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I'm rather tired of this and am going to go down a short litany of facts which not even Musk, with his so-called "commitment" to free speech, will permit.
But first, receipts on the claim that Elon was and is lying in that he now admits his platform will censor FACTS:
Note that there are claims this "only applies to Brazil" due to some court case, but as you can see there is no distinction made in the cited post. Therefore, if this is the case then let's see it in the formal TOS so it is in fact a tort IF IT IS A LIE.
Let me be clear: Your sex/gender is determined at the moment of fusion of the two gametes no matter your species among sexually-reproducing organisms -- including but certainly not limited to human beings. It cannot be changed from that instant in time forward, ever, no matter what you do because every single cell in that organism carries forward that determination as every single cell comes from that first cell's division into two.
Said organism is either male or female in every single case. Yes, there are cases in which an error occurs and you get more than one or two "X" chromosomes, or for that matter only one X and no others at all, for example; the scientific name for that is "intersex." This is quite rare but does happen -- its a genetic accident and properly characterized as an error, but it does occur.
This is not a "disease" but it is a genetic mutation and while a few of those people can in fact either sire or carry a child, its rare. Most of the time if you're in that category you're sterile. XXY, for example, is called Klinefelter's syndrome and typically results in a micropenis; most men with this produce little or no sperm as they also produce little testosterone. But these people are male, despite having two "X" chromosomes (because they also have a "Y".) Unfortunately most boys with this also have serious intellectual challenges.
Likewise someone who is born with "XXX" is female. Many women with this have no outward symptoms but some have learning problems, seizures, and sometimes serious kidney abnormalities and premature menopause (ovarian failure at an uncharacteristic age.) However, such a person is female.
There is nothing, however, anyone can do to change any of this from the first cellular division at conception forward. A male, whether ordinarily XY or some combination that includes a "Y", can never become female. A female, that is a person without a "Y" chromosome, can never become male.
From the moment of conception your neural, circulatory and other body systems develop differently depending on that chromosomal arrangement. This cannot be altered beyond that point no matter what you do; it is what it is. A woman's body develops from conception with the blood supply capacity for a uterus and the child that may develop in same which no man ever has as just one example. There is no way to create a female sexual response in a person conceived as a man because the neural connections are simply not there and never will be, and vice-versa, even if we could fashion functional physical components and we can't even successfully do that.
This doesn't mean you can't be unhappy you are male or female, or that your particular chromosomal assortment is unpleasant in your mind -- of course you can be unhappy with that just as you can be unhappy that your skin is white, black, brown or for that matter, if we discover little green men at some point, green.
But that you are unhappy with a fact does not make it untrue -- it just means you're unhappy. As an adult you are free to undertake whatever actions you wish in an attempt to be happy (thus "pursuit of happiness") but you have no capacity or right to compel any other person to assist you in any way whatsoever, including "recognizing" what you desire. To demand otherwise or to enforce otherwise is to enslave someone else and worse, force them to lie which is never acceptable nor may it be compelled under any circumstance.
In fact someone who tries to compel you to speak a factual lie is violating both the Constitution and your rights which predate said Constitution and thus, by any reasonable standard has forfeited all their rights. Yes, all of them.
No problem can ever be resolved without stating things that are facts. We can debate that which is not a fact, but putting those opinions on the table in the open is how we find and reinforce facts and demote and ultimately destroy lies. This is an essential part of any civil society.
Elon seems to think he has the right to abrogate that. He does not, particularly after claiming that he stands for "free speech." Neither does any other government official or private party. A private party may tell you that your statement of facts is inconsistent with their private property rights and free association and thus demand you leave provided they did not make a former representation that you had the right to speak freely or they became, due to their position in society, an effective public square where such right of control of association has been lost as a consequence of their for-profit operation of what amounts to said public square.
Exactly where is that line? That's a good debate but large social media sites are clearly under this purview in that they form an effective oligopoly and further give their membership the means to block communication with those who disagree.
Once you reach that critical threshold and provide the means to block said interaction you no longer can make a reasonable claim to "freedom to not associate in gross" because each person can choose on their own.
On a societal level this gets even more-serious when facts are concealed on purpose, as they are here.
It is incredibly disappointing that our community is disrupted at public events throughout the region by groups of underaged youth. Just like other venues in the area, we are committed to keeping this type of trouble outside our park and off our property. There was police activity involving gunshots; we want to confirm there was no shooting at our property or parking lot. This took place on South Service Road that is not owned or operated by Six Flags. However, we join our community and the Atlanta region in our commitment to safety and security. We won’t put up with that type of activity here.”
We all know what the probable distribution of the races of the people involved were. Oh, and while the press won't say it there is video evidence from people who were there. Where did the guns come from among underaged persons? It is specifically that we refuse to call out the wild over-representation in this behavior among one specific group, that being young blacks, and making clear that we will not tolerate it and will throw those who commit felonies in prison irrespective of their underage status that leads to this happening. If you say this on "X" -- or virtually any other social media -- you will get banned. Well, I'm saying it and I don't give a shit if anyone likes it or not because it has been true for the last several decades, still is, and it won't stop until we call out the facts and demand that the government enforce the goddamned law against said persons without regard to their skin color or age and we make clear that is not a request -- either they do their job OR WE WILL on a summary basis.
Here's a Kentucky State Senator defending giving child sex dolls to pedophiles.
Remember that there are a whole bunch of people who defend this particular perversion saying that "well, you might be a minor-attracted person but you can choose to act on it." True perhaps, but now have we decided that "acting on it" doesn't include fucking a doll that is in the shape and size of a child? What happens when the doll pops or is simply unavailable and the urge to act on it is still there? Oh gee that's really hard to figure out -- right?
Or how about the fact that illegal immigrants are not "newcomers" they are criminals. Never mind that 8 USC 1324 defines as a criminal, 10 year in prison felony the following offenses related to any US and foreign persons and entities assisting said illegal aliens:
For each person a party does this with where the intent is for financial gain or commercial advantage (e.g. employment, rental to such a person, etc.) the penalty is 10 years in prison.
If the violation is not for commercial or private financial gain (e.g. trafficking) the penalty is five years in prison.
If the alien commits an offense of bodily injury every person who was involved in the above gets 20 years in prison.
If the alien commits homicide the term for every person so-involved in any of the above is of any number of years up to and including life.
There is an exception for missionaries, believe it or not. None of these people are of course.
There's more: If you merely attempt to bring an alien into the US without authorization (but fail, obviously, since the above covers if you succeed) you get one year in prison unless you do not bring said person immediately to a port of entry, in which case you get 10 (which is what the above carries, so that makes sense.)
If you knowingly hire ten or more illegal aliens within a 12 month period you get five years in prison.
Oh by the way, any conveyance used for any of this is subject to seizure and forfeiture!
So tell me, everyone, why do we tolerate the government intentionally violating this law and refusing to arrest anyone who harbors, transports, rents to, provides services to, treats medically, transports or otherwise harbors or assists anyone who is here illegally, all of which aids and abets said behavior and all of which is, under that actual law, already illegal.
These so-called "sanctuary cities" and states are in fact committing felonies and no, the elements of the State Government, private actors, NGOs, apartment and hotel owners, food vendors, transportation operators including airlines and others are not exempt from said law. And yes this includes all the so-called "DREAMers" and every school, food vendor, lunchroom or employer who in any way assists them in being or remaining here. It is all a serious crime.
Where was Donald Douchenozzle Trump on this? This is not new law. Why didn't he use it? You know goddamn well the reason he didn't use it -- he didn't want to use it because his cocksucking voters love the illegal labor that destroys your wages, any more than Biden does because he wants them to be given the capacity to vote for more handouts, yet you still SUCK TRUMP'S DICK while he refuses to put in prison each and every single entity that is break the above law, including every landlord and other entity who so much as gives such a person a fucking sandwich. Like, for example, all the farmers and other businesses who are using illegal labor.
Spare me the bullshit about "harassing" people who are, under this law, clearly felons, many of them US citizens who are breaking the law by giving aid and comfort to said persons and harboring them, despite whatever excuse you wish to make when exactly none of them who entered here illegally have a right to be here. Period. Throw them all out and fry anyone in this nation who in any way assists or supports their entry or remaining here. I don't give a shit who they are; they're criminals under the law. End of conversation, full stop, that is the law and if the government will not enforce it then for each of those crimes not one person who is here illegally nor anyone who assists them in any way, no matter if government affiliated or not, has cause to complain if a felony is committed against THEM.
Let's continue because while this bullshit is a huge thing today its by no means the only bullshit that is ruining us and in fact in some cases killing us.
It is a fact that virtually everything in our modern civilization exists only because only competent people were hired to build and maintain same, most of which were White men, and as soon as we allowed anything other than competence to determine this process it all went to shit.
An example is Flint Michigan and their water system. The lead feeder pipes for their water system were and are perfectly safe provided someone competent is running the system. Why? Because the lead pipe with proper water chemistry protects itself with a microscopic layer of oxide exactly as does aluminum when exposed to air and thus none of the lead goes into the water and poisons you. Proof of this is that nobody got poisoned for decades until the water system shifted its source without people who knew what the fuck they were doing running it keeping said chemical balance intact. THEN kids (and adults) started getting poisoned.
The people who built the system and operated it were mostly WHITE MEN. Flint was an industrial town FULL OF WHITE MEN who ran the city services and did so competently. Guess who this benefited tremendously? All the black people who lived there, roughly half the population at the time, and who were not competent to build and run all of this on their own. This was all well and fine until incompetent people were hired to replace the competent ones who either retired, quit because they were passed over for incompetent others or were literally forced out in the name of "diversity."
Who was the mayor when the water crisis hit? Karen Weaver, who proudly claimed to be the 5th Black Mayor of Flint and first woman to hold the office, and by the way as noted she was only the person who was there when the decades-long degeneration of competence, which most-certainly did not happen in a year or two, finally got to the point of poisoning people. Nonetheless rather than take responsibility for it and fixing it by restoring competence in the water department she blamed others and so did Obama, who I remind you is also Black. Either of them could have demanded competence be restored to the water department and immediately resolved the problem instead of ripping up and replacing pipes while forcing the distribution of bottled water (at great profit to the bottlers, I'm sure, and I'll bet that was a crony set of agreements too) that wasn't poisonous.
And who was most-likely to be poisoned? Why black kids, of course, because when the color of your skin, sex and whatever gender you think you might be this afternoon is more important than your mental firepower you tend to wind up fucking your own people. This was, of course, blamed on white people even though Flint first elected a Black Mayor in 1966.
Incidentally the 1950s were one of Flint's most-prosperous decades, centered in its middle-class manufacturing base and also incidentally in 1964, just before McCree's election, a massive scandal erupted over... you guessed it.... a plan to bring Lake Huron water into the city! It was in the wake of that scandal that the city's water connection with Detroit was established.
Mayor McCree and all of his successors up until the crisis clearly did not believe having competent people run the water plant with full understanding of the supply's chemistry and any changes well in advance of them happening was the first and foremost job in order to insure the stability and safety of the water supply system in the city. Whether that was due to lack of understanding that actual technical competence was required or willfully and intentionally hiring incompetent assholes I do not know -- but what I do know is that a bunch of black kids got poisoned as a direct result of not taking due care to make certain said chemistry requirements were met when the water source was changed.
Why is there no discussion of this? Why don't we discuss how and why this actually happened?
Oh, that's an isolated incident eh?
Fani Willis anyone? Yes, my first and foremost indication that Fani is incompetent at best might be her selection of "Gorilla Grip Pussy Pal" as her bluetooth device name. That is clearly a clean indication that said person is extremely serious as a litigator and thinks with her head instead of her cunt. Never mind the apparent presentation of evidence that she was both skimming public funds indirectly for her little indiscretions with a man she hired to participate in prosecuting Trump and was fucking him besides so one has to question whether the actual intent was to hire the best and finest to prosecute or to both get laid and have lavish vacations on the taxpayer dime while attacking a political enemy. Of course her defense was "oh I'm Black and that's why people are after me" when it all blew up in her face. Uh huh.
Any white person would already be under indictment for this sort of crap so sit down and shut the fuck up Fani, never mind your vapid County government which, I note, the Governor has utterly failed to stomp on. He damn well should have years ago so there goes Georgia in the "DIEEEEEVERSITY" lottery as well. Disqualified? Where's the rather-obviously justified indictment from the STATE Attorney General and which party do people claim has actual competent and reasonable persons running under their banner? Looks and smells like bullshit to me.
Good thing there weren't any black kids downstream of a water plant where she was controlling the chemical balance of the water, eh? There might have been literal shit in that supply.
Oh, doesn't this sound a lot like the Smollett case? Why, I think it might be sort of the same crap eh?
Just these couple of examples?
Oh, maybe not. Let's talk about New York! Lettia James (gee, what an odd coincidence that all of these people are black?) infamously went after Trump. Oh, and by the way, James campaigned on "getting Trump" which incidentally is about as crooked as it gets and you'd think that standing alone would disqualify her from holding office never mind Howard University revoking her JD. Nope. But then of course Governor ("I think with my pussy, hear it ROAR!") Hochul tries to claim "oh this was a one off", only to have James almost-immediately go after one of the largest meat-processing firms in the United States under that very same law claiming that they're "climate abusers" and by God, she's going to single-handedly save the fucking planet!
Is this all just simple corruption or do we add in rank incompetence driven by sub-80 IQs across the board with an obvious outcome sort of like this:
Oh, that's offensive you say? Well it might be but here's my reply:
Offended you I have, a shit I do not give.
Let's ask the question a different way:
Where is this sort of degeneration not in evidence?
You'll have a hard time with that.
We replace reliable carbon-fueled base load power plants with wind and solar which are not reliable as the wind does not always blow and the sun does not always shine. We haven't hanged a single person who did this shit anywhere even when it was proved to not work because you can't guarantee wind or sun in a given place and if that doesn't coincide with when you want power you don't get power at all. ERCOT had its infamous freeze and they're not alone -- everyone is pulling this crap and the power companies and entities (some government run, some private sector) either have nobody in charge who is saying "heh ASSHOLES, our first job is to make goddamn sure we can generate the power when the customers require it and only when that is assured can we choose other priorities" or some diversity and/or green douchebag is telling those people to sit down and shut up or be fired -- and they're running the show.
Go watch that video up a bit again as many times as it takes because that's exactly what this sort of stupid shit constitutes when it comes to intelligence and this is going to be the repeated result if we don't cut it out right fucking now.
Oh, its just power? Uh, no, it isn't. We know based on simple facts that one cannot determine the long term effects of a medication without the time passing. Its not possible, duh. So we mandate, coerce and lie that we know something is safe when we know damn well that you can't figure out what will happen in five years until five years goes by. If that's not deranged enough we gave the people who make this crap legal immunity and nobody hanged the politicians, the physicians, the pharmaceutical executives or all of the above even without waiting the required period of years because it is obvious that the claims are frauds as you can't figure out what will happen in a given time until the time passes. That we now have discovered that indeed they're not "safe as promised" isn't really material in that the claim was a fraud right up front and now, given the passage of time, it is ADMITTED that the shots have killed and severely maimed people. The only debate today is how many people got killed or maimed!
There are a couple hundred people who are alive today only due to dumb luck because someone at Boeing, Spirit (one of their contractors), both of which trumpet their "diversity initiatives" (see Boeing's and Spirit's bullshit for yourself), or someone doing work on the plane under either or both of their alleged supervision, did not install all four bolts on a hatch in one of their 737 aircraft. Any ONE of the four bolts, nuts and cotter (or safety wire) would have held the door in place on the frame. The NTSB has now shown (which was obvious by the way within minutes of landing when photos were posted publicly by passengers and which I commented on in a separate posting at the time) that none of the four bolts, nuts and keepers were installed. Only dumb luck kept that door from hitting the stabilizer after it detached as it tumbled free. Since that door masses somewhere around 70lbs if it had hit the stabilizer at a hundred knots or more of relative velocity (consider a car battery being shot at the tail of the plane at 100mph for an idea of the level of impact involved here) odds are extremely high that the stabilizer would have been severely damaged or destroyed and the entire aircraft and everyone on board would have been lost.
There have been several recent incidents between aircraft where near collisions have occurred during landing and takeoff -- and one actual impact. The rate of these incidents recently has been stunningly high and may I remind you that a plane impacting another while landing or taking off is quite-likely to kill everyone in both aircraft. A landing 737 comes in at about 120kts just before touchdown so how would you like to get hit if you're about to take off at 130mph because that is roughly the speed at which the collision will take place! Is this apparent increase because we hire for diversity in the control tower and cockpit instead of for competence? How long will it before one of those near-misses isn't a miss and a airliner full of passengers, or even two airliners, are destroyed along with everyone on board? May I remind you that at least one of the planes usually has plenty of fuel on board to be turned into a mist and ignite on impact too. If the impact doesn't get you the fireball probably will.
We hear of "cyber incidents" all the time. One of the latest is a health care portal company that interconnects various providers and insurance firms. Why is it happening in the first place and by the way why aren't the firms involved, when it is a cryptojack thing or similar, equipped with competent people who can roll back to the few hours or day before the cryptojacking got them? Yes, you lose the couple of hours of work -- that beats being offline for days or weeks doesn't it? Modern systems can do this if they're set up properly and if compartmentalized properly then the impact is localized to one small area anyway. Oh, but that takes actual skill instead of a bunch of idiots over in India writing garbage code and by the way who's doing system administration and how come they're not competent enough to compartmentalize and limit this sort of damage? Again we get to the base question: How do you expect things that require a group of people who have roughly a 115 IQ or better to operate them competently to continue working as expected when you hire people on their skin color or pronouns and don't give a crap that they have an 80 IQ or can't discern the fact that being born with a penis makes them male?
How many more examples would you like?
How about just one more?
What makes you believe that your physician actually understands anything about health? Before you say "but mine is good even if many suck" I give you one RICHARD LEVINE who can't even discern that he is a man by the fact that he had a penis when born and further, he also can't manage his own body mass yet we are told that this person is an "expert" on human health AND WE MUST OBEY that which issues from his mouth! What sort of mentally-defective IDIOT (that's all of us, by the way) allow anyone who can't figure out basic biological facts related to whether you're a man or a woman along with the inability to maintain reasonable body mass to make recommendations and even DICTATE POLICY MANDATES for the rest of America's people? Has your doctor told you point-blank that Levine is both ridiculously obese and mentally deranged? If he or she hasn't then that person is deranged too and you're insane to listen to a single thing that comes from their mouth.
How much of our civilization will survive if we keep putting people in positions of both authority and responsibility for things that we all count on working when they simply don't have the chops to do the job but are hired because they're either cheaper, their skin or sex is "correct" or they use the right pronouns? If someone cannot tell from the presence of a penis or vagina on their body at the time of their birth if they're a man or a woman why would you believe they can accurately process anything else in their head? Exactly how many examples of obvious failure to accurately process information do you need to see before you realize that if fantasy is permitted to intrude anywhere that matters in job performance you will have serious problems -- up to and including people becoming dead as a consequence.
Guess what? People like me won't put up with that sort of shit and you can't make people like me, who are competent in our fields, work for you. As those who are both competent and intelligent retire or simply say "fuck you" and quit rather than coddle another's mental derangement, never mind the probability of them screwing the pooch then blaming the competent guy because he "misgendered" them, leaving you with the green-haired, pronoun-spouting person who you don't dare call "sir" or "ma'm" lest you get a complaint filed against you through HR running the water plant or the data interchange for your local hospital the odds of you getting fucked up the ass rise precipitously.
We either stop all of this, right now, by whatever means we must, or what we currently claim to enjoy as "civilization" will collapse incrementally and each of us will get doled out our personal "find out" to go with the "fuck around" the hard way. Perhaps it will come in different ways for each of us -- we'll be hit at 130mph while waiting for take-off in a plane, drink poisoned water out of our tap at home, get an injection of shit at the doctors office that paralyzes us, gives us cancer or a heart attack, we'll freeze to death because we let the power company replace reliable carbon-based generators with wind and solar and then it will be -20F at night and calm, resulting in our power going off, our furnace will not fire and we will freeze to death and similar sorts of means of going to meet God.
Oh by the way what do you think the S&P will trade at when all this happens and for how long do you think the average 80IQ person will sit back quietly when it does before they come looking for whatever food you might have, which just might include an intent to eat you personally?
I hear Venezuelans sometimes demand the right to rape young women and, if said women refuse, they just kill them and crush their skulls. THAT is what we have degenerated to already on the illegal alien issue alone. The next dead woman could very well be you, your wife or young daughter and yet nobody will get off their ass, demand it ALL stop NOW and enforce that demand even when the clear consequence of not doing so is possible DEATH and is on full display in your FACE.
It isn't like we had a prior display of this exact same insanity in Iowa not all that long ago with another illegal alien, is it?
Oh wait -- WE DID AND THE VICTIM'S NAME WAS MOLLIE.
Change Healthcare, which handles orders and patient payments throughout the U.S., first noticed the "cyber security issue" affecting its networks Wednesday morning on the East Coast before disconnecting its systems.
"Most cyberattacks take about 280 days to trace where they are, what happened," Szabo noted. "We have learned that this is likely a foreign encounter."
Well perhaps we should hire people and keep them around based on their competence and demonstrated capacity to do things correctly instead of on their race, pronouns, hair color, sexuality, whatever-sort-of-nonsense-garbage is dujour.
Well then suffer.
Because its what's coming and deserved when you put unqualified -- or even just less-qualified -- people in positions because they check some box that isn't simply "this person can do the job and do it well."
Its just your data folks. You know, your health information. Banking data -- and money.
"This isn't new," the legal expert further warned. "We saw Sony get hacked by North Korea. We saw the Colonial Pipeline shut down just a couple of years ago with these ransomware attacks. We're seeing ransomware attacks against our hospitals. What we need is law enforcement to go out and do its job. We need less talk, more prosecutions."
Right -- you're going to send the prosecutors over to North Korea and arrest the people responsible.
What sort of stupid crap is that? Let me guess -- the so-called "legal expert" is another diversity candidate? Certainly they don't understand the basics of geography and this funny thing called "jurisdiction", eh? He might not look like a diversity candidate but they come in all shapes, sizes and colors you see, and the first evidence of it is usually when someone conflates US law enforcement and their reach with actors in a foreign nation that doesn't give a wet crap about our laws in any way, shape or form.
Yeah, that minor little issue never seemed to have crossed Mr. Szabo's mind.
Don't worry, the local cop shop hires on the same basis and so, in all probability, does your local water, sewer and power plant. As such don't be surprised when the lights don't work and sewage comes out of the water tap.
It would appear we're such an un-serious nation without any competent people monitoring things like the airspace surrounding our nation that yet another balloon is now traversing the western states. Don't worry, we're real sure there's nothing nasty hanging under it -- you know, like a chemical weapon or even a nuclear warhead. We're very sure even though we have no damned idea where it came from because we weren't paying attention and we're also, apparently, too incompetent or pussified to shoot it down.
Google will pause the image generation feature of its artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Gemini, after the model refused to create images of White people, Reuters reported.
The Alphabet-owned company apologized Wednesday after users on social media flagged that Gemini's image generator was creating inaccurate historical images that sometimes replaced White people with images of Black, Native American and Asian people.
Google employees programmed that model and it was offered in interstate commerce. This act was wild-eyed racism and it was not an accident. Humans program computers, and they follow their programming. Remember that the government asserts that a policy that leads to disparate outcomes, even if you didn't intend to design it that way, is punishable.
Further, Google, like all companies with integrated IT (e.g. Amazon, Microsoft, et.al.) all use said tech internally so every service offered to the public and everything they do in hiring, promotion, operations and customer service is inherently polluted with this sort of bias built into their technology stack.
Ok, so where are the sanctions -- like, for example, immediate and permanent divestment of all government spending and contracts with Google? How about the DOJ and FBI looking at Google's hiring practices to see if they have a "quota" or other "diversity" elements that discriminate against Whites? Never mind that such discrimination in business practices, not just hiring, is wildly illegal.
We all know the answer to this, correct?
Yeah, and we're not going to do anything about it -- are we?
The operator of dating platforms Tinder, Hinge, and OkCupid is being sued over claims it makes its apps addictive and puts profit over love.
In a class action lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, six plaintiffs said that the platforms deliberately created addictive, game-like design features to lock users into an endless "pay-to-play loop."
They claimed that Match Group, the parent company, actively presents the platforms as "effective tools" for building relationships off-app while exerting every effort to attract, retain, and reward paying subscribers online.
You mean the parent company of basically all, save for Bumble, dating apps?
Oh by the way, how did that happen considering that 15 USC says that any attempt to monopolize or restrain trade is a criminal felony. I guess that doesn't apply to...... anything, since nobody brings criminal charges either on a state or federal level for such things anymore.
Back when there were many competing "dating sites" and all were owned by different parties, such as Plenty of Fish, Yahoo, Match and others there was actual diversity of how they operated because they were run by different people and thus tried to pick off each other's customers. As you might expect in a competitive marketplace.
But the "swipe right and go" model on phones basically destroyed this, along with the "Match buys everyone" hegemony.
It does so through various means, the lawsuit said, including driving expensive subscriptions and perpetual use, creating, developing, and promoting psychologically manipulative product features, and pressuring users into buying a subscription.
IMHO this isn't all of it, but is certainly part of it.
See, if you and another find each other on such a site and it works out in any sort of permanent way (that is, you are looking for and find other than a nice quick fuck) then the site operator loses not one but two customers forever!
Look at some of the "features" you might find in these sites. Many have what appear to be entirely-reasonable purpose (e.g. hide your profile from your boss.) But that could also be "hide your profile from your boyfriend or girlfriend", could it not? And of course if it is you will continue to get pinged with new matches every day enticing you to cheat on a nascent -- or even fully-formed -- relationship.
Is this the company's "fault"? I don't know; this comes down, ultimately to a question of where is the line? But given that all these sites with a few clear exceptions (e.g. Grindr) clearly claim they exist in whole or at least part to foment solid single-couple relationships are in fact full of design "features" that do the opposite or clearly enable the opposite is that at least constructive fraud in the inducement?
Good question, and it would appear the courts will decide.
But what I do know and can tell you from looking around them is that were I designing such an app (which isn't very hard, by the way; I bet I could have something running in a couple of weeks of coding) I could quite-easily change a few things around and ruin the usefulness of such a site for those intending that sort of deceptive practice. I have no idea if building such an app would be successful as a business or not and one of the reasons 15 USC Chapter 1 damn well ought to be enforced is that for the last decade or more it has been impossible to find anyone who is willing to back such a venture because Match basically owns the space and has bought up all the competitors -- the very situation that 15 USC Chapter 1 says is a criminal felony. As a result of this I've been told a few times by various folks in the "money business" that venture firms are singularly uninterested in anything of that sort.
Back in the early 2000s I met some interesting people on the pre-Match dominated version of some of these sites and had a couple of good relationships come out of it. They ultimately failed but not due to anything other than the foibles of human interaction and dating people, which is of course always a risk when you're meeting people with romantic intent.
Would I spend money on any of these sites now, knowing what I do about who owns essentially all of them, the cross-interests that are evident even without paying just by looking at how they structure the site, how you interact on it and what you have to pay to get access to in the feature set and similar?
No, and it is for that very reason above: It is my contention that the sites and their owners are and will actively work against, whether by intent or just how their design works, any relationship and interaction I might find via that route. So while I may well be on them at any given point in time I refuse to pay someone that, in my opinion, is likely to use my funds to act against the very reason I'm there.
In the US, the best tribute to Navalny would be for Republicans in the House of Representatives to quickly pass the aid that Ukraine desperately needs to keep fighting Russia’s dictator. President Biden, in his remarks on Friday, urged Congress to act fast, saying a failure to supply Ukraine would go down in the pages of history: “We have to help now.”
First off, you evil piece of crap Daniel, Ukraine is indeed full of actual Nazis. The Azov brigades were and are.... Nazis. For real. They're the reason Putin went into Ukraine as they continually, since the 2014 color revolution which we, as the United States fomented and in fact Senator McCain gave a damned speech at Maidan, have been shelling ethnically-Russian people in the eastern part of that land.
Now perhaps you think its perfectly ok for the soldiers under someone's command to shell citizens on your own soil. I'm sure you'd be happy if our military shelled oh...... MAGA folks in Texas perhaps? The rest of us who have a hint of intelligence would call that Nazi behavior and we might be interested in putting a stop to it.
Never mind that the actual dictator right now is.... Zelensky. Who canceled elections, banned any other than his political party and threatens anyone who opposes him politically and democratically with prison? That's Zelensky. So shut the fuck up because support for Ukraine's current leadership is support for both a dictator and Nazi.
You can certainly believe Putin is a thug and at the same time believe Zelensky is a Nazi. Both are clearly corrupt and that should not surprise. That the land called "Ukraine" has been full of sectarian violence is not a surprise either; it is in fact why the USSR basically let it operate as a more-or-less self-governed space: It was otherwise begging for open revolt all the time, everywhere, and the USSR was interested in the trade aspect of being able to keep that mostly under control (that land does have a huge amount of agricultural output and capacity.)
Never mind that Navalny was accused of attempting to foment a color revolution in Russia and soliciting MI6 to be the funding source for it. I have no idea if that's true or not, but that's the accusation. That the actions of those trying to overthrow the government in Belarus had an influence on how this was dealt with is both plausible and not unexpected. And by the way, Putin has spoken to this publicly.
Is he wrong to do so? Well, would we step in to prevent Israel, for example, from being overthrown by a color revolution that sought to provide all persons born on that soil, including those in Gaza which they have been occupying for a hell of a long time, absolutely-equal standing before the law? To remove from said law any preference for Judaism? You know, like the United States has in our First Amendment?
You know damn well we would not sit back and let that happen and no matter how you feel about Israel personally that double-standard is exactly where and why I will call you out as a thug if you play that game.
And incidentally, don't think China's not paying attention and doesn't agree with Putin. They do.
Where did you say we got basically all of our antibiotics (never mind a bunch of other stuff) from again? Do you really want to go there, America? We shouldn't have put ourselves in this position but we did, so until you're prepared to do without and pull it all back you really need to sit down and shut the fuck up, eh?
Should we have taken care of this little problem with dependence on China a long time ago? Yep. How long have I been talking about it? A very long time, going back to well before I started this column. Of course exactly zero of our political actors on either side of the aisle actually have or will do anything about it right up until we get it in the ass, so pardon me while I chortle at the idea that we can simply vote our way out of this problem. Oh by the way, how about Mexico and fentanyl, which implicates both China and Mexico never mind all our "open border" douchebags right here including one ex-corporate type who just had her own bullshit kill her kid via said fentanyl and which I applaud as now she gets to live in mortal anguish for the rest of what I hope is a very long remaining life. She deserves it having been a prime instrument in its proximate cause.
But back to Mexico and China: Exactly how many automotive supplier and assembly plants are you going to force back across the border (along with all the pieces coming out of China, including semiconductors, that go into said assemblies and suppliers) by laying punitive tariffs on both for each and every fentanyl death that occurs in the US -- nearly zero of which would happen without the precursors flowing from China into Mexico, being turned into fentanyl there, and then shipped into the United States over our zero-control border.
No, you won't do that, right?
Well then perhaps you should shut the fuck up because China doesn't think color revolutions are cool either and correctly identifies that the United States and several of the other "western nations" have repeatedly been involved in same despite them being both illegal under international law AND a direct and flagrant violation of the UN Charter.
So yeah, there's plenty of smoke here, and yeah, Putin may well be a thug.
But let's cut the crap eh?
Being a national leader means sometimes you have to kill people and sometimes (but not always) they deserve it too. You don't have to like that, but its part of the job, and isn't it interesting that we never did jail Clinton for, as an example, bombing an aspirin factory -- an act that Biden, if you recall, applauded when he was a Senator.