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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It should have been a time of celebration: Brittan Heller would soon graduate from college and head to one of the nation’s top law programs. But when a classmate with unrequited feelings for Heller wasn’t admitted to that same school, he turned his rage on her. He wrote a manifesto titled “A Stupid B—h to Attend Yale Law School” and posted it on a site popular with anonymous trolls. The man urged them to do their worst. Soon strangers were making derogatory, sexualized comments and posting her pictures online. They made threats. Posted her personal information. At one point, FBI agents escorted Heller to class for her protection. “People say, ‘Oh, just log off. Don’t read it. Turn off the computer,’” said Heller, who turned her personal experience from 15 years ago into a legal specialty as a leading expert on online harassment. “This the 21st century, and people have a right to use the internet for work, for pleasure or to express themselves. Telling people not to read the comments is no longer enough. We...
    A 33-year-old felon accused of threatening to kill a former “The Real Housewives of Orange County” cast member in her Newport Beach home after allegedly extorting her over nude photographs is facing more than a half-dozen criminal charges. Ryan Matthew Geraghty was charged with six felony counts – including extortion, assault with a firearm and making criminal threats – as well as two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance following an alleged assault against the reality television star. Her manager confirmed the victim was Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, though prosecutors did not identify her. But they said she and Geraghty had been in a relationship. Geraghty was arrested after he went to Vargas’ home, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her for refusing to give him any more money, prosecutors said. Officers took Geraghty into custody following a reported two-hour standoff at the residence in the 100 block of Medina Way in which police say he was “actively threatening the life” of Vargas. Vargas’ manager, David Weintraub, in a statement issued on Wednesday said Vargas is...
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    What's the background? In "The Closer" special, Chappelle, a firebrand comedian known for cutting and controversial jokes, sparked outrage by poking fun at transgender people's "thin skin" and blasting the effects of "cancel culture." He also declared that "gender is a fact," to the ire of transgender activists, adding, "Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact." Netflix's hosting of the show immediately drew backlash from the LGBTQ community and those supportive of the community within the company. Some employees — including a queer transgender one — decided to show their displeasure by crashing an executive meeting in protest. They were promptly removed and later suspended. Others have threatened to stage a companywide walkout on Oct. 20 in protest, according to The Verge. "Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and...
    By Mary Biekert | Bloomberg Netflix Inc. co-CEO Ted Sarandos again defended the company’s decision to air a controversial Dave Chappelle comedy special featuring jokes about transgender people, denying that it would lead to “real-world harm,” he wrote into an email to staff Monday. “Chappelle makes harsh jokes about many different groups, which is his style and a reason his fans love his comedy and commentary,” Sarandos wrote in an email obtained by Variety. “Stand-up comedians often expose issues that are uncomfortable because the art by nature is a highly provocative. As a leadership team, we do not believe that The Closer is intended to incite hatred or violence against anyone.” Netflix has come under fire the past week for airing Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer,” which has drawn criticism both internally at the company and across the internet. Transgender employees at Netflix are planning a walkout next week to protest the company’s decision to air the show after some employees raised concerns about the material before the show debuted last week. The company’s leaders, including global head of TV Bela Bajaria and Sarandos, decided the...
    Netflix boss Ted Sarandos has come to the defense of Dave Chappelle's 'The Closer' stand-up special against a woke mob trying to cancel it, telling his staff that 'content on screen doesn't translate to real-world harm'. The streaming service CEO's defense was sent in a memo to all Netflix staff on Monday, amid a backlash against the stand-up special and Chapelle's remarks that some have claimed is transphobic. Woke activists have been clamoring for the title's removal from Netflix, with a number of the company's employees scheduled to stage a walkout in protest. But others have vigorously defended the comic's special, with the family of Daphne Dorman - a transgender woman and friend of Chappelle's who committed suicide in 2019  - saying that she would have likely found his material funny. In his lengthy missive, Sarandos also stood up for Dave Chappelle's 'The Closer' and its right to be available on the streaming service. While he acknowledged the concerns aired by the trans community, he denied that when so-called transphobic views are given a platform, they lead to real-world harm, citing examples of other...
    The United Nations recently released a pretty terrifying climate report that not only states unequivocally that climate change is real and caused by people, but there's nothing we can do to stop the warming of the world for the next few decades. Literally, no matter what we do, we are locked into the warming effects of climate change until at least 2050. It's hard to say the report has any good news, but it certainly isn't hopeless. It tells us that with a rapid and aggressive response we could turn this around so that it doesn't get worse after 2050 or maybe even gets a little bit better if we can reach "net zero" emissions. The problem is for the last few decades there has been little serious movement at a governmental or corporate level to address global climate change. Without much agency, we seem to cling to the myth of individual culpability with regards to how our personal choices can impact climate change. Don't get me wrong. I truly believe our individual choices are important and there are...
    The Royal Family are reeling from ‘very real fears’ that Prince Harry’s four-book deal could destabilise the Monarchy by undermining the reputation of his father when he ascends the throne. There is concern that the release of one of the books is reportedly due to come after the death of the Queen, which could hamper the ‘transition’ – a process that began several years ago to prepare the country slowly for the succession. Harry’s lawyers have said the claim that he is waiting for his grandmother to pass away before releasing one of the books is ‘false and defamatory’. The Prince will next year release the first book – described as a ‘definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him’ – to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of his mother Princess Diana. But it also coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there is concern that it could overshadow celebrations to mark her 70 years as Monarch. The Royal Family are reeling from ‘very real fears’ that Prince Harry’s four-book...
    (CNN)Physical punishment does not appear to improve a child's positive behavior or social competence over time, according to a review of 69 studies from the US, Canada, China, Colombia, Greece, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Spanking can cause a child real harm, a review of global studies found.The review, published Monday in the journal Lancet, found physical punishment such as spanking is "harmful to children's development and well-being," said senior author Elizabeth Gershoff, a professor in human development and family sciences at The University of Texas at Austin."Parents hit their children because they think doing so will improve their behavior," Gershoff said. "Unfortunately for parents who hit, our research found clear and compelling evidence that physical punishment does not improve children's behavior and instead makes it worse."Children acted out more after punishmentTo measure the impact of spanking and other physical punishments that parents might typically choose to discipline a child, the review excluded verbal and "severe" types of physical punishment that would be characterized as child abuse. Read MoreSpanking can lead to relationship violence, study saysThat included such...
    Colonial Pipelines recovered Bitcoin ransom is a ray of hope (Opinion) NYPD and ATF are partnering up to reduce gun violence in NYC, Mayor says © Bravo Eboni K. Williams spoke to Insider about the latest episodes of "The Real Housewives of New York" Bravo Eboni K. Williams dealt with the aftermath of her fight with Luann de Lesseps on the latest "RHONY." In many conversations, Heather Thomson was seen speaking in support of Williams. Still, the former Fox News host felt Thomson was "whitesplaining." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Eboni K. Williams is continuing to deal with the aftermath of her fight with fellow castmember Luann de Lesseps, who called her "angry" during a heated argument last week on "The Real Housewives of New York." The first Black castmember on the series immediately called out the word de Lesseps chose to use, later pointing out that it plays into an oft-spoken stereotype for Black women. It didn't help that during a sit down when the castmembers were all discussing the incident, Heather Thomson, a "friend...
    Eboni K. Williams spoke to Insider about the latest episodes of "The Real Housewives of New York" Bravo Eboni K. Williams dealt with the aftermath of her fight with Luann de Lesseps on the latest "RHONY." In many conversations, Heather Thomson was seen speaking in support of Williams. Still, the former Fox News host felt Thomson was "whitesplaining." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Eboni K. Williams is continuing to deal with the aftermath of her fight with fellow castmember Luann de Lesseps, who called her "angry" during a heated argument last week on "The Real Housewives of New York." The first Black castmember on the series immediately called out the word de Lesseps chose to use, later pointing out that it plays into an oft-spoken stereotype for Black women. It didn't help that during a sit down when the castmembers were all discussing the incident, Heather Thomson, a "friend of the show," continued to interject and engaged in "whitesplaining" without her consent, Williams said. "Heather's insertion, while I think her intention was pure and positive, I actually...
    Restrictions enacted throughout the coronavirus pandemic have had a devastating effect on children that will continue to have repercussions, experts warn.  “We’re going to almost need a New Deal for an entire generation of kids to give them the opportunity to catch up,” Executive Director of Share Our Strength Billy Shore said, adding, “we don’t even know what we’re going to be dealing with.” Students’ grades are failing, class participation is down, students face the danger of not having enough to eat, and three million vulnerable students do not appear to be in school at all. Restrictions enacted throughout the coronavirus pandemic have had a devastating effect on children that will continue to have repercussions, experts warn. “We’re going to almost need a New Deal for an entire generation of kids to give them the opportunity to catch up,” Executive Director of Share Our Strength Billy Shore told NBC News, saying that right now, “we don’t even know what we’re going to be dealing with.” Elected officials enacted executive orders in the spring requiring Americans to lockdown and stay-at-home, resulting...
    Washington (CNN)Child welfare organizations for months have felt the full weight of the coronavirus pandemic, navigating concerns about unreported abuse and ensuring their resources are available to at-risk children. But now, deeper into the outbreak, a new challenge is emerging that's complicating their critical outreach efforts: the QAnon conspiracy theory. The most basic QAnon belief -- entirely divorced from reality -- casts President Donald Trump as the hero in a fight against the "deep state" and a sinister cabal of Democratic politicians and celebrities who abuse children. It features an anonymous government insider called "Q" who purportedly shares secret information about that fight via cryptic online posts.And it's the behavior of those who follow the conspiracy theory -- their supposed efforts to help abused children -- that's putting an increasing strain on the resources of actual child welfare groups.The problem has become so severe that one such organization, Childhelp, says it had to set up an auto-response message on its crisis hotline to filter out QAnon callers after their name appeared in a QAnon meme. Read More"If you have a...
    Eden Hazard has made the start of his first Champions League season for Real Madrid. The former Chelsea forward returned to action only a week ago as Los Blancos scored Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 from behind. Harm, named in Zinedine Zidane’s match day squad, managed to get 20+ minutes under his belt at Borussia-Park as he developed the sharpness of his match. Loading videoVideo not available Click to play Tap to play The video will play automatically shortly8CancelPlay now Transforming Vinicius Jr. as part of a double transformation, Zinedine Zidane’s bold gamble finally recovered a point for Karim Benzema and Casimiro Madrid with goals within the final five minutes. Although not playing a role in either goal, some Chelsea fans came up with an interesting theory that prompted the return of the Belgium international debut. Harm got on the scoresheet a few days later, marking his first La Liga appearance with a goal against Husca 4-1 over the weekend. As a result, on Tuesday night, Madrid delighted Inter Milan, managed by former Blues head coach Antonio Conte, as he...
    The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is continuing to warn against doing essentially any of the things that Donald Trump’s crew of Kudlows, Navarros, and Unidentified Jared Kushner Acquaintances #12-16 keep gravitating towards as their own inexpert ideas for combatting a nationwide pandemic. Fauci is now highlighting the rather significant dangers of releasing an unproven or experimental vaccine to the public, something Trump has signaled he intends to do if at all possible as yet another of his preelection Hail Mary moves to “solve” the COVID-19 pandemic without having to do any of the work proven to have been effective in other, less ridiculous nations. In an interview with Reuters, Fauci noted that the rush to distribute an untested vaccine could actually delay the development of other, potentially more effective versions. “One of the potential dangers if you prematurely let a vaccine out is that it would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the other vaccines to enroll people in their trial,” Fauci told Reuters. The problem? Obviously, anyone who has taken a not-fully-tested vaccine pushed into manufacturing and distribution before the...
    Which is one of the reasons Trump and Fauci now seldom meet. The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is continuing to warn against doing essentially any of the things that Donald Trump's crew of Kudlows, Navarros, and Unidentified Jared Kushner Acquaintances #12-16 keep gravitating towards as their own inexpert ideas for combatting a nationwide pandemic. Fauci is now highlighting the rather significant dangers of releasing an unproven or experimental vaccine to the public, something Trump has signaled he intends to do if at all possible as yet another of his preelection Hail Mary moves to "solve" the COVID-19 pandemic without having to do any of the work proven to have been effective in other, less ridiculous nations. In an interview with Reuters, Fauci noted that the rush to distribute an untested vaccine could actually delay the development of other, potentially more effective versions. “One of the potential dangers if you prematurely let a vaccine out is that it would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the other vaccines to enroll people in their trial,” Fauci told Reuters....
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