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Bloomberg (January 25)

2019/ 01/ 27 by jd in Global News

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is “ridiculous” on many fronts, but France’s recent $57 million fine of Google suggest much worse.   If they are merely making “an example of Google,” this suggests “Europe intends to wield these rules — as it does so many others — to punish Silicon Valley giants and protect local rivals.” If on the other hand, they are planning to hit every company with crushing fines, that suggests even worse.


Washington Post (September 8)

2018/ 09/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Washington feels like the capital of an occupied country,” filled with “institutional and administrative chaos; our military chain of command is compromised; people around the elected president feel impelled to act above the law and remove papers from his desk. The mechanisms meant to protect the state from an incompetent or dictatorial president are not being used because people in power no longer believe in them, or are afraid to use them. Washington feels like the capital of a state where the legal order has collapsed.”


Los Angeles Times (September 25)

2017/ 09/ 26 by jd in Global News

“It’s time for you to expel President Trump from the White House.” Republican “party loyalty, if unchecked, could mean the United States finds itself in another war. But this time, we could suffer irreparable harm in the form of a nuclear attack on our soil…. Republicans, now is the time to stand your ground against Trump. Protect our country by starting the process to remove Trump from office.”


New York Times (March 6)

2016/ 03/ 06 by jd in Global News

“California is often at the vanguard of important policy changes. The state’s move toward raising the legal age to buy cigarettes should inspire other states to take similar steps to protect young people.”


New York Times (May 25)

2014/ 05/ 26 by jd in Global News

China is responsible for “the most aggressive effort by any country to steal secrets from some of the most prominent and successful American companies.” Despite the indictment of five PLA members, China’s massive economic espionage continues. “China, as a rising economic power, believes that ferreting out the business secrets of foreign companies is a national security interest. One day, however, it will have its own pathbreaking achievements and will want to protect them.”