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  1. They keep coming up with more ways that nobody would ever have thought about of being giant douchebags: https://www.businessinsider.com/ivanka-trump-jared-kushner-100k-bathroom-rental-for-secret-service-2021-1
  2. I wish Jeff Bezos would buy his debt from Deutsche Bank. I'm sure he could get it at a discount, haha
  3. Good read: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/01/11/capitol-riot-self-coup-trump-fiona-hill-457549
  4. Liberty

    Looking back

    Well, seems like the things I said about Trump in 2016 here were not only correct, but I underestimated how much of a garbage person he was. But a malignant narcissist sociopath will never change, and a normal person will always have trouble predicting how far these people will go because they can't conceive what it is to have no conscience and no other considerations than one's self.
  5. https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-3-2021
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/audio-trump-berates-ga-secretary-of-state-urges-him-to-find-votes/2021/01/03/aba64f5f-8c3c-490f-af34-618ccea732d7_video.html
  7. No. It's a false equivalency you're making. But if Facebook was owned and controlled by Vladimir Putin, I don't think it would be wise for the rest of the world to be on the platform either. Difference between a news outlet and a social platform that acts as a lens through which people see the online world (and increasingly, the online world matters more to people's thoughts than the offline). If Google was a Chinese company, I'd trust the search results a lot less than I do now, especially on anything having to do with Chinese news, history, democracy, communism, etc. I don't think
  8. If the idea is not to have an illiberal totalitarian regime with explicit laws that allow it to control it control one of the dominant social apps around the world (as they do with Wechat inside China), then I don't think you need to block more than the app, because there's no chance it would stay as popular and grow as fast without an app.
  9. I disagree. I think he makes his case well that there's a big difference between these players and their relationships to the governments that have jurisdiction over them and what the laws and culture of these countries are.
  10. https://stratechery.com/2020/the-tiktok-war/ Interesting read on TikTok and what has been going on lately, how it differs from social networks, what China's ambitions mean, etc. It brings to my mind the paradox of tolerance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance
  11. Can't recommend watching this video to the end enough: Too few people know these things.
  12. https://www.wsj.com/articles/john-bolton-the-scandal-of-trumps-china-policy-11592419564
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