HERE’S the good news. The people of the UK are happier than they have been for years. This is according to the World Happiness Report. While the rest of the world is sinking into psychological depression, we’re much more upbeat. Some of the British Press reporting this have used those dread words: “Despite Brexit . . . ” It wouldn’t occur to them that it might be BECAUSE of Brexit. I suspect for 52 per cent of us that’s pretty much the case. Maybe to keep up levels of national happiness we should leave horrible, authoritarian bureaucracies every year. Just to put a grin on our faces. I mean, the French don’t seem very happy, do they? MAY'S DEAL IS AWFUL But here’s the bad news. Theresa May is still Prime Minister and we’re currently heading for a Brexit which would be a travesty of the one we voted for in 2016. If we get Brexit at all. Some of the Brexiteers in Parliament think we might still be able to … [Read more...] about Take what we can on Brexit and scarper — the longer this goes on, the more likely we won’t leave at all
What is an internet troll
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 3:26 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 The messages started in late December, just as the families and friends of the 17 people who died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, prepared to face the holidays for the first time since the massacre last February. "I killed your loved ones hahaha," said one. "Your grief is my joy," said another. "They had their whole lives ahead of them and I ... stole it from them," said a third. The source was an Instagram account with the username @nikolas.killed.your.sister - an apparent reference to Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. According to the FBI, it belonged to Brandon Fleury, a resident of Santa Ana, California, who was arrested last week after investigators determined that he had created multiple Instagram accounts that were used to taunt the friends and family of Parkland victims, often choosing usernames that invoked Cruz and serial killer Ted Bundy. On Friday, … [Read more...] about An Instagram ‘troll’ impersonated the Parkland shooter to harass victims’ families and friends, FBI says
I recently posted a simple Internet meme suggesting that if we subsidized solar energy like we subsidized fossil fuels that this could be good. I posted that on Google Plus an it engendered way over 300 comments, many of which attempted to explain, often rather impolitely, that solar energy was inefficient or in some other way bad. I'm pretty sure most of those comments come to us courtesy of the bought and paid for climate change denialist campaign, funded by Big Oil to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars to date. Most of the commenters were saying similar things, most of which were either incorrect or irrelevant, and far too many of them showed up on this comment at once to be explained by normal internet behavior, at least on my Google Plus page. This was a move made by the denialists, and rest assured ... they are doing this more and more often as time goes by. What I found interesting about this is the fact that the main complaints were about how inefficient, expensive, … [Read more...] about Is Solar Energy Totally Bogus or Something that Gives Hope?
Julie Globus is now owning the name: LostMessiah. For two and a half years, the Rockland County resident -- a wife, mother and attorney -- wrote an anonymous blog under that name. The blog’s stated purpose: "To uncover crimes, misdeeds and abuses within segments of the Jewish community in the hopes of effectuating change." In an exclusive interview, Globus told the I-Team she had two separate focuses: "One was on the ultra-Orthodox community, and the money -- where it was coming and going? And I was focusing on sexual abuse. I think there is a need to hold myself and others within that religious community accountable." Globus said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her family."“The subject matter that I was touching on was really dangerous stuff, like police corruption. Russian diamond smuggling." Top Tri-State News Photos But now, the 48-year-old has been outed and she wants it to be on her terms. In August, she was served with a libel lawsuit filed on … [Read more...] about I-Team: NY Blogger Chronicling Abuse in Parts of Jewish Community Is Outed
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 11/28/2018 12:00 pm ET Updated 20 hours ago By Jamie Feldman The internet can play wildly contradictory roles in the body-positive movement. On one hand, social media has allowed demand for inclusivity to spread quickly and broadly ― increasingly, the people in media and on runways more closely reflect what consumers and audiences actually look like. It has never been easier to find and follow people on social media who advocate for self-love and inspire their audiences to do the same. But the internet can also be, to put it mildly, a hellscape. Those who have made a career of being open and vulnerable with their followers about issues of body image and activism are no doubt familiar with the vitriol and bad behavior that come from trolls. It’s hard to imagine what being on the receiving end of that kind of hate ― and that kind of love! ― might feel like to a person who promotes inclusion and advocates for self-love. … [Read more...] about ‘I’m Afraid To Google My Own Name’: What It’s Really Like To Be Body-Positive On Instagram