Online retailers have long gathered behavioral metrics about how customers shop, tracking their movements through e-shopping pages and using data to make targeted offers based on user profiles. Retailers in meat-space have had tried to replicate that with frequent shopper offers, store credit cards, and other ways to get shoppers to voluntarily give up data on their behavior, but these efforts have lacked the sort of data capacity provided by anonymous store browsers—at least until now. This holiday season, shopping malls in the US have started collecting data about shoppers by tracking the closest thing to “cookies” human beings carry—their cell phones.
The technology, from Portsmouth, England based Path Intelligence, is called Footpath. It uses monitoring units distributed throughout a mall or retail environment to sense the movement of customers by triangulation, using the strength of their cell phone signals. That data is collected and run through analytics by Path, and provided back to retailers through a secure website.
this quote is trying to get a point across. atheist DO exist ..thats the point. Just because atheists dont believe in God doesnt mean He doesnt exist.
Atheists never have ever once made the argument that because we don’t believe in a god that that’s what makes it not real. However, Christians frequently make the case that if you just “accept” that God is real that he will reveal himself to you.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri head to court on Wednesday for Kelly Glossip, who’s being denied death benefits after his partner of 15 years, a Missouri state trooper, was killed on duty.
Cpl. Dennis Engelhard died on Christmas Day 2009 after he was hit by a car as he investigated an accident. While spouses and opposite-sex partners of Missouri state troopers can receive an annuity of 50% of the employee’s salary, Glossip is being denied the benefit.
I recently went to my doctor and talked with him about my health. Over the past few months, my mental health has been deteriorated. My happiness has been replaced with overwhelming sadness. Today, I was told by my doctor that I am clinically depressed. He told me that different factors help cause depression. He told me to attempt to do different things and to see a therapist or talk to someone about my depression. So far, my family and the friends that I have told are supporting me and have given pledges to help. I would like to take this time to thank you for being there and caring as I go though a tough time. This is a first for me and I’m really scared. But, I’m also really positive for myself. I am seeking help and hopefully I can overcome my depression and become a better and healthier person.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, explained why he urged fellow evangelicals to support Gov. Rick Perry over Mitt Romney, whom Jeffress termed “a non-Christian” due to his Mormon faith. Jeffress quoted John Jay,…
Because the University of Washington obviously doesn’t take threats written on bar napkins and addressed to “you Terminator loving pencil-peens” seriously, they’ve decided to proceed with their bionic contact experiments and have successfully applied contact lenses to rabbits that can display one “pixel” worth of information. So basically just a blinking light. But rabbits don’t even know Morse code!
The Pew Research Center finds that the Occupy Wall Street movement had its best week yet in news coverage.
“Last week, the U.S. economy was the No. 1 story at 22% of the newshole, with the majority of that coverage focused on the confrontations between protesters, law enforcement, and the city
governments that preside over the public spaces that have become encampments. All totaled, the Occupy Wall Street story accounted for 13% of the overall newshole during the week of November 14-20…
That coverage marked a major spike from the week before when media attention to the protests had dropped to just 1% of the newshole. It surpassed even the week of October 10-16, when the protests, largely focused on income inequality, filled 10% of the newshole as the demonstrations expanded around the country and partisans began turning it into a major political issue.”
The next time you hear about how terrible things were or are in some socialist country, think about the war being spread right now in the media against the Occupy movement.
Police have cleared out encampments in Denver, Oakland, New York, Salt Lake City — and are threatening to clear out Occupy encampments across the country, citing their concerns for sanitary conditions or the potential for violence.
On Nov. 10, in the vicinity of Occupy Oakland, a man was fatally shot. The coverage of the Oakland shooting by the San Jose Mercury News on Nov. 11 stated: “This is the first slaying near the camp, but there have been fights, reports of sexual assaults, rat infestations and other unsafe and unhealthy conditions at the site.”
All the problems listed here pervade other sectors of society — especially sexual assaults, which are usually ignored or made to seem like the victim’s fault.
This spring two New York cops were cleared of sexual assault charges even after being caught on tape visiting the woman’s apartment repeatedly during the same night and explaining away their behavior with the most difficult-to-believe stories.
At that point there was no hue and cry in the media to shut down the NYPD. Given its daily crimes — of stop-and-frisk, wholesale occupation of poor communities, the assassinations of mostly Black people, the violent attacks on OWS and other protesters — that would have been a righteous call.
The movement spawned by OWS is growing more political, taking on everything from union-busting to foreclosures. That is why the media, politicians and police are threatening OWS. It has nothing to do with any problems, some of which might be very real, that exist in the Occupy encampments.
Whatever problems the Occupy movement has, its existence — which by defying private property has given birth to a fighting people’s movement — represents a step forward for the fight for justice.
One study shows incidents of child sex abuse down more than 55 percent since 1992.
Of the two most authoritative national reports, one shows incidents of child sex abuse down more than 55 percent since 1992 and the other documents a 38 percent drop between 1993 and 2006. There are many reasons: more vigorous efforts by police and prosecutors, growing public awareness, effective treatment of abusers, better screening of people who deal regularly with children.
So I was browsing youtube when this ad from the Meth Project popped up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq6Vg8Hm5VA (my apologies if there’s a special way to do this that I’m unaware of). I generally laugh off a lot of these anti-drug PSAs. Not because I’m against the overall message but because most of them are so silly and over-dramatic that I can’t help but laugh. So when I saw this ad, I got a little pissed off. Why is a huge anti-drug organization using anti-gay scare tactics to dissuade people from using meth? What were they thinking when they made this?
Comment from FYF: because the only thing that could make being a meth addict worse is *gasp* being gay!!!!
thanks for sharing this
ChristineLeeM: It is pretty fucked up that they were trying to use anti-gay scare tactics to keep teens/young adults off Meth. I changed the title (Meth makes you Gay) of the blog, no disrespect, but I thought that being gay shouldn’t be equated with having sex with someone of the same gender. I changed it to “Meth Make You so Desperate for $ That You Might…Have Gay Sex, OMG! Anything But That!” There are plenty of people who have sex with the same gender and they’re not desperate, not to mention aren’t drug addicts. There are also people who sell sex and aren’t drug addicts, but need money for, oh, I don’t know, food.
I had similar feelings about the ad, but I thought I might just be overreacting. It still strikes me as somewhat homophobic.