FaceBook and Twitter Demonstrate That They Track Every Thought and Mood By Deleting Everything On A List in One Day

Facebook and Twitter pledge to remove “hate speech” within 24 hours using mood and thought capture technology



Blackmailed and held for ransom on Facebook


Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are teaming up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech.


The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary.




They also pledged to train their staff and work with each other to tackle the problem.


Vera Jourova, the EU justice commissioner in charge of the issue, said tackling illegal online hate speech is becoming more urgent.


“Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people and racists use to spread violence and hatred,” she said.


The companies also agreed to promote “independent counter-narratives” to fight hate speech, including content promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect.


Related: Microsoft goes to battle against terrorists online


Most of the companies already have their own rules and community standards in place.


Earlier this year, Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) expanded the team that reviews reports of terror activity on the network. Twitter said in February that it has shut down 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts in just seven months. Most of the people behind the accounts were affiliated with or supported ISIS, Twitter said.


“We work hard to balance giving people the power to express themselves whilst ensuring we provide a respectful environment,” said Monika Bickert, the head of Global Policy Management at Facebook. “We urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate.”


Facebook(FB, Tech30) said it gets as many as 1 million violation reports from users every day.


Related: Twitter crackdown on hate speech backfires


Microsoft(MSFT, Tech30) changed its terms of use last week “to specifically prohibit the posting of terrorist content on [its] hosted consumer services,” such as OneNote, a cloud-based document program.


Big tech companies have also met U.S. government officials earlier this year to discuss how to stop ISIS from recruiting terrorists on social media. The Obama administration had asked the companies to develop techniques to detect radicalization, and block pro-ISIS messages, photos and videos.

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The Internet Opens Up On What “Dating” Really Means!

What is a dating red flag to you? Tell me what makes or breaks a date with you in a romantic partner. (v/AskVoat)

submitted 6 hours ago by obviouslyathrowaway

OK so I’m 22. In University. This is supposed to be easy. I’m OK looking I guess, never been that beautiful a gal, but I’m just finding it really hard to find someone who wants more than a quick little fuck and chuck I do keep myself in shape so I get guys hitting on me at bars but I’ve never had a relationship end well that started after I was drunkety drunk in a pub.

Maybe it’s just that I’m chuck material. Maybe it’s because I swear like a sailor. Who knows.

I’ve been using Tinder, OKC, and MyBae and while OKC and MyBae have been getting me matches that share my mindset on dating I’m starting to wonder if there’s something I’m doing on said dates that I should be mindful of. I tend to get a tad nervous and I wonder if that’s something guys won’t be keen on.

Anyway! I ramble too. Share with me your redflags and hell even stories of dates from hell would be fun.




[–] Legionality 17 points (+18|-1) 5 hours ago 

First off: looking for long term relationships in a bar is like looking for a salad in a steak house.

Men aren’t willing to ask women out any more so the ball is in your court (you can thank feminism). If you see a guy you like just ask him out on a date and don’t have sex with him.

If you give up your goods straight away then he will associate you with an easy fuck. If you hang out with him and you both have a good time he will associate you with a good time.



[–] ShowMeYourKitties 8 points (+8|-0) 3 hours ago 

I dunno man, I’ve had a pretty damn good salad in a steakhouse before.



[–] Legionality 0 points (+2|-2) 2.8 hours ago 

You went to a steakhouse and ordered a salad?

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[–] Asstronaut 1 points (+1|-0) 32 minutes ago  (edited 31 minutes ago)

Two of my best longterm (years) relationships have been with women who I met in bars, including my current girlfriend (we’ve been together two+ years now) who I’ll probably marry. Several friends have met their current spouses in bars aswell.

Just sayin’.



[–] Legionality -1 points (+0|-1) 26 minutes ago  (edited 26 minutes ago)

are you 22 at University?

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[–] loltidderkcuf 15 points (+17|-2) 5 hours ago 

Don’t get too drunk, if you’ve cheated don’t mention it (hopefully it’s in your past and you shouldn’t be judged on it), otherwise be honest and ask a lot of questions that are important to you.

I have a three date rule for sex and try not to kiss on date one, mainly because when I was online dating I’d set up 2-3 dates a week and I wanted to keep my head straight.

At 22 you have another relationship or two before you need to get really serious, but you do need to figure out what your priorities are in a relationship and that will involve a lot of platonic dates. I’m serious – sex just complicates things, and while a practice run on date three is fine, making the guy wait until you’re “a thing” will create a lot of mutual respect.



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 3 points (+3|-0) 5 hours ago 

I can see you’ve been downvoted but I do agree with that. I try not to get too drunk and I definitely avoid any serious PDA but I feel that I’m coming across a bit cold.

I don’t’ know. I guess I’ll figure this out eventually!



[–] blastar 14 points (+16|-2) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

How to get a long term relationship:

  1. Don’t be fat

  2. Find someone of your preferred gender

  3. Have sex

  4. If the sex was any good, do it again, otherwise return to step 1

  5. If you still can stand each other, do something else together, in between having sex

  6. Do more other stuff together, while continuing having sex

  7. Congratulations, you now have a great relationship

  8. Continue, don’t get fat

Get rid of the idea that having sex and finding someone for a relationship are different things. You can’t declare a relationship, it has to develop because you like doing stuff together, especially sex. Don’t let anyone fool you, a relationship where you don’t lust for each other is not worth it and will fail eventually.



[–] couchAccount 4 points (+4|-0) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

This is the shit that young adults don’t get, mostly because we keep sex from them. It’s a complete package, not some checklist that makes someone automatically respect you.



[–] Sosacms 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

I’ve always taken the opposite approach. Sex is easy to find so why should that take such a priority? The friendship, that’s what is difficult to find so that’s where I focused. It did not go well.

Sex really is the most important part of any relationship. It’s the most powerful expression of all those little emotions being developed and super charging them. Sex doesn’t really create emotions it just increases what’s there, both the good stuff and the bad stuff.

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[–] stretched_girl 8 points (+8|-0) 5 hours ago 

Maybe do some social stuff at the school? Are you certain that the dating sites are the way to go?



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 2 points (+2|-0) 5 hours ago 

Well I don’t think that they are but the social stuff I do with the student societies is great fun but I haven’t met anyone I’d rather like to date. Made some awesome friends though! 🙂



[–] MadAmos 4 points (+4|-0) 4 hours ago 

If you’re relegating people from your social circle and activities to ‘friends’ then you’re limiting yourself to the ‘just wanna get laid’ crowd.

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[–] stretched_girl 1 points (+1|-0) 4 hours ago 

Friends are a start. I have two, now, and have a job where there are other people around. You’ll find the one, but you have to be patient. The better you know someone, the better your chances. But I’m not any sort of expert and actually sort of damaged. I’m doing better than last year at this time, though 🙂 We’re both young (21f) and there’s no need to rush.

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[–] Chance 7 points (+7|-0) 5 hours ago 

This will sound cliche, but seriously you just need to keep talking to people and trying. Don’t put too much thought into it, just do and say whatever comes naturally and try to find someone you “click” with. Don’t force anything, just be the best version of yourself that you can be and hope that corresponds well with your date.

Besides that, in relation to what you asked in your topic title, one small aspect I’ve noticed that’s typically a very poor indicator of a person’s personality is if they have no friends of the same gender (or worse, any at all) or any hobbies/passions. A person without any interest or friends in their life typically is not a very well-rounded character.



[–] roznak 5 points (+6|-1) 5 hours ago  (edited 5 hours ago)

I make a mistake and see what happens. Does she yell at me or does she help me? red flag: Yelling

I once had a girl that yelled at me that if I came withing 0.5 m distance then she would scream and report me to the police. I ran from that girl!



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

Sounds like a nightmare there! I get wanting personal space with a stranger but having to blurt that out is bizarre!



[–] roznak 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Her kind of reasoning was that since I was her friend I was allowed inside th 1 m barrier. But this was in my early times, I had no success with dating back then. I even had no clue that women/girls could be crazy too.



[–] School_Lunch 4 points (+4|-0) 5 hours ago  (edited 5 hours ago)

Depends, different people have different red flags. It probably is your strategy. Try meeting more people at social events and activities.

Personality wise the number one turn off for me is a negative attitude.



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 1 points (+1|-0) 5 hours ago 

I suppose my problem is I don’t really have a strategy per se. Just always happy to put myself out there.



[–] sakuramboo 3 points (+4|-1) 5 hours ago 

Here is a quick story of a recent date.

Quick back story, I am a Linux Systems Administrator by profession. It’s only natural that at home I run Linux on my computers. Not only is it required for my job, but I feel most comfortable in Linux than in Windows or OSX. So, a few months back I went on a date with someone from OKC.

We spent a while talking about technology, we started talking about the differences between iOS and Android, facebook and other shit social media sites. Then our conversation continued like this.

Her: I’ve always been more attractive to the geeky/nerdy type guys. I even dated a guy once who actually ran Linux. I just can’t trust someone who runs Linux. Like they need to control everything. What do you use?

Me: Linux.

Her: Oh…

Me: Yeah, everything I have runs some distro of Linux.

Her: Ah… I’ll have another beer, please.

Me: Me, too.

That was a pretty big red flag for me.

The thing you need to remember is that most kids your age aren’t looking for relationships. They are looking to get laid. And given the social changes currently going on of men being stigmatized for being men, a lot of men are not looking too intensely on finding a relationship.



[–] TravisHusky 12 points (+12|-0) 5 hours ago 

That is actually really funny; people always hate on Linux.



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 4 points (+4|-0) 5 hours ago 

Yeah this really tickled me haha.



[–] chrimata 3 points (+3|-0) 4 hours ago 

Sounds like a mac user



[–] sakuramboo 1 points (+1|-0) 4 hours ago 

Ha. No, she used Windows. She was smart enough to know now to upgrade to Windows 8.



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

True. I suppose this is meant to be the “fun experimental stage” but I feel like that was what being in my teens was for really. I’m not ready for marriage but I wouldn’t mind some emotional intimacy you know?



[–] sakuramboo 2 points (+2|-0) 4 hours ago 

Traditionally, college age is the experimental stage. In college you find the real you. Plus, no sense in getting in a relationship without knowing where your career will take you. This is how many men see it. I would hate to get into a relationship only to have to break it off in a year or two because i got offered a job a thousand miles away. Why investing in that level of emotional connections only have it break because of a career?



[–] Butt_Slut 3 points (+3|-0) 4 hours ago 

I’m married, so the point is moot, but my big thing was her family. If her parents split up, it was a deal breaker. If she had a bad childhood, it was a deal breaker. If there was any conflict between relatives, it was a huge red flag.

When you marry a girl, you marry her family too. If you can’t find a wholesome girl – DO NOT SETTLE. Buy a dog or something. When selecting a potential life partner, there should be no compromising your standards.



[–] 9-11 2 points (+4|-2) 5 hours ago 


i dont have any constructive advice to give you, but i would have lots to give to someone (((dating))) you though.



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

What like?



[–] 9-11 0 points (+2|-2) 5 hours ago 

guy stuff you know, nothing too specific obviously because of limited info.

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[–] smokratez 2 points (+5|-3) 4 hours ago 

Having dated outside of her race. Not being white. Not being conservative.



[–] second_mouse 2 points (+2|-0) 4 hours ago 

If you want to meet someone to start building a life together, you want someone who shares your values and stuff, so…

Put the focus on a shared interest = get involved in something you really like (volunteering, astronomy, yoga, whatever) and from there you can meet someone.

Meetings in clubs are great for one-night stands but not so much for a relationship. They get akward the next morning.

To use a super corny metaphor, you want someone looking in the same general direction you do, not stare awkwardly into each others eyes. That gets old real quick.



[–] Pwning4Ever 2 points (+2|-0) 4 hours ago 

If they are fairly controlling and have a controlling mindset. And worst, trying to control me.

I am a fairly lenient person so i am not controlling at all. Its just a huge difference in mentality if im with a girl like that.



[–] NamelessOne 2 points (+2|-0) 3 hours ago 

I for one recommended you black widow some dudes. Wear sexy clothes and make it the time of their life. When you head back to your place you could kill them and sell their organs(obviously date healthy) and you could use the skin as a leather substitute for your new hhandbag line. It is economical and you get to satisfy your blood lust.



[–] gringo 1 points (+1|-0) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

Some red flags I find worth mentioning:

  • How does the person treat others? Talk about others? The person may treat you the same in the foreseeable future.
  • How much drama had the person in his/her life, or even still have? Past and current drama is a good forecast of future drama. Do you want to make a shitty soap opera out of your life?
  • Addiction problems (yes, alcohol too)
  • Mental problems (especially antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcisstic, sadistic). NOPE THE FUCK OUT, don’t mingle your privates with crazy. It may fuck up your life forever.

Basically the first two points are good indicators of non obvious mental problems. Borderline personality disorder is especially difficult to spot in the first place, and can be detected by the fact that the person has / had some drama going on.

EDIT: Some typos.



[–] RumpRangerRick 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

Crazy eyes. You’ll know ’em when you see ’em. Eyes wide open and her pupils become black holes that want to consume your soul. They always seem to have a crazy energy about them.




[–] Forbin 0 points (+0|-0) 5 hours ago 

What is a dating red flag? One of the biggest red flags is how a woman treats the wait-staff at a restaurant (or employees in general). You would be amazed at the number of women I’ve been out with who are contemptuous towards the wait-staff. They go from being all nice and normal talking to you, to talking down to people in the service industry. It’s as if they’re just dropping the facade they put on for a date and let you see the REAL person–which isn’t pleasant at all. I’d add that I have NEVER seen a man do anything similar, but I’ve seen women do it countless times.

One more note–if you’re trying to find a more serious relationship, using Tinder, OKC, etc., probably isn’t the way to go. Despite what they might claim, dudes use those for hookups. You’re better off getting involved in activities you enjoy and meeting men with similar interests and lifestyles.



[–] obviouslyathrowaway [S] 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Thanks that sounds like solid advice. I HATE how some guys act when we’re being served. Like why be an ass it’s their job to serve you food not to put up with your dickishness.

I’m hearing that a lot so I guess I’ll have to sign up for a few more clubs or something. Universities are TERRIBLE fo meeting people, who’d have thought it eh? 😛



[–] Forbin 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

The bottom line is to try to be a nice person, despite the whole dating thing. When a date suddenly goes “Jeckyl & Hyde” and shows an ugly/mean streak, it is kind of scary because you know that YOU could be on the receiving end of that. A person who is genuinely nice and decent is far more attractive than a supermodel bitch.

Depending on what you enjoy (and where you live) you might consider stuff like biking groups, running groups, dodge-ball leagues and stuff like that. I’ve found that active people generally have their shit together more than slackers.



[–] spinnaker 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago  (edited 4 hours ago)

For me it worked like this: I’ve never been a clubber, i rather invite some good friends over, cook something nice for us, open a bottle of wine, maybe watch or movie or even get out some board games. I know, it’s not exactly the “cool thing” to do, but it’s what i enjoy and i stand by it. Because of this, it’s very unlikely that i would ever have met somebody that clicks with me at a club or bar.

My gf and me basically met each other because i started playing Magic the Gathering again. At age 26. You know, this really, really nerdy trading card game that i played as a kid until i grew out of it. I hang out at a local store a little bit, met a a lot of new people, found some amazing friends. And got an invite to a small party a friend of mine threw at his shared flat. His roommate and i clicked, now we’re together for well over a year (obviously she doesn’t play this trading card game ;).

I think this kind of stuff was the best way for me to find a match. Just a rather small birthday party, couple of friends from several different roommates came together. So my advice would be: Do what you enjoy, meet people that share your interest, make new friends and you might also find a match for you :).



[–] Vladimir_Komarov 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Values opposed to mine. It’s important that one knows ones self well to avoid pairing, possibly forever should children become involved, with someone whose values run counter to ones own. For me this is usually a question of religious ferver, but politics and social issues could spoil a relationship in the same way if the two parties find themselves with unrelenting opposing views.



[–] auto_turret 0 points (+0|-0) 4 hours ago 

Always texts her ex’s and tells you that you need not worry. You definitely should worry. Don’t listen to other women telling you that you’re being jealous.



[–] TheDude2 0 points (+1|-1) 4 hours ago 

Just be you. Why are you in a rush? You’re 22 for God’s sake. Have fun.



[–] Starlordwhore 0 points (+1|-1) 4 hours ago 

Too attached and clingy, red flag… Always talking about himself, not asking you questions, controlling, all red flags.



[–] The_Tas 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

Saying your in university….



[–] hypersong 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

Smoking. I have asthma and allergies, both trigger on smoke. If after movie you need a cig, “Well, if you decide to quit, gimme a call. Bye. What? No; find your own way home, I don’t want you in my car after you smoke. Yes, it does bothers me.” I could list on how I dislike smoking.

Vape is no problem; nothing triggers and no smell.



[–] InHysterics 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

In general a deal breaker for me is owning one of those small accessory dogs. I doubt many small dog owners actually bring their dog on a date, which is what you’re specifically talking about; however they will often mention and talk about their small dogs in great detail.



[–] flarflar 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

Ffs I know a lot of 18-25 year old and I have to say it is fuckn hard for your group to make connections. Plenty of cousins in laws talk to me about how most guys just want to fuck move on to the next apps haven’t helped it. I’ve told them know what you want you don’t have to fuck to get a guy and join groups of similar interests check online for stuff you like that you are interested in and get to know the person. Also nothing wrong with going out to clubs with friends and just having fun and you might get a number if you try just don’t go home with anyone. I’m sure these are all things that you know. The whole apps and dating services seems to make it less personal. They are great tools just step out of your comfort zone.

I personally met my wife at church and we were friends and I dated her best friend before we dated. Not saying go to church for women because that wasn’t my thing I WAS a hardcore Jesus man it just happened. We are totally different people now and we changed together we both laugh at how we’d never date each other now if us back then knew us today because we are “sinners”.



[–] YoHomie 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago  (edited 3 hours ago)

In order to bag a High-Value Man, you must become a High-Value Woman. Look in the mirror, and ask if you’re looking at high-value. If not, get to work on it. A High-Value Man will walk away from anything less, as will High-Value Women. The bar scene is all about Fuck-N-Chuck, so if you’re looking for something else, you must look somewhere else. DO things that are fun and interesting to you and which involve settings with mixed company, anything from a trip to the zoo with friends to joining a book club – doesn’t matter. While you are doing those things, make small talk with guys who come across as interesting and go from there. Make meeting people the goal, not finding the great love of your life – only then will he come along.



[–] Subtenko 0 points (+0|-0) 3 hours ago 

OP, we should chat, view my Voatner profile…. x) (I feel like that should be some subverse, lol) ,Being nervous aint bad, well if the other persons a bit on the same level.

Red flags are someone who’s stuck up, thats one.

p.S. ive never heard of MyBae haha. Tinder sucks from what people have been saying. Ive never used any dating site tbh.



[–] avgwhtguy1 0 points (+0|-0) 2.8 hours ago  (edited 2.8 hours ago)

I assume chicks who use tindr are hoes; the kind of girl who is down to fuck based on looks and “not being creepy”, and only down to maintain a relationship given the man’s financial situation. I would never 2nd date a tindr girl. I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

btw, I dont use tindr.



[–] Clitorally_retarded 0 points (+0|-0) 2.8 hours ago  (edited 2.7 hours ago)

As a newly married guy who had some pretty successful short and long term relationships, your lifestyle and dating history is a red flag to me. Sort of like adopting a dog when you really want a hamster. Now, I may be weird, since I never picked up a random woman in a bar and had sex with her. Mostly because sex gets way better after the 3rd or 4th time and a one night stand is sort of lame.

I’d suggest getting offline and out of bars, finding shared activities, friends, or membership groups that will act as a filter for quality or other characteristics you want in a person. Your assessment of beauty honestly doesn’t matter – different guys are into all sorts of different body types and looks. Just take care of yourself and say no to random dick.



[–] I_am_the_clickbait 0 points (+0|-0) 2.6 hours ago 

I’m 34 and I’m a guy. I can’t give you too much advice but I’ll say this:

Learn to enjoy yourself and being alone. The 20s are great formative years where you truly learn the value of yourself and relationships. There is nothing wrong with getting drunk, sleeping around a little, making mistakes and above all, learning from it all. In the process you’ll gain confidence, a sense of self and truly know when you’re being appreciated. Just have fun and try not to take things too seriously until you have to.



[–] theburntsausage 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

all the things you are doing are nothing but “get sex” methods. you want a relationship you might want to step outside the realm of pleasure and quick hookups and start looking for people in respectable places. Stop trying to find gold in an iron mine.



[–] BoozeytheClown 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

Girls without education and employment are red flags for me.



[–] Butt_Slut 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

Posting again because I forgot the obvious…

…if she’s ever dated or hooked up with a black guy, instant disqualification.



[–] AnxiousInfusion 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago 

You’re life is 27% over. Hurry up and get a guy tick tock tick tock. Oh, and it’s probably not that you’re “chuck” material, but because all the campus bullshittery has driven guys avoid risks more than ever before.



[–] LOLATU 0 points (+0|-0) 2.3 hours ago  (edited 2.2 hours ago)

Swearing can be a turn off for sure. Most guys don’t want a girl that is crude in public. Lady in the streets, freak in the sheets as the saying goes. But you got to do you and there’s somebody who will appreciate that. Might take a while to find though.

I always end up in a relationship when I’m not even trying to find one. Work on being happy with yourself by yourself. That’s something people can sense and it’s attractive. People that are really desperate for a relationship come off as clingy and needy. Biggest turn off for me is a clingy girl or one whose apartment smells strongly of cat urine… but that’s another story.



[–] zippitydoodoo 0 points (+0|-0) 2.2 hours ago 

At the risk of sounding shallow, bad breath will absolutely break any chance of anything happening.



[–] rulloff_in_a_jar 0 points (+0|-0) 2 hours ago  (edited 2 hours ago)

Try dating one of your male friends. You already have shared interest and I guarantee a few of them at least want to date you.

I’m someone who doesn’t want a relationship I also have no female platonic friends. Guys I know with female friends are almost always more likely to be relationship guys. So thr guy friend who has a crush, has something in common give him a shot because he probably wants a relationship as much as you, with you more than the pub guy you met.



[–] patricoles 0 points (+0|-0) 2 hours ago 

Coffee meets bagel is a better app. I get alot of smart women with masters or PhD who want a serious relationship. If you match you are given a week to chat.



[–] RedditDead2005-2015 0 points (+0|-0) 1 hour ago 

If she tells me she’s been “around the block”. Too many dates or too many relationships. No one likes used goods. I am usually the one who walks away, and if I’m walking away from a lot, then it means I have really bad judgment. If women are dumping me, then it means I must be a bad pick.



[–] SocratesOP 0 points (+0|-0) 50 minutes ago 

OP I’m late and you might not read this but here’s my piece:

I think this thread has been a good example of why the ‘red flag’ strategy is ineffective. It’s nice to think about relationships like a game of minesweeper; All you have to do is make a set of rules and put a little red flag on all of the “bombs” or failed relationships and you end up with a dream partner.

In reality there’s no easy math you can do to deduce if someone’s a disaster waiting to happen though, and you often have to just “click on them anyway” and deal with the result afterwords much like minesweeper.

In my opinion the best way would be to do some self evaluation and look for someone with similar values. Focus on green flags instead of red ones.



[–] CyrexCore2k 0 points (+0|-0) 15 minutes ago 

Maybe you’re boring?

I can’t tell you how many dates I’ve been on where the conversation goes well enough but the other person doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Almost no plans for the next week, month, year or whatever. If you don’t have any goals (even short term goals) or have any interest that you’ve dedicated a lot of time to (read: 10,000+ hours) it’s probably not going to work out.



[–] torhent 0 points (+0|-0) 6 minutes ago 

Dating in university is easy. For starters, quit going to bars. Next, join clubs that you have a legitimate interest in, you are in college they exist. Date men from there. Pay attention to the smart guys in your class as well, good chance they will be able to get a job after college and not sponge off you as well. You have a world of opportunity in comparison to someone outside of college. You can see it all and make your own choice, once you get out of college its a lot easier for guys to hide their problems.

Picking up some strange at the bar, where people go to fuck, not date, is not a great way to actually get a boyfriend. It is a great way to pick up a guy who wants to add more notches to his belt.



[–] Sikozen 0 points (+0|-0) 1 minute ago 

Find something you really enjoy, and start doing it.


Like hiking? Start looking for known trails. Video games? My favorite game store had tournament nights where they have bean bag chairs and nachos every two weeks. Books? Look for book clubs. Find something that YOU like, then find a social way to do it. Then, you’ll meet people that have at least ONE thing in common with you, and either A.) they dig you, you dig them, and you bone each other for the rest of your lives or B.) they know someone/are related to someone that you can meet through them and get to that ‘Happily Boning Forever After’ stage.

People dig confidence, which was why I suggested finding something you like. Doing what you love is very freeing. You are at your best when you are happy and passionate. Be your happy passionate self! And make sure you notice people around you – chances are there will be some quiet dude/dudette in the corner glancing at you, totally into you, too nervous to come speak to you, and then you get to be all alpha make the first move. RAWR! ALPHA!




[–] lava_lice -1 points (+1|-2) 5 hours ago  (edited 5 hours ago)

I think this post is fake. You sound like a guy. If I’m wrong, there’s your problem. Men want to date women not men. If you like to get drunk in bars and swear like a sailor, and who knows what else, you’re going to get stuck in the fuck not date category.

Another Drunk Tesla Driver Has Another Spectacular Tesla Model S Crash

We’ve seen our fair share of Tesla Model S crashes lately, some more impressive than others, but this one from Florida is particularly strange: a parking lot accident with enough momentum to launch the Model S in the air and land on top of a Toyota Camry.

The accident happened this weekend in Plantation, Florida. The Sun Sentinel reported on the accident:

“A driver briefly dozed off behind the wheel in a Plantation parking lot Saturday, causing his car to jump a curb, land on top of another car and damage several other vehicles, authorities said.”

Apparently, the passenger in the Tesla realized that the driver was dozing off and grabbed the wheel which ultimately caused the crash. No one was injured and only the people in the Tesla were in any of the vehicles involved in the accident.

The Plantation Fire Department shared a picture of the aftermath:plantation tesla crash

It’s almost unbelievable that the car ended up in this position while driving at parking lot speed – or even at an excessive speed for a parking lot.

While the Model S didn’t need to clear the height of the Camry to end up in this position as it could just have cleared the hood and still applied torque on the rear-wheels to move on top of the vehicle, it’s still impressive for a “parking lot accident”.

We are talking about launching a close to 5,000 lbs vehicle in the air. I know it hit the curb, but still…


  • The insane political and privacy harvesting tricks of Google’s billionaires are finally out in the open.
  • Google is found to respect no laws and is “driven by power hungry, unregulated frat boys on a mission to control politics…”




Lying By the Government is as Terrifying as it is Contagious

Lawyers representing the federal government have lied to the courts in a number of recent cases.

Trust us.Flynt/Dreamstime.com“Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”  Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)

Last week, this column chronicled the startling admissions of lying by White House senior advisor Ben Rhodes. Rhodes readily acknowledged to The New York Times Magazine that he lied to the public and to members of Congress during the negotiations that produced the recent Iranian nuclear deal so as to temper the “irrational” fear that some senators and representatives had of the mullahs who run the government in Iran.

He was asked — not subpoenaed — to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his lying, and he refused to show up, claiming his lies were protected by executive privilege. Because he spoke publicly about this, he has no privilege, yet nothing further happened. The committee gave up the ghost.

Also last week, in a federal court in Brownsville, Texas, the government was caught lying again — this time by a federal judge. Here is the back story.

In 2012, President Barack Obama issued numerous executive orders directing the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to enforce a version of immigration law that the president himself had scripted after Congress declined to pass it.

The president crafted a path to permanent residence in the United States for undocumented immigrants who are the parents of children who were born here or are otherwise residents lawfully.

The president’s plan would add between 4 million and 5 million people as lawful residents. That would add to the financial burdens of the states where these folks reside, because they are required by federal law to provide a social safety net — health care, education, safety, welfare — to all legal residents.

Hence, 26 states sued the federal government, arguing in effect that the president exceeded his constitutional powers when he issued his executive orders and that the immediate effect of their enforcement would be massive, unplanned, unfunded financial burdens on the states.

A federal judge agreed with the states and enjoined the president from enforcing his orders. During the course of the oral arguments in the case, the judge asked the lawyers from the Department of Justice who were representing the president whether the programs his executive orders established had yet begun. The lawyers replied that they had not.

On three more occasions, one orally in the same public courtroom and twice in written submissions to the court, the DOJ lawyers insisted that the president’s programs had not yet begun. In reliance upon those assertions, the states asked only for an injunction going forward, not for an injunction on any applications being processed by the feds, because they were told that none existed.

The government lawyers lied.

Last week, we learned that the Department of Homeland Security has surreptitiously accepted applications from more than 100,000 undocumented immigrants for permanent residence under the terms of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

The orders may be characterized as unconstitutional because the same federal judge to whom the DOJ lawyers lied, as well as a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to which the DOJ appealed the injunction against the president, found them so. Those findings await a determination by the Supreme Court, which is expected by the end of next month.

The problem of lawyers lying to judges is extremely serious. Our system of litigation — lawyers present facts and argue about laws, and judges rely on the truthfulness of what the lawyers have told them — is built on trust. Because lawyers know the facts in their cases more intimately than judges do, judges rely on lawyers to tell them the truth.

At first, these DOJ lawyers lied. Then they lied about their lying. Then they reluctantly acknowledged that they had momentary lapses in understanding, an argument that the court rejected because of the repeated nature of their lying. The lawyers said the programs had not begun, when in fact they had — to a large degree.

The judge’s response in the case was curious. He ordered the DOJ lawyers to take ethics classes. I would have done differently. Lying to the court is so severe a violation of the ethical rules, so disruptive of the moral order, that its significance is diminished by the so-called cure of ethics classes.

I would have barred all lawyers who lied to me from ever appearing in my courtroom, and I would have removed them from the case. I would also have referred what I knew about them to ethics prosecutors in the states and federal districts where they are admitted.

Lawyers have an obligation of candor to the judges before whom they appear. That duty is no less serious when the lawyers work for the government than when they work for private clients.

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Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written nine books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent is Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty.

Why is Facebook promoting female vaginal mutilation in order to give male campaign financiers control over women’s bodies?

Facebook Community Page Touts ‘Health Benefits’ of Islamic Female Genital Mutilation



Perhaps the gatekeepers of Facebook should take a break from ensuring that no dissident conservative news items pollute the feeds of good digital citizens and take a stern look at the new community page promoting the “health benefits” of Islamic female genital mutilation.

Foreign Desk News reports the mission statement for the page is to “clear misconceptions of the Islamic practice of female circumcision and counter misinformation against it.”

Part of that agenda is, of course, an effort to replace the term “female genital mutilation” with “female circumcision.”

Also unsurprisingly, the page’s offerings are served up with a side order of anti-Semitic paranoia. For example, one post spotlighted by Foreign Desk News is titled “Female Circumcision – The Hidden Truth: How Misogynists and Feminists are feeding upon each other to denigrate an Islamic practice that brings untold benefits to women.”

The author claims that these health benefits have been “overlooked to conform to Islamophobic sentiments expressed by a largely Jewish controlled media,” which is naturally far less critical of male circumcision because “male circumcision is a Jewish practice and female circumcision is not.”

There are even infographics touting both the alleged health benefits and religious justification for FGM, which the page assures women is part of their duty to both Allah and their husbands:

The Facebook page even asserts that men contract oral cancer by engaging in certain sexual activities with women who have not been circumcised.

As of press time, the Facebook community page has not been taken down.

Foreign Desk News reports that another post approvingly links to an e-book on “safe female circumcision” by a doctor in Sudan. Women looking for medical opinions from a more reputable source should know that the World Health Organization recognizes no known health benefits from FGM, instead considering it “a violation of the human rights of girls and women.”

“Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths,” warns WHO, which “strongly urges health professionals not to perform such procedures.”

WHO notes that the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the elimination of female genital mutilation in 2012. Later this year, WHO plans to publish a set of guidelines for managing health complications from female genital mutilation, “to support health care professionals in their care to girls and women that have undergone FGM.”

As it happens, Nigeria just held a summit on eliminating the practice of female genital mutilation, which resolved to “increase community awareness and knowledge on the health hazards associated with FGM.”

One of the major obstacles addressed at the Nigerian summit was the need to provide professional female circumcision experts with alternative means of earning their livelihoods.

“They do it for money, it’s their livelihood. They’ll tell you it’s what keeps my family, it’s what I use in training my children and feeding,” nurse Gift Abu, an anti-FGM activist, explained to the Premium Times of Nigeria. “So money is very important for those who don’t have what to do. Some of them don’t have any other thing they are doing apart from circumcision. It’s like a profession to them. So leaving the practice, it’s like where will they start from?”

Abu estimated that roughly 70 percent of circumcisers in Nigeria had been persuaded to halt the practice. She added that activists were attacking the demand side of the problem as well, contesting the widespread belief among Nigerians that young girls will be less promiscuous if they are subjected to the procedure.


Making The Grades

How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process.


A college on the edge of Silicon Valley has turned itself into an upmarket visa mill, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found, deploying a system of fake grades and enabling thousands of foreign students to enter the United States each year — while generating millions of dollars in tuition revenue for the school and the family who controls it.

Spending millions on foreign recruiters, Northwestern Polytechnic University enrolls 99% of its students — more than 6,000 overall last year — from overseas, with little regard for their qualifications. It has no full-time, permanent faculty, despite having a student body larger than the undergraduate population of Princeton.

The school issues grades that are inflated, or simply made up, so that academically unqualified students can keep their visas, along with the overseas bank loans that allow the students to pay their tuition. For two years, top college administrators forbade professors from failing any students at all, and the university’s president once personally raised hundreds of student grades — by hand.

Those false credentials are all the students need to stay in the country. Many seek jobs in the tech industry, and their degrees allow them to remain working in the U.S. for years, avoiding the scrutiny of immigration officials that would have come if they had applied for a standard work visa.

The university operates as a nonprofit, with all the tax benefits that status confers. But its assets, which topped $77 million in 2014, have enriched the family that has controlled it for decades. The school has purchased homes for family members to live in, one of which cost more than $2 million. When it comes to educating students, however, NPU has spent astonishingly little. The $1.5 million it paid for a home occupied by the executive vice president and his family was more than it reported spending on the combined salaries of the school’s entire faculty and staff in 2014.

Even the university’s academic accreditation — which the school relied on in order to admit a flood of foreign students — is suspect: When the accreditor came for a site visit, the university staged a Potemkin village of a college, enlisting instructors to pretend they were full-time professors, prepping students with false answers to inspectors’ questions, and once even hiring a fake librarian.

When a whistleblower handed over a letter detailing the college’s bad behavior, the accreditor asked for a thin explanation, accepted it at face value, and issued no sanctions.

NPU looks very different than the handful of unaccredited, for-profit visa mills that were exposed and shut down after a government crackdown in 2011. It has far more students, and they do attend classes with teachers. Some of its students say they got valuable educations.

NPU’s president, Peter Hsieh, and his second-in-command, Paul Choi, refused through a representative to answer any questions in person or by phone when a reporter came to the university’s campus and to a conference in Dallas where Choi was in attendance. Through the representative, Hsieh and Choi asked to speak with an editor to discuss potential legal action against a person they believed was a source for the article.

In response to BuzzFeed News’ detailed outline of the allegations in this story, Hsieh wrote that the school offers a high-quality education to future business and technology leaders and has made “significant strides” in his time as president. The university, he said, maintains its fiduciary responsibility to its students, investing in quality faculty and planning for facilities improvements.

The school “denies your allegations of impropriety,” Hsieh wrote. He said that the school is “designing new policies for proper grade differentiation and thoroughly investigating and addressing academic deficiencies” and has spent “hundreds of hours updating and improving financial practices.”

“We have taken your allegations – albeit unfounded – seriously”

“We do not believe this is the proper forum to discuss the intricacies and operational details of NPU,” Hsieh wrote. “That said, we have taken your allegations — albeit unfounded — seriously, and will give them careful attention.”

BuzzFeed News has examined a trove of internal university documents, including more than a thousand of pages of bank statements, emails, and student records, and interviewed more than a dozen current and former students, faculty, and staff.

What emerged is a portrait of a university that epitomizes many of the key weaknesses in the American higher education and immigration systems: an institution that has used its nonprofit status to enrich its leaders and used its accreditation to dodge more stringent national security requirements.

The campus of Northwestern Polytechnic University. Michael J. Costa for BuzzFeed News

Even in the suburban Fremont neighborhood where Northwestern Polytechnic University owns dozens of buildings, the university is hard to pick out: A low-slung office park is its central campus, with parking lots instead of green space. Its central building looks less like a center of academic learning than a DMV, a cavernous lobby where students line up in front of rows of low cubicles.

As bland as the campus’s design is, the story of the institution’s rise is extraordinary: a mixture of personal ambition, institutional duplicity, national bureaucracy, and shifting geopolitics.

In 1991, when a Chinese immigrant named George Hsieh took over as president of NPU, it was a tiny operation, with just 16 students and a single, unaccredited degree program. Over the next 20 years, Hsieh would build NPU into a modest success: an accredited school with some 700 students, including a number from China and Taiwan.

It was only with the help of George Hsieh’s son, Peter, that NPU began to implement a bigger vision. Much bigger.

In 2013, when Peter, trained as a corporate lawyer, began working for the university, competition for Chinese students was increasing. So NPU turned to a vast new market, where people were eager for American degrees that could improve their standing in the annual skilled-worker visa lottery. That winter, the university tripled the amount it was paying to foreign recruiters — to $74,000, for a single trimester — and directed it not to China but to India.

It worked. Indian students began enrolling in huge numbers. Tuition revenue jumped 36%, to $12.7 million. It was one of NPU’s best financial years ever, according to public financial filings. And in its last month, the university paid all cash for a $2.2 million six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home on a leafy suburban street called, somewhat ironically, Harvard Common. Peter Hsieh and his family promptly moved in.

By the end of the winter trimester, the university had a serious problem on its hands.

On a Saturday night in early January, George Hsieh emailed his top administrators. “I am terribly sorry to call this urgent meeting with such an extreme notice,” Hsieh wrote. “But I have no choice! We need to solve the grade distribution problem / guideline once for all before Monday.”

The problem, according to interviews with two people included on the email, was that the crop of Indian students NPU had paid to recruit that fall were floundering in their classes. Now the grades had come in, and it was too serious to ignore: Large numbers had gotten F’s or other grades low enough to eventually jeopardize the students’ visa status. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that oversees those visas, requires schools to revoke them when students don’t make “normal academic progress.” For graduate students at NPU, according to university catalogs posted online, that meant terminating the visas of anyone who had gone three semesters with a GPA below 3.0.

Hsieh came up with a stopgap solution.

What’s more, many Indian banks require student borrowers to prove they are in good standing with their university. If grades remained as low as they were, the administration worried, a large portion of the student body wouldn’t be able to pay for the next semester’s tuition.

Hsieh came up with a stopgap solution. He had final grades from the fall 2013 semester printed from the school’s faculty portal. Then, by hand, Hsieh started going down the list. One student, whose records show he was repeating a computer-science credit, had an F. Hsieh scrawled the young man’s new grade: C+. In another course, a student had gotten 35% on his midterm exam, and done even worse on his final. Hsieh changed his D- to a C+.

In total, more than 600 printed grades were changed by hand, records viewed by BuzzFeed News show. Some F’s became C+’s or even B-’s, B’s became A-’s, and C’s became B’s.

Hsieh gave the changed grades to an administrative worker and ordered them entered into the system, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. By the time Hsieh had finished, almost no students had a grade lower than C+.

In 2014, NPU increased the amount of money it spent on recruiters by an order of magnitude, internal financial records show. The school spent almost $1.7 million that year to recruit students through an elaborate network of overseas education consultants in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and other Indian cities — a 1,400% increase from the year before. By the beginning of 2015, the university was spending $800,000 in a single trimester for this one expense.

“We pretty much rely on word of mouth”

Memoranda of understanding between NPU and dozens of Indian education companies show that NPU offered recruiters 15% of the first year’s tuition for every admitted student they referred to the school. Documents instructed recruiters on how to pitch NPU to Indian students, encouraging them to say that NPU was “nationally accredited,” that its faculty all had advanced degrees, and even that it hosted a regional table tennis tournament.

In 2014, Indian students came to NPU in such large numbers that they strained the resources of the university, overwhelming employees and overstuffing classrooms, current and former employees say. The school more than doubled its number of active foreign visa students that year, from 1,634 to 3,728, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data.

It was a result the school had spent heavily to achieve. But asked in January why his school had become a magnet for Indian students, Peter Hsieh told BuzzFeed News, “It was a complete shock to us. We do no marketing. We pretty much rely on word of mouth.”

George Hsieh’s hands-on intervention wasn’t the end of large-scale grade-changing at the school. In fact, school records and interviews show, it was the beginning of something much larger: In 2014, fake grades became institutionalized.

In the spring of 2014, internal emails show the school adopted a new, universitywide policy: It would be literally impossible for a student to fail a class. Instead of receiving an F (or for graduate students, a D- or D), students who did not earn a passing grade would get a W, meaning they had been withdrawn from the course at the last moment. Their GPA would be saved, and so, potentially, would their visa.

In May of that year, as final grades were rolling in for the spring semester, a TA in a lab course gave failing grades to several students. Wen Hsieh, a university administrator who is also George Hsieh’s wife, emailed the course’s professor, encouraging him to change their grades.

“For those students who hardly learned a thing and should repeat the course, a grade ‘W’ would serve the purpose,” she wrote. “This grade does not affect the student’s GPA, and hence for those students who rely on bank loan (from India) can have a chance to continue their studies here (when GPA is below standard and the student is placed on academic probation status, the loan is terminated).”

The professor promptly changed the grades.

The university even programmed its computer systems to enforce the no-fail rule. Faculty members logging onto the university portal in mid-2015 had to click a dialog box that read, “Please be advised that any grade less than the minimum to pass the course … will be recorded as a ‘Withdrawal’ in accordance with current policies,” a screenshot provided to BuzzFeed News shows.

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In 2015, business was booming at NPU, and there were just too many applications for the school’s admissions office to handle. Courtney McCallion, who was an admissions officer at the time, told BuzzFeed News she was processing dozens of applications a day for at least a month, virtually all of them from India. At that pace, she could do little more than glance at students’ test scores to check that they appeared proficient in English and see if they had graduated above the 60th percentile. (McCallion was dismissed from her job in late 2015.)

But even that breakneck pace wasn’t enough: As applications piled up, administrators told her she had to handle as many as 100 applications per a day. Sometimes, she said, the photocopied diplomas and transcripts she was sent looked fake, but she didn’t have time to check.

When one school employee, specially tasked by the federal government with maintaining the records of foreign students, left the company, she complained about the workload during a written exit interview obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a single week, the officer said, she had been asked to process more than 150 students’ work-for-credit courses, 100 student applications, and 150 requests to transfer out of the university.

In 2015, NPU’s foreign visa count shot up yet again — this time by an astonishing 140% — to 9,024. That number pushed its foreign recruitment above all but a very small number of American universities. By the beginning of 2016, Peter Hsieh said, 95% of NPU’s entire student body was Indian.

Michael J. Costa for BuzzFeed News

The surge in foreign students had an overwhelming effect on NPU’s campus, according to interviews with current and former students and faculty members. Between 2013 and 2015, class sizes grew from 10 or 15 students to 70, even 120, instructors said. Four current and former faculty members described being overwhelmed by the influx of new students, many of whom, the instructors said, were vastly underprepared for coursework. The administration did not seem to care how many students were in a class, they said.

“They were running out of professors,” said McCallion. “They didn’t have enough room in the buildings.”

Despite the additional tuition revenue, the quality of the facilities did not seem to be improving. Nor were the materials professors were given, current faculty said. The student-to-teacher ratio was way up, but one professor said he was paid exactly what he’d gotten 10 years earlier, without even a cost-of-living raise.

By mid-2014, NPU adopted an entirely new grading scale for its master’s degree students, which lowered the threshold for failing grades by 20 percentage points. Now anyone scoring 40% or above would pass — and anyone scoring below that would get a W, for withdrawal. A student with a score of 59%, which would be an F at most schools, would now receive a C.

NPU kept the new grade scale to itself. The documents it had previously sent in to the school’s accreditor said the university required faculty to use the standard letter grade scale. The university also said that it had a strict policy on grade changes. According to the faculty handbook, which was approved by the accreditor, “Grades should be changed only if there has been an error in computation. No other reasons will be considered as a basis for a request for grade change.”

NPU generally got good marks from students. Of the seven current and former students interviewed by BuzzFeed News, most said they were satisfied with NPU. They said their teachers, who worked full-time jobs elsewhere, gave them practical advice and industry connections; one cited classmates who went on to work at prominent Silicon Valley tech companies. The price was right, too — about $12,500 a year, plus a $500 discount for every trimester that they recruited a new student to the school.

Students cited many reasons for attending NPU: low fees, easy admissions, proximity to Silicon Valley, and the school’s community of Indian students, who were connected to a vibrant Indian immigrant community in Fremont. Most of them said they came to NPU because they hoped to get a visa that would allow them to work in the United States.

Munesh Khatri, a recent graduate, got his second American master’s degree from NPU, after graduating from Wichita State with a master’s in economics. He’s now studying at Silicon Valley University, another Bay Area school with 90% foreign students, working toward what will be his fourth master’s degree — he got his first in Pakistan.

“I had a very good experience at NPU,” Khatri said. “NPU’s a very good university. They have a lot of innovative practices.”

In late 2015, the school experienced its first period of intense public scrutiny. In December, U.S. immigration authorities denied entry to a large number of Indian students heading to NPU as well as to Silicon Valley University. Air India prevented the students from boarding flights, saying the schools had been “blacklisted” by the American government.

The blacklisting reports were untrue, but the story spread quickly through the Indian press. The Times of India wrote a follow-up story on Dec. 23 that called NPU “dodgy” and a “massive academic rip-off.”

The school’s legal and public relations machine went into overdrive. It sent cease-and-desist letters to newspapers and it threatened to sue Air India.

“For the betterment of the integrity of the institution”

On Jan. 23, Peter Hsieh held a press conference. Standing in front of a huge plastic banner bearing the university’s logo, he said claims about the school were false: It was not a visa mill, but an accredited nonprofit that invested heavily in its academics. The surge in Indian students was a happy accident, the result of satisfied alumni and booming demand for American educations. And finally, he said that the school itself was not under any type of scrutiny by the Department of Homeland Security.

Behind the scenes, however, that department had assigned an investigator to look into the school, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told BuzzFeed News.

In the weeks between the Times of India’s story and Hsieh’s press conference, the school began cleaning up its act. Internal emails show that NPU reversed the no-fail policy on Jan. 4, 2016. In an email explaining the change, an administrator wrote, “Starting approximately 2 years ago, NPU implemented an unwritten rule that students receiving no passing grades (e.g., D+ or less for Masters students) would receive an automatic Withdrawal (W) grade in replace of the no passing grade.” The policy was being changed, the emails aid, “for the betterment of the integrity of the institution.”

The school posted the redacted visas of current students to its Facebook page on Dec. 23 and 24, 2015.

With the school’s summer term set to begin in May 2016, some 1,500 students — almost a quarter of the student body — were still traveling and did not plan to return for days or even weeks after school had begun. In an email to the school, executive vice president Paul Choi asked students to return on time — in part, he said, because it would affect their classes, but also out of concern for their immigration status and the school’s image with immigration authorities.

“You may have done this in the past with little troubles, but we believe things will be different this time,” Choi wrote. “We do not wish to add fuel to the fire by having a couple of thousand NPU students returning late for their Summer Term.”

In one last safeguard for the school’s reputation, the university repeatedly warned students, faculty, and graduates not to talk to press. If contacted by BuzzFeed, it said in campuswide messages, “please do not respond and do not speak or make any direct contact with the reporters.” It instructed faculty to report any students who had spoken to BuzzFeed to the administration.

“Especially,” one email said, “do not click on or share any BuzzFeed articles relating to NPU or higher education.”

In his response to the Indian media reports, Peter Hsieh assured the press that the school appeared “modest” for a reason. “We focus all of our energy, all of our students’ tuition dollars into education,” he said at a press conference.

That claim is not backed up by the school’s own financial statements. Thanks to the huge surge in students, NPU’s revenue grew more than 200% in 2014, the most recent year for which nonprofit financial filings are publicly available, to $40 million. But the university’s spending on employee salaries — almost always a university’s greatest expense — plummeted, from $4.4 million to just $1.4 million.

If those numbers are accurate, the university spent more money on payments to Indian recruiting firms than it did on the combined salaries of all of its employees. Its total expenses in 2014, public filings say, grew from $7 to $11 million, leaving a surplus of $29 million — a 75% margin.

The biggest beneficiary of the millions in NPU’s bank accounts appears to be the family that controls the university.

NPU says its $77 million is overseen — as the law requires — by an independent board, tasked with keeping the university’s finances in order. But BuzzFeed News has found that the board is not independent at all, and has allowed the Hsieh family to reap valuable benefits from NPU without disclosing them to the public.

A tangled web of family members controls virtually every aspect of the university: In 2014 and 2015, five members of the Hsieh family worked in leadership at the university, and a sixth was employed as a contractor.

For many years, George Hsieh was the university’s president and his brother-in-law, Bill Wu, was the school’s chief financial officer. After starting at the university in 2013, George’s son, Peter, rose to the rank of executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. Peter Hsieh’s wife, Sunny Oh, also worked for the school as a contractor: Tax records show she was paid $66,000 by the university in 2014.

When George Hsieh retired in September 2015, he handed the reins of the presidency to Peter and gave his position at the head of the school’s governing board to his wife, Wen Hsieh, who had been an administrator at the school and was also Peter’s mother and Bill’s sister.

Peter Hsieh followed in his father’s footsteps, employing his brother-in-law, Paul Choi, as his executive vice president.

The transfer of leadership positions to George Hsieh’s wife and son was unanimously approved by a vote of NPU’s board. But the board had only three people on it, and Hsieh was one of them. The other two were professors who had long been on the school’s payroll. Though NPU reported to the IRS in 2014 that the men received no compensation for their service on the board, on March 14, 2015, the day that they voted to install Peter Hsieh and his mother, both professors received checks for $2,500 from the university. In the checks’ subject line: “Gratitude / meeting fee”.

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With just three members, NPU’s board is exceptionally tiny, a quality that nonprofit experts say is often a red flag that could potentially indicate weak governance. None of its members are independent from the university.

Until 2010, on audited financial disclosures to the IRS the school listed another board member: a woman named JoNelle Zager. But Zager, a chiropractor, said she hadn’t been on the university’s board for “close to twenty years — fifteen at least.” She has been living in Texas for more than a decade.

Peter and George Hsieh collected large but not outrageous salaries in 2014 — $260,000 and $300,000, respectively. On forms submitted to the IRS, the university attested that the two men received no additional compensation. But those salaries are far from the only way they and their families benefited from the school.

The university purchased a $2.2 million home in December 2013, a month after drafting the contract to hire Peter Hsieh full-time. He moved in a few months later. In 2013 the university also bought a $1.5 million, four-bedroom house on a hilly, leafy Fremont street. Hsieh’s brother-in-law, Paul Choi, soon moved in.

It’s not unusual for college presidents to live in university-owned homes, which they use to host events and entertain faculty and donors. The University of Dayton, which has more than 11,000 students, spent $1.55 million on a house in 2015; the University of Florida, with 50,000 students, spent $3.1 million to build a new house in 2014.

NPU had fewer than 2,000 students at the time it spent $3.7 million on homes occupied by Choi and Hsieh. The year it purchased the homes, it reported a total of $7.5 million in expenses for the entire school.

In total, property records show, the university has spent more than $10 million on real estate zoned for single families in Fremont — seven four-bedroom homes worth more than $1 million each, including the house down the block from Peter Hsieh’s on Harvard Common, which is also worth over $2 million.

County records show that the university owns a considerable amount of property that is not used for educational purposes at all: condos, industrial facilities, even strip-mall storefronts. In mid-2014, with its enrollment sharply rising, NPU bought a condominium in Mountain View, 20 miles away from campus. An electricity bill from the condo, on a road called Easy Street, is in the name of Sunny Oh, Peter Hsieh’s wife.

“The assets of a charity belong to the public, not to those who control the charity,” said Jill Manny, a professor at New York University School of Law and the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy and the Law. Nonprofits “cannot distribute assets of the organization to organizational insiders, other than as reasonable compensation for services rendered or, in some circumstances, for goods provided,” she said.

Peter Hsieh frequently used university funds for personal expenses, a source said. University records show hundreds of day-to-day expenses charged to the school — Mega Mango smoothies from Jamba Juice, evening grocery runs at Trader Joe’s, coffees at Starbucks.

Receipts that were included as business expenses. Obtained by BuzzFeed News

Choi, for his part, had NPU pay for $1,200 in Ikea furniture — bookcases for his second-floor family room and materials for the closet in his master bedroom — and, from Home Depot, a $150 toilet seat.

The school’s failure to disclose the many benefits reaped by Hsieh, Choi, and his family — such as accommodation in university-owned housing — is no small matter, said Marc Owens, a lawyer who headed the IRS’ exempt-organizations division for 10 years and is now a partner at the law firm Loeb & Loeb. He reviewed multiple years of NPU’s public financial filings for BuzzFeed News.

The university’s lack of disclosure “certainly results in an incomplete and inaccurate return, which could lead to the imposition of penalties,” Owens said. It “might even be construed as an effort to mislead the Internal Revenue Service, a transgression that carries criminal penalties.”

At the end of 2014, someone inside Northwestern Polytechnic University became outraged enough to blow the whistle. But instead of going to the Department of Homeland Security or the Education Department, the employee went to an obscure nonprofit that wields tremendous power in the world of higher education: the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Oversight of American higher education rests in large part on a group of independent watchdogs called accreditors, whom the government entrusts to vet a school’s academics and student performance. Schools that win the accreditors’ approval reap significant benefits: They can tap into the trillion-dollar federal student loan system, and, more importantly for Northwestern Polytechnic University, they can sponsor American student visas — a highly sought-after commodity across the world — with minimal oversight.

But these accreditors are private entities, and despite their effect on public funds, there is little oversight of the work that they do. Schools choose which accreditor they wish to be judged by, and many institutions shop around in search of the one they feel will view them in the most favorable light.

The whistleblower made bold claims: that NPU had been systematically lying for years.

ACICS was a remarkable choice. The accreditor says that when assessing a school’s quality and success, it relies heavily on one valuable metric: the percentage of students who found jobs in their field of study. ACICS requires the schools it assesses to make that data available — but not for foreign students. Which means that NPU maintained its accreditation despite omitting data for the vast majority of its student body last year.

The whistleblower made bold claims: that NPU had been systematically lying for years, deceiving the agency about many key aspects of its academic offerings.

NPU was dramatically understaffed in the face of enrollment that had doubled in the space of a year, the letter said. Short on instructors, the school had hired current master’s degree students to teach other master’s degree students, a violation of ACICS’s policies. It was enrolling as many as 80 students in a class with a single instructor. And it had been changing students’ grades.

The letter detailed the lengths to which NPU had gone, on the rare, three-day site visits the accreditor used to decide whether to extend the university’s stamp of approval.

As one current and one former faculty member have since confirmed, on those days, the university’s key faculty were required to take the day off from the full-time jobs they held elsewhere. During the accreditor’s visit in 2012, some professors spent the day in offices where they normally didn’t sit, and taught classes with slides that had been provided to them by the administration, said a former faculty member.

Students were fed lines about what to tell the accreditor’s staff — for example, that all students were required to purchase their own textbooks. A current faculty member said he was asked to oversee classes he did not normally teach.

Sometimes the university even brought in outside help. In the mid-2000s the university had no librarian, a position that the accreditor required. So for the site visit, NPU simply paid a librarian from another institution to come and pretend they worked there.

The whistleblower laid all this out, and even gave ACICS instructions on how to verify the allegations, including the names of people to interview and photocopies of their LinkedIn pages.

ACICS wrote to the university, requesting that it provide a chart of its enrollment numbers, along with a description of how it was maintaining its programs’ “stability.” The accreditor also asked for “data sheets” and signed job descriptions for its librarian and “all full-time faculty members.”

ACICS was apparently satisfied with the school’s answers.

At the time, even NPU’s so-called deans were employed a semester at a time, and most worked there only on the side, while holding down full-time jobs elsewhere.

But ACICS was apparently satisfied with the school’s answers. Northwestern Polytechnic University kept its accreditation without any sanctions.

ACICS said it was “deeply troubled by the serious allegations confronting NPU,” in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “ACICS takes quality assurance of its accredited institutions seriously, and will condition or withdraw accreditation from schools that fail to comply with Council standards, or with local, state or federal laws.”

A spokesperson for the accreditor said that it had “independently corroborated” much of what BuzzFeed’s story alleges, and that it was now “working hand-in-hand” with the Department of Homeland Security to “root out any allegations of fraudulent activity.”

This past April, an NPU faculty member, David Hildebrandt, was invited to speak at the accreditor’s annual conference. After a BuzzFeed News inquiry, Hildebrandt was removed from the speaking lineup. His presentation was to be titled “The Acculturation of Foreign Students Into Your University.”

Michael J. Costa for BuzzFeed News

An accreditor could have changed the way Northwestern Polytechnic University operated if it had asked the school harder questions about its practices or done an independent investigation of the whistleblower’s allegations. Even a single surprise site visit might have produced very different results.

A truly independent board of directors could have held NPU to its financial responsibilities to its students. The Internal Revenue Service might have been able to force some changes, too, if it had investigated the claims that NPU made on its financial disclosure forms. And the Department of Homeland Security could have, as well, if it had looked into the circumstances by which, somehow, every last one of NPU’s students managed to get the good grades that their visas required.

Twelve state attorneys general have repeatedly called for the Education Department to revoke ACICS’s government recognition. One of them is Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Told about the way the organization handled matters at Northwestern Polytechnic, Healy told BuzzFeed News, “We are baffled and outraged that ACICS continues to operate as a recognized accreditor.”

In the end it was only individual members of the NPU community who spoke out about the circumstances they observed. The whistleblower declined to elaborate on the letter that was sent to ACICS. But another former employee spoke to BuzzFeed News about the need to expose the university’s practices.

After years of silence, the employee decided it was time for the public to know the truth.

“The issues surrounding NPU are not only about education, but also about tax exemption and immigration. Laws are abused. Employees are threatened. Expressions are suppressed,” the employee said. “Those wrongdoings have to be stopped and corrected.” •

Molly Hensley-Clancy is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. She covers the intersection of business and education.
Contact Molly Hensley-Clancy at molly.hensley-clancy@buzzfeed.com.

An Astonishing Tale of Foreign Worker Exploitation by Silicon Valley’s Darling Carmaker, Tesla

Instead of exporting jobs, some companies arrange for immigrants to come to America. But there’s a catch.

Photo Credit: Mercurynews/YouTube

It’s no question that immigration and outsourcing are two of the hottest topics in the presidential election. But some companies are facilitating both and losing big in the process. Take Tesla, for example.

“When Gregor Lesnik left his pregnant girlfriend in Slovenia for a job in America, his visa application described specialized skills and said he was a supervisor headed to a South Carolina auto plant. Turns out, that wasn’t true,” writes Louis Hansen for the Mercury News.

Instead of going to South Carolina to oversee American workers, Lesnik was sent to work in California’s Silicon Valley by the very companies that arranged his suspicious visa, where he earned a mere $5 an hour.

“Lesnik’s three-month tenure ended a year ago in a serious injury and a lawsuit that has exposed a troubling practice in the auto industry. Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws,” Hansen writes.

Lesnik was one of 140 workers from Eastern Europe building a new paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont plant. However under U.S. immigration law, workers on B1/B2 visas are largely banned from performing hands-on jobs, such as Lesnik’s role installing ventilation pipes. After falling 30 feet, breaking both legs and losing consciousness in a factory accident, Lesnik’s Slovenian employer advised that Lesnik return home. Lesnik did return; but he isn’t done with Tesla just yet.

Tesla is one of several companies Lesnik is suing. The lawsuit includes claims for back wages and damages.

In breaking the story, Hansen, with help from staff writer Matt O’Brien, conducted dozens of interviews with employees, as well as an extensive review of payroll, visa and court documents.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims to have just caught wind of the story yesterday, and says he aims to “make it right.”


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

The Day Gawker’s Nick Denton Tried To Kill Me

The Day Gawker’s Nick Denton Tried To Kill Me





Per an Interview With Andy Brown




…Nick Denton was hired to try to end my life. Denton ordered his attack bloggers: Adrian Covert, John Cook and John Herrmann to try to destroy my life, brand, income and reputation because they were hired to try to do so. They were hired to do so because I helped the police.”




In the old-days when newspapers could only control the minds of ten thousand, or so, people at a time, the threats were not as lethal. Today, when a combined Google/Gawker attack can put a carefully contrived set of lies, about any average American, in front of over a billion people for over five years, every single day of the year; the damages are far more deadly.




Denton’s buddies were involved in an over 800 million dollar embezzlement of U.S. Treasury funds. That is your hard earned money we are talking about. You have heard about part of this embezzlement effort in the CBS 60 Minutes episode called THE CLEANTECH CRASH and in the FBI raid of a company called Solyndra and in the Panama Papers discussion of illicit mining contracts..but you have not heard the whole story…yet.




Here are some articles about how Nick Denton operates, as told by a variety of reporters:




How Nick Denton and Gawker Media Got Hired By The White House to try to “erase” me and many other citizens




As told to Amy West




No, I am not Hulk Hogan, Sarah Palin, Sean Parker, Mitt Romney, Charlie Sheen, Cheryl Attkisson or one of the thousands of celebrities whose lives Gawker has also destroyed for profit. I am just a low- level blue collar worker. I am not affiliated with any political party. I am a taxpaying voter in America that was on a “take-down “ list, produced, I am told (told by CBS News, the FBI, The GAO, Washington Post, numerous Senate senior staff, etc…) by the White House press office.




I had worked on a federal program and was asked by one of the above agencies to testify in the investigation of some corrupt politicians. I answered the questions for the investigators and then went on about my business. I was not in trouble. I was just asked to help out. A Senator, or two, had done some crimes with White House campaign financiers and the three-letter agencies were trying to catch them.




The White House knew this would come back on them after the FBI raid of Solyndra. They did not want anybody to be able to get any air-time, about this story, with the Press so they ordered up some character assassination attacks, known as “hit-jobs”, on about 50 people whose credibility they wanted to evaporate in order to keep them off of the news. The Obama White House really, especially, hates the media but it super hates pundits. It wanted all 50 of these regular folks wiped out before they had a chance to hold any “credibility points” in a news interview.




The White House press office always sends out polite little press releases about lighting the National Christmas Tree, saving the Thanksgiving turkey and other low-controversy bits. When Jay Carney, Josh Ernest or Robert Gibbs, in the White House, want to put some nasty news in the papers, they send it over to a guy named Nick Denton. He owns a defamation empire, based on tabloid journalism, called: Gawker Media




To begin to understand the vile lack of morality on display by Mr. Denton, simply type “Gawker Sucks” into duckduckgo.com, reddit.com, voat.co or searx.me




TAKI MAGAZINE published a right-on-the-nose profile of Denton:


Gawker Media: Hypocrites vs. Douchecanoes, by Matt Forney, For TAKI MAG.com




…In 2002, a failed British journalist named Nick Denton started Gawker, a bitchy gossip blog run out of his Manhattan apartment. Over 10 years later, Gawker and its sister sites have become the biggest names in clickbait “journalism,” pulling down millions of visitors a month and making its owner a millionaire several times over. The secret to Denton’s success? He took the aggressive, lynch mob mentality of British tabloids, which specialize in ruining people’s lives, and injected it


into America’s comparatively placid, Oprahfied media market.


In particular, Gawker, Jezebel, Valleywag, and their sister sites specialize in witch hunts: digital vigilantism against those who fail to keep up with leftist orthodoxy. Geoffrey Miller, Pax Dickinson, Justine Tunney, Violentacrez: the list of people whom Gawker has garroted for “racism” or “misogyny” could fill a phone book. With an army of Twitter twits behind it, Gawker Media truly is the moral


majority of the left, instigating mob action against those who sin against the religion of tolerance. Gawker’s provocations are even encouraging real-world violence now, as Valleywag’s overfed man-baby of an editor Sam Biddle eggs on attacks against San Francisco tech workers from the safety of the East Coast.






Which makes the revelation that Denton has been allowing trolls to terrorize his female employees all the more delicious.” For the past few months, 4chan has been engaged in a trolling operation against Jezebel, posting pictures of rape and gore


porn in the comments section. Despite the fact that these shocking and disgusting images are stressing out staffers to the point where they’re developing PTSD, Denton has steadfastly refused to do anything about the problem. Jezebel’s staffrecently snapped and posted an open letter on the site demanding that Gawker Media do something, calling 4chan’s trolling “a very real and immediate threat to the mental health of Jezebel’s staff and readers.”


“Fat chance of this happening, however. As others have pointed out, Gawker Media’s business model depends on getting clicks; indeed, their writers are paid according to how many page views their articles get. Since comments help drive traffic to


websites, fighting 4chan’s rape porn trolling will reduce Gawker’s profitability. Not only that, Google itself ranks web pages according to how many comments they have, as comments are extremely difficult to fake. Fewer comments means a lower page rank, which translates into less search traffic and less money for Denton to blow on exotic vacations with his boy-toy hubby. If Gawker Media was willing to testify in federal court as to why they should be allowed to rip off their interns, you can bet your bottom peso that they aren’t going to do jack about this.”




…And there’s the punch line. Gawker Media, the company that gets people fired from their jobs for making “sexist” jokes, has been creating a hostile work environment for its women staffers for months. They’re the leftist equivalent of a priest who rails against homosexuality only to be caught molesting altar boys in the confessional booths. In staying silent on this for so long, Dodai Stewart, Lindy West, and Jezebel’s other star employees have shown themselves to be frauds. They don’t care about feminism,“fat shaming,” or whatever cause they’re screeching about today; all they care about is money and power. And now we have the proof.








So investigators now know that the White House had it’s campaign financiers at Google, Kleiner Perkins, Tesla, Solyndra, and other corporate fronts, wire money to Gawker and Nick Denton bank accounts, and bypass tax evasion over-sight, in exchange for producing, authoring and publishing hit jobs on people that the White House did not like. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t like to get his hands dirty but he loved to dirty up the reputations of others with his push-button defamation system.




In the Article: “Everybody Sucks- Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass” in New York Magazine, investigator Vanessa Grigoriadis ( http://nymag.com/news/features/39319/ ) uncovers the warped and twisted world that powers Gawker Media. She describes the rooms full of sexually confused, abused-looking, tattooed 22 year olds, full of rage and hate, that Denton cruises for in Manhattan. Denton seems to hire the most socially disturbed individuals he can find. He then routes their social angst and ennui into the attack articles that he asks them to undertake. Denton’s trick is to convince these confused teenagers that his client’s enemies are these kids enemies. He uses anger re-direction to create his own little army of Denton-ian Hitler Youth.




So Denton/Gawker generate the hatchet job article, carefully reviewed by millions of dollars of lawyers to make sure that they can use the SLAPP laws and the First Amendment to shock, destroy and “kill” their target with impunity.




That is only the beginning of the attack. The White House likes it’s meat fried.




Via pre-coordinated synchronization with Gawker, White House financier and business partner: Google, locks the attacks into the top lines of the front page of every Google search on Earth, FOREVER. If it is a Gawker attack, Google will refuse to remove the links even if you use every legal resource in the book. Google and Gawker are the same bunch of people when it comes to banking and finances. They even send tens of millions of dollars to each other.




Then Google embeds the attack into every background search, HR database and recruiter search system on Earth. You will never get a job again. Google coordinates this with Gawker’s servers. For extra fun, Google hides code in the attack links that says that the links are “facts” and not “just opinions”.




In my case, and many others, Gawker, Google and the White House fax and email the attack links to your employer with a message to the effect of: “look, this guy works for you, You better get rid of him now or else you will get a hit job article on your company.” You then get frog-marched out of your job, in the middle of the day, with no notice, and no explanation. You, much later, find out it was because your employer was contacted by the hit-jobbers.




Who can you report this too?


The FBI? Not so much, they work for the White House.


The GAO? They have no powers of arrest and are only allowed to write reports.


The OSC? They have no powers of arrest and are only allowed to write reports.


The IRS? Uhm.. Lois Lerner


The U.S. Congress? They only are allowed to have committees to discuss things and have no powers of arrest.


The Attorney General? He is a business partner with the White House and co-invests with those Silicon Valley campaign financiers.


The Auditor General? He is afraid to lose his pension so he stonewalls everything.


The court system? Good luck finding the 4+ years and five million dollars of costs you will need to keep that case going.




Our team talked to over 100 law enforcement agencies and offices. They either reported to the very people we were reporting about, or they didn’t want to put their pensions at risk.




So, since, no American citizen has any public policy representative, or law enforcement resource, to stand up for them, who is our new Great White Hope?




HULK HOGAN for gods sakes!




He is the only guy in America with the nuts to stand up to these guys.




Isn’t America great?





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