HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Pinback » Journal
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 30 Next »

Pinback

Profile Information

Gender: Do not display
Hometown: GA
Home country: USA
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 10,960

Journal Archives

Email provider reviews, focused on privacy

FYI - Today I came across this site with with useful reviews of email providers: https://digdeeper.neocities.org/ghost/email.html

The author is pretty knowledgeable but nonetheless manages to present the information in a way that's comprehensible to non-techies. (At least, as a "semi-techie," that's my impression.)

Warning: The site is quite utilitarian, relying on web design from around 1997 (but at least no flashing text!). Look past that and you'll find a lot of (imho) helpful information. So if you're considering switching email providers or just want to know how yours stacks up in this guy's opinion, check it out.

Airbnb Cracked Down on Ukraine Listings. Some Donors Wish It Hadn't

Source: Wired

TWO WEEKS AFTER Russia invaded Ukraine, Gregory Offner was looking for ways to help from his home in Philadelphia. He scrolled through Twitter and saw people posting receipts of Airbnbs they had booked in Ukraine, to get money directly into Ukrainian bank accounts. Offner was inspired. He chose an apartment in Kharkiv, a city in the northeast that has been hit particularly hard, and booked four nights, for a total of $214. He left a note explaining that he wouldn’t actually be coming to stay—this was humanitarian aid.

The host replied the next day. “Thank you very much for your kind support, it means a lot to us now,” he wrote, adding that he would donate the money to the Ukrainian army. But Offner’s payment never arrived. The next day, Airbnb canceled and refunded the booking. “I got an email saying the person hosting or using the Airbnb account in Ukraine was ‘no longer able to receive money’ from Airbnb,” Offner says. “Like, what does that even mean?”

It meant—though the platform never communicated this to Offner directly—that Airbnb suspected the host wasn’t legitimate. “We identified a handful of hosts who did not support this effort in the spirit intended,” says Ben Breit, the global trust communications lead at Airbnb. After donation bookings started coming in, some hosts created “ghost listings” for apartments in Ukraine that didn’t exist. In some cases, they may not live in Ukraine at all. That runs afoul of Airbnb’s policy on fake listings, even if those listings were meant to fundraise. After Offner booked his stay, his Airbnb host directed him to several such listings in Kyiv that he said could use some help from benefactors like Offner. The listings were all created this month.

By now, people have booked more than 434,000 nights in cities like Kyiv, Odessa, and Lviv to show solidarity with Ukranians. These bookings have amassed more than $15 million in aid, according to Airbnb. (The company, which normally takes about 20 percent of each booking, waived its fees in Ukraine.) But in the rush to get money to Ukrainians from abroad, some “guests” have had their bookings canceled without much explanation, leaving them confused and uneasy about using Airbnb for such contributions.

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/airbnb-ukraine-listings-donations/



Some of the listings have been posted fraudulently, so it pays to be cautious when taking this route to supporting Ukrainians.

Farther down, the article notes that Airbnb.org is "providing free, short-term housing for 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine." So that's another option for those who want to help.

Today at 11am PT, 2pm ET: Free streaming concert by Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha

(as requested by DUer SheltieLover, cross-posted from General Discussion, Music Appreciation, & The Lounge)

A July 2018 performance by Kyiv's own DakhaBrakha will be streamed free today at 11 a.m. Pacific time, 2 p.m. EST. The concert was recorded at SFJAZZ, but this band is more a combination of traditional Ukrainian folk music and more modern influences, with hardly any overlap with the jazz realm.

Watch at https://www.sfjazz.org/watch/

YouTube link:


Also available via the SFJAZZ app: https://www.sfjazz.org/app/

With cello, accordion, percussion, and vocals, this entertaining band puts on a good show. AND, for those who want to contribute, it's a benefit for the DakhaBrakha Fund:

As an expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, SFJAZZ is interrupting our normal Fridays Live programming for a free broadcast featuring Kyiv's DakhaBrakha, filmed at the SFJAZZ Center on July 18, 2018.

We encourage everyone to donate generously to the DakhaBrakha Fund, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the band, to be reallocated to their families as well as organizations aiding civilians in Ukraine.

Fridays Live (formerly Fridays at Five) was created to provide much needed support to musicians during the pandemic – raising over $600K for artists to date. With another crisis now affecting the lives of one of our artists, we hope this series can continue to unify and generate support in a time of need.

Here's a taste of what you can expect --

Music video for "Monakh":


NPR Tiny Desk Concert:


Live at KEXP:

Today at 11am PT, 2pm ET: Free streaming concert by Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha

(cross-posted from General Discussion & Music Appreciation)

A July 2018 performance by Kyiv's own DakhaBrakha will be streamed free today at 11 a.m. Pacific time, 2 p.m. EST. The concert was recorded at SFJAZZ, but this band is more a combination of traditional Ukrainian folk music and more modern influences, with hardly any overlap with the jazz realm.

Watch at https://www.sfjazz.org/watch/

YouTube link:


Also available via the SFJAZZ app: https://www.sfjazz.org/app/

With cello, accordion, percussion, and vocals, this entertaining band puts on a good show. AND, for those who want to contribute, it's a benefit for the DakhaBrakha Fund:

As an expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, SFJAZZ is interrupting our normal Fridays Live programming for a free broadcast featuring Kyiv's DakhaBrakha, filmed at the SFJAZZ Center on July 18, 2018.

We encourage everyone to donate generously to the DakhaBrakha Fund, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the band, to be reallocated to their families as well as organizations aiding civilians in Ukraine.

Fridays Live (formerly Fridays at Five) was created to provide much needed support to musicians during the pandemic – raising over $600K for artists to date. With another crisis now affecting the lives of one of our artists, we hope this series can continue to unify and generate support in a time of need.

Here's a taste of what you can expect --

Music video for "Monakh":


NPR Tiny Desk Concert:


Live at KEXP:

Today at 11am PT, 2pm ET: Free streaming concert by Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha

(cross-posted from General Discussion)

A July 2018 performance by Kyiv's own DakhaBrakha will be streamed free today at 11 a.m. Pacific time, 2 p.m. EST. The concert was recorded at SFJAZZ, but this band is more a combination of traditional Ukrainian folk music and more modern influences, with hardly any overlap with the jazz realm.

Watch at https://www.sfjazz.org/watch/

YouTube link:


Also available via the SFJAZZ app: https://www.sfjazz.org/app/

With cello, accordion, percussion, and vocals, this entertaining band puts on a good show. AND, for those who want to contribute, it's a benefit for the DakhaBrakha Fund:

As an expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, SFJAZZ is interrupting our normal Fridays Live programming for a free broadcast featuring Kyiv's DakhaBrakha, filmed at the SFJAZZ Center on July 18, 2018.

We encourage everyone to donate generously to the DakhaBrakha Fund, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the band, to be reallocated to their families as well as organizations aiding civilians in Ukraine.

Fridays Live (formerly Fridays at Five) was created to provide much needed support to musicians during the pandemic – raising over $600K for artists to date. With another crisis now affecting the lives of one of our artists, we hope this series can continue to unify and generate support in a time of need.

Here's a taste of what you can expect --

Music video for "Monakh":


NPR Tiny Desk Concert:


Live at KEXP:

Today at 11am PT, 2pm ET: Free streaming concert by Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha

A July 2018 performance by Kyiv's own DakhaBrakha will be streamed free today at 11 a.m. Pacific time, 2 p.m. EST. The concert was recorded at SFJAZZ, but this band is more a combination of traditional Ukrainian folk music and more modern influences, with hardly any overlap with the jazz realm.

Watch at https://www.sfjazz.org/watch/

YouTube link:


Also available via the SFJAZZ app: https://www.sfjazz.org/app/

With cello, accordion, percussion, and vocals, this entertaining band puts on a good show. AND, for those who want to contribute, it's a benefit for the DakhaBrakha Fund:

As an expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, SFJAZZ is interrupting our normal Fridays Live programming for a free broadcast featuring Kyiv's DakhaBrakha, filmed at the SFJAZZ Center on July 18, 2018.

We encourage everyone to donate generously to the DakhaBrakha Fund, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the band, to be reallocated to their families as well as organizations aiding civilians in Ukraine.

Fridays Live (formerly Fridays at Five) was created to provide much needed support to musicians during the pandemic – raising over $600K for artists to date. With another crisis now affecting the lives of one of our artists, we hope this series can continue to unify and generate support in a time of need.

Here's a taste of what you can expect --

Music video for "Monakh":


NPR Tiny Desk Concert:


Live at KEXP:

NFTs explained:

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers live: "Moanin'"



Art Blakey - drums
Bobby Timmons (composer) - piano
Lee Morgan - trumpet
Benny Golson - tenor saxophone
Jymie Merritt - bass

Sen. Warnock releases first TV ad of 2022 campaign

From the Warnock campaign:
"I have exciting news! We just launched the very first TV ad of our reelection campaign – and it's a special one.

It tells the story of everyday Georgians who are struggling to make ends meet – and why I'm in this fight to carry their voices all the way to Washington."



Support the campaign:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/warnock-for-georgia_email-for-georgia-ad

Stop the EARN IT Act to Save Our Privacy

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation (https://act.eff.org/action/stop-the-earn-it-act-to-save-our-privacy):
The U.S. Senate has revived a surveillance bill that would have a lethal impact on privacy, security, and free speech. If Congress passes the EARN IT Act (S.3538), it may become too legally risky for companies to offer encryption services. Instead, they’ll be pressured to scan nearly all online content.

We need your support to stop the EARN IT Act before it gets any farther. The Senate Judiciary Committee could vote on this bill as soon as next week. This disastrous bill was first proposed two years ago, and then dropped after overwhelming public resistance. We beat this bill once before, and we can do it again.

The EARN IT Act uses crimes against children as a justification to invite all 50 states to regulate the privacy protections internet websites and apps provide to their users. The bill’s supporters have made their message clear: don’t use true end-to-end encryption. Instead, scan everything.

State legislatures will have unprecedented power over websites, both large and small, and will likely pressure companies to scan not only messages, but cloud storage, online photos, and entire websites.


More information and online form to contact your U.S. Senators:
https://act.eff.org/action/stop-the-earn-it-act-to-save-our-privacy
Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 30 Next »