a girl like that.

 

 

[–] NamelessOne 2 points (+2|-0) 3 hours ago 

I for one recommended you black widow some dudes. Wear sexy clothes and make it the time of their life. When you head back to your place you could kill them and sell their organs(obviously date healthy) and you could use the skin as a leather substitute for your new hhandbag line. It is economical and you get to satisfy your blood lust.

 

 

[–] gringo 1 points (+1|-0) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

Some red flags I find worth mentioning:

  • How does the person treat others? Talk about others? The person may treat you the same in the foreseeable future.
  • How much drama had the person in his/her life, or even still have? Past and current drama is a good forecast of future drama. Do you want to make a shitty soap opera out of your life?
  • Addiction problems (yes, alcohol too)
  • Mental problems (especially antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcisstic, sadistic). NOPE THE FUCK OUT, don’t mingle your privates with crazy. It may fuck up your life forever.

Basically the first two points are good indicators of non obvious mental problems. Borderline personality disorder is especially difficult to spot in the first place, and can be detected by the fact that the person has / had some drama going on.

EDIT: Some typos.

 

 

[–] RumpRangerRick 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

Crazy eyes. You’ll know ’em when you see ’em. Eyes wide open and her pupils become black holes that want to consume your soul. They always seem to have a crazy energy about them.

Run.

 

 

[–] Forbin 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

What is a dating red flag? One of the biggest red flags is how a woman treats the wait-staff at a restaurant (or employees in general). You would be amazed at the number of women I’ve been out with who are contemptuous towards the wait-staff. They go from being all nice and normal talking to you, to talking down to people in the service industry. It’s as if they’re just dropping the facade they put on for a date and let you see the REAL person–which isn’t pleasant at all. I’d add that I have NEVER seen a man do anything similar, but I’ve seen women do it countless times.

One more note–if you’re trying to find a more serious relationship, using Tinder, OKC, etc., probably isn’t the way to go. Despite what they might claim, dudes use those for hookups. You’re better off getting involved in activities you enjoy and meeting men with similar interests and lifestyles.

 

 

[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Thanks that sounds like solid advice. I HATE how some guys act when we’re being served. Like why be an ass it’s their job to serve you food not to put up with your dickishness.

I’m hearing that a lot so I guess I’ll have to sign up for a few more clubs or something. Universities are TERRIBLE fo meeting people, who’d have thought it eh? 😛

 

 

[–] Forbin 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

The bottom line is to try to be a nice person, despite the whole dating thing. When a date suddenly goes “Jeckyl & Hyde” and shows an ugly/mean streak, it is kind of scary because you know that YOU could be on the receiving end of that. A person who is genuinely nice and decent is far more attractive than a supermodel bitch.

Depending on what you enjoy (and where you live) you might consider stuff like biking groups, running groups, dodge-ball leagues and stuff like that. I’ve found that active people generally have their shit together more than slackers.

 

 

[–] spinnaker 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

For me it worked like this: I’ve never been a clubber, i rather invite some good friends over, cook something nice for us, open a bottle of wine, maybe watch or movie or even get out some board games. I know, it’s not exactly the “cool thing” to do, but it’s what i enjoy and i stand by it. Because of this, it’s very unlikely that i would ever have met somebody that clicks with me at a club or bar.

My gf and me basically met each other because i started playing Magic the Gathering again. At age 26. You know, this really, really nerdy trading card game that i played as a kid until i grew out of it. I hang out at a local store a little bit, met a a lot of new people, found some amazing friends. And got an invite to a small party a friend of mine threw at his shared flat. His roommate and i clicked, now we’re together for well over a year (obviously she doesn’t play this trading card game ;).

I think this kind of stuff was the best way for me to find a match. Just a rather small birthday party, couple of friends from several different roommates came together. So my advice would be: Do what you enjoy, meet people that share your interest, make new friends and you might also find a match for you :).

 

 

[–] Vladimir_Komarov 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Values opposed to mine. It’s important that one knows ones self well to avoid pairing, possibly forever should children become involved, with someone whose values run counter to ones own. For me this is usually a question of religious ferver, but politics and social issues could spoil a relationship in the same way if the two parties find themselves with unrelenting opposing views.

 

 

[–] auto_turret 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Always texts her ex’s and tells you that you need not worry. You definitely should worry. Don’t listen to other women telling you that you’re being jealous.

 

 

[–] TheDude2 0 points (+1|-1) 4 hours ago 

Just be you. Why are you in a rush? You’re 22 for God’s sake. Have fun.

 

 

[–] Starlordwhore 0 points (+1|-1) 4 hours ago 

Too attached and clingy, red flag… Always talking about himself, not asking you questions, controlling, all red flags.

 

 

[–] The_Tas 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

Saying your in university….

 

 

[–] hypersong 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

Smoking. I have asthma and allergies, both trigger on smoke. If after movie you need a cig, “Well, if you decide to quit, gimme a call. Bye. What? No; find your own way home, I don’t want you in my car after you smoke. Yes, it does bothers me.” I could list on how I dislike smoking.

Vape is no problem; nothing triggers and no smell.

 

 

[–] InHysterics 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

In general a deal breaker for me is owning one of those small accessory dogs. I doubt many small dog owners actually bring their dog on a date, which is what you’re specifically talking about; however they will often mention and talk about their small dogs in great detail.

 

 

[–] flarflar 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

Ffs I know a lot of 18-25 year old and I have to say it is fuckn hard for your group to make connections. Plenty of cousins in laws talk to me about how most guys just want to fuck move on to the next apps haven’t helped it. I’ve told them know what you want you don’t have to fuck to get a guy and join groups of similar interests check online for stuff you like that you are interested in and get to know the person. Also nothing wrong with going out to clubs with friends and just having fun and you might get a number if you try just don’t go home with anyone. I’m sure these are all things that you know. The whole apps and dating services seems to make it less personal. They are great tools just step out of your comfort zone.

I personally met my wife at church and we were friends and I dated her best friend before we dated. Not saying go to church for women because that wasn’t my thing I WAS a hardcore Jesus man it just happened. We are totally different people now and we changed together we both laugh at how we’d never date each other now if us back then knew us today because we are “sinners”.

 

 

[–] YoHomie 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago  (edited 3 hours ago)

In order to bag a High-Value Man, you must become a High-Value Woman. Look in the mirror, and ask if you’re looking at high-value. If not, get to work on it. A High-Value Man will walk away from anything less, as will High-Value Women. The bar scene is all about Fuck-N-Chuck, so if you’re looking for something else, you must look somewhere else. DO things that are fun and interesting to you and which involve settings with mixed company, anything from a trip to the zoo with friends to joining a book club – doesn’t matter. While you are doing those things, make small talk with guys who come across as interesting and go from there. Make meeting people the goal, not finding the great love of your life – only then will he come along.

 

 

[–] Subtenko 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

OP, we should chat, view my Voatner profile…. x) (I feel like that should be some subverse, lol) ,Being nervous aint bad, well if the other persons a bit on the same level.

Red flags are someone who’s stuck up, thats one.

p.S. ive never heard of MyBae haha. Tinder sucks from what people have been saying. Ive never used any dating site tbh.

 

 

[–] avgwhtguy1 0 points (+0|-0) 2.8 hours ago  (edited 2.8 hours ago)

I assume chicks who use tindr are hoes; the kind of girl who is down to fuck based on looks and “not being creepy”, and only down to maintain a relationship given the man’s financial situation. I would never 2nd date a tindr girl. I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

btw, I dont use tindr.

 

 

[–] Clitorally_retarded 0 points (+0|-0) 2.8 hours ago  (edited 2.7 hours ago)

As a newly married guy who had some pretty successful short and long term relationships, your lifestyle and dating history is a red flag to me. Sort of like adopting a dog when you really want a hamster. Now, I may be weird, since I never picked up a random woman in a bar and had sex with her. Mostly because sex gets way better after the 3rd or 4th time and a one night stand is sort of lame.

I’d suggest getting offline and out of bars, finding shared activities, friends, or membership groups that will act as a filter for quality or other characteristics you want in a person. Your assessment of beauty honestly doesn’t matter – different guys are into all sorts of different body types and looks. Just take care of yourself and say no to random dick.

 

 

[–] I_am_the_clickbait 0 points (+0|-0) 2.6 hours ago 

I’m 34 and I’m a guy. I can’t give you too much advice but I’ll say this:

Learn to enjoy yourself and being alone. The 20s are great formative years where you truly learn the value of yourself and relationships. There is nothing wrong with getting drunk, sleeping around a little, making mistakes and above all, learning from it all. In the process you’ll gain confidence, a sense of self and truly know when you’re being appreciated. Just have fun and try not to take things too seriously until you have to.

 

 

[–] theburntsausage 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

all the things you are doing are nothing but “get sex” methods. you want a relationship you might want to step outside the realm of pleasure and quick hookups and start looking for people in respectable places. Stop trying to find gold in an iron mine.

 

 

[–] BoozeytheClown 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

Girls without education and employment are red flags for me.

 

 

[–] Butt_Slut 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

Posting again because I forgot the obvious…

…if she’s ever dated or hooked up with a black guy, instant disqualification.

 

 

[–] AnxiousInfusion 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

You’re life is 27% over. Hurry up and get a guy tick tock tick tock. Oh, and it’s probably not that you’re “chuck” material, but because all the campus bullshittery has driven guys avoid risks more than ever before.

 

 

[–] LOLATU 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago  (edited 2.2 hours ago)

Swearing can be a turn off for sure. Most guys don’t want a girl that is crude in public. Lady in the streets, freak in the sheets as the saying goes. But you got to do you and there’s somebody who will appreciate that. Might take a while to find though.

I always end up in a relationship when I’m not even trying to find one. Work on being happy with yourself by yourself. That’s something people can sense and it’s attractive. People that are really desperate for a relationship come off as clingy and needy. Biggest turn off for me is a clingy girl or one whose apartment smells strongly of cat urine… but that’s another story.

 

 

[–] zippitydoodoo 0 points (+0|-0) 2.2 hours ago 

At the risk of sounding shallow, bad breath will absolutely break any chance of anything happening.

 

 

[–] rulloff_in_a_jar 0 points (+0|-0) 2 hours ago  (edited 2 hours ago)

Try dating one of your male friends. You already have shared interest and I guarantee a few of them at least want to date you.

I’m someone who doesn’t want a relationship I also have no female platonic friends. Guys I know with female friends are almost always more likely to be relationship guys. So thr guy friend who has a crush, has something in common give him a shot because he probably wants a relationship as much as you, with you more than the pub guy you met.

 

 

[–] patricoles 0 points (+0|-0) 2 hours ago 

Coffee meets bagel is a better app. I get alot of smart women with masters or PhD who want a serious relationship. If you match you are given a week to chat.

 

 

[–] RedditDead2005-2015 0 points (+0|-0) 1 hour ago 

If she tells me she’s been “around the block”. Too many dates or too many relationships. No one likes used goods. I am usually the one who walks away, and if I’m walking away from a lot, then it means I have really bad judgment. If women are dumping me, then it means I must be a bad pick.

 

 

[–] SocratesOP 0 points (+0|-0) 50 minutes ago 

OP I’m late and you might not read this but here’s my piece:

I think this thread has been a good example of why the ‘red flag’ strategy is ineffective. It’s nice to think about relationships like a game of minesweeper; All you have to do is make a set of rules and put a little red flag on all of the “bombs” or failed relationships and you end up with a dream partner.

In reality there’s no easy math you can do to deduce if someone’s a disaster waiting to happen though, and you often have to just “click on them anyway” and deal with the result afterwords much like minesweeper.

In my opinion the best way would be to do some self evaluation and look for someone with similar values. Focus on green flags instead of red ones.

 

 

[–] CyrexCore2k 0 points (+0|-0) 15 minutes ago 

Maybe you’re boring?

I can’t tell you how many dates I’ve been on where the conversation goes well enough but the other person doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Almost no plans for the next week, month, year or whatever. If you don’t have any goals (even short term goals) or have any interest that you’ve dedicated a lot of time to (read: 10,000+ hours) it’s probably not going to work out.

 

 

[–] torhent 0 points (+0|-0) 6 minutes ago 

Dating in university is easy. For starters, quit going to bars. Next, join clubs that you have a legitimate interest in, you are in college they exist. Date men from there. Pay attention to the smart guys in your class as well, good chance they will be able to get a job after college and not sponge off you as well. You have a world of opportunity in comparison to someone outside of college. You can see it all and make your own choice, once you get out of college its a lot easier for guys to hide their problems.

Picking up some strange at the bar, where people go to fuck, not date, is not a great way to actually get a boyfriend. It is a great way to pick up a guy who wants to add more notches to his belt.

 

 

[–] Sikozen 0 points (+0|-0) 1 minute ago 

Find something you really enjoy, and start doing it.

Seriously.

Like hiking? Start looking for known trails. Video games? My favorite game store had tournament nights where they have bean bag chairs and nachos every two weeks. Books? Look for book clubs. Find something that YOU like, then find a social way to do it. Then, you’ll meet people that have at least ONE thing in common with you, and either A.) they dig you, you dig them, and you bone each other for the rest of your lives or B.) they know someone/are related to someone that you can meet through them and get to that ‘Happily Boning Forever After’ stage.

People dig confidence, which was why I suggested finding something you like. Doing what you love is very freeing. You are at your best when you are happy and passionate. Be your happy passionate self! And make sure you notice people around you – chances are there will be some quiet dude/dudette in the corner glancing at you, totally into you, too nervous to come speak to you, and then you get to be all alpha make the first move. RAWR! ALPHA!

GL, OP!

 

 

[–] lava_lice -1 points (+1|-2) 5 hours ago  (edited 5 hours ago)

I think this post is fake. You sound like a guy. If I’m wrong, there’s your problem. Men want to date women not men. If you like to get drunk in bars and swear like a sailor, and who knows what else, you’re going to get stuck in the fuck not date category.

Another Drunk Tesla Driver Has Another Spectacular Tesla Model S Crash

We’ve seen our fair share of Tesla Model S crashes lately, some more impressive than others, but this one from Florida is particularly strange: a parking lot accident with enough momentum to launch the Model S in the air and land on top of a Toyota Camry.

The accident happened this weekend in Plantation, Florida. The Sun Sentinel reported on the accident:

“A driver briefly dozed off behind the wheel in a Plantation parking lot Saturday, causing his car to jump a curb, land on top of another car and damage several other vehicles, authorities said.”

Apparently, the passenger in the Tesla realized that the driver was dozing off and grabbed the wheel which ultimately caused the crash. No one was injured and only the people in the Tesla were in any of the vehicles involved in the accident.

The Plantation Fire Department shared a picture of the aftermath:plantation tesla crash

It’s almost unbelievable that the car ended up in this position while driving at parking lot speed – or even at an excessive speed for a parking lot.

While the Model S didn’t need to clear the height of the Camry to end up in this position as it could just have cleared the hood and still applied torque on the rear-wheels to move on top of the vehicle, it’s still impressive for a “parking lot accident”.

We are talking about launching a close to 5,000 lbs vehicle in the air. I know it hit the curb, but still…

Google Executives Pay Stanford University Sorority Girls For Sex

Female Students Have ‘Sugar Daddies’ Put Them Through College at Stanford University

 

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by Warner Todd Huston

 

It seems like some college girls these days want a college education but don’t want to pay for it. So in exchange for sexual favors, they are looking for a “sugar daddy” to foot the bill for their tuition and expenses.

According to the Associated Press, this is a growing trend. As college tuition and expenses are greatly on the rise, some girls are looking to use their bodies as a means to enrich their minds.

The paper tells the tale of Candice Kashani, who was faced with a huge education debt and soon began looking for a man to help her pay it off. She did not, however, want a real relationship. She just wanted to give sex away to someone with deep pockets. Apparently, it worked, too, as Kashani graduated this year with her entire school debt paid off by a string of “sugar daddies.”

Kashani defends the use of her sugar daddy’s wallet, and she bristles when people say she is involved in the sex trade.

“The people who have a stigma, or associate a negative connotation with it, don’t understand how it works,” she insists.

Now that she has graduated, the young woman intends to keep picking up sugar daddies until she finds a traditional job.

Kashani found her sugar daddies on SeekingArrangement.com, a website that hooks women up with men seeking companionship and are willing to pay for it. The site, though, insists the sexual exchange is not sanctioned and is “only” implied, not a prerequisite for membership for either the women or the sugar daddies.

The site’s creator claims he is only trying to help young women with tuition and that his site is just an “alternative to financial aid.” But others say it is nothing short of prostitution.

Some also fear these women are opening themselves up for violence. Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center warns, “You need to pay attention that there is a power imbalance.”

Whether this is a good idea or not, it is beyond doubt that student loan debt is a major problem in this U.S. By some estimates, that debt is soaring by $2,726 every second.

Student loan debt has jumped to more than $1.2 trillion and is rising, with the average student incurring a debt load topping $37,000 after graduation. And that is just an average. Depending on the majors and course of study, one may realize upwards to $70,000, even more than $100,000 in tuition debt, before he is able to set his first foot in the job market.

This debt bomb will sooner or later explode, causing a major problem in the field of education.

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Huffington Post Charged with Facebook-like Political Censorship and Propaganda As Huffpo found to Delete Entire Articles

EXCLUSIVE — Huffington Post Writer: Editors Deleted My Article on Hillary’s Imminent Indictment, Disabled Me from Writing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A writer for The Huffington Post is still waiting for an explanation as to why editors deleted his piece reporting that the FBI will pursue an indictment against Hillary Clinton.

Huffington Post freelance contributor Frank Huguenard, a scientist and public speaker, wrote a report for the liberal site Sunday entitled “Hillary Clinton to be Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges.” But the piece was not up for long before the Huffington Post pulled it down and replaced it with a “404” Error screen.

“Huffpo has yet to respond to my request for an explanation,” Huguenard tweeted at this Breitbart News reporter Monday morning. “I’ve got my sources, they never asked.”

Huguenard later told Breitbart News, “I want to do another story but my HuffPo account has been temporarily disabled. Not sure what’s happening with them.”

Huffington Post Politics senior editor Sam Stein told Breitbart News that he doesn’t know why the piece was pulled.

“Sorry. I don’t know. I’d direct your question to a blog editor,” Stein said.

Pressed to provide contact information for the blog editor in question, Stein did not respond further.

Huguenard, an apparent Bernie Sanders supporter judging by his Twitter account, wrote that the FBI will recommend indicting Hillary Clinton on racketeering charges. Huguenard wrote:

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States Federal Law passed in 1970 that was designed to provide a tool for law enforcement agencies to fight organized crime.  RICO allows prosecution and punishment for alleged racketeering activity that has been executed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.

Activity considered to be racketeering may include bribery, counterfeiting, money laundering, embezzlement, illegal gambling, kidnapping, murder, drug trafficking, slavery, and a host of other nefarious business practices.

James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice, that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.

A note at the bottom of the original article explains that “This post is hosted on the Huffington Post’s Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.”

The Huffington Post media team did not return a request for comment.

EUROPE TELLS GOOGLE THAT GOOGLE IS BLOWING SMOKE OUT OF IT’S ASS AS GOOGLE SPIES ON EVERYONE

– The insane political and privacy harvesting tricks of Google’s billionaires are finally out in the open.

– Google is found to respect no laws and is “driven by power hungry, unregulated frat boys on a mission to control politics…”

 

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Lying By the Government is as Terrifying as it is Contagious

Lawyers representing the federal government have lied to the courts in a number of recent cases.

Trust us.Flynt/Dreamstime.com“Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”  Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)

Last week, this column chronicled the startling admissions of lying by White House senior advisor Ben Rhodes. Rhodes readily acknowledged to The New York Times Magazine that he lied to the public and to members of Congress during the negotiations that produced the recent Iranian nuclear deal so as to temper the “irrational” fear that some senators and representatives had of the mullahs who run the government in Iran.

He was asked — not subpoenaed — to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his lying, and he refused to show up, claiming his lies were protected by executive privilege. Because he spoke publicly about this, he has no privilege, yet nothing further happened. The committee gave up the ghost.

Also last week, in a federal court in Brownsville, Texas, the government was caught lying again — this time by a federal judge. Here is the back story.

In 2012, President Barack Obama issued numerous executive orders directing the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to enforce a version of immigration law that the president himself had scripted after Congress declined to pass it.

The president crafted a path to permanent residence in the United States for undocumented immigrants who are the parents of children who were born here or are otherwise residents lawfully.

The president’s plan would add between 4 million and 5 million people as lawful residents. That would add to the financial burdens of the states where these folks reside, because they are required by federal law to provide a social safety net — health care, education, safety, welfare — to all legal residents.

Hence, 26 states sued the federal government, arguing in effect that the president exceeded his constitutional powers when he issued his executive orders and that the immediate effect of their enforcement would be massive, unplanned, unfunded financial burdens on the states.

A federal judge agreed with the states and enjoined the president from enforcing his orders. During the course of the oral arguments in the case, the judge asked the lawyers from the Department of Justice who were representing the president whether the programs his executive orders established had yet begun. The lawyers replied that they had not.

On three more occasions, one orally in the same public courtroom and twice in written submissions to the court, the DOJ lawyers insisted that the president’s programs had not yet begun. In reliance upon those assertions, the states asked only for an injunction going forward, not for an injunction on any applications being processed by the feds, because they were told that none existed.

The government lawyers lied.

Last week, we learned that the Department of Homeland Security has surreptitiously accepted applications from more than 100,000 undocumented immigrants for permanent residence under the terms of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

The orders may be characterized as unconstitutional because the same federal judge to whom the DOJ lawyers lied, as well as a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to which the DOJ appealed the injunction against the president, found them so. Those findings await a determination by the Supreme Court, which is expected by the end of next month.

The problem of lawyers lying to judges is extremely serious. Our system of litigation — lawyers present facts and argue about laws, and judges rely on the truthfulness of what the lawyers have told them — is built on trust. Because lawyers know the facts in their cases more intimately than judges do, judges rely on lawyers to tell them the truth.

At first, these DOJ lawyers lied. Then they lied about their lying. Then they reluctantly acknowledged that they had momentary lapses in understanding, an argument that the court rejected because of the repeated nature of their lying. The lawyers said the programs had not begun, when in fact they had — to a large degree.

The judge’s response in the case was curious. He ordered the DOJ lawyers to take ethics classes. I would have done differently. Lying to the court is so severe a violation of the ethical rules, so disruptive of the moral order, that its significance is diminished by the so-called cure of ethics classes.

I would have barred all lawyers who lied to me from ever appearing in my courtroom, and I would have removed them from the case. I would also have referred what I knew about them to ethics prosecutors in the states and federal districts where they are admitted.

Lawyers have an obligation of candor to the judges before whom they appear. That duty is no less serious when the lawyers work for the government than when they work for private clients.

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Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written nine books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent is Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty.

Why is Facebook promoting female vaginal mutilation in order to give male campaign financiers control over women’s bodies?

Facebook Community Page Touts ‘Health Benefits’ of Islamic Female Genital Mutilation

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Perhaps the gatekeepers of Facebook should take a break from ensuring that no dissident conservative news items pollute the feeds of good digital citizens and take a stern look at the new community page promoting the “health benefits” of Islamic female genital mutilation.

Foreign Desk News reports the mission statement for the page is to “clear misconceptions of the Islamic practice of female circumcision and counter misinformation against it.”

Part of that agenda is, of course, an effort to replace the term “female genital mutilation” with “female circumcision.”

Also unsurprisingly, the page’s offerings are served up with a side order of anti-Semitic paranoia. For example, one post spotlighted by Foreign Desk News is titled “Female Circumcision – The Hidden Truth: How Misogynists and Feminists are feeding upon each other to denigrate an Islamic practice that brings untold benefits to women.”

The author claims that these health benefits have been “overlooked to conform to Islamophobic sentiments expressed by a largely Jewish controlled media,” which is naturally far less critical of male circumcision because “male circumcision is a Jewish practice and female circumcision is not.”

There are even infographics touting both the alleged health benefits and religious justification for FGM, which the page assures women is part of their duty to both Allah and their husbands:

The Facebook page even asserts that men contract oral cancer by engaging in certain sexual activities with women who have not been circumcised.

As of press time, the Facebook community page has not been taken down.

Foreign Desk News reports that another post approvingly links to an e-book on “safe female circumcision” by a doctor in Sudan. Women looking for medical opinions from a more reputable source should know that the World Health Organization recognizes no known health benefits from FGM, instead considering it “a violation of the human rights of girls and women.”

“Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths,” warns WHO, which “strongly urges health professionals not to perform such procedures.”

WHO notes that the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the elimination of female genital mutilation in 2012. Later this year, WHO plans to publish a set of guidelines for managing health complications from female genital mutilation, “to support health care professionals in their care to girls and women that have undergone FGM.”

As it happens, Nigeria just held a summit on eliminating the practice of female genital mutilation, which resolved to “increase community awareness and knowledge on the health hazards associated with FGM.”

One of the major obstacles addressed at the Nigerian summit was the need to provide professional female circumcision experts with alternative means of earning their livelihoods.

“They do it for money, it’s their livelihood. They’ll tell you it’s what keeps my family, it’s what I use in training my children and feeding,” nurse Gift Abu, an anti-FGM activist, explained to the Premium Times of Nigeria. “So money is very important for those who don’t have what to do. Some of them don’t have any other thing they are doing apart from circumcision. It’s like a profession to them. So leaving the practice, it’s like where will they start from?”

Abu estimated that roughly 70 percent of circumcisers in Nigeria had been persuaded to halt the practice. She added that activists were attacking the demand side of the problem as well, contesting the widespread belief among Nigerians that young girls will be less promiscuous if they are subjected to the procedure.

VISA FRAUD FACTORIES IN SILICON VALLEY. “GREEN” BILLIONAIRES LIE CHEAT AND STEAL FOR “GREED”

Making The Grades

How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process.

 

A college on the edge of Silicon Valley has turned itself into an upmarket visa mill, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found, deploying a system of fake grades and enabling thousands of foreign students to enter the United States each year — while generating millions of dollars in tuition revenue for the school and the family who controls it.

Spending millions on foreign recruiters, Northwestern Polytechnic University enrolls 99% of its students — more than 6,000 overall last year — from overseas, with little regard for their qualifications. It has no full-time, permanent faculty, despite having a student body larger than the undergraduate population of Princeton.

The school issues grades that are inflated, or simply made up, so that academically unqualified students can keep their visas, along with the overseas bank loans that allow the students to pay their tuition. For two years, top college administrators forbade professors from failing any students at all, and the university’s president once personally raised hundreds of student grades — by hand.

Those false credentials are all the students need to stay in the country. Many seek jobs in the tech industry, and their degrees allow them to remain working in the U.S. for years, avoiding the scrutiny of immigration officials that would have come if they had applied for a standard work visa.

The university operates as a nonprofit, with all the tax benefits that status confers. But its assets, which topped $77 million in 2014, have enriched the family that has controlled it for decades. The school has purchased homes for family members to live in, one of which cost more than $2 million. When it comes to educating students, however, NPU has spent astonishingly little. The $1.5 million it paid for a home occupied by the executive vice president and his family was more than it reported spending on the combined salaries of the school’s entire faculty and staff in 2014.

Even the university’s academic accreditation — which the school relied on in order to admit a flood of foreign students — is suspect: When the accreditor came for a site visit, the university staged a Potemkin village of a college, enlisting instructors to pretend they were full-time professors, prepping students with false answers to inspectors’ questions, and once even hiring a fake librarian.

When a whistleblower handed over a letter detailing the college’s bad behavior, the accreditor asked for a thin explanation, accepted it at face value, and issued no sanctions.

NPU looks very different than the handful of unaccredited, for-profit visa mills that were exposed and shut down after a government crackdown in 2011. It has far more students, and they do attend classes with teachers. Some of its students say they got valuable educations.

NPU’s president, Peter Hsieh, and his second-in-command, Paul Choi, refused through a representative to answer any questions in person or by phone when a reporter came to the university’s campus and to a conference in Dallas where Choi was in attendance. Through the representative, Hsieh and Choi asked to speak with an editor to discuss potential legal action against a person they believed was a source for the article.

In response to BuzzFeed News’ detailed outline of the allegations in this story, Hsieh wrote that the school offers a high-quality education to future business and technology leaders and has made “significant strides” in his time as president. The university, he said, maintains its fiduciary responsibility to its students, investing in quality faculty and planning for facilities improvements.

The school “denies your allegations of impropriety,” Hsieh wrote. He said that the school is “designing new policies for proper grade differentiation and thoroughly investigating and addressing academic deficiencies” and has spent “hundreds of hours updating and improving financial practices.”

“We have taken your allegations – albeit unfounded – seriously”

“We do not believe this is the proper forum to discuss the intricacies and operational details of NPU,” Hsieh wrote. “That said, we have taken your allegations — albeit unfounded — seriously, and will give them careful attention.”

BuzzFeed News has examined a trove of internal university documents, including more than a thousand of pages of bank statements, emails, and student records, and interviewed more than a dozen current and former students, faculty, and staff.

What emerged is a portrait of a university that epitomizes many of the key weaknesses in the American higher education and immigration systems: an institution that has used its nonprofit status to enrich its leaders and used its accreditation to dodge more stringent national security requirements.

The campus of Northwestern Polytechnic University. Michael J. Costa for BuzzFeed News

Even in the suburban Fremont neighborhood where Northwestern Polytechnic University owns dozens of buildings, the university is hard to pick out: A low-slung office park is its central campus, with parking lots instead of green space. Its central building looks less like a center of academic learning than a DMV, a cavernous lobby where students line up in front of rows of low cubicles.

As bland as the campus’s design is, the story of the institution’s rise is extraordinary: a mixture of personal ambition, institutional duplicity, national bureaucracy, and shifting geopolitics.

In 1991, when a Chinese immigrant named George Hsieh took over as president of NPU, it was a tiny operation, with just 16 students and a single, unaccredited degree program. Over the next 20 years, Hsieh would build NPU into a modest success: an accredited school with some 700 students, including a number from China and Taiwan.

It was only with the help of George Hsieh’s son, Peter, that NPU began to implement a bigger vision. Much bigger.

In 2013, when Peter, trained as a corporate lawyer, began working for the university, competition for Chinese students was increasing. So NPU turned to a vast new market, where people were eager for American degrees that could improve their standing in the annual skilled-worker visa lottery. That winter, the university tripled the amount it was paying to foreign recruiters — to $74,000, for a single trimester — and directed it not to China but to India.

It worked. Indian students began enrolling in huge numbers. Tuition revenue jumped 36%, to $12.7 million. It was one of NPU’s best financial years ever, according to public financial filings. And in its last month, the university paid all cash for a $2.2 million six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home on a leafy suburban street called, somewhat ironically, Harvard Common. Peter Hsieh and his family promptly moved in.


By the end of the winter trimester, the university had a serious problem on its hands.

On a Saturday night in early January, George Hsieh emailed his top administrators. “I am terribly sorry to call this urgent meeting with such an extreme notice,” Hsieh wrote. “But I have no choice! We need to solve the grade distribution problem / guideline once for all before Monday.”

The problem, according to interviews with two people included on the email, was that the crop of Indian students NPU had paid to recruit that fall were floundering in their classes. Now the grades had come in, and it was too serious to ignore: Large numbers had gotten F’s or other grades low enough to eventually jeopardize the students’ visa status. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that oversees those visas, requires schools to revoke them when students don’t make “normal academic progress.” For graduate students at NPU, according to university catalogs posted online, that meant terminating the visas of anyone who had gone three semesters with a GPA below 3.0.

Hsieh came up with a stopgap solution.

What’s more, many Indian banks require student borrowers to prove they are in good standing with their university. If grades remained as low as they were, the administration worried, a large portion of the student body wouldn’t be able to pay for the next semester’s tuition.

Hsieh came up with a stopgap solution. He had final grades from the fall 2013 semester printed from the school’s faculty portal. Then, by hand, Hsieh started going down the list. One student, whose records show he was repeating a computer-science credit, had an F. Hsieh scrawled the young man’s new grade: C+. In another course, a student had gotten 35% on his midterm exam, and done even worse on his final. Hsieh changed his D- to a C+.

In total, more than 600 printed grades were changed by hand, records viewed by BuzzFeed News show. Some F’s became C+’s or even B-’s, B’s became A-’s, and C’s became B’s.

Hsieh gave the changed grades to an administrative worker and ordered them entered into the system, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. By the time Hsieh had finished, almost no students had a grade lower than C+.

In 2014, NPU increased the amount of money it spent on recruiters by an order of magnitude, internal financial records show. The school spent almost $1.7 million that year to recruit students through an elaborate network of overseas education consultants in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and other Indian cities — a 1,400% increase from the year before. By the beginning of 2015, the university was spending $800,000 in a single trimester for this one expense.

“We pretty much rely on word of mouth”

Memoranda of understanding between NPU and dozens of Indian education companies show that NPU offered recruiters 15% of the first year’s tuition for every admitted student they referred to the school. Documents instructed recruiters on how to pitch NPU to Indian students, encouraging them to say that NPU was “nationally accredited,” that its faculty all had advanced degrees, and even that it hosted a regional table tennis tournament.

In 2014, Indian students came to NPU in such large numbers that they strained the resources of the university, overwhelming employees and overstuffing classrooms, current and former employees say. The school more than doubled its number of active foreign visa students that year, from 1,634 to 3,728, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data.

It was a result the school had spent heavily to achieve. But asked in January why his school had become a magnet for Indian students, Peter Hsieh told BuzzFeed News, “It was a complete shock to us. We do no marketing. We pretty much rely on word of mouth.”


George Hsieh’s hands-on intervention wasn’t the end of large-scale grade-changing at the school. In fact, school records and interviews show, it was the beginning of something much larger: In 2014, fake grades became institutionalized.

In the spring of 2014, internal emails show the school adopted a new, universitywide policy: It would be literally impossible for a student to fail a class. Instead of receiving an F (or for graduate students, a D- or D), students who did not earn a passing grade would get a W, meaning they had been withdrawn from the course at the last moment. Their GPA would be saved, and so, potentially, would their visa.

In May of that year, as final grades were rolling in for the spring semester, a TA in a lab course gave failing grades to several students. Wen Hsieh, a university administrator who is also George Hsieh’s wife, emailed the course’s professor, encouraging him to change their grades.

“For those students who hardly learned a thing and should repeat the course, a grade ‘W’ would serve the purpose,” she wrote. “This grade does not affect the student’s GPA, and hence for those students who rely on bank loan (from India) can have a chance to continue their studies here (when GPA is below standard and the student is placed on academic probation status, the loan is terminated).”

The professor promptly changed the grades.

The university even programmed its computer systems to enforce the no-fail rule. Faculty members logging onto the university portal in mid-2015 had to click a dialog box that read, “Please be advised that any grade less than the minimum to pass the course … will be recorded as a ‘Withdrawal’ in accordance with current policies,” a screenshot provided to BuzzFeed News shows.

Obtained by BuzzFeed News

In 2015, business was booming at NPU, and there were just too many applications for the school’s admissions office to handle. Courtney McCallion, who was an admissions officer at the time, told BuzzFeed News she was processing dozens of applications a day for at least a month, virtually all of them from India. At that pace, she could do little more than glance at students’ test scores to check that they appeared proficient in English and see if they had graduated above the 60th percentile. (McCallion was dismissed from her job in late 2015.)

But even that breakneck pace wasn’t enough: As applications piled up, administrators told her she had to handle as many as 100 applications per a day. Sometimes, she said, the photocopied diplomas and transcripts she was sent looked fake, but she didn’t have time to check.

When one school employee, specially tasked by the federal government with maintaining the records of foreign students, left the company, she complained about the workload during a written exit interview obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a single week, the officer said, she had been asked to process more than 150 students’ work-for-credit courses, 100 student applications, and 150 requests to transfer out of the university.

In 2015, NPU’s foreign visa count shot up yet again — this time by an astonishing 140% — to 9,024. That number pushed its foreign recruitment above all but a very small number of American universities. By the beginning of 2016, Peter Hsieh said, 95% of NPU’s entire student body was Indian.

Michael J. Costa for BuzzFeed News

The surge in foreign students had an overwhelming effect on NPU’s campus, according to interviews with current and former students and faculty members. Between 2013 and 2015, class sizes grew from 10 or 15 students to 70, even 120, instructors said. Four current and former faculty members described being overwhelmed by the influx of new students, many of whom, the instructors said, were vastly underprepared for coursework. The administration did not seem to care how many students were in a class, they said.

“They were running out of professors,” said McCallion. “They didn’t have enough room in the buildings.”

Despite the additional tuition revenue, the quality of the facilities did not seem to be improving. Nor were the materials professors were given, current faculty said. The student-to-teacher ratio was way up, but one professor said he was paid exactly what he’d gotten 10 years earlier, without even a cost-of-living raise.

By mid-2014, NPU adopted an entirely new grading scale for its master’s degree students, which lowered the threshold for failing grades by 20 percentage points. Now anyone scoring 40% or above would pass — and anyone scoring below that would get a W, for withdrawal. A student with a score of 59%, which would be an F at most schools, would now receive a C.

NPU kept the new grade scale to itself. The documents it had previously sent in to the school’s accreditor said the university required faculty to use the standard letter grade scale. The university also said that it had a strict policy on grade changes. According to the faculty handbook, which was approved by the accreditor, “Grades should be changed only if there has been an error in computation. No other reasons will be considered as a basis for a request for grade change.”

NPU generally got good marks from students. Of the seven current and former students interviewed by BuzzFeed News, most said they were satisfied with NPU. They said their teachers, who worked full-time jobs elsewhere, gave them practical advice and industry connections; one cited classmates who went on to work at prominent Silicon Valley tech companies. The price was right, too — about $12,500 a year, plus a $500 discount for every trimester that they recruited a new student to the school.

Students cited many reasons for attending NPU: low fees, easy admissions, proximity to Silicon Valley, and the school’s community of Indian students, who were connected to a vibrant Indian immigrant community in Fremont. Most of them said they came to NPU because they hoped to get a visa that would allow them to work in the United States.

Munesh Khatri, a recent graduate, got his second American master’s degree from NPU, after graduating from Wichita State with a master’s in economics. He’s now studying at Silicon Valley University, another Bay Area school with 90% foreign students, working toward what will be his fourth master’s degree — he got his first in Pakistan.

“I had a very good experience at NPU,” Khatri said. “NPU’s a very good university. They have a lot of innovative practices.”


In late 2015, the school experienced its first period of intense public scrutiny. In December, U.S. immigration authorities denied entry to a large number of Indian students heading to NPU as well as to Silicon Valley University. Air India prevented the students from boarding flights, saying the schools had been “blacklisted” by the American government.

The blacklisting reports were untrue, but the story spread quickly through the Indian press. The Times of India wrote a follow-up story on Dec. 23 that called NPU “dodgy” and a “massive academic rip-off.”

The school’s legal and public relations machine went into overdrive. It sent cease-and-desist letters to newspapers and it threatened to sue Air India.

“For the betterment of the integrity of the institution”

On Jan. 23, Peter Hsieh held a press conference. Standing in front of a huge plastic banner bearing the university’s logo, he said claims about the school were false: It was not a visa mill, but an accredited nonprofit that invested heavily in its academics. The surge in Indian students was a happy accident, the result of satisfied alumni and booming demand for American educations. And finally, he said that the school itself was not under any type of scrutiny by the Department of Homeland Security.

Behind the scenes, however, that department had assigned an investigator to look into the school, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told BuzzFeed News.

In the weeks between the Times of India’s story and Hsieh’s press conference, the school began cleaning up its act. Internal emails show that NPU reversed the no-fail policy on Jan. 4, 2016. In an email explaining the change, an administrator wrote, “Starting approximately 2 years ago, NPU implemented an unwritten rule that students receiving no passing grades (e.g., D+ or less for Masters students) would receive an automatic Withdrawal (W) grade in replace of the no passing grade.” The policy was being changed, the emails aid, “for the betterment of the integrity of the institution.”

The school posted the redacted visas of current students to its Facebook page on Dec. 23 and 24, 2015.

With the school’s summer term set to begin in May 2016, some 1,500 students — almost a quarter of the student body — were still traveling and did not plan to return for days or even weeks after school had begun. In an email to the school, executive vice president Paul Choi asked students to return on time — in part, he said, because it would affect their classes, but also out of concern for their immigration status and the school’s image with immigration authorities.

“You may have done this in the past with little troubles, but we believe things will be different this time,” Choi wrote. “We do not wish to add fuel to the fire by having a couple of thousand NPU students returning late for their Summer Term.”

In one last safeguard for the school’s reputation, the university repeatedly warned students, faculty, and graduates not to talk to press. If contacted by BuzzFeed, it said in campuswide messages, “please do not respond and do not speak or make any direct contact with the reporters.” It instructed faculty to report any students who had spoken to BuzzFeed to the administration.

“Especially,” one email said, “do not click on or share any BuzzFeed articles relating to NPU or higher education.”


In his response to the Indian media reports, Peter Hsieh assured the press that the school appeared “modest” for a reason. “We focus all of our energy, all of our students’ tuition dollars into education,” he said at a press conference.

That claim is not backed up by the school’s own financial statements. Thanks to the huge surge in students, NPU’s revenue grew more than 200% in 2014, the most recent year for which nonprofit financial filings are publicly available, to $40 million. But the university’s spending on employee salaries — almost always a university’s greatest expense — plummeted, from $4.4 million to just $1.4 million.

If those numbers are accurate, the university spent more money on payments to Indian recruiting firms than it did on the combined salaries of all of its employees. Its total expenses in 2014, public filings say, grew from $7 to $11 million, leaving a surplus of $29 million — a 75% margin.

The biggest beneficiary of the millions in NPU’s bank accounts appears to be the family that controls the university.

NPU says its $77 million is overseen — as the law requires — by an independent board, tasked with keeping the university’s finances in order. But BuzzFeed News has found that the board is not independent at all, and has allowed the Hsieh family to reap valuable benefits from NPU without disclosing them to the public.

A tangled web of family members controls virtually every aspect of the university: In 2014 and 2015, five members of the Hsieh family worked in leadership at the university, and a sixth was employed as a contractor.

For many years, George Hsieh was the university’s president and his brother-in-law, Bill Wu, was the school’s chief financial officer. After starting at the university in 2013, George’s son, Peter, rose to the rank of executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. Peter Hsieh’s wife, Sunny Oh, also worked for the school as a contractor: Tax records show she was paid $66,000 by the university in 2014.

When George Hsieh retired in September 2015, he handed the reins of the presidency to Peter and gave his position at the head of the school’s governing board to his wife, Wen Hsieh, who had been an administrator at the school and was also Peter’s mother and Bill’s sister.

Peter Hsieh followed in his father’s footsteps, employing his brother-in-law, Paul Choi, as his executive vice president.

The transfer of leadership positions to George Hsieh’s wife and son was unanimously approved by a vote of NPU’s board. But the board had only three people on it, and Hsieh was one of them. The other two were professors who had long been on the school’s payroll. Though NPU reported to the IRS in 2014 that the men received no compensation for their service on the board, on March 14, 2015, the day that they voted to install Peter Hsieh and his mother, both professors received checks for $2,500 from the university. In the checks’ subject line: “Gratitude / meeting fee”.

Obtained by BuzzFeed News

With just three members, NPU’s board is exceptionally tiny, a quality that nonprofit experts say is often a red flag that could potentially indicate weak governance. None of its members are independent from the university.

Until 2010, on audited financial disclosures to the IRS the school listed another board member: a woman named JoNelle Zager. But Zager, a chiropractor, said she hadn’t been on the university’s board for “close to twenty years — fifteen at least.” She has been living in Texas for more than a decade.


Peter and George Hsieh collected large but not outrageous salaries in 2014 — $260,000 and $300,000, respectively. On forms submitted to the IRS, the university attested that the two men received no additional compensation. But those salaries are far from the only way they and their families benefited from the school.

The university purchased a $2.2 million home in December 2013, a month after drafting the contract to hire Peter Hsieh full-time. He moved in a few months later. In 2013 the university also bought a $1.5 million, four-bedroom house on a hilly, leafy Fremont street. Hsieh’s brother-in-law, Paul Choi, soon moved in.

It’s not unusual for college presidents to live in university-owned homes, which they use to host events and entertain faculty and donors. The University of Dayton, which has more than 11,000 students, spent $1.55 million on a house in 2015; the University of Florida, with 50,000 students, spent $3.1 million to build a new house in 2014.

NPU had fewer than 2,000 students at the time it spent $3.7 million on homes occupied by Choi and Hsieh. The year it purchased the homes, it reported a total of $7.5 million in expenses for the entire school.

In total, property records show, the university has spent more than $10 million on real estate zoned for single families in Fremont — seven four-bedroom homes worth more than $1 million each, including the house down the block from Peter Hsieh’s on Harvard Common, which is also worth over $2 million.

County records show that the university owns a considerable amount of property that is not used for educational purposes at all: condos, industrial facilities, even strip-mall storefronts. In mid-2014, with its enrollment sharply rising, NPU bought a condominium in Mountain View, 20 miles away from campus. An electricity bill from the condo, on a road called Easy Street, is in the name of Sunny Oh, Peter Hsieh’s wife.

“The assets of a charity belong to the public, not to those who control the charity,” said Jill Manny, a professor at New York University School of Law and the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy and the Law. Nonprofits “cannot distribute assets of the organization to organizational insiders, other than as reasonable compensation for services rendered or, in some circumstances, for goods provided,” she said.

Peter Hsieh frequently used university funds for personal expenses, a source said. University records show hundreds of day-to-day expenses charged to the school — Mega Mango smoothies from Jamba Juice, evening grocery runs at Trader Joe’s, coffees at Starbucks.

Receipts that were included as business expenses. Obtained by BuzzFeed News

Choi, for his part, had NPU pay for $1,200 in Ikea furniture — bookcases for his second-floor family room and materials for the closet in his master bedroom — and, from Home Depot, a $150 toilet seat.

The school’s failure to disclose the many benefits reaped by Hsieh, Choi, and his family — such as accommodation in university-owned housing — is no small matter, said Marc Owens, a lawyer who headed the IRS’ exempt-organizations division for 10 years and is now a partner at the law firm Loeb & Loeb. He reviewed multiple years of NPU’s public financial filings for BuzzFeed News.

The university’s lack of disclosure “certainly results in an incomplete and inaccurate return, which could lead to the imposition of penalties,” Owens said. It “might even be construed as an effort to mislead the Internal Revenue Service, a transgression that carries criminal penalties.”


At the end of 2014, someone inside Northwestern Polytechnic University became outraged enough to blow the whistle. But instead of going to the Department of Homeland Security or the Education Department, the employee went to an obscure nonprofit that wields tremendous power in the world of higher education: the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Oversight of American higher education rests in large part on a group of independent watchdogs called accreditors, whom the government entrusts to vet a school’s academics and student performance. Schools that win the accreditors’ approval reap significant benefits: They can tap into the trillion-dollar federal student loan system, and, more importantly for Northwestern Polytechnic University, they can sponsor American student visas — a highly sought-after commodity across the world — with minimal oversight.

But these accreditors are private entities, and despite their effect on public funds, there is little oversight of the work that they do. Schools choose which accreditor they wish to be judged by, and many institutions shop around in search of the one they feel will view them in the most favorable light.

The whistleblower made bold claims: that NPU had been systematically lying for years.

ACICS was a remarkable choice. The accreditor says that when assessing a school’s quality and success, it relies heavily on one valuable metric: the percentage of students who found jobs in their field of study. ACICS requires the schools it assesses to make that data available — but not for foreign students. Which means that NPU maintained its accreditation despite omitting data for the vast majority of its student body last year.

The whistleblower made bold claims: that NPU had been systematically lying for years, deceiving the agency about many key aspects of its academic offerings.

NPU was dramatically understaffed in the face of enrollment that had doubled in the space of a year, the letter said. Short on instructors, the school had hired current master’s degree students to teach other master’s degree students, a violation of ACICS’s policies. It was enrolling as many as 80 students in a class with a single instructor. And it had been changing students’ grades.

The letter detailed the lengths to which NPU had gone, on the rare, three-day site visits the accreditor used to decide whether to extend the university’s stamp of approval.

As one current and one former faculty member have since confirmed, on those days, the university’s key faculty were required to take the day off from the full-time jobs they held elsewhere. During the accreditor’s visit in 2012, some professors spent the day in offices where they normally didn’t sit, and taught classes with slides that had been provided to them by the administration, said a former faculty member.

Students were fed lines about what to tell the accreditor’s staff — for example, that all students were required to purchase their own textbooks. A current faculty member said he was asked to oversee classes he did not normally teach.

Sometimes the university even brought in outside help. In the mid-2000s the university had no librarian, a position that the accreditor required. So for the site visit, NPU simply paid a librarian from another institution to come and pretend they worked there.

The whistleblower laid all this out, and even gave ACICS instructions on how to verify the allegations, including the names of people to interview and photocopies of their LinkedIn pages.

ACICS wrote to the university, requesting that it provide a chart of its enrollment numbers, along with a description of how it was maintaining its programs’ “stability.” The accreditor also asked for “data sheets” and signed job descriptions for its librarian and “all full-time faculty members.”

ACICS was apparently satisfied with the school’s answers.

At the time, even NPU’s so-called deans were employed a semester at a time, and most worked there only on the side, while holding down full-time jobs elsewhere.

But ACICS was apparently satisfied with the school’s answers. Northwestern Polytechnic University kept its accreditation without any sanctions.

ACICS said it was “deeply troubled by the serious allegations confronting NPU,” in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “ACICS takes quality assurance of its accredited institutions seriously, and will condition or withdraw accreditation from schools that fail to comply with Council standards, or with local, state or federal laws.”

A spokesperson for the accreditor said that it had “independently corroborated” much of what BuzzFeed’s story alleges, and that it was now “working hand-in-hand” with the Department of Homeland Security to “root out any allegations of fraudulent activity.”

This past April, an NPU faculty member, David Hildebrandt, was invited to speak at the accreditor’s annual conference. After a BuzzFeed News inquiry, Hildebrandt was removed from the speaking lineup. His presentation was to be titled “The Acculturation of Foreign Students Into Your University.”

Michael J. Costa for BuzzFeed News

An accreditor could have changed the way Northwestern Polytechnic University operated if it had asked the school harder questions about its practices or done an independent investigation of the whistleblower’s allegations. Even a single surprise site visit might have produced very different results.

A truly independent board of directors could have held NPU to its financial responsibilities to its students. The Internal Revenue Service might have been able to force some changes, too, if it had investigated the claims that NPU made on its financial disclosure forms. And the Department of Homeland Security could have, as well, if it had looked into the circumstances by which, somehow, every last one of NPU’s students managed to get the good grades that their visas required.

Twelve state attorneys general have repeatedly called for the Education Department to revoke ACICS’s government recognition. One of them is Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Told about the way the organization handled matters at Northwestern Polytechnic, Healy told BuzzFeed News, “We are baffled and outraged that ACICS continues to operate as a recognized accreditor.”

In the end it was only individual members of the NPU community who spoke out about the circumstances they observed. The whistleblower declined to elaborate on the letter that was sent to ACICS. But another former employee spoke to BuzzFeed News about the need to expose the university’s practices.

After years of silence, the employee decided it was time for the public to know the truth.

“The issues surrounding NPU are not only about education, but also about tax exemption and immigration. Laws are abused. Employees are threatened. Expressions are suppressed,” the employee said. “Those wrongdoings have to be stopped and corrected.” •

 
 
Molly Hensley-Clancy is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. She covers the intersection of business and education.
Contact Molly Hensley-Clancy at molly.hensley-clancy@buzzfeed.com.

An Astonishing Tale of Foreign Worker Exploitation by Silicon Valley’s Darling Carmaker, Tesla

Instead of exporting jobs, some companies arrange for immigrants to come to America. But there’s a catch.

Photo Credit: Mercurynews/YouTube

It’s no question that immigration and outsourcing are two of the hottest topics in the presidential election. But some companies are facilitating both and losing big in the process. Take Tesla, for example.

“When Gregor Lesnik left his pregnant girlfriend in Slovenia for a job in America, his visa application described specialized skills and said he was a supervisor headed to a South Carolina auto plant. Turns out, that wasn’t true,” writes Louis Hansen for the Mercury News.

Instead of going to South Carolina to oversee American workers, Lesnik was sent to work in California’s Silicon Valley by the very companies that arranged his suspicious visa, where he earned a mere $5 an hour.

“Lesnik’s three-month tenure ended a year ago in a serious injury and a lawsuit that has exposed a troubling practice in the auto industry. Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws,” Hansen writes.

Lesnik was one of 140 workers from Eastern Europe building a new paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont plant. However under U.S. immigration law, workers on B1/B2 visas are largely banned from performing hands-on jobs, such as Lesnik’s role installing ventilation pipes. After falling 30 feet, breaking both legs and losing consciousness in a factory accident, Lesnik’s Slovenian employer advised that Lesnik return home. Lesnik did return; but he isn’t done with Tesla just yet.

Tesla is one of several companies Lesnik is suing. The lawsuit includes claims for back wages and damages.

In breaking the story, Hansen, with help from staff writer Matt O’Brien, conducted dozens of interviews with employees, as well as an extensive review of payroll, visa and court documents.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims to have just caught wind of the story yesterday, and says he aims to “make it right.”

Watch:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

The Day Gawker’s Nick Denton Tried To Kill Me

The Day Gawker’s Nick Denton Tried To Kill Me

 

 

 

 

Per an Interview With Andy Brown

 

 

 

…Nick Denton was hired to try to end my life. Denton ordered his attack bloggers: Adrian Covert, John Cook and John Herrmann to try to destroy my life, brand, income and reputation because they were hired to try to do so. They were hired to do so because I helped the police.”

 

 

 

In the old-days when newspapers could only control the minds of ten thousand, or so, people at a time, the threats were not as lethal. Today, when a combined Google/Gawker attack can put a carefully contrived set of lies, about any average American, in front of over a billion people for over five years, every single day of the year; the damages are far more deadly.

 

 

 

Denton’s buddies were involved in an over 800 million dollar embezzlement of U.S. Treasury funds. That is your hard earned money we are talking about. You have heard about part of this embezzlement effort in the CBS 60 Minutes episode called THE CLEANTECH CRASH and in the FBI raid of a company called Solyndra and in the Panama Papers discussion of illicit mining contracts..but you have not heard the whole story…yet.

 

 

 

Here are some articles about how Nick Denton operates, as told by a variety of reporters:

 

 

 

How Nick Denton and Gawker Media Got Hired By The White House to try to “erase” me and many other citizens

 

 

 

As told to Amy West

 

 

 

No, I am not Hulk Hogan, Sarah Palin, Sean Parker, Mitt Romney, Charlie Sheen, Cheryl Attkisson or one of the thousands of celebrities whose lives Gawker has also destroyed for profit. I am just a low- level blue collar worker. I am not affiliated with any political party. I am a taxpaying voter in America that was on a “take-down “ list, produced, I am told (told by CBS News, the FBI, The GAO, Washington Post, numerous Senate senior staff, etc…) by the White House press office.

 

 

 

I had worked on a federal program and was asked by one of the above agencies to testify in the investigation of some corrupt politicians. I answered the questions for the investigators and then went on about my business. I was not in trouble. I was just asked to help out. A Senator, or two, had done some crimes with White House campaign financiers and the three-letter agencies were trying to catch them.

 

 

 

The White House knew this would come back on them after the FBI raid of Solyndra. They did not want anybody to be able to get any air-time, about this story, with the Press so they ordered up some character assassination attacks, known as “hit-jobs”, on about 50 people whose credibility they wanted to evaporate in order to keep them off of the news. The Obama White House really, especially, hates the media but it super hates pundits. It wanted all 50 of these regular folks wiped out before they had a chance to hold any “credibility points” in a news interview.

 

 

 

The White House press office always sends out polite little press releases about lighting the National Christmas Tree, saving the Thanksgiving turkey and other low-controversy bits. When Jay Carney, Josh Ernest or Robert Gibbs, in the White House, want to put some nasty news in the papers, they send it over to a guy named Nick Denton. He owns a defamation empire, based on tabloid journalism, called: Gawker Media

 

 

 

To begin to understand the vile lack of morality on display by Mr. Denton, simply type “Gawker Sucks” into duckduckgo.com, reddit.com, voat.co or searx.me

 

 

 

TAKI MAGAZINE published a right-on-the-nose profile of Denton:

 

Gawker Media: Hypocrites vs. Douchecanoes, by Matt Forney, For TAKI MAG.com

 

 

 

…In 2002, a failed British journalist named Nick Denton started Gawker, a bitchy gossip blog run out of his Manhattan apartment. Over 10 years later, Gawker and its sister sites have become the biggest names in clickbait “journalism,” pulling down millions of visitors a month and making its owner a millionaire several times over. The secret to Denton’s success? He took the aggressive, lynch mob mentality of British tabloids, which specialize in ruining people’s lives, and injected it

 

into America’s comparatively placid, Oprahfied media market.

 

In particular, Gawker, Jezebel, Valleywag, and their sister sites specialize in witch hunts: digital vigilantism against those who fail to keep up with leftist orthodoxy. Geoffrey Miller, Pax Dickinson, Justine Tunney, Violentacrez: the list of people whom Gawker has garroted for “racism” or “misogyny” could fill a phone book. With an army of Twitter twits behind it, Gawker Media truly is the moral

 

majority of the left, instigating mob action against those who sin against the religion of tolerance. Gawker’s provocations are even encouraging real-world violence now, as Valleywag’s overfed man-baby of an editor Sam Biddle eggs on attacks against San Francisco tech workers from the safety of the East Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

Which makes the revelation that Denton has been allowing trolls to terrorize his female employees all the more delicious.” For the past few months, 4chan has been engaged in a trolling operation against Jezebel, posting pictures of rape and gore

 

porn in the comments section. Despite the fact that these shocking and disgusting images are stressing out staffers to the point where they’re developing PTSD, Denton has steadfastly refused to do anything about the problem. Jezebel’s staffrecently snapped and posted an open letter on the site demanding that Gawker Media do something, calling 4chan’s trolling “a very real and immediate threat to the mental health of Jezebel’s staff and readers.”

 

“Fat chance of this happening, however. As others have pointed out, Gawker Media’s business model depends on getting clicks; indeed, their writers are paid according to how many page views their articles get. Since comments help drive traffic to

 

websites, fighting 4chan’s rape porn trolling will reduce Gawker’s profitability. Not only that, Google itself ranks web pages according to how many comments they have, as comments are extremely difficult to fake. Fewer comments means a lower page rank, which translates into less search traffic and less money for Denton to blow on exotic vacations with his boy-toy hubby. If Gawker Media was willing to testify in federal court as to why they should be allowed to rip off their interns, you can bet your bottom peso that they aren’t going to do jack about this.”

 

 

 

…And there’s the punch line. Gawker Media, the company that gets people fired from their jobs for making “sexist” jokes, has been creating a hostile work environment for its women staffers for months. They’re the leftist equivalent of a priest who rails against homosexuality only to be caught molesting altar boys in the confessional booths. In staying silent on this for so long, Dodai Stewart, Lindy West, and Jezebel’s other star employees have shown themselves to be frauds. They don’t care about feminism,“fat shaming,” or whatever cause they’re screeching about today; all they care about is money and power. And now we have the proof.

 

 

 

http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/

 

 

 

So investigators now know that the White House had it’s campaign financiers at Google, Kleiner Perkins, Tesla, Solyndra, and other corporate fronts, wire money to Gawker and Nick Denton bank accounts, and bypass tax evasion over-sight, in exchange for producing, authoring and publishing hit jobs on people that the White House did not like. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t like to get his hands dirty but he loved to dirty up the reputations of others with his push-button defamation system.

 

 

 

In the Article: “Everybody Sucks- Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass” in New York Magazine, investigator Vanessa Grigoriadis ( http://nymag.com/news/features/39319/ ) uncovers the warped and twisted world that powers Gawker Media. She describes the rooms full of sexually confused, abused-looking, tattooed 22 year olds, full of rage and hate, that Denton cruises for in Manhattan. Denton seems to hire the most socially disturbed individuals he can find. He then routes their social angst and ennui into the attack articles that he asks them to undertake. Denton’s trick is to convince these confused teenagers that his client’s enemies are these kids enemies. He uses anger re-direction to create his own little army of Denton-ian Hitler Youth.

 

 

 

So Denton/Gawker generate the hatchet job article, carefully reviewed by millions of dollars of lawyers to make sure that they can use the SLAPP laws and the First Amendment to shock, destroy and “kill” their target with impunity.

 

 

 

That is only the beginning of the attack. The White House likes it’s meat fried.

 

 

 

Via pre-coordinated synchronization with Gawker, White House financier and business partner: Google, locks the attacks into the top lines of the front page of every Google search on Earth, FOREVER. If it is a Gawker attack, Google will refuse to remove the links even if you use every legal resource in the book. Google and Gawker are the same bunch of people when it comes to banking and finances. They even send tens of millions of dollars to each other.

 

 

 

Then Google embeds the attack into every background search, HR database and recruiter search system on Earth. You will never get a job again. Google coordinates this with Gawker’s servers. For extra fun, Google hides code in the attack links that says that the links are “facts” and not “just opinions”.

 

 

 

In my case, and many others, Gawker, Google and the White House fax and email the attack links to your employer with a message to the effect of: “look, this guy works for you, You better get rid of him now or else you will get a hit job article on your company.” You then get frog-marched out of your job, in the middle of the day, with no notice, and no explanation. You, much later, find out it was because your employer was contacted by the hit-jobbers.

 

 

 

Who can you report this too?

 

The FBI? Not so much, they work for the White House.

 

The GAO? They have no powers of arrest and are only allowed to write reports.

 

The OSC? They have no powers of arrest and are only allowed to write reports.

 

The IRS? Uhm.. Lois Lerner

 

The U.S. Congress? They only are allowed to have committees to discuss things and have no powers of arrest.

 

The Attorney General? He is a business partner with the White House and co-invests with those Silicon Valley campaign financiers.

 

The Auditor General? He is afraid to lose his pension so he stonewalls everything.

 

The court system? Good luck finding the 4+ years and five million dollars of costs you will need to keep that case going.

 

 

 

Our team talked to over 100 law enforcement agencies and offices. They either reported to the very people we were reporting about, or they didn’t want to put their pensions at risk.

 

 

 

So, since, no American citizen has any public policy representative, or law enforcement resource, to stand up for them, who is our new Great White Hope?

 

 

 

HULK HOGAN for gods sakes!

 

 

 

He is the only guy in America with the nuts to stand up to these guys.

 

 

 

Isn’t America great?

 

 

 

 

 

Public Reacts To Gawker Magazine Scandal

–]MrBleah[S] 130 points 20 hours ago 

The world’s tiniest violin plays the world’s saddest song tonight for Nick Denton and Gawker.

[–]Sarcasticorjustrude 78 points 20 hours ago 

When you can dish it, but can’t take it….

[–]beyd1 52 points 19 hours ago 

Check out these 5 times gawker dished it but couldn’t take it!

[–]PearTron2000 7 points 18 hours ago 

Local mom finds way to take it and dish it out!

[–]RyogaXenoVee 7 points 13 hours ago 

Doctors Hate Him… Wait, thats the wrong site huh?

[–]StormtrooperLuigi 2 points 10 hours ago 

You’ll never guess what happens next, the secrets will shock you!

[–]HalalVeggieBacon 211 points 21 hours ago 

Well, you know, if your company wasn’t in the habit of illegal and trashy journalism, maybe you wouldn’t owe $140 million.

[–]NotAGangMember 74 points 20 hours ago 

Right. Because I want to be lectured about morals from someone who would videotape a person getting ready to get hit by a truck instead of yelling “get out of the road” because the video might go viral.

[–]HalalVeggieBacon 16 points 20 hours ago 

Can you provide some context? I have no idea what you’re talking about.

[–]NotAGangMember 26 points 20 hours ago 

On your side. Gawker is scum.

[–]HalalVeggieBacon 10 points 20 hours ago 

Gotcha.

People suck, and Gawker didn’t make that a truth. But people suck, and we don’t need Gawker to point it out.

[–]alistermackenzie 1 point 8 hours ago 

While I belive that I agree with you, Gawker’s pageviews tally a different story. My hunch is that Theil will lose more than he anticipated in his previously anonymous campaign and sensationalism will proceed.

[–]FixBayonetsLads 5 points 12 hours ago 

Gawker was Liveleaks before places like Liveleaks and /r/Watchpeopledie were a thing.

[–]tobsterius 9 points 10 hours ago 

I thought LiveLeaks was originally Ogrish? Ogrish was around for a while; certainly before Gawker.

[–]ridger5 2 points 6 hours ago 

Yeah, in fact, if you go to the Ogrish website, it redirects to Liveleak. And they were around back in 2003 or earlier.

[–]CDXXRoman 2 points 5 hours ago 

No. Orgish was. Then they rebranded to liveleak.

[–]thebeginningistheend 6 points 8 hours ago 

Mmm this schadenfreude is absolutely delicious. More please.

[–]BallsJefferson 91 points 20 hours ago 

Thiel decided that Gawker didn’t deserve to exist, gave it a thumbs down and paid the Hulkster’s lawyer so they could side step Gawker’s insurance company entirely, forcing Gawker to pay the entire bill themselves.

And it’s fucking glorious.

[–]NewClayburn 2 points 9 hours ago 

How does this get around insurance?

[–]Silent_Ogion 21 points 9 hours ago 

A lot of legalese, to be honest. And given who was backing the lawyers going after Gawker, they happily did the legalese properly to sink Gawker.

[–]RandomPantsAppear 14 points 9 hours ago 

They “removed specific language” from the suit that would involve the insurance company.

I’m getting that means they changed the content/cause of the complaint from something that was covered to something that wasn’t.

[–]SgtSweatySac 42 points 19 hours ago 

Anything that contributes to Patricia Hernandez becoming unemployed is alright in my book.

[–]Quartzee 5 points 9 hours ago 

Why? Who’s that? I’m out of the loop here.

[–]zachattack82 8 points 6 hours ago 

I just googled her name and an IGN forum post led me to this.

Now I agree with the guy you replied to.

[–]RapsFan420 38 points 18 hours ago 

Lol I like how he brings up the sob story of a journalist who can no longer find work because of the law suit. Maybe a bigger reason is that other employers don’t consider posting sex tapes without consent to be journalism?

[–]BabyNapoleons 9 points 10 hours ago 

Didn;t read it, but theres no way he could have been referring to any of gawkers employees as journalists?

[–]Silent_Ogion 3 points 9 hours ago 

Sadly, he is. Whether or not he really is that delusional I have no idea, but he’s trying to play the sympathy card that way.

[–]pokll 8 points 7 hours ago 

And how many times have they gloated about getting people fired for lesser transgressions?

[–]nickcorvus 43 points 16 hours ago 

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

“Is your goal to bankrupt, buy, or wound Gawker Media?” Mr. Denton wrote. “If you were to own the company after a final judgment in the Hogan case, what would your editorial strategy be?”

If it were me, if someone had publicly exposed my private life to further their agenda, my answer would be “burn it to the ground”.

Or maybe I’d do something poetic and turn it into a watchdog for journalistic abuses. Call them out when they step across the line. He’s a billionaire. He wouldn’t particularly need it to make money. It could even run at a modest loss if need be.

But my first answer would probably be, “burn it to the ground”.

[–]__SoL__ 18 points 9 hours ago 

Even now Denton doesn’t get it. Thiel would probably just liquidate the company.

[–]nickcorvus 11 points 9 hours ago 

Oh, I’m sure he doesn’t get it. He’s arrogant enough to think he knows better than Thiel how Thiel should live his life. He’s arrogant enough to think that in a sense he should be able to control Thiel’s choices.

The man posited that Thiel was in the closet because it could hurt his livelihood. Then he went ahead and exposed him anyway in the name of “the cause”. That’s not just arrogance.

If you choose to sacrifice your own comfort for a cause, that’s admirable. If you choose to sacrifice someone else’s comfort to push a point of view, that’s not just arrogance, that’s evil.

[–]lumloon 1 point 4 hours ago 

What about the people who outed Oliver Sipple?

[–]nickcorvus 2 points 4 hours ago 

I don’t know about that beyond the quick skimming I just did on Wikipedia. From what little I know it sounds just as evil.

[–]pokll 6 points 7 hours ago 

“If you were to own the company after a final judgment in the Hogan case, what would your editorial strategy be?”

How about not post sex tapes without the consent of those filmed? How hard is that?

[–]nickcorvus 2 points 4 hours ago 

All those click-dollars tho…

[–]nvkylebrown [score hidden] 26 minutes ago 

Without that and similar dreck, the company is worthless. Insist on cash.

[–]greywar777 77 points 18 hours ago 

Someone you offended is going after your multi-million dollar company. Awwww.

Gawker you decided to throw dirt at someone who is bigger then you. That was for no good purpose. They punch back. You get no sympathy from me.

[–]58786 38 points 17 hours ago 

Throw dirt? It’s not like they exposed unethical business practices or domestic abuse or something, they outed a guy. That’s not “throwing dirt” so much as opening his private life to public scrutiny.

[–]rageplauge 20 points 16 hours ago 

Yeah, but you can bet that it impacted him financial, social, or both. He lives in a world of old rich people. Not the most progressive bunch.

[–]58786 10 points 16 hours ago 

Of course, but for Gawker, an admittedly progressive journal, to do something like that? Regardless of their intent, it’s an immoral thing to do.

[–]rageplauge 15 points 16 hours ago 

They were never progressive. It has always been financially motivated, regardless of any moral questions.

[–]collinch 7 points 8 hours ago 

I’ve always found it to be rather regressive if anything. Like the “anti-free speech progressives” that are really regressive and don’t realize it.

[–]fooliam 1 point 4 hours ago 

They’re not progressive. They’re asshats and idiots.

[–]gimmemyfuckingcoffee 3 points 5 hours ago 

Thing is, they didn’t just out one guy. They also went after his friends who had no public life.

[–]nayhem_jr 1 point 15 hours ago 

More like ‘throw eyes’.

[–]nayhem_jr 1 point 15 hours ago 

oh wait no fuck I need the brain bleach! I NEED THE BRAIN BLEACH!

[–]black_flag_4ever 22 points 18 hours ago 

Being an asshole has consequences.

[–]escapegoat84 23 points 16 hours ago 

I have no personal feelings about this either way, but when I got down to the line ‘we’re just a small company from New York’ I stopped reading and closed the article.

You aren’t small. You’re a multi-million dollar company. The fact you thought you’d get away with violating a court order sealing the tapes sealed your fate.

[–]l0rdishtar 2 points 3 hours ago 

They’re only small relative to the vengeance and resources of Theil’s “fuck you money”

Following this entire story has really made my week a lot better. Gawker deserves to go down. It’s fitting that screwing over a well funded Hulk Hulgan was the legal catalyst of their ultimate demise. Nick Denton is getting a mustache ride he didn’t ask for.

[–]FalutinFree 20 points 12 hours ago 

A guy worth 9 figures is getting destroyed by a guy worth 8 figures with help from a guy worth 10 figures.

[–]dmoore13 13 points 8 hours ago 

Because 10 8 9!

[–]iGourry 19 points 18 hours ago 

I just wanna say one thing:
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

[–]Ramazotti 17 points 11 hours ago 

Oh Boo-fucking-Hoo. Outing an executive as gay, and publishing illegally obtained sex videos taken without consent, and then whining when people execute cold revenge? He would ruin your life in cold blood if it would promise clicks and eyeballs. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

[–]TronLightyear 15 points 18 hours ago 

gawker all around is shady as fuck and got what they deserved

[–]Jew_in_the_loo 25 points 12 hours ago 

If this were a Gawker or Jezebel headline, it would read: “Poor Widdle Baby White Man Upset That Nobody Wants To Put Up With His Shit”.

There’d probably be more baby talk as well, because there’s nothing more that millennial women journalists love more, than to add baby talk to attack others.

[–]TopShelfPrivilege 2 points 5 hours ago 

It’s more so that they know their audience consists of ignorant children who have no experience in the real world and often are incredibly out of touch with reality.

[–]my_lucid_nightmare 11 points 9 hours ago 

Classic bully behavior. It’s OK to be vindictive of others, not ok when others are vindictive of you.

[–]ehtehteht 22 points 20 hours ago 

but outing someone is cool

[–]RyogaXenoVee 10 points 13 hours ago 

Thats actually the defense they are using right now.

“Being out and gay is ‘IN’ now. So, we did you a favor.”

[–]kingofsnark 21 points 12 hours ago 

Mr. Denton also assured Mr. Thiel that Gawker’s journalists would be reporting on his involvement in lawsuits against the company.

“We, and those you have sent into battle against us, have been stripped naked, our texts, online chats and finances revealed through the press and the courts,” Mr. Denton wrote. “In the next phase, you too will be subject to a dose of transparency.”

Someone didn’t learn their lesson. I don’t see this ending well for Denton.

[–]Silent_Ogion 12 points 9 hours ago 

I like how he’s threatening Thiel as if Thiel did anything wrong in the first place. Thiel was exposed as being gay, which is a horrible thing to do to a person as a private life should remain as private as a person wishes, but it’s not illegal in the US in the slightest. Denton acting like there are more smoking guns against the man is hilarious. And Thiel? He still has pocket change to throw at Denton to completely ruin his life forever.

And I, for one, hope Thiel does. Gawker is a disgusting, sewage infested excuse of people pretending to be journalists, and Denton is amongst the worst of them. Thiel needs to throw the entire library at that asswipe.

[–]NotYourBroBrah 6 points 6 hours ago 

Yeah, this entire post is already in a file in Hogan’s Counsel’s office. It will ultimately be “Exhibit X: Bad faith on part of the defendant”.

[–]NotObviouslyARobot 8 points 17 hours ago 

You know…it’s not vindictive when you put a rabid animal down and you’d have to be foaming at the mouth stupid to say what AJ Daulerio said in a court of law.

[–]Velshtein 6 points 8 hours ago 

Let’s not forget Denton is the same asshole who made everyone turn in their cell phones at his wedding. But this same douche bag has no problem outing Thiel’s private life.

Gawker should be burned to the ground.

[–]evannever 11 points 9 hours ago 

This is the site that published the names of NYC pistol permit holders calling them “assholes” in the headline. Fuck you, Gawker.

[–]Gold_Ultima 3 points 5 hours ago 

Even as someone who doesn’t like guns, I think that’s retarded.

[–]DrFistington [score hidden] 7 minutes ago 

And then several of the homes listed in their article were broken into and had their guns stolen. Way to be socially responsible, Gawker.

[–]chambaland 5 points 17 hours ago 

Sorry dude Gawker is not journalism it’s pure shit of the ilk of Perez Hilton

[–]swampswing 5 points 9 hours ago 

Meh, when your business model specifically revolves around hurting people for the entertainment of others, you can’t expect people to not try and come after you through legitimate legal means. In fact, expecting people not to makes you an even bigger piece of shit.

[–]StopFanboyingVR 5 points 9 hours ago 

“We, and those you have sent into battle against us, have been stripped naked, our texts, online chats and finances revealed through the press and the courts,” Mr. Denton wrote.

Isn’t it Ironic? … don’t you think?

[–]Gfrisse1 5 points 7 hours ago 

They are learning firsthand the full meaning of the phrase, “what goes around, comes around.”

[–]Slimerbacca 19 points 21 hours ago 

Its expected when your company is vindictive against others

[–]scott60561 6 points 19 hours ago 

I hope This keeps on keeping on. Keep the pressure on that rag until they bust.

[–]dadtaxi 4 points 8 hours ago 

Irony much?

[–]Oxzyde 3 points 9 hours ago 

Ay Gawker, Don’t start no shit, won’t be no shit!

[–]Velshtein 3 points 8 hours ago 

Boohoo. The biggest hypocrites always cry the loudest when they get a dose of their own medicine.

[–]nlcund 3 points 7 hours ago 

Too bad he couldn’t get a jury to agree with him.

[–]waste-of-skin 6 points 19 hours ago 

boohoo. outting billionaires is expensive.

[–]ERAU 2 points 14 hours ago 

No that’s called Justice

[–]Mister-Jenkins 2 points 11 hours ago 

Well it’s to bad since a majority supports the campaign against his shit company

[–]jomiran 2 points 8 hours ago 

Kill it! Kill it with fire!

[–]here-we-stand 2 points 8 hours ago 

Boo-fuck-a-doodle-hoo, Mr. Denton. Go cry into your Scrooge McDuck style money pile.

[–]cranium 2 points 6 hours ago 

Peter Thiel Questions Back To Nick Denton

Peter Thiel Questions Back To Nick Denton

 

 

 

By Fenton Lee

 

 

 

Nick Denton penned an epic “Open Letter To Peter Thiel” in which Denton sought to create a mini-deposition by hammering Thiel with a lengthy list of questions which he implored Thiel to respond to on the internet. It is, thus, only fair, that Denton answer the following questions, too:

 

 

 

– Nick Denton, does your former employee Gaby Darbyshire have any knowledge of offshore tax evasion that you or Gawker engaged in?

 

 

 

– Have you, Nick Denton, ever transferred any assets overseas? How much and when?

 

 

 

– Have you, Nick Denton ever had sex, or attempted to have sex with any of your employees?

 

 

 

– Do your extensive offers for a live public broadcast debate include an offer to debate to the young man who threw a brick through your window and went on internet interviews claiming that you pried his rectum open?

 

 

 

– Did you pay an Apple engineer to steal Apple prototypes and leave them in public locations for your staff to acquire?

 

 

 

– Did you ever compensate anyone for hacking a cell phone or telephone voicemails?

 

 

 

– Did you ever met the charged pedophile named Epstein?

 

 

 

– Were you ever in the same room as any of the suspects listed in the British Pedophile scandal or charged under the pedophile investigation in England known as “HYDRANT”?

 

 

 

– Has any White House staff member ever compensated you in any way for producing character assassination attacks?

 

 

 

– Has any White House campaign financier ever compensated you in any way for producing character assassination attacks?

 

 

 

– Did you hire operatives to break into Mitt Romney’s tax records so you could publish them?

 

 

 

– Did you hire operatives to break into Sarah Palin’s book files in order to publish them?

 

 

 

– How young was the youngest boy you convinced to have sex with you?

 

 

 

– Did you operate vendetta and retribution tactics against Sean Parker because he competed with you?

 

 

 

– Did you operate vendetta and retribution tactics against Sandra Montenegro/ AKA Sandra Littlefield because she spoke against you?

 

 

 

– Did you operate vendetta and retribution tactics against Scott Redmond on orders from White House staff because he helped the FBI and other agencies investigate your business partner?

 

 

 

– Did you operate vendetta and retribution tactics against your own staff, who later sued you?

 

 

 

– Did you create the whole “GamerGate” scandal in order to promote yourself and your business at the expense of others?

 

 

 

– Did you know any party who was subject to investigation in the “British Tabloid Phone Hacking Scandal”?

 

 

 

– Why did you leave England?

 

 

 

– How many times have you been sued and by whom?

 

 

 

– Have you fully reported all campaign contributions, as required by law, including the tens of millions of dollars of publishing and PR services you provided to 5 political campaigns?

 

 

 

– What percentage of the people you have hired later went on to commit suicide or become involved in drug rehabilitation programs?

 

 

 

– Did you assist in the death of Gary D. Conley or David Bird or do you know anyone that did?

 

 

 

– How much money has campaign financier Google ever transferred to your accounts or to the accounts of any entity with which you are involved?

 

 

 

– Do you have an arrangement with Google to work with them to lock your character assassination attacks onto the global internet using Google’s search engine rigging?

 

 

 

– Roughly, how many lives do you believe you have destroyed and what was your rationalization for destroying them?

 

 

 

Did you fabricate the story about Teresa Thomas in order to defame Yahoo so you could help Yahoo’s competitor, Google; who is your business associate?

 

 

 

– Did you seek to internet shame Shiva Ayyadurai, Fran Dreschers husband because you were hired by the Defendants in his lawsuit, to try to damage him as a witness?

 

 

 

– Did you pay to have Quintin Tarantino’s script stolen so you could publish it? Why do you have such a remarkable history of publishing stolen artifacts? Do you have professional thieves that you engage?

 

 

 

– Did you put a hit-job on your former associate Ashley Terrill?

 

 

 

– Did you have any communication with any of the other suspects in the Hulk Hogan case prior to the taping of the Hulk Hogan video tape?

 

 

 

– If the Chinese had hacked all of your emails and text messages, since 2007, and suddenly released them, today, would the public discover that anything that you had publicly stated was a lie?

 

 

 

– Are you a compensate political campaign operative?

 

 

 

– Has Elon Musk ever compensated you, or your business, for hyping him on the internet while slamming his competitors?

 

 

 

Do you and Google have a covert internet mood manipulation program arrangement to hype friends and attack enemies?

 

 

 

– What is the connection between Glenn Greenwald’s Ebay benefactor and Gawker Media?

 

 

 

– Do you exploit naive young interns? Has anyone ever sued you for doing that?

 

 

 

– Did you have sex with Peter Thiel?

 

 

 

– What is the one financial item that you most fear being exposed?

 

 

 

– Which British politicians were you the most connected to?

 

 

 

– In Taki Magazine’s article about you called: Gawker Media: Hypocrites vs. Douchecanoes, by Matt Forney, what, in detail, was Mr. Forney inaccurate about in his description about you? Will you debate Mr. Forney in a live debate to discuss these issues?

 

 

 

Have you ever broken campaign finance laws, tax evasion laws, anti-trust laws or any other laws?

 

 

 

– Are you protected by any well-known political figures who you provided un-reported campaign finances to?

 

 

 

– Have you ever broken the law in the U.S.A. or England?

 

 

 

– Do you hold real estate assets that are not reported on your taxes, as your assets but are, rather hidden under shell corporations and trusts?

 

 

 

– Have you ever paid for sex?

 

 

 

Are you currently suffering from any STD’s and, if so, shouldn’t you publicly say so because that is “Journalistic Inquiry” that the public requires due to your highly publicized sexual needs?

 

 

 

– Is it true that you believe you are “untouchable” by the law?

 

 

 

– If Google and your companies have transferred tens of millions of dollars of money and resources back and forth, how can you say that you and Google don’t rig search engines and social media to favor your friends and destroy your enemies?

 

 

 

– We have over 1000 more questions for you, are you ready to answer those too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOPICS: Open Letter To Peter Thiel, Gawker Media, Peter Thiel, Nick Denton, Gaby Darbyshire, Gabrial Darbyshire, Nick Denton Vs. Peter Thiel, Peter Thiel Vs. Nick Denton, Sean Parker, Gawker Media: Hypocrites vs. Douchecanoes, Glenn Greenwald, Quentin Tarantino, Matt Forney, Gary D. Conley, David Bird, Gamergate, Gawker Sucks, Hulk Hogan Vs. Gawker, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Nick Denton Sued, Gawker Sued

 

Hollywood Stars Expose Hollywood Pedophile Ring and Disclose That Every One is an Obama Campaign Financier

 

‘I was molested and passed around’: Corey Feldman describes his ordeal at the hands of Hollywood pedophile ring and says Corey Haim was just eleven years old when he was first raped

  • Former child star Corey Feldman said that he was molested repeatedly by men who would pass him and other minors around
  • He said that when he was 15 he was being abused by a man who was actually employed by his own father at the management company he ran 
  • Reveals that Corey Haim was raped when he was just 11-years-old
  • Feldman says the abuse he and Haim suffered was widely known
  • Haim would struggle with drugs up until his death in 2010 at the age of 38
  • Feldman shot to fame in his teens thanks to his roles in Goonies and Stand by Me 

Corey Feldman has shared shocking details about the rampant sexual abuse he and other young actors were forced to endure during their years in Hollywood.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman discusses how he was repeatedly molested by adult males in the industry, saying these men would pass many young stars ‘back and forth to each other.’

He also reveals that his closest friend, Corey Haim, was raped when he was just 11 by a producer, the start of a long cycle of sexual abuse that Feldman believes led to his friend’s problems with drugs and alcohol later in life.

Haim would struggle with drugs up until his death in 2010 at the age of 38, a death that Feldman blames on the men who abused the actor.

Feldman’s comments come just days after another former child star, Elijah Wood, also gave an interview talking about the pedophilia problem in Hollywood. 

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Opening up: Corey Feldman (above in 2014) is revealing details about the sexual abuse he and other child actors suffered in Hollywood

Opening up: Corey Feldman (above in 2014) is revealing details about the sexual abuse he and other child actors suffered in Hollywood

Horrific: Feldman revealed that his friend Corey Haim (above in 1987) was raped when he was just 11-years-old

Horrific: Feldman revealed that his friend Corey Haim (above in 1987) was raped when he was just 11-years-old

Child stars: Haim (left) and Feldman (center) starred together in films including The Lost Boys (above)

Child stars: Haim (left) and Feldman (center) starred together in films including The Lost Boys (above)

‘He had more direct abuse than I did. With me, there were some molestations and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape,’ said Feldman of the sexual abuse suffered by Haim. 

‘And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now and I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being.’

Feldman then made the shocking claim that many people in the industry were aware that he and Haim were being abused by these older men, and that no one did anything to stop it or help the boys.

‘This person uses intimidation and threats as a way to keep people quiet. And all these men were all friends,’ explained Feldman. 

‘Ask anybody in our group of kids at that time: They were passing us back and forth to each other. [Alison Arngrim] from Little House on the Prairie said [in an interview], “Everybody knew that the two Coreys were just being passed around.” 

‘Like it was something people joked about on studio lots. We’re not talking about huge executives and directors that I am aware of that were involved in this. The people that I knew doing it were publicists, they were photographers for teen magazines, things like that.’

Feldman said that it was generally actors between the ages of 10 and 16 who were targeted by these men, who would meet their young victims at awards shows, private parties and even charity functions. 

Once these adults had decided on a victim they began the process of grooming not only the child actor Feldman explained but also their parent or guardian.

Feldman said that when he was 15 he was being abused by a man who was actually employed by his own father at the management company he ran, and that neither one of his parents had any idea.

He also chalked up their ignorance to the fact that both were ‘very abusive and very selfish.’

One thing Feldman does not, or rather cannot, discuss however is the names of the individuals who molested him and raped Haim.

Feldman said that even though he would like to identify the men responsible he has to keep it quiet for legal reasons and since the statute of limitations has passed on the crimes.

‘We should be talking to the district attorneys and the lawmakers in California, especially because this is where the entertainment industry is and this is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world,’ said Feldman.

Feldman (pictured in 2012) discusses how he was repeatedly molested by adult males in the industry, saying these men would pass many young stars 'back and forth to each other'

Feldman (pictured in 2012) discusses how he was repeatedly molested by adult males in the industry, saying these men would pass many young stars ‘back and forth to each other’

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman

Cycle: Feldman (left with Haim in 1985, right in 1989) said that he was molested repeatedly by men who would pass him and other minors around

Demons: Haim (above in 2007) would struggle with drugs up until his death in 2010 at the age of 38, a death that Feldman blames on the men who abused the actor

Demons: Haim (above in 2007) would struggle with drugs up until his death in 2010 at the age of 38, a death that Feldman blames on the men who abused the actor

In the interview Feldman also made it clear that the sexual abuse of children by adults is not only still a problem in Hollywood, but one that is getting worse with time.

‘They reach out to little kids on Twitter, they reach out to little kids on Facebook, and they say, “I’m a big producer and I can help you,”‘ said Feldman. 

‘With social media we have more access than ever to everybody. It’s a growing problem, not a shrinking problem.’

One of the men who molested him still works in the industry Feldman said, adding that while he has run in to him over the years he has never tried to confront the man.

He said that he has been helped by years of therapy and rehab, and makes it clear that it was a long and difficult struggle to get to the place he is at now with ‘a great child and I have a great girlfriend, a nice house, a nice car and a good career.’

And he said that the most difficult part of it all was losing Haim.

‘He was my best friend. I miss the chemistry, I miss having my best friend,’ said Feldman. 

‘He was the only person that could make me laugh unstoppably. He had a charisma about him and a charm and a sense of humor that was unparalleled.’

Haim was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s, with leading roles in films including Lucas, Watchers and the Oscar-nominated Murphy’s Romance, which he starred in alongside Sally Field and James Garner.

Feldman also found early success in Hollywood thanks to his roles in two of the decade’s most memorable films, Goonies and Stand By Me.

The boys first worked together on the 1987 vampire flick The Lost Boys, and paired up again in the films License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. 

Haim was quite the ladies man too over the years, dating Alyssa Milano, Nicole Eggert, Holly Fields and even Victoria Beckham at one point. 

Feldman and Haim had a chance to share the screen once more in 2007 with their reality show The Two Coreys, which was cancelled after two seasons.

It was a little over a year after that last season aired that Haim died as a result of drug induced pneumonia.

Happier days: Haim and his then girlfriend Alyssa Milano at a baseball game in 1986 (above)

Happier days: Haim and his then girlfriend Alyssa Milano at a baseball game in 1986 (above)

Feldman previously wrote about Haim spending time with Martin Weiss (above), a well known manager of child actors, while they were filming The Lost Boys. Weiss was arrested in 2011 after one of his clients told police he had been sexually abused by the man starting when he was just 11-years-old

Feldman previously wrote about Haim spending time with Martin Weiss (above), a well known manager of child actors, while they were filming The Lost Boys. Weiss was arrested in 2011 after one of his clients told police he had been sexually abused by the man starting when he was just 11-years-old

Feldman detailed both his and Haim’s struggle with drugs in his 2013 book Coreyography.

In that book he revealed that the first time they tried cocaine was with two of the men who were abusing them.

Feldman also wrote in the book about Haim having sex with adult men on the set of Lucas and The Lost Boys, sharing a story he claims Haim told him one of the first times they met.

‘At some point during the filming [of Lucas], he explained an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all “guys do,” wrote Feldman.

‘So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.’

Feldman also wrote about Haim spending time with Martin Weiss, a well known manager of child actors, while they were filming The Lost Boys.

He claimed in the book that one day on set Haim, who was 15 during filming, was aroused and wanted to have sex.

‘Marty’s gay? Why don’t you ask him?’ wrote Feldman. 

‘The two walked, single file, into the adjoining room. … I heard sounds, banging, thumping. I felt my stomach flip-flop. I felt sick.’

Weiss was arrested in 2011 after one of his clients told police he had been sexually abused by the man starting when he was just 11-years-old, claiming the incidents happened 30 to 40 times over a roughly three years period.

He eventually pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation in 2012 and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation.

Weiss was immediately released after entering his plea for time served. 

Feldman also detailed a night when he received oral sex from a man after he was fed a cocktail of drugs.

The abuse at the hands of that man, who he called ‘Ron’ in the book, went on for years after that first incident. 

‘I don’t know why I couldn’t confront Ron, but I was consumed with guilt. I felt like the whole thing was my fault,’ wrote Feldman.

‘I desperately wanted him to stop, but I was afraid of losing my friend.’

Feldman said in his book that he did at one point name some of the men who abused himself and Haim to authorities, but claimed that they chose to ignore the allegations and allowed the statue of limitations to run out without conducting an investigation or pressing any charges. 

He wrote that he eventually found shelter and solace in an unlikely place – with Michael Jackson. 

‘I was shattered, disgusted, devastated. I needed some normalcy in my life. So, I called Michael Jackson,’ he wrote, explaining that the pair had been introduced by director Steven Spielberg.

‘Michael Jackson’s world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place. Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being 10 years old again.’

He insisted in the book that Jackson never abused him or tried to touch him sexually over the course of their friendship.  

 
 
 
 

The Peter Thiel Anti-Nick Denton Crowd Are Flooding The Internet With Gawker Disclosures

The Peter Thiel Anti-Nick Denton Crowd Are Flooding The Internet With Gawker Disclosures:

https://gawkerhell.wordpress.com and a host of other sites are using “Free Open Journalism” to expose Nick Denton’s lies and twisted rationalizations.

https://gawkerhell.wordpress.com

 

VICE Learns What GamerGate Always Knew: Gawker Sucks

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Jan 4, 2015 – “Gawker, a gossip site that openly traffics in rumor, innuendo, and in many cases straight-up bullshit, and whose founder, Nick Denton, has …

Gawker Editors Resign, Nick Denton Says He Stepped in to Pull ‘Pure …

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Jul 20, 2015 – The story was pulled the next day by Gawker Media’s partnership group, which includes Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, Heather …

Aug 27, 2012 – Friday, November 04, 2005 Why Gawker Sucks Not only is it snarky, it’s snobby. Here the editors of Gawker express their amazement on seeing …
Please send in your postings regarding Gawker Media LLC, Nick Denton, Gizmodo and the related empire of darkness that seems to now be revealed by recent …
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An Open Letter To Gawker, From Your Friend Wonkette | Wonkette

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Jul 17, 2015 – Reason #10,182 Gawker Media fucking sucks. The_Kenosha_Kid …. Jordan Sargent and Nick Denton need to suffer for this. If only 4-Chan had …

 

Gawker’s Nick Denton Authors Largest Rationalization Document In History to Peter Thiel

 

 

By Amy Cosgrove

 

 

I must confess, up front, that I have worked with Peter Thiel’s group of VC’s. Here is my take on the whole thing.

 

 

Nick Denton, upon discovering that a man, that Nick Denton tried to destroy, was mad at him sat down and wrote the largest rationalization document in the history of the world.

 

 

Within the document, one can see the clear evidence of Denton’s twisted and disturbed mental state.

 

 

As the following news articles reveal, Nick Denton has a problem with his relationship to the truth. Denton, for example, says that he has had some “relationship issues”, in the past but those who he had relationship issues with, including a young boy who threw a brick into Nick Denton’s window, said that Denton is an “abusive old queen who cares only for his next orgasm and nothing for his victims..”

 

 

Denton has a long list of victims. Denton feels that because society has refused to accept his desire for young men that society is owed some “pay-back” by Denton. Denton fills the offices of his crumbling Gawker media empire with sexually confused, naive, young angst-ridden teens who he encourages to hate everything and to rage against everyone. Wow, what a healthy workplace.

 

 

Over 400 people have had their lives attacked and destroyed by Nick Denton in the name of Denton’s “journalistic freedom”. Denton uses this term in order to try to brand himself as some sort of news crusader when, in fact, he is only exploiting real news documentation in order to line his off-shore Ukrainian and Cayman Islands bank accounts to accrue money to buy more young men.

 

 

Taki Magazine’s article nails Denton on the head: http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/

 

 

Denton gets compensated by White House, DNC and Silicon Valley campaign financiers and operatives (ie: Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanual, Elon Musk, etc.) to character assassinate their enemies.

 

 

Make no mistake about it, Denton has spent all of his time and resources destroying people. Peter Thiel has spent all of his time and resources funding medical research and society-improving technologies. Who is the devil in those details?

 

 

Other articles about Denton:

 

 

 

How do you help fix the internet (that your team helped create) when abusers try to break it?

 

In wrestling parlance: You “go to the mat”!

 

 

Thanks to wrestling personality Hulk Hogan, you have now heard of slasher-tabloid publisher Nick Denton and his “Gawker Media” gossip rag empire. Hulk Hogan recently won a $115 million dollar jury award against Nick Denton/Gawker for running a media character assassination “hit job” on Hogan.

 

 

“Gawker Media” is the front organization for a number of other duplicate attack publications with names such as “Gawker”, “Gizmodo”, “Jalopnik”, “Jezebel”, “Valleywag” and an army of other facade websites where Denton publishes all of his attack articles. Denton sends his money to the Cayman Islands, and from there to parts unknown. The tax collectors and other federal investigators are interested in the details of those activities.

 

 

The published news on these cases has implied that Hulk Hogan and other related and unrelated parties, were helping federal investigators, the U.S. Congress and the federal courts in a racketeering and corruptioninvestigation of some of the nation’s most esteemed politicians and their crooked campaign financiers. For their trouble, Nick Denton seems to have been hired to try to wipe them out in retribution for helping bring some of his clients to justice.

 

 

Killing” someone in Nick Denton’s Gawker Media retribution world, as we learned in the Hulk Hogan trial, involves sabotaging their brand name, career, income and social life by having Gawker Media produce hatchet job videos and articles. In the case of many victims, Gawker made attack videos and authored false and malicious defamation articles in order to try to blockade those people from being either a public spokesperson, or a witness in front of a federal Special Prosecutor that Congress was trying to install in an attempt to reform corruption in Washington DC. Denton did this in the same manner, to multiple parties, in a methodology that reminds many lawyers of RICO statute violations.

 

 

Nick Denton is the guy described in the article’s at:

http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/

 

and

 

http://theralphretort.com/vice-learns-what-gamergate-always-knew-gawker-sucks-1415/

 

and

 

http://slyoyster.com/newsandpolitics/2010/why-nick-denton-is-an-asshole/

 

 

among thousands of others…

 

 

In retrospect, now, the sequence of facts are devastating for Gawker Media.

The facts are now supported by investigations by the FBI, Congress, the GAO, the FTC, the ACLU, news media and hundreds of other agencies.

 

 

The facts prove that Gawker ran character assassination hit job programs. Here are some of the facts:

 

  • The victims are the ONLY people in history to have both reported federal crimes by Gawker’s client’s, and gotten a series of hit jobs from Gawker Media.

  • ONLY Gawker Media, out of tens of millions of publications, produced hit jobs on this handful of people.

  • Nick Denton and Gawker Media have received tens of millions of dollars of payments from the very parties under investigation for the crimes.

  • ONLY Gawker Media has the proven financial and lobbying connections to the subjects of the investigations.

  • Gawker Media suddenly did stories and videos about these people, after never covering them in the news before, at exactly the same point as when they were supposed to testify? The timing is epically beyond coincidental.

  • Gawker Media specifically never contacted the targets of their attacks prior to publishing their attacks. Gawker didn’t want to hear anything that might conflict with what it had already been paid to make up about the victims.

  • The Sony leaks, Snowden leaks, HSBC Swiss Leaks, Guccifer leaks and Chinese leaks demonstrate the connections.

  • Gawker had a link-based arrangement with Google to lock the attacks into certain locations on the internet.

  • Since the day Gawker existed until today, almost every single other hit job Gawker has done has been almost exclusively, against the enemies of Gawker’s handlers.

  • Investigator surveillance records of staff texts, emails and phone calls prove the connections.

  • Gawker and Google’s ex-staff now work for the very people that staged the attacks, and were the subjects of the law enforcement investigations.

 

 

 

These facts alone, when cross indexed, are enough to make Denton think about the prospect of “The Slammer”. There are thousands of additional facts that lawyers are preparing to use in court. It is not likely that Denton and his crew will come out in one piece, when all is said and done.

 

 

Peter Thiel, and Friends, Double Down In Campaign To Expose Nick Denton as Political Operative

Nick Denton – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia

Nick Denton (born 24 August 1966) is a British Internet entrepreneur, the founder and …. Jack Shafer, Nick Denton, Publicity Cat, Slate, 11 July 2006; Vanessa Grigoriadis, “Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass”, …

VICE Learns What GamerGate Always Knew: Gawker Sucks

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Jan 4, 2015 – “Gawker, a gossip site that openly traffics in rumor, innuendo, and in many cases straight-up bullshit, and whose founder, Nick Denton, has …

Gawker Editors Resign, Nick Denton Says He Stepped in to Pull ‘Pure …

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Jul 20, 2015 – The story was pulled the next day by Gawker Media’s partnership group, which includes Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, Heather …

Aug 27, 2012 – Friday, November 04, 2005 Why Gawker Sucks Not only is it snarky, it’s snobby. Here the editors of Gawker express their amazement on seeing …
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Nov 17, 2015 – Here’s Denton’s full memo: …. It sucks. But as Nick will mention in a memo today, for the first time in my six or so years at Gawker, the company …

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Jul 17, 2015 – Reason #10,182 Gawker Media fucking sucks. The_Kenosha_Kid …. Jordan Sargent and Nick Denton need to suffer for this. If only 4-Chan had …

Gawker’s Nick Denton Authors Largest Rationalization Document In History to Peter Thiel

 

 

By Amy Cosgrove

 

 

I must confess, up front, that I have worked with Peter Thiel’s group of VC’s. Here is my take on the whole thing.

 

 

Nick Denton, upon discovering that a man, that Nick Denton tried to destroy, was mad at him sat down and wrote the largest rationalization document in the history of the world.

 

 

Within the document, one can see the clear evidence of Denton’s twisted and disturbed mental state.

 

 

As the following news articles reveal, Nick Denton has a problem with his relationship to the truth. Denton, for example, says that he has had some “relationship issues”, in the past but those who he had relationship issues with, including a young boy who threw a brick into Nick Denton’s window, said that Denton is an “abusive old queen who cares only for his next orgasm and nothing for his victims..”

 

 

Denton has a long list of victims. Denton feels that because society has refused to accept his desire for young men that society is owed some “pay-back” by Denton. Denton fills the offices of his crumbling Gawker media empire with sexually confused, naive, young angst-ridden teens who he encourages to hate everything and to rage against everyone. Wow, what a healthy workplace.

 

 

Over 400 people have had their lives attacked and destroyed by Nick Denton in the name of Denton’s “journalistic freedom”. Denton uses this term in order to try to brand himself as some sort of news crusader when, in fact, he is only exploiting real news documentation in order to line his off-shore Ukrainian and Cayman Islands bank accounts to accrue money to buy more young men.

 

 

Taki Magazine’s article nails Denton on the head: http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/

 

 

Denton gets compensated by White House, DNC and Silicon Valley campaign financiers and operatives (ie: Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanual, Elon Musk, etc.) to character assassinate their enemies.

 

 

Make no mistake about it, Denton has spent all of his time and resources destroying people. Peter Thiel has spent all of his time and resources funding medical research and society-improving technologies. Who is the devil in those details?

 

 

Other articles about Denton:

 

 

 

How do you help fix the internet (that your team helped create) when abusers try to break it?

 

In wrestling parlance: You “go to the mat”!

 

 

Thanks to wrestling personality Hulk Hogan, you have now heard of slasher-tabloid publisher Nick Denton and his “Gawker Media” gossip rag empire. Hulk Hogan recently won a $115 million dollar jury award against Nick Denton/Gawker for running a media character assassination “hit job” on Hogan.

 

 

“Gawker Media” is the front organization for a number of other duplicate attack publications with names such as “Gawker”, “Gizmodo”, “Jalopnik”, “Jezebel”, “Valleywag” and an army of other facade websites where Denton publishes all of his attack articles. Denton sends his money to the Cayman Islands, and from there to parts unknown. The tax collectors and other federal investigators are interested in the details of those activities.

 

 

The published news on these cases has implied that Hulk Hogan and other related and unrelated parties, were helping federal investigators, the U.S. Congress and the federal courts in a racketeering and corruptioninvestigation of some of the nation’s most esteemed politicians and their crooked campaign financiers. For their trouble, Nick Denton seems to have been hired to try to wipe them out in retribution for helping bring some of his clients to justice.

 

 

Killing” someone in Nick Denton’s Gawker Media retribution world, as we learned in the Hulk Hogan trial, involves sabotaging their brand name, career, income and social life by having Gawker Media produce hatchet job videos and articles. In the case of many victims, Gawker made attack videos and authored false and malicious defamation articles in order to try to blockade those people from being either a public spokesperson, or a witness in front of a federal Special Prosecutor that Congress was trying to install in an attempt to reform corruption in Washington DC. Denton did this in the same manner, to multiple parties, in a methodology that reminds many lawyers of RICO statute violations.

 

 

Nick Denton is the guy described in the article’s at:

http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/

 

and

 

http://theralphretort.com/vice-learns-what-gamergate-always-knew-gawker-sucks-1415/

 

and

 

http://slyoyster.com/newsandpolitics/2010/why-nick-denton-is-an-asshole/

 

 

among thousands of others…

 

 

In retrospect, now, the sequence of facts are devastating for Gawker Media.

The facts are now supported by investigations by the FBI, Congress, the GAO, the FTC, the ACLU, news media and hundreds of other agencies.

 

 

The facts prove that Gawker ran character assassination hit job programs. Here are some of the facts:

 

  • The victims are the ONLY people in history to have both reported federal crimes by Gawker’s client’s, and gotten a series of hit jobs from Gawker Media.

  • ONLY Gawker Media, out of tens of millions of publications, produced hit jobs on this handful of people.

  • Nick Denton and Gawker Media have received tens of millions of dollars of payments from the very parties under investigation for the crimes.

  • ONLY Gawker Media has the proven financial and lobbying connections to the subjects of the investigations.

  • Gawker Media suddenly did stories and videos about these people, after never covering them in the news before, at exactly the same point as when they were supposed to testify? The timing is epically beyond coincidental.

  • Gawker Media specifically never contacted the targets of their attacks prior to publishing their attacks. Gawker didn’t want to hear anything that might conflict with what it had already been paid to make up about the victims.

  • The Sony leaks, Snowden leaks, HSBC Swiss Leaks, Guccifer leaks and Chinese leaks demonstrate the connections.

  • Gawker had a link-based arrangement with Google to lock the attacks into certain locations on the internet.

  • Since the day Gawker existed until today, almost every single other hit job Gawker has done has been almost exclusively, against the enemies of Gawker’s handlers.

  • Investigator surveillance records of staff texts, emails and phone calls prove the connections.

  • Gawker and Google’s ex-staff now work for the very people that staged the attacks, and were the subjects of the law enforcement investigations.

 

 

 

These facts alone, when cross indexed, are enough to make Denton think about the prospect of “The Slammer”. There are thousands of additional facts that lawyers are preparing to use in court. It is not likely that Denton and his crew will come out in one piece, when all is said and done.

 

 

Gawker’s Nick Denton Authors Largest Rationalization Document In History to Peter Thiel

Gawker’s Nick Denton Authors Largest Rationalization Document In History to Peter Thiel

By Amy Cosgrove

I must confess, up front, that I have worked with Peter Thiel’s group of VC’s. Here is my take on the whole thing.

Nick Denton, upon discovering that a man, that Nick Denton tried to destroy, was mad at him sat down and wrote the largest rationalization document in the history of the world.

Within the document, one can see the clear evidence of Denton’s twisted and disturbed mental state.

As the following news articles reveal, Nick Denton has a problem with his relationship to the truth. Denton, for example, says that he has had some “relationship issues”, in the past but those who he had relationship issues with, including a young boy who threw a brick into Nick Denton’s window, said that Denton is an “abusive old queen who cares only for his next orgasm and nothing for his victims..”

Denton has a long list of victims. Denton feels that because society has refused to accept his desire for young men that society is owed some “pay-back” by Denton. Denton fills the offices of his crumbling Gawker media empire with sexually confused, naive, young angst-ridden teens who he encourages to hate everything and to rage against everyone. Wow, what a healthy workplace.

Over 400 people have had their lives attacked and destroyed by Nick Denton in the name of Denton’s “journalistic freedom”. Denton uses this term in order to try to brand himself as some sort of news crusader when, in fact, he is only exploiting real news documentation in order to line his off-shore Ukrainian and Cayman Islands bank accounts to accrue money to buy more young men.

Taki Magazine’s article nails Denton on the head: http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/

Denton gets compensated by White House, DNC and Silicon Valley campaign financiers amnd operatives (ie: Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanual, Elon Musk, etc.) to character assassinate their enemies.

Make no mistake about it, Denton has spent all of his time and resources destroying people. Peter Thiel has spent all of his time and resources funding medical research and society-improving technologies. Who is the devil in those details?

Other articles about Denton:

How do you help fix the internet (that your team helped create) when abusers try to break it?

In wrestling parlance: You “go to the mat”!

Thanks to wrestling personality Hulk Hogan, you have now heard of slasher-tabloid publisher Nick Denton and his “Gawker Media” gossip rag empire. Hulk Hogan recently won a $115 million dollar jury award against Nick Denton/Gawker for running a media character assassination “hit job” on Hogan.

“Gawker Media” is the front organization for a number of other duplicate attack publications with names such as “Gawker”, “Gizmodo”, “Jalopnik”, “Jezebel”, “Valleywag” and an army of other facade websites where Denton publishes all of his attack articles. Denton sends his money to the Cayman Islands, and from there to parts unknown. The tax collectors and other federal investigators are interested in the details of those activities.

The published news on these cases has implied that Hulk Hogan and other related and unrelated parties, were helping federal investigators, the U.S. Congress and the federal courts in a racketeering and corruption investigation of some of the nation’s most esteemed politicians and their crooked campaign financiers. For their trouble, Nick Denton seems to have been hired to try to wipe them out in retribution for helping bring some of his clients to justice.

“Killing” someone in Nick Denton’s Gawker Media retribution world, as we learned in the Hulk Hogan trial, involves sabotaging their brand name, career, income and social life by having Gawker Media produce hatchet job videos and articles. In the case of many victims, Gawker made attack videos and authored false and malicious defamation articles in order to try to blockade those people from being either a public spokesperson, or a witness in front of a federal Special Prosecutor that Congress was trying to install in an attempt to reform corruption in Washington DC. Denton did this in the same manner, to multiple parties, in a methodology that reminds many lawyers of RICO statute violations.

Nick Denton is the guy described in the article’s at:

http://takimag.com/article/gawker_media_hypocrites_vs_douchecanoes/
and

VICE Learns What GamerGate Always Knew: Gawker Sucks

and
http://slyoyster.com/newsandpolitics/2010/why-nick-denton-is-an-asshole/

among thousands of others…

In retrospect, now, the sequence of facts are devastating for Gawker Media.

The facts are now supported by investigations by the FBI, Congress, the GAO, the FTC, the ACLU, news media and hundreds of other agencies.

The facts prove that Gawker ran character assassination hit job programs. Here are some of the facts:

The victims are the ONLY people in history to have both reported federal crimes by Gawker’s client’s, and gotten a series of hit jobs from Gawker Media.
ONLY Gawker Media, out of tens of millions of publications, produced hit jobs on this handful of people.
Nick Denton and Gawker Media have received tens of millions of dollars of payments from the very parties under investigation for the crimes.
ONLY Gawker Media has the proven financial and lobbying connections to the subjects of the investigations.
Gawker Media suddenly did stories and videos about these people, after never covering them in the news before, at exactly the same point as when they were supposed to testify? The timing is epically beyond coincidental.
Gawker Media specifically never contacted the targets of their attacks prior to publishing their attacks. Gawker didn’t want to hear anything that might conflict with what it had already been paid to make up about the victims.
The Sony leaks, Snowden leaks, HSBC Swiss Leaks, Guccifer leaks and Chinese leaks demonstrate the connections.
Gawker had a link-based arrangement with Google to lock the attacks into certain locations on the internet.
Since the day Gawker existed until today, almost every single other hit job Gawker has done has been almost exclusively, against the enemies of Gawker’s handlers.
Investigator surveillance records of staff texts, emails and phone calls prove the connections.
Gawker and Google’s ex-staff now work for the very people that staged the attacks, and were the subjects of the law enforcement investigations.

These facts alone, when cross indexed, are enough to make Denton think about the prospect of “The Slammer”. There are thousands of additional facts that lawyers are preparing to use in court. It is not likely that Denton and his crew will come out in one piece, when all is said and done.

The two “Big G’s”: Google and Gawker, are essentially the same entity in this matter. They partner with each other on hit jobs. Hired private forensic investigators, federal investigators, Russia, China, the EU (and pretty much anybody with a brain), has caught Google rigging the internet. You can see a non-technical description of how Google and Gawker do it on House of Cards, the TV show. Samples of those descriptions can be found in “fair use” clips such as those at these links:

Gawker sets up and publishes the hit job videos, and Google locks them on the front page of the search results on the top lines of all Google assets, immovably, forever. Google puts hidden codes into the links saying that the links are “FACTS”. This alone pretty much screws Google in court. Google does this intentionally and refuses to remove the attack links even after hundreds of written requests by lawyers and victims. Google likes its political and competitive-market revenge served cold.

Plaintiffs have proven that Google’s owners and executives were lying through their teeth to the EU and Congress when they claimed that Google’s search results and positioning was “arbitrary”. Google searches are staged and consciously manipulated to hype Google’s investments and attack Google’s enemies.

Plaintiffs have worked with investigators to set up a global forensic server analysis network to prove with forensic computers set up all over the Earth, that Google and Gawker manipulate information in a contrived manner to attack individuals. Many other investigators have had similar results in their investigations including this study: http://www.eurekalert.org/jrnls/pnas/1419828112.full.pdf

The Google/Gawker hit job system puts attack articles and videos in front of a BILLION people within a very short amount of time using billions of dollars of resources. If you live in a small Florida town, and you have a personal fight with Nick Denton, he gets to destroy you across your entire town, the entire country you live in, and the whole planet you live on. You have no option to defend yourself. You will have to come up with at least one million dollars to try to file a lawsuit, and you will never get your hands on a million dollars to defend against his attacks. Does that seem fair? Even if you are 100% on the side of the angels, Denton still gets to destroy you just because he has Google helping him “play God” with people’s lives, as Hogan’s lawyers pointed out.

Denton uses angst-ridden bloggers like Adrian Covert, who openly advertises himself as a “character assassin” in social media, (below are his facebook and Linkedin pages),


John Hermann, and the kinds of kids-on-the-edge that Denton dredges up on his cruises through New York, as described in this article: http://nymag.com/news/features/39319/

Gawker gets hired to do hit jobs on innocent members of the public, the media or public policy staff, when the hidden handlers of Gawker get a bug up their back-sides (Ask CBS news reporter Sharyl Attkisson). Google helps Gawker do these hit jobs. Both have the same political agendas, stock interests, friends, social connections, server suppliers, IT links and beneficiary pools. Both are dedicated to manipulating election outcomes. Both have been publicly charged with illicit actions ranging from tax evasion, to campaign finance disclosure fraud, to defamation, to privacy abuse.

Denton has now started to see his karma come back around with the Hulk Hogan trial, but there are a number of other lawsuits lined up right behind Hogans, and that is only the beginning. Who hired Gawker Media and who ran the attacks at Google? The FBI, the U.S. Congress and major publications will probably be breaking those stories after the next election.
Hulk Hogan Gets $115M Verdict Against Gawker at Trial
 
Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool, File
FROM THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“The outcome comes after two weeks of testimony in a first-of-its-kind case where discussions of newsworthiness and decency dominated.
Weighing free speech against privacy, a Florida jury has decided to uphold the sanctity of the latter by turning in a $115 million verdict against Gawker…”

It Turns Out” CELL PHONES DO CAUSE CANCER – RESEARCH PROVES

“Game-Changing” Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer

It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading.

 
 

It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading. Initial findings from a massive federal study, released on Thursday, suggest that radio-frequency (RF) radiation, the type emitted by cellphones, can cause cancer.

The findings from a $25 million study, conducted over two-and-a-half years by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), showed that male rats exposed to two types of RF radiation were significantly more likely than unexposed rats to develop a type of brain cancer called a glioma, and also had a higher chance of developing the rare, malignant form of tumor known as a schwannoma of the heart.

The radiation level the rats received was “not very different” from what humans are exposed to.

The radiation level the rats received was “not very different” from what humans are exposed to when they use cell phones, said Chris Portier, former associate director of the NTP, who commissioned the study.

As the intensity of the radiation increased, so did the incidence of cancer in the rats. (The highest radiation level was five to seven times as strong as what humans typically receive while using a phone.) Although ionizing radiation, which includes gamma rays and x-rays, is a widely accepted as a carcinogen, the wireless industry has long noted that there is no known mechanism by which RF radiation causes cancer. The researchers wrote that the results “appear to support” the conclusion that RF radiation may indeed be carcinogenic.

The findings should be a wake-up call for the scientific establishment, said Portier, who is now a contributing scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. “I think this is a game changer,” he said. “We seriously have to look at this issue again in considerable detail.”

“The NTP does the best animal bioassays in the word,” Portier added. “Their reputation is stellar. So if they are telling us this was positive in this study, that’s a concern.”

Past animal studies have been inconclusive. Most of those suggesting a connection between cellphone radiation and cancer had first exposed rodents to toxic chemicals to induce tumors, which were then shown to grow in response to radiation exposure. But the new study did nothing in advance to stimulate cancer in the animals.

The NTP first decided to investigate the carcinogenicity of cellphone radiation in 2001, partly in response to epidemiological studies showing a correlation between gliomas and cellphone use. Some of the studies even showed that the cancers were ipsilateral—meaning they tended to appear on the same side of the head where users held their phones. But other epidemiological studies haven’t found links between cancer and cellphones.

The Food and Drug Administration, which is charged with regulating the health aspects of consumer products, says on its website that there is “no evidence linking cell phone use with the risk of brain tumors.” It does acknowledge some risk associated with carrying cell phones too close to the body, but only due to the phones’ heating effect.

Even “a very small increase in the incidence of disease” due to cellphone radiation “could have broad implications for public health.”

The NTP findings cast doubt on that conclusion: The study was designed to control for heating effects by ensuring that the body temperature of the exposed rats increased by less than 1 degree Celsius. “Everyone expected this study to be negative,” a senior government radiation official told Microwave News, which was shown partial results from the study earlier this week. “Assuming that the exposures were carried out in a way that heating effects can be ruled out, then those who say that such [carcinogenic] effects found are impossible are wrong.”

The study was expensive in part because it required the construction of special exposure chambers that allowed thousands of mice and rats to receive standardized dozes of radiation. For about nine hours per day, for periods ranging from two months to the lifetime of the animal, the rodents were exposed to the RF radiation frequencies used by second generation (2G) phones—the standard at the time the study was initiated.

Only the test results for rats have been released so far. Female rats didn’t experience significantly higher than normal cancer rates. However, among male rats that received the highest radiation exposures, 2 percent to 3 percent contracted gliomas and 6 percent to 7 percent percent developed schwannoma tumors in their hearts, depending on the type of radiation used. None of the male rats in the control groups developed those cancers.

In the United States, of about 25,000 malignant brain tumors diagnosed each year, 80 percent are gliomas. Malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 39. 

The authors of the NTP study did not say how their results might translate into cancer risk for humans. But “given the extremely large number of people who use wireless communication devices,” they wrote, “even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to RFR resulting from those devices could have broad implications for public health.”

The wireless industry and many media outlets—particularly tech sites, which depend on the industry for advertising—have confidently proclaimed that the science on cell phone safety is settled. You “can’t choose to ‘believe’ in facts because they are, well, facts,” Charlie Sorrell wrote in Wired in 2011, after detailing the results of a Danish epidemiological study showing no link between cellphone use and cancer. “So there you go, people. Finally you can ditch that dorky Bluetooth headset. Your brain isn’t being microwaved after all.”

But Portier says there still isn’t enough data to consider the case closed. “There are arguments in the literature now that we are at the beginning of an epidemic of cancers,” he told me. “There are arguments against that. It is not clear who is right. I have looked through it. It’s a mixed bag.”

“We spend as a nation godawful billions of dollars using our cellphones,” he adds. “We are significantly exposed on a constant basis and yet we spend almost nothing on research in this area. We need an influx of research dollars if we want to understand what may be happening, and hopefully be able to prevent it while we still have the time.”

Josh Harkinson

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Facebook and Google Called out as running Hitler-like Control Of Web

Mark Zuckerberg is ‘dictator’ of Facebook ‘nation’: The Pirate Bay founder

 

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is the “dictator” of “the biggest nation in the world”, the co-founder of file sharing site The Pirate Bay, told CNBC on Friday, as he denounced the centralization of power on the internet.

Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg

Speaking during an interview at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam, Peter Sunde said that there is “no democracy” online.

“People in the tech industry have a lot of responsibilities but they never really discuss these things … Facebook is the biggest nation in the world and we have a dictator, if you look at it from a democracy standpoint, Mark Zuckerberg is a dictator. I did not elect him. He sets the rules,” Sunde told CNBC.

“And really you can’t opt out of Facebook. I’m not on Facebook but there are a lot of drawbacks in my offline world. No party invitations, no updates from my friends, people stop talking to you, because you’re not on Facebook. So it has real life implications.”

Facebook declined to comment when contacted by CNBC. The social network has 1.6 billion users on its platform.

Sunde is a left-winger best known for co-founding The Pirate Bay, the notorious file sharing site which landed him in jail in 2014 for which he served a five month sentence. His other co-founders were all found guilty of copyright infringements.

To demonstrate his point, Sunde cited the example of when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard at a United Nations meeting confronting Zuckerberg about anti-immigration posts on Facebook.

“That’s kind of what it comes to. We send major leaders of Europe to ask him to stop interfering with our local culture. How did we end up in a situation like this?,” Sunde said.

“If politicians were a little bit more hard-core and actually believe in this they would be able to fix it. If we say Facebook doesn’t agree with our rules in our country we are going to stop Facebook in our country. We censor a lot of things, why not censor Facebook?,” he added.

Sunde also decried the technology world’s lack of perspective. He denounced Facebook’s policy requiring people to use their real name, as in some countries, this can get people persecuted and makes it hard to organize political movements.

“Mark Zuckerberg is a rich white dude from a really privileged background,” Sunde said, explaining why he thinks the Facebook boss doesn’t understand cultural differences.

“The reason for the real name policy is Mark Zuckerberg wants to make another dollar.”

Still, Facebook has been working to reassure its users about privacy. It released a new privacy policy last year that made it easier for people to decide which posts are public or private. And WhatsApp, which Facebook owns, recently introduced full encryption.

Zuckerberg has also shared his own thoughts on privacy. In Apple’s recent tussle with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, Zuckerberg said he is “sympathetic” to Apple. The iPhone maker refused to help authorities unlock the phone.

Facebook is also working on ways to let users customize what they see in the app, giving them ultimately more control.

Arjun KharpalAssistant Producer, CNBC EU News Digital Team

Google Sued For Rigging The Internet and Running Dirty Tricks Campaigns

Google Sued. Forced To Deal With Google/Alphabet/YouTube Nastiness

News 1 –

San Francisco – CA.  Google has been sued in San Francisco Superior Court on a variety of charges. The brunt of these charges can best be summarized as: “being dirty rats”.

This case is about contrasts.

Larry Page, Eric Schmidt and Google Investor John Doerr (The Defendants) are the founders of Google. In contrast; the Plaintiffs are the founders of some of the companies that Google seems to have copied, including, possibly the business model of Google itself.

The Defendants were also the biggest “campaign financiers” of the Obama campaign, having spent billions of dollars on 5 different political campaigns, much of that money “unreported”. In contrast; the Plaintiffs did not pay any bribes to any public officials.

The Defendants were also the biggest exclusive recipients of cash and contracts from the Obama White House. The Plaintiffs were the people that had the most money taken away from them, and given to the Defendants, by the Google-run agencies in Washington DC. (Google has placed over 400 of it’s staff in top positions in Washington, DC and California’s Government.)

The Defendants were also the biggest providers of revolving door staffing at the White House, FCC, Patent Office, Department of Energy and other state and federal offices from which Defendants derived massive cash, contract, stock market, tax evasion and hiring benefits. The Plaintiffs didn’t have any of their staff running any state or federal agencies, unlike the Defendants.

The Defendants wanted to keep the Plaintiffs from even having the chance to compete with them. The Plaintiffs just wanted to build some great American products.

The Defendants funded one of the largest attempts, ever staged, to shut down the U.S. Patent Office’s support of independent inventors. The Defendants senior lawyer runs the U.S. Patent Office. The Plaintiffs are independent inventors who Google had it’s VC’s harvest technology from.

‘Anti-trust, monopoly, hit-jobs, character assassination, fraud, spying, intellectual property theft’ and other dark deeds that Google may have engaged in, are detailed in a lengthy filing.

All-in-all, it is a bit spicier than your typical business dispute. Every person who reads the news will recognize all of the charges against Google from numerous previous lawsuits, by a multitude of parties. Many others have charged Google/Alphabet with the same dirty deeds and, in an increasing number of cases, have won against Google.

The Plaintiffs have very deep inside knowledge of Google’s shenanigans. They are White House and Congressionally commended, Mayoral proclamation-winning, federal award-winning insiders who have witnessed Google’s operations from every angle. They have also been privy to federal investigations, leaked documents and ex-Google employee tips.

Google’s bosses seem to have gotten a bug up their back-sides about not being able to invent their own next-generation technology faster than the Plaintiffs. Google also seems to have been butt-hurt about being stood up to when Google’s corporate bullying crossed the line.

It is the fraternity house boys of Google against the nerds of the science lab. In this lawsuit, Google’s billionaire executive hubris vs. small town inventor-ship and the American Dream.

After (as charged) “stealing things”, Google found that the Plaintiffs had cooperated with federal investigators in a criminal investigation of Google and it’s investors. Google’s hubris-factor then kicked into high gear. Google launched an extreme vendetta and retribution campaign against the Plaintiffs.

Google sent in moles and honey-traps, ran a billion dollar character assassination program, operated a Silicon Valley industry black-list, influenced elected officials to circumvent and take things from the Plaintiffs and give them to Google and attacked the Plaintiffs in every way that Google could.

Google has been in the news, in almost every nation, for it’s international manipulations of information, privacy, public opinion and tax evasion. In the U.S.A., it is an election year and Google is getting extra attention for it’s supposed “election rigging” thanks to the Season Six TV show: House of Cards, references to Google’s political tricks.

Google is not well liked in the world today. The facts presented in this case serve to underscore the reasons for that.

Google’s senior counsel, Kent Walker, refused to comment.

The Plaintiffs say that this is about justice and moral issues. A jury trial has been demanded. The Plaintiffs have asked Google to come to a mediation but they have received no word back on that offer.

For more, readers can take a peek at http://www.ourgooglelawsuit.com

Topics: Google, Google Lawsuit, Google Human Rights Abuses, ACLU, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, John Doerr, U.S. Department of Energy, The Android Administration, Google and the White House, Google revolving doors, Google investigations, EU investigation of Google, Google defamation,

– This article is public domain and may be freely reprinted.

Gawker’s Nick Denton Begins Counter-Attacks Against Peter Thiel

VICE MAGAZINE BROADCASTS VIDEO WITH EDWARD SNOWDEN ABOUT HOW TO SANITIZE YOUR PHONE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4LOyi3EMWU

 

 

Pedophiles and murderers use Facebook to find their targets

Yet another reason to never use Facebook:

Gangs use Facebook to track down victims

13 suspected members of the 18th Street Gang are presented to the media after being arrested by the police in Soyapango, El Salvador in March.

13 suspected members of the 18th Street Gang are presented to the media after being arrested by the police in Soyapango, El Salvador in March.  

Jose CabezasReuters

Teens hoping to escape the pressure of gang recruitment in El Salvador by fleeing to the US might breathe a sigh of relief when they cross the border. 

Their solace is often short-lived. If they haven’t checked their Facebook privacy settings — and even sometimes if they have — the gang extortions and threats soon pop up again.

“When [immigrant teens] come to the United States, there’s always a way to be found, unfortunately, unless someone can be in a situation that’s similar to a witness protection program,” says Salvadoran American Susan Cruz, who helps young immigrants in conflict with the law. “They start cross-referencing by cell phone numbers. You can look up someone’s Facebook profile with their cell phone number alone.”   

Social media and the prevalence of cell phones has allowed gang networks to communicate in “real time.” And immigrants often chose to stay in touch with family members back in El Salvador, making their online footprint easy to follow. 

“I had a situation with a young man who stayed in communication with his younger sister, and through her friends at school [the gangs] found him here in the United States, and they attempted to extort him again,” Cruz says. 

Immigrant advocates like Cruz instruct the newly arrived to use social media privacy settings to restrict those who can access their data. 

But Central American gangs prioritize finding victims who flee abroad. Cruz tells the story of one 12-year-old girl who lived in El Salvador with her grandmother after her family had fled to the US. She was pressured to become the girlfriend of a gang member. When she refused, she received threats on slips of paper slid under her grandmother’s door. She made her way to the US and is now fighting for asylum in court. 

“The gang members have gone to the grandmother’s house asking about the girl. They’ve also indicated [that] for the grandmother to be OK, someone is going to have to pay for her safety,” Cruz says. “Even if the kids leave [El Salvador] they have survivor’s guilt when other relatives are left behind and are still facing threats of violence.” 

The recent unraveling of a truce between El Salvador’s two main gangs has led to a new spike in the country’s murder rate. That’s likely to send even more youth across the border seeking safety. 

 

This month, the country was further destablized when El Salvador’s attorney general began arresting 21 individuals who helped broker the truce in 2012. The decision was “political,” says Adam Blackwell, a former official with the Organization of American States who worked with the committee that tried to guarantee the truce.

“These folks working with me, most of them fairly low- to mid-level bureaucrats, I can assure you [they] didn’t break any laws in front of me or with me,” Blackwell says. “We were just trying, in a situation with high moral hazard, to bring peace.”

Cruz says given the dismantling of the truce, the violence will likely continue. She was once a member of a gang, and explains how the groups offer members a sense of belonging. 

“Gangs take the place of family, and gangs fill society’s voids,” Cruz laments. “Until [governments] provide those opportunities to those kids who need them, and they treat them like family, and they give them the hope and sense of safety and belonging those kids need, the gangs are going to continue filling those voids.”

This story was first published on PRI.org

The Plan to Put Elon Musk Out Of Business As Punishment For His Capitol Crimes

The Plan to Put Elon Musk Out Of Business As Punishment For His Capitol Crimes

By Sanders Oakman- Submission To TechCrunch

Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel was recently revealed to have had a decade-long plan under-way to wipe out the evil Gawker Media, an entity which only serves to harm others and engage in illicit deeds. Thiel’s take-down seems to involve an elaborate series of tactics-over-time.

A tiny company called In-Q-Tel sells tactical services to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Google and others to take out competing interests.

A legal group called Energy & Environment Legal Institute in Washington, DC has an ongoing series of operations designed, over time, to break an insider lobbying effort via a carefully implemented series of disclosures and legal actions.

There are thousands of such covert take-down programs under way. They all involve doing things that the law enforcement agencies are stone-walling, or refusing to do. In some cases, state and federal law enforcement is taking no action in order to protect corrupt campaign financiers.

Such take-down programs only work if the other side is actually doing crimes or engaging in unethical behavior.

One of the largest take-down programs is aimed at campaign financier and, so-called, “technology mobster” Elon Musk.

Musk has engaged in rather large crimes and ethical breaches in order to operate his Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City based around bribes and political kickbacks. Because the payola deals he made were with Senators Reid and Feinstein, the heads of the U.S. Department of Energy and The White House, Musk gets protection racket perks from those political offices.

The Fed, The FBI, The DOJ, The SEC, The IRS, The FTC, The NHTSA and other agencies have been ordered to “NOT TAKE ANY ACTION” against Musk because even the most rudimentary investigation leads straight back to famous Senators, Senior White House staff and The President himself. Musk is currently breaching the laws that each of the aforementioned agencies is supposed to uphold.

Musk bribed his way into his current existence. Musk ordered the assassinations of companies, people, government bills, federal funds, competitors and federal ethics. Musk has lied, cheated, obfuscated and manipulated his way to the top. He has broken laws. He has evaded taxes. He has created a toxic, dangerous product that threatens domestic security by digging up Afghanistan and Bolivia in order to war-profiteer his exploding lithium batteries. He runs his entire media presence and narcissistic hubris off a fake army of internet self-promotion trolls that he spends tens of millions of dollars on. Musk has his staff, which include the aforementioned IN-Q-TEL, lie and cook the books on all of his financial filings. Musk’s pump-and-dump, skims and Flash-boy scams with Goldman Sachs are notorious. In fact, a large part of Musk’s profits come from stock market manipulation, a fact that the SEC has been told to “over-look” in the current administration.

No wonder Musk believes he can get away with anything. He can. With White House staff ordering  The Fed, The FBI, The DOJ, The SEC, The IRS, The FTC, The NHTSA to “look the other way”, he is truly the untouchable Al Capone of the decade.

While that is all well-and-good for Musk, it is very, very bad for: America, The World, morality, ethics, the law, justice, human rights, taxpayers, national security, equitable commerce, fairness, anti-corruption, the U.S. Constitution, keeping the public from hating Wall Street, pitchforks at the gates, The impression that America gives the World, Obama’s legacy, and a few hundred other things.

So, you have an insane criminal billionaire who is ruining everything for everybody. What to do?

Take him down using the “Peter Thiel School Of Payback”.

You, for example, do these things:

– Buy or search out every hacked document you can find on the web that references Musk, his offshore tax havens, any of his staff or investors names, any of his suppliers and any of his “girls.”
– Run shadow financial reports on all of his companies to demonstrate where his CFO’s are “cooking the books”.
– Create your own FBI-like files on every employee, investor, supplier, contractor and related party, that Musk has anything to do with, and cross matrix that in an Edward Snowden-like XKEYSCORE search engine such as the Planatir version of XKEYSCORE that Thiel has.
– Track all of Musk’s government kick-back programs and kill their contracts or kill the CORRUPT programs that those contracts come from.
– Buy up Musk’s suppliers and mining companies and double the cost of his lithium.
– Track ten years of Musk’s internet search engine manipulations that his friends at Facebook, Twitter and Google implemented and report it, document it and DNS flip him into oblivion.
– Contact all of the wives, lovers, partners, co-founders, suppliers, staff, employees, competitors, investors and customers that have sued Musk for fraud (There are many of them) and organize them into a support team to help deliver the final blows.
– Make sure that all of Musk’s investors, or potential investors are fully aware that Musk is a criminal targeted for termination and eventual arrest. Make certain that every investor knows that investing in a Musk asset is investing in a dead-end. Billions of dollars are being invested to end Musk’s corruption. Millions of people know the true facts about Musk’s crimes and they will never forget. Huge numbers of additional people learn about Musk’ crimes every week. The Streisand-Effect guarantees that those numbers will always increase. Eventually, the whole world will know that Musk is a criminal. Investing in that future is a clear no-win scenario.
– Prepare all of the arrest records and documents, for later law enforcement actions, when real cops finally go after Musk.
– Because Musk traded election cash and search engine rigging from his friends in the 2007-09 election period, wait for the 2016 election cycle to make all of your points about election finance corruption and Elon Musk.
– Never, ever give up. The big fall hardest. You plan must be designed to last the rest of Elon Musk’s life. Go big or go home. Go billionaire big! Go Peter Big!
– Hire ex-FBI and Ex-CIA agents to create the case files on Musk. Have some of them go undercover inside of his operations.
– At least 20 of Musk’s insiders have published leaks and may act as expert witnesses. Solicit them.
– The White House is protecting Musk but the current White House has the lowest voter approval rating in history, so, they no longer have the power to keep the protection running.
– Find everything and expose everything.
– Search every word of the Guccifer, Panama Papers, HSBC, Sony and other leaks for incriminating leads.
– Prepare documents so that any member of the public can perform a citizen’s arrest of Musk.

There are many thousands of other things you can do to take Musk and his dirty little Silicon Valley mobster Cartel down. They will all, eventually work, you just need to be patient.

Deeds done in the dark always, eventually, come to light.

TOPICS: Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Solar City,The Fed, The FBI, The DOJ, The SEC, The FTC, The NHTSA, White House corruption, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Gawker, Gawker Media, In-Q-Tel, Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid, Washington Corruption,  Guccifer, Panama Papers, HSBC, Sony Leaks

BBC SHAMES MICROSOFT GLOBALLY AND MICROSOFT BUCKLES!

Microsoft U-turn on ‘nasty trick’ pop-up

 

Microsoft has u-turned over changes it made to a pop-up encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Users were angry that clicking the cross to dismiss the box meant that they had agreed to the upgrade.

Based on “customer feedback”, Microsoft said it would add another notification that provided customers with “an additional opportunity for cancelling the upgrade”.

The pop-up design had been described as a “nasty trick”.

Microsoft told the BBC it had modified the pop-up as a result of criticism: “We’ve added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade.

“If the customer wishes to continue with their upgrade at the designated time, they can click ‘OK’ or close the notifications with no further action needed.”

Senior editor at PC World magazine Brad Chacos, who describes himself as a fan of the Windows 10 operating system, had previously described the use of the cross to mean people had agreed to the upgrade as “a nasty trick”.

In response to the change, he said: “I don’t think that adding more pestering pop-ups improves the situation. At the very least they should add a large, obvious ‘No, I don’t want this’ button.”

Mr Chacos has been a vocal critic of what he described as the “heavy-handed tactics that Microsoft’s been using to force people into the upgrade”.

Previously, users had to press the cross to cancel the suggested upgrade, he pointed out, so the latest move is counter-intuitive – “akin to swapping out the brake and the accelerator in your car”.

Users have been sharing with the BBC their own experience of unwanted upgrades, suggesting that the process is difficult to cancel once it has begun.

Havard Hughes’ experience was typical of many.

“Windows 10 update ran on my PC despite all my efforts to stop it, including dismissing the update several times and frantically trying to abort the installation as it started when I was halfway through writing an important e-mail.

“My attempt to roll it back to Windows 7 resulted in the blue screen of death and a dead PC. I now have to reinstall my home computer from scratch because of this so-called ‘free’ upgrade.

“As someone who paid for my software and was perfectly happy with my fully functional Windows 7 machine, this has been an absolute disaster.”

Judge Upholds Hulk Hogan’s $140 Million Trial Victory Against Gawker

 

Judge Upholds Hulk Hogan’s $140 Million Trial Victory Against Gawker

The judge hears from the wrestler's attorney, who emphasized the importance of privacy.
 Photographed by Andrew Hetherington

After a review of the stunning verdict in March in Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker over the publishing of an excerpt of a sex tape, Florida Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell on Wednesday decided not to order a new trial nor touch the $140 million verdict.

The judgment comes as the case has gained renewed attention thanks to a report that PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel provided financial backing to Hogan as the former professional wrestler pursued claims of having his privacy violated and his publicity rights infringed through an October 2012 post viewed by an estimated 7 million people. Campbell’s decision will now allow this dispute to proceed to a Florida appeals court.

Hogan — whose real name is Terry Bollea — pursued Gawker for showing him in sexual intercourse with Heather Cole, the then-wife of his best friend, Tampa-area radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. The existence of the sex tape was reported by TMZ and The Dirty by the time that Gawker had published it alongside an A.J. Daulerio essay about celebrity sex tapes. Gawker attempted to argue that it was within its First Amendment right to decide what was newsworthy, but after a two-week trial that ended in May, a jury decided that Hogan’s privacy outweighed this. The jury handed down $115 million in compensatory damages and $25 million more in punitive damages.

At the hearing Wednesday, Gawker’s attorney Seth Berlin urged a remittitur (a reducing or throwing out a jury verdict) and compared the jury’s damages determination to awards against tobacco companies in trials over smoking deaths. He commented that it would be “one of the largest in Florida’s history and grossly excessive compared to the conduct at issue.”

In response, Hogan’s attorney Shane Vogt argued that Gawker was stopped from making these arguments and said there’s no evidence that the jury acted with passion or prejudice. He said the $25 million punitive damages verdict was “low,” but also “proof” that the jury followed the judge’s instruction not to bankrupt Gawker. He also said this “is a first-impression case. You can throw all those other cases out the window.”

Explaining further, Vogt said, “For the first time, the jury has put a value on privacy. This is not like the tobacco cases. We live in a world where privacy is much more important. Everyone has a cellphone camera. There are drones out there.”

Now that the judge has determined what Gawker must pay, the case moves to the appellate stage where the Nick Denton-owned company is set to rally behind free speech and free press under the First Amendment plus further argue that it didn’t get a fair trial thanks to Campbell’s jury instructions and evidence that the judge precluded from being heard. Hogan’s battle with Gawker has certainly sent a loud message, but the lessons being drawn from this case are still being shaped.

Uber Drivers Urged To Push Democrat Agenda To Passengers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of Uber drivers: Hitting on hot women, driving while high… and using the job to cheat on oblivious wives

  • Uber drivers have revealed some ‘truths’ of their job on the Whisper app
  • Many have slept with customers they have picked up while doing a shift
  • One would tell customers about their Autistic son in the hopes of a big tip 

 

Most Uber drivers are there to take you from A to B, but for some the job is a chance to get up to mischief, it seems. 

Drivers at the transport company have been sharing revelations about their jobs on the anonymous confessions app Whisper – and the stories range from the comical to the sordid. 

The workers reveal they’ve apparently driven while high, cheated on their wives with customers and told sneaky tales to get tips.

Uber employees have been sharing things they think on the job, on anonymous confessions app Whisper

Uber employees have been sharing things they think on the job, on anonymous confessions app Whisper

One said that they drive Uber to cheat on their wife with no questions asked about their whereabouts

One said that they drive Uber to cheat on their wife with no questions asked about their whereabouts

Elicit liaisons with customers is one of the common themes.

One contributor confessed: ‘My friends make fun of me for taking a condom as a “just in case”. I’ve actually used them three times now.’ 

Another added: ‘I drive Uber to cheat on my wife with no questions asked about my whereabouts.’ 

Similarly one user admitted: ‘As an Uber driver I’m just waiting for those hot drunk women to come onto me.’ 

One revealed in graphic detail the things that go through his mind when attractive customers step inside the car. 

And an additional user said: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I value conversations I have with my guests. But I can’t stop thinking about turning off the meter and taking one of these ladies for the ride of her life.’

Furthermore one more confessed: ‘I drive for Uber on the weekends. I hate the drunks but I love all the hot women dressed to the nines.’ 

Meanwhile, another driver spilled the beans about a sneaky technique used to get tips.

He said: ‘When riders ask about me I always tell them about my son with Autism in hopes they will tip. I feel guilty but therapy costs a lot.’ 

Some said they were picky about the clientèle they picked up, with one confessing that they don't accept requests from anyone at a strip club

Some said they were picky about the clientèle they picked up, with one confessing that they don’t accept requests from anyone at a strip club

More shockingly, one even confessed to driving passengers while allegedly under the influence of drugs. 

They said: ‘I was always high while driving for Uber. I was the best.’  

Some said they were picky about the clientèle they picked up, with one confessing: ‘I don’t accept requests from anyone at a strip club, they are the worst passengers.’

And another said: ‘I hate driving rich snobs. You are NOT better than me just because I’m driving you around.’ 

Some confessed to eavesdropping and said they found it hard not to laugh at back-seat chatter. 

One wrote: ‘The hardest part is overhearing people’s conversations and trying to keep a straight face like you heard nothing at all.’

One driver said they tell customers about their son with Autism in hopes they will leave a tip when they leave

One driver said they tell customers about their son with Autism in hopes they will leave a tip when they leave

Another prefers to have some fun with the customers, saying: ‘When riders ask me questions I always make up a different story. I reinvent myself to every single person because it is fun.’ 

One driver said he wishes he didn’t have to hear his clients, thanks to their awful taste in music. 

He said: ‘When my passengers take the aux cord I get really annoyed. I know I shouldn’t care but I get distracted by s***** music.’

MailOnline Travel has not been able to confirm if the confessions on Whisper are genuine and has asked Uber for a response to them but has yet to receive a reply.

 

 

 

Microsoft criticised over ‘deceitful’ and ‘nasty’ Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft criticised over ‘deceitful’ and ‘nasty’ Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft have now labelled the update as ‘recommended’ but the public now considers Microsoft to be “Liars”.

An alteration to Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade pop-up box has been heavily criticised by customers as “deceitful” and “nasty”.

For the last six months, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have been presented with an upgrade pop-up box asking users to either “Upgrade Now” or “Upgrade Later”.

The only way to skip the upgrade was to click the red “X” icon in the top right hand corner, typically used to close windows.

However, an alteration to the Windows 10 upgrade alert now means if a user dismisses the box with the “x” icon, rather than closing the window, it now activates the upgrade, the BBC reports.

The change occurred as Microsoft have now labelled the update as “recommended” and most users PCs are programmed to accept this type of update for security purposes.

Microsoft has said the upgrade can still be halted when the programmed time for it to begin appears.

The modification has been dubbed a “nasty” and “deceitful new update” by Brad Chacos, PC World website senior editor.

 
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Mr Chacos wrote: “I’ve long been a vocal critic of the heavy-handed tactics that Microsoft’s been using to force people into the upgrade.

“Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love.”

A number of social media users have also vocalised their frustration with the change.

Trevor Darby said: “Work at a repair shop. So many customers called complaining about how they hit the “X” as usual and got upgraded to Windows 10.”

Another user said: “Very disappointed with Microsoft the way they’re tricking people into Windows 10 upgrades. Sorry, it’s not right.”

Microsoft said in a statement: “With the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ending on 29 July, we want to help people upgrade to the best version of Windows.

“As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a ‘recommended’ update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept ‘recommended’ updates.

“Customers can choose to accept or decline the Windows 10 upgrade.”

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who was outed as gay by Gawker in 2007, has been funding Hulk Hogans lawsuit against Gawker

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who was outed as gay by Gawker in 2007, has been funding Hulk Hogans lawsuit against Gawker (mobile.nytimes.com)

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[–] fr0stbit3 42 points (+42|-0) 3 hours ago  (edited 3 hours ago)

Peter supports Trump and he is from Sillicon Valley, so, anyone that has the balls to support Trump in a liberal hell-hole like Sillicon Valley is OK in my book.

Plus, Hulk Holgan is a good guy.

 

 

 

[–] Synisterintent 20 points (+20|-0) 3 hours ago 

LOL, lesson in watching who you piss off. You never know when they will get revenge.

 

 

[–] WD-40__ 13 points (+13|-0) 1.2 hours ago 

Thiel is a fucking behemoth. His company, Palantir provides the most sophisticated data analysis software in the world and has access to the worlds most secretive data. It’s widely believed his tech is responsible for finding Bin Laden.

Gawker can be considered lucky he’s only using his vast sums of money economic power to crush them.

 

 

[–] senpaithatignoresyou 0 points (+0|-0) 5 minutes ago 

He owns palantir? Damn, that was the company that made most of the prism stuff.

 

 

[–] Trans_goat 16 points (+16|-0) 2.9 hours ago 

I hope he sinks gawker permanently

 

 

[–] WD-40__ 27 points (+27|-0) 2.4 hours ago 

his lawyer removed a claim from his complaint that had the effect of eliminating Gawker’s insurance company from the case. That struck many legal observers as odd, given that most lawyers seeking large payouts want to include claims that are insured against because doing so increases the chances of a settlement.

They’re out for blood, no two ways about it.

 

 

[–] derpyderpyderp 2 points (+2|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

I even tend to agree with Gawker’s political slant on things, but they are so fucking scummy. i hope they crumble.

 

 

[–] J_Darnley 9 points (+9|-0) 2.7 hours ago 

Is there any actual proof there is third-party backing and is there any proof it is this guy? Last I saw it was all a conspiracy theory put forward by Nick Denton.

 

 

[–] Northvvait 26 points (+26|-0) 2.6 hours ago 

Yes there is! New York Times sources Forbes which sources Gawker. The compounding self-aggrandizing cycle is complete and now you can get it injected into Wikipedia as verified and, boom, truth has materialized right in front of us. Disgusting, isn’t it?

Today’s “journalists” just don’t get it. They don’t want to get it, they just want your clicks.

 

 

[–] infosecguy 3 points (+3|-0) 1.8 hours ago 

I wish I could vote this up 1000 more times

 

 

[–] kjell 0 points (+0|-0) 9 minutes ago 

It’s ike how Cheney would leak a story to the press then go on the sunday show and use the leak as evidence for whatever the hell he wanted to do the next week.

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[–] vivianjames 8 points (+8|-0) 3 hours ago 

He wants revenge and it’s going to be a sweet one.

 

 

[–] Womb_Raider 2 points (+2|-0) 1.9 hours ago 

Good for him. Gawker has no ethics.

 

 

[–] Zaqwert 2 points (+2|-0) 1.8 hours ago 

Who would have ever guessed fucking over people right and left would one day come back to haunt you??

 

 

[–] Skyrock 1 points (+1|-0) 1.3 hours ago 

Gawker’s learning the Rule of Three the hard way? I am delighted.

They should have thought of it before they ruined other people’s lifes with their muckraking.

 

 

[–] shuggermyshingle 0 points (+0|-0) 56 minutes ago 

There is nothing about this story I don’t love, and it just keeps getting better.

 

 

[–] Drenki 0 points (+0|-0) 28 minutes ago 

t he homosexual agenda strikes again

or, in this case, it strikes itself

 

 

[–] JackMcBastard 0 points (+0|-0) 3 minutes ago 

So Peter Thiel is butthurt for some reason?

Pedophile Charges as Two Gay Billionaires Go For Blood In High Stakes High-Tech Legal Battle

They both are gay. They both want each other destroyed. They both are dedicated to the complete and total destruction of the business empires of each other. The battle for digital media has just gone into over-drive as the British elite society connections of one and the sex life of the other come out in piles of dirty laundry:

This Silicon Valley Billionaire Has Been Secretly Funding Hulk

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Fuel Cell Electric Power is the Next-stage Solution For The Modern World; and the world desperately needs it!

Fuel Cell Electric Power is the Next-stage Solution For The Modern World; and the world desperately needs it!

 

 

New York – – Survey’s reveal the height of consumer frustration caused by inadequate power of mobile devices. Nearly half of those surveyed (44%) admitted they run out of battery at least once a day and over 10% confessed to plugging in more than once a day. With smartphone and device usage on the rise, the survey showed that consumers are willing to pay more for devices that offered extended power.

 

The world has become an increasingly connected society according to another piece of research by Deloitte. 76% of adults now own a smartphone and it’s estimated that, collectively, consumers look at their smartphones 400 billion times a year, with 35% of smartphone users checking their phones within five minutes of waking. One in five of us carry some kind of charger around with us most of the time and more than 7% of us are plugging our phones in every few hours.

 

The Fuel Cell Electric technology from More Power (http://www.morepower.biz) is the #1 solution to this global problem!

 

With all signs pointing to increased smartphone and device usage, consumers are feeling the pain of limited battery power. When looking at the biggest annoyance of mobile devices, two fifths (39.2%) of consumers find battery life the most frustrating aspect of their smartphone. In fact it is one of top 10 frustrations of daily life, alongside cold calls and slow internet connections. Of the respondent’s findings, four times as many people said this was more frustrating than the second-place phone-related problem – lack of space (9.5%).

 

Battery life is now so important to consumers that over 10% of respondents confessed to borrowing a colleague or relative’s charger without asking, whilst another 13% have plugged into a train station or airport plug socket out of sheer desperation. This has led to 70% of respondents confirming they would be willing to pay for better battery life, with almost two fifths willing to stretch up to £20 extra.[1] However it’s clear there’s still a need to educate consumers on alternatives to battery power as almost 35% of respondents believe that adding a fuel cell to a mobile device would have no impact.

 

About a fifth didn’t think that any efforts were being made to improve battery life and a quarter thought they would be powered by movement.

 

Proven fuel cell electric technology solves the problem for this trillion dollar market opportunity. The technology is safe, clean, sustainable, efficient, supplied from within domestic borders, job-creating, additive to national security and can power devices for weeks.

 

Fuel cell electric technology for manufacturer’s devices is now a proven reality. A fuel cell has the potential to keep a smartphone powered for more than a week without plugging into the wall socket.

 

The survey, conducted by OnePoll polled 1000 consumers across the United Kingdom between the ages of 18 – 55+.

 

 

 

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Do YOU have ‘low battery anxiety’? 90% of us panic about losing power on our phones

  • 32 per cent of us will ‘drop everything’ to head home and charge phones

  • 17 per cent of males missed match on a dating app because phone died

  • 60 per cent have blamed a dead phone for not speaking to a loved one

By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com

It’s midday, and your phone’s battery is dangerously close to the 20 per cent mark.

If you’re like the majority of people, that red icon will leave you feeling panicked, annoyed and hunting for a spare charger.

LG has dubbed this condition ‘Low Battery Anxiety’ and says that nearly 9 out of 10 people suffer from the fear of losing power on their phone.

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The survey found 41 per cent of people fear missed calles the most when faced with a dead battery. And 17 per cent of males missed a match on a datting app because their phone died before they could swipe

LOW BATTERY ANXIETY: SYMPTOMS

– Asking a total stranger to charge their smartphone

– Arguing with a significant other or romantic interest because of unanswered calls or texts

– Ordering something at a bar or restaurant just to use their power outlet

– Secretly ‘borrowing’ someone else’s charger

– Owning three or more smartphone charging cables

The company polled a random sample of more than 2,000 adult smartphone users in the US earlier this year. 

When it comes to choosing between hitting the gym or charging their smartphone, it found one in three people are likely to skip the gym.

But millennials tend to have it worse – with 42 per cent likely to skip the gym when choosing between working out or charging their phone.

Smartphone users will even ‘drop everything’ (32 percent) and make a U-turn to head back home to charge their phone.

‘Chances are Low Battery Anxiety is ruining relationships; a loved one you believed was ‘ghosting’ you could simply be exhibiting classic symptoms,’ the company wrote in a statement.

Around 17 per cent of males missed a match on a dating app because their phone died, the survey found

When faced with only a few minutes of power, half of smartphone users will use the remaining time to text, while 35 per cent will use their last moments to make a phone call

 

 

 

 

The survey found 60 percent of people blamed a dead phone for not speaking to a family member, friend, co-worker or significant other if their battery was low.

 

And what’s more, one in three people have gotten into an argument with a significant other or romantic interest as a result of unanswered calls or texts because their smartphone was dead.

 

The research also found 41 per cent of people fear missed calls the most when faced with a dead battery.

 

And 17 per cent of males missed a match on a dating app because their phone died before they could swipe.

 

When faced with only a few minutes of power, half of smartphone users will use the remaining time to text, while 35 per cent will use their last moments to make a phone call.

 

Around 46 per cent of people say they feel embarrassed to ask a total stranger to use their charger, but would anyway because the anxiety of a dead smartphone is too great.

 

More than 60 per cent of millennials will turn off their smartphone, and half will refrain from taking photos in hopes of prolonging their battery life.

 

If you do find that your phone is constantly flashing ‘battery low’, an Engineer has four simple tricks to extend its life.

 

‘If you’ve ever traveled out of the country, you’ve probably had to turn every feature off your phone except for calling and texting,’ Paul Shearing, a chemical engineer at the University College London told DailyMail.com

 

‘Turning off the extra features ensures your battery will last longer, because there are a lot of hungry apps that are draining your battery without your realizing it.’

 

Shearing explained that a smartphone uses a lot of power just to keep apps up-to-date.

 

Turning off the ‘background refresh’ setting on these apps can save that power for keeping your phone alive, and the same goes for notifications.

 

Another trick to improving your battery life is to make sure your phone never gets too hot.

 

A smartphone is a mini-computer and has the same parts except for a cooling fan. When your phone is overheating the CPU chip is also operating full force, which uses a lot of your battery life.

 

 

Around 46 per cent of people say they feel embarrassed to ask a total stranger to use their charger, but would anyway because the anxiety of a dead smartphone is too great

 

 

The survey found 60 percent of people blamed a dead phone for not speaking to a family member, friend, co-worker or significant other if their battery was low

 

 

Bankers Attempt to infiltrate Anti-Wall-Street Offices Nationwide

 

http://takeonwallstreet.org is targeted for moles and spies to keep Wall Street informed of potential actions against “Banksters”.

 

Lawsuit accusing 16 big banks of Libor manipulation reinstated by US court

 

Judge warns case could ‘bankrupt 16 of the world’s most important financial institutions’ including Barclays, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and UBS

 

Barclays’ headquarters in the Manhattan. In 2013 a Manhattan judge dismissed claims of conspiring to manipulate the Libor, a ruling which has now been overturned.
Barclays’ headquarters in the Manhattan. In 2013 a Manhattan judge dismissed claims of conspiring to manipulate the Libor, a ruling which has now been overturned. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

 

 

A US appeals court on Monday reinstated a civil lawsuit accusing 16 major banks of conspiring to manipulate the Libor benchmark interest rate. The ruling, which overturns a 2013 decision, could bankrupt the institutions, the judges warned.

 

A lower court judge erred in dismissing the antitrust portion of private litigation against Barclays, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, UBS and others on the ground that the investors failed to allege harm to competition, according to the US circuit court of appeals in Manhattan.

 

Libor, or the London interbank offered rate, underpins hundreds of trillions of dollars of transactions and is used to set rates on credit cards, student loans and mortgages. It is calculated based on submissions by banks that sit on panels.

 

 

In litigation that began in 2011, investors accused big banks of suppressing Libor during the financial crisis in order to boost earnings or make their finances appear healthier.

 

Back in early 2013, Manhattan federal district court judge Naomi Reice Buchwald dismissed the claims filed by private plaintiffs. According to her 161-page decision, the banks did not violate antitrust laws when they colluded to manipulate the Libor benchmark interest rate and that the plaintiffs failed to prove harm from such collusion.

 

Buchwald’s 2013 decision surprised some, as at the time Barclays, UBS and Royal Bank of Scotland had already settled cases with more than $2.5bn in penalties. Since then penalties in Libor-rigging probes have climbed to roughly $9bn, including a penalty of $2.5bn against Deutsche Bank.

 

The three-judge appellate court panel disagreed with her decision.

 

“Appellants sustained their burden of showing injury by alleging that they paid artificially fixed higher prices,” Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote on behalf of the panel.

 

After determining that the plaintiffs had sufficiently shown they had been harmed by the alleged rate manipulations, the panel sent the case back to the lower court. Two of the judges asked that when revisiting the case, Buchwald consider if the plaintiffs are the appropriate parties to bring such charges. Among the plaintiffs bringing charges against the 16 banks are cities including Baltimore, San Diego and Houston.

 

They also warned of dire consequences should the case be proven against the banks. If the court were to rule in favor of the plaintiffs, they would be eligible to receive triple damages and attorneys’ fees for any violations.

 

“Requiring the banks to pay treble damages to every plaintiff who ended up on the wrong side of an independent Libor‐denominated derivative swap would, if appellants’ allegations were proved at trial, not only bankrupt 16 of the world’s most important financial institutions, but also vastly extend the potential scope of antitrust liability in myriad markets where derivative instruments have proliferated,” the US court of appeals in New York said in the ruling issued on Monday.

 

The decision could help investors in several other lawsuits in Manhattan seeking to hold banks liable for alleged price fixing in bond, commodity, currency, derivatives, interest rate and other financial markets.

 

“It strengthens the hand of investors in other price-fixing cases based on benchmarks that were reached in collaborative, or outright collusive, arrangements,” said Lawrence White, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

 

Thomas Goldstein, a lawyer who argued the investors’ appeal, was not immediately available for comment. Robert Wise, a lawyer who argued on the banks’ behalf, declined to comment.

TESLA DRUGGED OUT DOUCHEBAG DRIVERS CAUGHT PASSED OUT AT WHEEL OF TESLA AUTOPILOT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXls4cdEv7c

 

Google charged with global Swaffelen against public

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax probe

 
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French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation.

Reports say about 100 tax officials entered Google’s offices in central Paris early in the morning.

Police sources confirmed the raid. Google said: “We comply with French law and are co-operating fully with the authorities to answer their questions.”

Google is accused of owing €1.6bn ($1.8bn; £1.3bn) in unpaid taxes.

UK deal struck

The tax arrangements of international companies have come under close scrutiny recently.

Several have been accused of using legal methods to minimise their tax bills.

In Google’s case, its tax structure allows it to pay tax in the Republic of Ireland, even when sales appear to relate to the UK.

In January, it struck a deal with UK tax authorities to pay an extra £130m in tax for the period from 2005, but that deal was heavily criticised.

The UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the £130m settlement “seems disproportionately small“, compared with the size of its UK business.

‘Country-by-country’

Europe’s competition authorities have been examining whether some deals struck by big companies with national tax authorities amount to illegal state aid.

In April, the EU unveiled plans to force large companies to disclose more about their tax affairs.

They will have to declare publicly how much tax they pay in each EU country as well as any activities carried out in specific tax havens.

The rules on “country-by-country reporting” would affect multinational firms with more than €750m in sales.

Hollywood’s Pedophile Cult Exposed

 

Hollywood's Pedophile Cult Exposed

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The New Sony Ghostbusters Movie Has Totally Failed

The New Sony Ghostbusters Movie Has Totally Failed

 

 

By Audrey Emory

 

 

Los Angeles- Sony’s failed and fired Amy Pascal has delivered a racist, patriarchal driven shade of the original Bill Murray Ghostbusters. Relying on marketing that focuses on images of Kate McKinnon pretending to give oral sexual pleasure to her penis-like gun clearly demonstrates why Amy Pascal’s dirty leaked emails show her to be trying, desperately, to tell her Sony frat boy executives: “look I can be rude a nasty and act like a guy, too”. Her attempt at trying to show that “women can act just like men”, utterly fails.

 

 

Sony’s new Ghostbusters wants you to know that black women can only be fat, loud, pushy and obnoxious. Sony’s Ghostbusters wants you to know that Sony has to use all of the old highlight monsters because it isn’t creative enough to come up with any new ones. Even the special effects are all just the same exact particle effects edge glow with the luminance setting turned up 20% higher. There is nothing new here.

 

 

Many are calling for a global boycott of Sony’s movie but I say GO SEE IT AND TALK AND HISS all the way through it! Let everybody in the audience know that you think it sucks. MAKE SOME NOISE IN THE MOVIE so that Amy Pascal hears it all the way back to one of her Malibu McMansion’s. Don’t boycott it, Drown it out in the theater!

 

 

In the Sony leaked emails, the world got a taste of the misogynistic, racist world of Sony Pictures. Amy Pascal was the leader of the social injustices, it seems. While she wasn’t bribing the White House to get them to order the CIA to give her national secrets for Zero Dark Thirty, she was talking shit behind almost everybody’s back in Hollywood. You can read, the Wikileaks Sony Leaks about how Pascal self-promotes her delight in hanging out with Obama and (illegally?) getting CIA Director Leon Panetta to disclose tactical secrets in exchange for Sony’s campaign financing of Obama’s election and marketing costs.

 

 

Just for fun, Sony says that they will get all Social Justice Warrior by making a MAN be the Ghostbusters secretary: A MAN! Ohhhhhhh…So brave. Except there is one problem. The guy that plays the secretary is always known for playing hunks. By making a classic male hunk become a secretary, Ghostbusters is simply using the 1940’s reverse type-casting platitude that is as out-dated as the banana pratfall.

 

 

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Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman Blast New Ghostbusters Trailer

 

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Kevin Smith Ripped Apart The Ghostbusters Trailer – CINEMABLEND

 

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5 Reasons The Ghostbusters Trailer SUCKS – YouTube

 

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Why the remake of Ghostbusters will suck. : ghostbusters – Reddit

 

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The female Ghostbusters Reboot director, Paul Feig, talks about the negative backlash about … While promoting his new comedy Spy at SXSW, he’s what he said about reaction … Do you think it sucks like it seems or do you think it has a shot?

 

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The New Ghostbusters Movie Will Be Ruined By The Feminist Agenda

 

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The New Ghostbusters Movie Will Be Ruined By The Feminist Agenda … Surely a new Ghostbusters featuring the sons (and daughters) of the core list of characters would have appealed just as much, if not ….. Elvis sucks.

 

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‘Ghostbusters’ 2016 Movie Trailer: Why 9,000 YouTube Dislikes In 4 …

 

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Ghostbusters Trailer” appeared on YouTube, did the massive amount … A Brand New Finding Dory Trailer” published to the same YouTube … It sucks.” Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are fan favorites, hailing from SNL.

 

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Ghostbusters (2016) is going to fail, but not for that reason

 

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Largest Organized TAKE DOWN WALL STREET Program In The World Launches

Largest Organized TAKE DOWN WALL STREET Program In The World Launches

The Occupy movement has grown up — and looks to inflict real pain on big banks

By Renae Merle FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

People gather in Washington Square Park in New York in 2012 during a Occupy Wall Street anniversary. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/GettyImages)
Capitalizing on populist anger toward Wall Street, a coalition of more than 20 labor unions and activist groups plan to announce on Tuesday the launch of a new campaign to reform the financial industry.

The group, Take On Wall Street, plan to combine the efforts of some of the Democratic Party’s biggest traditional backers, from the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO to the Communications Workers of America. The group says it will aim to turn the public’s lingering anger at the financial sector into policy initiatives that could change the way that Wall Street works.Among its biggest targets will doing away with a law that allows private equity managers to pay lower taxes through something known as the “carried interest loophole.” These managers receive a share of profits for any gains they create for their clients, and this income is treated as long-term capital gains and taxed at a lower rate.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a vocal critic of Wall Street, is to be the headline speaker at an event to launch the formation of the group Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol.

The group is pouncing during a period in which Wall Street has found itself the target of both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has called for breaking up the big banks and criticized rival Hillary Clinton for accepting money from Goldman Sachs to deliver speeches, while Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump has been critical of carried interest.
“I think the tone of the election has reminded many people just how deeply felt the frustration and anger is about the way that Wall Street has shaped the economy in its own interest,” said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 civil rights, consumer, labor, business, investor, faith-based, and civic and community groups.Unlike previous anti-Wall Street campaigns such as Occupy Wall Street this group hopes to organize a campaign that will span state houses and as well as the halls of Congress, potentially forecasting a big fight on financial reform in 2017. “We are going to make this an issue in congressional races. No one will be able to run from this,” said Richard L. Trumka, president of the labor union AFL-CIO. People are saying “that they are fed up with Wall Street writing the rules.”
In addition to the issue of carried interest, the group expects to galvanize support for breaking up the big banks and reviving a version of the Glass Steagall Act, which prevented the combination of commercial and investment banks. It is also expected to push for a transaction tax, which would force some Wall Street traders, particularly high-frequency traders, to pay a fee every time they buy or sell a stock or bond.

LEARN MORE AT: http://takeonwallstreet.org/

CONGRESS URGED TO INVESTIGATE FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND GOOGLE PROPAGANDA PROGRAMS!

Facebook’s attempt to wriggle out of the Trending News controversy. The CPAC organizers are now urging Congress to “vigorously scrutinize” the social networks.

After Facebook released the results of an internal investigation into alleged progressive bias at the company (shocker — Facebook found itself not guilty), ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp released a statement declaring the company’s efforts to be insufficient and urging Congress to take action:

ACU has been vindicated.  This issue is still unresolved even after these admissions of wrongdoing by Facebook.  We will continue to press this matter until we are satisfied that conservatives will be fairly treated.

Facebook has admitted to harming CPAC, but they have not called us to apologize, and they have failed to explain what they did.  This two-week long investigation (it’s amazing how fast an internal investigation can be conducted) seems to scratch the surface.   Sen. Thune has done the right thing to press them and we urge Congress to vigorously scrutinize Facebook to prevent deceptive practices and false advertising in the future.

This followed an admission by Facebook, published in the investigation summary the company sent to Senator John Thune, that the company did block a CPAC-related story from trending in 2016.

In 2016, although topics related to CPAC were accepted on other days of the conference, one topic related to CPAC itself was not accepted on its first day, March 2, 2016. Our investigation concluded that this decision was likely the result of the fact that on that day—the day after the Super Tuesday electoral contests—reviewers accepted at least 15 topics related to the Republican presidential primary. Two of the most popular CPAC stories in the news that day related to criticisms by aides to Senator Marco Rubio regarding Donald Trump’s scheduled CPAC speech and Ben Carson’s announcement that he would not attend CPAC because he was dropping out of the race. Each of these CPAC-related stories was likely subsumed within broader topics—including Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson—that were accepted by reviewers the same day.

The ACU has been among the most strident critics of Facebook during the controversy. While some prominent conservatives including Glenn Beck and Brent Bozell rushed to defend the good intentions of the company, the ACU flatly rejected Mark Zuckerberg’s offer of a place at his meeting with conservatives last Wednesday, which they branded an attempt to “win the day’s news cycle.”

Facebook Concludes Internal Investigation … Declares Itself Not Guilty!

Facebook Concludes Internal Investigation … Declares Itself Not Guilty!

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Facebook has investigated Facebook and judged that Facebook is not guilty.

The findings have been released in a letter to Senator John Thune, who earlier this month called the social network to account for allegations that it artificially suppresses conservative topics on its “Trending News” feed, and artificially promoted progressives ones.

In the letter, which can be read in full here, Facebook reiterated their long-standing claim that there is no bias in the way they select Trending Topics.

Our investigation has revealed no evidence of systematic political bias in the selection or prominence of stories included in the Trending Topics feature. In fact, our analysis indicated that the rates of approval of conservative and liberal topics are virtually identical in Trending Topics. Moreover, we were unable to substantiate any of the specific allegations of politically-motivated suppression of subjects or sources, as reported in the media.

However, the letter did acknowledge that their curation process may have been affected by “unintentional bias.” To resolve the issue, the company has promised to alter its curation process in a number of ways.

At the same time, as you would expect with an inquiry of this nature, our investigation could not exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies. As part of our commitment to continually improve our products and to minimize risks where human judgment is involved, we are making a number of changes:

  • We have already updated terminology in our Guidelines and conducted refresher training for all reviewers that emphasized that content decisions may not be made on the basis of politics or ideology.  We will institute additional controls and oversight around the review team, including robust escalation procedures.
  • We will expand our Help Center content related to the Trending Topics feature to provide additional information about this feature.
  • We will eliminate our reliance on external websites and news outlets to identify, validate, or assess the importance of trending topics. This means that we will discontinue use of the top-10 list of news outlets, the Media 1K list, and the RSS feed.

These improvements and safeguards are designed not only to ensure that Facebook remains a platform that is open and welcoming to all groups and individuals, but also to restore any loss of trust in the Trending Topics feature.

To prove their innocence, Facebook pointed to a number of occasions in which conservative news topics and sources have trended on the site. For example, Facebook claims that their news curators accepted trending topics regarding IRS official Lois Lerner on “at least 15 occasions,” links from The Drudge Report on “at least 11 occasions,” and “twenty-seven topics” related to the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Facebook says that news about Republican political candidates also trended on the site, although, interestingly, they did not provide a specific figure for the number of times Donald Trump had trended on the platform.

Ted Cruz was accepted as a trending topic more than 160 times; Rand Paul was accepted on 50 occasions; Mitt Romney was accepted more than 40 times; and Scott Walker was accepted as a trending topic nearly three dozen times. In fact, the two most frequently accepted topics since early 2015 are presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and #GOPDebate.

Despite Facebook’s assurances, concern about bias on the platform seems unlikely to dissipate. Attention has now shifted beyond bias in the “Trending News” feature and towards bias on the platform as a whole. There is now considerable focus on the unfair suspensions of users over anti-immigration or right-wing posts, with one recent incident attracting coverage in multiple outlets.

Elsewhere, Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam has reported that a link to a story about a Muslim activist’s anti-semitic social media posts was suppressed on the platform due to alleged “abusiveness.”

With rising public and media awareness of political bias – unconscious or otherwise – at Facebook, there is likely to be a renewed focus on similar incidents in the future. Facebook’s investigation of itself may be over, but its problems with conservatives may only be beginning.

GOOGLE RAIDED!!!! TAX FRAUD!

GOOGLE RAIDED!!!! TAX FRAUD!

 

Investigators raid Google Paris HQ in tax evasion inquiry

 

 

A Google carpet is seen at the entrance of the new headquarters of Google France before its official inauguration in Paris, France December 6, 2011.

 

 

 

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French investigators raided Google’s (GOOGL.O) Paris headquarters on Tuesday as part of a tax evasion inquiry, the financial prosecutor’s office said.

 

Google said it was fully complying with French law.

 

Facing public anger at the way multinational companies use their footprints around the world to minimize tax, France, Britain and others have sought ways to make sure Google, Yahoo! and other digital giants, who often have their tax bases in other countries, pay their taxes locally.

 

Investigators from the financial prosecutors office and France’s central office against corruption and tax fraud, accompanied by 25 IT specialists, took part in the raid.

 

“The investigation aims to verify whether Google Ireland Ltd has a permanent base in France and if, by not declaring parts of its activities carried out in France, it failed its fiscal obligations, including on corporate tax and value added tax,” the prosecutor’s office said in statement.

 

Google has based its regional headquarters in Dublin where corporate tax rates are lower than elsewhere in Europe.

 

 

The company, now part of Alphabet Inc, has been under pressure in recent years over its practice of channeling most profits from European clients through Ireland to Bermuda, where it pays no tax on them.

 

The raid was carried out as part of an investigation that started in June last year.

 

“We are cooperating with the authorities to answer their questions,” Al Verney, a spokesman for Google in Europe, said in an email. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt approached for a reaction at a conference in Amsterdam, declined to comment.

 

Investigators started their investigation of Google’s offices in central Paris at 5 A.M., a source close to the finance ministry said.

 

France is seeking some 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in back taxes from U.S. Internet giant Google, criticized for its use of aggressive tax optimization techniques, another finance ministry source had said in February.

 

Google had agreed in January to pay 130 million pounds in back taxes to Britain, prompting criticism from opposition lawmakers and campaigners.

 

($1 = 0.8945 euros)

 

(Reporting by Michel Rose, Ingrid Melander, Mathieu Rosemain and Gwenaelle Brazic; additional reporting by Svebor Kranjc in Amsterdam; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Andrew Callus and Ralph Boulton)