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kegill

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Writer/speaker/journalist/professor. #UX. #Elections geek. MSF instructor. #BookLover. Fights #disinfo. Writes at WiredPen.com. Deep south ex-pat #breastCancer #uga she/her

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News organizations continue to cherry pick quotes from Donald Trump’s speeches, and they paraphrase to make sense from nonsensical.

https://themoderatevoice.com/news-media-ignore-or-whitewash-trump-speeches-pennsylvania-event-on-saturday-followed-standard-procedure/

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WHO dubbed AG Bragg’s
ELECTION INTERFERENCE case
against Trump
the “hush money” case?

Why?

And why do the news media continue to undermine the seriousness of these charges?

Finally, can we stop with the legal strategy opinions in “straight news”?

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Ya think?

Understatement succinctly summarizes what the GOP stands for.

https://apple.news/Ash0QlurXS4OuDDjabCsa0Q

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In case you missed it, major corporations are major contributors to inflation, because they can raise prices with impunity.

Our rejection of anti-trust law has led directly to record profits (just because we can, say CEOs). Can we rekindle the spark?

With h/t to @pluralistic and @GhostOnTheHalfShell

https://themoderatevoice.com/are-we-on-the-verge-of-a-new-age-of-anti-monopolists/

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Although CNN has dubbed it "meddling" (poor choice), Russian bribery of European leaders is a criminal act.

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee: “We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor.”

When will the US DOJ conduct an investigation like those in the Czech Repubic and Belgium?

https://themoderatevoice.com/russia-is-winning-the-propaganda-war/

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@rbreich In case you missed it, major corporations are major contributors to inflation, because they can raise prices with impunity.

Our rejection of anti-trust law has led directly to record profits (just because we can, say CEOs). Can we rekindle the anti-trust spark?

With h/t to @pluralistic and @GhostOnTheHalfShell

https://themoderatevoice.com/are-we-on-the-verge-of-a-new-age-of-anti-monopolists/

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FYI, @setiinstitute
I’m leading my book club discussion next week …

Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles
https://a.co/2C4h1FB

Book cover Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles

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Which of these is not like the other?

Ohio and Alabama secretaries of state give the phrase "politically motivated" new meaning in their threats to keep Biden off the ballot because the DNC is too late.

Look at 2004 ... 2008 ... 2012 ...2020 ... Gasp! No Dem SoS threatened to keep Republicans off the ballot.

https://themoderatevoice.com/gop-threats-to-keep-biden-off-the-ballot-in-november-have-no-historical-precedent-this-century/

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GOP threats to keep Biden off the ballot in November have no historical precedent this century

Ohio and Alabama secretaries of state give the phrase "politically motivated" new meaning.

https://themoderatevoice.com/gop-threats-to-keep-biden-off-the-ballot-in-november-have-no-historical-precedent-this-century/

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WTH, @pluralistic !

Didn’t you write Beezle early(ish) in the pandemic? You saw the enshittification that is the SPAC even then?

Oh. Right. Trump’s SPAC adventures started publicly in October 2021. Damn. (I’ll read what he’s reading.)

The Bezzle: A Martin Hench Novel (The Martin Hench Novels) by Cory Doctorow
https://a.co/9tUNC8J

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@pluralistic

I marvel at your ability to turn what would otherwise be just another history lesson into an engaging story.

My FiL is a retired accountant. I told him he needed to read the first book, first. I was wrong! (I didn’t anticipate the younger Marty would do coke, though.)

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So …. That bit ⬆️ about not having to meet the same (disclosure?) requirements as an IPO?

@pluralistic called it.

Trump Media (DJT) shares have plummeted, cutting market cap in half in two weeks. Reminder DJT was the sticker for his now defunct casino biz.

https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/12/trump-media-shares-drop-more-than-5percent-after-trading-day-begins.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.CopyToPasteboard

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@GhostOnTheHalfShell @pluralistic

Not sure I’d label that thinking “economics” but it’s clearly one of the seven deadly sins: greed.

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@GhostOnTheHalfShell

blink
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Scrambles to Google … dear lord. Business Insider extolled the framing in 2012.

And the University of Chicago is PROUD of this 💩 … which is worse than my memory…

https://mfidev.uchicago.edu/about/tribute/mfquotes.shtml

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@GhostOnTheHalfShell @pluralistic

ALL OF THESE ASSERTIONS ARE HAND WAVEY.

Seriously… he is worse than I remembered. I was too young to deconstruct that 1979 quote in resl time, had I watched it. Wasn’t a Donahue fan.

https://mfidev.uchicago.edu/about/tribute/mfquotes.shtml

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@GhostOnTheHalfShell @davevolek @pluralistic

Also, in retrospect Friedman appears to have absorbed WWII-era German rhetoric.

I’ve said it many times before: those Confederate leaders lost the battle not the war. The war, they are clearly winning.

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Corporations should not be structured like nested Russian dolls. They should not be able to buy other corporations and vertically or horizontally “integrate.” That’s an airbrushed description of outsized market power. And reduced taxes.

@pluralistic again, The Beezle

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I knew Cory had been an editor at Boing Boing and worked with EFF.

Funny, I’ve always thought of him as a sociologist steeped in technology (specifically, IT). Economics is, at its roots, sociological philosophy.

@GhostOnTheHalfShell @pluralistic

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Economics started as philosophy.

Academics wanted to be thought of as “hard” science so they added mathematics and statistics. (BTDT)

The projections usually have a MoE that is laughable, particularly macro economics. The integration of psychology is overdue: “rational man” doesn’t exist. Can you tell I’ve thrown in the towel on my graduate work?

@GhostOnTheHalfShell @pluralistic

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Dear news media:
Stop normalizing MAGA politicians. They are not conservative. They are RADICAL, and many are fascists.

Do. Better.
@CNN

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I had to re-add a dormant Twitter account to my app to rt something as a favor to a friend, and suddenly I'm getting push notifications of Elon tweets and other right wing garbage.

Is this new, or has it been ongoing and I'd just disabled it?

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@misc

I do not get any Musk push but Right wing ads are everywhere and “For you” isn’t.

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Arizona’s S.C. decision reflects the chaos Dobbs was designed to deliver. The 1864 law prohibiting is pre-statehood AND more than 50 years before women could vote. Oh, and doctors didn’t wash their hands.

https://themoderatevoice.com/arizonas-civil-war-era-abortion-ban/

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A @pluralistic historical reference from Sen John Sherman (R-OH, William Tecumseh’s younger brother), in 1890.

Sherman articulates the need for federal anti-trust legislation (“the first federal law targeting monopolies and anti-competitive behavior”) at a time when the learned understood this was the foundation for Adam Smith’s economic philosophy. Unlike today’s rhetoric.

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the closest in philosophy today, I think.

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@GhostOnTheHalfShell @pluralistic

I blame Milton Friedman and the Chicago School but Reagan was the enabler.

I learned about market power in my graduate program but outmr focus was natural resources and agriculture: one treated as a commons and the other with a powerless set of suppliers (farmers) except in few cooperatives.

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