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SCOTUS update

The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

Fashion forward

Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

EV vehicles seem to be following the same adoption trends as solar panels. The public scoffed and laughed at solar panels that were 9% efficient and cost $1MM per square inch. But incrementally over 10-15 years they got better and more affordable. Now those same people who scoffed at solar panels before

EV vehicles seem to be following the same adoption trends as solar panels. The public scoffed and laughed at solar panels that were 9% efficient and cost $1MM per square inch. But incrementally over 10-15 years they got better and more affordable. Now those same people who scoffed at solar panels before are considering a small loan to have them installed on their home roofs. EVs are incrementally getting more practical and reliable and the bulk of consumers will move that way before we know it.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

See you later!

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Russia's manipulation of Twitter was far vaster than believed

Russia's manipulation of Twitter was far vaster than believed

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  • It’s interesting that there’s a psychological war being perpetrated by the Russian government against the American people and no one really seems to care. I suppose it falls in the camp of global warming where it’s more convenient to pretend like it isn’t happening.

  • Has the question ever been asked " How effective are these Twitter trolls and Facebook fiends?

    It isn't a question of existence but are they generating meaningful results that benefit the Russian government?

    What percentage of equivalent messages do the Russians provide? 80 6o 50 ?

    What is disturbing

    Has the question ever been asked " How effective are these Twitter trolls and Facebook fiends?

    It isn't a question of existence but are they generating meaningful results that benefit the Russian government?

    What percentage of equivalent messages do the Russians provide? 80 6o 50 ?

    What is disturbing is that while all this naval gazing goes on there is little if any commentary about the blatant involvement of President Trump and his administration in the affairs of other democracies.

    If you want proof search support for Netanyahu, conservatives in Europe, support for Boris Johnson, comments for Brexit, telling the UK a fabulous trade deal means interfering with National health.

    There is no outrage from anyone not even the European news. The supposition has to be it really doesn't matter.

  • With revelations like these, it continues to amaze that US election security legislation is being blocked by the US Senate.

  • Although this is an absolute high priority and critical challenge for the industry because of elections, there are more fundamental and deeper issues that run across multiple sectors, geographies and academic disciplines. Fundamentally the way that the tech industry is organized, via socialization and

    Although this is an absolute high priority and critical challenge for the industry because of elections, there are more fundamental and deeper issues that run across multiple sectors, geographies and academic disciplines. Fundamentally the way that the tech industry is organized, via socialization and indoctrination of participants in the tech community requires a much deeper analysis of both public policies and corporate governance that is related to technology in general. Social media and artificial intelligence and machine learning and analytics create massive data governance challenges that require tools and services that can look at the externalities of malicious or subversive activities. Not only to identify bad actors and national threats but the fundamental vulnerabilities and risks that the data and artificial intelligence are imposing on decision making.

  • God save us from the beliefs of morons who act/vote based on some anonymous account Twitter posts. And yes I agree Twitter is the gutter.

  • A new word had come into existence "troll farms", exactly so because misinforming people and feeding deliberately twisted facts with such ferocity and speed leaves most readers and viewers who frequent targeted sites numbed and unable to separate truth from made up stories. This is happening in all countries

    A new word had come into existence "troll farms", exactly so because misinforming people and feeding deliberately twisted facts with such ferocity and speed leaves most readers and viewers who frequent targeted sites numbed and unable to separate truth from made up stories. This is happening in all countries and cursory examination in a few countries does not bring out the depth and spread. We now know that it happens with scientific methods which costs and huge number of people working 24 by 7. Efforts at controlling it have not stopped this insidious and bold efforts and these troll farms.

    From a country interfering on another or a group of countries to political parties trying to modulate public responses for their advantages from referendums to elections to international trade.

    What could be the way to minimise the impact of troll farms. In India a TV Channel (ND TV) and some ePapers try to report during the recently concluded elections. Even its impact on terms of people watching or reading has been muted but if such efforts are persisted upon and a global network exposing fake news established it will check untill better methods and legal remedies are put in place.

  • The Russian influence during the refugee crisis in Europe was even more open and pernicious. They went openly for religious and racial hatred and pulled out the poison hidden down inside a lot of people minds. Racism became socially acceptable and overt again. What happened in the USA is just a "refinement

    The Russian influence during the refugee crisis in Europe was even more open and pernicious. They went openly for religious and racial hatred and pulled out the poison hidden down inside a lot of people minds. Racism became socially acceptable and overt again. What happened in the USA is just a "refinement" of the process already started in the rest of the world.

    It will be along and difficult task to put the monster back in the cage.

  • Oh I am so tired of this Russian collusion/ manipulation fable. I'm by no means pro Trump. But the story makes no sense. What benefit has Trump given the Russians?

    But on the other hand what has this served besides pitting Americans against Russians over a conspiracy? Meanwhile the mainstream media

    Oh I am so tired of this Russian collusion/ manipulation fable. I'm by no means pro Trump. But the story makes no sense. What benefit has Trump given the Russians?

    But on the other hand what has this served besides pitting Americans against Russians over a conspiracy? Meanwhile the mainstream media beats the war drum against Russias global partners Venezuela, Syria, Iran, even China. As if that's not a means to start WW3.

    We shouldn't be working against a fellow global super power but unite for the common good. Neither country is perfect and it's up to good honest people to change that.

  • I’m just testing how clicks work - I’m new here.

  • I'd like to say I'm surprised at how dismissive everyone is being at the influence of trolls, but honestly that is how it starts. People aren't suckered in my an anonymous account on Twitter, they are influenced by people who are telling them something they believe in the first place and they are then

    I'd like to say I'm surprised at how dismissive everyone is being at the influence of trolls, but honestly that is how it starts. People aren't suckered in my an anonymous account on Twitter, they are influenced by people who are telling them something they believe in the first place and they are then led along by similar voices saying the same thing. Do you really think it was just one voice that convinced people that there was a sex trafficking ring of kids run out of a pizza shop? No. It's not one voice that shifts the narrative that Democrats want open boarders and don't care about crime. It's a chorus of voices fanning the flames of fear and prejudice and sharing small partial truths to make it sound plausible. It starts with small things to build trust and authority with people.