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As media gets more partisan, and public about its position, advertising boycotts have become strong political tools. Both sides of the political spectrum use this strategy, and the personalities and brands they target respond in very different ways.

Currently, liberal advocacy groups are going after Fox pundit Sean Hannity. One of the groups leading the boycott charge has previously organized boycotts against Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. …


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It’s a nightmare scenario teens joke about and parents worry over openly: malfunctioning rides at the state fair. Tens of millions flock to state and county fairs every year, as they have for decades. Midway rides, corn dogs, cotton candy, giant stuffed bears, and carnival games. The vast majority of the time, everything is fun and games, making memories, and kindling adolescent romance. Not this year.

Last week, people waiting in line to ride the Fire Ball received a major shock as the ride malfunctioned, sending pieces of the equipment carrying riders careening through the air. Many were injured. At least one was killed. The man who died was a recent high school grad who had enlisted in the Marines. …


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Young architects who live and work in major cities are talented designers; however, it can be hard to stand out. Their career trajectory is solely up to the designer and what they’re willing to do in order to secure their own place in the industry. The below tips are a great place to start for architects who want to stand out.

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Every story needs an antagonist. In most cases, the antagonist is a bad guy who seems to exist only to provide a foil for the good guy. In some cases, though, the antagonist is fleshed out enough that viewers might actually sympathize with them. These antagonists have a point, even if they are a bit misguided. Below are just a few of the movie villains who had a reasonable motivation for being evil.

Magneto (X-Men Films)
Magneto advocates the destruction of humans. That’s probably enough to make him an irredeemable villain, right? That’d certainly be the case, until you take a look at the man. He’s a Holocaust survivor, one that’s seen people ruthlessly killed because of the fact they differed from an ideal. He sees the same thing coming from humans and wants to protect his race.

It’d be easy to dismiss that as paranoia, except that’s pretty much the future of the X-Men franchise in Days of Future Past. Magneto didn’t just have a point — he was right.

Sid (Toy Story)
The only reason that Sid is a bad guy is because he’s in a movie starring toys. Do you know what you call a kid in the real world who can take apart toys and rebuild them in amusing new shapes? Probably a future engineer. Seriously, Sid made some impressive stuff given what he had at hand.

Sid’s such a good guy, in fact, that he stops mutilating his toys the second he learns that they are alive. He clearly didn’t need to be traumatized by Woody — he just needed a toy to break its silence.

Ozymandias (Watchmen)
Ozymandias kills millions, but he’s got a point — in a world that’s on the brink of nuclear disaster, sacrifices had to be made to unite the world. How do we know that he had a point? Easy — it’s because his gambit was successful. In Watchmen, the world was on the eve of nuclear war and his horrific actions made peace possible. Would it be permanent? Probably not. Even so, though, he managed to save the world.

Ice Man (Top Gun)
Maverick was a cocky jerk who got his friend killed. Ice Man, however, was a by-the-books pilot who just wanted people to follow procedure. Did this make him a ton of fun at parties? Probably not. …


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Everyone has problems, but when there’s an issue with your team in a business setting, that problem can take on a life of its own. There are suddenly multiple ideas coming at the issue, multiple personalities and approaches that can quickly rub up against each other and turn a proverbial molehill into a time sucking, rapport destroying mountain.

To avoid this self-defeating chaos, you need to set up a protocol that takes control of a potential problem scenario before it happens, and gives all your people the tools they need to properly manage that situation from initial issue to solution.

1 — Identify the…


Magneto (X-Men Films)

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Magneto advocates the destruction of humans. That’s probably enough to make him an irredeemable villain, right? That’d certainly be the case, until you take a look at the man. He’s a Holocaust survivor, one that’s seen people ruthlessly killed because of the fact they differed from an ideal. He sees the same thing coming from humans and wants to protect his race.

It’d be easy to dismiss that as paranoia, except that’s pretty much the future of the X-Men franchise in Days of Future Past. Magneto didn’t just have a point — he was right. …


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Bad news for Verizon customers this month. Last week the telecom giant admitted that personal data belonging to about six million customers was “leaked” online. The issue was discovered by UpGuard, the same net security firm that found leaked voter data last month. In its initial report, UpGuard reportedly told Verizon the leak could affect up to 14 million customers, but later cut that estimate by more than half. The reason given for the leak? Human error, in the form of a “misconfigured security setting” on a cloud server.

According to the report, the “leak” put customer names, contact information, and PIN codes up on the web. These PIN codes are not for credit or debit cards. They are used when customers call in to speak to a Verizon representative. That’s not to say those PINs do not put consumers in a vulnerable position. UpGuard’s Dan O’Sullivan, told CNN, “A scammer could receive a two-factor authentication message and potentially change it or alter [the authentication] to his liking… Or they could cut off access to the real account holder.” …


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Amazon has done it again. Prime Day set yet another record for the online retailer, bringing in the biggest sales day in company history…again. This is the third year in a row that Amazon sales peaked on Prime Day, which eclipsed both biggest holiday shopping days of 2016. But how big was the jump over last year? Considerable. Monday’s 30-hour sales bonanza turned in 60 percent more in sales than the same day last year. By any stretch, that’s huge. As icing on the cake, Amazon added more Prime members to their plan than any other single day in the history of the company. …


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Whether you’re just getting into the industry or have been auditioning for a while, debating whether or not to go to acting school is a question everyone asks themselves. Many will argue that acting school is a waste of money, while others will say it has numerous advantages and will help you land a role. Here are the top 4 reasons you should consider going to acting school.

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So far this year, the news coming out of Silicon Valley has been heavily flavored with public relations problems. While there has been some success, there has also been a steady series of scandals and resignations over the tech industry monster that just won’t die: sexual harassment.

The latest big name to give up a powerful post after being hit with a sexual harassment allegation is bigtime Silicon Valley investor Dave McClure. According to a report in the New York Times, McClure “acted inappropriately” toward Sarah Kunst, a prospective employee at 500 Startups back in 2014. After she applied for the job, McClure sent Kunst a Facebook message saying, in part: “I was getting confused figuring out whether to hire you or hit on you…”
Since news of the incident dropped, McClure offered to resign from 500 Startups, which he cofounded. But that didn’t stop the bleeding, especially for his personal brand.

After the news broke, 500 Startups cofounder Christine Tsai released a statement admitting the company had been “aware of (McClure’s) inappropriate interactions with women in the tech community…” After these “interactions,” whatever they were, Tsai took over as CEO and McClure moved over to general partner in the firm.
McClure acknowledged the revelation, saying he had in fact, “made advances toward multiple women in work-related situations where it was clearly inappropriate … I don’t expect anyone to believe I will change, but I’m working on it…”

That “working on it” includes McClure attending counseling in order to try to rein in his inappropriate behavior. But this wasn’t enough for at least some of the company’s financial backers. CNN quoted some limited partners in the company who tweeted out their displeasure with the situation.

Mitch Kapor said: “We found out in the NYT. Not good.” This comment was followed by the assertion that he may consider trying to get some of his investment returned.

Matthew Papakipos said McClure should be removed as general partner: “No more (money) from me. Please spread the word…”

The series of tweets that included these messages was shortly followed by McClure’s reply tweet: “In the best interest of 500 Startups and at request of cofounder Christine Tsai, I am resigning effective immediately. Please support Christine.”

Kapor’s response to this didn’t just address McClure, it threw a wide net over the entire industry: “The events of 2017 in the tech ecosystem depict a sector gone deeply awry. This is not a case of a few bad actors. This is a culture that has been allowed to fester and to rot by enablers who refused to intervene…”

For at least this investor, McClure’s resignation was yet another teachable moment. …

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