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Franklin Foer at The Atlantic writes—It’s Time to Regulate the Internet: It will be fantastically satisfying to see the boy genius flayed. All the politicians—ironically, in search of a viral moment—will lash Mark Zuckerberg from across the hearing room. They will corner Facebook’s founding bro, seeking to pin all manner of sin on him. This will make for scrumptious spectacle, but spectacle is a vacuous substitute for policy. As Facebook’s scandals have unfolded, the backlash against Big Tech has accelerated at a dizzying pace. Anger, however, has outpaced thinking. The most fully drawn and enthusiastically backed proposal now circulating through Congress would regulate political ads that can appear on the platform, a law that hardly curbs the company’s power or profits. And, it should be said, a law that does nothing to attack the core of the problem: the absence of governmental protections for personal data. The defining fact of digital life is that the web was created in the libertarian frenzy of the 1990s. As we privatized the net, releasing it from the hands of the government agencies that cultivated it, we suspended our inherited civic instincts. Instead of treating the web like the financial system or aviation or agriculture, we refrained from creating the robust rules that would ensure safety and enforce our constitutional values. This weakness has long been apparent to activists toiling on the fringes of debate—and the dangers might even have been apparent to most users of Facebook. But it’s one thing to abstractly understand the rampant exploitation of data; it’s another to graphically see how our data can be weaponized against us. And that’s the awakening occasioned by the rolling revelation of Facebook’s complicity in the debacle of the last presidential campaign. The fact that Facebook seems unwilling to fully own up to its role casts further suspicion on its motives and methods. And in the course of watching the horrific reports, the public may soon arrive at the realization that it is the weakness of our laws that has provided the basis for Facebook’s tremendous success. [...] When I recently sat on a panel with a representative of Facebook, he admitted that he hadn’t used the site for years because he was concerned with protecting himself against invasive forces. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “It has always struck me that one of the readiest ways of estimating a country's regard for law is to notice what arms the officers of the law are carrying: in England it is little batons, in France swords, in many countries revolvers, and in Russia the police used to have artillery.” ~Lord Dunsany, The Curse of the Wise Woman (1933) TWEET OF THE DAY x#INDIGENOUS #TAIRP pic.twitter.com/VV9DN67dDy— Indigenous (@AmericanIndian8) March 21, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—A City Drowned by War: Can you stand one more Katrina diary? I hope so, because this one busts one of the most enduring myths you'll hear from Republicans regarding what happened to my town: «Well, sure the government should have gotten in to help sooner, but you can't say that Bush caused the flood to happen.» Um, yeah, I can, in fact. And this isn't the usual baseless yammering about levees getting blown up in the night. They didn't need to blow up the levees. The levees were dead already. In 1995, the Army Corps of Engineers announced the consolidation of levee projects in Southeast Louisiana into the «SELA» district and set a 10-year goal of comprehensive inspections and repairs. Under the Clinton administration, the work proceeded more or less on schedule. Under the Bush/Cheney administration, however, Corps budget requests were steadily cut by the White House. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter reflect on our previously impossible-to-imagine situation: Cambridge Analytica, the Austin bomber, DO NOT CONGRATULATE, IL-GOP nominating a real Nazi for Congress, and yet another government shutdown on the horizon. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Paul Manafort isn’t just trying to get out of several years worth of money-laundering and fraud, he’s doing his part to end the entire Mueller investigation. The argument put forward by his legal team is that the whole idea of a special counsel violates “this nation’s structures and traditions” and that in any case the scope given to Robert Mueller “exceeds the authority” of the Department of Justice. At the center of Manafort’s argument is that a single line in Rod Rosenstein’s instructions to Manafort: … and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation … The interpretation of the special counsel rule, as put forward by Mueller’s legal team, is that the DOJ can only address a “specific issue,” and by allowing Mueller to chase down crimes that he discovers along the way, the appointment exceeds that narrow writ. A ruling in favor of Manafort would look to be a home run for him—though it’s not at all clear that all the evidence leading to his numerous indictments would go away, or that the charges from Mueller’s Grand Jury would not immediately be replaced by identical charges from a jury in New York. But if Manafort could get a judge to nod along with this proposal, it would be a very big deal for Donald Trump and for others involved in the investigation, as it would seriously handcuff not just what Mueller could use in indictments, but his ability to collect information. Manafort doesn’t stop there. Even if the judge says special counsels are okay, and even if the judge feels that Rosenstein was within his rights when he wrote out Mueller’s scope, Manafort says that the charges against him didn’t arise directly out of the investigation. So they should all go away. It’s a big swing … and it’s very likely to be strike two, because Manafort already tried this approach. This is the second time that Manafort has attempted to challenge the lawfulness of Mueller's appointment last year as special counsel as well as the reach of the special counsel's investigation. Manafort is separately pursuing a civil lawsuit that raises the same arguments.
Have you ever wondered what Donald Trump thinks is worse than a child molester? As it turns out, it’s the Republican governor of Mississippi appointing a Republican official to replace a retiring Republican senator—because she was once a Democrat. In Mississippi … which is roughly the equivalent of being a moderate on the NRA’s board of directors: White House officials this week told Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that President Donald Trump did not plan to campaign for or endorse Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith if she was appointed to the state’s open Senate seat, saying they were worried that the former Democrat would lose. Yep, this is the bridge too far. Of course the real concern here is that Chris McDaniel, who has already announced his candidacy in the special election to replace soon-to-resign Sen. Thad Cochran, will split the vote with Hyde-Smith and wind up in a runoff with a Democratic contender. And why would Republicans be afraid of that? Because even they recognize that McDaniel is a far-right nutter—the charmer who was involved in pictures being taken of Cochran’s bedridden wife in a nursing home during his last (unsuccessful) bid for this seat, a race he still hasn’t conceded, four years later. And the prospect of losing a senate seat in Mississippi, after losing one in Alabama late last year, would be more than the collective Republican heart could take: Administration officials do not want Trump to embarrass himself by weighing in for a candidate who is seriously hobbled. If only Hyde-Smith were a child molester or a Nazi. She’d have a first-class seat on the Trump train!
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the first big reproductive rights case under President Trump. The case—involving the state’s ability to impose disclosure and notification requirements on so-called “crisis pregnancy centers”—has major implications for not only reproductive rights, but the right’s quest to weaponize the First Amendment. NIFLA stands for a network of Christian crisis pregnancy centers, facilities that typically prey on women seeking information about reproductive health or medical procedures, like abortion. Their aim isn’t education or information: It’s to get women in the door, then convince them to complete their pregnancies by whatever means necessary. In California, these centers register as family planning facilities but do not have licensed medical providers or offer medical services. Many provide misleading or incomplete medical information. That’s why the state passed a law requiring family planning facilities to post notices about the availability of free and low-cost birth control as well as abortion services and mandating that facilities without a medical provider on staff disclose that fact. NIFLA and company claim the law violates their First Amendment right to free speech by compelling speech. California Deputy Solicitor Gen. Joshua Klein argued for the law’s constitutionality, emphasizing, as several justices would, how similar California’s requirement is to the types of mandates red states have imposed on physicians and clinics that provide abortions. Regrettably, it also differs in several ways that open it to legal attack.
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Virtual reality seems to have become a very tired topic to consumers, products are still getting made though because big tech companies are convinced of its eventual ubiquity. The challenge now becomes attracting attention from people whose attention spans for what you’re selling has perhaps already timed out. Oculus Go is the latest VR hardware […]
Following what felt like years of silence on a plethora of issues, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on an interview rampage (but not us — was it my editorial?). Although he mainly plugs away at the points he made in today's blog post, there are a few items worth noting.
Scientists have discovered a way to leverage emerging brain-like computer architectures for an age-old number-theoretic problem known as integer factorization.
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What: Asian, Antiques & Fine ArtWhere: Litchfield County Auctions, 425 Bantam Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759, USAWhen: March 24Top lots of the sale:- Qian Songyan, China, Landscape with Scholars, 1935, Watercolor. 46.5« H x 12.75» W, the scroll overall is 86.5 H x 21« W. Qian So ngyan, Chinese, 1899-1985, Signed and dated 1935. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000- Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Seated Figure, 18th C. 8.75» x 5.5« x 4», holding a vajra (thunderbolt) and ghanta (bell) with elaborate floral lower garment, impressed mark to bottom. Estimate: $8,000- $12,000- Massive Gilt Bronze & Malachite French Clock, 1820. 24.5 H x 18 W x 6, a massive French Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze and Malachite Clock. Estimate: $7,000- $10,000- Large Thai Gilt Bronze Buddha, 18/19th C. 42.5 H x 27 W 13 D Weight: 170 lbs, very Large Gilt-lacquered Bronze Buddha Statue, Thailand, 18th/19th century, Ratanakosin period, seated cross-legged in dhyanasana (calling the world to witness his enlightenment), flame unisa, with his hands in bhumisparsa mudra, dressed in a robe filled with molded floral and foliate roundels and bands, on tiered integral tiered base. Estimate: $5,000- $8,000- Chinese Porcelain Blue & Celadon Fish Bowl 18th c. Fishbowl. 13« h x 16» diameter, Chinese Porcelain Blue & Celadon Fish Bowl 18th c. Estimate: $5,000- $8,000- Large Stone Chinese Foo Lions, 19/20th C. 27 H x 12 W x 16 D, Weight: 270 lbs each. Pair of Stone Foo Lions, Chinese, late 19th/early 20th C., temple guardians, carved in traditional pose, a very large and heavy pair. Estimate: $3,000- $5,000- Polyphon Music Box 1890 55 Disks Excellent Borland. 21« W x 19» D x 12« H closed, disks 15.5» diameter. Fine Antique Polyphon Table Top Music Box, serial 121797, with 55 accompanying 15.5" disks; restored professionally by the Borland Music Box Company in nearby Pelham New York, c. 1975. With a signed card by Ms. Borland. Estimate: $3,000- $5,000For details, visit: https://bid.litchfieldcountyauctions.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.
What: Premier Catalog Auction - Day 1Where: Brunk Auctions, 117 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805, USAWhen: March 23, 3.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- Rare 21 Carat Antique Diamond Earrings. Georgian era, silver topped gold convertible Night and Day earrings, estimated total diamond weight 21.5 carats, VS-I, G-faint brown color, tested 14kt. yellow gold and sterling silver, 2-1/4 x 1 in., 17.8 grams. Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000- Antique Platinum, Sapphire & Diamond Pendant. Filigree pendant, center oval faceted blue sapphire 26.6 x 14.6 x 8.18mm estimated weight 25 carats, AGL certificate 1088121, Ceylon origin, white gold, pendant 1-7/8 x 1-1/4 in., chain 14 in. lg., 22.2 grams. Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000- Platinum & Diamond Ring, center round brilliant diamond 3.15 carats, K, VS2, GIA certificate 2181947661, two tapered baguette diamonds estimated total weight 0.32 carats, stamped «10%IridPlat», size 6-1/4, 5.7 grams. Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000- Art Deco Diamond, Sapphire & Ruby Necklace, center old European cut diamond estimated weight 1.25 carats, approx. 160 old European, single, old mine and rose cut diamonds estimated total weight 5.0 carats, 2-3/4 x 1-3/4 in., 16 in. lg., 65.1 grams. Estimate: $12,000- $18,000- Platinum & Diamond Three Stone Ring, center round brilliant diamond estimated weight 1.20 carats, VS1, H, flanked by two round brilliant diamonds, estimated weight 0.87 carat each, VS1, H, stamped «10%IridPlat» and with maker's mark, size 6-1/4, 5.3 grams, with appraisals. Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000- Platinum Sapphire & Diamond Ring, center cushion cut blue sapphire estimated weight 7.9 carats, four cushion cut blue sapphires estimated total weight 1.0 carat, eight round brilliant diamonds estimated total weight 0.40 carat, stamped and tested «BIRKS, Plat», size 6-3/4, 8.9 grams, with appraisal. Estimate: $6,000- $8,000- Vintage Platinum Diamond Ring, filigree design, center old European cut diamond estimated weight 1.61 carat, I-J, SI2, 20 single cut diamonds estimated total weight 0.16 carat, stamped «Platinum», size 5-1/2, 4 grams, with appraisal. Estimate: $5,000- $7,000For details, visit: https://www.brunkauctions.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.
LONDON (AP) - The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body. In its annual Economic Impact Report, the World ...
The Frenchman’s move to the Maranello team in September came on the back of last year’s controversy over the move of former FIA technical chief Marcin Budkowski to Renault.Following that case, teams agreed a 12-month gardening leave in a Strategy Group meeting, with Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne the driving force behind the discussions.However, Mekies is now going to Ferrari ... Keep reading
After a troubled pre-season testing campaign, McLaren is in a cautious mood heading into this weekend's Formula 1 season opener in Melbourne.But even if McLaren finds itself battling in the midfield rather than near the front this time out, Alonso is adamant that there will be a swift climb up the order over the course of 2018.«This will be our lowest level,» said the Spaniard. "I ... Keep reading
F1 drivers will be allowed to do practice starts at the end of FP1 and FP2 on Friday so that they can view the new start light set-up.Concerns about restricted visibility have led the FIA race director Charlie Whiting to fit a second set of lights which are lower and located five metres beyond the main lights, to help those at the front of the grid who might be hampered by the halo ... Keep reading
The Pacers performed solidly but were unable to pull off a win against the Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Frank Schwindel's torrid spring continued with a home run in the Royals' Wednesday night victory over the Indians -- his sixth of the spring.
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