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    Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty SiriusXm has resurrected a channel for Neil Young’s music, just a day after his entire catalogue was yanked by Spotify after he demanded podcaster Joe Rogan be canceled. Young, 76, wrote a letter that has since been deleted on his website in which he demanded Spotify pick either he or Rogan. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young wrote, Rolling Stone reported. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young had accused Rogan of being a source of life-threatening “misinformation” about Covid vaccines. Spotify refused to cancel Rogan, and so Young’s request that he essentially be self-canceled was honored. The streamer told The Washington Post in a statement: We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision...
    Photo Illustration by Jenna Drenten On TikTok, stories can be manufactured and dramatized like an investigative gossip reel. Can you believe Makayla was dropped from Bama Rush? Do you think Couch Guy was cheating? Did you see Gabby Petito’s last post before she went missing? If you don’t spend much time online, you may not recognize these names. But on TikTok, their stories became sensationalized, memeified, hashtagged and rehashed. The most recent is “#WestElmCaleb.” Women took to TikTok to share their experiences of being peppered with affection, strung along and ultimately ghosted by a New York City-based designer named Caleb, who became the exemplar for the worst aspects of online dating culture. Together, these stories represent the emergence of what I call the “TikTok tabloid,” in which users collectively manufacture and dramatize stories like an investigative gossip reel. Traditional tabloids place the lurid limelight on celebrities and public figures. But the TikTok tabloid targets everyday people. How did we get to the age of the TikTok tabloid? As someone who studies digital consumer culture, I see...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China's top cybersecurity regulator is vowing to crack down on "illegal" online content as part of a campaign to clean up the internet ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics and one of the country's most important annual holidays.The Cyberspace Administration of China announced Tuesday that its month-long internet "purification" campaign is intended to create a "healthy, happy, and peaceful online environment."Beijings Olympic bubble will be the most ambitious Covid quarantine ever attempted. Will it work?The powerful internet watchdog — which President Xi Jinping set up in 2014 in the name of protecting China's internet and data security — tied the campaign to the start of the Lunar New Year, a major festival that runs from January 31 to February 6.But its timing also coincides with the beginning of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will kick off at the start of February. The games mark the largest international sporting event that China has hosted since Xi took power in 2012, and his government has attached great importance to them as a chance to display a powerful and unified...
    The environment is in trouble and humans are largely to blame, but there are things we can do (or not do) to help slow global warming, pollution, deforestation, and other catastrophic events. One thing that’s been especially detrimental to wildlife and the environment is microplastic. The tiny bits of plastic are infiltrating everything from baby bottles to human organs. Collectively, we should be working to reduce our use of microplastics to protect the environment, but a recent viral video on social media is encouraging the opposite. The video was shared on TikTok by jadeimogen98 and shows her “getting revenge” on her cheating ex by pouring glitter all over his things. She dumps tubes of glitter in his shoes, soap, lube, and sock drawer. @jadeimogen98 #cheater #revenge #ex ♬ abcdefu (angrier) – GAYLE The video received a lot of praise from people, with many saying they wish they’d thought of it when going through a breakup. While it may seem like an innocent way to get legal revenge, it’s actually incredibly harmful to the environment. Glitter...
    Every Instagram user has a question about the possibility of growing Instagram followers organically! It is a simple social networking place and one of the best landmarks to present your brand visually. Instagram TV, Instagram Ads, and especially the Instagram Business Accounts have paved a different platform for marketers, influencers, and small and big business hubs to take it to the next level. The context for using Instagram has undergone a considerable change. Now people hook here to connect with their favorite brands and services and shop from there. It is no more a hub to browse for old and new connections. Statistically, every eight people out of ten Instagram users follow one or more brands for sure. If you also love Instagram and would love to grow here, there are only two ways to expand your followers’ list- you can either buy them or earn them organically. If you are a newbie and discovering ways to earn and decipher the reason to invest in growing your account, you have eventually landed up at the correct place. Here you will...
    In this article NFLX(L-R) Co-CEOs of Netflix Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos arrive for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 06, 2021 in Sun Valley, Idaho.Kevin Dietsch | Getty ImagesNetflix is set to report fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Here are the key numbers analysts are looking for: Earnings per share (EPS): 82 cents expected in a Refinitiv survey of analysts. Revenue: $7.71 billion expected, according to Refinitiv. Global paid net subscriber additions: 8.19 million, according to StreetAccount estimates Analysts are expecting the company to add 8.19 million global paid net subscribers, which would nearly double the amount from the prior quarter. Netflix added 4.4 million subscribers in the third quarter. Netflix and analysts had anticipated a large jump in consumers toward the end of 2021 when the company released new TV shows and movies that had been pushed to the back half of the year. Bright spots in the quarter could come from strong releases such as the celebrity-filled "Don't Look Up" and "Emily in Paris." The company had...
    Take a moment to watch this adorable video of the spotted skunk.  It does handstands to exaggerate its size and show off its markings.  But the spotted skunk is in danger.  Like so many animals, spotted skunks are suffering as humans warm the planet and destroy their ecosystems.   According to Smithsonian Magazine, scientists have identified seven species of spotted skunks.  They are significantly smaller than striped skunks, often weighing less than two pounds. One of these species, the Plains Spotted Skunk, is particularly vulnerable due to vehicle strikes, habitat loss, and pesticide use that destroys its food sources.  The Texas Comptroller reported that as metropolitan Houston expands, the “plains spotted skunk population in the Katy Prairie occupies the last remaining undeveloped prairie habitat in this region.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is evaluating the status of the species to determine if it warrants an endangered listing.  But the FWS does not plan on making this recommendation until 2023.  To protect the spotted skunk, please sign this petition, and tell the FWS to list the species as...
    The demand for plant-based products has skyrocketed, with more people becoming educated on factory farming and animal agriculture, in addition to the impacts of diet on climate change. In response to the boom of demand for plant-based products, Harvard Business School has created a whole new course dedicated to the plant-based business sector. The course, titled “Opportunities in the Plant-Based Economy,” is being offered as a four-day intensive and will cover topics related to “products, ethics, and the environment.” It’s aimed to help educate entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations on the plant-based market and the opportunities it holds, along with key issues it faces. The course is broken down into four sections, one for each day: 1 – Orientation to the Plant-Based World This section offers an introduction to the class and covers how the growth of plant-based living is changing the world. 2 – Meet the Entrepreneurs This section will cover cell-based meats and challenges in the plant-based sector. 3 – Plant-Based Diets and Wellness This section provides insight on health and athleticism on a plant-based...
    A new streaming television network just launched, but it’s not your typical streaming network. According to a press release, the new platform will host programs focused on saving the planet. The topics include wildlife conservation, habitat preservation, and animal welfare, as well as promoting a healthy, plant-based, cruelty-free, low-carbon-footprint lifestyle. The streaming service is the latest development from UNCHAINEDTV and offers filmmakers with mission-driven content a place to share their work. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Unchained TV (@unchained_tv) In addition to collaborating with mission-driven content creators and non-profits, the service also streams its own original content, such as the plant-based cooking show New Day New Chef and the award-winning documentary on climate, Countdown to Year Zero. The platform is currently accepting submissions for content, so we’ll hopefully be seeing a lot of new content there in the future! You can download the UNCHAINEDTV app for free to start streaming. Related Content: PETA Calls for Boycott of Reality TV Show that Harms Live Animals Dog TV Network Launches to...
    For many, sharks automatically invoke a sense of fear and an image straight out of a scene from “Jaws.” Sharks may look scary, and sometimes an encounter with them can be fatal. (Note: On average, five out of 70 to 100 attacks result in death). But as humans, we are causing far more harm to them than they ever will to us through the shark fin trade. This cruel industry is largely unregulated and involves “shark finning,” or the removal of a shark’s fins while it’s fully conscious. Since shark meat is of little value to fishermen, only the fins are removed. Typically, the preyed upon shark is simply discarded back into the sea, either fully or nearly dead. The trade does not discriminate between shark species, age, or size. The use of longlines (a lengthy fishing line attached with baited hooks at intervals to create a branch-like effect) is at the root of the majority of shark losses worldwide. Once the shark fins are collected, they are dried and used in a Chinese delicacy known as shark fin...
    For many of us, the lull after the holiday rush and the passing over into a new year makes us want to cleanse a little. That often manifests in a diet plan (go with a healthy one), addressing the extra slices of pie or several nights of one-too-many drinks. But, there are other changes that can make January, and possibly the rest of the year, feel better. It’s amazing how good it feels to tidy up the house after a couple of weeks—or months—of letting things go. Taking down all those decorations can seem like a real chore before it’s done, but it is one step to putting the world back to right. And, for those willing to take a few more steps, well, a lot can be done to declutter after the holidays. A decluttered house makes us more mindful and provides true health benefits, so it is totally worth doing, probably more so than that annual after-the-holidays diet. Decorations Some of us can’t wait to get the decorations down, watching the clock for Christmas Day to pass....
    Imagine if every sip of beer sent stark visions of the blazing wildfires, deadly floods, melting icecaps, and 100-plus-degree heat waves that occur around our world each day. Hold your beer, because it can happen. One of the lesser-known consequences of global warming is its impact on the beer industry. Experts believe increased temperatures and devastating droughts will hit the industry supply by the end of the century. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the U.S. beer supply could fall by up to 20%, and consequently, drive prices up. Causes The concerns primarily surround the industry’s intense water usage as the average beer contains about 90-95% water. However, the issue doesn’t only apply to the final product. The average gallon of beer requires five to six gallons of water to make as beer’s most flavorful ingredients require significant amounts of water during irrigation. For example, barley can require 17 inches of water to complete its growth cycle, while hops can require four times more. “As erratic weather and droughts driven by climate change impact crops and freshwater, the...
    People around the world are always looking for new ways to combat the climate crisis. But homeowners, businesses, and buildings developers should look no further than the roof above them. Whether green, blue, or white, each has its own unique environmental benefit. Read on to see which roof may best suit your building or community. Green Likely the most trendy, the “green roof” is a different term for a rooftop garden. They serve a range of purposes — aesthetically and environmentally — including carbon-dioxide absorption, air filtration, and building insulation. Green roofs can also act as a mini-ecosystem, serving as a habitat for insects, butterflies, bees, and birds. In the U.S., Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and New York City are among the major cities that require or incentivize green roofs. White White roofs are beneficial to global warming because they substantially reduce heat. Reflecting up to 85% of the sunlight that hits them, white roofs keep building coolers and save energy that would otherwise be used for air conditioning. Additionally, they don’t warm the air above them...
    FOUNDED in 2019, the Hype House is a collective of TikTok personalities who live and work together in a Los Angeles mansion. On January 7, 2022, a Netflix reality series based on the house premiered. 2Members of Hype House Who are the members of the Hype House? When Hype House first formed in December of 2019, its members included Daisy Keech, Chase Hudson, Thomas Petrou, Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, and Addison Rae, amongst others. In March of 2020, Daisy left the house, citing internal disputes. A few months later, in May, the D'Amelio's also parted ways with the collective. Larri Merritt - known online as Larray - joined the house in January of 2020, but reportedly left later in the year. In January of 2021, Vinnie Hacker became a member, with Russian model Renata Valliulina joining in December of the same year. 2Charlie and Dixie D'Amelio and Chase Hudson were original members of the Hype HouseCredit: The Mega Agency Who is in the cast of the Netflix show? Thomas Petrou At just 23 years old, Petrou is...
    A TECH fanatic's predictions from 10 years ago about how the world would look in 2022 surprisingly came TRUE. Tom Scott shared his thoughts on what 2022 would look like on his YouTube channel back in 2012 - and he has kept a watchful eye over the developments since. 3Tom Scott shared his views on his channel in 2012 - and he surprisingly got some things correctCredit: Tom Scott/YouTube 3He said that in 2022 5G would be the way Brits used the internet, and that there would be some changes to iPhonesCredit: Tom Scott/YouTube The YouTuber predicted that the borders on Apple's phone screens would get smaller - and that the tech company would change their font texts in the next decade. He also correctly guessed that 5G would be "blanket the country" for internet access - but he admitted that this wasn't necessarily a hard guess to get right. Scott also made a few misses in terms of the advancement of technology - including prioritising mobile-first usage over desktop computers. In hindsight, he said: "I...
    More than three in five images relating to beauty in online content feature women who are white, slim, have long hair and are wearing make-up, according to new analysis. A study of more than 1,400 images across stock image sites, media outlets, and search engines, found 73 per cent of pictures accompanied by words relating to ‘beauty’ featured a white woman. 5More than a third - 35% of us still don’t see ourselves represented in cultural content, media and advertisingCredit: Getty In 88 per cent of those, the woman was depicted as slim, while 65 per cent showed them having long hair, and 73 per cent were of women wearing make-up. By comparison, body shape and racial diversity were disproportionately represented, with only a quarter (25 per cent) of images featuring a woman of ethnic diversity, and just two per cent were of a plus-sized woman. And only one in 20 images showed women with visible wrinkles, while just one per cent had age marks, scars or acne. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED The...
    New York (CNN Business)January 6 was a clear turning point for major social media companies — proving that they would, under certain circumstances, be willing to deplatform a sitting US president. But some experts worry that they still haven't done enough to address the underlying issues that allowed Trump supporters and others on the far-right to be misled and radicalized, and to get organized using their platforms. Ahead of the one-year anniversary Facebook-parent company Meta, Twitter and YouTube say they have been monitoring their platforms for harmful content related to the Capitol riot. "We have strong policies that we continue to enforce, including a ban on hate organizations and removing content that praises or supports them," a Meta spokesperson told CNN, adding that the company has been in contact with law enforcement agencies including the FBI and Capitol Police around the anniversary. As part of its efforts, Facebook is proactively monitoring for content praising the Capitol riot, as well as content calling for people to carry or use weapons in Washington DC, according to the company. "We're continuing to actively...
    Citizens from across Europe have come together to demand the end of the shark fin trade in the European Union once and for all. Every year 63 to 273 million sharks are killed for their fins, creating a huge danger of extinction among many species. Not only is this an incredibly cruel practice, but it is also incredibly wasteful. The fin is often the only part of the shark that is harvested and used, leaving the rest of the shark to rot away in the ocean. Many sharks even have their fins cut off as they are still alive, and then are dropped back into the ocean to suffer a long and painful death. The ‘Stop Finning — Stop the Trade’ European Citizens’ Initiative began on February the 1st of 2020 and ends on January 31st of 2022. The goal is to get one million votes and there are only a few weeks left to reach it. The initiative calls to “end the trade of fins in the EU including the import, export, and transit of fins other...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A victim being led to his death. A dad at a playground desperately dialing 911. The distinctive getaway car.  The Cook County Sheriff’s office released never-before-seen surveillance video of a homicide case to the CBS 2 Investigators, hoping that you, our viewers, can help solve this case. READ MORE: Classes Canceled For Chicago Public Schools Again On Thursday; Mayor Lightfoot Says Union's Remote Learning Move Is 'Unlawful, Unilateral Strike'An Unexpected Crime Scene  It was a warm August day – children scurried about the playground, a family sought shade under a gazebo, people picnicked throughout the park.  Typical summertime festivities transpired until two men went down a wooded path, just 100 yards from where these children and families romped about.  Shortly after the two entered the woods, people could hear one of the men shouting for help.  But before the park-goers or authorities could intervene, Chris Urbina, 52, was brutally stabbed to death at a Fullerton Forest Preserve. The murder was so callously executed it even stunned Cook County’s top detectives. “I’ve seen over the course of my...
    Jose Luis Magana/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.After the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot, as researchers and journalists were seeking answers about what happened, how, and why, a trove of helpful information almost magically appeared. Through inept cybersecurity, the right-wing social media site Parler had accidentally made all of its data public to anyone who knew how to find it.  “It would be impossible for anyone to open Parler and see a real-world view of anything.” Journalists pounced, immediately combing through millions of posts, pictures, and videos to report on what people inside the Capitol did that day. Now, a year later, a team of researchers with the left-leaning think tank New America are releasing their findings after a deep and retrospective dive through an estimated 183 million now-public posts. The report, titled “Parler and the Road to the Capitol Attack” and written by Candace Rondeaux, Ben Dalton, and Cuong Nguyen, draws a clearer picture of what took place on the platform ahead of the riot.  “One of...
    People 4 Ponies is an equine charity in the UK that specializes in helping traumatized ponies. Right now, the charity is fighting to shut down the Dartmoor Pony Auction. Dartmoor Ponies are native to the South West of England.  Since the middle ages, they have lived free on the moors, which are inhospitable to many species.  But each fall, sellers round them up during a period called “the Drift” to sell them off for money. By its nature, the Drift takes ponies from their families and their lives, depriving them of freedom.  But on top of this, the Mirror recently provided footage revealing how cruelly people treat these ponies at auction. Many ponies were left without food or water, and others were tossed around by their tails and kicked.  While some ponies, at least, will end up in the care of families, others will be shipped straight off to slaughter. No pony should ever endure this horrible fate. Sign this petition to ban the Dartmoor Pony Auction. Protect Dartmoor PoniesClick Here to Sign Petition To continue speaking up,...
    Facebook allowed itself to be used as a pep rally for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a new investigation by The Washington Post and ProPublica confirms. In the run-up to the 2020 elections, the social media giant cracked down on groups spreading hateful or violent content—but a month after the elections, which was also a month before the violent insurrection, Facebook disbanded the task force working on that, with the result that an average 10,000 posts a day attacking the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s election, and often calling for violence, went up without oversight from the company. “Facebook took its eye off the ball in the interim time between Election Day and Jan. 6,” a former worker on that task force told the reporters. “There was a lot of violating content that did appear on the platform that wouldn’t otherwise have.” Facebook’s “Groups” feature was the key site for such content, with many groups run by conspiracy theorists and people pushing claims that the election had been stolen from Donald Trump rather than the reality that he had lost.  “LOOKS LIKE...
    Facebook permanently suspended the account of Heroes of Liberty - publisher of kids biographies on Amy Coney Barrett   Facebook has permanently disabled the account of a conservative children's publisher for failing to comply with its 'low quality or disruptive content' policy. Heroes of Liberty, which has published child-friendly biographies of Repulican figures like former President Ronald Regan, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and social theorist Thomas Sowell, launched in November 2021, with the goal of producing children's content on underrepresented 'heroes,' said co-founder and editor Bethany Mandel. Facebook did not give exact examples of which posts violated its policy, but in a message to Heroes of Liberty it pointed to a rule included in its advertising guidelines that states: 'Ads must not contain content leading to external landing pages that provide an unexpected or disruptive experience.  'This includes misleading ad positioning, such as overly sensationalized headlines or prompts for users to inauthentically interact with the ad, and leading people to landing pages that contain minimal original content and a majority of unrelated or low quality ad content.' Facebook has not...
    Ever-growing environmental threats are pushing a wide range of animal and plant species to the brink of mass extinction. The looming extinction is so massive that the WWF has warned that it might be the second-largest extinction since the dinosaurs. There are currently 142,500 animal and plant species on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 40,000 of them being marked as “threatened with extinction.” The WWF said, “Around one million species could go extinct within the next decade, which would be the largest mass extinction event since the end of the dinosaur age.” WWF Germany director Eberhard Brandes said, “Species conservation is no longer just about defeating an environmental problem, but is rather about the question of whether or not humanity will eventually end up on the Red List in an endangered category and thereby become a victim of its own lifestyle.” This potential for mass extinction continues to grow as we have already lost a great number of species in 2021. With the ever-present risk of climate change growing, the potential for...
    On Wednesday, PETA urged the Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso to reconsider his stance on keeping Mali, the lone Philippines elephant at Manila zoo. The mayor had given an earlier statement saying that he believed the safest place for Mali was in the Manila Zoo, rather than moving her to a sanctuary. PETA is urging the mayor to reconsider sending the 50-year-old elephant to a sanctuary, where she would get 24/7 care, as well as be introduced to several other elephants from similar backgrounds. They have suggested that the zoo does not have the proper veterinarian care to watch over Mali’s foot issues which can cause death in captive elephants. PETA even offered to cover the cost of transporting Mali to the Thailand animal sanctuary. Rochelle Regodon, PETA’s Policy Manager, said, “In nature, female elephants stay in close-knit, extended groups for their entire lives. These complex social animals need to be with others of their kind in order to lead happy, fulfilled lives. Many elephants who are transferred to sanctuaries have histories similar to Mali’s, but sanctuary...
    In this article GENISteve Bornstein, NFL Network president and CEO, attends the 23rd Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in New York.Evan Agostini | Invision | APYou may not have heard of Steve Bornstein, but you've almost certainly seen the sports content he's helped create over the last three decades. Bornstein, who in 2021 returned to media to change the sports landscape yet again, recently spoke to CNBC's Jabari Young about what we can expect from live sports in 2022, and about what he learned during his time at ESPN and the NFL. First, some background on his successes. Bornstein joined ESPN in 1980 as a programming executive and eventually served as its president. During his tenure, the network launched SportsCenter, NFL Primetime, and channels like ESPN2. He joined the National Football League in 2002 and was vital in launching the National Football League's in-house network, which he publicly fought to place within the cable ecosystem, and the RedZone channel. And in August, Bornstein, 69, joined London-based data and technology...
    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has adopted new Administrative Measures to restrict the spreading of religious content via the internet, Bitter Winter revealed Wednesday. The measures, which will go into force on March 1, 2022, include a stipulation that any reference to religion on the web is illegal unless the sender possesses an “Internet Religious Information Service License.” Internet users without a license may not share images or comments on “religious ceremonies such as worshiping Buddha, burning incense, taking ordination, chanting, worship, mass, and baptisms,” the provisions state. Xi Jinping has complained that the internet is being used to share religious content in order to win over converts, which is forbidden, Bitter Winter reported. Chinese communist authorities have ordered poor Christian villagers to remove Christian images from their homes and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping or risk losing their welfare benefits. https://t.co/bRjDdsjCA9 — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 20, 2020 Only members of the five authorized religions may apply for an Internet Religious Information Service License, since other religions are considered illegal, yet even those...
    A former TikTok moderator is suing the company, claiming that she had to watch hours of videos containing rape, animal cruelty, cannibalism, and mass murder, which prompted her to experience 'severe psychological trauma.'  Candie Frazier was employed by Telus International, a third-party contracting firm, through which she was tasked with moderating videos that users uploaded to TikTok to ensure they met community guidelines. She said she was exposed to videos that contained 'thousands of acts of extreme and graphic violence,' which resulted in her developing depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. She claims that she now suffers from 'severe and debilitating' panic attacks and 'horrific' nightmares due to the gruesome content that she was expected to watch during her job.  Frazier alleges that TikTok did not meet industry-recognized standards to protect her mental health, and she has now filed a class-action lawsuit in the California Central District Court against TikTok's parent company, ByteDance.   A TikTok moderator is suing the company for 'severe psychological trauma' after she claimed she had to watch videos containing rape, animal cruelty, and mass murder (Stock photo) According...
    The last surviving pitbull from Michael Vick’s massive dogfighting operation has died at the ripe old age of 15. Frodo was one of the dozens of fighting dogs rescued in 2007 from the infamous dogfighting ring.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by BADRAP (@badrap_advocacy) BADRAP, a California-based animal welfare group, said, “The “sweet, shy” dog was estimated to be about 15 years old – and spent the last 14 being “pampered like a prince” by the California couple who adopted him.” Johnny Justice, another one of the rescued fighting dogs, died just two days prior to Frodo.  Frodo was named the most accomplished dog of all of the rescues, as he went from being too timid to even look his caretakers in the eye to being so happy and fun-loving. Frodo’s owners said that he had suffered nightmares after his rescue, and they would turn on the TV or a fan to soothe him back to sleep.  Vick served 19 months in federal prison and had to pay $1...
    "We are not making judgement on whether it is right or wrong," the company said, according to Reuters. A "core element" of Amazon's strategy to appease Chinese propagandists was to create a selling portal on the company's U.S. site, Amazon.com, called China Books. The books sold on that webpage include many apolitical titles like Chinese language textbooks, cookbooks, and children's bedtime stories. But Reuters notes Amazon also sells propaganda that extols the virtues of China while covering up the brutal human rights abuses of Uyghurs in the country's Xinjiang region. The 2018 briefing document was prepared for Jay Carney, the current global head of Amazon's lobbying and public policy operations and former White House press secretary during the Obama administration. It describes "the Chinabooks project" as a "key element to safeguard" against problems obtaining licenses to sell e-books on Kindle in China. Amazon is also invested in expanding Amazon Web Services in China, a cloud computing service many foreign companies use to export goods and services abroad. Reuters reported that AWS...
    In this article DISBob Iger poses with Mickey Mouse attends Mickey's 90th Spectacular at The Shrine Auditorium on October 6, 2018 in Los Angeles.Valerie Macon | AFP | Getty ImagesIn order to hit lofty subscriber goals, Disney+ needs "more content for more people," said former Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger. Parent company Disney reiterated its goal of reaching 230 million to 260 million Disney+ subscribers by 2024 during its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report in November. At that time, the company said it had a total of 118.1 million subscribers. "There's guidance out there that the company has provided that I'm neither going to update or comment too much on," Iger said an interview with CNBC's David Faber aired on Tuesday. "Obviously, the company has expressed confidence in its ability to achieve the guidance that it has out there." Disney+ got a boost during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as consumers were stuck at home and desperate for entertainment. However, growth has slowed in recent months as more people returned to outside activities and to work in offices. The...
    Facebook tagged photos of beheadings and violent hate speech from ISIS and the Taliban as 'insightful' and 'engaging', a new report claims. Extremists have turned to the social media platform as a weapon 'to promote their hate-filled agenda and rally supporters' on hundreds of groups, according to the review of activity between April and December this year.  These groups have sprouted up across the platform over the last 18 months and vary in size from a few hundred to tens of thousands of members, the review found.  One pro-Taliban group created in spring this year and had grown to 107,000 members before it was deleted, the review, published by Politico, claims.  Overall, extremist content is 'routinely getting through the net', despite claims from Meta – the company that owns Facebook – that it's cracking down on extremists. There were reportedly 'scores of groups' allowed to operate on Facebook that were supportive of either Islamic State or the Taliban, according to a new report META'S STANCE ON TERRORIST GROUPS  'We do not allow individuals or organisations involved in organised crime, including those designated by...
    D + D – Normal size Etisalat today announced the launch of eLife Ultra Packages, the new generation home internet and digital entertainment packages in the UAE, offering high internet speeds and digital benefits in addition to the best HD and 4K TV channels. The new packages offer on-demand TV entertainment, video games, music, lifestyle features and more. After the Covid 19 epidemic changed the way people use their services and their digital lifestyle, the purpose of these additional services is to cater to the changing needs of families today, beyond providing Internet and home television content. Based on this, Etisalat has introduced eLife Ultra packages with the aim of meeting these new requirements and leading the digital future in the United Arab Emirates. The launch of the new eLife Ultra Packages is an important step towards enabling higher internet speeds to reach 1 gigabit in the eLife Ultra Fusion package with a monthly subscription of 999 Dirhams in the UAE. And spreading high internet speeds in the country. Khalid Al Khouli, CEO of Etisalat’s Consumer Affairs, said:...
    Pet experts have weighed in on how to prevent cats from attacking Christmas trees after a trend of TikTok videos being released. The trend involves people using their trees to scare their cats in the hope of keeping the cats away from it once decorated. While many TikTokers say it works, it’s quite cruel and traumatizing for cats. Fear is not a humane way to keep animals from destroying household items. Fortunately, pet experts have other advice for cat owners. Sarah Wooten, Pumpkin Pet Insurance’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, said, “While possibly effective for keeping your cat away from the holiday decor, scaring your cat away from the Christmas tree is not recommended. This strategy will create conflict in your relationship with your cat, which can lead to additional behavioral or bonding problems down the road. [Scaring cats] may also create fear and anxiety that can result in behavioral or medical problems, such as redirected aggression toward other people or pets, stress diarrhea, stress cystitis (inflammation in the bladder wall that can result in painful or bloody urination), and...
    Chairman of Disney Michael Iger arrives for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 06, 2021 in Sun Valley, Idaho.Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images New year prediction pieces are a journalism standard. But instead of giving my own projections, I asked 10 media executives, the promise of anonymity, to give me their best guesses on what's going to happen in 2022. The rules were simple: The prediction could be anything related to the media and entertainment business, but it had to be significant and couldn't be obvious. Here's what they told me. I'll revisit the predictions at this time next year to see how they turned out, and then poll 10 new executives for their 2023 predictions.Executive No.1: Roku buys Lionsgate's studioOne executive said Roku will buy Lionsgate's film and TV production studio. Roku has been beefing up its original content in the Roku Channel, buying Quibi's content library and "This Old House" in 2021. Founder and CEO Anthony Wood told CNBC in June he's devoting most of his time charting out a content strategy for the company....
    MAGA Republicans spend a lot of time complaining that everyone from CNN, the New York Times and MSNBC to Facebook and Twitter is unfair to them, but those same MAGA Republicans have a long list of outlets that push their disinformation nonstop. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller, this week in one of his Not My Party videos for The Bulwark, stresses that the number of outlets in “MAGAverse” continues to increase and “expand.” Those MAGA outlets, Miller observes, range from “Twitter copycat” Parler to “YouTube knockoff Rumble” to former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social — which Miller describes as “yet another Twitter knockoff.” “Republican Congressman Devin Nunes is even quitting his job to go work for Truth Social,” Miller notes in his video. “Why is all this happening? Well, there’s a demand in the marketplace. Trump voters crave the content that the big platforms have recently been cracking down on…. All this is popping up while the tech censors and D.C. regulators are playing a losing game of whack-a-mole and missing the unintended consequences. The pesky trolls will always find...
    YOU could be breaking the law online on a regular basis without even realising. Some offences are worse than others and could see you fined if you're caught. 1Breaking some of these rules could get you finedCredit: Alamy Here are four online activities that you should avoid. Sharing passwords Lots of people share passwords for streaming services like Netflix or Disney+. It's so common that you may not be aware this can break the terms of service of your account. For example, if you sign up for a single user Netflix account but share the login details with multiple people, you're breaking the terms of services. The U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act also implies using someone else's password online is a crime. Most read in News TechWATCH OUT FBI issues urgent warning to ALL Americans – you could lose money this weekGOING DARK Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Outlook down after earlier mass outageINCOMING! Solar storm warning as Sun 'lashes' Earth's magnetic field todayREVENGE PORN Scary deepfake site using AI to make fake 'nudes' caught spreading across web Watching...
    BADGHDAD—The Facebook group “Soldiers of the Righteous Caliphate” was a bubbling cauldron of noxious extremist support for the Islamic State, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, and the Taliban, dotted with beheading video stills, Islamic State pronouncements, Taliban military exercises, hand-drawn faceless portraits of the late ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and somehow, anime porn. With just over 24,000 members—growing by about 22 percent over the past week, according to the digital research tool CrowdTangle—the Facebook group represented a case study in the malicious mix of extremist support on the platform that continues to evade detection and gain traction. Stories upon stories have been written about extremist groups and their content evading detection, but not many have focused on the antics of lone actor detractors or ‘cyber armies’ aligned with other extremist groups fighting rival terrorist supporters online. The group represented a microcosm of what vigilante digital detractors of the Islamic State, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the Taliban attempt to do when the platform deploys hit-and-miss moderation efforts. It was also the digital equivalent of a wrestling cage match between ‘cyber armies’...
    On June 23, 2021, Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) reintroduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act.  The legislation would have three main components. First, it would introduce a pollinator protection board consisting of scientists, beekeepers, farmers, and conservationists.  The board would evaluate the impact of pesticides on pollinators and monitor the status of native pollinator populations. Second, it would implement monitoring of native bee populations. Third, it would suspend the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, or “neonics,” unless and until experts deemed them safe to use. Protecting pollinators is essential to food stability, not to mention the global economy.  The Congressional Research Service has estimated that bees and other insects contribute $190 billion of value to the global food system each year. But neonics and other pesticides may reduce pollinators’ ability to migrate and even diminish overall bird and bee populations.  According to the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), which summarized recent research on pollinators and pesticides, neonics are insect neurotoxins.  The UMASS report explained: “They are primarily systemic, which means that the active ingredient may be...
    It’s no secret that social media is taking a toll on teenagers, especially girls. Filters and photo editing create the facade of a seemingly perfect life and put an emphasis on unrealistic beauty standards and constant comparison. This often leads to decreased self-esteem and to body image concerns. Having the ability to post, comment and share anonymously gives rise to bullying and rumors spreading at the touch of a button. A study done by Pew Research Center found that 59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online. Even more stark is the association between social media and poor mental health among adolescents. A 2016 University of Glasgow study found that greater social media use was linked with worse sleep quality and higher levels of anxiety and depression. While there is not enough research at this time to definitively state causation, there is a clear relationship between the rise of social media and the rising rates of anxiety and depression among teens. In the United States, parents, teachers and even legislators work hard to censor the content that adolescents...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, has long been a prime target for stringent online censorship thanks to its broad audience base and ability to help influence public opinion.But in the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party, it is not censoring enough — and needs to pay a price, literally.On Tuesday, Weibo was fined $470,000 for repeatedly disseminating "illegal information" in violation of the country's laws and regulations, including its cybersecurity law and a law on the protection of minors.That's far from the first time Weibo has been slapped with such a hefty fine by the government. Over the first 11 months of this year, the social media giant was fined 44 times for transgressions that cost it a total of $2.2 million, according to the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), a government agency under the control of the party. Weibo said in a statement it "sincerely accepts criticism" from the regulator and has established a working group in response to the penalty.Read MoreChinese social media giant Weibo fined by regulator for publishing illegal informationThe latest punishment on...
    Beverage company Suntory has created a plastic bottle that is entirely plant-based. It is set to be released for the beverages Orangina, in Europe, and Suntory Tennensui, in Japan. Suntory plans to commercialize the bottle and make it more widely accessible in alignment with its 2030 goal of eliminating petroleum-based plastic from its global PET supply.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Suntory Holdings, Inc. (@suntoryglobal) The bottle was designed in partnership with Anellotech, who helped create the bottle using mainly wood chips. It is also made with a variety of other recycled and plant-based materials. The plant-based bottle has significantly lower emissions than a petroleum-based plastic bottle does, making this a much more eco-friendly option that doesn’t require the harmful materials used to create plastic. This is great news as the company plans to get to net zero emissions by 2050, helping to reduce the world’s plastic consumption. Every company that offers drinks should consider taking this step, as plastic bottles take so long to decompose and are extremely harmful...
    “Nightmare Alley” looks like it’s going to be a movie that messes with your mind. The plot of the film with Bradley Cooper, according to the preview’s YouTube description, is as follows: When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. Judging from the latest preview, fans are in for a very dark and sinister time. Give it a watch below. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters) I honestly can’t wait for this movie. I’ve been talking about it a bunch with my friends (yes, I have a few friends), and we all think it looks outstanding....
    It’s no secret that the mainstream financial system for sex workers is discriminatory and broken. Payment processors such as Visa and Mastercard are getting increasingly stricter with the adult entertainment space as the stigma against sex workers continues to linger—as we all witnessed back in August, when OnlyFans suddenly announced they would be banning “sexually explicit adult content” from their platform, thereby putting millions of sex workers out of work, only to reverse course a month later after receiving extreme backlash. They weren’t the first adult platform to fall victim to Visa and Mastercard’s dated demands. Pornhub made a similar announcement in 2020 when Visa suspended purchases on the platform temporarily following a skewed New York Times investigation, and just this month, AVN Stars and GayVN Stars announced they too would end “monetized content for creators” on their platform by Jan. 1, 2022, once again citing banking discrimination. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), which advocates for the rights and freedoms of sex workers, responded in a statement: “Companies like Mastercard are now accomplices in the disenfranchisement of millions of sex...
    IF you've ever been frustrated about receiving poor quality images on your iPhone you need to make sure you're using the right method. Sending photos between iPhones or Apple devices is much better if you use AirDop. 1iPhone users should be making the most of AirDrop AirDrop is only available on iOS and MacOS, which is unfortunate if your friends have an Android phone. Google has its own version of AirDrop called Nearby Share. If you're sharing between Apple products, AirDrop is much better than emailing or using a messaging app because the quality of the photo is kept consistent. It works on any device running iOS 7 or newer. How to use AirDrop on iPhone Make sure you're within 30 feet of the device you want to send content between. You can send photos, documents, audio, web links and more via AirDrop. Turn your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on or make sure you have data. Open your Control Center panel by swiping on your homescreen and hold down the Wi-Fi symbol. It should expand into a menu and an option...
    Haitians are still dealing with repercussions from a decade of natural disasters.  Hurricanes Tomas wreaked major destruction in 2010 alongside a major, 7.0 magnitude earthquake about 30 miles west of Port-au-Prince, which killed nearly 250,000 people.  Hurricane Matthew followed in 2016, and 2018 brought a severe drought that impacted the water supply, agricultural production, and household income.  Furthermore, Haiti has been in the “throes of a political crisis” since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7. In the midst of this suffering, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Tiburon Peninsula in August 2021.  The 2021 earthquake left over 650,000 people needing emergency humanitarian assistance.  At least 2,248 people have died and 12,763 more are injured.  Worst of all, the earthquake destroyed over 60 local health facilities, and the health care system is unable to provide disaster relief—let alone cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other public health issues such as cholera outbreaks. The International Medical Corps is providing much-needed aid in the midst of this crisis.  At the request of USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance,...
    It would be understandable if Teven Jenkins’ patience were wearing thin. Nearly 13 months have passed since the Chicago Bears offensive tackle has started a football game. First a back injury at Oklahoma State prompted him to opt out of the final four games of his senior season in 2020. Then, after the Bears drafted him with the 39th pick in the spring, another back issue required surgery and sidelined him for the first three months of his rookie season. Now, though Jenkins said he hasn’t felt this good physically since he was 18 years old, he remains sidelined behind nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, the 39-year-old veteran whom the Bears signed to fill in. Jenkins, however, said he’s willing to take on whatever role the Bears want for him right now, even if that’s mostly just soaking up Peters’ advice. “It’s all about trusting the process,” Jenkins said Wednesday in his first media session since June. “(Peters is) a (future) Hall of Famer. He’s greatness. So I have no problem sitting behind...
    TikTok videos from left to right; Phillip Chance Jr., 24; Justin Carmona, 29; and Kat Wellington, 23. (Screenshot and compilation by A.R. Cabral/Capital News Service) ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland young people are joining the growing number of content creators on TikTok despite the lack of a robust local community. Digital content creation is among the rising jobs of 2021 as the labor market shifted during the pandemic, according to a LinkedIn report. TikTok, the social media and video app, announced one billion users in September, directly thanking users like small businesses and creators for the milestone. A recent study found  21% of U.S. adults have used TikTok and 48% of people ages 18-29 have used it, according to the Pew Research Center. Capital News Service spoke with some local creators about their experiences as TikTokers from Maryland. Many of the creators featured in this article were found on collabstr.com, a website that connects marketers with content creators, all others were found through the search feature on TikTok. @ninja.phlip Phillip Chance Jr., a 24-year-old from Glen Burnie, produces comedic content on...
    The Bell Bowl Prairie is a five-acre plot of land outside of Chicago that still retains imprints of the continent’s last glaciers.  But the area is now at risk of demolition as the Chicago Rockford International Airport seeks to expand. The Bell Bowl Prairie exists because of “a highly unusual combination of topographic and soil conditions.”  As a gravel prairie, it is “among the rarest of the rare, comprising about 3% of the remaining acreage of high quality prairie in the state.”  And because of its rare qualities, the Bell Bowl houses endangered species of migratory birds and a myriad of other wildlife.  You can follow this link to see a full list of the endangered and threatened species on the prairie, including the rusty patched bumble bee, prairie false dandelion, and upland sandpiper.  For those interested in reading about the Prairie in detail, you should check out this comprehensive report. The good news is that many groups are fighting to preserve this land, including the Natural Land Institute, and there are many ways that you can get...