Open Thread For Nov. 15, 2018: About Face(book)!

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 15, 2018

The ‘failing’ NY Times commits some great journalism, and exposes many of the sins of Facebook in this epic article.  You simply must read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt to tease you with:

While Mr. Zuckerberg has conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, lobbying a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.

Theresa May’s government is falling apart. Fast. Maybe by the end of today. Let us not forget the political dirty tricks, very much like those foisted on us in 2016, that led to the passage of the Brexit referendum.

Another epic story. The blow-by-blow on the Clinton impeachment as told by the people who lived it.

State dragging feet on corrections officers’ negotiations?  Complete with yet more ‘typewriting’ from the Governor’s Office:

A spokesman for Gov. Carney denied the process was deliberately being delayed.

“We’re about to begin bargaining negotiations for Delaware’s probation and parole officers through the Department of Human Resources,” Jonathan Starkey wrote in an email. “Governor Carney understands and appreciates the service that probation and parole officers perform every day. We look forward to hearing their concerns, and reaching an agreement that will result in fair compensation for these officers.”

‘About’ to begin negotiations. After three years of not negotiating. He. Must. Go.

What do you want to talk about?


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  1. bamboozer says:

    How about reducing the rate of incarceration in Delaware to that of New Jersey? (See? I set the bar nice and low). We could stop Carney’s insane prisoner outsourcing game, save lots of money and destroy fewer lives. Yeah, I realize it makes far too much sense and would actually work.

  2. mouse says:

    Why can’t they just hire enough officer and pay them a living wage. It’s an embarrassment to ship prisoners to other states.

  3. RE Vanella says:

    Less incarceration and more services for those incarcerated. Let’s do both!

  4. RE Vanella says:

    “Neoliberalism values market exchange as an ethic in itself. Capable of acting as a guide to all human actions and substituting for all previously held ethical beliefs. It emphasizes the significance of contractual relations in the marketplace. It holds that the social good will be maximized by maximizing the reach and frequency of market transactions and it seeks to bring all human action into the domain of the market.”

    —-Professor David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, 2005

  5. Alby says:

    The difference between Stormy Daniels and Kirsten Gillibrand, from TPM:

    “Stormy Daniels told New York Magazine in a statement on Thursday that she would “seek new representation” if the allegations of domestic violence against her lawyer Michael Avenatti are true, but asked that people reserve judgement until there’s an investigation.”

  6. Paul says:

    It’s too much to read the whole thing. But good reading. I don’t trust The Congress to make it better.