September, 02 2022

⚖️ Empty Folders at Mar-a-Lago

The Justice Department released new details about the materials taken from Mar-a-Lago on August 8th. They revealed that agent found 48 empty folders, marked as classified.

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⚖️ Takeaways From Biden's Speech in Philadelphia

President Biden delivered a speech last night in Philadelphia, which positioned the current moment in history as one where America will need to choose between preserving democracy or sliding into fascism.

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🍿 Barbara Ehrenreich Passes Away

Barbara Barbara Ehrenreich was a prolific writer and activist who wrote about the struggles of the working class and the poor. Her book \"Nickel and Dimed\" is considered a classic in social justice literature. In the book, Ehrenreich went undercover as a low-wage worker to expose the indignities of working in the service industry. Her family announced today that she passed away at 81.

🍿 John Harwood Announces His Departure

News anchor John Harwood announced that today is his last day with the network CNN. Hardwood did not make it clear whether he elected to leave the network or was let go. The White House expert said he is looking forward to figuring out what is next for him.

💻 Youtube's Algorithm Under Fire

New York University researchers found that YouTube users who were skeptical of the results of the 2020 election were more likely to be fed election-fraud content by the YouTube algorithm.

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💻 Frank Drake Passes Away

Frank Drake, who was a famed astronomer and mathematician, has passed away. Drake created the equation which helps scientists organize and rationalize the potential for extraterrestrial life in the universe. Drake served on the board of directors at the SETI Institute and contributed to the organization devoted to the search for life in the universe. He was the director of the Arecibo observatory and most recently taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

⚡️ Access to Gazprom Remains Offline

Germany will no longer receive natural gas from the Russian provider Gazprom after they announced that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline needs further repairs and maintenance before they can resume transporting natural gas through the pipeline. Germany depends heavily on Russia for natural gas supplies, and the news means that Europe will need to scramble to secure alternative sources of natural gas before winter.

⚖️ Shake Up at The White House

Gina McCarthy, the president's domestic climate advisor, is stepping down from her post. The longtime Democrat John Podesta will step into her role and oversee $370 billion in funding for climate change initiatives allocated by the Inflation Reduction Act. Podesta has served in previous democratic administrations, including the Clinton administration, and is a heavy hitter in the clean energy solutions space.

💻 Samsung Confirms Hack

In a statement, Samsung confirmed that hackers had stolen some customer's information including demographic information, name, contact, device information and date of birth. They also said that the stolen information did not include credit card numbers or Social Security numbers. The company informed the individuals whose information was stolen and has begun notifying other customers.

🍿 Jane Fonda Shares Her Cancer Diagnosis

Beloved actress and activist Jane Fonda, 84, shared that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In her announcement, she advocated for equal access to healthcare and reassured fans that she would continue with her climate activism.

🍿 College Football Playoffs Expand

The college football playoffs are expanding to include 12 teams, likely by 2024 and definitely before 2026. The expansion will hopefully satiate fans of college football with longer playoffs. The teams will be comprised of six of the highest-ranked conference champions and six of the highest-ranked teams without league titles.

🍿 Coco Gauff Advances

18-year-old Coco Gauff will advance to the fourth round of the US Open. Gauff clocked a serve today at 128 mph and she is the youngest player ever to play in Round 16 of all four Majors since 1998.

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The producers of the film "Rust" named Bianca Cline as its cinematographer. The documentary will cover the death of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during production when a prop gun held by lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired with a live round.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Rust Documentary Is Moving Full Speed Ahead

The producers of the film "Rust" named Bianca Cline as its cinematographer. The documentary will cover the death of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during production when a prop gun held by lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired with a live round.
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Green light for Rust documentary

  • The producers of the film “Rust” announced that they had found a cinematographer to continue the production of the film after it was halted when the former cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed in an on-set accident.
  • The producers announced in October that the film would be completed in Hutchins’ honor and that a documentary would be made about the completion of the film.
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Meta is reportedly planning a new round of layoffs that are expected to happen sometime in March.
Technology
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Meta May Be Planning Further Layoffs

Meta is reportedly planning a new round of layoffs that are expected to happen sometime in March.
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Here we go again

  • Meta is preparing for a new round of job cuts that are expected to take place in March and will affect an unknown number of people.
  • In November, Meta laid off about 13% of its workforce.
  • Meta is one of the few tech companies to expand on earlier layoffs from 2022, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that 2023 will be a year of "efficiency."
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January inflation was higher than expected, sparking fears that the Federal Reserve may enact further interest rate hikes.
January inflation was higher than expected, sparking fears that the Federal Reserve may enact further interest rate hikes.
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Higher than expected

  • Consumer prices rose 0.5% in January, according to the Labor Department’s consumer price index, which was higher than experts expected.
  • The Federal Reserve may issue a more aggressive hike in the coming months to slow inflation.
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