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President Trump and Three Stooges Syndrome /r/politics

President Trump and Three Stooges Syndrome /r/politics:

I’m starting to see one of the disadvantages of making this list so long: People don’t believe it. Rather than seeing each item and realizing that Donald Trump really is that bad, they’re starting to dismiss the criticisms entirely. “The List” has offically contracted Three Stooges Syndrome, which is why next week I’ll be paring this down to just ten or fifteen links. All the good arguments in the world don’t do a whit of good if no one bothers to read them.

Amazing list. With sources. It’s shocking when you see the last two weeks in list form. In a normal world, any one of those items would be a news cycle dominating scandal. In Trumpworld it’s just a placeholder.

How The Reddit Debacle Proves Libertarians Wrong

One of the most common libertarian arguments you hear is that we don’t need government regulation to prevent discrimination because bigotry is bad for business and therefore the free market will stop it. Take Rand Paul arguing that “it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant.” Or Reason trying to show that bakeries refusing gay customers take an economic hit for it. It’s a pleasing idea, that businesses will realize that bigotry costs them money and will adjust their business practices accordingly, with no government intervention required.

Well, now we have a perfect experiment to see how well that theory plays out in real life, with Reddit, which is a major corporation and not some two-bit rural bakery refusing to make a cake for a lesbian couple. As Reddit has learned, bigotry is, indeed, bad for business. Maintaining a free space for bigots to organize in is costing Reddit real money, as they have to pay for server space and now can’t even collect ad revenue on the bigoted forums.

But instead of proving the liberation argument right—that bigotry will cost you money and therefore businesses will choose anti-bigotry—the opposite is happening. Reddit is choosing to lose money rather than lose the bigots.

(via How The Reddit Debacle Proves Libertarians Wrong)

Libertarian views on discrimination somehow manage to be equal parts comical and abhorrent. The Reddit debacle is demonstrating this.

It took Reddit one day to pull down Sony hack data — and a week to remove nude celebrity photos

It took Reddit one day to pull down Sony hack data — and a week to remove nude celebrity photos:

It’s true that Sony does have more legal weight behind it than Jennifer Lawrence would when demanding that hacked material come down. But Reddit’s actions in these two situations — one where it moved quickly, and another where the company dragged its feet — do make one thing unbearably clear: Reddit is a site that values a corporation more than it values women.

That’s a reach. Reddit seems to have done a good job ending “the fappening” as it was called. There are still celeb picture leaks but they have been pushed off reddit and onto the dark web.

I think the NSA story was the tipping point. When JLaws leaked pictures ended up on the net, many started to evaluate privacy with the NSA stories in mind.

Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on

Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on:

At ground zero of Reddit’s celebrity nude leak, where, as you are reading this, an orgy of men are sharing and ogling and re-sharing and re-ogling, lies this placard:

DO NOT POST ANY INFORMATION, TRUE OR FALSE, ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON(S) LEAKING THESE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS. IF YOU DO THAT YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM THIS SUBREDDIT.

Somewhere in some hotel room is a 20 something actress who is crying because the whole internet saw her naked. And they rush to protect the privacy of the person who hacked into her account.

The 10 non-softball questions Ron Paul refused to answer during his Reddit AMA

The 10 non-softball questions Ron Paul refused to answer during his Reddit AMA

ron-paul:

Reddit Ron Paul AMA (question not answered)

Sorry, I don't have any softball questions for you here, but I'm sure many have been wondering the answers to these.

  1. I didn't want to start off with this one, but the populace really wants some answers. To be frank, the only answers you've given…

I always thought of Mr. Paul as half right, half crazy. The 10 questions here are hardly new. But they illustrate the very serious reasons why Paul was never a serious candidate and could only have a career in a safe GOP district in Texas.