Facebook may now profess to combat fake news, but that didn't keep the company from hosting a Trump inauguration soirée in DC along with the Daily Caller, a far-right news website whose frequent misinformation and lies keep fact-checking website Snopes rather busy.
I know! Who cares about being in cahoots with a publication that celebrated Obama commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning this week with the headline "Genetic Male Bradley Manning Pulls Off The Klinger Gambit," right? Not me!
Not to be left out of the action, oil company BP was also a host. It was, according to the publication, "A veritable who's who of beltway bigwigs" at the Hay-Adams Hotel in DC, all talking Trump.
Mark Zuckerberg sues over 100 Hawaiians to force them to sell them their ancestral land:
In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg (who insists that privacy is dead) bought 100 acres of land around his vacation home in Hawaii to ensure that no one could get close enough to spy on him.
The Zuckerberg estate on Kauai North Shore engulfs several smaller pieces of land deeded in the 1800s -- kuleana lands that were granted to native Hawaiians. The owners of this land are entitled to easements through Zuckerberg's property, so they can reach their own.
Zuckerberg has filed "quiet title" lawsuits to force the owners of more than 100 of these parcels to sell to him. His lawyer says it's the easiest way to figure out who has title to these family lands so he can make them an offer. Hey, when I want to find out who someone is, I always sue 'em.
Zuckerberg has a staff of twelve just to delete abusive comments on his Facebook page:
Typically, a handful of Facebook employees manage communications just for him, helping write his posts and speeches, while an additional dozen or so delete harassing comments and spam on his page, say two people familiar with the matter. Facebook also has professional photographers snap Zuckerberg, say, taking a run in Beijing or reading to his daughter
In an internal Facebook post, Zuckerberg defends his company's ongoing association with Peter Thiel -- Facebook investor/board member and major donor to white-supremacist / pro-rape candidate Donald Trump.
This is your irregularly-scheduled reminder:
If you work for Facebook, quit. It is morally indefensible for you to use your skills to make that company more powerful. By working there, you are making the world an objectively worse place. I'm sure you can find a job working for a company that you don't have to apologize for all the time.
You can do it. I believe in you.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
Is there a GoFundMe to defend the Hawaiians?
"300 people who are descendants of an immigrant Portuguese sugar cane plantation worker who bought four parcels totaling two acres of land in 1894."
How much did this guy's descendants reproduce? If he had 3 kids in 1894, each of which had 3 kids 25 years later in 1919, each of which had 3 kids 25 years later in 1944, and so on, that comes to a generation of 243 descendants in 1994 and 729 descendants in 2019. But that would also have to be only the ones that stayed in this ancestral land, so there should have been many many more who left.
This is information that is researchable and answerable with actual facts, but I'll just point out that in the 1800s, reproductive strategy was to have 12 kids so that 8 of them would survive long enough to be put to work. 3 would have been considered a tiny number.
@jwz - exactly.
My wife's grandfather had 10 children. My wife's aunt has had 11 so far.
Even in today's society some families have many more than just the 2.8 children average.
If the title paperwork is so screwed up that your lawyer can't figure out who owns the property, and -indeed- it might be true that noone has a claim on the property, then how would you handle it? If there's a quick, easy, low-cost method of doing that, wouldn't you use it in preference to other methods?
Having said that, it'll be a shame if Hawaii doesn't figure out how to reach out to these folks to provide competent, gratis council, if they require it. It would be a damn shame if someone lost their land because they didn't have their ownership paperwork straight and weren't able to afford someone to help them figure out how to prove that they are the owner of that land.
I know you have a real hate-on for Facebook. They're a despicable organization that ruin pretty much everything they touch. But "Very Busy CEO and Company Chairman Has Speechwriters, Mail Screeners, and Staff Photographers on His Staff that Perform The Functions For Which They Were Hired" just isn't news. It would be surprising if a C-level employee of a large company who had to make public appearances didn't have that set of personal staff.
I think you just said, "Do you have a flag? Because we have a flag."
Treating the legal system as a politically-neutral dispute resolution service is, ah, a delightfully modern and ahistorical perspective. "The title paperwork" for Hawai'ian land only exists at all as a consequence of an armed invasion and occupation that occurred barely a century ago, which imposed both American rule and the American legal system on the Kingdom without their consent.
It's not the job of the conquered to work with their conquerors. Zuckerburg's relying on a legal system imposed by conquerors to continue the work of conquerors and to take land away from long-time inhabitants by force.
People should stop using Facebook products and services. Lead by example.
i dumped facebook. it's been great. i like pictures of people's crotch fruit as much as the next, but i don't miss it. i like the time and the sanity i got back.
I've deleted my account at least three times, but keep crawling back because there are some people I won't stay in contact with any other way. Which, I guess, means they're not really friends.
In other news, Zuckerberg scotches rumours of White House run (that's a paywalled FT link; the interview is on Buzzfeed, but I dislike them).
Sorry, link here
Just came here to say: Duck yourself.
Why? The man has enough money to replace everyone three times over in every hour. Quitting doesn't solve the user problem that they want to be cuckheld for more advertising money. The want facebook, they want youtube, they want instagram and google plus. Let them have it.
If you hate facebook, you hate the people.