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first_img…Facebook bossIt’s not every corporate head that get’s their life story presented by Hollywood just after they hit 26! But then Mark Zuckerberg – the founder of Facebook – ain’t no ordinary Chief Executive!! He’s a larger than life figure who’s so altered the world through Facebook’s connectivity, we can’t even figure out where it’ll all end. (The connectivity…not the world!!)After creating what’s got to be the biggest unregulated monopoly in the history of capitalism, the baby-faced tycoon faced a Senate hearing after it was revealed that his company sold personal details of millions of users of the platform in the US. Fifty-seven million? Eighty million?? Whatever’s the final number, it doesn’t even include those plucked in other countries –including Guyana!!The company that bought the data – its name doesn’t really matter, does it? – mined them for all sorts of purposes including voting preferences. In a nutshell, just like you start getting those ads on drill bits the moment after you look up “drills” on Google, the “data mining” companies can direct personalised information about why you should vote for their candidate. And these won’t even be “ads” – it could simply be articles from magazines you read (and most likely trust!) that take similar positions with the candidate!Anyhow, from the moment Zuckerberg slipped into his (extra-cushioned) seat in a suit and tie rather than his trademark T-shirt, it was clear this was going to be more of a star-struck session than an interrogation. Especially when 44 of the 50 Senators showed up – compared to the seven that served on the Watergate Pane to impeach Nixonl!! For most, it must’ve taken all their self-control not to request an autograph!! A most well-briefed Zukerberg – his speaking notes were placed on twitter! – was even told when to say “sorry”!!The thrust of those that did want to ask some questions – and not throw powder-puffs – was to find where Zuckerberg stood on whether – for instance – Facebook ought to be regulated. And to all these (comparatively) hard questions, Zuckerberg was given a stock answer: I’m not sure…but my staff will get back to you important adults!! That’s right, the man who showed his killer instincts by going for the jugular while he was still in college – played up his baby-faced charm to the hilt. He even got a few laughs – but no threats to draft a bill to regulate the Leviathan, Facebook had become.For what it was worth, Zuckerberg played his role so well, the market made his personal wealth increase by US$3 billion – since he eased fears about regulation.The notorious bank robber “Baby Face Nelson” died at 26. Baby Face Zuckerberg had only started OWNING the banks by then!!…on bonusNo one can say for sure where that purported US$18 million bonus – which Exxon gave to the Government for signing the biggest giveaway since Manhattan was sold for US$24 in beads and trinkets – is right now. It was supposed to be in a “special account” at the Bank of Guyana – which isn’t meant to take deposits. But now we’ve been told it’s in the Consolidated Fund where it was supposed to be in the first place. Yet we still don’t know for sure.Be as it may, we were told the banking runaround – which appears suspiciously close to fit the description of “money laundering! – was occasioned by the specification the money was supposed to be held (“in escrow”, said the President!!) for our ICJ legal bills. Trotman was afraid someone else may claim first dibs on it!?! Presumably, that fear has been eased? How?Anyhow, Greenidge – in charge of the ICJ matter – says the US$18 million actually allocated for the legal fees ain’t gonna be enough.So are we gonna ask Exxon to cover the shortfall?…on private schoolsFirst it was the privately owned Berbice Bridge tolls. And now the Government’s intervened to jawbone the privately-owned Mae’s to lower their school fees!What’s next? Nationalising the banks to lower their interest rates?? Galloping Burnhamism?last_img read more

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SledTown ShowDown – Tumbler Ridge needs your vote

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The final four contestants have been chosen for the SledTown ShowDown and Tumbler Ridge needs your vote to beat Edson, AB and advance to the championship round.SNORIDERS, an online website and resource for snowmobile enthusiasts, is holding their annual contest for the best Snowtown. Snowmobile clubs across Canada have been battling for bragging rights for the best snowmobile trails in Canada.The provincial finals have wrapped up and there are currently four new winners. Tumbler Ridge, B.C., Edson, Alberta, Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan and Flin Flon, Manitoba will now face off for the ultimate champion bragging rights.- Advertisement -Tumbler Ridge is seeking your votes to push them through to the FinalsTo VOTE for Tumbler Ridge CLICK HERElast_img read more

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‘Everyone wants to stay at Spurs, no one wants to stay at Arsenal’

first_img 1 Tony Cascarino has slammed in-crisis Arsenal, saying they are ‘not a well-run club’ and are now paying the price for failing to tie their star players down to long-term contracts.The Gunners suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in their history as they were knocked out of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich on Tuesday.But they are ‘a mess’ on AND off the pitch, according to Cascarino.Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are refusing to sign fresh terms with the Gunners, and have just over 18 months left to run on their current deals.The future of Sanchez is a particular cause of concern for the north London club, with the star forward reportedly frustrated at the Emirates Stadium and pushing to leave in the summer.Cascarino says Arsenal should look to local rivals Tottenham as an example of how to properly manage their squad, and even added that, after years of finishing second in the battle for north London, Spurs are now miles ahead.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Chelsea striker said: “It’s clear that if you don’t want to sign a new contract, you don’t want to stay at the football club“The players at Arsenal are controlling everything now. You’ve got Sanchez and Ozil not signing new contracts, and a number of others’ are up next year too.“This isn’t a well-run club! Meanwhile, their neighbours Tottenham have got everybody signed up until 2022!“Everyone wants to stay at Spurs, but no one wants to stay at Arsenal – the club is a mess.“Arsenal have been in front of Spurs for the last 20 years, and we’ve had that debate about if Tottenham can get near them.“It’s not the same now. Spurs are in front of them and look like they’re a long way ahead of Arsenal.” Cascarino also likened the Sanchez contract saga to Dimitri Payet’s bitter falling out at West Ham, saying that he expects the ‘selfish’ Gunners star to leave in similar circumstances.“He doesn’t want to play for the club, he doesn’t want to sign a new contract,” he added.“I’m sure loads of Arsenal fans will be saying, ‘but he’s our best player, he’s the one who wins us games’.“Yes, he is Arsenal’s best player, we all know that and no one debates that, but he’s doing things totally for himself too often.“I felt against Bayern Munich he played totally for himself. He can be wonderful on the ball, he can turn things and make things happen, but he wasn’t helping his full-back out – he had no interest in that side of the game.“At the moment he doesn’t want to sign a new contract at the club, and that tells you everything.”last_img read more

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Sharpton: Remember Brown for his music

first_imgNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – In life and in death, James Brown should be remembered for his impact on music and on the world, not for the many people that surrounded him, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Friday in a passionate eulogy befitting the godfather of soul. “When he started singing, we were sitting in the back of the bus. When he stopped singing, we were flying Lear jets,” Sharpton told about 300 mourners during a private funeral service for Brown at Carpentersville Baptist Church. It was standing room only in the tiny red brick church in a neighborhood of dilapidated homes – some with boarded-up windows – on a street just inside the South Carolina line from Augusta, Ga., the place Brown called home. One day after thousands bade farewell to the singer at the Apollo Theater in New York, friends and relatives filed past the solid gold casket containing Brown’s body, dressed in a black jacket with white studs on the lapels, black pants and red shirt. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeDuring the 90-minute service punctuated by prayers, gospel music and Brown’s favorite hymn, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Cynthia Moore, mourners clapped, danced, waved their arms and cheered. But Sharpton also had harsh words for people who have put themselves in the spotlight since Brown died of heart failure Christmas morning at 73. While he didn’t name specific people, as he made those comments Sharpton glanced in the direction of Brown’s companion, Tomi Rae Hynie, who was sitting in the front row with her and Brown’s 5-year-old son. “If you really are all that you say you are, you don’t place yourself in the story, the story puts you in your place,” said Sharpton, a confidante who had accompanied Brown’s body to New York City and back. “We don’t want to hear your story or your mess, we’re here because of James Brown. The reason I am here is because I walked with James Brown.” Brown’s lawyer has said the late singer and his 36-year-old partner weren’t legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for legal reasons. The partner, one of Brown’s backup singers, has said the couple was married and she can prove it. The funeral program listed Hynie as a “companion” and said Brown was survived by seven children, though his publicist has referred to only four. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park will host second Glasgow Warriors match

first_imgKilmarnock’s Rugby Park will host a second Glasgow Warriors rugby match with the surface at Scotstoun Stadium remaining unplayable.Warriors will return to Ayrshire to face Munster in the PRO 12 on Friday, February 19 with the game being shown live on TV.Kilmarnock will host Dundee in a league match on Saturday, February 20.The Scottish Premiership club allowed Warriors to host their 22-5 Euro win over Racing 92 at Rugby Park last month. “As Kilmarnock have a home game on the Saturday and we play the Dragons the following Thursday, our only option was to play the game on the Friday night. However, making an early decision to play this fixture at Rugby Park will hopefully help our supporters with their travel plans.Head coach Gregor Townsend added: “Unfortunately with the wet weather we’ve had recently our pitch isn’t capable of hosting a game yet, but this is a great opportunity for us to play on an excellent surface. “Our last experience at Rugby Park was a good one and our supporters travelled in large numbers and created a lot of noise, which we really appreciated. “Our games against Munster have always been fiercely competitive and this has the makings of another cracking match.” Heavy rainfall has ensured Gregor Townsend’s team have been unable to play at Scotstoun since December 12.Reigning champions Warriors say season tickets will be valid for the game with members urged to bring their cards with them to the match.Managing director Nathan Bombrys said: “It’s really disappointing that we have to move another fixture away from our home at Scotstoun. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption that this change will cause our supporters. “Despite ongoing work being carried out on the pitch, the heavy storms continue to flood the pitch, and there is a high risk that it will be unplayable for this fixture. last_img read more

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Ryan Wilson cleared of gouging at disciplinary hearing

first_img“However, the Disciplinary Committee also accepted medical advice adduced on the player’s behalf to the effect that, due to a pre-existing injury, two of his fingers (his fourth and little finger on his right hand) were involuntarily in a bent or hooked position.“The Disciplinary Committee also considered that the contact with the eye area had been reckless (rather than intentional), light and fleeting and had come about as a result of the player’s attempts to grab his opponent’s shirt during an off the ball scuffle.“After careful consideration, the Disciplinary Committee did not conclude that the foul play warranted a red card, and the citing was not upheld.“No sanction was imposed and the player is free to resume playing immediately.” Scotland number eight Ryan Wilson is free to play in the remaining Six Nations matches after being cleared of gouging at a disciplinary hearing.Wilson had been cited after television footage showed Wilson apparently dragging his fingers across Nathan Hughes’ face after the back rows clashed off the ball shortly before half-time in Scotland’s 25-13 victory over England in the Calcutta Cup.The case was reviewed by a Six Nations disciplinary committee on Wednesday and they concluded that Wilson’s action had been reckless rather than intentional and no punishment was necessary.A statement confirming the decision read: “”The disciplinary committee, having viewed the video footage of the incident, considered all of the other evidence and heard representations by and on behalf of the player and Six Nations Rugby, found that the player had committed an act of foul play in that he had made contact (with two of his fingers) with the eye area (ie ‘anywhere in close proximity to the eye’ according to World Rugby regulation 17) of his opponent.last_img read more

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Michael A. Tegarden age 46 of Salem

first_imgMr. Michael A. Tegarden age 46 of Salem passed away Tuesday October 24 at St. Vincent Salem Hospital.He was born December 22, 1970 in Salem, Indiana the son of Lee and Anna R. Middleton Tegarden. He was a 1989 graduate of West Washington High School and a disabled employee of GKN.He is survived by his wife Jessica Field Tegarden they were married November 11, 2011. His mother: Anna Tegarden of Campbellsburg, a son Gerald Michael Tegarden of Kentucky, brothers; Jeffrey Tegarden (Roena) of Pekin, Stephen Tegarden (Sharon) of Paola, Kansas, and his best friend Jeremy Hobson of Salem.  He was preceded in death by his father:  Lee Tegarden.Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Gorman officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6PM and Monday from 9AM-time of service.last_img read more

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Donegal GAA Fixtures April 10-18

first_imgCounty Hurling LeagueFri, 13 Apr, Setanta V St Eunan’s 19:00,  Ref: J.J. LaffertySean Mac Cumhaill V Buncrana 19:00,  Ref: Hugo Wallace SuperValu Dungloe SRB U16 Division 1Tue, 10 Apr, Dungloe V Four Masters 18:45,  Ref: Shane ToolanWed, 11 Apr, Ardara V Naomh Conaill 18:45,  Ref: Val Murray SRB U12 Division 2Wed, 11 Apr, Naomh Muire Lower Rosses V Pettigo 18:00,  Ref: Ciaran SharkeyFri, 13 Apr, Bundoran V Naomh Ultan 18:00,  Ref: TBCPettigo V Na Rossa 18:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Bríd V Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 18:00,  Ref: TBCKilcar V Four Masters 18:00,  Ref: TBC Division 1 Darren Downey/Gary McLaughlinFri, 13 Apr, Urris V Moville 18:30,  Ref: J.J. LaffertySun, 15 Apr, Buncrana V Naomh Colmcille 11:30,  Ref: TBCBurt V Steelstown 11:30,  Ref: TBCCarndonagh V Naomh Pádraig Muff 11:30,  Ref: TBC NRB U12 League Section 2Wed, 11 Apr, St Eunan’s V St Eunan’s 19:00,  Ref: TBCGaoth Dobhair V Milford 19:00,  Ref: TBCDownings V Termon 19:00,  Ref: TBCCloughaneely V Glenswilly 19:00,  Ref: TBCFanad Gaels V St Michael’s 19:00,  Ref: TBCWed, 18 Apr, Milford V Cloughaneely 19:00,  Ref: TBCSt Eunan’s V Gaoth Dobhair 19:00,  Ref: TBCDownings V Fanad Gaels 19:00,  Ref: TBCTermon V Glenswilly 19:00,  Ref: TBCSt Michael’s V St Eunan’s 19:00,  Ref: TBC Division 2Sun, 15 Apr, Termon V Bundoran 15:00,  Ref: TBCFour Masters V Malin 15:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Columba V Sean Mac Cumhaill 15:00,  Ref: TBCArdara V Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 15:00,  Ref: TBCGlenfin V St Naul’s GAA Club 15:00,  Ref: TBC Division 3Sun, 15 Apr, Naomh Bríd V Killybegs 15:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Ultan V Na Rossa 15:00,  Ref: TBCConvoy V Buncrana 15:00,  Ref: TBCMoville V Burt 15:00,  Ref: TBCRed Hughs V Fanad Gaels 15:00,  Ref: TBC SRB Division 1 U12Fri, 13 Apr, Killybegs V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 18:00,  Ref: TBCArdara V Naomh Conaill 18:00,  Ref: TBCDungloe V Naomh Columba 18:00,  Ref: TBCMon, 16 Apr, Dungloe V Four Masters 18:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Columba V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 18:00,  Ref: TBCArdara V Killybegs 18:00,  Ref: TBCArdara V Killybegs 18:00,  Ref: TBCArdara V Killybegs 18:00,  Ref: TBC Division 3 ReserveSun, 15 Apr, Naomh Bríd V Killybegs 13:30,  Ref: TBCRed Hughs V Fanad Gaels 13:30,  Ref: TBCConvoy V Buncrana 13:30,  Ref: TBC Division 5Sat, 14 Apr, Glenswilly V Naomh Pádraig Lifford 18:30,  Ref: TBCSt Eunan’s V Sean Mac Cumhaill 18:30,  Ref: TBCGlenfin V Naomh Conaill 18:30,  Ref: TBC Division 1 ReserveSun, 15 Apr, Dungloe V St Eunan’s 13:30,  Ref: TBCGlenswilly V Cloughaneely 13:30,  Ref: TBCAodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Gaoth Dobhair 13:30,  Ref: TBCKilcar V Milford 13:30,  Ref: TBCSt Michael’s V Naomh Conaill 13:30,  Ref: TBCcenter_img Minor Hurling A/County League Thu, 12 Apr, Buncrana V St Eunan’s 19:00,  Ref: TBCFour Masters V Dungloe 19:00,  Ref: TBCCarndonagh V Setanta 19:00,  Ref: TBCBurt V Letterkenny Gaels 19:00,  Ref: TBC Division 1Sun, 15 Apr, Dungloe V St Eunan’s 15:00,  Ref: Connie DohertyGlenswilly V Cloughaneely 15:00,  Ref: Mark DorrianAodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Gaoth Dobhair 15:00,  Ref: Jimmy WhiteKilcar V Milford 15:00,  Ref: Seamus Mc GonagleSt Michael’s V Naomh Conaill 15:00,  Ref: Robert O Donnell Division 4Sat, 14 Apr, Carndonagh V Pettigo 18:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Pádraig Muff V Letterkenny Gaels 18:00,  Ref: TBCRobert Emmets V Urris 18:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Colmcille V Downings 18:00,  Ref: TBC NRB U12 Section 1Wed, 11 Apr, Convoy V Robert Emmets 19:00,  Ref: TBCNaomh Pádraig Lifford V Glenfin 19:00,  Ref: TBCSt Eunan’s V Red Hughs 19:00,  Ref: TBCGlenswilly V Sean Mac Cumhaill 19:00,  Ref: TBCWed, 18 Apr, Robert Emmets V Naomh Pádraig Lifford 19:00,  Ref: TBCSean Mac Cumhaill V Convoy 19:00,  Ref: TBCLetterkenny Gaels V St Eunan’s 19:00,  Ref: TBCRed Hughs V Glenswilly 19:00,  Ref: TBC SuperValu Dungloe SRB U16 Div 2Tue, 10 Apr, Naomh Brid/ Pettigo V Kilcar 18:45,  Ref: Eugene Mc HaleBundoran V Naomh Columba 18:45,  Ref: TBCWed, 11 Apr, St Naul’s GAA Club V Naomh Ultan 18:45,  Ref: Pat Walsh NRB U16 League Divison 1Tue, 10 Apr, Termon V Downings 18:30,  Ref: Pat BarrettGaoth Dobhair V St Eunan’s 19:00,  Ref: Liam Mc ConigleyThu, 12 Apr, Sean Mac Cumhaill V Gaoth Dobhair 19:00,  Ref: Michael Mulhern U14 Hurling A/County League Thu, 12 Apr, Dungloe V Burt 18:30,  Ref: TBCLetterkenny Gaels V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 18:30,  Ref: TBCSt Eunan’s V Buncrana 19:00,  Ref: TBCCarndonagh V Four Masters 19:00,  Ref: TBC Division 2 ReserveSun, 15 Apr, Termon V Bundoran 13:30,  Ref: TBCNaomh Columba V Sean Mac Cumhaill 13:30,  Ref: TBCArdara V Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 13:30,  Ref: TBCGlenfin V St Naul’s GAA Club 13:30,  Ref: TBC U16 Division 2 LeagueTue, 10 Apr, Red Hughs V Glenswilly 19:00,  Ref: Joe O DonnellCloughaneely V Letterkenny Gaels 19:00,  Ref: James ConnorsWed, 11 Apr, Fanad Gaels V Glenfin 18:15,  Ref: Liam Mc Conigleylast_img read more

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Remember This Name: PayPerPost to be Called Izea

first_imgNone of us are pure and there are few firm lines established regarding what is and is not acceptable when you’re trying to make money blogging (I called a paid review service brilliant just last post) – but disclosure of payment is one of the most basic requirements for paid blogging to be ok. Even with disclosure, PPP is a sketchy operation; the disclosure story at PPP has always been a little murky. The company instituted a requirement of some on-site disclosure at the end of last year, but even some major brands patronizing PayPerPost require “no in-post disclosure.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick The very controversial service PayPerPost, which pays bloggers small sums for writing about the products of advertisers, will change its name tomorrow to Izea. Izea will be the parent entity of a wide variety of services the company provides, from PayPerPost to various other projects that I’ve never been able to hold my nose long enough to look at closely. Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.net reported first on the change. Rowse says it’s a good move as the company’s varied services are used by some bloggers who love the PPP brand (like the charming Chad W. Smith in the video below) and others who hate it. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… PayPerPost is a venture funded Search Engine Optimization scam that threatens to torpedo the reputation of the already widely questioned blogosphere. It may also be a perfectly fair way for small time bloggers to make a living, depending on who you ask. You won’t see a lot of moms or retirees among the more financially comfortable A-list blogger set, though those bloggers making substantial sums of money from blogging have had to work almost as hard as a mom to get where they have. Just a quick note so that the next time you see the name Izea, you know who you’re dealing with. Tags:#web last_img read more

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In this Political Climate, What’s a Freedom Lover to Do?

first_imgHow should conservatives and libertarians react to the current state of American politics? If you’re a fan of governmental gridlock, you might see the recent swearing in of the 116th Congress as a cause for celebration. The Democrats taking over the House of Representatives likely means that very little legislation is likely to end up moving to President Donald Trump’s desk. Not much will get done that’s good. But not much will get done that’s bad, either.But there’s still plenty that should give freedom-lovers pause. I’ll highlight a few of them.Politics as entertainmentWe’re increasingly viewing politics outside of its proper role in American life. Politics is a means by which we make some decisions about how some elements of our society will be structured. That’s important, to be sure. But we’re increasingly viewing politics as entertainment and as sport. The problem with this? Our desire to be entertained will frequently be at odds with what is actually best for the health of our republic. And the more competitively we view politics, the more we’re likely to hunker down in our tribes and overlook the beam in our own eye while we rant and rave about the speck in our brothers.Negative polarizationPolitics and government are an important part of our civil society. But we’re increasingly defining ourselves not in terms of what we’re for, but in opposition to what we’re against. Today, many Democrats are Democrats not so much because they believe in the platform and the policy ideas of the Democratic Party, but because they hate Republicans. And many Republicans are Republicans because they hate Democrats. This increasingly leads people to reject policy ideas because of who is offering them, rather than on their merits.Take Trump’s border wall proposal. Regardless of what you think of the merits of the idea, it’s inarguable that it was a proposal that has historically enjoyed bipartisan support. You’ve probably seen the clips of various Democrats from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama to Joe Biden to Chuck Schumer speaking in support of a border wall or border fencing. Polling shows that Democratic support for a border wall consistently hovered around the mid-40% range. Trump’s support for the idea has driven it down to about 12% support among self-identified Democrats. Our negative polarization will only make it harder and harder for liberty advocates to sell our policy ideas.Constant escalationA friend of mine often remarks to me that “the ratchet only turns one way.” There’s truth to this. But the future isn’t predetermined. Many people on both sides of the political aisle are guilty of constantly escalating the rhetoric and the political gamesmanship. How do we get out of this trap? I wish I had a good answer for that. Recommendations to not constantly continue to descend into the gutter are frequently met with indignation at the suggestion that one side must “unilaterally surrender.” These are the new rules, we’re told. And everyone has to play by them.But it doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, there are times when you need to fight and when arguments need to be had. But not every time. And likely the only way this will stop the escalation is by sometimes deciding not to punch back harder just because we can. Can we do that? Do we even want to? Only time will tell.So, if you love liberty, what should you do? Let’s start by not falling into these traps. Keep perspective on what politics is and what it’s actually for. Define yourself in terms of what you’re for, instead of in terms of what you oppose. And don’t fight just to fight. Be an example of the way you’d like the political fray to be, not a reflection of how it is right now.last_img read more

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