“Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced calls on Monday from U.S. and European lawmakers to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s election campaign gained improper access to data on 50 million Facebook users.” Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the consultancy at issue, are in the crosshairs. But these “shocked” politicians are just scapegoating them for data practices that define all social media. And some of us have been decrying these practices for years. People can’t focus I commented on the faux outrage back then in “Facebook Friends?! Try Facebook Guinea Pigs,” July 8, 2014. I explained the profit motive behind Facebook turning a blind eye to Cambridge’s “improper access.” It also explains why Zuckerberg is banking on another viral scandal diffusing this one without causing his social network too much financial and reputational damage. Here’s what I wrote then: … [Read more...] about Trump’s people used Facebook as it was designed
Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. The suit, filed Monday in Seattle, asks a judge to block the federal government's late-June settlement with Defense Distributed, which allowed the company to make the plans available online. Officials say that 1,000 people have already downloaded blueprints for AR-15 rifles. "I have a question for the Trump Administration: Why are you allowing dangerous criminals easy access to weapons?" Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday. "These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history." Joining the suit were Democratic attorneys general in … [Read more...] about States suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns
NEW YORK (AP) — The next writer to take a close look at the Trump presidency: Bob Woodward. The celebrated journalist of Watergate fame has written "Fear: Trump in the White House," Simon & Schuster announced Monday. The book is coming out Sept. 11. According to the publisher, Woodward is drawing on "hundreds of hours" of interviews, along with notes, files and diaries to evoke the "harrowing life" within the White House. Over the past 40 years, Woodward has written best-selling accounts of several administrations. He and fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein teamed up on two classics about President Richard Nixon, "All the President's Men" and "The Final Days." "Fear" also renews a Woodward tradition that had been on hold for several years: a book about the sitting president, released during an election year. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Bob Woodward writing inside account of Trump White House
LeBron, Durant and Curry (Internet Photo) LeBron, Curry, Durant among NBA Finals stars reacting to Trump revoking Eagles’ White House visit Several players along with Kerr had plenty to say Tuesday regarding Trump’s decision to disinvite the NFL champs By Jack Malone Early on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump rescinded the Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl championship. Later in the day, during media availability ahead of Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and other stars were asked about their reaction to the President’s decision. Most, unsurprisingly, continued their criticism of Trump. LeBron and Curry each noted that regardless of which team wins, the NBA champion this season will not be visiting the White … [Read more...] about LeBron, Curry, Durant among NBA Finals stars reacting to Trump revoking Eagles’ White House visit
Roger Caldwell Which Lie should Americans believe when Trump speaks? By Roger Caldwell The most disturbing reality in America is that almost 45% of the residents are proud of the Trump administration, and they think he is doing a good job. Many think that this thinking is only pervasive in the White community, but if you live in the suburbs it is probably your next door neighbor, who also supports Trump and he/she could be any culture or race. Almost 1 out of 2 Americans is elated that Trump is a bully, and it does not matter what lie he tells today, yesterday or tomorrow. If 45% of Americans believe Trump is executing his conservative principals everywhere he goes, then he is a great president with a strong backbone. When tyrants and international criminals control a country or a neighborhood, the residents are weak and powerless. The world and many Americans cannot believe that Trump won the presidency, but when you don’t vote, anyone can … [Read more...] about Which Lie should Americans believe when Trump speaks?