Trolling Racist Van.

Futile Democracy

Stewart Lee once said that if ‘political correctness’ had achieved one thing, it had forced the Conservative Party to cloak their inherent racism behind more creative language. This July confirmed that Lee may be onto something. The Tories have evolved from this catchy little 1964 Tory campaign leaflet distributed in Birmingham at the time:

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To their new, far more subtle campaign, featuring more creative, yet similarly dirty language and imagery:

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The campaign has drawn condemnation from all sections of the political spectrum. From Lib Dem coalition partners like Business Secretary Vince Cable, who called the vans “Stupid and offensive”, to, amazingly, far right, anti-immigration Nigel Farage who quite rightly noted:

“The danger is that the kind of message that is being sent from these billboards will be taken not just by illegal immigrants but also by many people of settled ethnic minorities as being some sort of sign of open…

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A Tribute to Beck: The Girl Who Believed In Miracles

The Perks of Having Cancer!

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I first met Beck when she strolled into my office at Marystown Central High School to have a chat.  While I have met hundreds of students over the years, something about this girl stood out to me.  She seemed like an old soul in a young body; possessing far too much wisdom for a 17 year old.   Later I heard that Beck had “hooked up” (as the young folks would say) with my cousin’s daughter, April, so essentially, she became part of my extended family.  I am not quite sure if it happened before or after she met the love of her life, but I do recall the horror I felt upon hearing the devastating news that she had cancer.   Even sadder than the diagnosis, was the realization that a medical error prevented her diagnosis from being shared for about a year; a time during which the cancer metastasized to…

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Why Men Don’t Want to Get Married

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Written By: Derrick Jaxn

ImageD. Wade has finally reached a multi-million dollar settlement with his ex-wife. The ex-wife who was arrested for attempting to abduct their children and then claimed to be homeless despite the (paid for)mansion, 4 cars, and $25,000 per month  she’s gotten from Wade since the two’s split. While claiming to be homeless, there just so happened to be a close friend of hers nearby with a home-made sign describing her homelessness to anyone who may have been curious. Right.

This arguing over who gets what is nothing new, but I find the consistency of post-marital money issues interesting being that pre-nuptial agreements are so frowned upon. That’s like a parent who sees other babies wetting their underwear but refuses to buy diapers for their own child for fear they might actually need them one day.

I know, not all women are like this. Most women are…

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Letter to the NC General Assembly: I Can No Longer Afford to Teach

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Dear members of the North Carolina General Assembly,

The language in this letter is blunt because the facts are not pretty. Teaching is my calling, a true vocation, a labor of love, but I can no longer afford to teach.

I moved to North Carolina to teach and to settle in to a place I love. My children were born here; we have no plans to leave. I reassured my family in Michigan, shocked at my paltry pay and health benefits, that North Carolina had an established 200 year history of placing a high value on public education and that things would turn around soon.

When I moved here and began teaching in 2007, $30,000 was a major drop from the $40,000 starting salaries being offered by districts all around me in metro Detroit, but it was fine for a young single woman sharing a house with roommates and paying…

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Police State UK: The Rights You Didn’t Know You’d Lost

Scriptonite Daily

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Recent decades have seen a dramatic curtailing of hard won civil liberties. These restrictions have been inadvertently cushioned by the expansion of the internet and the ability to exercise some of these rights by proxy on the web. Today we look at the scale of the civil liberties confiscations.

What are Civil Liberties Anyway?

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“Civil liberties is another name for the political freedoms that we must have available to us all if it to be true to say of us that we live in a society that adheres to the principle of representative, or democratic, government.” ~ Professor Conor Gearty

These liberties can loosely be described as the right to vote, the right to life, the prohibition of torture, security of the person, the right to personal liberty and due process of law, freedom of expression and freedom of association.

In the UK they were developed through the English…

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The Birth of a Police State: UK Police to be Granted Sweeping New Powers

Scriptonite Daily

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The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces.  Those who refuse orders under the new rules will face arrest, fines and even prison time.

The Ever Increasing Powers

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Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) the government has invented and legislated for a litany of such orders covering everything from dog poo to drug addiction, including but not limited to: Control Orders; Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Orders; Intervention Orders; Crack House Closure Orders; Premise Closure Orders; Brothel Closure Orders; Gang Related Violence Injunctions; Designated Public Place Orders; Special…

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Five Minutes with Dave Martin

The WordPress.com Blog

Every once in a while, we get to sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes here. These are the people who build new features, keep Automattic running, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. This week, we’re very pleased to introduce you to Mr. Dave Martin: Growth Designer, frequent mover, and family guy extraordinaire. 

What is your current role at Automattic? Tell us about the path that led you here.

I have to confess that I’m a bit of a nomad. In thirty-two years, I’ve lived in fifty-three different homes. My career has followed suit. Before Automattic, the longest I’ve ever stayed with a company was two years.

dave martinAt the beginning of this year, I made my fourth role swap within Automattic, having worked as a designer on Akismet, CodePoet, and WordPress Core, running usability tests, designing…

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Five Steps to Cleaning Your Face and Helping Stop Acne

Acne strikes people from adolescence
through middle age, and while there isn’t
a cure for pimples, zits and blackheads,
they can be controlled.
The problem? Most people don’t properly
wash their face. They either over-
exfoliate with harsh scrubbing, or dry it
out using extreme cleansing soaps— both
of which cause the face to
overcompensate and produce even more
oil, which in turn can clog pores. This
creates an unending cycle that can cause
long-term skin damage and premature
aging lines.
Fortunately there is a much gentler way
to properly clean the skin in five simple
steps.
1. Wash your hands with antibacterial
soap so that you don’t transfer acne-
causing bacteria to your face.
2. Splash lukewarm water on your face to
prep the skin for cleansing. Hot water
can damage the skin and cause your face
to begin oil production.
3. Use a cleanser that’s specifically
designed for faces and unclogging pores.
Clogged pores are what keep your skin’s
oil from reaching the surface, which not
only causes blackheads and pimples but
also dries out your face.
One of the top skin cleansers also comes
from one of the most trusted names in
acne treatment: Proactiv® Blackhead
Dissolving Gel.
Proactiv® Blackhead Dissolving Gel uses
Salicylic Acid to help keep pores clear,
reducing blockage and helping prevent
new breakouts from forming. It also
contains Lactic Acid, which is gentle and
helps exfoliate dead skin cells and absorb
excess oil. This not only helps keep pores
clear, but also helps them appear smaller
so that skin looks smoother. Finally, Shea
Butter, which is rich with Omega-6 and
Omega-9 essential fatty acids, as well as
Aloe Vera and Bisabolol help soothe the
skin and protect it from dehydrating.
These combined ingredients can help
break the over-cleansing, acne-causing
cycle that plagues so many people.
4. Gently rub the cleanser into your skin,
moving fingers in a circular motion for
at least 30 seconds. Fingers usually work
better than loofahs or wash cloths that
can irritate the skin.
5. Cup cool water in your hands, lift it to
your face, and rinse. Do this several
times, then pat your face dry — don’t rub
it—with a soft towel.
While these steps seem simple, they
work, and the kind of cleanser you use is
definitely key to your success.
Proactiv® produces the number one acne
treatment system in America, and the
company has won numerous beauty and
skincare awards. They also invest every
year to formulate products that
effectively fight acne while still
protecting your skin.
The Proactiv® Blackhead Dissolving
Gel not only helps deep clean and
decongest pores, it helps clear blackheads
and pimples while absorbing excess oil
and removing dead skin cells. It’s
designed to leave your face glowing and
oil-free, soothe skin irritation, and give
skin a smoother, more hydrated look and
feel. When it comes to the battle against
acne, proper steps and the right cleanser
could make all the difference in the
world.

Howlifeworks.com

Five Steps to Cleaning Your Face and Helping Stop Acne

Acne strikes people from adolescence
through middle age, and while there isn’t
a cure for pimples, zits and blackheads,
they can be controlled.
The problem? Most people don’t properly
wash their face. They either over-
exfoliate with harsh scrubbing, or dry it
out using extreme cleansing soaps— both
of which cause the face to
overcompensate and produce even more
oil, which in turn can clog pores. This
creates an unending cycle that can cause
long-term skin damage and premature
aging lines.
Fortunately there is a much gentler way
to properly clean the skin in five simple
steps.
1. Wash your hands with antibacterial
soap so that you don’t transfer acne-
causing bacteria to your face.
2. Splash lukewarm water on your face to
prep the skin for cleansing. Hot water
can damage the skin and cause your face
to begin oil production.
3. Use a cleanser that’s specifically
designed for faces and unclogging pores.
Clogged pores are what keep your skin’s
oil from reaching the surface, which not
only causes blackheads and pimples but
also dries out your face.
One of the top skin cleansers also comes
from one of the most trusted names in
acne treatment: Proactiv® Blackhead
Dissolving Gel.
Proactiv® Blackhead Dissolving Gel uses
Salicylic Acid to help keep pores clear,
reducing blockage and helping prevent
new breakouts from forming. It also
contains Lactic Acid, which is gentle and
helps exfoliate dead skin cells and absorb
excess oil. This not only helps keep pores
clear, but also helps them appear smaller
so that skin looks smoother. Finally, Shea
Butter, which is rich with Omega-6 and
Omega-9 essential fatty acids, as well as
Aloe Vera and Bisabolol help soothe the
skin and protect it from dehydrating.
These combined ingredients can help
break the over-cleansing, acne-causing
cycle that plagues so many people.
4. Gently rub the cleanser into your skin,
moving fingers in a circular motion for
at least 30 seconds. Fingers usually work
better than loofahs or wash cloths that
can irritate the skin.
5. Cup cool water in your hands, lift it to
your face, and rinse. Do this several
times, then pat your face dry — don’t rub
it—with a soft towel.
While these steps seem simple, they
work, and the kind of cleanser you use is
definitely key to your success.
Proactiv® produces the number one acne
treatment system in America, and the
company has won numerous beauty and
skincare awards. They also invest every
year to formulate products that
effectively fight acne while still
protecting your skin.
The Proactiv® Blackhead Dissolving
Gel not only helps deep clean and
decongest pores, it helps clear blackheads
and pimples while absorbing excess oil
and removing dead skin cells. It’s
designed to leave your face glowing and
oil-free, soothe skin irritation, and give
skin a smoother, more hydrated look and
feel. When it comes to the battle against
acne, proper steps and the right cleanser
could make all the difference in the
world.

Howlifeworks.com

How to Qualify for Free 3G or 4G Wireless Internet

Wireless internet access has changed the
way most of us live. Whether it’s used on
a phone, tablet or laptop, this service lets
us shop, research, find our way when we
need direction, and stay connected with
one another — anytime, anywhere, just
by turning on our device.
The only problem? The monthly data
plan bill.
From AT&T to Verizon, wireless internet
providers know they’ve got us where it
hurts. Without them, we’re stuck in the
Internet dark ages, so they’re constantly
raising their prices, locking customers
into expensive plans they don’t need—
and making it almost impossible to get
out of an inconvenient plan without
paying a hefty fee— or sneaking in pricey
overage fees when we accidentally use
more data than we realize.
Most of us feel like we’ve got no choice in
the matter, but that assumption would be
wrong. FreedomPop is a new Los
Angeles-based startup that is offering
users free wireless internet access every
month—and guaranteeing 2GB free for
the first month upon sign up. There are
no strings attached and no contracts.
Whether you are eligible for 4G or living
in a 3G area, FreedomPop will give you
free Internet, a heavily discounted
hotspot, or USB dongle. You’ll also
receive great customer service to help
you through the process.
Putting things in perspective, estimates
say 500MB per month can power hours of
streaming music, thousands of photos
and Facebook posts, and approximately
23,000 emails. The service features
incredibly fast 3G and 4G internet speeds
(10x faster than 3G), no data caps or
throttling speeds, you can use it
anywhere, and there are no contracts or
cancelation fees.
FreedomPop also allows users to increase
their data plan—either by purchasing one
of their plans, or though free
promotional offers. For example, people
can earn up to up an additional 500MB
per month for every friend they refer,
which would give you 1GB of total data
100% free every month.
How It Works
Visit the FreedomPop website, enter your
zip code, and you’ll know if you qualify
for access. If so, you fill out your basic
address information, sign up, and they
ship you a device to get started.
FreedomPop also has devices that can
connect your iPhone or iPad to the
network without jailbreaking them. And
right now the company is giving new
users 2GB free wireless Internet for the
first month.
Industry response toward FreedomPop
has been incredibly positive, in part
because the company is backed by Skype
Founder Niklas Zennstom’s Atomico,
Mangrove Capital, and DCM. It’s been
covered by Bloomberg Businessweek,
The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNET and
more. And while there’s no way to
predict the future, FreedomPop looks to
become the next major player in this
highly competitive industry. Only this
time the consumer is coming out on top.

Source: howlifeworks.com