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Monday, April 16, 2018

Linkee-poo late edition

Harry Anderson, better known as Judge Harry Stone of Night Court, has passed on. So it goes.

"Internet freedom advocates have argued strenuously against FOSTA-SESTA. One of the biggest fears surrounding the bill combo is that it could create room for more bills that attempt to create even more exemptions in Section 230." Regulating speech in the name of "ending sex trafficking." Although the bills almost never actually make sex workers jobs safer, sex traffickers find new avenues to sell people, and honest discussions of sex (including LGBTQ and ersatz sex education sites) get shut down. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

If you stop people from carrying guns, they'll just use knives. "Authorities say an 8-year-old student took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and attacked three other children." Oh look, nobody dead.

The Interior Department's fire sale. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"A tariff is not a targeted strike. China has not placed a tariff on U.S. soybeans, but the mere suggestion that it might, has already begun shifting the global flows of the crop across four continents, creating arbitrary winners and losers well beyond U.S. soy producers."

"Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says that trillion-dollar deficits could not have been avoided by the GOP-controlled Congress, responding to critics within his party who say that leaders have behaved irresponsibly." Because, you know, what could we do when we have idiots and ideologues running the country. So yes, we couldn't avoid trillion dollar deficits because Brit-Forbid we would raise taxes on the rich, instead lets paddle fast with the current as we go down the drain. You know, we tried to cut all these social programs and didn't get anywhere, so there was nothing left to do (but raise taxes on the rich), so we didn't even try anything. And Ryan is supposedly the smart one of the group. (Grokked from Michele)

"A 14-year-old African-American boy stopped to ask for directions to school in a Detroit suburb but was shot at instead, according to prosecutors… Retired firefighter Jeffery Zeigler, 53, who is white, was arraigned on Friday "on assault with intent to murder and felony firearm" charges, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office."

"This is why many activists and internet freedom advocates have charged FOSTA-SETA with threatening free speech. As for Section 230, making it susceptible to more exemptions would render the whole clause useless as a governing tool." Once again the moralists are making sex-work more dangerous and making it more difficult to find traffickers (and the people they traffic) all in the name of trying to protect them. Oh, and as we do that we crack down on free-speech on the internet. Fantastic. Say, remember when Congress wanted web browsers to ship with filtering software built-in and turned on to protect the little kids? I'm not saying nothing should be done, but I really wish Congress would stop trying to use bad situations to enforce their own twisted morality which has no chance of helping anyone. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"A judge revealed (Sean Hannity) to be Cohen's mysterious third client, in addition to the president and Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy." Did not see that plot twist coming. (Grokked from Joy Reid)

"Donald Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen is set to appear in federal court on Monday afternoon as he and the president argue that they should be able to review documents seized last week by federal agents before prosecutors do." This is why it's a separate team going through the documents first before handing them off to the team that will prosecute. And then there's this, "In other words, although Cohen is a lawyer, most of the work that has interested investigators and prosecutors is not legal in nature and so none of the public discussions about attorney-client privilege apply here."

"California has rejected the federal government’s initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press." First counter move.

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