Wilkin Castillo is the hero in his first MLB game in 10 years

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Marlins catcher has a 3-game hitting streak, spanning a decade

Wilkin Castillo hit a two-run double for the Marlins on Saturday, driving home the go-ahead run in a 5-3 Miami win over the Phillies. But what made Castillo’s feat special was that it was his first major league game in a decade.

Castillo signed a minor league deal in spring training with Miami, his seventh major league organization in the last 10 years. He was called up to the Marlins on Friday and started at catcher on Saturday, his first major league game in 10 years and two days.

Castillo’s last two MLB games:

  • June 20, 2009: pinch-hit RBI single for the Reds against the White Sox in the seventh inning
  • June 22, 2019: 1-for-3, two-run double for Miami in the seventh inning

He actually has a three-game hitting streak, dating back to June 1, 2009. It’s the longest-running active hit streak in the majors. The hitting streak timing is so rare that Castillo, according to the Marlins, has the first hitting streak to span more than 10 years since Roy Schalk, whose streak lasted four games and was spread out between Sept. 17, 1932 and April 19, 1944, a span of 11 years, 215 days.

In between those major league games, when he went from a 25-year-old prospect to a grizzled 35-year-old veteran, Castillo played 390 games in Triple-A, 55 more in Double-A, as well as 84 games for three Mexican League teams and 20 games in the independent Atlantic League. That’s 549 total minor league games in between time in the bigs, plus another 265 games in the Dominican Winter League, where he has played in each of the last 13 offseasons.

Not a bad way to stay sharp over the last decade. After all, that next major league stint could come at any time.


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St. Vincent’s showed the world how to treat people with AIDS with compassion

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This is the second in a series of “Then & Now” articles looking at historic places that have made New York the cradle of LGBTQ life from Stonewall to today at Pride 50.

Saint Vincent’s THEN


First established in 1849, St. Vincent’s Hospital lived up to its motto of “Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence” during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, it became known as the epicenter of the city’s (and the world’s) medical response to the epidemic when it opened the East Coast’s first AIDS ward in 1984.

Thousands of the more than 100,000 New Yorkers who came down with the disease were treated here. While AIDS was almost inevitably fatal at the time, the staff worked with enormous compassion and diligence to make the dying’s last days comfortable.  As noted on the New York AIDS Memorial’s original website, “Although there were other important AIDS wards and treatment centers in New York City, none took on the symbolic and cultural significance of St. Vincent’s.”

The hospital figures prominently in both Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

“For years, whenever I found myself passing St. Vincent’s, I’d tense up, walk a little faster, look away,” wrote Andrew Boynton in a 2013 New Yorker piece remembering the hospital. “My final conversations with two close friends took place in rooms in the old hospital, rooms that were now just dust-laden air.”

Saint Vincent’s NOW

After years of financial woes, St. Vincent’s filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The majority of the hospital’s campus was sold to real estate developer Rudin Management, and the main building was demolished in 2013 to be replaced, as is the case with so much of the city these days, with luxury condos.

“Not having the hospital itself there to bear witness to the thousands who died, to be a living reminder of those times, is hard to comprehend,” Boynton wrote in his heartbreaking remembrance. “All these years, averting my eyes as I passed St. Vincent’s, I was in a way judging the hospital to be an accessory in my friends’ deaths. But my memories were safe in those clumsy buildings.”

Across the street from where St. Vincent’s once stood at West 11th Street and Seventh Avenue sits a small, triangular park. St. Vincent’s Triangle is home to the New York City AIDS Memorial, all that’s left of the tragedy that unfolded here decades ago.

The memorial was dedicated “to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women, and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists.” It is the first major space in New York City dedicated to the epidemic.

The 18-foot steel canopy opened on World AIDS Day in 2016 and today serves as a gateway to the park from its northwest corner. It shelters a small reflecting fountain, and the granite pavement beneath it is engraved with lines from gay poet Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” which begins thusly:

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

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What if Trump refuses to accept a 2020 defeat? It might seem far-fetched, but it’s a scenario that has Democrats talking.

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President Trump: “There were numerous cases where women were paid money to say bad things about me. You can’t do that. You can’t do that. And those women did wrong things.” pic.twitter.com/YB6CvUzdPs


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2:19 PM 6/22/2019 | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Saturday revealed the long-awaited details of the economic aspect of the US peace plan, saying it would inject $50 billion into struggling economies in the Middle East over the next ten years.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency three days ahead of the Washington-led economic workshop in Bahrain, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law said that over half of the funds ($28 billion) would go toward the West Bank and Gaza Strip while $7.5 billion would go to Jordan, $9 billion to Egypt and $6 billion to Lebanon.


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I could just live in France after the World Cup (lol no I can’t)

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About a 40-minute drive from the site of the United States’ 2-0 triumph over Sweden in Le Havre lies Deauville, a charming little hamlet with a couple of resort-style hotels and a large but old athletic facility. The US media were housed there for the last game of Group F, in a hotel where breakfast was served inside a modest glass Louvre-style pyramid. En route to this hotel after the game, the USSF media bus wound through narrow country lanes in near-total darkness, broken only by the headlights the driver would flick from regular to hi-beam for long stretches. These were roads with no streetlights, lined by fields and forests, interrupted here and there by modest, rustic houses.

Of course, I’m working this World Cup, but vacation brain periodically takes over nevertheless. How can it not, when I’m living here for over a month? The World Cup article churn is intense, but I’m also in France, often traveling through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world as the US press corps follows the USWNT around like a pack of U-5 soccer players chasing the ball en masse. Rolling green fields alternate with copses of trees and verdant pastures, the hillsides studded with clusters of country homes and small barns and paddocks. The clouds here have a particular quality in summer, always seeming to bunch into enormous white puffs against a pure and luminous blue. This is the trap that city dwellers all-too-often fall into when they get away from the traffic and the gentrification and the overbearing corporate office buildings: I could live like this.

I could live a bucolic, thoughtfully-paced life, waking with the sun, tending to chickens, growing seasonal vegetables, and fixing all my machinery on my own because calling a specialist out would take days. I could saunter, whistling, hands in pockets, five miles down the lane to talk to my nearest neighbors and arrange to breed our herding dogs and enter my courgettes in the annual agricultural fair only to be bitterly disappointed when Cécile beats me, again, with her massive 45-kilo entry. “She’s breaking the rules somehow,” I would mutter to my partner, who would console me absentmindedly, as this is the third year running I have said the same thing without doing anything about it except become more obsessed with my courgettes.

I would answer periodic emails from friends back in the States, checking that I’m okay out there in the sticks, by telling them they should come visit and we’d take the train into the city, but only for a day, as I need to look after the chickens in the morning and the dog gets anxious without me. It’s not a good trait in a working dog, this anxiety, and we’re trying to train it out of her, but as it turns out I am a terribly indulgent dog owner. Anyway, yes, of course you’re welcome to visit. It’s just a six-hour flight, then a two-hour train ride, then another hour on a bus, and then we’ll come get you at the station in the truck we bought used from a retiring farmer in the next valley over. Twenty years old, that truck, but it still runs like a dream, and may in fact outlive the both of us.

At this point I’ll get an email or a push alert about the next media thing; the time for the bus to the press conference has changed, my game credentials are pending, my bank has approved a foreign transaction to buy medicinal eyedrops because somehow, I got a cut on my eyelid while watching Scotland play Argentina. Vacation brain fades out quickly. What the hell would I do for money on my quaint French holding? I’d miss the city too much, and Lyft, and Indian buffets. And I love what I do as a soccer writer, even more so now, in the midst of this hectic, frustrating, absurd, intense, jubilant, moving tournament. How can you not want to gorge yourself on the feast of human emotion the World Cup serves up? I am perpetually tired, my stomach is confused by its sudden all-baguette diet, and I’m congested all the time from whatever new and exciting plant life my allergies encounter here. I love it all. I could never leave this for a quiet life under a country roof. There’s too much soccer in my blood, in how I think of my life, in how I form my community.

Check back in with me in four years if Australia, land of “snakes are crawling into people’s bathrooms because it’s too hot and there’s no water outside,” wins the World Cup 2023 bid.


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Kushner reveals peace plan to inject $50 billion into Middle East economies

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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Saturday revealed the long-awaited details of the economic aspect of the US peace plan, saying it would inject $50 billion into struggling economies in the Middle East over the next ten years.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency three days ahead of the Washington-led economic workshop in Bahrain, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law said that over half of the funds ($28 billion) would go toward the West Bank and Gaza Strip while $7.5 billion would go to Jordan, $9 billion to Egypt and $6 billion to Lebanon.

“If you can also get that whole region starting to lift, and if you can get a quicker flow of goods and people in all the different areas that are necessary in industry instead of bullets and munitions and war, then I think that will really lead to a big increase in investment in the area and more jobs and better quality of life and hopefully more peace along with it,” Kushner said.


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Separately on Saturday, the White House released its “Peace to Prosperity” economic plan, a 40-page document focusing on detailing initiatives to unleash Palestinian “economic potential,” “empower,” the Palestinian people and “enhance Palestinian governance.”

The Palestinians have strongly opposed the conference and urged Arab states to stay away, arguing it will be placing economic issues ahead of reaching a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to the report, fifteen billion of the total $50 invested would come from grants, $25 billion from subsidized loans and roughly $11 billion from private capital.

The plan would also fund 179 economic projects in areas such as infrastructure, water, power, telecommunications, tourism and medical facilities; 147 of the projects would be in the Palestinian territories, 15 in Jordan, 12 in Egypt and five in Lebanon.

Tens of millions of dollars in funds would be reserved for projects that would help further link the Gaza Strip with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula through upgrading power lines and increasing electricity flow.

The plan also seeks to inject $950 million in the Palestinian tourism industry, according to Reuters.

The Trump adviser leading Washington’s peace efforts told the news agency that the plan would create roughly 1 million jobs in Gaza and the West Bank, drop their employment from 30% to the single digits, reduce the Palestinian poverty rate by half and double their GDP.

A picture taken on June 1, 2018, shows a girl running past hovels near a sewage water pool at a poor neighborhood in Gaza City. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Fifty-three percent of Palestinians in Gaza live in poverty, a June 2018 United Nations report said. Eighty percent depend on international aid, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency, the main international organization that provides health, education and other services to Palestinian refugees.

Gaza is run by the Hamas terror group and Kushner did not address how the plan, which includes funding for infrastructure linking Gaza to the West Bank, would deal with this and the failure of the Palestinians to reconcile.

“The reason we’re calling this a workshop and not a conference is because we want to get feedback and hopefully finalize it so that we can then coordinate a lot of the aid efforts and investing efforts to really drive these results,” Kushner said. The White House is hoping that wealthy Gulf states would provide the bulk of the funds, but that it is considering pitching in as well.

Funds raised at the workshop would be administered by a multinational development bank managed by an appointed board of governors, according to Reuters, which reviewed documents related to the plan in addition to speaking with Kushner and several of his top aides.

Kushner suggested that the US plan has some similarities to the Marshall Plan, an American initiative passed in 1948 to jump-start economies in Western Europe after World War II.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (far right) at the ceremony for the new town of Ramat Trump, named for US President Donald Trump, on the Golan Heights, June 16, 2019. (David Cohen/Flash90)

“One of the things that they did successfully [with the Marshall Plan] is that they didn’t just give aid but they infused money into the private sector and they created an environment in which businesses could thrive and capital could be invested. This is a similar notion [that we’re trying to do],” he explained.

Responding to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to boycott the June 25-26 Bahrain summit and declarations from Arab states that they would not budge on their requirement that the US plan see to it the creation of a Palestinian state, Kushner asserted that Washington “care[s] about the Palestinian cause.”

However, he avoided discussing the idea of Palestinian political sovereignty and stressed how the US plan would  help move the Palestinians “move forward economically.”

Kushner stuck to the pre-stated White House’s position that it will introduce the political side of its plan at a later date, but assured that this section would not be ignored.

The White House said earlier this month that it wants to wait until after a new Israeli government is formed. The Knesset elections are scheduled for September 17, and it usually takes several weeks for coalition negotiations to conclude.

Initially, US and Israeli officials indicated that high-ranking members of the Israeli government would be invited to the event as well. But earlier this week, the White House said that no Israeli officials would be present in Manama.


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Palestinians reject Jared Kushner’s ‘economy first’ approach to Middle East peace, Middle East News & Top Stories

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GAZA CITY (REUTERS) – Palestinian officials on Saturday (June 22) dismissed proposals unveiled by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for big money projects to form the first economic portion of the Trump administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

Senior Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi said Kushner’s plans were “all abstract promises” and said only a political solution would solve the conflict.

Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, was more blunt, saying: “Palestine isn’t for sale”.

The Trump administration’s US$50 billion (S$67 billion) Middle East economic plan calls for creation of a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighbouring Arab state economies, according to US officials and documents reviewed by Reuters.

One proposal is for the construction of a US$5 billion transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza.

The “peace to prosperity” plan is set to be presented at an international conference in Bahrain next week by Kushner, who told Reuters that Palestinian leaders should consider the initiative.

“This is going to be the ‘Opportunity of the Century’ if they have the courage to pursue it,” he said.

However Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian negotiator and member of the executive committee of the PLO, said only a political solution that ended Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories would solve the conflict.

Speaking to Reuters by phone from the West Bank city of Ramallah, she said: “If they really care about the Palestinian economy they should start by lifting the siege of Gaza, stopping Israel stealing our money and our resources and our land and opening up our territorial waters, our air space and our borders so we can freely export and import.”

She said the Trump administration’s stance was an “entirely wrong approach”, adding: “They can end the occupation, which is the most basic requirement for prosperity. There can be no prosperity under occupation.”

No Palestinian officials belonging to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO and Palestinian Authority will attend the conference in Bahrain.

The White House said it decided against inviting the Israeli government because the PA would not be there.

Several Gulf Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, will participate in the June 25-26 US-led gathering in Manama.

Their presence, some US officials say privately, appears intended in part to curry favour with Trump as he takes a hard line against Iran, those countries’ regional arch-foe.

The economic revival plan would take place only if a political solution to the region’s long-running problems is reached.

More than half of the US$50 billion would be spent in the economically troubled Palestinian territories over 10 years while the rest would be split between Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

Some of the projects would be in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, where investments could benefit Palestinians living in adjacent Gaza, a crowded and impoverished coastal enclave.

In Gaza, Hamas official Ismail Rudwan also rejected Kushner’s proposals.

The armed Islamist group is the main internal rival to Abbas, whose power base is in the West Bank. But both are in rare agreement over the Trump administration.

“We reject the ‘deal of the century’ and all its dimensions, the economic, the political and the security dimensions,” Rudwan told Reuters.

“The issue of our Palestinian people is a nationalistic issue, it is the issue of a people who are seeking to be free from occupation. Palestine isn’t for sale, and it is not an issue for bargaining. Palestine is a sacred land and there is no option for the occupation except to leave,” he said.

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Jake Bain’s self love, Pietro Boselli’s pump, & Jwan Yosef’s day glow

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This week Pete Buttigieg revealed whether he thinks the U.S. has had a gay president before, Eugene Lee Yang came out as gay in a music video, Taylor Swift made nice with Katy Perry, and Joe Biden bought everyone at Stonewall a drink. Here’s what happened on Instagram:

Matthew Risch got back to it.

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Back on my shit ?: @rightordoyle

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James Yates picked up a copy of Men’s Fitness.

Derrick Gordon started his day with shadow boxing.

Simon Kassianides stood in the shadows.

Jaboukie Young-White dressed for Pride.

Jake Bain came out as pansexual.

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In the spirit of Pride month, I would like to take this opportunity to take a little of my own advice and share a bit of my true self. I hope that others will do the same who may feel afraid to be themselves because of what others will say. For as long as I can remember, I have always struggled with my sexual orientation. For years, I hid who I truly was and tried to fit into a mold I knew I didn’t belong. Finally, after years of struggling with my sexual orientation, I came to the decision to come out as gay, because I knew I needed to use my voice to show others that it was okay to be themselves and do whatever you set your mind to. But the truth is, my struggles with my sexual orientation did not stop there. Throughout my 20 years of life, I have come to realize that my sexual orientation is truly a spectrum, and the truth is, I have never really known where I fell on that spectrum until just a few months ago. After being labeled the “gay football player,” it made it very challenging for me to decide if I should let everyone falsely label me, or take my own advice and be my true self. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to share with you all that I am Pansexual. I’ve come to the realization that gender does not effect who I am attracted to. To me, love is something deeper than simply what gender we were given at birth. I decided to sort of “come out” again because I felt like I needed to take some of my own advice for a change and just be myself, and I can’t tell you how good it feels to get that off my chest? Happy Pride!???? #loveislove #pride

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Rome Flynn hit the gym.

Pietro Boselli put in work.

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Weekend!

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David McIntosh took a bath.

Nat Sakdatorn pulled the ropes.

Matt Doyle listened to records.

Nolan Gould did some pull ups.

Simon Dunn found some street art.

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Maluma became a menswear icon.

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Jwan Yosef had a weekend glow.

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And Sam Asghari took a trip.

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Mastercard’s new ‘True Name’ program is a master stroke in trans inclusivity

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Many individuals of transgender and non-binary experience will no longer be “deadnamed” by the plastic in their wallets: Mastercard is rolling out a “True Name” program in which cardholders can replace their debit, credit, and prepaid cards with ones bearing the name they actually use, and a legal name change isn’t even required.

Related: Father teaches trans son to shave in moving ad for Gillette

Experts told The Washington Post the program is a first for the financial services industry, and it solves a problem faced by many cardholders. In a 2015 National Center for Transgender Equality survey, 32 percent of trans and non-binary respondents “who have shown an ID with a name or gender that did not match their gender presentation were verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave, or assaulted.”

The company’s goal is to have the True Name program in place with its issuing banks by 2020. “We are allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, which means if we see a need or if this community is not being served in the most inclusive way, we want to be a force for change to help address and alleviate unnecessary pain points,” Randall Tucker, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Mastercard, said in a press release. “This translates not only for our Mastercard employee community but for our cardholders and the communities in which we operate more broadly. Our vision is that every card should be for everyone.”

Related: Baby Dove and 11 other advertisers starting to get trans serious

“I didn’t have to convince anyone to the necessity of this,” Scott Turner Schofield, a performer with GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program who was involved in True Name discussions, told the Post. “They were completely on board and recognized this as a barrier of access to people, as unfair, and they just fixed it. That’s the kind of corporate leadership we really want to see.”


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mikenov on Twitter: Michael Wolff on the Trump Presidency, Journalism & Politics Without Ideas by Inside Politics via #soundcloud soundcloud.com/irishtimes-pol…

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Bolton arrives in Israel ahead of ‘unprecedented’ security summit in Jerusalem

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Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will also take part in the summit in Jerusalem

United States National Security adviser John Bolton arrived in Israel on Saturday to take part in a historic security summit in Jerusalem with Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to take part in the “discussion about regional security issues,” has called the meeting “unprecedented.” 

Ahead of the meeting, Patrushev said Moscow would be looking out for Iran’s interests in Syria. 

“Iran is in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government and is actively involved in fighting terrorism. Therefore, of course, we will have to take into account the interests of Iran,” Patrushev said. 

The meeting will be held amid rising tensions between Iran and the US. On Thursday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down an American surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz. 

US President Donald Trump revealed on Friday that he canceled an order for strikes against three Iranian sites just ten minutes before they were to be executed after being told the raid would kill 150 people.

Trump tweeted that the planned raid was “not proportionate” to Iran’s downing of the US drone.

Netanyahu has repeatedly called on the international community to support US against Iran’s “aggressive behavior” in the region, clarifying that Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) is ready to assist the US army. 


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Inside the Trump presidency: A mad king roams empty halls

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mikenov on Twitter: Inside the Trump presidency: A mad king roams empty halls irishtimes.com/culture/books/… via @IrishTimesBooks

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Facebook’s plan to break the global financial system – The Guardian

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Facebook’s plan to break the global financial system  The Guardian

The tech giant knows its best weapon is mobilizing the faux-populism other Silicon Valley companies have used to defeat regulation.


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