This Is Why Your Closed Facebook Groups Went Secret Today Betches

Ask any millennial about their favorite social media platforms, and they’ll tell you Facebook is largely dying out. It’s basically all fear-mongering and your relatives doing embarrassing sh*t on there, anyway, with the additions of political rants nobody asked for and people you haven’t spoken to since high school trying to sell you stuff you don’t want or need. What a fun place! It’s no wonder we’re all flocking to Instagram. Facebook’s one saving grace, though? Facebook groups. If you know, you know. If you don’t know, you probably think I’m some middle-aged loser. Let me tell you, Facebook groups are secretly where it’s at—they are these fun little communities (minus the hateful, racist, right-wing ones—those are terrible and scary) …

Jay Inslee Unveils Stunningly Detailed $9 Trillion Climate Jobs Plan

Evergreen Economy Plan promises at least 8 million jobs over 10 years, and offers the most detailed policy vision yet for mobilizing the entire United States economy to stave off catastrophic global warming and prepare for already inevitable temperature rise. The proposal lays out a five-pronged strategy to launch an unprecedented deployment of renewable energy, fortify the nation’s infrastructure to cope with climate change, spur a clean-tech manufacturing boom, increase federal research funding fivefold and level income inequality by repealing anti-union laws and enacting new rules to close the racial and gender pay gaps. By spending $300 billion per year, the plan projects another $600 billion in annual economic activity generated by its mandates.   “The thing that can really …

UPDATED: WTF Is Going On With Lala Kent And 50 Cent?

This weekend, the internet has been abuzz, talking about one of the biggest, most important crossover events in entertainment history. Unexpected relationships have emerged, there have been mind-bending plot twists, and someone might not make it out alive. Overall, the stakes have never felt higher. No, I’m not talking about Avengers: Endgame, I’m talking about the epic social media feud of 50 Cent vs. Lala Kent and Randall Emmett. The feud first emerged out of nowhere on Friday, when 50 Cent posted a Vanderpump Rules clip on Instagram. In the video, Lala explains to Stassi how she met Randall and “let him hit it the first night,” and that after that he would buy her lots of expensive gifts. If you’re an avid VPR viewer, then …

Delta’s Ham-Handed Union-Busting

Delta Air Lines is facing major pushback from the company, including literature suggesting workers would be better off spending their union dues on video games, alcohol and sports. “Anti-union videos play by our time clocks, anti-union literature is distributed in our break rooms, managers are designated to push the anti-union agenda, and employees are held captive,” said Dan McCurdy, a Delta worker and union advocate who stressed he is not affiliated with any union or outside organization. Provided to HuffPost swift and unforgiving condescending bullshit,” he tweeted.  saidopen letter that Delta was no longer one of the organization’s “preferred airlines.” “When you turn your back on the values of your customers, they will certainly turn their backs on you,” said …

Condom Company Has Come Up With A Way To Erase Babies From The Internet

Tired of seeing your feed clogged up with endless photos of your brother’s/friends’/cousins’ kids? If that’s a solid yes, we have good news. There is now a Chrome plugin to fix it. In a carefully crafted PR stunt, purveyors of condoms and lubricants, Skyn, has designed a web feature to block any baby photo that pops up on your Facebook feed. (See what they did there?) The free-to-use plugin – aptly named the “Baby Blocker” – utilizes a Facebook process that studies the composition of each image uploaded to the platform and “translates” it into a short description using object recognition technology. There are various categories that can be described – nature, for example, which may contain descriptors such as “snow” and …

Condom Company Has Come Up With A Way To Erase Babies From The Internet

Tired of seeing your feed clogged up with endless photos of your brother’s/friends’/cousins’ kids? If that’s a solid yes, we have good news. There is now a Chrome plugin to fix it. In a carefully crafted PR stunt, purveyors of condoms and lubricants, Skyn, has designed a web feature to block any baby photo that pops up on your Facebook feed. (See what they did there?) The free-to-use plugin – aptly named the “Baby Blocker” – utilizes a Facebook process that studies the composition of each image uploaded to the platform and “translates” it into a short description using object recognition technology. There are various categories that can be described – nature, for example, which may contain descriptors such as “snow” and …

Google Street Views ability to calculate car accident risks is digital tech writ large | John Naughton

A new study suggests that machine-learning software, used in conjunction with Street View, can provide more accurate insurance premiums Google Maps, saw the Street View icon and clicked on it and found myself virtually driving down the narrowest country lane you can imagine. Street View was a product of Googles conviction that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission, an assumption apparently confirmed by the fact that most jurisdictions seemed to accept the photographic coup as a fait accompli. There was pushback in a few European countries, notably Germany and Austria, with citizens demanding that their properties be blurred out; there was also a row in 2010 when it was revealed that Google had for a time …

When a poet can’t answer standardized test questions about her own poems, kids are screwed.

This poet’s struggle with test questions analyzing her work verifies what many of us have long suspected. For the record, I enjoy literary analysis. In fact, I loved studying literature and poetry in school so much that I became an English teacher myself. However, there are elements of such studies that have never sat well with me. Most of us learned to dissect poems and pick apart novels to find hidden meanings, process metaphors, and search for an author’s intent and purpose in their work. And at some point, most of us have probably questioned whether or not those authors would agree with our overwrought assessments. Even I—someone who enjoys such analyses and have taught kids to do them—have wondered …

Jameela Jamil Slams Georgias Abortion Law And Shares Her Own Abortion Story And Not Everyones Supportive

The actress and body positivity activist called the bill “inhumane” and “blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women” in a series of tweets. Jamil went on to reveal that she herself had had an abortion at a young and said: “it was the best decision” she ever made. As with her other candid statements she has made before the response to her tweets were mixed. Actress Jameela Jamil caused a stir on the internet after she slammed Georgia’s new ‘heartbeat’ abortion  law  and opened up about her own personal abortion story Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: jameelajamil She ended her thread by stating that she did not intend to make and “diss” towards foster homes but instead felt that …

The NFL Draft Is Ruining Bachelorette Parties In Nashville This Weekend Betches

I don’t know when Nashville became the unofficial bachelorette party capital of the United States, but it seems like every single person on this Earth who is getting married is having their bachelorette there. Don’t get me wrong, $2 PBRs and Hattie B’s hot chicken are great and all, but who was the bridezilla who decided that every single bride in America was going to have their bachelorette party in the same city? And why did we all just follow blindly while simultaneously acting like it is an original idea? (And don’t even get me started on the concept of destination bachelorette parties. I’m convinced these were just invented for Instagram. Oh, wait, you got me started.) But the internet …

Game Of Thrones Accidentally Leave A Starbucks Cup In One Of The Scenes And People Are Losing It

Despite the hard work and attention to detail the production designers and their crew put into each episode, it seems someone didn’t have their coffee that day and left the unapproved prop laying in front of Emilia Clarke. HBO Thanks to the banquet hall lighting – you didn’t have to be the three-eyed raven to notice this Starbucks coffee cup HBO Sitting right in front of Daenerys Targaryen actress Emilia Clark HBO Perhaps a bit of caffeine to sober up the queen after drinking that goblet of celebratory wine HBO Prop mistakes and lighting are not the only features that have caused a buzz among Game of Thrones fans this season. Some of these die-hard viewers have gone so far …

Rare And Surprisingly Cute Three-Eyed Snake Discovered In Australia

If you are looking for an omen for these uncertain times, here it is. A three-eyed snake was found, fittingly, near Darwin, in the Northern Territory, Australia. The animal was found by rangers from the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife who shared the photos on Facebook. The animal is a carpet python, a species that can grow to between 2 and 4 meters (6.6-13.1 feet) and it is commonly found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. The three-eyed creature was just a juvenile, believed to be no older than three months and only about 40 centimeters (16 inches). It was nicknamed Monty (python) when it was found in late March but, unfortunately, it passed away last week. “It’s remarkable …

Is India the frontline in big techs assault on democracy? | John Harris

Encrypted messaging polarises voters and prevents public scrutiny, says Guardian columnist John Harris In 10 days time, two political dramas will reach their denouement, thanks to the votes of a combined total of about 1.3 billion people. At the heart of both will be a mess of questions about democracy in the online age, and how or even if we can act to preserve it. Elections to the European parliament will begin on 23 May, and offer an illuminating test of the rightwing populism that has swept across the continent. In the UK, they will mark the decisive arrival of Nigel Farages Brexit party, whose serving notice of a politics brimming with bile and rage, masterminded by people with plenty …

Alphabet: Google parent company’s shares drop after latest earnings report

Report comes as company faces internal worker turmoil, and a recent $1.7bn fine from the EU Google shares slumped on Monday after the company failed to beat analyst predictions, following a year of internal turmoil, privacy concerns, and several international fines. The companys stock was down 7% in after-hours trading after it reported first quarter revenue of $36.34bn, lower than the $37.33bn revenue forecast by analysts. The quarter one earnings represent a 17% increase from the same time last year, in which it reported $31.15bn in revenue. In a call with investors on Monday, Googles CEO, Sundar Pichai, said the company would continue to invest more in algorithms on YouTube, following recent incidents that saw the platform offering hate speech, …

This woman’s ‘Vegas Rules’ list for her friend’s bachelorette party is the perfect example of what NOT to do.

Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to protect the anonymity of those involved. One of the main reasons I chose to elope is because I didn’t know if I could handle both the stress of a wedding (very stressful according to many listicles I’ve read) and the anxiety of putting together some kind of “bachelor’s night” where I would (due to character flaws beyond therapeutic help) spend the entire time trying to ensure that everyone was having the Best Time Ever.™ I bet I know one bride (“Emma”) who’s probably feeling the same way after giving in to a friend who originally wasn’t invited to a pre-wedding girls’ trip to Las Vegas. The reason the friend …