I know, for many people, learning that Andrew Cuomo was deliberately lying about nursing home death numbers while he was comforting them with power points is just too much cognitive dissonance, and they want to resolve it by making the problem go away, fingers in the ears.
But its not a one time thing and not the past.

Right now, its a central choice facing NY: do we stand with lawmakers who want to open up government, to legislate *with* the public, or do we give carte blanche keys back to the driver who crashed the car.
Think of the human cost of shutting down the Moreland Commission, the Buffalo Billions money lost to cronies, of the extreme micromanaging of who gets vaccines, ... and think of the thousands of families whose loved ones were treated as numbers to be shuffled away. It must stop.
IMHO we should focus on (1) a thorough independent investigation, and (2) immediately and publicly supporting lawmakers who want to rebalance power in Albany. Stop with the emergency powers. Stop with three people in a room.

That rebalance of power can transform the state.
Follow @SenatorBiaggi @yuhline @rontkim @NYSenatorRivera @JamesSkoufis @JuliaCarmel__ @samraforsenate @mannionfor50 @SRachelMay @JabariBrisport @SenGianaris and your state Senators and Assemblymembers. This is their great challenge and great moment.
And, of course, huge credit to Tish James for investigating the discrepancies and the treatment.


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18 Feb
This is the extraordinary Ron Kim fighting for nursing home patients against Andrew Cuomo, from April 16th last year.

Thank you @rontkim
It's a heartbreaking video. He was sounding the alarm, think of all the lives that could have been saved if the national media had listened.
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The only person who comes off looking good in this article is @JameelJaffer, who refused to get paid 6 figures to cover for Facebook in their elaborate and pompous cover for self-regulation.

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The giddy self-importance of Noah Feldman (remember when he found himself suited to draft an Iraqi constitution?) sets the tone.
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Forced arbitration= a system that allows employers to condition employment on workers signing away their constitutional rights to a jury, open court, a public judge, and appeal.

House Judiciary holding hearings, to re-pass the #FairAct to send to Senate. #EndForcedArbitration
Monopolies got rid of worker protection laws w/o Congress by taking away the right to enforce them.

Peak contractarianism leads to untold damage (and when I say untold, because of forced arbitration, workers don't bring claims and those that are brought we never hear).
The fantasy that workers are going to turn down an Amazon job and go get another job because of the Forced Arbitration clause is an insult.

Contracts are no replacement for rights.
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Are there any open positions as critical as AAG of Antitrust, OIRA, and FTC Commissioners that I'm missing?
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Also, is it possible that Block would be the permanent OIRA head?
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I have some thoughts about the Facebook oversight board.

1) the Facebook oversight board is paid by Facebook. (yeah, through a trust, no diff)
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if Exxon hired a bunch of academics and thought leaders and paid them through a trust to occasionally tell them where not to drill, i would not say we'd figured out a mechanism for dealing with fossil fuel
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what is inside the compass is: ban algorithmic targeting. antitrust.
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1) Amazon warehousing grows massively, increasing Bezos power to dictate working conditions
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Sellers have long suspected this but Bezos admitted it under questioning by the House Antitrust Subcommittee.

Also, it’s illegal under antitrust laws.
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