Walter Russell Mead, via the Hudson Institute, summarizes what seems to be an emerging foreign policy platform for the Trump administration (behind a paywall).
‘Against this background, Secretary Pompeo delivered his most comprehensive attempt yet to expound the core themes informing the Trump administration’s foreign policy. His speech—delivered Saturday to the Claremont Institute in Southern California—deserves careful study. Whether or not President Trump’s foreign policy is successful, the ideas laid out by Mr. Pompeo are likely to shape the Republican Party’s approach to statecraft for years to come.’
Here’s the speech.
What say you? (presented without current comment):
A slightly longer Twitter take of mine can be found here, but all I’d really like is relatively clear rules and transparent enforcement. I might even argue the continued existence of Twitter depends on rule design and enforcement as much as platform design, but this could be a stretch.
Perusing the Twitter Trust and Safety Council page illuminates how global their reach is, how intractable some of the problems (from ISIS to child predators), but, also, how the loud voices, moralists and busybodies always seem to nominate themselves.
This is something of a racket, I’m afraid, which is often better for the vision of each group rather than all groups, especially as such groups cozy-up to institutions with real power:
‘It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.’
Readers will know I strongly favor freer and open speech, so like the choices being made in many a university social sciences department (hard science, data vs more questionable epistemologies and self-selecting true-believers), a similar phenomenon is likely occuring at Twitter:
Not good enough. When platforms shut out scholars and then reinstate them, it leaves a residue. A chill. If “Trust & Safety” needs to go, that’s a lot better than scholars pledging allegiance to activists in order to merely have conversations.
This is by now a threat to us all. https://t.co/ce9oRcowl8
— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) May 13, 2019
From the Weather Service video below: A small percentage of the world’s surface supports the kinds of extreme clashing air masses found on the U.S. plains. Very few thunderstorms become supercells, and very few of those supercells form tornadoes. Even fewer tornadoes become violent F4 and F5 monsters which spawn sub-vortices and anti-cyclones.
The El Reno, Oklahoma tornado from 2013 took the lives of eight people, including experienced stormchasers known for their judgment and contributions to the rest of us.
A sad day.