NASA reports net gains in Antarctic ice sheet. They further state that Antartica is not responsible for rising global sea levels. Still, they warn that if the diminishing returns of the last two decades continue, the net gains will turn net loss in 20 to 30 years.
Current American refugee and resident of Russia Edward Snowden slams Paul Manafort’s light sentence on Twitter. “#Manafort: 47 months for a lifelong carnival of criminality. Petraeus: 0 days for trading the country’s highest secrets for a more favorable biography. Manning: 35 YEARS for revealing evidence of actual war crimes to the press.”
France plans on shaking down big tech companies that operate within its borders. A bill in France, known as GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple) will tax the companies based on their revenue as opposed to their profits.
Apple has finished paying off $14.3 billion dollars in what was declared “unfair tax incentives” to Ireland. According to Reuters, Apple will keep over a billion dollars of that sum in an escrow account while they appeal the decision. As the world’s first trillion dollar company, at worst, the company will sustain a 1 % loss.
Venezuela’s power outages have left 80% of the country still offline, while at one point on Saturday, only 2% of the population had power. The state has intermittently blocked social media platforms amidst unrest in its population. Yes, they have internet in Venezuela. Well, they had it anyways.