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Weekend links

  • The tech giants are secretly meeting to protect their platforms against political manipulation collude in a joint electoral strategy.
  • A rat is a rat is a rat is a rat, Scott Greenfield accurately notes.
  • She frantically called cops twice for help getting her baby out of a hot, locked car. They blew her off. Both times. At least they later apologized, though. They didn’t come and taser her to death. That’s something.
  • Bigger airplanes, smaller seats, weird proposals for change.
  • If an American cop had done this, it would probably be considered one of the rare cop-firing offenses. This Argentinian officer got promoted for her act of kindness.
  • Andrew Cuomo’s attempts to prevent banks from dealing with the NRA are so loathsome that even the ACLU — no friend to the Second Amendment — enters the fight on behalf of gun free-speech rights.
  • What our brain and body do when we hang out with animals. (H/T Shel)
  • Stray dog begs for money; buys itself a hot dog.


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 25, 2018 8:47 pm

    The cyber-crisis is based on the presumption that social media can change the minds of large numbers of voters. I suspect that the minority of eligible voters who are motivated to show up and pull a lever aren’t so easily swayed.
    First, a majority are so committed to one side or the other you can’t change their minds with dynamite.
    Second, many voters have a healthy distrust of information from the internet.
    Third, people who most rely on social media visit sites that preach to their choir.

    So, in the margins? Maybe. Enough to cause the overwhelming majority who really wanted to elect Hillary Clinton to throw their votes to Donald Trump? Notsomuch.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X August 25, 2018 10:44 pm

    We can sleep well because the tech giants know what is best for us rest.

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 26, 2018 2:51 pm

    Oh, and yes, the ACLU is fighting a good fight beside the NRA, and should be applauded for that.

    OTOH, they are also acting in self-defense. If courts hold that the governor of New York can kill the NRA by blackmailing banking and insurance businesses, 49 other state governors will be making lists and checking them twice.

    IMHO The second example will be Texas or another red state taking out Planned Parenthood. But ACLU knows they won’t be far behind.

    Every advocacy group in the U.S. should be up in arms over this. Maybe when President Trump says, “Well, if a governor can do it…” everybody will wake up.

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