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CNN’s John D. Sutter finds this rich valley’s children living in garages and homeless camps.
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Wumo is part of the comedy site Kind of Normal. Kind of Normal is created and run by new creations.
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Because the e-mail warning Blogger users about the policy update was sent to anyone who had marked their blog as containing adult content, whether pornographic or not, many arrived at the help forum confused and seeking answers. Posts asking for clarification and guidance proliferated, with Google employees only occasionally checking in. Mostly, the task of explaining what was happening was left to “top contributors,” power users who get special perks from Google for manning the help desk for their respective Google products.

It is apparent from the responses that top contributors were not briefed on the policy change or coordinated. When the authors of a romance novel-review blog reached out on the forum asking whether the covers of the novels they post on their site might get them in hot water, the response from a top contributor was: probably not, but no guarantees. In another thread asking the same question, a Google employee showed up to reassure a book reviewer that her blog would be unaffected despite the racy covers.

Another power user told the author of a female domination blog that contains bare-bottom spanking photos that his blog would probably be able to continue without being made private. In a different thread, however, a top contributor indicated the Sistine Chapel belonged behind an adult content warning, though “most images of the Sistine Chapel will have artistic context.”

This unevenness perfectly summarizes the response that concerned Blogger users have thus far received. Google either failed or refused to make members of the Blogger team available to users, forcing top contributors to face the wave of user angst that accompanies any policy change without understanding that policy themselves. The result has been an ugly overreliance on vague, stock answers that compound the overwhelming feeling of confusion and abandonment. It feels dismissive — and in some instances, it becomes apparent that it is dismissive.

“A lot of the noise, this week, is from people with large blogs, who don’t want to take the time to examine their content objectively — and from people who know what they have, and think that kicking and screaming will convince Blogger to relax their standards,” wrote Chuck Croll, a top contributor who goes by the name nitecruzr. He added, “Everybody who publishes a blog can be responsible for knowing what is published. If your blog gets too big to know what you have published, you deal with that when it happens.”

Croll isn’t a lightweight — his main blog has 2,147 posts — but it’s impossible to relate to creators of adult content when one lives in a perfectly divided world where the porn is clearly defined and separated from everything else. Only those who have been caught in the increasingly wide nets cast by the tech giant since 2006 understand what Blogger lost this week.

Google is notoriously bad at defining — even internally — what constitutes adult content and what doesn’t. Google Play pulled a Reddit app because sometimes posts on that forum discuss adult topics or link to sites deemed to be adult in nature. Drawing the line between pornography and erotica was so hard, they finally banned erotic apps as well.

Image suspension on Google Plus continues to provide excellent examples of a complete lack of consensus. And a user who shared nudes by the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz using Google Drive reported receiving a warning to desist from distributing any more pornography.

“What constitutes ‘artistic or educational’ for pictures and who makes that decision?” asked Cande, who blogs at Secret Diary of An Online Stripper. “How are we to know what Blogger/Google might consider artistic? Something that is explicit for one person might well be educational for another and what is considered ‘artistic’ is also purely subjective. I don’t think cutting cows in half is art, but it’s prized as art in galleries who exhibit Damien Hirst.”

“It’s a fuzzy policy,” a top contributor lamented, thus providing the most honest response that Google users have ever received on the subject of adult content.

To quote Blogger user Alexander Anichkin, “It’s not that I am not sure about an occasional nude image on my blog, I’m not sure how sure is Google when defining explicitness.”
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Big launch for the team today!  We've hugely improved Google Contacts.  The once tedious task of "managing" your contacts on Google has been made a lot easier, more intelligent... and more beautiful...  The launch is still a 'preview', so go to contacts.google.com/preview, check it out, and let them know what you think!
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While this had been expected for a while, I am sad to say that today we lost a man who was a great artist, a great actor, and an all-around mensch. The world will be poorer without him.
In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
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What is gRPC? gRPC ia a modern, open source remote procedure call (RPC) framework that can run anywhere. It enables client and server applications to communicate transparently, and makes it easier to build connected systems.
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In further news, the US House of Representatives has continued their plans to bring about the Apocalypse, passing a bill (on almost exactly party lines) to effectively ban scientists from being on the EPA's scientific advisory board. Under these new rules, anyone who has done research on anything which the board studies is considered to have a conflict of interest, and therefore cannot sit on the board. Fortunately, simply having a financial stake in the matters which the board studies does not constitute a conflict of interest, so the scientific advisory board continues to be open to corporate public affairs officers, demented preachers, or roving madmen off the street.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate, where it has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the committee chaired by Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma, author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future and other light classics, in which he tells us that because of the existence of God, the "arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is... outrageous." So in all, it's a good year for public affairs officers, demented preachers, and roving madmen off the street in all aspects of our government, and I forecast excellent career opportunities for each of these categories going forward. 

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The GOP-dominated House passed a bill Tuesday that effectively prevents scientists who are peer-reviewed experts in their field from advising the EPA.
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