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Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 25: Debbie, Derelict of Any Responsibility

Our contempt for payday loan guardian and 2016 primary scales-tipping Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continues.

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

The latest disgrace from the hyperpartisan, seven-term Miami Beach maniac began in February. Long story Schultz schortz schort short, Wasserman Schultz continued to employ a House IT staffer for months after his family’s national security-jeopardizing, taxpayer-funded criminal activity was discovered:

Five House employees are under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.

(Politico, 2/2/17)

The investigation has apparently been in progress since late last year.

Four men and a woman (then unnamed) had their access to the House network terminated in February, but the accused staffers’ individual jobs remained at the discretion of the multiple Congress representatives (reportedly all Democrats) who employed them.

Guess which representative kept the ringleader on payroll up to the minute he was caught fleeing the country by the FBI?

Imran Awan (below, with former president Bill Clinton) was intercepted at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on July 24 as he attempted to travel to Pakistan via Qatar. He surrendered his passport to FBI agents on “multiple charges of bank fraud” and was terminated by Wasserman Schultz the next day.

Links: Imran Awan used his social media account to boast of his access to top Democratic figures - and worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a time when she ran the party's National Committee. It was hacked, allegedly by Russians, producing devastating leaked emails

According to CNN,

The complaint and affidavit against Awan accused him and his wife, Hina Alvi, of attempting to commit bank fraud by misrepresenting themselves on a loan for a rental property they had and then wiring the proceeds to two unnamed persons in Pakistan.

National Review:

According to the complaint filed in federal court in support of his arrest, Awan wired $283,000 in January from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Faisalabad, Pakistan.

The Hill:

Awan and his family have reportedly worked for House Democrats for years. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, but has made millions of dollars on the House payroll over at least a decade of work for various members, according to a Politico report.

Awan reportedly used his Democratic connections to cultivate lucrative Congressional IT “staffer” jobs for himself, his brothers Abid (below, sweatpants) and Jamal, Abid’s wife Natalia Sova (below, red shirt), and Awan’s friend Rao Abbas.

 

Fired: Abid Awan and his wife Natalia Sova were also working for Dems but were fired as the investigation emerged 

As background, all five of the individuals under investigation are Muslims with strong family ties to Pakistan. Wasserman Schultz is under heavy fire for inappropriately continuing Awan’s employment through July to avoid the optics of destroying diversity on the Capitol workforce.

[Wasserman Schultz was hardly alone in dismissing the staffers’ presumption of guilt on such serious charges. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as well as Rep. Meeks told Politico on March 1 the accused deserved due process, while confirming that Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, respectively, were no longer working for their offices. Meeks noted of the family’s Pakistani Muslim origins: “I wanted to be sure individuals are not being singled out because of their nationalities or their religion.”]

Politico revealed in March that Imran Awan, Alvi, Abbas, Abid Awan and Jamal Awan are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the probe. 

It is unclear where Natalia Sova fits into all this.

The gravy train opened up when Imran Awan got onto Wasserman Schultz’ payroll in 2005.

According to InsideGov, Abid Awan earned an estimated salary of $164,980 USD as a Shared Employee through the most recent House pay period. This was 2.4 times greater than the median for a House staff.

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Rao Abbas “administered email accounts and computers” of eight members of Congress and brought home $93,151 annually, according to 2016 records from InsideGov. According to Daily Caller, he scored the IT job after being fired from McDonald’s.

Hina Alvi, 33, was also milking a “support staffer” position in the Capitol. She was terminated from Rep. Gregory Meeks‘ (D-NY) office on February 28 after banking either $126,225 (New York Post) or $168,300 (InsideGov) in 2016.

The Gateway Pundit reports the photos below show Imran Awan and Hina Alvi (since Alvi apparently has no self-aggrandizing shot with President Clinton, her online images are difficult to locate):

On March 5, investigators apparently bumped into Alvi, her three daughters, boxes of household goods, and over $12,000 in cash at Dulles boarding a flight to–get this–Pakistan via Qatar. They let her go. Andrew McCarthy at National Review insists moving more than $10,000 undeclared should have merited a felony charge on its own.

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According to Daily Caller in May,

[A]s House authorities closed in on Imran Awan and his brothers, a laptop used by Imran was hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building. […] The laptop was later found by Capitol Police and seized because it was relevant to the criminal investigation, the source said.

Suddenly concerned with national security, or something, Wasserman Schultz demanded that Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa return equipment belonging to her office that was seized as part of the investigation — or face “consequences”, according to New York Post.

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Imran Awan’s bank fraud activities may intersect with his “stealing computers and government secrets” activities. Andre Taggart (below), a Marine veteran who rented Awan’s pad in Lorton, VA (it was suddenly posted for lease after the criminal probe emerged in February) found some hardcore gear that may have been procured from the U.S. House in the garage.

Andre Taggart found hard drives tied to Imran Awan and turned them over to the FBI. / Provided photo

“[W]ireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner. […] [were] in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry[.] It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”

Taggart told Daily Caller Awan then threatened to sue Taggart for return of the equipment and tried to enter the property (unauthorized) several times.

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Imran’s stepmother reportedly filed a lawsuit in Virginia claiming abuse from Awan:

Samina Gilani alleges her stepsons of wiretapping her phones, threatening to kidnap family members in Pakistan, and preventing her from seeing her dying husband in a Virginia hospital unless she granted them power of attorney. She also accused them of trying to remove her as the beneficiary of her husband’s $50,000 life-insurance policy.

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On August 3, Wasserman Schultz told the Sun-Sentinel:

“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again. There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right.”

She also blamed the “right-wing media circus fringe” for keeping the criminal investigation alive in the news, and confirmed she created new tasks for Awan so he could stay on payroll after being banned from the House IT network.

On August 17, Imran Awan and Hina Alvi were indicted on four charges including conspiracy, engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, and making false statements.

Daily Mail reported Awan is under a high-intensity supervision program and must wear a monitoring device and stay within 50 miles of his house and–apparently learning from his wife’s mistake–was holding just under the reporting requirement of $10,000 when he tried to flee to Pakistan.

They also got this picture:

Charged: Imran Awan was Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT aide but now faces years in prison if found guilty of the four charges against her 

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In a further denigration of Debbie and her abuse of party power, a federal court on August 25 dismissed a class-action lawsuit against the DNC, noting that while “the Court assumes […] that the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton and sought to propel her ahead of her Democratic opponent”,  the plaintiffs who brought the suit had not suffered sufficient “concrete injury” to allow the court to intervene.

FAKE NEWS ALERT (???) :

It is unclear what impact the latest Debbie drama will have on the (as yet unsubstantiated but certainly concerning) rumors of DNC leadership involvement in the death of Shawn Lucas; or the intriguing circumstances of the demise of Beranton Whisenant Jr.

Whisenant, 37 (below), was a federal prosecutor found May 25 washed up on a Hollywood, FL beach with a bullet in his head.

Miami Herald reports that although the death investigation remains “shrouded in mystery,” Whisenant’s friends and family are not pleased with new conspiracy theories that stem from his body’s (apparently incidental) discovery in Wasserman Schultz’ district:

People close to Whisenant say they have seen the postings and are “disgusted” with the exploitation of his death, saying he had no connection to the DNC case.

Hollywood PD is investigating after the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office ruled out any connection between Whisenant’s federal prosecuting work and his death.

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/343723-house-dem-staffer-arrested-on-bank-fraud-charges

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/26/politics/imran-awan-house-democrats/index.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/449860/hina-alvi-imran-awan-debbie-wasserman-shultzs-it-staffers-attempts-fled-country

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/13821/Abid-A-Awan

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/32778/Rao-R-Abbas

http://nypost.com/2017/05/28/criminal-probe-on-capitol-hill-staffers-remains-eerie/

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/22682/Hina-R-Alvi

Hina Alvi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4803884/Pictured-Dem-aide-charged-fraud-hacking-probe.html

Bill Nye Sues Disney

HuffPost reported everyone’s favorite politically-correct prick, Bill Nye, has leveled a lawsuit at Disney. The entertainment giant produced Nye’s publicly-propped PBS production “Bill Nye the Science Guy” in the 1990s.

A Nye-ordered audit of the Walt Disney Company from last year reportedly found the fake scientist was stiffed $9.3 million since 1993 under the distribution deal.

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! April 21–Bill Nye the Gender Guy/Girl/Continuum Plugs for Eugenics, Orgies and Monsanto

HuffPost also found another $28 million is apparently due to “Nye and his partners” from Disney, offenses unspecified.

Disney started it: according to TMZ, they asked [Nye] to return $496,000 of a $585,000 check it issued him in 2008 for “back-end profits” because of an accounting error.

Nye proceeded to audit Disney to contest the claim. And here we are.

Thanks to our source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-nye-the-science-guy-is-suing-disney-for-big-bucks_us_59a0008ce4b05710aa5b97ca?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313

Soda Tax Update

The Philadelphia soda tax on beverage distributors, passed by the city council last year to fund “universal pre-kindergarten,” is making waves for government social engineering. While people continue to drink soda, sales are down and PepsiCo jobs are “drying up.”

The $0.015 per ounce excise tax has sucked 40% of sales out of Philadelphia, “bubbling over” to outside the city limits, where the tax is not levied and sales are reportedly up between 10 and 15%.

A spokeswoman for Pepsico told MUNCHIES: “Unfortunately, after careful consideration of the economic realities created by the recently enacted beverage tax, we have been forced to give notice that we intend to eliminate 80 to 100 positions, including frontline and supervisory roles, in Philadelphia over the next few months, beginning immediately.”

Pepsico employs employed 423 people in Philadelphia.

City spokeswoman Lauren Hitt “stirred up” a little class warfare, demanding Pepsico continue to sell poison to children, but make less profit on it so the kids can have more government-subsidized education. But God forbid you fire anybody working for Pepsi to cut costs:

“The soda industry sunk [we’re guessing no pun intended here…if soda were untaxed and bubbly, they wouldn’t sink!] to a new low today. They are literally holding hostage the jobs of hardworking people in their battle to overturn the tax. Pepsi reported nearly $35 billion in gross income and $6 billion in profit last year, their CEO makes $25 million dollars a year, and they along with the beverage industry continue to shill out hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbyists and advertising against the tax.”

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[Interestingly, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi (above) made $19 million as of 2014 (according to Wikipedia), and while she may or may not have disparaged Trump supporters following his election (see link in sources…was it FAKE NEWS???) , she now sits on President Trump’s Business Council, according to Fortune.]

However, the Hitt fit continued in her rant to Philadelphia Business Journal:

“The idea that they can afford to do that but ‘must lay off workers’ should make every Philadelphian very skeptical of whether these layoffs are actually due to the tax. What is certain is that pre-k has already created over 250 jobs and allowed many parents to return to the workforce.”

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Lauren Hitt

The Pepsi Hitt-woman. From Twitter.

So really, if Pepsico would just bend over a little more for Philly and create the kind of jobs the city believes are more valuable, we could all get along.

ARE THERE SODA MACHINES IN THOSE PRE-KINDERGARTEN ESTABLISHMENTS???

MUNCHIES noted:

On the other side of the argument, the AP quoted an industry source saying that the tax most affects low-income people without the means to travel outside the city to purchase tax-free soda.

In its first month, the tax raised $5.7 million, which will go to funding universal pre-kindergarten education. The amount is twice as much as what the city expected, meaning people aren’t shifting away from soda as quickly as the city imagined they would.

Related:

Philly Me Up…Philadelphia Beverage Distributors to be Taxed by the Ounce “For the Children”

Boycotts

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2017/03/01/pepsi-layoffs-philadelphia-soda-tax-sunk-to-new-lo.html

https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/phillys-soda-tax-is-working-so-well-that-pepsi-is-laying-off-workers?utm_content=buffer65c88&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://fortune.com/2016/12/14/pepsico-indra-trump-council/

http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/16/news/companies/pepsi-fake-news-boycott-trump/

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! February 8–Thomas Perez

Obama Department of Labor head Thomas Perez slipped up and publicly stated the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was rigged for Hillary.

Right-leaning New York Observer:

Perez stated, “We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged, and it was. And you’ve got to be honest about it. That’s why we need a chair who is transparent.”

 

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Perez is considered a frontrunner for DNC chairman. His main competition is Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

As we have extensively reported, the nomination process was rigged. Disgraced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced out in July. Interim chair Donna Brazile, a longtime Bill Clinton ally, was then caught feeding Hillary questions ahead of a CNN debate with eventual victor Donald Trump. CNN cut ties with Brazile.

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

Hillary Updates

Additionally, pro-Bernie process server Shawn Lucas, 38, mysteriously turned up dead in Washington shortly after delivering a summons to the DNC to explain their role, documented in a variety of email hacks (damn Russia!), in curtailing Bernie’s bid for the 2016 nomination.

 

Shawn Lucas Updates (November 1)

 

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Within the same day, however, Perez tweeted out his apology and claimed he “misspoke“:

The tweets were noticed by both right-leaning New York Post and far-left Vox.

According to Washington Post, Perez was additionally endorsed this week by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Obama Justice Dept bagman Eric Holder.

Perez is the favored candidate of the “establishment” in the late February election in Atlanta, based on his endorsements.

DNC Updates

However, the liberal wing of his party will not be pleased. Multiple radio shows on YouTube last month aired the following clip of Perez fleeing Intercept reporter Zaid Jilani’s inquiry about Israel building settlements:

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/08/u-s-attorneys-join-eric-holder-in-backing-perez-for-dnc-chair/?utm_term=.418572cb9666

DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez Admits Democratic Primaries Were Rigged

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 27–Federal Hiring Freeze and Zuckerberg’s Private Hawaiian Isle

“FAKE NEWS” ALERT!!!

Associated Press was forced to adjust a story that exploded on social media decrying President Trump’s recent non-military hiring freeze on Federal government “workers.”

Many news outlets were apparently concerned the Federal “workers” were at “historically low” levels. The outrage got a little confusing: for example, Isaac Shapiro at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities lost his shit on January 12:

“The share of the nation’s workers that the federal government employed in 2016 equaled its lowest level ever recorded, new Bureau of Labor Statistics data show, and signs are growing that this level is too low for the government to effectively perform its basic functions.”

(Those basic functions include confiscating trillions of dollars from citizens and then spending that, plus hundreds of billions more, annually. The Federal Government has racked up a bill of roughly $20,000,000,000,000 for its subjects citizens over the past 16 years.)

(The distinction between how many Federal “workers” there are compared to other years and how many working-age Americans in the work force–at, ahem, a historic low of 62.6%are Federal is beyond the scope of this story.)

We reproduced part of the new, corrected AP story below, edited for space. All coloring is ours:

In a story Jan. 24 about a federal hiring freeze, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the number of executive branch employees hasn’t been this low since 1965. Based on the most recent information available from the Office of Personnel Management, there have been seven years between 2000 and 2007 when employment was lower than it was in 2014.

Mark Zuckerberg

[T]he Facebook billionaire’s neighbors plan to march in protest this weekend at the 6-foot-high wall he erected last year along Koolau Road, according to the march’s organizer, Joe Hart.

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“People are furious down here with him,” said Hart, a hibiscus farmer who lives about a quarter-mile from one edge of Zuckerberg’s roughly 700-acre property. Hart is encouraging people who attend the march to blow conch shells and bang drums in peaceful protest.

Zuckerberg filed eight lawsuits in local court on December 30 against families who collectively inherited 14 parcels of land through the Kuleana Act, a Hawaiian law established in 1850 that for the first time gave natives the right to own the land they lived on.

The 14 parcels together total eight of the roughly 700 acres Zuckerberg owns, but the law gives any direct family member of a parcel’s original owner the right to enter the billionaire’s otherwise private compound.

Neighbors of Zuckerberg like Hart have said the Facebook CEO’s security team has used intimidation tactics to keep them off the public beaches and trails that intertwine with Zuckerberg’s mostly undeveloped property.

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In a recent interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Naoshi Grady said he filed a police report last year after being run off a public trail that runs through part of Zuckerberg’s estate.

“They told me I was on private property,” he told the newspaper. “They were threatening to take my picture and have me arrested. They were aggressive, rude, and disrespectful.”

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Representatives for Zuckerberg didn’t respond to Business Insider’s multiple requests for comment for this story. Zuckerberg said in a statement on Tuesday that he was “reconsidering” the lawsuits, which would compel owners of the parcels to sell to the highest bidder.

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Hart said he plans to march at the wall every Saturday until Zuckerberg officially drops the lawsuits and meets with his neighbors in person.

“We just want to bring this light to issue,” Hart said. “He’s made his money stealing everyone’s information, which we’ve let him do, but to come down here and start suing everyone, that’s not going to fly down here.”

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This is how Zuck’s self-congratulatory Facebook post spun his lawsuit on January 19: He is a benevolent lord of the island gifting poor, backwards landowners with money for land they didn’t know they owned, and, if you think about it, never really wanted, right?

There have been some misleading stories going around today about our plans in Hawaii, so I want to clear this up.

I posted last month about how Priscilla and I bought some land in Hawaii. We want to create a home on the island, and help preserve the wildlife and natural beauty. You can read about it here: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10103370750850071

The land is made up of a few properties. In each case, we worked with the majority owners of each property and reached a deal they thought was fair and wanted to make on their own.

As with most transactions, the majority owners have the right to sell their land if they want, but we need to make sure smaller partial owners get paid for their fair share too.

In Hawaii, this is where it gets more complicated. As part of Hawaiian history, in the mid-1800s, small parcels were granted to families, which after generations might now be split among hundreds of descendants. There aren’t always clear records, and in many cases descendants who own 1/4% or 1% of a property don’t even know they are entitled to anything.

To find all these partial owners so we can pay them their fair share, we filed what is called a “quiet title” action. For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land.

We are working with a professor of native Hawaiian studies and long time member of this community, who is participating in this quiet title process with us. It is important to us that we respect Hawaiian history and traditions.

We love Hawaii and we want to be good members of the community and preserve the environment. We look forward to working closely with the community for years to come.

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Apparently, Zuck couldn’t take the bad publicity, or realized his hypocrisy: in April 2016, he quietly jabbed then-GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump for his “Mexican wall” platform plank:

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls,” Zuckerberg said to packed room of developers and media. “Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges.”

In a further display of conceit, Zuck then publicized the speech on his “Facebook” page for the hundreds of millions of Americans lacking the privilege to attend the aforementioned elite San Francisco “Facebook annual developers meeting.” According to USA Today, Zuck gave himself the following ego-stroke:

This speech was personally important to me and I spent a lot of time writing it. Even if it’s unusual for a CEO to address world issues and lay out a 10 year roadmap to improve them, I care deeply about connecting the world and bringing people together, so I wanted to put this out there. It’s different from any other speech I’ve given.”

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Zuckerberg withdrew the Kauai lawsuit on January 28. USA Today:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are dropping controversial suits they filed in December to buy small plots of land that are part of a 700-acre waterfront estate they own on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

In a letter published in The Garden Island, a local newspaper, Zuckerberg wrote of the complex legal tangle, “it’s clear we made a mistake.”

Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan bought the 700-acre waterfront estate on Kauai for $100 million in 2014. In December 2016, they filed eight lawsuits against several hundred people to buy 13 plots on eight acres partitioned during the 1850s.

Ownership of some of the plots was unclear, crossing multiple generations and many heirs. According to Zuckerberg’s letter, some have had no inhabitants for decades. Others come with complex legal land agreements dating back more than 160 years.

The plots are mostly one acre or smaller and all lie within the 700-acre estate.

Zuckerberg’s legal maneuver, called “quiet title and partition,” was meant to clarify ownership rights to the land and force it to be sold to the highest bidder through a public auction, allowing Zuckerberg to purchase it.

Some Hawaiians had harshly criticized the maneuver after the suits became public. The outcry grew louder after Zuckerberg took to Facebook to explain his intent, with some charging him with contributing to a trend with roots in colonialism. A group is planning a protest at the wall of Zuckerberg’s estate Saturday.

In his letter to the newspaper, Zuckerberg said that in order to “find a better path forward, we are dropping our quiet title actions and will work together with the community on a new approach.”

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Many of the plots are what are known as kuleana lands. These are small plots granted to native Hawaiian tenant farmers between 1850 and 1855, which comes with special rights including access, agricultural uses, gathering, water and fishing rights.

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In Friday’s letter, Zuckerberg wrote that he and Chan’s intention “is to achieve an outcome that preserves the environment, respects local traditions, and is fair to those with kuleana lands.”

Related:

Flashback Friday: December 2015

Boycotts

This story was adjusted 3/12/17 when we learned Indra Nooyi’s alleged Trump-tantrum did not actually happen. Thanks to CNN for the update. We have no choice but to now characterize this piece (at least in part!) as FAKE NEWS !!!

Boycotts of President Elect Trump, Brought to You by Twitter

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Pepsi-Cola got in on the action, with CEO Indra Nooyi reportedly announcing she does not need the business of Trump supporters:

 

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Trump people took to Twitter to call for the second-largest food coloring and chemicals “food and beverage” brand in the world:

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Young protestors took to the streets with signs.

And outgoing Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer introduced a bill to abolish the Electoral College, stating, “The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately.”

The measure would require a Constitutional amendment approved by three-fourths of the States.

Thanks to our source:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/306121-dem-senator-introducing-bill-to-abolish-electoral-college