Federal Reserve Launches A Facebook Page And Quickly Regrets The Decision

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(PCM) The U.S. Federal Reserve recently made the decision to start up an official Facebook page to keep people abreast of news and educational content. That idea backfired rather quickly when the page became overrun with critical and sarcastic commentary and general internet trolling.

The page has racked up over 14,000 Likes, however that has not stopped individuals from throwing in their two cents about how they feel the Federal Reserve is a useless institution and criticizing many of it’s practices and policies.  One woman commented “Tell me more about the private meeting on Jekyll island and the plans for public prosperity that some of the worlds richest and most powerful bankers made in secret, please!”

Another person commented “Can you guys please help me get some of that QE? I’m trying to buy 16 cars, 4 houses, 2 jets and a yacht,” one commenter wrote. “I swear it will stimulate the economy. I’ll spend it all and cycle it back. I know velocity needs to pick up so I’ll make sure to pay lots of models to live in my houses and travel with me. Thanks Fed! You are such a moral and upstanding institution!”

The administrators of the Federal Reserve Facebook page claim they are reading all comments and they plan to address the concerns with additional postings. The reason the Federal Reserve started a Facebook page in the first place was part of a plan to emphasize “enhancing communications via the board’s website and other external channels,” including existing Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn pages.

We will see how long it lasts because from what we see there is a whole lot of negativity going on, on that page!

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Nude Trump Statues With Questionable Anatomy Are Removed From Five U.S. Cities

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(PCM) The underground art movement INDECLINE recently erected statues depicting a overly exaggerated and severely poor endowed naked Donald Trump in five U.S. cities, as part of their “Emperor Has No Balls” art campaign.

The statues were designed by an artist named Joshua “Ginger” Monroe for INDECLINE, which is an anonymous art collective.  The statues were discovered in the early morning hours in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Before they were removed, as they were placed without proper authorization, people were already flocking to see/take selfies with the naked Trump likeness.

The statues, which were created in an exaggerated likeness of the Republican presidential nominee, also featured a certain part of the male anatomy to be minuscule with a lack of testicles. In a statement released to the BBC, INDECLINE says, “It is through these sculptures that we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians. ”

INDECLINE went on to tell the Washington Post “Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment. Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues.”

All of the statues have now been removed, however New York got a slight dig in on Trump with a press release about the incident saying “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small”.   Ouch!

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Bikini-Clad Hillary Clinton Mural Covered Up With A Burqua Amid Controversy

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(PCM) Graffiti art on a brick wall in Melbourne, Australia has become the center of controversy after an artist by the name of Lushsux recently painted a burqua to “cover up” his bikini-clad mural of Hillary Clinton.  The city council in the area deemed the bikini mural to be both indecent and offensive and demanded that it be removed.

Instead of removing the mural, Lushsux decided to make a statement and painted a black burqa over the mural exposing only Clinton’s blue eyes. He added a caption to the newly modified mural which reads “If this Muslim woman offends u, u r a bigot, racist, sexist Islamophobe.” The artist hoped that the message would drive away any additional criticism, however the city council was still not pleased with the changes.

The original mural, which depicted Hillary Clinton in a red, white and blue string bikini with dollar bills tucked inside, was painted on the back brick wall of a local area business in Melbourne. The owner of the business was away at the time the mural was created, however the person who was in charge of the business during their absence claims that they had no problem with the mural on the wall.

In the end the city council won out, as the mural has now been completely covered in solid black paint. As an artist Lushsux is no stranger to controversy and he often tackles many elements of pop culture, positive and negative with his art. He recently painted a mural of a naked Melania Trump with two images of Donald Trump covering her breasts. Lushsux  captioned the image on Twitter: “Decided to censor my work now as not to cause any offense.”

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It’s Official! Harriet Tubman Will Replace Former President Andrew Jackson On The Twenty Dollar Bill

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(PCM) The news has just been announced by United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that an image of  abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill. There will also be several other major changes taking place with the five and ten dollar bills as well.

While the image of former Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton will still remain on the front of the ten dollar bill, the back of the bill will now feature heroes of the women’s suffrage movement, depicting the historic march and honoring Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.In terms of the five dollar bill, the back of the bill will be newly redesigned to feature a depiction of the Lincoln Memorial by highlighting key moments in the civil rights movement that took place on its steps.

Lew stated that it is the Treasury’s hope to have the newly redesigned bills unveiled by the year 2020 and at that point they will begin to go into mass circulation. The news about the newly redesigned bill comes after a open letter was penned to Lew and the U.S. Treasury Department by Ellen DeGeneres, Gabrielle Gifford and Gloria Steinem and other urging the department to consider having a woman honored on the ten dollar bill as well.

They wrote:

If recent press is correct, you intend to announce an alternate plan to redesign the $20 bill rather than immediately redesigning the $10 bill, a move that would require up to a decade of additional work before a woman takes her rightful place on the front of a US currency bill. This would undoubtedly be a major blow to the advancement of women. After all, the placement of a woman on the $10 bill is the most public sign that Washington and leaders like yourself support women. Furthermore, think of what kind of message you’d be sending our daughters by going through with the rumored interim step of putting a woman on the back of the $10 bill. Could there be a better metaphor for the second-class status that continues to limit our girls?

Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and the current face of the $10 bill, personally drove the development of the US Mint, adding to his incredible list of institutional designs as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Two centuries later, Hamilton is still a star, as the success of the Broadway show based on his life story demonstrates. Secretary Lew, in 1792, your predecessor put Miss Liberty on the front of the first dollar coin and the $10 coin currency. Yes, Hamilton chose the image of a woman to represent liberty and freedom on our nation’s inaugural currency.

 

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Will Musician Andrew W.K.’s “Party Party” Have What It Takes To Fix America?

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(PCM) What many initially thought to be an April Fool’s Day prank has turned out to be true, as “Party Hard” rocker Andrew W.K. has revealed his plan to fix the American political system by founding the Party Party. W.K. describes the Party Party as “Not one based on the rhetoric and dogma of the Democratic party or the Republican party, but one that transcends both.”

It also seems that W.K. has done his homework and already filled out all the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State. He is now requesting the help of his fans and the general public to support the Party Party by signing an online petition to assist in making his political dreams come to fruition.

A further description of the motivation behind the Party Party states “Most people have become too caught up in the bickering of our news cycles to realize that we ultimately desire the exact same things: reliable access to education, healthcare, and a sense of social equality.” He may actually be on to something here, but then again it seems that no two warring political parties (or their supporters) ever appear to want the same thing!

Best of luck with this one!

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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead At Age 94

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(PCM) Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has passed away at the age of 94. According to Reagan’s spokeswoman Joanne Drake of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Nancy Reagan died as a result of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles, California.

Continuing her statement Drake revealed “Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library. The former first lady requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in lieu of flowers”

Nancy Reagan served eight years as First Lady of the United States during President Ronald Reagan’s White House terms. She is well-remembered as the spokesperson for the “Just Say No” campaign that urged children to stay off of drugs. She was also an incredible influence for her husband both personally and politically. She helped keep his legacy as President alive and as untarnished as possible.

The marriage between Nancy and Ronald Reagan was a true Hollywood love story as the two met when Nancy set up a meeting with Ronald who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. She went on co-star with her future husband in the film “Hellcats of the Navy” which would be Nancy’s final on-screen appearance.

The two wed on March 4, 1952 in a small ceremony in Los Angeles and Nancy took on the role of politicians wife when Ronald won the 1966 California gubernatorial race and then made his way all the way to the White House with Nancy by his side. Over the years Nancy Reagan earned many admirers as well as critics, however she makes no apologies for any of her actions and claims that her husband and the country’s  best interest was always in the fore front of her mind.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of former First Lady Nancy Reagan during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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