Turley on the Internet

“A free and open forum for communication was the original and perfect design.”

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Once the internet broke free of the US military and academia, it became the “… the greatest single advancement in free speech since the printing press.”

A tweeter gives a knowing look | “Starry Eyed Male House Finch” by DaPuglet is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

It united the world and gained the ire of authoritarian and repressive governments. When Twitter hit the scene in 2007 at SXSW, it came from this part of internet culture and “… was the ultimate expression of those free speech values …”

Over time, the Democratic party, while once a champion of free speech, has become the authoritarian advocate for censorship, and somehow Twitter has become the tool of this speech suppression.

“We do not need companies to protect us from harmful or “misleading” thoughts. The solution to bad speech is more speech, not approved speech.”

Even today, people feel like the concept of freedom is under attack by the authoritarian left.

At this time of writing, the primary source article had been shared 14 times by the publisher’s official mechanism

By Michael Carver
Halloween October 31, 2020 10:42 AM

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Real Estate Giant Moves to Texas from California

Hospitality, Restaurants, and Gaming having a tough time.

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Of the 5,000 or so employees CBRE has in California, it doesn’t expect to have to move many “Client Facing” positions.

Those are pretty tall buildings. | “Tall Buildings – One 57” by cogito ergo imago is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Government reaction to the pandemic has also negatively affected the hospitality industry, however those businesses can’t typically change location as easily as the companies that own buildings all over the country.

One Hundred Over the Park was unveiled in 2016

Local regulations even affect the private events of the rich and famous.

AirBnB is trying to help out by starting an endowment.

Despite all this, The Racino, granted a silly name, still expects to bring 400 jobs to the area.

By Michael Carver
October 30, 2020 5:17 PM

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Very Hairy Baby Girl

A little bundle of cute floof.

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A baby chimpanzee was born at the STL Zoo. Zoo officials announced the event about 5 hours after it happened, which was around 3:30 AM.

Baby chimps spend the first bit of their lives bonding with their mom and multiple generations of family.

The mother was born in Florida in 2001 and came to STL in 2007.

A rare thing, this is being considered a pick-me-up, rather light hearted news

Food service positions are available for the fall/winter season.

All mail to the newborn should be addressed at 1 Government Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63110

By Michael Carver
October 30, 2020 2:34 PM

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US Sells Iranian Oil

Look at me; I am the captain now.

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The US announced that it has sold the 1.1 million barrels of oil which it took from Iran. The Iranians wanted it to go to Venezuela.

LEGO Pirates fishing on an artificial surface. | “Pirate ship” by LEGOFIIR is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This is the oil that they took by capturing oil tankers back in August.

US Privateering action only cost the English around 300 million dollars in the Revolutionary War.

Surely, this was a profitable operation as this was about 40 million dollars of oil at the current market rate.

The America’s cup sailing competition might still happen, just with public safety considerations.

Some estimates say that these sorts of actions have costed Venezuela billions of dollars.

By Michael Carver
October 28, 2020 2:32 PM

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Nice Coffee by the Pandemic

Is it surprising that Consumer Reports has a coffee recommendation?

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The COVID response has affected the coffee sales industry in America. Perhaps counterintuitive, about half of it is McDonalds.

CGP Grey zooms about coffee.

Coffee trade itself has been down over the course of the year as well as retail coffee consumption in the US.

There is some suggestion that a trend to drinking coffee from alcohol caused or encouraged the Enlightenment.

The pandemic response from governments has people thinking of coffee consumption in different ways now.

Despite all this, billions of cups of coffee are still being drunk.

Car based coffee preparation systems are almost exclusively 12v machines.

By Michael Carver
October 28, 2020 11:06 AM

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Why is Election Integrity a Partisan Issue?

Like a coin, there are two sides to every story and the truth is probably like landing on edge.

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People talk about invalid mail in ballots as if they are necessarily innocent mistakes that should be overlooked, but signature verification is flawed and no verification would admit of fraud.

This is not a ballot box | “ballot box 2” by openDemocracy is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Despite some people being unconcerned with the potential of mail in voter fraud, confidence in the election system is important.

In 2000 Frankie Muniz was part of a group that hosted the Kids Choice Awards.

The crux of the issue is that one side thinks identifying a voter’s identity enables confidence in the system and the other thinks it is voter suppression.

People are afraid of election fraud in Bosnia-Herzegovina too, where the election is on November 15th.

Over ¾ of a million ballots were disregarded in 2016 and 2018.

By Michael Carver
October 29, 2020 9:10 AM

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Germany to do More Lockdown

WHO says you shouldn’t do that?

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In what they are calling “Lockdown Light”, Germany is going on with its authoritarian pandemic response, puritanically targeting bars and restaurants despite contradicting evidence.

A little man stands on France | Photo by slon_dot_pics on Pexels.com

The World Health Organization says that there are significant negative outcomes associated with implementing lockdowns while at the same time kinda trying to say they don’t say that.

France, Spain, and Italy are doing much the same as Germany.

While announcing the new measures, Merkel, who has been Chancellor since 2005, said the issue would be burdensome.

Oktoberfest was canceled this year for the virus.

This time, the lockdown is supposed to last for four weeks.

By Michael Carver
October 28, 2020 1:34 PM

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Low Rates Encourage National Debt

Like refinancing and spending even more

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Ted Cruz has recently made mention of the national debt being a concern for Republican politicians despite recently helping to add trillions of dollars to it.

A dude has his beard cut to the same length as his hair. | “Crypto Currencies’ Red Sea” by Jim Makos is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Recent pandemic relief has pushed the debt over 27 trillion dollars, an amount which raises concerns of some people.

In 2016, while campaigning, Trump said he would eliminate the debt within 8 years.

Almost all countries in the have a debt to GDP ratio under 1, where the US is not above 1. Traditionally, being above 1 is seen as dangerous, but people are saying that it’s ok in our situation.

Listen to this guy talk about the debt in 2012 when it was around only 16 trillion.

Sweden has a debt to GDP of about 0.35

By Michael Carver
October 27, 2020 7:43 PM

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Lunatic Scientists Draw Conversation to Moon Water

Oxidane is water for pedants.

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It’s been assumed for quite a long time that there is water on the Moon. Recently, some observations show that this is literally true.

The Moon lums against the darkness. | “full moon” by darrenprice187 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

An important part of future lunar exploration is using the resources that are there. Water is heave and we don’t want to have to carry it all the way up there.

The most recent manned Moon mission was in 1972 and they had to take their own water which was no small part of the challenge of going there.

Even though there may be water in the sunbathed areas of the Moon, radiation from the sun is still a huge concern.

It would be kinda funny if Trump wanted to make a Space Navy because of this news.

None of this really changes any of the plans to get people back on the Moon by 2024.

By Michael Carver
October 27, 2020 12:41 PM

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Egyptian Fear over Ethiopian Dam Highlighted by Trumpian Trump Remark

Just as a certain something rolls down hill, water flows down river.

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In his typical style, Trump expressed concern about what Egypt might do over concerns about the impact of filling and operating a dam in Ethiopia.

President Trump speaks to Sudan on the phone. | The National

Egypt has been concerned about the impact of this dam since the project began to be planed in the 50’s.

Conflict over dams on this part of the Nile are nothing new. Several dams were built in Sudan in the 60’s and 70’s.

There are some who claim that the negative effects of filling and operating the dam could be largely mitigated, but this would likely mean three whole sovereign nations working together.

Egyptian GM Bassem Amin recently won a game of chess.

Ethiopia has expressed concern that Trump would say something like that.

By Michael Carver
October 24, 2020 10:11 AM

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