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Unlike what some accused The Beatles of once pretending to be, Facebook is now more popular than that famous Dec. birthday boy. electricity symbols So the NYTimes exposé about how the mammoth social media concern was, all along, concerned only about maintaining its sheer dominance, never mind Russia’s attacks on the U.S. 2016 elections and democracy, came as a surprise to absolutely no one.

It’s been said, hackers did not have to hack voting machines, even as they may’ve tried, or even bribe too many Trump associates. They simply used the system. But Mark Zuckerberg’s repeated appearances and lies, to congressional committees composed mainly of either Internet-challenged or downright dimwitted politicians, have all but confirmed his total lack of a moral compass.

His unbound greed, and the sophomoric culture of highly specialized spoiled brats he inspired, has been for far too long out of reach of any accountability. He built a corporation more powerful than many nations, and it needs to be regulated just like any other is, or should. electricity load shedding Thankfully, the U.S. elections held two weeks ago raised new hopes for change. More about that in a minute.

As for Brexit, and the political imbroglio it represented to the U.K., again, few can say they didn’t see it coming. The whole idea of leaving the European Union was sold on false pretenses, by the same snake oil mentality that took over the White House on a delusion of making the U.S. as big as it never was. gas kinetic energy As reality sets in, here and there, more are realizing that they’ve been had.

Over a hundred million votes were cast, a record, but less than 50% of eligible voters showed up at the polls, a disappointment. Women led the charge, electing record numbers to Congress. wd gaster cosplay A few significative ‘firsts,’ in gender, sexual orientation, race and religion, were also of note. On the Republican side, though, only one woman made the cut, among a crowd of angry white men.

Despite GOP-driven gerrymandering, rampant vote suppression, and obscene amounts of corporate cash, Democrats did retake the House, several governorships, and many local contests, which was expected. But Florida, Georgia, and Texas once again held on to conservative candidates, and this election also proved a sad point: vote numbers no longer determine the final outcome.

In fact, a fight for the soul of the party – and who’s going to hold the House gavel – has already erupted. b games play online Hardly a bigwig showed up at rallies for women’s rights, gun regulation, wage increases, and race equality, in the past two years. But they’ve been quick to assert command of the Democratic agenda, or ‘status quo maintenance.’ And that’s a mistake; after all, we’ve voted for change.

Again, we can’t wait for them. An overall theme about these elections, despite their shortcomings, heartbreaking losses, and the bitter aftertaste they left, was change. Millions of voters made it clear that they prefer fresh, non-white, young leaders, not the old guard, making decisions affecting them. So, here’s to those crusty Democrats: get on with the program, or get out of the way.

‘You can despise Wikileaks and everything it stands for. astrid y gaston lima menu english You can think (Julian) Assange is an evil spirit reanimated by Putin himself. But you can’t support the prosecution of a publisher for publishing without narrowing the basic rights every newspaper relies on.’ That was Edward Snowden’s twitter on the Dept. of Justice’s possible plan to prosecute Assange, on charges unknown.

It was a honorable gesture for someone who, like him, has sacrificed personal freedom for an ideal of government transparency, even as unlike Snowden, has displayed questionable morals himself. la gasolina letra No matter; this being open season on blacks, immigrants, the poor, and other ‘minorities,’ it is a higher priority to fight for a free, non-corporate press, and for government accountability.

A note to mourn the passing of Brazilian writer Aldyr Garcia Schlee, who in 1953, won a designing contest to create Brazil’s legendary yellow jerseys uniform, worn by the soccer national team. He was 18 then and had lived all his life at the border with Uruguay, the team he in fact supported. When he passed last Friday, at 83, Brazil beat Uruguay in London, 1X0. R. quadcopter gas engine I. P., Aldyr.

Perfect matters to take on this Thanksgiving week, but that comes with an important caveat: we’re living in troubled times, and it’s been hard to regain control over our own narrative, as citizens and earthlings. So at Thursday’s dinner table, don’t mention any of the above issues, or pick fights with those who miraculously are still sticking with you. Make this a day you won’t regret. WC