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January 1, House Unveils Bills That Could Break Up Big Tech For Good



Good morning Middle Americans,

A bipartisan group of lawmakers produced a sweeping legislative package that could diminish the power of Big Tech companies and make Facebook, Google, Amazon or Apple. “Right now, unregulated tech monopolies have too much power over our economy,” Rep. David Cicilline said in a statement. “They are in a unique position to pick winners and losers, destroy small businesses, raise prices on consumers and put folks out of work. Our agenda will level the playing field and ensure the wealthiest, most powerful tech monopolies play by the same rules as the rest of us.”

Jonah who? Off the coast in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a commercial lobster diver was swallowed whole by a humpback whale — and trapped in its gullet for nearly a minute before being coughed back up, according to a report. “I was completely inside [the whale]; it was completely black,” said Packard, 56. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead. All I could think of was my boys, they’re 12 and 15 years old.”

The city of Chicago has been fully reopened, allowing businesses to operate without covid-19 restrictions. Mayor Lori Lightfoot was met with cheers when she made the announcement on Friday. Lightfoot acknowledged the hardships that have been faced by many this past year and said, “[N]ow it’s time for you to get up, get out of the house this summer, and — fully and safely — and enjoy the events of the best city on the planet, our beloved city of Chicago.”

Who would’ve thought that volcanoes were green? The president of El Salvador announced that their state-run geothermal energy utility would begin using power derived from volcanoes for bitcoin mining. Previously, bitcoin mining has received sharp criticism for being harmful to the environment.

In Oregon, a Republican politician became the first representative ever expelled from the Oregon state house. CCTV footage from December 21, 2020 showed Mike Nearman opening a door for rioters while the state legislature was in special session and closed to the public.

You may want to change your passwords. It was recently revealed that nearly 26 million login credentials were stolen by hackers between 2018 and 2020. A trojan-type malware infiltrated over 3.2 million Windows-based computers, enabling hackers to access usernames and passwords from almost a million websites including include major players like Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Dropbox and LinkedIn.

Be well,

Fraser Dixon


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