Investigation Unearths Hundreds Of Sexual Abuse Allegations In Independent Baptist Churches

An investigation has uncovered hundreds of abuse allegations against leaders of a conservative, loosely affiliated network of evangelical Christian churches.  The Star-Telegram spoke to more than 200 current or former IFB church members who shared stories about “rape, assault, humiliation and fear.” Many of the stories have already been made public through criminal cases, lawsuits and news reports. However, the newspaper said its reporters uncovered 21 new abuse allegations in the course of its eight-month investigation. Some of the women interviewed …

Coffee Meets Bagel goes anti-Tinder with a redesign focused on profiles, conversations

How do other dating apps compete with Tinder? By further distancing themselves from Tinder’s “hot-or-not” user interface design to focus on differentiating features — like conversation starters, commenting and richer profiles. Today, another anti-Tinder app is doing the same. On the heels of its $12 million Series B announced earlier this year, the oddly named app Coffee Meets Bagel is today announcing a significant makeover, which includes a change to the way the app works. Its cleaner, lightweight and more …

As debates over music in the age of #MeToo rage on, radio is still about the power of the people

(CNN)Baby, it may be cold outside, but this week, it’s been colder on 96.5 KOIT’s Facebook page. All this over the San Francisco radio station’s decision to pull “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from its rotation after roughly 100 complaints got the attention of program director Brian Figula. Just days before, a Cleveland radio station found itself in the crosshairs for doing the same. “For a station that’s a mass-appeal brand, like an at-work radio station, that’s a lot, and it …

The annual PornHub year in review tells us what were really looking at online

PornHub, a popular site that features people in various stages of undress, saw 33.5 billion visits in 2018. There are currently 7.53 billion people on Earth. Y’all have been busy. The company, which owns most of the major porn sites online, produces a yearly report that aggregates user behavior on the site. Of particular interest, aside from the fact that all of us are horndogs, is that the U.S., Germany and India are in the top spots for porn browsing …

Plea in Baylor rape case sends a toxic message

(CNN)Baylor University is an emblem of pride in Waco, Texas. But the justice system in Waco has a problem: It still can’t tell a victim from a criminal. In 2002, the school disciplined 50 students who posed, fully clothed, for Playboy magazine in a photo shoot with female students in bikinis at an off-campus sand volleyball court. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook More than a century after that lynching, the prosecutors in the …

Here’s How ‘Murphy Brown’ Educated Viewers On Gay History In 1994

Murphy Brown” set a precedent in terms of its Matt Baume has found.  Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are.” But by comparison, “The Anchorman” offered viewers a “heaping dose of gay lovers, queer history and wanton singing of show tunes” at a time when the television landscape was considerably less LGBTQ inclusive than it is today, Baume said.   As Baume explains, “The Anchorman” breaks away from other TV depictions of LGBTQ life at the time because it was focused on …

Who are the ‘yellow vest’ protesters causing chaos in France?

(CNN)It began as a movement among a few people in lower middle-class rural France protesting a new eco-tax on fuel they felt would push their budgets over the edge. Action coordinated on Facebook Much of the organizing for the protests has taken place on Facebook. According to the social media company’s own figures, 67% of French people use Facebook, with 22 million people logging on every day. The protests have been coordinated through groups called “groupes colères,” or “angry groups,” …

Taylor Swift concert had facial recognition scan for stalkers: report

TAYLOR SWIFT NAMED 2018’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON ON TWITTER The disclosure came from Oak View Group’s Chief Security Officer Mike Downing, who was invited to the event by the kiosk’s manufacturing company, the outlet said. That company was not identified. Downing told Rolling Stone that he was there to view a software demo. “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Downing told the outlet. ZAYN MALIK SAYS TAYLOR SWIFT ‘WAS TRAVELING …

Jailed for exposing a massacre: Reuters journalists mark one year in Myanmar prison

(CNN)Journalists, activists and Myanmar civil society groups are calling for the immediate release of two Reuters reporters, exactly one year since they were arrested and later jailed for their work exposing a massacre of Rohingya Muslims by members of the military. On Tuesday, the Reuters reporters were among several journalists named as Time magazine’s Person of the Year 2018 under the banner “the Guardians.” It’s just one of several honors, awards and accolades the pair have received for their work …

This Girls Reaction To Her Boyfriend Proposing With 16 Dogs Is Priceless

Maurice got Laura’s friend Rebecca Yale to meet her for lunch on a trip to Los Angeles. Yale, a wedding photographer, later excused herself, explaining she had to meet a client. Little did Laura know, she was the client. Laura and Maurice have been dating for over 4 years. The couple live in New York City but were in LA for Thanksgiving. Maurice suggested to Laura that they go on a hike, and when they came to the lookout point, …

The trust dilemma of continuous background checks

First, background checks at startups, then Huawei’s finance chief is arrested, SoftBank’s IPO is subscribed and I am about to record our next edition of TechCrunch Equity. It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at danny@techcrunch.com) if you like or hate something here. The dilemma of continuous background checks My colleague John Biggs covered the Series A round …

The nation-state of the internet

The internet is a community, but can it be a nation-state? It’s a question that I have been pondering on and off this year, what with the rise of digital nomads and the deeply libertarian ethos baked into parts of the blockchain community. It’s clearly on a lot of other people’s minds as well: when we interviewed Matt Howard of Norwest on Equity a few weeks back, he noted (unprompted) that Uber is one of the few companies that could …

Magic Leap loses two women from top executive positions

Magic Leap’s executive team is pretty heavy on the dudes these days. The augmented reality startup’s two female C-suite executives, Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Freeman and Chief Business Officer Rachna Bhasin, have recently both stepped back into advisory roles at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Freeman joined the startup two years ago from National Geographic. Bhasin joined the company as chief business officer in October of 2015. With the two executives, both women of color, taking a step back from …

This Year’s Vatican Nativity Scene Was Sculpted Out Of Sand

For the past two weeks, Rich Varano, a professional sand artist, has been guiding three sculptors from the Netherlands, Russia and the Czech Republic, to craft the work, which measures about 5.5 meters high by 16 meters wide (18 feet high by 52 feet wide). “It’s very special to be making one here in a place with so much history, so much culture, so much art and in the shadow of such masters,” he told Reuters on Thursday as his …

Marines Who Drew Sky Penis Over Southern California Get To Keep Their Wings

But officials said the two pilots, whose names were not released, will be allowed to keep their wings, according to the The Marines did not release details of the punishment given to the pilots because the discipline was administrative in nature, according to The pilots, flew the phallic flight pattern in their T-34C. The flight pattern went viral after it was picked up by radar and shared by the Twitter account Marine Corps Times. giant sky drawings of penises while flying …