The Problem Isnt Just Trump. Its Our Ignorant Electorate.

For many of us, mornings have taken on a certain nauseating sameness. We roll out from beneath the blankets and, before the scent of coffee has reached our nostrils, we are checking the news feeds for the latest semi-literate tweet coughed up by the ranting, traitorous squatter occupying the Oval Office. The rest of the day is spent in a kind of horrified suspension, holding our breath, waiting for whatever…

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Trump’s solution to school shootings: arm teachers with guns

It is the gun, its the person behind the gun and its about helping people before they ever reach that point, said a mother whose son died at Sandy Hook elementary Donald Trump has said he will consider a proposal to arm school teachers in an attempt to prevent mass shootings, a move certain to prove fiercely divisive. The US president, holding a listening session at the White House with…

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Zuckerberg on #deletefacebook: ‘You know, it’s not good’

Following what felt like years of silence on a plethora of issues, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on an interview rampage (but not us — was it my editorial?). Although he mainly plugs away at the points he made in today’s blog post, there are a few items worth noting. Regarding the company’s acceptance at face value that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the data they weren’t supposed…

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Zuckerberg’s response to Cambridge scandal omits why it delayed investigating

“I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted after days of the public and government officials waiting for him to speak up about the Cambridge Analytica scandal since it broke Friday. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” For more on what Zuckerberg…

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This Travel Blogger’s Fake Photos Reveal What Most Instagram Celebrities Don’t Want You To Know

In this age of social media and constant sharing, everybody knows that not everything is as it seems. Carolyn Stritch, a 32-year-old travel blogger from the UK, stunned her 190k followers by revealing that she tricked them to prove a point. “I wanted my fictional narrative to challenge the way I portray myself online and the effects of this portrayal,” Carolyn wrote in her blog post. “I came up with…

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The Most Successful People Are The Ones You’ve Never Heard Of (And Why They Want It That Way)

God & Man The vast majority of successful people who ever lived are people you’ve never heard of. If we are to drill down further and consider happy successful people, it’s almost certain that we haven’t heard of them. The reason for that is something called the survivorship bias. Only a very small number of stories and identities make their way into the history books or into legend, and by…

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Cambridge Analytica CEO Andrew Nix has been suspended

Andrew Nix, the CEO of the London-based voter profiling company Cambridge Analytica — which harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission to analyze their voter behavior — has been suspended from his job. In an announcement posted to the company’s site, the board said the suspension was effective immediately. Nix’s suspension ties directly to footage that was filmed over the last year by Britain’s Channel…

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Salesforce is buying MuleSoft at enterprise value of $6.5 billion

Salesforce announced today that it intends to buy MuleSoft in a deal valued at a whopping $6.5 billion. That’s not necessarily the selling price, but the amount the company has been valued at based on stocks, bonds and cash on hand. The exact price was not available yet, but the company did indicate it was paying $44.89 per share for MuleSoft, a price that represents a 36 percent premium over yesterday’s…

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I guess Donald Trump is REALLY into SpaceX now

President Donald Trump isn’t exactly known for his science literacy.  He has publicly questioned the need for exercise, called climate change a hoax, and has yet to appoint a science advisor. His pick for NASA administrator — the divisive Republican congressman Jim Bridenstine — is bogged down in the Senate due to bipartisan opposition to his nomination.  But hey, at least Trump seems to have something resembling a passing interest…

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Amazon updates Alexa so you don’t have to say ‘Alexa’ repeatedly

Amazon’s Alexa smart home assistant just got a little bit smarter and a little bit easier to talk to. Alexa-enabled devices have been updated to allow users follow up with a second question for Alexa without needing to say “Alexa” again, CNET reported Friday, allowing for a more natural conversation. SEE ALSO: Amazon Alexa’s creepy, spontaneous laugh is weirding people out The new feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and it…

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Here are 64 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day

Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at Y Combinator’s 26th Demo Day. This batch features 141 total companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two days. The house was packed at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum with wealthy investors forced to stand in the back or sit on the floor. Meanwhile, marijuana soda, wind turbine-cleaning drones, and indestructible panty hose startups demoed their products in the…

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Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos may leave Facebook over disinformation drama

Facebook’s latest public controversy may have claimed its first major casualty. According to reporting from The New York Times, the social media giant is poised to part ways with its high-profile chief security officer, Alex Stamos. That story suggests that Stamos created friction within Facebook by pushing for an aggressive approach to exploring and disclosing to the public the platform’s role in disseminating Russian state-sponsored disinformation to users. Stamos apparently…

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Kathy Griffin plans her comeback, will return to the stage in NYC shows

Don’t call it a comeback – well, maybe do.  Following the backlash over her beheaded Trump photo in 2017, Kathy Griffin said that her career was over. Griffin was fired from CNN and denounced by politicians and celebrities alike. Many of her 2017 performances were canceled, but Griffin will return to to the stage in 2018. “I’m dipping my toes into touring again even though the Trumps and nobody wants…

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Judge wants Trump to stop blocking people on Twitter

Not only is Donald Trump the first American president to aggressively use Twitter, he’s also the first to invite a possible constitutional crisis because of it. In the question of whether Trump can legally block people from seeing and commenting on his account, a judge now has a possible solution.  SEE ALSO: Oprah knows exactly how to deal with angry Donald Trump tweets Ever since Trump assumed the presidency, there…

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Animator Brilliantly Explains The Gun Control Debate Using Cats

With over 18 school shootings in the USA this year alone as well as the last month’s tragedy in Stoneman Douglas High School, the gun control debate is more heated than ever. While some Americans push for stricter gun laws, mostly focusing on semi-automatic rifles, the other camp proposes different solutions to the obvious problem. And since the complex and sensitive nature of the subject might be confusing for some,…

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‘Revenant’ director on Mexican filmmakers: ‘We’ll build a wall made entirely out of Oscars’

According to President Trump, you can supposedly reduce all Mexican immigrants to either “drug dealers,” “criminals,” or “rapists.” Yet it seems he conveniently left out one of the actual occupations Mexicans are dominating in America: Best Picture Academy Award-winning directors. After Guillermo del Toro’s big win for The Shape of Water on Sunday, his friend and fellow Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu had the best response to Donald Trump’s ongoing…

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