July 19, 2019 7:06 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, July 19, 2019 Morning Reads for Friday, July 19, 2019 By Ginny Politics 15 Comments We all know why Senoia is the safest city in Georgia now. It’s all those zombies. Yes, it is the world’s biggest clown car. Rep. Doug Collins is this week’s voice in the wilderness. “What political speech should be allowed” are chilling words. If that stuff is in a spreadsheet, then it’s all over. Go West. Or else. Tupac has a fan in Iowa. Now this is cool. The Post-Literate Age. The word of the day is pernicious. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 15 Comments armanidog I grew up on St. Simons Island. This is pretty neat: https://youtu.be/AuXBRhK6WL4 July 19, 2019 7:14 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Re: The Doug Collins story: – Pelosi is actively negotiating with Mnuchin on the debt ceiling. So the very first sentence of that story is a lie. I think it is funny that the publisher of that rag uses a “reagan.com” email address. https://reagan.com/ “I don’t trust Silicon Valley tech companies and I don’t trust the government. That’s why I got a Reagan.com email address.” July 19, 2019 8:18 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Hilarious quote—because the name Reagan.com is synonymous with cybersecurity and strikes fear into the governments. “Customer on aisle 3 needs assistance with tin foil selection.”” July 19, 2019 11:03 PM Log in to Reply Grindelwald Please, for the love of all things that are good and holy, stop stop stop laboring under the delusion Facebook, Twitter, etc. are “censoring” people. Facebook is a private company. Twitter is a private company. The First Amendment does not prohibit private companies from limiting what you can and cannot say when you’re using their services. When you sign up for Facebook, Twitter, etc. you agree to a Terms of Service. Those Terms of Service outline what you can and cannot post. Those Terms of Service give the website the power to remove what you post and the power to kick you out if you violate the rules. If you don’t like the rules, don’t use the service. Go somewhere else. Start your own social media network. But don’t cry like a little baby because you didn’t bother to read the rules before you started posting things that violated the Terms of Service. July 19, 2019 9:18 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I suspect The Deep Dark would agree. July 19, 2019 9:19 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance So, the underlying PJ media article was abt Facebook trying to figure out the Irish govt, where things can arguably get lost in the tech and political affairs version of translation. I thought it was gonna be about how FB or Twitter kills conservative news or whatever, which is also untrue to me because so much is done by their algorithm, and the alogrithm heavily incorporates popularity. (Remember when it was cool to like your own post? Well that bump was a ncssry function to boost distribution under the algorithm.) So, all you do is add the popularity functions of the algorithm and what we know abt our population’s political preferences (3 million more votes?) , as further self-selected as FB users (probly majority under 65- altho who knows where this goes…), and you get a platform that does not discriminate on political preferences, but but one that does magnify underlying average preferences. That’s the same reason that college professors are on average more progressive than not. Those who prefer attaining higher education degrees also- on average- prefer more progressive policies/politics. (Not an insult to anyone- bc to get a degree or no degree is not a judgment). Ultimately, no ones disciminating on politics, it’s just average self-selected preferences. July 19, 2019 12:10 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh File this under the nonpolitical Friday light reading category. The long awaited C8 Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette was finally unveiled yesterday. It is a departure from the traditional front engine corvettes of the past. Interesting tidbit the Corvette is the only car with a museum devoted to a single make/model of automobile. So the question of the day I What do you think? Did GM hit a home run or it looks too European and is a major flop. (Full disclosure I own 2, a 1995 C4 and a 1998 C5) It’s growing on me and so far I like what I see. Especially since the price point will be far under the European competitors (Base to be less than 60K) Thoughts? https://www.foxnews.com/auto/2020-chevrolet-corvette-revealed-with-mid-engine-design-bargain-price July 19, 2019 10:14 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The Vette owners I know love their cars. I’d weigh in if I were a car guy. July 19, 2019 11:08 PM Log in to Reply John Vestal Apollo 11 in “real time”? You’re welcome. Click ‘NOW’ button and enjoy. July 19, 2019 10:50 AM Log in to Reply Grindelwald Oh hey, it’s the thing I was talking about yesterday: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/opinion/trump-ilhan-omar.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage July 19, 2019 11:14 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Well written. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/its-going-to-get-so-much-worse-send-her-back/ July 19, 2019 1:54 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Agree. I had been attributing comments by the squad to inexperience. The linked article made the point that the squad are leading a left version of the Tea Party—not good for the country. July 19, 2019 11:18 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I receive a phone call today where the recorded voice stating it was Social Security Administration agent so-and-so calling to inform me of possible fraudulent use of my Social Security number along the “southwest Texas border with Mexico”. The message concluded with a request to press a number to speak with an agent, and that I should have my information ready. Trump’s lies and fearmongering are hurting everyone. Seniors and those afraid of Hispanics are more likely to be taken by such a scam. It’s collateral damage in Making America Great Again for establishment Republicans. Bubble Trumpers can explain that Dems are behind it to fund their takeover over the country, or more likely, it’s a Mexican criminal cartel, since in the words of their cult leader, “rapist and criminal” Mexicans are “laughing at us, at our stupidity”. July 20, 2019 12:00 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Interesting analysis though I don’t agree with all of it: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/send-her-back-battle-will-define-us-forever/594307/ And some pearls: “[T]he president told four Democratic congresswomen……to “go back” to their countries, even though all of them are American citizens. This is literally textbook racism. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers “Go back to where you came from” as its example of potentially unlawful harassment on the basis of national origin.” “The argument that Omar’s criticisms of her adopted country for failing to live up to its stated ideals justify revoking her citizenship substantiates the very criticism she lodged. Trump has said, “If you hate our country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” but his entire 2016 campaign was premised on the idea that many Americans not only are deeply unhappy, but also have every right to demand that things be better.” “Faced with the president’s baldly expressed bigotry toward four women of color in Congress, Republicans turned to reporters to argue that his attacks are part of a clever political strategy, elevating four left-wing women of color into the faces of his opposition. I suspect these Republicans, and some political reporters, believe that this somehow exonerates Trump from the charge of bigotry, as though prejudice ceases to be prejudice if it becomes instrumental. In fact, the admission that fomenting racism and division is central to Trump’s strategy is a stunning rebuke to those political reporters and pundits who, for four years, have insisted that the rise of Trump is about anything else.” July 20, 2019 1:39 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The Trump administration, with Sonny Perdue’s assistance, is relocating two research agencies within the Department of Agriculture from DC to Kansas City and most of the BLM DC staff to Grand Junction, CO. htps://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/13/usda-kansas-city-area-1529072 It’s more GOP warfare on government and science. The move will result in the loss of some leading experts at the agencies, scientists and regulators with careers in public service. Get rid of climate change researchers and climate change problems will be solved (after they silence military concerns about it). Don’t knock it, look at what blocking research into gun violence has produced. Among other things, little understanding of the motivation of mass shooters. The GOP is bereft of new policies that have a majority of public support. Unable to build, they’ll tear down and figure out the replacement later, a la healthcare. July 20, 2019 2:19 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.