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“Often when we talk about rising suburban poverty, people automatically think about, ‘Well, who’s moving into these neighborhoods?'” Kneebone says. “But it’s not just people moving in. There have been two downturns in the last decade, and long-running structural changes in the economy, finding a lot of long-time suburban residents growing poorer, slipping down the economic ladder.”

“Google has reportedly paid the makers of Adblock Plus, the single most popular browser extension on Chrome and Firefox, to look the other way when it comes to its web advertisements. According to the German news site Horizont, Google and other unnamed companies are paying to be included on a “whitelist” that prevents their pop-ups, banners, and display ads from being blocked by the free service.”

Even worse, Ars Technica says that the app becomes totally useless as it drops DRM free album into the music folder. Ars Technica

Diagon Alley at Warner Bros

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  1. Patricia Eimer
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 06:58:48

    Planning a trip to London now. And suburban poverty? Between the economic downturns and the credit card situation how is anyone surprised. It’s like the commercial with the guy on the lawnmower– “we have three new cars, a huge house, country club memberships…and I’m in debt up to my eyeballs. We can’t make our bills. I’ll be bankrupt in a year.”

  2. Darlynne
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 11:19:08

    We were just at Leavesden in May and I will tell you without hesitation that it is worth every penny to visit. Everything–or as near as makes no difference–from the movies is on display and you can take your time seeing it all. Tickets have to be purchased in advance on-line with specific entry times, and although you enter with a group, you are completely free to wander around at your leisure, including all day.

    My recommendation: Go on a weekday, first opening (I think that’s 10 am), if possible. After the lobby, which is very cool itself, you’re in the great hall at Hogwarts. Take your time. In hindsight, I should have roamed through each area and then taken photographs before moving on, but I was so afraid I’d miss something, which meant I missed some things. There will be rushes of people every fifteen minutes, but again, stay as long as you like in each area.

    The lighting throughout the indoor areas is very subdued and Diagon Alley is as purple-blue as it appears in the picture above. I’m not sure why that is, but you definitely need a slower shutter speed, which means your cell phone camera should be fine, if that’s the only one you have. In an outside courtyard, you’ll find the night bus, chess pieces, the house on Privet Drive, butterbeer (cold or frosted) … I should probably stop now.

    The studio tour is completely different from the Wizarding World at Universal in Orlando, so seeing one doesn’t mean you’ve seen the other (except for the butterbeer). Yes, go, and let me come with you.

  3. Ridley
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 11:33:15

    @Patricia Eimer: I know, right? No way this has anything to do with real wages stagnating or falling since the 70s, the ballooning cost of health care, rising gas prices or massive student debt. Everyone knows the poor just do it to themselves by making bad decisions.

    Someone needs to buy them some bootstraps, amirite?

  4. Ava Glass
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 16:34:46

    Re: The Adblock Plus article.

    I can’t find the above excerpt in the article link, so I think the article might have been corrected.

    Adblock allows certain unobtrusive ads to be whitelisted. This page discusses criteria:

    “Static advertisements only (no animations, sounds or similar). Preferably text only, no attention-grabbing images.”

    Just last week, I asked ABP about static book covers in a “sponsors” sidebar of a book review blog. They said it would have to pass the community, but sounded OK.

    The article goes on to say that Google pays because they’re a big company and someone has to finance the effort. I wouldn’t have to pay.

  5. txvoodoo
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 16:13:13

    As Ava said, this isn’t news about adblocker. Also note, you can opt out of the ads altogether. I’d prefer it to be opt-in, but at least it’s there.

    FWIW, I disable adblock on sites like this, where I want to support the site.

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