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Mark Zuckerberg got grilled by senators

And all we can talk about is his seat

OK it's not all we can talk about, but Mark Zuckerberg did decide to testify about Facebook – in other words, answer lots of difficult questions from lots of angry senators – from a booster seat.

Presumably the extra padding was to make 5ft7 Mark a bit more comfortable in that super imposing room, but as a Buzzfeed journalist put it, doesn't Capitol Hill (one of the most important rooms in the whole universe) have any bigger chairs?

What it means: Well, it means that the internet is distracting us all from Facebook's big old data breach by doing what it does best and making fun of billionaire Zuck, the old classic "he's a big bab..." oh, you mean what does it mean about economics? Soz...

*cracks fingers*

Senators are really, really angry about Facebook's data breach. The question here is whether Facebook has got so big it's lost control. Mark Zuckerberg said he's in a constant battle with Russian data operators who are trying to exploit the platform.

Senators are saying they're considering slapping more  on Facebook. Basically, putting more rules on how it does business to stop things like the Cambridge Analytica leak happening again.

People disagree over how much power governments can have over business – while some people think they should be left alone to do what they do best and make loads of money, others think companies should be restricted to make sure they're acting in peoples' best interests.

Good memes though.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?