PRESIDENT BIDEN It is Done!
The Trump era is over.
We made it!
The Trump era is over.
We made it!
Idiot Criminals Don Jr. and Eric crying before they get on AF1.
DONNY THE WHITE TRASH THIEF
Presidential spiritual adviser Paula White ON THE PAYROLL leading an impassioned prayer service in an effort to secure Trump’s reelection.
Paula White battles the “demonic confederacies” that are attempting to steal the election from Trump. And she’s indoctrinating it into the next generation. @Paula_White one of the grotesquerie of televangelists. She was able to persuade people to part with $1144 for Redemption Seed.
The Religion Department at Trump University was severely underfunded.
“Even Nixon didn’t pardon his cronies on the way out. Donald Trump found one more way to fail to live up to the ethical standard of Richard Nixon.”
The ONLY reason trump wants this Woman,any woman to head the CIA = she ran a #torture black site then destroyed video evidence of the most horrifying things done to human beings under bush/cheney reign.
The Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), a 501(c)(4) arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), helped organize the protest preceding the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol that took place on January 6, 2021.
DeVos is gone BUT LEFT K12
@DAVIDGURA Today, 77 days after President Trump created the 1776 Commission, the group released a report — 41 pages, with pictures: https://bit.ly/38U12Is. <thread>
The White House says the group is “comprised of some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians.”
Reader, it isn’t. Larry Arnn chaired the 1776 Commission. He is the president of Hillsdale College and one of The Heritage Foundation’s trustees. His Hillsdale colleague, Matthew Spalding, was the Commission’s executive director. He is the author of “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future.” Previously, Spalding was a fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Michael Farris, who also has no degrees in history, is the CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that advocates “for religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, freedom of speech, and marriage and family.” charles Kesler, another Bradley Prize winner, is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, with expertise in “idealism and nihilism,” the “conservative movement in America,” and “term limitations.”
@torstenkathke It’s a propagandist hack job.
What interested me were the people involved with it. This important historical task is amazingly devoid of… historians. There are literally NO academic historians working on the US—any era—on the list.
Julie Strauss (Levin). Lawyer.
Julie served as General Counsel of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, where she provided legal and strategic counseling for this 501(c)(6) organization and its affiliated (c)(3) and associated (c)(4) entities. She was also General Counsel of Freedom Partners Action Fund, a SuperPAC that supported candidates who believe in free market enterprise and a free society. As Freedom Partners General Counsel, Julie handled a wide variety of legal matters, including political law, contracts, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, employment, and other matters.
Gay Hart Gaines. Studied Interior Design. Former GOPAC Chairman.
John Gibbs. Master of Public Administration. Who “has a history of making inflammatory remarks and spreading false conspiracy theories on his Twitter feed.”
John Gibbs. Master of Public Administration. Who “has a history of making inflammatory remarks and spreading false conspiracy theories on his Twitter feed.”
Larry P. Arnn, Chair: Ph.D. in Government. Not a historian.
Carol M. Swain, Vice Chair. Ph.D. in Political Science. Not a historian.
Matthew Spalding, Executive Director. Ph.D. in Government.
Phil Bryant. MA in Political Science. Former Mississippi Governor. Came out in favor of replacing Mississippi’s former flag featuring the Confederate flag. After leaving the governorship.
Jerry Davis, longtime College of the Ozarks president with a penchant for “patriotic education.”
NOT HISTORIANS SO How are they qualified to define a nation’s history?
IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON WITH UNQUALIFIED NON HISTORIANS
The 1776 commission report. Reads like a Christian homeschooling textbook. Same stuff that’s been taught for decades in conservative Christian circles. And those dangerous ideas about history have long shaped conservative evangelicalism. Respected American historians have warned about this sort of propaganda in churches, Christian schools, and homeschooling since at least the mid-1980s. Two or more generations of white evangelicals already believe what’s in the report. Entire denominations embrace that version of American history. A vision of history – America’s godly past with its divinely-mandated mission and future – is fundamental to white evangelicalism. Almost akin to a biblical literalism, it is something one MUST believe to be considered truly Christian. It is that central.
taxpayer resources went into producing this “1776 Commission” doc piece of ridiculous propaganda that preposterously argues that systemic racism doesn’t exist while simultaneously functioning as a kind of Exhibit A that it absolutely does.
First Lady Porn Flotus Melanie doesn’t care do you?
@notstevenwhite My favorite thing about the 1776 Commission is how it declares there is a single great patriotic history that we all must adhere to but then accuses its *critics* of engaging in forced reeducation
Hillsdale College pushed this crap out after a month or so. They regurgitated some of their own professors nonsense. Liberty University and “Praeger U” level propaganda. That our DOE published plagiarized, non-attributed claptrap is the true scandal.
After “No Child Left Behind” started in 2001, teachers were supposed to ‘teach to the test’ to get those stupid test scores up in reading & math. Both science & social studies (& critical thinking) were neglected. Why not read about sci & soc st? No. Must use “basal readers”.
Leaders of the College Board, which operates the SAT, announced that they will no longer use a metric that some had called an “adversity score.” The University of California will no longer use SAT and ACT scores in admissions decisions. Critics say the tests put less wealthy students at a disadvantage.
Do not presume that Trump’s Presidential library will be on the stately campus of Trump University. It will be contained in the prison library where is will be living.
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Ruperts son “James Murdoch” … says telling the truth is more important than making money in the media business.”
To be “fair” he has been trying to get this message out there for a while.
“MEDIA” is to blame for not putting it on the front page every time he says it!
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Patients who’ve had COVID-19 symptoms show a severe chest X-ray every time, and those who were asymptomatic show a severe chest X-ray 70% to 80% of the time.
Post-COVID lungs worse than the worst smokers’ lungs, surgeon says
Far-right website 8kun again loses internet service protection following Capitol attack
Biden will elevate White House science office to Cabinet level.
Beyond Platforms: Private Censorship, Parler, and the Stack https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/01/beyond-platforms-private-censorship-parler-and-stack
Twitter’s decentralized future
Researchers involved with bluesky reveal to TechCrunch an initiative still in its earliest stages that could fundamentally shift the power dynamics of the social web.
Bluesky is aiming to build a “durable” web standard that will ultimately ensure that platforms like Twitter have less centralized responsibility in deciding which users and communities have a voice on the internet. While this could protect speech from marginalized groups, it may also upend modern moderation techniques and efforts to prevent online radicalization.
What is bluesky?
Just as Bitcoin lacks a central bank to control it, a decentralized social network protocol operates without central governance, meaning Twitter would only control its own app built on bluesky, not other applications on the protocol. The open and independent system would allow applications to see, search and interact with content across the entire standard. Twitter hopes that the project can go far beyond what the existing Twitter API offers, enabling developers to create applications with different interfaces or methods of algorithmic curation, potentially paying entities across the protocol like Twitter for plug-and-play access to different moderation tools or identity networks.
A widely adopted, decentralized protocol is an opportunity for social networks to “pass the buck” on moderation responsibilities to a broader network, one person involved with the early stages of bluesky suggests, allowing individual applications on the protocol to decide which accounts and networks its users are blocked from accessing.
Social platforms like Parler or Gab could theoretically rebuild their networks on bluesky, benefitting from its stability and the network effects of an open protocol. Researchers involved are also clear that such a system would also provide a meaningful measure against government censorship and protect the speech of marginalized groups across the globe.
Bluesky’s current scope is firmly in the research phase, people involved tell TechCrunch, with about 40-50 active members from different factions of the decentralized tech community surveying the software landscape and putting together proposals for what the protocol should ultimately look like. Twitter has told early members that it hopes to hire a project manager in the coming weeks to build out an independent team that will start crafting the protocol itself.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the initiative.
Bluesky’s initial members were invited by Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal early last year. It was later determined that the group should open the conversation up to folks representing some of the more recognizable decentralized network projects, including Mastodon <https://mastodon.social/about> and ActivityPub <https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/>, which joined the working group hosted on the secure chat platform Element <https://element.io/>.
Jay Graber, founder of decentralized social platform Happening <https://happening.net/>, was paid by Twitter to write up a technical review of the decentralized social ecosystem, an effort to “help Twitter evaluate the existing options in the space,” she tells TechCrunch.
“If [Twitter] wanted to design this thing, they could have just assigned a group of guys to do it, but there’s only one thing that this little tiny group of people could do better than Twitter, and that’s not be Twitter,” said Golda Velez, another member of the group who works as a senior software engineer at Postmates and co-founded civ.works <https://civ.works/>, a privacy-centric social network for civic engagement.
The group has had some back and forth with Twitter executives on the scope of the project, eventually forming a Twitter-approved list of goals for the initiative. They define the challenges that the bluesky protocol should seek to address while also laying out what responsibilities are best left to the application creators building on the standard.
Who is involved
The pain points enumerated in the document, viewed by TechCrunch, encapsulate some of Twitter’s biggest shortcomings. They include “how to keep controversy and outrage from hijacking virality mechanisms,” as well as a desire to develop “customizable mechanisms” for moderation, though the document notes that the applications, not the overall protocol, are “ultimately liable for compliance, censorship, takedowns etc.”
“I think the solution to the problem of algorithms isn’t getting rid of algorithms — because sorting posts chronologically is an algorithm — the solution is to make it an open pluggable system by which you can go in and try different algorithms and see which one suits you or use the one that your friends like,” says Evan Henshaw-Plath, another member of the working group. He was one of Twitter’s earliest employees and has been building out his own decentralized social platform called Planetary <https://planetary.social/>.
His platform is based on the secure scuttlebutt protocol, which allows users to browse networks offline in an encrypted fashion. Early on, Planetary had been in talks with Twitter for a corporate investment as well as a personal investment from CEO Jack Dorsey, Henshaw-Plath says, but the competitive nature of the platform prompted some concern among Twitter’s lawyers and Planetary ended up receiving an investment from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s venture fund Future Positive. Stone did not respond to interview requests.
After agreeing on goals, Twitter had initially hoped for the broader team to arrive at some shared consensus, but starkly different viewpoints within the group prompted Twitter to accept individual proposals from members. Some pushed Twitter to outright adopt or evolve an existing standard while others pushed for bluesky to pursue interoperability of standards early on and see what users naturally flock to.
One of the developers in the group hoping to bring bluesky onto their standard was Mastodon creator Eugen Rochko, who tells TechCrunch he sees the need for a major shift in how social media platforms operate globally.
“Banning Trump was the right decision though it came a little bit too late. But at the same time, the nuance of the situation is that maybe it shouldn’t be a single American company that decides these things,” Rochko tells us.
Like several of the other members in the group, Rochko has been skeptical at times about Twitter’s motivation with the bluesky protocol. Shortly after Dorsey’s initial announcement in 2019, Mastodon’s official Twitter account tweeted out a biting critique <https://twitter.com/joinmastodon/status/1204791506143457281?s=20>, writing, “This is not an announcement of reinventing the wheel. This is announcing the building of a protocol that Twitter gets to control, like Google controls Android.”
Today, Mastodon is arguably one of the most mature decentralized social platforms. Rochko claims that the network of decentralized nodes has more than 2.3 million users spread across thousands of servers. In early 2017, the platform had its viral moment on Twitter, prompting an influx of “hundreds of thousands” of new users alongside some inquisitive potential investors whom Rochko has rebuffed in favor of a donation-based model.
Not all of the attention Rochko has garnered has been welcome. In 2019, Gab, a social network favored by right-wing extremists, brought its entire platform onto the Mastodon network after integrating the platform’s open-source code, bringing Mastodon its single biggest web of users and its most undesirable liability all at once.
Rochko quickly disavowed the network and aimed to sever its ties to other nodes on the Mastodon platform and convince application creators to do the same. But a central fear of decentralization advocates was quickly realized, as the platform type’s first “success story” was a home for right-wing extremists.
This fear has been echoed in decentralized communities this week as app store owners and networks have taken another right-wing social network, Parler, off the web after violent content surfaced on the site in the lead-up to and aftermath of riots at the U.S. Capitol, leaving some developers fearful that the social network may set up home on their decentralized standard.
“Fascists are 100% going to use peer-to-peer technologies, they already are and they’re going to start using it more… If they get pushed off of mainstream infrastructure or people are surveilling them really closely, they’re going to have added motivation,” said Emmi Bevensee, a researcher studying <https://emmibevensee.com/> extremist presences on decentralized networks. “Maybe the far-right gets stronger footholds on peer-to-peer before the people who think the far-right is bad do because they were effectively pushed off.”
A central concern is that commoditizing decentralized platforms through efforts like bluesky will provide a more accessible route for extremists kicked off current platforms to maintain an audience and provide casual internet users a less janky path towards radicalization.
“Peer-to-peer technology is generally not that seamless right now. Some of it is; you can buy Bitcoin in Cash App now, which, if anything, is proof that this technology is going to become much more mainstream and adoption is going to become much more seamless,” Bevensee told TechCrunch. “In the current era of this mass exodus from Parler, they’re obviously going to lose a huge amount of audience that isn’t dedicated enough to get on IPFS. Scuttlebutt is a really cool technology but it’s not as seamless as Twitter.”
Extremists adopting technologies that promote privacy and strong encryption is far from a new phenomenon, encrypted chat apps like Signal and Telegram have been at the center of such controversies in recent years. Bevensee notes the tendency of right-wing extremist networks to adopt decentralized network tech has been “extremely demoralizing” to those early developer communities — though she notes that the same technologies can and do benefit “marginalized people all around the world.”
Though people connected to bluesky’s early moves see a long road ahead for the protocol’s development and adoption, they also see an evolving landscape with Parler and President Trump’s recent deplatforming that they hope will drive other stakeholders to eventually commit to integrating with the standard.
“Right at this moment I think that there’s going to be a lot of incentive to adopt, and I don’t just mean by end users, I mean by platforms, because Twitter is not the only one having these really thorny moderation problems,” Velez says. “I think people understand that this is a critical moment.”