Facebook cofounder calls for company to break up over ‘unprecedented’ power

Chris Hughes wrote in the New York Times Facebooks acquisition of rival platforms has given Zuckerberg un-American control A cofounder of Mark Zuckerbergs power is unprecedented and un-American. Chris Hughes, who helped established Facebook after meeting Zuckerberg at wrote in the New York Times that Facebooks acquisition of rival platforms had given Zuckerberg unparalleled power over speech and that, from the early days of Facebook, Zuckerberg had touted domination as an ultimate goal. Marks influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp that billions of people use every day, Hughes wrote. We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

Hamilton: The Exhibition breaks new ground for Broadway blockbuster

A 35,000ft event space on the Chicago lakeside allows fans to explore Lin-Mirandas show and the true story of one of Americas Founding Fathers If the soundtrack, the book and the app werent enough, fans of the smash hit Broadway musical Hamiltoncan now tour the exhibition, which opens in a 35,000ft touring events space on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago this weekend. The musical which became a phenomenon after it opened in New York in 2015, spawning two other shows in Chicago and London as well as a touring version that recently visited Puerto Rico has become one of the top-grossing musicals of all time. It has been nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tonys, winning 11, and a …

Oliver North forced out as NRA president amid bitter power struggle

North, in conflict with chief executive Wayne LaPierre, says he was informed he would not be renominated when term ends Oliver North appeared to be heading out of the National Rifle Association amid a dramatic and fast-developing power struggle at the top of the influential gun rights organization. North announced during the annual NRA meeting in Indianapolis he had been told he could not seek re-election as president, ending a brief one-year tenure. The unexpected moved comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that North and long-serving NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre were Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) There is an empty spot on stage at the members meeting where Oliver North, President of the NRA, should be. April 27, …

Trump’s new Cuba crackdown puts US at odds with Canada and Europe

US will allow lawsuits against companies using property nationalised by the revolution, cap remittances and restrict non-family travel Donald Trump has taken another step towards reversing Barack Obamas Sign up for the US morning briefing It was condemned by Cuba as an attack on international law and by Canada and the European Union as regrettable, since their companies have significant investments in hotels, distilleries, tobacco factories and other properties on the island. Title III of the secretary told reporters. The issue has come to a head now as retorted on Twitter: I strongly reject the announcement of State Secretary Pompeo. This is an attack on international law and the sovereignty of Cuba and third states. Aggressive escalation of USA against …

US man who claimed he was missing boy booked into jail

Brian Rini, of Medina, Ohio, claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in Illinois aged six in 2011 and has not been found A man whom authorities say claimed to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago has twice made similar claims in which he falsely portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court on Friday. The FBI Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Hedge fund of investor who inspired The Big Short takes position on Barclays

Neuberger Berman bet worth 348,000 adds to positions against Lloyds and RBS The American hedge fund of the investor depicted in the Oscar-winning Hollywood film collapse of thea book by Michael Lewis, won an Academy award for best adapted screenplay. Eisman moved to New York-headquartered Neuberger Berman, which spun out of Lehman Brothers, in 2014 after reportedly helping FrontPoint, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, to double its assets to $1.5bn during the crash. Neuberger Bermans bet against Barclays adds to positions against Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, worth $446,000 and $529,000 respectively, which the hedge fund previously disclosed. Short-selling involves borrowing shares in a company and selling them with the expectation of buying them back at a …

Barclays funds climate breakdown. We are determined to make it stop | Seema Syeda

The bank is a huge backer of the fossil fuel industry and attendant climate catastrophe. Direct action is vital, says Momentum activist Seema Syeda From Saddleworth Moor, while where I live in Brixton, 100 companies have been responsible for over 70% of the worlds carbon emissions since 1988. The fossil fuel industry has wrecked the planet, while enacting violence and devastation across the global south. They brought about this crisis, and they should be the ones to pay for it. But fossil fuel companies arent the only ones to blame here. These companies are only able to finance their mines and oilfields with the help of banks. And believe it or not, these banks are increasing their financing for fossil …

The Rolling Stones postpone tour due to Mick Jagger’s health

Singer devastated but expects to make full recovery and tells fans to keep tickets Sir Mick Jagger has said he is devastated to let down fans after the Rolling Stones announced they were postponing a tour of the US and Canada while the frontman seeks medical treatment. The singer, 75, has been told by doctors that he cannot go on tour at the moment but has been advised that he is expected to make a full recovery. No further details of his condition were given. A statement from the group said: Unfortunately today the Rolling Stones have had to announce the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour dates we apologise for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to …

Trump’s border emergency declaration stands after House vote falls short

Lawmakers fail to reach two-thirds majority to override veto as Pentagon reallocates $1bn to help fund Trumps border wall Donald Trumps emergency declaration over the US border with Mexico remained in force after the House failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the presidents veto. The House voted 248-181 on Tuesday to override Trumps veto, the first of his presidency. Democrats succeeded in attracting 14 Republicans to join them in the effort, but still fell 38 votes short of their target. The result was seized upon as yet another victory by Trump, who is already on a high after the special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In a tweet, …

The hunt for black gold: is California the world’s next truffle hotspot?

For decades, enthusiasts have hoped truffles can follow wines path to success in the state. Charlotte Simmonds joins a search for the delicacy Staci OToole is lying face down in the dirt. I can smell it! she cries, nose to the roots of a hazelnut tree. A funky, fungal odor emanates from a shallow hole in the ground of this Sonoma Valley orchard. It hints at a hidden treasure many years in the making: a French Prigord truffle, grown right here in California. Commonly known as black truffles or even is s this year, while New Zealand, South Africa and Chile all have burgeoning industries. For decades many have pinned their hopes on the Mediterranean climate, robust wine industry and …

Trump looks good for 2020, experts say, because ‘economy is so damn strong’

Wall Street economists claim low unemployment rate and rising GDP point to Trump victory, despite his poor personal polls Forget Robert Mueller and Stormy Daniels. Ignore Russia. If the election were held today, Donald Trump would win and if Americas economy remains robust he may well win again in 2020, according to Wall Street. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Trump to lift ‘not necessary’ North Korea sanctions, White House confirms

US had blacklisted Chinese shipping companies on Thursday but previously existing sanctions remain in place Donald Trump has announced that he is ordering the withdrawal of recently announced North Korea-related sanctions imposed by the US treasury department. It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large-scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea, North Korea announced on Friday but on Thursday the United States the second US-North Korea summit broke down last month. On Thursday, White House national security adviser John Bolton praised the US treasury for taking important action to stop North Koreas illicit shipping activities. Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in …

Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over admissions fraud at top US schools

Scheme helped wealthy Americans buy their childrens way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford US federal prosecutors have charged Hollywood actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, along with almost 50 other people, over a $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their childrens way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Huffman was due to appear in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. Her husband, actor William H Macy, showed up at court ahead of his wifes appearance to face a charge of bribery. Two hundred FBI agents were involved in the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, which exposed charging documents,Singers operation arranged for examiners to take college admissions exams in …

Bernie Sanders Chicago 2020 speech focuses on fight against racism

The Vermont senator concluded a two-part launch in the Windy City, harking back to his student days in the civil rights era In the city that inspired his political activism, Bernie Sanders concluded a two-part presidential campaign launch with a personal anecdote: As a college student in Chicago, he was arrested during a civil rights protest against segregation of public schools. Before a crowd of 12,500 at the Navy Pier on Sunday night, Sanders recalled that in the 1960s, school officials in Chicago set up portable trailers for black students to keep them from attending white schools. One day, many of us went to the spot where they planned to put the trailers, Sanders said. We were corralled by a …

Donald Trump has a new fixer: House Republicans | Wajahat Ali

How long will the Republican party continue to do Donald Trumps bidding? With Michael Cohen testifying in front of the House oversight and reform committee, congressional Republicans were gifted with another opportunity to sink lower in their moral abyss due to their self-immolating fealty to Donald Trump. Cohen, who has dropped a blistering 20-page opening statement painting an overwhelming and damning portrait of a Trump as a morally corrupt, vain and insecure criminal with a history of using fraud and intimidation to slither out of trouble. Cohen alleges Trump lied about his efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow and insinuated Cohen should do the same. Cohen also named Trump as Individual 1 who directed him to engage in …