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Giselle Minoli
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How to Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach

Read this. It's important. If you have been breached, don't sit around and pray nothing happens. At the very least, put fraud alerts on your credit reports and/or put a freeze on your credit. Get ALL THE INFORMATION, so you can make an INFORMED decision. Take action. Protect yourself.
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I don't know, is it just me? But when I look at this gorgeous creature, imagining what it would be like to shoot it just doesn't come to mind. Other possibilities, like what it would be like to mind meld with a Giraffe do, however. Or the sublime thought of being at a picnic table in the wild, perhaps at twilight, having a glass of wine with dinner, when the long soft nose of an even-toed ungulate suddenly slips over my shoulder for a little bite of baguette. Or perhaps setting up an easel and sketching the fabulous beast, or having a chat about our favorite documentaries...you know...something like that. But sucking the life out of it so I can walk on its tanned skin spread out in front of the hearth? Not in this life or any other can I imagine that.
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A Primer in the Art of Denial: On Accepted Sexism & Misogyny, and the Hush Hush Abuse of Women in America

NBC did not "miss out" on Ronan Farrow's expose about Harvey Weinstein. NBC did not want Ronan Farrow's expose about Harvey Weinstein. In the same way Fox News did not want the truth about Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly to get out. In the same way that TROTUS's supporters resist likening him to Weinstein. The reason? Because the number of men in positions of power over women, who use that power to demean, belittle, dismiss, harass, threaten, disabuse, demote, denigrate, destroy, deride (so many words beginning with 'de') and dismantle them...the number is staggering.

The number of people who are complicit in this behavior, the number of people who themselves are afraid of losing their jobs and careers if they report on it, the whole slimy sordid rabbit hole of wretched behavior, cover-up, aiding and abetting, and then the excuses our culture makes for it - this is just locker room talk, all men are this way (No, they are not), it was consensual, it didn't mean anything, she misinterpreted my intention and my actions - is because, essentially, women in this country are not respected. That is the bottom line.

There are significant numbers of men who believe that the purpose of a woman's talent, her physical attributes, her beauty, her abilities, her very essence, is to entertain them and to fulfill their prurient desires, and to give their unhealthy egos a much-needed power boost.

Mother and fathers, please teach your children - your sons and your daughters - from the very earliest possible age, what it means to have respect for themselves and for other human beings, what the word 'No' means, and that they cannot grow up to do to another person whatever the hell it is they feel like doing whenever they feel like doing it. And when your daughters come to you and tell you something has happened to them - as Gwyneth Paltrow told her mother Blythe Danner - THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Don't tell them that this is what life is going to be like for them.

Please teach them that. It is the only way your girls will ever be able to protect themselves...and your boys won't grow up to be the next generation of Harvey Weinsteins. There are quite literally too many of these men to list here. I will let someone else do that.
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"Veronica and Deanna own guns for self-protection and sport. Surviving the massacre has compelled them to reflect on guns - and who should be allowed to own them." - When Gun Owners Survive Mass Shootings, The NY Times
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Those of you who do not believe in any sort of gun control, would you be able to sit down tonight at dinner with your loved ones...your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter, your best friends perhaps...and then, looking each of them in the eyes, your gaze not averted from theirs for one second, could you say to them, 'I just want you to know that I love and cherish you. You are the light and soul of my life. But I think it's important you understand that I value Stephen Paddock's right to obliterate you with an arsenal of weaponry befitting a military operation more than I value waking up with you tomorrow. I think his right to kill you is more important than your right to go to a music concert without the fear of being shot in the head. Just so you know who I am and what I truly value.' See if you can say that. To the people you love. Without flinching. See if you can.
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"In Google’s case, trolls from 4Chan, a notoriously toxic online message board with a vocal far-right contingent, had spent the night scheming about how to pin the shooting on liberals. One of their discussion threads, in which they wrongly identified the gunman, was picked up by Google’s “top stories” module, and spent hours at the top of the site’s search results for that man’s name."
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"Google is much larger than Facebook or Twitter, and it has a wide range of services that played a role in the dissemination of so-called fake news during the campaign. But it is not a social network like Facebook or Twitter, making it harder for blatantly untrue stories to catch on, or for public sentiment to be stirred up through carefully targeted posts." - Daisuke Wakabayashi, the NY Times

I would say this is a categorically naive and baldly untrue statement. For it assumes that the size, or the reach, of a social media network, is necessarily what maximizes or minimizes the negative impact of "blatantly untrue" stories or 'so-called fake news" on these platforms. I would argue that size is irrelevant (ahem...), and that it is the tolerance of blatantly untrue stories and so-called fake news - whether that news is carried aloft on the wings of search engines as massive as Google's, or drilled down through the populace via posts on social media platforms as gigantic as FB or Twitter - that is what allowed public sentiment to be stirred up prior to the election, and which, in fact, continues to this day.

In the United States of America we pride ourselves on a certain dogged (and blind?) love for Freedom of Speech and Liberty, which means that on privately owned public platforms like FB and Twitter anything goes. It also means that money-making businesses, whether they be FB, Twitter or Google, will therefore want to shy away from, if not altogether ignore, the issue of whether or not a policy of disallowing advertising from certain sources or disallowing posts by select sources, including bots, is a form of censorship, a form of censorship that at all costs is not acceptable and disavowed by a country that champions Freedom of Speech, the Right to Speak Freely...and the Right to Make Money any which way it can.

What began as a rumble turned into a roar. And a very large part of it, quite aside from what the Russians were doing, was because the entire commiserating community refused to ask complicated questions about what, exactly, if anything, their responsibility was/is to stem the tide of fake news.

Leading up to the election, I posted often about the issues facing our country, whether the topic was education, gun control, women's rights, racism, xenophobia...the climate...and vicious trolls showed up by the truckload, spewing avalanches of vitriol, rancor, name-calling and flat out verbal abuse. I was told over and over again that this is just the way life is. Really? For whom?

There is absolutely no question that size doesn't matter. Tolerance is what matters. We tolerated interference in our election process in the same exact way we tolerate gun violence, the opioid epidemic and discrimination. All in the name of freedom.

After all, there is no such thing as climate change, the Universe is only a few thousand years old, science is bad, religion is good, the Earth is flat...and Puerto Rico can help itself post-Maria, right? Right.
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More than anything, I'm struck by the way this man chose to spend his time on Planet Earth, doing something destructive rather than creative. A desire to influence people in a negative way, rather than to influence them in a positive way. What a legacy.
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Exactly how many times do the willfully cruel non-healthcare plans the GOP keeps putting forward have to collapse - with the help of decent Republicans like Susan Collins and John McCain - in order for Mitch McConnell et al. to get that the American people will not tolerate healthcare being ripped away from those in need? Yet one more issue about which to Take the Knee. #TaketheKneeAgainstRepealandReplace #TaketheKneeAgainstPoliceBrutality #TaketheKneeAgainstFascism #TaketheKneeAgainstXenophobia #TaketheKneeAgainstRacism #TaketheKneeAgainstDiscrimination
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Had G+ used the same tactic, rather than relying on Users to fend for themselves, perhaps during these last two troll-filled years, fewer committed, interesting and talented people would have given up and left to return to FB.

The only question is..."Why has it taken FB, Twitter & Reddit so long to know there is a problem, and to act on that problem?" But this question can be applied to many issues in front of us today. Why has it taken so long to_____________? Fill in the blank, of which there are too many to count.

“By shutting down these echo chambers of hate, Reddit caused the people participating to either leave the site or dramatically change their linguistic behavior,” the researchers wrote.
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