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Just how bad is the crypto collapse? My landlord friend in Dallas just asked me if I know anything about bitcoin miners: “This bitcoin mining company defaulted, moved out, and left all their equipment behind.” 200 Antminers 🏃🏽‍♂️T5F
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- Crypto is a scam - Bitcoin is not really useful - The whole thing looks like a massive transfer of wealth from individual traders to wealthy, sophisticated investors My interview with one of crypto’s most eloquent critics, programmer Stephen Diehl: ft.com/content/028e01…
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On @MeetThePress, Pence says he thinks Mar-a-Lago search & poss #EspionageAct chrgs are overkill. @VP45 should talk to whistleblowers like @reazlepuff & @Thomas_Drake1 who faced searches, prosecution & prison based on far less evidence.
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Talismans of cryptotechnocrisy — ⁦@smdiehl⁩ on FTX et al — “…we see another perfect example of an appeal to ignorance couched in some handwavy appeal to the paradigm-shifting power of “the underlying technology” whose application shall not be named” stephendiehl.com/blog/underlyin…
A reformed minister who spent yrs helming the anti-choice movement is blowing the whistle on advance #leaks of Alito’s opinions in HobbyLobby (contraception) & Dobbs (abortion) to select conservative influencers. #SCOTUS #whistleblower nytimes.com/2022/11/19/us/…
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What we learned from COVID? That oil is worthless in a society without consumption. That healthcare has to be public because health is public. That 50% of jobs can be done from home while the other 50% deserve more than they're being paid. That we live in a society not an economy
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This photo, tweeted by @elonmusk, is a seagull-cruising-altitude view of how Twitter works, not the codebase or data structures. In other words, a perfect metaphor for the seagull management style: flies in, squawks loudly, shits everywhere, then flies off again.
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all the why Elon Musk bought Twitter theories are overthinking it. it’s simple. Musk is in a right wing filter bubble. he bought Twitter believing their problems were real & that others felt the same this is what happens when you have a lot of money & live in fantasy land
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Last week, I made the decision to leave my role leading Trust & Safety at Twitter. Today, I'm sharing a few thoughts about what comes next for the site. nytimes.com/2022/11/18/opi…
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Whatever you think of the wisdom of the Special Counsel, it leaves Garland with LESS authority over the investigation. The narrative that the act of appointing is a “partisan” move is truly idiotic gaslighting
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Why is software engineering male dominated? There's a lot stopping women from getting into the field and tweets like this are scientifically proven to be one of those things. A 🧵 1/twitter.com/anthonyessaye/…y
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this isn't a code review lol this is someone trying to explain to elon musk the basic architecture of how twitter works, something you'd think he'd have figured out at some point in the past six months twitter.com/elonmusk/statu…
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Mass platform migration is a wild card. It’s an opportunity to shake up fortunes, change the fates. Beware false prophets, snake oil sellers, strangers bearing unsolicited gifts at crossroads
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Fascinating intervu w/ @Snowden on crypto. Hilite? #TornadoCash a privacy protocol based on ZK-SNARK. Yet nation-state & US OFAC has power to suppress crypto code & sanction/jail a network-state developer. Privacy a compete threat to financial authorities. decrypt.co/114973/edward-…
Trump is responding to the special counsel announcement in part by repeating his debunked lie that past presidents like Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush took presidential documents. The National Archives has publicly explained that this isn't true. cnn.com/2022/10/10/pol…
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Trump sounds scared. When he's unsure of himself he has sort of a baby-talk voice when he talks
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The bipartisan @January6thCmte has extensively covered how Trump’s use of Twitter played a critical role in the violence of that day. Review their extensive work & ask yourself why a billionaire is toying w/ bringing back the person responsible for this:
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So... Musk demands people sign a "we're hardcore" pledge or leave. Most leave. Then they shut down all offices today. Then Musk tells everyone to come into the office today. And then tells people outside of SF to FLY TO SF for this, like they can just hop on a plane. Dude. twitter.com/kateconger/sta…
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Now on waitlist for a newly emerging social media app as an alternative backup to Twitter. meaww.com/what-is-post-p… You can sign up for the ‘Post’ Prod wait line here: post.news/?r=LjbhX
Narcissists that leveraged gifted money who nevertheless believe their wealth is a sign of supreme competence that entitles them to unquestioning deference. And when they don't get that deference, they just start wrecking everything. twitter.com/TweetOfSteiner…
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Look, my only piece of mum advice right now is don’t post anything that will require a defo lawyer later
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And you and I built movements Marched in the streets Occupied buildings and parks and politicians offices And you and I grew up here While we built weird viral jokes, and memes and you and I, Well I never had a treehouse or a gang of friends as a kid, but I had you and
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Shout out to all the workers at Twitter. You all built a vital place for connection and deserved so much better. Millions of people appreciate the space you built and the hard work that went into it. Thank you 💙
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I read the 30 page FTX Bankruptcy court filing. How bad were FTX's internal controls? Here are the worst examples 👇
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Someone has to say it: Elon Musk has lied for 27 years about his credentials. He does not have a BS in Physics, or any technical field. Did not get into a PhD program. Dropped out in 1995 & was illegal. Later, investors quietly arranged a diploma - but not in science. 🧵1/J
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Mearsheimer still argues that Putin never had imperial ambitions. Because in the world of realist theory, the theory is never wrong and every piece of conflicting evidence is smelted down until that square peg can be poured into the round hole. twitter.com/NGrossman81/st…
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The GOP is not interested in governance. As an authoritarian party it only cares about consolidating power and self-protection. Taking revenge against Dems who shed light on its complicity in the Jan 6 coup attempt is part of this agenda. twitter.com/jaxalemany/sta…
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After months of hard work, happy to say 'Popping the Crypto Bubble' is now out in print and just in time for the crypto meltdown. This book represents our effort to write the first rough draft of history of one of the craziest bubbles in human history. 🧵amazon.com/dp/B0B4B9J4RK/…p
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Collapse of FTX is just another example of the dark curtain of cryptocurrencies found so wanting. It’s a digital version of aggressive MLM ‘memberships’, $ucker scams, pyramid schemes, gilded lily plate spinning & Ponzis all the way down. The whole edifice a fraud built on a con.
FTX was worse than Theranos, worse than Madoff, and frustratingly entirely preventable if we just enforced our existing laws. markets.businessinsider.com/news/currencie…
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Something to consider: there is the prospect of litigation in every state in which Trump files, based on lawsuits to disqualify him via the Fourteenth Amendment bar on insurrectionists running for office.
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That's what you say about an entity you see as hostile or threatening. Media: if you interview Pence ask him WHY he said that. Language matters. Call him on it. twitter.com/BeschlossDC/st…
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A David and Goliath battle is taking shape over the future of the Preston Market in Melbourne. Billionaire property developers want to demolish the lively community market — and local residents want to stop them jacobin.com/2022/11/melbou…
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Shorter Mike Pence: He's unwilling to say under oath what he wrote in his book. 🤔twitter.com/CBSNews/status…g
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Twitter 2.0: a modern story about systems engineering.
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Lots of stenographic projection by MSM for drama. Mirroring Trump’s toxic narcissism amplifies his messaging w/out context. Trump lives to destroy Constitution—foments divisive chaos & opts to sabotage democratic process. He leads cult to ‘save’ America by turning it into AmeriKa
Revenge & Grievance “…He does not care if you call him a liar, a cheat, a fraud, and a huckster. But, as the past two years have shown, he is willing to do anything, including blow up the foundations of American democracy, if you declare him a loser.” apple.news/Arbq7wfRxQZqdS…
For the record, DeSantis was an election denier too. And for the record, DeSantis endorsed Mastriano, Walker, Laxalt, Kari Lake and all the other election deniers too.
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Some things Trump last night claimed he did but actually didn't do: Finish the wall Fill the oil reserve Defeat ISIS in 3 weeks Preside over 0 jihadi attacks Win every border community Handle papers like Obama Be the first prez to tariff China Send the National Guard to Minnesota
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If you're angry that reports of Trump's third bid for the White House include mention of his sparking a violent insurrection, maybe you should step back and think about what he did
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Stephen Colbert: “Has anyone heard of 1/6? Remember when folks who got elected today supported a violent attack on our government? Did people forget the zip ties, the shaman with the horns, the beating up of the cops, the calls to hang the vice president? Am I missing anything?”
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…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States” 👀⚖️
Trump disqualified himself as criminal. He betrayed oath & violated Constitution. 18 USC § 2383–“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto,…
Journalists must put down the megaphone and cover Trump’s candidacy with far more skepticism, context — and respect for democracy. Excerpt from my book, NEWSROOM CONFIDENTIAL, no paywall: wapo.st/3EcLGxp
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Section 3 of the 14th Amendment bars insurrectionists from office But a clear statement from the 1/6 Comm could help settle open questions & provide guidance. Read more in my new report w/ @POGOwatchdog: justsecurity.org/84122/roadmap-…
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Breaking: Twice-impeached, disgraced former President Donald Trump, who led a terrorist attack against the U.S. Capitol to try to overthrow our government, has announced he is running for president from the crime scene in which he stole and hid our nation's top secret documents.
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This is what covering an authoritarian within a democracy should look like. Good for the Washington Post. Stop mincing words or pulling punches because of worries about being wrongly accused of bias. Just objectively state the damning facts without flinching. twitter.com/DavidNakamura/…
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I think it’s a mistake for CNN or anyone else to cut away from the speech. It’s when he shows how unhinged and emotionally deranged he is. That’s the part people need to watch.
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Even before the rise of MAGA fascism, Mike Pence was a religious extremist out of step with most Americans on social issues. When mainstream media depict Pence as a voice of reason and moderation, they’re trying to sell us a dangerous lie.
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The New York Times just put out a piece on Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX. The entire piece is 2218 words. There is no mention of: - FTX using customer funds - Alameda trading on tokens before listings - The fact that millions of traders were wiped out - Any form of possible fraud
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