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May 5 10 tweets 2 min read
Let me expand these points I've been hitting in misc threads. At first it seemed overwhelmingly likely to me that the leaker was sympathetic to Roe. When I considered it more it seemed less clear to me. The point I focused on is that logic only gets you so far because ... 2/ you simply can't assume that the leaker had any clear idea of the political consequences of their actions, etc. And anyone who works in journalism knows that leaks often have very idiosyncratic personal motives. Stuff that arises out of the relationship between the ...
May 5 4 tweets 1 min read
I hadnt read this April 26th WSJ OpEd about Justices going wobbly on Roe until now. I think it tells us really all we need to know about where the leak came from. wsj.com/articles/abort… via @WSJOpinion 2/ After the Politico exclusive was followed rapidly by fairly specific details about Roberts's position I said that it seemed like the breakdown of secrecy in the case maybe went beyond just the leak to Politico. This WSJ editorial makes it pretty clear that that ...
Apr 30 4 tweets 1 min read
I think Ezra’s best point is that many are addicted to Twitter while also recognizing its malign features, even as they contribute to them, are part of them. We know it brings out the worst of us but we also love because it also has some enlivening, redeeming, enriching … 2/ features. Musks takeover is taking someone who seems most attached to the bad things, just embracing and using the worst parts and putting that guy in charge of the whole thing. That risks taking that good&bad tension that makes the whole thing work …
Apr 29 11 tweets 3 min read
lol only the CEO/owner ever brings ideas as raw, silly and unstresstested as these to banks when trying to line up money. dear lord. reuters.com/business/musk-… i can't say i'm an expert at running a social platform. but i've watched how its done for many years and i've been in the 'how the fuck do we monetize this media thing' space for much longer. these are the ideas you get in the first hour of the first bull session. not that easy.
Apr 28 5 tweets 2 min read
Here's a good run down from @Kate_Riga24 of the key Trump-approved GOPs running to be the top election administrators in the key states. So these are the ones who want to be there to toss the results of election results they don't like. talkingpointsmemo.com/news/secretary… via @TPM 2/ Now, they're all hardcore Trumpers, not mainstream GOPs, to the extent that still exists. But a key point came up in my conversation with Kate during the podcast. That is, of course they're hardcore Trumpers and Big Lie pushers. Think about it: If you're a Republican who ...
Apr 26 7 tweets 2 min read
Since I'm only an outside observer to anything tied to military operations or technology I've struggled to know quite what it means. But I've been increasingly fascinated, focused on this pattern: that a substantial amount of the Ukraine War - on both sides is being ... 2/ fought with off the shelf drones many of which you could pick up at best buy and easily order on Amazon. It is as though the wave of civilian technology has in one area caught up with or overtaken that of military technology. Or perhaps it's better to say that the utility ...
Apr 26 9 tweets 2 min read
What I think everyone will soon remember is that Twitter was always the most libertarian of the platforms. You can fake who you are, you can say crazy and violent things, you can post nudity. It's management has always been stocked with people who are big tech libertarians. 2/Elon Musk can say what he want. He can be "extremely cautious" with permanent bans. But it won't make him immune to all the pressures that the old management operated under and made them make extremely small moves in the direction of tamping down on organized disinformation ...
Apr 15 4 tweets 1 min read
This really is blatantly unconstitutional 2/ so to give some details here. states are allowed to do safety inspections of vehicles. but they aren't allowed to do universal safety inspections for the purpose of impeding lawful trade. the issue here is that these inspections are pretextual. and abbott is ...
Apr 13 4 tweets 2 min read
So it seems like @YouTube is now actively blocking content that discusses Republican efforts to spread pedophilia/grooming conspiracy theories. Not entirely clear to me whether this is algorithms run amok or whether they are basically allowing GOPs to direct them to ... 2/ silence this discussion on their behalf. I suspect it's a mix of the two.
Apr 7 4 tweets 2 min read
One other point abt this Secret Service story. It's not clear to me that this was specifically targeting the Secret Service. It seems like these two had turned an apt building with talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/some-mo… via @TPM 2/ lots of fed law enforcement residents into a free surveillance zone. It seems like they'd wired the entire building. Then it was set up so well they went to some Secret Service agents and said, hey want to live in this luxury apartment for free? Also, hey want a free cell ...
Apr 7 4 tweets 1 min read
I've been reading through the affidavit for the arrest of the two guys trying to infiltrate the Secret Service and what's alleged is significantly more elaborate and complex that what the news reports have suggested. drive.google.com/file/d/1_nlzOZ… 2/ This is also certainly some kind of operation by a foreign government or a private company working on behalf of a foreign government. You've got an apartment building which had many residents who were in federal law enforcement and these two guys were not only ...
Apr 7 6 tweets 1 min read
This is like sponsored content for someone who is really really trying to confuse people about what the internet is and what platforms are. Or maybe just sponsored by Donald Trump? 2/ The “decentralized web” that they’re talking about here as the next big thing already exists. It’s called the internet. You can in fact access this RIGHT NOW and see what you want to see and not see what you don’t want to see.
Apr 5 4 tweets 1 min read
We've posted stories over the last week reminding people that Trump's first impeachment was about Ukraine, that Manafort's work was in Ukraine. But it's more than this. It's really an almost a decade ... talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-thr… 2/ long period in which Ukraine has been at the center of critical events which have shaped the course of American history. It's starts with the Maiden Revolution and Russia's seizure of Crimea, then the beginning of Russian disinformation campaigns that start in the ...
Apr 2 4 tweets 1 min read
Over the last few days I’ve seen various reports of Russian units doing mass executions as they withdraw from or are expelled from Ukrainian towns by the UKR army. Most of these have apparently been military age men. But in some cases men and women of all ages. I haven’t known… 2/ what to make of these reports. Such reports can be classic wartime propaganda or simply the hysteria and fog of war. My caution in part was that the reports were anecdotal or from sources I wasn’t familiar with. But now these initial claims are being repeated or validated …
Mar 30 5 tweets 2 min read
worth remembering that for MANY YEARS John Solomon was the lead national politics reporter for the @AP and throughout that time he had a notorious/comical rep as being the easiest of touches for GOP oppo ... talkingpointsmemo.com/live-blog/trum… via @TPM 2/ Like they would joke about it. The Republicans would. Like the Cookie Monster of GOP oppo.
Mar 28 5 tweets 1 min read
These are all very crucial points. Mearshimer is an important voice simply as a devil's advocate, coming at conventional wisdom in kinetic and sometimes illuminating ways. The problem with his analyses in this context is that he has a way of simply handwaving, " Well ... 2/ that's just how Great Powers operate." Well, not precisely. Not in all cases. That's how RUSSIA operates, a particular Great Power with many continuities over more than a couple centuries. But this requires getting deep into the history, which Mearshimer's ...
Mar 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Despite the fact that the reaction to Thomas’s texts is escalating quickly, the overall reaction shows most of us are still mainly boiled frogs on this issue. Head of state loses election and then tries to overturn the result by means of a coup and remain in office. But it fails. 2/ Then you hear the spouse of a member of the constitutional court was part of the coup and more than likely the judge was too. Any other country with this set of facts you’d figure well, obviously the coup plotters will be put on trial though likely some number will be …
Mar 24 6 tweets 2 min read
This is a deeply weird article politi.co/3L9GBrr via @politico 2/ the claim is that public health experts work to closely with the administration. Get briefings, try to support messaging campaign etc. it then moves from there to saying this makes the public think that public health is really just an extension of partisan politics ….
Mar 23 5 tweets 2 min read
Poland and other countries move to provisional "Fuck No!" approach to genocide-thirsty American ex-legislator's plan to "rescue" dozens of children from Ukraine and give them new American parents. talkingpointsmemo.com/news/authoriti… via @TPM 2/ “The children will not leave Poland, unless Ukrainian authorities decides to do so,” the Polish mayor of the town the kids are now staying in told @TPM.
Mar 23 4 tweets 1 min read
To understand the Trump/Brooks stuff and the discussions abt it and whether it's okay, you need to adopt this heuristic/analogy. Say Person X tells Person Y that they need to make sure Person Z dies. Would we then see people asking well, what did Person X really want ... 2/ Person Y to do? Did they want Person Y to do something bad? Is it possible that Person X just thought that Person Z was supposed to die? Maybe they didn't understand that it wasn't okay to make Person Z die?
Mar 21 4 tweets 2 min read
I'm reluctant to fully agree with @EliotACohen's argument here. We are right to be cautious because of the US's recent history of over-optimism and self-delusion, of which Cohen himself has often been part. However, I think he is definitely on to ... theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/… 2/ something in the arguments he makes here. Much top tier American press coverage of the conflict has been very slow to appreciate just how badly the war has gone for Russia. Much of it has been fairly misleading. And you have to get pretty deep down into analysis ...