– Advertisement – But Hunter Biden wasn’t alone this year, as this Verge headline reminds us:TikTok says the Trump administration has forgotten about trying to ban it, would like to know what’s upThis all started in August, when crybaby Donald Trump attempted to ban the social media network, apparently because 1) it has Chinese corporate parents, and 2) K-pop fans used the network to organize signups to Trump’s Tulsa rally—the one he and then-campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed would be attended by 1 million people. Barely 6,000 showed up in the end. – Advertisement – Now, there are plenty of real reasons to challenge the operation of Chinese companies on U.S. soil. China severely restricts or outright blocks U.S. social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, WhatsApp, and … well, pretty much everyone else. There is an asymmetry to access to our market versus access to China’s. So there could be a case made for restrictions to TikTok as a retaliatory tactic. But. Yeah, that’s not what Trump was about. He was pissed the network was used to organize against him. And given that it was populated by young users, it didn’t have the conservative presence that has been cultivated on Twitter or Facebook. And finally, Trump decided that the best way to respond to COVID-19 criticisms was to simply blame China. So attacking TikTok worked great as another way to amplify his anger at China for … something. For exposing his own uncaring incompetence? In any case, after Trump announced his ban, TikTok filed suit and has won a series of legal stays of execution in the courts. Yet Trump persisted, finally getting the company to agree to sell certain assets to Trump-backing Oracle Corp. Why? National security. Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok […] TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage […]The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.- Advertisement – Wow. Sounds terrible! Our nation’s own security is at risk! But that was then, when there was an election to try and win. Today? The Chinese government blocked that Oracle deal, and how did the Trump administration respond? Crickets. They just … forgot. “For a year, TikTok has actively engaged with CFIUS in good faith to address its national security concerns, even as we disagree with its assessment,” TikTok says in a statement to The Verge. “In the nearly two months since the President gave his preliminary approval to our proposal to satisfy those concerns, we have offered detailed solutions to finalize that agreement – but have received no substantive feedback on our extensive data privacy and security framework.”So all that crap about national security? Never mind. Trump has lost interest. It’s almost as if … it was never about national security? Weird, that. – Advertisement –
” I’m under no illusions whatsoever,” McGinley said at a press conference ahead of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, where team members Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher will complete their preparations this week. “If we don’t win this Ryder Cup, it won’t be because of complacency, I can assure you that. We are very motivated. We know it’s going to be a very strong American team. We know it’s going to be a very strongly motivated team and a very strongly-led American team, as well. “We are under no illusions how big this task is. It’s not a case of turning up and the Americans are going to roll over. It is going to be very, very difficult to win this Ryder Cup. I think we’ve got a slightly different threat from America than we’ve had in the past, as far as they really feel like they are underdogs and they are up against it.” McGinley also feels question marks over Watson’s wild card selections – with the in-form Chris Kirk and FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel missing out – can galvanise the American side, adding: ” We’ve seen that in the past, certainly from a European perspective, how not being on form and questions marks being made about the team can really galvanise them. “We will not be underestimating America, I can assure you of that. We will be absolutely ready for this.” McGinley, who has played on three winning teams and been vice-captain on two others, added: “My one worry is that you’re at the very pinnacle of world sport here. You’ve got 12 of the best players from Europe playing 12 of the best from America. This is top level sport and anything can happen.” The 47-year-old Dubliner at least insists he has no concerns over the relationship between McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in a court case with McIlroy’s former management company. McIlroy’s legal battle with Horizon Sports Management also involves the affairs of McDowell and the judge hearing the case said on Tuesday it involved such sensitive matters that the sides should engage in mediation. European captain Paul McGinley believes his side faces a “different threat” from the United States as they look to defend the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next week. Press Association “It’s not a concern,” McGinley added. “It has been going for a year and both have had very strong years. Rory’s had arguably his best year ever and Graeme won the French Open. It has not affected their performance and both of them have assured me it’s not going to affect anything in the team room. “I would be very surprised if they don’t play together, although I’m not going to write it in stone.” McGinley said he has a “skeleton plan” in place for his pairings and is happy with the different preparation methods of his team. He was having dinner with Donaldson, Westwood, Gallacher and Bjorn on Wednesday evening, when he will hand over a booklet with information and pictures of what to expect in terms of infrastructure at Gleneagles. He also “endorsed” Victor Dubuisson’s decision to withdraw from the tournament and prepare in France, with the players involved in the latter stages of the FedEx Cup play-offs having a rest. “I’m delighted the guys who played in America are having a week off,” McGinley said. “We did not have that in Medinah and I think we suffered. Graeme McDowell has gone on record saying he felt unprepared physically and mentally.” The course at Celtic Manor has been set up to replicate the challenge posed by Gleneagles, where McGinley said the three rookies on his team – Dubuisson, Donaldson and Gallacher – will definitely play at least one match before the singles. Despite needing a wild card, Westwood will expect to play in most sessions in his ninth Ryder Cup and revealed he has lost 23lb in six weeks with two gym sessions a day. Europe have won seven of the last nine contests and go into the 40th Ryder Cup as odds-on favourites with a side containing four of the world’s top six players, including world number one and Open and US PGA champion Rory McIlroy. However, McGinley is well aware that the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 has provided the American side with extra motivation to regain the trophy, along with that supplied by captain Tom Watson, who led the US to their last win on European soil in 1993.
“If Bournemouth let a player of his calibre go, after just being promoted to the Premier League, they would put a massive price on his head. If they were tempted to sell him it would be for a big number.” The club also confirmed on Thursday that Umbro will produce their kit from next season onwards after signing a five-year deal with the sportswear manufacturer. Adidas currently produces all of the Hammers’ official kits but the change will take place ahead of the club’s final season at Upton Park before the move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign. Press Association Sport understands the new Umbro deal is twice the size of their technical partnership with Adidas, which was announced in 2013. With a move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was pleased to seal a new partnership. “As we approach two historic seasons for West Ham United, we are delighted once again to team up with Umbro,” she told the club’s official website. “(They are) a company which – like West Ham – is steeped in the heritage of English football but also a fast-growing global brand with an exciting future ahead. “It is especially fitting that – during our final season at the Boleyn Ground – our players and fans will wear a brand synonymous with one of the finest moments in West Ham’s rich history: England’s 1966 World Cup triumph.” The 60-year-old’s position as manager at Upton Park has come under increased scrutiny as he nears the end of the his current deal, with the likes of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and departing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp linked to the job. Allardyce has been at West Ham since he guided them back into the Premier League in the 2011/12 campaign and has easily kept them in the top flight since. Sam Allardyce has refuted claims he has opened contract talks with West Ham’s owners but insists he is preparing for next season as normal. Press Association Recent form has seen the Hammers slip into the bottom half of the table despite a positive start that left them in the hunt for European qualification. The club move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 and it remains to be seen if Allardyce will be the man chosen to lead them there, although he is planning for next season as if he is to be at the helm. “No, there’s no truth in that,” he said when asked about reports he had opened contract negotiations. “What my future will be will be when we decide to sit down at West Ham and talk through our situation. Outside of that, at this moment, nothing else interests me. “We are doing all the pre-season work. Martin (Glover), our head of recruitment, is looking to pull a list together with all the people that we work with. “If and when we decide what is happening with some of the players…as always sort myself out, the most important thing, then we move forward with that.” One player who does not appear to be on Allardyce’s radar is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, the 23-year-old who has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the all-but promoted Cherries. “I think he would probably be too expensive,” Allardyce said when asked if Wilson would be a target.