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Criminals and Confirmation

As usual, we’re a bit behind. Dysfunction in Washington and abroad continues.

Mark Zuckerberg‘s downfall: part 3! On the eve of his Senate testimony on tracking, profiling and possibly influencing unsuspecting minds post-Cambridge Analytica revelations, Facebook’s founder and CEO admitted the European Union‘s new “General Data Protection Regulation” requirements of the social behemoth to  protect user privacy would not be extended to Western hemisphere social media slaves.

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

Specifically, COO Sheryl Sandberg grudgingly kowtowed to Europe’s modern socialism by “[arranging] the core privacy settings for Facebook in one place and make it much easier for [European] people to manage their data” earlier this year.

46 of the 55 House members on the Energy and Commerce committee (which apparently regulates the internet), who grilled Zucks on April 11, banked donations from Facebook. Perhaps appropriately, the outfit is Facebook’s biggest campaign cash recipient.

On the House [Energy and Commerce] committee, Republicans got roughly twice as much as Democrats, counter to the broader trend in Facebook campaign gifts. Of the $7 million in contributions to all federal candidates tied to the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social network, Democrats got 65% to Republicans’ 33%.

Zucks empathized with the average site user by removing his own sent messages (and those from a few privileged executives) from recipient inboxes. Once he got caught, Facebook tried to salvage public support, announcing an “unsend” feature will launch for the commoners later this year. Their oily boss will reportedly be restrained from manipulating others’ inboxes until then.

TechCrunch:

None of Facebook’s terms of service appear to give it the right to remove content from users’ accounts unless it violates the company’s community standards.

In 2010, Silicon Alley Insider aka Business Insider published now-infamous instant messages from a 19-year-old Zuckerberg to a friend shortly after starting The Facebook in 2004. “yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard . . . just ask . . . i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns” Zuckerberg wrote to a friend. “what!? how’d you manage that one?” they asked. “people just submitted it . .  i don’t know why . . . they ‘trust me’ . . . dumb fucks” Zuckerberg explained.

Also in April, Facebook was caught haggling with hospital systems such as those associated with Stanford University Medical School to hand over de-identified patient profiles–including their diagnoses and prescriptions–that Facebook could then align with their database to assist in “medical research.”

Once they got caught (this is becoming a pattern), Facebook reassured the internet their sordid stealth operation was still in the “planning phase,” and anyhow paused as the company focused on “doing a better job of protecting people’s data and being clearer with them about how that data is used in our products and services.” This was a terse referral to the Cambridge catastrophe that siphoned 87,000,000 users’ data to help political ads better target voters.

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The IRS gifted the little people an additional 24 hours to submit tax returns after their computers malfunctioned as the country closed in on the April 17 deadline for filing.

“Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time,” the magnanimous agency soothed.

Trump reportedly asked for a six-month extension on his return; according to Reuters this option is also open to Washington’s disenchanted subjects. When the hundreds of billions of dollars confiscated for income tax annually covers only the interest on your existing national debt, and not any of the trillions of dollars spent by the government, time is not particularly of the essence.

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Puerto Rico took another machete to its morale with an island-wide blackout last week, brought to you by a bulldozer from D. Grimm, a subcontractor of Mammoth‘s Cobra Acquisitions.

DGrimm Inc

According to their website, the company is “women owned.”

Puerto Rico Updates

Perplexed Governor Richard Rossello sternly “suggested” that the island’s energy monopoly, PREPA, cut ties with D. Grimm. Apparently, two weeks before this Grimm vehicle tagged a live wire and cut the power of basically all 3.4 million Puerto Ricans, the subcontractor was also blamed for a tree [falling] on a major electric transmission line and shorting out 870,000 citizens’ power, according to ThinkProgress.

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The culprit, completely preventable by D. Grimm.

The timing was inopportune for PREPA’s move toward [trigger warningprivatization, which the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis maintains would exacerbate award of cushy contracts to government insiders, such as (to all appearances) the island’s first foray into unproven contractors with the Whitefish fiasco.

The pension reform is apparently fallout from 2016’s increased Federal oversight of Puerto Rico by a Financial Oversight Management Board as stipulated in the PROMESA bailout. The new management of $120 billion in debt was recently slammed by Rossello as “truly disturbing“,  “anti-democratic” and showing “reckless disregard“.

The FOMB reportedly voted last week for a five-year freeze on public sector wages and deep cuts to the University of Puerto Rico to help stop the financial bleeding.

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ICE continues to terrorize undocumented citizens. Their new focus appears to be those who have served time for wrongful conviction.

Ricardo Rodriguez, a lawful permanent resident with two marijuana possession convictions, spent 20 years in prison for murdering Rodney Kemppainen. That conviction was overturned in March, the tenth such mistake linked to disgraced former Detective Reynaldo Guevara (below), formerly of Chicago police, who allegedly beat confessions out of suspects and created eyewitnesses.

Former Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara

Upon his March release, Rodriguez was picked up by ICE. Apparently, he lost permanent resident status with his erroneous arrest in 1995. It is unclear where they stuck him.

Cook County is a favorite haunt for ICE. Last December, Mexican nationals Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes (below, left and right) were cleared of a double murder (including confessions orchestrated by Guevara via brass knuckles) that had kept them jailed since 1998. Both were collared by ICE before they even left prison.

Solache spent another 41 days incarcerated before he came up with bond money in February.

Tellingly, both men expressed a desire to return to Mexico voluntarily. For Reyes, ICE has appealed this “request,” favoring a forced removal that will make a future return to America more difficult.

Reyes filed a civil suit against Guevara and the Chicago police. Solache is also suing, alleging Guevara beat him to the point of hearing loss.

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As we have extensively reported, Trump’s unapologetic VA secretary, David Shulkin (below), set a new precedent for personal perks while disregarding ailing veterans.

Russia Probe Continues While Shulkin Doubles Down

Shulkin was fired at the end of March (the White House maintains he resigned). Trump nominated his personal physician, Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson (below) (his actual, adult name is “Ronny”) to fill the vacancy.

The solution was short-lived. According to The Hill, the Navy doctor, 50, didn’t even get a vote. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee ranking member Jon Tester (D-MT) yesterday dropped damning allegations including Jackson’s passing out Percocet, prescribing opioids to himself, showing up to work drunk and crashing a government vehicle while leaving a Secret Service retirement party. Also drunk.

It is unclear from the whistleblower report if that was the same Secret Service retirement party where agents Mark Connolly and George Ogilvie also left drunk and caused a security lockdown with their vehicle:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 15 and 17: Secret Service Slips with Security; Separately, Another White House Intruder, Donna Brazile Pouts and Rand Ruffles Feathers

Several Republican senators were previously concerned Jackson was unqualified for the position. Jackson, denying the car incident, withdrew from consideration April 26.

Mike Pompeo official CIA portrait.jpg

Trump did get his way with new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (above). Despite the porky Kansan’s probable complicity in torture cover-up as Trump’s CIA director,  Pompeo cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote (which is just a recommendation to the full Senate, but would have been a historic humiliation for the oval office) after committee member Senator Rand Paul caved and accepted Pompeo’s admission that America’s 17-year nation building exercise in Afghanistan should end.

Pompeo was confirmed 57-42.

Incidentally, Senator Tester opposed Pompeo. Several Democrats up for re-election in November, such as Bill Nelson (FL), voted “yes.”

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Alex van der Zwaan (below, hair) became the next casualty of the Mueller probe, receiving 30 days of hard time and $20,000 in fines after pleading guilty to making false statements.

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The dashing Dutchman reportedly worked with Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to put out positive propaganda for Viktor Yanukovych’s Ukrainian government in 2012.

Related:

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 23: Podesta Joins the Presidential Party

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The Department of Homeland Security will be “monitoring” about 300,000 journalists, news stations and “media influencers” worldwide. The resulting database will compile coverage of the DHS “or a particular event.” [????????]

A sneering spokesperson tweeted:

“Despite what some reporters may suggest, this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media. Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists.”

This is apparently so innocuous that the spokesperson, Tyler Q. Houlton, took out an op-ed in USA Today the following week defending the Maoist move.

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And Noor Salman was found not guilty of assisting her late husband Omar Mateen‘s ISIS-inspired assault on Pulse nightclub in 2016. She had served 14 months in prison after signing a confession handwritten by FBI agents after a marathon interrogation that was not recorded.

Another problem with the Feds’ case: the Orlando-based jury was presumably more sympathetic to the deaths of 49 predominantly gay and lesbian clubbers–just as the government intended. They presented Mateen as targeting the LGBT community and “casing” locations for his massacre with Salman. Data from security cameras and phone records show Mateen googled “downtown orlando nightclubs,” not “gay nightclubs” as the public was led to believe.

Salman’s signed confession that she had driven by Pulse with Mateen was proven false.

It didn’t help that the prosecution purposefully concealed the fact that Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, is a longtime FBI informant.

Election Updates 2016

 

Thanks to our sources:

Facebook to exclude North American users from some privacy enhancements

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taxes/irs-gives-taxpayers-one-day-extension-after-computer-glitch-idUSKBN1HO354

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/04/facebook-gave-most-contributions-house-committee-question-zuckerberg-also-got-most-contributions-fac/486313002/

Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxes

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/23/puerto-rico-power-outage-prepa-privatization/

Puerto Rico to sever relationship with contractor after island-wide power outage

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-puertorico-debt-letter/puerto-rico-governor-slams-congressman-over-dictatorial-letter-idUSKCN1H91Y1

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-wrongful-conviction-legal-resident-20180328-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true&utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/prosecutors-tossed-their-murder-convictions-so-ice-seized?utm_term=.kqQrWvL6g#.ixNwyA3x6

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/man-cleared-in-murder-case-goes-free-19-years-in-prison-month-in-ice-detention/

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/31/chic-m31.html

https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/man-freed-from-prison-and-turned-over-to-ice-sues-ex-cpd-detective-guevara/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/immigration/ct-met-solache-reyes-ice-0210-story.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/29/597866101/fired-va-secretary-says-white-house-muzzled-him

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/384642-trump-va-pick-withdraws-nomination?userid=115887

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/384945-republicans-want-trumps-va-nominee-to-withdraw?rnd=1524702171?userid=115887

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/26/605471807/dr-ronny-jackson-withdraws-as-va-nominee

 

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/381413-judge-hands-down-first-sentence-in-mueller-probe?userid=115887

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/department-of-homeland-security-journalists-influencers-database-a8293906.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/noor-salman-verdict-pulse-nightclub-shooting_us_5abcefb6e4b03e2a5c7a15da

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/05/as-the-trial-of-omar-mateens-wife-begins-new-evidence-undermines-beliefs-about-the-pulse-massacre-including-motive/

Band-aids Don’t Fix Bullet Holes or Budgets

What a week in Washington and beyond.

Mohamed Noor was ultimately charged in his alleged slaying of Justine Damond last July. Besides third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges (and a maximum 35 years in prison), the 32-year-old finally earned a termination from the Minneapolis Police Department. Which is interesting, because police chief Janee Harteau was forced out within a month of the incident:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

Neither Noor [alliteration or repetition coming up? you decide] nor his partner Matthew Harrity had their body cameras running when Noor allegedly shot Damond across Harrity from the patrol car’s passenger seat.

Harrity (with whom Noor is now court-ordered not to associate) testified to a grand jury last month.

Although the Minnesota police union reported 35 to 40 Minneapolis police officers were initially subpoenaed, apparently no one talked, prompting a grand jury. Noor’s own first conversation with the law was reportedly Tuesday night when he surrendered. The prosecution noticed:

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blamed stonewalling by the Minneapolis police for the eight-month delay in charging Noor.

“This would have been done a good deal quicker if we had gotten cooperation,” he said at a news conference Tuesday after Noor was charged.

Noor made $400,000 bail Wednesday after a night in jail.

[His attorney Thomas Plunkett is either the Mafia don on the left or the unkempt man on the right.]

Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage director Justin Terrell opined that the Somali-American Noor’s treatment for shooting a white Australian woman is disproportionately punitive and rooted in racism.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman described how Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor reached across his partner's body and shot Justine Ruszczy

Freeman (above, accusatory pointing) was reportedly reluctant to resort to a grand jury because the public detests secret proceedings and, well, police in Minnesota lately racked up multiple high-profile casualties:

Christmas Special: Mohamed Noor and Justine Damond Updates

Speaking of which, somewhat lost in the highly-publicized “March for our Lives” this weekend was the Sacramento police slaughter of 22-year-old Stephon Alonzo Clark, who was reportedly breaking windows. The law cornered the father of two in his grandparents’ backyard and delivered 20 rounds of ammunition when they mistook Clark’s cellphone for a gun.

Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento Police on Sunday night.

Police released video from their heat-seeking tactical chopper:

We can see Clark enter the yard (the cursor on the screen immerses the pilot in a video game hunting experience)…

…then get dropped by the officers:

There was some disagreement as to whether the officers announced their identities. Because that’s the biggest problem here.

Sacramento police guidelines posted on the department’s website do not specify that officers must identify themselves when encountering suspects. Sacramento police spokeswoman Linda Matthew said she did not believe such a policy existed.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said that policies for departments vary across the country, but it would be impractical under such circumstances to expect officers to identify themselves.

“If you’re in a chase and everybody’s running, there isn’t a lot of talking back and forth going on,” he said.

According to Capital Public Radio, who have the body cam footage:

The video also confirms that law enforcement and first responders waited more than 5 minutes to approach Clark after the shooting. When they did, they put him in handcuffs before performing medical treatment.

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After several months on the back burner, Trump’s decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military has been resurrected, this time with the approval of Defense secretary James “Jim” Mattis.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reluctantly provided his first public admission of wrongdoing since he attempted to drum up “empathy” for Hurricane Maria victims with a virtual reality tour of Puerto Rico’s utter destruction last October:

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The overpriced Q-tip (below) is prepared to testify to Congress on the evil workings of Cambridge Analytica.

The short version: a Facebook app offered users to sign away rights to their personal information (and that of online “friends”) to take a personality quiz. That data was used by Cambridge’s right-wing customers to assist in Trump’s election.

[reason notes the same privacy-usurping approach via third-party Facebook app–“Graph API“–successfully sealed Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Because Obama was a Democrat, the ploy was revolutionary, not fascist.]

However, the social media platform apparently pledged to pull the plug on Graph API and disallow further mass collection from millions of unwitting Americans in April 2015. Oops.

Facebook lost $50 billion over the past week.

Zucks admitted to selling out the ignorant masses–and finally offered an apology–via a medium long extinct to all but nostalgic elites and non-internet households: print journalism.

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TSA‘s competence was on full display Friday night when Costa Rican customs found 58 grams of marijuana, edibles, pipes and cannabis oil the crack security squad at Fort Lauderdale International Airport apparently missed in New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon‘s luggage.

[Most of the weed was in a can of Arizona Iced Tea–peach flavor! Given the TSA’s notorious beverage ban at security, Harmon must have checked the suitcase.]

Harmon was shipped back to the states. According to the C’Rican Fiscal Control Police, who were on alert for “spring break” travelers,  “[w]e want to prevent undesirable people from entering the country.”

USP NFL: SUPER BOWL LII-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS NEW S FBN USA MN

TSA will reclaim its investigative dominance with a new regulation: forcing passengers to remove electronic tablets from carry-on luggage in addition to laptops. A spokeswoman boasted the new harassment, which was [PUN ALERT] pilot tested in 10 airports last year (and apparently met with little resistance!) is part of “the first broad-scale changes to TSA screening procedures in the security checkpoint in more than 11 years.”

Clearly she forgot the revolutionary “which line do I get to stand in” randomizer app:

Swipe Left for Overfunded Incompetence–UPDATED

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And Congress plowed ahead with its latest spending blitz to meet an appropriations deadline. The damage: $1.3 trillion, which keeps the Feds afloat for six more months.

In the Senate, more Democrats than Republicans voted for Mitch McConnell‘s latest pork-stuffed financial condemnation of the country’s younger generations. Notably, McConnell’s fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul (a “no”) allowed the 65-32 vote without a procedural holdup similar to his protest just a few weeks prior (the last time a temporary, last-second spending patch was scraped together by the cancerous Federal installation that ran out of other people’s money over $21,000,000,000,000 ago).

FEMA Withdraws Aid Withdrawal Amid Backlash, Raises Stakes with Seedy Power Provider and Drops the Ball on Puerto Rican Food Delivery; Congress Shits on Taxpayers Again; Your Location and Face Broadcast to More Federal Agencies

Jim Risch (R-ID) (“no”) almost dinged McConnell’s dwindling pride by striking a provision renaming a wildlife refuge after a former political rival of Risch. Priorities.

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

(The rival is reportedly the recently deceased former Democratic Beehive State governor Cecil Andrus.)

But the House had already passed the bill 256-157 (more “no” votes came from the majority party, just like the Senate), and an unnamed member objected to the modification.

(Of note, Congress had a two-week vacation starting Friday evening.)

On Thursday night Paul live-tweeted his attempt to read the 2,200-page bill, which was provided to both houses of Congress about 48 hours before the funding deadline. He reportedly got through 600 pages.

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McConnell heralded the measure as “the end of disproportionate and harmful cuts to Department of Defense funding […] the largest year-on-year increase in defense spending in fifteen years.”

Other reactions included no-voters John Kennedy (R-LA) (“a great dane-sized whiz down the leg of every taxpayer”) and Bob Corker (R-TN) (“one of the most grotesque pieces of legislation I can remember”).

Buried in the bill was a $48.8 million increase in the Senate budget. The House upped their budget by $10.9 million.

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-minneapolis-police-officer-charged-justine-damond-killing-makes-bail-n858876

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/16/police-partner-of-justine-damonds-killer-testifies-at-grand-jury

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-officer-mohamed-noor-turns-himself-in-on-charges-in-justine-damond-killing/477405923/#1

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-police-policy/california-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-forcing-look-at-policies-idUSKBN1H003T

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-police-policy/california-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-forcing-look-at-policies-idUSKBN1H003T

https://www.recode.net/2018/3/21/17149964/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-congress-data-privacy-cambridge-analytica

Zuck apologizes for Cambridge Analytica scandal with full-page print ad

https://www.necn.com/news/sports/New-England-Patriots-Duron-Harmon-Marijuana-Costa-Rica-477819263.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/03/24/duron-harmon-marijuana-costa-rica-arrest-detained/455944002/

https://news.co.cr/new-england-patriots-player-duron-harmon-attempts-to-enter-costa-rica-with-marijuana/71750/

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/s63

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/379883-senate-approves-13-trillion-spending-bill-sending-to-trump?userid=115887&utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14308

House OKs Spending Bill to Fund Government, but 90 Republicans Vote No

http://freebeacon.com/politics/congress-gives-bonus-omnibus/

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 5, 25 and June 5: Harvard Holds Hands of Highest-Achieving Millenials, Separates Student Graduations and Penalizes Online Platitudes

Harvard University announced its draconian late fees ($0.50/day!!) for library books would be eliminated beginning April 1, 2017.

Fox News caught the story in May from The Harvard Crimson.

We have witnessed first-hand the stress that overdue fines can cause for students,” Harvard administrator Steven Beardsley explained, even going so far as to declare that “Eliminating standard overdue fines…should help students focus on their scholarship, rather than worrying about renewing library books every 28 days in order to avoid fines.”

[our emphasis]

Harvard exceptionalism, ladies and gentlemen.

Related:

Harvard “Final Clubs” Finally Ruined

Additionally, Harvard performed some specialized graduation ceremonies this year. The inclusiveness of their progressive programs reportedly offers young adults the opportunity to graduate grouped by race.

Kendall Jenner Pepsi advert causes outrage and amusement on Twitter

International Business Times chose to decorate this story with a picture of Kylie Jenner handing a police officer a can of Pepsi.

For example, the Black Commencement event boasted hundreds of students and their guests:

The organisers [sic] say that the event is a celebration of “fellowship” rather than “segregation” and highlights the unique achievements of black students at an institution that has grappled with its historic ties to slavery.

Michael Huggins, a student who will receive a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts at the end of this month, told The Root that the ceremony is “an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance.”

He stressed that the event is not about segregation but about “building a community.”

“This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners,” he said.

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All graduates will receive a shawl made of kente cloth, a representation of their African heritage, which they will wear over their graduation robes.

[our emphasis]

 

The third annual ceremony specifically for students of Latin American descent is slated for the same day.

It is unclear if these measures aimed to address recent accusations of Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans in its admissions process.

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Harvard’s commencement speaker this year was everyone’s favorite billionaire hypocrite, Mark Zuckerberg, creator of the leading social media platform Facebook. It was not apparent from the IBTarticle whether Zucks was scheduled to address the black-students-only graduation, the Latino-students-only graduation, or the other people ceremony.

In any case, he recently filmed himself conferring with fellow disdainful billionaire progressive and Harvard dropout Bill Gates to build hype for the commencement appearance:

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg jokes with Microsoft co-founder and fellow famous Harvard dropout Bill Gates discussing his upcoming speech at the Ivy-League institution and asking him for “advice”.

 

“They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?” Zuckerberg tells Gates in the video.

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Social media was not the best outlet for several incoming Harvard freshman, who will no longer have the privilege of joining Malia Obama as she wraps her ambitious “gap year.”

[Obama, 19, recently “lost her iPhone” at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, which directly led to her seemingly incoherent body literally being carted from the dance area.]

Motherboard reported that at least ten Cambridge-bound high school graduates had their acceptance letters yanked for spreading “R-rated memes” on the Harvard College Class of ’21 Facebook group page.

The Crimson reports that the memes in the splinter group made fun of “sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children.” One joked about lynching a Mexican child, calling it “pinata time.”

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From The Tab.

Searching for the actual memes, we stumbled upon The Tab, which reports these images got the students booted:

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We have not searched for the actual Facebook group, presuming it was deactivated and unwilling to have that on our file in Zuckerberg’s database.

This article’s title has been changed. The graduations were “separated,” not “segregated.”

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/05/library-fines-too-stressful-for-harvard-students-whats-next-for-our-kids.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/harvard-hold-graduation-ceremony-black-124111044.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/famous-dropout-mark-zuckerberg-will-finally-get-harvard-degree-this-years-commencement-speaker-1610339?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=rss-related&utm_content=/rss/yahoous/news

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/newbkw/students-lose-acceptance-to-harvard-over-racist-memes

These are the memes that caused Harvard to rescind offers to 10 incoming freshmen

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.

[…]

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.”

[…]

 

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.

[…]

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.”

[our emphasis]

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.

*

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.”

*

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.”

[…]

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.

[…]

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

Facebook Future Strategically Distributed

PHOTO:In this file photo, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center, Nov.9, 2014,in Mountain View, Calif.

Zuckerberg and Wife Make First Investment with Facebook Fortune, Hope It’s Less of a Disaster than the $100 Million They Blew Trying to Change Newark, NJ Schools

Mark Zuckerberg (above, q-tip) and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan (above, cleavage) have chosen the lucky recipient of their first guided disbursement of Facebook futures via tax-deductible means.

As we have previously reported, Zucks and Chan will smugly disburse their fortune in increments to start-ups and other non-profits that please them over many years. This will allow Zucks to essentially still own the company, though he may end up with as little as $1 billion, plus dividends.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative led a $24 million funding round this week into Andela, a start-up dedicated to finding and training technology talent in Africa.

Zuckerberg believes training Andelans to use technology is the first reasonable investment he should make as a pseudo-corporate decision, sacrificing some profit for tax advantages by moving funds from his non-profit to another non-profit. It’s like the Clinton Foundation!

Zucks’ recent Facebook post read:

“After a six-month software development program, Andela Fellows work remotely for Fortune 500 companies and startups around the world. Companies get access to great developers, and developers in Africa get the opportunity to use their skills and support their communities.”

The Zuckerbergs are planning to give away what amounts to about $45 billion at today’s value, but not all at once. The couple plans to gradually donate the shares to the newly formed Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Zuckerberg, 32, will also keep his majority voting stake at Facebook, even as he transfers more shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Zuckerberg will sell or gift no more than $1 billion of Facebook stock each year for the next three years and will retain his majority voting position in the company “for the foreseeable future,” the SEC filing said.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will undertake “lofty goals, including curing disease, reducing poverty and harvesting clean energy,” according to ABC.

The CZI was announced in a self-congratulatory post on the Facebooks last December, as we reported in March. The post was heralded by fellow philanthropist Melinda Gates, and coincided with Chan and Zucks’ birth to their daughter, Max, which is a man’s name.

Thanks to our source:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/zuckerbergs-make-investment-quest-give-99-percent-facebook/story?id=39930157

Flashback Friday: December 2015

On the Road

Tow Truck Won’t Take Bernie Backer

According to FOX Carolina, a tow truck operator refused service to a woman on I-26 around Asheville, NC after he spotted her Bernie bumper sticker.

Shupee said he refused to tow a car with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. (May 4, 2016/FOX Carolina)

Kenneth Shupe of Shupee Max Towing (above) told the woman “very politely” that since she was “obviously a socialist” she should “call the government” for roadside assistance.

The woman's Bernie Sanders sticker led a tow truck driver to deny her business. (Source: iWitness)

(the offending stickerage)

Shupe explained his logic to FOX Carolina:

Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist minded person I have not gotten paid,” Shupe said. “Every time I deal with these people I get ‘Berned’ with an ‘e’ not a ‘u’.”

Shupe further explained he is a conservative Christian who supports Donald Trump for president this November.

The preponderance of socialists in America is a bit troubling. The woman’s mother, Kelle McWade, was not pleased. Per her public Facebook post (since removed):

Heads up, friends…. Cass had a wreck in Asheville yesterday. She is fine, but the car was not driveable. We called our mechanic who was tied up in Easley at the time, so he sent ShupeeMax Towing to get her. Kenneth Shupee drove from Travelers Rest to Asheville, hooked up her car, and when he went around to the back, he came back and told her that he wouldn’t tow her because she had a Bernie sticker on the back of the car. HE LEFT HER ON THE SIDE OF THE INTERSTATE IN NC, and DROVE AWAY. Spread this bigot’s story far & wide. Btw, I’m guessing he’s a Trump supporter. The only difference is that the Don would have taken the money, because he at least realizes that liberals’ money spends just the same as anyone else’s. Dumb (expletive) cost himself money driving all the way to Asheville & back for nothing. (Expletive).

Ms. McWade stopped short of emphasizing the Federal Government created the internet and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg would never have become the world’s youngest billionaire without capitalism.
“Trump’s motto is ‘Make America Great Again’,” McWade said. “And this kind of divisive behavior is not going to make America great again.”

Charter Schools

Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, has some good things to say about charter schools in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

This is not Nina Rees. This is Randi Wiengarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1,000,000 members nationwide, according to their website. Wiengarten decried $35,000,000 of donations raised for Success Academy charter schools last month as “part of a coordinated national effort to decimate public schooling,”
in her Huffington Post editorial, for which I have not included a link because I disagree with it.

Education unions and public employees’ monopoly grip on educating children appears to be eroding. With education budgets exploding to add administrators and largely maintain mediocre test scores, two-thirds of public school students’ parents support charter schools, WSJ reports from a Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll. (This sounds suspiciously like a survey conducted after a night of keg stands, but numbers don’t lie.) Support among parents who earn less than $50,000 annually is 88%.

Rees debunks union propaganda that charter schools are anathema to poor and minority students. Success Academy charter schools in New York City overwhelmingly serve children from minority groups, and the vast majority are on free or reduced-price lunch. Although Bloomberg’s nanny state ban on the big sodas got overturned, areas such as NYC seem to be helping traditionally disadvantaged families:

In 2015, 68% of [charter school] students scored proficient in reading and 93% ranked proficient in math. For contrast, only 35% of New York City students overall scored proficient in math. Their reading abilities were even worse. (WSJ)

About 3,000,000 children attend charter schools nationwide, and charter schools receive $0.72 in federal funding for every dollar that flows to public schools.

Rees also reminded readers of Mark Zuckerberg’s disastrous $200,000,000 stimulus to public schools in Newark, NJ.

Read more at our source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-union-war-on-charter-school-philanthropists-1462139039

Flashback Friday: December 2015

12/1/15

Facebook Founder, Wife to Keep 1% of Facebook Fortune

zuck

In a move that shocked the tech world, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged today they would retain roughly $450,000,000 worth of their Facebook shares, while gradually selling off the rest.

When questioned, Zuckerberg admitted, “My daughter is the main reason I’m setting up an LLC and selling off the vast majority of my [Facebook] shares gradually, so I can get all the tax advantages while systematically pocketing the dividends. Teenage daughters ain’t cheap. Look at her…someday I’ll have to buy her at least one car. Probably two. And I don’t want her turning out like Willow Smith.

“It just makes sense,” Mr. Zuckerberg, 31, continued in the wake of his “open letter to [his] offspring,” addressed to a small female named “Max,” according to Fortune. “This way I still control the money, so I keep my political clout. I can garner favor with other, real charities gradually instead of ‘blowing it all’ right now on SPCA or the Wounded Warrior Project. And, of course, the tax advantages of moving our fortune from the for-profit sector to the non-profit sector are astronomical. Until the little people figure out their Federal Government, the world’s largest ‘non-profit,’ is just a front for people like me to pay fewer taxes and pull the strings on people with less money to throw around, we should be solid with under half a bil[lion] ostensibly in our bank accounts.”

Mr. Zuckerberg’s letter of intent to shame the less-wealthy on future topics like healthy eating, environmentalism, and respect for gender and sexual orientation, posted on Facebook.com, was immediately noticed by fellow billionaire-turned-“philantropist,” Common Core advocate Melinda Gates. She gave it a warm “comment” and “like,” which included “tagging” her husband, Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The seeds of super-privileged camaraderie were thus planted, as Mrs. Gates wisely observed: “seeds planted now will grow.”

At press time, Mrs. Chan was on a conference call with Hillary Clinton and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, discussing the most lucrative strategies for racking up speaking fees.

Many thanks to Salon for our facts and picture: http://fortune.com/2015/12/02/zuckerberg-charity/