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This gel eye mask gets rid of puffy eyes, dark circles

This gel eye mask gets rid of puffy eyes, dark circles

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You’ve given my eyes a whole new softness, thanks to your public embrace of these peel-on gel masks .
But first, a little backstory. I blame my own disorderly, disjointed and thoroughly unmanageable sleep cycle, which has me waking up at 1 a.m., followed by 3:40 a.m., followed by 5:01 a.m., on a regular basis. As in, daily.
Without going too heavy into the gory details, my sleep has been total chaos since the death of my husband from brain cancer. He’d wander around in a stupor, you see, and so I was always half-awake, just in case.
Among other less visible organs, my skin has paid a price. My eyes are routinely swollen and red, and accented with attractive dark circles. So I looked for a quick, easy fix that would, at the very least, make the under-eye area feel a little bit pampered first thing in the morning.
Enter Skyn’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $15 (originally $30), Ulta
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels $15.00 $30.00 Ulta $15.00 $30.00 Amazon $30.00 Dermstore These effective eye masks are a necessary addition to my morning routine. And in even better news, they’re 50 percent off today as part of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale.
How they work OK, I have to admit: I kind of love these. Donna Freydkin The masks, which come in packs of eight, promise to de-puff and smooth out the delicate under-eye area.
I have terrible allergies and perpetually irritated eyes. Slipping these curved masks under my orbs felt like dipping my face into cool water. They’re light enough to not get in the way if you’re trying to read or write, and they stick on without any lumpiness or weird misshapen situations.
Are they worth it? After gently peeling off the pads, my eyes felt refreshed and calm — almost as though I’d just taken a light nap. And they seemed noticeably less puffy … at least to me. That’s after just one application. I’m told they work even better if you keep them refrigerated. And since I have no desire to go under the knife, I’ll keep using these to keep that area as smooth as possible.
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How Facebook has dealt with a year’s worth of crises

By Irina Ivanova
Updated on: March 26, 2019 / 10:47 AM / MoneyWatch
A full year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal pushed Facebook’s data-gathering practices into the spotlight, the social network is still struggling to show it can take users’ privacy seriously while maintaining substantial profits — $22 billion on $56 billion in revenue last year — that rely on selling user access to advertisers. Investigations that started in the wake of Cambridge continue, and legal challenges have multiplied, accusing Facebook of ignoring its most controversial impacts on society in a push to boost its bottom line.
Here is a running update of Facebook’s status on matters of data privacy and its various legal dealings with state, federal and private parties.
Fake accounts Facebook said it took down more than 2,600 items on Tuesday, the latest salvo in the social media giant’s efforts to quash “inauthentic behavior” on its platform. That term can encompass a range of activities from spam to trolling.
The 2,632 items included accounts, pages and groups active on Facebook and Instagram, the company said . More than 1,900 were Russian accounts that posted spam, such as ads for remote work, as well as some articles on the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. About 500 accounts were tied to Iran and posted content that looked like media or news reports, while about 200 accounts run from Macedonia and Kosovo posted astrology news, celebrity content and beauty tips.
In its post, Facebook said it was cracking down on this type of activity “because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people.” The company emphasized that it was taking issue with the “behavior” of the accounts–coordinating with each other and misrepresenting who they were–rather than the content they posted.
So far this year, Facebook has taken down accounts linked to the U.K., Romania , Moldova and Indonesia . The social-media giant has come under fire for allowing rampant misinformation and spam on its platform in 2016, a year when the U.K. was voting whether to leave the European Union and Americans were electing a new president.
Someone at Facebook knew about Cambridge This illustration picture shows the Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on Feb. 18, 2019. Getty Court documents on Friday cast into doubt Facebook’s narrative that the company was just as much a victim of Cambridge Analytica’s unsavory data practices as the 50 million user who the company manipulated. At least some Facebook employees were aware of Cambridge’s data practices and warned Facebook about them, court documents filed last week reveal .
The warning supposedly happened in September 2015, whereas Facebook executives maintain that they first learned about Cambridge’s data scraping months later, in December 2015. Facebook spokespeople acknowledged the September warning to CBS News, but dismissed it as “speculation.”
The revelations came as part of a lawsuit filed by the Washington, D.C. attorney general . The suit claims that Facebook had a misleading privacy policy in the runup to the 2016 elections.
Still not good with data Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a Facebook Community Boost event at the Knight Center on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The event is the last of a 50 city tour across the U.S. and is put on by the social media company to give people access to in-person training programs, which includes free workshops and networking designed to help small businesses. / Getty Images Facebook on Thursday admitted it had stored millions of user passwords in plain text for years. The announcement comes after security researcher Brian Krebs posted about the issue online.
The company said that it discovered the flub “as part of a routine security review” last month. The un-encrypted passwords were stored on internal company servers and not accessible to outsiders, the company said. It also said there is no evidence that employees “abused or improperly accessed” the data. But the incident reveals a huge oversight for the company amid a slew of bruises and stumbles in the last couple of years.
The security blog KrebsOnSecurity said some 600 million Facebook users may have had their passwords stored in plain text. Facebook said it would likely notify “hundreds of millions” of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users.
At least one thing is settled Facebook settled a lawsuit this week that accused the company of enabling discrimination in housing, job and credit ads, which is against the law. The settlement involves the largest overhaul of Facebook’s advertising system since its inception.
That targeted advertising system is the company’s major revenue driver. Under the settlement, which took 18 month to reach, Facebook will no longer allow ads for jobs, housing or credit to target users by their gender, ZIP code or age, and will include other protections for characteristics including race, national origin and sexual orientation.
The company still faces an administrative complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in August over its housing ads.
Company consolidates while others talk breakups Some early supporters of Facebook are now speaking out against the company. Roger McNamee, an early backer who says the investment has earned him millions, now holds that the social network is ” terrible for America .” In his book “Zucked,” published in January, McNamee calls for breaking up the company (a position that’s been echoed up by several 2020 presidential contenders).
At the same time, Facebook is making moves that would make a breakup of the company more difficult, according to privacy advocates. The company announced it would consolidate Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram under one messaging system, in what it describes as a pivot to one-on-one and private messaging. However, privacy advocates are skeptical of the company’s motivations.
“I think they’re doing it to try to fend off regulation in both the competition and privacy areas,” Christine Bannan, consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, previously told CBS News.
Facebook also faces an executive brain drain as part of the pivot. Its chief product officer, Chris Cox, and the head of WhatsApp, Chris Daniels, both announced their departure in the wake of Facebook’s refocus on private messaging.
Federal probes and penalties It’s not just Cambridge Analytica. In addition to that scandal, many of Facebook’s data-collection practices have come under scrutiny.
The New York Times reported this month that federal prosecutors are looking into Facebook’s data-sharing deals with technology companies. In those agreements, which the Times revealed in December , Facebook gave developers deeper access to users’ data than it publicly said it did. The full scope of the investigation is unknown, but a New York grand jury subpoenaed records from two smartphone makers, according to the Times.
Meanwhile, the criminal and civil investigations launched in the wake of Cambridge Analytica remain unresolved. The Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission are all investigating Facebook’s agreements.
In a statement, Facebook confirmed “that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice. As we’ve said before, we are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously. We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged that we will continue to do so,” the company said.
Billion-dollar fines Separately from its potential criminal liabilities, Facebook is reportedly discussing a multibillion-dollar settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over its Cambridge Analytica deals. The FTC reached an agreement with Facebook in 2012 under which Facebook promised to take safeguards with its users’ personal data. Revelations that it had sold millions of users’ data without their consent to a purported research, however, put in question whether it was abiding by those terms.
The Washington Post reported last month that the two parties are discussing a fine of several billion, which would be the largest the FTC ever imposed on a tech company. The biggest payment the FTC has ever demanded from a company was $22.5 million, from a 2012 settlement with Google over alleged privacy violations in the Safari browser.

The baby foot peel is the best callus remover

Get Stuff We Love Subscribe to our newsletter. SUBSCRIBE July 24, 2013, 7:18 PM GMT / Updated March 26, 2019, 9:52 PM GMT / Source: iVillage By Kristin Booker At TODAY we take care to recommend items we hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, TODAY may get a small share of the revenue.
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READ MORE The baby foot peel , a path to callous-free feet, is one of the strangest (and, frankly, most disgusting) paths we’ve encountered.
We’re willing to put up with a lot in the name of callous-free feet, but soaking them in acid-filled booties in a bid to peel off the skin of the entire foot? Not something we’d ever considered until we heard about Baby Foot. The Japanese import promises such deep exfoliation that layers of dead tissue can sometimes fall off in sheets, leaving behind childlike, never-touched-the-earth smoothness. Contributor Kristin Booker agreed to treat her feet with kid, um, booties to tell you whether Baby Foot lives up to the hype.
Courtesy Kristin Booker What is the Baby Foot peel? Essentially, it’s a boxed kit that contains a pair of plastic booties pre-filled with an exfoliating gel made from natural extracts and fruit acids. Over an hour-long soak, the gel seeps into the multiple layers of skin on your feet and dissolves the desmosomes (adhesive fibers) between those layers. Anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks post-treatment, the skin begins to peel off painlessly and naturally (albeit disgustingly), revealing the smooth, soft skin underneath.
How does it work? After removing toenail polish, you will wash and dry your feet and then slip them into the two provided plastic booties, which contain the fruit-acid solution. Kick back for an hour while the Baby Foot acids work their way into your calluses. This might feel a little tingly but shouldn’t burn or feel uncomfortable. Next, slip off the booties and rinse your feet. The rest is a waiting game until your feet begin to slough off cells days or weeks later.
What it costs: A one-treatment Baby Foot application kit is priced at $30, but is on Amazon Prime right now for $24 and free shipping.
Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel, $24, Amazon
Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel $24.00 Amazon Also available for $19 at Walmart , for $25 at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target and in a two pack for $40 on Amazon .
Our Baby Foot Peel review: I’m someone who apologizes profusely when I sit down for a pedicure. I live in Manhattan, and excessive walking creates a build-up of dead skin that leaves my feet looking like I’ve been hiking through Middle Earth. Needless to say, I was really excited to try this product and see if it lived up to expectations.
When I cracked open the odd, space-age plastic booties filled with gel, my first thought was, “How am I going to position my feet?” I like to kick them up to work or watch TV, and fluid-filled socklets are not conducive to that behavior. Eventually, I stuck in my feet, taped them in place and for the next hour sat with my soles flat on my rug, hoping to feel the magic happen. The only thing I sensed was a cool wetness and almost imperceptible tingling.
A quick note of caution: Before you put the booties on, make sure you have whatever you need at the ready. Baby Foot boots are not made for walking; they’re very slippery and, well, not actually footwear.
After an hour, I removed the booties, washed my feet and went on about my business. I saw absolutely no change until about four days later, when areas at the back of my heel and underneath my big toes began to flake. A full week down the road, and my feet were peeling like crazy. Whole sheets of skin came off in one go. I tried to remove them at home with a trash can nearby, but let’s say that I was vacuuming a bit more than usual since my rugs were sprinkled with little souvenirs from my beauty adventure.
The result? Incredible. Into week two, the skin on my feet was pink, perfect and glowing. I also learned that because this new skin had never known the rigors of my prior walking routine (“30 blocks? It’s faster just to walk!”), I had to go easy on them. I would advise skipping shoes that rub for a few weeks after exfoliation: If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep your feet in pristine condition.
I’ll probably do a treatment about once every two to three months to keep my feet soft (and to reduce the pedicure shame I feel when hitting the salon). Considering that Baby Foot has stretched my time between pedicures, it’s saving me money. After all, heavy-duty exfoliation is usually best left to the experts, but with consistently-smooth feet, I can handle the polish change at home.
Viva la Baby Foot ! I love this product!
If you aren’t committed to the whole idea of a week-long peel, here are some other tools that are highly rated on Amazon for removing calluses.
1. Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File, $17, Amazon
Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File $17.00 Amazon This electronic foot file claims to easily buff off hard calloused skin for a luxurious at home pedicure.
2. Shappy Curved Double Sided Foot File, $10, Amazon
Shappy Curved Double Sided Foot File $10.00 Amazon With two surfaces, one to slough off rough skin and one to buff the soles of your feet, this washable foot file is really an all-in-one solution.
3. Pinkiou Spa Moisturizing Gel Socks, $9, Amazon
Pinkiou Spa Moisturizing Gel Socks $9.00 Amazon These are the ultimate multitasking product — your feet soften as you do other things, no need to spend time working away at the callouses.
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This story was originally published July 24, 2013 on TODAY.com.
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The 9 best drugstore self tanners for 2019

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A great sunless-tanner is key to bringing that glow to the surface without getting sun expsoure , and they’ve come a long way from the orange, streaky versions of a few years ago.
Luckily, some of the best self-tanners (even for fair skin) can be found in the drugstore beauty aisle and top beauty experts shared their favorite finds with TODAY Style .
The best drugstore self-tanners 1. L’Oréal Paris Sublime Self-Tanning Towelettes, $9 (usually $11), Amazon
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes $8.99 $10.99 Amazon $9.49 Target $9.47 Walmart “Each towel is individually wrapped for one-time use and is drenched in a generous amount of self-tanner. It has a pleasant, mild, beach scent. I find that the towel application goes on more evenly than a product used directly by hand, so I don’t get the usual streaking. The product develops into a rich, tan color that looks authentic. I also love it because you can toss them into your toiletry bag while traveling for a mess-free touch-ups,” said Marie Watkinson, a beauty expert, massage therapist and founder of the mobile spa company Spa Chicks On The Go . Her celebrity clients include Joy Behar, Leslie Jones and Allison Janney.
2. Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tanning Spray, $8 (usually $11), Amazon
Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tanning Spray $8.39 $11.49 Amazon $8.39 Target $8.97 $9.97 Walmart “(This is) the next best thing to getting a professional salon spray tan,” said Karuna Chani, a makeup artist whose celebrity clients include actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Kanika Kapoor. “This spray easily covers every angle imaginable and dries super fast which means zero missed spots and no random streaks. An added bonus for acne-prone skin: The mist tanner is a much more skin-sensitive option than the lotion variety that can clog pores. For optimum results, exfoliate and moisturize the night before your treatment.”
3. Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer for Body, $8, Amazon
Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer $7.99 Amazon $8.28 Walmart $7.99 $9.99 Ulta “The gradual tanning effect (of Jergens’ lotion) prevents looking suddenly too tan and the formula is conditioning so you can moisturize while you tan,” said celebrity makeup artist Ramy Gafni, whose clients include Kelly Ripa, Candace Swanepoel, Denise Richards.
4. St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion, $15, Amazon
St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion $15.01 $18.00 Amazon $18.00 Sephora $18.00 Ulta “St. Tropez is my favorite of all time. I use the One Night Only lotion on every single shoot when models have to be tan and they show up pale,” said Mary Irwin, whose celebrity clients include Nicole Scherzinger and Hilary Rhoda.
5. L’Oreal Paris Skincare Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum, $10 (usually $11), Amazon
L’Oreal Paris Skincare Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum $9.99 $10.99 Amazon $9.99 Walmart $9.99 Target “This serum is not just for your body, but can also be used on your face,” said celebrity esthetician Cinthia Lomeli, whose celebrity clients include Cheryl Hines and Diana Madison.
6. BT Cosmetics Paris Jet Set Sun Instant Self Tanning Mist, $13 (usually $23), Amazon
BT Cosmetics Paris Jet Set Sun Instant Self Tanning Mist $12.90 $23.00 Amazon “This is my absolute favorite! It doesn’t smell, it’s streak free, easy to use and so affordable. You can spray your body after showering for a golden-tan glow or you can spray on top of your makeup as a setting spray and to add glow. And it’s perfect to use on the décolletage for some extra glow before going out!” said Katherine Dorn, makeup artist at Pierre Michel salon in New York City.
7. St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, $44, Amazon
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse $44.00 Amazon $44.00 Sephora $44.00 Ulta “This product is quick, doesn’t streak and smells good. Oh, and it lasts forever. You’ll see quick results and it looks very natural. So easy to use!” said Dorn, who has worked with models like Jessica Hart and Sailor Brinkley Cook.
8. Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, $9 (usually $11), Amazon
Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer $8.64 $10.99 Amazon $8.49 Target $8.64 Walmart “A must-have for adding a hint of sun-kissed tint, this is an easy and affordable go-to. Swap out your normal lotion and moisturize with this daily — adding a thin layer on clean, dry skin — for a natural-looking tan. Results are gradual and typically appear within one to two days. For even application, exfoliate with your favorite body scrub before using,” Kate Stromberg said of this firming lotion from Jergens. Stromber is the lead makeup artist at Color, a salon by Michael Boychuck inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
9. Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs Light Glow, $10 (usually $13), Amazon
Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs Light Glow $10.29 $12.83 Amazon $10.29 Target $12.99 Ulta “A game-changer for summer nights, this spray-on, instant-tan formula is full coverage and easy to use for a last-minute glow that lasts all night. Combine a small amount of lotion and smooth all over legs as the perfect accessory to any spring or summer ensemble. Just don’t hit the pool! The tan will only last until your next shower. It’s easily removed with soap and water,” said Stromberg, whose celebrity clients include Whitney Port, Bebe Rexha and Khloe Kardashian.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2018.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows us all: Here’s how to fight Republican climate trolls | Salon.com

Check out this article! https://www.salon.com/2019/03/27/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-shows-us-all-heres-how-to-fight-republican-climate-trolls/ Send Amanda Marcotte March 27, 2019 6:05PM (UTC)
For decades now, Republicans have relied on a single political strategy to protect polluting industries and prevent any progress in the fight against climate change: Denial. It has come in various forms over the years — from flat-out claiming that climate change isn’t happening to doubt about whether humans are causing it to a blatantly false narrative about “dissent” in the scientific world. But ultimately, the excuse for inaction always came back to denying that humanity was dealing with a climate crisis in the first place.
But in recent years, full-on climate-change denialism has become politically difficult for Republicans, as the media has increasingly come to view it as the equivalent of denying the laws of gravity. Advertisement:
Republicans are in a bind. They can’t deny that there is a problem, but they also don’t want to take the political damage that comes from simply admitting that they’re happy to put oil company profits over the future of the human race. So they’ve landed on the solution that the right increasingly chooses when defending indefensible policies : Trolling.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scheduled a vote on the Green New Deal, a resolution proposed by a handful of Democrats that calls for a massive economic restructuring geared towards fighting climate change while also creating sustainable jobs for the future. The vote was purely a troll, as McConnell used procedural methods to avoid holding hearings and mark-ups on the bill. The idea was to get a bunch of Democrats to vote no, so that the political conversation can be about alleged Democratic hypocrisy, rather than the more uncomfortable conversation about why Republicans care so little for their own children’s future that they’ll damn the planet through neglect.
This vote was part of the larger trend toward trolling the left as Republicans’ only real response to the climate change crisis. Unable to defend their beliefs, conservatives try to change the subject to how insufferable liberals supposedly are, and seek to frame environmentalism in culture-war terms, as if it were a “politically correct” effort by snooty liberals to undermine the lifestyle choices of “real Americans.”
On the flipside, however, there are some promising signs that Democrats and progressive activists are learning how to deal with trolling strategies. Not always; some continue to take the bait. But there were plenty of people on Tuesday, particularly freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who modeled how to avoid getting derailed by trolls and even, in some cases, how to use their trolling against them.
The debate prior to the vote neatly illustrated the Republican trolling strategy. The main goal for GOP speakers, it appeared, was to try to bait liberals and Democrats into responses that could be used in right-wing media to demonstrate how hysterical, suffocating and outright anti-American the left supposedly is.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, offered the most obvious example with a speech that Brian Kahn of Gizmodo described as “basically shitposting in real life.” Lee used pictures of tauntauns (creatures from the “Star Wars” universe) and comic-book seahorses to imply that the Green New Deal is a joke. He clearly hoped to bait Democrats into nuanced rebuttals that could then be used to portray the left as a bunch of self-serious know-it-alls with no sense of fun. Advertisement:
But then Lee launched into an even more exasperating troll, declaring that the real solution to climate change isn’t “political posturing or virtue signaling” but rather to “fall in love, get married and have some kids.”
There’s an elaborate if tenuous rationale behind Lee’s “have more kids” argument, but frankly that’s irrelevant. The real purpose of this bizarre speech was to throw out chum, knowing some activist or pundit would respond by saying, “Well, actually, you should be having fewer kids,” which could then by used by right-wing media as evidence that the left hates children.
Sure enough, that’s what happened. Colby Itkowitz at the Washington Post responded to Lee with research suggesting that “one way an individual could contribute to eliminating greenhouse gases is to have one fewer child.” National Review then turned around and portrayed Itkowitz as a PC outrage-peddler trying to shame people for having children. Lee’s troll worked in this case, by turning the discussion towards personal choices and allowing conservatives feel defensive and aggrieved over a perceived attack, and deflecting the real issue, which is the need for drastic government action to save the futures of all those children Lee wants people to have.
Conservatives want to avoid that topic by consistently depicting liberals as out-of-touch elites who want to use climate change to compel Americans to stop having babies, driving cars and eating beef. Just as important, conservatives hope to lure liberals into debating those kinds of lose-lose issues instead of the really big and urgent ones. It’s critical to refocus the discussion on the moral and economic necessity of dealing with climate change, and dealing with it quickly. Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly, throughout the discussion of the Green New Deal, shown how to do that. Advertisement:
Contrast her response to Lee’s troll with Itkowitz’s unfortunate willingness to take the bait. Instead of engaging Lee’s dumb argument, Ocasio-Cortez called it out for what it is, joking on Twitter, “If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything.”
By refusing to take dopey arguments seriously and instead turning the tables on the trolling tactics, Ocasio-Cortez derailed Lee’s derailing effort. She turned the conversation away from bad-faith debates about the supposedly sinister motives of liberals and back toward a debate about why conservatives refuse to do anything about the existential threat to our species and planet.
Of course this issue is very serious and it won’t work for progressives to try to joke their way out of every trolling argument. But as usual, Ocasio-Cortez also modeled how to take the high road with trolls on Tuesday, when Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., trolled her in a committee meeting, introducing an amendment meant to portray environmentalism as an “elite” affectation appropriate only for a “rich liberal from maybe New York or California.” Advertisement:
Many Democrats would be tempted to respond by engaging the argument, and trying to debunk the idea that environmentalism is only for the wealthy. Ocasio-Cortez, on the other hand, focused on the larger moral question and on how Duffy looked in claiming that worldwide ecological catastrophe is some kind of joke.
“You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist,” she yelled at him. “People are dying!”
That video went viral, mostly due to liberals sharing it to celebrate Ocasio-Cortez’s strength and moral clarity. As with her response to Lee, Ocasio-Cortez grasps that the way to deal with trolls is to dismiss their so-called arguments as beneath contempt. There is literally no point in engaging with people who act like brats and make bad arguments in bad faith. Advertisement:
No doubt, right wing media still made hay over Ocasio-Cortez’s video, responding to her video with “you’d be prettier if you smiled”-style trolls and trying to frame it as “proof” that liberal women are scary and out of control. But the beauty of AOC’s approach is that she doesn’t have to care about that. That video was huge on the left and only helped build interest and momentum for the Green New Deal. Haters gonna hate, but that shouldn’t slow down anyone trying to get real work done.
Ocasio-Cortez is the most prominent example, but it’s been a relief in general to see that the liberal and media response to right-wing provocation on climate change is more about dismissal than about taking the bait.
For instance, ever since the Green New Deal resolution was announced, right-wingers have been accusing its supporters of wanting to take away hamburgers and ice cream. It’s tempting, especially for the policy wonks and accuracy-obsessed nerds of the left, to engage this argument and respond with nuanced discussions about how it might be better if we all ate less meat, but nobody is suggesting eliminating it completely. But no: That just feeds into the right-wing campaign frames to make ordinary people feel that this whole debate is about shaming them for eating fast food.
So it’s heartening to see more responses like this one, from Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on Twitter, “The hamburger confiscation section of the Five Year Plan never got enough play from Stalin biographers.” Advertisement:
This isn’t to deny that we might have to have a discussion in the near future about reducing American meat consumption. But the right’s hysterics about banning hamburgers are not offered in good faith. By dismissing such trolling tactics, liberals send a clear signal that they will only engage conservatives if and when the latter grow up and start acting like adults. It also helps build confidence on the left, and sends a strong signal to worry less about this kind of nonsense.
Republicans troll because they know they can’t win these debates on the merits. It can be easy to forget that amid the constant churn of political discourse, especially in our tense and dramatic times. But when it comes to fighting climate change, that kind of clarity is critical: We need to move forward with the speed and certainty of purpose necessary to this enormous task. Amanda Marcotte MORE FROM Amanda Marcotte • FOLLOW AmandaMarcotte Related Topics

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