Oh no... this is very bad! You need to read it all and please make it to the end where it explains the below quote (you’ll know why I wrote this!)
Right now, the best we can do is an ad hoc defense of democracy. Begin by rejecting the temptation to think that this election will carry on as elections usually do. Something far out of the norm is likely to happen. Probably more than one thing. Expecting otherwise will dull our reflexes. It will lull us into spurious hope that Trump is tractable to forces that constrain normal incumbents.
If you are a voter, think about voting in person after all. More than half a million postal votes were rejected in this year’s primaries, even without Trump trying to suppress them. If you are at relatively low risk for COVID-19, volunteer to work at the polls. If you know people who are open to reason, spread word that it is normal for the results to keep changing after Election Night. If you manage news coverage, anticipate extraconstitutional measures, and position reporters and crews to respond to them. If you are an election administrator, plan for contingencies you never had to imagine before. If you are a mayor, consider how to deploy your police to ward off interlopers with bad intent. If you are a law-enforcement officer, protect the freedom to vote. If you are a legislator, choose not to participate in chicanery. If you are a judge on the bench in a battleground state, refresh your acquaintance with election case law. If you have a place in the military chain of command, remember your duty to turn aside unlawful orders. If you are a civil servant, know that your country needs you more than ever to do the right thing when you’re asked to do otherwise.
This topic is super interesting but he article doesn’t explain well enough that Oracle/Walmart don’t actually own TikTok. They literally just took a 20% stake and agreed to host US data within the US. That’s all. Nothing else changes.
What really is concerning is the excise about the suicide video. That was originally streamed on Facebook. Facebook immediately removed it and stopped it from being shared further. It made its way into TikTok where it continued to spread.
I disagree with a lot of what the author writes. It’s not Amazon’s responsibility to decide if a book is true or false. All Amazon is supposed to do is sell books that people want to buy. If the government wants to block books from being sold, they can do that but I have a whole other issue with such government imposed censorship.
“We focus upon harm and priority regions like the United States and Western Europe,” Zhang wrote, adding that “it became impossible to read the news and monitor world events without feeling the weight of my own responsibility.”
(The best way to express how I feel about this article)