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Today’s Holiday: Juan Santamaría Day


Today’s Holiday:
Juan Santamaría Day

Juan Santamaría is remembered as a national hero in Costa Rica. The country had been threatened in 1856 by William Walker, an American imperialist who planned to conquer Central America and use its citizens for slave labor. Santamaría, a 19-year-old drummer boy from the town of Alajeula, was part of the makeshift militia that fought off Walker’s forces. Juan Santamaría Day is actually a week-long festival of parades, concerts, and marching bands throughout the country, with the biggest celebrations in Alajuela. The official holiday is on April 11, the anniversary of Santamaría’s death. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Percy Lavon Julian (1899)


Today’s Birthday:
Percy Lavon Julian (1899)

Julian was an African-American chemist and a pioneer in the synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. Due to the institutional racism of the time, Julian was forced to overcome enormous obstacles to obtain his PhD and was repeatedly denied opportunities for employment and academic tenure. His home in Illinois was firebombed. Nevertheless, he developed an important fire-fighting foam from soy protein and revolutionized the synthetic hormone industry, making possible what treatments? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: First Treaties of Utrecht Signed (1713)


This Day in History:
First Treaties of Utrecht Signed (1713)

Lasting from 1701 to 1714, the War of the Spanish Succession was brought to a close with two series of treaties signed in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The first series was signed between France and other European powers, specifically Britain, the Dutch Republic, Prussia, Portugal, and Savoy. Among other concessions, France agreed to cede various territories and recognize Queen Anne as the British sovereign. After concluding these treaties, France still remained at war with what empire? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jerome K. Jerome


Quote of the Day:
Jerome K. Jerome

If there is one person I do despise more than another, it is the man who does not think exactly the same on all topics as I do.

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Article of the Day: “Jumping the Shark”


Article of the Day:
“Jumping the Shark”

“Jumping the shark” is a colloquialism used by TV critics and fans to denote the point in a TV series at which the characters or plot veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Shows that have “jumped the shark” are typically deemed to have passed their peak and undergone too many changes to retain their original appeal. The term is an allusion to a scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days, when the popular character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli does what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: measure the drapes


Idiom of the Day:
measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: ill-fated


Word of the Day:
ill-fated

Definition: (adjective) Marked by or promising bad fortune.
Synonyms: ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky, doomed
Usage: Freed after months of captivity, the aid workers are relieved to have survived their ill-fated trip abroad.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

REPORT: Obama Admin Used Taxpayer Money To Fund Soros’ Far-Left Foreign Political Activities | Daily Wire


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The Obama administration gave millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers to a far-left group run by billionaire George Soros that used the money in Europe to push for “highly controversial judicial reform,” according to a conservative watchdog group.

This week, Judicial Watch released a new report after it obtained dozens of records from the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Judicial Watch reports:

The new documents show USAID funds were funneled through that agency’s Civil Society Project to back Soros’s left-wing Open Society Foundations in Albania, particularly the Soros operation efforts to give the socialist government greater control of the judiciary. USAID reportedly gave $9 million in 2016 to the “Justice for All” campaign, which is overseen by Soros’s “East West Management Institute.”

Fox News notes that the “Justice for All” campaign was “designed to strengthen the effectiveness and transparency of the courts in Albania.” However, Judicial Watch says that the funds were used by the “Soros operation efforts to give the socialist government greater control of the judiciary.”

Judicial Watch adds that a group of U.S. senators sent a letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking for an investigation into allegations that the U.S. funded Soros’ foreign activities with U.S. taxpayer dollars.

“The Obama administration quietly spent at least $9 million in U.S. taxpayers’ dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros’ backing of a socialist government in Albania,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

“It is particularly outrageous that the State Department allowed the Soros operation to help direct taxpayer funds to other groups. George Soros is a billionaire and he shouldn’t be receiving taxpayer support to advance his radical left agenda to undermine freedom here at home and abroad.”

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Zuckerberg testimony: Facebook CEO grilled by Congress over data misuse – live


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“Proceed, sir,” Senator Grassley says to Zuckerberg, as the opening statements end.

Zuckerberg is now delivering his opening remarks, which appear to be an abridged version of the statement published yesterday.

“My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together,” Zuckerberg says. “Advertisers and developers will never take priority over that as long as I’m running Facebook.”

Senator Bill Nelson, ranking member of Commerce, Science & Transportation, begins his remarks with a blunt wakeup call directly to Zuckerberg: “If you and other social media companies do not get your act together, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore.”

“If Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot fix the privacy invasions, then we are going to have to,” Nelson added. “We, the congress.”

Earlier, Senator Grassley mentioned that the Judiciary committee plans to hold a separate hearing with Cambridge Analytica.

Senator John Thune, the Republican chairman of the Commerce, Science and Technology committee, is getting started by going straight to the heart of Facebook’s business model – free service in exchange for personal data.

“For this model to persist, both sides of the bargain need to know what’s involved,” Thune said. “I’m not convinced Facebook’s users have the information they need to make decisions.”

Thune went on to say that Congress’s willingness to allow the tech industry to self-regulate “may be changing.”

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While we wait for the hearing to begin, here’s a preview of what Zuckerberg will say, based on his prepared testimony.

“Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company,” his statement reads. “But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

Meanwhile, the hearing room is packed with reporters, a handful of activists from Code Pink, and, according to New York Times reporter Kevin Roose, an actual Russian troll.

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Someone came to the hearing dressed as a Russian troll. pic.twitter.com/ZdPEK9MDne

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“Congress is theatre,” former Obama administration official Ari Ratner told my colleague Olivia Solon, for her preview of today’s hearing. “More than what they are going to want to learn [about the data lapses], they are going to want to inflict pain.”

The appetite for public humiliation is obviously there. Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware and member of the judiciary committee, tweeted early Tuesday that he had discovered multiple fake Facebook accounts impersonating him.

(@ChrisCoons)
On today of all days, I just found out that there are two fake Facebook accounts impersonating me, and guess what? Many of the ‘friends’ appear to be Russian accounts. @facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg-this is unacceptable pic.twitter.com/woMMdeEGv4

Coons’ apparent pique – “on today of all days” speaks of a certain amount of high dudgeon – is indicative of the attitude many citizens, regulators, and lawmakers feel toward the company that has monetized our identities and intimate relationships: this is personal.

And yet, in order to draw blood, lawmakers will have to actually pass legislation reining in Facebook’s power. It’s hard to imagine that happening with this Congress.

Welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of Mark Zuckerberg appearance before the US Congress. Today, Zuckerberg will answer questions from a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce, science and transportation committees. Tomorrow he will run the gauntlet again before the House committee on energy and commerce.

Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress – his first, despite having been at the helm of one of the most powerful companies in history for 14 years – is the result of powerful public pressure in the wake of Facebook’s massive data harvesting scandal. Last month, the Observer revealed that the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans was harvested and improperly transferred to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Despite initially downplaying the significance of the reporting, Facebook has subsequently apologized, promised to change, and acknowledged that as many as 87m people were affected. The company has also announced a flurry of reforms, from revised terms of service to updated privacy settings, stricter rules for political advertisers and a new data leak bounty.

Today’s hearing is ostensibly about “social media privacy and the use and abuse of data” – but with as many as 44 senators expected to take their turn grilling the CEO, we are likely in for a wide-ranging airing of grievances about the company and its unprecedented power.

Last year, when Congress held hearings about the use of social media by a Russian influence operation, Zuckerberg sent Facebook’s general counsel to testify while he and his family dressed up as characters from Where The Wild Things Are for Halloween.

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