I have no doubt that increasing economic isolation of Russians will make them vote for better leaders than Putin. Russia is, after all, a perfect democracy with open and fair elections that respond to public opinion. What could Putin possibly do if he loses the support of his own people? Murder them?
Government regulation picks winners and losers and does so in an unfair way to benefit the buddies and donors of congress critters? That's unpossible!
So much for "Don't be evil."
Say what you want: $100.99 for 500 pancakes with some kind of stripper show and a crane is a pretty good deal.
I, for one, want to compliment America in being the world's leader in employing literal super heroes in law enforcement roles. I just wonder why they have be stuck with such lame powers as "super smelling" and why they seem to use their powers almost exclusively to find unlicensed danger plants and constitutionally protected (but unlicensed!) danger objects.
Subsidies never make anything cheaper. It's just a free handout to the telecoms to keep doing the same thing they've always been doing it. If you really think the FCC is going to do something about it this time, Lucy has a football for you to kick.
You can't really fix it. Rich people can always use their wealth to avoid and manipulate the rules. Trying to outlaw one kind of money in politics just makes the other kinds of money in politics more powerful.
Whether you consider it left or right isn't important. The real thing you should be paying attention to is that one group of people is selling two opposing flavors of politics and profiting from the battle between them. Whether you consider the rest of their media properties leftwing or center doesn't matter. THEY (AT&T) considers them leftwing and they are designed, produced, and marketed to appeal to a demographic of people who are enraged by everything OAN stands for, but it's all a marketing gimmick. OAN whips up rightoids to be frothing mad at the libs. Those angry people are created, whole cloth, by OAN to be a villain for CNN viewers to revile and hate... and tune in to CNN to be affirmed in how much smarter they are. Meanwhile viewers tune into OAN to be affirmed in how much smarter they are than wokesters at CNN. The arms filling Punch and Judy are connected to the same man.
7 years and not a minute longer.
It's not going to change until someone shoots a couple no-knock plainclothes cops dead and is then exonerated in the ensuing murder trial. You never want to hope that someone dies so I'm not looking forward to that, but the sad reality is that that is what it will take to really change things. No knock warrants should never be a thing. There is no suspect so dangerous and no evidence so important that such a thing is justified.
Does it though? Does it REALLY matter? What's the practical difference between spending the rest of your life in jail, having all your assets seized, your reputation dragged through the mud for decades and spending the rest of your life in jail, having all your assets seized, and your reputation dragged through the mud for decades? I apologize if that last sentence left you cross-eyed but that's very much the point.
Does it even matter at this point? The threats against Backpage have always been procedural. I think it's been very clear since day one that the government had no real case and this is all simply a demonstration of how hard the process can be used as the punishment.
But they also don't want kids cramming for tests. See: the recent bans on test prepping and tutors. You might almost begin to believe that the CCP is simply incompetent, flailing, and self destructive.
the whole Internet ends up being subject to the desires of all the censorious regimes around the world.
I am a programmer by trade. I'm in my mid-thirties now but when I attended college it was hard not to notice a trend among my peers. My college CS department had a very large population of south Asian international students and among them the split between men and women was close to 50/50. Of American-born students I knew of two female students, total, out of hundreds. The reason there are no (non-indian) women in CS is because there are no (non-indian) women getting CS degrees in college. Why they aren't going to college to pursue those degrees is a mystery. Clearly, it's not something particular to women, because non-American women are pursuing technology careers with gusto. It's something about the western cultural zeitgeist that is shunting them away.
What's really interesting is that it wasn't always this way. After graduating I fell into a software career doing COBOL. There's no getting around it, COBOL developers skew old. Really old. The average COBOL developer is 60 years old, so for every 30 year old baby like myself there's a crypt keeper a few seats down. But there are far more women in COBOL than any other CS field, close to half. COBOL was invented by a woman and for many decades programming and computers were seen as good careers for women and it seems to have taken a hard shift in the mid 90s and since then basically zero western-born women have entered the field.
When you hear all these horror stories about toxic male workplace cultures that drive women out I can understand why that's repellent, but it wasn't the stodgy Mad Men good-ol-boys clubs of the past that drove women out of CS. That was prime time for women in technology. I don't know what caused it, since I wasn't in college in the 90s, but that's where it all went wrong.
Hot take: Baseball cards and Magic: the Gathering ARE gambling, they just aren't big enough for regulators to pay attention to. One of the key aspects of trading cards is that the rarest (and in the case of games like MtG, the most powerful) cards are valuable. The companies that produce them are EXTREMELY careful to never ever acknowledge that the cards themselves have value but it's crystal clear in what they choose to print and when that they are fully aware of how valuable certain cards will be and, particularly with reprint sets, much fuss is made about making certain that packs contain a certain amount of "value". Just because you wink and nod and never say the dollar value out loud doesn't mean things don't have value, particularly if you can directly sell the thing you get on a market for dollars.
Of course it's the users who lose. They aren't the customers so social media has no incentive to make them happy. This is the natural and expected result from an advertisement-funded internet. If you want an internet that works for users, you will need users to PAY for it.
This isn't an article about Finnish education in general but a cursory internet search shows that the average Finnish teacher makes around 40k euros a year. This is less than the average American teacher and in a country where living expenses are about 30% higher. I'm not claiming to be an expert on Finnish education and I don't actually know how good their teachers/schools may or may not be, but I strongly doubt any education gap between US and Finnish students can be attributed to teacher pay.