Every vote should be counted, however long it takes, but I think it's unaccetable that one of the richest nations in the world cannot reliably call elections on election night in a transparent and accountable manner when pretty much everyone else can. Fixing this is so important!
I know about all the issues but almost all of them are solveable problems. It would create a challenge only for a very small percentage of unusually close races—speedy delivery of mail-in ballots (USPS has the infrastructure for this), optical scan counts, risk-limiting audits...
Length of time to result adds to drama, loss of trust and (even more) negative politicization of the electoral process and political uncertainty. Most of the obstacles are solveable—only a really really small subset of races should be outstanding next day.
That aaaw video of the falling, persevering bear cub is likely the family being buzzed by a drone and panicking—their lives at risk for sake of virality. "You look at the mother bear in that video & she's staring straight at the drone for chunks of time." cbc.ca/radio/asithapp…
"Clayton Lamb, a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta who studies grizzly populations, says the mother bear never would have led her cub over such treacherous terrain unless they were fleeing something — in this case, the loud, buzzing drone that was filming them." 😡😡🤬
"The video was originally uploaded to YouTube by a company called ViralHog." 🤬🤬🤬
Apathy generation is a facilitator of authoritarianism. My new NYT oped on our vicious cycle of losing trust in democratic institutions including voting, which lowers participation so they fail even more. Remedy is to embrace and fix—yes, even the failing. nytimes.com/2018/11/03/opi…
USA is far from there but it's on that road, familiar to many of us from around the world. Politics is broken in many ways, so it gets abondoned further. Vicious cycle. It's a hard-sell but neither pretendending everything is great nor surrendering to the cynicism is the way out.
If you lived in a country where they really, really didn't work, it may be easier to tell the difference—even for you. Differentiating between *faulty* democracy and *actual* dictatorship/fascism is crucial—esp. if you want to avoid the real thing. 😬
Funny. These districts (including IA-4) didn’t magically become competitive. It’s just the “Official Democrats” have been mostly ignoring them, and thus blind to the intense grassroots effort underway. So they didn’t get much polling. And then there’s a poll and everyone’s 😱.
I watched the PA-11 folks canvas for the last year, for example. They knocked on doors where they were met with huge surprise. People were like, huh, what? It was hard work for the canvassers. Suspicion and surprise all day.
My point isn’t about hope but that the official Democratic Party is still not fully meeting the enormous grassroots energy. It’s possible they will lose winnable seats because they wrote them off as unwinnable early on based on some spreadsheet in DC.
Facebook has been unwilling to fund the required level of infrastructure to minimally oversee its business model, part zillion. Of course, it helps it be profitable to be so understaffed. Meanwhile journalists are doing so much work, while FB takes more and more ad money. 🙄
I mean, go ahead and pay us $$$ to find, message and organize people who believe a “white genocide” is happening, but opaquely so nobody else knows is going on.. directly flows from Facebook’s business model. Extensive effort would be required to even minimally counter the harms.
Oh yeah here’s the thread with the “white genocide” believers being targeting for $$$ on Facebook.
Fingers crossed that the employee representative demand from #GoogleWalkout happens, and the person also brings up issues like the harms of the surveillance-based business model and YouTube’s (misogyny and racism spewing) recommendations. 🤞
Really? Googlers should only discuss their own work conditions and not bring up the profound impact their products have on the world—including surveillance and normalizing/spreading hate and misogyny? If true, their CEO can indeed love these walkouts. 😬🙄
I just got a PR pitch—Physical education is cut from schools so put an Alexa in the classroom to "instruct" kids to move around. Yeah, sure, let's put a commercial surveillance device to classrooms while gutting funding... for poor kids. Betcha not gonna happen in rich schools.😡
Here's the PR picture of kids who don't have PE funding and are being "instructed" by Alexa. At least that's realistic. We are going to see screens, chatbots etc. in classes for poorer and browner kids. The privileged are banning those around children or have very different uses.
Tech should function like aviation safety: first class may have some extras but the whole plane goes up and down together. Result: flying is the safest way of travel. Put those devices in rich schools and see how far you get. If it's not okay for them, not okay for anyone else.
Across the board elite failure merging with a rapid techno-social transition—managed irresponsibly if at all—of the fabric of our public sphere isn't turning out great. Wait till AI gets more broad. We're living through a new chapter for that great book, March of Folly. #Brazil
😬Here's the good cheer. It's totally manageable. The world isn't burning up in a global war. We have immense wealth. Great technology. Just that our overlords are incompetent and/or greedy—and coherent, strategically smart alternatives haven't yet formed.
Things are bleak, but historically speaking... We're nowhere near a hopeless situation. Nowhere. Just need to get our act together and develop coherent, smart, strategic political action addressing the challenges. World is immensely wealthy—just unequal.
Some conservatives on Twitter are on a whataboutism kick about Farrakhan. No doubt: all anti-semitism is horrible. But that version (or anything on the ~left) isn't breeding a violent movement that's killed more Americans than ISIS, and isn't an excuse to ignore the one that is.
Whataboutism in politics and both-sideism in mass media are poison to understanding, sanity and healthy conversation. It's rare that anything is completely one-sided (there is fake news grifters on the left, for example) but a lot of things aren't equally balanced. Just aren't.
If media can't figure out how to cover terrorism without amplifying the conspiracies (straight-up "debunking" is amplification) that help inspire it and instead runs even more front-page profiles of the killer rather than analysis of WHY WE ARE HERE, we'll just get more copycats.
Close reading of a murderers' stickers, their gab posts posted as screenshots (rather than reported on), murderers' faces on every front-page... Just pours gasoline on the fire and not informative. You know what would be informative? Analysis. Reporting rather than amplification.
Spare me the "we gotta cover the news." WE'RE ASKING YOU TO COVER THE REAL NEWS and stop acting as extras in snuff film directed by murderers. The real news is the rise and normalization of hate speech and racism, guns, polarization fueling deranged killers—not another profile.
Lady ahead of me to gate agent. “I’d like to report that the guy on the plane was taking lots of pictures. He had an international phone. Indian man.” Me, as soon as I reach agent: “I’d like to report a nutty lady. It was a gorgeous LGA approach, everyone was taking pictures.” 😡
If I could have reached her, I’d have talked to her, too. (She disappeared into the airport). There has to be a deterrent to all these attempts to send cops on non-white people. It’s not “better safe than sorry.” It’s terrible for victims—and at best wastes police time.
Don't buy internet-connected anything if there's a non-internet connected version or an OVERWHELMING reason connect to the internet, part zillion. This example looks benign, but I can think of a few dozen terrible uses of this data off the top of my head. nytimes.com/2018/10/23/bus…
Half a million American households are having their fever data uploaded and sold to advertisers, integrated into databases, and who-knows-what and I bet almost very few them either realize what is happening or potential implications. Nobody is looking out for people.
Lack of sensible data policies, protections and technologies is also suppressing innovation and great uses. What a ridiculous, terrible state of affairs. 😡
If I had a magic-wand, I'd do away with all the horse-race coverage. All of it. So much damage from the amount of oxygen it sucks and how it shapes the coverage. Besides, it doesn't work well anymore. The models aren't capturing shifts and the polls are too non-random.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Plus people don't know how to viscerally interpret probability models (the newer way of reporting) vs poll margin of error (what everyone grew up on). I swear, that, almost as much as anything explains 2016. Many actors made inexplicable decisions based on bad reporting of stats.
Take that 89.5%. The faux-precision killed me. It's a fuzzy, fuzzy number—as people figured out. IIRC the model was built on mere 14 cases? Also, the ERRORS ARE CORRELATED. (Noted only in the footnotes WHICH I READ. But of course people just see pictures).
Lost power this time (hadn’t for Florence). Have lots of hurricane-proof food, though. That’s what two-hurricanes-in-a-month does, I guess. 🙄😬
*breaks open pistachios*
Friends: I’m fine just no power and no functional internet—phone kinda, fleetingly works, occasionally. So not really able to receive or respond to email! 😬😬
*tries for a long time to send this tweet*
Can’t imagine the folks who took a direct hit from #HurricaneMichael!
By this standard, if authoritarians start using “fabricated” to slander opponent claims, we should drop the term. 🙄 If they accuse dissidents of “lies”, we should stop talking about their lies. This strategy of constant retreat will just end up with self-censorship, and no gain.
If people can’t keep terms from being misused, that’s a function of power and effective opposition. Abandoning terms and concepts is just a sign of weakness. On what planet do people think if we stop using the term, somehow, it ends up with less censorship by authoritarians?
Politics isn’t an essay contest graded by some external teacher. It’s about power and legitimacy, and fighting for those. Do people think there’s a concept that will magically be immune to misuse by authoritarians? Why bother, let’s all go home, preemptively cede all ground.
I call this the Beto effect. Hard to believe but many Dem candidates are underfunded because the party is.. well, it's the party that lost 2016. But a few splashy races give the opposite impression—the way holding the presidency 2008-2016 hid the electoral collapse of the party.
Having studied movements/opposition in many countries, one frequent theme in losing efforts is the ratio of attention to factors not-under-their-control vs. factors under their control! This may get people upset with me but both Dem leaders & "resistance" often share this trait.
Where is the effort to balance funding so that obviously super-safe Dem seats aren't raising millions while first-time candidates building infrastructure (for the future, if not this election) have real money? Don't see it. It's like 2016 didn't happen. 2008-2016 didn't happen.
This meme is going around is so so terribly ignorant of what Tea Party actually did that it’s painful, unless it’s deliberately misleading. Tea Party took over *electorally* by being energized *and* strategic and well-funded—the protests mattered some but only through that path.
There is actually a lot the left and the Dems could learn from the Tea Party experience but it requires actually finding out what happened. Not writing your own ignorant narrative.
This isn’t an argument for or against direct action. Successful movements use a range of tactics—deployed strategically. But the way Dems/left have let electoral infrastructure become hollow on their side for decades is the a big reason *under their control* for their weakness.
Wow Google is all in with the conservative Federalist Society which engineered the multi-decade effort to foster judges like Kavanaugh and Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Facebook vice-president was in DC hearings to personally support Kavanaugh. Silicon Valley is so “liberal.”🙄
Facebook’s top sites are often hyper-partisan right-wing sites and also.. this. All the complaining you hear about “liberal bias” in Silicon Valley is just strategic playing the referees—who are pretty easy to play, apparently. H/t @kevinroosepolitico.com/newsletters/pl…
No that’s not the structure of my argument. Facebook and YouTube have been great for Breitbart and Trump for example—it’s that success that moved Fox closer to them. Tech platforms are biased towards the hyper-partisan and Breitbart plays that better.
That hoax is oversold, authors *very* deliberately misrepresenting what they did. If you fake data and get published, that’s fraud, not hoax. If you cherrypick pick a nice sentence from review that rejects paper, that’s not a successful hoax. See: michaelkeenan.tumblr.com/post/178734541…
Predatory journals? Real problem. Some crappy work getting in? Issue in many fields. A reasonable discussion about the scope of humanities? Sure. But bring along discussing economics and it’s wild assumptions, too. This hoax isn’t a critique of academia. It’s a misleading stunt.
Sokal did something important. I applaud bullshit detection. This is just playing to the lucrative, anti-intellectual academia-bashing—right & left versions. It’s the difference between asking, say, clinical trials to be pre-registered and grifting by peddling anti-vaccination.
Yazidi leader Nadia Murad won the Nobel Peace Prize!! Dear Journalists who'll interview her: PLEASE DON'T ASK HER TO RECOUNT THE SAME HARROWING STORY OF HER CAPTIVITY BY ISIS. She told it again and again—at great expense to her—to get media attention. Stop it now, please. Please.
Journalists (and public!) should watch "On Her Shoulders"—a documentary about Murad and the Yazidi plight. Our demand that marginalized victims tell their story again and again and again, cry for cameras again and again and again, before we pay attention exacts a huge toll.
My heart sank when I saw her pic in news—she faces many threats from extremists. But good news instead! Ask her about the Yazidi plight, the remarkable efforts to restore what was so terribly broken, the diaspora... Please no more wringing tears out of these brave, strong women.
Foreign meddling is real but it's a symptom not the actual illness: our domestic polarization and how our public sphere operates. We're looking for ibuprofen to cure an infection. For a solution, focus less on less Russia, more on the US. My NYT piece: nytimes.com/2018/10/03/opi…
I find the evidence of RU meddling to be credible and so much of it happened in public! It might have had an impact given the close election—especially through hacked emails and also how media went along with that part. It's still not the correct focus to try to fix what ails us.
I do not disagree though the issue of the emails isn't totally disconnected from the RU meddling (through hacked emails which merged with "emails"). I wrote at length about how trad media dropped the ball from before the election. Not one or the other.
“Hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in South Texas.”
“Children in groups of 20, separated by gender, sleep lined up in bunks. There is no school: The children are given workbooks that they have no obligation to complete. Access to legal services is limited.”
“These midnight voyages are playing out across the country, as the federal government struggles to find room for more than 13,000 detained migrant children — the largest population ever — whose numbers have increased more than fivefold since last year.”