Month: October 2022

  • Puerto Rico Grid and Will Federalism Destroy the US?

    Puerto Rico Grid and Will Federalism Destroy the US?

    The Verge has a fascinating and depressing article about the failure to modernize the Puerto Rican grid. A lot of it comes down to the fact that Puerto Rico is a colony and the Trump Administration treated it as such, restricting their ability to do the necessary work. But the Biden Administration has removed those…

  • Starlink Demonstrates the Need To Rein in Capital

    Starlink Demonstrates the Need To Rein in Capital

    Elon is having himself a hissy fit The genesis of Elon’s little tantrum appears to be the Ukraine leadership did not appreciate him parroting Russian talking points about how the war should end. Ostensibly, this is about not being paid. But, well, that turns out to not be entirely believable: Though Musk has received widespread…

  • When Is Twitter Not A Platform?  When It’s  A Product

    When Is Twitter Not A Platform? When It’s A Product

    The Supreme Court took up two cases that have the potential to revisit how products like Twitter and YouTube and Facebook can or cannot face liability: The Supreme Court will take up two cases testing legal protections for apps and websites, according to a newly released list of orders. The first case is Gonzalez v. Google, a…

  • Polls are Fscking Useless: A Review of Strength In Numbers

    Polls are Fscking Useless: A Review of Strength In Numbers

    G. Elliot Morris would not want me to walk away with the notion that polls are fsking useless after reading Strength in Numbers: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them. Quite the opposite, actually. Morris has written a passionate defense of the polling industry and why we need polls. Unfortunately, it flounders on the…

  • Time To Nationalize Professional Sports

    Time To Nationalize Professional Sports

    Okay, I can hear you saying, “Good one — that’s the hot take to end all hot takes.” But is it? What, precisely, do sports owners provide? They don’t inject capital into the teams — North American professional sprots are protected industries. Money is provided by the cartel like nature of the business. Once you…

  • Facebook, Genocide, and Accountability

    Facebook, Genocide, and Accountability

    It looks like Facebook materially contributed to a genocide: In a new report, Amnesty claims that Facebook’s algorithms “proactively amplified” anti-Rohingya content. It also alleges that Meta ignored civilians’ and activists’ pleas to curb hate-mongering on the social media platform while profiting from increased engagement. Report: Facebook Algorithms Promoted Anti-Rohingya Violence | Time Worse, Facebook executives…