The romance business of Tosca Musk, Yubo and Uvalde, sexism in trees and plastic intox

He doesn’t want to buy Twitter, confirms New York Times. It does not make rockets or electric cars. He just sells marshmallows. Tosca Musk, the younger sister of Elon Musk, boss of SpaceX and Tesla, has been cultivating her small business of cold hearts and hot passions since 2017. Its streaming site, Passionflix, is available at 150 countries and labeled in nine languages, offers film adaptations of classic romance novels. For $ 6 a month, subscribers can indulge in syrupy plots, glowing stares and fattening hair happy endings, sometimes played by a “Magnificent Nerdy” of music stars. This sentimental storm is well divided into five categories from a “balakbang barometer” which rarely violates the conventions of soft eroticism.

Tosca, named in honor of Puccini’s opera, was a film director before glancing at the playful career change in the fascinating romance novel market, whose annual bookstore sales are close to 48 million copies. . Lighthouse, he says, of a movement of fanatics “vigorously involved”Passionflix hosts a mega subscriber convention each year called PassionCon.

But the start-up still needs a little help to find its place in a market of 300 streaming sites. Maye Musk, the mother, former model and matriarch of the clan, has been managing Passionflix’s Instagram account for a while. And Elon, as a generous brother, contributed financially to the launch of the site, which is also supported by several big names in Silicon Valley.

Announced the massacre

Salvador Ramos, the boy who killed Uvalde, did not do much Facebook and Instagram, Casey Newton said in his analysis Platformer. She prefers Yubo, a social video network created by French start-up Twelve App, where she has repeatedly made threats of rape and massacre. Three young users reported these disturbing statements to site moderators, without receiving a response. Waiting to find out more, Platformer is careful not to overwhelm Yubo, which has 18 million subscribers in the United States, which is stepping up measures to protect minors and using sophisticated tools such as artificial intelligence to detect dangerous or illegal content in video exchanges.

One question remains: shouldn’t these users also alert, instead of just writing to the site, the adults around them of Ramos ’threats? The article shows that young users of social networks do not hesitate to complain to the sites in case of “bad meeting” or online violence. According to a survey by Thorn, an organization that fights child sexual abuse, 83% of children ages 9 to 17 approach the Internet by predators who have blocked or reported them to moderators. But only 37% said so to their parents.

The sin of men

It’s almost summer, and America, in a big collective sneeze, is under the onslaught of allergies, along with another seasonal disaster: the resurgence of a rumor that pollen is rising air mass, especially in cities, is due to “botanical sexism” people. Fortunately, the Boston Globe is there to explain everything to us. In 2015, a man named Tom Ogren, who identified himself as a “horticulturist epidemiologist” for having a system to measure the level of allergens in the air, confirmed in a blog on the site of the prestigious journal Scientific American, whose municipal services systematically planted male trees to avoid the tedious cleaning of fruits and seeds falling from female trees. But men produce pollen, and their disproportionate number will explain our summers of misery.

Despite the careful rejection of the scientific community, the media has swallowed this poison, which still continues to spread unhindered on social networks. It is archival. Most trees are monoecious and have both sexes, male and female. The resurgence of pollen is largely due to global warming, which is not a decoy.

industry decline

In a frantic editorial, The Atlantic fixes his account on another myth, that of the alleged recycling of plastics, presented as a viable option by, a little suspect, the plastics manufacturers themselves. First, there’s the problem of sorting into so many different plastics-more than ten, for example, in a fast-food meal tray-that synthetic materials can’t be recycled together. Then it is clear: the recycled material costs more than the new product, due to the costs of sorting, transportation and industrial processing.

The authors, a former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a well-known chemist, both founders of ecological organizations, denounced decades of misinformation caused by the petrochemical industry to show the innocence of its production. Tactics without envy, in their eyes, those in the tobacco industry, have long held the high priest of rejection.

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