John Jay Lee

John Jay Lee is a patriot.

John Jay Lee is a patriot.

John Lee is the mayor of North Las Vegas, a former member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 1, and a former member of the Nevada Assembly, representing District 3.

I myself have been an independent voter for 10 years. I never felt fully represented by the right or the left, but I found much more common ground with conservatives because they seemed to be the only ones still interested in upholding the Constitution and ensuring that law and order rule over mob mentality and ruthlessness.

Over the course of the Trump presidency, I felt a change in myself. What residual anger against my country remained from my public school indoctrination was washed away as the America First movement offered hope for everyone who understood the beauty of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It was the first time since I was a child that I felt proud to fly the flag and celebrate the diverse history of the American fight for freedom over tyranny.

But the media and the current administration wish to bury that joy. The public education system is working harder than ever to raise generations of socialist/Marxist drones who hate their country yet will bow down to a government that robs them of their rights as individuals.

The Democratic Socialists of America organization itself has a growing number of about 92,000 members. Popular with college students and other young Americans, they promote policies like: Medicaid for All, the Green New Deal, and ending capitalism without offering clear strategies as to how to achieve such complex feats.

It’s a fairy tale being sold as reality, something many young people won’t wake up from until it’s too late because they have not been properly educated on the failures of socialism and similar systems. Organizations and institutions promoting this doctrine do not address the catastrophic effects of socialism which have been felt by China, Cambodia, Cuba, East Germany, Ethiopia, North Korea, Venezuela, and more. In each of these areas, socialism allowed vicious practices where human rights abuses were overlooked and perpetuated millions of deaths. The people of Venezuela are still suffering the outcome, yet students are “taught” that it’s “America’s fault,” or that “they just didn’t do it right.”

Thankfully not everyone is so easily deceived. Just last fall, in a leaked phone call, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, admitted that socialist policies would not win them elections. Despite a tumultuous election in November, this is proving to be true even months later, under a new, far-left leaning administration which has actively aligned with the ideologies of socialism.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee already won his race but is looking to the future and has decided that where the Democrats are pushing this country isn’t where he wishes to go. That deserves some respect. His move may be imotivated n part by the fact that he is being considered a potential candidate for the 2022 Nevada gubernatorial race. So far he has not indicated whether he wishes to run but admitted that members from both political parties have approached him on the subject.

Whether he runs or not his decision to step away from the left, based on their policies, may inspire other moderate Democrats to abandon the party as well. We can only hope that the backlash against socialism is strong enough to save our constitutional republic.

Just as my mom and I realized the fallacies of what the Democrats are pushing, Mayor John Lee has had his awakening. The only question left to ask is, will enough people realize what’s happening and make their own switch?


Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden

Joe Biden is a traitor.

Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden is a traitor.

Joe Biden is the Most anti-American President in US History

Barack Obama made it abundantly clear that he not only loathed these United States, but he was also embarrassed by his own nation and its citizens. He did tremendous damage over his eight years in office. He treated our enemies like allies and our allies like enemies. He set race relations back at least fifty years having been indoctrinated in the odious Jeremiah Wright brand of anti-Americanism.

But who among us could have predicted how much damage a Biden administration could and would do in just a few months? All of us who revered President Trump and the tremendous strides he made on the economy, unemployment, Middle East peace, border security, and trade issues with China are gobsmacked by the destructive record of the Biden administration in just over two months. Trump was pro-American, an America-first modern day Founding Father. Trump loves this nation like the Founders did; they hoped their Constitution would prevail. Donald Trump was and is determined that it will remain the reigning document, the prescription for a free nation’s survival even when under attack by the totalitarian left that means to remake it into something resembling China.

The ruling left of today is actively undermining every aspect of our founding. We no longer enjoy free speech. We no longer are allowed the freedom of assembly or religion. The conservative embrace of Judeo-Christian values enrages the Democrats. From the Frankfurt School to Black Lives Matter, Western values are anathema to the left.

It did not use to be this way. There was a time when the Democrat party was pro-America. JFK loved his country. LBJ was as corrupt as Joe Biden but Jimmy Carter loved America. Even the careless and womanizing Bill Clinton did not set out to destroy the country.

But Obama set the left on a new and insidious course, the Cloward-Piven, Alinskyite path to totalitarianism. The Democrat party of today is overtly anti-American and having captured our educational system decades ago, has indoctrinated several generations who now believe that hating their own country is synonymous with virtue, with being sufficiently woke.

The left in America today opposes every single Judeo-Christian value this civilized nation was built upon, including the nuclear family. They eschew MLK’s wise and common sensical prescription that we be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. The left today is consumed with identity politics, the notion that skin color and sexual orientation are primary and that any minority, racial or sexual, is superior, deserving of elevation in society.

This is why they encouraged and defended the riots of BLM and Antifa throughout the summer but pretended that the demonstration of January 6th was an “insurrection.” It was nothing of the kind. It was an obvious set-up. They, Pelosi and her power-mad colleagues, are only disappointed that the Antifa/BLM recruits who infiltrated the pro-Trump people that day did not do more damage that could be blamed on all those peaceful Trump fans.

Biden has grossly abused his ability to govern and is doing it by decree. He issues Executive Orders like the church of old issued indulgences. Biden is doing this to reward his radical left supporters and/or payback to donors. Now he has announced six gun control “actions.” He said these orders do not infringe on the Second Amendment! Of course, they do. He said “[N]o amendment is absolute,” more proof that the left of today has nothing but contempt for our Constitution.

Cities run by Democrats have stopped confiscating guns from the criminals they’ve released onto their streets but want to deprive law-abiding citizens of their legally-purchased guns. No wonder people want to escape from New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Baltimore and DC. The left has determined that only the criminals should have guns. Use a gun in the commission of a crime? No cash bail. And in each of those cities (and others), the police have been demonized, demoralized and defunded. That is the left’s recipe for certain disaster. Is it a surprise to anyone that crime has escalated drastically in all these cities?

As for Covid, leftists are the shameless fearmongers. Despite the fact that lockdowns and mask mandates can do little or nothing to stop the spread of the virus, they use their propaganda media outlets to frighten and coerce the public to blindly obey their nonsensical restrictions.

The lockdowns have done far more damage than the virus, which has a nearly 98% recovery rate. Tens of thousands of small businesses have been shuttered while the big box stores and Amazon have become fabulously wealthier over the past year.

And exactly what is behind the irresponsible push to vaccinate every American, young and old, with an emergency-authorized, experimental, never-before-used-on-humans vaccine? Given the track record of those involved, Bill Gates and Anthony Fauci, the possibilities are many, none of them good. Dr. Michael Yeardon, a former CEO at Pfizer, is suspicious.

The most serious damage Biden has done is to our border security. He opened the southern border on his first day in office and a catastrophic humanitarian crisis is the ongoing result. He was warned by the outgoing administration what would happen if he ceased the completion of the wall, but he ignored those warnings and began building new “shelters” on his third day in office. His administration knew what would happen. They planned on it. They are doing business with the drug cartels who control the human trafficking, the sex trafficking of children and the flow of all drugs, especially fentanyl, into the US.

Biden is purposefully doing terrible damage to this nation. He is purposefully importing a new and submissive electorate to replace and/or overwhelm the eighty million voters who supported Trump. He is flying and bussing these migrants into the interior of the country, particularly to red states. These people have no skills, little or no education, they’ve not been tested for Covid, but they are given money to begin their lives here. Thousands of others are being put up in hotels at taxpayer expense. And yet the always snarky but befuddled Jen Psaki and Nancy Pelosi claim “there is no crisis at the border.”

These people are so disconnected from reality it is truly frightening. Either that or they continue to assume the American people are very, very stupid when it is becoming clearer and clearer that it is the radical leftists who fraudulently got Biden into office and depend on him to read whatever they put on the teleprompter. They have set about destroying the once-greatest nation that ever existed on this planet. Trump had righted the country, put it back on the right course. Biden and his cohorts set out to undo all the good that Trump set in motion. Biden may think he is developing a legacy, but he will surely forever be known as the worst US president in American history. Let us hope that the country survives his sure-to-be brief tenancy at the White House, but he will surely be remembered as the most anti-American president ever to assume the office.


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In 1994, John F. Kennedy, Jr. called Joe Biden a traitor.


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Joe Biden Named Criminal Suspect In Ukrainian Court for Bribery – Treason Charges Possible in U.S.

Candidate Biden was named as a criminal suspect in the Ukrainian courts for BRIBERY on Wed, Nov 11, 2020. Officials report Biden may be charged with TREASON in the U.S.


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Did Joe Biden commit treason? It appears he did!

Dear Friends,

I never dreamed I would be able to write this article now with such confidence. Indeed, this investigative reporter has known about the Biden corruption for many years. I am not part of the fake news, nor the biased media, nor the big tech cover-ups that are misrepresenting the truth all over America. I am from Delaware and I know who Joe Biden really is.

I am now 100% convinced, having done exhaustive research on Delaware’s former Senator and former U.S. Vice President, now the Democrat candidate for the highest office in the land, that Joe Biden is at the very best, the most unethical politician in United States history and at the worst guilty of selling access to his office and granting favors to foreign officials—actually influence peddling for profit to benefit his family and himself—which is a serious crime. To make things worse, it appears the FBI had access to all of this corrupt information and has done absolutely nothing about it.

Hunter Biden, son of Joseph Biden (Candidate for President of the United States), has been able, with his father’s help, to glean millions and millions of dollars for the benefit of the entire Biden family. The evidence so far is extremely clear and indeed has the appearance of serious crimes and misdemeanors, perhaps even treason. Here is what we do know: 1) Hunter Biden dropped his laptop off at a computer shop in Wilmington. 2) He signed an agreement (they got his signature) that if he didn’t pick up the computer in 90 days, he lost the computer. He never picked it up and forfeited ownership. 3) His lawyer requested the computer be returned in writing. So there is no doubt, the computer did belong to Hunter Biden. 4) the computer tech found the 40,000 emails so incriminating and so explicit that anybody with any reasonable logic would have to conclude there is distinct evidence of corruption and criminal activity. He handed the hard-drive over to the FBI and also to Rudy Giuliani. Thank God he did-as The NY Post was able to get a copy. 5) It has been verified that many of the emails were sent and received. 6) There is possible evidence of sex trafficking, suspected child porn, and drug use-including explicit photos.

One of the incriminating quotes, which I have copied, just as it was right from the computer with a typo or two—direct from the New York Post, is from Hunter Biden to his daughter:

“I love all of you. But I don’t receive any respect and that’s fine I guess—works for you apparently. I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything in this family. For 30 years, It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half of your salary.”

This is just one of many, some even break down the corrupt distributions, indicating $10 million kicked back to Joe Biden.

Folks, whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent, when you take into consideration the apparent corruption that is now the “Biden Crime Family”, the despicable defaming of Curtis Dunn (falsely accused by Biden of being drunk when Nelia Biden killed herself and her infant daughter by running a stop sign in 1972 and broad-siding a truck) when you consider the betrayal of his friend Bill Stevenson, the phony story he and Jill perpetrated about their seedy affair, and the revenge he brought on Stevenson later, and the despicable unmasking of General Mike Flynn by Joe Biden, should in its entirety, disqualify him from being President of the United States. Nobody with any integrity should vote for him.

Stay tuned, this is just the beginning!

I believe Joe Biden is a crook and he must be exposed. I am willing to debate these issues with anybody with the evidence I have. As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Respectfully Submitted,

JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network


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Is Joe Biden Guilty of Treason?

A little past noon on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden placed his left hand on a family Bible, raised his right hand in the air, and repeated the words spoken by Chief Justice John Roberts…

“I, Joseph Robinette Biden, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.”

He then gave a 21 minute and 12 second inaugural address that consisted of 2,525 words.

Later that day, the 46th President of the United States took up residence in the White House where, with the stroke of his pen, he issued 17 executive orders from behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office. One of them reversed a Trump administration order that excluded undocumented immigrants from being counted in the Census, and another indefinitely halted construction of the border wall with Mexico. A third canceled the March 2019 permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have transported crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

In my opinion, not only did those three executive orders exceed his presidential authority, but they were borderline treasonous. Let me explain.

The six times that Joe Biden was sworn into office as a U.S. Senator and the two times he was sworn into office as Vice President of the United States, he recited the following oath:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

The presidential oath includes a promise to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution… but from whom and from what? The answer to that question is seemingly provided by the congressional and vice-presidential oath, which mentions “all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

And yet, on his first day in office, President Biden chose to ignore the Constitution by granting illegal immigrants the same status as legal citizens in terms of congressional representation and apportionment. Not only that, but he also undermined our country’s defenses by reopening our already porous southern border and practically posting a welcome sign for the mass caravans of illegals emboldened by his new immigration policies.

Finally, by moving America from energy independence toward energy dependence, President Biden further compromised our national security. Russia, Iran, and other large oil and gas producers are not our friends, but we may soon find ourselves being held hostage by these totalitarian regimes because of President Biden’s disastrous energy policies.

We can argue the constitutionality of executive orders, but there is little question as to whether Joe Biden has abused that power. In his first 50 days, he has issued more than 50 EOs and executive actions. By comparison, Biden’s 45 predecessors averaged 58 such orders per year.

Strangely, not a single one of President Biden’s executive orders has done anything to bolster America’s defenses or to make our borders more secure. Quite on the contrary. Today, less than two months since Joe Biden took office, we are weaker as a nation and less able to repel a military or economic attack.

It seems to me that the top priority of America’s Commander-in-Chief should be to protect our citizenry. But how does opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants – some with criminal backgrounds and some who tested positive for COVID but were still released into our country – protect us? For that matter, how does filling our gas tanks with Iranian oil or heating our homes with Russian gas keep Americans safe?

The most notorious traitor in U.S. history was Benedict Arnold who, as commander of the American fort at West Point, offered to surrender it – and forfeit control of the Hudson River – to the British forces under Gen. Henry Clinton. While awaiting Clinton’s response to his financial demands, Arnold began to systematically weaken the fort’s defenses and military strength as well as its ability to withstand a siege.

How is Arnold’s betrayal any different than Biden’s? Benedict Arnold took steps to make West Point more vulnerable to an enemy attack by lowering its defenses and Joe Biden has done likewise by halting construction of our southern border wall. Arnold also purposely depleted West Point’s stockpile of supplies whereas President Biden has inexplicably crippled America’s energy supply chain by stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline in its tracks and pulling the plug on existing drilling contracts on federal lands and waters.

In addition to his West Point treachery, Benedict Arnold was court martialed on charges of profiteering during his time as military commander of Philadelphia. At the very least, Joe Biden should face a competency hearing because he is either in cahoots with China or mentally unfit to serve as President.


Edward Moore Kennedy

Edward Moore Kennedy is a traitor.

Edward Moore Kennedy is a traitor.

Edward Kennedy is a treasonous American politician and lawyer who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009.

If George Washington is the Father of our country, then Ted Kennedy is the father of anti-America. What is anti-America? It is a deep-seated disdain for the America most of us love. Anti-America hates our history, our culture, and our success. Hatred, victimhood, and bitterness are the elements binding anti-America together.

America twice afforded Ted Kennedy the opportunity to become President. His family was to American politics what the Tudors were to England. Ted was reported to be an excellent football player at Harvard. However, when the political football of leadership came his way on two critical occasions, he fumbled badly and slid bitterly back into the locker room of wannabe Presidents who never made the cut.

Like previous presidents — Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Teddy’s brother, John — Teddy was born into wealth. He went to the best schools. He came from a popular political family. What Ted lacked all his life was a moral compass.

The first scandal came when he was a Harvard freshman. When he was failing a Spanish class, he recruited a friend to take a Spanish exam for him. He and the stand-in were caught and expelled from Harvard.

Like many politicians, Ted Kennedy had a reputation for womanizing. His vow to remain faithful to his wife, Joan, was a stumbling block to his appetites for extramarital sex. The national press ignored this part of his character until the summer of 1969. While most of America fixated on Apollo 11’s flight to the moon, Kennedy, presumably drunk, drove off a bridge in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, who was in the car with him, drowned. Kennedy freed himself from the car and left the scene to begin damage control on his political career as a Senator from Massachusetts. Contrary to standard practice, Kopechne was buried before an autopsy could be performed on her.

Before Chappaquiddick, Ted was a leading Democrat contender for the party’s Presidential nomination in 1972. Even though Kennedy kept his Senate seat after Chappaquiddick, the Democrats looked elsewhere for a candidate in 1972, ending his first chance to become President.

As the 1980 election approached, Kennedy hungered for another bid to become President. President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, looked vulnerable because of a bad economy and the Iran Hostage Crisis. CBS’s Roger Mudd interviewed Kennedy and asked him why he wanted to be President. Given a perfect opportunity to advance his candidacy, Kennedy responded with incoherent mumbling that would make Joe Biden smile.

One of the reasons Kennedy mumbled incoherently was that he fundamentally disliked America. He was anti-American. He hated the American of 1979 but loved the idea of America he was unable to articulate to his listeners. He had enough sense not to say that, but he was unconvincing pretending to love America. Kennedy’s mumbling cost him his second chance for a Presidential nomination.

I never met Senator Kennedy, but I believe that he felt America owed him a chance to become President. Because his two brothers were assassinated, he was a victim; acclaiming him President would be America’s atonement for killing his older brothers. When America refused to take responsibility for killing his brothers and passed on the chance to make him President, that made Ted bitter.

Kennedy’s involvement in “immigration reform” shows him to be the Father of anti-America. Even though he grew up rich, he was “new rich,” and he encountered snobbery from his “old rich” prep-school and Harvard classmates. His revenge was to fundamentally change immigration in America, along with its future racial and ethnic composition.

His bitterness hurt Hillary Clinton. It must have been agonizing for Ted Kennedy, still in the Senate, to watch Clinton’s two-term presidency. Clinton’s morals made Teddy look like a Boy Scout. When Hillary began her campaign for the presidency in 2008, she was the odds-on favorite to get the Democratic nomination. Another Senator, Barack Obama, also hankered for the nomination. In another act of bitterness, Ted Kennedy threw his support to Obama and Hillary lost her first shot to become President.

Ted Kennedy took his Anti-Americanism to a new level in 1983. While Ronald Reagan was President, Kennedy reached out to Yuri Andropov, president of our Cold War enemy, Russia, for help discrediting President Reagan. Many would consider this treason or at least colluding with the Russians, but for Kennedy, it was just more anti-American opportunism.

Even before his death, Democrats saw in Ted a model. Like Kennedy, they would do all they could to change the composition of the American electorate. If permitting illegal immigration across our southern borders was necessary, they would justify it as compassion. When Teddy died in 2009, the Democrats tried to give him the equivalent of a state funeral. When the rest of America ignored the event, the Democrats felt more hate, bitterness, and determination to honor Saint Teddy’s legacy.

If you look at the modern Democratic Party and see hatred, bitterness, and victimhood, credit the Father of it all: Ted Kennedy.


Elizabeth Lynne Cheney

Elizabeth Lynne Cheney is a traitor.

Elizabeth Lynne Cheney is a traitor.

Elizabeth Cheney is a treasonous politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district since 2017. Cheney is the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership.

In voting to impeach President Trump, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney violated the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution by declaring him guilty before due process.

Regarding the mob violence at the U. S. Capitol building, Rep. Cheney stated that the president “lit the flame of this attack.” To be sure, he enflamed the marchers to the Capitol, but he did not incite to a riot. The mob itself chose to do that.

The Constitution does not protect speech that incites a riot. Trump did not tell the marchers to march to the Capitol and engage in violence.

In fact, he stated to them, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Rep. Cheney declared, “Everything that followed” at the Capitol “was his doing.” No, it was not his doing; it was the doing itself of many of the mob. She makes a faulty leap of post hoc, ergo propter hoc: after his comments, therefore because of his comments. The law and the Constitution don’t work that way. Nowhere did the president state or imply that the marchers should next march to the Capitol for violent insurrection.

Rep. Cheney then charges the president with “betrayal… of his oath to the Constitution.” In unwitting irony, it is Cheney who betrays her oath to the Constitution by declaring guilt before due process.

She should have taken the route that Sen. Mitch McConnell carefully did: Wait to see what the evidence says — which implements due process.

On January 17, 2021 the Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming voted unanimously with 45 votes to censure Cheney for her vote to impeach President Trump.

The Committee declared that “she voted in favor of the Democrats’ rushed impeachment article, denying President Trump due process.” The Committee was accurate in its charge.

It is understandable that one week later State Senator Anthony Boucher tossed his hat into the ring in the Republican primary against Rep. Cheney.

I want to relate a true story that explains the distinction between enflaming people and inciting a riot. These are constitutionally two entirely different things.

In the late ‘60s when I was a college professor at a mid-sized Michigan university, nearly every campus in America was protesting the country’s involvement in the Vietnam war.

One well-known and revered professor at my university decided in a Hyde Park manner to protest the war. He set up a PA system in the center of campus and blasted his protests of the war.

After dark, student mobs destroyed the campus. The destruction got so violent and widespread that military helicopters were flown in to tear-gas the entire campus, dispersing the students.

Was this the professor’s constitutional right to engage in free speech on a public, not private, campus, or did he incite a riot? He enflamed students, but he did not instruct or suggest that they should violently destroy much of the campus.

I take this as the professor’s constitutional right to free speech on a public campus — much as I take President Trump’s right to protest to his followers, even enflame them, but not incite them to mob violence and destruction.

I’ve always liked Liz Cheney’s politics and wish she would have made the critical distinction between Trump’s enflaming comments and incitement to riot.

With unanimous censure by her party leaders in Wyoming, she could lose her seat.


Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is a traitor.

Mark Zuckerberg is a traitor, not just to this country, but to democracy everywhere.

As the CEO of Facebook, a business that has the attention of billions of people, Mark Zuckerberg has incredible power.

And that’s what makes the Facebook chief executive “the most dangerous person in the world,” New York University Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway said on “Bloomberg Markets: The Close” on Wednesday, Aug 9, 2019.

Galloway, who teaches marketing and is a self-made millionaire entrepreneur, made the comment while discussing Facebook’s move to integrate the messenger services of the various platforms it owns: WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. (Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.) While customers will still be able to use all three messenger apps individually, the three services will all be running off of the same back-end technical infrastructure when Zuckerberg’s plan is completed, either by the end of this year or in early 2020.

“Mark Zuckerberg is trying to encrypt the backbone between WhatsApp, Instagram and the core platform, Facebook, such that he has one communications network across 2.7 billion people,” Galloway said in the Bloomberg interview. “What could go wrong?”

Indeed, more than 2.7 billion people use at least one of those Facebook-owned services each month, the company says. And more than 2.1 billion use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every day on average, according to Facebook.

“The notion that we are going to have one individual deciding the algorithms for an encrypted backbone of 2.7 billion people is frightening — regardless of that person’s intentions,” Galloway tells Bloomberg.

That’s because a variety of public voices and perspectives should, at least in theory, help keep the democratic process healthy, Galloway tells CNBC Make It.

A “key safeguard for society is diversity of media/viewpoints, checks and balance,” Galloway says. He adds that people should be concerned by “the notion that one set of algorithms, controlled by one person who cannot be removed from office” would have a significant influence over the platform through which billions of Facebook users around the world consume information every day. Another relevant matter of concern regarding Zuckerberg and Facebook, Galloway adds, is that the social networking giant has already faced high-profile criticism regarding “bad actors” (such as Russian propagandists) using the platform to spread misinformation and sow discord through Facebook and Instagram.

″[Zuckerberg] has not demonstrated ability, or will, to ensure the doomsday machine will not be weaponized (repeatedly) by bad actors,” Galloway says.

Meanwhile, Facebook’s move to integrate its messaging infrastructure could actually be an effort to build a defense against a possible pending antitrust case, Galloway argues.

At the end of July, the U.S. Department of Justice said it was opening an antitrust review of some of the nation’s largest tech companies, and while no companies were named specifically, the DOJ is launching the review based on “new Washington threats” from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Zuckerberg wants to get to the point where, if the government were to attempt to break up Facebook, the company would try claim it is not possible without killing the entire social network and taking out the economic benefits with it, Galloway says. “What Facebook is doing is taking prophylactic moves against any sort of antitrust so that [Zuckerberg] could say, ‘It would be impossible to unwind this now,’” Galloway tells Bloomberg.

This argument, though, is not likely to work, antitrust lawyer Steven Levitsky tells CNBC Make It. “No one likes to ‘unscramble the eggs’ of a corporate integration. But when companies have operated separately, and only now become integrated, it’s obvious that they can be separated again,” Levitsky says. “The cost of the separation is one that the defendant would have to bear.”

Facebook may also try to claim that if it were broken into smaller pieces it won’t be able to compete with Chinese tech behemoths, such as the Chinese messaging and mobile payment app WeChat and social media video app Tik Tok, Galloway tells CNBC Make It in a follow-up phone call.

This, Galloway says, is called the “national champions’ argument” in economics: “If you, in any way, diminish our size and power, we won’t be able to defend our shores against the Chinese companies that are coming for us,” Galloway says. He doesn’t by that argument. “Smaller, more nimble, agile companies have shown an ability to be just as effective countervailing forces than large lumbering ones,” he says.

“This is absolutely bad for the planet, bad for society and it is clear where they are going,” Galloway says. He also called the federal regulators’ approval of Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram a “failure.”

“I think we all probably regret that now,” Galloway said. To this, the Federal Trade Commission had no comment, a spokesperson told CNBC Make It.

Facebook did not respond to CNBC Make It’s request for comment.


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Mark Zuckerberg’s Pact with the Devil

This is a column about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, but it starts with an old story about Intel and Monsanto from the book Accidental Empires. Stick with me here and you’ll soon understand why…

There was a time in the early 1980s when Intel suffered terrible quality problems. It was building microprocessors and other parts by the millions and by the millions these parts tested bad. The problem was caused by dust, the major enemy of computer chip makers.

Semiconductor companies fight dust by building their components in expensive clean rooms. Intel had plenty of clean rooms, but it still had a big dust problem, so the engineers cleverly decided that the wafers were probably dusty before they ever arrived at Intel. The wafers were made in the East by Monsanto. Suddenly it was Monsanto’s dust problem.

Monsanto engineers spent months and millions trying to eliminate every last speck of dust from their silicon wafer production facility in South Carolina. They made what they thought was terrific progress, too, though it didn’t show in Intel’s production yields, which were still terrible. The funny thing was that Monsanto’s other customers weren’t complaining. IBM, for example, wasn’t complaining, and IBM was a very picky customer, always asking for wafers that were extra big or extra small or triangular instead of round. IBM was having no dust problems.

If Monsanto was clean and Intel was clean, the only remaining possibility was that the wafers somehow got dusty on their trip between the two companies, so the Monsanto engineers hired a private investigator to tail the next shipment of wafers to Intel. Their private eye uncovered an Intel shipping clerk who was opening incoming boxes of super-clean silicon wafers and then counting out the wafers by hand into piles on his super-unclean desktop, just to make sure that Bob Noyce was getting every silicon wafer he was paying for.

There is a business axiom that management gurus spout and big-shot industrialists repeat to themselves as a mantra if they want to sleep well at night. The axiom says that when a business grows past $1 billion in annual sales it becomes too large for any one individual to have a significant impact. Alas, this is not true when it’s a $1 billion high-tech business, where too often the critical path goes right through the head of one particular programmer or engineer or even through the head of a well-meaning clerk down in the shipping department. Remember that Intel was already a $1+ billion company when it was brought to its knees by desk dust.

The reason that there are so many points at which a chip, a computer, or a program is dependent on just one person is that these tech companies lack depth. Like any other new industry, this is one staffed mainly by pioneers, who are, by definition, a small minority. People in critical positions in these organizations don’t usually have backup, so when they make a mistake, the whole company makes a mistake.

Which brings us back to Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has been getting a lot of bad press lately because its platform has been a particularly effective medium for pushing extreme political positions backed by provable lies. The problem, say Facebook critics, is the company’s resistance to controlling such posters if they are, say, the President of the United States of America. While Facebook might shut down you or me if we tried to do the same thing, they haven’t shut down or edited President Trump, which the company says is all in the interest of free speech.

Yeah, right.

Facebook is under a siege of sorts as advertisers boycott the company’s platform over this issue. Facebook lives or dies by advertising so this is a real threat to the company if it grows and endures. It would be easy to solve the problem if Facebook just took a more rational policy, treating all posters the same, Presidents and paupers alike.

Why doesn’t Facebook just make this problem go away?

One theory is that the company fears President Trump, who is always happy to threaten any outfit he perceives as throttling his political message. If Facebook can just keep shuffling its feet until the election, the thinking goes, then Trump will lose and his threats will lose with him.

But I have a different theory. My theory is that Facebook’s policy on political free speech is entirely — and deliberately — attributable to Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook’s position is Zuck’s position and it will only change when Zuckerberg feels he has made his point, whatever that is.

To understand why this is the case, just look at Facebook’s stock structure. Yes, stock structure.

Facebook has two types of shares identified as A and B. A shares are the common shares the company sold when it went public in 2012. Each A share carries one vote at the company’s annual meeting. Facebook B shares are original founder shares, which aren’t traded on any exchange, but each B share gets 10 votes at the annual meeting.

Through his B shares, Mark Zuckerberg holds 57.9 percent of all possible Facebook shareholder votes. He, as an individual, has voting control of the entire enterprise. He can’t be fired. He can’t even be effectively opposed. Facebook will never face the wrath of an activist investor.

Looking back to that story about Intel and Monsanto, Mark Zuckerberg engineered a lifetime position as Facebook’s key man with every critical path going directly through him. Like de Gaulle said of France, Facebook literally is Zuckerberg.

Jump now to 2020 and we can see that Facebook’s free speech position is Zuckerberg’s position because of this Faustian deal. So why doesn’t he change it and be less of a dick? Because power doesn’t exist if it is not wielded.

Even if Facebook changes policies, it will do so very slowly, because Zuckerberg doesn’t want to look vulnerable.

I don’t know what’s happening inside Facebook, but I’d guess that this is an instance when Zuckerberg wants to remind everyone who is the boss.

That’s how Tony Soprano might have handled it.


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Could Mark Zuckerberg be Executed by a Firing Squad?

Legal experts weigh in on the Facebook founder’s legal jeopardy

Many people have suggested lately that Zuckerberg could face jail time for his misleading testimony to Congress over the last few years.
Jail time? Is that really enough?

If it is true that Cambridge Analytica and the Russians had enough data to determine how each and every Facebook use in America was going to vote, and they provided that information to the Trump campaign, then some jurists have suggested that the offense of undermining democracy in America is traitorous and punishable by death.

“But it is highly unlikely a firing squad would be used,” explains one of the Winkelvoss twins, sorry don’t know which, can’t tell them apart. “The firing squad hasn’t been used since 2010 in Utah when Ronnie Lee was executed. But that was by the State of Utah. The federal government hasn’t used the firing squad since the famous deserter Eddie Slovik was executed in 1945 in France by a firing squad for running away from battle.”

Then the other Winkelvoss twin chimes in (man are they tall and handsome and strapping!).

“The traitor of all traitors, Benedict Arnold, was not even executed by firing squad,” says this Winkelvoss. “He in fact escaped and lived out his life in England, but his partner in sedition and treason, Major John Andre, was hanged for his crimes. What Zuckerberg has done is fairly on a par with Andre and Arnold. America’s enemy was the beneficiary in both cases. In Zuck’s case it was Russia.”

But it is highly unlikely that Mark Zuckerberg will be hanged. According to hanging expert Evan Spiegal, “The last time someone was hanged was Rainey Bethea in 1937, for the rape of a 70-year-old woman in Kentucky. This was more or less a lynching. Although the mob is angry at Zuckerberg, I can’t really see them stringing him up.”

But what about the guillotine?

“The guillotine was only used in North America only in the French Carribean, and was discontinued in the 1890s,” says a guy with French accent, who looks suspiciously like Chris Hughes with a fake mustache. “The only people to die of guillotine in the US have been suicides, in which case the guillotines were home-made by the suicides themselves.”
So it’s not likely that Zuckerberg will face the guillotine. What about just the plain axe? Off with his head like they did in England?

“The famous pirate Blackbeard was rumored to have been beheaded in North Carolina for his crimes in 1718 but he was also shot,” says Palmer Lucky, through a virtual reality machine.

“Most of the people beheaded in the British colonies were Native Americans,” continues Mr. Lucky. “Miles Standish, the famous pilgrim, executed the chief Wituwamat by beheading him in 1623 for resisting white settlement. That’s why we dress up as pilgrims and celebrate Thanksgiving every year by cutting the head off a turkey.”

I’m not sure about this Lucky guy — he’s rumored to be a Trump supporter after all. But it does seem unlikely that any of these barbaric methods of execution will be used against the Zuck.

“If he were executed,” says an expert in jurisprudence (always loved that word) Mr. Eduardo Saverin. “It would most likely be by lethal injection.”

Well, there you have it. Mark Zuckerberg may be fined, sternly chastened, or even criminally prosecuted for his corporate misbehavior, but it is highly unlikely that he will be blindfolded, given his last cigarette, and then shot twenty or thirty times.

But at least a few people we interviewed seem like they are kind of hoping for it.