Wed 3.21 does not track its readers. Period.


— Mark Zuckerberg:
Facebook will do better,
blah blah blah blah blah
— Sheryl Sandberg:
Deeply regret blah blah blah

Trump readies $50 billion trade tariffs for China;
China draws up retaliation list

For best, latest coverage on the Austin bomber see…
Austin Statesman

Police say this may be a photo of Mark Conditt bringing a bomb package to a Texas Fed-Ex

Europe formally proposes 3% tax on Facebook, Google
— Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici presented his proposals in Brussels aimed at recovering billions of euros from mainly US multinationals that shift earnings around Europe to pay lower tax rates.
— “This current legal vacuum is creating a serious shortfall in the public revenue of our member states,” France’s Moscovici told a press conference in Brussels.
— “We estimate this could generate at least five billion euros a year …”

Shareholders sue over Facebook revelations, decline in stock price
Courthouse News Service
— Facebook shareholder Fan Yuan says in a federal class action filed Tuesday that Facebook’s failure to protect its users’ data from mining by Cambridge Analytica caused a significant decline in its stock price and financial harm to stockholders.
>>> Facebook, Cambridge Analytica sued over data harvesting
— The proposed class-action complaint filed late Tuesday night by Lauren Price, a Maryland resident, is the first of what could be many lawsuits seeking damages over Facebook’s ability to protect user data, and Cambridge Analytica’s exploitation of that data to benefit President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
— “Every Facebook user has an interest in this lawsuit, and the enforcement of their privacy rights,” John Yanchunis, a lawyer for Price, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
>>> In Canada, calls for regulation of Facebook

Section 230
“It’s the one line of federal code that has created
more economic value in this country than any other.”
— and with the Facebook debacle, it may be about to change.

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
–Section 230, Communications Decency Act



Former CIA chief John Brennan: “Russia may have something on (Trump) personally. I think he’s afraid of the president of Russia.” [Source: NY Times]

Amazon looking to buy some abandoned Toys ‘R’ Us storefronts
Chicago Tribune

US auctions off oil rights on and near public land
… including Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients monuments.

Unarmed woman shot in alley
Minneapolis cop turns himself in on murder charge
— The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman last July was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter eight months after the case sparked protests, international outrage and the firing of the city’s police chief.
— Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mohamed Noor, 32, acted “recklessly” when he fired the shot into the dark that killed 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond after she called 911 to report a suspected rape in her south Minneapolis neighborhood.
The finest in Russian propaganda …
Moscow squirms, says Brits either “can’t protect their own soil”
or staged the Skripal nerve gas attack themselves
“Russia owes nothing and can bear no responsibility for the actions or lack of actions on British soil,” says Putin’s stooge.
… Speaking of propaganda
Breitbart’s readership cut in half
“As a talk radio host, I haven’t used a Breitbart story in at least six months,” said conservative commentator Erick Erickson. “They have a lot of readers and lot of people reading by habit, even if not as many. But they seem less able to stimulate a conversation or move an agenda now.”

UW-Stevens Point students stage protest
over elimination of English, humanities majors
Stevens Point Journal
— Outcry from the campus community and surrounding areas continues after UW-Stevens Point unveiled a proposal in early March to eliminate 13 liberal arts degree majors, including English, history and political science. The cuts of 13 majors and the additions or expansions of 16 majors are part of university efforts to deal with a projected deficit of $4.5 million through two years because of declining enrollment and lower tuition revenues.

Oregon closes “boyfriend loophole” in gun law,
but gun advocates say it’s a pointless move
The Guardian
… what Oregon did was close a gap in the federal statute, by expanding the definition of domestic partner to “intimate partner”. Under the new state law, someone who is convicted of a domestic abuse misdemeanor – who only dated their victim, never lived with them, and never had children together – cannot buy or own a gun.

Ben Carson blames wife in extravagant furniture buy
Business Insider

Realnews suggests somewhat less expensive furniture, above, for the Carson office.

— Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, suggested Tuesday that his wife, Candy Carson, was to blame for the purchase of a $31,000 mahogany dining-room set for his office.
— During testimony before a House committee, Ben Carson said the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s dining-room furniture needed to be replaced for safety reasons.
–“People were being stuck by nails — a chair had collapsed with somebody sitting in it,” Carson told the committee

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