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Fact-checking Facebook

Private Facebook groups enable dangerous medical scams. A Business Insider investigation finds closed groups have allowed unlicensed medical “cures” to proliferate, and the social network’s response hasn’t been enough to stop them.

Unlicensed medical 'cures' are flourishing in closed Facebook groups, where cancer treatments — and even surgery — are sold beyond the reach of the law

That, here, precisely demonstrates how Facebook and other current social media are ill-equipped to address dangerous quackeries. They are flourishing, not because they are not forbidden, but because their rational can remain unchallenged forever inside closed online groups.

Future of finance

What is better than neobanks? Neobank killers. Venture capitalists have poured billions of dollars into digital bank startups like Revolut, but some investors think they’ve found an even better bet in the fintech sector.

As neobank valuations bubble up, some investors think there’s an even better bet in fintech

Doubt is growing about the sky-high valuations for tech unicorns, including the much hyped fintechs. I've been speaking with investors who are wary that these companies will ever truly be worth these lofty price tags. At this point, they are looking for less sexy alternatives.

In the meantime, judgement

Doubt is growing about the sky-high valuations for tech unicorns, including the much hyped fintechs. I've been speaking with investors who are wary that these companies will ever truly be worth these lofty price tags. At this point, they are looking for less sexy alternatives.

In the meantime, judgement day will come for the neobanks, if they survive long enough to try to go public.

What comes after the iPhone?

Game on... and off

The biggest soccer match in the world is on Sunday. Liverpool and Manchester United are historic rivals in England, two of the highest-earning teams, and are American-owned. However, their financial situations are very different, the Guardian reports.

Debt £511m but dividends galore: the Glazers’ legacy at Manchester United | David Conn

Soccer isn’t quite as big a business as the hype merchants would have us believe. Despite stratospheric wages for top players, and billions in TV money, a club like Manchester United, England’s biggest, only has a market cap of $2.6bn. Nevertheless, sports teams matter a lot more to huge numbers of people

Soccer isn’t quite as big a business as the hype merchants would have us believe. Despite stratospheric wages for top players, and billions in TV money, a club like Manchester United, England’s biggest, only has a market cap of $2.6bn. Nevertheless, sports teams matter a lot more to huge numbers of people than their positions on stock exchanges. Liverpool and Manchester United have fans across the world, far beyond their roots in northwest England.

More details on the row. China had reportedly asked the NBA to sack Morey for his tweet. The league—which is trying to protect a reputation for standing up for human rights—hasn’t caved.

The backlash over China’s NBA bullying is only going to get worse

There's so many good takes about this thriller. Who would've thought Morey's tweet could cost the NBA a substantial amount? To quote a smug tweet I read this morning, "that's talent." But there's something deeper at play. I'm going to spitball (another term I learned on sports twitter) that the CCP -

There's so many good takes about this thriller. Who would've thought Morey's tweet could cost the NBA a substantial amount? To quote a smug tweet I read this morning, "that's talent." But there's something deeper at play. I'm going to spitball (another term I learned on sports twitter) that the CCP -- I make an effort to separate the Chinese government from the Chinese people -- woefully miscalculated. My take is that they've become increasingly confident with expanding censorship beyond their borders but missed a couple of factors in their current impasse with the NBA:

1. NBA is wokest professional league in the United States. We're not dealing with the NFL if you catch my drift.

2. In the US (ironically) private corporations call the shots not the gov't. However CCP has witnessed the demagogic rule of President Trump who has succeeded in extinguishing careers (remember Kathy Griffin. Hollywood blackballed her.)

3. Daryl Morey is one of the most powerful GMs and innovators in the NBA off the court. He's a strong proponent of analytics-driven basketball dubbed "Moreyball" that transformed basketball from a mid jumper shot game to the land of triples that suits the likes of the Warriors and Rockets. He also cofounded the very popular MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

4. NBA's decision would set a precedent for future interactions with China and uncharacteristically of an American firm the NBA chose values over money.

5. Morey didn't do anything egregiously wrong. The CCP has adopted an increasingly subjective and capricious "prone to be offended" disposition that makes it difficult to understand what actually IS offensive. I mean this is the same government that banned Winnie the Pooh.

Let's see how this story develops.

The US presidency

The next G7 will be held at a Trump resort. The White House announced the 2020 summit will take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Reuters reports.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties: White House official

As we reported last month, if any other federal employee were to make this deal, they would likely be prosecuted: https://qz.com/1706517/trumps-bid-to-bring-g7-to-his-doral-resort-is-probably-illegal/

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost. This is still using federal dollars to keep his properties above water. It's all he cares about. If you don't believe me, when was the last time he talked about the GLWA? Or Feral Hogs invading new states? Or fires out west? Only when he thinks it averts attention to something else he doesn't want to talk about.

The optics here don’t look good. Mulvaney may say that it’s being held at cost but unless they open up the books why must we believe them. More than anything this is an endorsement of any leader who uses their position to profit and that has long term ramifications.

How can you know which Trump impeachment polls to believe? As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked, and when.

How to know which Trump impeachment polls to believe

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or someone else (like Romney).

This is a mathematical question and nothing else.

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Kathy Griffin: Can a Comic in Exile Come Back?

Kathy Griffin: Can a Comic in Exile Come Back?

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From Our Members

  • Comics can say and do whatever they want. And audiences can respond however they want. That’s the deal. She shocked at her own risk.

    Then again, if she’d intended to do more than simply shock, she would never have posed for the picture — because she would have been thinking instead of just grabbing

    Comics can say and do whatever they want. And audiences can respond however they want. That’s the deal. She shocked at her own risk.

    Then again, if she’d intended to do more than simply shock, she would never have posed for the picture — because she would have been thinking instead of just grabbing at straws. That’s what disappoints me most when comedians cross a line: it’s not that they’ve said something offensive, but that they didn’t think about the ramifications of saying something offensive, that they didn’t imagine how it might hurt people, and then make a decision regarding whether or not it’s worth it. Of course comics shouldn’t be censored! Sometimes I just wish they exercised more empathy.

    So no, I don’t have much pity for her. But I do still have a lot of respect for the career she’s built, and the tenacity and fearlessness it took to build it. And I do think she deserves another chance. I also believe she’ll get it. I agree with Jimmy Kimmel: she’ll be bigger than ever. But only if she starts thinking and responding instead of just reacting.

  • Jackie Mason came back after a two decade exile. (Look it up, youngsters.) Richard Nixon came back after those debates, for God’s sake. Pop culture is s marketplace like any other.

  • So, after reading the comments, let me get this straight: everyone gets a second chance. But if that's the case then how is anything offensive, how is anyone held accountable? So glad to see longtime anti-Semite and homophobe, Mel Gibson, back on the big screen. Avowed racist, kicked off Twitter, gets

    So, after reading the comments, let me get this straight: everyone gets a second chance. But if that's the case then how is anything offensive, how is anyone held accountable? So glad to see longtime anti-Semite and homophobe, Mel Gibson, back on the big screen. Avowed racist, kicked off Twitter, gets ringside seat for SOTU. Straight men usually hate Griffin, but I find those same people think Don Rickles was some kind of genius (cruel, observational put-downs, mocking celebrity, beauty and youth), so the whole what's good for goose/gander thing doesn't really play. It truly is a case of if a man did it, we would not be having this conversation.

  • She’s among least sympathetic people out there, but that’s her brand. Given the fact that her publicist managed to get her this major profile, I’d say she’s doing fine. No need to save your tears for her.

  • Outside of Larry Nasser and certain extreme cases. Most people deserve a 2nd chance if they seem to have really earned it. I think our society can be a forgiving one if somebody tries to turn it around.