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June 2, 2018

LGBT Pride Clothes to Kids by J.Crew

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 (LifeSiteNews)  A popular clothing retailer is launching a line of rainbow-themed apparel for June’s “LGBT Pride Month,” targeting children and fundraising for a pro-homosexual lobbying group in the process.
J.Crew has revealed its “Love First” collection on its website, a selection of T-shirts, socks, and a tote bag featuring the phrases “love first” and “love to all.” Some of the items feature a rainbow motif, while others are adorned with the logo and the color scheme of the left-wing lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, to whom the company is donating 50% of the items’ purchase price.
“HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working to ensure LGBTQ people are safe, equal and free in every community,” the company claims. HRC donates heavily to Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton, opposes religious adoption agencies’ right to operate in accordance with their beliefs, and has gone to court to force small towns to accept “gay pride” parades.
One of J.Crew’s promotional images causing alarm on social media features a group of small children wearing rainbow “Love First” shirts. The shirt’s product page says it comes in sizes for kids as young as age two. J.Crew has also set aside Saturday, June 9 as a special “pride” day in their stores, where customers can “[g]et ready for a parade or just come in and share the love with free flags, temporary tattoos and so much more!”
This is just the latest in a long line of pro-homosexual moves by the retailer, which has featured same-sex couples in its catalogs for years and featured same-sex “wedding” editorials on its website. Its former president and creative director Jenna Lyons dated Courtney Crangi from 2011 to 2017.
The pro-homosexual clothing comes shortly after the company came under fire for partnering with progressive online shirt retailer Prinkstop to offer “I am a feminist too” T-shirts, intended specifically for boys and also for children as young as two.
The product description says the shirt is meant to teach boys that “women deserve Equal Pay, Equal Rights, Equal Respect.” A portion of the proceeds for each shirt goes toward the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, which largely focuses on health, safety, and violence in several third-world nations, but also endorses “reproductive health and rights,” which is commonly a euphemism for abortion.
Pro-homosexual activists are naturally cheering J.Crew’s “Love First” campaign, but others have responded with harsh criticism.
Commentary Magazine’s Sohrab Ahmari called it “repugnant” to “frame children at that age as sexual and sexualized beings, whatever the orientation.”
“What defines homosexuality is a sexual appetite for intimate physical activities with people of the same sex,” Catholic Vote’s Stephen Herreid noted. “Introducing it to minors means explicitly discussing arousal and genital contact with kids. The idea of strangers introducing homosexuality to children is unacceptable.”

January 23, 2014

New Invention to Stop RoboCalls Dead on Track 100%


If you thought the creation of the “Do Not Call Registry" had solved the problem of telemarketers bombarding people with unwanted calls, think again.
Complaints about telemarketers have continued to climb since the Federal Trade Commission established the registry 2003. They now stand at an all time high -- almost 4 million in 2012 -- according to the FTC.
What can you do to fight back? Plenty, say experts: You can use new technology that detects and deflects telemarketing calls automatically. You can deliberately drive telemarketers nuts. Or you can do both.
Intrusive calls fall into two categories. The first are calls from legitimate telemarketers, in which the pitch comes straight from a real live person. Louis Greisman of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection testified before Congress in 2013 that the Do Not Call Registry has been "tremendously successful" in protecting the 221 million people who have registered.
Changes in telemarketing technology, however, have introduced calls that fall into a second category. These fully automated solicitations -- so-called robocalls -- are sent out by the million by computers. A pre-recorded solicitation asks the consumer to respond by, say, pressing "1" on his or her keypad. Only after that does a human pitchman comes on the line. Robocalls, according to the FTC, are illegal -- unless the consumer has first given his or her express permission, in writing, to receive them.
Many robocalls peddle fraudulent goods and services that cause significant economic harm, Greisman said. In his 2013 testimony, he told Congress the FTC was using every tool at its disposal to fight them. For example, the Commission announced a challenge offering $50,000 in prizes to private-sector innovators who could come up with ways to block such calls.
Last April, software developer Aaron Foss won $25,000 from the FTC for a blocking system he calls Nomorobo. Up and running since October, the service is now used, Foss said, by some 45,000 consumers who subscribe to it for free. By Foss' estimate, Nomorobo currently is blocking 1.3. million automated callers.
Many such callers don't care about the Do Not Call list, Foss told ABC News either because they're overseas, and thus beyond the FTC's reach, or because it's easy for them, when shut down by authorities, to spring back into action in a new venue. They're more like email spammers than traditional telemarketers, he said.
Nomorobo piggybacks off a feature offered by most major phone carriers called "simultaneous ring." Foss said it's similar to call-forwarding.
When a consumer signs up with Nomorobo, he gets assigned a new phone number that rings simultaneously when somebody calls his existing landline or cell phone. When a robocall comes in, it rings once on the consumer's existing number and again, simultaneously, on the Nomorobo number, where an algorithm determines in a fraction of a second whether it's from a real person or from a robo-caller. If from the latter, a recording asks the caller to enter a number on their keypad.
Since no human being is yet on the line, no response is made, and Nomorobo dismisses the call before it can ring again. Thus, the consumer knows that any call that rings more than once is legit -- or at least that it comes from a real person rather than a robot.
The service is offered free to consumers. Foss makes money by charging commercial users a fee based on their call volume. Ironically, he said, call centers for legitimate businesses -- say, ones selling flowers through an 800 number -- get hit by robocallers the same way consumers do. They can't afford to have their lines tied up by automated calls, so they turn to Foss' company for relief.
David Lazarus, columnist for the L.A. Times, advocates a far more personal, more low-tech approach to stopping unwanted calls, which he calls "a little kooky but effective."
The idea was suggested to him by a Texas reader who pretends to respond enthusiastically to phone solicitors. "Tell me more," he says when the pitchman comes on the line. "Give me all the details." From that point on, the Texan's only goal is to keep the pitchman on the line as long as possible.
Asked to give a credit card number, the Texas man gives a false one, then relaxes while the pitchman attempts to confirm it. When it cannot be confirmed, he transposes a few digits, re-submits it, and rests again while the pitchman struggles to confirm the second number. Eventually the Texan, when through toying with his victim, invites the telemarketer to call again the next day, so they can try again.
In a later column, Lazarus, who calls this strategy a "reverse scam," invited readers to submit more strategies for making the lives of telemarketers a living hell.
A man in Glendale, Calif., submitted his strategy, which involves telling a pitchmen that he needs to get a pen and paper, then disappears for a bit. When he returns, he says he needs to get his wallet from the other room. Gosh, he says when he returns, that darn wallet must be in the car. Can you hold on a minute while I get it? And so on. He says with pride that while he's never gotten to the 30-minute mark with a telemarketer, he's often broken 20.
Telemarketers, notes Lazarus, are not fools. They don't want to waste their time any more than do consumers. After realizing they've been tricked into sticking with a fruitless call, they don't want to make the same mistake again. So, they stop calling, he said.
Consumers seeking further inspiration how they can prank telemarketers can find on YouTube in videos posted by comedian Tom Mabe, who has made a science of it.

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