Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

Walter White appointed head of DEA by Trump (On SNL)

Trump’s cabinet appointments thus far have been a display of the post-Truth politics of absurdity: multiple former Goldman Sachs bigwigs followed talk of “draining the swamp” in Washington; a climate change sceptic appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency; and a fast food CEO as labor chief.

Satirizing this string of paradoxes, Bryan Cranston revised his role as meth baron, Walter White, in a sketch where the Breaking Bad lead has been appointed head of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Seriously, who would bet against El Chapo Guzman getting the job? – LA Times

Right-wing extremists have hijacked Google

The likes of Google and Facebook like to portray themselves as tech companies rather than media organizations so they don’t have to deal with the hard work of policing facts and bearing the moral weight of the information that they present, but the fact is that Facebook is fundamentally a publishing platform.

Google effectively holds a monopoly on the world’s information and, through that, shapes the world view of the masses. Well, right-wing extremists have gamed both of the company’s algorithms and utilized the might of both platforms to disseminate hate-filled propaganda, yet Google and Facebook are both reluctant to do anything about it. – The Guardian

Bipartisan group to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. election

A bipartisan group of both Democratic and Republican senators led by John McCain have joined forces to push for an investigation into Russian meddling in this year’s U.S. election. It’s widely known that Trump was Putin’s preferred pick for the White House, in part because of his friendly words for the Russian leader but also because of his complete absence of political experience, and Russian hackers did all they could do influence the election through hacks, leaks, and the dissemination of fake news.

While many Republicans are prepared to ignore this now that they’re in power, if the evidence proves true, this would mean that America’s democracy has been seriously compromised and anyone in the GOP who is okay with that has no right to call themselves a patriot. – Washington Post

Trump summons tech execs for talks

With pretty much the entirety of the tech community backing Hillary Clinton for president, the incoming Trump regime is, by default, at odds with one of the most powerful industries in America, so he’s summoned some clear-the-air talks via vindictive billionaire, Paypal founder, and Gawker slayer, Peter Thiel – who is pretty much the only prominent Silicon Valley figure to have backed The Donald.

The invitation list includes Apple CEO, Tim Cook; Tesla’s Elon Musk; IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty; Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg; Cisco CEO, Chuck Robbins; Oracle co-CEO, Safra Catz; Alphabet CEO, Larry Pag; and…you get the picture. All of the big guns, basically. – Gizmodo

Giants end Cowboys’ winning streak

The New York Giants sneaked past the Dallas Cowboys, ending their 11-game winning streak in a tight match that resulted in a scoreline of 10-7. This was only the Cowboys’ second defeat of the season but it denied them the NFC West title. Earlier in the season, the Giants came out victorious in an even tighter game that finished 20-19, and this win marks their first sweep of the Cowboys in five years. – Yahoo Sports

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