Mark Zuckerberg Called Eye of Sauron by Employees – Learn English with the News

Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t always had a great reputation between the general public and his employees. Over the years everyone has come up with interesting nicknames for him, but this one takes the cake.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t always had a clean reputation, and the Facebook/Meta founder and CEO has accrued a slew of less-than-flattering nicknames throughout his career. But during his recent appearance on The Tim Ferriss Show, he shared an illuminating label given to him by his own employees: The Eye of Sauron.

Zuckerberg brought up the moniker after he began discussing how he manages his energy in the workplace while constantly being barraged with news and information. “Maybe I’m not strong-willed enough or calm enough to do just straight-up meditation,” Zuckerberg said. “I actually need to put myself in a situation where it’s difficult to not focus on that thing.”

He continued: “Some of the folks I work with at the company — they say this lovingly — but I think that they sometimes refer to my attention as the Eye of Sauron. You have this unending amount of energy to go work on something, and if you point that at any given team, you will just burn them.”

For those who haven’t traveled to Middle-earth in a couple of Ages, the Eye of Sauron is a manifestation of the titular Lord of the Rings. Without delving too deeply into fantasy lore, it is nefarious, and bad things happen when it notices you. Zuckerberg’s computer nerd demeanor doesn’t quite scream “Dark Lord” per se, but it is hard to deny the comparison between his semi-autocratic mode of operation and that of the Eye.

 

Museum Lends Artist $84K, Who Keeps It, Calling It “Art”

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? It is a question with no definitive answer. But it is a question that creates a lot of controversy, especially when there is a lot of money involved. The artist argues that he has completed his contract, the museum says that he did not. You decide.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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A new art exhibition in Denmark ran into problems when an artist, Jens Haaning, who was supposed to use $84,000 to create two reproductions of famous earlier works instead kept the money. The exhibition, called Work It Out, is based on a theme: the future of labor.

Haaning previously used framed cash to represent the average annual salaries of an Austrian and a Dane.

However, when gallery staff received the pieces, they were shocked: the frames were empty. Haaning says he is keeping the money in the name of art.

The new piece, which he calls “Take the Money and Run,” has caused a dispute between Haaning and the museum on the topics of labor, the value of work and contractual obligations, precisely the theme of the exhibit itself.

While Haaning’s new work is displayed in the museum, they are still trying to retrieve the $84,000, hoping that it will be returned before January or they will have to contemplate legal action. Haaning has stated that he has no plans to give back the cash, nor is he worried about any consequences. He believes that he has created a better piece of work than simply recreating the older pieces as planned.

Haaning’s piece is not the first work to question the value of art itself. In 2019 Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall. Banksy shredded a painting at auction in 2018. And, in 1958, Yves Klein exhibited an empty room to thousands of people—an invisible work of art.

 

Learn English with the News – Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits

Oil companies blame individuals for climate change. Individuals blame the oil companies. But, we’re all in this together and finding a solution means working together without passing the blame around. Are companies ready to do something, or is just more talk?

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits || Definition Match

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Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits || Fill in the Blank

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Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits || True or False

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“Fossil fuel companies are suing governments across the world. They claim that action against climate change is threatening their profits.

How can they do this? The companies are exploiting a legal process that allows them to sue governments under international laws which control trade agreements and treaties. Because the treaties are international, the courts that govern the laws are also international. This means that a country, like Italy, can be fined for fighting against climate change by advocating alternative energy.

One company, Rockhopper, is suing the Italian government for $325m. Italy’s ban on offshore oil drilling close to the coastline, the company says, is hurting their profits.

These companies, which are major contributors to the climate crisis, are not trying to fix the problem. Instead they are looking for more money directly from governments.

The countries involved are convinced that an international tribunal will form an objective opinion.”