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Facebook Misses The Point Regarding The Effects of Social Media on Democracy In Censoring Posts

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:50:06 +0000

Samidh Chakrabarti, Facebook Product Manager, Civic Engagement has a post up entitled Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy? The post is part of a series on social media and democracy which Facebook has started. In light of all the problems with Facebook censoring discussion I entered this comment: Democracy thrives with open discussion, but instead […]

SciFi Weekend: Star Trek Discovery; Counterpart; The Gifted; The Magicians

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:39:01 +0000

I like how Star Trek: Discovery is rapidly providing payoff to the mysteries of this season rather than dragging them out too long. The Wolf Inside provided answers to two big questions, while showing more of the Mirror universe. The big event of the episode centered around  the rebel camp where Firewolf, the rebel leader, […]

Trump’s First Year Was Terrible, But Things Could Have Been Worse

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:26:15 +0000

It is fitting that Donald Trump, who claimed that “I alone can fix it,” couldn’t make it through his entire first year without breaking the government. Donald Trump has been among the worst presidents ever. However, while the past year under Trump might have been the worst of times, it was not the worst of […]

Donald Trump On Women Working For Him, Foreign Policy, and Medicare For All

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:15:43 +0000

At the moment we are waiting in limbo for a couple of big stories to break. We don’t know yet if there will be a government shutdown. (If there is a shutdown, will drone attacks and NSA surveillance be halted? Unfortunately no.) One way to avert a government shutdown would be to tell Trump that McDonald’s […]

Donald Trump Attacks Free Press With Fake News Awards

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:32:12 +0000

Donald Trump has issued his fake news awards. Besides being seen as an attack on the First Amendment, it is rather absurd for Trump to be criticizing anyone for fake news (even in the cases where the media did get it wrong) considering the vast amount of misinformation put out in his speeches and tweets. […]

Collaborators, Not Resistance: Eighteen Senate Democrats Vote To Support Restrictions On Civil Liberties

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:00:26 +0000

After the House, with the support of fifty-five Democrats including Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, blocked attempts to reform the FISA Act, Rand Paul and Ron Wyden attempted to filibuster FISA renewal in the Senate. They wrote this letter describing the civil liberties violations in the bill to renew and expand the FISA act […]

Does Donald Trump Have Dementia Or Psychiatric Problems?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:00:26 +0000

I have been wondering for quite a while whether Donald Trump’s primary problem is dementia or psychiatric. He has shown some signs of possible dementia, but they were hardly definitive. Psychiatrists have also been questioning Trump’s mental health. We probably now have an answer to the question of whether Trump’s problem is dementia versus psychiatric. […]

Study Shows That Legalizing Medical Marijuana Decreases Violent Crime

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:14:57 +0000

The Guardian reports on another study showing a decrease in crime with legalization of marijuana: The introduction of medical marijuana laws has led to a sharp reduction in violent crime in US states that border Mexico, according to new research. According to the study, Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana […]

SciFi Weekend: Star Trek Discovery Returns; The X-Files; Runaways Concludes First Season; The Handmaid’s Tale Season Two; Krypton

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:45:19 +0000

Star Trek: Discovery returned last week with Despite Yourself, directed by Jonathan Frakes. The episode immediately provided the answers to two points which were widely predicted: Ash Tyler is Voq and the Discovery is in the Mirror universe. Of course there were new twists to keep things interesting. As I had been discussing late in the […]

With The Outcry Over Trump’s Racist Comment On Shithole Countries Don’t Forget Hillary Clinton’s Role In Creating Shitholes Around The World

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:35:20 +0000

Donald Trump verified what we already knew about him with his comment about immigration shithole countries. He showed once again that he is racist, xenophobic, and has a shithole for a brain. Having Hillary Clinton speak out against this remark also served as a reminder of how often the United States is responsible for turning […]

Quote of the Day: Jimmy Kimmel On Donald Trump’s Great Words

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:55:56 +0000

There’s a website called Fact Base that did an analysis of the first 30,000 words spoken in office by every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover. So they loaded all the speeches into a computer, and what their software found is that President Trump speaks at a fourth-grade level, lower than any president they’ve ever measured. […]

Democrats, Including Nancy Pelosi, Help Republicans Block Civil Liberties Protections

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:53:42 +0000

The House has voted to renew the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program after previously failing to pass an amendment to place limitations on the program to help protect the rights of Americans. The New York Times reports: The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years […]

Glenn Greenwald Warns About Use Of Claims Of Fake News To Justify Censorship

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:34:07 +0000

Both Glenn Greenwald and I have written many times in the past year about the danger of increased censorship which has arisen from the anti-Russia hysteria being spread by many establishment Democrats, along with portions of the media including MSNBC and The Washington Post. Greenwald has written on this topic again today. In the United […]

Michael Wolff Again Says It Was Money Laundering, Not Collusion Regarding 2016 Election

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:03:34 +0000

Michael Wolff has repeated on CNBC what he has written in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House regarding Russia–it is all about money laundering, not a conspiracy to change the 2016 election result. From CNBC: People around President Donald Trump think that if the Russia investigation touches the president’s finances, it could take him down, the […]

Fire And Fury Contradicts Claims From Democrats Of A Trump/Putin Conspiracy To Alter The 2016 Election

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 23:54:29 +0000

Last week I noted how pre-publication excerpts from Michael Wolff”s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, cast further doubt on claims from Hillary Clinton and many Democrats that a conspiracy between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump caused Donald Trump to beat Clinton. Excerpts showed that Wolff believes (as I have also argued, […]