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Richard A. Chance

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US responds to Turkey in Syria

The US is rethinking its Turkish nuclear weapons stash. As Turkey coordinates with Russia to plan its push into northern Syria, replacing and sometimes firing on American troops, the US military is questioning the wisdom of trusting its erstwhile ally with 50 thermonuclear bombs.

The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting their diplomatic status for material gain while actively working against American interests and forging ever-stronger ties with Putin’s Russia.

Obviously we also should not in any way support their atrocities in Syria, but apparently it’s already too late for that.

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Disney unveils Disney+

Twitter Disney-fied. Ahead of its November 12 launch, Disney posted a massive Twitter thread listing every single movie and show set to air on the service, TechCrunch reports. There's also a 3-hour long YouTube promo.

Disney+ tweets all the movies and shows coming to its streaming service

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing IP to lean on when trying to convince people to join its service.

What comes after the iPhone?

Apple’s streaming service is surrounded by questions. We know that Apple TV+ will cost $4.99, that it’ll launch on Nov. 1 with eight original series, and that it won’t have ads. But most of the rest is still a mystery.

Trying to dominate TV is like nothing Apple has ever done before

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers from things developed elsewhere. I truly believe that unless you bring on the behind-the-scenes creatives, your front-of-house content will not have the same depth and stamina boasted by the long term heavy hitters like HBO. Not to mention half of what Netflix distributes was created entirely independent of the studio, which is cool and great but doesn’t prove that the newcomers have the secret sauce recipe. It just indicates they can recognize another’s well conceived ideas and then distribute them, which is a very smart way to build your catalogue and brand loyalty while waiting for the truly original content to resonate. Apple doesn’t have a catalogue and the current trend of pulling libraries is likely to continue.

Apple did right to bring over some great industry heavy hitters but imagining yourself as a direct competitor of HBO is a bit like me taking my first novel to Random House.

Economics Nobel prize

The Nobel prize for economic sciences was announced. The joint winners are Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, for their work in alleviating global poverty.

Three professors won the 2019 Nobel prize for economics for their work on fighting poverty

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any congratulations to only the tenth Nobel laureate of Indian origin.

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that the work of Esther Duflo and her longtime collaborator and partner Abhijit Banerjee (as well as Michael Kremer) has been recognised in this way. That too, just days ahead of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a rather anodyne designation, but now given a new focus. A different-strokes-for-different-folks approach that truly tries to understood how the poor make decisions about housing, healthcare, hygiene products even.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

More places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The growing recognition of the alternative celebration represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

America really must deal with the facts of its history so that we can actually achieve our levels of greatness. How can we know who we are when we won’t acknowledge the darkness we’ve come from?

Acknowledge the REAL historical facts so that we can have some real national pride not this fabrication that’s come from politics.

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity now — to enforce “Gods will” and bring glory to the crown of Spain. His fervor justified the intentional massacre of an entire group of people. And he didn’t hide it either. He’d detail in his journal how many they would kill, methods of killing, and also various observations about the supposed inferiority of the Taino people.

Until reading this article, I knew nothing about the US immigration agenda behind promoting Columbus Day — which is full of irony. Fast forward 400 years later, we have Columbus’ kin people seeking acceptance in a new country, only to be unwelcomed and experience discrimination.

Humans are weird. We’ve created categories all over the world used to impose hierarchies of positional superiority/inferiority. For what reason? Power. Nothing’s really changed. The same game still exists, just different players. But I’d like to hope that public awareness is shifting — thanks to movements like Indigenous People’s Day. History has multiple perspectives.

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Making sure the kids are alright

One in three young adults is lonely—and it hurts their mental health. Over a six-month period, people who are lonely are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, social anxiety, and paranoia.

1 in 3 young adults are lonely—and it hurts their mental health

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after climate change) will be about how we can help build meaningful social connections and protect the vulnerable, both old and young, from isolation and its corrosive effects on mental and physical health.

Totally true. This is among the many reasons why depression has been reported to be up to six times higher among Ph.D. students when compared to the general population. Their isolation is real...

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Congratulations, Mr President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election

Internal documents show Facebook’s own marketing strategy was influenced by what it learned from its valued customer, the Trump campaign.

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  • This is pretty widely known inside Silicon Valley. Political campaigns of all stripes, but especially Trump’s, are among the worst abusers of personal data to manipulate people via advertising. It is why many of us have strongly called for Facebook to publish targeting criteria with ads...we deserve

    This is pretty widely known inside Silicon Valley. Political campaigns of all stripes, but especially Trump’s, are among the worst abusers of personal data to manipulate people via advertising. It is why many of us have strongly called for Facebook to publish targeting criteria with ads...we deserve to understand why and how we are being targeted and influenced.

  • I was about to ask why this is newsworthy, then I saw that it’s a Buzzfeed article...

  • What does it matter? As two powerful people, it makes sense that Trump and Zucc would be in contact. As a major corporation run in the US it makes sense that Zucc would want to be on Trump’s good side. As a corporation that places value on profits and good business sense, it makes sense that Facebook

    What does it matter? As two powerful people, it makes sense that Trump and Zucc would be in contact. As a major corporation run in the US it makes sense that Zucc would want to be on Trump’s good side. As a corporation that places value on profits and good business sense, it makes sense that Facebook would celebrate the ingenuity (and heavy spending) from the Trump campaign. I see no problem here and hardly anything worth reporting.

  • This is a non-story. You’re the CEO of one of the nations top companies, you call the new president. You also lobby both parties to get your way no matter who the electoral college spits out as our leader.

  • Example number one million about how Facebook is a nation-state.

  • While the points made herein are valid - that Facebook exercised its amoral corporate ethos by abetting Trump’s campaign of misinformation - the editorialized headline, read by itself, is a laughable non-story. So what if Zuckerberg called Trump? Why call that secret? This is just a case of leveraging

    While the points made herein are valid - that Facebook exercised its amoral corporate ethos by abetting Trump’s campaign of misinformation - the editorialized headline, read by itself, is a laughable non-story. So what if Zuckerberg called Trump? Why call that secret? This is just a case of leveraging off fashionable Zuck-hate to drive eyeballs. Buzzfeed’s clickbait titles highlight another shortcoming of internet media - the incentive to sensationalize, which detracts from the quality of its reporting.

  • Like the way of word “gamification”, tech companies want everything to become a game of how well the involved players use their tools, and then their revenue is always sustainable and even keeps growing as the game would need to get more complex.

    So we are moving away from the era when tech companies

    Like the way of word “gamification”, tech companies want everything to become a game of how well the involved players use their tools, and then their revenue is always sustainable and even keeps growing as the game would need to get more complex.

    So we are moving away from the era when tech companies develop tools and people buy them for the general good (e.g. productivity). Hard to say tech are value-neutral, but some are more neutral: e.g. I would rather sell campaign expense management software/SaaS .

  • Not too surprising, but still very gross.

  • The nastiest hypocrite ever, but people still buy his connecting the world mission!

  • I would love to know what tools the Trump team used to enable 5.9 mm ad permutations.

  • I agree with the idea that FB should be more forthcoming re its ad targeting. Just want to make the point that the Obama fully exploited social media (the first really).

  • Hmm!!!!

  • Time to get off of it for good.

  • It seems as though the writer of this piece is all breathless that he/she has uncovered some kind of scandal. Actually, I am more than pleased that Trump and his minions used Facebook to their advantage — pretty freakin smart, if you ask me.

    More to the point: Trump’s Supreme Court nominees have been

    It seems as though the writer of this piece is all breathless that he/she has uncovered some kind of scandal. Actually, I am more than pleased that Trump and his minions used Facebook to their advantage — pretty freakin smart, if you ask me.

    More to the point: Trump’s Supreme Court nominees have been off the chart good, solid, smart conservative choices. (And I praise them even though I’m a liberal and hate DOnald “J is for Jerk” Trimp.). I believe he’s an unrepentant LSD abuser and no more deserves to be President than I do.

    But what’s the peeps wants, the peeps gets...

    Find something more substantive to write about.

  • Wow looks like Trump has an inside to FB

  • The impact of media is strong.Lately a lot of politician start SNS.

  • If Mark Zuckerberg did call to Congratulate Donald Trump after his Election win,(with the help of Russian Military Intelligence Hackers of the Highest level), we did have free speech in America and still have a small amount of it. When money like Zuckerberg has, there is a need for more and a need for

    If Mark Zuckerberg did call to Congratulate Donald Trump after his Election win,(with the help of Russian Military Intelligence Hackers of the Highest level), we did have free speech in America and still have a small amount of it. When money like Zuckerberg has, there is a need for more and a need for power. The Republicans have made some horrific choices and have created policies that are favorable to them alone, that is the the Republican Congress.

    Zuckerberg has lost my respect since he has sold information to a group that has ties to the Russian’s.

  • Cmon Buzzfeed.....Do better

  • Mrs Clinton didn’t have to cleverly buy access to people to get her message out. She just picked up the phone and told the editors what to write?

  • Trump won he is our President in case you did not notice. Check out all the Good he has done. Take of the I love Hillary blinders and look around.

  • Wow I