Yes but is it free speech which comes out of it?

The immediate issue is clear enough:

The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump’s signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open investigations into the business practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and other social media companies.

Two main issues – one is, for example, FB failing to protect data and the other is Twitter’s, for example, shadowbanning of conservative voices.

With the first, govt has you banged to rights anyway in their datastore – they have everything they would need. With the second, the whole system is banning conservative voices, not just the giants.

The danger in acting on Google etc. is that, though there does seem evidence of what they are doing, once the banning of ANY voices by govt starts, where does it end? Once you have to run anything past govt to say, even things anti-us, then it’s not much in the way of a free speech victory, no?

[H/T Chuckles]

It starts with the triangle

Actually, it starts before the French Revolution but bear with this. I start with the Triangle because, despite the writer’s bias, it does pinpoint the power structure in the States and by implication – it comments on that of Europe too.

The Triangle

This would suit the cynical who are wary of DJT, as it places him as the spokesman for and champion of that military apex. His own thing is the economy, that’s clearly his focus and his foreign dealings have the economy at their root.

He’s certainly narcissistic but that’s no bad thing as long as things are actually being done as per his promises. Seems to me he is deliberately smoking out pockets of resistance in the swamp – of course he wants a 6-3 slant to the SCOTUS bench and is currently going for 5-4.

Were the midterms to go for the Deplorables, the Dems very much realize it’s lampshade time for many of them, from Clinton down to Ellison, Spartacus, Comey, Rosenstein etc.