President Donald Trump is likely to declare a national emergency in his Oval Office address Tuesday night, which would allow him to use Department of Defense funds to build the southern border Wall to keep out criminal gangs and suspected terrorists. (READ: House Report Finds Suspected Terrorists in Migrant Caravans).
The mainstream networks will cover the address — after already antagonizing America by leaking their reluctance to air it, so lose-lose for them — and America will get to watch President Trump at this profoundly interesting moment in his presidency. He has been on an activist-minded America First rampage for only a few weeks, but it seems like much longer than that in Mulvaney years. Trump is a master when he figures out how to hack the system. Now he’s had two years. It’s time to shine.
America will get to see what Trump has become, how much he has grown, how much wiser and more spiritual and more confident he is now in his own ability to save the Republic from the sinister globalist takeover waiting malevolently in the wings. What will America make of him? What can we make, so far, of this presidency?
Trump is not like the other presidents. He wants so desperately, so genuinely, so purely to end the Endless Wars, even if John Bolton and Lindsey Graham are (let’s just be honest here) probably absolutely never going to let that happen.
Trump is not like the professional conservatives you find at CPAC, the ones who hate Trump and all of Trump’s supporters and are waiting angrily for Trump’s tenure to end so they can go back to fully implementing the Koch-approved system by which American jobs get outsourced, America’s borders get erased, and we all have to compete for gigs at Wal-Mart changing money on Chinese-assembled sneakers. Trump wants to get our money and our pride back. But, let’s just be honest here, he needs to win in 2020.
We find Trump to be, at this moment, a more dynamic version of the man I knew he could be when I first saw him speak: Moral, pragmatic, brave, determined, dismissive of the frauds and grifters who became so powerful in this country for so long because the American people were being denied the right to Wake Up.
Tonight, we meet the President Donald Trump that we all have been waiting for.
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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