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Submission + - Meetup Doesn't Want Republican Business (battleswarmblog.com)

Nova Express writes: Yesterday all users of Meetup got an email announcing that Meetup was backing the anti-Trump/anti-Republican #Resist movement. "Last week, we created 1,000+ #Resist Meetup Groups to act as local hubs for actions on behalf of democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, and sustainability." This was not individual users setting up these groups, or even one company executive engaging in political activity on their own time, it was Meetup itself doing it as corporate policy. "Meetup has decided it's an extension of the Democratic Party and doesn't want any further Republican business. I just deleted my Meetup account and suggest that everyone who is not a leftwing agitator do the same."

Comment That's not the tool Facebook really needs (Score 2) 54

It's a "Block All Political Bullshit" button. Left, right, libertarian, socialist, SJW, vegan, just block it all. Automatically blocks all links to any political sites and anything else enough people tag as political.

But Facebook won't do that just like they won't honor your endless switching your feed back to Most Recent. Because there's no money in it for them.

Comment California driving Californians out of California (Score 1) 386

If it weren't for the latest tech bubble keeping them afloat, California would be completely screwed.

California has:

* High state income taxes, and overall it's one of the highest taxed states in the country.
* Over $1.3 TRILLION in government debt, much in underfunded public employee union pension obligations.
* A regulatory and legal climate that stifles growth and drives businesses out of the state to lower tax, lower regulation, lower cost states like Texas.
* Schools that are some of the worst in the nation.
* Some of the worst roads in the nation, despite having some of the highest gas taxes in the nation.
* Widening income inequality, driven by coastal elites enacting policies that make it increasingly difficult for the poor and middle class to earn a living in California.

San Francisco is an extreme example of the case, since their land use regulations are even worse than the rest of California, and their rent control policies make it so hard to evict tenants that building owners choose to let properties remain vacant because it's all but impossible to kick a tenant out if you want to sell the property.

People can't afford to live in San Francisco because the city and state governments have made the decisions that make it impossible for them to live there.

Comment Works for me and I have Ad-Blocker turned on (Score 1) 103

Submission + - How UC Exploited Visa Programs to Outsoure IT to India (latimes.com)

Nova Express writes: "Using a visa loophole to fire well-paid U.S. information technology workers and replace them with low-paid immigrants from India is despicable enough when it’s done by profit-making companies such as Southern California Edison and Walt Disney Co. But the latest employer to try this stunt sets a new mark in what might be termed 'job laundering.' It’s the University of California. Experts in the abuse of so-called H-1B visas say UC is the first public university to send the jobs of American IT staff offshore." And the American IT workers who were laid off were required to train their foreign replacements.

Comment Trump mentioned in the actual article (Score 3, Insightful) 432

"We're encouraged by the pro-growth policies of President Trump," Fields said when announcing the investment shift from Mexico to the Flat Rock facility.

While this is not quoted in the opening paragraph, this would seem to be a significant factor in the decision, and thus maybe worth at least a passing summary in the Slashdot blurb?

Comment Hey look! It's another MSM Russian Hacking Story! (Score 4, Insightful) 574

Security experts have been warning of possible foreign hacking for decades. But why this sudden spate of "Russia hacked X" stories now? Why not back when our Secretary of State was running an illegal, private, unsecured email server through which she transmitted classified information?

Simple: The Washington Post wanted Hillary to win the Presidential election, and reminding people how her action made it easier for Russian hackers to gain access to classified information wouldn't have helped her. But publishing it now helps support the false narrative that the Russians were behind the DNC leaks, not disgruntled Democratic Party staffers, and thus supposedly harms President-elect Donald Trump, whom the Washington Post and it's employees almost universally loath. That's the entire reason the story is being written and published now.

Further reading here and here.

What do you think the under/over is for MSM "Russian Hacking" stories between now and January 20?

Comment Real Story, Fake Narrative (Score 2, Insightful) 236

I'm sure the Russian government recruits computer talent in the many ways listed in the article. I would suspect the U.S. government does much the same.

The fake part comes in: Why publish this piece now? Why not, say, during the massive OPM breach?

Simple: Publishing it during the OPM breach would have harmed Obama, whom the New York Times and it's employees almost universally adore, while publishing it now helps prop up the false narrative that the Russians were behind the DNC leaks, not a disgruntled Democratic Party insider, and thus supposedly harms President-elect Donald Trump, whom the New York Times and it's employees almost universally loath.

Remember, among the revelations to come out just after the election were how the Times abandoned objectivity to go after Trump and how the entire newsroom is dedicated to driving a predetermined narrative rather than carrying out an objective search for truth.

This story was published because it fits an (unproven and probably false) narrative that Russia "hacked the election" because it theoretically harms Trump.

Further reading here and here.

Submission + - SPAM: Warrant for Wiener's Laptop Unsealed 2

Xenographic writes: The warrant used to seize Anthony Wiener's laptop has been unsealed in redacted form, which details their efforts to clean up any leaks of classified information from Hillary's private server, which the warrant tells us was filled with classified information. Specifically: "In February 2016, the State Department completed its review and determined that 2,115 of the 30,490 emails contained information that is presently classified. Out of these 2,115 emails, the State Department determined that 2,028 emails contain information classified at the Confidential level; 65 contain information classified at the Secret level; and 22 contain information classified at the Top Secret level." So as part of their investigation, they had to search out and destroy any information that might exist on Wiener's laptop. We already know from Podesta email #10587 that Hillary's staff believed that one of the items on Hillary's server was a Top Secret picture of North Korea. In that email, Brian Fallon wrote: "The rumor was not that ODNI had completed the review and determined only one was not TS and the other was, but rather that they had only reached a definitive conclusion on the one (we think the North Korea email that supposedly relied on satellite imagery) and were still deciding on the other."
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Submission + - "Lawrence Lessig Was Talking Out His Ass" (battleswarmblog.com)

Nova Express writes: A small sideshow to this year’s Electoral College circus was Lawrence Lessig’s Amazing Disappearing Faithless Electors. The Harvard professor, Creative Commons founder, and all around political gadfly boldly declared that “at least 20 Republican members of the Electoral College may not cast their votes for President-elect Donald Trump.” That’s just 18 more than the 2 that actually flipped. One wonders how Lessig arrived at his grossly inflated count. Indeed, Lessig spent much of the 2016 election cycle making mystifying moves and puzzling pronouncements.

Comment Pretty stunning if true (Score 2) 50

As rival chaebol, Samsung and LG hate each other and avoid doing business with each other whenever possible. (It was a huge deal when LG and Hyundai merged their semiconductor businesses together into Hynix, and that was only because building new wafer fabs had gotten too expensive to keep going it alone.) Especially since LG is smaller than Samsung. Samsung must really have felt that was the only way to solve their problem...

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