Like a bad boyfriend, Facebook will harass you mercilessly if you try to break up

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Breaking up with Facebook is apparently as difficult as breaking up with a bad boyfriend or girlfriend who won’t accept your decision. That’s the experience Henry Grabar of Slate had when he stopped signing on. He stopped logging in on June 6 and stayed off Facebook for ten days. He had been a member for over ten years and this was the longest period he had remained off the social network. But Facebook didn’t leave him alone. He received 17 email messages in a span of nine days urging him to return.

Grabar is not alone in trying to wean himself off Facebook for various reasons. Some do it because they realize it can be a waste of time, while others do it because of the company’s inability to protect (or lack of interest in protecting) its members’ personal data. The company has mistakenly released data of nearly 100 million of its members and friends of members to third parties, and many of them have used the data for illicit purposes. While Facebook says they are not losing members, some recent statistics paint a different story. According to a Pew study, only 51 percent of U.S. teenagers use the service now, down from 71 percent in 2015. This was the first time the numbers have fallen.

Grabar found that the messages he received actually reinforced his decision to stay off the platform. On one day he received two emails telling him a distant friend had posted a new photo. On another day he received a message telling him that 88 people liked a post in a group he belonged to. And on another day he received an email telling him there was a post to his college alumni group.

A few days later he was notified in an email that a few dozen members of a group he belonged to had commented about a news article. The email notices followed along these lines and included more messages about Facebook friends adding new photos or commenting on other posts, and even emailing him reminders to “see what people are talking about in your group.” Then he received an email in the middle of the night asking, “You up? How about a little late-night content from a guy on your soccer team who is the little brother of your colleague’s boyfriend?”

The following day there was an email saying, “5 people like a post in your group.” And another: “603 people like a photo in your group.” It continued much like this over the ten days he was off.

Now you’d think this annoyance would cement his decision to stay off, but, no, the writer decided he was missing too much and signed back on to Facebook.

“Two people. Like a post. In a group. This was probably the least inviting email of all, but it also happened to be the last one,” he wrote. “Later that day I was back on my old computer … and back, with a quick Command-T, F, enter, on Facebook.”

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/388685-Like-a-bad-boyfriend-Facebook-will-harass-you-mercilessly-if-you-try-to-break-up

Federal Agents Harass Dog Trainer For Commenting Online About a Kill Shelter

John Vibes–Damion Trakas, a dedicated animal advocate from Philadelphia, was recently visited by the FBI for comments that he made online in reference to a Second Chance Kitten and Puppy Rescue shelter in Florida that was failing the animals in their care by unnecessarily killing them—especially if they were cases where adoption was considered “difficult.”

Trakas was tipped off about the shelter when he learned of a deaf and blind dog named “Bunker” who died in their care.

“The whole story was horrible and the rescue most definitely failed this dog more than once. And they also let him sit in the shelter while they took in other animals that were easier to market. So not only did the violate the unwritten rescue law of “Stand by your animal,” but they were clearly displaying that they were more concerned with flipping easy adoptions rather than a blind and deaf dog that has been sentenced to death,” Trakas told The Free Thought Project.

Upon further investigation, he found that this was a common story at this particular shelter, so doing what he does best, Trakas began to speak for the neglected animals in online videos.

“Needless to say… I was pissed. I first messaged them but got no answer. And as I uncovered more I just decided to air them out. I made two videos in regards. After the first video they claimed that some of my info was off and demanded an ‘apology,’” Trakas said.

He then made another video, correcting some of the details that may have been off in the first video, but making a renewed call for justice for these forgotten animals.

It was not the actual videos that made Trakas a target for federal agents, but a reply that he left in the comments, where he suggested flying to Florida himself to rectify the situation.

“Somewhere I posted a comment like ‘do I need to come to Florida?’ And under that comment, some people laughed and others made comments like ‘I got your bail money.’ It was CLEAR through the context of replies, including my own, that I wasn’t about to fly to Florida to hurt anyone,” Trakas said.

Another one of his comments read, “I’d love to kick Lisa’s hubby’s teeth in ….in front of her and tell her to have a great day. Sorry… not sorry….. I don’t like her,” which is slightly more aggressive, but still, nothing compared to the tough guy rhetoric that trolls spread around the internet, especially here at The Free Thought Project inbox.

Weeks after these comments were made, FBI agents paid a visit to his house, and told Trakas to “tone it down” on the internet.

Trakas made the following post on his Facebook page announcing the

“It was hands down the most mindless and insulting form of harassment I have ever experienced. And of course, the agents played it off because they were ‘just doing their job,’ and they would ‘rather be doing more important things.’ If this is the level of intelligence of the FBI—it explains why so many atrocities have happened that the FBI could’ve prevented,” Trakas said.

Trakas also said he believes that he is on some type of watchlist from previous online posts he made, where he suggested that dog owners should fight back against police who kill their animals.

“What they should do is just be honest. They should say, ‘Many of your posts and comments come up in our algorithms and since we are already monitoring you from years ago we decided to pay you a visit in hopes to get you to stop speaking out in the way you do,’” he said.

Trakas has promised not to curb his free speech and says he will continue to fight for disadvantaged animals, regardless of what the FBI has to say about it.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/2018/06/federal-agents-harass-dog-trainer-for-commenting-online-about-a-kill-shelter/

EXCLUSIVE: Federal Agents Harass Dog Trainer For Commenting Online About a Kill Shelter

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Damion Trakas, a dedicated animal advocate from Philadelphia, was recently visited by the FBI for comments that he made online in reference to a Second Chance Kitten and Puppy Rescue shelter in Florida that was failing the animals in their care by unnecessarily killing them—especially if they were cases where adoption was considered “difficult.”

Trakas was tipped off about the shelter when he learned of a deaf and blind dog named “Bunker” who died in their care.

“The whole story was horrible and the rescue most definitely failed this dog more than once. And they also let him sit in the shelter while they took in other animals that were easier to market. So not only did the violate the unwritten rescue law of “Stand by your animal,” but they were clearly displaying that they were more concerned with flipping easy adoptions rather than a blind and deaf dog that has been sentenced to death,” Trakas told The Free Thought Project.

Upon further investigation, he found that this was a common story at this particular shelter, so doing what he does best, Trakas began to speak for the neglected animals in online videos.

“Needless to say… I was pissed. I first messaged them but got no answer. And as I uncovered more I just decided to air them out. I made two videos in regards. After the first video they claimed that some of my info was off and demanded an ‘apology,’” Trakas said.

He then made another video, correcting some of the details that may have been off in the first video, but making a renewed call for justice for these forgotten animals.

It was not the actual videos that made Trakas a target for federal agents, but a reply that he left in the comments, where he suggested flying to Florida himself to rectify the situation.

“Somewhere I posted a comment like ‘do I need to come to Florida?’ And under that comment, some people laughed and others made comments like ‘I got your bail money.’ It was CLEAR through the context of replies, including my own, that I wasn’t about to fly to Florida to hurt anyone,” Trakas said.

Another one of his comments read, “I’d love to kick Lisa’s hubby’s teeth in ….in front of her and tell her to have a great day. Sorry… not sorry….. I don’t like her,” which is slightly more aggressive, but still, nothing compared to the tough guy rhetoric that trolls spread around the internet, especially here at The Free Thought Project inbox.

Weeks after these comments were made, FBI agents paid a visit to his house, and told Trakas to “tone it down” on the internet.

Trakas made the following post on his Facebook page announcing the

“It was hands down the most mindless and insulting form of harassment I have ever experienced. And of course, the agents played it off because they were ‘just doing their job,’ and they would ‘rather be doing more important things.’ If this is the level of intelligence of the FBI—it explains why so many atrocities have happened that the FBI could’ve prevented,” Trakas said.

Trakas also said he believes that he is on some type of watchlist from previous online posts he made, where he suggested that dog owners should fight back against police who kill their animals.

“What they should do is just be honest. They should say, ‘Many of your posts and comments come up in our algorithms and since we are already monitoring you from years ago we decided to pay you a visit in hopes to get you to stop speaking out in the way you do,’” he said.

Trakas has promised not to curb his free speech and says he will continue to fight for disadvantaged animals, regardless of what the FBI has to say about it.

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WATCH: Power-Tripping Cops Illegally Pull Woman Over to Harass Her for Her “Attitude”

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Leefield, GA — Cindy Bodaford Lee claims various police officers from the Brooklet Police Department have engaged in a pattern of harassment which has crossed several lines of ethics and legality and she has the video to back it up. Lee is now seeking an attorney to file a lawsuit against the police for illegally stopping her, and making various unspecified threats of arrest.

Lee says it all started when off-duty Brooklet Police Officer, Charles Dutton accused her of transporting children without proper child seats and boosters. According to AllOnGeorgia:

Charles Dutton, approached the vehicle about the children not being restrained in the other vehicle. Lee said she agreed that the children should be restrained, but that it was not her vehicle in question. Lee said one of the children giggled and Dutton looked at him and said, “You think this sh*t is f*ing funny?” Lee left the gas station and proceeded to go home, with the children properly buckled in, when she was pulled over by the on-duty officer and an off-duty.

The children aren’t hers and neither was the car in question, but Lee was accused nonetheless. In fact, the children were properly restrained when she says Dutton and another on-duty Brooklet officer pulled her over to harass her for getting an “attitude” with Dutton. And she has video proof.

”Because you were copping an attitude with one of my officers,” one of the cops plainly stated on video. “Is he on duty,” Lee asked. The officer responded he has a badge and a gun and is “on duty 24/7” which was likely an admission the other police officer (standing in the background) was off-the-clock.

Lee then asked the all important question TFTP has encouraged everyone to ask, “Is there a reason you pulled me over?”

“Because you were having an attitude,” the officer stated before being interrupted by Lee.

“If you’re not pulling me over for some reason, then I’m leaving. I’m not going to sit here and be harassed,” the strong woman asserted.

Lee then had to set the record straight after the officer told Lee her two children were improperly restrained in the other vehicle. “First of all, they’re not my two children,” she stated.

“Then why are they in your car,” asked the officer.

“Because I am taking them to their parents because their parents don’t have a vehicle. Because the bus didn’t drop them off at their house,” she stated.

Lee seemed to have been behaving respectfully but the officer took offense at the way she responded. He said:

Don’t cop an attitude with me!

Lee then fired back with her own contention:

You’re asking me questions and you’re accusing me of stuff that you don’t even know…They’re not my two kids…so am I getting a ticket…Am I pulled over for some certain reason or am I free to go.

After telling Lee she should get car seats for the car which doesn’t belong to her, he allowed her to leave.

Lee should have been commended for having the children properly restrained and the issue could have been deescalated, but with modern-day policing methods at work, the situation only got worse for her. So she decided to file a claim of police harassment with the Chief of Police.

As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, filing an official complaint on an officer can be a dangerous situation, and Lee’s attempt to file a complaint against Brooklet’s finest was no exception.

Attempting to file a formal complaint against the two officers, Lee met with Brooklet PD Chief of Police Doug Meyer at police headquarters. Meyer wanted to make it clear to Lee he was video recording the entire conversation because Lee had been outspoken in the community with her criticisms of the alleged illegal traffic stop.

We’re on video right now and I’m going to record anything that ever happens with you ever again because what you decide to put out on the streets.

The apparently hostile tone with which Meyer spoke with her prompted Lee to ask to speak with Councilman William Griffith. That request angered Meyer who then ordered Lee to leave the public property or be charged with “criminal trespassing.” He then communicated what could be construed as veiled threats against the woman if she continued to speak out supposedly.

In the future, we will not have any mercy or toleration for y’alls constant breaking of the law and blaming it on the police department. Leave the building.

Lee was not only disallowed from filing an official complaint against the two harassing officers but she was ordered out of police headquarters without being able to speak with the councilman. She did, however, secure the official complaint form and met with Griffith off-site to voice her objections to the unconscionable behavior of the chief and his officers.

As she was leaving, Lee promised, “I have a meeting with the news. This is more I can just add to it.” Meyer responded with the type of threat usually reserved for a fist fight, “Knock your lights out, lady.”

Lee’s case serves to illustrate how even casual contacts with police officers can lead to conflict. Not only does it seem the officers were abusing their badges by pulling over someone because they were “copping an attitude” with police but when citizens feel they have a justifiable complaint, they’re often unable to hold those officers accountable through official chains of command. Once again, Lee’s recordings show just how important it is to video every interaction with police.

Here is the video of the illegal traffic stop:

Here is the video of the raging chief:

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/power-tripping-police-department-threaten-respectful-citizen-copping-attitude/

Jim Acosta Follows Press Tradition: Harass GOP Admins, Go Easy on Dems

CNN’s insufferably self-important Jim Acosta made the news all about himself once again on Tuesday. This time, as reported by Randy Hall at NewsBusters, following in the footsteps of ABC’s detestable Sam Donaldson during the Reagan administration, Acosta, despite being warned not to, interrupted a bill-signing ceremony to shout out a question at President Donald Trump.

Acosta’s press cohorts clearly aren’t objecting to his conduct, which is in sharp contrast to how they treated a reporter for a center-right outlet in 2012 when Democrat Barack Obama was in the Oval Office.

As I noted in June 2012 (links are in original; bolds are mine throughout this post):

You’d think from the reaction to Daily Caller White House Correspondent Neal Munro’s shouted question during President Obama’s announcement of de facto amnesty for 30-and-under illegal aliens at the Rose Garden yesterday that it’s the first time any reporter has ever shouted a question at a U.S. president out of turn. Friday afternoon, the Daily Caller, Munro’s employer, carried his explanation of the incident, as well as sturdy defenses from Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Publisher Neil Patel.

Munro made it clear in his explanation (italics are mine) that he “timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks” (mistakenly, it turned out), based on seeing that Obama appeared to begin to walk away “while I and at least one other reporter asked questions.”

By the way, the question related to what has become known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and Munro’s question to Obama — “Is it the right thing to do for American workers?” — still resonates.

After the incident, the rest of the press treated Munro’s affront as the equivalent of the Crime of the Century. Many reflexively accused him of racism (because every criticism of the wonderful, marvelous Democratic president could only be based on race, not on legitimate disagreement), and wanted to see the Daily Caller’s White House press credentials taken away.

Now that there’s a Republican in the White House, especially one who is as completely despised by the establishment press as Donald Trump is, it’s once again open season for shouting out questions at the President, regardless of the nature of the event, with Jim Acosta leading the pack.

Though Jim Acosta’s attitude and temperament during the Trump presidency have been far worse than Donaldson’s during the Reagan era (more on that shortly), he hasn’t yet reached the ABC reporter’s depths of Reagan-era inappropriateness described by Rush Limbaugh in the wake of the Munro incident five years ago:

Transcript:

RUSH LIMBAUGH: We went back to the archives, 1983. What was the — 30 years ago. 30 years ago!

Ronaldus Magnus is at a White House press conference. At the end, First Lady Nancy Reagan rolled in a birthday cake for the President.

During this, a birthday cake being rolled in, Sam Donaldson got up and started shouting.

(go to White House event)

SAM DONALDSON: Anything you want him to do differently?

NANCY REAGAN: I think he’s doing just fine.

DONALDSON: Well maybe this would be a good time for you to tell him whether you think he should run again.

NANCY REAGAN: Oh, no.

DONALDSON (directing his attention to President Reagan): You’re not getting too old to run again, are you sir? You’re not getting too old to run again, are you sir? (Yes, he repeated the question — Ed.)

NANCY REAGAN: How would you like a piece of cake, Sam?

(back into the studio)

LIMBAUGH: you note the class and character of Nancy Reagan turning it, making it into a joke. “Do you want a piece of cake, Sam?”

But, I remember back in these (days) — everybody (didn’t say) what disrespect! How could there be such disrespect for the President?

Oh, no. Donaldson was lauded. He was a hero.

I also noted in 2012 that reporters during the Reagan era got so belligerent that they shouted questions at Reagan at inappropriate times like a pack of wolves. It was a practice that was so off-putting to much of the public that the Associated Press’s Christopher Connell tried to address the matter in a 1987 analysis (“Why Do Grown Men And Women Shout At President Reagan?”). Naturally, the AP reporter decided that “the blame rests with Reagan and his aides, who have sharply curtailed opportunities for the press corps to engage the president under more civil circumstances.”

Donaldson, for all of his considerable faults, didn’t constantly interrupt or badger White House press secretaries or Reagan himself three, four, or five times if his question wasn’t answered to his satisfaction, so the CNN’s Acosta is in that sense unfortunately breaking new ground. That said, one has to wonder how Donaldson would have conducted himself 30-plus years ago if he would have had Twitter at the ready, and fawning colleagues at the cable news channels available to grant him laudatory interviews after every presidential challenge.

Especially given the proliferation of news outlets, it was especially appropriate that Trump Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reminded Jim Acosta that attending White House press briefings and presidential events is a privilege, and that there are plenty of other perfectly qualified reporters at other outlets who would be glad to take his place if he continues to serially refuse to meet minimal standards of decorum.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tom-blumer/2017/12/13/jim-acosta-follows-press-tradition-harass-gop-admins-go-easy-dems

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