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  • Jul 07, 2021 @ 12:24pm

    This is the same idiot who wouldn't join Parler unless its owners agreed to deplatform anyone who criticized him there, which they didn't. So again, GQP folks love cancel culture when it works in their favor, and then scream victimization when they're the ones being cancelled --- er, held acountable for their actions.

    Wanna bet he tries charging his GQP followers to 'join' his lawsuit 'class' ???

  • Jul 13, 2018 @ 12:52pm

    This is so like the present FT. I suspect Nikkei's purchase of them a few years ago is partly if not majorly to blame for such things.

    Back in Nov they made a big deal about how their site formatting was going to change from a 'newspaper' website look to a 'feed' look more optimized for mobile. They previewed the look for months and you could switch back and forth at-will.

    The new look did not sit well w/me and I asked them if it was going to be a permanent thing or not and when, since my subscription was coming up for renewal. The customer service drones simply offered a pablum response that said how much they listen to customers, blah blah blah ... didn't even acknowledge my question or remotely answer it despite a few back-and-forths. So I regrettably let my already discounted subscription espire -- mainly on principle.

    'tis a shame, b/c the FT offers some fantastic global reporting and most folks I know prefer it to the WSJ these days. Not to mention, it's one of the few news sites where a person actually can learn from the reader comments and have adult, meaningful discussions/debates on articles w/o noticeable trolling and noise -- and the authors will participate, too.

  • Feb 13, 2017 @ 04:08am

    "Privacy Through Obscurity" maybe?

  • Jan 18, 2017 @ 01:40pm

    The hypocritical optics are interesting...

    Manning and Snowden disclose info that makes the US look bad, so: "EVIL COWARDLY TRAITORS"

    Petraeus and Cartwright disclose info that makes the US look good, so: "Meh, mistakes made, water under the bridge now. They're all patriots."

    The mythology associated with leakers/whistleblowers is astounding, as TFA notes. Even when it's proven otherwise, the noise machine (aaah! FAKE NEWS!) gives it a sense of realism and unassailable truth.

  • Jan 09, 2017 @ 04:26am

    Some observations -

    1) Police have guns. Republicans instinctively protect *anything* to do with guns.

    (you could stop right there, but...)

    2) Police represent law and order. The incoming president says he's the L&O president, so they want to stay on his good side, by any means necessary - to include cowering. Cops have pretty big unions, too ... and unions of (preferably uniformed) gun-wielding people are attractive parts of the Republican constituency and must be pandered to.

    (you could stop right here too, but...)

    3) Republicans have nothing better to do that 'work' on wedge issues and/or naming post offices since over the past decade or more in Washington they've proven an inability to govern collaboratively, generate new ideas, or govern generally.

    (okay, done now.)

  • Jan 04, 2017 @ 11:46am

    Wonder if she'd say the same thing if the end result was the election of a Democratic president and Democratic-controlled Congress? I think not.

    Another political huckster trying to get more time in the media spotlight by injecting themselves into the national narrative du-jour. Yawwwwwwn.

  • Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:11am

    When even convicted Jack Abramoff comes out with a statement saying gutting the OCE was a bad idea .... that says something.

  • Sep 02, 2016 @ 12:51pm

    Logic and the entertainment industry are mutually exclusive concepts, ne'er destined to meet except at gunpoint.

  • Jul 15, 2016 @ 11:37am

    Totally insane statements.

    Perhaps Newt is just trying to out-trump Trump on teh verbal cray-cray now that he's no longer in the running for Vice President?