For Inauguration Day, I set my clock back a hundred years -- did you?
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.
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.
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.
Keiko, the singer of Crashfaster, has volunteered to do a cool project on our behalf: she wants to put together a free monthly compilation album as a gift to our Patreon contributors. She says: "I'm calling on all artists who have benefitted from this space - whether you've played a show, enjoyed an event, made new friends, or ate too much pizza - to contribute a song or two for what I'm hoping is going to be a monthly ongoing compilation."
I think that's awesome! If you're interested, you can sign up here.
Have you joined the DNA Lounge Street Team group on Facebook? We've got about a hundred people who have joined so far, and to better understand what they/you are willing and able to help out with, we posted a little poll there the other day. It will help if we know what your special skills are. Also, you can add new entries to the poll if you think of something we've left out.
Sunday was the first night of a new event at Codeword: Noise Complaint is an all ages showcase of local punk bands. Every Sunday, just $5. You may have noticed that like half of the DNA Pizza staff are in punk bands. So yeah, we just turned over the place to them. The first one went really well and had a great turnout!
That was also our first live show at Codeword, but of course, the CW space has a long and storied history of punk rock.
Hey look, photos: