CEOs Urge Congress to Pass Consumer Privacy Law

How Climate Change Is Driving Emigration From Central America ; The Straight Dope on Brad Parscale ; and More Picks

consumer privacy, legislation, Big Tech
The author writes, “Fifty-one Business Roundtable CEOs, including those from Amazon, AT&T and IBM, sent a letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday asking that consumer privacy legislation be fast-tracked into law. Why it matters: Now more than ever, politicians and government agencies are trying to outline how to hold companies accountable when it comes to keeping consumers’ data safe. Both Facebook and YouTube settled with FTC regulators over privacy violations recently, setting off a broader reckoning around data privacy in the era of Big Tech.” Photo credit: GPA Photo Archive / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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How Climate Change Is Driving Emigration From Central America (Mili)

The author writes, “Studies show that displacement often happens indirectly through the impact of climate change on agricultural livelihoods, with some areas pressured more than others. But some are more dramatic: Both Honduras and Nicaragua are among the top 10 countries most impacted by extreme weather events between 1998 and 2017.”

NC Republicans’ Shameless Theft of Democracy (DonkeyHotey)

From the Raleigh News & Observer: “In a stunning display of contempt for democracy, House Speaker Tim Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, called a surprise vote to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget just after a session opened at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Democratic lawmakers and the media had been told by Republican leaders that there would be no vote in the morning. Most Democrats were absent. Enough Republicans, aware of the secret plan, were there.”

The Myths of the Genius Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign (Reader Steve)

The authors write, “Brad Parscale has said he’s taking a relative pittance to run the president’s reelection operation. But as with much of what Parscale has claimed about his work and life, that’s not the full story. This is.”

Expect More Health Industry Spin at Thursday’s Democratic Debate (Chris)

From Tarbell:Major health insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical trade organizations that oppose Medicare for All have reported spending $45 million on lobbying so far this year.” 

Book Review: ‘Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control’ (Chris)

The author writes, “In 1952, Gottlieb led a team of scientists to a safehouse in Munich — one of the agency’s ‘black sites’ — where prisoners of war were pumped full of drugs, interrogated and then allowed to die. These were ideal operating conditions. ‘One of the luxuries that Gottlieb’s interrogators enjoyed was the knowledge that if any “expendables” died during their experiment, disposing of their bodies would be “no problem.”’ The experiments failed to control any minds…”

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