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  Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul,' has died at 76
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-17-2018, 07:29 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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Aug 16, 2018, 11:54 AM ET

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” whose unmistakable, booming voice helped define a music genre and provided an inspirational soundtrack for Civil Rights-era struggles, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

The singer influenced generation after generation over six decades of iconic music, which came full circle with her enduring talent, activism and patriotism on full display in 2009 when she once again inspired a nation, performing "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee" at President Obama's first inauguration.

Franklin's family, the music industry and the world mourned the monumental loss Thursday.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin," her family said via a statement issued by her longtime representative. "Franklin ... passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type."

Calling the loss "one of the darkest moments of our lives," family members said they "are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart."

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Aretha Franklin is pictured in this undated photo from her youth

"We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” the statement continued. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said.

Known simply by her first name, Franklin was a cultural icon whose career spanned six decades and traversed various genres of music, from gospel to R&B to pop to opera.

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Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in 1965.

Among her countless hits were the soul classics, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," and "Think." Other hits included "Daydreaming" and "I Say a Little Prayer."

Franklin canceled two concerts in March and April 2018, citing doctors' orders, after previously announcing in February 2017 she planned to retire from performing that year.

She had not performed publicly since Elton John's annual AIDS benefit gala in November 2017.

In the 1980s, Franklin earned her first platinum album with the hits "Freeway of Love," "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves" and "Who's Zoomin' Who?" She also scored an international number-one hit with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," her duet with George Michael.

Franklin's performances were legendary, whether it was drawing a crowd to her father Rev. C.L. Franklin's church, paying tribute to close family friend Martin Luther King Jr. with "Precious Lord" at his funeral, stunning the 1998 Grammy crowd with her performance of "Nessun Dorma" while filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti, upstaging her fellow divas on VH1's "Divas Live," singing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and nearly being upstaged by her hat, or giving props to her heir apparent Adele with her mashup of "Rolling in the Deep" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin. Her father was an itinerant preacher whose "million-dollar voice" later earned him fame and fortune in the pulpit and drew the likes of James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Martin Luther King, Jr. to his New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

There, Aretha Franklin began singing solos at age 10, soon after her mother, an accomplished piano player and vocalist, died. Franklin's grandmother, Rachel, and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson helped raise Franklin and her siblings, and her father began managing her gospel career when she turned 14. At 18, she branched out into pop music, releasing her first secular album in 1961 and immediately scoring hits on the R&B and pop charts.

Topping the list of Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all time in 2010, Franklin earned 18 Grammy Awards throughout her career as well as Grammy lifetime achievement and living legend awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the

Franklin was mother to four sons, including Ted White Jr., or Teddy Richards, who has played backup guitar at his mother's live concerts. She was married twice, to Ted White from 1961 to 1969, and to actor Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984. She was also once engaged to longtime companion Willie Wilkerson.

Absolutely Devastated
As soon as the news of Franklin's passing broke, it sent shockwaves felt around the music industry.
One of her mentors and frequent collaborators, Clive Davis, wrote, "I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness."

And Sir Elton John also mourned, "She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her."

She will be greatly missed by millions

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  White pharmacy
Posted by: Chicci - 08-17-2018, 07:27 AM - Forum: UK & Rest Of The Europe Reviews & Feedback - Replies (9)

White pharmacy is a uk based pharmacy that is actualy registered.
Your product comes from a genuine uk pharmacy and with an official doctors prescription.

You have to send them a photo or scan of your ID. And answer some questions.
They also have a legal limit on how much you can order per month. But I think the amount you can order is not low. About 4 times What I need per month.

I used them for 2 years at least 4 times a year.
And they seem to ship to a lot of countries worldwide.
Never had a single problem. They always ship the same day.

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  I made it to 50 posts what happens now? Charon?
Posted by: TeknoFunk - 08-17-2018, 06:17 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (5)

I tried to only post content that was valuable to the group as as a whole and I would really like to see the rest of the site. Am I ready to see this yet !?? Excited and will always post responsiblySmile

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  hello to all from newcomer
Posted by: jaywire - 08-16-2018, 06:32 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (8)

hey folks, just making a formal introduction from usa. look forward to getting to know my way around so i can start adding up comments and learn more about the site and how to get the modt out of it.

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Star Hello all
Posted by: Moonfairy0803 - 08-16-2018, 03:42 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (11)

New to this stuff. Found this forum looking for reviews on a couple of IOPs . Looks like I may have been had but lesson learned. Will so more research before I make any more mistakes

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  Form to let USPS Sign for your package
Posted by: Hatcher615 - 08-15-2018, 01:09 PM - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (3)

As far as I understand, when a parcel is sent using Registered Mail, the mailman is "required" to receive a signature when they make delivery, or if you aren't home they leave a slip for re-delivery or pickup.  I know this varies depending on the actual delivery person on your route, as most of my previous mailmen would leave it in my mailbox as long as it fit without even trying to get a signature.  Seeing that USPS delivers mail between 8am-5pm and closes at 5pm, me and most other working Americans will never be available to sign for our mail, which seems extraordinarily inconvenient.

I have heard from a few different people and sources that USPS has a form/waiver of some sort that would give them the right to sign for these parcels for you so that they can be left in your mailbox, anyone know if this is a thing?  USPS customer service was about as useful as calling Comcast customer support and barely understood what I was asking so I figured I would see if anyone here had an answer.

Much love,

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  G00gle tracks your movements
Posted by: Charon - 08-14-2018, 03:15 PM - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (6)

AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not
Posted: Aug 13, 2018 10:17 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2018 10:23 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a "timeline" that maps out your daily movements.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects - such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company lets you "pause" a setting called Location History.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you've been. Google's support page on the subject states: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."

That isn't true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It's possible, although laborious, to delete it .)

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like "chocolate chip cookies," or "kids science kits," pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude - accurate to the square foot - and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google's Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Storing location data in violation of a user's preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer's lab confirmed the AP's findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.

"If you're going to allow users to turn off something called 'Location History,' then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off," Mayer said. "That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have."

Google says it is being perfectly clear.

"There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people's experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services," a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. "We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time."

Google's explanation did not convince several lawmakers.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told the AP it is "frustratingly common" for technology companies "to have corporate practices that diverge wildly from the totally reasonable expectations of their users," and urged policies that would give users more control of their data. Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey called for "comprehensive consumer privacy and data security legislation" in the wake of the AP report.

To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company says, users can turn off another setting, one that does not specifically reference location information. Called "Web and App Activity" and enabled by default, that setting stores a variety of information from Google apps and websites to your Google account.

When paused, it will prevent activity on any device from being saved to your account. But leaving "Web & App Activity" on and turning "Location History" off only prevents Google from adding your movements to the "timeline," its visualization of your daily travels. It does not stop Google's collection of other location markers.

You can delete these location markers by hand, but it's a painstaking process since you have to select them individually, unless you want to delete all of your stored activity.

You can see the stored location markers on a page in your Google account at myactivity.google.com, although they're typically scattered under several different headers, many of which are unrelated to location.

To demonstrate how powerful these other markers can be, the AP created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar, who carried an Android phone with Location history off, and shared a record of his Google account.

The map includes Acar's train commute on two trips to New York and visits to The High Line park, Chelsea Market, Hell's Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem. To protect his privacy, The AP didn't plot the most telling and frequent marker - his home address.

Huge tech companies are under increasing scrutiny over their data practices, following a series of privacy scandals at Facebook and new data-privacy rules recently adopted by the European Union. Last year, the business news site Quartz found that Google was tracking Android users by collecting the addresses of nearby cellphone towers even if all location services were off. Google changed the practice and insisted it never recorded the data anyway.

Critics say Google's insistence on tracking its users' locations stems from its drive to boost advertising revenue.

"They build advertising information out of data," said Peter Lenz, the senior geospatial analyst at Dstillery, a rival advertising technology company. "More data for them presumably means more profit."

The AP learned of the issue from K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley who studies the commuting patterns of volunteers in order to help urban planners. She noticed that her Android phone prompted her to rate a shopping trip to Kohl's, even though she had turned Location History off.

"So how did Google Maps know where I was?" she asked in a blog post .

The AP wasn't able to recreate Shankari's experience exactly. But its attempts to do so revealed Google's tracking. The findings disturbed her.

"I am not opposed to background location tracking in principle," she said. "It just really bothers me that it is not explicitly stated."

Google offers a more accurate description of how Location History actually works in a place you'd only see if you turn it off - a popup that appears when you "pause" Location History on your Google account webpage . There the company notes that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps."

Google offers additional information in a popup that appears if you re-activate the "Web & App Activity" setting - an uncommon action for many users, since this setting is on by default. That popup states that, when active, the setting "saves the things you do on Google sites, apps, and services ... and associated information, like location."

Warnings when you're about to turn Location History off via Android and iPhone device settings are more difficult to interpret. On Android, the popup explains that "places you go with your devices will stop being added to your Location History map." On the iPhone, it simply reads, "None of your Google apps will be able to store location data in Location History."

The iPhone text is technically true if potentially misleading. With Location History off, Google Maps and other apps store your whereabouts in a section of your account called "My Activity," not "Location History."

Since 2014, Google has let advertisers track the effectiveness of online ads at driving foot traffic , a feature that Google has said relies on user location histories.

The company is pushing further into such location-aware tracking to drive ad revenue, which rose 20 percent last year to $95.4 billion. At a Google Marketing Live summit in July, Google executives unveiled a new tool called "local campaigns" that dynamically uses ads to boost in-person store visits. It says it can measure how well a campaign drove foot traffic with data pulled from Google users' location histories.

Google also says location records stored in My Activity are used to target ads. Ad buyers can target ads to specific locations - say, a mile radius around a particular landmark - and typically have to pay more to reach this narrower audience.

While disabling "Web & App Activity" will stop Google from storing location markers, it also prevents Google from storing information generated by searches and other activity. That can limit the effectiveness of the Google Assistant, the company's digital concierge.

Sean O'Brien, a Yale Privacy Lab researcher with whom the AP shared its findings, said it is "disingenuous" for Google to continuously record these locations even when users disable Location History. "To me, it's something people should know," he said.

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  Tagging members
Posted by: I-carus8045 - 08-12-2018, 01:58 AM - Forum: Suggestions & Technical - Replies (9)

Is there a way to be able to link a member to a thread or post through a TAG??

for example if I wanted to link Charon or another member to a thread I could post something like: @Charon and they would recieve a notification that they had been tagged in that post??

There has been a few occasions where I have written a post and then seen members asking a related question in a similar post and wanted to link them to the post I had written, and it would have been useful to link them to the post without putting the link for the entire thread. because then they would have to search through the whole page to get to the post I had written.

Where if there was a member tagging option I could simply comment on my original post with the member tag and they could be linked to it directly.

Not sure if this option has been covered already, but thats my suggestion

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  Could $ Transfer crackdowns Lead to the end of many Good Vendors?
Posted by: fishfarmer - 08-11-2018, 10:30 PM - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (11)

It appears that I can no longer use MG? They did not give me much info but went to 2 stores and tried online but it came up error and one store the screen said for customer protection so I guess I am not banned? Will try a WU I located nearby in a grocery store. That certainly would be an easy way for LE to curtail activities with the better vendors? Sorry to kind of echo my other thread, but this has me worried. Waiting to hear from my friend if he takes WU which I think he does. Bitcoin is so volatile in value and many of us would not know how to do it? Man things have changed a lot very recently, Best to YOU ALL-FF

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  Buprenorphine, Subutex & Suboxone
Posted by: Chris5555 - 08-11-2018, 04:14 AM - Forum: Addiction & Recovery - Replies (7)

Years ago i had an injury that warranted opioid meds....Fast forward a few years of consistent opioid regiments and BAM....My body is dependent on these things and as a result I was put on buprenorphine.  Just curious how many others on the forum use this useful med to control pain and or addiction.   How long have you been on, and intend to stay on?  What kind of positive and or negative impact have you had as a result of taking it??


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