Social media needs protection from Trump. He is misusing the presidency to quash free speech. His proposed executive order is nothing but political whining. If its substantive proposals were ever enacted into law they would clearly violate the First Amendment of the Constitution which holds political speech by the press and the people to be sacred. US courts would undoubtedly find that Twitter's statements about Trump's flagged posts are examples of political free speech, fully protected by the First Amendment. This is how the courts would resolve Mr. Trump's "gravest dangers" to free speech in American history. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is as phony as his Twitter feed
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Amazon's early success did stem from its pricing advantage, but the source of that advantage is more complicated than Dumaine allows. The company was able to undercut competitors' prices for many years because, unlike other businesses, it didn't have to worry about turning a profit. Stock market investors, dazzled by the Amazon story, supplied the company with cheap capital even as it racked up big losses. Many local mom-and-pop stores, struggling to make loan payments and meet the weekly payroll, never stood a chance. Even large, traditional retailers couldn't afford to match Amazon's prices. They had expensive stores to maintain, and their investors were not so indulgent. … [Read more...] about Book World: Keys to Amazon’s success: Price wars and big data
Tante Zabi and the American airmen staying with her knew nothing of Petiot. But on Christmas Eve, Tom Applewhite got a taste of the underworld that swirled around them, when he was taken to meet “Le Boss,” as he called him — who may have been the head of the Comet Line operations in Paris at that point. The Boss ordered up a lunch of horsemeat for Tom while he asked him about his service and his experiences on the escape route thus far. But Tom mistrusted him deeply, and tried to answer with his own questions. The boss cut him off. Only he would ask questions, and he wanted answers. Applewhite remembered him years later as pasty-faced, oily, and evil-looking, “like Peter Lorre,” only bigger. … [Read more...] about Angels of the Resistance (and a Serial Killer) in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Most of these exchanges revolve around questions of morality, mortality and metaphysics. While the majority of Estrella's residents seem content to live unexamined lives, Simón, David and Dmitri share a relentless inquisitiveness that is at odds with the grayscale utopia where they reside, a country apparently without religion, poverty or joy. Simón, who lacks the conviction of David and Dmitri, sometimes becomes a stand-in for the reader as he tries to assemble this puzzle with an insufficient number of pieces. One can't shake the feeling that Coetzee, in these novels, is perpetrating some kind of practical joke on his readers, a joke that only the author really gets. … [Read more...] about Book World: ‘The Death of Jesus’ completes J.M. Coetzee’s nativity-inspired trilogy. But what does it all mean?
If this is America’s “Suez moment,” the truth is that the rest of the world is already moving on and won’t easily trust U.S. leadership or prerogatives again. We saw some of that when the U.S. tried to guide economies after the 2008-09 financial crisis. That was a foreshock of the downfall of American leadership we are seeing today — and there will be no quick fix, sadly. This virus has generated significant geopolitical tensions and mistrust, not attacking only our bodies, but our willingness to solve great global problems. And it’s going to be that way for a long time. We have to prepare and get better at the choices we collectively make as we make the slide down in our relative weight in the world. … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don’t have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities