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NFL draws up new domestic violence discipline

Just saw this on Twitter

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This is definitely on the heels of the light consequences of Ray Rice’s actions as opposed to those who have gotten punished for weed.

As I’ve said before, the issue was that doing drugs, and the consequences, were specifically outlined in the NFL.  That was not the case with domestic violence.

Guess that’s changed, huh?

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Myths about Facebook Messenger

When I logged into Facebook mobile a couple of days ago, I had a message about all of this going on with messenger.  I’ve addressed this already here (telling you to delete the app), and here (telling you to forget what I initially said!)

However, it seems as if some people are still uninformed.

Guys.  The app is not spying on you.

THE INITIAL INFORMATION THAT SCARED EVERYBODY WAS INCORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is what was sent to me via Facebook mobile.
2014-08-27 08.38.57 2014-08-27 08.40.21

Hopefully y’all get it now.

Some more pieces of information:

Calm down everybody. First of all, you can still get your messages on your computer. And second, there is a method to the madness: Facebook has actually improved the message experience with the additional app. I agree that it’s not cool to have to open up another app to do what we always did in Facebook, but messaging this way is truly more robust and, come on — opening the app takes less than a second.

Facebook says by making Messenger a separate app, it can improve the messaging experience by having more room to work within an app dedicated to nothing but communication, instead of having to share space with a growing app that’s mostly about a News Feed, sharing photos and online comments.

I believe they’re onto something, and will tell you why, in a second. But first, let’s also clear up some common, and untrue, urban myths that have blown up over the last two weeks.

Myth: The permissions to use the app are more invasive than ever before.

Reality: The app can grab your contacts, location data and calendar, which sounds pretty horrible, until you realize — they’re the same ones asked by any messaging app, be it Viber, TextPlus or Line.

The Facebook Messenger app does not grab hold of your phone’s microphone to secretly record you. All messaging apps access the mike in case you want to make use of a cool feature — free phone calls from within the app.

{USA Today}

One more:

Here’s what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.

—Myth: You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.

—Reality: While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.

—Myth: The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.

—Reality: Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here: m.facebook.com/policies. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca . Click “view details” under Permissions.

—Myth: Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.

—Reality: The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.

{AP/Yahoo!}

And there’s another article on the Wall Street Journal about all of this if you want to read it.

So bottom line, it’s really okay to download the messenger app if you want to.  IT’S. NO. DIFFERENT. THAN. ANY. OTHER. APP. YOU. HAVE.

So yeah. Everybody chill. It’s okay. Just….chill.

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9 year old kills shooting instructor while shooting Uzi, and I mean…DUH.

It’s not rocket science, people.

9 year olds + automatic Uzi?  I mean….

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 9-year-old New Jersey girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators said Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head and one of the discharged bullets struck the instructor in the head, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.

“All right, go ahead and give me one shot,” he tells the girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.

“All right full auto,” Vacca then says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard.

Authorities said the girl, whose name was not released, was at the shooting range with her parents. The family is from New Jersey and was on vacation, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

The owner of the range said instructors are trained to push weapons out of the students’ hands if something goes wrong, but it’s unclear what happened in this case.

“We really don’t know what happened,” said owner Sam Scarmardo. “Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they’re shooting. If they’re shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they’re left-handed, the same thing.”

{CBS}

So let me get this straight.  You give a 9 year old an automatic Uzi, and she ends up losing control and killing somebody, and you “don’t know what happened?”  I’ll tell you what happened. —–> YOU GAVE A 9 YEAR OLD CHILD AN AUTOMATIC UZI AND SHE LOST CONTROL.

My God how stupid can people be!? In WHAT situation does a 9 year old in America need to know how to shoot an automatic Uzi!?

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot.

He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.

“You can’t give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it,” Scott said.

EXACTLY!!!!

Ugh.

If not trained properly you have grown men who can’t control an Uzi. WTH makes you think a 9 year old can?? 100% preventable! EVERYBODY involved in this situation is at fault. A certified bunch of dummies.

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New Music: The Game (and A BUNCH of other people) Tribute to Mike Brown {audio}

Just gonna drop this off right here for ya.

I’ve seen some mixed reactions to this so far.

The strongest one seems to be that it’s trash. And that the lineup is problematic.

Also, I’ve seen some tweets from Ferguson residents who don’t appreciate artists putting out a song, but haven’t shown support on the ground.

Some are saying that they are trying to profit off of a death.

I get the criticisms. Because…I’ll wait until y’all let me know what each artist has said about this situation.

Oh.

Anyway.

What say you?

BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials issues apology

Looks like Kaptain Krunch’s people called BET’s people about her situation and how the Bey Hive was stinging the living ish outta her cause…

Tuh.

Apology NOT accepted! Y’all knew EXACTLY what you were doing.  You, BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, came for a BLACK child because her mother made you mad by giving MTV ALL of her time and sent y’all a VHS tape! NOPE!!!!!

(ok ok ok. Maybe we accept YOUR apology a lil bit!)

And please believe Khaki will CONTINUE to get all this hate!  She wasn’t FORCED to do a thing!

You’re still out of the Bey Hive, Kindergarten!!

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