April 2nd – April 6th

Happy April! Change is in the air as we look at Kentucky and Oklahoma following in West Virginia’s footsteps in regards to pushing for better compensation for their educators. On Monday, thousands of teachers walked out of both Kentucky and Oklahoma public schools and marched straight to each of their state capitols to demand a pay raise. Every public school in Kentucky, and many public schools in Oklahoma are closed due to the lack of educators caused by this walk out. Rumors have circulated that educators of Arizona could be walking out next. 

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(Photo via Tulsa World)

Although this past Monday was inspirational for some, major players in our stock market didn’t get that same sense of pride after Trump openly attacked Amazon on Twitter, causing their stock to decrease by 5%. President Trump feels that Amazon takes advantage of the US Postal system and American taxpayers, and accused the company of not paying its due share of taxes. Many of Trump’s tweets, which have impacted Amazon’s stocks fairly heavily, are misleading, and not based in fact. Trump could be going after Amazon, because of his well known hatred for their CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Press, a news source which often criticizes Trump. Many people believe this twitter defamation of Amazon contradicts Trumps “pro-business” agenda he heavily pushed during election time, considering this drop in Amazon’s stock caused a general drop in the U.S. Stock Market. Sad! Huge mistake!

Here’s a blast from the past. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa at age 81 after being sick for a long time. While her husband Nelson Mandela was in prison for almost three decades, she was the face of the country’s anti-apartheid movement, earning the nickname “Mother of the Nation”. Although most remember her as a brave political figure, she has faced her fair share of controversies, such as the allegations of her being the leader of a deadly observant group active during the 1980s. Controversial history aside, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s bravery and fortitude has catalyzed historical changes throughout the African continent, and her legacy will not be forgotten. 

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(Photo via Minority Reporter)

Here’s some good news for Facebook, they’re no longer the only company under scrutiny for stealing consumers information! The dating app catered towards queer individuals, Grindr, has been sharing user information with two other companies, Apptimize and Localytics. At first, Grindr’s excuse was that it was trying to make the app easier and better for it’s consumers, but now Grindr says it’s expecting some changes. The hiccup Grindr is facing with the sharing of personal information is that individual users HIV status is automatically linked to all of their other information, therefore when Grindr sends pieces of users information over to third-party companies like the two named above, their HIV status, and location gets clumped in, due to the way the app was developed. Fortunately for Grindr, their pre-stated terms and conditions may help them stay out of trouble with the statement: “You may also have the option to provide information concerning health characteristics, such as your HIV status or Last Tested Date. Remember that if you choose to include information in your profile, and make your profile public, that information will also become public.” Grindr is of course working to fix their privacy policy so that its current users stay with the app and potential users do not stray away, but in the meantime, it is strongly encouraged that all social media users read the fine print a little more closely next time they decide to entrust personal information.

Now here’s some bad news for Facebook, investigators ran the numbers and apparently 87 million -not 50 million- people’s information might have been shared with the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has stated that on April 9th they will be releasing a list to each of t’s users containing which apps they are using, and what information is shared through these apps. Facebook is in the midst of it’s largest privacy scandal to date, and is attempting to make amends with its users. They’ve rewritten their terms and policies to help users better understand what information they are collecting about and from you. What has CEO Mark Zuckerberg been up to while all this is going on you say? Well he’s supposed to testify in front of congress next week, but we’ll see if that actually happens.

Swinging back on the Trump Train, remember that tariff “war” between China and the U.S.? Well things have certainly escalated. Here’s a little backstory for you. In hopes to make the U.S. better equipped to economically compete with other countries, Trump put a tariff on approximately 1,300 products. Yesterday, details were released on those tariffs, which are aimed at $50 billion worth of Chinese products like TVs and medical equipment. This tax affects a lot of countries’ relations with America, most notably China. So, of course, China retaliated with a tax on approximately 128 American goods. Today, it was announced that these tariffs equate $50 billion worth of tariffs on major US exports like soybeans, planes, and cars. China and America have the biggest economies in the world so it’s tough to determine who will let up first. Increasing tensions between the two countries has been causing fear of a trade war.

Tuesday, 39-year-old woman, Nasim Najafi Aghdam shot three people at the Youtube Headquarters in San Bruno, California before taking her own life. Her motivation is still not confirmed, but investigators have speculated that it is related to the upset around Youtube’s recent policy changes that make it more difficult for smaller channels to obtain an ad revenue.

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(Photo via Getty Images)

Want to hear something strange? The creators behind “Stranger Things” are being sued by Charlie Kessler, a fellow filmmaker. Kessler claims he met the brother duo Matt and Ross Duffer, behind our beloved “Stranger Things” Netflix series, at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Kessler states while there he pitched his short film, “Montauk,” which is also about a missing kid and government experiments, to the brothers. What are the creator’s response to this? That they’ve never met or seen this man before in their life. Sounds like we need our favorite children detectives to solve this ~strange~ mystery as well!

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(Greg Doherty via Getty Images)

You know who else is in denial? Trump on his knowledge of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Earlier this year, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, said he paid Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket leading to her signing a NDA about her affairs with President Trump. Trump claims that he did not solicit nor have any knowledge of this transaction. This happened right before the presidential election in 2016, raising some flags about whether it was an illegal campaign contribution. Of course, Trump is being suspiciously quiet on this topic, which is abnormal when in comparison to his usual opinionated twitter rants. His only comment on this entire predicament is that he had no knowledge of this interaction and does not know where the money Cohen used to pay Stormy came from. Very reassuring. Anyways, check us out next week for another week in review!

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