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Friday links

  • If I’d have had time to post yesterday (sorry), this would have been at the top of my list: YouTube shows its colors (again) by banning a range of gun-related videos. (Tip o’ hat to DB and others)
  • Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump or Cambridge Analytica, is gaslighting America.
  • Yeah, and Cambridge Analytica is a red herring. Money quote from the Obama camp: “Facebook was ‘very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.’”
  • Zuckerberg finally speaks — and says he’s open to government regulating F*c*b**k.
  • But the answer to FB is rivals and consumers, not regulation.
  • New York City considers making it illegal to smoke while walking down the street. (H/T SC)
  • But a Philadelphia DA promises reform — and means it.
  • Why can’t the U.S. deal this quickly and firmly with its corrupt politicians? Surely we can all name 10 or 12 celebrity pols who could be sharing a cell with Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Remember Julianne Benzel, the California history teacher suspended for conducting a class debate on whether a walkout for a conservative cause (i.e. anti-abortion) would be as acceptable to a school as an anti-gun walkout? She inspired exactly that. I have no idea whether Benzel is conservative, liberal, or other. She just wants students to think. (Per Dana in comments)
  • Gina Haspel: As if Nuremberg never happened. (A powerful statement not only against her nomination to head the CIA, but against the kind of depraved human being who tortures.)
  • Ata, the tiny “alien” mummy from Chile’s Atacama desert, turns out to be human, but but with her own strange story to tell.
  • Heh. And here you thought border collies were only good for herding sheep.


  1. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ March 23, 2018 5:58 am

    Being a private corporation, some believe Facebook (‘FB’, and YouTube, et al) can decide what users can post/say and what they can’t post/say.

    Wrong! FB (et al) positions itself as the new “Town Square”. They INVITE the public onto its property, and therefore are not private. From a legal standing, they become a “place of public accommodation” (like a hair salon, burger joint, etc). FB (et al) sure CAN be held liable for violating unalienable rights, like 1A. If FB (et al) continues to infringe on the Constitutional Rights of Americans, it’s just itching to be regulated as a common carrier like a telecomm or utility. Voila! No more of their BS!

    You’d think they’d learn; yet, sadly, they continue on their self-destructive course …

    [NOTE: This is not intended to be legal nor financial advice. I have not been admitted to The Bar in any jurisdiction, nor am I an Attorney-At-Law, nor do I play one on TV. Caveat Emptor. YMMV.]

  2. Joel
    Joel March 23, 2018 6:16 am

    The rancher has found a way to channel his dog’s insane energy for good rather than evil. I salute him.

    Note to self: No border collies.

  3. Claire
    Claire March 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Check: No border collies.

    Ava — half BC — taught me that lesson. Although if I’d really have been smart, I’d have learned it from all the border collies I’d ever laid eyes on in my entire life. My only defense is that I didn’t know Ava’s heritage before she arrived on my doorstep from another state for fostering.

  4. Comrade X
    Comrade X March 23, 2018 9:10 am

    Methinks the GOP and the Democrats have been gaslighting us all for a while now.

    But maybe we are insane, isn’t one definition of insanity, to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    To re-elect anyone who voted or votes for this current so-called budget (spending bill) and expect something different is insanity.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold March 23, 2018 10:33 am

    Zuckerberg finally speaks — and says he’s open to government regulating F*c*b**k.
    “Pleeeeze don’t throw me in that brier patch!”

    I had a border collie, Snoopy, back in high school. Of course back then I had a lot more energy.

  6. Pat
    Pat March 23, 2018 11:42 am

    “Pleeeeze don’t throw me in that brier patch!”

    That’s exactly what I thought, Larry.

    Zuckerberg is not dumb – he’s just devious. The more pressure put on him, the deeper he delves into his bag of tricks.

  7. ellendra
    ellendra March 23, 2018 1:49 pm

    Wouldn’t mind a pup like that when it was time to mulch the garden. All other times, though . . . Wow.

  8. fred
    fred March 23, 2018 11:45 pm

    Love the DA.And the private prisons with their dollar a day wages for doing work for private companies,then the prison takes half that for room and board,that crap needs to stop like yesterday!I call slavery!

  9. david
    david March 24, 2018 7:11 pm

    It amazes me that this author is still talking about Hillary’s ‘campaign mistakes’.

    IMO, the simple fact is that too many Americans just couldn’t accept for a presidential candidate a serial killer with over 100 bodies behind her. It is simply statistically im-f’ing-possible for any couple to lose that many friends, associates and ‘threats’ to weird accidents and physically improbable suicides – without being located in the middle of an active war zone.

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