Filter Bubbles, Polarization, and Social Media Platform Speech Restrictions

One common response to objections about social media platforms’ speech restrictions—whether on speech about people’s gender identity, about the possibility of COVID leaking from a lab, and more—is: “Start your own platform.” And I appreciate the merit of that argument; that is indeed how the free mark usually deals with companies imposing restrictions on their services that some customers dislike. (We saw with the Parler story that sometimes Big Tech will try to leverage its power to block even those new platforms, but let’s set that aside for now.

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Rebekah Koffler: Biden nominee prefers Soviet system to free-market economy – don’t let them destroy the US

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President Joe Biden’s choice for comptroller of the currency, Saule Omarova, wants to transform America’s free market economy into a Soviet-style system – the same kind of central planning that destroyed her native country, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  
As an immigrant from the former Soviet Union and communism survivor, I know firsthand the damage central planning can do to an economy and to lives.

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All Americans Should Be Free to Express Their Opinions About Generals

The Indianapolis Star (Rashika Jaipuriar and Kaitlin Lange) reports that Twitter has removed Rep. Jim Banks’ tweet about “Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation’s first openly transgender four-star officer”:

The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.

Twitter policy forbids “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”
I for one do not welcome our new social media overlords. It seems to me that all civilian officials, and all citizens, have to be free to express their views about generals (and others).

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Will Swaim: Garland’s attempts to silence parents nothing new for Californians

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You may know John Swett as California’s fourth superintendent of public instruction, the man who, at the height of the Civil War, made public schools tuition-free in California.  
What’s less well known is Swett’s weird contempt for families. Swett saw public schools as factories for the creation of people who, having “arrived at the age of maturity belong, not to the parents, but to the State, to society, to the country.

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Will Swaim: Garland’s attempts to silence parents nothing new for Californians

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You may know John Swett as California’s fourth superintendent of public instruction, the man who, at the height of the Civil War, made public schools tuition-free in California.  
What’s less well known is Swett’s weird contempt for families. Swett saw public schools as factories for the creation of people who, having “arrived at the age of maturity belong, not to the parents, but to the State, to society, to the country.

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Rachel Levine Is a Trailblazer. Her Transphobic Attackers Are Certainly Not.

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This week, the Biden Administration made history by tapping Dr. Rachel Levine as the head of the US Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps. Levine is a transgender woman; the job comes with a uniform, four stars, and a somewhat unexpected title: Admiral. The appointment makes her the first woman to lead a uniformed service branch, and confirms her place as a LGBTQ pathbreaker.

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Editorial: Rachael Rollins is a model U.S. attorney appointment. That’s why the GOP wants to stop her

Boston is one of the few major cities in the U.S. in which violent crime dropped in 2021, and the decline was dramatic. The most startling statistic was the decrease in homicide, which fell by nearly a third.
These numbers are extremely inconvenient for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, who is trying to block the appointment of Rachael Rollins as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. Rollins is currently the district attorney of Suffolk County, Mass., which is dominated by Boston and includes three smaller cities.

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The Evil Party

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Posted: Oct 24, 2021 12:01 AM

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Evil is a very strong word, when used properly. Merriam-Webster defines it many ways, the most relevant to what I’m talking about being “morally reprehensible” and “arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct.” That is the modern left, the “progressive movement,” the “Democratic” Party. And to fight evil, to stop it, is the most important thing anyone can do.

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ALEXANDRA SHULMAN: Thank heavens the Sex and The City costume designers missed the memo

ALEXANDRA SHULMAN: Thank heavens the Sex and The City costume designers missed the memo on what to wear when working from home
By Alexandra Shulman for the Daily Mail
Published: 17:01 EDT, 23 October 2021 | Updated: 17:03 EDT, 23 October 2021

Welcome back Carrie Bradshaw. We’ve missed you big-time but, truth be told, we’ve missed your wardrobe even more. So it’s no surprise that weeks before the hugely anticipated launch of the updated Sex And The City – And Just Like That – we’ve already seen pictures of a new scene-stealing dress.

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How moms and dads can solve the problem of who should do more housework

A year and a half in a state of lockdown has not improved the battle between the sexes over housework. According to new data out this month, men and women have vastly different perceptions of how much they help out. 
The American Family Survey finds that for couples with children, for instance, men say they take about 47 percent of the responsibility for child care. Women, though, say that their partners are taking closer to 31 percent of the load. When it comes to chores, things are just as stark: Men say they do about the same amount of housework as their partners.

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