Monday News Links

Not Breaking, but Interesting News

20 July 2015

    The hackers’ statement indicates they targeted Avid Life Media not only for the questionable social mores it encourages, but also for what they describe as a dishonest offer from the company to delete users’ information for a $19 fee, when in fact that information was still kept in ALM’s servers. “Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the hackers’ statement continues. “Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver.” <- -Enforcing a moral code sounds like something a Nazi would do. Well, a Nazi or a religious extremist. I don’t think highly of sites like this, but what kind of businesses do you expect to pop up when you live in a hyper-consumerist society obsessed with monetizing every possible aspect of the human experience?

  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful Goggle’s got my back, but I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that they just made all of us grateful that they’re watching our every move. Nevertheless, you’re not the only one watching, Googs.

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  The most interesting thing about this post is the comments section below replete with genteel souls and personal growth. I'm all for forgiving people, but we needn't associate with folks if we don't want to. There isn’t always a boatload of malice behind choosing to not know someone. We don't all have to be friends to be civil to one another.

  Image Source: Swilmor / iStock via Mother Jones   The most threatening kinds of censorship limit the opinions of American consumers. Money, regardless of how little one might have, is among our greatest sources of power. Don’t believe me? Think about the handful of things that rule our land and you tell me what does the talking once bullshit’s gone on its merry way. What I'm sayin' is, we’ve got to spend our power strategically if we ever expect to see measurable change in our society. Fuck. It sucks when realizations come with homework. Image Source: Giphy Welp, at least I’m good at research. Ugh, prioritization, not as much. Dammit, it's always something.

  It doesn’t matter if the person doing the grabbing is male or female. Sexually assaulting someone is not a prank. Taking these specific videos down would do a lot to help folks understand that if Youtube makes it standard practice to remove ALL videos depicting illegal activity.


  • The term “sexual assault” generally means unwanted sexual contact, or in other words sexual contact against your will, and without consent. The legal definition varies by state, but sexual assault and domestic violence organizations consider any unwanted sexual activity to be sexual assault.


  Words are powerful things and this is just a tiny bit of evidence. This sort of thing is also why I don’t like euphemisms much.