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Friday, 22 June 2018

California Net Neutrality Bill Was 'Hijacked,' Lawmaker Says

quote [ Backers of a bill that would have created the nation's strongest net neutrality protections criticize changes to the proposal. ]

As usual, you can't even count on the Democrats to get it right (I'm no fan of Scott Weiner, the author of the bill, but he seems to be the good guy here).
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Sad]
[by hellboy@5:07amGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 11 June 2018

What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

quote [ Donald Trump is reminiscent of Kaiser Wilhelm II, during whose reign the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all. ]

Deep state? No, we're in deep shit.
[SFW] [history] [+6 Interesting]
[by hellboy@8:07pmGMT] [14 comments]

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Don't fuck with Canada

quote [ In retaliating against U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum Canada crafted a list of quirky, mismatched targets for its own tariffs that look more like a MacGyver shopping list than a strategic plan to bring about a change to U.S. policy. ]

Canada's response to the Dumpster's tariffs is designed "strategically to exert maximum pain politically for the president".
[SFW] [politics] [+10 Funsightful]
[by hellboy@9:38pmGMT] [8 comments]

Saturday, 2 June 2018

After Evergreen

quote [ Most media reports about what happened at Evergreen last year go like this: Instead of people of color leaving campus, last year, a campus group requested that white students, faculty, and staff leave on the Day of Absence instead. In most reports, the drama started when a professor objected to this change. In response, outraged students protested that professor’s class, footage of the event went viral, the alt-right flocked to Evergreen, and the college was shut down, all because one professor objected to rejiggering an old Evergreen tradition.

That, if you read most reports—or the school’s official version of events—is what happened. But reality, as with most things, is more complex. ]

A lot more people need to read Animal Farm.

[SFW] [politics] [+8 Interesting]
[by hellboy@5:04amGMT] [52 comments]

This is how Google will collapse

quote [ The way things might turn out for Google if current trends continue. ]

I'd love to see internet advertising implode, but this seems pretty optimistic to me.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by hellboy@4:45amGMT] [13 comments]

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

‘The Onion’ Has Finally Read Michael Cohen’s 2013 Email Regarding His Client Donald Trump And Would Like To Discuss The Matter Further At His Convenience

quote [ In a free press, journalists must expose the truth even if it upsets those in power. Our work often leads to significant backlash, and we at The Onion are no strangers to receiving threats of legal action. While we generally dismiss them as the baseless accusations they are, we recently found an old cease-and-desist letter from the president’s personal attorney that has caused us to reexamine this policy. ]

It ain't all bad news. I think this might actually be real, I can't tell.
[SFW] [politics] [+10 Funny]
[by hellboy@7:36pmGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 14 May 2018

Rainy Mood

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OK, I mentioned my fondness for rain videos in JWWargo's Napflix post and was asked to provide links, so here's a list.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+7 Good]
[by hellboy@9:36amGMT] [8 comments]

Friday, 11 May 2018

What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?

quote [ How a liberal Harvard professor became Trump's most distinguished defender on TV, freaked out his friends and got the legal world up in arms. ]

I've always thought this guy was a raging douchebag, regardless of whether or not he says something I agree with (and I disagree with almost everything he says here). The article mentions a lot of his celebrity connections (he's a bigger groupie than Pamela Des Barres), but Jeffrey Epstein is conspicuously absent.
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Interesting]
[by hellboy@7:55pmGMT] [13 comments]

Monday, 7 May 2018

The woman who watched 300 executions

quote [ A former employee of the state of Texas describes the profound effect the executions had on her. ]

So many possible categories. People? History? Dystopian Violence? Obituaries? Sports? Business?
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3 Interesting]
[by hellboy@9:10pmGMT] [11 comments]

Friday, 20 April 2018

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

quote [ "During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

"This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency." ]

Now that's how an opposition party behaves. "Unprecedented treachery", well put.
[SFW] [politics] [+7 Good]
[by hellboy@5:50pmGMT] [14 comments]

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