Watercooler 7/14/16; Facebook A Medium Of Terror; One More Obamacare Insurer Gone; Venezuela Puts Food Under Military Control


Facebook Accused Of Supporting Terrorists In Lawsuits

Lawyers filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging it allowed the Palestinian militant Hamas group to use the platform to plot attacks that killed four Americans and wounded one in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social network platform and communication services,” making it liable for the violence against the five Americans, according to the lawsuit sent to Bloomberg by the office of the Israeli lawyer on the case, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.

—- Bloomberg Technology

Facebook is taking the stand that it’s only a platform for communications. It’s going to be interesting to see how this works out. The company is also being sued by Pamela Geller for censoring her speech on the platform

Political activist Pamela Geller has sued Facebook. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Geller and her American Defense Initiative organization by the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), which is challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act under the First Amendment.

AFLC said Section 230 allows immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, meaning these social media companies can practice government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge


Looking forward to see how this turns out. Facebook hasn’t just been taking a second bite of the apple so much as turning it to applesauce.  Facebook takes what are tantamount to ownership rights of all material posted to its site.

For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).

—Facebook’s terms of service

Yet they still hide behind the laws that protect common carriers, and protect websites as third parties. This is all the while they are “Acting to prevent violence and insure safety”. Looks like one way or another they lose on these suits.

New Mexico Insurer Drops Out Of Obamacare

The largest health plan in New Mexico, Presbyterian Health Plan will no longer offer individual and family policies on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, starting next year, company officials said Monday.

The decision will affect 10,000 exchange members, 80 percent of whom now receive federal subsidies, said Brandon Fryar, president of the health plan, a for-profit subsidiary of Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

—-Albuquerque Journal

How many more do we have to lose before Obamacare can be called a failure ?

Venezuela Now Calling Up The Military To Control The Food Supply

CARACAS—Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro put the armed forces in charge of a new food supply system aimed at alleviating crippling shortages, ceding yet more power to a military apparatus that is already involved in everything from banking to imports.

The head of the armed forces, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, will be in charge of transporting and distributing basic products, controlling prices and stimulating production, according to a decree published Tuesday in the official gazette.

—Wall Street Journal

What Obamacare is doing for medicine in America, socialism is doing for dining in Venezuela. I hope the people of the country can rid themselves of this pernicious regime soon.

Quiz: A Quickie This Week 5 Questions

How Much Do You Know About The Revolutionary War ??

Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread