Speaking to CBS12’s Kathleen Walter, “Florida Gun Supply” owner Andy Hallinan says Facebook removed his page Tuesday for allegedly engaging in “unauthorized sales of firearms.”

“I woke up this morning to my phone just lighting up. People couldn’t access my Facebook page,” Hallinan told CBS12. “I got phone calls from other gun shops.”

Steve Champion, owner of American “Gun and Pawn,” also had his account suspended over alleged violations regarding “unauthorized” firearm sales.

“I pulled (Facebook) up, and it says, ‘We unpublished your page,’” Champion similarly told CBS12.

According to Hallinan, who once called his gun shop a “Muslim-free” zone, the move by Facebook seems to be in response to both shops’ political speech – not to false claims about their business.




In a video for “Hold up,” the controversial star – whom Obama once labeled a great “role model” for children – destroys businesses, smashes car windows and sets off explosions as kids cheer on in support.

The music star has previously been accused of using her songs, videos and performances as veiled encouragements of unlawful violence, with many asserting her latest super bowl half time show purposely portrayed police in a negative light.

Earlier this year, several law enforcement entities called on agencies across the country to boycott the star following release of the video for her song “Formation,” which some have called a “black power anthem and call to arms,” and its subsequent performance featuring militant Black Panthers at Super Bowl 50.





The former secretary of state proposed a slew of new hikes – including a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions to raise $350 billion for college subsides. Through “business tax reform,” she said she plans to bring in $275 billion for infrastructure purposes and plans to raise somewhere between $400 and $500 billion in revenue by eliminating certain deductions, raising the estate tax, capital gains tax and implementing the “Buffett Rule,” meaning anyone making over $1 million a year will face at least a 30 percent tax rate.

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Sajid Javid review could lead to business department axing 4,000 staff jobs


The Conservative cabinet minister in charge of trying to save jobs in the steel industry is considering plans to cut up to 4,000 employees in his own department and slash costs even more deeply than George Osborne’s austerity requires, according to official leaked documents.

Sajid Javid, the business secretary and former banker, ordered a review of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from management consultants McKinsey soon after taking on the job after the election.

The department has repeatedly refused requests to provide more information about McKinsey’s advice but a leaked strategy paper marked “official, sensitive” shows BIS is already planning to cut a minimum of 1,526 posts before 2020.

The job losses could go as high as 4,103 at the top end of the scale if it takes the advice of McKinsey, whose proposals are under consideration. This would involve cutting the core staff of BIS by almost 40%.



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These shell firms enable their owners to cover up their business dealings, no matter how shady.

In the months that followed, the number of documents continued to grow far beyond the original leak. Ultimately, SZ acquired about 2.6 terabytes of data, making the leak the biggest that journalists had ever worked with. The source wanted neither financial compensation nor anything else in return, apart from a few security measures.

The data provides rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows. It proves how a global industry led by major banks, legal firms, and asset management companies secretly manages the estates of the world’s rich and famous: from politicians, Fifa officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers, to celebrities and professional athletes.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung decided to analyze the data in cooperation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). ICIJ had already coordinated the research for past projects that SZ was also involved in, among them Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks. Panama Papers is the biggest-ever international cooperation of its kind. In the past 12 months, around 400 journalists from more than 100 media organizations in over 80 countries have taken part in researching the documents. These have included teams from the Guardian and the BBC in England, Le Monde in France, and La Nación in Argentina. In Germany, SZ journalists have cooperated with their colleagues from two public broadcasters, NDR and WDR. Journalists from the Swiss Sonntagszeitung and the Austrian weekly Falter have also worked on the project, as have their colleagues at ORF, Austria’s national public broadcaster. The international team initially met in Washington, Munich, Lillehammer and London to map out the research approach.


First Islamic bank opens in Russia


We are living through difficult times. Difficult economic circumstances force us to look for new ways. Affiliate banking is new to us. We have to form customer service, which would, above all, be in accordance with Russian banking legislation and not contradict Islamic banking,” said the president of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

Located about 800 kilometers east of Moscow, Russia’s Tatarstan has a significant Muslim Tartar population.

“I am sure this will also be a step that will attract new financial markets to our country,” he added.

The center will focus on banking services for individuals, firms and foreign investors.

According to Tatarstan Finance Minister Artem Zdunov, the lack of foreign borrowing has made Russia look for other sources of financing, including Muslim countries. He added that the Islamic finance industry is one of the fastest growing in the world with 15-20 percent annual growth in assets.

The state religion in several countries of Southeast Asia and the Middle East has left its mark on their credit institutions. Islamic banks do not pay interest, and receive an income from investments in business projects.




Facebook’s Next Algorithm Will Help You ‘Break the Ice’ with Strangers in Real Life

Imagine you’re at your local coffee shop, browsing the Internet. You decide to login, and after doing so, you realize you have a new friend request. You don’t know the person, but the face seems familiar. Casually glancing around the coffee shop, you suddenly see the face of the user.

You have just experienced Facebook’s forthcoming algorithm, which will attempt to use patented data mining tools to use location-based resources to connect users who frequently visit the same location.

A recent patent Facebook filed describes the plurality of factors that will facilitate their new ‘ice breakingalgorithm:

The plurality of factors can include at least one of an inferred locational proximity between the first user and the second user, a frequency of inferred meetings between the first user and the second user, a duration of each of the inferred meetings between the first user and the second user, or a pattern of occurrences of inferred meetings between the first user and the second user.”

In other words, Facebook will track IP addresses and device signatures on public Wi-Fi networks in order to determine how often two different people are in the same locality and how much time they spend there.

According to the patent, Facebook’s algorithm will employ broadcast triggers that include gyroscopes, accelerometers, and motion processors to track a variety of movements occurring on the Wi-Fi network. These movements include stationary patterns, walking, running, and vehicle-riding.

Facebook describes another example of the algorithm in action: