Sunday, March 31, 2019

Maza explains how we thought we had it made with free speech on Twitter until 2015; then it blew up

Carlos Maza, in November 2017, did a Strikethrough, “Harassment Is Killing Twitter’s Free Speech Experiment”.

Most of us have already forgotten that Twitter tried to be a neutral free speech platform from 2009-2015.  Remember around 2007 when Ashton Kutcher demonstrated how great Twitter was?  Remember the Arab Spring in 2011?

This all started to unravel, roughly maybe around 2014 as ISIS exploded and the migrant crisis in Europe developed.  Actually, it wasn’t just ISIS, it was Assad, and a lot of complicated maneuvers by dictators to take over and leverage social media.

An end result was that increase in harassment by trolls and extremists increased. When Twitter started banning people, they went to Gab.

And now, as we see with the recent Copyright Directive in Europe, a situation where the idea of free speech by users (where the platforms make the profits) is coming under increased scrutiny, and the youngest generation seems no longer as interested in the idea of individualized self-expression.

Maza doesn't need the tattoos. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

News2Share channel shows angry protest from far right regarding gun control in Ohio ("We Will Not Comply")

Ford Fischer traveled to Columbus, Ohio Thursday (March 28) to film demonstrations by the far right (“We Will Not Comply”) on recent gun control legislation, countered by some counterprotesters from the Left, possibly Antifa.

The state of Ohio had misworded a law which could have led to much more stringent regulation.
But some of the demonstrators object to the idea of background checks and waiting periods, to protect people from others’ potential misdeeds rather than their own. 

Ford now says Facebook demonitized this video, based on an algorithm, of how it processed a lawful protest. This video does not encourage anyone to break the wall or purchase weapons; it shows the how some people feel about certain individual rights.  This is a meta-content problem. 
Generally, background checks and assault weapons bans have been the demands of the “March for our Lives” movement from Parkland (David Hogg and others).

Trump has enacted a bump stock ban, making possession of them illegal now (Supreme Court lets it stand). 

Ford also shared some mire of his own footage from Charlottesville in August 2017 on Twitter through “Now This”.  “Blood and soil”????  He is a political documentary filmmaker to watch, I think he’ll be in the film festival circuit soon.

Picture: Mt Vernon, Ohio, mine, 2012 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

NBC Today presents student who graduated college in physics at 14

Carson Huey-You is presented on an NBC Today show segment in May 2017.

He graduated from Texas Christian University in quantum physics at age 14 and his 11 year old brother is starting as an undergraduate. Jacob Rascon reported.

He was home-schooled and then went to a private school for gifted children.  He reports interacting with animals at home, which is very good for children's communications kills. (I'm reminded of another video where a teenage boy communicates with a bobcat.) 

This is one of the most striking stories of giftedness I have ever encountered, matching narratives of both Andraka brothers as well as (Davidson Academy, Reno) Taylor Wilson (and Mark Zuckerberg).
TCU is a private (sectarian) university located in Fort Worth, TX.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Vox's Carlos Maza explains the political tool of "tactical framing" of issues like climate change, on his Strikethrough series

Carlos Maza, of Vox, explains “Why you still don’t understand the Green New Deal” (8 min).

Maza, with some interrupting black and white stills, explains the concept of “tactical framing” – is the policy popular?  Can it pass?   This like comparing mating attacks to positional play in chess.

I’ve treated some of his “StrikeThrough” videos on Vox but am putting them on the TV blog now, as it is like a news segment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Elizabeth leaves no surprises in her Town Hall: eliminate the Electoral College, do a wealth tax

Elizabeth Warren directed a spirited Town Hall on Monday night March 18, 2019.

The event was held in Jackson MS, which I have visited myself only once in 1985 (I was drove to Philadelphia, where the 1964 Civil Rights tragedy happened, and then up the Nachez Trace Parkway.)

Verona Rocha and Brian Ries write this up on CNN, link.

In this clip, Warren talks about voter suppression, and the fact that it is harder to enforce voting laws in states like Mississippi which is not a swing state (although author John Grisham lives and works there).

She also endorced a constitutional amendment getting rid of the Electoral College. Tim Pool weighs in.

Along those lines, there was talk on Twitter Tuesday morning as to whether the US Senate would become a “House of Lords”.

She also defended her wealth tax, as an extension of the normal idea of a real property tax (and sometimes personal), for 2% a year for wealth in excess of 50 million.  She claims that could pay for everything.

She answered a resounding yes to the idea of taking down Confederate statutes on US land (what about the Lee mansion above Arlington Cemetery?)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Tim Pool gives a talk on quantum physics on Subverse Channel

I just discovered today that the Subverse channel has a lot of edgy content that challenges conventional polarization, identarianism and partisanship, and also has some leading edge science videos. The video channel is mirrored at on Minds.

Tim Pool seems to host some of them, in full screen rather than as a thumbnail in the lower left as on his own videos.

On March 14, 2019 Tim Pool celebrated Pi Day, “Physicists Reversed Time? Major Science Breakthrough on Pi Day”.

He discussed the possibility that gravitational waves associated with very dense objects and sound waves might reverse time.

This video builds on a lot of the material in “Science Fair” (review), including the John Fish video on quantum entanglement from 2015 mentioned in the first comment. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

"Tricky Dick" on CNN starts with the set-up of the 1974 resignation speech

Sunday night March 17 CNN started a new series “Tricky Dick”.

The opening of the first episode shows a crowd outside the White House gate on Thursday, August 8, 1974, the day that Richard Nixon will give his resignation speech at 9 PM.  Then it shows Nixon adjusting for the camera.  The 37th President appears the 37th time from the East Room.  Almost no one would have voted to acquit him from impeachment.

Then the biography goes back to 1952 when the Vice President, at 40, gives his Checkers speech about his dog and daughter, to answer charges of illegal payments for personal expenses from his campaign.

That’s interesting indirectly, since illegitimate campaign finance support is still a big topic today, especially from 2016 on.  It is even affecting Internet freedom of ordinary users.

The episode also shows some of the Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960, when the possibility of color television made all the difference in the world.

"Those that hate you don't win unless you hate them."  Nixon didn't live up to his own words?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Pete Buttigieg, and Tulsi Gabbard sound solid in CNN Town Halls, with some strong proposals

CNN and Jake Tapper held two Democratic presidential candidate town halls Sunday night from SXSW in Austin, Texas, adjacent to the well known film festival.  David Hogg has spoken there recently, too.

Tulsi Gabbard, from Hawaii, second district, and a Major in the Hawaii National Guard, spoke for the interests of gays and transgender soldiers in the military, and noted that there is no deleterious effect on cohesion.  

She was critical of our carelessness (including previous administrations) on North Korea, giving an account of the false (but almost not false) false alarm for 38 minutes in Hawaii in 2017 (when people wondered who they wanted to spend time with in their last minutes).

She tried to explain the Ilhan Omar controversy (Newsweek) -- but on the surface, to me, there is no reason you can’t be faithful to Judaism and oppose aggressive settlements, or even why you can’t practice Christian and Judaic practices simultaneously (Gustav Mahler did).  

The main attraction was South Bend Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate and youngest ever (at 37). (OK, everybody knows that David Hogg, 18, is running for president already.  Don’t be surprised if Nick Sandmann does the same, from the “other side”.  Anti-fragility is a good thing.)

Pete is a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 (after the end of “don’t ask don’t tell”).

Buttigieg spoke very clearly and tended to take moderate positions and leave room for compromise.  He sounded  much more “conservative” and even cautious and calculating  than the radical wing of the Democratic party.

He pointed out that both he and the other guest this even have considerable military experience which Trump does not. Both are still commissioned.  That gives them understanding of the risks in foreign policy recklessness or bravado – he seemed to say that he would be glad to be the adult in the room now if needed.  He has more years of public service experience than the president (not that business experience isn’t valuable – imagine Tim Cook as a candidate, or Mark Cuban, maybe Barbara Corcoran).  Local governments and states can’t print money or mine cryptocurrency. They can’t shut down.

He said he favored looking at the idea of semi-voluntary national service.  He talked about Stockton, CA’s experiment with a universal basic income idea. I remember seeing the ships at Stockton's inland seaport from I-5 last September.

He called Mike Pence a “cheerleader for the porn star presidency”.

He did not seem to be as concerned about some of the free speech controversies as I had hoped.  He favors the European idea of “a right to be forgotten”.

Buttigieg favors expanding the Supreme Court to fifteen seats, with five of them admitted only on unanimous consent of the other ten.

He used the term “climate security” as a component of national security.

I befriended someone when living in Minneapolis who was attended law school at U of Illinois and became a prosecutor in the Evansville, IN area.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

"The Good Doctor": Shaun gets fired

I wanted to mention the most recent episode of “The Good Doctor”, called “Breakdown” on Monday March 4.

Shaun has apparently been transferred to pathology because of previous social problems.  Dr. Glassman has made a surprising recovery from his brain tumor with chemotherapy and is in apparent remission.

Shaun finds that a mother accused of abuse of a child (shaken baby syndrome) really had an unusual medical issue giving birth responsible for the baby’s problems. Shaun also helps the team by remote advice remove a massive tumor from another patient.

But in the last scene  Shaun repeatedly screams “I am a surgeon” at Han and winds up getting fired and being escorted by security.  So what will happen to Shaun now?  There is one more episode this winter.

Update: Wednesday, March 13

On Monday March 11 the season finale "Trampoline" gets weird and depends on coincidence. Shaun skips another pathology job interview and gets drunk, annoying a bar patron  Zack who attacks him. Bpth are injured in the scuffle.  But Zack seems to have an unknown aneurysm which Shaun diagnoses while unconscious and communicates telepathically.  Shaun winds up getting his job back.  But how we think Shaun (like Clark Kent) is an alien, although a very benevolent one.
Freddie Highmore appeared on Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Timcast with Joey Salads in Los Angeles; then a Joe Rogan podcast with Twitter executives on de-platforming

Tim Pool, while in Los Angeles this week, interviewed Ft. Joey Salads, who admits he made clickbait leftist videos in 2016, trying to benefit from the hatred of Trump, to make good money, but admits it was fake news passing as journalism.

The video (30 minutes) is called “Far Left Activists Have DESTROYED Journalism from Within.”

Salads says many websites are still out there using fake news to perpetrate “radical leftism”. The irony is that “social Marxism” would frown on and try to shut down this kind of loner exploitation to make money while actually ignoring the needs of others.

Salads says he could see “Smollett” coming.  Likewise Covington.  Later (at 17:00) Pool describes a story made up about him.

Owners of media companies say “rage makes money” even though personally the corporate management are not that extreme.

Then we wind up with the Church of Jack Dorsey.

Pool criticized Out magazine for calling the Trump administration’s plan to take on anti-gay laws in developing countries an indirect “racist” tactic.

I’ll pass along the URL for (Square) Joe Rogan’s podcast with Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde, and Tim Pool (3+ hours).  The first incident discusses was the social media ban of someone (an advocate of a carnivore diet and anti-vegan) for showing animal wildlife violence as violent behavior, which sometimes comes from an algorithm.

Vijaya says they do not try to police misinformation unless there is real harm to the public (anti-vaxx is possible).  She also said that rules are conduct based and not content based.  So the deadnaming or misgendering of trans people is seen as abusive behavior.  Pool says he was threatened in Berkeley and in Venezuela (not surprising given communism);  some of the people who abused persons associated with Covington; these didn’t result in Twitter suspensions.  She says doxing of names is not private, but home addresses and phone is considered abusive behavior. . (Look at around 15:24).  Dorsey, at about 18:30, says that doxing can be faked in gamer accounts. There was a bizarre reference to the movie Fargo in one dox. There is some disturbing content about Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones at about 22:00.

The discussion continues on Wordpress here.

Monday, March 04, 2019

CNN starts "The Bush Years" series

On Sunday night, March 3, CNN aired the first of its six-part series “The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power”. Basic link here.

The family did believe that “white straight protestant men” were somehow “born better” and should be in charge, with great care.  But it is still an assumption of inherited privilege.

The first episode showed George H. W. Bush crash landing in the ocean during WWII, surviving on a raft un enemy waters and being rescues by a US submarine. His two companions were killed.

Toward the end of the episode the Bush family settles in Houston, which is shown as it looked in the late 1960s.  Even then it was looking squeaky modern.  I first visited Houston myself in October 1976.  The city would have the same look for “Terms of Endearment” in the 1980s.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Fareed Zakaria: "Kingdom of Secrets" -- Saudi Arabia, on CNN Sunday night

Fareed Zakaria and, to some extent, Thomas Friedman hosted the one hour documentary “Kingdom of Secrets” about Saudi Arabia Sunday night at 8 PM EST.

The 33 year old crown prince MBS has introduced modernity, allowing women to drive and allowing music to be introduced, but is ruthless in eliminating rivals for power, finally culminating in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Zakaria noticed the extremely possessive attitude that men had toward women traditionally in Saudi culture.  Women were regarded as "children" and there were manuals on how to "discipline" them. That finally is changing.  This observation also fits into polygamy.

The documentary traces the history of Wahhabism back to the 18th century, and how oil revenue helped drove its ascendancy in the kingdom, past a major challenge in 1979. It also gives a biography of Osama bin Ladin, who rose to fame as a disciplined fanatic after the 1980 Afghanistan war.

Despite the cult-like religion, the appearance of the modern buildings in the desert is striking.

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Saturday, March 02, 2019

John Fish visits filming of NBC Tonight, SNL shows and goes onstage with Jimmy Fallon

John Fish now reports “So, I met Jimmy Fallon”.

He makes a trip from Boston to the Big Apple, one night in a hotel, then meets Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, and watches the filming of the Tonight Show and some of SNL (no filming allowed at some of the sessions).

He then reports “they’re only human”.  Let a cat watch all this and pick out his favorite “human”.

Friday, March 01, 2019

ABC 2020 "With Friends Like These" depicts bizarre murder and a filmmaker's sting on the Jersey shore, just after conviction on court

ABC 20-20 aired a documentary film “With Friends Like These” (2 hours) of one of the most recent trials ever to go right to television. Here is the best link so far.

2020 has recently gone to a two-hour Friday night format with crime stories similar to NBC Dateline.

The case concerned the murder of Sarah Stern on December 2, 2016 by a high school classmate for money and the disposal of her corpse from a bridge over a canal in Neptune City, NJ in Monmouth County.

ABC7Chicago has the details of the case here.

The guilty person is Liam McAtansney, 21, who faces life without parole.

The motive for the crime was robbery of a stash of cash inherited by Sarah.  This sounds a little bit like the film “Fargo”.

An amateur filmmaker, Anthony Curry, helped police set up the confession with a sting after Snapchat messages to Curry from Liam.

Liam had approached Anthony in November about the idea as a movie plot, sort of like the 1998 film “The Last Broadcast” (1998), filmed in south Jersey, which I actually saw then at the University of Minnesota.

Picture: Jersey shore trip in March 2013 after Hurricane Sandy.