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‘I hate my life now’: Parents reveal why they REGRET having children

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From Daily Mail: Mothers have been taking to social media to reveal what it really feels like to regret having children. Posting anonymously on sites like Facebook, Reddit and Quora, the disgruntled women have made startling confessions describing parenthood as ‘drudgery and monotony’.

Citing reasons from sleep deprivation to financial security – and ‘not liking kids’ – some go as far as confessing they wish their offspring had never been born.

Many have taken to the Facebook page I Regret Having Children in recent months. The group, started in July 2012 by a mother known only as ‘R’, has some 3,200 members and serves as a platform for parents to let off steam without being identified.

One anonymous member told how she was still feeling ‘intense regret’ three months after giving birth to her first child. ‘We had a great relationship before the baby, and I always felt like we could have continued the way we were,’ she said, adding that she had ‘never wanted’ a child but her husband had persuaded her. ‘A few days after having the baby I felt intense regret, and it hasn’t gone away,’ she explained.

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‘I just hate my life now, the sleep deprivation, the drudgery, the monotony, and I feel so guilty and ashamed for feeling this way. It’s not my baby’s fault, and he deserves a good mother who wants him. I am needing advice on how to deal with these feelings.’

One 30-year-old father-of-two said he felt he was ‘slipping away from everyone and everything I used to love doing’ as none of his friends were parents. ‘I made the children it’s my job to look after them and i will until the day I die,’ he wrote. ‘But I can’t can’t get the feeling out of my head that my life’s missing… Any men feel the same ?’

A heart-wrenching confession came from the mother to a two-year-old whose lack of sleep had forced her mother to miss work – before suffering a panic attack and a ‘meltdown’ where she threatened to leave her husband. ‘I do not know what to do,’ she admitted. Even when she goes back to sleep, my nerves are so shot that I lie awake and anger consumes my soul.’

The woman added: ‘I hit her yesterday and feel so guilty. I wish I never had her, she takes and takes and we are empty. We have tried letting her cry, sleeping next to her, even put a lock on her room so she would not get out. She still wakes us up.’

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One woman told how she had uprooted and moved from Venezuela to the US to be with her now-husband – who was now threatening to divorce her if she didn’t give him ‘at least two kids’. She wrote: ‘I love him so much but I love myself too much to betray my life to give it to a child.’

One of the few men to comment on the page told how he had found himself with two children he never wanted and was in the process of divorcing his wife.

In a brutally honest post, he wrote: ‘I really don’t like kids and I hate having them during my weekends. I have lost my life completely, I cannot find another woman because of my baggage and the child maintenance is crippling me financially.’ He begged fellow parents for ‘coping strategies’.

A mother-of-two told of her ‘big regrets’ after ‘losing her freedom’ when she had children. The former air hostess added: ‘My mum told me not to get married and not to have kids (…) She’s right. I should have listened to her.’

Another mum spoke of the ‘pure horror’ she felt when she realised that she ‘loved this baby so much (she) would not be able to leave it ever’ – an ordeal that led to depression and, eventually, anxiety and panic attacks.

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Other parents turned to Reddit for advice, with jerkstore13 making the startling admission that she ‘hadn’t slept past 6 in years’. She added: ‘I’m stuck in a place I don’t want to live in.’

Camelican said that parenting had been ‘relentlessly exhausting’, leading her to believe that she ‘wasn’t ready to stop being selfish’. She wrote: ‘I feel like having a kid closed off a lot of possibilities for me, definitely killed any semblance of spontaneity in my life.’

A mother-of-three said she ‘quite frequently’ wished she had never become a parent at all. She wrote: ‘I don’t stand a chance at doing anything significant with my life other than saying hey i raised 3 more humans.  ‘Your welcome. What an accomplishment (sic.).’

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Facebook co-founder pledges $20M to defeat Donald Trump

I quit Facebook in 2014 and I don’t miss it AT ALL.

Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz

From NY Post: Billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has pledged to spend $20 million to defeat Donald Trump — whom he accused of carrying out “a deliberate con” to promote “his personal brand.”

In a blog post on Medium, Moskovitz said the election is a “referendum on who we want to be” and — apparently referring to Trump — said: “Will we be driven by fear, towards tribalism, emphasizing the things that divide us?”

Moskovitz claimed that “the Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world.”

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, he claimed, “is running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit,” thus earning the endorsement of him and his wife, Cara Tuna.

These four Americans didn't benefit from Hillary's tenure...

These four Americans didn’t benefit from Hillary’s tenure…

“As a nation, we need to figure out how to bring everyone with us, and we believe the Democratic platform currently is more aligned with ensuring that happens,” he wrote.

“In comparison, Donald Trump’s promises to this group are quite possibly a deliberate con, an attempt to rally energy and support without the ability or intention to deliver. His proposals are so implausible that the nation is forced to worry that his interest in the presidency might not even extend beyond winning a contest and promoting his personal brand.”

The tech mogul warned: “If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community.”

Moskovitz said the cash — from him and his wife —will go to support Democrat-aligned groups.

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Facebook messages added to Obama’s daily reading material

Obama skips plenty of intel briefings yet has time to read love letters on Facebook (you know he isn’t reading any letters from TEA Party members). Priorities.

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From NY Post: People hoping to send a note to President Barack Obama can now contact the White House using Facebook Messenger, just as they would communicate with their friends.

The White House says Obama reads 10 letters every night and that they help keep him in touch with what’s happening around the country.

White House chief digital officer Jason Goldman says expanding the president’s reading material is meant to create opportunities for people to engage with their government in new and accessible ways.

Goldman says face-to-face time with the president may be more difficult than it was much earlier in the nation’s history, but technology now makes it possible for anyone with an internet connection to send a message to the president and the administration.

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IRS launches investigation into Facebook looking into a 2010 property transfer that could have drastically decreased company’s tax payments

Zuckerberg better hop on a private jet and have a rendezvous with Koskinen on a tarmac STAT.

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From Daily Mail: US tax authorities are asking Facebook to turn over documents for an investigation into the social networking giant’s dealings with its Irish subsidiary, court documents show.

In a petition filed in federal court in San Francisco, the Internal Revenue Service said it is ‘conducting an examination of the federal income tax liability’ for Facebook in 2010.

The petition said the IRS is looking into ‘certain agreements between Facebook Inc. and Facebook Ireland Holdings Limited purporting to transfer rights associated with Facebook’s worldwide business to Facebook Ireland.’

The revelation is the latest highlighting tax questions on big tech companies on global operations. The statute of limitations on the case will expire at the end of this month.

European officials have looked at tax liabilities of companies including Google, Amazon and Apple. Some of the firms have taken advantage of tax breaks offered from Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The IRS said Facebook has failed to turn over documents sought in the investigation and did not appear in response to a summons for the information. ‘Facebook complies with all applicable rules and regulations in the countries where we operate,’ a spokesperson for the social media site told CNN Money.

The IRS is seeking a court order requiring Facebook to turn over the requested documents and to appear before IRS agents looking into the case.

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Facebook CEO’s Hawaii neighbors grumble about new wall

Wonder how many immigrants Zuckerberg will be housing in his compound?

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From CNBC: Some of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s neighbors are grumbling about a rock wall he’s having built on his property on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Retiree Moku Crain said Tuesday the wall looks daunting and forbidding. Crain hopes and expects Zuckerberg will soften the wall’s look by planting foliage around it. The wall began going up about four to six weeks ago. It runs along the property next to a road in the semi-rural community of Kilauea.

“Whereas before when we drove along the road we could see the ocean and see through the property, it’s closing off that view,” Crain said. “So I think that’s part of it. Nobody likes change.”

Crain estimated the wall was about 6 feet tall and that another existing wall on the property was only about 4 feet. Few would complain if the new wall was built at the same height, Crain predicted.

Lindsay Andrews, a spokeswoman for the billionaire’s Kauai property operations, says the rock wall is designed to reduce highway and road noise. Similar walls are routinely used for this purpose, she said. The wall follows all rules and regulations, she said.  “Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbors,” she said in a statement.

Other neighbors told The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai that the wall was oppressive, blocks breezes and views and “doesn’t feel neighborly.”

But software engineer Brian Catlin said the fence looks nice. He said it’s an improvement on the barbed wire fence that was there. He said the complaining was limited to “just a few crybabies” and “nobody else cares.”

“If they wanted to protect the view, they should have bought that land,” Catlin said. “He paid a lot of money for that so he can do what he wants with it.” Catlin insisted the rock wall was less than 6 feet tall because that’s how tall he is and he can see over it.

Forbes reported Zuckerberg paid over $100 million for the property, which spans more than 700 acres on the coast, in 2014.

Catlin said it was a good thing Zuckerberg bought the property because a previous landowner had plans to build a housing development on part of it, which would have increased cars and traffic. The Garden Island newspaper reported in 2014 that a 357-acre section of the property called the Kahuaina plantation had been subdivided for 80 luxury homes of up to seven acres a piece.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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Zuckerberg slams Trump in keynote speech with thinly-veiled dig at ‘building walls’ that he warns would reduce trade, stoke fear, and block free expression

It’s rich that Zuckerberg slams Trump for “blocking free expression” when Facebook specifically blocks FOTM’s gun control posts.

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Via Daily Mail: Mark Zuckerberg took aim at Donald Trump in his keynote speech at Facebook’s F8 developer conference on Tuesday. Without naming the GOP frontrunner, the Facebook CEO slammed Trump’s plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

His thinly-veiled dig came during a speech about freedom of expression and immigration as he warned America risks cutting itself off from the world. ‘As I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,’ he said.

‘I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet.

Self-righteous hypocrite Zuckerberg

Self-righteous hypocrite Zuckerberg

Immigration, he told the audience in San Francisco’s Fort Mason center, fuels economic success. ‘Instead of building walls we can help build bridges,’ he added as he mentioned Facebook’s plans to launch a plane that will provide internet signal to disconnected parts of the world.

He concluded: ‘It takes courage to choose hope over fear. People will always call you naive but it’s this hope and this optimism thats behind every important step forward.’

Zuckerberg has not given his backing to any specific candidate, but this is not the first time he has hit out at Donald Trump.

In February, the president of Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration lobby group FWD.us, Todd Sculte, described Trump’s policies and ‘horrible and fatal’ in an interview with CNBC ahead of the Iowa caucus. ‘For the first time, a major party [is] putting forth people who are saying they are going to round up and deport 11.5 million people; they’re going to eliminate high-skilled immigration,’ Schulte said.  ‘And look, that may get you a win or second place in the Iowa caucuses. That is just a horrible and fatal position in a general election.’

He later tweeted: ‘Trump’s a hack, runs for [sic] policy specifics. Be it immigration, trade, foreign policy – answer is always he’s a strongman, others are weak. On immigration, he wandered into something awful that credentialed past apostasies as ok – rounding up every last undocumented immigrant.’

According to FEC records read by Inc, Zuckerberg received a reimbursement from Marco Rubio’s campaign after the Florida senator dropped out of the race. His words on Tuesday come just days before the New York primary, which Trump is expected to win easily.

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Mark Zuckerberg calls for ‘understanding, empathy and love’ to defeat terrorism

Riiiight….because ISIS just needs a hug or something.

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Smart Power…

From The Daily Mail: Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has called for ‘understanding, empathy and love’ in order to defeat terrorism. Zuckerberg wrote to his followers on the social media site in the wake of a series of bombings by various terrorist groups that killed dozens and injured hundreds in Ankara, Brussels and Lahore.

He said: ‘Each of these attacks was different, but all had a common thread: they were carried out with a goal to spread fear and distrust, and turn members of a community against each other.

I believe the only sustainable way to fight back against those who seek to divide us is to create a world where understanding and empathy can spread faster than hate. Where every single person in every country feels connected and cared for and loved. That’s the world we can and must build together.’

Poor ISIS...they just need some TLC

Poor ISIS…they just need some TLC

Earlier this month 37 people were killed and 125 wounded in Turkey’s capital Ankara when a car bomb planted by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons detonated in Guvenpark, in the city’s south. Then three suicide bomb blasts in the Belgian capital of Brussels killed 35 people and wounded another 300 after ISIS fighters attacked the city’s airport and a subway station.

That attack was followed by another bomb blast in Lahore, Pakistan, after an Al Qaeda affiliated splinter-group detonated a bomb in a crowded park, claiming to have been targeting Christians.

Since the bomb and gun attack in Paris last year that killed 130 people, Facebook has offered users a ‘check in’ feature to tell friends they’re safe if they live in the vicinity of such an atrocity. However the social media site was derided online following the Lahore bombing, after offering users living thousands of miles away from the region the opportunity to report they were safe.

Zuckerberg, the world’s sixth richest man, did not address that issue in his post, instead merely acknowledging the feature had been put to use frequently in the recent past.  He added: ‘We activated Safety Check in Pakistan after a bomb targeted children and their families in a park in Lahore.

‘Over the last two months, we have activated Safety Check several times for acts of terror – including in Turkey and Belgium – so people in the area can let friends and loved ones know they’re safe.’

Instagram, the photo sharing company owned by Facebook, also came under fire recently for promoting a potential ‘war crime’ after an account surfaced allegedly showing Iraqi soldiers fighting ISIS in the Middle East.

Dubbed ‘Iraqi Swat’, the account regularly uploaded images purporting to show captured ISIS fighters and giving followers the opportunity to vote on whether they lived or were killed. Gideon Boas, a former legal officer at the ICC for Yugoslavia, told reporters that the images ‘unquestionably’ appeared to show a war crime.

A spokesperson for Instagram said: ‘Content which contains serious threats to public or personal safety is not allowed on Instagram. We removed this content as soon as it was reported to us.’

Read the whole story here.

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