Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s account

Now that the damage has been done. Thanks for nothing, Twitter. Should we be patting you on the back for finally, finally doing the right thing? Too little, too late. The Democrats will be overseeing you now, so covering your asses like all the other enablers of the orange disgrace.

Algorithms

A New York Times article is questioning the media’s responsibility. They should do more do keep hate-inciting misinformative posts. But I also blame algorithms, which determine what you see based on what you’ve seen. So if you look at a post, tweet, whatever with misinformation, you will get more and more of the same. So what you see in the online world may be completely different from what I see. This inhibits information, and gives a blinder-ed view of anything. This needs to be fixed, but I have no idea how.

I still am just unable to put into words the horror of what has happened here in my country. Appalled does not begin to describe it. I am very, very concerned that there will be no real consequences to those involved, whether actively or passively. This has long been a problem. People in power are doing things that are blatantly illegal, and no one who can, does anything at all about it. They all just sit back and let the shit happen. Disgraceful is the word that comes to mind. A disgrace to the people who voted for them, a disgrace to their duty as elected officials, disgrace to the country they are meant to represent. I personally am just disgusted with the whole lot of them.

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  1. a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.”a basic algorithm for division”

Origin

late 17th century (denoting the Arabic or decimal notation of numbers): variant (influenced by Greek arithmos ‘number’) of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus . The Arabic source, al-Ḵwārizmī ‘the man of Ḵwārizm’ (now Khiva), was a name given to the 9th-century mathematician Abū Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Mūsa, author of widely translated works on algebra and arithmetic.Translate algorithms toUse over time for: algorithms

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This

Really puts it into perspective. This is from a post on Tumblr, and I am not certain of the ethics of reposting on my blog, so I am just putting it here without credit unless someone tells me how to do it better. But it just needs to be seen.

“So someone pointed out to me recently that in a few years, maybe a few decades, the history of the us during covid is probably going to get twisted. The fact that we all had to make and wear cloth masks is going to be hailed as a symbol of how we “”came together as a nation”“” or whatever the fuck propaganda spin they try to put on it.

So I just want to say, for the record, the time of the corona virus pandemic was not a time when america came together.

This was a time when people hoarded toilet paper and sanitizing supplies either for themselves or to sell at absurd prices to the desperate people who didn’t get to the store soon enough during the shortages

This was a time when scared parents were sending their kids to finish school in the spring in plastic trash bags because they couldn’t think of any other way to possibly keep their families safe

This was a time when grocery store and retail and service workers were forced to keep working whether they wanted to risk their health or not because they couldn’t make rent otherwise and the people with enough privilege to have remote jobs tried to repay them with applause instead of fair wages

This was a time when nurses had the hold the hands of multiple dying people every day as their families watched their loved ones die over a video call because the hospital couldn’t risk having visitors

This was a time when city governments had to handle so many eviction hearings that they rented out convention centers and called in the national guard instead of doing a rent freeze to stop predatory landlords

This was a time when racism and police brutality were so unbearably horrible that people protested in the streets for months even though there was a god damn pandemic that our federal government wasn’t doing shit to stop and the cops were so mad that they were being asked to stop beating up black people that they were beating up everyone

This was a time when schools being forced to reopen in the fall or lose their federal funding had to draft templates for letters if a teacher or a staff person or a fucking child died from exposure to corona at school

This was a time when the president of the United states demanded that the cdc stop releasing data about all the people who were dying because of the warnings he ignored for months were making him look bad

This was a time when some state governments didn’t mandate masks and forced businesses to reopen because they didn’t want to pay unemployment to people trying to stay safe at home anymore

This was a time when Jeff Bezos was on track to be a fucking trillionare because everyone was ordering things on amazon instead of going to the store and the people he worked to death to get it didn’t see a single cent of it

This was a time when instead of providing homeless people with housing, we painted boxes on the ground to show homeless people how far away the had to be on the street to maintain social distancing

We did not come together to make cloth masks. Cloth masks represent nothing less than the absolute and utter failure of a nation’s government to inform and protect its citizens

This was not a time when we came together. This was a time when we survived, and not all of us made it.

This was a time when people casually talked about how many human lives the economy was worth without considering the evil that had just come out of their mouths.

This was a time when thousands of us died for profit and the ego of a cheating narcissists con man who scammed his way into the white house

This was a time that we survived. Most of us tried to do the right thing, stay home, limit trips to the store and socializing, wear a mask. And still, so many of us were lost. Thousands every day.

But that wasn’t a good enough reason for some people, for those among us who were too selfish to recognize the responsibilities we have toward one another as human beings.

This was not a time that we came together

This was a time that we survived

Not all of us made it

And those of us who did survive will never forget the evil we saw daily in our politicians and those around us.”

Finally!

Here’s hoping this one is better. Let’s hope people realize that the Cult of Trump is not really a good thing, for them or for anyone else. Let’s hope we get a handle on this virus thing before it wipes up all out. Let’s hope people get over being all about me, me, me, and start thinking of those around them. Start caring for one another. Remember their compassionate sides. Let’s hope it’s not too late, and that we actually do something about climate change instead of just arguing if it’s real or not. We did that with the virus, look how well that turned out. We are living in a time of plague. Yes, plague. Scary, isn’t it? But this is the time we need to work together, to look out for each other, to care what happens to those who aren’t us. Coming together to fight common enemies, like climate change and viruses and corrupt governments. Let’s hope we wake up to this. Let’s hope. And let’s do something about it.

And speaking for myself, let’s hope for snow.