The media is spinning this as a partial win and that only 'parts' of the travel ban will go into effect. But those excluded based on existing relationships constitute a small percentage of those affected by the ban. The real win, is the fact that the Supreme Court recognizes that the president does indeed possess national security powers and that lower court rulings were the ones overstepping their bounds. A full case will be heard before the Supreme Court in October.
June 27, 2017
Google's being fined by the E.U. for discriminatory search results.
The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -1.42% Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results and ordered the search giant to apply the same methods to rivals as its own when displaying their services.
Here's my question, and it's pretty much a rhetorical one: If Google is manipulating search results on shopping services, and it's being run by anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and anti-conservative silicon valley liberals, isn't it
possible probable that they are doing the same on political stories?
Caught in the act by the E.U., they'll likely appeal the fine. But should they lose expect them to make the minimal changes necessary to avoid other lawsuits or fines. In other words, don't expect Google's shopping products to drop out of the top 3 results. By extension, don't expect them to alter search results to a level of fairness where Fox News pages on apolitical story come in ahead of NBC's or CNN's. That's not going to happen.
June 26, 2017
What a contrast. Back in 2008 you had this from T Boone Pickens, "billionaire investor, philanthropist and energy reform activst" who warned against expectations that domestic oil drilling could ever contribute significantly to American energy independence.
Forget what candidate Obama was saying at the time, about bankrupting coal and promising to increase drilling (something he clearly did not follow through on). Meanwhile the most mocked woman in America, possibly ever in the history of the mainstream media, Sarah Palin was saying this - for which she was roundly mocked as not seeing the reality of American energy:
Flash forward 9 years to this. Yesterday in Bloomberg:
Donald Trump will tout surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas during a week of events aimed at highlighting the country’s growing energy dominance.The president also plans to emphasize that after decades of relying on foreign energy supplies, the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas, coal and other energy resources...“It’s about utilizing our abundance of resources at home to create jobs and grow the economy, and at the same time use those to strengthen America’s leadership and influence abroad,” said Michael Catanzaro, a special assistant to the president on domestic energy....The U.S. is on track to produce 10 million barrels of oil per day on average next year, according to a forecast from the Energy Information Administration -- a milestone that would shatter a record set in 1970.
For reference purposes only two countries in the world produced 10 million barrels per day in 2016, Russia and Saudi Arabia. America is indeed on a path to energy independence, after an eight year stall under then president Obama. Granted not all that wealth of resources is from Alaska, but if anyone has the right to say, "I told you so" today, it's Sarah Palin.
June 25, 2017
|Democrat party credibility.|
Breaking News, via NY Post:
A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.
It seems Republicans and the Trump administration have gotten off their heels and moved to being on offense. More to follow, most certainly.
Professor Ivar Giaever, the 1973 Nobel Prizewinner for Physics trashes the global warming/climate change/extreme weather pseudoscientific clap-trap and tells Obama he is "Dead Wrong". This was the 2012 meeting of Nobel Laureates.