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Russian propaganda evades YouTube's flagging system with BuzzFeed-style knockoffs

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There is, however, one distinct difference between ICYMI's videos and any other two-minute news blast on YouTube: Host Polly Boiko's monologues are part of Russia Today, the English-language media company known as RT and backed by the Russian government.

NBC News discovered the connection through registration information of ICYMI's website, which lists the same entity as the registration for RT's website.

Russia-backed channels such as Russia Today. In one video, Boiko discusses the poisoning of U.K. double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter — with users having no clear way of knowing about the video's connection to Russia's media efforts.
In another, Boiko, in a "Dark Side of the Moon" Pink Floyd T-shirt, complains that the West blames Russia for all of its problems.

continue reading at link below....

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/russian-propaganda-evades-youtubes-flagging-system-with-buzzfeed-style-knockoffs/ar-AAw48lI

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Apr 20, 2018, 08:19 AM (0 replies)

Kushner Cos. Subpoenaed for Information Related to Housing Filings

Source: Wall Street Journal

Action stems from paperwork the company filed in New York about rent-regulated tenants

By Erica Orden
Updated April 19, 2018 7:43 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—The real-estate company run by the family of White House adviser Jared Kushner in mid-March received a federal grand-jury subpoena for information related to paperwork the company filed in New York City concerning its rent-regulated tenants, according to people familiar with the matter.

The subpoena, part of an investigation by prosecutors in the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, came shortly after an Associated Press article about the company having filed documents that said it had zero rent-regulated tenants,...

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/kushner-cos-subpoenaed-over-tenant-records-1524173492
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Apr 19, 2018, 10:14 PM (7 replies)

More tech workers can't afford to live where they work

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/more-tech-workers-cant-afford-to-live-where-they-work.html?

Diana Olick | @DianaOlick

Published 10:38 AM ET Fri, 6 April 2018 Updated 12:41 PM ET Fri, 6 April 2018

More tech workers can’t afford to live where they work — and neither can teachers and first responders
Teachers, first responders, restaurant workers and, surprisingly, computer programmers have the hardest time affording a home near their jobs.

Real estate listing company Trulia defines affordability as one's monthly payment on housing taking up no more than 31 percent of one's paycheck

Demand is high and supply is low, especially at the lower end of the housing scale.
…snip
But it's not just in California, where home prices are highest. Barely half of programmers in Chicago; Charleston, South Carolina; Minneapolis; and Newark, New Jersey, can afford to buy the median-priced home. The numbers are even lower in Portland, Oregon, and Miami.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 09:56 AM (11 replies)

Split California into 3 parts ballot initiative in November

This is a reposted article. The discussion was started in the California group, link below.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/104018526


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/split-california-into-three-states-backer-says-he’s-got-the-ballot-signatures/ar-AAvQGhD

SF Gate
By Trapper Byrne

A Bay Area venture capitalist who thinks California’s political system is dysfunctional says he’s collected enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot to split the state in three.

Tim Draper says he’ll submit more than 600,000 signatures to the secretary of state next week for a measure that would divide the state into what he’s tentatively labeled NorCal, SoCal and Cal, which would include the Central Coast and the Los Angeles Basin. The Bay Area would be in NorCal.

A total of 366,000 valid signatures would be needed to put the idea before voters.
If the new measure does qualify and voters go for it, Congress would still have to ratify the split.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/104018526





Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 09:41 AM (13 replies)

Housing affordability weakening at fastest pace in a quarter century

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/housing-affordability-weakening-at-fastest-pace-in-a-quarter-century/ar-AAvQPbw?li=BBnbfcN

Housing affordability weakening at fastest pace in a quarter century
CNBC Diana Olick

It is the perfect storm: Rising home prices, rising mortgage rates and rising demand are colliding with a critical shortage of homes for sale.

And all of that is slamming housing affordability, which is causing more of today's buyers to overstretch their budgets. This year, affordability – a metric based solely on the amount of the monthly mortgage payment – will weaken at the fastest pace in a quarter century, according to researchers at Arch Mortgage Insurance.

The average mortgage payment, based on the median priced home, increased by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2018 nationally and could go up another 10 percent to 15 percent by the end of the year, according to their report.
Snip…

With no relief in either inventory or home price appreciation in sight, the housing market is likely to become even more competitive this year.

At some point, however, there will come a breaking point when sales slow, which is already beginning to happen in some cities. Home prices usually lag sales, so if history holds true, price gains should start to ease next year.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 09:30 AM (2 replies)

Presidential brand on the clearance rack

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/what-ever-happened-to-trump-neckties-theyre-over-and-so-is-most-of-his-merchandising-empire/ar-AAvQrEf?li=BBnbfcN

Washington Post

Zane Anthony, Kathryn Sanders and David A. Fahrenthoid

What ever happened to Trump neckties? They're over, and so is most of his merchandising empire
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In 2015, Trump listed 19 companies that were paying him to produce or distribute Trump-branded consumer goods.
In recent weeks, only two said they are still selling Trump-branded goods. One is a Panamanian company selling Trump bed linens and home goods. The other is a Turkish company selling Trump furniture.
Of the rest, some Trump partners quit in reaction to campaign-trail rhetoric on immigrants and Muslims. Others said their licensing agreements had expired. Others said nothing beyond confirming that they’d stopped working with Trump. Their last Trump goods are now being sold off, often at a discount: One cologne is marked down from $42 to $9.99 for an ounce.
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This report was produced in partnership with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, where Anthony and Sanders are students.
Alice Crites, Rob Kuznia, James McAuley, Min Joo Kim, Ana Cerrud, Philip Bump and Kari Lydersen contributed to this report.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 09:26 AM (3 replies)

Market volatility is reminiscent of the 1987 crash: Veteran trader Art Cashin

Reposted as requested

Market volatility is reminiscent of the 1987 crash: Veteran trader Art Cashin

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by muriel_volestrangler (a host of the Latest Breaking News forum). If you believe this was done in error, please contact muriel_volestrangler to appeal.

Source: CNBC via MSN


"It's a good deal more volatile than almost anything else you've seen," said Cashin, who began his career at Thomson McKinnon in 1959. "It is unfortunately reminiscent of some of the volatility we saw in '87," he said Thursday on CNBC's "."

Cashin, now one of six executive floor governors at the , was referring to the market that began on Oct. 19, 1987, in Asia before spreading to Europe and then the United States later in the day. The fell more than 500 points — or 22 percent — in a single day. The volatility moved across time zones the following morning, crashing markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Veteran traders were reminded of the events, dubbed "Black Monday" and "Black Tuesday," this week.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/market-volatility-is-reminiscent-of-the-1987-crash-veteran-trader-art-cashin/ar-AAvwGGD?li=BBnbfcN


I hope this is not going to happen. It does appear that we are on a carnival ride going to fast, without brakes and headed for a jump off the tracks.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 08:50 AM (4 replies)

Market volatility is reminiscent of the 1987 crash: Veteran trader Art Cashin

Source: CNBC via MSN


"It's a good deal more volatile than almost anything else you've seen," said Cashin, who began his career at Thomson McKinnon in 1959. "It is unfortunately reminiscent of some of the volatility we saw in '87," he said Thursday on CNBC's "."

Cashin, now one of six executive floor governors at the , was referring to the market that began on Oct. 19, 1987, in Asia before spreading to Europe and then the United States later in the day. The fell more than 500 points — or 22 percent — in a single day. The volatility moved across time zones the following morning, crashing markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Veteran traders were reminded of the events, dubbed "Black Monday" and "Black Tuesday," this week.



Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/market-volatility-is-reminiscent-of-the-1987-crash-veteran-trader-art-cashin/ar-AAvwGGD?li=BBnbfcN



I hope this is not going to happen. It does appear that we are on a carnival ride going to fast, without brakes and headed for a jump off the tracks.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 07:30 AM (6 replies)
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