With three sons aged eight to 18 playing in Gran Canaria football clubs, my weekends are inevitably taken up with watching their games. I’ve become a soccer dad. However, I took advantage of a relatively football-free finde to do something altogether more adventurous. As in an expedition to the End of the World. Before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, there was no Flat Earth Society because everybody really did believe that the world was rectangular rather than spherical. And the most westerly of the Canary Islands, El Hierro, was considered the outer limits of the occidental half of Planet Earth. The last time I set foot on El Hierro was for a pre-season tour/bonding session with my football team. It was a beers-for-breakfast type of break with the only exertions other than lifting our drinking arms to mouth coming on the pitch. Well, there was the time I got stranded at one of the island’s three nightclubs because I’d found my dancing … [Read more...] about Travel: How to spend a weekend at the End of the World
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Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Will Tomer THE BLADE Enlarge | Buy This Image I am deleting my Facebook account. Yes, I’ve joined the growing chorus, eager to show my dissatisfaction with Facebook’s reckless data collection practices. Witness Facebook’s tumbling stock price — the company’s market cap fell by more than $100 billion between February and the beginning of April, and most of that fall occurred late into March — as public understanding of Facebook’s policies has grown. Read last week’s column from Will Tomer But, as Internet users all over the world grapple with Facebook’s unethical business practices, it is important to remember the scope of this problem is far greater than most of us realize, and to know Facebook is not the only tech giant collecting and mining personal data on a massive scale. It may not surprise you to know that Facebook has kept logs of every picture, message, … [Read more...] about We need an information consumer’s bill of rights
The offer sounded too good to be true. Because, of course, it was.“My name is Mitler Jeffrey and I work as a freelance marketing agent for RedRain Energy Drink. Would you like to wrap your car in an Ad? The pay is $300 weekly. Please reply if you're interested. Thanks”I’ve written about internet scams before, and online swindlers are nothing if not creative, forever coming up with variations on a singular theme: Creating a credible-sounding transaction that will trick the unsuspecting into parting with thousands of dollars through untraceable means.Fool a few hundred people and you can become a millionaire, with often-devastating consequences for your victims.So to look under the hood of this particular scam, I wrote back to Mitler Jeffrey and said that sounded like a lot of money and I was interested in learning more. What followed was two weeks of back-and-forth filled with stolen identities and bogus companies and a fake check and a fake story line. There were … [Read more...] about I trolled an internet scammer for two weeks. Here’s what I learned.
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Why it matters to you that your kids' teachers are underpaid Inadequate education funding and teacher pay have prompted teacher walkouts across the country. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Published 7:54 p.m. ET April 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Mike Thompson's cartoon gallery Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Teacher pay in America is lagging. Mike Thompson Fullscreen Buy Photo EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to roll back vehicle emissions standards. Mike Thompson/Detroit Free … [Read more...] about Why it matters to you that your kids’ teachers are underpaid
By Peter Fimrite and Kevin Fagan Updated 3:35 pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Now Playing: A woman who said she is a relative of Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman who shot three during a shooting at YouTube in San Bruno on April 3, 2018, talks to reporters; Ismail Aghdam, Nasim's father, apologizes to “all humans.” Media: SFChronicle MENIFEE, Riverside County — Upset relatives of YouTube shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam said Wednesday that they warned authorities she might take her hostility toward the online video-sharing company to a dangerous level, but that those warnings were not heeded. Aghdam was angry for a year at YouTube for limiting the videos she posted about exercise and animal rights, family members said, adding that these concerns were passed on to law enforcement authorities when she was reported missing Monday from her home in unincorporated San Diego County. A woman standing outside the family’s house in Menifee on Wednesday … [Read more...] about YouTube shooting: Family claims police failed to heed warnings