Grind for March 9th
“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” – Julie Andrews
Seattle Mayor to Dismantle ‘CHOP’ Zone After Violence, Reports Say
Seattle Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan is reportedly going to shut down the “CHOP” zone in her city following an increasing spate of violence in the area, which is largely occupied by fringe activists.
“Faced with growing pressure to crack down on an ‘occupied’ protest zone following two weekend shootings, Seattle’s mayor said Monday that officials will move to wind down the blocks-long span of city streets taken over two weeks ago that President Donald Trump asserted is run by ‘anarchists,'” Q13 FOX Seattle reported.
“Durkan said at a news conference that the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality. She said the city is working with the community to bring the ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ zone to an end.”
Durkan suggested that the shootings were a reflection of a “gun violence” problem, writing on Twitter, “In the past two nights, three different people have been shot at the CHOP. Read more…
Joe Biden Calls on Facebook to Interfere in Elections
It was not long ago that we heard about how nefarious actors and foreign adversaries used social media platforms to allegedly sway elections and voters. For nearly four years, critics have derided Russian influence by associating an uptick in the number of “bots” or “trolls” with efforts to promote misinformation.
Now, those same critics are pushing for political interference from the exact same social media platforms, especially Facebook which according to Harvard Law School’s Yochai Benkler, “has become so central to how people communicate…that it’s essentially immune to market signals.”
Joe Biden recently called on Facebook to:
-Promote “authoritative and trustworthy sources of election information, rather than the rants of bad actors and conspiracy theorists.”
-“Promptly remove false, viral information.”
-“Prevent political candidates and PACs from using paid advertising to spread lies and misinformation.”
-Create clear rules “applied universally, with no exceptions for the President – that prohibit threats and lies about how to participate in the election.”
These requests are not unusual from progressive politicians. On the surface, we all agree that voters should be well-informed prior to participating in democratic elections. After all, a good education and being well-rounded are key to playing your part. Read more…
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… Wearing headphones for just an hour could increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.