This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
For this week, I’m mostly busy with home repairs and holiday prep. In the news, we’ve got Rhodesia / Zimbabwe tossing leadership, Catalonia is still trying to decide who’s the leader, and Germany playing political football (will they ever form a government?). Going to be interesting times if Merkel gets tossed in a “snap” election. Who will drive the EU into the ditch if she’s gone? The French with Macron?
Then this bit from a link in Tips (h/t Larry):
Twitter is cracking down on hate speech and not just by looking at its own site.
In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter policy, the company announced on Friday that it will be monitoring user’s behavior “on and off the platform” and will suspend a user’s account if they affiliate with violent organizations, according to an update to Twitter’s Help Center on Friday.
SEE ALSO: Inside the reckoning of the alt-right on Twitter
“You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes,” the update reads.
Twitter isn’t taking action immediately. Rather, it’s given users until December 18, 2017 when it will then begin enforcing the rule. The month-long wait is due to regulations in the European Union that require companies to inform users of a new policy change 30 days prior to enforcement.
The Dec. 18 deadline also applies to using “hateful images or symbols” in profile images or profile headers. Twitter will also monitor for hate speech in usernames, display names, and profile bios.
So twitter is to become the Thought Police, even OFF their site? OK… One wonders if this policy will also be applied to such actually violent folks like ANTIFA and the Soros Color Revolution promoters… Well, it certainly opens the gate for non-censorship platforms. Like:
The Comical Farce called the “Russian Meddling” game is continuing as RT is forced to register as a “Foreign Agent”. (Please, dear Nanny State, have the BBC, Fance24, DW, Al Jazeera, and probably even PBS so register too… Oh, and EVERY SINGLE SOROS ORGANIZATION where they pride themselves on their “Color Revolutions” deposing governments.) So I guess now that makes Larry King and Jessie Ventura “Russian Agents” as they host shows on RT. IMHO, one of THE best sources for the dirt our domestic media wants to hide and a look on the other side of the wars the USA / EU push all over the place. I don’t have to agree with their POV to want to see their POV. (Hell, I sometimes even read articles in the New York Times, despite it being a Left Wing Nut Talking Points rag.)
Wishful thinking, political theatre, preparations for post 2018 “win” by the Dims, or mental masturbation?
House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump
By Maegan Vazquez, CNN
Updated 12:52 AM ET, Thu November 16, 201
Washington (CNN)House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against President Donald Trump, though they acknowledged their efforts have no chance of success while Republicans control both houses of Congress.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced five articles of impeachment that include obstruction of justice for Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.
He told members of the press he would likely be facilitating briefings in lieu of hearings.
“There are many reasons why I think the President is an awful President, an awful person, but not all those reasons rise to the level of impeaching a sitting President. We are not seeking his impeachment because of what he did before he was President,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Illinois, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said beside Cohen.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded in a statement, saying time spent calling for Trump’s impeachment “would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses.”
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive victory in last year’s election,” she said.
Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, called the impeachment effort “radical.”
“House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they’ve decided to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Democrats have argued to impeach Trump. Earlier this month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, said the President has committed “significant constitutional impeachable violations,” adding that Democrats needed to act.
They really can’t accept that They Lost, Hillary was a horrible candidate, and We The People WANT Trump to knock heads.
Then there’s the weather turning cold all over. Normal winter. A bit colder in some places, a bit warmer in others, depending on which side of the meridional flow you are on. Yet The Climate Follies continue with paid expenses and lush surroundings for all sycophants in attendance. Is there no way to fight the Incredible Power Of Stupid?
With that, Happy Turkey Day for those of you in the USA (or similarly inclined)!