“Bitcoin has no company to provide or store passwords. The virtual currency’s creator, a shadowy figure known as Satoshi Nakamoto, has said Bitcoin’s central idea was to allow anyone in the world to open a digital bank account and hold the money in a way that no government could prevent or regulate.”
That’s great…until you lose your password. One more reason why I will probably never own Bitcoin. When the Biden crash comes, I’ll keep my last wad of cash in a shoebox under my bed.
I doubt there’s too much testosterone in the corporate offices of Twitter; but it would have taken a big brass pair—or incredible tone-deafness—for Twitter to tweet a message like this one:
“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps. We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”
The management of Twitter, it seems, is all about free political speech…so long as that speech happens to involve politics and Internet users outside the United States.
Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times can’t quite bring herself to take the side of President Trump and recently silenced conservatives. But even a journalist at the New York Times can see that there’s something kerflooey about allowing a half-dozen tech companies to determine the bounds of free expression on the Internet.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has discovered economic reality, as he made an inevitable shift in policy today:
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
I’ve been wearing a mask in public since early April. I don’t mind, if it will enable restaurants, gyms, retail stores, and other businesses to remain open.
That’s the commonsense approach. But Democrats, who seem to believe that money grows on trees (or inside the printing press), always want to shut everything down. Pure magical thinking.
No state, no nation, can preserve its healthcare system while simultaneously destroying its economy. The healthcare system ultimately depends on the economy. Well, duh. But that’s a profound revelation to Democratic governors like Cuomo and Whitmer.
As someone once said, “The cure cannot be worse than the disease.” Well, duh, again.
In practical terms, there is no guarantee of privacy on the Internet, and especially not on social media. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about sex…or politics. Never assume that anything you type, view, or upload to the Internet cannot be found by someone, somewhere.
It is simply a question of: does someone out there with a lot of time on their hands have a motivation to go after you?
You can read the whole thing, but here’s a sample: Lane depicts innocent, truth-seeking journalists (like the perma-smirking Jim Acosta of CNN, perhaps?) being out-maneuvered by the sinister femme fatale, Kayleigh McEnany:
“And finally, Kayleigh McEnany, Harvard Law graduate, a propaganda prodigy at 32 who makes smiling falsehood an art form. All of this magnified by journalists too often following an old playbook ill-prepared for an Orwellian communication era.”
In an interesting Freudian slip, Lane concludes by insisting that, “This isn’t cancel culture.” Lol.
I discovered Canadian author Michael O’Brien about a decade ago, when a relative insisted that I read Island of the World, O’Brien’s novel about one man’s resistance to Communist rule in the former Yugoslavia. I read Island of the World in like, three days, even though the book is over 800 pages long.
I was therefore willing to take on The Father’s Tale. This is the story of a reclusive Canadian widower who travels to post-Soviet Russia in order to search for his son. The college-aged youth has fallen under the influence of a dangerous cult.
The Father’s Tale, at 1,208 pages, is even longer than Island of the World. It is also a somewhat slower read. One could furthermore make the case that O’Brien tried to cram too much plot into a single book here. Although the central character runs throughout, there are arguably multiple books within The Father’s Tale. If O’Brien were an indie author, he would have doubtless written The Father’s Tale as a series. The story is that big.
This isn’t a quick read, then. But most Michael O’Brien fans aren’t looking for quick reads, anyway. The story is engaging, and O’Brien uses the novel to take a very deep dive into Russian culture—especially the Russia of the turn of the twenty-first century, the time period when this book is set.