Saturday, May 15, 2021

USA Today: ‘Browsing Books Can Lead to Extremist Rabbit Hole’

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Browsing books can lead people down an “extremist rabbit hole,” warns USA Today’s Jessica Guynn.

From USA Today, “Is Amazon recommending books on QAnon and white nationalism? Browsing books can lead to extremist rabbit hole”:

Amazon’s book recommendation algorithms that help customers discover new titles may have a dark side.

WSJ Gets It Right: “A Fed With No Fear of Inflation Should Scare Investors”

by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

The mainstream press is comfortable with moderate inflation because it raises financial asset prices and allows the government to spend more money. But when inflation hits a rate that threatens the stock market, even the Wall Street Journal starts to fret:

A Fed With No Fear of Inflation Should Scare Investors

It has taken four decades, but the Federal Reserve has finally shaken off its fear of inflation. The markets are only just waking up to the implications of the shift.


by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

The massive build-up of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine has sparked new tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists since 2014. “Ukraine’s sovereignty is under threat,” Macron’s office said heading into the talks Friday, adding: “All our work is aimed at avoiding an escalation and defusing tensions.” Zelensky’s meeting with the leaders of France and Germany, who have been mediators in the conflict since 2015, comes as Ukraine accuses Russia of threatening to destroy it.

Intel & TSMC on Chip Shortage: After Blowing $84 Billion on Share Buybacks since 2011 and Now Woefully Behind, Intel Clamors for $50 Billion in Subsidies for US Chip Industry

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

“We will not be anywhere near as focused on buybacks going forward as we have in the past”: Intel’s new CEO.

US semiconductor manufacturing has declined to where it is now only 12% of the world’s total, said Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger in an interview with CBS on 60 Minutes. “And anybody who looks at supply chain says, ‘That’s a problem.’” It’s a problem, he said, “because relying on one region, especially one as unpredictable as Asia,” where 75% of the chips are made, “is highly risky.”

Confirmed – YouTube Is Up to Its Tricks – Has Deleted Millions of ‘Dislikes’ on Joe Biden Videos

by Joe Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Social media keeps covering for the creepy Democrats.  Any negative comments about Biden must be squashed.

The Epoch Times confirmed this morning that YouTube has deleted millions of dislikes for Joe Biden on his videos:

YouTube has deleted about 2.5 million ‘dislikes’ from videos on the official White House channel of President Joe Biden, according to data collected and posted online by a researcher who wished to remain anonymous. YouTube recently announced that it’s testing a new page design that hides the dislike count.

What The Plandemic Can Do For Our Evolution

by Corey Lynn, Corey’s Digs:

I was never labelled as a conspiracy theorist because my position as a newspaper editor gave me license to call out the consensus reality — and my stock market advice always made people money, which gave my other musings credence. That said, I am no longer a conspiracy theorist because the people in the stores with plastic bags over their heads and the ones jogging in the countryside wearing formaldehyde and Teflon-infused surgical masks have superseded me in the crackpot stakes.

This plandemic saved my life. I had been commuting 60 miles a day; getting up at 4am and returning home at 10pm. When you’ve sat on a cramped and stuffy coach for three hours in heavy traffic for the second time that day, after a long spell in an office, you start to entertain notions of spontaneous Ascension or becoming a dry-stone waller. After the first lockdown, the office told everyone to stay home and my daughter was home too, so it was the best of both worlds — just as I was about to crack. The plandemic was easy street in comparison with navigating far-off cities on three hours’ sleep a night.

Just Make It Illegal to Arrest Blacks: to Honor the Memory of George Floyd, Social Justice Advocates Urge Big Box Retailers to Re-Think Calls to Police Over Shoplifting and “Low-Level” Crimes

by Paul Kersey, DC Clothesline:

In honor of the memory of George Floyd, those peddling social justice reform are advocating nonviolent criminal acts such as shoplifting from big box stores should no longer be a criminal offense. [Retailers urged to re-think police calls for low-level crimes after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 12, 2021]:

George Floyd died in police custody after a corner store clerk reported he had used a fake $20 bill, a nonviolent offense so low-level that police don’t usually take people to jail for it.

Now, as the trial over his death continues to unfold, criminal justice reform experts and diversity specialists are hoping the case will prompt retailers — from small businesses to major chains — to reassess how they treat Black and other minority customers and how they can handle loss prevention cases more equitably.

The Sword of Damocles Hangs over Every Property Owner

by Connor Mortell, Mises Institute:

Cicero wrote of a king by the name of Damocles. He served in the court of Dionysus, and after acknowledging his envy of Dionysus’s lifestyle, Dionysus challenged him to try taking on the lifestyle for himself. At first, Damocles is taken by the royal lifestyle; however, during one of his feasts, Dionysus hung a sword above Damocles that was held by a single horsehair. The stress that this thin hair would eventually succumb to the weight of the sword and it would fall and kill him became too much, and as a result Damocles begged Dionysus to remove him from this position.

This has gone on to be used as an expression for the feeling of everything you have being lost because of some overarching threat, feeling like there is a sword hanging over your head.

‘HOPE’: President Trump Hints At 2024 Run, Suggests Trump Rallies Will Return ‘Relatively Soon’

by Tom Pappert, Nationfile:

“In fact, we’re thinking about doing one relatively soon just to let everybody know that there’s hope in the future.”

During President Donald Trump’s banned interview with his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, he teased a potential run for a second term as President in 2024, and suggested that the infamous Trump rallies will soon return.

After discussing Joe Biden, his bans from social media, and the media’s willful refusal to report negative news about Biden or positive news about Trump, the Lara Trump asked, “The other question people all want to know — and I know you’re not ready to answer it yet — but do we have hope that there’s a possibility to see Donald Trump run again in 2024?”