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Microsoft is providing "legal advice and assistance" to employees who might be affected by President Donald Trump's executive action on immigration, the company says.

On Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order for "extreme vetting" that halted the US' refugee program and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days — even people who already have visas and legal permits to live in the United States.

The countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

 

"We share the concerns about the impact of the executive order on our employees from the listed countries, all of whom have been in the United States lawfully, and we’re actively working with them to provide legal advice and assistance," says a Microsoft spokesperson.

Earlier this week, before Trump signed the order in question, Microsoft tucked language into its quarterly earnings report, warning that "we are limited in our ability to recruit internationally by restrictive domestic immigration laws," and that "changes to U.S. immigration policies that restrain the flow of technical and professional talent may inhibit our ability to adequately staff our research and development efforts."

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have both spoken out against President Trump's immigration action. "It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues," Pichai wrote in an e-mail to Google employees.

Author : Matt Weinberger

Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-donald-trump-immigration-order-2017-1

Categorized in Others

The billionaire head of China's biggest e-commerce retailer met with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday to promote his site by dangling the possibility of a million new U.S. jobs.

Jack Ma met Trump in New York and the two talked U.S.-China trade and specifically small business. Ma promoted Alibaba as a platform through which U.S. small businesses could sell products to consumers in China and Southeast Asia.

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By doing that, up to a million new jobs could be created at a million small businesses, Alibaba said. Alibaba didn't commit to hiring new staff in the U.S. itself.

"We mainly talked about small business, and young people and selling American agricultural products to China," said Ma.

He said he envisaged most of the jobs being created in the U.S. Midwest agricultural sector, and also mentioned garments, fruits, and wines as possible goods that could be successfully sold to Chinese consumers.

"Jack and I are going to do some great things," Trump said to reporters after the meeting without commenting further.

Alibaba operates a hugely successful e-commerce site in China and has been expanding overseas to compete directly with Amazon through AliExpress. But it hasn't all been smooth sailing for the company.

At the end of 2016, its Taobao marketplace, a consumer-to-consumer site much like eBay, was placed on the U.S. Trade Representative's list of "notorious markets." These are online and offline market places that enable "substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting."

Taobao had been on the list previously but was taken off four years ago. Its return prompted the company to question whether the decision was based on the election of Trump and what was viewed as his anti-China trade stance.

In recent weeks, Alibaba has announced a crackdown on counterfeit goods on its online marketplaces, including filing lawsuits against Taobao sellers.

Author : Martyn Williams

Source : http://www.infoworld.com/article/3156009/government/alibaba-could-generate-1-million-new-us-jobs-ma-tells-trump.html

Categorized in News & Politics

PALM BEACH, Fla. – President-elect Donald Trump, in the final hours of 2016, restated his doubt about the validity of U.S. intelligence analyses that the Russian government hacked various political organizations with the goal of putting him in the Oval Office.

“I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure,” Trump said in a brief question-and-answer session as he prepared to enter a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure,” Trump said, referring to the faulty argument pushed by proponents of the 2003 Iraq invasion that dictator Saddam Hussein possessed banned weapons. “I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”

Trump then stated his belief that extremely sensitive information should not be communicated via computers at all, citing the expertise of his pre-teen son.

“It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe. I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe,” Trump said. “I have a boy who’s 10 years old. He can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”

President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters as he and his wife, Melania, arrive for a New Year’s Eve celebration with members and guests at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 31.

When asked what, specifically, he knew about alleged Russian hacking that others did not, Trump said he would reveal his insights into the controversy in due time. “You’ll find out Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI this week released a 13-page document outlining how Russian-based hackers stole emails of Democratic officials, which were then released online and to the outlet WikiLeaks in the closing months of the campaign.

Following the release of that report, Trump announced that during the coming days he would meet with U.S. intelligence leaders to discuss Russia’s interference in the election, even though he thought it was better for the country to move on from the election.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton herself raised the issue of Russia’s involvement during one of the presidential debates. But Trump said it was impossible to know who actually had done the hacking, suggesting it might have been a 400-pound hacker sitting in his bed and, later, that it was someone in New Jersey.

Author: S.V. Date
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-russian-hacking_us_58686f8de4b0d9a5945bc5e9

Categorized in News & Politics

Donald Trump is a huge angry missile-shooting robot battling Mexicans.

That's the concept of a dark, funny and sharply satirical sci-fi short film from Uruguay that millions are watching online.

Titled "M.A.M.O.N. (Monitor Against Mexicans Over Nationwide) Latinos VS. Donald Trump," production company APARATO used computer generated images and visual effects to lambast Trump's position on Mexican immigrants.

BBC Trending spoke with the director, Alejandro Damiani. And you can watch the complete short film here.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38186036

Categorized in News & Politics

Google has released 2016 trending results for its search engine. Various categories were created, such as People, Dog Questions, Calorie Counts and Election Moments.

The top overall search terms for the United States were Powerball, Prince, Hurricane Matthew, and Pokemon Go.

In the People category searches for Donald Trump took the lead, followed by Hillary Clinton, Michael Phelps and Bernie Sanders.

The How To questions people searched for included “How to play Pokemon Go?” “How to register to vote?” “How to play Powerball?” “How to make slime?” and “How to move to Canada?”

And on the News front, Olympics, Election, Orlando Shooting, Brexit and Zika virus took the lead.

The full list of Google’s search trends for 2016 can be found here.

 

 

Author:  Nuala Sawyer

Source:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/google-reports-2016-search-trends-trump-powerball-olympics-taking-lead

Categorized in Search Engine

Nearly two weeks after Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election — and month before the Electoral College is set to vote, making the results permanent — a new movement wants to audit the November 8 vote, to investigate whether Trump won the election fair and square, or whether error and even fraud may have placed him in the White House.

One element of the vote audit movement is a Change.org online petition calling for election officials to “double-check the electronic results by conducting a ‘risk-limiting’ audit of the presidential election in every state that uses paper ballots.”

Even a United States Senator, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, has called for a congressional investigation into possible election tampering, particularly by Russian intelligence agencies.

Audit Vote, #AuditTheVote, Was election rigged, Donald Trump wins election, Russian election hack, vote fraud

A vote-counting computer used to tabulate ballots in the 2016 presidential election.

The petition started by the Verified Voting Foundation seeks 75,000 signatures which will be forwarded to Secretaries of State, election officials, and state governors. As of Sunday morning, November 20, the petition had received 65,199 supporters.

“The FBI determined some months ago that hacking, originating from Russia, was having an influence on our electoral process,” the petition states. “These hackers interfered with our presidential election through attempted and successful penetration of email and voter registration databases, among other systems. This created fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the safety of our electoral processes.”

In fact, it was not only the FBI but the National Security Agency itself — the intelligence bureau responsible for America’s online and digital spying and counter-espionage efforts — which detected attempts to tip the United States election by what NSA chief Michael Rogers called “a nation state,” as seen in the excerpted interview with Rogers in the video below.

“This was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance,” Rogers said in the Wall Street Journal interview. “This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily.”

While Russian ties to hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee that were subsequently released online by the document-dumping site WikiLeaks were confirmed by U.S. intelligence agencies as well as independent investigators weeks before the election, hackers connected to the Russian government are also known to have broken into a voter registration system in Illinois.

The Russian hackers also entered at least one other state’s voter database — and in theory could have penetrated many more which have yet to be detected. Once inside, the hackers could have altered voter information to create fake registrations and alter voting patterns.

Audit Vote, #AuditTheVote, Was election rigged, Donald Trump wins election, Russian election hack, vote fraud

Russian President Vladimir Putin, suspected of engineering manipulation of the presidential election that tipped the vote to Donald Trump.

According to Alexandra Chalupa, a consultant to the DNC investigating the Russian hacks, told the Gothamist news site that in Pennsylvania, especially, the voting results appeared strange, with between 50 and 75 percent of provisional ballots rejected. Even more alarming, “a large number of voters who voted for a Republican president and senator, but voted for Democrats down the rest of the ballot.”

“That’s not usually the pattern,” Chalupa said.

Trump ended up beating Clinton in Pennsylvania by a mere 57,588 votes — less than one percentage point — winning the state’s crucial 20 electoral votes, despite the fact that Pennsylvania had voted for the Democrat in six consecutive presidential elections.

A new Twitter hashtag, #AuditTheVote, appeared on Saturday, and one of the hashtag creators, Melinda Byerley, explained that the purpose was to collect public information and data that could either verify or disprove claims of election tampering and fraud.

 

“This is not about (Hillary Clinton) or (Donald Trump),” Byerley wrote. “This is about national sovereignty and a potential foreign breach of our voting system. “America is a beacon to the world for free and fair elections. Our ability to remain a superpower rests on the trust the world has in us.”

Author:  Jonathan Vankin

Source:  http://www.inquisitr.com/

Categorized in News & Politics

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump unveiled plans Monday for his first 100 days in office, including proposals related to immigration, trade deals and defense policy, using a video published online to briefly outline his proposals.

Trump promised to withdraw from negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, cancel environmental restrictions put in place by President Barack Obama, ask his national security team to buttress against infrastructure attacks, have the Labor Department investigate federal worker visas and impose broad new bans on lobbying by government employees.

The six items Trump detailed Monday are all somewhat easy lifts inside Washington -- because they can be done with a simple signature by Trump and do not require congressional approval.

But Trump also left out his biggest campaign promises -- including promises to build a wall along the Mexican border, establish a "deportation force," place new restrictions on immigration from some majority Muslim countries, repeal Obamacare and spend $1 trillion on infrastructure.

Mexico readies for possible mass deportations

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Unlike his items unveiled Monday, those measures would require the approval of Congress and are likely to take significantly more work.

Time and speed are very likely to be key factors as the new president looks for bigger, more durable wins in his first year. Republicans control the House and Senate, as well as the White House -- but Democrats struggled to pass key items, like Obamacare, when they were in a similar position eight years ago.

Republicans hold a firm majority in the House, but could struggle in the Senate, where Democrats will hold 48 seats next year, enough to blockade Trump measures.

Trump cast his measures as completely focused on American workers.

"Whether it's producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America -- creating wealth and jobs for American workers," Trump said in the two-and-a-half-minute video statement. "As part of this plan, I've asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs."

Among his first actions, the Republican said he would "issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Transpacific Partnership" and replace it with negotiating "fair bilateral trade deals."

Trump campaigned on a promise to halt the progress of the TPP trade deal, an agreement President Barack Obama had hoped would be a part of his administration's trade legacy.

Some of the first international reaction came from Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"The TPP without the United States is meaningless," he said during a press conference at the APEC summit in Peru on Monday.

"Renegotiation is impossible, because the TPP without the United States will collapse the balance of the benefit," Abe said, according to a translator.

"As for the policy of the new US government, I don't want to discuss with any assumption."

What the heck is TPP?
What the heck is TPP? 02:03

On immigration, Trump promised to "investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker," but did not mention his signature campaign promise of building a wall along the US border with Mexico.

The items are all measures he broadly campaigned on, though Trump has begun moderating some of the toughest stances he took on the campaign trail. In an interview with "60 Minutes," he said that he would likely keep key portions of Obamacare.

Report: 1 in 4 kids lack proper healthcare

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And not long after his election win, his campaign took down the web page with his earlier promise to ban all Muslims from entering the country -- he has since moderated that view greatly, but left major questions on how precisely he would limit immigration.

 

Author:  Tom LoBianco

Source:  http://edition.cnn.com/

Categorized in News & Politics

As the world turns to prophetic predictions, a Bulgarian blind psychic seems to have foreseen the future of the U.S., while predicting political aspects of the 2016 elections. The psychic was called Nostradamus from the Balkans" and her name was Baba Vanda.

Many of her predictions became increasingly popular after 1996 when she passed away - at 85 years old. The blind woman called a prophet apparently had an 85 percent success rate among her prediction, which makes people around the globe turn to her opinions whenever social or political events raise questions.

 The Blind Prophet Of the Balkans

Among the predictions that made her famous, the woman's idea that the 44th U.S. president will be African-American was by far the most popular. However, she also stated that the man who we know to have been Obama will be the last president of the U.S.

Other predictions included the idea that Muslim people would "invade" Europe in 2016. According to the blind woman ,the increased immigration rates will end in chemical warfare that will be employed against the European population as a result of this trend.

 Currently, people around the U.S. are thrilled to read about her predictions, especially the ones who do not acknowledge Donald Trump as their president. While this problem is related to the way people feel about their national political situation, the dead blind psychic has gained their attention.

The idea that Donald Trump is the man following "the last U.S. president" encourages people to follow the woman's predictions, and read the tremendous amount of information available online about her biography and her ideas, the self-claimed insights on what the world will go through.

Among her predictions, the economic crisis of 2008 was also very popular at that time .The fact that she suggested the economic implications of the Bush Jr. administration is no less than  Surprising, and believers in her gift worldwide had turned to her visions to a better understanding of what will follow.

 Baba Vanga: International Phenomenon

While her words were not always very specific when it came to the event she predicted, people always correlated the woman's words with occurrences from further in time.

"A huge wave will cover a big coast covered with people and towns," for instance, is a phrase that was used in correlation to the tsunamis in 2004.

While, from a scientific point of view, her predictions were merely words that were given context depending on the world's events, it is also true that she gained a lot of popularity, having the website baba-vanga.com exclusively dedicated to her art of predicting the future.

Author:  Livia Rusu

Source:  http://www.techtimes.com/

Categorized in Future Trends

Barely a week has passed since the election of Donald J. Trump — and liberals are preparing for the fight of their lives. 

To defeat what they consider a radical presidential agenda without parallel in modern American history, they've already begun donating to favorite causes, coordinating protests and volunteering at an unprecedented level. Nonprofits and advocacy organizations, including the ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League and Planned Parenthood, have reported a remarkable surge in financial contributions. 

However bleak the prospect, taking on a radical Trump presidency could galvanize a new generation of grassroots activists whose influence would be felt for decades. If organizers succeed, it could herald a golden age of civic involvement on the left unlike anything since the 1960s, when people took to the streets en masse in support of civil rights and in protest of the Vietnam War. 

Only time will render a verdict, but the initial signs are promising. In five days, the nonpartisan ACLU received a record 120,000 donations worth $7.2 million to fund their work protecting civil liberties. Trump's election, said a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, led to the biggest spike in donations in the past year. Meanwhile the nonprofit health provider's headquarters and affiliates were flooded with volunteer inquiries. Two hundred people reached out to one clinic in Philadelphia that normally gets a two dozen such requests in a week. The ADL, which fights anti-Semitism and bigotry, is seeing a similar effect, with calls to their regional offices coming in at much higher rates than usual. 

"I think people feel many things are under threat and that’s why they’ve rallied," Karin Johanson, national political director of the ACLU, told Mashable. 

While the left traditionally mobilizes against conservative presidents on certain issues, Trump is not a standard-issue Republican with a classic agenda of cutting taxes and regulation while enshrining religious values in policy.

There is justified fear that Trump's administration will attack federal protections and legislation sacred to nearly every group comprising the liberal coalition, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, environmentalists and immigrants. 

 

Since the election, the president-elect has already discussed deporting as many as three million undocumented immigrants who he says have been convicted of crimes, though research suggests his estimation is high. If Trump delivers on his promise to conduct mass deportations, advocates worry his efforts will violate civil liberties and lead to racial profiling and illegal detentions.

But perhaps the most alarming development is the KKK's endorsement and embrace of Trump as well as his appointment of Stephen Bannon to a senior White House role. (Bannon is the chairman of Breitbart News Network, which has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate-watch group, as a "white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill.") 

Calls to give Trump a chance and a clean slate have been met with the mantra that his rhetoric and his proposed agenda are "not normal." For those who oppose Trump, this is not just the next chapter in another partisan political war, but a grave threat to American democracy. So they are organizing to ensure he's unable to follow through on his promises.

Marcy Stech, vice president of communications for EMILY's List, a Democratic political action committee that works to put women in elected office, said the organization has been inundated with donations and interest in running for office. 

"Women across the country who have been motivated by this election are finding themselves in a position where they realize now is the time to step up," said Stech. 

Last week, 100 women leaders of color already at the forefront of local and nationwide movements published an open letter pledging "unity and determination" in pursuit of "liberty and justice for all." In a joint statement, California legislators also vowed to fight the most radical elements of Trumpism. "While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values ..." it read. "We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution." 

Such sweeping declarations have been paired with practical calls to action, including lobbying elected officials to denounce Bannon's appointment. A tweetstorm about how to contact one's representatives went viral over the weekend, and lists of companies that supported Trump have been circulated for those interested in boycotting businesses whose leaders appear to support his agenda.

Johanson said those interested in resisting any part of Trump's agenda could focus their energy on holding lawmakers accountable and working to tell the stories of people affected by his administration's policies and practices. That, she said, can "change the fabric of what people believe" by swaying public opinion on important, complicated political issues. 

Jamie Henn, cofounder of 350.org, a grassroots movement to protect the earth's climate, said that activists expect to face of an administration that is hostile to curbing the country's carbon emissions. They plan to fight any efforts on behalf of the Trump administration to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The recent appointment of Myron Ebell, a climate-change denier, to Trump's transition team overseeing the EPA, is a sign of battles to come.  

Ebell has called the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan illegal. The plan, which limits carbon emissions from coal power plants nationwide, is the centerpiece of Obama's climate agenda. Ebell has long received funding from the fossil fuel industry for his work to cast doubt on climate science.

"People, including ourselves, were shocked by the outcome of the election and are fired up about protecting the progress we’ve made and pushing back on Trump’s radical anti-environment policies," Henn said. 

"People ... are fired up about protecting the progress we’ve made and pushing back on Trump’s radical anti-environment policies." 

Liberal activists realize there may be opportunities for bipartisanship, and are willing to consider forging a path forward under the right circumstances. Henn, for example, cited the potential of addressing voters' economic woes with federal investments in renewable energy as a way of creating jobs across the country. 

Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, said the passage of minimum wage and paid leave laws in a handful of states last Tuesday could provide a new opportunity for local, state and federal representatives to replicate those successes. Even Trump's paid parental leave plan, which Shabo considers highly flawed, could provide a starting point to secure comprehensive paid leave for parents at the federal level.

 

Yet, Shabo said, many advocates fear stalled progress and lost gains and are poised to mobilize people who have never been involved in the political process. 

"I think we can’t be silent," said Shabo. "These issues are too important and the stakes are too high to be quiet about what’s right."

Source: Mashable.com

Categorized in Others

Neither candidate spoke much about space during the 2016 election, but just before Trump was elected president, he outlined a plan for NASA to move from an Earth-monitoring agency to one devoted to exploration.

When Obama took office, he told NASA to ditch the plan to revisit the moon and concentrate on sending humans to Mars in the 2030s, but Trump has set the space agency only one goal.

The president-elect wants NASA to explore the furthest reaches of the solar system by the end of the century, according to Space Policy Online.

“I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low Earth orbit activity… Instead we will refocus its mission on space exploration.”

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Trump’s new space plan, still a little short on details, focuses on eliminating bureaucratic waste, promoting a private-public partnership, and setting ambitious goals for NASA that will force the agency to stretch itself.

It’s the same kind of goal Kennedy gave NASA in 1961 when he instructed the agency to catch up and overtake the Soviet Union to win the space race.

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

In the weeks and months leading up to the election, neither candidate had much to say about space and the presidential debates didn’t even mention NASA.

After the second debate, SpaceNews sent both Clinton and Trump a series of questions asking about their plans for NASA, which was followed up by a questionnaire from Scientific American a few weeks later. Clinton praised NASA and dropped the names of space super stars like a pro while Trump gave short vaguely worded answers devoid of any specifics.

 Then, shortly before Election Day, the new president-elect recruited former Republican congressman Robert Walker, who chaired the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the 1990s, to help draft a plan for NASA.

Trump’s new space policy, heavily influenced by Walker, is designed to coordinate public and private efforts to maximize American efforts to explore the entire solar system. That includes mining valuable minerals from the asteroid belt and visiting Jupiter’s moon Europa, perhaps the best place to find alien life near Earth.

Trump plans to bring back the National Space Council, last in operation under George H.W. Bush, explore deep space, and encourage commercial partners to build a new economy in low Earth orbit, Walker told Mother Jones.

“If you’re looking at technology that looks for the solar system, you are then likely to move toward plasma rockets, toward nuclear-powered rockets, certainly toward solar sails.”

The space council, headed by the vice president, would be charged with making sure each partner, NASA, the military, and commercial partners, are all playing their proper role.

The new president-elect also has plans to abandon climate research, transfer Earth monitoring funding from NASA to NOAA, and strengthen the U.S. military’s stance in orbit.

Space-Exploration-Trump

Trump’s administration plans to eliminate many of the redundancies facing the American space program today. NASA is currently building a massive rocket known as the Space Launch System (SLS), but there are private companies also working on heavy rockets capable of deep space travel.

Ditching the NASA launch vehicle and relying on private spaceships would free up federal funds for other space-related projects, which would reduce costs, create jobs, and promote growth.

With better cooperation between the government and private companies, federal funds could be better utilized to help America explore the solar system, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who is on the short list to head NASA, told SpaceNews.

“The United States of America is the only nation that can protect space for the free world and for responsible entities, and preserves space for generations to come. America must forever be the preeminent spacefaring nation.”

Source:  inquisitr.com

Categorized in News & Politics
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