Facebook CEO Caught On Hot Mic Saying Something That Could Have A Huge Impact On Users’ News Feed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were caught on a hot mic at the United Nations on Saturday discussing the removing of certain posts from the prolific site.

Merkel brought up the subject of anti-immigrant posts appearing on the German version of Facebook, as the country grapples with how to handle the largest refugee crisis since World War II.

“We need to do some work.” Zuckerberg says. The German chancellor presses him. “Are you working on this?” she asks in English. “Yeah,” the Facebook CEO responds before the introductory remarks of the lunch meeting cuts off their conversation.

As Germany seeks to assimilate potentially millions of Syrian refugees, not everyone in the country is accepting them with open arms.

Reuters reported earlier this month that Facebook intends to cooperate with the German government in eliminating ‘hate postings’ regarding the refugees. Specifically, the social media site will partner with the German Internet watchdog Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service Providers to identify offending posts.

“We are committed to working closely with the German government on this important issue,” Facebook spokeswoman Debbie Frost said via e-mail to BloombergBusiness. “We think the best solutions to dealing with people who make racist and xenophobic comments can be found when service providers, government and civil society all work together to address this common challenge.”

Bloomberg international correspondent Hans Nichols said that the German government believes “if Facebook polices nude photos [from its site], then why can’t they police racist or xenophobic comments?”

h/t: CNBC 

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The Pope, Climate Change And VW

While Pope Francis shuttled around during his historic visit to the U.S. in a Fiat, he shared the news cycle with Volkswagen.

The pope made headlines with his calls for action on climate change. USA Today touted: “Obama, Pope Francis praise each other on climate change.” In his September 23 speech from the White House lawn, the Pope addressed President Obama, saying: “I find it encouraging that you are introducing an initiative for reducing air pollution.”

The core of the entire climate change agenda is the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, which proponents like to call “air pollution.”

The drive to cut CO2 emissions is at the root of Volkswagen’s unprecedented scandal.

With nonstop coverage of the papal activities, the Volkswagen story was likely overlooked by most Americans. But it is not going away.

On September 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency disclosed the scandal: Europe’s biggest auto maker, with 600,000 employees world-wide and 300,000 in Germany, utilized software on some VW and Audi diesel-powered cars to manipulate the results of routine emissions tests—allowing them to pass strict emissions standards in Europe and the U.S. The “defeat devices” have reportedly been fitted to more than 11 million vehicles since 2008, and may cost Volkswagen up to $18 billion in fines in the U.S. alone. Owners of the impacted vehicles will need to have a heretofore unavailable “fix” installed and may have to provide a “proof of correction certificate” in order to renew their registration and will suffer “loss due to the diminished value of the cars.” As a result of the scandal, Volkswagen’s stock price and reputation have both fallen precipitously, and class-action lawsuits are already taking shape. Fund managers have been banned from buying VW’s stocks and bonds. Tens of thousands of new cars may remain unsold. US News stated: “Whoever is responsible could face criminal charges in Germany.”

The question no one seems to be asking is: what would drive Europe’s biggest auto maker to make such a costly decision, to take a risk from which it may be impossible to recover?

While the question isn’t asked, Reuters’ coverage of the story offers the answer: “Diesel engines use less fuel and emit less carbon—blamed for global warming—than standard gasoline engines. But they emit higher levels of toxic gases known as nitrogen oxides.”

In short, the answer is the drive to lower CO2 emissions and the policies that encourage reduction.

If anyone could solve the dilemma, one would expect it to be the Germans, who excel in engineering feats. The reality of achieving the goals, however, is far more difficult than passing the legislation calling for the energy transformation.

Addressing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s push for de-carbonization, Bloomberg Business points out: “Merkel has built a reputation as a climate crusader during a decade as Chancellor.” She “has straddled between pushing to reduce global warming while protecting her country’s auto industry.”

Merkel is apparently bumping up against reality. Those tighter emissions standards would have hurt Germany’s auto industry. At last week’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Merkel said: “We have to ensure politically that what’s doable can indeed be translated into law, but what’s not doable mustn’t become European law.”

The VW emissions scandal provides a lesson in the collision of economic and environmental policies that strive to reach goals which are presently technologically unachievable.

The fact that, while waving the flag of environmental virtue advocated by Pope Francis, those with the world’s best engineering at their fingertips used their expertise to develop a work-around should serve as a lesson to policymakers who pass legislation and regulation on ideology rather than reality.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

Franklin Graham Just Put Out An Urgent Call For Prayer For These Thousands Of People

As refugees continue to flood from the Middle East westward into Europe, hundreds of thousands of them are in need of food, water and shelter, and Europe is struggling to deal with the mounting crisis. Now, Reverend Franklin Graham is urging his millions of followers to pray for these beleaguered people and perhaps help as much as they can.

Rev. Graham took to his Facebook page to share a BBC report noting Germany is pledging to take in as many as 500,000 of these refugees per year for the next several years to try and respond to the humanitarian crisis.

“As we remember 9/11 this week,” the Reverend wrote to his followers, “the Middle East is collapsing and people are fleeing in huge numbers, flooding into Europe desperately trying to find safety.”

“Today Germany announced that they can take up to 500,000 refugees annually and expects 800,000 refugees this year alone. France said they could take 24,000, and UK said they would accept 20,000 by 2020,” Graham continued.

While many are alarmed by this wave of immigrants, Graham has nothing but Christian charity in his heart. “The Lord Jesus Christ sympathizes with these refugees,” Graham insisted.

But he also reminded followers that Christ himself was once a refugee of sorts.

Graham wrote, “have you ever thought about the fact that [Christ] was a refugee? When Jesus was a baby his parents, Mary and Joseph, had to take him and flee to Egypt to escape the murderous ruler, King Herod. Can you imagine what it would be like to have to flee your home with only what you could carry?”

At the end of his post, Rev. Graham exhorted his followers to remember all this as they think about how to help these people in need.

“Join me in praying for the millions of refugees,” Graham concluded, “and for solutions to be found for this staggering crisis.”

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Millions of Jobs Shipped Overseas — and How to Bring Them Back

Tom W. Pauken, FloydReports.com

On the day the International Monetary Fund predicted China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy in five years, this article about the gutting of America’s financial base seems more fitting than ever. Conservatives may debate his solution, but it must be given a hearing in a national discussion to restore our lagging economy — and the sooner, the better. The headlines show us, time is not on our side — The Ed.

U.S. multinational firms are shedding millions of American jobs while adding millions overseas. According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department showed that from 2000 to 2009, big firms eliminated 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. while creating 2.4 million jobs in other countries.

These new numbers underscore that the persistently high unemployment rate the U.S. currently faces is not simply the result of the most recent recession. Rather it’s part of a decade-long trend in which has there has been zero growth in private sector jobs nationally. Our onerous business tax system, with its 35 percent income tax rate and its 6.2 percent employer portion of the payroll tax, makes it clear why this is happening. This system rewards debt – which is deductible – while punitively taxing the engines of economic growth – capital investment, employment, and savings.

Over the past four decades, every other major trading country in the world has put into place a border-adjusted business consumption tax which places our companies, on average, at an 18 percent tax disadvantage with our trading competitors. Meanwhile, foreign manufacturers of goods shipped into the United States don’t have to pay our corporate taxes and simultaneously receive a tax credit on their business consumption tax back home.

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