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Another White House official hints at banning TikTok and other ‘Chinese’ apps in the US

It’s not a good time to be TikTok. White House adviser Peter Navarro said to expect “strong action” from Donald Trump on TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese apps, while speaking to Fox News. Though he didn’t specifically mention a ban, he referenced India’s ban on TikTok, WeChat, and 57 other ‘Chinese’ apps, suggesting that a similar action could be taken. “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that,” he told the outlet. He a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Usa, News, White House, China, India, Disney, US, America, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Huawei, Republican National Committee, Wells Fargo, Trump


'Everyone wants to get outside': boom in camping as Americans escape after months at home

The pandemic has put many people off hotels and planes – but socially distanced outdoors holidays are enjoying a surgeThe coronavirus has sparked a surge in RV or motorhome purchasing and rental, and enthusiastic camping and “glamping” bookings as Americans attempt to escape months of quarantine for a summer break while avoiding flights and keeping their distance. Related: Fauci says he hasn’t briefed Trump in two months as Covid-19 cases rise Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, World news, US news, Trump, Fauci, Coronavirus outbreak


Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to Roger Stone, Bazilian President Bolsonaro

Facebook took down four networks that engaged in misinformation in the US, Brazil, Ukraine, and Latin and Central Americas, including a network linked to Trump aide Roger Stone and another linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Except for the network that targeted people in Latin and Central Americas, all the other three networks targeted domestic audiences. Two of the four networks used advertising/PR firms, while the American and Brazilian networks were linked to people associated with ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Florida, News, Instagram, India, US, Ukraine, Canada, Egypt, Nato, Pakistan, Chile, Middle East, Crimea, Brazil


Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to Roger Stone, Brazilian President Bolsonaro

Facebook took down four networks that engaged in misinformation in the US, Brazil, Ukraine, and Latin and Central Americas, including a network linked to Trump aide Roger Stone and another linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Except for the network that targeted people in Latin and Central Americas, all the other three networks targeted domestic audiences. Two of the four networks used advertising/PR firms, while the American and Brazilian networks were linked to people associated with ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Florida, News, Instagram, India, US, Ukraine, Canada, Egypt, Nato, Pakistan, Chile, Middle East, Crimea, Brazil


Why the US will face an uphill climb in banning TikTok

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the federal government is looking at banning TikTok, like India. But that would be an uphill climb for the United States, whose domestic politics and court system would pose challenges that would be hard to navigate without smoking-gun evidence that the app is harmful to Americans’ security, something India has not produced. Free speech First off, there’s the first amendment — free speech law in the US constrains the government fro...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, China, India, Censorship, US, United States, Fox News, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, State, Jeff John Roberts, Committee on Foreign Investment, Mike Pompeo, Tiktok


Ban or no ban, Facebook wins in U.S. threats against TikTok

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, France, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Cnn, United States, Tencent, Brazil


Hawaii PPP recipients include Trump hotel, hospitals, newspapers; police reform bill passes Legislature; Ige warns of financial crisis, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Trump hotel in Waikiki ©2020 All Hawaii News Trump Hotel In Waikiki Received Millions From Small Business Bailout. While President Donald Trump doesn’t own the property, he does license his name to the California company that does. Civil Beat.Over 3,000 Hawaii PPP loan recipients named in transparency effort. A jewelry store chain, two hospitals and a private school are among the biggest Paycheck Protection Program loan recipients in Hawaii, according to data released Monday. A condomini...
Tags: Travel, California, Washington Post, Senate, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Pacific, PPP, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Trump, State, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii


The Climate Win

This week’s Climate Win dives into the often elusive practice of cross-sector unity. Public, private, and non-profit sectors seem very distant in both goals and action when it comes to climate initiatives. But signs are emerging that this is changing, largely due to increased demand from the public. The Environment and Energy Study Institute released poll data in April of this year showing massive bipartisan support for renewable energy development, even if participants on opposite sides of ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Colorado, Montana, US, America, United States, Ford, House Of Representatives, Nebraska, Green Party, Vail, Donald Trump, Columbia, Jackson Hole, All


How Americans did the first July 4

If John Adams had it his way, we’d all be celebrating the Second of July. In a letter to his wife Abigail, dated July 3, 1776, Adams predicted that the day the Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain would go down in history as America’s greatest, and be celebrated accordingly. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations,” he writes, “from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forwa...
Tags: Travel, Washington, White House, Virginia, America, Spain, Atlantic, United States, Portugal, Philadelphia, John, John Adams, Cards Against Humanity, New England, Independence Day, Great Britain


Exclusive: DAMAC's chairman considers taking company private - sources - Reuters

Exclusive: DAMAC's chairman considers taking company private - sources - Reuters:The chairman of DAMAC Properties DAMAC.DU, owner of the only Trump-branded golf club in the Middle East, is weighing buying out minority shareholders and taking the $1.1 billion Dubai-listed company private, three sources familiar with the talks said.Hussain Sajwani, who founded the company nearly two decades ago, has been exploring the deal since late 2019 after DAMAC’s share price plunged over the past two years, ...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Dubai, Roberto Cavalli, Trump, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac, Hussain Sajwani, Sajwani


YouTube bans 6 white supremacists channels; Reddit removes 2,000 channels for violating content policy

YouTube today banned at least six white supremacist channels, while Reddit removed 2,000 subreddits, including r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse, after a change in their content policy. What YouTube banned: Six white supremacist channels from the US, including those run by far right pseudo-science Stefan Molyneux, white supremacist outlet American Renaissance and affiliated channel AmRenPodcasts and white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, per The Verge. “After updating our g...
Tags: Travel, News, Youtube, US, Reddit, Hate Speech, Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Alex Ohanian


Twitter is ‘improving’ how it labels misleading 5G and coronavirus content, after mislabelling unrelated tweets

Twitter said that it is working towards improving the process of how it labels tweets containing incorrect information about 5G or the coronavirus after it incorrectly labelled unrelated tweets with a COVID-19 fact check. “In the last few weeks, you may have seen Tweets with labels linking to additional info about COVID-19. Not all of those Tweets had potentially misleading content associating COVID-19 and 5G. We apologize for any confusion and we’re working to improve our labeling process,” the...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Minneapolis, US, Donald Trump, Trump, Yashar Ali, Content Moderation, Coronavirus, George Floyd, Siraj Hashmi Twitter Source


Facebook will label hateful content by politicians; MediaNama’s take

Facebook will finally start labelling content from politicians that, despite being newsworthy, violates it content policies, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday in a Facebook Live session. Content that may lead to violence or suppresses voting, even it is by politicians, will be removed by Facebook. This announcement came almost a month after Twitter and Facebook chalked out drastically different policies on how to deal with hate speech by politicians, including US President Donald Trump. On...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nazis, India, Advertising, BJP, US, Unilever, Hate Speech, Delhi, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg


QUO Podcast: Bensley Undressed

Driving purpose and changing American politics are the major passion topics of renowned architect and landscape designer, Bill Bensley. Chatting with David from his studio in Bangkok, Bill talks about his greatest desire for hospitality—namely that every hotel built from this moment forward have a purpose, or at least one small detail that's sustainable. He also discusses, among other things, his vision of a post-Trump presidential trifecta involving Al Gore, Bill Gates and Jane Goodall.
Tags: Travel, David, Trump, Bill Bensley, Bensley, Bangkok Bill, Al Gore Bill Gates


Europe to ban American travel as U.S. struggles to contain pandemic

The EU has slowed the spread of COVID-19 in most regions, while cases in the U.S. continue to grow.The U.S. is reportedly excluded from both lists of "accepted nations," but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the U.S. may reach an agreement with European officials.A ban on American travel would surely have political consequences for the Trump administration. The European Union is preparing to block Americans from traveling to member nations when borders begin to reopen on July 1.European ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Florida, Eu, European Union, United States, Innovation, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Texas California, Pompeo, Disease Prevention and Control, Mike Pompeo


the new normal of remote work

“Working from home is not an option for every job, but there is clear evidence that it can have major advantages in the right applications and with the right workers. And as we show in this report it also can have a positive impact on the environment.” So concludes the June 2020 report, Technology at Work v5.0 — The New Normal of Remote Work, published by Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions [Disclosure: Citi is a current client]. The report has many contributors and is focused on what remote wo...
Tags: Travel, Work, Usa, Hillary Clinton, Middle East, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, eLearning, Edcast, Citi, Trump, Gallop, AES, WebEx, Jane Fraser, ConnectedEnterprise


Oil prices steady after Navarro walks back from market-jolting comments - Reuters

Oil prices steady after Navarro walks back from market-jolting comments - Reuters:Oil prices steadied on Tuesday after a volatile session sparked by confusion over the status of the U.S.-China trade deal.Markets were spooked by surprise comments from White House trade adviser Peter Navarro saying the hard-won deal was “over”, though assurances from President Donald Trump later that the agreement was fully intact soothed jangled nerves.Brent crude fell 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $42.98 a barrel by 064...
Tags: Travel, White House, China, Beijing, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Peter Navarro, Navarro, U S China, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Best places to camp in all 50 states

If ever there were a time to head outdoors, this is it. Camping is already our national pastime, but this year it may just be our savior — as we seek places where we can actually travel to and achieve some of the serenity we all need. We’ve been taking a good look at camping as of late, everything from pitching a tent, taking the kids, and camping permit-free or in an RV. Here, we bring it all together to let you know our very favorite places to camp, whether by crashing ocean waves or on a l...
Tags: All, Camping, National Park, State Park, US parks, US Wilderness


Facebook takes down Trump campaign advertising using Nazi symbol after initially approving it

Facebook approved ads from US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that featured an inverted triangle, imagery that Nazis used to designate political prisoners, Media Matters on Thursday. Facebook later took down those ads, saying in a statement to the press that the ads violate the company’s community guidelines. “We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners with...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Nazis, US, Delhi, Donald Trump, Trump, Kapil Mishra, Trump When Trump


Are blacks more prone to criminal behaviour?

Before anything I want to answer the question in the subject line of this blog post.  And the answer is NO!!!  Skin pigmetation has no role in determining behaviour, be it criminal or otherwise,  ZERO .   Why did I choose to make the subject line so inflamatory?   I imagine some saw it and felt their blood pressure go up a notch.  Sadly I think others probably saw it and said "Good, here's someone who shares my point of view".   It's this latter group that I'm hoping will read on.  I w...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, India, Toronto, Barack Obama, Netflix, Canada, United States, Clint Eastwood, Portland, Kkk, Nova Scotia, Portland Oregon, Jason, Vandenberg, Dad


Reply to Six Commentaries on Who’s the Bigot?

For the symposium on Linda McClain, Who’s the Bigot? Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2020).Thanks very much to Sandy Levinson for organizing this wonderful symposium on Who’s the Bigot?and to Jack Balkin for providing space on Balkinization. I am grateful to contributors Aziza Ahmed, Dale Carpenter, Imer Flores, Cathleen Kaveny, Randall Kennedy, and Andrew Koppelman for their insightful and instructive comments. I will address some general t...
Tags: Minnesota, Obama, Virginia, Barack Obama, Unesco, New Mexico, Philips, Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr, Kennedy, Craig, Branding, Flores, Trump, Brown, Board of Education


Taste the Nation food travel show

Food is never just sustenance. Food tethers us to our ancestors; it tracks political upheaval. It guides communities through mourning, sustains them during activism and resistance. Food is comfort, joy, family, and connection — put another way, food is life. That is the message at the core of Padma Lakshmi’s latest endeavor, Taste the Nation. Lakshmi, famous for her longstanding run as host of Top Chef, travels the country looking for the dishes that make up the pieces of the whole we call A...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Mexico, America, Michelin, Hulu, All, Anthony Bourdain, Trump, El Paso, Juarez, Parmigiano Reggiano, David Chang, Padma Lakshmi, Lakshmi, American Food


Why Juneteenth 2020 matters

On June 19 , 1865, Union General Gordon Granger stepped onto the balcony of the Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas, and read aloud from General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This declaration, as the tale goes, forever ended slavery in the United States more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Texans began celebrating June 19 as a holiday as soon as the following...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Atlanta, United States, Missouri, Lincoln, Black Lives Matter, All, Trump, Granger, Galveston Texas, Donald Glover, Galveston, Said, LGBTQIA, Kenya Barris


US Senate passes GAOA

The United States’ open spaces scored a massive political win on Wednesday. A bipartisan conservation bill drafted by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado was approved by the US Senate, with 73 votes in favor and only 25 against. If the bill becomes law, it will provide $900 million annually to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and a total of $9.5 billion to address maintenance backlogs on the country’s public lands. Conservation groups in the American West had been pushing f...
Tags: Travel, Laws, Colorado, Senate, United States, Conservation, House, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, Republican, All, Trump, Gardner, Cory Gardner, House of Representatives According, Water Conservation Fund LWCF


Law, Bigotry, and Expertise

For the symposium on Linda McClain, Who's the Bigot?: Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2020). Aziza Ahmed We live in a political moment in which the world is deeply divided between those people who believe that members of some groups, including racial minorities, immigrants, and the LGBT community need increasing legal entitlements and those who see those very legal entitlements as a threat to their own futures.  This is not new, of course. ...
Tags: Virginia, Unesco, Loving, Branding, Guest Blogger, Trump, McClain, Linda McClain, Aziza Ahmed, McClains, Rabbi Gordon, Anne Fausto Sterling, Northeastern University School, Az Ahmed


Hawaii Legislature to take up police misconduct bill, Ige asks participants in Black Lives Matter rallies to self-isolate, military travel restrictions lifted, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Police on parade, file photo, ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii House Speaker Says Cop Misconduct Bill Is ‘On Our Radar’. The House and Senate are reviewing a measure requiring more disclosure on the part of police agencies that stalled last year after passing both chambers. Civil Beat.Gov. Ige asks protesters from weekend Black Lives Matter rallies to voluntarily self-isolate. Gov. David Ige today requested that participants in Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend consider self-isolat...
Tags: Travel, Minneapolis, Senate, Department Of Defense, Hawaii, House, Pentagon, Catholic, Council, Black Lives Matter, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Trump, Koko, Hawai


The UK govt’s coronavirus data deals are public: Faculty, Palantir were granted IP rights

American technology firm Palantir and UK-based firm Faculty were granted intellectual property rights, and were allowed to train their algorithms, and “profit off their unprecedented access” to data of the UK’s National Health Service, openDemocracy said in a blog post. While the government claims that an undisclosed change to the contract has “cured this problem”, they have not released the new contract, openDemocracy said. It’s not clear if other contracts were altered as well, it added. The U...
Tags: Travel, Health, UK, News, Iraq, Afghanistan, NHS, United Kingdom, Peter Thiel, National Health Service, Cia, Palantir, Trump, Mark Warner, Faculty, Ben Warner


Zuckerberg cites a post from India as a clear-cut example of ‘incitement to violence’

For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, while posts from US President Donald Trump may not pose a “100 per cent clear-cut of a decision”, posts from India where “someone” said “‘Hey, if the police don’t take care of this, our supporters will get in there and clear the streets’” are a clear cut case of incitement of violence and have been taken down. This was revealed in a transcript of a meeting that Zuckerberg held with 25,000 employees on June 2. Recode published the transcript of the meeting. Zucke...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Hong Kong, News, Minneapolis, California, Washington Post, India, BJP, US, Npr, Hate Speech, Delhi, Vox


Trump administration orders Marriott to close Cuba hotel

The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International to wind down hotel operations in Communist-run Cuba, a company spokeswoman told Reuters, extinguishing what had been a symbol of the U.S.-Cuban detente.
Tags: Travel, Marriott, Cuba, Trump, Reuters, Marriott International


Top 10 stories of the week: June 1st to June 7th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 7th June 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. BJP’s Vinit Goenka calls for mass filing of cases against Twitter on charges of sedition against its public policy execs BJP’s Vinit Goenka wants Twitter to be declared a terrorist organisation, and for charges of sedition to be filed against the company’s public policy officials. Read it here 7 million BHIM app records, including Aadhaar a...
Tags: Travel, Home, Facebook, News, India, BJP, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, UPI, Gujarat, Trump, Delhi High Court, Maharashtra, Kelly Steckelberg, Medianama, Dainik Jagran



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