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Edward Luka

Edward Luka

Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering Undergrad at Boston University

Engineering student with a love of history, a passion for defense and foreign policy, lots of opinions, and an intense drive for truth.

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  • “When people say that Democrats should unify, the part they leave out is most important: Around what? Nearly everyone in Washington seems to assume that progressives should shut up, accept their place, and unify around the status quo.

    Think about what an arrogant and preposterous request that is.”

    I agree. People can say whatever they want about AOC’s radicalism or naïveté, but damn, at least she stands for something. Nobody likes Pelosi, a lifelong career politician who cares about playing the

    “When people say that Democrats should unify, the part they leave out is most important: Around what? Nearly everyone in Washington seems to assume that progressives should shut up, accept their place, and unify around the status quo.

    Think about what an arrogant and preposterous request that is.”

    I agree. People can say whatever they want about AOC’s radicalism or naïveté, but damn, at least she stands for something. Nobody likes Pelosi, a lifelong career politician who cares about playing the game much more than helping the American people.

    The status quo is a disaster! Literally every American can agree that the way things are currently done in Washington is a recipe for failure. Pelosi’s slavish obedience to the status quo is far more dangerous for the country than anything AOC can come up with.

    I’d take the person who wants get things done but doesn’t quite know how over the person who refuses to do anything, any day of the week.

  • It’s insane that this is legal. Not only is it screwing over delivery workers, it’s basically defrauding the customers.

    If an app tells me I’m tipping a driver, but the tip doesn’t go to the driver... that’s lying, no?

  • “The Forbes.com article, posted in 2013, praised him as ‘one of the largest backers of cutting-edge science around the world’ while making no mention of his criminal past. The National Review piece, from the same year, called him ‘a smart businessman’ with a ‘passion for cutting-edge science.’ The HuffPost article, from 2017, credited Mr. Epstein for ‘taking action to help a number of scientists thrive during the Trump Era,’ a time of ‘anti-science policies and budget cuts.’

    All three articles have

    “The Forbes.com article, posted in 2013, praised him as ‘one of the largest backers of cutting-edge science around the world’ while making no mention of his criminal past. The National Review piece, from the same year, called him ‘a smart businessman’ with a ‘passion for cutting-edge science.’ The HuffPost article, from 2017, credited Mr. Epstein for ‘taking action to help a number of scientists thrive during the Trump Era,’ a time of ‘anti-science policies and budget cuts.’

    All three articles have been removed from their sites in recent days, after inquiries from The New York Times.”

  • “Man may want to play god; but he will not be god. He knows it; and it makes him desperate. We see this desperation reflected in the eagerness to eradicate from Modi’s India all effective Opposition. Surely, this is not a democratic sentiment. It is, at best, a psychological need, stemming from the insecurity that stalks the faltering steps of those who play god in history.”

  • As surprising as it may be, and in spite of their occasional public spats, Trump appears to keep Bolton around because they actually get along quite well, and have a rapport that extends to negotiation. Trump enjoys Bolton’s image as an uber-hawk, and often lets him serve a “bad cop” role in meetings.

    It is politically shrewd for Trump, who will be assumed to be aggressive internationally before even meeting, to have someone else who seems even worse.

  • “How would we ‘beat’ China, exactly? Beat them at what, exactly? Which specific problems do we hope to use AI to fix? At a point in history when cities are beginning to scrutinize and outright ban ‘AI’ technologies like facial recognition, are we sure the fixes aren’t even worse than the problems? Nationalists caught in an arms race have no time to answer questions like these or any others; they’ve got a race to win! ...

    Maybe we’ll worry about what we needed all of this for in the first place once

    “How would we ‘beat’ China, exactly? Beat them at what, exactly? Which specific problems do we hope to use AI to fix? At a point in history when cities are beginning to scrutinize and outright ban ‘AI’ technologies like facial recognition, are we sure the fixes aren’t even worse than the problems? Nationalists caught in an arms race have no time to answer questions like these or any others; they’ve got a race to win! ...

    Maybe we’ll worry about what we needed all of this for in the first place once we’ve beaten China there. Or maybe an algorithm will explain it to us, along with the locations of all our family members and a corresponding score that quantifies their social utility and biometric trustworthiness.

    [The media conversation] is full of worried voices cautioning that we can’t let Americans fall behind in the global invasive-surveillance race, completely unable to explain why this would be a bad thing....

    Rather than clamoring for a dead sprint toward some sort of national AI supremacy, defined however and by whomever, our time might be better spent worrying in earnest about what lies at the finish line.”

  • “The rocker packed his party's election list with young professionals, many of them Western-educated, and banned current and former lawmakers from entering the party.

    ‘People voted for changes and we are happy to be part of these changes,’ Vakarchuk told cheering supporters at Golos party headquarters after the exit polls were released.”

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