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  • FCC head says commission can interpret Section 230 regulations, signals plan to do so

    I'm not an expert on Section 230, but the reason this contentious issue has resurfaced again this week is because the NY Post was given material from Hunter Biden's MBP which was left behind at a Delaware repair shop.

    Needless to say the material given to the Post is highly explosive in nature and in all likelihood will doom Biden's presidential run as among other things it appears the Biden family was taking money from China and Ukraine (among others) in exchange for influence, the very definition of corruption.

    Quick as a cat then both Facebook and Twitter jumped info full blown censorship mode and banned any post or tweet which had the Post url in it.  Then Twitter amusingly claimed their censorship was justified on account of the laptop being "hacked".  Only problem is, the laptop was not hacked.  Whoops.


    Meanwhile, Trump's tax returns were posted all over social media the week before last, even though his returns were leaked -illegally- and yet no one at Facebook or Twitter seemed to mind.

    Obviously then there is a double-standard at work here large enough to drive a fleet of Mack Trucks through.  So due to their overtly partisan & ham-fisted handling of the NY Post story, change is now in the air.

    So whatever the fine print of Section 230 may or may not say, the days of social media companies censoring whomever they like and for whatever reasons they deem politically expedient are coming to an end.

    docno42cornchip
  • How U.S. states are using digital contact tracing to stop COVID-19

    spheric said:

    Yeah, they actually did implement most of the common "lockdown" rules, except they relied upon the population to follow their recommendations, rather than making regulations. 

    That works in Sweden, but not much elsewhere. 

    Is that so?  Sweden really did implement most of the common lockdown rules?


    Funny, but that's not how the Swedes see it.

    "We see no point in wearing a face mask", Sweden’s top virus expert says as he touts the country’s improving COVID numbers
    https://fortune.com/2020/07/29/no-point-in-wearing-mask-sweden-covid/


    So if the Swedes can't even be bothered to wear face masks, it's quite the stretch to say they still somehow were in quasi-lockdown.
    gatorguymuthuk_vanalingam
  • How U.S. states are using digital contact tracing to stop COVID-19

    GeorgeBMac said:

    Ahh!  LOL.... the old "Give me freedom (to kill my fellow citizens) or give me death" routine.  
    China chose sanity.   So did South Korea and many others.
    Here, "we" (actually the government you hate and fear) chose to kill over 200,000 Americans -- and the death toll climbs by nearly 1,000 each day.

    You Libertarians are good at placing your ideology over reality.
    Do you drive the speed the limit?   Stop at stop signs?   Drive a tank or carry a bazooka?  Do you default on contracts?  
    No?  then you better rebel against that much feared government that is taking your "rights" away.
    ....  Actually, your rights stop when they infringe on the rights of others (particularly their right to life)

    This is simply not true.

    Sweden elected not to introduce lockdowns, masks are not mandatory there, and yet, the country is faring much better than others who did:

    "While many European countries are seeing new cases surge to levels not seen since the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sweden – whose light-touch approach has made it an international outlier – has one of the continent’s lowest infection rates."

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/15/sweden-records-its-fewest-daily-covid-19-cases-since-march


    So there is no need for a country to give up their freedoms after all.

    Imagine that.
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • U.S. to investigate planned French tax on Apple, other tech giants [u]

    genovelle said:
    cat52 said:
    entropys said:
    How dare France try to level the playing field.  

    Tax-dodging multinationals have an unfair advantage over small local companies who can’t base their operations in tax havens.
    If US and other foreign corporates were “dodging” tax the solution would be to close the loophole. That France isn’t doing so and instead proposing a new tax suggests there is no dodging and France is exercising its usual protectionist approach to justify its over regulated inefficiencies. Any French company caught up in this tax would be looked after in other ways. In other words, France in reality wants to tip the playing field to make better companies than their domestic mates run uphill.
    Exactly.

    And the multinationals run a lot of their profits through Ireland, which isn't a tax haven, but merely has a lower corporate tax rate than countries such as Germany or France. And God forbid anyone should pay less tax than the French.
    Well to tax what is earned in France sounds reasonable to me. Foreign companies have to pay taxes on revenue earned here in the US. 
    I see your point but if a legal loophole exists whereby a company can pay a lower tax in another jurisdiction, should they not take advantage of it?

    So if the French don't like Apple paying taxes in Ireland, the proper solution would be to close that loophole as someone here has mentioned before.  Instead however the French are proposing a 3% tax on revenues, which doesn't take into account whether the company in question is even turning a profit there.  So the French solution is clumsy at best.

    Another solution open to the French is to lower their own tax rate so as to make it more competitive with Ireland's.

    Point being the French have several options at their disposal, and they are choosing arguably the worst one.  For instance what would prevent them from increasing this new tax on revenue from 3% to 5% in two years' time? For the history of tax rates (especially in Europe) is that once a tax is introduced, it only goes higher in subsequent years.

    entropyswilliamlondonGG1anantksundaram
  • U.S. to investigate planned French tax on Apple, other tech giants [u]

    entropys said:
    How dare France try to level the playing field.  

    Tax-dodging multinationals have an unfair advantage over small local companies who can’t base their operations in tax havens.
    If US and other foreign corporates were “dodging” tax the solution would be to close the loophole. That France isn’t doing so and instead proposing a new tax suggests there is no dodging and France is exercising its usual protectionist approach to justify its over regulated inefficiencies. Any French company caught up in this tax would be looked after in other ways. In other words, France in reality wants to tip the playing field to make better companies than their domestic mates run uphill.
    Exactly.

    And the multinationals run a lot of their profits through Ireland, which isn't a tax haven, but merely has a lower corporate tax rate than countries such as Germany or France. And God forbid anyone should pay less tax than the French.
    radarthekatentropyswilliamlondonanantksundaram