Author Archives: Kerry Lear

Zuckerberg to Testify Before Congress This Week

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before Congress regarding the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal on Tuesday. It appears as though the social network’s founder is feeling the pressure from the public and lawmakers because last month, Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook’s leading engineers and lawyers would be more appropriate to answer Congress’s questions. “If it is ever ...

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China Responds to Impending Tariffs

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that authorizes the U.S. Trade Representative to determine what type of tariffs should be placed on China to handle the country’s unfair trade practices. The memorandum says that the U.S. Treasury Department should consider restrictions on the communist country “to address concerns about investment in the United States directed or facilitated by China ...

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The Federal Government Still Spends Way More on the Elderly Than on Children

A paper being presented this week at the Brookings Institution outlines the substantial long-term benefits of the investment in early childhood to our society. However, federal spending is still being spent significantly more on the elderly than children. In 2015, the federal government spent about $35,000 per elderly person though Medicare and social security programs versus the $5,000 on children ...

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Xi Jinping Can Now Remain President of China for Life

It’s official– Chinese lawmakers have passed a constitutional amendment that abolishes term limits for its President, meaning Xi-Jinping will remain as the country’s leader for the rest of his life. Xi’s predecessor put the two-term limit in place in 1982 to protect China from lifelong dictatorships, but now the country’s National People’s Congress (NPC) has been manipulated to abolish these limits. ...

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How Phone Apps are Selling Your Location Data

Smartphones may have made our lives easier, but they also act as devices to collect data for marketers. You may have noticed that you have been receiving more push notifications or ads alerting you of a nearby restaurant or store. That’s because these brands have access to your location-based data and are using automation marketing platforms to reach you. But, ...

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Additional 2.4 Million Americans Impacted by Equifax Breach

Equifax admitted this week that an additional 2.4 million Americans were impacted by the 2017 breach that exposed over 140 million Americans to identity theft. This brings the grand total to roughly 147.9 million people. Unlike the first group of consumers, potential data stolen from the second group is limited to names and partial Driver’s License Numbers. With the first ...

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The White House Introduces New Stricter Sanctions on North Korea

As the Olympics in South Korea comes to an end, the Trump Administration has unveiled a new sanctions package against North Korea that will impact trading and shipping companies that are based in Kim Jong Un’s regime. “The administration sanctioned nearly 60 companies and ships and one individual it says are helping North Korea evade an international ban on coal ...

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Trump Admin Considers Erasing Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy

In December, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that 4.6 million Americans are behind on their federal student loan payments. The total student debt is now at $1.4 trillion, which is more than double it was a decade ago. With that in mind, the Trump Administration announced this week that it is considering changing a current federal law ...

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China’s Silk Road: Can they Appease Pakistani Militants

It appears as though China has hit one of the many bumps in the silk road. Laborers working in Pakistan’s province of Baluchistan are being gunned down by militants. On Friday, three Pakistani workers were killed while making a trip to buy daily supplies in Hoshab, a small town about 175 miles from the construction site in Gwadar. “Gwadar’s deep-water port ...

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