Twitter Says No More Outright Bans

Personally, I’m not buying this. I think Twitter is just banking on Biden winning, and then it’s back to business as usual, or likely much worse.

from the Daily Wire:

Twitter Reverses Course Following Widespread Outrage Over Censorship, Senators Announcing Subpoenas

Vijaya Gadde, chief legal officer of Twitter Inc., speaks during the Wall Street Journal Tech Live global technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The event brings together investors, founders, and executives to foster innovation and drive growth within the tech industry.
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Twitter announced that it was reversing course on some of the extreme censorship that it imposed this week to stop the dissemination of news reports from The New York Post that were damaging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. read more

Tumbling Microbots deliver Meds Through the Colon

The tiny magnetic robot developed at Purdue University, seen beneath the "U" on this US penny
The magnetic robot developed at Purdue University, seen beneath the “U” on this US penny
Purdue University/Georges Adam

Using tiny robots to deliver drugs is promising pathway when it comes to limiting side effects and increasing effectiveness, and some take a more theatrical approach than others. Scientists at Purdue University have come to the party with a back-flipping microbot that can tumble its way through the colon to release its payload when desired, all while being controlled externally by a magnetic field.

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Will Social Media Platforms Get What they Deserve

Or will it be All Show and No Go, as it’s always been?

by: Brent Smith

While I’m heartened to see the Senate appears serious about dragging these arrogant big tech CEO’s before a committee to testify to what the rest of us clearly see as brash, leftist partisanship by Twitter, Facebook, et al, I will continue to ask to what end.

Will something, can something finally be done about it, or are they simply too big and too powerful. Can the federal government finally crack down on these social media corporations and reclassify them as they are – publishers that make editorial decisions on what the public will see, rather than what they claim to be and what the government has categorized them as – free-speech, neutral forums/platforms.

I’m not an advocate for government interference – picking winners and losers, but that’s exactly has happened. These companies have enjoyed government mandated protection from liability for too long. This has to stop. And every year that goes by and nothing is done, these companies take a bit more editorial license until we get what we have now, a literal censorship board that controls what millions of America can and cannot see. These social media magnates have become the sole arbiters of what is fit to print.

The only way to stop this is to strip this government benefit from them. Otherwise, we can all but kiss conservative networking goodbye.

from the Blaze:

Republicans declare war on Facebook and Twitter censorship of New York Post, announce Senate hearings next week

‘What the hell is going on’

After Facebook and Twitter sparked outrage by censoring several New York Post reports on emails allegedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop, Republican lawmakers want Big Tech CEOs to testify in Congress and explain why the Post’s stories are being suppressed.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) formally requested on Thursday that the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook both appear before the U.S. Senate to testify on their companies’ individual decisions to censor the Post’s reports. The letters, written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, invite the Big Tech bosses to testify before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in a hearing called “Digital Platforms and Election Interference.”

Hawley’s letters announce an inquiry into whether Facebook and Twitter violated federal election law by suppressing the distribution of the New York Post story, “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad.”

“As your company is no doubt aware, corporations are forbidden from contributing anything of value — financial or otherwise — to support the election of candidates for federal office,” each letter states.

 

The letter to Dorsey noted that Twitter “asymmetrically” applied its terms of service against the Post story and suspended the official Donald Trump presidential campaign account for sharing the article. The hearing “will also consider [Twitter’s] decision to double down on that potential violation by, on October 15, 2020, suppressing the Post‘s follow-up story.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and committee member Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also announced Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Tuesday to serve Dorsey a subpoena to testify the following Friday. Cruz characterized Twitter’s actions as “election interference.”

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Nireeka’s New E-Fatbike

The Nireeka Prime: a (relatively) affordable high-powered ebike with a very stylish carbon fiber frame
The Nireeka Prime: a (relatively) affordable high-powered ebike with a very stylish carbon fiber frame
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There’s really nobody in the ebike world I can think of that makes bikes like Nireeka. These guys aren’t interested in stealth, or retro, or making bikes that look like anyone else’s. They work exclusively with their own carbon-fiber frames, which feature strangely flowing sci-fi designs with twisting edges and curves and angles in a style of their very own.

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Beware the Leftist Monopoly of Ideas

from Walter E. Williams:

The Fight for Free Speech

The violence, looting and mayhem that this nation has seen over the last several months has much of its roots in academia, where leftist faculty teach immature young people all manner of nonsense that contradicts commonsense and the principles of liberty. read more

Weapon Wednesday – AeroVironment Switchblade 600 Drone

The Switchblade 600 is based on the 300 before it, but is larger, faster and more capable
The Switchblade 600 is based on the 300 before it, but is larger, faster and more capable
AeroVironment

AeroVironment has unveiled its latest loitering missile unmanned aircraft system for the US Army and other customers. Based on the Switchblade 300, which was deployed with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011, the Switchblade 600 is larger with increased capabilities.

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In-Person Schooling for Illegals but not for Your Kids

from Daniel Horowitz at the Blaze:

Horowitz: DC allows illegal alien students preference in returning to in-person classes over most Americans

As part of a nationwide series of university student walkouts in protest of Republican President-elect Donald J. Trump’s proposed policy initiatives regarding immigration and the deportation of criminal undocumented immigrants, nearly a thousand students and faculty members at Rutgers University staged a rally and march in downtown New Brunswick, NJ on November 16, 2016. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***

Liberal city mayors have finally discovered that it was a mistake to close schools and that this virus is not dangerous to children. Well … not all children … only illegal aliens. Most American students will have to remain at home in the nation’s capital, while illegal alien children get to attend in-person classes.

So, whose country is this anyway? read more