From With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds… and a giant middle finger to America
I probably should have mentioned this before, but Paiâ€™s leaving is a good occasion. Bullet lists are administrative faves because they appear to make factual claims.
Just as he had done during his tenure, however, Pai has mirrored the 45th presidentâ€™s approach and, rather than give an overview of actions to show a coherent drive and philosophy, has created the longest list possible. Bigger is better.
They leave out anything unwanted. Leave no room for counterpoint. Appear complete when partial. Appear cohesive when scattered.
Close relation: Take Aways.
From Opinion | His spell is breaking. – The Washington Post
> While suggesting that Democrats â€œcan try to steal the election from usâ€ and that â€œour numbers started miraculously getting whittled away in secret,â€ the president sounded bored rather than enraged.
Appearing in person ought to have put more visceral force behind Trumpâ€™s charges; his in-person statement did the opposite. His delivery lacked the all-caps, exclamation-marked energy of his Twitter broadsides. The effect was to undercut the incendiary allegations Trump was making. He was a man checking a box, not one fighting for his political life.
And while Trump was speaking, something rather extraordinary happened: Three major broadcast networks stopped airing the presidentâ€™s address live.
From Brett Kavanaugh foreshadows how Supreme Court could disrupt vote counting – CNNPolitics
Itâ€™s a puzzle that the other justices are going along with Kavanaugh’s facile and faulty line of reasoning.
Kavanaugh’s language overall mirrors President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about calling a winner on election night.
States that require mail-in ballots to be returned by the Election Day, Kavanaugh wrote in his concurring opinion, “want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after Election Day and potentially flip the results of an election.”
But those announcements are in no way official: They are projections made by national broadcast networks and wire services, based on how partial results compare to historical outcomes — not by the states themselves, which typically take weeks before certifying elections.
From ‘Sue if you must’: Lincoln Project rejects threat over Kushner and Ivanka billboards
Letâ€™s see what happens when a group stands up to bullying.
On Friday, Marc Kasowitz, an attorney who has represented the president against allegations of fraud and sexual assault, wrote to the Lincoln Project, demanding the â€œfalse, malicious and defamatoryâ€ ads be removed, or â€œwe will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damagesâ€.
The Lincoln Project responded that they would not remove the billboards, citing first amendment rights of free speech and the â€œreckless mismanagement of Covid-19â€ by the Trump White House.
In a legal response on Saturday night, attorney Matthew Sanderson told Kasowitz: â€œPlease peddle your scare tactics elsewhere. The Lincoln Project will not be intimidated by such empty bluster â€¦ your clients are no longer Upper East Side socialites, able to sue at the slightest offense to their personal sensitivities.â€
From 9 COVID-19 cases linked to Minnesota Trump rally last month, with 2 hospitalized – ABC News
Puts an edge on our local politics.
The Minnesota Department of Health has identified nine coronavirus cases in people who reported attending President Donald Trump’s rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, last month, with one patient currently in the intensive care unit.
While the health department cautioned it is uncertain whether those individuals contracted the virus at the rally or somewhere else, spokesperson Scott Smith told ABC News that “based on case characteristics” in Beltrami County, where Bemidji is located, the Trump rally on Sept. 18, along with a wedding that took place on Sept. 19, appears to be “likely drivers of increases in COVID-19 cases” in the county.
“We cannot definitively say for those cases who did not report either attending a political rally and/or attending a wedding where they were exposed to SARS-CoV-2,” Smith said. “However, these events appear, based on case characteristics, to be likely drivers of increases in COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County.”
Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed Bemidji as one of the rapid risers in terms of the coronavirus spread.
From Demon vs. Monster: The Vice-Presidential Debate and an Historianâ€™s Harassment
from Hank Reichman on Academe Blog
The scare quotes are disdainful when they come from a university president.
But what is really shocking is how this alleged â€œeducational leader,â€ a college president, could evidence such rank disdain for the academyâ€™s and societyâ€™s most precious core values by placing the words academic freedom and free speech in scare quotes.
What signals danger, however, is that the president was so easily drawn by trolls.
From Kamala Harris grilling prompts doubtful claim from Amy Coney Barrett
> Harris also tackled Barrettâ€™s views on abortion, making a carefully laid-out case that despite Barrettâ€™s equivocation and insistence that she is unbiased on the issue of reproductive rights, she is far from it.
Barrett was a member of a â€œright to lifeâ€ organization that in 2016 promoted a crisis pregnancy center in South Bend, Indiana, that has been criticized for misleading and misdirecting vulnerable women seeking abortions. She has signed off on a newspaper ad calling Roe v Wade â€“ the landmark 1973 ruling protecting the right to choose â€“ â€œbarbaricâ€. A Notre Dame Magazine article from 2013 describes a lecture series during which Barrett â€œspoke â€¦ to her own conviction that life begins at conceptionâ€.
As a federal judge, she has considered three laws restricting abortion and expressed misgivings about rulings that had struck down the laws. She joined the dissent against a decision to strike down an Indiana abortion rule â€“ signed into law by Mike Pence when the vice-president was Indianaâ€™s governor â€“ that mandated the fetal remains be buried or cremated.
â€œI would suggest that we not pretend that we donâ€™t know how this nominee views a womenâ€™s right to choose or make her own decisions,â€ Harris said. The senator noted that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom Barrett has cited as her model in declining to give any hints on how she would vote on future cases, was, unlike Barrett, much more forthcoming with her own personal views on abortion.
From Gruber: Dickhead of the Week: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri
John Gruber has become my favorite tech critic – speaking truth to less-than-legitimate power.
This is Facebookâ€™s political/PR strategy on this issue: (1) to ask everyone to ignore the plain truth that Appleâ€™s changes to IDFA tracking are for exactly the reason Apple states: to give users control over their own privacy; and (2) to claim that Appleâ€™s actions arenâ€™t hurting Facebook but instead are hurting â€œsmall businessesâ€. Small businesses are taking advantage of privacy invasive user-tracking ad placement, but if their ads are less effective without privacy invasive user-tracking, then so be it, theyâ€™re less effective. The idea that we donâ€™t dare do anything good for privacy that might reduce the efficacy of user-tracking ads because â€œpity the poor small businessesâ€ is sophistry.
From Trump Tells Agencies To End Trainings On ‘White Privilege’ And ‘Critical Race Theory’ : NPR
I usually donâ€™t want to be flip about trumpâ€™s waste of time, but this one begs for it. The wording of this directive reveals that the training is needed – even to understand the directive.
“All agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”
â€œStructuralâ€ is not â€œinherent.â€ Discuss.
From Georgiaâ€™s Republican governor orders cities to stop requiring masks
Ars reports on Georgia Gov Kempâ€™s mandate that undercuts local mandates to wear masks:
Kemp also went on a tour of various cities to encourage mask wearing, but he has said, “we don’t need a government mandate to do the right thing.”
Kemp’s executive order attempts to void rules that “at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties had no power to order masks,” the Associated Press wrote. Kemp has declined to impose a statewide mandate for Georgia,
A mandate that declares we donâ€™t need a mandate, used to undercut a mandate to do The Right Thing. â€˜Pataphysics thrives in the time of chaos.