Laurence Tribe on Twitter: “Looks like it clearly covers @POTUS and he appears to have violated or at least attempted to violate 18 USC sec 227(a)(2) on #KneelNFL issue”

Well. This could get interesting. But only if anyone follows through. Click through to see the code in question. –N

Renato Mariotti on Twitter: “THREAD: What liability could Facebook or its employees have for illegal Russian contributions made via Facebook?”

I saw a BBC clip this evening where one of their news folks interviewed a woman who worked the T campaign–down to writing his social media stuff for him, which I can barely even imagine–and she spoke so casually and openly of how the FB element of the campaign worked that it was just astonishing. She mentioned FB folks giving them the white glove treatment because they were such a big client. Seems to me that the point in this thread about who knew what and when is pretty critical. Would they not have known? Could they not? –N

Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. – The Washington Post

The Post seems to be mastering the art of book reviews as much deeper commentary–or at this this reviewer does. The whole piece is interesting, but I have to admit that I was relieved to read the quote below, which was precisely my reaction to the FANTASYLAND excerpt the Atlantic ran a month or so ago. –N

And the author’s contempt for people of faith grates. From the Puritans on out, almost any religiously inclined community resides in “Fantasyland,” save American Jews, whom he considers “religiously reasonable,” and American Catholics, whom he finds at least “more reality-based than Protestants.”

Source: Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. – The Washington Post

Deactivating Facebook

I have to say, I was not remotely prepared for the sort of guilt-mongering FB throws at you when you deactivate an account. A screen with photos of five friends: “Katie will miss you. Joan will miss you. Florence will miss you. Michael will miss you.” Everyone and their second cousin Eddie who ran his truck into the local grocery store will miss me, apparently.

And then they ask you WHY you’re leaving their crazy world of fake connection, and when you say, “‘Cause I spend too much time here, duh,” they say you can cut down on notifications if you want and that’ll help. I stopped getting email notifications and other stuff ages ago, and the only thing that did was keep my inbox cleaner, Zuck. Also? Your attempts to keep me are pretty transparent, and equally uncool.

Having seen that, it really feels rather like a cult, honestly. I’m glad to be free of it, at least for a while.

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

More than 20 large scale epidemiological studies all report the same clear relationship: the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. To take just one example, adults aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime, as compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night (part of the reason for this has to do with blood pressure: even just one night of modest sleep reduction will speed the rate of a person’s heart, hour upon hour, and significantly increase their blood pressure).


Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his e

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The world is moving on – with or without Trump’s crude bravado

The US mindset is exceptionalism – the city on the hill. A lot of Trump’s speech was couched in an exceptionally crude, simplistic manner. It is shocking to see and hear this kind of bravado. It is the arrogance of a country that has been“in charge” for a long time. But it’s not really in charge any longer; if you travel in the rest of the world, you actually can go more than just a few minutes without hearing the US mentioned.

Trump has an exceptionally simple-minded approach – and Washington has it but in a slightly more sophisticated way – and it is this notion of the indispensable country. And it’s a bad and dangerous concept. It’s a concept of arrogance. It’s a concept that has led the United States into one mess after another.

The renowned economist and UN sustainable development adviser says the time when the US was in charge is long gone and that the country has to change its mindset Play Video 3:32 President Trump’s remarks to the UN general assembly last week made me shudder.

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