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  • Jun 30, 2022 @ 07:28am

    Throw The Book

    We keep saying how we're sick of these data breaches. Now that there's an intentional data breach, to Chinese spy agencies, suddenly we get an author who doesn't want any accountability beyond a little slap on the wrist. If an American company facilitated a data transport to the ChiComs, then we would be demanding the corporate death penalty for that company.

  • Jun 30, 2022 @ 06:17am


    However, maybe he’s feeling high because his hand-picked Supreme Court Justices
    Trump actually picked from a list of judges from the Federalist Society. Approximately 80% of his federal nominees were current or former members, as were all of his supreme court nominees, and also the Federalist Society vetted his other choices. Conservatives were concerned that Trump would blow it on judicial appointments, as Bush clearly did. But Trump hit a grand slam, as far as conservatives are concerned, by outsourcing his picks to the group instead of his own acquaintances. The Federalist Society did all of the hand picking.

  • Jun 29, 2022 @ 07:05am

    Missed The Ball

    Trump has got to be furious at the competition. He was in position to be the only game in town. Then Parler began making a recovery. And then Elon announced the Twitter takeover to quite possibly restore sanity. Meanwhile, Trump didn't engage on his own platform for quite some time, and still doesn't have an android app. So now Trump has to play catchup. He had a window to execute, but it might be too late now.

  • Jun 29, 2022 @ 06:50am

    They Got Caught

    The company’s systems claim that even mentioning that these pills exist violates its community standards related to “restricted goods and services.” Yet when other reporters made similar posts promising to mail marijuana or guns, there were no restrictions
    This is precisely why we need transparency in the algorithm. With simple testing we know that fb is lying. This isn't a moderation decision, it's a company deceiving users about its own terms of service, and we should be able to hold them accountable.

  • Jun 27, 2022 @ 03:31pm


    Democrats tried to get a few democratic candidates in, but the Republicans Stalled and held off until the next president was in office.
    Thank goodness for Harry Reid nuking the judicial filibuster.
    And why cant we Force them to abide by what they SAID to Congress?
    The Ginsburg rule. Nominees only explain how the law currently works during the confirmation hearings. Testimony is no longer a guarantee of how a justice will vote after confirmation, and cannot be held against them.

  • Jun 27, 2022 @ 12:47pm

    Victim Culture

    You have a right against self incrimination, but you don't have a right to be read a Miranda warning. You certainly don't have the right to sue for cash and prizes if it isn't read. If it doesn't get read, the remedy is to go into court and get the evidence excluded.

  • Jun 23, 2022 @ 10:27am


    you really legitimately afraid that China or Russia will start re-education camps in the US
    It's similar to the Jamal Khashoggi case that received widespread publicity. Although in that case it was saudi arabia exerting its influence in the middle east, the chinese government will look to expand its influence in the Pacific if you allow them to grow their spy capabilities, and they will commit brutality in the process. It might not be American mainlanders in the crosshairs at first, but someone out there with family or business abroad wishes that you wouldn't assist ChiCom intelligence.

  • Jun 23, 2022 @ 09:26am

    Virtue Signal

    The Trump GOP wasn’t actually worried about TikTok user privacy. They’d shown zero indications they were concerned about consumer privacy more broadly. They saw a Chinese company that was successful and wanted it, and used xenophobia to try and get it.
    I'm confident in saying that if there was a Russian social media corporation gaining popularity amongst American youth, that we would be working to shut it down, and wouldn't worry about being xenophobic. After seeing what happened in Hong Kong and with the Uyghurs, we legitimately do fear the ChiCom spy apparatus.

  • Jun 21, 2022 @ 10:27am

    Disappear Him

    In other words, for all the claims of how “biased” these policies are, they also (once again) show how the same policies impact people across the political spectrum.
    And yet, Stacy Abrams videos are still available. The policy was designed to target one person that they hate, and one person only.

  • Jun 17, 2022 @ 12:30pm

    Manufacturing Sympathy

    over whether or not we’d be more likely to see action on gun control if the media actually showed the victims of mass shootings.
    It depends on what images are shown. If a video of a bunch of 6 year olds in a classroom is shown, you might get your legislation. If you show the store security footage of the other 98% of situations --the Chicago 20 year olds dealing drugs and flashing gang signs minutes before a vehicle from a rival gang approaches and opens fire, along with text of their criminal history on screen, then you'll actually increase support for the second amendment.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 06:33pm


    But you don’t care about that because you’re fine with “own the libs” bans.
    Primarily I don't care about the other platforms because they're a such a small percentage of the market that Twitter is effectively a monopoly. At this point, it's a public forum subject to common carrier rules.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 05:04pm


    I'm not sure this person realizes it, but it seriously ISN'T the Chris Evans that is the actor for Captain America. The guy went by the handle @notcapnamerica to make the distinction. Perhaps Mike is hoping that there's confusion regarding someone as prominent as the celebrity getting censored.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 04:50pm


    Do you realize how ridiculous you sound?
    The distinction is perfectly logical. You can get banned for objective rules violations, and not subjective political bias on a platform that promotes itself as an open forum. It's very simple.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 02:36pm


    Koby, this is bad faith nonsense. Stuckey was temporarily blocked and then unblocked, because mistakes happen.
    Itza miracle! Just for criticizing Fox News, she was magically taken down. We've been down this road before. When twitter can explain how the mistake happened, then we can reevaluate it. Until then, we can see the bias. Regarding this Chris Evans fellow, who apparently isn't Captain America and noone has ever heard of him before, with 1500 instagram followers and a locked down IG account -- the reason for his suspension isn't listed in the reporting, and so isn't very clear. But as best I can figure, he used racial slurs, and so he's still suspended as of right now. If conservatives even allude to anything that can be construed as racist, they get suspended. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. He was suspended for an objective rules violation, not a political position. But nice try tho.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 01:56pm


    Yes or no, Koby: If the algorithm favored liberal/progressive users instead of conservative users, would you have offered up the same “translation”?
    It depends. I'd like to see the algorithm. That's often what folks have been asking for. Since the overlords consistently freak out whenever we ask to take a peek, it's similar to when police cover up their body cam footage -- there's probably some corruption involved.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 12:04pm


    I reject your definition of the term. That the censoring entity is not directly government controlled does not mean that it can't be censorship.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 10:48am


    This week's censorship hotspot involves Allie Beth Stuckey of Blaze media and LibaOfTiktok. Very clear anti-conservative bias from twitter.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 10:44am


    From the article itself:

    "Twitter said it wasn’t clear why its Home timeline produced these results and indicated that it may now need to change its algorithm."
    Translation: right wingers wrote more meaningful stuff that people organically care about, such that the twitter overlords feel the need to manually bias the algorithm to produce artificial results.

  • Jun 16, 2022 @ 09:58am


    Because, seriously, who would actually program a spam filter to try to hide one party’s political spam?
    That would be the same SJWs who work to censor one political party's messaging on social media platforms.

  • Jun 14, 2022 @ 07:28am

    Out Of Their League

    Leftists routinely seek to shut down the competing message. This is because they can't compete on the message itself. Fox News programs are willing to invite the top liberal speakers onto their programs to debate, but leftists routinely refuse. Top conservative speakers usually only make it onto a leftist news debate once in their careers, because after one strong performance they get blacklisted. Fix that credibility problem with news organizations, and you won't have to worry about sabotaging the finances of the competition.

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