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After Years of Lobbying, Starbucks STILL Hasn’t Banned Child Porn from Its WiFi Networks

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For more than four years, a non-profit has been leaning on Starbucks to block illicit content, including child pornography, from its public WiFi inside its stores without success.

“We started the ‘Safe WiFi’ campaign a number of years ago, and we asked Starbucks and McDonald’ to lead corporate America to voluntarily filter their public WiFi from two types of content – pornography, and child pornography,” said Enough is Enough founder Donna Rice Hughes in an interview with Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.

Enough is Enough is described as the “national leader on the front lines of making the Internet safer for children and families.” Founded in 1994, it “has pioneered and led the effort to confront online pornography, child pornography, child stalking and sexual predation with innovative initiatives and effective communications.”

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According to Hughes, McDonald’s is filtering such content in 14,000 of its stores. Starbucks, though, formerly led by potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz, has yet to act despite four years of lobbying from the group.

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“Starbucks, however, made a promise two and a half years ago, based on our efforts, that they would begin filtering,” Hughes said. “However, two and a half years passed and they did not keep their promise.”

Why would Starbucks allow such content to go unfiltered in more than 14,500 stores nationwide? The answer is anyone’s guess. But Enough is Enough is still fighting.

“We decided after working behind the scenes with them and WiFi providers to turn up the heat, just recently,” Hughes said. “We did a press release, and within 24 hours the media got behind our effort, and Starbucks agreed to begin filtering in Starbucks’ nationally in 2019. But this time, we are holding our applause, and we are asking people to sign that we have at Enough.org, because we’re going to keep the heat on Starbucks this time until they actually follow through on their promise.”

Hughes and her organization, though, still have not been able to get Starbucks to budge.

“We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019,” the company told NBC in late 2018.

Hughes told NBC that Starbucks sent her a letter telling her that they will begin filtering such content “once we determine that our customers can access our free WiFi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content.”


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San Francisco Dumps Environmentalism, Bans Reusable Bags at Grocery Stores During Coronavirus Pandemic

Environmentalism is thrown by the wayside during a crisis.

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The ultra left-wing city of San Francisco, Calif. is bailing on environmentalism during a time of great crisis, banning the use of reusable plastic bags at grocery stores temporarily due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued an ordinance preventing city residents from taking reusable items into the public and using them in essential stores. They believe this will make it more difficult for germs to proliferate throughout the city.

“There is no effective treatment or cure yet for the disease, testing ability while improving remains constrained, and San Francisco’s health care system is at ongoing risk of being overwhelmed. For these reasons, it is imperative that San Francisco not only extend the duration of its stay at home order but also further limit essential activities and extend social distancing requirements outside the home,” the ordinance reads.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has not hesitated to shut down civil society in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. She has effectively tossed environmentalism to the wayside, showing that the frequent leftist bugaboo is not actually a pressing concern.

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“I can’t reiterate enough how important it is for all of us to continue to comply, for all of us to continue to be good citizens, to cooperate,” said Breed, who has issued lockdown edicts that last until at least May 3.

In 2007, San Francisco was the first city in America to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. The leftists on the Board of Supervisors enacted this prohibition to satisfy Mother Earth and potentially start a trend throughout the country.

“I am astounded and surprised by the worldwide attention,” Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said at the time, according to the SFGate. “Hopefully, other cities and other states will follow suit.”

The grocery store lobby in the state came out against the regulation at the time, believing that it would accomplish little to help the environment and only serve to frustrate consumers.

“We’re disappointed that the Board of Supervisors is going down this path,” said Kristin Power, who worked as the vice president of government relations for the California Grocers Association.

“It will frustrate recycling efforts and will increase both consumer and retailer costs. There’s also a real concern about the availability and quality of compostable bags,” she added.

By instituting their emergency measures, San Francisco has demonstrated that environmental concerns are not particularly important in the grand scheme of things. These lofty goals are put on the back burner when a real crisis, such as the coronavirus panic, takes precedence.

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