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Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:36:47 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: What Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, and Internet Porn Are Doing to America's Teenage Girls Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> What Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, and Internet Porn Are Doing to America's Teenage Girls By Nancy Jo Sales September 26, 2013 Vanity Fair Friends Without Benefits This year, 81 percent of Internet-using teenagers in America reported that they are active on social-networking sites, more than ever before. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and new dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Blendr have increasingly become key players in social interactions, both online and IRL (in real life). Combined with unprecedented easy access to the unreal world of Internet porn, the result is a situation that has drastically affected gender roles for young people. Speaking to a variety of teenaged boys and girls across the country, Nancy Jo Sales uncovers a world where boys are taught they have the right to expect everything from social submission to outright sex from their female peers. What is this doing to America's young women? ... http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/09/social-media-internet-porn-teenage-girls
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:08:10 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence Message-ID: <email@example.com> Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence By ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT September 29, 2013 WASHINGTON - As the nation's spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Since news reports in early August revealed that the United States intercepted messages between Ayman al-Zawahri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, discussing an imminent terrorist attack, analysts have detected a sharp drop in the terrorists' use of a major communications channel that the authorities were monitoring. Since August, senior American officials have been scrambling to find new ways to surveil the electronic messages and conversations of Al Qaeda's leaders and operatives. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/us/qaeda-plot-leak-has-undermined-us-intelligence.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** "Major communications channel". Sounds, um, vaguely vague. Sounds like someone trying to give the impression that all right-thinking Americuns will accept the hint and leave the guvmint boys to their work. Sounds like someone pumping up their copy with non-facts: the New York Times, which published the Pentagon Papers, has gone down a notch in my estimation. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:03:23 -0700 (PDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com. Subject: Any way around Verizon blocking Page Plus on Verizon prepaid phones? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> A few years ago when I first started using a prepay cel phone you could use Page Plus on any Verizon phone. Apparently things have changed which I discovered when I went to get a newer phone. Now you can't use a Verizon prepay phone with any plan other than a Verizon plan. Or can you? Is there any hack or workaround? It seems the only alternatives are to pay the insane price for a contract phone without getting a contract or finding an older used Verizon phone. Thanks for all input.
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:51:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Consumers say a la carte important, but not worth cutting the cord Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Jim Barthold, FireceIPTV, October 1, 2013 | Despite what service providers often maintain, video consumers | are not all that excited about channel bundles and think they | could do better building their own channel packages, according | to the latest iteration of Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Consumer | Intelligence Series on video content consumption. | | "The majority of conversations, in order of volume were: too | many channels to choose from, paying for channels that are | never watched or unwanted to begin with, and having to bargain | with cable/satellite companies to take advantage of offers," | the report noted in its findings. | | These same consumers said they longed for the ability to build | their own channel packages via a la carte selection and "73 | percent of consumers would prefer to customize their package, | picking and choosing the channels that suit their individual | interests," the report said. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/mh8jesc Neal McLain aka Texas Cable Guy
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:05:12 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: A Facebook Like Is Now Covered by the First Amendment Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> A Facebook Like Is Now Covered by the First Amendment The Founders could not have anticipated Facebook. In another way, though, they totally anticipated Facebook. Simple clicks of a button are now enshrined as constitutionally protected conduits of self-expression. MEGAN GARBER SEP 19 2013 The Atlantic In November of 2009, B.J. Roberts, the sheriff of Hampton, Virginia, ran for re-election. A group of workers in Roberts' office, however, among them one Bobby Bland, weren't enthused about the prospects of their boss's continuation in his role. So they took to their Facebook accounts to protest the run: They Liked the campaign of Roberts's opponent, Jim Adams. Despite the minuscule mutiny, however, Roberts won the election. He then chose not to retain Bland and the others as his employees. The dismissals, Roberts said at the time, were the result not only of budgeting concerns, but also of the workers' hindrance of "the harmony and efficiency of the office." The sheriff had not liked his workers' Likes. Bland and his colleagues took Roberts to court, arguing that, in the dismissals, Roberts had violated their First Amendment rights. In April of 2012, however, the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia dismissed the case on the grounds that a Like didn't involve an "actual statement," and therefore was "insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection." Yesterday, however, that decision was overturned. A federal appeals court ruled that a Facebook Like is, indeed, a form of expression that is covered by the First Amendment. Clicking a button is, per the decision, a protected form of speech. ... http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/a-facebook-like-is-now-covered-by-the-first-amendment/279828/
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:40:52 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Astros draw 0.0 Nielsen TV rating in Houston market during loss to Indians Message-ID: <email@example.com> Astros draw 0.0 Nielsen TV rating in Houston market during loss to Indians What if they played a ballgame and nobody watched? Apparently, we have an answer with regards to Sunday's Indians-Astros contest in Cleveland, at least according to the Nielsen Co. ratings system, and it's this: The Astros have discovered new ways to lose. Not only can they drop a game to the team they're playing, but they can draw less local interest than a static football scoreboard or a rerun of The Cosby Show. According to the Houston Chronicle's David Barron, Sunday's game, which started at noon Central Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time in Cleveland) and was broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Houston, received a 0.00 Nielsen rating - a sampling of a small percentage of the TV-watching population. Sunday's rating came via 581 meters in the Greater Houston area, around half of which were in use by viewers for any 15-minute period during the three-hour bloc between noon and 3 p.m. Meanwhile, 23 percent of households were busy watching the NFL's Houston Texans lose to the Baltimore Ravens, 1.3 percent were watching a NASCAR race, 0.5 percent were watching a Cosby rerun and 0.16 percent were watching the NFL Network's screen of football scores. ... http://mlb.si.com/2013/09/23/houston-astros-nielsen-rating/ New low for Astros: 0.0 TV rating http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2013/09/according-to-nielsen-nobody-watched-astros-indians-game-sunday/
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