The Daily Populous

Sunday March 10th, 2019 day edition

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Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has floated the idea of taxing tech companies when they exploit user data.

“When they sell our data to someone else, well, maybe they’re going to have to tell us so we can put some kind of a tax on it.”.

Klobuchar acknowledged that she was simply floating an option, not putting forward a detailed policy prescription.

She compared tech companies using consumer data to transportation companies using public infrastructure.

And maybe there’s some way we can do that with large sets of data, when [tech companies] use it or when they sell it,” she said.

In Europe last year, regulators proposed a tax on any company making money from advertising or selling user data within a country, regardless of whether they have a brick-and-mortar presence.

Klobuchar was generally more circumspect in her interview, but a data tax would be a dramatic proposal — if she actually moves forward with it, which seems far from certain. »

Non-survivable humid heatwaves for over 500 million people – Climate Guide

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The Wet Bulb Temperature (WBT) would exceed 35°C (95°F), at which the body – of any mammal – cannot cool itself, overheats and shuts down.

Three regions were studied: China (2018), South Asia (2017) and the Persian Gulf (2015).

Persian Gulf regions that would be affected include cities such as Doha, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai (UAE) and Bandar Abbas (Iran). »

Resurfaced Video Shows Bernie Sanders Criticizing Media for Not Covering Climate Change in 1989

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A CNN reporter tweeted out a clip from a 1989 C-SPAN interview in which Sanders — who at the time was mayor of Burlington, Vermont — criticized the media for not reporting on climate change.

There's a 1989 C-SPAN interview where Bernie blasts the media for not covering climate change, "the greenhouse effect."

Sanders suggested that the reason major television stations weren’t reporting on climate change was that they wouldn’t make money off the programming. »

Most Canadians are unhappy with their salaries, survey finds

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Most Canadians are unhappy with their salaries and more than half plan to ask for a raise in 2019, a new survey has found.

The online survey of 1,000 randomly selected employed Canadians was conducted between Jan. 8 and Jan.16 of this year.

The survey found that most Canadians would like to earn, on average, $12,000 more per year, Kasten said. »