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Submission Summary: 1 pending, 139 declined, 25 accepted (165 total, 15.15% accepted)

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Submission + - The Clinton Foundation is downsizing (ny.gov)

mi writes: You would think, the end of a political career would allow a genuinely charitable family to concentrate on their charity. Instead, the Clinton Foundation is closing shop (or, at least, downsizing) after their champion's electoral loss. According to the paperwork they filed with New York Department of labor, the reason is "Discontinutation [sic] of the Clinton Global Initative [sic]".

Submission + - Obama commutes the sentence of Chelsea Manning (nytimes.com)

mi writes: President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, a sexually-confused army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted his administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

The original 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Submission + - A&E tried to fake a KKK "documentary" (variety.com)

mi writes: The subjects of a TV documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan abruptly canceled last week by A&E allege to Variety that significant portions of what was filmed were fabricated by the producers.

The KKK leaders, who were interviewed by Variety, detailed, how they were wooed with promises the program would capture the truth about life in the organization, encouraged not to file taxes on cash payments for agreeing to participate in the filming, presented with pre-scripted fictional story scenarios, instructed, what to say on camera, asked to misrepresent their actual identities, motivations and relationships with others, and re-enacted camera shoots repeatedly until the production team was satisfied.

Submission + - Facebook's rules for "hate speech" leaked (heatst.com)

mi writes: The internal rules for Facebook's censors have been leaked to the public. They are complicated... For example, a statement like "Irish women are dumb" is "hateful" (and may be deleted), but "Irish teenagers are dumb" is not.

Submission + - Student facing legal threats for publishing video of professor's anti-Trump rant (cbslocal.com)

mi writes: When the "Human Sexuality" teacher called Trump's victory "an Act of Terrorism" in classroom, a student began recording her rant. Now that he posted the video online, he is facing legal threats from the professor's union:

"This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor. The student will be identified and may be facing legal action.


Submission + - A web-site demonstrating, how other sites may track your every move (clickclickclick.click)

mi writes: The site (described here) annotates your every move on its one and only page. Turn on the sound to listen to verbal annotations in addition to reading them.

The same is possible for, and therefore done by, the regular sites as they attempt to study visitors looking for various trends — better to gauge our opinions and sell us things. While not a surprise to regular Slashdotters, it is certainly a good illustration...

Submission + - Musk and relatives probed over Tesla's plan to acquire the failing SolarCity (dailysignal.com)

mi writes: The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have launched a probe into tax incentives paid to solar companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

SolarCity — whose vaporware we discussed many times here — which is set to be purchased by Tesla Motors Inc., is one of the seven companies named in the initial investigation.

Notably, SolarCity is run by Musk’s cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive. During his chairmanship at SolarCity, Musk’s family enterprise has taken in billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies from both the federal and local governments.

Although SolarCity is yet to show actual profit, it has donated millions of dollars to various "pro-solar" politicians.

Submission + - Grubhub CEO orders pro-Trump employees to resign (foxnews.com) 8

mi writes: If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” — wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."

Hating (on) haters is Ok. Who is deplorable now?

Submission + - Press begins to apologize for mistreating Trump's supporters (cbsnews.com) 1

mi writes: Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

Maybe, there is still hope for the Fourth Estate...

Submission + - How Podesta's e-mail was hacked (thesmokinggun.com)

mi writes: On March 19, a Saturday, Podesta received an e-mail — purportedly from Google — warning him that, “Someone has your password.” The alert (seen above) informed Podesta that a sign-in attempt from an IP address in Ukraine was thwarted and that, “You should change your password immediately.”

The e-mail, addressed "Hi John," included a blue “CHANGE PASSWORD” box to be clicked.

I'm sure, Slashdot-readers can imagine the rest, but do read TFA for some amusing details.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton's aides used Yahoo! mail for State business (wnd.com)

mi writes: Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, may have received classified national security information through one of two or three personal, unsecured email accounts she regularly used to communicate with Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Several were found to contain such highly sensitive material that the State Department redacted 100 percent of the content pages, marking many pages with a bold stamp reading “PAGE DENIED.”

If it is too secret for a FoIA-request, should not it have been too secret to entrust to Yahoo! Mail service?

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