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Facebook could change the face of politics, Amazon launches monthly Prime option, Apple gives iPhones three years, Microsoft’s Captionbot is crap at identifying photos, and a Fallout game arrives on YouTube.

Facebook Could Affect Elections

Facebook could, if it wanted to, try to affect the outcome of elections such as the U.S. Presidential Election currently taking place. And some employees seem keen to do so. That’s the logical conclusion to draw from the revelation that Facebook employees recently asked their CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?”

This was the fifth most popular question put forward for Zuckerberg to answer during a recent Q&A session. We don’t know how Zuckerberg answered this question, and probably never will. However, Facebook has since issued a statement saying:

“We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues. We as a company are neutral — we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.”

This is a clear, unequivocal commitment never to meddle in politics, but it flies in the face of Zuckerberg’s recent rant against “people” who sound suspiciously like Donald J. Trump. During his F8 keynote speech, when Facebook also launched its army of disappointing bots Facebook Brings Bots to Messenger, HTC Launches the HTC 10... [Tech News Digest] Facebook Brings Bots to Messenger, HTC Launches the HTC 10... [Tech News Digest] Facebook wants you to message bots, an introduction to the HTC 10, Microsoft makes the Blue Screen of Death useful, Periscope lets you doodle on your live streams, and the Flyboard Air flies through the... Read More , Zuckerberg said:

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as ‘others.’ I hear them calling for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, for reducing trade, and in some cases even for cutting access to the internet. It takes courage to choose hope over fear. People will always call you naive but it’s this hope and optimism that’s behind every important step forward.”

So, Facebook as a company is maintaining political impartiality Sick of Politics? 3 Powerful Ways to Clean Up Facebook Sick of Politics? 3 Powerful Ways to Clean Up Facebook You're probably using Facebook wrong. But don't feel bad — so is practically everyone else. An unconfigured Facebook page can be desperately annoying — but there are ways to clean it up. Read More , its boss has made his feelings perfectly clear. And what’s to stop Facebook nudging elections a certain way in the future? With more than 1.6 billion users, this is one of the few tech companies with the pull needed to exert such influence. And if it did it would be devastating for democracy.

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Pay Monthly for Amazon Prime

Amazon is now offering more options when it comes to Amazon Prime. The premium service, which brings a host of benefits 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now Scratch the surface. Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don't realize exist. Read More to customers, was previously only available as an annual subscription priced at $99. However, now, Amazon Prime can be paid for monthly, and Amazon Prime Video can be paid for separate to everything else.

The annual Amazon Prime subscription still costs $99, while the monthly Amazon Prime subscription costs $10.99-a-month. That works out to $131.88 for one year. Amazon Prime Video 10+ TV Shows That Make Amazon Prime Worth the Money 10+ TV Shows That Make Amazon Prime Worth the Money Netflix is undoubtedly the king of the movie and TV show streaming services. However, Amazon Prime has some fantastic television shows that make it worth the asking price. Read More , which is now available as a standalone service with none of the other extras, costs $8.99-a-month. That works out to $107.88 for one year.

We will have a full article on this in the coming days, helping you decide which option is right for you. In the meantime, it’s a good reminder of Amazon Prime is a good deal Is Amazon Prime A Good Deal? Is Amazon Prime A Good Deal? Amazon’s Prime membership has been around for several years now and has, over the years, gained some notable upgrades. Once no more than a free shipping offer, Prime is now a streaming media service on... Read More .

Apple Expects iPhones to Last 3 Years

Apple expects your iPhone or iPad to last for three years under normal usage conditions. That is at least according to a FAQ about Apple’s relationship with the environment. The company was asked, “How does Apple conduct its Product Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Assessment?” To which it replied:

“To model customer use, we measure the power consumed by a product while it is running in a simulated scenario. Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modeled customer use data. Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for OS X and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices.”

This doesn’t mean your iPhone is designed to fail after 1096 days (as conspiracy theorists may now tell you). Instead, it’s just that Apple expects you to upgrade Should You Choose The iPhone 5s Over The iPhone 6? Should You Choose The iPhone 5s Over The iPhone 6? Before you go straight for the new iPhone 6 or even the 6 Plus, why not look into the iPhone 5s instead? That's what I did – and I couldn't be happier. Read More after that relatively short space of time, whether or not the hardware is still going strong.

Microsoft Launches Another Crappy Bot

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Microsoft has launched another bot, this one designed to describe everything it sees in a photo. Unfortunately, CaptionBot isn’t very good at its job, with plenty of people flagging up extremely wrong, and sometimes offensive, results.

It’s an artificial intelligence Attention, Internet! The Best Movies About Artificial Intelligence Attention, Internet! The Best Movies About Artificial Intelligence Hollywood has released a lot of great movies exploring the issues of artificial intelligence over the years, and here are 10 of the best movies about AI we recommend you move Heaven and Earth to... Read More bot, which means it should get better as it feeds on more information. However, having already killed its teenage chatbot Tay Facebook Drops BlackBerry, Uber Begs to Be Hacked.. [Tech News Digest] Facebook Drops BlackBerry, Uber Begs to Be Hacked.. [Tech News Digest] BlackBerry loses another supporter, Uber pays you to hack it, Toonz animation software goes open-source, Microsoft tweets like a teenager, and proof that Apple fans will believe any old crap. Read More off for tweeting some shocking things, Microsoft is taking a gamble letting CaptionBot loose on the Internet.

Choose Your Own Fallout Apocalypse

And finally, you can now play a Choose Your Own Adventure-style game on YouTube. Even better, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure-style game based on Fallout: New Vegas. You get to watch a story unfold, making decisions at various points which redirect you to the next video. If you mess up, you simply return to the start and try again.

This is an amazing idea that must have taken months to put together. After all, every decision creates a new branch in the storyline, and every single branch has to lead somewhere. Luckily, the time and energy spent making this YouTube adventure should pay dividends, as it’s likely to grab you and refuse to let go the same way it did me. [H/T Reddit]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Should Facebook be allowed to get involved in politics? Can you see the appeal of paying monthly for Amazon Prime? How old is your current smartphone? Has CaptionBot accurately described a photo for you? How did you fare at the Fallout YouTube game?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Jimbo
    April 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Google are already trying to get rid of Trump. I've never taken any interest in the man, but every time I go to the YouTube home page (not signed in) I'm presented with three or four bash-Trump videos, just in case I get any ideas.

    • fcd76218
      April 19, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      People have been pushing the "get rid of Trump" agenda since he creamed the GOP aparatchiks in the first primary a few months ago. He upset the Republican apple cart. The GOP poohbahs did not expect some political virgin to steal the Republican lunch. The question now is, will they finally see the light and support Trump and help him into the White House, or are they going to throw a hissy fit and nominate one of their stooges.

      I don't think it is Google which is trying to get rid of Trump themselves. I think they are just making it easier for anti-Trump videos to be shown. I wonder whether those videos may be having an opposite effect to the one intended. When it comes to exposure, there is no such thing as bad publicity. The videos are providing Trump with free exposure. Beware of the Law of Unintended Consequences!

  2. Public Citizen
    April 19, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Facebook needs to be very circumspect in any demonstration of political preference.
    The US laws concerning political campaigns are very specific with respect to times and places where "political activities" may be conducted in the last couple of weeks prior to an election.
    Since people will naturally have their smartphones on their persons in the prohibited areas, the presence of anything that might be construed as "campaign literature" on these devices could be viewed as a violation of the relative statutes and ordinances.

    • fcd76218
      April 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      "the presence of anything that might be construed as “campaign literature” on these devices could be viewed as a violation of the relative statutes and ordinances. "
      I wonder if smartphones can be forbidden on the premises of polling places? All polling places have multiple signs stating "NO electioneering within 100 feet of the polling place". Can a losing politician challenge the results based on a supposition that voters were influenced by FB messages on their smartphones.

      The prohibition against "electioneering" is very strictly observed. At each election, each major party and some minor ones, place their "observers" at every polling place to keep an eye on things. No party wants any other party to have any advantage, fair or unfair.

      At our local elections last year, couple of women tried to enter the polling place wearing T-shirts with the name of one of the candidates. They were told that they will not be allowed to cast their ballots unless they removed or totally covered those T-shirts. I know the women and they did not wear those T-shirts with the idea of influencing anybody. It was just a coincidence that they wore them to go to vote.

      • Public Citizen
        April 19, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        Thank You for the expanded explanation of my concern.
        For those not intimately familiar with the USA election procedure it will provide additional insight and understanding.
        Based on your comments the thought just occurred to me, what about ringtones?
        If a person is using the same ringtone as a candidates theme song and their phone rings while in a restricted campaign zone could they immediately be detained for electioneering? Even if it is not their candidate?

        • fcd76218
          April 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

          "If a person is using the same ringtone as a candidates theme song and their phone rings while in a restricted campaign zone could they immediately be detained for electioneering?"
          According to the letter of the law, that could be construed as "electioneering". Probably depends on the official at the scene (and the lawyers). Just as many other laws, this one has not caught up to the advances in technology. Remember the "hanging chads".

  3. pmshah
    April 19, 2016 at 3:56 am

    What is wrong if a few Facebook employees voice their opinion or their wish ? How is it ok for professional politicians, beholden to corporate money, to voice their opinion by either endorsing or denouncing a prospective candidate but not ok for an individual citizen just because he is working for Facebook ? What kind of freedom of speech do you call that?

    • fcd76218
      April 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      "What is wrong if a few Facebook employees voice their opinion or their wish ? "
      Considering the lemming mob tendencies ("if it's on the 'Net, it must be true") of FB users, a statement of endorsement or of opposition from FB can carry a lot of weight. Why do politicians seek the endorsement of the NY or LA Times or Washington Post? Because those papers are influential. So is Facebook.

      "What kind of freedom of speech do you call that? "
      Whatever gave you the quaint idea that there is freedom of speech in the US? You are only free to say anything that the Thought Police approve of. That is Trump's problem. He keeps expressing Politically Incorrect opinions.

      • Public Citizen
        April 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        Just an observation.
        What you observe as Trumps "problem" is one of the main reasons he is enjoying such popularity with people who are fed up with "political correctness" and all of the attendant dictatorial elements that go with it.
        Without Donald Trump shining a strong light into so many of the political elites [from both parties] shadowy secrets and long suspected but little seen in the light of day shenanigans many of these issues would have not even been mentioned, much less received the discussion they deserve.
        Political Correctness is an insidious form of thought control that results in easily manipulated group think. This is why Donald Trump is so hated by the elites, he speaks his mind [often in an abrasive and offensive manner, but at least you have no doubt about what he is thinking] publicly on actions that the elites do not want even mentioned outside of their behind locked doors meetings.
        What some people see as Donald Trumps "problem" is the exact reason why he is enjoying popularity with the large segment of the population that have had enough of the professional politicians and their self serving ways.

        • fcd76218
          April 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

          Don't get me wrong. I may dislike the man intensely but I love what he brings to the table. We need a different approach after decades of cookie cutter political operatives. In spite of the naysayers, Trump can't do much worse than the string of politicians that occupied the White House for the last couple of decades. If worse comes to worse, we will have to put up with him for only four years. We've put with worse for 8 years a few times. Of course, if he is really bad, he can be impeached.

        • Public Citizen
          April 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm

          I concur with your sentiment completely, except for the part about disliking him intensely.
          Whatever feelings of dislike/distrust I personally have for Mr. Trump [and believe me I have my doubts] they are counterbalanced by the fresh air and light he has brought to this election cycle so that on balance I am ~slightly~ biased in his favor.
          Based on experience, I have a built in bias ~against~ any politician or person voluntarily seeking elected office.
          In Trumps case, I feel that he has been driven to run by the current system in that he can no longer stand by and just watch what was once "the shining light upon the hill" be torn apart and crumble into a third world Oligarchy with underlying tones of Kleptocracy.

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 12:57 am

          "Political Correctness is an insidious form of thought control that results in easily manipulated group think."

          Yeah, right, because not calling people nasty names, being courteous and polite even to people you disagree with, and not indulging in hate speech - in other words, being a nice person - is "thought control" and "manipulated group think".

          Methinks that the thought control is the people opposed to being sane, nice people, not the sane,nice people themselves. One look at the behaviour of both sides is pretty compelling evidence.

          Cheers!

        • Public Citizen
          April 20, 2016 at 2:04 am

          "Methinks that the thought control is the people opposed to being sane, nice people, not the sane,nice people themselves. One look at the behaviour of both sides is pretty compelling evidence."

          I heartily concur.
          A large measure of the problem is the "education" system that is increasingly obsessed with political correctness to the detriment of true education. I have often advocated for a return to the McGuffy Curriculum, under which most of todays college graduates [especially the ones where "studies" is a chief component of the curriculum and the degree] and many of their "full professors" would have difficulty in achieving a passing grade on the 8th grade passing out examination.
          The Classical Liberal Arts are anathema to todays "educators" and this is expressed in the degraded levels of civility [particularly with the anonymity of electronic media] and the increasing inability of the product of this "education system" to express themselves in an articulate and civil fashion.
          It has reached the point where phrases that would have been recognized in previous generations as a vicious insult go unnoticed as the intended butt of the epithet does not have the minimum level of education to understand that they have been insulted.

      • Andy G
        April 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm

        Hardly. In a country with real "thought police", like the old USSR used to be or N Korea is now, you would be rounded up even for your statement. There would be no Trump trashing videos at all, and no video channels that didn't play government propaganda, and no forum like this where you could speak your mind.

        Your comment was pure FUD.

        • fcd76218
          April 20, 2016 at 12:02 am

          " like the old USSR used to be or N Korea is now"
          Have you had first hand experience or are you just repeating something you read on the Internet? Unlike you, I DO have first hand experience.

          The Thought Police in the US are not institutionalized as they were behind the Iron Curtain, neither are they as heavy-handed. Over there, you knew where you stood - you were not allowed to express ANY opinion that the government did not tell you to have.

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 12:10 am

          Oh for crying out loud. I don't have to travel there to find out what it's like (and I'm old enough to remember much of the cold war). I don't care how you spin it, you cannot compare the US with North Korea or the old USSR in terms of freedom of speech. That's just more FUD.

          I could put on bathing trunks and march up and down main street in winter screaming about Obama - lies and fud like much of the media does - and the worst I'd likely get is a ticket for disturbing the peace and recommendation for counseling.

          Try that in NK/Kim or the old USSR about any party aparatchek and I guarantee you would be/have been arrested, interrogated, probably tortured and almost certainly executed.

          "You knew where you stood."

          Yes, you most certainly did, and it sure as hell wasn't freedom of speech of any sort at all.
          I'm done. You have no idea what you are talking about.

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 12:12 am

          The fact that we can bitch about it on this forum is the only proof I need.

        • fcd76218
          April 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

          @Andy G.:
          "The fact that we can bitch about it on this forum is the only proof I need"
          All the proof of Thought Police I need is Obamacare forcing Catholic employers to compromise their religious teachings by having to provide medical coverage for contraception and abortion. They are NOT allowed to opt out. Where is the Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion for the Catholics? Forcing Catholics to accept abortion and contraception is like forcing Muslims and Jews to consume pork.

          Liberals are great on demanding that their opinions and rights be respected but they have no tolerance for the rights and opinions of their opponents. As far as the Liberals are concerned, it's "My way or the highway".

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 12:35 am

          Look, we have VAST free speech protections in this country compared to most any other place in the world, no matter their government.

          Just one look at all the media idiocy during this election circus (nevermind eight years of lies and slander about our sitting president) is PROOF that anyone can say just about anything they like in this country and not get arrested, interrogated, tortured or shot for it (although possibly sued in civil court, which while subject to abuse serves a necessary purpose in society)

          There is absolutely NO COMPARISON between the US and them. None. at. all. "political correctness" is much more about politeness than it is about controlling speech. In terms of freedom of public speech we are VASTLY less controlled than we were when I was a kid forty years ago - heck all the generation older than me complain about how foul mouthed and dishonest everyone is in public! I mean if the older generation thinks it is... ;)

          So when people start talking about the "Thought Police" in the US, my first thought is that they have been watching too much Fox News while drinking strong whisky, and if they persist, my second one is that they are off their heads with paranoia. Because there is no justification at all for thinking we are anything like any country that doesn't have freedom of speech.

          (Trump has no hope of winning the election because we DO have free speech, and he's let his ugly inner thoughts out in the public, where they justly gets slapped down. Can you imagine the criticism he'd get as president? *snort*)

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 12:42 am

          National Enquirer and it's ilk.

          'nuff said.

        • Public Citizen
          April 20, 2016 at 2:17 am

          Perhaps you don't have the historical background to understand that there are hard and soft applications of "thought police".
          The soft applications go back decades in institutions of higher education, wherein liberal/leftist professors have made their personal political philosophy an integral element of the curriculum even it could be demonstrated that their political outlook has no relevance to the course material unless there is a deliberate attempt to insert that outlook as an agenda into the course work and the grades that students achieve as a result of expressing opinions that do not congruently align with the professors own.
          The result has been the soft indoctrination of generations so that we are now at the point where certain "college students" are reported as being afraid of even seeing the name of a populist political candidate written in chalk on concrete.
          Hard applications of P.C. are much easier to recognize and identify than the soft applications, something that those with an otherwise unpalatable agenda depend upon to incrementally advance their ideas. The soft P.C. is therefore even more insidious than the hard applications because it is such an insidious poison.

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

          Did you make that up out of whole cloth, or is it something you picked up some some blogger? It sounds like generational conspiracy paranoia. Seriously.

          "liberal/lefist"* are not that organized. Look at the Democratic party and tell me different.

          *when you use the term "liberal/leftist" I know that you are spouting right wing talking point crap. Well that and the fact that I'm a half century old, thoroughly educated (school, self, and real life in spades) and am not foolish enough to believe that what you are talking about is anything but nonsense.

          "The result has been the soft indoctrination of generations so that we are now at the point where certain “college students” are reported as being afraid of even seeing the name of a populist political candidate written in chalk on concrete."

          Riiiiiiiiight. Even if there were one or two cases of something like this, it's hardly the engineered epidemic you seem to be claiming. You have no idea how silly your rhetoric sounds to someone who has some real education.

        • Public Citizen
          April 21, 2016 at 5:31 am

          I'll match my real world plus academic education up against anything you care to propose outside of specific technical disciplines cupcake.
          You spout the progressive party line without even recognising it for what it is, your lifetime of having been propagandised instead of receiving a ~real~ education.
          Ever heard of the McGuffy curriculum?
          Neither you nor most of the people you have received your "education" from have a likelihood of even knowing what that is, much less receiving a passing grade on the 8th grade passing out examination.
          Those of us who have received a real education, including more decades of real world adult experience than you've been alive after getting a ~real~ education from ~real~ teachers, not parroting propagandists, have nothing but contempt tinged with pity for your generation of smugly ignorant know it alls.
          When you finally achieve mental maturity [which is a big IF for most of those too young to have a personal memory of Chernobyl] you'll begin to have an understanding of what I and others have been trying to teach you.
          Until then enjoy your rainbow unicorns.

        • Andy G
          April 21, 2016 at 11:04 am

          I was in college during Chernobyl (hard sciences), I remember it quite well, thank you. I probably have a lot better understanding of what happened there, given my focus on hard science versus your apparent focus.

          Your "real world plus academic education" apparently has not taught you to gather data before making ass-umptions, neither has it seemed to have taught you anything about how the real world is not composed of "leftists/liberals" and those who are "right". Pretty typical of right wind conspiracy theorists, one can tell them by their rhetoric from thousands of type points off.

          Neither you nor your paranoid remarks about thought police have impressed me at all. I've heard that rhetoric quite a bit over the least few decades, and never seen one bit of real world evidence to back it up, although I certainly have seen a lot of evidence of attempted thought control by "the other side", to wit, mostly religious based. You certainly have not provided any evidence at all, just a lot of hypothetical preaching. Dropping McGuffy into the conversation doesn't change that.

          "public citizen". No, you are a right wing idealogue. With your great age and wisdom, surely you are familiar with the term "walks like a duck, quacks like a duck?".

          So bugger off, ye nut.

        • Andy G
          April 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

          I'm also going to point out something one of my professors once told ME.

          Just because you were educated before a certain point in time does not mean you are more right than people educated after YOU. Actually, given that most intellectual disciplines have been evolving over time, the younger are more likely to have more data and better theories than the older.

          (Incidentally, I agree with you that our schools aren't doing their job, but not for the same reasons. )

  4. Steve
    April 19, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Zuckerboy - go back to screwing over your partners and stay out of politics, OK?

  5. fcd76218
    April 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    People see Trump as the disease and try to eradicate him. What the pundits, experts and political analysts refuse to acknowledge is that Trump is the symptom of people's dissatisfaction with careerist politicians. Trump is the anti-candidate. Trump gives voters the chance to repudiate the professional politicians who cynically are in the race to serve themselves and Big Money.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      I'm no fan of Trump, but if he's democratically elected then the U.S. will have spoken. I would defend Trump against any Facebook meddling purely because the next time it could be my candidate.

      • fcd76218
        April 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

        While Trump may be a pompous buffoon his success shows the people's dissatisfaction with same old, same old. When you come right down to it, the other two guys are interchangeable. It does not matter if it is Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio or Ted Rubio and Marco Cruz.

        Right after all the individuals announced that they will take part in the primaries, they all signed a pledge to support whoever does the best in the primaries. Now that Trump, not one of the party hacks, looks like people's choice, the Republican National Committee is considering not nominating him at the GOP convention. Cruz and Rubio said that they will run as third party candidates rather than support Trump as the GOP's candidate. Shows just how much pledges and promises mean to these two guys.

        The next of this tragicomedy will unfold tomorrow, April 18th. It is the day of the New York primaries. By 9:30 PM all will be revealed.

        • Andy G
          April 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm

          @fcd76218

          Trump's "success"? He has a portion of the republican party and a smattering of other voters, but a large majority of the rest of the voters in the country - from 72%-80%+ depending on poll - detest the man. Just because he's doing well in (some) GOP primaries doesn't mean he's really popular.
          I agree with you completely about the rest of the GOP candidates, and that is the real problem the GOP has that is disintegrating the party - for the most part the party is out of touch with modern voters. If Trump hadn't blundered into this election it's unlikely the GOP would have won anyway, unless the Dem really really screwed up.

          I predict the final implosion will come during the convention....

        • fcd76218
          April 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

          "a large majority of the rest of the voters in the country – from 72%-80%+ depending on poll – detest the man."
          There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don't know where to start the rebuttal.
          Would you care to name one poll which showed the 72%-80%?
          Primaries are the only polls that count and they are the only objective polls.
          If a large majority of voters detest the man, why has Trump won most Republican primaries by a large margin?
          Privately conducted polls (Gallup, Qunnipiac, Sienna, etc.) are rarely objective. They are skewed by at least the following factors: a) demographic being polled, b) the questions asked, c) wording of those questions. Ex. Trump's popularity will be MUCH lower with undocumented Hispanic immigrants than with business school graduates.
          Many people "detest the man" but detest the "good ol' boy" politicians even more, and would vote for Trump.

          Trump may not be popular but his message is resonating with many people.

          " If Trump hadn’t blundered into this election"
          How did Trump 'blunder' into this election? He announced his candidacy and started campaigning just like the rest of the individuals that have taken and are taking part.

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

          Sorry, I used the numbers for his favorable rating among women, but among other voters it's not much better.
          http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/donald-trump-favorable-rating
          http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/trump_favorableunfavorable-5493.html

          Now look at Romney's ratings in the last election, and recall what happened to him.

          http://www.people-press.org/2012/01/18/unpopular-nationally-romney-holds-solid-gop-lead/

          " Primaries are the only polls that count and they are the only objective polls." Care to defend how primary polls counts more than general election polls in who determines the Presidential win?

          Yes, his message resonates with a lot of people. So what? Nothing he says is new, or hasn't been said before, or wasn't already being said in current news or by one party or the other. HE'S NOT THE FRIGGING MESSIAH BRINGING A NEW MESSAGE.

          Except, of course,in his own mind, and to people who weren't paying attention in the first place :)

          What I mean by blundering into it, is he went into it thinking that his tv popularity and supposed fame would catapult him to the top with all of American voters (which anyone could have predicted - I did - was nonsense); but he didn't consider that there actually is a real, serious job at the end and that outside his little group of supporters were people who could see what kind of person he really is. He's destroyed any hope getting the minority or women's vote with his asinine rhetoric, and without those voting blocks, there is no way he can win.

          Now he's scrambling around trying to show that he's a serious "presidential" person with real ideas for change that should be listened to, and kissing a lot of butt, and he's blowing it, of course, because he's not that kind of person (any cursory look at his business record would show that). He blundered into it just like he has blundered into just about everything else he's done in his life.

          I haven't met a whole lot of business owners (and I am one) who like Trump. They might like his message, but they detest the man, partially because there's strong evidence that he lied about his schooling and he certainly has tried to cover up his business blunders with blustering bs (and it's obvious to anyone who can think). Here's a few articles.

          https://www.google.com/search?q=trump+business+school+graduates+popularity&gws_rd=ssl

      • pmshah
        April 19, 2016 at 3:49 am

        What is your definition of "democratically elected" ? In the first place the current system is so outdated that it sucks. You have declared results from the east coast well before polls have closed on the west coast. Do you think it does not affect the minds of fence sitters? Notwithstanding the fact that it is a federal government declaring the results based on electoral college is ridiculous. Theoretically a candidate can poll 60 % of nation wide popular votes but still lose. That most certainly is not democracy!

        • Andy G
          April 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm

          @pmshah " Theoretically a candidate can poll 60 % of nation wide popular votes but still lose. That most certainly is not democracy! "

          Oh? Why not? Care to elaborate on that? I see these statements here and there and have yet to hear a coherent explanation....

          I don't think our system is "outdated" (unless you compare it to some of the more modern systems like in Scandinavia and some of Europe). I do think it's overly complex and given modern communications technology probably needs an overhaul.

          "You have declared results from the east coast well before polls have closed on the west coast. Do you think it does not affect the minds of fence sitters?"

          So... how would you do it differently? Given the time difference, and it always being a weekday(workday), etc. You realize this point has been debated to death for decades, and we still have the same system despite that, right? Trump has not said anything new (nothing he said is new, just same old rehash of same complaints)

          Cheers

  6. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    April 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    My guess is that facebook will lose customers/clients for mixing business with politics.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 18, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      That's if we ever found out about it. It's quite possible they could make someone like Trump virtually disappear from the site, using their algorithm to push their own candidate.

      • Andy G
        April 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm

        @Dave Parrack - Somehow I think people would notice when their posts disappeared en masse and everyone started comparing notes :)

        • Dave Parrack
          April 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

          I would be much more subtle than that. Facebook doesn't show everyone every update from their friends, so they could (but I'm not saying it would) simply make posts about one candidate disappear without actually deleting them.

        • Andy G
          April 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

          @ Dave Parrack: It would not matter, they could not hide the fact that they were censoring a candidate. It'd be like trying to hide the theft of the moon. What's not there? Oh.... ;)

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