On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) stated that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s testimony before Congress was “disturbing” and noted that he dodged on whether he’ll commit to abstain from selling data in the future. Dingell also stated that people’s data “becomes a weapon to their own personal security and our national security.” Dingell stated, “I do think that yesterday was a disturbing day, in that he confirmed a lot of people’s suspicions in his not answering questions directly. I asked him if he would commit to not sell data down the road. And he gave a non-answer, which he gave multiple times. I do believe that the committee is united that we must do something about privacy. I will say, there are members on both sides of the aisle that believe we need to ban TikTok. For me individually, I’m not sure I’m ready to ban one company. I think we need privacy legislation across all platforms. And people really do not understand what is … [Read more...] about Dingell: TikTok CEO’s Testimony ‘Disturbing’ — He Wouldn’t Commit to Not Selling Data That Is ‘a Weapon’ to National Security
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U.N. Accuses Both Russia and Ukraine of Potential War Crimes
The Russian and Ukrainian armed forces have been accused of torturing and executing prisoners of war over the past year by the United Nations, which said that such actions could amount to war crimes. A report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) claimed that both Russia and Ukraine have engaged in the summary execution of prisoners of war, which contravenes numerous international human rights laws and treaties on war. The OHCHR said that they documented cases of summary executions of at least 25 Russian prisoners of war (POWs) under the authority of Ukrainian forces. “Such cases amount to gross violations of [international human rights law] and serious violations of [international humanitarian law] that may constitute war crimes,” the report said. The UN body went on to claim to have documented poor treatment of POWs at eight of the 31 transit or permanent camps run by the Ukrainian government, in which they found documented … [Read more...] about U.N. Accuses Both Russia and Ukraine of Potential War Crimes
Rolling Fork, the birthplace of Muddy Waters, has faced tornado and flooding concerns for years.
The place hardest-hit by a powerful tornado that tore through rural Mississippi appeared to be Rolling Fork, a Delta town known as the birthplace of the blues singer Muddy Waters , where flooding and tornadoes have long been concerns. Rolling Fork is a predominantly Black town of about 2,000 people in Sharkey County near the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. A fifth of the population live under the federal poverty line, and the town’s residents face the risk of flooding should the backwater levees along the Yazoo fail. Many also live in mobile homes, a particular concern when severe weather strikes. About 30 percent of the residences in Sharkey County are mobile homes or housing other than homes or apartments, according to a 2021 survey by the federal Census Bureau. The National Weather Service recommends that people in such homes flee for sturdier shelter because those in mobile homes are 15 to 20 times more likely to be killed compared to someone in a sturdier, traditional house. … [Read more...] about Rolling Fork, the birthplace of Muddy Waters, has faced tornado and flooding concerns for years.
Retail consultant Mary Portas warns John Lewis it has ‘let go of the soul’
For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Retail consultant and broadcaster Mary Portas has sent an open letter to department store John Lewis warning that it has “let go of the soul”. Ms Portas published the letter on the networking site LinkedIn following the news John Lewis was considering ending its employee-owned business structure in order to attract investment. The retail giant has also recently warned of potential job cuts and told staff it would not hand out a bonus for only the second time since 1953. In her open letter, addressed to chairman Sharon White and chief executive Nish Kankiwala, Ms Portas wrote: “You are not simply chair and chief exec. You are custodians of one of the most valued, loved and trusted retail brands this country has.” Recommended Charity boss speaks out over ‘traumatic’ encounter with royal … [Read more...] about Retail consultant Mary Portas warns John Lewis it has ‘let go of the soul’
The Budget will bring ‘a lost decade for living standards’ – haven’t we already had one of those?
Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email The success of a Budget is measured in how long it takes to collapse. Some arrive pre-collapsed, others collapse in real time. In recent years, success has been if they haven’t collapsed by the time the Office for Budget Responsibility publishes its analysis, revealing in very clear detail all of the horrific things the chancellor deliberately chose not to say. Kwasi Kwarteng ’s mini-Budget didn’t suffer this fate, because he and Liz Truss wisely chose to block the Office for Budget Responsibility from analysing it, and just to be doubly careful, they also sacked the head of the treasury department, who they probably deep down knew was going to tell them that it was going to collapse with pyrotechnic effect but they’d rather not hear. A very successful Budget is one that is still vaguely intact by the time economists, … [Read more...] about The Budget will bring ‘a lost decade for living standards’ – haven’t we already had one of those?
Former GOP chair outraged at Republicans’ visit to Jan. 6 rioters
Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), slammed House Republicans for visiting a jail where January 6 defendants are being held. A bipartisan group of lawmakers serving on the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability visited the Washington, D.C. jail on Friday. The visit reignited criticism from some over the GOP's response to the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol building , which saw a group of former President Donald Trump 's supporters violently protest in a failed attempt to force Congress to block President Joe Biden 's Electoral College victory. Some Republicans have condemned the treatment of these defendants , arguing they are being unfairly held for political purposes. Critics, however, have accused GOP lawmakers of siding with the rioters who sought to block the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election. "We have to work as hard as possible to defund the two-tiered 'Injustice … [Read more...] about Former GOP chair outraged at Republicans’ visit to Jan. 6 rioters
‘Priceless’ Treasure Buried in 1934 Found During Home Renovation
A man in New Jersey has spoken about his joy at discovering buried treasure on his property as he renovated his home, according to reports. Richard Gilson found buried treasure from the 1930s after he began digging a hole as part of his renovations on Friday at his home in Wildwood, according to a 3CBS Philly report. Speaking to 3CBS Philly, Gilson said he had been renovating his home for the last two years when he stumbled across the buried treasure in the form of rolled up $10 and $20 bills all with the same date on them, 1934. "Somebody went under there with a little shovel and buried that thing under there," Gilson said. "They were hiding that money from somebody for something. You'd be surprised. You think your digging someplace nobody's been and you find something that was there a long time ago." Gilson said he initially thought he was digging up roots before he realized what he had stumbled upon. The bills add up to $1,000, which Gilson estimates in 1934 was worth … [Read more...] about ‘Priceless’ Treasure Buried in 1934 Found During Home Renovation
Florida Lawmakers Sends Universal School Choice Program To DeSantis’ Desk
The Florida Senate passed a piece of legislation on Thursday that would make all K-12 students eligible for state-funded vouchers. In a 26-12 vote, the state Senate approved House Bill 1 , sponsored by the Education Quality Subcommittee, which would make every family able to receive up to $8,000 through the Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program to cover education expenses outside of the public school system. The state House passed the bill on March 17 and the legislation now heads to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. (RELATED: The School Choice Movement Is Picking Up Steam Across The Country) “We are funding students in this state,” Republican state Sen. Corey Simon, the senate sponsor of the bill, told NBC Miami. “Parents have spoken.” Students who are “residents of the state” or “eligible to enroll in kindergarten through grade 12” can receive a tax-payer funded voucher, under the legislation. The vouchers would be distributed on a “priority” basis, as … [Read more...] about Florida Lawmakers Sends Universal School Choice Program To DeSantis’ Desk
You May Need That Procedure. But Do You Really Need an Escort?
Robert Lewinger is tired of being berated by his gastroenterologist because he’s overdue for a colonoscopy. He’s perfectly willing to have one. And he’s more than ready for cataract surgery on his second eye. The problem: Mr. Lewinger, 72, a retired lawyer who lives in Manhattan, can’t schedule either of these procedures, which involve anesthesia or sedation, unless he supplies the name and phone number of the person taking him home afterward. Otherwise, clinics and outpatient surgical centers refuse to make appointments. Mr. Lewinger is also willing to undergo Mohs surgery, as his dermatologist has recommended, for two small skin cancers on his face. But the surgeons associated with her practice also insist on medical escorts, even though most Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia and doesn’t require them. Transportation itself isn’t the difficulty; Mr. Lewinger could summon an Uber or a Lyft, call a car service or hail a cab. What he needs is “someone to escort me … [Read more...] about You May Need That Procedure. But Do You Really Need an Escort?
Lawmakers Tour D.C. Jail Where Jan. 6 Defendants Are Held
WASHINGTON — When Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, arranged a tour of the D.C. jail to inspect the conditions of defendants charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Democrats faced a choice: Boycott or participate. House Democrats had watched last Congress as the Republican leader Kevin McCarthy pulled his members from a Democratic-led select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, and then found themselves without a voice in the nationally televised hearings. After debating the matter internally, the Democrats were determined not to make that same mistake. So, after a roughly two-hour tour of the jail Friday, when Ms. Greene finished her remarks to news reporters gathered outside, Representative Jasmine Crockett, Democrat of Texas, stepped up to the microphones. “Somebody’s got to be here to tell the truth,” said Ms. Crockett, a first-term member of Congress and a former public defender. “If we weren’t here, there would be no check for whatever … [Read more...] about Lawmakers Tour D.C. Jail Where Jan. 6 Defendants Are Held