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Asia Argento is not backing down…

In the

The 43-year-old also discussed her rift with Rose McGowan — who she once considered a “sister” — and her romantic partner Rain Dove, who allegedly made startling allegations about Argento’s late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.

Last October, Argento was featured in a New Yorker piece where she spoke out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. A month later, she allegedly received a letter from Bennett, who threatened to make their sexual encounter public.

On her “traumatic experience,” Argento recalls:

“I had to go to a therapist. When me and Anthony were together we told each other everything and I told him also about this experience that happened in 2013… I was the one who was assaulted [so getting the letter] was painful.”

Despite the drama, Argento has sympathy for Bennett. She says:

“I understood why [he made his approach] at the time when it did because it was right after the article had come out talking about Harvey Weinstein and the whole MeToo tsunami exploded… So it was calculated. Also I was going out with [Anthony Bourdain] whose wealth and fame far exceeded my own so it was clear that it was an attempt to get money from him.”

Asia’s initial strategy was to not deal with this “terrorism” but to simply let it out. Asia says Bourdain agreed with this… at first:

“But then he told me it was better for him [to pay Bennett]. We understood because there was some PI investigation that he had problems financially… His parents had taken $1.2 million from him. He wasn’t working, his life was a mess… He had been accused by an ex girlfriend of child pornography, child molestation… And in a way it saddened me even though he assaulted me. I felt sorry for the child I had met, that I cared so much about. I knew in my heart he was in pain and he needed money… So Tony said ok let’s give this guy money so that he will leave us alone in our relationship.”

Bennett’s ex-girlfriend sought a restraining order against him in spring 2014, and reportedly told a judge via written statement that she wanted to press charges of unlawful sex with a minor (she was 17) and child pornography (he allegedly persuaded her to send nudes when she was 17) against him. However, the Los Angeles Police Department has not confirmed it received a complaint.

In regards to Bennett and his parents, their court case — where he alleges they swindled him out of $1.5 million in earnings — has been settled.

In the interview, Argento also slams McGowan and Dove for their “lies.”

As we reported last month, McGowan released a second statement saying Dove received alleged texts from Argento, saying Asia had “been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12.” According to an alleged screenshot posted by Argento earlier this month, Dove later clarified that the text said Bennett was 17.

In response, Argento says in the interview:

“I didn’t speak earlier because I was in unimaginable pain for the loss of my partner. I just thought I would never be able to get up again… What made me take the strength to talk to you today is the rage I felt when both Rose McGowan and Rain Dove started and kept on saying these lies about me, saying that I received nude photographs from Bennett since he was 12 years old… The fact that she has not retracted these lies and the fact that she didn’t say she was sorry made me decide to bring a lawsuit [which she has yet to file] against her because it’s unacceptable… This has destroyed my life. These lies have destroyed my life.”

After Bourdain died of suicide, Argento says she received a phone call from McGowan.

“Rose said she was in Europe that she would come and see me… What I didn’t know is that she… told, this notion that she was coming to ‘my rescue’ in an interview.”

Nowadays, Argento calls McGowan’s actions a “publicity stunt”:

“I was completely numb, paralyzed, obviously I wasn’t reading. I didn’t even want to read the details of Anthony’s death. I was frightened to know… I found out later that she had given this information to the news so already it was like a publicity stunt but I didn’t see it… I thought, ‘My sister is coming here, to see me, to lift me.’ I thought it was incredibly kind of her to come and help me.”

During this chaotic time, Argento traveled to Berlin to meet McGowan. On this trip, she also met Rose’s romantic partner, Dove, for the first time.

“Rose suggested we go to Berlin and in this moment mind you if somebody would tell me paint yourself orange and walk around the square naked I would have done it if it would have made me feel better… She said, ‘Let’s change the air. Let’s go to Berlin, nobody will bother you there.”‘

According to Argento, they drifted from apartment to apartment meeting up with people McGowan claimed were friends.

During the trip, Argento wanted to know why Bourdain killed himself. That’s when Dove allegedly made startling claims about Bourdain. (While Dove identifies as gender non-binary and uses the pronoun “they,” Argento calls Dove “she.”)

According to Argento, Dove claimed to be an operative for a secretive network of wealthy women. One of the women wanted to fund Dove on a mission “to bring Anthony home.”

“I thought she [Dove] was absolutely crazy.”

After allegedly planning to get Anthony’s ashes, Dove returned the next day saying they had taken two private jets and a helicopter to complete the “mission.” Allegedly, Dove placed a box in front of Argento and told her it contained ashes from Bourdain’s remains.

“She said, ‘I went to the morgue where a woman from the network works and she had… empathy for you and that’s why she decided to take a little bit of the ashes [for you]. It was very dangerous. I could have been arrested… So she puts this little box there [in front of me] and I don’t touch it.”‘

That’s when Dove allegedly told a crazy tale about Bourdain.

“She [Dove] said the truth about Anthony’s death had been hidden by CNN so as not to ruin his image which for them is very valuable… He had relapsed on heroin according to the toxicology that Rain Dove said she had seen. Two days before he had relapsed. My brain is thinking, two days before he sounded strange… So I believed her [Dove] in this second. Then she told me Anthony was with a prostitute… She gave me strange details, that she was Middle Eastern, that CCTV showed she was wearing a hijab. They were together and Anthony was very angry with CNN because he thought they were painting him as a reality TV star and he wanted to be recognized as a humanitarian… I had never witnessed this aspect of him. I’m trying to imagine this version of Anthony… She said he took a syringe, jabbed it into his neck and injected heroin. The woman said that she saw him fumbling with the bathrobe belt and she left… Then she said, ‘I think he killed himself because he was afraid he would die of an overdose and that would look terrible for him.’… She said, ‘He had a giant bruise on his neck and he didn’t break his neck he died of suffocation.”‘

While Argento now recognizes the absurdity of it all, she believed Dove because of her “fragile” state.

“I am believing her because I am so fragile and I am looking for answers and she is giving me them, something to hold on to, a reason that he did it.”

DailyMailTV spoke with another witness who backs Argento’s account of what Dove said and did.

“I am a woman completely destroyed at this point. I don’t know what day it is. I thought maybe this was Rose’s Army that she spoke about. I thought maybe it exists.”

After Bennett’s allegations surfaced, Argento turned to “Rose’s Army” for help.

“I asked Rain if the network could help me some way.”

According to Argento, in response, Dove started to tease out details of what had happened between her and Bennett, which is why Argento texted Dove details of her and Bourdain’s dealings with Bennett.

“I said in the messages I was frozen and he was on top of me and after the act it felt weird.”

McGowan, via her lawyers, denies to DailyMailTV that she was involved in obtaining or making money from the texts. Dove says they were not behind the leaked texts.

Argento concludes:

“I am a single mother, I don’t have work, I can’t support both my children financially.”

Despite the drama, she is optimistic about her future.

“I am wounded… But I will recover.”

[Image via KIKA/WENN.]

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Asia Argento is not backing down…

In the

The 43-year-old also discussed her rift with Rose McGowan — who she once considered a “sister” — and her romantic partner Rain Dove, who allegedly made startling allegations about Argento’s late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.

Last October, Argento was featured in a New Yorker piece where she spoke out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. A month later, she allegedly received a letter from Bennett, who threatened to make their sexual encounter public.

On her “traumatic experience,” Argento recalls:

“I had to go to a therapist. When me and Anthony were together we told each other everything and I told him also about this experience that happened in 2013… I was the one who was assaulted [so getting the letter] was painful.”

Despite the drama, Argento has sympathy for Bennett. She says:

“I understood why [he made his approach] at the time when it did because it was right after the article had come out talking about Harvey Weinstein and the whole MeToo tsunami exploded… So it was calculated. Also I was going out with [Anthony Bourdain] whose wealth and fame far exceeded my own so it was clear that it was an attempt to get money from him.”

Asia’s initial strategy was to not deal with this “terrorism” but to simply let it out. Asia says Bourdain agreed with this… at first:

“But then he told me it was better for him [to pay Bennett]. We understood because there was some PI investigation that he had problems financially… His parents had taken $1.2 million from him. He wasn’t working, his life was a mess… He had been accused by an ex girlfriend of child pornography, child molestation… And in a way it saddened me even though he assaulted me. I felt sorry for the child I had met, that I cared so much about. I knew in my heart he was in pain and he needed money… So Tony said ok let’s give this guy money so that he will leave us alone in our relationship.”

Bennett’s ex-girlfriend sought a restraining order against him in spring 2014, and reportedly told a judge via written statement that she wanted to press charges of unlawful sex with a minor (she was 17) and child pornography (he allegedly persuaded her to send nudes when she was 17) against him. However, the Los Angeles Police Department has not confirmed it received a complaint.

In regards to Bennett and his parents, their court case — where he alleges they swindled him out of $1.5 million in earnings — has been settled.

In the interview, Argento also slams McGowan and Dove for their “lies.”

As we reported last month, McGowan released a second statement saying Dove received alleged texts from Argento, saying Asia had “been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12.” According to an alleged screenshot posted by Argento earlier this month, Dove later clarified that the text said Bennett was 17.

In response, Argento says in the interview:

“I didn’t speak earlier because I was in unimaginable pain for the loss of my partner. I just thought I would never be able to get up again… What made me take the strength to talk to you today is the rage I felt when both Rose McGowan and Rain Dove started and kept on saying these lies about me, saying that I received nude photographs from Bennett since he was 12 years old… The fact that she has not retracted these lies and the fact that she didn’t say she was sorry made me decide to bring a lawsuit [which she has yet to file] against her because it’s unacceptable… This has destroyed my life. These lies have destroyed my life.”

After Bourdain died of suicide, Argento says she received a phone call from McGowan.

“Rose said she was in Europe that she would come and see me… What I didn’t know is that she… told, this notion that she was coming to ‘my rescue’ in an interview.”

Nowadays, Argento calls McGowan’s actions a “publicity stunt”:

“I was completely numb, paralyzed, obviously I wasn’t reading. I didn’t even want to read the details of Anthony’s death. I was frightened to know… I found out later that she had given this information to the news so already it was like a publicity stunt but I didn’t see it… I thought, ‘My sister is coming here, to see me, to lift me.’ I thought it was incredibly kind of her to come and help me.”

During this chaotic time, Argento traveled to Berlin to meet McGowan. On this trip, she also met Rose’s romantic partner, Dove, for the first time.

“Rose suggested we go to Berlin and in this moment mind you if somebody would tell me paint yourself orange and walk around the square naked I would have done it if it would have made me feel better… She said, ‘Let’s change the air. Let’s go to Berlin, nobody will bother you there.”‘

According to Argento, they drifted from apartment to apartment meeting up with people McGowan claimed were friends.

During the trip, Argento wanted to know why Bourdain killed himself. That’s when Dove allegedly made startling claims about Bourdain. (While Dove identifies as gender non-binary and uses the pronoun “they,” Argento calls Dove “she.”)

According to Argento, Dove claimed to be an operative for a secretive network of wealthy women. One of the women wanted to fund Dove on a mission “to bring Anthony home.”

“I thought she [Dove] was absolutely crazy.”

After allegedly planning to get Anthony’s ashes, Dove returned the next day saying they had taken two private jets and a helicopter to complete the “mission.” Allegedly, Dove placed a box in front of Argento and told her it contained ashes from Bourdain’s remains.

“She said, ‘I went to the morgue where a woman from the network works and she had… empathy for you and that’s why she decided to take a little bit of the ashes [for you]. It was very dangerous. I could have been arrested… So she puts this little box there [in front of me] and I don’t touch it.”‘

That’s when Dove allegedly told a crazy tale about Bourdain.

“She [Dove] said the truth about Anthony’s death had been hidden by CNN so as not to ruin his image which for them is very valuable… He had relapsed on heroin according to the toxicology that Rain Dove said she had seen. Two days before he had relapsed. My brain is thinking, two days before he sounded strange… So I believed her [Dove] in this second. Then she told me Anthony was with a prostitute… She gave me strange details, that she was Middle Eastern, that CCTV showed she was wearing a hijab. They were together and Anthony was very angry with CNN because he thought they were painting him as a reality TV star and he wanted to be recognized as a humanitarian… I had never witnessed this aspect of him. I’m trying to imagine this version of Anthony… She said he took a syringe, jabbed it into his neck and injected heroin. The woman said that she saw him fumbling with the bathrobe belt and she left… Then she said, ‘I think he killed himself because he was afraid he would die of an overdose and that would look terrible for him.’… She said, ‘He had a giant bruise on his neck and he didn’t break his neck he died of suffocation.”‘

While Argento now recognizes the absurdity of it all, she believed Dove because of her “fragile” state.

“I am believing her because I am so fragile and I am looking for answers and she is giving me them, something to hold on to, a reason that he did it.”

DailyMailTV spoke with another witness who backs Argento’s account of what Dove said and did.

“I am a woman completely destroyed at this point. I don’t know what day it is. I thought maybe this was Rose’s Army that she spoke about. I thought maybe it exists.”

After Bennett’s allegations surfaced, Argento turned to “Rose’s Army” for help.

“I asked Rain if the network could help me some way.”

According to Argento, in response, Dove started to tease out details of what had happened between her and Bennett, which is why Argento texted Dove details of her and Bourdain’s dealings with Bennett.

“I said in the messages I was frozen and he was on top of me and after the act it felt weird.”

McGowan, via her lawyers, denies to DailyMailTV that she was involved in obtaining or making money from the texts. Dove says they were not behind the leaked texts.

Argento concludes:

“I am a single mother, I don’t have work, I can’t support both my children financially.”

Despite the drama, she is optimistic about her future.

“I am wounded… But I will recover.”

[Image via KIKA/WENN.]

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Labor Board Backs Startup Engineers Fired for Unionizinghttps://advices4all.eu/labor-board-backs-startup-engineers-fired-for-unionizing/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 09:10:29 +0000 https://advices4all.eu/?p=2578

The National Labor Relations Board is joining the fight by a group of engineers who want to form a union at a small San Francisco software firm.

The NLRB issued a complaint on Tuesday against Lanetix, alleging that the company violated federal labor laws when it fired 14 engineers in January after they filed papers to unionize. The complaint also seeks an injunction to reinstate the terminated workers with back pay.

It's both a rare case of software engineers seeking to organize, and an even rarer instance of the government rising to their defense. White-collar tech workers have gained attention in recent months for coordinated campaigns against their employers’ business practices, but engineers almost never unionize in Silicon Valley.

Contractors and service workers for tech companies, who often are employed by outsourcing firms, have fought for years to unionize. Shuttle-bus drivers and food-service workers have made some progress. Earlier this month, after five years of organizing, security officers for companies including Facebook, Google, and Genentech, many of whom were making between $12 and $14 an hour, ratified their first union contract. They won wage increases of up to $1.20 per hour, better health care, and, for the first time, paid holidays. Bug testers who worked as contractors for Microsoft filed an NLRB charge for union-busting when they were fired in 2016. But this spring, workers agreed to settle with the contracting company in exchange for dropping the charge after the case seemed to sputter out.

The tension at Lanetix began in mid-November, when the company fired a highly respected female engineer who had been advocating for better pay and leave policies on behalf of her coworkers, according to interviews with two fired engineers and a copy of the complaint obtained by WIRED. The same day, the complaint says that managers held meetings at their offices in San Francisco and Arlington, Virginia, trying to dissuade employees from discussing work conditions in an independent messaging group that employees started on Slack, the popular chat app. The complaint says that Lanetix told workers that any attempts to unionize would be futile, but a group of about 14 nonsupervisory engineers persisted.

In mid-January, after most of the unit signed authorization cards to be represented by the union, Lanetix was informed and the union filed papers with the NLRB. Ten days later, the engineers were fired.

Lanetix develops cloud-based software for transportation and logistics and has raised at least $18 million in funding from Salesforce Ventures and others. Lanetix and Salesforce declined to comment.

Bjorn Westergard, one of the fired Lanetix engineers leading the charge to unionize, says that small concessions by management would have easily deflated their efforts. The tipping point came in January, when management offered additional stock to a handful of high-level male engineers, including Westergard. Employees suspected Lanetix planned to fire lower-level female engineers, many of whom graduated from Hackbright, an all women’s coding boot camp, as did the female engineer fired in November.

“It became increasingly clear that their strategy was divide and conquer—flatter a handful of us in the hopes that we would go along with their plans, and not put up a fight when they fired half of our co-workers,” Westergard adds.

The NLRB’s complaint affirms allegations that the union filed in January. Lanetix employees worked with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild because most of the engineers were in the Virginia office. Cet Parks, the guild’s executive director, says the complaint is a rare victory. “It is hard to get the NLRB to pursue a court injunction for reinstatement and recognition,” he says. Parks also called Lanetix’s timing was brazen. Even if an employer wants to fire workers involved in an organizing campaign, “usually their lawyers are going to inform them that there’s a problem,” he notes.

“Unions are in retreat everywhere,” according to William Gould, former chairman of the NLRB who teaches law at Stanford. He points out that recent Supreme Court decisions have been hostile to workers, and that employers are fighting hard to restrict worker rights. Still, Gould says the NLRB’s request for an injunction to reinstate the Lanetix employees signals the agency’s desire to “put this case to the top of the pile.”

The tech industry has been inhospitable to labor unions since before the microchip was invented. To ward off efforts from labor unions in San Francisco in 1939, Eitel McCullough, which made vacuum tubes for radar and broadcast uses, added an on-site cafeteria and medical clinic, and launched a profit-sharing program. Tech companies used the same strategy in the 1970s, offering employees high salaries and sweet perks to make collective action less appetizing.

The Lanetix engineer who was fired in November, who requested anonymity, told WIRED she was stunned by the termination because Lanetix’s CEO had solicited her opinions on referral bonuses and paid leave, including asking her to announce the improved policy at a company all-hands. Roughly five months before she was fired, the CEO said he appreciated her candid conversation and offered her a bonus or a raise. When board members came to the office, she says the CEO would often bring them by her desk as a way of showing that Lanetix believes in women.

Labor groups hoping to make inroads in the tech industry have tried to draw attention to the Lanetix engineers. In February, Tech Workers Coalition and Tech Action Working Group, part of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America, issued a statement of solidarity with the fired engineers. In March, 30 supporters joined a protest outside Lanetix’s San Francisco office.

Will Luckman, cofounder of Tech Action, said he hoped the action would pressure the NLRB and increase awareness of nascent attempts to unionize within the tech industry. Despite their futuristic sheen, tech companies “actually operate like traditional industrialists and will go through old fashioned methods of suppressing workers,” he says.


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The National Labor Relations Board is joining the fight by a group of engineers who want to form a union at a small San Francisco software firm.

The NLRB issued a complaint on Tuesday against Lanetix, alleging that the company violated federal labor laws when it fired 14 engineers in January after they filed papers to unionize. The complaint also seeks an injunction to reinstate the terminated workers with back pay.

It's both a rare case of software engineers seeking to organize, and an even rarer instance of the government rising to their defense. White-collar tech workers have gained attention in recent months for coordinated campaigns against their employers’ business practices, but engineers almost never unionize in Silicon Valley.

Contractors and service workers for tech companies, who often are employed by outsourcing firms, have fought for years to unionize. Shuttle-bus drivers and food-service workers have made some progress. Earlier this month, after five years of organizing, security officers for companies including Facebook, Google, and Genentech, many of whom were making between $12 and $14 an hour, ratified their first union contract. They won wage increases of up to $1.20 per hour, better health care, and, for the first time, paid holidays. Bug testers who worked as contractors for Microsoft filed an NLRB charge for union-busting when they were fired in 2016. But this spring, workers agreed to settle with the contracting company in exchange for dropping the charge after the case seemed to sputter out.

The tension at Lanetix began in mid-November, when the company fired a highly respected female engineer who had been advocating for better pay and leave policies on behalf of her coworkers, according to interviews with two fired engineers and a copy of the complaint obtained by WIRED. The same day, the complaint says that managers held meetings at their offices in San Francisco and Arlington, Virginia, trying to dissuade employees from discussing work conditions in an independent messaging group that employees started on Slack, the popular chat app. The complaint says that Lanetix told workers that any attempts to unionize would be futile, but a group of about 14 nonsupervisory engineers persisted.

In mid-January, after most of the unit signed authorization cards to be represented by the union, Lanetix was informed and the union filed papers with the NLRB. Ten days later, the engineers were fired.

Lanetix develops cloud-based software for transportation and logistics and has raised at least $18 million in funding from Salesforce Ventures and others. Lanetix and Salesforce declined to comment.

Bjorn Westergard, one of the fired Lanetix engineers leading the charge to unionize, says that small concessions by management would have easily deflated their efforts. The tipping point came in January, when management offered additional stock to a handful of high-level male engineers, including Westergard. Employees suspected Lanetix planned to fire lower-level female engineers, many of whom graduated from Hackbright, an all women’s coding boot camp, as did the female engineer fired in November.

“It became increasingly clear that their strategy was divide and conquer—flatter a handful of us in the hopes that we would go along with their plans, and not put up a fight when they fired half of our co-workers,” Westergard adds.

The NLRB’s complaint affirms allegations that the union filed in January. Lanetix employees worked with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild because most of the engineers were in the Virginia office. Cet Parks, the guild’s executive director, says the complaint is a rare victory. “It is hard to get the NLRB to pursue a court injunction for reinstatement and recognition,” he says. Parks also called Lanetix’s timing was brazen. Even if an employer wants to fire workers involved in an organizing campaign, “usually their lawyers are going to inform them that there’s a problem,” he notes.

“Unions are in retreat everywhere,” according to William Gould, former chairman of the NLRB who teaches law at Stanford. He points out that recent Supreme Court decisions have been hostile to workers, and that employers are fighting hard to restrict worker rights. Still, Gould says the NLRB’s request for an injunction to reinstate the Lanetix employees signals the agency’s desire to “put this case to the top of the pile.”

The tech industry has been inhospitable to labor unions since before the microchip was invented. To ward off efforts from labor unions in San Francisco in 1939, Eitel McCullough, which made vacuum tubes for radar and broadcast uses, added an on-site cafeteria and medical clinic, and launched a profit-sharing program. Tech companies used the same strategy in the 1970s, offering employees high salaries and sweet perks to make collective action less appetizing.

The Lanetix engineer who was fired in November, who requested anonymity, told WIRED she was stunned by the termination because Lanetix’s CEO had solicited her opinions on referral bonuses and paid leave, including asking her to announce the improved policy at a company all-hands. Roughly five months before she was fired, the CEO said he appreciated her candid conversation and offered her a bonus or a raise. When board members came to the office, she says the CEO would often bring them by her desk as a way of showing that Lanetix believes in women.

Labor groups hoping to make inroads in the tech industry have tried to draw attention to the Lanetix engineers. In February, Tech Workers Coalition and Tech Action Working Group, part of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America, issued a statement of solidarity with the fired engineers. In March, 30 supporters joined a protest outside Lanetix’s San Francisco office.

Will Luckman, cofounder of Tech Action, said he hoped the action would pressure the NLRB and increase awareness of nascent attempts to unionize within the tech industry. Despite their futuristic sheen, tech companies “actually operate like traditional industrialists and will go through old fashioned methods of suppressing workers,” he says.


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While You Were Offline: Say Goodbye To Another Presidential Lawyer or Twohttps://advices4all.eu/while-you-were-offline-say-goodbye-to-another-presidential-lawyer-or-two/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 04:34:57 +0000 https://advices4all.eu/?p=2575

It’s been a week that’s seen us inch ever closer to the collapse of NAFTA, seen the White House seemingly confused about how it collectively feels about the death of John McCain, and seen the official death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico raised by almost 3,000, even though the President still claims the official response was “fantastic”. (No wonder his disapproval rating has hit an all-new high.) But what else has been going on this week? I’m glad you asked! Let’s let the internet answer that question, shall we?

You’re Fired (483rd Twitter Edition)

What Happened: Of all the people the President of the United States has pushed out of the White House, perhaps the White House lawyer wasn’t the best choice.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: Elsewhere in the legal worries of the leader of the free world, the reportedly perfectly fine, nothing wrong whatsoever relationship between President Trump and White House lawyer Don McGahn took a bit of a turn early this week, as the President tweeted out a personnel update.

Well, this seems perfectly normal and not something that people were cynically expecting after it emerged that McGahn had multiple meetings with Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the past few months. Still, at least he was given time to prepare for this decision…

On the plus side, everyone in Trump’s orbit must have been happy to see him go…

That’s 84-year-old Republican senator Chuck Grassley there, showing some hey-fellow-kids Twitter chops.

Even as everyone was still coming to terms with the White House lawyer being unceremoniously dismissed without notice, some people had some more thoughts to offer on how this related to the bigger picture:

But as with seemingly every bit of reporting, the President couldn’t resist taking to Twitter to argue against the conventional wisdom in his patented “Nuh-uh, just the opposite!” style, as was obvious on Thursday morning:

As should probably be expected at this point, most people took this as confirmation that just the opposite was actually true. But a third tweet made ears perk up amongst the political watchers:

The replacement in question…? That’s an open question at time of writing, thanks to entirely conflicting reports:

Hey, maybe Rudy Giuliani could moonlight once he’s finished working on that counter-report.

The Takeaway: Curiously, McGahn wasn’t the only lawyer to leave the White House this week, although this departure was seemingly more voluntary:

Alienated Citizens of the World, Unite

What Happened: For those who thought that the current administration couldn’t do anything to get more racist, I introduce to you: Telling U.S. citizens they aren’t really citizens because they’re Hispanic.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: As if there weren’t enough reasons to feel concerned about the administration’s attitude towards immigration (Hundreds of children are still separated from their parents, in case you’re wondering), a new report from the middle of this week brought an additional wrinkle:

The Washington Post’s report alleged that American citizens were getting passport applications rejected in Texas, with “hundreds, and possibly thousands” of Hispanic citizens being accused of using fake birth certificates.

To call this a big deal would be a severe understatement, and the original report was quickly shared by other outlets across the internet. Twitter, too, was shocked by what was happening:

As might be expected, the State Department pushed back on the reports, but there was one obvious problem with that…

Oh, and it’s not just passports or the administration, as it turns out:

The Takeaway: Yeah, this isn’t terrifying in the slightest. Maybe there’s a silver lining to be found somewhere…

From Give and Take and Still Somehow

What Happened: The President and his lawyers have come up with a new plan to combat the special investigation into potential collusion with Russia; release its own fake report. No, really.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: You know what they always say: If you can’t beat them, release your own version of something and just pretend that they’re entirely equivalent. And speaking of the current special counsel investigation into the President of the United States and potential collusion with foreign entities…

There are all manner of obvious flaws in this plan, such as who would believe a report put together by the subject of the investigation? (I mean, sadly, we know the answer, but still.) There’s also this small drawback:

That is a problem. How can you write a rebuttal to a mystery topic…?

Actually, the apparent truth is only incrementally less likely:

Somewhat amazingly, this turns out not to be the first time the subject has been raised publicly by Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney. But, sure, this definitely sounds like a good use of everyone’s time:

If nothing else, he’ll have to work quickly in order to—as the original report put it—release the report within minutes of Mueller’s official, actually researched, report.

Let's be real: There’s almost no way this could fail.

The Takeaway: Who couldn’t be convinced by a well-reasoned argument from this guy?

Why They Changed It I Can’t Say

What Happened: New York got an unexpected name change this week on certain apps, thanks to an act of anti-semitic “digital graffiti.”

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: New York users of Snapchat, the Weather Channel, and other online services with map services received an unpleasant surprise on Thursday morning:

Of course, this quickly went viral, because of course it did. The root, as it happened, was quickly identified—

—and dealt with:

But what caught some people’s attention was the choice of slur city name—and how much of a failure it ultimately was:

Others wondered if New York's new identity could be an improvement:

Sadly, not everyone was happy with the takeover:

The Takeaway: It wouldn’t be a New York moment without at least one person fondly remembering the good old days…

Slight Return

What Happened: After less than a year away, Louis C.K. has stepped back into the spotlight to return to comedy—and it turns out people aren’t really into that idea so much.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: Hey, remember last November, when comedian Louis C.K. admitted that reports of his sexually harassing several women, including masturbating in front of them, were true? Remember when he issued a statement saying that he was going to “step back and take a long time to listen”?

Well, that was certainly nine months' worth of listening, I guess. Yes, Louis C.K. returned to the public stage this week (although it turns out he’d actually made a more low-key comeback earlier than that), and it was a return that prompted a very strong response online.

With all kinds of think pieces published in response, the overall feeling about C.K.’s return could be summed up in one simple tweet:

As if to illustrate that last point, an additional fact about C.K.’s set emerged a day later…

The Takeaway: But perhaps we’re being too hard on the comedian…


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It’s been a week that’s seen us inch ever closer to the collapse of NAFTA, seen the White House seemingly confused about how it collectively feels about the death of John McCain, and seen the official death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico raised by almost 3,000, even though the President still claims the official response was “fantastic”. (No wonder his disapproval rating has hit an all-new high.) But what else has been going on this week? I’m glad you asked! Let’s let the internet answer that question, shall we?

You’re Fired (483rd Twitter Edition)

What Happened: Of all the people the President of the United States has pushed out of the White House, perhaps the White House lawyer wasn’t the best choice.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: Elsewhere in the legal worries of the leader of the free world, the reportedly perfectly fine, nothing wrong whatsoever relationship between President Trump and White House lawyer Don McGahn took a bit of a turn early this week, as the President tweeted out a personnel update.

Well, this seems perfectly normal and not something that people were cynically expecting after it emerged that McGahn had multiple meetings with Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the past few months. Still, at least he was given time to prepare for this decision…

On the plus side, everyone in Trump’s orbit must have been happy to see him go…

That’s 84-year-old Republican senator Chuck Grassley there, showing some hey-fellow-kids Twitter chops.

Even as everyone was still coming to terms with the White House lawyer being unceremoniously dismissed without notice, some people had some more thoughts to offer on how this related to the bigger picture:

But as with seemingly every bit of reporting, the President couldn’t resist taking to Twitter to argue against the conventional wisdom in his patented “Nuh-uh, just the opposite!” style, as was obvious on Thursday morning:

As should probably be expected at this point, most people took this as confirmation that just the opposite was actually true. But a third tweet made ears perk up amongst the political watchers:

The replacement in question…? That’s an open question at time of writing, thanks to entirely conflicting reports:

Hey, maybe Rudy Giuliani could moonlight once he’s finished working on that counter-report.

The Takeaway: Curiously, McGahn wasn’t the only lawyer to leave the White House this week, although this departure was seemingly more voluntary:

Alienated Citizens of the World, Unite

What Happened: For those who thought that the current administration couldn’t do anything to get more racist, I introduce to you: Telling U.S. citizens they aren’t really citizens because they’re Hispanic.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: As if there weren’t enough reasons to feel concerned about the administration’s attitude towards immigration (Hundreds of children are still separated from their parents, in case you’re wondering), a new report from the middle of this week brought an additional wrinkle:

The Washington Post’s report alleged that American citizens were getting passport applications rejected in Texas, with “hundreds, and possibly thousands” of Hispanic citizens being accused of using fake birth certificates.

To call this a big deal would be a severe understatement, and the original report was quickly shared by other outlets across the internet. Twitter, too, was shocked by what was happening:

As might be expected, the State Department pushed back on the reports, but there was one obvious problem with that…

Oh, and it’s not just passports or the administration, as it turns out:

The Takeaway: Yeah, this isn’t terrifying in the slightest. Maybe there’s a silver lining to be found somewhere…

From Give and Take and Still Somehow

What Happened: The President and his lawyers have come up with a new plan to combat the special investigation into potential collusion with Russia; release its own fake report. No, really.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: You know what they always say: If you can’t beat them, release your own version of something and just pretend that they’re entirely equivalent. And speaking of the current special counsel investigation into the President of the United States and potential collusion with foreign entities…

There are all manner of obvious flaws in this plan, such as who would believe a report put together by the subject of the investigation? (I mean, sadly, we know the answer, but still.) There’s also this small drawback:

That is a problem. How can you write a rebuttal to a mystery topic…?

Actually, the apparent truth is only incrementally less likely:

Somewhat amazingly, this turns out not to be the first time the subject has been raised publicly by Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney. But, sure, this definitely sounds like a good use of everyone’s time:

If nothing else, he’ll have to work quickly in order to—as the original report put it—release the report within minutes of Mueller’s official, actually researched, report.

Let's be real: There’s almost no way this could fail.

The Takeaway: Who couldn’t be convinced by a well-reasoned argument from this guy?

Why They Changed It I Can’t Say

What Happened: New York got an unexpected name change this week on certain apps, thanks to an act of anti-semitic “digital graffiti.”

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: New York users of Snapchat, the Weather Channel, and other online services with map services received an unpleasant surprise on Thursday morning:

Of course, this quickly went viral, because of course it did. The root, as it happened, was quickly identified—

—and dealt with:

But what caught some people’s attention was the choice of slur city name—and how much of a failure it ultimately was:

Others wondered if New York's new identity could be an improvement:

Sadly, not everyone was happy with the takeover:

The Takeaway: It wouldn’t be a New York moment without at least one person fondly remembering the good old days…

Slight Return

What Happened: After less than a year away, Louis C.K. has stepped back into the spotlight to return to comedy—and it turns out people aren’t really into that idea so much.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports

What Really Happened: Hey, remember last November, when comedian Louis C.K. admitted that reports of his sexually harassing several women, including masturbating in front of them, were true? Remember when he issued a statement saying that he was going to “step back and take a long time to listen”?

Well, that was certainly nine months' worth of listening, I guess. Yes, Louis C.K. returned to the public stage this week (although it turns out he’d actually made a more low-key comeback earlier than that), and it was a return that prompted a very strong response online.

With all kinds of think pieces published in response, the overall feeling about C.K.’s return could be summed up in one simple tweet:

As if to illustrate that last point, an additional fact about C.K.’s set emerged a day later…

The Takeaway: But perhaps we’re being too hard on the comedian…


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This study broke down the psychology behind fonts using your favorite Netflix serieshttps://advices4all.eu/this-study-broke-down-the-psychology-behind-fonts-using-your-favorite-netflix-series/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:30:51 +0000 https://advices4all.eu/?p=2571 advertising data
Free email providers like Yahoo and AOL are still selling your data to advertisers, despite Google ending its practice.
Image: Getty Images

If you’re a Yahoo or AOL email user, advertisers have a pretty good picture of exactly who you are because Yahoo and AOL are scanning your emails.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that owns both email providers, “has been pitching a service to advertisers that analyzes more than 200 million Yahoo Mail inboxes and the rich user data they contain.” This data is then used to figure out what products and services to target its users with. The pitch also broadens out to bring AOL users’ emails into the fold.

After Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 and then Yahoo in 2017, the telecommunications giant rolled the two companies under a subsidiary that houses its digital content properties called Oath. Properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, Tumblr, and Techcrunch all operate under the Oath umbrella. Using this data obtained through users’ emails, Oath can offer its advertisers precision ad targeting across these digital media properties.

Using data obtained through users’ emails for advertising is not unheard of. Scanning emails was the regular practice at Google, where it would use the data obtained from its Gmail users for targeted ads right on the service. The search giant had been scanning user emails and mining them for ad data from the very inception of Gmail way back in 2004. Despite criticism, they continued doing this for 13 years. Yahoo too has been engaging in this practice for more than a decade, well before they were acquired by Verizon. The Silicon Valley mantra had long been that if you’re not a paying customer, then you are the product. 

However, as privacy and security concerns have become more prevalent as the internet becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives, this practice has fallen out of favor. Google announced last year that they put a stop to the practice of scanning your emails to mine ad data, however, they still do scan your emails for product personalization and improvement. As the WSJ notes, Microsoft says they have never used emails for ad data.

For some, the interested news here is that Oath seems to be moving in the opposite direction of the other tech giants and doubling down on the email scanning for ad targeting practice. But, Yahoo and AOL’s parent company actually made this fairly clear earlier this year when they updated its terms of service. Upon logging into your email, users were prompted with only two options: to agree to the terms or decide later. A portion of Oath’s terms at the publishing of this article read as the following: 

Oath analyzes and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail.  This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services.

Still, though, there are very interesting tidbits throughout the WSJ piece that layout just how far Oath takes the email data mining practice. 

Doug Sharp, Oath’s vice president of data, measurements, and insights told the WSJ that “email scanning has become one of the company’s most effective methods for improving ad targeting.” According to Sharp, the email scanning only extends to commercial and promotional emails. 

Sharp also quotes that previously mentioned Silicon Valley mantra to point out that the ad service is “part of the trade-off users make” in order to receive free email from a service like Yahoo. However, he also points out that the company also scans the emails of Yahoo’s paying customers.

Another eye-opening piece of info is how Yahoo seems to have embraced how a number of people have come to use its email service. In its pitch to advertisers, the company acknowledges that many people have come to use a Yahoo email address specifically to send unwanted commercial email blasts and positions it as an advantage.

One way the company is taking this email mining practice further than even company’s like Google once did is with its grouping of similar users together based on the profile the company creates for them based on the data. For example, your email receipts for that Netflix or Hulu account you pay for may trigger Yahoo to place you in a group for movie studios to target.

Users can take the extra step to opt out of the default settings that allow for services like Yahoo and AOL to scan your emails for advertising data. But if you’re a Yahoo or AOL email user and haven’t turned the email scans off already, as even Sharp points out, then odds are you probably don’t really care.

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Free email providers like Yahoo and AOL are still selling your data to advertisers, despite Google ending its practice.
Image: Getty Images

If you’re a Yahoo or AOL email user, advertisers have a pretty good picture of exactly who you are because Yahoo and AOL are scanning your emails.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that owns both email providers, “has been pitching a service to advertisers that analyzes more than 200 million Yahoo Mail inboxes and the rich user data they contain.” This data is then used to figure out what products and services to target its users with. The pitch also broadens out to bring AOL users’ emails into the fold.

After Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 and then Yahoo in 2017, the telecommunications giant rolled the two companies under a subsidiary that houses its digital content properties called Oath. Properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, Tumblr, and Techcrunch all operate under the Oath umbrella. Using this data obtained through users’ emails, Oath can offer its advertisers precision ad targeting across these digital media properties.

Using data obtained through users’ emails for advertising is not unheard of. Scanning emails was the regular practice at Google, where it would use the data obtained from its Gmail users for targeted ads right on the service. The search giant had been scanning user emails and mining them for ad data from the very inception of Gmail way back in 2004. Despite criticism, they continued doing this for 13 years. Yahoo too has been engaging in this practice for more than a decade, well before they were acquired by Verizon. The Silicon Valley mantra had long been that if you’re not a paying customer, then you are the product. 

However, as privacy and security concerns have become more prevalent as the internet becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives, this practice has fallen out of favor. Google announced last year that they put a stop to the practice of scanning your emails to mine ad data, however, they still do scan your emails for product personalization and improvement. As the WSJ notes, Microsoft says they have never used emails for ad data.

For some, the interested news here is that Oath seems to be moving in the opposite direction of the other tech giants and doubling down on the email scanning for ad targeting practice. But, Yahoo and AOL’s parent company actually made this fairly clear earlier this year when they updated its terms of service. Upon logging into your email, users were prompted with only two options: to agree to the terms or decide later. A portion of Oath’s terms at the publishing of this article read as the following: 

Oath analyzes and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail.  This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services.

Still, though, there are very interesting tidbits throughout the WSJ piece that layout just how far Oath takes the email data mining practice. 

Doug Sharp, Oath’s vice president of data, measurements, and insights told the WSJ that “email scanning has become one of the company’s most effective methods for improving ad targeting.” According to Sharp, the email scanning only extends to commercial and promotional emails. 

Sharp also quotes that previously mentioned Silicon Valley mantra to point out that the ad service is “part of the trade-off users make” in order to receive free email from a service like Yahoo. However, he also points out that the company also scans the emails of Yahoo’s paying customers.

Another eye-opening piece of info is how Yahoo seems to have embraced how a number of people have come to use its email service. In its pitch to advertisers, the company acknowledges that many people have come to use a Yahoo email address specifically to send unwanted commercial email blasts and positions it as an advantage.

One way the company is taking this email mining practice further than even company’s like Google once did is with its grouping of similar users together based on the profile the company creates for them based on the data. For example, your email receipts for that Netflix or Hulu account you pay for may trigger Yahoo to place you in a group for movie studios to target.

Users can take the extra step to opt out of the default settings that allow for services like Yahoo and AOL to scan your emails for advertising data. But if you’re a Yahoo or AOL email user and haven’t turned the email scans off already, as even Sharp points out, then odds are you probably don’t really care.

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Blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan flies above UK capitalhttps://advices4all.eu/blimp-of-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-flies-above-uk-capital/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:48:30 +0000 https://advices4all.eu/?p=2567 free speech advocate

London (CNN)A giant blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan hovered Saturday above Westminster in a crowdfunded protest against his record on tackling violent crime in the UK capital.

Some called "higher, higher, higher" as the blimp rose into the sky, the agency said.
More than 3,000 people have donated more than 59,000 pounds ($76,500) to fund the 29-foot balloon.
    ITV
    Protest organizer Yanny Bruere, who describes himself as a British free speech advocate, said he had set up the crowdfunding campaign in response to London authorities' decision to allow a "Trump Baby" blimp to be flown during a visit to Britain in July by President Donald Trump.
    He said the Parliament Square event would mark "the fightback for free speech in our country."
    "Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime sky rocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don't feel safe and they aren't safe. ... Khan Out," he wrote on his crowdfunding page.
    London
    London has seen a spike in knife crime over the past three years, but the capital's Metropolitan Police Service insists it is still a safe city. Khan published a new knife crime strategy in June and promised to do everything possible to drive knife crime from London. The mayor has also called for the government to halt planned funding cuts to the Metropolitan Police.
    The blimp's swimwear is a reference to a controversial weight-loss advertisement banned from the Transport for London network by Khan in 2016 that depicted a woman in a yellow bikini with the slogan "Are you beach body ready?"
    Bruere said any surplus funds would be used "for a continuing campaign to remove Sadiq Khan from office" and to defend free speech.
    Speaking to broadcaster ITV London on Thursday, Khan said: "If people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini, they're welcome to do so -- I don't really think yellow's my color though."
    The request to fly the "Trump Baby" blimp in July was approved by city authorities and the mayor after more than 10,000 people signed a petition.

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    London (CNN)A giant blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan hovered Saturday above Westminster in a crowdfunded protest against his record on tackling violent crime in the UK capital.

    Some called "higher, higher, higher" as the blimp rose into the sky, the agency said.
    More than 3,000 people have donated more than 59,000 pounds ($76,500) to fund the 29-foot balloon.
      ITV
      Protest organizer Yanny Bruere, who describes himself as a British free speech advocate, said he had set up the crowdfunding campaign in response to London authorities' decision to allow a "Trump Baby" blimp to be flown during a visit to Britain in July by President Donald Trump.
      He said the Parliament Square event would mark "the fightback for free speech in our country."
      "Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime sky rocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don't feel safe and they aren't safe. ... Khan Out," he wrote on his crowdfunding page.
      London
      London has seen a spike in knife crime over the past three years, but the capital's Metropolitan Police Service insists it is still a safe city. Khan published a new knife crime strategy in June and promised to do everything possible to drive knife crime from London. The mayor has also called for the government to halt planned funding cuts to the Metropolitan Police.
      The blimp's swimwear is a reference to a controversial weight-loss advertisement banned from the Transport for London network by Khan in 2016 that depicted a woman in a yellow bikini with the slogan "Are you beach body ready?"
      Bruere said any surplus funds would be used "for a continuing campaign to remove Sadiq Khan from office" and to defend free speech.
      Speaking to broadcaster ITV London on Thursday, Khan said: "If people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini, they're welcome to do so -- I don't really think yellow's my color though."
      The request to fly the "Trump Baby" blimp in July was approved by city authorities and the mayor after more than 10,000 people signed a petition.

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