Robert Dacunto says the "American government is the biggest gangster in the world." Turns out he should know. Dacunto, 48, is part of a core group of Staten Island Tea Party volunteers known as the "road crew." They organize rallies, confront politicians, fire off letters to editors. In an interview, Dacunto trashed Social Security as a "massive Ponzi scheme" and said the Founding Fathers would be horrified to see the country they created. "They'd be looking to cut taxes and entitlements and start a second American Revolution," he said. What he didn't mention was his June 2000 arrest in a $3.1 million Mafia stock scam. Federal prosecutors said Dacunto, as a licensed broker, took bribes to tout stock in worthless companies. Gangsters in on the caper sold their insider shares when the value peaked, leaving the victims - many of them senior citizens - penniless. Prosecutors said he reported to a Genovese crime family associate and pocketed $112,000 in ill-gotten gains. He … [Read more...] about Meet New York’s Tea Party: Surprise! Convicted con bashes the feds
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Amanda McElfresh Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 3:34 p.m. UTC Sep 6, 2018 The Lafayette Parish School System has created a public Facebook group to give parents updates on bus transportation. The group is called LPSS Daily Transportation Report and can be found by searching for that name on Facebook. "This page will allow the transportation department to timely post any and all changes to bus routes, including bus numbers that are being substituted, buses that may not run because of mechanical failure or an inability to find a driver," Superintendent Donald Aguillard said at Wednesday's school board meeting. "We want every parent using Facebook to be able to receive immediate notifications about bus drivers who may be absent, bus drivers who are backing up routes or other delays that may be occurring," Aguillard added. MORE BUS NEWS: Here's the number to call with transportation questions | See the school bus adjustments made this year In a press release, LPSS … [Read more...] about Lafayette Parish launches new Facebook group for school bus updates
Raise your hand if you've been there: You blush and get a rush of excitement every time a certain someone hits the "Like" button on your new Facebook profile photo or status update. Then comes the obsessive speculation: Does this Facebook friend just happen to agree with my "Game of Thrones" theory, or do they actually like-like me, the real person who dreamed it up? Well, whether you want or need it, Facebook is rolling out a tool that might help you get an answer to that question. At the F8 developer's conference Tuesday, Facebook announced that the social network's dating platform - which as of now is available in only a handful of countries, and not in the United States - is adding a new feature called Secret Crush. You can select up to nine Facebook friends you're interested in. Those people will then get a message saying someone has a crush on them. If any of those people also happen to add you to their Secret Crush list, you'll get a message saying it's a match. What is this, … [Read more...] about Would You Confess Your Secret Crush to Facebook?
An Ottawa mom who started a social media group to connect with other new parents after having her first child now has a growing group of new friends.Brianna Chapman says she decided to found the Facebook group Dope Moms of Ottawa to combat the isolation she felt even before her baby was born.“When I found out I was pregnant, it kind of really started to hit home for me that I was gonna be alone on maternity leave,” Chapman said. Becoming a new parent can bring about feelings of loneliness, she explains, as your daily routines suddenly revolve around feedings, naps and diaper changes rather than business meetings or social gatherings.Whether you’re the first of your friends to have a child or a veteran parent, Chapman says some moms find it tough to make time for friends when there is a little one to care for. READ MORE: How maternity leave can hurt a woman’s career — ‘So much can change’ With their partners away for the majority of … [Read more...] about Ottawa woman creates Facebook group to connect new moms online and in person
"You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies," Zuckerberg said in a meeting with Facebook employees this summer, according to the audio obtained by The Verge. "If she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah." He added: "But look, at the end of the day, if someone's going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight." According to The Verge, the audio comes from two open meetings Zuckerberg held with Facebook employees in July, the same month it agreed to pay an unprecedented $5 billion penalty in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over its handling of users' personal data. The audio included question and answer sessions with Zuckerberg. A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment for this story. "What would really 'suck' is if we don't fix a corrupt … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg said an Elizabeth Warren presidency would ‘suck’ for Facebook, leaked audio reveals