If this isn't corporate hegemony, I don't know what is.

The whole point of cryptocurrency is to obviate a central trusted party, such as a corporation, central bank, or other clearing house. That literally is the entire point.

Leave it to Zuckerburg to find a way to subvert a good idea in order to gather power and wealth unto himself and his cronies. Similar to the way he cynically hacked what are ordinarily good and healthy human social tendencies, in order to create the perverse interaction paradigm we now have, which is called "social media."

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One of China's longest-running independent film festivals has decided to shut down against the backdrop of mounting government censorship, saying it was no longer possible to run a "purely independent" festival in the country. The China International Film Festival (CIFF) made the announcement

China couldn't operate its sophisticated censorship apparatus without help from global tech giants, which are mostly the same American companies...

...whose employees riot and rebel when they are asked to work on anything that might help the US government or military.

And that's what Progressivism does to a "nation".

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Only white candidates have qualified for next week's Democratic presidential debate, the first time in this election cycle that no minority contender will make the stage. It's a dynamic that critics say threatens to undercut the party's rhetoric of inclusivity. The race for the 2020 Democratic nomination kicked off last year with a historically diverse pool of candidates, including two black senators, a black mayor, a Hispanic former Cabinet secretary and an Asian businessman. Since then, all have either dropped out or failed to qualify for a spot on the stage, determined by poll numbers and donations. Now the specter of an all-white debate in the mostly white state of Iowa is prompting concern among party activists. "Both the way the primary is set up and the way debates are done are a problem," said Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, a racial justice organization. "The system they have designed has suppressed the most loyal base of the Democratic Party." He added: "Anyone with an understanding of civil rights law understands how the rules can be set up to benefit some communities. The Democratic Party should look at the impact of these rules and question the results." The Democratic Party has held six debates so far, with the seventh scheduled for Tuesday. The party will host at least five additional debates in 2020. Candidates qualify based on public polling and the number of small donors they attract. Over time, those standards have risen, winnowing the field. For Tuesday's debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, candidates must show contributions from 225,000 unique donors and reach 7 percent support in two polls of early states, or 5 percent in at least four polls of early states and national surveys. The latest survey, released...

Quick! Get an Affirmative Action candidate in there! We need another Diversity Hire in the White House.

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Harry and Meghan quit as senior Royals, announcing they will split their time between the UK and North America, and are understood to have done so without discussing the matter with other Royals.

Markle is trash. WTF are white people thinking these days.

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Video taken from outside Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on the day of his first apparent suicide attempt has been permanently deleted, federal prosecutors say.

Un fucking believable.

We are now officially as corrupt as the late-empire Romans. Our fate will not differ from theirs; history plays no favorites.

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The company expressed regret at the embarrassing communications it sent to investigators on Thursday, which included a comment that “this airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys.”

Boeing deserves to go out of business for this.

And people should take a hard look at for-profit capitalism because of this. But they won't; the love of money is the root of all evil, and that pernicious love is universal in the West.

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New court papers argue that four suing women consented to "ecclesiastical rule" and forever relinquished their right to sue.

I like how the commenters here call Scientology a "cult," but probably don't think the same thing about Christianity...

...which is no different, except that it has more adherents and is older.

By any objective analysis, the only difference between a "cult" and a "religion" is how you feel about it. In other words: nothing. Richard Dawkins says Christianity is a "cult." Most American Christians consider Islam a "cult" and plenty of Evangelicals in the 80s thought Catholicism a "cult," or worse -- they called it Babylon, the Great Whore.

Meanwhile, if Scientology can stick it to the extortive #MeToo movement, I'm all in favor of it. What's a bigger cult these days -- Progressive victimhood? Or Scientology, which by plenty of testimony from its members, has helped a lot of people?

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Those that live by the Executive Order will die by the Executive Order.

If Obama had done things in a legitimate, democratic way, by signing laws rather than EOs, his policies and "legacy" wouldn't be so easy to roll back.

And don't get me started on the monstrous Obamacare, with its Orwellian insistence that a "tax" and a "penalty" are the same thing. When words lose their meaning, the people lose their freedoms.

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Facebook plans to issue new rules as soon as Tuesday that would ban users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes, seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months before the 2020 presidential election. But the policy - described by three people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the yet-unannounced rules - does not ban all doctored videos. It appears, for example, that Facebook's new guidelines would not have prohibited a deceptively edited clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that went viral on the social network last year. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Monday. The change in policy comes as a company executive prepares to testify at a congressional hearing later this week on "manipulation and deception in the digital age." Going forward, Facebook intends to ban videos that are "edited or synthesized" by technologies such as artificial intelligence in a way that average users would not easily spot, the people said, including attempts to make the subject of a video say words that they never did. Facebook, however, will not ban videos manipulated for the point of parody or satire. And it signaled that other lesser forms of manipulation would not be outlawed, either, though they could be fact-checked and limited in their spread on the social networking site, the people said. The policy does not appear to cover the infamously altered "drunk" video of Pelosi that was viewed millions of times on Facebook last year. Though her speech was slowed and distorted in the video to make her sound inebriated, the effect was accomplished with relatively simple video-editing software. To contrast with more sophisticated computer-generated "deepfakes," disinformation researchers have referred to these...

And who's going to deal with the "manipulated media" that constitutes the mainstream press?

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Facebook plans to issue new rules as soon as Tuesday that would ban users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes, seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months before the 2020 presidential election. But the policy - described by three people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the yet-unannounced rules - does not ban all doctored videos. It appears, for example, that Facebook's new guidelines would not have prohibited a deceptively edited clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that went viral on the social network last year. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Monday. The change in policy comes as a company executive prepares to testify at a congressional hearing later this week on "manipulation and deception in the digital age." Going forward, Facebook intends to ban videos that are "edited or synthesized" by technologies such as artificial intelligence in a way that average users would not easily spot, the people said, including attempts to make the subject of a video say words that they never did. Facebook, however, will not ban videos manipulated for the point of parody or satire. And it signaled that other lesser forms of manipulation would not be outlawed, either, though they could be fact-checked and limited in their spread on the social networking site, the people said. The policy does not appear to cover the infamously altered "drunk" video of Pelosi that was viewed millions of times on Facebook last year. Though her speech was slowed and distorted in the video to make her sound inebriated, the effect was accomplished with relatively simple video-editing software. To contrast with more sophisticated computer-generated "deepfakes," disinformation researchers have referred to these...

In order to ban a deepfake, you first have to detect it.

How do they propose to do that?

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