Morning Reads for Friday, July 19, 2019

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armanidog
armanidog

I grew up on St. Simons Island. This is pretty neat:
https://youtu.be/AuXBRhK6WL4

Benevolus
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.”

Dave Bearse
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.””

Grindelwald
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… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I suspect The Deep Dark would agree.

bethebalance
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… Read more »

Raleigh
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The Vette owners I know love their cars. I’d weigh in if I were a car guy.

John Vestal
John Vestal
Grindelwald
Grindelwald
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Dave Bearse
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.

Dave Bearse
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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,… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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,… Read more »