Friday, July 28, 2017

FYI: We will not be publishing anything next week (July 29th – August 4th). We will return on Monday, August 7th.


Woman Buys Dyson Vacuum Cleaner At Target, Gets A Box Of Rocks And Chili

A Texas woman who thought she was purchasing a $300 Dyson vacuum cleaner at Target on Sunday (7/23) found rocks and a can of chili in the box. Annie Banerjee opened the box when she got home and found towels, a can of chili and several rocks inside the box. When she returned to the store later that day, the manager said there was nothing they could do. A store employee called police and told officers a “Hispanic woman” was trespassing. Target issued a statement says the company will be refunding Banerjee’s full purchase price and giving her a free vacuum. “At Target, we want our guests to feel welcome and respected whenever they shop in our stores. We regret the experience that Ms. Banerjee had in our Houston Galleria store on Sunday and have reached out to her to apologize. We will be refunding Ms. Banerjee’s money and providing her a new Dyson vacuum at Target’s expense. We’ve also addressed the situation with the team members who were involved and will use this as a learning opportunity for our team.” (ABC 13 TV)


US gov served up sanctions to some Venezuelan officials

Venezuela sits on the world’s largest oil reserves – and its economy depends on a strong oil market. But oil prices have been tanking for years, along with access to basic supplies like medicine and TP. Venezuelan President Maduro hasn’t handled this all well. He’s moved to consolidate his power by throwing opponents in jail and trying to get rid of Congress. As expected, Venezuelans are not pleased. So for months, they’ve stepped up calls for him to turn in his two-weeks notice. Maduro’s pushing to change the constitution saying it’ll help stabilize the country. But opponents say it’s just another way for him to make Venezuela look a whole lot like a dictatorship. Maduro’s holding an election this weekend for the country to pick a team to do the constitution rewrite. So now, the US gov said ‘this is so not democratic’ and banned more than a dozen current and former Venezuelan officials from doing business in the US. The government is also ready to roll out more sanctions if Maduro doesn’t back down. For years, Maduro’s taken steps to dismantle the country’s democratic pillars. Pushback from his own country and the international community hasn’t seemed to sway him. TBD on whether these sanctions will do the trick. (Reuters)


Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world

Jeff Bezos just became the world’s richest person. A surge in shares of Amazon early yesterday (7/27), coupled with a slight dip in Microsoft shares, helped Amazon’s 53-year-old founder vault past Bill Gates to top the world’s wealthiest list for the first time. Shares of the online retailer rose 1.8 percent to $1,071.31 as of 9:30 a.m. in New York, giving Bezos, who owns about 17 percent of the e-commerce giant, a net worth of more than $90 billion, surpassing Gates’ $89 billion. Bezos, who started Amazon 22 years ago selling books out of a garage, currently owns about 80 million shares of the company. Unlike Gates, Bezos hasn’t been big on philanthropy despite his riches, instead spending much of his personal wealth and free time on his space exploration company, Blue Origin. (NY Post)


Hillary Clinton’s New Book ‘What Happened’ Examines 2016 Campaign

The title and cover of Hillary Clinton’s highly-anticipated memoir about the 2016 presidential election was revealed yesterday (7/27) — and the former secretary of state says she’ll be “letting my guard down” in the book. In “What Happened,” the former senator, first lady and secretary of state dives into mistakes she made along the campaign trail and the “devastating” and unexpected loss to President Donald Trump, according to a press release. According to a press release from her publisher, Simon & Schuster, “she speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.” (NBC News)


America’s Most and Least Popular Governors — July 2017

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is among the least popular governors in the country, according to a poll from Morning Consult. Fallin received a 55 percent disapproval rating in the poll, ranking No. 4 on the list of governors with highest disapproval ratings. She received a 35 percent approval rating. Fallin went up two spots on the list since April. She ranked No. 6 on the previous list. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the least popular, according to the poll. (Morning Consult)


Apple is officially killing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Apple updated its iPod lineup on Thursday and discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. They were the last two iPods that didn’t run iOS, the same software on the iPhone. The iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano have been removed from Apple’s website and online store. The iPod name isn’t being phased out — Apple’s newest audio products are AirPods and HomePod. And the iPod Touch was recently by far the best-selling iPod. One reason Apple may be phasing the iPod Shuffle out is that it doesn’t have Bluetooth, which means it won’t work with Apple’s latest wireless headphones, AirPods. Neither iPod supports Apple Music, Apple’s online streaming service for audio and video. Regardless, it’s the end of an era, as Apple now no longer sells traditional music players. (Business Insider)


It’s FINALLY FRIDAY!!!! It’s also:

*Buffalo Soldiers Day 
*Lumberjack Day (Last Friday of the Last Full Weekend)
*National Milk Chocolate Day

*National Get Narly Day (Last Friday)
*National Talk in An Elevator Day  (Last Friday in July) 
*World Hepatitis Day

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