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“The best way to control the opposition is to lead them.” — Vladimir Lenin

In writing this essay, I’ve come to the conclusion that the theatre of post-Cold War foreign policy can’t escape the shadow of George Orwell’s 1984. If you search for his work online, you’ll find a million and one examples of how his critique of monopolized state power has been ironically reduced to boomer-tier Facebook memes quickly distracting us away from recognizing the systemic corruptions he sought to expose. …

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After a year-long Congresstional investigation into Google’s anti-competitive practices, members of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 state attorneys general have filed a landmark lawsuit to finally contest the tech giant’s monopolistic control over the online marketplace.

On Tuesday, the lawsuit was filed in a Washington, D.C. courthouse under The Sherman Act, a federal statute dating back to 1890s Gilded Age where trustbusters banned companies from fixing prices or taking overreaching steps to rig the markets in their own favour, believing this control stiffled healthy competition. …

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It’s no secret President Donald Trump wants an “October surprise” in his fight against former Vice President Joe Biden. Afterall, it was the hail Mary of 2016’s Comey letter pertaining to the Hillary Clinton email scandal which halved her polling lead across crucial swing states, edging the unpopular Republican candidate across the electoral finish line by mere decimals. On Wednesday, the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, attempted to answer these prayers by providing alleged emails and photos from Hunter Biden’s personal laptop to The New York Post. …

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As the United States delves deeper into its own electoral hell world, Twitter is attempting to prevent the spread of misinformation on its network by limiting its most basic features. As reported by The New York Times, the platform is making sizable changes to retweets, warning labels, and other features to keep politicians from exploiting Silicon Valley’s democratic influence.

In the lead-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election, the company announced on Friday it will make temporary alterations to the website’s general operations of its users. At an unspecified time, Twitter will enforce timeouts on the retweet feature once a tweet has been posted by an account, essentially limiting the ability for a post to gain traffic until hours after it was originally published. …

Written (Frantically) by James Lindsay

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why it is that the Janglers seem to want a debate or discussion about their views, and I’ve been meaning to avoid something like this for ages, probably a year at this point. Surely you’ll have noticed that I don’t tend to engage in debates or conversation?

It is not, as many think, a fraudulent or illegitimate grift into the realm of cock and ball torture — or otherwise of losing the debate or looking bad in the challenging battle of ideas — that prevents my internalized self-doubt on the subject of Critical Trans Rights Wokeness Theory from engaging my own critics. There’s a mountain of Theoretical excuses for why I would avoid such activities, and even if those were mere rationalizations of a more straightforward cowardice of being exposed as fraudulent or losing, I assure you my inconsistent ramblings on why I’m not owned deserve proper consideration. …

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Facebook, the world’s most invasive social media giant, is preparing to sue the European Commission over supposed privacy violations, seeking to limit their anti-trust investigation from accessing thousands of internal documents related to employee conduct if they contain any of their designated 2,500 search phrases, according to their statement on Monday.

As reported by The EU Observer, the lawsuit aims to limit regulators to their original goal of investigating how Facebook handles user data and it competes with other social companies in the marketplace, believing these internal documents are irrelevant to the case. Since December of 2019, the company has already provided over 315,000 documents to assist the investigation, said to be the equivalent of 1.7 million pages to the Commission. …

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Under mounting pressure from an advertiser boycott, Facebook is being forced to reassess the platform’s content moderation practices following recent inflammatory comments published by President Donald Trump and other disinformation groups as protests against police brutality intensify, according to a report from The Verge.

The #StopHateForProfit campaign, organized by powerful civil rights institutions such as the Anti-Defamation League, Color for Change, Common Sense and the NAACP, called on Facebook’s 90+ advertising partners to pull their marketing support from the platform, joined by mega-corporations such as Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry’s, Verizon, Eddie Bauer, and Unilever. …

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Bernie Sanders framed himself as the man who could change Washington. He described himself as the so-called “organizer-in-chief,” a novel phrase implying a federal politician unwilling to fight for the presidency can turn the balance of power. Given his organizing isn’t being geared towards general strikes, policy concessions, or pressuring his alleged rapist friend Joe Biden to drop out of the race, but rather allowing his own aides to sheep-dog his supporters into a pro-Biden Super PAC, you can see how the mighty have fallen.

As reported by The New York Times, several of the progressive senator’s key campaign staff — including his former campaign manager Jeff Weaver, his senior adviser on Latino-outreach Chuck Rocha, his digital strategy and fundraising expert Tim Tagaris, and 2016 campaign advisers Shelli Jackson and Mark Longabaugh — have all joined a new big-money effort to somehow convince young, progressive, Latino and “blue-collar workers” into voting for Biden. This is ironic considering Sanders is a notorious critic of PACs, Super PACs, and corrupt donations from “the millionaires and billionaires.” The kicker? Biden and Weaver’s new effort is called The Future To Believe In PAC, which is based on the 2016 Sanders campaign motto. …

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As Facebook continues its legacy as one of the worst companies in America, a new report from The Washington Post details their decision to pay a $52M court settlement following allegations their failure to protect workers tasked with moderating disturbing content resulted in grave mental health conditions, leaving one worker dead with a stress-induced heart attack and several others with severe PTSD symptoms.

On Tuesday, Facebook agreed to grant their to current and former moderators a minimum of $1,000 plus additional compensation if diagnosed with a mental health disorder presumably caused by their work. This is understandable given they’re objected to hours of graphic content from the likes of child sexual abuse, beheadings, terrorism, animal cruelty, and “every other horror that the depraved mind of man can imagine”, according to Steve Williams, a lawyer for the plaintiffs speaking to The Guardian. …

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The people are growing tired of Bernie Sanders. If you’re engaging in politics beyond biased online communities, the progressive icon’s status has gone from historic heights in 2018 to critical lows in 2020, now soiling his so-called political revolution by surrendering the Democratic Primary to former Vice President Joe Biden without demanding unity concessions. As leftists prepare to survive this brave new world, powerless in the face of a global crisis, it appears his ideological offspring like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez see the movement must move beyond the failures of one man.

Last month, Politico released a controversial article describing how AOC was aiming to “lead the left” in this novel post-Bernie world, describing a tactical decision to “work within the system” of Capitol Hill as a savvy political insurgent. These methods include her establishing of her own progressive PAC Courage to Change, firing outspoken progressive employees such as her former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and former communications director Corbin Trent, describing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the party’s “mama bear”, as well as neglecting rising activists who are following in her footsteps by primarying Democratic incumbents. Thus far, AOC has only endorsed “safe choices” such as Jessica Cisneros in Texas and Marie Newman in Illinois, two Justice Democrats taking on conservative Democrats who oppose abortion rights. Everyone else, however, just hasn’t caught her political capital. …

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