As a social media following continues to be more important among public figures, a lot of people will go to any means necessary to make themselves look like they have more klout than they do.
Klout is a term that refers to one's social media impact. For a couple bucks, you can buy Facebook Likes, Instagram followers, or Twitter followers. It's easy to do and helps instantly establish you as a social media expert. Certainly tempting.
However, the public doesn't seem to care for it. It's dishonest and unethical, at best. Buying an online following is considered by many to be a cheap tactic and is often scoffed upon by social media executives. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday that the "referendum," in which voters in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula allegedly supported joining Russia, will "never" be recognized and preparations were on to impose "additional costs" on Russia for its actions.
Of the 1.5 million eligible voters in the Crimean referendum Sunday, more than 80 percent came out to vote. Officials said a total of 95.5 percent of them supported joining Russia and leaving Ukraine, according to BBC.
Speaking to Putin, Obama said the referendum, which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, will never be recognized by the United States and the international community, according to a White House release. more >>
President Barack Obama pushed back Friday against the joke that he wears "mom jeans." "I look very sharp in jeans," he told Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview.
"I've been unfairly maligned about my jeans," he said. "The truth is, generally, I look very sharp in jeans."
Obama claimed that the joke originated from the time he wore loose jeans to a baseball game: "There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitcher's mound and didn't want to feel confined while I was pitching." more >>
Nearly a week after the White House made the decision, "Obamacare" opponents are discovering that the administration apparently has walked away from the individual mandate that these opponents have been working so hard to delay.
Contained as an 'option' on a new Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," application for exemption form, the administration now lists "hardship in obtaining health insurance," with no limits defining what a hardship would be, as a valid reason for being exempt.
Last October, Republicans tried to delay the ACA's individual mandate for a year and shut down the government for two weeks in the process. President Barack Obama claimed at the time that the mandate was essential to implementation of his signature healthcare law. Last week, though, Obama quietly made changes to the individual mandate that allows anyone to avoid the requirement. more >>
The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called "the war to end all wars." The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe then. In fact, some German militarists unwisely dismissed the U.S. "They won't land a single soldier in France," one of their admirals vainly told his Kaiser. "Our U-boats will sink their troop ships."
One new book on the sudden outbreak of the war is attracting attention and critical praise. Diplomatic historian Margaret MacMillan's new work, The War that Ended Peace, has been "burbled" by no less a figure than former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Madame Secretary says this book "tells the story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe."
Do we have such intelligent, well-meaning leaders now? One would hope that a century after the Great War, we would have learned vital lessons. President Obama is certainly intelligent and well meaning. And he is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. more >>
Tech billionaire Bill Gates expressed doubts about the impact of an increase in the minimum wage, despite his long-time support for President Barack Obama, who publicly endorses the policy idea.
"When people say we should raise the minimum wage, I worry about what that does to job creation," Gates, Microsoft founder and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, declared at a Washington, D.C. event at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday. The business giant argued that a minimum wage increase would "dampen the demand for labor."
Gates paraphrased Robert Dohrer, chair of the Forum of Firms at the International Federation of Accountants, who noted that "poverty in the United States is often related to employment and economic growth." The Microsoft founder warned that "capitalism over time will create more inequality and technology over time will adjust labor demand," meaning that the rich will become richer and the poor will lose their jobs and be replaced by machines. more >>