FROM Nicholas Carr
How Is Google Changing Our Lives? Even critics say Google makes the Internet usable. One clean and useful search tool has replaced that series of links that might or might not be productive. But it now handles two-thirds of all web searches in the US and gets three-fourths of the revenue. Is it using its dominance to lead searchers to its own products? What else does Google do that users don't know about? Thirteen years ago, before Google was ever invented, Bill Gates of Microsoft faced anti-trust charges before a Senate Committee. Yesterday, Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, faced the same committee , determined not to repeat Gates' mistakes. Why did Schmidt say he wants to "get right up to the creepy line and not cross it?" We hear about yesterday's Senate Anti-Trust Committee hearing and a lot more about Google's dominance on business and its impact on users.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."