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Jon Stewart Set To Storm Deadbeat Congress With Sick 9/11 Responders Demanding Healthcare

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Jon Stewart may have left the Daily Show in August, but he isn’t quite done making a difference yet. With a post-9/11 bill aimed at helping First Responders who risked their lives on September 11, 2001, set to begin phasing out, the former TV host decided to help do something to change that.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named for a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory disease linked to his participation in rescue and recovery operations after the World Trade Center was attacked, came into being in 2010 after Congress was finally shamed — including by Stewart, who spent his final show of 2010 razing lawmakers for their uncaring attitude toward those responsible for dealing with the aftermath of the greatest tragedy in our nation’s history — into passing the legislation that would provide thousands of first responders with treatment for their injuries and compensation for their economic losses.

Unfortunately, the legislation is due to expire in this Congress, with the phase-out beginning next month — an issue that could leave many families without much-needed financial assistance. Stewart has joined with lawmakers and first responders who wish to avert catastrophe by reauthorizing the bill.

This time, instead of humiliating lawmakers on his show, the comedian will be taking a more direct approach. Stewart will join 100 first responders and walk the halls of Congress on September 16 to reason with an oddly-reluctant Congress in person. The Huffington Post reports:

Stewart first broached the idea with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), the 9/11 bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate. Several responders were in the audience when the senator appeared on one of Stewart’s final shows in July, said Glen Caplin, a former Gillibrand aide who is coordinating the Capitol Hill push for his new employer, the Global Strategy Group.

The last 9/11 bill, named after an NYPD detective who died after exposure to the toxic site, passed in 2010, more than nine years after the attacks, when Congress was finally cajoled into addressing the mounting problems suffered by Americans who rushed from all over the nation to help in the aftermath.

But funding for the $1.6 billion health and monitoring effort ends in October. It has enough cash on hand to keep operating for up to another year, but the resulting uncertainty could cause problems for patients and push doctors to seek more permanent work. More than 72,000 responders and survivors from every Congressional district are enrolled in health programs funded by the bill.

To make matters worse, the $2.75 billion  Victims Compensation Fund — which hemorrhaged $90 million because of the “Sequester” in 2013, is set to end on October 3, 2016. Anyone diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness or cancer after that date will not be eligible for assistance.

“This is such bulls**t. It’s insane,” Stewart told Gillibrand during a Daily Show interview — and Stewart’s vow to assist in keeping these programs alive is not of small import to first responders.

“I have no role models, no heroes, but Jon Stewart comes as close as possible to that,” said John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation, a 9/11 advocacy group. “I like to think we pitched a good eight innings, and we called on Jon, who was our Mariano Rivera, to close it.”

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, whose purpose one can easily guess, has listed lawmakers who have no pledged their support — and it doesn’t look pretty on either side of the fence. Surprisingly Republicans, who reference 9/11 almost as much as they do Benghazi, offer little support to the reauthorization act– though Democrats do seem more willing to lend a hand in getting the bill to pass.

“Jon Stewart and our first responders shouldn’t have to be in Washington walking the halls of Congress to keep the health care program running that our heroes need and deserve,” Gillibrand told HuffPo. “Congress should do the right thing and treat our 9/11 heroes who answered the call of duty with the same dignity and respect as our veterans.”

“We’re asking for a permanent bill, but lets not kid ourselves,” Feal said of the proposed legislation. “There’s nothing permanent about 9/11 responders. We’re all going to die off.”

If you would like to help convince Congress to do the right thing, there’s an app for that. Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act allows you to search for your representatives so that you can let them know how you, as a voter, would feel if they neglected thousands and thousands of brave men and women who served our nation on September 11.

“This tool will allow 9/11 responders, survivors, their families and supporters to see where each member of Congress stands on renewing and extending the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and whether ‘Never Forgetting 9/11′ is just a hollow political statement or something that members of Congress are in fact committed to doing,” said deputy chief of the New York City Fire Department Richie Alles when the app was introduced.

Stewart can be expected to go the long haul with this fight. Earlier this year he said that lawmakers’ seeming unwillingness to pass the bill makes him so angry he “can’t even think straight.”

“Let’s schedule a call, and let’s schedule a ritual shaming around that time,” Stewart said earlier this year. “I obviously at that point will be knee-deep in, more than likely, grain alcohol.

 

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Why Do You Need to Dominate Your Profession on LinkedIn Search?

Because you still can! 

Unlike Google, Bing, and Yahoo, who have algorithms that weigh keyword density,
relevance, links, and SENIORITY (that’s right – if you have had dominance for a keyword for years, it’s darn hard for anyone tobump you from it) LinkedIn is still relatively virgin territory.

For business owners in the more popular competitive fields it is virtually impossible to beg, steal, or borrow a top page one ranking on Google. The smart larger firms started optimizing for SEO ages ago.  They hire rooms full of people in Bangalore or Shanghai to sit around for $2.20 a day and stuff keywords into content, Meta tags, Meta descriptions, photo titles,pop-ups, dropdowns, and URL’s.

LinkedIn is still doable, and it’s more than just keyword stuffing.  If you research the appropriate words to compete with, and integrate them into valuable content it does not detract from the integrity of your profile.  For several of my clients I have been able to get keywords like “real estate – 95131” ranked not just on the first page, but NUMBER ONE, on LinkedIn: The fastest growing search medium for professional services.  Check it out at http://bayintegratedmarketing.com

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Party Platforms Call for End to Subminimum Wage

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National Federation of the Blind Urges Passage of TIME Act

Baltimore, Maryland (July 26, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind today applauded language in the platforms of both major political parties that calls for the end of the payment of subminimum wages to workers with disabilities.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The National Federation of the Blind has advocated for the elimination of the subminimum wage since our founding, and the recognition of this issue by leaders of both political parties further confirms that the time has long passed to eliminate the unfair and separate wage system for people with disabilities. We applaud the statements of both Democratic and Republican delegates, and urge members of Congress to follow those statements with the actions required to pass the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act as soon as possible when Congress resumes its session.”

The Democratic Party platform states in pertinent part: “We … support … ending the sub-minimum wage for … people with disabilities.” The Republican Party platform states in pertinent part: “Our TIME Act (Transition[ing] to Integrated and Meaningful Employment) will modernize the Fair Labor Standards Act to encourage competitive employment for persons with disabilities. … We endorse efforts like Employment First that replace dependency with jobs in the mainstream of the American workforce.”

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About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

For more information about the National Federation of the Blind, please visit: www.nfb.org.
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Good News From Diablo Canyon

Few nuclear power plants have been as contentious as Diablo Canyon. The plant, which went online in 1985 after years of ferocious opposition, sits on a gorgeous stretch of California coastline, surrounded by several earthquake faults and reliably producing enormous quantities of power — almost a tenth of California’s in-state generation. It also reliably kills enormous quantities of marine life with a cooling system that depends on huge intakes and discharges of seawater. David Brower, the executive director of the Sierra Club, got so angry with the organization when it refused to oppose the plant that he left to establish Friends of the Earth.

Mr. Brower, who died in 2000, would have been pleased with last week’s news. After long negotiations that involved, among others, Friends of the Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the plant’s owner, Pacific Gas and Electric, announced that it would shut down Diablo Canyon when licenses for its two reactors expire in 2024 and 2025 and that it would replace the power with lower-cost, zero-carbon energy sources.

Approvals will be needed from two state agencies, the California State Lands Commission and the state’s Public Utilities Commission. Both should say yes; this is an event of potentially great significance for the future of energy generation in this country and for the health of the earth itself — and not just because a bunch of sometimes quarrelsome forces (unions, environmental groups, the power company) came together to make it happen.

First, the agreement is a recognition by PG&E, which generates a big chunk of its electrical output (and revenues) from Diablo Canyon, that it can provide the same amount of energy at lower costs by investing in wind andsolar power and in energy efficiency improvements throughout the system, including its customers. As one negotiator put it, the deal is further evidence that “the age of renewables has arrived” — at least in California, which has long led the nation in energy innovation and last year passed a law requiring state-regulated utilities to get half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Equally important, the agreement could serve as a positive example for other states and nations that may in time need to replace aging nuclear plants without increasing carbon emissions. However old and creaky some of them may be, America’s 99 nuclear reactors produce nearly a fifth of the nation’s power and two-thirds of its low-carbon energy; at a time of mounting fears about climate change, the country would be foolish to shut them down prematurely. When the time comes to retire them, it would be no less foolish to replace their power with anything other than zero-carbon sources like wind, or solar or energy efficiency.

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One governor who understands this is New York’s Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Cuomo has proposed an ambitious clean-energy agenda that includes not only substantial investments in wind and solar power, but also subsidies to keep open several upstate nuclear plants that are at risk of closing because of low electricity prices driven by cheap natural gas.

Mr. Cuomo would be happy to close down the Indian Point plant, north of New York City. Indian Point has a terrible track record and last week was forced to shut down one reactor. But losing the upstate plants, he argues, would mean increased reliance on fossil fuels and the greenhouse gas emissions they generate until the day when renewables kick in. A similar drama is playing out in Illinois, where Exelon, a big power producer, has threatened to close down two money-losing nuclear plants unless it gets help from the Illinois legislature.

From a climate perspective, the smart strategy in such cases would be to hold on to the nuclear plants until a California-like transition to greenhouse-gas-free electricity is feasible. Not every state has California’s natural blessings, or its aggressive renewable energy mandates. But its commitment and imagination are worth emulating.

 

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The Deeper Reason Many Intelligent Progressives and Independents Will Not Support Hillary Clinton

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Written by: Tony Brasunas –

The “lesser-of-evils” argument might not work for independent voters this year.

For those who hope for swift unity in the Democratic Party, there are reasons to believe it won’t happen if Hillary Clinton is the nominee.
While there are serious policy differences between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, a deeper fault line between their supporters must be acknowledged.

Certainly the two candidates remain far apart on issues that matter to progressives and independents — fracking, the TPP, tuition-free public colleges, universal single-payer healthcare, racist policing — to name just a few. Indeed, based on policy and political strategy, many independents and Democrats see Clinton as more like a traditional Republican. Many even see it as indicative of privilege if one supports Clinton over Sanders, given the current state of the economy and the environment. Many intelligent progressives see the two candidates as representing different social classes.

Nevertheless, a debate about policy differences only partially explains the disconnect between Clinton, on the one hand, and Democrats, independents, and progressives, on the other. Clinton has begun incorporating into her speeches many core issues of the Sanders campaign, including some mentioned above, but there remain deeper reasons many intelligent left-leaning voters remain unable to support Hillary Clinton: dishonesty and scandals.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger
These deeper issues aren’t generally considered important by writers in the mainstream media. They paint Clinton’s dishonesty and scandals as Republican fabrications or as remnants of longstanding political vendettas that no longer matter. Writers, like yours truly, are generally accused of supporting the Republican if we even mention Clinton’s deeper shortcomings; we are also accused of sexism if we happen to be men.

So I will be attacked for writing this article. But I find it important nonetheless to try to help Democrats understand why, on a level deeper than just policy, intelligent non-sexist progressives and independents are generally unable to support Hillary Clinton.
First, it’s important to state that some of the scandals and darker rumors about Hillary and Bill Clinton are indeed the result of baseless political attacks. I’ve left those out of this article as much as possible.

Some Clinton scandals however are about real events, crimes, and misdemeanors, and those scandals are what must be acknowledged.

Just because a Republican says something doesn’t automatically mean that it’s false. Just because you don’t like the news that a messenger brings doesn’t mean that the messenger is wrong. Just because a journalist writes about the many reasons intelligent progressives are unlikely to support Clinton does not mean that that journalist is sexist or supports the atrocious and fraudulent candidacy of Donald Trump. Trump is very bad, and must be defeated, but that doesn’t automatically make Clinton good in the minds of independent and progressive voters.

The truth is that poll after poll finds that people across the political spectrum do not trust Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders polls way ahead of her on the topic of honesty and trustworthiness — by as much as 50 points — and if he’s the nominee, polls show he would unite the left and independents in a way that Hillary will not.
Voters find even Trump — who seems to concoct his own facts and policy positions during each and every speech — more trustworthy than Clinton, by 8 points and growing.

Corporate media pundits who write for publications supporting Clinton (I’m looking at you, New York Times, CNN, NPR, and MSNBC) shrug off these numbers as the simple product of longstanding attacks on her credibility by her opponents. This is exactly the kind of nonchalant dismissiveness and shoddy journalism that doesn’t wash with intelligent progressives and independents anymore. There are many, many politicians who have been in the public eye for decades; only a handful are seen to be as dishonest as Hillary Clinton.

It’s not rocket science. The unbiased history shows that she does lie and obfuscate more frequently than other politicians, and she has changed her policy positions more often than most.
Intelligent voters notice this. Clinton rarely seems to be speaking her mind. She appears to calculate before speaking what specific words she should use to kill off a line of questioning, rather than engage in open discussion.

Barack Obama once said, “Hillary Clinton will say anything, and change nothing.” These words resonated with voters in 2008, and they resonate again now.

What She Says, or What She Does
To really understand why non-sexist, intelligent progressives and independents are unable to support Clinton we have to look at some historical patterns that provide a basis for mistrust.

Author Michelle Alexander has eloquently explained that Hillary Clinton and her husband bear much responsibility for the rise of mass incarceration of African Americans and the “new jim-crow.” Alexander explores the uncomfortable awareness that the Clintons might be as racist as Trump, but just hide it better. When someone is viewed as dishonest, what they do and have done becomes much more important than what they say.

Intelligent progressives also know that because of who Hillary is, as journalist Naomi Klein puts it, she is unfit and unable to address the crucial issues of climate change and wealth inequality. In other words, regardless of what she says, her longstanding connections to corporations such as Walmart, Monsanto, and Goldman Sachs formed her worldview long ago and she is unwilling—and unable—to change. What is worse is that she can speak out on the campaign trail as if she would challenge these corporations, but whether or not she would is less important than the sense that she is dishonest and secretive and will say anything to get elected.

Her Damn Emails
Let’s look at a very recent, pertinent event. FBI Director James Comey reported to the nation this month on the findings of an FBI investigation into Clinton’s secret use of a private email server to conduct official business.

Many people remember Hillary last year answering questions about this secret server. Even Bernie Sanders said, “We’re tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

It turns out virtually everything she said last year about her secret server was contradicted by Comey and the FBI:

To neutral observers, and to intelligent progressives, this scandal isn’t “much ado about nothing,” as some diehard Clinton supporters maintain.

The fact that she set up her own email server and used her own personal email accounts isn’t just probable evidence that she broke numerous parts of the Espionage Act and thus might no longer qualify for security clearance. It’s an even bigger deal when one considers the allegations, discussed below, that Clinton ran the state department partly for personal enrichment by accepting large donations to the Clinton Foundation from repressive countries for which she approved weapons deals. If she sent classified information via her personal email account or communicated secretly with countries or foreign nationals who were donating to the Clinton Foundation, and then wiped her private server, this could point to serious corruption.

An Honest Appraisal of Scandals, Fraud, and Worse
Dozens of scandals have swirled around the Clinton’s rise through Arkansas and national politics. It would be difficult to compile a full appraisal of these scandals, as there are so many, but doing a short survey of them should go a long way toward explaining why the “lesser-of-evils” argument probably won’t work for independent and progressive voters considering their options in November.

I’ve chosen four that I think best provide an understanding of the state of mind of independent and progressive voters.

1. Election Rigging and Fraud. This is a current scandal on the minds of voters today. As has been documented extensively in both the corporate and alternative media, this Democratic primary was rigged in countless ways for Clinton from the very beginning. The media began counting superdelegates in October as if they’d already voted even though today they still haven’t; the DNC performed something shockingly similar to money laundering for the Clinton campaign to circumvent donation maximums and funnel millions to her campaign; the debates were reduced, canceled, or scheduled at times few people would watch, which prevented Bernie Sanders from becoming better know earlier in the primary; and the primary rules as a whole were written and rewritten by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who happens to be a longtime Clinton friend and ally.

Even worse: voter rolls were mysteriously purged in many states; caucus rules were changed suddenly; and actual votes were flipped by the thousands in many states, according to scientific analysis.
In nearly every single instance, the election fraud and rigging of the rules favored Clinton.

The fact that Clinton benefited so much from all of this and never said anything about it, for many, is the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s one thing if an imperfect system is a little bit unfair here and there. It’s another thing if the rules are systematically broken, always in favor of one candidate, and the beneficiary simply takes the spoils and runs. Mathematicians and election analysts have shown that when likely fraud is taken into account, Bernie Sanders may be rightfully winning right now going into the convention. At the very least, if Clinton values party unity, she should call for investigations and, where merited by evidence, request recounts or even revotes. That would go a long, long way to building party unity. Most voters want, first and foremost, a basic sense that the election has been fair.

This scandal has gotten little corporate media coverage so far, but it has been covered extensively in alternative media. Were Clinton viewed generally as trustworthy, this might not matter so much, but as it is, it’s a reason many independent voters remain uneasy, if not outright suspicious, about Hillary.

2. The Clinton Foundation. Mentioned above, this scandal is problematic even from a nonpartisan standpoint. There is a disturbing correlation between large donations accepted by the Clinton Foundation from repressive regimes, on the one hand, and enormous weapons deals approved for those same repressive regimes by the Clinton-led State Department, on the other.

To an honest, nonpartisan observer, it appears raising money for her foundation was at least as important as sending arms to repressive Middle Eastern regimes.

Here’s a short segment that covers this scandal in a vituperative but informative documentary by investigative journalist Abby Martin.

What Hillary Clinton Really Represents, an investigative documentary by Telesur investigative journalist Abby Martin

3. Drug Money in Arkansas. Of the many other scandals surrounding the Clintons’ rise to power in Arkansas and Washington, DC— I’m leaving out anything to do with Bill Clinton’s affairs and alleged sexual violence — this one scandal, to many progressives and independents, is the most damning. You don’t have to be a Republican to become suspicious when you learn the role the Clintons played in the longstanding importation of cocaine into the rural Mena, Arkansas airport by the CIA; this took place as part of the Iran-Contra scandal, while Clinton was governor of Arkansas.

The corporate media at first ignored the Mena story, but as numerous independent sources reported that the Clintons’ reaped benefits from this cocaine trafficking, it eventually broke through into the corporate media too, where it was only somewhat contained.

Millions in cash were evidently laundered through a state agency the Clintons created — the Arkansas Development Finance Authority — and some of the money was used to fund their political rise.

4. Dead People. This one is the most difficult to contemplate, most difficult to prove, and most difficult to ignore. I chose it because it would seriously stain a Clinton candidacy in the eyes of many independent voters come November.

Ninety-one people who have been close, politically or personally, to the Clintons have died in unusual or unexplained circumstances during the Clintons’ time in Arkansas and national politics. Not included in that devastating count are two people who died just in the past month: Young DNC data director Seth Rich, who was managing Democratic Party voter records and had a passion for election integrity, was murdered via four shots to the back in Washington DC; and John Ashe, former UN President who was about to testify in a corruption case surrounding a Chinese businessman with connections to the Clintons, died in New York apparently from a dumbbell falling on his neck.

Please note that I’m not making an allegation about either of these particular murders, just conveying the horrifying sense of this strange series of deaths. This piece recounts forty or so of the worst, if you want to read more. Perhaps it’s enough to say that many independent and progressive voters view the Clintons as actual criminals. For many people, there’s just too much evidence to reject out of hand these deaths as—to use the most anti-intellectual epithet of our time—a ‘conspiracy theory.’ It’s an ugly picture indeed.

Aura of Secrecy and Avoidance
Ultimately Hillary Clinton’s campaign managers must know that she either has things to hide or simply fears speaking freely. Whatever the reason, she hasn’t held any public news conferences this entire year. Let me say that again: While running for the highest office in the land, Hillary Clinton hasn’t held a single public news conference where the media can ask her questions.

This aura of avoidance adds to a perception that she’s dishonest and secretive. Whether or not she’s hiding something, avoiding the press provides another reason to think that she is hiding something. The easiest way to dispel perceptions of dishonesty and secrecy is simply to speak more and to speak more openly. Hillary Clinton doesn’t do this, and so we’re all left with our own assumptions about her.

Some voters will assume that she has nothing to hide and that all of this is a Republican or sexist plot to discredit her.
Other intelligent progressives and independents of all ages, races, and genders assume that she does have something to hide. There seem to be scandals within scandals surrounding her, and, in a nutshell, this is why so many intelligent people do not trust her and cannot support her.

If Clinton becomes the nominee, this mistrust does not bode well for party unity, and it might prove foolish to expect the “lesser of evils” argument to work in an election against Donald Trump, as ridiculously bad as his candidacy is. Many progressives and independents will vote for Green Party nominee Jill Stein, write in Bernie Sanders on their ballots, or simply stay home.

If the Democratic Party delegates, on the other hand, cast the remaining 700 votes to award Bernie Sanders the nomination at the convention in Philadelphia, they will nominate a candidate not only more trustworthy than Donald Trump, but a historically honest, trustworthy, and scandal-free candidate. Bernie Sanders will likely appeal to progressives and independents across the spectrum, unite the entirety of the Democratic party, and defeat Donald Trump in a November landslide.

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10 Ways To Identify A Fake User Account On Facebook

by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
Have you noticed an increase in friend requests? Have you ever wondered if any of those are REAL people?
I have a suspicion that many people, especially those of high profile, are being bombarded with a plethora of fake Facebook friend requests.
Why?
If you are disseminating important information that goes against the Cabal’s agenda, then flooding your 5,000 Facebook friend limit with fake accounts would prevent your information reaching REAL people who would benefit from it.
I check each and every friend request I receive. Numerous times, I have seen at least one Facebook friend listed as a “mutual friend” by such requests. In many of these profiles, the first and most recent post is porn related. When this happens, I notify the mutual friend and will remind them to take the time to see who they are friending.
But there are other reasons why fake accounts are being created.
According to a report on Tech.Mic, police departments around the nation have taken predictive crime prevention to a new level by building fake user accounts, as well as posing as genuine people to gather information about local events. (1)
10 Ways To Identify A Fake User Account On Facebook
  1. Account was made recently 2015, 2016.
  2. Account has no history published for earlier years, but Facebook says they have been a member since 2009, etc.
  3. Most fake accounts have 1 image or no real profile photo of the person. Some may only have a select few photos over a long span of time. A well seasoned user would have more photos posted over a long period of time. A fake account may have 7-10 photos posted on the same day.
  4. User has very few friends in common and or friends in general.
  5. There is little to no interaction on their page with friends, no comments, likes or responses over their long time line.
  6. Profile picture seems to good to be true, that hot model added you today! They even messaged you and are interested in you!
  7. When in doubt use reverse image search. Take their image and see if it is a real person or not.
  8. When in doubt deny, deny, deny.
  9. The user doesn’t “like” any bands, books, or movies.
  10. The user doesn’t belong to any groups
A few Facebook tips:
I am probably more judicial than most Facebook users. I won’t add anyone who I can’t see their page, nor will I add anyone who floods their wall with political posts. If they haven’t posted in at least a month, then chances are, they’re not active on Facebook, so I won’t add them either.
Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule but in general, these trends seem to weed out inactive profiles and political clutter on my Facebook feed.
If you go through your friends list, you will see some profiles without a picture. Many of these users are no longer on Facebook but are still counted against your 5,000 friend limit.
If you click on their name and they are no longer on Facebook, then you will be redirected back to your personal Facebook page. At that point, you can officially “unfriend” them and free up more room to add more people.
Take the time to see who is friending you. Facebook is a numbers game to a lot of people, but I’d rather have a small number of quality friends than a maxed out 5,000 limit of fake profiles or a plethora of people posting crap I don’t want to see on my newsfeed.
About the Author:
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit as well as co-founder of WooWooMedia.com He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. His love and faith for humanity motivates him to work relentlessly in humanity’s best interests 12-15+ hours a day, 365 days a year.
 

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‘You look good in a tight skirt’: readers share their #canhesaythat moments

Readers reveal their moments of subtle sexism in the workplace. Read more of the stories on Guardian Witness

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Sexism in the workplace can be subtle, leaving many wondering, ‘Can he say that?’ Photograph: Alamy

When Shoes of Prey co-founder Jodie Fox met a potential investor in a bar, he looked her up and down and greeted her with the comment “You look amazing”. Although she didn’t say anything at the time, she wondered to herself “Can he say that?”

Well, could he?

When the remark was relayed to Guardian readers, most agreed it was inappropriate for a business meeting. Gabi in Rotterdam said: “Some of the commenters asked Fox how she would react if the compliment had come from another woman or from a gay man. That’s not the point. The point is, would hehave made that compliment to another man? It’s about his behaviour, not her reaction.”

It seems it’s an uncomfortably common experience, with many readers saying they had received comments on their appearance at work, sometimes said as a compliment, sometimes veering into questionable territory.

Many shared their experiences of subtle sexism in the workplace. They ranged from the “hmm” to the blatant to the eye-wateringly awful:

‘Hair twirling’

I recall once the suggestion that I ask a question of another team, in a very airy and innocent manner, hair-twirling and all, to try and get a more favourable answer than previously. I was (hopefully) expressionless as I simply repeated the response we’d already gotten. The guys on my team have never been asked to approach anyone like that.
– Lisa, an economist from Canada

‘Can you do some Moulin Rouge dancing?

A conversation about my partner being French elicited a question about if he had a sister. I responded ‘yes, but she’s 10’. He replied ‘I could wait a few years’ … he’s in his 50s, and he’s my boss. Then [we had] a conversation about presenting to senior decision-makers and it being a bit of a ‘song and dance act’. He asked me ‘Could you speak French to them?’ (yes). ‘How about some sort of Moulin Rouge dancing?’ There’s nothing wrong with working as an exotic dancer, but I work in a government office …
– CJ, a public servant from Western Australia

‘You can always tell them you’re female’

Studying electrical engineering and being told that IQ is inversely related to breast size by male students. Later, during honours, being told it’s OK for me to stuff up, I can always tell ‘them’ I’m female. This wisdom was via my supervisor who is a woman and mother of two girls. Go sorority!
– fknusrnms, via Witness

‘How can you be a sculptor when you have to lift heavy materials?’

I was introduced to a male student who was concerned with my career choices. His concern was stated as follows: how can you possibly be a female sculptor when you have to lift so many heavy materials? Thank you for your opinion but I’m sure we can manage.
– Katie Johnston, via Witness

‘Why are you dressed like you work in a strip club?’

While working as a digital consultant at a household name brand, I came to an informal meeting and one man loudly asked in front of my colleagues: ‘Why are you dressed like you work in a strip club?’ (I was wearing a knee-length straight skirt and high-neck short-sleeved blouse, opaque tights and flat shoes – huh? The blouse was leopard print). Colleagues were shocked. When I finished consultancy, I complained to HR who disciplined him.
– Zorra, via Witness

‘You look good in a tight skirt’

I once had a job interview, which went really well. I got the job and have since changed workplaces.

But the next week when I was at my (now former) work, I said to my boss, ‘One of the questions I got asked during the interview was what positive things would my co-workers say about me. What do you think is one of my positive aspects?’ He replied, ‘Well, you look good in a tight skirt.’
– Jane, a receptionist from Sydney

Most Guardian readers said even if they had experienced subtle sexism in the workplace, they didn’t take it any further.

As Bea, a former teacher from San Francisco said: “A former male manager made mention of the fact that the only female manager in the company had ‘slept her way’ into management. I was taken aback, but knew that were I to mention my distaste with the comment, then I’d be labelled ‘difficult’.”

 

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Let’s go glamping at the AutoCamp

trailer in the trees autocamp

© Autocamp

Sunset Magazine tours 11 modern “glampgrounds”, a portmanteau of glamorous campgrounds. They show one glampground full of custom Airstream trailers,AutoCamp Russian River.This is a concept that we have discussed on TreeHugger for years: if you are going to live in smaller spaces, then it works best if you are part of a community, and that there ismuch to learn from the trailer park. We previously looked at Autocamp Santa Barbara, a converted trailer park, but this new one, opening in August, is far more impressive. It is in Sonoma County, 90 minutes north of San Francisco, and is designed from scratch, with 24 custom Airstream trailers and 10 luxury canvas tents.

autocamp site plan© Dan Weber Architecture

The trailers are laid out on the site around a clubhouse designed by architect Dan Weber. According to Dwell Magazine, the site is subject to catastrophic floods and the building was designed accordingly:

lodge© Dan Weber Architecture

Elevated four feet above grade, the structure is comprised of unyielding materials to brace against disastrous floods like the deluge that submerged Guerneville’s roads in 1986: board formed concrete walls, locally harvested redwood ceilings, and blackened steel that will patina over time. “The material palette had to be robust enough that a tree floating through the building wouldn’t damage it,” explains Weber.

autocamp trailer© AutoCamp

I assume that the Airstreams can just be hitched up and towed to higher ground; that is a benefit of mobile living. It also treads lightly on the ground; they write on the Autocamp site:

AutoCamp is not only luxury camping, but a great way to experience environmentally-sustainable, small-space design. We love hotels, travel, and design, but we also value the preservation of our local and global environment.

To put it simply, we believe that great design has the power to change the world, and that smart planning and small space design can help us reduce our environmental footprint. We invite you to come experience the simplicity of small space design at AutoCamp.

autocamp interior© Sunset Magazine

However these are not restored old Airstreams, which would have been greener still; they are custom designed by Dan Weber in a Midcentury Modern style, with all the comforts. Each sleeps four and come complete with Casper mattresses, fancy organic linens and even the coffee is from their favorite local roaster.

Some are be appalled at the idea of glamping; Sunset talks to one camper who considered it “but we didn’t want to feed the industry that is killing the experience. Commercializing camping is a terrible trend.”

autocamp interior© Autocamp

I am not so sure; one could also compare it to the many campground resorts that were all over the US and Canada in the postwar years, most of which have disappeared. They filled a real need for people who could not afford or didn’t want second homes, cottages or cabins or even their own trailers; it makes much more sense to rent like this. Also, there are lots of people who don’t want to sleep on the ground, and fewer young people are camping. As Scott Hale, a consultant, tells Sunset: “The outdoors needed a bit of a refresh to engage a new generation.” Not to mention good WiFi and a few hidden Pokémon.

autocamp sofa© Autocamp

Starting at $175 a night, it is a lot more costly than camping. But it is a great introduction to small space living, and it does get people outside, and compared to some of the wretched excess in the area, it’s pretty modest. I think it looks like fun, and hope that people realize that there is no need to look down at the trailer park, but that it is a great model for development for anyone. And as consultant Hale notes, “We need a bigger audience to help steward the natural world.”

Tags: California | Camping

 

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9-11 Conspiracy Theorists Vindicated, Military Coup in Turkey as Americans Search for Pokémon

When browsing through the mainstream media abyss, there is no shortage of stories about people hunting down Pokémon on their office desks, in hospital rooms, and even in bathrooms. One teenage girl reportedly found a dead body while looking for Pokémon.
Pokémon is everywhere.
Not only is it everywhere, but its players are increasingly finding themselves in the beds of hospitals. It’s oblivious users fall from cliffs, walk directly into major highways at the peak of rush hour, absentmindedly stop their cars in the middle of the road — or wrap vehicles around trees — and become the ‘unwitting’ victims of armed robberies and stabbings.
Americans are far more concerned with catching mythical digital creatures than they are with their own safety — not too mention their vastly corrupt government exposing themselves every day.
As Pokémon Go becomes the number one mobile game of all time with tens of millions of downloads, Americans remain painfully oblivious to the world around them.
Nothing highlights this distraction or blatant censorship more accurately than the 28-pages being released on Friday, that showed the 9-11 hijackers had support from the Saudi government, and social media couldn’t have cared less.
On Friday, the 28 pages were finally released, although many parts are still redacted. They show that Senator Bob Graham was right in his claims that several figures in the Saudi Arabian government provided assistance to the 9-11 hijackers from within the U.S.
These 28-pages prove that the United States knew their ally aided and carried out 9-11 yet chose to cover it up. It vindicated “conspiracy theorists” worldwide — yet still, Americans hunt for Pokémon.
Pokémon Go has become so popular that it has surpassed Twitter users and is on track to beat out Snapchat and Google Maps.
Not only is Pokémon Go distracting its users, it’s likely spying on them too.
As The Free Thought Project pointed out last week, Pokémon Go comes directly—directly—from the intelligence community.
And it’s not like Pokémon Go itself doesn’t already have a direct(-ish) line to the CIA. After all, Pokémon Go was created by Niantic, which was formed by John Hanke.
Hanke is the man behind mapping the world, first through Keyhole and then through Google Maps.
Now, Pokémon G users are mapping the inside of their houses, private businesses, and anywhere else that is not open to the public.
As Americans deliberately remain ignorant to the fact that the US covered up the Saudi role in 9-11, Turkey underwent an unsuccessful military coup on the same day.
According to the Turkish Prime Minister, at least 265 people have been killed, including 104 pro-coup participants, while 1,440 people were injured in military action in Istanbul and Ankara overnight. Since the plot crumbled, 2,839 soldiers and officers involved in the coup attempt have been arrested.
Now, there are reports from the American consulate in Turkey that the Incirlik Air Base, home to over 80 US nuclear missiles has been taken by rebel troops.
No worries, however, Joe Six Pack just found another Pikachu.
By Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist
 

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