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Snapchat will from today let you share Stories on Facebook, Twitter & elsewhere

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Snapchat has confirmed that, from later today, you’ll be able to share your Stories to Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. The feature will, for the first time, allow you to share your Snapchat stories with people who don’t use the app thanks to a new Story player on the web …

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sdevore
30 days ago
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So Snapchat is learning that they need to play nice with others
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Cotton's Office Confirms Cease And Desists 'Under Extreme Circumstances'

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Cameron Joseph contributed reporting.

After a local outlet reported that Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) office sent cease and desist letters to constituents, demanding that they stop any communications with the senator’s office, Cotton’s office explained that it does send such letters. His office said they are sent rarely and only “under extreme circumstances,” but it’s unclear how often they are used.

“Senator Cotton is always happy to hear from Arkansans and encourages everyone to contact his offices to express their thoughts, concerns, and opinions. In order to maintain a safe work environment, if an employee of Senator Cotton receives repeated communications that are harassing and vulgar, or any communication that contains a threat, our policy is to notify the U.S. Capitol Police’s Threat Assessment Section and, in accordance with their guidance, send a cease and desist letter to the individual making the harassing or threatening communication. These letters are rare and only used under extreme circumstances,” Caroline Rabbitt Tabler, Cotton’s communications director, told TPM in an email when asked about the reports.

Tabler did not respond to TPM’s inquiry as to how recently such letters have been sent.

Cotton twice said “no comment” as he entered a Senate elevator when TPM asked him about the letters.

Activists with Ozark Indivisible published a tweet Wednesday night revealing what appeared to be a cease and desist letter from Cotton’s office. The exact recipient of the letter and the circumstances leading up to the letter are unclear.

The Arkansas Times also reported that Cotton’s office sent the letters to several people, citing a contributor to the Arkansas Times, Bill Fleming. One person who received the letter said that it came after “calling and expressing my grave concerns over his actions and support of this administration’s agenda concerning a wide variety of subjects.”

 

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sdevore
35 days ago
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What the heck. How is this normal???
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What if two networks, say Netflix and Amazon, did a deal. They would both do 1-h...

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What if two networks, say Netflix and Amazon, did a deal. They would both do 1-hour-weekly dramas, one the reboot of The West Wing, and the other a Republican version. Find a prominent Democrat-leaning celebrity to be POTUS on the Democratic show, and a prominent Republican for the other. Offer the first job to Oprah, if she doesn't want to do it, how about Barack or Michelle Obama? Joe Biden. Hillary Clinton? Lawrence O'Donnell or Rosie O'Donnell or maybe someone from CNN like Brian Stelter. And then privately tell the president that he could have the second job, permanently, no impeachment -- president for life, on TV. Everyone can be entertained by all the crazy shit Trump tweets. He can nuke anyone he wants because it'll just be on TV. I think he might go for it. His "base" would go apeshit. Let Trump be Trump! (Note: He has to resign the real presidency before he can have the TV job.)
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sdevore
42 days ago
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I'd support it
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More Flats Than Spares? AAA Will Pick You Up

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AAA now provides bikes with the same roadside service as automobiles.

Spend any amount of time on a bike, and it’s bound to happen—you get a second flat tire when you only packed one spare tube, that chain you’ve been meaning to replace “eventually” finally snaps, or a random-but-important bolt dislodges and disappears. If you’re lucky, this mishap will occur within walking distance of your home or bike shop—but because the Endurance Gods have a wicked sense of humor, you’ll more likely be stranded miles from anyone or anything.

When this happens, AAA is on the way. The American Automobile Association, long known for providing roadside assistance for vehicles, has expanded its coverage to help members of the pedal-powered variety. The Bicycle Roadside Service program, first piloted in the northeastern United States in 2014, went nationwide in late 2017 in response to popular demand, says AAA representative Montrae Waiters.

RELATED – Pro Tip: What Should I Keep in My Saddle Bag?

Utilizing AAA’s 24/7 bike service is the same as with a car—when a bike is rendered disabled, the rider can call the number on their AAA card for assistance. After verifying the caller’s membership status and taking down location details, AAA will dispatch a truck to pick up and transport both bike and rider to a safe location. Depending on the limits of your coverage, this location or may not be the member’s home or preferred bike shop—though upper-level Plus and Premier memberships will transport up to 100 miles, Classic memberships will only allow for transport of 5 miles. Still, if it can get you to a gas station to MacGyver a repair and fill up on free air, it’s 5 miles one doesn’t have to uncomfortably clomp through in a pair of bike cleats.

It’s important to note that this is a tow service for disabled bikes only—the terms of the Bicycle Roadside Service do not allow for airing or changing a flat tire, swapping out parts, or otherwise conducting repairs on the road. It’s also not for fatigued riders looking for a lift to the nearest Coca-Cola fountain—the terms explicitly state bike must be unsafe or inoperable in order to receive roadside service.

Though the AAA card shouldn’t be used in lieu of a well-stocked saddle bag, the option is a great insurance policy when the repair kit fails. In a situation where you can’t get a friend or family member to bring you home—on vacation, for example—it’s good to know there’s another number to call.

RELATED: 5 Causes of a Recurring Flat Tire

The post More Flats Than Spares? AAA Will Pick You Up appeared first on Triathlete.com.

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sdevore
42 days ago
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I had no idea
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How to Make Friends

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No, wait, come back! I want to be friends at you!
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sdevore
97 days ago
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And again too real
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tante
95 days ago
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It me.
Oldenburg/Germany
smallfrogge
96 days ago
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Oh dear lord yes
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Covarr
97 days ago
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I thought it was as simple as indiscriminately clicking "Add friend" on thousands of Facebook accounts. Surely with that wide a pool of potential friends, at least SOME of them will accept a friend request from a complete stranger without a second thought.

Boom. Friendship.
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taddevries
97 days ago
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Sometimes XK cuts too the bone.
lrwrp
97 days ago
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Too real man, too real :(
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97 days ago
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No, wait, come back! I want to be friends at you!

And Now There's Video

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Last night I noted the Miami Herald report which made it pretty clear that John Kelly had gotten his facts very wrong in his attack on Rep. Wilson’s comments at that FBI building dedication ceremony back in 2015. But they couldn’t get the actual video. Well, now the Sun-Sentinel has the video.

On the facts, it’s exactly as she said. She never said she got the money for the building. She said she sponsored the bill to name it after the fallen FBI agents – at the request of James Comey, who thanked her when he spoke. She wasn’t even in Congress when the money was appropriated. It wouldn’t make any sense. The video is ten minutes long. It’s a very standard Member of Congress speech. She thanks other local members of both parties in attendance. She describes the process of naming the building. She says things you would expect a member of Congress to say about members of law enforcement, the FBI, valor and heroism. It’s all very … well, just normal. You can watch it here.

It’s a tough question to think why John Kelly would have remembered it so negatively. People go to a lot of events. I can believe he misremembered it and thought it was about getting the money. Getting funding, getting a law passed to name the building. Neither would be terribly objectionable. But watch the video and see if you see anything that would make you think she was somehow a terrible or brazen person.

As I was writing this post, news came out that Kelly has doubled down on his attack, shifting his story while acknowledging no error whatsoever.

Here’s part of how Johnson responded on CNN this morning.

Given how all of this has shaken out, the attacks, the weaponization of military sacrifice against civilians, the false statements, the refusal to apologize for or even acknowledge those false statements and the potent statement of MAGA-ist philosophy, it is impossible not to conclude that John Kelly is not ‘adult supervision’ for Trump but rather a more disciplined, more dignified, perhaps we should say a total-quality-Trumpism.

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sdevore
125 days ago
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Amazing Liars gonna lie, fml
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