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Posted by LadyMorgaine76


What can I say about this? It's a short story depicting Colonel Maximilian Veers doing his Corde-Lisse exercises while his darling Mia leers on that magnificent vision of "sweaty, muscled Max"!

Words: 1285, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 4 of The Farmgirl and the Dirtpounder

Singing Frogs

Oct. 21st, 2016 08:25 am
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Posted by Jathis


Finn learns about a special animal

Words: 311, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Posted by KisVani


Лея волнуется за Эваан и, как оказывается, не зря.

Words: 4151, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Русский

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Posted by Paul Campos


Actual lede of an actual New York Times piece:

WASHINGTON — He didn’t see it coming.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan was in a hotel room in Cincinnati last May when he learned that Donald J. Trump — a man he barely knew, with no institutional ties to his party and a mouth that had already clacked his nerves — had secured the Republican nomination for president.

Who knew that Paul Ryan was actually a Mongolian yak herder (and one without internet access)?

This is predictably a prelude to yet another explanation of how Paul Ryan, one of the two highest-ranking Republican elected officials in America, who endorsed Donald Trump for president months ago and continues to endorse him as of this morning, eighteen days before the election, is like totally in a bind not of his own making, and we should feel real sorry for him, and not hold any of it against him, because he ran a marathon to the top of Pikes Peak in 2:54 or something:

Mr. Sykes [Charlie Sykes, former right wing talk radio host and apparently now Paul Ryan’s errand boy] let Mr. Priebus know via text that Mr. Trump was no longer welcome in Wisconsin. Mr. Sykes said Mr. Priebus responded: “I am the guy trying to fix this! I am in tears over this.’” (A spokeswoman for Mr. Priebus acknowledged that he was upset, but denied any tears.)

Mr. Ryan agonized over his options. Ultimately, he chose not to withdraw his endorsement to keep Republicans motivated to vote, which still angered some of his conference. “I think they ask far too much of the speaker,” said Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, who has renounced Mr. Trump. “His job is to help House Republicans. Period.”

Mr. Ryan will soon find out if those members of his party who support Mr. Trump might come after him in the next speaker election. “We knew they had extreme views and you kind of rolled your eyes and said they were on our team,” Mr. Sykes said. “How much damage could they do?”

Don’t cry no tears around me.

Anyway, when the whole Trump thing is suddenly discovered to be a huge misunderstanding that also never really happened at all (I estimate this discovery will be made at approximately 5:17 AM UTC on November 9, 2016) Paul Ryan will be there to stare soulfully into the eyes of liberal journalists and thinkfluencers, while gently reminding them of the agonizing dilemmas he has endured for the sake of Paul Ryan’s political aspirations the good of the country.


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Posted by GorgeousPorridge

I will be quitting a professional, white-collar job after only six months. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that the new opportunity is a much better fit -- though I'm not sure that explanation will go down well with my current manager. My current bosses are good people and I'd like to keep it cordial, given that our professional circles are small. Any tips? This was my question a few weeks ago. Turns out I was offered the job, and they want me to start sometime in December. I am excited at the new opportunity for a number of reasons: it will allow me to develop new skills that I can extend beyond my current area of expertise (I currently work as a policy analyst in a specific field), and there is the potential for remote work should I choose to go that route. This is helpful, as my wife and I have long considered relocating outside of Washington D.C. to ease our living expenses. Last, I'll be moving from a fast-paced, relatively high-stress environment to a much more laid-back atmosphere, at least according to some folks I know who already work at the new location.

Here's the rub: I started my current job only six months ago. My managers are great -- very nice people, accommodating to employees' outside lives to the extent possible, and overall good folks. It took them some doing to get me hired on, and I initially expected to stay for a few years. However, the "strategic direction" of our office was changed by more senior powers (political appointee) shortly after my arrival, such that my responsibilities shifted away from what I initially expected to be doing. My managers understand this, but they claim they are trying to remedy it and have pledged to get us back on course (though I'm not holding my breath).

My wife and I have talked it through, and the new opportunity seems better in every way. I can develop a new skill set, will have much more time for life outside work, and will have a lot less of the "be available at all hours, including weekends" mentality that prevails at my current organization. Plus, it gives us the freedom to consider a geographical move, should we opt to go that direction, which we've long talked about.

I plan to give my notice in about two weeks, and am going to offer a month of my time to train whoever takes over my portfolio. I work for a large federal government agency, so I doubt they will show me the door, but I know my immediate managers will be sorely disappointed, if not angry, at my quick departure. I feel a bit unprofessional, but on the other hand the opportunity that has recently come my way most likely won't come again any time soon (it's an office that has such low turnover that they haven't had anyone quit in 9 years...only promoted. My position will be a new one).

I'm not under the illusion that quitting after six months will garner me good references, though my work has been excellent. However, our community is small and it's entirely possible, if not probable, that I'll run into these folks again in a professional setting. What is the best way to communicate why I'm leaving (aside from doing it face-to-face, etc.). I could emphasize the ability to work remotely -- which my job could never offer me because of legitimate reasons -- or I could just talk about the opportunity to develop new skills. I'm afraid if I emphasize the latter I'll just get into a conversation loop about how my managers are trying to steer my current job responsibilities back into that area, but unfortunately I'm just convinced they don't have the political clout in the organization to make that happen, even if they are truly earnest in their protestations.

How would you talk about this if you were having the conversation?
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In Seoul, an all-female team is devoted to searching bathrooms and changing rooms for hidden cameras used to make 'molka' porn.
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When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”

And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.

But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

The change is enabled by default for new Google accounts. Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer.

The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on the keywords they used in their Gmail. It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct.

The move is a sea change for Google and a further blow to the online ad industry’s longstanding contention that web tracking is mostly anonymous. In recent years, Facebook, offline data brokers and others have increasingly sought to combine their troves of web tracking data with people’s real names. But until this summer, Google held the line.

“The fact that DoubleClick data wasn’t being regularly connected to personally identifiable information was a really significant last stand,” said Paul Ohm, faculty director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law.

“It was a border wall between being watched everywhere and maintaining a tiny semblance of privacy,” he said. “That wall has just fallen.”

Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville emailed a statement describing Google’s change in privacy policy as an update to adjust to the “smartphone revolution”

“We updated our ads system, and the associated user controls, to match the way people use Google today: across many different devices,” Faville wrote. She added that the change “is 100% optional–if users do not opt-in to these changes, their Google experience will remain unchanged.” (Read Google’s entire statement.)

Existing Google users were prompted to opt-into the new tracking this summer through a request with titles such as “Some new features for your Google account.”

The “new features” received little scrutiny at the time. Wired wrote that it “gives you more granular control over how ads work across devices.” In a personal tech column, the New York Times also described the change as “new controls for the types of advertisements you see around the web.”

Connecting web browsing habits to personally identifiable information has long been controversial.

Privacy advocates raised a ruckus in 1999 when DoubleClick purchased a data broker that assembled people’s names, addresses and offline interests. The merger could have allowed DoubleClick to combine its web browsing information with people’s names. After an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, DoubleClick sold the broker at a loss.

In response to the controversy, the nascent online advertising industry formed the Network Advertising Initiative in 2000 to establish ethical codes. The industry promised to provide consumers with notice when their data was being collected, and options to opt out.

Most online ad tracking remained essentially anonymous for some time after that. When Google bought DoubleClick in 2007, for instance, the company’s privacy policy stated: “DoubleClick’s ad-serving technology will be targeted based only on the non-personally-identifiable information.”

In 2012, Google changed its privacy policy to allow it to share data about users between different Google services - such as Gmail and search. But it kept data from DoubleClick – whose tracking technology is enabled on half of the top 1 million websites – separate.

But the era of social networking has ushered in a new wave of identifiable tracking, in which services such as Facebook and Twitter have been able to track logged-in users when they shared an item from another website.

Two years ago, Facebook announced that it would track its users by name across the Internet when they visit websites containing Facebook buttons such as “Share” and “Like” – even when users don’t click on the button. (Here’s how you can opt out of the targeted ads generated by that tracking).

Offline data brokers also started to merge their mailing lists with online shoppers. “The marriage of online and offline is the ad targeting of the last 10 years on steroids,” said Scott Howe, chief executive of broker firm Acxiom.

To opt-out of Google’s identified tracking, visit the Activity controls on Google’s My Account page, and uncheck the box next to “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services." You can also delete past activity from your account.

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Oct. 21st, 2016 07:02 am
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Some nurses will let you bend the rules. Others are rule-follwers. So long as you know which nurse you're dealing with, you know what to expect and how to ask for what you want.

And then there's this nurse, who most certainly fulfilled the need behind my request, but in the most bizarre way possible.

ME: I'd like a couple of Tylenol, I have a headache.

NURSE: Your last dose of Tylenol was two hours ago, you'll have to wait another two hours. You ARE able to take your Tramadol right now, however.

ME:....uhm...ok...I'll take my Tramadol....

So now I most certainly do not have a headache, I wonder what drives someone to aqueis to a narcotic subject that the patient- didn't even as for.

So now I'm double groggy and headed back to bed. At lest I shouldn't need my Xanax for a while, if at all, toeay. sorry we didn't tak much on FB. My lungs stil hurt but not so bad today.

Holy sht. Tramadol+ anythin prescied is reallt just drunk texting.

Book Reviews

Oct. 21st, 2016 12:00 am
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Posted by Bill Barnes

by Gene ( link to this post | email me | my twitter )


This week's Unshelved Book Club is full of books full of eccentric characters, horror stories for kids, steampunk Civil War goodness, information about the failure of the Catholic clergy's practice of celibacy, and a teen with a secret that could affect his father's chance for reelection.


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