Ashley Madison exec explains why he wants to buy up Limbaugh ad spots


Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison, an affair-encouraging business that pairs up men and women who are already in relationships, was a guest on Starting Point Wednesday morning, discussing his plans to buy up abandoned advertising space on Rush Limbaugh‘s radio program.

“I actually did not believe this existed,” host Soledad O’Brien revealed, as she introduced Biderman. She then asked how much of the advertising space Biderman planned to buy up.

“We’re totally willing to step into the void left by other advertisers,” Biderman said, pointing out that Limbaugh has 10 million listeners. “If it costs two or three million dollars, happy to pony up.”

Stay classy.

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What You Can Do With These 7 Common Household Items Is Kind Of Insane.

These super boring household items lead double lives you’re probably not even aware of. You’d never know judging by how little attention we give them, but these mundane items are way more useful than we give them credit for. Don’t believe us? Your salt shaker isn’t just a salt shaker. Oh, no.

Check out how these seven items have 20 alternative uses you need in your life RIGHT NOW!


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Remove a wine stain: Blot (don’t rub) the spill to remove as much as possible, then cover the stain liberally with salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water, if possible, then repeat if necessary. If the spill is on a carpet, you can wait for the salt to dry and then vacuum it up.

Make drip-proof candles: Soak new candles in salt water for a few hours, then let them dry. They will burn drip-free.

Distilled White Vinegar

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Revive wilted vegetables: Soak wilted greens or other vegetables in a bath of one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water for 10 minutes.

Keep colors from running: Add one cup of white vinegar to the wash to help set the color of new towels or other items.

Prevent cheese from getting moldy: Dampen a paper towel in white vinegar and wrap it around hard cheese to prevent mold spores from forming.

Petroleum jelly


Keep car doors from freezing shut: Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the insulation of your car door, and you won’t have to worry about your car doors freezing shut when the next polar vortex hits.

Make an at-home mani/pedi look perfect: Use a cotton swab to outline your nails and nail polish won’t stick to your skin. Also, a thin layer of jelly around the tops of your nail polish bottles will keep them opening easily.

Keep ants out of the doggy bowl: Coat your dog’s food dish with a thin layer of jelly and ants will dine elsewhere.


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Ease a hangover: Had a little too much to drink? Try a tablespoon of honey. (You can add it to herbal tea or hot water or drizzle it on toast, if you prefer not to eat it straight.) The fructose is thought to help speed up the metabolism of the alcohol, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.

As a dressing for minor wounds: Honey is antimicrobial and antibacterial, which means the bad stuff can’t grow in it. You can use raw honey as an ointment on minor burns, cuts and scrapes. It also can banish blemishes for the same reason. Just be sure you cover the area with a bandage.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Use it to tame a rosacea flare-up: For some rosacea suffers, applying apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner can help soothe the redness and burning or itching of rosacea.

Condition your hair: Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of warm water and rinse your hair with it after you shampoo. It will remove any soapy residue and leave your hair shiny and manageable! (Don’t do this if you color your hair, though, as it may interact with, or strip away, the dye.)

Remove fish scales more easily: When head home with the fresh catch of the day from Wholefoods, rub it with vinegar before you clean it. The scales will come off more easily, and your hands will smell less fishy, too.


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Soften your feet: Remove calluses from your feet (or hands) with aspirin. Crush six to eight tablets and mix them with a teaspoon or two of lemon juice, and enough warm water to make a paste. Spread the paste on the calloused area, then wrap in a warm towel and cover with a plastic bag. Leave on for ten or fifteen minutes, then scrub with a pumice stone to remove the callous. (NOTE: Do not try this if you are diabetic or have impaired circulation.)

Make your plants healthier: A solution of one aspirin in a gallon of water can help plants that have been traumatized by moving or replanting to recover, and can help new plants to develop strong root systems. Or add a little mild, liquid soap to the aspirin water and spray it on plant leaves to discourage pests. (The soap will keep the solution from just rolling off the plant.)

Banish sweat stains: Crush three or four aspirin and dissolve in a bowl of water. Soak the stained area of the fabric in the solution for two to three hours. If the stain remains, repeat the procedure.

Olive Oil

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Remove paint: Forget the harsh chemicals. To remove paint from your skin, just use olive oil and a little granulated sugar or salt. The paint will come off and your skin will be exfoliated and moisturized, too.

Take it outside: Olive oil can help you do your yard work. Spritz it onto lawn mower blades in the summer to help keep grass from sticking, and onto snow shovels in the winter so that snow will slide off the shovel more easily. You can use it on other garden tools like hoes and rakes, too.

Polish leather shoes: No need to use that nasty-smelling chemical stuff. A little olive oil and a soft cloth will keep your shoes looking great.

Get gum out of hair: Apply the olive oil to the gum and the surrounding hair; work it through gently and let it sit for a few minutes. Work a comb through the strands until the gum is gone, then wash with shampoo.

(Source: Huffington post)

The things you can find in your cabinets can be way more useful than you realize. Don’t throw away leftover salt or olive oil. You can always find a different use for them. Spread the wisdom by sharing this post.

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‘Happy Czar Day!’ Donna Brazile’s chilling tweet sparks fume, mockery

Seriously. We are still shake fisty as well.

As Twitchy reported, the hacktastic Donna Brazile celebrated Presidents Day by sending a chilling tweet to @BarackObama.

Congress is in recess, you see. So, it should be a day of action — President Executive Order and his pen should make their moves, according to Ms. Brazile.

Citizens are rightly giving her the business.

Perhaps embrace the power of “and”?


How would it even happen, Ms. Brazile?

Snicker. Sometimes you have to laugh so you won’t cry!!/TroubleAstor/status/435449944242012160

And this giver brings it all home with a helpful suggestion for Teachable Moment schooling:

Get cracking, Ms. Brazile. You need it. Desperately.


‘Wow, that’s disturbing!’ Did you see Donna Brazile’s ‘chilling’ tweet to @BarackObama?

Full Twitchy coverage of Donna Brazile

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#SOTUisComing? So is mockery! White House’s absurd Obama, pen pics slammed with truths

Who else likes executive orders? President Stompy Pen summed up with apt comparison

Executive Order Boom! Amanda Carpenter destroys ‘lawless’ President Stompy Foot [pic]

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Jesse Jackson: Purchasing a gun in US easier than buying a cup of coffee

What? You don’t own a gun? Are you sure? According to Jesse Jackson, Piers Morgan, Jennifer Granholm and a lot of others, buying a gun in America is so easy, you might have purchased several already and don’t even know it.

“It is easier to buy a gun in America than a pet” -Piers Morgan #YaDamnRight

— Jessica Robinson (@its_jayare) December 18, 2012

It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a cat. 🙉

— Lucius Kern (@luciuskern) December 18, 2012

@nancyleegrahn it’s harder to adopt a rescue dog then it is to buy a gun in this country.

— Wendy Gordon (@Whgnyc111) December 18, 2012

It is easier to buy a gun than it is to buy a pet. This is horrible. @pierstonight

— Madeliene Bolden (@lovinganidea) December 18, 2012

Why is it easier to buy a gun than to adopt a pet?

— Mike Mick & Drews™ (@StonewallSieve) December 18, 2012

In Iowa, it’s easier to sell a gun than lemonade. Food vendors need business permits. Gun vendors don’t. -@jengranholm…

— The War Room (@GranholmTWR) December 17, 2012

w/o a felony on your record It’s easier to get a gun license than a driver’s license & you only have to retest to keep your DL #guncontrol

— Murs (@MURS) December 17, 2012

It is easier to get a gun than a marriage license

— Kelly Cutrone (@peoplesrev) December 15, 2012

It is easier to buy a gun than it is a pack of cigarettes or liquor without I.D.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) December 14, 2012

It’s easier to get a gun than a job. Only in America.

— Monise L. Seward (@MoniseLSeward) December 14, 2012

You know we live in a backward society when its harder to buy Sudafed than it is to buy a gun! #GunControlNow

— Susan(@Snoozer6645) December 17, 2012

@rosie AMEN! 48,0000 people died last year from guns! That is 15 sept.11ths! It should be harder to buy a gun than bring shampoo on a plane!

— Christine Terlesky (@ChristineT589) December 18, 2012

it is harder to get a loan than a gun in this country.

— VANCE LAMERS (@VANDIESEL10) December 17, 2012

It’s crazy that its HARDER to get food stamps than it is a GUN in America

— ASHTON COMBS (@HITWRITA) December 17, 2012

It should not be harder to get your hands on a jar of MOISTURIZER than a gun. This just blows my mind.

— Robin Benway (@robinbenway) December 18, 2012

Its harder to get sudafed in this country than ammunition…

— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) December 18, 2012

@nancyleegrahn A child’s right to life is greater than anyone’s right to bear arms. It seems pretty simple to me.

— theresa(@treenichols) December 18, 2012

Speaking of the children…

It is harder to get an abortion in Arizona, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah than it is to buy a gun.

— Ryan Houlihan (@RyanHoulihan) December 17, 2012

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Facing high-capacity magazine ban, Magpul fights to stay in Colorado

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is spearheading the effort to pass a sweeping national ban of 150 “weapons of war,” made no secret of the fact that her goal is to “dry up the supply.” We know that Democrats have trouble understanding the basics of the free market, including the forces of supply and demand, and as demand for firearms surges, suppliers are giving notice that they intend to meet that demand.

Touring @magpul_hq tomorrow morning, invited @hickforco to join me so we can learn about unintended consequences of gun control leg #coleg

— Rep. Cory Gardner(@repcorygardner) February 21, 2013

Twitchy told you yesterday about Sen. Ted Cruz’s visit to Texas-based rifle manufacturer LaRue Tactical, where he called recent gun-grabbing efforts both “cynical” and “wrong.” Today, Rep. Cory Gardner toured Colorado’s Magpul Industries, which last week threatened to move out of the state following the Colorado House’s vote to enact a ban on magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds.


— Magpul Industries Co (@Magpul_HQ) February 15, 2013

We’re hearing some rumors that the Gov and the Dem caucus think we are bluffing.Just to clarify for them,…

— Magpul Industries Co (@Magpul_HQ) February 18, 2013

Here is the full version of our open letter printed in the Denver Post.

— Magpul Industries Co (@Magpul_HQ) February 18, 2013

In a press release, Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick wrote, “Our company could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them. The passage of this bill will do nothing to enhance public safety, but will force us to immediately begin taking our business to another state.” And no, he’s not bluffing, as he made clear in a post to Facebook.

We’re hearing some rumors that the Gov and the Dem caucus think we are bluffing. Just to clarify for them, then…we’re not a political company. We dont play political games. We’ve made our position very clear, very publicly. We would not survive lying to our customer base, nor would we ever consider it. If you pass this, we will leave, and you will own it. We’ve already got plans in place to get PMAG manufacturing moved rapidly, and the rest of the company will follow. We will make sure to at least have a small remain-behind operation through the 2014 elections so that we can remind folks why we are gone.

Plenty of other states have offered to welcome Magpul with open arms. Despite the invitations, Magpul management have said they want to stay in Colorado and keep jobs in the state. They also want to keep Colorado free, and have issued a sticker to spread the word.

Look for the new limited edition Free Colorado version of our American Manufacturing sticker around the state in…

— Magpul Industries Co (@Magpul_HQ) February 21, 2013

@magpul_hq @michellemalkin Not to worry, Texas is aleady Free and loves guns,jobs, and manufacturing.Just ask @governorperry for details.

— JD (@JDCoog71) February 21, 2013

Rick Perry Asks Gun-Parts Manufacturer Magpul To Move To Texas If Colorado Passes Gun-Control Bill… via @sharethis

— Anthony (@Libertyson25) February 21, 2013

@magpul_hq Arkansas is friendly to the 2nd Amendment. We have a Remington plant and would welcome your business!

— StateRep David Meeks (@DavidMeeks) February 18, 2013

@magpul_hq – See those people standing to your west waving and blowing kisses? Those are Utahns waiting for your “moving to” announcement.

— Mike St James (@MCTStJames) February 21, 2013

Come to OK! RT @nranews: South Carolina, Texas lure Colorado ammo magazine maker… #NRA (via @denverpost)

— Redness (@mchastain81) February 21, 2013

@magpul_hq We’ll be more than happy to have you in Wisconsin! cc: @govwalker @rebeccaforreal

— Doc Nelson (@DocNelson_68W) February 15, 2013

. @magpul_hq Come to Missouri! We’re firearm friendly! Move to SWMO! Springfield has several empty factories & welcome the work!

— Conservative Animal* (@ConserAnimal) February 17, 2013

@magpul_hq y’all come on down to South Carolina. Low taxes, warmer weather.

— Johnny Bravo (@gt24880a) February 19, 2013

@magpul_hq come to Texas! Doors are always open for a great company like Magpul. #Texas #landofthefree

— James Brown (@pimpnainteezy) February 19, 2013

@magpul_hq Come to VA we’d be glad to have you!

— Josh Sibley (@jsibley5792) February 21, 2013

@magpul_hq cross the boarder to oklahoma.Tulsa!!!

— xxx (@Nine78guy) February 21, 2013

More importantly, does Hickenlooper? RT @apkristenwyatt: Mississippi wants Magpul, too. #copolitics #coleg

— Colo Peak Politics (@COpeakpolitics) February 21, 2013

Look who else isn’t bluffing. Gov. Hickenlooper?

Attention #Magpul I will give you 5 acres on a 4 lane HWY if you move from Colorado to Texas. Just outside of Nacogdoches. I’m not bluffing!

— RC&Redskins (@Dudleyland) February 21, 2013

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ABC: Menendez prostitution story not worth reporting until debunked; Debunked?

On Monday, The Washington Post giddily reported that a woman who told the Daily Caller that Sen. Bob Menendez paid her for sex never even met the senator. She reportedly told Dominican authorities she was paid to make the whole thing up.

ABC News political director Rick Klein proudly tweeted that his network skipped the Menendez-tarnishing story because the woman, Nexis de los Santos Santana, wasn’t “credible.”

ABC talked to same alleged Menendez prostitute who now says she lied. didn’t run the interview.

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) March 5, 2013

Incidentally, ABC’s story was co-authored by Brian Ross, drooling lapdog and Tea Party-smear artist.

@avd911 not going to apologize for reporting and going where the reporting leads

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) March 5, 2013

So, the escort’s initial story wasn’t “credible” enough to report, but her retraction makes her a quality source? Perhaps Rick Klein should stick to composing seventh-grade poetry; He’s not terribly good at this “real reporter” business.

Oh, and Rick, about that woman’s credibility? Perhaps you inadvertently got it right when you suspected she wasn’t very credible: The Daily Caller reports that WaPo got the wrong prostitute.

If I had a nickel… RT @tuckercarlson: Turns out the Washington Post got the wrong hooker:…

— Fingers Malloy (@FingersMalloy) March 5, 2013

Look the WAPO is just saying all Dominican hookers look alike……

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) March 5, 2013

So Many Hookers They Can’t Get it Straight?…

— Slim Pickens (@Mattie96) March 5, 2013

TWHS 😀 MT @tuckercarlson: Turns out the Washington Post got the wrong hooker:

— Tom Reynolds (@Beregond) March 5, 2013

More from The Daily Caller:

While the Post said it had an affidavit from a woman in the Dominican Republic admitting she fabricated claims Menendez paid her for sex, that woman was not one of the two prostitutes TheDC interviewed for a Nov. 1 report.

WaPo might have saved itself the embarrassment if they’d bothered to call us before running their stupid piece.

— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 5, 2013


Both women TheDC interviewed said they were 24 years old at the time — not 23 — and neither went by Nexis de los Santos Santana.

The @dailycaller fairly effectively responds to the WaPo story on Menendez:… via @nicoleroeberg

— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 5, 2013

And, Menendez spokesman @matthewamiller caught with pants down on this story. #WrongGirl #TryAgainNextTime

— Matthew Boyle (@mboyle1) March 5, 2013

Pants down, indeed:

“Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson did not reply to phone calls and e-mails requesting comment.”…

— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) March 5, 2013

Well that’s embarassing… RT @tuckercarlson: Turns out the Washington Post got the wrong hooker:

— Eye on Politics (@EyeOnPolitics) March 5, 2013

Will the media who breathlessly reported WaPo’s “scoop” mention the followup from The Daily Caller?

Will you do 8 minutes Tuesday night on Washington Post’s inaccurate reporting, Lawrence O’Donnell? #Menendez

— Matthew Boyle (@mboyle1) March 5, 2013

@andersoncooper @ac360 Anderson. You’ve got to get your facts right. This is the wrong prostitute.…

— Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) March 5, 2013

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‘Choke on this, peasants!’ WH Obamacare flack RTs Oliver Willis GOP-slam

Twitchy readers know that that Tara McGuinness, a White House senior communications adviser, has taken to Twitter to pimp for the Obamacare glitch-ridden train wreck. On Saturday, she promptly tweeted out the claim that 476,000 have applied for Obamacare. The source? Unnamed, natch.


Facts shmacts! Ms. McGuinness has some trolling and insult-hurling to do! She retweeted this ludicrous tweet made by Media Matters’ Oliver Willis.

RT @owillis: stages of gop obamcare grief:
1. obamacare is unconstitutional
2. … is legal but bad
3. … is killing liberty
4. … is too…— Tara McGuinness (@HealthCareTara) October 20, 2013

Wow. Childish, much? Deflect! Deflect like the wind!

Hey, what happened to that whole don’t listen to those pesky, meddling bloggers thing? President Stompy Foot just made that demand last week! 

Double bam!

Yep, it does. As Twitchy reported, Ms. McGuinness pimped out an Obamacare success story that wasn’t, you know, actually successful. Then she ignored the pesky full truth when it came out . She also refused to answer questions posed by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Citizens rightly gave her the business:

As is always the case. See “It’s. The. Law.”


Snicker. Oh the dark days have finally passed!

The only things you can keep are Obama’s lies.

You own it. We can see 2014 from this train wreck.


Unnamed sources: 476,000 Obamacare applications have been filed so far

Pathetic: White House pimps another Obamacare success story that wasn’t successful

Finally! Citizen discovers what Obama means by ‘let me be clear’ [pic]

Glitchy: being taken down this weekend for ‘further improvements’; Updated

Will Jay Carney correct absurd claim that Calif. O-care website got 10K hits per second?

Obama goes full ‘Scooby Doo,’ blames meddling bloggers and ‘activists who profit from conflict’

Barry and the Hendersons: Obama flacks dutifully retweeted Obamacare poster boy’s lies

‘It’s. The. Law.’: White House sneering tweet rubs Obamacare in faces; Boehner, citizens blast

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Instagram clarifies terms of use after users revolt, delete accounts

“Legal documents are easy to misinterpret,” reads a statement rushed out by popular photo-sharing service Instagram this afternoon in an attempt to stem what looks like a huge exodus of users. An update to its terms of service led many to believe that Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook earlier this year, was planning to sell users’ photos to advertisers without their consent, prompting many, including celebrities and media personalities, to threaten to delete their accounts.

Sorry everyone but my Instagram is now on private until I can delete. I will also delete Facebook.

— virginia madsen (@madlyv) December 18, 2012

it takes a long time to delete 300 photos from one’s instagram feed…

— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) December 18, 2012

Wow…I just read over Instagram’s new policy…so sad, looks like I might be deleting my instagram after Jan 16. I hope something changes

— KhloéKardashianOdom (@KhloeKardashian) December 18, 2012

Sorry I gotta delete you, Instagram. I liked your filters.”Instagram Says It Now Has the Right to Sell Your Photos”…

— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) December 18, 2012

Anyone else hear that massive “whoomp” of displaced air as millions of Instagram users delete their accounts?

— Chris Angel (@TheChrisAngel) December 18, 2012

Bye bye Instagram! I’m no longer on Instagram due to their new privacy policy. XO

— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) December 18, 2012

#Instagram can now sell my photos & use them in advertising ads or anyway they want without my approval other then using me their app? LAME

— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) December 18, 2012

Instagram, you were my favorite app and you stabbed me in the back. I feel like I married you and you just slept with my best friend.

— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) December 18, 2012

As of jan 16th #instagram will own the rights to all the photos you post up in their website.Total.Corporate.Money. Bullshit. Bye Instagram

— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) December 18, 2012

I deleted my Instagram account.

— Cliff Cheney (@cliffcheney) December 18, 2012

@twitter Instagram’s New TOS Bends Users Over, Rams Sepia-Saturated Fist Up Their

— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) December 18, 2012

Bye Bye Instagram. It was fun…. but I don’t need you owning my pics & selling them without permission.…

— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 18, 2012

Less than a month to enjoy @instagram before we all have to bail! Everyone get pictures of your meals and views from hotels in STAT!!

— Jaret Reddick (@jaret2113) December 18, 2012

#Instagram will now be able to use anyone’s photos in ads? Without consent? Come on! Is there another photo app people recommend?

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 18, 2012

Huge. National Geographic suspends new posts to @instagram…

— Patrick Witty (@patrickwitty) December 19, 2012

Here’s the language that had everyone upset:

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

That was the word yesterday, anyway. Instagram insists in its statement today that it has no intention of selling anyone’s photos, and content uploaded by users remains their property. In the meantime, as Instagram revises its terms of service, it has offered the following scenario to calm users.

Let’s say a business wanted to promote their account to gain more followers and Instagram was able to feature them in some way. In order to help make a more relevant and useful promotion, it would be helpful to see which of the people you follow also follow this business. In this way, some of the data you produce — like the actions you take (eg, following the account) and your profile photo — might show up if you are following this business.

Will that be enough to draw users back? A campaign to #BoycottInstagram was already in full swing earlier in the day, and many had already deleted their photos, following instructions posted by tech blogs and other media outlets. Just because people post photos of every cup of cappuccino they drink doesn’t mean they don’t take their privacy very seriously.

Today is national #BoycottInstagram day. Instagram is going to start selling your private photos on January 16.

— KITTEN(@Jasmine_blu) December 18, 2012

Today is #boycottinstagram day! Save your pics, delete your account. Don’t let them sell your pics.

— Ðrú ßrσzσvich (@DruZovich) December 18, 2012

deleted all 18 of my pictures, closed @instagram profile and deleted the app. I’m sure that was the final straw for them. #boycottinstagram

— sherryrose (@sherryrose) December 18, 2012

#boycottinstagram another company that figured its users didn’t need respect

— Dave Mitchell (@TintinCapone) December 18, 2012

My personal instagram has photos from my actual photography. From my pro camera. Copyrighted images that they’ll now sell? #BoycottInstagram

— Stoner Boners (@StonerBoners) December 18, 2012

With an apology extended and the picture a little clearer, will users be lured back? Twitchy will monitor the situation to see what develops.

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If Every Tech Conference Were Like Lesbians Who Tech, Tech Would Be A Much Better Place

Hula hoops and good hair at the most diverse conference in tech.

It took exactly 26 seconds from the time the lights dimmed for the organizers of this weekend’s Lesbians Who Tech summit to stake out their ambitions, in three-foot-tall bold type: “BRACE YOURSELF,” the projector screen read, as the early strains of “Trumpets,” Jason Derulo’s top-forty paean to the female form, blared. “THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL TECH CONFERENCE. Not a lot of this”–here, the screen cut to a series of shots of white tech dudes in various poses of white tech dudeness, before showing us what we were in for, namely “great hair,” “hula hoop contests,” “lesbians who look like Bieber,” “high-fives,” “geeking out,” and “more hugs than business cards.”

Also: “very long restroom lines.” Fair enough.

Of course, every tech conference claims to be different and novel and #disruptive in some way, often with the aid of A/V bells and whistles. But LWT is genuinely different, if for no other reason than the makeup of its attendees. One of the most insidious things about the overwhelming maleness and straightness of tech is how unremarkable it becomes after awhile, and how revolutionary it feels when an event like this actually manages to pass the Bechdel test. Here were 1,200 women, nearly all of them queer tech workers, gathered here in the Castro, the heart of San Francisco’s gay life, for three days of workshops, lectures, and lunches (representative titles: “Breaking the Bro Code,” “Why Ida B. Wells Is My Favorite Data Scientist,” the delightfully promissory “Meet Tech Power Lesbians). Plus happy hours and bike rides and keynotes from the likes of Re/code co-editor Kara Swisher, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. Organized by Leanne Pittsford, a social-enterprise CEO, and sponsored by a slew of heavies including Facebook, Etsy, and Google, the conference is now in its second year after a series of local meetups. Pittsford now runs the Lesbians Who Tech organization full-time; already, she has planned a media- and finance-focused spinoff summit in New York and grown the attendance of the summit by 50 percent.

“Lesbians who Tech came out of, basically, I was going to a lot of tech events,” Pittsford explained to me over the phone a few days after the conference ended, “and it would be 70 to 90 percent men. And queer women? I would be lucky if I found one.” So she decided to bring them together herself.

She succeeded, hugely so–as one of the emcees joked, “when was the last time you saw this many lesbians in one place that didn’t involve a pool or a bar?”

At the Thursday-night kickoff happy hour, held at an aggressively neon-lit Castro nightclub called Beaux, a fiftysomething startup founder from Montana and a transgender mechanical engineer talked about Bay Area real estate; a few feet away, a babyfaced engineer fresh out of college explained her startup to a small but rapt audience. Cocktails were two-for-one, which meant a lot of double-fisting and a lot of giving away drinks to strangers. Everyone accepted.

“I’m not sure if this is a pickup event or a networking event, but either way, it’s great” said one woman, a user-interface designer at one of the Valley’s big-name companies.

“Honestly, I’m just happy this is the first networking event where I haven’t been called ‘sweetie’ or ‘honey,’ or been hit on constantly,” said another.

And, yes: Whatever the opposite of brogrammers and booth babes and Titstare is, this was it, earnest and goofy and a bit touchy-feely and very often strange, at least in the cognitively dissonant, does-not-compute manner of any very, very uncommon sight. Lesbians who Tech is perhaps the only tech conference on the face of the planet where the odd man sneaking into the back of a breakout session provokes actual head-turning, or where a panel on entrepreneurship is composed of three queer women of color, seemingly by accident.

At Friday’s sessions, opening icebreakers included questions about celebrity crushes and when speakers knew they were gay; topics of discussion included both standard tech-conference inspirationalia about venture capital and user experience and “building products for people and profits,” as well as queer-specific details like domestic partner benefits and coming out at work. There were lots of hugs, lots of compliments, lots of jokes, and lots of blazers. Most commonly used words: “hack,” “diversity,” “ladies.” Most popular item of swag: A rainbow-printed LinkedIn T-shirt. Most representative overheard: “I would never date a woman who has an Android.”

In the Friday-night keynote interview, right before–yes–a hula-hooping contest, Benioff described a “a crisis of prioritization” in Silicon Valley. “It’s more than just women ‘leaning in,” he said. “Get back to the leaders and say ‘you have to do this. You have to raise women up.'” Since Lesbians Who Tech was founded in late 2012, diversity in tech has gone from a little-discussed shame to an abstraction to a moral and public-relations imperative, and companies like Benioff’s are genuinely looking to hire a heterogeneous pool of employees. For lesbians specifically, this raising-up process can be complicated and not always complete: Silicon Valley’s prevailing socially liberal values may prevent outright homophobia, but it doesn’t exactly guarantee entry into the boys’ club. “Sometimes, it’s much easier to be one of the guys than it is to be a queer woman,” Pittsford said. “But just because you get invited to the baseball game doesn’t mean you’re on par with men in terms of pay equity.”

Or as Dom DeGuzman, a software engineer at Twilio who took the speaker stage on Friday in bright red lipstick and a suit, said, “It is much easier for me to be one of the guys than to be recognized as a queer woman. I’ve spent a lot of times sitting in windowless IT rooms surrounded by farts and dick jokes and locker-room humor.” It wasn’t so long ago that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to step down after word broke that he’d donated $1,000 to California’s Prop 8. In Silicon Valley,women make just 49 cents to every dollar men make–an inequity that’s magnified in households with two women. Even Benioff’s Salesforce, a marquee sponsor and a company generally (and rightfully!) considered to be one of the good guys, reports fairly depressing diversity numbers.

The gold-medal, home-run quote of the weekend, the one that was repeated on Twitter and in conversation the most often, came from Aliya Rahman, a coder-turned-community organizer based in DC in a speech on Friday. “One of the best ways to hire women and people of color is to hire them.”

The good news is, they’re right here, standing in a very long bathroom line.

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‘Modern Family’ editor live-tweets an epic meltdown of airplane passenger

Here’s Emmy-award winning editor Ryan Case, best known for her work on the show “Modern Family,” with what could be one of the funnier live-tweets of an airplane meltdown we’ve read. It’s rather long, but that will give you a good indication of exactly what Case and her fellow passengers on this “fight from hell” were forced to endure. Enjoy:

Sitting behind the worst person in the world.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She was watching Hawaii 5.0 so loudly in her earphones that her seat mate asked her to turn it down. Worst move he ever made.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She apologized in the loudest, drunkest voice ever "SORRY ITS MY 1ST TIME NOT IN 1ST CLASS" & hasn't stopped talking since.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I want to use mind control to make the flight attendant put tranquilizers in the double rum & coke she just ordered.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She keeps saying "I know David Guetta" in a prideful way.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I'm tweeting this so one of you will fund my defense team at my eventual murder trial.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

You guys, she goes to Vegas all the time and her table is always next to the DJ.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

After saying "MY ARAB FRIENDS" so many times she slurred "is that SO racist?" then kept on saying it

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She missed her intended flight and ended up here. She has a window seat and I'm in a middle. The universe has wronged me.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She invited herself on her seat mate's Vegas trip.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

It baffles her that her seat mate doesn't drink. She's GRILLING him about it and sloshing her drink at him and I think trying to bone him

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

"I feel like in Dubai every car I sat in is a Range Rover." – this girl

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She said "I have a very racist view of all Middle East." She's talking to a middle Eastern man, also mocking his accent.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

After awkward silence following a particularly racist comment miraculously came, "anyways am I talking your ear off?" & trying to bone again

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She keeps trying to take his photo & claims he looks just like her friend who's GORGEOUS.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

97th time she's asked "YOU DONT DRINK DO YOU?!"

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I refuse to believe this girl has any friends.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's throwing business cards at him.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

"Oh those are my Tom Fords."

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She thought she lost her shoes then whooped loudly when she found them as if they weren't 6 inches in front of her.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She just went to the bathroom. My greatest hope is she passes out in there for the duration of the flight.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I forgot the joy of silence there for a while.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I can hear her trying to beg the flight attendant in back for something, undoubtedly world peace. I'm kidding it's vodka.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Fantasizing about the part in the movie Airplane! where passengers lined up with weapons. She's back.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She just returned with beer and made her seat mates listen to a toast. She calls them "buddy" now.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

During her time in the bathroom, she forgot if her seat mate drinks or not. Again.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She asked if he's ever been to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She said to him "ill take you. We can never be together but we'll be good friends." He has to be distraught.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Her Hawaii 5.0 is back on. May it lull her into the deepest sleep a train wreck has ever known.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's taken control of her seat mate's TV and is making him watch The Mysteries of Laura.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's listing all the things she wouldn't be allowed to do in her seat mate's country. She should go there if the list includes speaking.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She is taking 20 minutes to pay for her new drink. The flight attendant may rob me of the joy of this murder.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's pointing stuff out to seat mate on the interactive map. "The only thing good here is Vegas."

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

You guys she just slipped up and revealed she's been married before and is freaking out now in the aftermath.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Someone married her.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She just kissed his neck twice. Look out.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

The guy in front of her just shouted at her. He's a true hero.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

The couple in front of her are shouting at her. She's slurring "what is first class? I've never been on it."

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She called this guy's wife classless and "to shut the F up"

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She called his wife a bitch. I don't think I'll have to kill her.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

"This is what the F happens when you don't fly first class." she shrieked.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

The flight attendant is confronting her abt several complaints made about her and says if she has another incident she's calling authorities

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's been asked to stop speaking

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Her response was "they're not on my level anyway"

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Then she muttered "bitch" and it's getting very real

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She just got yelled at so publicly.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's incapable of being quiet, like a toddler but not cute.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's confronting the people in front of her again with many "shut the F ups". I can't wait to see her in cuffs.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Police are meeting the aircraft.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

"I'm not allowed to talk any more." she talked.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I'm starting to think Abdul won't marry her!

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

We land soon and I hope I can get a pic of her in cuffs to end this saga.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I think she's passed out on Abdul.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

We've landed. She confirmed with Abdul that he has her digits. Don't hold your breath, Nadia. Her name is Nadia.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

She's trying to use her phone but she's so wasted she doesn't realize the flashlight is on.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

God only knows what she's texting her "friends"

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

A police car just pulled up.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

4 cops are with her now. 🙌

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

The amount of empty Titos vodka bottles under her seat was CHILLING.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Abdul sits at baggage claim, naked and afraid, looking over his shoulder constantly. LOL

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I saw her kiss you, bro. To be fair though he RAN ASAP.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

Not to be too Nadia about this, but I wish Abdul could have a stiff drink right about now.

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014

I should thank the sponsors of last night's tweets- Tiny Tito's Vodka and Go Go In Flight Internet

— Ryan Case (@film114) September 30, 2014

And scene.

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