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Oracle Employees Unhappy With Trump Fundraiser Hosted By Boss

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Employees working for Oracle were none too happy to find out that the co-founder and chairman of the company, Larry Ellison, would be hosting a high-dollar fundraising event for President Trump at his Californiat home.

When employees found out about the event on Thursday, they expressed their frustration initially among themselves and with outside friends, posting links to the stories about the event — which is to be held at Ellison’s 249 acre property close to the Santa Rosa mountains — on social media.

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“Oracle is not supposed to be political but yet our CEO is doing something very political, no?” said one current Oracle employee. “This fundraiser is a slap in the face to all of us, especially as Larry champions the environment and is building a hospital,” they said, citing Ellison’s philanthropic efforts. “This shows that he cares about money over all else. And that is what matters. But what is the average employee to do?”

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The Feb. 19 event is part of Trump’s fundraising and campaign swing through California, Arizona, and Nevada next week. The high-profile appearances he will stage are also designed to take some wind from the sails of the Democrats duking it out ahead of the Nevada caucus and high-delegate Super Tuesday states.

The 18,430-square-foot home’s golf course was designed by billionaire former owner Tim Blixseth and professional golfers Tom Weiskopf, Dave Stockton, and Annika Sorenstam. When the property hit the market in 2010, Trump was floated as a potential buyer.

“It signals what I and many others have always feared,” one current employee told Recode. “Culturally, Oracle is the type of place where you’ll work with many lovely people who you share common ideals with, but those ideals have to be left at the door in service of the company.”

As it turns out, Ellison has been donating to Republican candidates and causes since the early 1990s, which also includes a whopping $4 million to super PACs that supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential election.

At the end of the day, political ideas should be set aside so folks can work together on projects that have nothing to do with politics. Why this is such a big deal to the employees seems rather ridiculous. Does every person in an individual’s professional and private life have to walk in lock-step with their own personally held beliefs?

That’s just plain silliness.

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Businesses Should Require Vax Proof from Customers, Says NIH Director

This is simply unconscionable.

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There have long been fears that this sort of discrimination was on the horizon, as the willingly unvaccinated become second-class citizens right here in the United States. With only about half of the US population fully vaccinated, (and largely by their own accord), herd immunity looks to be some time away yet.  Nearly 20% more of the population will need to wind up with COVID antibodies in order for public health officials to consider the pandemic to be waning, and a maximum pressure campaign is taking shape throughout a number of levels of government. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Dr. Frances Collins used his position as the Director of the National Institutes of Health to pressure businesses around the nation to enact strict vaccine-proof restrictions. Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Some businesses are going a step further and requiring proof of vaccinations not just for employees, but even for customers in some cases. Audience members for broadway plays and musicals need to be vaccinated. Some bars in San Francisco and D.C. are requiring proof of vaccinations. Do you think as a public health measure it would be good for more businesses to require vaccine credentials in order to have vaccinated customers?” His answer was astonishing. Collins said, “As a public health person who wants to see this pandemic end, yes. I think anything we can do to encourage reluctant folks to get vaccinated because they’ll want to be part of these public events, that’s a good thing. I’m delighted to see employers like Disney and Walmart coming out and asking their staff to be vaccinated. I’m glad to see the president has said all federal employees. I oversee NIH. With 40,000 people need to get vaccinated or if they’re not to get regular testing which is inconvenient. All of…

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Unrepentant YouTube Decides to Suspend Mainstream News Channel Over ‘Misinformation’

The barons of the Information Revolution are no less corrupt than those of the Industrial Revolution before them.

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There are concerns that the barons of the Information Revolution, much like the barons of the Industrial Revolution, are exploiting their content producers at an unsustainable clip, and creating a very dangerous bottleneck in the world of free speech. Given just how much of the internet’s traffic flows through just a few sites, it is imperative that we keep a keen eye on what platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are doing.  They are the new gatekeepers of nearly the entire breadth of current information, and if they were to choose to keep us in the dark on any particular issue, it would be quite easy for them to do so. That’s why the latest news from YouTube is so terrifying. YouTube said Sunday it had barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for one week, citing concerns about Covid-19 misinformation. The move comes after a review of posts uploaded by the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel, which has a substantial online presence. “We have clear and established Covid-19 medical misinformation policies… to prevent the spread of Covid-19 misinformation that could cause real-world harm,” a YouTube statement said. With 1.86 million YouTube subscribers, the channel — which is owned by a subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corp — has a conservative following well beyond Australia. The mainstream media and the mainstream social networks haven’t always gotten their COVD info right, either, which makes their declarations regarding “misinformation” all the more laughable. Early on in the pandemic, these platforms pushed back against the possibility that the virus itself may have been a part of some sort of lab leak, even going so far as to censor any such discussion.  Over a year later, and as health experts began to suggest this yes, this was truly a possibility, the premature nature of…

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