Friendship out-of-office messages are all very well until you find yourself in need | Coco Khan

A Twitter thread has tapped into a wider conversation about womens emotional labour, says commissioning editor for Guardian B2B, Coco Khan A friend in need is a friend indeed, but a friend who asks permission to talk is better. Thats at least according to Melissa Fabello, a US-based activist and writer who posted a now-viral thread that divided audiences online. Fabello lays out the benefits of this practice, such as recognising that a friend may have limited time or that the conversation may be upsetting, and encourages people to say no to their friends if they choose to. She even drafts a delete as appropriate template message that reads: Hey, Im so glad you reached out. Im actually at capacity/helping …

Republican Lawmakers on Being Photographed With Laura Loomer: We Dont Know Her

A pair of Republican congress members are distancing themselves from a far-right conspiracy theorist who posted pictures of herself with them at a recent fundraiser. Laura Loomer is an anti-Muslim internet personality who, after getting booted from most social-media platforms for bigotry, to have her social-media accounts restored, Loomer has recently attempted to drum up support among more mainstream Republicans. This weekend, she posted pictures of herself at an event with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)but both politicians say they didnt invite her to the event, and didnt even know who she is. Loomer is banned from Venmo, GoFundMe, PayPal, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms for a variety of a Daily Dot report found. Among them …

Laura Loomers Nonsensical Lawsuit Killed by Judge

Far-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer lost a lawsuit against a Muslim-rights organization this week after a judge ruled that her entire case was to put it mildly, nonsensical. Loomer was a prominent anti-Muslim internet personality until she was banned from most major social media platforms beginning last year. Since then, she has which she acknowledged in a campaign email was at least partially a ploy to have her social media accounts restored. She also filed a lawsuit against the Council on American-Islamic Relations earlier this year, accusing the civil rights group of plotting to take down her Twitter account. Many of her claims in that lawsuit originated from a prank by leftist Twitter users who quickly confessed to the stunt. …

An inside look at the startup behind Ashton Kutchers weird tweets

In 2017, Matthew Peltier walked barefoot into a pitch meeting with venture capitalists. Young, male, man bun intact, he certainly resembled the stereotypical successful entrepreneur, but it was his startup, an app designed to bring social media stars and their fans into conversation, that drew skepticism. Shimmur, as it was called, ultimately succeeded in raising about $7 million from Greycroft, Arena Ventures, Luma Launch, Right Side Capital Management and Techstars, according to PitchBook, but the business never took off. That is until a pivot to direct messaging in 2018 attracted the support of Hollywood talent manager Guy Oseary and his Sound Ventures investment partner Ashton Kutcher, who jumped on board to relaunch Shimmur, now known as Community. The Santa Monica-based …

Rabbi Reminds The World About Mr. Rogers Radical Theology In Viral Twitter Thread

trailer for a new movie about him, called ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’, just arrived. In it, acclaimed actor Tom Hanks stars as Fred Rogers, the beloved American TV personality, Presbyterian minister, musician, puppeteer, writer and producer. Mr. Rogers truly was a man of many talents, the greatest among which was his ability to love his neighbors unquestioningly. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, an influential author, lecturer and religious leader, used this occasion to remind the world what values Mr. Rogers stood for. His philosophy of life was all about compassion, inclusiveness and loving others just as you love yourself. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Twitter Tom Hanks (63) will be playing Mr. Rogers in the upcoming movie, ‘A Beautiful Day in …

Twitter turned this massive fried rice prank into a pretty great meme All the Memes

Once you’ve binge-watched enough Netflix shows, you start to see a pattern in the characters you get invested in. You might even notice that certain types of romances have you hitting the “Next Episode” button faster than you can say “I ship it.”  Even if you don’t actually read fanfiction in which romantic tropes are clearly defined and amped up to 11 (just check any of the tags on AO3.org or Fanfiction.net), there’s at least one fictional dynamic that hits ya right in the feels, every time.  SEE ALSO: Artist recreates her Pokémon fan art from childhood Enter the latest meme going around Twitter, which has artists drawing visual depictions of their favorite ships. Would you like a scoop of …