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1 - Federal government shuts down after Senate talks fail
2 - The government is shut down. What happens now?
3 - Trump blasts Roe v. Wade in satellite address to anti-abortion rally
4 - Feds to retry Sen. Menendez on corruption charges
5 - Prosecutors reveal why Rand Paul was attacked by neighbor
6 - Trump travel ban heading to Supreme Court
7 - Trump's border wall models thwart U.S. commandos in tests
8 - Life after the White House: How Obama spent his first year out of office
9 - The Week in Pictures: Jan. 11 - 18
10 - Alleged CIA China turncoat Lee may have compromised U.S. Russia spies too
11 - More than 300 rallies planned for 2nd annual Women's March
12 - Rock legend Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose
13 - Gymnasts Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber face down sex-abuse doctor
14 - IOC approves unified Korea Olympic team
15 - Delta cracks down on service animals allowed on board
16 - Teen who escaped torture house overcame tremendous odds
17 - Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole — again
18 - The feminist divide over #MeToo is both painful and necessary
19 - Right-wing demand to 'Release the Memo' endorsed by Russian bots, trolls
20 - Anti-Trump 'Resistance' turns its focus to the ballot box
21 - To reverse murder rate, Baltimore embraces a controversial policing strategy
22 - Could flu be spread just by breathing?
23 - Got a news tip? We want to know about it
The Senate failed to pass a key vote on a short-term government funding bill as a midnight deadline to keep the federal government open came and went.
1/20/2018 5:08:00 AM
The White House and Congress failed to reach a deal on funding the federal government. Here's what what happens now.
1/20/2018 3:17:00 AM
President Donald Trump addressed anti-abortion activists at the March For Life Friday, beaming into the rally via satellite from the White House Rose Garden.
1/19/2018 4:13:00 PM
The Justice Department notified a federal judge Friday that it will again put Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey on trial, after a jury deadlocked and ended an earlier prosecution in a mistrial.
1/19/2018 4:08:00 PM
Rene Boucher, 58, was charged assaulting a member of Congress, which is a felony, on Friday months after his sneak attack on Sen. Rand Paul in November, according to officials.
1/19/2018 5:27:00 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court said it will take up the government's appeal of the latest version of the president's travel ban.
1/19/2018 4:28:00 PM
A U.S. official says recent testing of prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico found their heights should stop border crossers. U.S. tactical teams spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the models in San Diego. An official with direct knowledge of the results said they point to see-through steel barriers topped by concrete as the best design. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information is not authorized for release.
1/19/2018 3:06:00 PM
The former president vacationed, got called for jury duty and reached a parental milestone: dropping his oldest daughter off at college.
1/20/2018 3:50:20 AM
Filipino volcano rumbles, Haitians rally on MLK Day, llamas on the lam and more.
1/18/2018 5:30:00 PM
Officials tell NBC News that Jerry Chun Shing Lee may have gotten 20 U.S. spies in China killed, and that the Chinese may have tipped off the Russians.
1/19/2018 8:08:00 PM
More than 300 rallies in all 50 states are planned for the second annual Women's March. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out across the country. NBC's Morgan Radford reports for TODAY from New York City.
1/20/2018 6:31:00 AM
Tom Petty's family shared their thoughts on Facebook as the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed the cause of his death.
1/19/2018 8:52:00 PM
Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, members of the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team, made a surprise appearance at Larry Nassar's sex-abuse sentencing hearing.
1/19/2018 7:41:05 PM
North and South Korean athletes will compete on the same team at the Olympics for the first time. The IOC approved 22 North Koreans to compete in PyeongChang.
1/20/2018 6:33:00 AM
Delta says reports of "comfort" animals urinating and defecating or biting have spiked some 84 percent in the last few years, forcing the airline to clamp down.
1/19/2018 6:02:00 PM
The 17-year-old who escaped the alleged California house of horrors had to overcome mental hurdles as well as physical ones like being chained to a bed.
1/19/2018 5:16:00 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83.
1/20/2018 4:48:00 AM
Young feminists are pushing the growing movement deeper, causing older feminists to worry about preserving the progress we've already made
1/20/2018 4:19:00 AM
An unreleased classified memo by House Republican staffers describes alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI. Democrats have denounced it as misleading.
1/19/2018 4:23:00 PM
A year later, the activists behind the protests that marked the beginning of the Trump era are turning their attention to November.
1/19/2018 7:53:40 AM
A plan by Baltimore's new police commissioner to curb murders involves "hot spot policing," a technique that has worked in some areas but also drawn scrutiny.
1/19/2018 6:57:00 PM
Influenza virus might be spread simply by breathing, a new flu experiment shows. People might spread flu virus by coughing, sneezing and by breathing.
1/19/2018 4:59:00 PM
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5/17/2017 3:10:00 PM
CNET news editors and reporters provide top technology news, with investigative reporting and in-depth coverage of tech issues and events.
1 - Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated - CNET
2 - Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn't regret firing James Damore - CNET
3 - Acura RDX's chief engineer breaks down what's new and hot for us - Roadshow
4 - SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy's 27 engines Monday - CNET
5 - Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins - CNET
6 - Tim Cook: I keep my tween nephew away from social networks - CNET
7 - This Samsung screen patent is full of holes - CNET
8 - Facebook will ask us to decide what's 'high quality' news - CNET
9 - Audi Smart Energy Network pilot has EVs assisting the grid - Roadshow
10 - The Galaxy S9 could get some serious camera upgrades - CNET
11 - Amazon Alexa on Android can now find the best restaurants near you - CNET
12 - NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn't noticed - CNET
13 - CNET Show Us Yours: Submit photos of your home theater now! - CNET
14 - Is a Ram 1500 Hellcat in the works? - Roadshow
15 - Detour for astronaut set to be first African-American on ISS - CNET
16 - Silicon Valley is 'becoming unhinged,' says top VC - CNET
17 - Verizon to include Mexico and Canada to Go Unlimited plan starting Jan. 25 - CNET
18 - Super blue blood moon prowls across the sky on Jan. 31 - CNET
19 - Windows Mixed Reality headset prices cut in half on Amazon - CNET
20 - Weekend Streaming: ‘Black Lightning’ arrives online - CNET
21 - 2018 Nissan Leaf touts a claimed 13,000 preorders - Roadshow
22 - Bitcoin currency operators slapped with lawsuits alleging fraud - CNET
23 - Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price - CNET
24 - Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust - CNET
25 - Kia Telluride three-row SUV will make it to production, report claims - Roadshow
The social network will email more than 600,000 users in the US who saw tweets from Russian-linked accounts during 2016 election.
1/19/2018 6:32:35 PM
After accidentally turning Damore into a conservative hero, Google execs say the former employee violated company rules. Period.
1/19/2018 7:32:09 PM
Stephen Frey stopped by the Roadshow stage at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to talk to Tim Stevens and Brian Cooley about the newly unveiled Acura RDX prototype.
1/19/2018 6:00:12 PM
Elon Musk's next big thing will get fully lit up for the first time as soon as next week.
1/19/2018 6:01:04 PM
Meet our UK reporter who loves CNET so much she worked for our site twice!
1/19/2018 5:00:14 PM
Commentary: Speaking to students in the UK, the Apple CEO also says learning coding is more important than learning a foreign language.
1/19/2018 4:46:54 PM
Small holes in the display allow for sensors without taking away too much screen real estate.
1/18/2018 4:56:35 PM
To curb "misinformation and polarization," Facebook will prioritize news from "trustworthy" publishers -- and its users will decide who's trustworthy.
1/19/2018 4:45:24 PM
Instead of taxing a local grid, Audi's cars could help bolster it.
1/19/2018 2:07:16 PM
Like dual cameras on the Galaxy S9 Plus only.
1/19/2018 2:00:34 PM
Thanks to an upcoming update, you can ask Alexa for restaurant and movie recommendations nearby.
1/19/2018 1:37:04 PM
Lawmakers renew spy programs that collect massive amounts of global communications with little fuss. Privacy advocates say secrecy led to limited debate.
1/19/2018 7:12:58 PM
Want your kickass home theater setup featured on CNET? We're looking for submissions, so get your photos ready and show us what you got.
1/19/2018 1:18:32 PM
An eagle-eyed person picked up on what might be a pavement-pounding Easter egg.
1/19/2018 1:13:44 PM
NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is no longer scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in 2018.
1/19/2018 12:59:03 PM
Commentary: Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital seems to believe California is lazy, while, oh, China is setting the example in work ethic, according to a Financial Times interview.
1/19/2018 12:59:41 PM
Users under the Go Unlimited phone plan can call and text to the two countries starting next week.
1/19/2018 12:43:41 PM
The upcoming supermoon will also deliver a lunar eclipse to people in the right viewing locations. You can catch all the action online too.
1/19/2018 12:13:36 PM
If $200 is your sweet spot for a VR headset and controllers, now's your chance.
1/19/2018 1:52:17 PM
DC’s newest superhero show is now streaming, along with the return of “The Flash.”
1/19/2018 11:28:48 AM
Big demand means Nissan's decision to make the Leaf a bit less wacky was a wise one.
1/19/2018 11:23:29 AM
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says three separate cryptocurrency-related companies defrauded customers.
1/19/2018 12:42:12 PM
In the shadow of the iPhone X, Samsung’s 2018 flagship has much to prove.
1/19/2018 11:00:12 AM
Apple's got one idea for next-gen photo technology, but a rival approach based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step further.
1/19/2018 4:12:27 PM
It might not fully resemble the concept, but Kia does want another three-row SUV in its stable.
1/19/2018 10:57:27 AM
Scripting News, the weblog started in 1997 that bootstrapped the blogging revolution.
1 - Other cutters
1/19/2018 11:04:59 AM
8 - Little wrecked ecosystems
9 - Goodbye Huffington Post
15 - How Trump stank up Haiti
19 - River5 michegas continued
20 - What open source means to me
23 - Yet more River5 michegas
24 - Journalists, let's help journalism thrive on the net
25 - Facebook is not thriving, for me
28 - Open source feeds for journalists
29 - Re the River5 file-reading problem
34 - Wondering..
35 - River5 file-reading problem
42 - Wolff is Occam's News
43 - MTP Daily is the worst cable show
44 - I have no idea what Facebook announced
1 - Other cutters
I was just talking with a friend, two ideas --
For extra credit, cross-tabulate. 💥
1/19/2018 11:04:59 AM
There was an outage on scripting.com earlier today. I let a domain expire, thinking it wasn't in use. Haha. Okay. I renewed it. It seems to be resolving here, so the outage should be over. Sorry. I'll be more careful in the future. 🚀
1/18/2018 12:32:00 PM
Journalists still think they were/are bloggers. Reporters using blogging tools is not blogging. Bloggers are reporters' sources. They say blogging is over because their professional CMSes caught up? They're in a bubble. A profession that should be good at listening only actually listens to itself.
1/18/2018 2:02:03 PM
Much of what I read in #metoo writing paints men solely as women haters. That's all there is to say about us. Your father, brother, son, uncle, cousin, friends, we only exist to hate women. That of course is not true. I think what we all want, men and women, is to relax, to be loved, to feel safe, pleasure, acceptance, and secure for the moment. That's imho most of what we're looking for in love. No specific gender.
1/18/2018 2:18:44 PM
Update on the Feeds for Journalists project. "The current list doesn't have much meta-news or news-about-news. It's mostly just plain news. I am totally in favor of adding Canadian feeds, but for news orgs that are producing news about Canada, and news from a Canadian perspective."
1/18/2018 9:24:01 AM
I support the NYT turning over its editorial page to Trump voters. But we keep hearing from them. How about Clinton voters next. And black voters. And people who didn't vote. And so on. Let's hear more from people outside the elite bubble.
1/18/2018 8:16:03 AM
Where you see Americans trashing each other online, use your imagination. How are trolls, some Russian, some from elsewhere, instigating to make it worse, increase the hurt, damage, deepen the division, make it more permanent?
1/18/2018 8:17:29 AM
With Google Reader shutting down and Facebook pulling out of news, and now HuffPost withdrawing, I feel great. Vindicated. Optimistic once again.
There is no magic to platforms. Corporate platforms always end up as puddles. Little wrecked ecosystems that started with great bluster.
The only platforms worth developing for are ones without a platform vendor. That is, open platforms based on open formats and protocols.
I was asked why Google Reader is on my list.
1/18/2018 9:25:57 AM
I tried writing at Huffington Post, many years ago, hoping to get more flow. When I finally got a hot story on HP, here's what they did.
That's when the great experiment ended. 💥
1/18/2018 8:50:04 AM
The Feeds for Journalists OPML file is now available. You can use this file to subsribe to all the feeds in any feed reader. It will be updated periodically, so check back. Even better if your reader allows you to subscribe to OPML files, a drum I've been beating for a long time. Then you'll get the updates automatically.
1/17/2018 12:45:18 PM
If you're a journalist and have ideas for a feed or two or want to see the discussion so far, here's the place to look.
1/17/2018 9:14:17 PM
New this.how doc on Black Lives Matter.
1/17/2018 8:45:23 AM
Back when blogging was young, I was the chief blogger in some sense. I got a lot of shit. I was surprised then, not now. The picture people painted wasn't me. Reading their stories, I sounded like the little capitalist dude in the Monopoly game.
1/17/2018 10:09:28 AM
I read this Politico piece about this history of Trump and Haiti.
Initially there was some bad data about a possible connection betw Haitians and AIDS that soon turned out to be false. But Trump kept bringing it up, and the stink on Haiti wouldn't go away.
Trump is still putting the stink on Haiti.
Reading this reminds me of the stink that people in tech put on RSS. There never was anything wrong with RSS, no data behind any of the things that were said, but people, some who even thought we were friends, said some very ugly Trump-like things about RSS. (Actually even worse.)
That's the sad thing about Trump, not just that he is such a flawed awful human being who is our president, but that if you live long enough, you've met plenty of other people who take exactly those kinds of shortcuts just to hurt other people.
1/17/2018 9:44:39 AM
I'm hunting everywhere for my glasses and then realize I'm wearing them.
1/16/2018 1:27:26 PM
Just realized, the reason librarians must love the web, and linking, is that you can provide a complete bit of complex information without being overwhelming. It's the same reason I like coding in an outliner. There's no cost for being verbose, just tuck the verbosity under a headline and leave it collapsed. Until the day you wonder wtf is going on here. You can hide little crumb trails for later discovery. Links work the same way.
1/16/2018 1:10:11 PM
1/16/2018 1:08:14 PM
The thread continues.
I believe I have found the least disruptive way to fix the file-read synchronization problem.
Here's a gist containing a new local routine that reads an XML feed.
Note that we save processing of new items for the end, and don't do any processing until the feed river is in the cache.
Update: I have the changes implemented locally, testing.
1/16/2018 12:04:15 PM
In putting together the Feeds for Journalists project, I had to figure out some new stuff about open source, because I had never seen the idea applied previously to a list of feeds. I haven't even seen it used for docs, novels or news, written work, but I'm sure it has been.
So when I publish something via open source, what does that mean?
For the Feeds for Journalists project, I own the list. You are encouraged to make feature requests, in the form of URLs of feeds you think should be on the list, or to question the inclusion of any feed I've put there. I'm totally open to discussion (with the usual caveat as long as it's respectful).
But first, before proposing an idea, think about what the project is trying to create -- a collection of feeds that's likely to cover breaking news from a number of angles with forays into science, the arts, education, humor. I included a feed about torrents (because it's good, and they have many of the same values as journalists and I think it would be useful for you all to get to know each other).
1. Suggest feeds and 2. Tell me why you suggested it. Ultimately I'm going to decide if it goes in this collection. And because there's a liberal open source license, if you see another direction to take it, for a subset of journalists perhaps, or librarians, or Italian journalists, you can fork it and use it as the basis for your own list.
PS: I think this piece will become a this.how doc, like the one about standards, which also began as a blog post.
1/16/2018 9:54:52 AM
The "glory days" of news readers are as irrelevant as the print edition of the NY Times. News readers were never that good. Twitter and Facebook are better as news readers. New news flows demand new approaches.
1/15/2018 10:29:51 AM
And RSS is here to help.
1/15/2018 10:12:57 AM
BTW, the River5 discussion continues with Carsten.
He points out that the new method I proposed for adding items to rivers not only is more complex than the current method, and therefore more difficult to maintain, something I totally concur with, it still has a synchronization problem. Copying a pointer and deleting an object can't be an atomic operation. it's still possible something will be added to a queue betw the two steps. And that would result in a lost item.
We're now somewhat in the weeds, possibly, but we all agree it's better to have an approach that loses zero items, than one that maybe loses one item on (possibly) rare occasions. So I have proposed yet another approach in a comment. This one has the advantage of retaining the current simplicity and hding a bell/whistle that didn't need to be there in the first place.
1/15/2018 5:45:34 PM
If you're a journalist and you love RSS, please join me in an easy project to improve both. Let's put together a list of starter feeds for journalists.
In order for this to work it has to be done primarily by journalists. I'm happy to help any way I can.
I started this project because I am sure that unless news thrives on the net we are totally screwed. I've never felt that we could trust Facebook to be the official distribution system for journalism on the net.
This is the first step to creating many distribution nets, so a competitive market can develop. I've bootstrapped successful tech projects before. This is how it begins! It's not that hard, it just requires cooperation and a clear goal.
1/15/2018 9:31:59 AM
I'm guessing what Facebook saw in numbers is what I feel as a user. It's drying up.
The most interesting part of Facebook is the On This a Day In feature, and even that is starting to scare me as we relive 2016 and 2017.
It's very quiet on Facebook these days. And to the extent it's not quiet it's profoundly depressing.
I don't feel it's too hyper to say Facebook is dying.
Not sure there was anything they could have done to prevent it, but a dramatic U-turn away from news says, to me, they see it too now.
1/15/2018 9:48:05 AM
1/14/2018 6:19:09 PM
Can you imagine what would have happened if the Hawaii message had happened in NYC or DC. The panic would have been unreal. People would have died. And the odds of a retaliatory strike would have been there too. This is how wars start, btw.
1/14/2018 5:20:35 PM
This got me thinking. What if a community created such a list of feeds, and did it over a period of weeks or months, with discussion, and a certain amount of deliberation.
We could use the tools of open source to do this project.
So, I've set up a new GitHub repository where we can work on that list of feeds. I'll write a small piece of software that periodically turns that collection into an OPML file suitable for use in a feed reader. From there who knows what happens, but just getting a list of feeds for journalists to follow, collaboratively, while it doesn't involve much work or technical know-how, would be a major improvement over the way we all do this individually, for ourselves.
I'll post updates on this project to this blog.
1/14/2018 11:28:04 AM
Following up on yesterday's report on River5's file reading problem at startup, with futher thought I realized I did not have a solution to the problem.
The way I proposed doing it yesterday would have resulted in just as many lost items at startup. The problem was that the central routine was sending the JSON text of the file to each of the callbacks. Each would then parse the text, producing a structure which it would then link into the cache. Only one of the structures would survive in the cache, the last one linked in, and it would have one of the new items. The other new items would be lost. In other words, no improvement.
So I changed the code and had the central routine parse the text, and call each of the callbacks with the resulting structure. Now all the callbacks add their items to the same struct, (unless I'm still missing something) and the result is zero lost items.
I've created a gist with the new code, and left the old gist in place. I have not yet released a version of River5 that uses this new approach. Testing it here first then thinking about how I want to deploy.
Note this version is more complex because it has to initialize the struct once and only once, so the central routne, readRiverFile, must receive a callback that initializes the structure when the read fails, which it will do when the river file is first created.
I haven't received any comments, but they are still welcome.
1/14/2018 9:52:44 AM
When I was a kid, at the height of the cold war, I had dreams of looking out my window and seeing dozens of mushroom clouds off in the distance.
1/13/2018 1:12:42 PM
The other night Julia Ioffe said something wise on one of the shows: Almost everyone who immigrates comes from a shithole. Immigrating is no fun. It has to be worth it. People from Norway don't want to leave because it's not a shithole.
1/13/2018 8:52:22 PM
Theory: If two reporters use RSS systematically to gather news, and they combine lists, each reporter gets more value than they would on their own. If interests are aligned, but not too aligned, there's potential value beyond that.
1/13/2018 12:32:30 PM
Maybe the thing to do is to start a group of journalists who love and understand RSS and want to use it in new ways to make their journalism better.
1/13/2018 7:36:50 PM
34 - Wondering..
I wonder sometimes what goes thru people's minds when you offer to help and it's something you're expert in, and they ignore you.
It's been happening with news people constantly since I stared working on news software and formats on the web.
I can't imagine what ulterior motive they think I have. I don't make any money from the work. I do it because I am sure that unless news thrives on the net we are totally screwed.
Don't they see that too?
1/13/2018 2:23:57 PM
The first part of solving it was writing down concisely what the problem was. Carsten Senger did a great job, but he isn't responsible for the fix, I am. And I wrote the code and am familiar with how it's organized and how it got to be how it is.
The problem statement
1/13/2018 12:34:33 PM
President Shithole goes for his physical.
1/12/2018 3:45:08 PM
XML-RPC started in 1998, which means it's about to be 20 years old. I think this is the first post about it. Not very specific. We were already working on it, but we hadn't yet hooked up with the people at Microsoft. From a quick scan it looks like the actual protocol we standardized on didn't come out publicly until June. Pretty sure we had something working internally at UserLand in March or April.
1/12/2018 1:19:45 PM
Ooops. We missed the 20th anniversary of RSS. The format that became RSS was rolled out in December 1997. Here's the piece where that was announced. I guess we missed the party. Open formats don't have PR firms. 💥
1/12/2018 1:27:39 PM
It's really weird, the date on the piece is wrong. It was December 27, not December 15. You can see that in the copy, it talks about being between Christmas and New Years. And mentions a piece that wasn't written until December 23. And I actually remember that this was on the 27th. Somehow, at some point, my CMS screwed this up. Which is weird because this is a static file. Looks like it was rebuilt some time in 2004. In any case if anyone wonders, the date is incorrect.
1/12/2018 1:40:16 PM
An unusually long podcast about Occam, Wolff, war, medicine, programming, debugging, hacking, Russia, war again, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Watergate, Buzzfeed News, Ben Smith, the dossier, ladders, the elite, working together, and the day it hits us that this is not Watergate, will be another day like November 8, 2016. The gatekeepers, the elite, don't want to give up their positions on the ladder, so ideas that threaten that can't get through. Instead we have to be systematic about letting ideas in. There's a lot of tough love in here, but it's important.
1/12/2018 10:28:42 AM
I was out walking in the morning rush hour in Manhattan, everyone looks so nice. I wondered, since #metoo has the world been treating attractive women better? Has cat-calling diminished? Leery looks? Inappropriate comments?
1/12/2018 7:53:16 AM
I've been pushing the idea of Occam's News, where we talk about what's obvious not what we can prove. Michael Wolff's approach is exactly that. It's not what you can prove, but it's what we know anyway. Both this and proof-based news are valid and needed.
Wars are fought with Occam's spy info, and guesswork about what the enemy is doing, and trying to figure out what's a decoy and what's real.
Also medicine. Sometimes they don't know what disease you have and they just start treating the one they think you might have and see if it works.
Programming, what I do, is most definitely not Occam-like, it's proof-based. But debugging is very much an Occam art.
1/12/2018 9:05:47 AM
I watched MTP Daily yesterday. For a few minutes, and then went back to work. It's an awful awful show. The worst of the worst.
I hate the show because Chuck Todd only talks about the horse race. I swear, the day after the 2016 election he was already talking about how people were "positioned" for 2020. This kind of analysis never means anything. Go back and listen to the talk about the 2016 election in 2015 for a clue.
And they don't even think about elections in a realistic way. Yesterday they were talking about how the Dems failed to sell competence last time (Hillary), so they probably shouldn't try that again. I wonder if they listen to themselves. There was a time, believe it or not, when both parties nominated people who were fairly competent. Even Ronald Reagan, who people thought was a joke, had served as governor of California before becoming president.
Anyway, assuming competence is an attribute like hair color or gender, height or whatever, the next election is exactly the time to be selling competence. Why? Because the electorate flip flops. We always elect the opposite of what we elected last time.
For example, we elected Trump to follow Obama.
Extrapolating, the next president will probably be a woman, obviously -- but bland and reliable, not too old, known for listening and studious, even pious, and not rich. And not a celebrity.
Although I don't know much about her, I would take a good look at Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota. She's intelligent, passionate, confident, speaks well, has a sense of humor, is well-educated, young but not too young, thoughtful, and has the right values to start to undo the damage done by Repubs during the reign of Trump.
Why not Kirsten Gillibrand? She has many of the same qualities as Klobuchar, but she's from New York. I come from NY too, but I don't think our president should. NY is our largest city, but it's actually a pretty small place. Trump stood out in NY, but we're seeing how that doesn't work globally. But even if it's great to have a president from NY, remember we flip-flop, and I'd say the odds of two consecutive presidents from NY is pretty slim.
Anyway, as you can see, there are some interesting things to think about for 2020, even though it's so far away. Of course they discussed none of this on MTP Daily yesterday.
PS: You want a courageous Democratic ticket? Klobuchar for president with Keith Ellison as VP. Unlike most Democrats these two can complete a sentence without sounding like an idiot. Both from Minnesota, btw, but look at how different they are. They say to white men who vote Trump, fuck you -- you had your chance, this is the way things look now. Get a pair, growth the fuck up and let's really start winning.
1/12/2018 8:05:54 AM
They announced something.
What this all means, I have no freaking clue.
Since the Algorithm is proprietary, I don't know what it did before that was so different. I gather they're reneging on their deal with professional journalism?
I always thought friends had huge influence over what I see in the timeline.
And won't Putin still be able to buy ads to fuel the virality of his mischief?
1/12/2018 7:53:38 AM
What if two networks, say Netflix and Amazon, did a deal. They would both do 1-hour-weekly dramas, one the reboot of The West Wing, and the other a Republican version. Find a prominent Democrat-leaning celebrity to be POTUS on the Democratic show, and a prominent Republican for the other. Offer the first job to Oprah, if she doesn't want to do it, how about Barack or Michelle Obama? Joe Biden. Hillary Clinton? Lawrence O'Donnell or Rosie O'Donnell or maybe someone from CNN like Brian Stelter. And then privately tell the president that he could have the second job, permanently, no impeachment -- president for life, on TV. Everyone can be entertained by all the crazy shit Trump tweets. He can nuke anyone he wants because it'll just be on TV. I think he might go for it. His "base" would go apeshit. Let Trump be Trump! (Note: He has to resign the real presidency before he can have the TV job.)
1/11/2018 10:57:13 AM
New truce with Facebook. Every day I try to write something with no links or style so I can post it to Facebook. I also post it to Twitter via pork.io.
1/10/2018 9:19:02 AM
1/10/2018 12:15:44 PM
I'd like to have a personal social net that's coffee house size. Play a few tunes, have a couple of drinks, tell a few stories, and come back tomorrow and the night after that. There's a bouncer at the door so if you come in all nasty and shit, we kick your ass out.
1/10/2018 9:22:42 AM
I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri yesterday. I really liked it. The best acting. A bunch of sad stories, told with humor. You know it has to be good cause Frances McDormand is in it. Like I, Tonya and Lady Bird, two other movies I've seen in the last few days, it's a story of a mother suffering for a daughter. All beautiful movies. The thing that makes a movie great, as always, is suspension of disbelief. If you get into the story, the movie is good. If you are still in the story the next day, it's great.
1/10/2018 9:13:35 AM
In human relations there are no absolute truths, just points of view. That's why when someone says someone else is tone deaf -- the person who's doing the saying is the one who's out of tune. Further, if you're trying to rep a cause, you'd better do a lot of listening, or you won't do much persuading. No one wants to be proven wrong, and if that's what you're selling you're not going to be heard much. This is what my grandfather said to me as a very young person, he called it the art of living. I remember the words, even if I didn't understand the idea. Now I do. It's the thing life teaches you. Listen.
1/10/2018 8:48:01 AM
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