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Comment on Trump and California: An uneasy mix by steve

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:55:28 +0000

I agree, Bob Rossi. The few hundred troops will do absolutely nothing on an 1,800-mile border, except give trump bragging rights to his pitiful following, who can then boast that he's making America great again, haha!



Comment on Trump and California: An uneasy mix by Bob Rossi

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:55:43 +0000

" “the federal government”—Donald Trump’s government—has “not responded” to Brown’s request for further information on how the troops would be used." That's probably because they have no idea how they'll be used. Trump just wants to send them there to put on a show of doing something.



Comment on The Right is freaking out over Trump’s lies by Bob Henry

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:12:18 +0000

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal "Main News" Section (April 13, 2018): "Facebook’s Days as an Unregulated Monopoly May Be Numbered" Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebooks-days-as-an-unregulated-monopoly-may-be-numbered-1523453625 By Greg Ip Chief Economics Commentator "Capital Account" Column "Facebook Inc.’s climb to the pinnacle of business success was nurtured by a grand policy experiment: that a light regulatory touch would turbocharge innovation and make consumers wealthier and happier. Companies who mistreated their customers would succumb to competitors, or be punished with rules already on the books. "The events of the last few months suggest the experiment may have run its course. It has left Facebook effectively an unregulated monopoly and despite founder Mark Zuckerberg’s latest apologies, THE COMPANY HAS LITTLE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE TO CHANGE ITS WAYS ITS BUSINESS IS TO SELL ITS USERS' ATTENTION TO ADVERTISERS, AND THUS IT MUST KEEP PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES ON PRIVACY, while the paucity of competition limits the consequences if it goes too far. If policy makers want to change that calculus -- a big if -- they will either have to enact tougher regulation, or use antitrust authority to nurture more competition."



Comment on The Right is freaking out over Trump’s lies by Bob Henry

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:00:48 +0000

Déjà vu? "Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers By Failing To Keep Privacy Promises" Federal Trade Commission press release - November 29, 2011 Link: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2011/11/facebook-settles-ftc-charges-it-deceived-consumers-failing-keep Yes Daniel Henninger, it was Mark Zuckerberg’s responsibility to protect our privacy -- against the Russians . . . and against Facebook itself.



Comment on The Right is freaking out over Trump’s lies by Bob Henry

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:53:56 +0000

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal “Business & Finance” Section (June 1, 2017, Page B1ff): “How Not to Expose Yourself on the Web" Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-expose-yourself-a-guide-to-online-privacy-1496249766?mg=prod/accounts-wsj By Geoffrey A. Fowler “Personal Technology” column "You wouldn’t walk naked through Times Square. Stop being naked online. "Your laptop and that smartphone grafted to your hand are double agents. What you look at, where you go and even what you say can be used to paint a portrait of you leaving you as exposed as the day you were born. Much of Silicon Valley wants you to think the price of using the internet is letting them data-mine your life. "This is a beginner’s guide to fighting back. "It starts with a golden rule: When the product is free, that means you are the product. YOUR PRIVACY IS THE COST OF A FREE SOCIAL NETWORK, free tax prep or free photo storage."