Tom Ciccotta

Tom Ciccotta

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Amazon Will Monitor Warehouse Workers with AI Technology

Amazon announced recently that it will deploy machine-learning AI technology to monitor warehouse workers. The technology is designed to ensure that workers are following social distancing guidelines during their shifts. Similar technology will also be deployed to monitor the health of warehouse machinery.

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James Comey to Teach at Columbia Law School

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach at Columbia University during the spring semester. In addition to his teaching duties, Comey will step into a “senior research scholar” position at the law school. Comey will instruct the lawyers of tomorrow in a class titled “Lawyers and Leaders.”

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty …

Stanford Appoints ‘Antifascist’ Organizer to Lead Free Speech Council

Stanford Professor David Palumbo-Liu has been named the head of the “Committee on Campus Climate, Community, and Speech.” In 2017, Palumbo-Lui co-founded the “Campus Antifascist Network,” an organization that has referred to by Stanford conservatives as a “bona fide Antifa group.”

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Global Smartphone Sales Drop 5.7 Percent in Q3 2020

A new report published this week revealed that global smartphone sales dropped almost six percent during the third quarter of 2020. During the same period, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi passed Apple to become the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

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Christopher Columbus Expert ‘Appalled’ by Notre Dame’s Censorship of Murals Featuring Explorer

The University of Notre Dame announced over the summer that it would cover 12 murals of Christopher Columbus with tapestries inspired by Native American artwork. Now former Stanford professor Carol Delaney, who wrote a book examining Christopher Columbus’ legacy, is speaking out.  Delaney says she is “appalled” by Notre Dame’s censorship, claiming Columbus is “not the man” social justice activists claim.

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Tesla Will Be Added to S&P 500 in December

Tesla will be added to the S&P 500 index on December 21 in a single step despite concerns that the move could impact the U.S. stock market. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made $100 billion in 2020 alone, making him the world’s second-richest man.

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American Airlines to Fly 737 Max Test Flights Carrying Only Employees

American Airlines announced over the weekend that it will charter five flights on the infamous Boeing 737 Max carrying only its own employees as part of a trial program. The FAA approved the fleet for a return to the airways in November following a 20-month hiatus that occurred after two fatal crashes that occurred in 2018 and 2019.

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 13: A grounded American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 is towed to another location at Miami International Airport on March 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. American Airlines is reported to say that it will ground its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 Max planes and it plans …

Pennsylvania Elementary School Principal Claims She Was Fired over Conservative Facebook Memes

An elementary school principal in Pennsylvania claims she was fired over a series of conservative Facebook posts. Amy Sacks was removed in July from her position as principal of Evergreen Elementary School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. According to her lawyer, “Like millions of Americans over the last year Amy posted political memes opposing Joe Biden and other Democrats, while supporting the police and Republican candidates, on her private Facebook account.”

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Former Coinbase Employees Claim Discrimination After CEO Blasts Woke Capitalism

Former employees of the popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase told the New York Times that they experienced racist and discriminatory treatment during their time with the company. The report comes just weeks following the adoption of a company policy that prohibited discussion of politics at the workplace.

Bitcoin held in front of a computer screen showing a price chart on Coinbase.

Princeton to Welcome Students Back to Campus in Spring

Princeton University announced this week that students will return to campus for the spring semester. Most Princeton students have attended their courses remotely since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The return to campus does come with stringent rules — students will be prohibited from hosting visitors and leaving campus.

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Poll: 90% of Harvard Freshmen Support Joe Biden

A recent report from the Harvard student newspaper claimed that 90 percent of the freshman class preferred Joe Biden to Donald Trump in November’s presidential election. As one conservative student explains, “I was well aware that I was going to be in the extreme minority, and that I just have to learn to live with that.”

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Portland State Prof Cornel Pewewardy: Thanksgiving Is Offensive, Must Be Replaced

During a recent guest lecture at Washington State University, Portland State University Professor Cornel Pewewardy told students that Thanksgiving should be replaced with a “National Day of Mourning.” Pewewardy told students that Thanksgiving is based on offensive stereotypes of “indigenous people.”

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Video: George Mason U. Students Look Forward to Discussing Politics at Thanksgiving

Students at George Mason University argued this week that families should discuss politics over the Thanksgiving holiday. Responses from the students bucked the old adage that “politics and religion” should not be discussed at the dinner table. One student claimed, “White supremacy, things like that, should definitely be talked about.”

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U. of Virginia Student Newspaper: Stand Up to ‘Racist’ Family at Thanksgiving

An opinion column published in the University of Virginia student newspaper calls on fellow students to “stand up” to their “racist” family members at Thanksgiving dinner this year. One undergraduate student at the university argued that the column’s author has a “white savior complex.”

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U. of Miami College Rpublicans Praise School’s Stance on Free Speech

The University of Miami College Republicans group is praising the university this week over its commitment to free speech on campus. In October, university president Julio Fenk argued that the vandalism of a pro-Trump campus display was an “unacceptable act of disrespect” that ran against the university’s emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas.

Trevor Tovsen, center, with the University of Maryland College Republicans, says the Pledge of Allegiance, during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, where President Donald Trump is expected to speak. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Airbnb Exec Resigns over Company Sharing Data with China

Sean Joyce, the former chief trust officer at Airbnb, resigned from his post last year over concerns about the company’s data-sharing policy. Joyce claims that the company inappropriately shares data with the Chinese government without the consent of its users. The company’s co-founder allegedly told him: “We’re not here to promote American values.”

Counter-protesters hold up Chinese flags to oppose the protesters gathering in central London to attend a march organised by StandwithHK and D4HK in support of Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, on August 17, 2019. - Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster …

Report: College Students Have Held 43 Anti-Cop Protests Since June

A recent analysis of campus protests revealed that there have been more than 40 protests against police on campuses around the nation since June. Many of the student protesters have called on administrators to disarm, defund, and even abolish campus police departments.

Abolish the Police Oakland (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

UNC Chapel Hill Music Department to Fight Racism with Blogging

The music department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has announced plans to fight racism by starting a blog. According to the school, the blog “alternates between featuring individual BIPOC artists and anti-racism resources, such as a catalog of music by BIPOC artists and a series of blog posts confronting racism and sexism in American music theory.” 

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Airlines Will Allow Passengers on Boeing 737 Max Flights to Reschedule for Free

Airlines will reportedly allow their passengers scheduled to fly on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft to reschedule their flight at no cost. The FAA announced this week that the 737 Max fleet is permitted to return to the airways after a 20-month hiatus that was prompted by two fatal crashes due to multiple safety deficiencies.

Boeing employees work on a 737 MAX jet at the company's factory in Renton, Washington -- the aviation giant has unveiled a fix to the software system of the jet, which has suffered two deadly crashes in recent months

U. of Miami Law Prof. Claims He May Be Fired over Pro-Trump Social Media Posts

Professor Daniel Ravicher of the University of Miami Law School says that he may be fired over pro-Trump social media posts that he published in the days following the presidential election. The dean of the law school reportedly told Ravicher that he must apologize and retract his comments if he wants to return to teach in the spring.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with members of the National Association of Police Organizations Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

Indiana University to Offer Class on Defunding the Police

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is offering a course this semester that will discuss recent police reform efforts including the controversial “Defund the Police” movement. Students will learn about the various ways in which the United States can “reduce the size” of its criminal justice system.

Protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding that the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department. The protest is a result of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Matt York) defund the …

Report: Harvard Petition Demands Campus Ban on Trump Officials

A petition created by students at Harvard University demands that administrators ban Trump administration officials from attending, speaking, or teaching at the university. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary and Harvard Law alumnus Kayleigh McEnany called on university leaders to reject the petition.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)