At Meta's shareholder meeting, a proposal was introduced to complete a third-party assessment of "potential psychological and civil and human rights harms to users that may be caused by the use and abuse of the platform" and "whether harms can be mitigated or avoided,
May 29 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In 1994, Clinton signed into law the ban on assault weapons and large-capacity mags (LCM). The law — which grandfathered in an estimated 1.5M assault weapons and 25M LCMs already owned by Americans — was in place for 10 years until @GOP let it lapse.
Two key provisions can be especially effective. “State laws requiring a permit to purchase a firearm, which includes a background check on all purchases, are associated with 60% lower odds of a mass public
May 27 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Within the next few weeks, a majority of state legislatures will conclude their 2022 sessions. Here’s a recap of just a few of the new, concerning voting and election laws:
In Arizona: House Bill 2492 requires all Arizonans to provide proof of citizenship to register to vote, endangering the voter registrations of a large number of individuals. Arizona also banned same-day voter registration, even though the state does not have it.
May 27 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
While it is common for details to shift following mass attacks, some of the changes in Uvalde made during news briefings and interviews have been striking.
Did anyone try to stop the gunman from entering the school?
Auth had initially said the attacker exch gunfire with a school police officer before entering the school
During a briefing Wednesday, said a school police officer “engaged” the shooter but that no shots were exchanged
May 23 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
"It is tempting to imagine that all of the challenges we have experienced lately are the product of one man’s dangerous contempt for anything but his own self-interests.
The canary in the coal mine involved the death of four Americans, and the manipulation of that
terrible tragedy in an unprecedented abuse of legislative power that came to be known simply as “Benghazi.”
In the early 1980s, I was fooling around with a novel that explored a future in which the US had become disunited. Part of it had turned into a theocratic dictatorship based on 17th-century New England theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
Puritan religious tenets and jurisprudence. I set this novel in and around Harvard University—an institution that in the 1980s was renowned for its liberalism, but that had begun three centuries earlier chiefly as a training college for Puritan clergy.
May 13 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
#SteveSchmidt did not have knowledge of the Weaver email or of any specific allegs against Weaver until February 2021 when a reporter asked him specifically about the email. As it turns out, though, @maggieNYT knew about Weaver sending inappropriate messages to young men long
before Schmidt or anyone else involved in LP had any such knowledge. #MaggieHaberman told Schmidt in a text that she knew at least as far back as THREE YEARS before NYT first reported about the Weaver allegations in Jan 2021, before LP even was formed—
May 13 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
For the past several legislative sessions, @GovernorTomWolf and PA House and Senate Dems have proposed solutions to both phase out the gas tax and fix the allocations, while still funding both PennDOT road and bridge projects and the state police. pahouse.com/otten?utm_sour…
The @PAGOP majority has repeatedly rejected those proposals.
The rates of uninsured women and maternal deaths are among the highest in the country in trigger states; no state with a trigger law or ban has legislation in place to guarantee paid leave, which helps women recover from giving birth without losing income. washingtonpost.com/parenting/2022…
In states where abortion rights are likely to be rescinded, women earn lower salaries than women in other states.
Women in ID and MS earn the lowest median salary, about $24K. Next are WV Utah, New Mexico, Montana and Alabama, where women make about $25,000 on average.
May 4 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Amber Heard everyday with full face of makeup, vs today without.
Acording to Amber, Johnny slapped and punched her in the face often, yet no one ever saw bruising or swelling? Not trained police, not friends who know her well? Not her staff? COME ON!
Apr 22 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
“I don’t want my vote or anyone else’s to be disenfranchised. … Do you realize how inaccurate the voter rolls are, with people just moving around? … Anytime you move, you’ll change your driver’s license, but you don’t call up and say, ‘Hey, by the way, I’m re-registering.’”
After Trump lost the presidential election, falsely claiming election fraud, Meadows became senior partner at the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), which promotes “election integrity” efforts.
Does no one vet anymore?
Apr 20 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Even without “games,” in virtually every election hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots are rejected by election officials and remain uncounted. In 2020 that number exceeded 500,000 ballots, or 0.8% of all mail-in ballots cast in the election.
1/3 of all MIB rejections in 2020 were the result of election officials deciding that the sig on the outer envelope of the ballot did not match the sig on file for the voter. Most election officials tasked with “matching” these signatures received little or no training
Apr 8 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Russia becomes the first permanent member of the U.N. Security Council to have its membership revoked from any U.N. body. usatoday.com/story/news/pol…
Dmitry Muratov, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning editor of Russia’s now-closed leading independent newspaper, said he was attacked Thursday on a train that departed from Moscow by an assailant who poured red paint over him, causing severe discomfort to his eyes.
Apr 1 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Ginni Thomas was notorious in WW for ruining staffers’ afternoons by working Trump into fits of vengeful rage.
“We all knew that within minutes after Ginni left her meeting with the president, he would start yelling about firing people for being disloyal” thedailybeast.com/inside-ginni-t…
She learned from Lifespring, the cult she used to be a member of how to manipulate people.
Ever since she became a welcome guest at Trump’s residences, she had perfected a proven formula of enthralling and manipulating the president’s emotions and mood businessinsider.com/unearthed-foot…
Apr 1 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The PA House returned to session this week for the first time since February. The majority chose to spend the week advancing anti-LGBTQ legislation,
Knocking on doors, asking questions about marriage, divorce, race and income, they gathered the personal details of life for 151 million Americans who had just emerged from an era of cataclysmic war and economic depression.
On Fri that time will have elapsed and the National Archives will unveil a huge batch of the intimate details from the 1950 Census — on 6.4M pages digitized from 6,373 microfilm census rolls
Mar 18 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
YouTube is still up and running in Russia. Russians are posting new content everyday, which means these people can see the truth.
They are posting about how sanctions are impacting them, but no talk of Ukraine
Ukrainian officials have promoted highly produced videos attempting to drive home the visceral shock of war. They also run a Telegram channel showing videos of killed or captured Russian soldiers as a way to alert their family members and stoke anti-military anger back home.