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Zuckerberg Remains Defiant in CEO Role Despite Inexcusable Incidents

Given the recent troubles of the internet behemoth, there have been plenty of calls for the ouster of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Whether we like it or not, Facebook is essentially Society 2.0.

This is a terrifying reality that we live in today.  All of those video games that we were afraid of people getting addicted to, (Second Life, The Sims, World of Warcraft), all worked on the same principles as Facebook:  It’s an activity in which you promote the life and times of “your character”.

In the case of Facebook, “your character” is you.  You exude what you want to exude, you gather theoretical internet points based on “likes” and “shares”, and you try to level up by connecting with more and more “characters” on the platform.

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That is also why Facebook is so addicting.  If you’re not logging in every day to get your points, how will you ever keep up in a society which itself founded on competition?

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This addictive reality of Facebook has also led to a massive surge in membership, leading the platform to grow almost unsustainably fast.  Certainly, we know from the recent story of a Sudanese child bride being auctioned to the highest bidder on the website, that there is little hope for Facebook’s policies and algorithms to keep people safe on the platform.

Given the recent troubles of the internet behemoth, there have been plenty of calls for the ouster of CEO Mark Zuckerberg…something that the young billionaire seems to find joy in dismissing.

Once again, there has been a bombshell report about Facebook and once again, execs are doing the rounds on cable news. This time instead of Sheryl Sandberg, it’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and his tone in a CNN Businessinterview was not nearly as apologetic as we saw the company earlier this year after news broke about Cambridge Analytica. As we’ve seen lately, he didn’t directly address many of the claims made about Facebook’s behavior, but characterized them as generally inaccurate, saying “It is not clear to me at all that the report is right” about the New York Times articlethat sparked this latest round of criticism.

And to see the act for yourself:

Zuckerberg’s defiant nature also now comes delivered in a strange speech pattern, reminiscent of both Barack Obama and Beto O’Rourke – something that could indicate professional coaching in the realm of public speaking.

This would, of course, play into the consistent rumors that Zuckerberg could be eyeing a run for the presidency in 2020 or beyond.

 

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rest in peace, amigo.

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

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With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

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