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The Rich Are Spending Lots of Money to Silence Journalists Who Expose Their Misbehavior

Billionaire Peter Thiel’s $140 million triumph over media site Gawker is part of a trend in which the rich use the media to retaliate against journalists who criticize them.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE


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How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press

The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Gawker Filing for Bankruptcy, Seeking New Owner

The online media site owes Hulk Hogan $140 million after it lost a privacy lawsuit earlier this year, but it’s hoping to be bought by publishing company Ziff Davis, which could lower its payment.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Packing a Punch

This week’s roundup includes a snappy take on the legal and ideological battle between tech leader Peter Thiel and Gawker, a pointed comparison referring to the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal and a tribute to the late, great—actually, make that “The Greatest”—Muhammad Ali.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Tech Leaders Take Sides in Clash Between Peter Thiel and Gawker Media

Facebook’s top brass is on board with Peter Thiel, but Amazon’s boss thinks he needs to toughen up.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Who Is the Average Bitcoin User?

Bitcoin users are overwhelmingly white, male and distrustful of the very idea of government.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



A Republican San Francisco Ahead?

“If the national Republican Party stops being a home for theocrats, war-mongerers, and xenophobic white men and drifts closer to a small-government, libertarian worldview that eventually makes peace with immigration, LGBT rights and abortion, it might gain traction in affluent, secular, and largely non-white San Francisco,” a contributor at The Bold Italic writes.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Specialization Calcifying Our Ability to Create?

Writer Robert Twigger argues that a world of specialization has created a world of the unimaginative, from the jobs we do to the way we do them. It’s time for a new Renaissance. Are we narrowing ourselves so much that we can no longer innovate?

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Progress Report: PayPal Founder’s College Dropouts

Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel gave 24 young would-be entrepreneurs a two-year $100,000 grant each to drop out of college and pursue the business plans of their dreams. One year on, financial returns are in short supply.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


Greed, Politics and the Impact of Technology

Two of America’s hyper-rich white men met in Aspen, Colo., on Monday night to debate the impact of technology on the globe. Eric Schmidt is the chairman of Google and, despite his $6.9 billion, is accused by his opponent, entrepreneur and Ron Paul bankroller Peter Thiel, of not being a good enough capitalist.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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