US President Donald Trump has once again triggered criticism and merciless taunts after one of his old tweets resurfaced in which he called Barack Obama "sad" for hosting the White House Hanukkah party early.This week, however, he did the same thing.Back in 2011, Trump slammed Obama suggesting that the then president held the event early in order to go on vacation."Why was the Hanukah celebration held in the White House two weeks early?@BarackObama wants to vacation in Hawaii in late December.Sad," Trump tweeted in December 2011.
Donald Trump may be the world’s most famous tweeter but that proclivity hasn’t helped him dethrone his predecessor in the role of commander in chief who has emerged on top in a roll call of Twitter’s top 2017 tweets.As the year draws to a close, Barack Obama can lay claim to penning four of Twitter’s most liked tweets, while Trump fails to make the grade at all.Highlighting the disparity in temperament between the two figures Obama’s most popular tweet consisted of a Nelson Mandela quote while Trump is best remembered for a gif of him apparently beating up a CNN journalist."No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017A light was shone on Trump's inner psyche with this infamous CNN gif.
An excerpt from a book written in 1955 has shown eerily parallels between the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the United States in 2017.Uncovered on Reddit, a subreddit has been discussing a passage from They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-1945 by Milton Mayer.The forum can be found here, along with the full section the chat is referring to."Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse," the passage reads.you wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow.You don't want to act, or even talk, alone; you don't want to 'go out of your way to make trouble'."
Remember when everyone was screaming for 2016 to just end already?And 2017 managed to be even more horrific.Twitter has essentially verified that fact with its end of the year roundup of the most popular tweets, accounts, and hashtags.Appreciate them now, because next year is just going to be worse.The biggest surprise for most people will be that the list that of the 10 “Most-Retweeted Tweets” shared with news outlets was missing Twitter’s unofficial mascot, Donald Trump.And because everything in 2017 has to be about one political side attacking another, Twitter is currently filled with users celebrating the delicious schadenfreude of Barack Obama making the list of most retweeted posts twice, while Trump is nowhere to be found.
As 2017 comes to a close, Twitter has revealed its end-of-the-year statistics including its most retweeted and liked posts of the year.Obama's top tweet on "The 9 Most Retweeted Tweets of 2017" was one with a Nelson Mandela quote that was posted after the deadly white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August."No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion..." Obama's personal @BarackObama account tweeted.The tweet was the second-most retweeted tweet of the year, beaten only by 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson's request to Wendy's for a year's supply of free chicken nuggets that drew 3.6 million retweets."Money can buy a lot of things.After the teen from Reno, Nevada, jokingly asked Wendy's how many retweets would it take to win a year of free chicken nuggets, the fast-food chain replied: "18 million."
Twitter climbed aboard the 2017 in review train, and its most retweeted tweet worldwide was a plea for chicken nuggets.Carter Wilkerson’s appetite for Wendy’s “nuggs” led to Twitter’s most retweeted global tweet for 2017.The tweet that drew the most likes worldwide was a plea for racial equality from former President Barack Obama.The most retweeted tweet from an athlete worldwide was National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James poking fun at President Donald Trump for rescinding his invitation to the league champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, after Warriors superstar Stephen Curry had already said he would not attend.Miss Universe 2017 was the most-tweeted-about global television event.The most viewed livestream on Twitter in 2017 was PBS NewsHour’s coverage of Trump’s inauguration, while the most shared Twitter Moment was NASA’s discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star.
Former President Barack Obama wrote three of the most retweeted posts on Twitter in 2017.President Donald Trump, whose tweets make international news on a daily basis, did not make the list.Trump is mentioned on the list, however, with LeBron James calling him out.Twitter on Tuesday released a list of the most shared tweets of 2017, and it includes three tweets from former US President Barack Obama.Though President Donald Trump's Twitter account regularly makes international headlines and he has bragged about his "very powerful" social media reaching 100 million people, Obama has more followers and more retweets by far.But while Obama's response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, became the most liked tweet of all time, he lost out on first place to a relatively unknown tweeter's attempt to get free nuggets for life from Wendy's.
Two Senate Democrats will donate funds they received from Shervin Pishevar to charitable organizations after the venture capitalist was accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women.According to Bloomberg, which first reported on the allegations against Pishevar last week, U.S.Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey will give the money to advocacy groups, including organizations that support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.Pishevar is known for his Democratic fundraising in addition to his tech investments.According to OpenSecrets, Pishevar has given more than $500,000 to candidates and committees, including the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.Though neither have publicly announced intentions to run, both Harris and Booker are considered potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
A former campaign aide for Barack Obama has warned that President Donald Trump's quick-fire use of Twitter could eventually be his undoing.Lis Smith, former director of rapid response for Obama's campaign, said Trump having a "full-out meltdown" on Twitter does not help his case.Over the weekend, Trump posted a series of eyebrow-raising tweets after his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI - the latest development in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump's team and Moscow."I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.He has pled guilty to those lies," Trump tweeted on Saturday."It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful.
Donald Trump has denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia after ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn admitted lying to the FBI.Commenting on the matter for the first time since Flynn’s guilty plea on Friday, the US President told reporters as he departed the White House: “What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion.”Trump added on Saturday: “There’s been absolutely no collusion, so we’re very happy.”Flynn was the first member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion by Trump aides.Flynn admitted in a Washington court that he had lied to FBI investigators about discussions he had last December with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak.In what appeared to be moves undermining the policies of outgoing President Barack Obama, the pair discussed US sanctions on Russia, and Flynn asked Kislyak to help delay a United Nations vote seen as damaging to Israel, according to prosecutors.
“Donald Trump is completely unfit to be president of the United States.That is an expression of the shock of mounting evidence that he is intellectually deficient, temperamentally unsound and morally bankrupt.”The writer was the New York Times columnist Charles Blow, who, as if we needed reminding, went on to detail the US president’s serial missteps of just the past few days.On Monday, he chose to repeat one of his favourite racist slurs ― calling the Democratic party senator Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ because she has claimed native American ancestry - while, get this, supposedly honouring Navajo veterans of World War Two.On Tuesday, he was reported to have resurrected - admittedly behind closed doors - his old lie about Barack Obama not having been born in the US.endorsing three videos promulgated by the British racist organisation Britain First, which was originally set up by former members of the BNP.
During a ceremony on Monday honoring Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, Trump set his sights on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed to be part Native American.“We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago,” he jeered.Just last week Trump referred to LaVar Ball as “a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.” (Ball’s son plays basketball for UCLA and, along with teammates, was detained in China for shoplifting; Trump helped to broker their release and did not feel the elder Ball was grateful enough for his efforts.)He’s taken jabs at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, personally called for the firing of ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, and bullied San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz amidst the devastation stewed by Hurricane Maria.Trump is a skilled agitator in the inventiveness of casual bigotry, and his distaste for people who don’t look like him, and those who don’t share equivalent ideologies, is weaponized in hulking doses.(After all, his political career began with a racist “birther” witch hunt against Barack Obama, obsessively disputing the president’s citizenry.)
From a report on Reuters: India's telecom regulator has made recommendations to ensure an open internet in the country and prevent any discrimination in internet access in a long-awaited report (PDF), after debating the issue of net neutrality for more than a year.The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said it was not in favor of any "discriminatory treatment" with data, including blocking, slowing or offering preferential speeds or treatment to any content.The Indian regulator's support of net neutrality stands in contrast to the recent stance taken by the chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.Last week, Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, unveiled plans to rescind so-called net neutrality rules championed by former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities.
Tony Romm, writing for Recode: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai thinks everyone from Cher to Twitter has it wrong when they say that his efforts to roll back the U.S. government's existing net neutrality rules will spell the death of the web.Instead, Pai said during an event in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday that tech giants could pose the greatest threat by discriminating against viewpoints on the internet."They might cloak their advocacy in the public interest," he said, "but the real interest of these internet giants is in using the regulatory process to cement their dominance in the internet economy."The surprising rebuke came as Pai forged ahead with his plan to end the net neutrality protections adopted by the Federal Communications Commission under former President Barack Obama.Those rules subject broadband providers like AT, Charter, Comcast and Verizon to utility-style regulation, all in a bid to stop them from blocking access to web pages, slowing down connections or prioritizing some content over others.[...] He didn't spare tech companies from that criticism, either.
As US President Donald Trump faces heat over the Time magazine dispute and his attack on CNN over the weekend, Twitter is mercilessly roasting the president with people poking fun at his numerous scandals, controversies and shortcomings thus far with the viral hashtag RoastTrumpIn4Words.Twitter erupted with a slew of jokes, comments and memes to taunt the president over various issues including his policies, controversial statements and failings by his administration.Some people took aim at Trump in light of the ongoing probes into Russian interference and possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Moscow, particularly special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation."Donnie golfs, Mueller works," one Twitter user wrote.A second added: "It's Mueller time, b**ches!"Many poked fun at Trump over his earlier controversies from the infamous "covfefe" incident and his penchant for golf to his continued jabs at his predecessor Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump is unique among modern Presidents in that he has no significant legislative accomplishments to show for ten months after taking office.Presidents in the first year of their first term are often at the peak of their popularity, have the biggest margins in Congress, and are free from the scandals and intense partisanship that start to gather around them later and make governing ever more difficult.By the second year, a President’s legislative agenda becomes complicated by the hesitancy of members of Congress to take risky votes as midterm elections approach, particularly if a President is unpopular.The math is stark: on average, modern Presidents have historically lost thirty House seats and four Senate seats in their first midterm elections.In 1993, Bill Clinton used a Democratic Congress to pass a major economic plan, the Family and Medical Leave Act, gun legislation, and NAFTA, though his signature health-care bill eventually failed.Barack Obama came into office, in 2009, with large Democratic majorities, high approval ratings, and a massive economic crisis, all of which he leveraged to pass the most ambitious first-year agenda of any President since Lyndon Johnson, including an enormous economic-stimulus package and major reforms of the financial regulatory system and health care.
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesEarlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission released its final plan to kill off the net neutrality policies put in place by Barack Obama.To start, BattleForTheNet.com, a virtual meeting ground that’s been put together by free internet advocacy groups and nonprofits, is reporting a surge in the number of phone calls that it’s helped direct to Congress.Almost 400,000 calls have been made this week, according to the website, with 270,000 of those coming in the last 24 hours alone.Over at Change.org, seven new petitions in support of net neutrality have been started up in the last two days, and older ones (like “Protect Net Neutrality From the Trump Administration”) have gained thousands of new signatures this week.Currently, Change.org logs 21 petitions related to net neutrality.
US regulators have rolled back the net neutrality rules enshrined in law under President Barack Obama.The change is seen as a major victory for the telecoms industry but a blow to those who favour an internet that offers equal access to all.It could pave the way for net providers to offer "fast lanes" - where only wealthy companies can afford the best connections to consumers.Some 21 million comments were submitted in a public debate about the proposals.In a statement, chairman Ajit Pai said the Federal Communications Commission's proposals would stop federal government "micro-managing the internet"."For almost 20 years, the internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican congress," he said.
The bromance is alive and well!Former US president Barack Obama took to Twitter to wish Joe Biden a happy birthday with his own hilarious meme celebrating their special bond, and the internet couldn't handle it.In a message celebrating the 75th birthday of the former vice president on Monday, 20 November, Obama tweeted a photo of Biden grinning and pointing while Obama gave his State of the Union address before Congress in 2014."Happy birthday to Joe Biden, my brother and the best vice president anybody could have," Obama wrote.Obama and Biden's storied "bromance" has captivated millions in the last few years with the duo's interactions and moments, which were captured by photographers, turned into hilarious memes.The politicians have previously joked about their unique friendship in the past as well.
I simply observe that the rational case for accepting EVs has been undermined by unrealistic market forecasts and a disregard for the environmental effects involved in producing and operating these vehicles.In 2008, Deutsche Bank predicted that EVs would claim 7 percent of the U.S. market by 2016; in 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek put the 2016 share at 6 percent.president Barack Obama called for 1 million EVs on the road by 2015, and a concurrent report by the Department of Energy claimed [PDF] that the country’s production capacity in that year would reach 1.2 million units.If you plot the trajectory of the global stock of EVs since the beginning of their sales to the year 2016, you will see that the equation that best fits the data (a fourth-order polynomial) projects about 32 million units in 2025.If EVs are to reduce carbon emissions (and thus minimize the extent of global warming), their batteries must not be charged with electricity generated from the combustion of fossil fuels.But in 2016, 68 percent of global electricity originated in fossil fuels; 5.2 percent came from wind and solar and the rest from hydro energy and nuclear fission.