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    Today, 08:07 PM
    This is nuts. This is the type of thing that happens with occupying armies - not a new administration.
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    Today, 06:02 PM
    Well, it worked for the elections... Look, we're in lala land here. Perception is the only thing that matters and as long as they can control perception, reality is theirs to mold as they wish. Little inconvenient bits of truths like this video can sneak through, but the public has an uncanny ability to ignore anything outside of the narrative. Hell, Snowden dropped a megaton of truth and many still think of him as a traitor.
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    Today, 05:42 PM
    ahem... Stimulus checks are mostly directly deposited into accounts now. But personal debt relies on those roads!!
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    Today, 03:24 PM
    Sorry, that won’t stand up in court. Anyone can title a post however they want. See? So, obviously, since there’s no proof, it didn’t happen. I suppose you could audit the thread history, but why do that since there’s no proof? (See how silly that sounds?)
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    Today, 02:39 PM
    Sounds like some shady conspiracy theory. We can clearly see the title of this thread. There is absolutely zero proof that something changed after you posted.
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    Today, 01:38 PM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Lobbyists in Grassroots Central
    I'd say in most circles. At least at the corporate level. Finding and pleasing customers is hard. And there's always so much competition. Not only with your competitors, but with other industries where people could spend their money. Much easier to convince a congresscritter that you have a good argument they can sell to their constituents on a nice giveaway that benefits your interests. And with an unlimited checkbook, the high reward/low risk of begging for dollars will never stop. In fact, the only way to stop a free giveaway in today's environment is to have some competing interest with deep pockets that doesn't want it passed.
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    Today, 01:05 PM
    CaptUSA started a thread Lobbyists in Grassroots Central
    I'm involved in energy policy as part of my day job. My job is to stay abreast of policy proposals and industry movements. That means I attend lots of lobbyist calls. I'm on one right now... So, what do they think of the upcoming administration??? I imagine this is happening with all kinds of special interest groups right now. No discussion of where the money is coming from - just so excited about how much they're going to be getting. This is pretty sickening.
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    Today, 10:41 AM
    So basically, "We're going to take more water out of their side of the bucket!" Yeah, that logic works. :rolleyes:
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    Yeah, you can never tell anymore. These people are not really known for the strict adherence to principles. Republicans had traditionally been opposed to foreign wars of adventurism, but that changed for 20-30 years there.
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    Yesterday, 11:57 AM
    Ironically, I wonder if we'll see them take a more open position to free trade. Historically, the left has been the party of controlled trade, but Trump sorta co-opted that policy. I guess the question becomes, did they really shift their thinking or was it just a show to oppose Trump?
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    Yesterday, 10:43 AM
    230 is funny. Democrats hate it and want it repealed entirely. https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/17/21070403/joe-biden-president-election-section-230-communications-decency-act-revoke They think that it allows companies to promote false information. Democrats never liked free speech anyway - they just want to be the ones controlling speech and allowable information. Trump had a problem with 230(c)(2) which provided additional protection for companies to remove content that they didn't like as long as they did it in "good faith". From my perspective, I'd like to see a class action litigation to determine what constitutes, "good faith". I really think that would solve the problem. It would encourage stronger two-way contracts, foster competition and protect the free speech of participants on these sites without fear of censorship of political viewpoints.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 AM
    That is not going to happen. Trump is the star of the show! The specter of Trump is great for ratings and fundraising. Now each politician will figure out how best to position himself within the ranks and with their donors and (to a far lesser extent) their constituents, but Trump will remain the centerpiece of their focus.
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    Yesterday, 07:35 AM
    (B) The veil is just getting pulled back a little. Don't worry, they'll keep it under wraps better soon.
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    Yesterday, 07:09 AM
    Yeah, I don't think 230 needs repealed... Just a civil litigation of 230(c)(2).
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    Yesterday, 06:53 AM
    No. Class action lawsuits will work just fine. Remove the protections that allowed the monopolies to exist in the first place.
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    Yesterday, 06:27 AM
    What they did was a bad sign. It is a bad omen that private companies decide to silence and censor. It is an attack on freedom. Let's not be creating a world media power with the power to control which speech can be heard. This is a Holy Inquisition to shape public opinion that is really serious. We have to be thinking about options and alternatives. And I am hopeful that this is a turning point. And I agree that this was heavy-handed and arrogant by the owners of these platforms and web hosts. So pretty much nothing I disagree with in his statement. Now, this was a Q&A and not a speech, so I'm not sure there was more on this topic. There are two freedoms at play here and I don't think we need to favor one over the other. I think we can fully support both. Freedom of speech and freedom of association. I explained in another thread that these are natural rights. Governments can infringe on those, but so can private citizens or companies. Ultimately, here's what I think needs to happen: "Service agreements" with these hosts need to be construed as two-way contracts. If the host violates the contract by removing my content without my consent, they need to be held liable in civil court. If they can show that my content violated their rules and that they enforce their rules without regard to political ideology, then they'll win. If I can show that they removed my content on the basis of ideology (unless they have that provision in their contract) then I'd win the tort which would also come with punitive damages. In this case, it could be a class action! This would prevent these tech companies from using this heavy-handed, one-sided approach to content management. The contracts or "service agreements" should be time-limited by both parties so if at some point, one or the other decides they don't like the arrangement, they can back out without penalty. It would also encourage competitors and remove barriers to entry. This supports freedom of association and also supports free speech.
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    Yesterday, 05:57 AM
    Anyone remember this speech??? If Trump incited violence, then this guy was inciting an all-out war!
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    01-13-2021, 07:22 PM
    Thank you! I've been saying this since forever!
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    01-13-2021, 06:28 PM
    I traveled across the country this past fall. I liked to get a sense of the local culture, so when I got to a good stopping point in my audiobook, I turned on the local talk radio. Often, I found NPR. NPR is so full of lies, it's nauseating. No matter which market I was near, NPR preached virus fear, social justice, and Trump hatred. And that's all. On a constant loop - just with different words. The worst part is that the intelligentsia LOVES them some NPR. If that's all you heard, it's not surprising that this nonsense leeches into their brains. They literally consume garbage and feel so good about themselves. Not surprising that NPR gave that show a bunch of airtime or that the performers were playing it up for their audience.
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    01-13-2021, 06:19 PM
    Yep. There was only one.
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    01-13-2021, 06:18 PM
    Our whole government is a farcical reality show. At least the ratings are good. What's gonna happen when the star leaves the show??? <just kidding. they know better than to let their star go.>
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    01-13-2021, 04:44 PM
    Should read "of Cuomo the huomo".
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Among my many interests was electricity and I decided that I wanted to change how the industry operates. Understanding the free market as I did, I was pissed that the coolest discovery in the history of mankind was being regulated to death by the government. I wanted to change that.

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It may come across as anecdotal, but I assure you that this same type free market story is working itself out all over the country and the globe. Even in the face or increasing government interference.

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