'Get Ready Russia': Trump Says U.S. Missiles Will Strike Syria Soon: Reason Roundup

Plus: FOSTA, Facebook, and the peril of tech regulation; ACLU calm over Cohen raid.

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Trump promises bombs over Syria soon in bigger, badder Cold War. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. and Russia moved one step closer to war-by-proxy in Syria. This latest round of global dick-swinging posturing as humanitarian concern comes after Syrian government forces attacked the town of Douma over the weekend, leaving at least 42 people dead and hundreds with toxic-chemical exposure symptoms. President Trump—who recently floated the idea of removing all American troops from Syria soon—responded to the attack by suggesting there would be a "big price" to pay by Syrian president Bashar all-Assad and his allies in Russia and Iran.

Russia responded on Tuesday with vague and not-so-vague warnings about what would happen should the U.S. resume military strikes in Syria. Russia's United Nations representative Vasily Nebenzia told Americans, "I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you're currently developing" for "illegal military adventure" in Syria.

Meanwhile, Russian ambassador Alexander Zasypkin told Lebanon's al-Manar TV on Tuesday:

If there is a US missile attack, we…will shoot down U.S. rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles.

Trump, who canceled a planned trip to South America in order to concentrate on the Syria situation, capped off a Wednesday morning Twitter rant about the FBI raiding his lawyer's office with this:

This was followed up by asserting that the U.S.-Russia relationship today "is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War."

But like so many mocked contestants in his beauty pageants, Trump really just wants, like, world peace? After putting down Russia—it "needs us to hep with their economy"—today's Morning Presidential Twitter Tirade ended by noting that it would be really "very easy" for the U.S. to help Russia and suggesting that really "we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?"

FREE MARKETS

After Facebook hearing, FOSTA shows perils of tech regulation. Get ready for even more social-media censorship and regulation of publishing and digital-service companies. Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before several Senate committees yesterday was a mess of congressional ignorance about tech on display, senators "venting" at Zuckerberg about things largely outside of anyone's control, and Zuck walking a fine line between mild defiance and mild groveling. He wasn't enthusiastic about increased regulation, but said that he would be open to the "right regulation," ones that "capture the nuances of how these services work."

Of course, few if any in Congress are capable of nuance or regulatory restraint. "Once lawmakers finally got Zuckerberg where they wanted him—under oath and forced to answer all their questions about Facebook's role in the 2016 election and its lax privacy protections—they struggled to articulate how exactly they want his company to change," the Los Angeles Times noted.

But lack of understanding of how technologies work—or, more importantly, how people typically use them—seldom stops lawmakers from imposing grand-sounding, control-grabbing schemes on them under the auspices of addressing inflated threats (i.e., Russian influence, domestic minor sex trafficking, hate speech).

That's something we're getting a sad and chilling reminder of today, as Trump is slated to sign "FOSTA" into law. The so-called "anti sex trafficking" act was pushed as a way to hold Backpage accountable for allegedly facilitating forced and underage prostitution, even though everyone from tech and legal scholars to the Department of Justice (DOJ) said this legislation wasn't necessary in order to prosecute Backpage—something DOJ proved this week with an indictment against Backpage (for alleged money-laundering, conspiracy, and violations of the Travel Act) and a federal court in Massachusetts also suggested with a ruling last week.

Nonetheless, a bipartisan bunch of legislators rushed to pass FOSTA—over objections from DOJ, civil liberties groups, and all of those with direct stakes in the changes: sex workers, former sex-trafficking victims, social workers and victims services groups, tech companies, and local police forces. And these lawmakers loudly patted themselves on the back while doing it, as if it had taken great political will and personal heroism to pass widely-embraced bipartisan legislation that sounds so good in soundbites. We're already seeing the same martyr act with regard to Facebook.

"I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will," said Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy.

FREE MINDS

ACLU encourages calm over Cohen and attorney-client privilege. Does the DOJ seizing Michael Cohen's communications signal that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" That's what Trump tweeted yesterday morning in response to news of the department's raid on his personal lawyer's office, home, and hotel suite. The president also called the search "an attack on our country."

Yet "nothing could be further from the truth," states American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal director David Cole on the group's blog. Noting that the ACLU "long maintained that the right of every American to speak freely to his or her attorney is essential to the legal system" and that "these rights are protected by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments," Cole writes that nonetheless, "no one–not even the president, let alone his lawyer—is above the law," and no one "can exploit the attorney-client privilege" to commit fraud or other illegal acts. Cole explains:

The attorney-client privilege has always included a "crime-fraud exception," which provides that if you are using the attorney-client relationship to perpetrate a crime, there is no privilege. You have a right to talk in confidence with your attorney about criminal activity, but you can't use your attorney to accomplish a crime. A mobster suspected of engaging in bribery can consult his attorney about the facts of his alleged bribery without fear that the attorney will disclose those communications. But he has no right to have the lawyer deliver the bribe for him.

The ACLU has long recognized this exception. In fact, the ACLU cited the crime-fraud exception in our efforts to stop the government from concealing evidence of illegal torture by citing the attorney-client privilege.

While the "crime-fraud exception" is well-established, it is also narrow. And searches of lawyers' offices should be tightly restricted. The Justice Department's own guidelines recognize that searching an attorney's office is not to be done lightly. Unlike ordinary searches, searches of attorney offices require extraordinary approvals from high-level officials – in this instance, from Trump appointees in the Justice Department.

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  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly will not run for reelection.

    What? His was my favorite character!

    1. Behind the scenes reports suggest that his work was brilliant but unreliable, and he couldn’t even be counted on to show up when needed. Also, he may have raped a woman.

      Wait, that’s T.J. Miller.

      1. Good thing we traded him to Tampa Bay.

        1. He should have stayed in that opium den in Tibet for real. He’d have avoided both this latest shenanigan AND The Emoji Movie.

        2. “If you see something, say something. *sucker*”

    2. Hello.

      Watched the Ingraham-ENB interview. Lol. I understand Laura has to play to her crowd but christ what an asshole she was. What’s with the shuffling of papers and ‘I’m done’ crap with conservative talk show hosts?

      ‘If it saves ONE girl…’ Oh, shut up. And then all the usual anti-libertarian garbage.

      I hated some of your tweets but you handled yourself well all things considered.

  2. Trump promises bombs over Syria soon in bigger, badder Cold War.

    Get ready for the FOAB!

    1. It’s huuuuge!

  3. “Lawmakers found a widely popular cause to tackle in a mostly discordant election year.”

    Why not take up the mantle of “make Madonna pay her bet”?

    I mean, it’s not a widely popular cause, but it would be fucking hilarious. Finally, instead of discussing whether our old, fatass president fucked a MILF pornstar, we can discuss whether an old pop star should be giving 60 million blowjobs to randos.

      1. How the fuck did you even find out about that?

  4. In rare nanny-state course deviation, California legislators voted against a “zero tolerance” policy for people under age 21 who drive with marijuana in their system.

    And for a negative-one tolerance policy

    1. This is one thing that California is not doing terribly on. Lots of other states that have legalized cannabis seem to be rushing to implement standards for intoxication that aren’t very well backed by evidence.

    2. I’m pretty sure the stuff I bought at Urban Leaf in San Diego last month will be in my system for more than a month. Good shit.

  5. Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
    ? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018

    “Mr. President, if I may speak freely, the Russkie talks big, but frankly, we think he’s short of know how. I mean, you just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys. And that’s not meant as an insult, Mr. Ambassador, I mean, you take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he’s got. Hell, lookit look at all them them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn’t quit.”

    1. If a commenter here were to limit himself to only posting quotes from Dr. Strangelove, I think he could acquit himself quite well in most threads. That’s how damn good that movie is.

  6. Wow- there’s a massive #Resist march outside against the Syria bombing. Haha- just kidding. #Resist was always #War.

    1. Who would have thought that breathless insane conspiracy theories about Russia would lead to an escalation in Syria? Other than everyone with half a brain that is

  7. In rare nanny-state course deviation, California legislators voted against a “zero tolerance” policy for people under age 21 who drive with marijuana in their system.

    I’d make a joke about how you have to be stoned to put up with California traffic, but that would be in bad taste.

    1. I was shocked the first time I noticed out there how they let motorcycles drive down the center line dividing lanes on the freeway when traffic is backed up in California. If I were high and riding a motorcycle, I would avoid doing that at all costs.

  8. House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly will not run for reelection.

    But he will cross-fit for it.

  9. “The U.S. has nothing left to gain in Syria?but much to lose.”

    Twitter increased from 140 to 280, you can expound a little.

  10. Partners with a Gas Killing Animal

    The new album from Joseph Arthur, coming out on April 16th! Buy it now!

    1. Goddamn, a Joseph Arthur reference on Hit’n’Run? That is a deep cut.

      That said, i’m pretty sure “Partners with a Gas Killing Animal” is already a Chad Vangaalen song.

      1. There’s a band called Joseph Arthur because of course there fucking is.

        What do they sound like?

        1. Like this, at first. Sort of more standard singer-songwriter on recent albums.

          1. …well, I’m definitely not buying a copy of Partners with a Gas Killing Animal.

            1. If Joseph Arthur comes around here, I’m shooting a missile at him. A nice, new and smart missile.

  11. Furious vigilante films himself tearing down shrine to dead burglar after crook’s friends set it up outside home of OAP who killed him
    Henry Vincent, 37, died from stab wounds after he broke into Richard Osborn-Brooks’s home last Wednesday
    Outrage as 78-year-old was arrested but later released without charge after being held for his murder
    Vincent’s relatives made a shrine opposite the pensioner’s Hither Green home and are said to want revenge
    Locals tore shrine down overnight after police had said they were powerless to stop family leaving tributes
    Cards left by his parents and girlfriend say he had a ‘heart of gold’ and was ‘too good to walk the earth’
    One man filmed himself pulling away bouquets before dumping them in his boot and calling them ‘trash’

    1. Pussy got murked by an old man.

    2. What is with the commentariat on Reason? About every third article someone posts a completely irrelevant piece in the comment section and not only is it not removed, people seem to think it’s okay? Who cares what some “furious vigilante” is doing?

      1. Welcome to the wild, wild west, son!

  12. The commission said the Rubert Murdoch company “may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.”

    you can’t spell Mueller without EU.

    1. you can’t spell Bee Tagger without beat greg.

      1. There’s no “I” in team, but there is a “u” in cunt.

        *not directed at you, just a line that I love.

          1. There’s also an “ate” and a “meat.”

            Hmm, it might be lunchtime.

    1. FTA:

      Divorce is hard, but it’s easier than cutting the brake lines on your wife’s car.

      Someone has never been through a divorce, nor have they ever cut a brake line…

    2. What a load of horseshit. Anyone who’s actually been outside the US for any length of time will notice we have more in common than not.

      1. Also, why exclude Idaho, Ohio, Indiana, Montana? Also, he called them soy land. So I fear I know that type were dealing with there.

        Also, we should take Alberta from Canada.

        1. Idaho and Montana have all those scary militias, and nobody wants Ohio or Indiana.

          1. My parents live in Ohio 🙁

            1. Also I really like Cincinnati chili

              1. That is the worst thing anyone has ever typed on Hit’n’Run. May God have mercy on whatever passes for your soul.

  13. Alt-text: Does this look like a man who wants to ‘stop the arms race’?

    Alt-comment: No, it looks like a man who just got seventh place in a Samuel Langhorne Clemens lookalike contest.

    1. uggh, that wasn’t necessary. Mark Twain is probably the greatest American ever and that piece of shit Bolton does not belong in the same discussion.

      1. Dumb, delusional, and unwilling to acknowledge the results of mustache contests is no way to go through life, son.

      2. The greatest American author is Harry Potter. Go read a book or something.

        1. I know, and all on top of being able to keep those madcap surgeons in line! Greatest American Evah!

  14. Investigators with the European Commission raided Fox Networks Group in London yesterday as part of an investigation into sports broadcasting rights.

    So I guess Brexit was all for naught.

    1. It’s “all for nil”.

  15. Of course Zuckerberg is open to regulation of social media. Dominant companies are well positioned to deal with or capture regulators–at the expense of upstart competitors.
    ? J.D. Tuccille (@JD_Tuccille) April 10, 2018

    Tuccille, you cynical bastard!

  16. Recommended viewing = ENB’s discussion with the conservative harpy shrew of Fox News – Laura Ingraham. ENB held her own despite repeated interruptions and pointless sidetracking by FN’s female version of Bill O’Reilly.

    1. I sort of like how shreek seems to think that the Reason Roundup is an unpredictable surprise, and not something that ENB posts every goddamn day.

      1. Wait, she posts it every day? Here I was, thinking it was just randomly going at 7:30 on Mondays through Fridays, like some cut-rate Rocky and Bullwinkle! I never knew that it was actually scheduled this way! This changes everything!

      2. What a shitty non sequitur, you stupid fuck. I’ve read Reason for over ten years and know their editorial habits. ENB is a big improvement over the old morning links.

        1. I’ve read been a moronic douchebag on Reason the Reason comments section for over ten years and know their editorial habits have a screenname that reflects my age and lack of intelligence. ENB is a big improvement over the old morning links Also I never pay my bets.

          1. More conservative angst. Maybe Bratfart would be more for your type.

        2. Ten years?!? Well, keep trying, I suppose.

        3. Look, it’s pretty simple: if you don’t want people to think you’re a lunatic idiot, quit writing things a lunatic idiot would write.

        4. I miss Ed and the PM links.

    2. That’s nice, but I can’t believe Laura Ingraham is still on the air. Her career should be over after how she treated common sense gun safety advocate David Hogg. I trust ENB brought that up?

      1. Getting better.

        1. Meh. The handle is irredeemably dumb so it can only be so “good.”

  17. The attorney-client privilege has always included a “crime-fraud exception,” which provides that if you are using the attorney-client relationship to perpetrate a crime, there is no privilege.

    We have to ignore privilege to find out what’s in it.

  18. Unlike ordinary searches, searches of attorney offices require extraordinary approvals from high-level officials ? in this instance, from Trump appointees in the Justice Department.

    Deep state strikes again!

  19. “I don’t want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy.

    Other John Kennedy quotes:

    “I don’t want to be a Berliner, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want to ask what your country can do for you, but by God I will ask what you can do for your country.”

    “I don’t want to say the Bay of Pigs was a clusterfuck, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want to sleep with multiple women and constantly cheat on my wife, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want to bleed all over the upholstery of this car, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want my brother to drown a lady in his car after he drives it into a pond, but by God he will.”

    “I don’t want to die in Texas, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want to make out with Richard Nixon so he won’t contest the election, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want to give my father a handjob just so he’ll stop beating me, but by God I will.”

    “I don’t want to be an asshole, but by God I will.”

    1. Comedy genius. And completely appropriate.

  20. Trump signed an executive order concerned with tightening work requirements for public assistance and welfare programs.

    How very Clintonesque.

  21. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. and Russia moved one step closer to war-by-proxy in Syria.

    Well since Drumpf does exactly what Putin tells him to do, Russia must want war-by-proxy.

    Damn it, things would be so much better with Hillary Clinton as Commander in Chief. I’m not claiming she would never drop any bombs, but if she did we could be 100% certain she was doing so with America’s best interests in mind.

    #StillWithHer

    1. You know, I just learned that Total Drama is doing a spinoff babies series. This would never have happened under Drumpf.

      #TotalDramaIslandWasStillTheBestOneInTheSeries

      1. With Trudeau in charge now, does this suprise you at all?

    2. At the very least, Hillary’s drones would have checked their aerial privilege before dropping bombs on families

      #wokemassgenocide

      1. “Ass Genocide” was Citizen X’s nickname in college.

        1. That’s actually a pretty awesome nickname

          1. Not how you think. It was an accident, and i was cleared of the charges, but i still feel bad about all those dead donkeys.

      2. Since the Republicans are the racist party and Democrats are the anti-racist party, it’s better from a foreign policy standpoint to have a Democrat in the White House. That way, when the United States uses bombs or drones or whatever in black and brown countries, we can be sure it’s not being done because of a racist disregard for nonwhite lives.

        Take Barack Obama for example. Yes, I admit he dropped his share of bombs during his Presidency. But since he’s black and black people can’t be racist (I learned in college that racism = power + privilege), we know his reasons for using military force were noble. We would not have had that guarantee if it had been McCain or Romney as Commander in Chief.

        1. But Obama was the President of the United States. That’s pretty much as powerful as you can get. Doesn’t that make him a racist by default?

        2. Stop. This is a bad parody of the cosmo position and it’s not funny when we’re actually talking about people who are going to be killed for no rational reason

          1. Cosmo vs Paleo for control of a party that gets 2% of the vote maximum.

          2. COMEDY IS SUBJECTIVE! WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?

            1. Is it too much to ask for some realistic parody?

          3. There is no number of human lives more important than scoring a snark for My Team.

            ?Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

            1. Albright does seem to have nailed your mission statement.

              1. ‘Albright’ and ‘nailed’ do not belong in a sentence together, no matter their usage.

                Please rephrase your comment.

                1. Fine. Albright’s hard, penetrating analysis left Tony wide open and utterly exposed.

        3. For a while OBL was getting so subtle, people were treating him like a serious progtard. Now the pendulum has swung the other way and we are experiencing blunt-force parody.

          1. No, he could post that on HuffPost or Salon and it would get 1,000 likes. You are being too rational if you think it’s over the top.

        4. Ok, that was perfect satire.

  22. It “needs us to hep with their economy”.

    Hep them! Hep them! We need to hep them!

  23. The terrible Speak of the House’s terrible predecessor John Boehner says that he has changed his thinking on marijuana and believes it should be taken off the schedule.

    Better late than never, and good for him if he sincerely believes it, and isn’t just saying it because he’s joining yet another corporate board of directors.

    1. Must be something about power and the need to get re-elected that makes people retards. The examples are endless.

  24. “Mr. Zuckerberg conceded that government regulation might yield benefits, given the recent surfacing of such problems as fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech. “I think the real question as the internet becomes more important?is what is the right regulation?” he said.”

    Please, Br’er Fox, whatever you do, please don’t throw me in that briar patch!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9oWq9zIXTY

    From a purely fundamental, rock solid, small state libertarian philosophical perspective, one of the solutions being floated is to force social media to gain explicit consent before scraping people’s personal information–and that isn’t entirely awful. After all, rights are choices, and if government exists for any legitimate purpose at all, it is to protect our rights.

    As I linked to yesterday, Facebook’s “consent”, for example, consisted of them asking whether you wanted to keep all your SMS messages in one place, by which they claimed consent to track all of your texts, phone calls, and contacts across all your devices forever and always–regardless of whether you installed their app on that device.

    http://arstechnica.com/informa…..id-phones/

    On the other hand, I’m imagining a world where you have to consent to share your personal data every time you do a google search, and that seems ridiculous.

    1. Why would you need to share your personal data every time you do a Google search?

      1. Because Google is as much an advertising platform as Facebook, and they’re selling your information off as well?

      2. Google tracks your location to give you more “relevant” results.

        1. And that’s why I don’t want to opt in and use DuckDuckGo. Which is probably actually just as compromised, but, y’know, illusion of security and all that.

          1. DuckDuck Go isn’t as compromised.

            They do not sell your searches.

            1. So does that mean that you could get away with not giving your personal data to a search engine? Because that was my question; Google does a better job for specifics, but DDG offers some security that they aren’t tracking everything.

              1. That’s right. DuckDuck Go isn’t tracking what you’ve searched for in the past, and everybody gets the same search results because of that.

                I’ll still go to Google for some things, but I find that 90-95% of the time, I find what I’m looking for with DuckDuck Go.

                1. Yeah, definitely use them. Support them. Buy a coffee mug.

        2. They’re selling your information.

          All your search results.

          All your gmail.

          Yes, your location, as well.

          1. but i dont have a gmail

            i still dont feel any safer

            thank you for scaring me ken

            1. Don’t be scared. Be aware.

              There are lots of things you can do to protect your privacy, and you haven’t been thinking about them, you should.

              There are free VPN services out there, not to mention an excellent one that sells three years of unlimited data for $99.

              There are free encrypted email services.

              You have a lot of choices, and you may find that some of them are better than what Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others are selling–specifically because the alternatives aren’t necessarily catering to the mass market.

              I was deep into punk rock as a kid. Couldn’t listen to it on the radio, couldn’t buy it at the record store, and there was no internet. Still, I liked punk rock better than what was being marketed to the mass audience, and some of these services are like that, too.

              I happen to like Chrome’s web browser. Did you know that’s actually an open source consortium with Google licensing? They offer a version without Google’s tinkering called “Chromium”. For people who want a completely Google free experience that wants to use the Chrome browser, there’s another version that’s de-googled Chromium even further.

              I diverge. Point is that there are privacy focused alternative to everything, and you’ll be a lot less scared once you realize that it’s really up to you. You can be about as private as you want to be–but you have to use your freedom of choice. Yeah, I guess that’s the stuff existential panic is made of. Cue Munch.

              1. A VPN can track every piece of information they can. Some VPNs are better than others when it comes to how much they track, their willingness to sell/share that information. At least your ISP won’t know what you’re doing.

                A VPN alone isn’t enough to maintain your privacy. If you’re using your ISP’s DNS to turn translate pornhub.com into computer readable addresses (e.g., pornhub is 216.18.168.16), your ISP knows everything you are looking at even if you use a VPN. Of course you can encrypt your DNS traffic using the new 1.1.1.1 service from CloudFlare. It doesn’t let you do any content filtering like OpenDNS (which is owned by Cisco…) but it will improve your privacy. For and example of what your DNS queries can reveal about you look at this bit about what the Google Public DNS tracks.

                Sadly, some monitoring techniques are difficult to beat. For instance it’s possible to create a very specific, but not necessarily unique, profile of you using only your browser. A website can detect your screen size, they type of computer you’re using, installed fonts, some of your hardware/peripherals, which browser and it’s version you’re using, which plugins you might have turned on (possibly also disabled ones as well), along with location details. A VPN can help scramble some of your location data, but you will need to always use a different server to increase the amount of noise.

                1. My list above wasn’t meant to be exhaustive.

                  The point is that people can do things to protect their privacy–to whatever extent they’re comfortable.

                  Privacy isn’t a binary thing like being pregnant. It’s just like any other form of security. The question isn’t whether you want to be totally secure. Total safety would have you confined to a rubber room and strapped down to a gurney. Who wants to be perfectly safe?

                  The point is that we don’t need to use Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, or their affiliates–and we don’t need to depend on politicians to protect our privacy either. We can make choices for ourselves and we can inform ourselves about the choices that are available to us.

            2. Use a radically different identity for every single site that requests an identity, and don’t ever use your real identity unless you absolutely have to to take advantage of the service. Randomly generate all your details for each identity – age, gender, race, continent, city, country, name.

              I am legion. You should be too.

    2. one of the solutions being floated is to force social media to gain explicit consent before scraping people’s personal information

      Because agreeing to ToS doesn’t cover this?

      1. Why bother to posting me questions about where I got something when looking at the link I already gave you requires less effort?

        1. Because I’m not your personal assistant. Try being more brief.

          1. How’s this for brief?

            Up yours!

            1. Much better.

      2. Here, for the incredibly lazy:

        “Messenger was never installed on the Android devices I used. Facebook was installed on a Nexus tablet I used and on the Blackphone 2 in 2015, and there was never an explicit message requesting access to phone call and SMS data. Yet there is call data from the end of 2015 until late 2016, when I reinstalled the operating system on the Blackphone 2 and wiped all applications.

        While data collection was technically “opt-in,” in both these cases the opt-in was the default installation mode for Facebook’s application, not a separate notification of data collection. Facebook never explicitly revealed that the data was being collected, and it was only discovered as part of a review of the data associated with the accounts. The users we talked to only performed such reviews after the recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data.

        Facebook began explicitly asking permission from users of Messenger and Facebook Lite to access SMS and call data to “help friends find each other” after being publicly shamed in 2016 over the way it handled the “opt-in” for SMS services. “That message mentioned nothing about retaining SMS and call data, but instead it offered an “OK” button to approve “keeping all of your SMS messages in one place.”

        —-Ars Technica

        1. Asking whether you want all your SMS message kept in one place and asking whether you want Facebook to track all your phone calls and SMS messages as well as your contacts across all platforms and devices–regardless of whether you installed their app on that device–is not the same thing, no.

    3. Either you let private companies abuse you in every way possible or you’re not a real libertarian. IT’s “voluntary” whether you read 50 pages of fine print or not.

      1. Another one who’s too lazy to read.

        1. Tony voluntarily chooses ignorance whenever possible.

          1. “Default” is not a choice.

      2. That’s still more voluntary than I get from your fucking government.

        Fuck off, slaver.

        1. Also, don’t buy a Samsung phone. Which also has tons of bloatware and information tracking. Not just the FB app.

          Get wiped phones, or unlocked phones. They’re cheaper and better in some ways as well

  25. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. and Russia moved one step closer to war-by-proxy in Syria.

    Absurd. Don’t you know by now Trump’s tweets don’t mean what you think they mean? You’re not a very stable genius and don’t even understand 7th-level wizard chess. Trump knows the Russians are chess masters so he’s stepping up his game and he doesn’t have time to try to explain the strategery involved here to people who have no smarts and are very dumb. Believe me, Trump knows what he’s doing here and you don’t have a clue.

    Fun fact: Did you know Trump was invited to be the Olympic Chess Team coach after defeating Bobby Fischer 5 games to zero in the World Chess Championship of the World Championship? But he was too busy with his work teaching Phil Mickelson how to play golf so he turned down the job even though they offered him a billion dollars, his choice of 3 Romanian beauty queens and a lifetime supply of Rice-a-Roni.

    1. What’s the difference between wizard chess and Calvinball?

      (Wizard chess can be played the same way twice.)

    2. a lifetime supply of Rice-a-Roni

      The San Francisco tweet?

      1. …well played asshole. that was a very well played pun. i laughed. fuck you for making me laugh at a pun.

        1. A nicer compliment I seldom get.

    3. But he was too busy with his work teaching Phil Mickelson how to play golf…

      Who better to teach Phil how to play golf than the man who once got 16 holes in one in a single round of golf? That’s five more than that low energy clown Kim Jong-Il got. That was a bigly round of golf, believe me.

      1. And yet how humble of him not to give himself those two extra Mulligans to make it a perfect game. Truly an inspiring sacrifice.

  26. “I don’t want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy.

    I wonder if he beats his wife while shouting “See what you made me do!”?

    1. No, he just plays Taylor Swift. Allows him to focus more attention on the blows.

      (oh god that was disgusting im going to hell)

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