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As it did with Instagram, Facebook is planning to remove the number of Likes on a post. (The Like function will remain in place, but it won't count them for you).

There's an old saying in marketing, "If you take something away, you must replace it with something." Facebook doesn't seem to be doing that, so how will people get their validation and quantify their self–worth?

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Some people are all aflutter (aTwitter?) because Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez called the detention centers at the southern border "concentration camps" and they automatically jumped from concentration camp to "Nazi Death Camp".

Brittanica's definition of concentration camp: "… internment centre for political prisoners and members of national or minority groups who are confined for reasons of state security, exploitation, or punishment, usually by executive decree or military order."

America has a well-documented history of concentration camps, including the detention of Natives, Chinese, Germans, Japanese, and Mohammad Ali.

But that is not to say that Ocasio-Cortez's statement is correct: "[Concentration camps] are … to be distinguished from refugee camps or detention and relocation centres for the temporary accommodation of large numbers of displaced persons." – Brittanica

Summarily, Ocasio-Cortez is guilty of hyperbole, but her detractors are guilty of hyping her hyperbole thus creating a vortex of vitribolic nonsense from which there is no escape.

Gallup reports that 43% of Americans have a favorable view of socialism, with 58% affirmative for respondents aged eighteen to thirty-four.

Considering the outstanding models for socialism are human rights-challenged Saudi Arabia and civilization-challenged Venezuela, I would be curious to see the plans for a new and improved socialist model after centuries of failures.

Brazil's President Bolsonaro has become increasingly unpopular thus it appears that the powers that be have decided that he is responsible for the Amazon's annual fire cycle.

The fires have received excessive press coverage and even 'spurred' riots in London and even an agenda item at the G8 conference, but NASA reports the fires to be on par for the last fifteen years (Africa is also on fire, but nobody reports that), with above average activity in Amazonas and Rondônia.


When you consume 'news' remind yourself that six companies control 90% of the information in America and one company controls 89% of access to that information.

Attorney General William Barr has accepted the finding of suicide as the manner of death for Jeffrey Epstein.

Henceforth, the inclination to accept a load of horse feathers as gospel truth shall be known as Epstein-Barr Syndrome.

People like to entertain fantasies about the government’s alien technology cover-up at Area 51 and the government has encouraged this fanciful distraction, but the reality may be (paradoxically) more banal and more sinister: Area 51 is a chemical and biological weapons laboratory.

In 1995, President Clinton issued Presidential Determination 95-45 exempting Air Force activities at Groom Lake from local and federal hazardous and solid waste disposal regulations in response to civil litigation. This exemption was renewed several times during the Clinton and Bush administrations, updating the language to also exempt the EPA from litigation (PD 97-35, 98-36, 99-37, 00-30, 01-27, 03-39).

No other U.S. military installation in the world has such exemptions; thus logic dictates that there are activities at Groom Lake that do not occur at any other installation – and the only reason to allow the wanton and unaccountable disposal of hazardous waste at a military installation is the development of chemical and biological weapons.

Epilogue

The most recent exclusion order expired in 2004. There is no publicly available information to suggest the exemption remains in effect (I suspect there is a correlation between the exemption orders and active litigation).

If you're inclined to be optimistic about the future of humanity, consider that five million people per year spend their vacations looking at a hole in the ground.