Category Archives: Ephemera

Powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico City, kills at least 60

Source: New York Daily News

"A powerful earthquake rocked Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, collapsing dozens of buildings and killing at least 60 people, according to Mexican officials. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the magnitude at 7.1. and said the quake's epicenter was near Puebla's state town of Raboso, which is about 76 miles southwest from Mexico City. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said 27 buildings have collapsed, according to Reuters." (09/19/17)

Uber to name Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi as new CEO

Source: CBS News

"Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber's top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company. Uber's fractured eight-member board voted to hire Khosrowshahi late Sunday, capping three days of meetings and the withdrawal of once-top candidate Jeffery Immelt, former CEO and still chairman of General Electric, two people briefed on the decision said. They didn't want to be identified because the decision had not been officially announced as of Sunday night. Khosrowshahi has been CEO of Expedia since August of 2015. The online booking site is one of the largest travel agencies in the world." (08/28/17)

Gates gives away $4.6 billion in Microsoft shares

Source: CNet News

"Bill Gates, the richest person in the world, is giving away more of his vast fortune. According to an SEC filing released Monday, Gates made his largest donation to charity since 2000 — 64 million shares of Microsoft stock valued at $4.6 billion. According to Bloomberg, that figure represents about 5 percent of his wealth and reduces his stake in Microsoft to 1.3 percent from a high of 24 percent in 1996. Gates didn't pledge the gift to a specific entity, but in the past most of his donations have gone to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which directs the money to various causes the Gates support." (08/15/17)

House tax chairman confident on reform, others less so

Source: Raw Story

"The top tax law writer in the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on Tuesday that tax reform will happen this year, despite concerns among some experts that a tax code overhaul could drag into 2018, or even collapse altogether. President Donald Trump is still seeking his first major legislative achievement and has focused on tax reform. But he has done little to advance it recently, amid constant distractions over Russia, North Korea and race relations. In Congress, as they did for their failed push to dismantle Obamacare, Republicans are ramping up a nationwide publicity campaign in favor of tax law changes without first deciding on exactly what changes they want to make. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Texan, is scheduled to deliver a speech on the issue on Wednesday at former President Ronald Reagan’s ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Other committee members will also attend." (08/15/17)

NC: Protesters pull down Confederate statue

Source: CNN

"A peaceful protest organized to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, took a turn Monday when protesters toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina. Demonstrators gathered at the old Durham County courthouse around the Confederate Soldiers Monument. The monument, dedicated in 1924, depicts a soldier holding a gun on top of a concrete pillar. The pillar is engraved 'In memory of the boys who wore gray.' During the protest, a person climbed a ladder and tied a rope to the top of the statue as the crowd chanted, 'We are the revolution.' Protesters pulled the rope and erupted in cheers as the statue toppled onto the ground. Several people ran up to the mangled statue, kicking it and spitting on it." (08/14/17)

Denmark: Inventor suspected of killing Swedish journalist at sea — police suspect he deliberately sunk his own submarine

Source: Business Insider

"Last Thursday, the Danish researcher Peter Madsen took off from a Copenhagen harbor with his homebuilt submarine Nautilus. His co-passenger was Kim Wall, a 30-year old Swedish journalist who was planning to write a story about Madsen. The dramatic events that took place since — much of it still unknown — has now turned into a major criminal investigation against Madsen. The boat left on Thursday evening at around 19 from Refshaleoen, where some of Kim Wall’s friends were present to wave goodbye. According to Madsen, he dropped of Wall at a restaurant at Refshaleoen around 22.30 the same evening. Four hours later, Wall’s boyfriend contacted the police — his girlfriend had not returned from the boat trip. On Friday morning, the Danish police located Peter Madsen aboard Nautilus — without Wall. As he was being rescued, the researcher’s boat sank to the bottom of the sea." (08/14/17)–danish-police-suspect-he-deliberately-sunk-his-own-submarine-2017-8/

US regime report points to human activity as prime cause of climate change

Source: United Press International

"A new federal report, which is awaiting White House approval, concludes that human activity is 'primarily responsible' for a drastic rise in the average temperature in the United States in the last four decades. The Climate Science Special Report was authored by scientists from 13 federal agencies — including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy — and several academic institutions. … The report's content is at odds with the Trump administration's position — and at times rejection — of [part of] the scientific community's belief that human activity causes climate change." (08/08/17)