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Friday, September 30, 2016

Casey Chan, Gizmodo: We need to learn a lesson about needless consumerism from this auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland. Because it still uses a Commodore 64 to run its operations. Yes, the same Commodore 64 released 34 years ago that clocked in at 1 MHz and had 64 kilobytes of RAM. It came out in 1982, was discontinued in 1994, but it's still used to run a freaking company in 2016. On Facebook, Commodore 64 USA writes, "This C64C used by a small auto repair shop for balancing driveshafts has been working non-stop for over 25 years! And despite surviving a flood it is still going."


After insinuations for a week from himself and his campaign that he would make Bill Clinton's marital infidelity an issue, Donald Trump was asked if that might make his own history of cheating to be fair game. "I guess. They can do it. But it's a lot different that his. That I can tell you. ... We'll see whether or not we discuss it." Asked if he was worried about his marital history coming up, Trump responded, "No, not at all. I have a very good history." Trump's history includes adultery on his first wife and bragging in his book The Art of the Deal about sleeping with "seemingly very happily married" women.


Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Donald Trump's past business operations in Cuba trouble him. Newsweek reported Thursday that a company controlled by Trump violated U.S. trade bans by doing business in Cuba in 1988, during Fidel Castro's presidency. "I hope the Trump campaign is going to come forward and answer some questions about this, because if what the article says is true -- and I'm not saying it is, we don't know with 100 percent certainty -- I'd be deeply concerned about it, I would," Rubio said. "This is something they're going to have to give a response to. I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that's how it happened."


Donald Trump and his allies are refusing to let up on their attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who Trump called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" when she held the crown and repeatedly insulted her over her weight. In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump called Machado "disgusting," cast aspersions on her and wrote, "check out sex tape and past." The claim about a sex tape is false, Snopes explains. read more


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Donald Trump's charitable foundation -- which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family -- has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general's office. Under the laws in New York, where the Donald J. Trump Foundation is based, any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public must obtain a special kind of registration beforehand. Charities as large as Trump's must also submit to a rigorous annual audit that asks -- among other things -- whether the charity spent any money for the personal benefit of its officers. read more


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