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Cyber Monday!

TODAY we celebrate long-awaited online shopping events after Black Friday.  Cyber Monday, is a phenomenon of the online shopping world.

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.  It was created by retailers to encourage shoppers to shop in the comfort of their homes.  It is during Cyber Monday when retailers give out the best deals on every product online, especially on electronics.

The term “Cyber Monday” was first coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman of the National Retail Federation (NRF) in 2005. The idea behind the concept was to encourage people to shop online and take advantage of special deals and discounts offered by online retailers. It has since become one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.

Cyber Monday is the counterpart of Black Friday and offers a way for smaller retail websites to compete with larger chains. Usually, some websites crash because of the unbelievable shopping events, but nowadays, internet providers are getting better and technology is getting faster and better too.

It’s worth noting that while Cyber Monday originated in the United States, the concept of online shopping events and promotions has spread to other parts of the world, with many countries now participating in similar online sales events around the same time of year.

So, today, get your list ready and get ready to shop online for all the electronics and other stuff you can get for Christmas.  Share on social media your experience shopping online using #CyberMonday.

History Throwback!

1954 Joseph McCarthy was condemned by the Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 65 to 22 to condemn Senator Joseph R. McCarthy for conduct unbecoming of a senator. The condemnation, which was equivalent to a censure, related to McCarthy’s controversial investigation of suspected communists in the U.S. government, military, and civilian society.

What is known as “McCarthyism” began on February 9, 1950, when McCarthy, a relatively obscure Republican senator from Wisconsin, announced during a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, that he had in his possession a list of 205 communists who had infiltrated the U.S. State Department. The unsubstantiated declaration, which was little more than a publicity stunt, thrust Senator McCarthy into the national spotlight. Asked to reveal the names on the list, the opportunistic senator named just one official who he determined guilty by association: Owen Lattimore, an expert on Chinese culture and affairs who had advised the State Department. McCarthy described Lattimore as the “top Russian spy” in America.

These and other equally shocking accusations prompted the Senate to form a special committee, headed by Senator Millard Tydings of Maryland, to investigate the matter. The committee found little to substantiate McCarthy’s charges, but McCarthy nevertheless touched a nerve in the American public, and during the next two years he made increasingly sensational charges, even attacking President Harry S. Truman’s respected former secretary of state, George C. Marshall.

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