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Rubio Bill Would Make Tech Companies Disclose Government Interference

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Proposal would mandate more transparency. A lot of what people mistake as tech-company ideology creeping into their business practices actually stems from attempts to comply with government demands. The feds put pressure on digital companies to suppress or block certain types of content and transactions in ways that are both overt (for instance, FOSTA, the 2018 law criminalizing content that promotes prostitution) and unseen (i.e., Operation Choke Point, a once-secretive program that encouraged financial services to target porn stars, gun sellers, and other entrepreneurs politicians don't like), wielding appeals to stopping everything from crime and violence to disinformation and foreign propaganda. Many of these asks are of dubious effect and seem more politically motivated than anything else.

A new bill in the Senate would demand digital companies disclose such government pressure and dictates. It was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.)—who paints the proposal in the most ludicrously partisan terms possible.

"Through campaign contributions, censorship, and woke nonsense, it's perfectly clear that Silicon Valley giants are working together with the Left to destroy conservative values in America," writes Rubio in introducing the bill, called the PRESERVE Online Speech Act.

The left certainly has no monopoly on trying to use the government to shape and censor the internet and, in turn, the world it reflects and shapes. But despite Rubio's paranoid partisan shtick, his idea might not be a bad one.

"There are a host of legal and philosophical problems with the idea that the federal government should regulate the internal deliberations of privately owned companies such as Facebook and Twitter. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with Americans demanding to know to what extent their own government is engaging in that process," suggests Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review. "At the moment, we are wholly reliant upon the executive branch's willingness to disclose its own dealings. Under Senator Rubio's arrangement, Americans would have a statutory right to know the nature of those dealings — including which requests are being made, how frequently, in what language, to what end, and with what partisan hue."

Under the PRESERVE Online Speech Act, tech companies would be required to quickly and publicly disclose "any requests from governments to moderate, censor or otherwise limit speech," as Rubio describes it. Businesses would turn this information over to the Federal Communications Commission, which would release it in an annual report.

I see several potential snags, however. First, there would be exceptions for government censorship requests related to "certain law enforcement activities, including terrorism and human trafficking," says Rubio. But the government does a lot of snooping and censoring under the pretense of stopping these things.

Exceptions for anything the feds deem related to terrorism, trafficking, or crime could make the requirement effectively useless.

Second, relying on the same administrations making these requests to release evidence of these requests doesn't necessarily inspire confidence.

Third, with businesses being fined $50,000 per day for failure to disclose the requested information, companies could potentially be punished for failing to turn over information on requests that other branches of government have told them to keep secret, or that exist only in the conspiracy-theorizing minds of politicians whose brains have been melted by tribalism and/or ego.

Cooke suggests "it might also be a good idea to demand that the government also disclose any communications; that way, an auditor could compare and contrast the two filings."


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  1. https://twitter.com/MikeKBerg/status/1423257378993147907

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    3. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1422890656956141574

      Rep.
      @CoriBush
      , who took part in trespassing on the McCloskeys’ property, threatens the family after they received a gubernatorial pardon: “Mark McCloskey is an absolute liar. He has spat on my name. And because of that, his day will come.”

      1. Who could have thought that electing a sub-literate hood rat to Congress would result in such declarations?

        1. To be fair, nobody in Congress was reading the legislation anyway.

          1. Sure, but that bitch couldn’t spell “cat” even if you spotted her the c and the t.

            1. Paging Hollywood Henderson on Bradshaw. Love it.

        2. + 1

        3. “Hood rat?”

          Nice job. You really are hiding your disdain for non-whites with that one.

          1. It’s not an inaccurate observation of her.

            1. How would people react if Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Gary Player, or Ron Johnson called her that?

              1. Like the a-holes they are.

          2. Fuck off, you race-baiting antisemite.

            1. Please cite me being anti Semitic or stop calling me an antisemite.

              It trivializes real antisemitism. Like the antisemitism the Mormons harbor.

          3. To be fair I use hood rat to refer to white hood rats all the time.

    4. They need to have her as a speaker at the next RNC.

  2. https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/05/cuomos-fall-would-be-a-win-for-the-cabal/

    The national outrage at Cuomo’s handsiness and bullying—from feminists, Democratic officials, and others who have ignored Joe and Hunter’s actual criminal sexual depravity—and the expiation of sin to follow as he leaves the scene, has made it unlikely that Cuomo will ever face justice for the deliberate murder of roughly 15,000 seniors in New York nursing homes. That is a far more serious charge. Were that case to be unraveled, with evidence, in a court of law or even in a real newspaper, many people besides Cuomo would be in deep trouble. Particularly hard hit would be those for whom he acted in pursuit of unseating Donald Trump in the coming election. So that could not be allowed to happen.

    Why do I think those deaths of elderly people in nursing homes were deliberate, and not just incompetence or lack of preparedness, as he has argued? Timing. In March, 2020, as COVID became an issue, the biggest problem associated with it was the lines at New York City-funded hospitals, and the start of a rising death toll. But most states still had zero or only a handful of cases. There were far too few deaths to justify shutting down businesses or schools.

    To use the crisis as a means to unseat Donald Trump, as the Democrats were hell-bent on doing, required drama, and action. Then, as the first rounds of COVID patients began emerging from crowded hospitals, recovering but still clearly contagious, Cuomo instituted the unprecedented requirement that they be sent to (state-funded) nursing homes “to recover.”

    Cuomo was warned about the likely consequences of doing this by, among others, worried nursing home owners, who knew that if they had to house still contagious, recovering patients, COVID would spread like wildfire through their facilities. And, he had good alternatives: President Trump had sent the Naval hospital ship USS Comfort, which remained empty throughout the pandemic, as did the Javits Center, as the elderly and vulnerable were forced to share rooms with known COVID carriers. It is hard to imagine that this was an accident. Even as the death toll began skyrocketing, Cuomo refused to reconsider the policy.

    Four other Democratic governors followed suit, using the same tactic, and thousands more in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California subsequently died, allowing Democrats to ramp up the fear that justified a year-long shutdown of work, schools, the economy, and allowed for election practices that enabled mass cheating.

    1. “To use the crisis as a means to unseat Donald Trump, as the Democrats were hell-bent on doing, required drama, and action.”

      Absolutely. They needed dead bodies even if they had to make them themselves… so they did.

      1. That’s been my suspicion for a year

        1. Levine in PA got his/her mother out of the home and into a hotel first, because Xir knew what was about to happen.

          1. Multiple parents of democrats got pulled early last year. And they continue to attack DeSantis for focusing shots on the elderly.

            1. Got any more names/links?

              1. I’ll look for it. Was one in Michigan and then the Pennsylvania one.

                1. I remember the Max Brooks/Mel Brooks video at the beginning of all the covid stuff saying to protect the elderly because they were the most vulnerable.

    2. SIX FUCKING WEEKS this order was in place. And it was given on MARCH 25, long after we saw what happened in Italy when you mixed covid patients with the at-risk.

      This motherfucker sped up his curve and created the crisis he was trying to avoid, then spent all summer taking credit for spring. Send them all to jail. After a nice long trial with lots of discovery.

    3. Not buying it. They reacted from an over abundance of caution. No one wanted to get blamed for deaths.

  3. “Law enforcement officials are encouraging private homeowners’ associations to install license plate reader cameras from startup Flock Safety,” reports Bloomberg. “But are they really keeping neighborhoods safer?”

    The plate readers or law enforcement in general?

    1. Flock Safety – when you know they think of you as sheep.

      1. Flock (of seagulls) safety. When you have enough hair gel to double as a helmet

  4. https://www.dailywire.com/news/opinion-the-eviction-moratorium-will-ensure-only-corporations-can-be-landlords

    What this moratorium will actually do is hurt small-time landlords. It seems like Democrats think all landlords are wealthy fat cats who don’t need the money. Essentially, they view the artists in “Rent” as the good guys (which is how the musical portrays them, even though they’re squatters who just refuse to earn money to pay their bills).

    But not all landlords can afford to not get paid for a year-and-a-half. Many of them earn less than their tenants and need the rental income to pay their own bills. It’s like everyone forgot about that big Atlantic story explaining how Wall Street investors became landlords by creating big investment companies to manage homes and then stiffed renters.

    Well, this eviction moratorium pretty much guarantees that only corporations like these can afford to be landlords.

    Just like when the government decided who was an “essential” worker versus who was not, it is again picking winners and losers in the market based on some cartoonish idea about one side versus the other. In the end, they make new victims while continuing to claim the moral high ground.

      1. I get the feeling that the godmen are going to fuck this up even worse than the communists.

        1. You think Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson got Greek passports because they love the tourist sites and gyros? Hell no, it’s so they can fuck off out of here if shit goes down.

      2. Hmmm. This person did own a bike to ride. I don’t want to share my bicycles with others. Kind of a personal fit and such. Not doing the communist very well I see.

      3. These people are delusional. No idea how all the stuff they take for granted got here.

    1. I’m convinced it is also so banks and the rich can scoop up rental properties cheap from small landlords who owe back mortgage and just want out now. Lowers the prices for their investments. I’ve considered offloading some of mine due to the shit happening. Luckily no dead beat renters. Sister wasn’t so lucky.

      1. Some landlords are starting to require 8-12 months rent up front because of this (which is smart, considering we’re being led by a government and media class now that has the emotional development of a bunch of nursery school kids). Parents are having to loan their kids money just to get an apartment.

        I’m convinced it is also so banks and the rich can scoop up rental properties cheap from small landlords who owe back mortgage and just want out now.

        I’m sure that’s a side benefit, although I don’t think it’s what the oligarchs initially had in mind. But they’re seeing an opportunity now to ramp up the cost of living across the country so the average person can’t buy a home.

      2. I gave up on rentals a few years back. I now just invest in REITs. There are some semi-private ones out there that diversify across 20 – 30 properties of different kinds (some focused on retail, some focused on residential, some on income via rent, and others focused on growth via short term ‘flips’). The upside is lower, but I do not miss looking for tenants, or getting that call about replacing a hot water heater.

        Take a look at Streitwise and Fundrise. They are less liquid (usually you have to commit to 5 year investments) much like regular real estate, but give you more options.

    2. I disagree on one point. Democrats don’t think all landlords are evil, rich fatcats. Democrats know many, many landlords are individuals who own a couple of multifamily properties, or are owner-occupiers. Democrats are actually in favor of large, corporate landlords because they can work through them to enact their preferred social engineering.

      Progressive useful idiots like Cori Bush think landlords are all evil, rich fatcats. And the democrats are using that to their advantage here. By the time the Coris get wise, it’ll be too fucking late.

    3. My landlord is a single guy who owns 2 rental properties with 6 total tenants, and works a full time job, with a couple of side gigs.

      Having 2 out of those 6 units not paying rent for the better part of the year is like having them vacant, but worse, because there are still costs associated with having a tenant in your building, above and beyond the mortgage.

      He’s a nice guy, and lets me do my own thing – pretty much never bothers me about anything. It would suck to have our building sold to a more corporate rental company, but I wouldn’t buy his properties right now, with 1/3 of the units not producing any revenue, and no ability to change that. Why would any individual want to do that?

  5. Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions gets a green light from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    My body my choice is being pushed down that slippery slope from both sides.

    1. I wonder what the fetus wants for its body..

      1. Probably to be cut up into bits, and delivered to big pharma to be used as ingredients.

      2. These days with lock downs, masks, mental illness being seen as normal, not sure if mom or dad are really mom or dad, etc., he or she might not want to come out.

  6. NYT Guest Essay Opinion Piece Claims ‘There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote’
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/07/31/nyt-guest-essay-opinion-piece-claims-there-is-no-good-reason-you-should-have-to-be-a-citizen-to-vote-n2593415

    As part of the “Snap Out of It, America!” series, The New York Times has published quite the noteworthy pieces, including on Wednesday a claim from Atossa Araxia Abrahamian that “There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote.”

    1. OBL gets a boner.

      1. Jeff too.

    2. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian is a New York-based journalist and a senior editor of The Nation. Abrahamian is also the author of the 2015 non-fiction book The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen.

      At this point, I’m perfectly happy with someone nuking New York City and the resultant economic chaos if it gets rid of people like this.

      1. The Davos class infesting New York, San Francisco and London, really need to separate from the rest of the world and leave us the fuck alone.

        1. But then who will be their serfs?

      2. There goes half of the Reason staff.

        1. Feature, not bug

    3. “There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote.”

      I don’t even order from them very often but I *should* get a vote on whether Amazon workers can unionize.

      1. Nice. We should also be able to vote on how much they get paid. I want my cheap stuff. I vote less pay for Amazon workers.

    4. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses , their votes.

  7. Vaccination rates in the South are soaring.

    Encouraging news that concerted feat tactics work.

  8. How Can Literature Resist Islamophobia? One Writer Answers: Gay Muslim Furry Romance.
    https://slate.com/human-interest/2017/01/the-time-he-desires-gay-muslim-furry-romance-is-a-book-against-the-trump-era.html

    1. Perverts gonna perve.

    2. Someone needs to be careful before they get beheaded.

  9. Donald Trump’s post-presidency grifting needs better spell-checkers.

    Kind of hard to top covfefe.

    1. Donald who?

    2. Meanwhile President Obama is generously sharing his birthday with 500 of his closest friends.

    3. Meanwhile President Biden’s son is generously offering to share his artistic genius with his closest friend$.

  10. A new bill in the Senate would demand digital companies disclose such government pressure and dictates.
    Circular logic.

    1. ^ Ironic, no? Perhaps a perfect example of one government intervention begetting yet another.

  11. Highways and bridges aren’t crumbling, despite politicians’ claims to the contrary.

    WHAT KIND OF LIBERTARIAN TALKS UP GOVERNMENT ROADS?

    1. Well, not all of them. But there’s a bridge quite near my house that consists of more patches than concrete, and worries me more than a little. I’ve actually been over one or two bridges where you could see through the holes in the road surface.

      So some of them certainly are crumbling.

      1. If you’re in a red area than it’s obviously a bridge to nowhere.

      2. Maybe the people that use it should get together and pay for the repairs.

  12. https://www.theweek.co.uk/instant-opinion/106692/instant-opinion-we-need-big-brother-to-beat-this-virus

    We need Big Brother to beat this virus
    “The Keystone Coppery of recent weeks has had some people muttering darkly that we are heading the way of a police state. Those who style themselves as defenders of ancient British liberties will soon have bigger fish to fry: the digital surveillance tools that government hopes to use to trace the infected. Prepare for dire warnings of state intrusion and an avalanche of Nineteen Eighty-Four quotes on social media warning that Big Brother is upon us. Yet if we are to beat a path out of this pandemic without destroying our economy, overblown concerns about threats to our liberties must be countered by pragmatism. To recover some semblance of normality before a vaccine is found, we must accept the need for the state to access more information about ourselves, our health and our whereabouts — and not waste precious weeks arguing about it.”

  13. A lot of what people mistake as tech-company ideology creeping into their business practices actually stems from attempts to comply with government demands.

    But I thought Big Tech was totally private companies in no way a government actor! Now you’re telling me a lot of the bad things they’re doing are at the behest of government? Well which is it? Free market or government control?

    1. Stage 2 of their denial that government and private collusion exists.

      1. Crony Socialism 101

      2. government and private collusion

        If only there was a word for the that. Something that captured them bundling together, like twigs.

    2. “Well which is it? Free market or government control?”

      Considering the thousands of laws and regulations controlling everything from who is “qualified” to cut hair to — insert a hundred other things here — I think the answer is pretty obvious.

      1. That was supposed to go as an response to JK, obviously.

    3. But I thought Big Tech was totally private companies in no way a government actor!

      When Facebook runs ads calling for more government regulation they’re doing that because the government is forcing them to so that they can convince more people that they should be able to tell Facebook what to do.

      Couldn’t be that Zuckerberg is at least partially sympathetic. The 12D chess explanation makes much more sense.

  14. “This is an important ????. Please read it. It’s amazing how for all the talk of being “tough on big tech,” there are so many policy positions taken by the WH and Congress that actually serve to lock in big tech.

    Maybe because Zuck and Pichai payed for the election “fortification”, and the rest pitched in to suppress dissent? The boardrooms and upper echelons of big tech are the Democratic Party. Almost everyone there has worked for the party in some capacity before.
    All talk about cracking down on them by the Klain Biden Administration is performance theatre.

    1. That’s a big reason why Ken’s assertion that the FTC chair is a warning to Big Tech about anti-trust threats if they don’t behave doesn’t really hold water. It’s the equivalent of a professional wrestling promo to push a storyline.

      1. “Oh, Br’er Fox, I don’t care what you do with me, so long as you just don’t throw me in that briar patch over there. Go on and barbecue me up, Br’er Fox, but please don’t throw me in that briar patch.”

    1. Sounds like an admission of liability, that they cannot prevent these inmates from being raped by the transgenders.

      1. Not to defend trannies or get too ‘gender equality!!!’ but, it’s prison, both rape and consensual sex are happening in cis/unisex populations. If a woman walked into a man’s prison I’d have a hard time calling every guy she had sex with a victim.

        1. I mean, men are jailed disproportionately and the rape numbers are disproportionately male. Women wanted equality, California’s going to give it to them good and hard.

    2. Chris-chan’s going to be a busy girl when he’s incarcerated. Pretty much every girl in prison is hotter than his mom.

    3. What rapist ever stopped to put on a condom provided by the person being raped?

    4. Everyone without a penis should get a knife.

  15. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1423482263732465665?s=19

    This is not just any girl

    This is the daughter of Billy Evans, killed in the 4-2 terrorist attack at the Capitol

    He is the only Capitol Police officer killed in over 20 years

    “@TrumpJew2
    Biden spots a little girl out of the crowd, calls her over to sit on his lap, then tries to sniff her [video]“

    1. Well, look at that dress! That girl was just asking for it. Where’s Joe’s right hand there?

    2. Anyone who doubts that Joe is an unrepentant pedophile just needs to watch a few minutes of this compilation. This isn’t just some old man being grandfatherly:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XqF4wA-dco

      Maybe Buttplug’s QAnon bogeyman was right.

    3. This is not just any girl

      For clarity, isn’t the youngest woman Cuomo harassed/assaulted 25?

      1. Don’t be a pedophobe

  16. Food. Trucks.

    https://twitter.com/SaysSimonson/status/1423063644418547713

    The man who allegedly beheaded a woman in Minnesota is an illegal alien. Thank God for power line, which managed to actually get ICE to spit out the suspect’s immigration status..

    1. https://twitter.com/SteveScalise/status/1423022918485876742

      The Biden Administration has released 7,000 COVID-positive illegal immigrants into McAllen, TX since February—1,500 just last week alone.

      They’re not actually serious about COVID.

      1. https://twitter.com/BillFOXLA/status/1422966812971610115

        BREAKING: The city of McAllen has started constructing emergency shelters for illegal immigrants released by Border Patrol. The city says the federal government is releasing “an alarming number of immigrants into McAllen, and that the feds aren’t testing them for COVID.

        1. Same thing happened in Ajo arizona. Increased population by 10% and they didn’t have the resources foe the unemployed surge. Emptied food banks and everything.

      2. “They’re not actually serious about COVID”

        They’re serious about using it for political goals.

  17. “The left certainly has no monopoly on trying to use the government to shape and censor the internet and, in turn, the world it reflects and shapes.”

    They may have a monopoly on succeeding, though.

    1. I can’t think of many/any instances where the right has achieved it without a court order.

      1. Enb will yell FOSTA.

        But of course to reason telling these companies they only get protections for protecting all speech is equivalent to telling these companies to censor the lefts opponents.

    2. Across the public/private divide, their controlling interest is much, *much* closer to a monopoly than their opposition.

  18. “The Biden admin has been talking a big game about being ‘tough on Big Tech’ and Silicon Valley monopolies. But right now they’re quietly defending a provision in the #InfrastructureBill that targets software developers who are trying to build alternatives to Big Tech”

    OMG

    You mean, despite campaigning as the adversaries of wealthy and powerful institutions, Democrats actually serve those very institutions as soon as they gain control in Washington?! If only somebody had coined an expression to describe this phenomenon.

    #LibertariansForBiden
    #VoteDemocratToHelpTheRich

    1. Related…

      In 2021 Democrats have raised the minimum wage by: $0.00 / hour

      In 2021 the 10 richest Americans have gained a combined: $231 billion

      Most. Libertarian. President. Ever.

      #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. https://twitter.com/Oilfield_Rando/status/1422569019085840394

      Tying this one into thread re: Manchin. His wife is co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission set to receive $1 billion
      Quote Tweet
      Oilfield Rando
      @Oilfield_Rando
      · Aug 2
      Oh snap. Appalachian energy hub initiative in the bill. Studies a massive ethane storage and distribution hub, “will help establish a regional energy hub in the Appalachian region for natural gas and natural gas liquids, including hydrogen”.

      Manchin don’t play no games

    2. Walensky’s Lytica received a $16.9 million dollar HHS grant to “develop antibacterial peptides with broad activity against multidrug-resistant bacteria.” Only $5.3 million of that money was initially disbursed to Lytica, and the remaining $11.6 million is scheduled to be disbursed upon the achievement of “certain development milestones.” I have previously worked in the world of grant writing and can tell you most agencies will not give grants to organizations that have existed for less than a year and organizations that have no other stream of funding. In this particular case Crunchbase, which monitors funding for corporations and non-profits, shows that the only funding that Lytica has received to date is the $5.3 million allocated from the grant received.

      Company fully formed by government grants.

      1. You mean a *private* company formed by government grants! 😉

  19. WaPos Glenn Kessler was hoping to fit facts to narrative in and anti Christopher Rufo hit piece… didn’t end well for Glenn

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/08/05/glenn-kesslers-hit-piece-in-progress-on-christopher-rufo-blew-up-in-his-face-n407013

  20. Jewish Deplorable
    @TrumpJew2
    Biden spots a little girl out of the crowd, calls her over to sit on his lap, then tries to sniff her

    With video.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TrumpJew2/status/1423403502123036674

    1. He is acting “presidential”.

  21. Totes not weird or creepy

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1423364502523891719?s=19

    JUST IN – CNN fires three employees who came into the office unvaccinated, cites “zero-tolerance” on policy.

    1. Why didn’t they just get the pure saline version like Jeff Zucker?

    2. Why wouldn’t the masks keep them safe?

    3. Private company. They can do what they want.

      #Libertarianism101

      1. Except firing HIV positive employees for having HIV. By law, they’re required to provide them with medical coverage.

        1. Sorry, maybe that comment was too pointed. They can do what they want except fire black people for being black, gay people for being gay, Muslims/Jews/Christians for being Muslim/Jewish/Christian (maybe), refuse any of the above medical coverage for virtually any reason, tell people which restrooms they can/can’t use, tell black/gay/religious customers they won’t serve them for anti-black/anti-gay/anti-religious reasons, receive women-owned business tax breaks no matter who sits on their board, *and* fire HIV positive people for being HIV positive.

    4. Can they hire a video team of them walking up from their basement a la Cuomo to get their jobs back?

      1. I’d like to see a video of them walking over to Fox to reveal the inner intrigues of CNN.

  22. Nike CEO says China is very aligned with their values. Concentration camps and all.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/nike-ceo-on-doing-business-in-china-very-aligned-with-our-values

    1. Time for the NBA players to take a knee for the Uyghur slaves making their sho… Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, could you even imagine?

      I can’t.

      1. Fucking Uyghurs and their basketball shoes.

      2. NBA players refuse to stand up for ethnic groups whose names they’re unable to spell.

        1. LeBron barely finished high school, this new criteria is going to greatly reduce his social justice grandstanding options.

          1. High school in Cleveland. His real name is Michael, but that’s as close as he can get to spelling it right.

  23. The Bears Jimmy Graham is asking why the NFL is pushing daily testing after they basically forced players to get vaccinated. Asks why fines are 10x what they were last year.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/bears-tight-end-jimmy-graham-airs-frustration-with-the-nflpa-was-basically-forced-into-getting-the-vaccine

    1. Because fuck you that’s why, Jimmy.

  24. Shots, shots, shots-shots-shots!

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/white-house-defies-who-plans-start-doling-out-booster-shots

    Confirming what we have all suspected (and The White House, France, and Germany all confirmed), The FDA has tonight confirmed, according to people familiar with discussions within the agency, expects to have a strategy on Covid-19 vaccine boosters by early September that would lay out when and which vaccinated individuals should get the follow-up shots.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Biden administration is pushing for the swift release of a booster strategy because some populations – people age 65 or older and people who are immunocompromised, as well as those who got the shots in December or January shortly after they were rolled out – could need boosters as soon as this month, two of the people said.

    1. Vaccines work so well you need three! Or ten! Or fifty!

  25. Ashley Babbit’s family is suing the Capitol Police for 10 million. Or 1 third of Floyd’s emaculate worth.

    Lawyer points out the video audio of the shooting has no verbal warnings prior to firing the gun, despite the cops lawyers claiming so.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/ashli-babbitt-family-lawyer-officer-killed-ambush-warning

    1. The officer has a lawyer, but still hasn’t been named?

      1. Name’s “Cowardly Asshole”.

  26. Thread

    https://twitter.com/BenVolin/status/1423326594131763207?s=19

    Cam Newton on if he is vaccinated: “It’s too personal to discuss it. I’ll just keep it at that.”

    1. By the way, Cam Newton had covid last year. Missed some games. It was a big story. People still pointing to it as explanation for why he had a shitty season.

      1. A lot of NFL players came into the season out of shape as they were unsure there would be a season. It was noticeable.

      2. How do they explain all his other shitty years? Defenses have figured him out a long time ago and it shows.

  27. https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/566669-9-11-families-ask-biden-to-not-attend-memorial-events-over

    “The group wrote that since the 9/11 Commission concluded in 2004, there has been evidence found ‘implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attacks.’”

    1. And?

      1. Perhaps there’s a point there, but like dealing with the spaz, trying to tease out a point from one of Mike’s comments isn’t worth the time.

        1. The point is that fire extinguishers can kill.

          1. White Mike hung onto that bullshit long after even the rest of the leftards gave it up; he made it his own!

  28. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1423416302069235717

    BREAKING: Governor of Maryland suggests he will impose more lockdowns due to people believing ‘conspiracy theories’ about the vaccine

    1. ‘Conspiracy theories’ is Dem-speak for spoilers.

      1. While he is a Republican at least nominally.

  29. INFRASTRUCTURE BILL COULD ENABLE GOVERNMENT TO TRACK DRIVERS’ TRAVEL DATA
    The government would keep track of drivers’ travel in a test program to charge per-mile fees to raise revenue for the Highway Trust Fund.
    https://theintercept.com/2021/08/05/infrastructure-bill-travel-data-cars-privacy/

    1. Highway Trust Slush Fund.

  30. United Airlines will require all of its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

    Yes they’re shitting on freedom but it’s okay libertarians because muh pRivAtE c0mpaNy.

    Next up, no more barebacking for gay employees, don’t want to spread teh Aids.

    1. Thinking you’ll just get another job? Lol:

      Delta won’t hire you unless you’ve been vaccinated, CEO says

      1. Don’t work for Delta or United then?

  31. “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

    —-Benito Mussolini

    China is now most accurately described as a fascist state.

    Exhibit A:

    “To Western investors, China’s regulatory crackdown on superstar companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. , Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Didi Global Inc. must seem suicidal. How better to undercut growth than to kneecap some of the world’s most successful technology companies?

    . . . . even as the Chinese Communist Party unleashes a multifront regulatory assault against consumer internet companies, it continues to shower subsidies, protection and “buy-Chinese” mandates on manufacturers”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-wants-manufacturingnot-the-internetto-lead-the-economy-11628078155?

    What’s the goal here?

    “Historically, as most countries develop, manufacturing displaces agriculture and then services displace manufacturing. In recent decades manufacturing’s share of gross domestic product in most-advanced economies has declined, especially in the U.S. and Britain, which have seen swaths of factory employment migrate overseas, especially to China.

    While manufacturing’s share of Chinese GDP has declined, at 26% it remains the highest of any major economy, and the Chinese government wants it to stay there—in effect insisting that China not follow others down the path of deindustrialization.

    —-Ibidem

    This isn’t like the crony-capitalism of Vladimir Putin. This isn’t exactly the corporatism of Mussolini–Xi isn’t about to bring labor unions into the decision making process. This is more like Franco’s fascism before he embraced economic liberalism later in life.

    You can’t do what you want with your company unless it’s in the service of the Chinese state–and growing your technology company to challenge western companies like Amazon, Facebook, Uber, and YouTube is not in the best interests of the state according to Xi.

    Xi’s attempt to stop China from moving to a service economy from a manufacturing economy isn’t likely to be any more successful than Pol Pot’s attempt to stop Cambodia from moving to an industrialized economy from an agrarian one. The forces that drive these transitions are the legitimate best interests of society in pursuing rising standards of living. You cannot resist those forces without suffering the negative consequences of doing so in the real world.

    1. You see the exact same processes happening in the US with Big Tech and the Democratic Party.

      1. There are differences.

        The Democratic party wants to control speech, for instance, the way Xi does through their social media platforms, but Xi isn’t doing this to try to control these companies. He already controls them. He’s doing it because he genuinely doesn’t want the country to deindustrialize. He wants that financing, those resources, and that effort that would go into technology and service industries going to manufacturing instead.

        The Republicans are interested in controlling big tech, too, and to some extent, they’re genuinely interested in free speech, too–if only the free speech of the conservatives who support them in the digital town square, but Xi doesn’t give a shit about free speech.

        The other day, they tabulated that publicly traded Chinese tech companies had lost $400 billion in market capitalization due to the comments and decisions of Chinese government over the last several months. The other day, one of the official organs of the CCP posted a story that said that online games were “the opiate of the mind”, and Chinese gaming companies lost 20% of their value.

        They did that on purpose.

        If Joe Biden said something stupid that rattled markets today, he’d be back tomorrow to tell us he didn’t really mean it. China is fucking its own technology markets and destroying their market capitalization on purpose–because they don’t want them to be such a big part of the economy. This is practically unthinkable outside the logic of a fascist state.

        I think a lot of people are having a hard time understanding this because it just doesn’t seem to make sense. What Democrats wants to do would hurt silicon valley, but they aren’t trying to destroy economic growth for the sake of destroying economic growth. The Democrats are parasites, and if the parasites kill the host, they’re probably not very successful. Xi is chopping the legs out from under the growth of the consumer technology because he doesn’t want it to grow.

        1. They are also trying to control finances with both moral investment funds, government regulations like operation chokepoint, etc.

    2. In the past, fascist regimes were often obliterated through military means, but those that weren’t (like Franco, and Pinochet) 1) tended to liberalize their economies over time and 2) their fascist movements more or less died when they died. While Xi’s flavor of Chinese fascism probably won’t die until he dies, his economic policies will cripple China’s standard of living at some point in time unless he abandons them. When he dies, there’s no telling what might replace him, but Fascist dictators have a really hard time with succession.

      Our trade interests with China remain what they are because they’re in the best interests of American consumers, regardless of whether China is a fascist state, but we should also continue to see trade with China through the lens of military defense. As China’s forced industrialization policies continue, they will continue to manufacture far more than their internal economy consumes. This means that to the extent they force their economy to be based on manufacturing more than it should, their economy will remain overly dependent on exporting their surplus manufactured goods to the U.S. and Europe

      Inexpensive products from China are good for the American standard of living, especially for people at the lower end of the income scale. However, even from a strategic defense perspective, Americans who want to curb trade with China are insane. They’re like progressives who don’t care about the consequences of their policies so long as those policies are couched in terms of social justice. Who cares if we’re hurting our own standard of living and inviting a military conflict without any advantages for the U.S.–so long as we’re not trading with icky China?

      America first means a foreign policy that advances the economic and strategic defense interests of Americans. Everyone who thinks the legitimate purpose of government is to force American consumers to make sacrifices for the benefit of people in other countries, or even sacrifice American strategic defense interests, should probably campaign for Joe Biden and the Democrats come 2022. That’s what the progressives are all about.

      1. Inexpensive products from China are good for the American standard of living, especially for people at the lower end of the income scale. However, even from a strategic defense perspective, Americans who want to curb trade with China are insane. They’re like progressives who don’t care about the consequences of their policies so long as those policies are couched in terms of social justice. Who cares if we’re hurting our own standard of living and inviting a military conflict without any advantages for the U.S.–so long as we’re not trading with icky China?

        But the other side of the coin isn’t any more principled or less intentions-motivated either. I agree that we should view trade with China through a strategic lens of military defense of human liberty but your average Walmart shopper gives less than zero shits about that notion at any level. Hell, see above, Nike openly embraces China, Uyghur oppression and all.

        1. I’ve read stories recently about manufacturers refusing to source any materials or components from Xinjiang–out of concern that American and European consumers will shun their brands due to accusations of using the labor of political prisoners. If most American consumers don’t care about China’s awful policies, the manufacturers seem to be worried about the consumers who do.

          And it should always been emphasized by libertarian capitalists, that if Walmart shoppers in the United States care more about their own standard of living and that of their family than they do about Hong Kong protesters, the people of Xinjiang, or their fellow Americans in the Midwest who lost their jobs in the factory, then they should be free to make that choice–even if we disagree with their choices.

          American consumers shouldn’t be forced by the government to sacrifice their standard of living for the benefit of other people–elsewhere in the world. The American people don’t exist for the benefit of others. To the extent that they wish to make sacrifices for the benefit of others, they should be free to do so of their own free will.

    3. China is now most accurately described as a fascist state.

      They’ve overtly been a communist dictatorship since Xi declared himself President for life. Not sure if fascist state is up, down, or lateral from communist dictatorship.

      1. I wouldn’t call it communist anymore.

        The profits are split among the company’s owners rather than distributed by the state. Prices are mostly set by markets rather than bureaucrats. Wealth isn’t necessarily redistributed.

        It’s far more corporatist than centrally planned.

    4. Xi’s attempt to stop China from moving to a service economy from a manufacturing economy isn’t likely to be any more successful than Pol Pot’s attempt to stop Cambodia from moving to an industrialized economy from an agrarian one. The forces that drive these transitions are the legitimate best interests of society in pursuing rising standards of living.

      Sorry, but dominance of the service sector is by and large not a good thing for a country like the US.

      Furthermore, the massive service economy in the US is not the outcome of free markets, it’s the outcome of government policy.

  32. Thinking you’ll just get another job? Lol:

    Delta won’t hire you unless you’ve been vaccinated, CEO says

    1. Wrong spot.

  33. So Rubio thinks a solution to having government meddle in communication tech companies’ business is to impose further mandates on those businesses? Why not impose the mandate on government, and just allow the businesses to disclose these things, and immunize any whistleblowers?

    1. Why not impose the mandate on government? Because they simply won’t do it. That’s why.

      1. If government won’t do what the legislation says, then let’s abolish the legislature and save a little money at least.

        1. There’s plenty of mandatory reporting that government agencies simply refuse to do. Who’s going to make them?

    2. So Rubio thinks a solution to having government meddle in communication tech companies’ business is to impose further mandates on those businesses?

      It’s both a mandate and permission.

      And, I’m sorry to break it to you, but the fix for abuse of power by bad government actors indeed has to be more laws.

  34. Good job Rubio. Maybe that will get the Trump crybabies to settle down a bit.

    1. Probably won’t get TDS-addled shit piles like you, jeff and spaz to shut up.

    2. Do you really think that when Twitter deplatformed actual Oxford virologists (one who was actually working on the vaccine), for talking about how the virus appeared to be manufactured, that people who were horrified were crybabies.

      And then you wonder why we all think that you’re retarded.

  35. BTW, 76th anniversary of the Hiroshima A-bombing, usually accompanied by hand-wringing and fore-lock tugging from sanctimonious twits.
    Not one of which has ever provided an answer to the simple question: What alternative to the nuclear bombing of Japan do you propose which would have ended the war with fewer casualties?
    Sanctimonious twit Tony, several years ago, proposed the US surrender to Japan, and seemed to be serious. Other than that bullshit, I’ve yet to hear any answer.

    1. Tony should share his opinion with some Chinese or Koreans.

      1. Face-to-face.

  36. “Through campaign contributions, censorship, and woke nonsense, it’s perfectly clear that Silicon Valley giants are working together with the Left to destroy conservative values in America,”

    Why do you think Apple is caving to the nanny-state Democrats with it’s invasive kiddie porn checker on your iPhone?

  37. I question taking the perspective that the feds want to “regulate the internal deliberations of privately owned companies” because as I see it, the Democrats want to control businesses, including stopping media businesses from allowing users to see certain stories.

    Imagine you’re the CEO of Facebook and you were just approached by a high level government official to censor certain stories, like Biden’s laptop. Meanwhile, your employees are dealing with a lot of government officials regarding projects and such. And there may be some lawsuits ongoing. You are just being given an offer you can’t refuse as the Mafia would say. This is about power and control, not about internal company deliberations.

    ENB might have suggested that if government didn’t have so much control over business, then this wouldn’t be an issue. The company can just publish the request and tell us who delivered it. Imagine that.

  38. Rubio Bill Would Make Tech Companies Disclose Government Interference

    Too bad that the progressives Reason helped install will kill such a bill instantly.

    Aren’t you proud of yourself, ENB?

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