Kind ‘a seems to explain their silence about China’s human rights abuses and their treatment of Ener Kanter Freedom, eh?
When folks tell you that the slippery slope argument is bogus, examples like this show that if far from always true:
What the article shares is shocking…
GOOD NEWS ALERT:
Liev Schreiber just helped cook nearly one ton of brisket for Ukrainian refugees for Passover.
He worked with Chef Jose Andres' @WCKitchen to help cook a traditional Passover meal for refugees as they crossed into Poland.
Together, they fed thousands. pic.twitter.com/XEu6G07Vyl
— Goodable (@Goodable) April 16, 2022
Please check out this article at the NY Post:
Russia’s parliament passed a law Friday that criminalizes “fake” news — and carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years — for journalists who contradict the country’s official statements about the Ukraine invasion, according to officials and reports.
Under the law, which is set to go into effect Saturday, journalists face the potential whopping jail sentence for intentionally spreading “false” information — including using such words as “war” and “invasion” to describe the Russian attack.
Of course, criminalizing fake news is totally bogus, but I imagine many who are aghast at the mov have no issue with calls to fight misinformation here in the U.S. (and in other Western countries). It’s from the same spirit.
“But, this is different, because it directed at journalists!,” you might exclaim. Well…
Citizens who aren’t members of the media also face criminal charges and fines of up to $44,740 for reposting articles on social media that contradict or criticize the Kremlin’s depiction of the war, according to the paper.
The only difference in this case is they went straight to journalists too. Also, don’t forget how the NY Post was censored by Twitter during the 2020 presidential election when the had a story that hurt Biden. (“But that was a private business, not the government!,” you’ll insist. That is a meaningless distinction when the government is pushing private businesses to do more to combat misinformation. Right now it may not be with threats of arrest, but there are many more ways for politicians in power to punish those who don’t do their bidding.)
One more quote, before I wrap up (also from the NY Post):
Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Friday the move showed desperation by Putin, who is said to be holed up in the Ural Mountains, fuming at the resistance his army is facing in Ukraine — and at home.
“Obviously Putin is shutting these people down because he is afraid. He wouldn’t be shutting them down if everything was going peachy keen,” McFaul said during a call with reporters and experts hosted by Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center. “This is an indicator of his state of mind.”
“They are afraid,” could be said of those trying to shut down misinformation, fake news, etc. over here too. They wouldn’t be treating misinformation as the ultimate boogeyman “if everything was going peach keen.”
Evil tools are still evil when used by “good” people with “good” reasons and “good” intentions.
But, let’s be honest, anybody who tries to shut down free speech (versus respond to it) is probably not good (and does not have good reasons or good intentions). They have selfish ulterior motives.
"We desire to see our children alive. I think it's a fair one."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was met with a standing ovation from the European Parliament after a powerful speech that caused the EU translator on the English language feed to choke up with emotion. pic.twitter.com/kTlBGO6GEq
— CNN (@CNN) March 1, 2022
I don’t know if this is a “noble lie,” but…
During his inaugural address in 2019, Zelensky told lawmakers: “I do not want my picture in your offices: the President is not an icon, an idol or a portrait. Hang your kids' photos instead, and look at them each time you are making a decision.” pic.twitter.com/fjsHudv7FV
— Benjamin Ramm (@BenjaminRamm) February 26, 2022
- If true: More kudos to Zelensky
- True or false: Great advice for every politician…actually, for every human being
Image, just in case the tweet disappears: Read More
Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2022
You are most welcome
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 28, 2022
SpaceX Starlink is working in Kyiv, Ukraine!
The Dishy was placed just outside my window, even without adjustments.
Thanks, @SpaceX team, for your support 🙂
— Oleg Kutkov (@olegkutkov) February 28, 2022
Posted. without comment…
And I do support them.
But, I’ll be honest. I don’t know what we should do.
I can tell you things we have done wrong, and might be able to identify a couple things we definitely shouldn’t do…
But I can only suggest one thing we should definitely do: Pray.
Well, that implicitly means we should care too.
And pray for the Russians too. They are also losing husbands, mothers, sons, and daughters due to the evil of war.
P.S. One thing we shouldn’t do is trust those who don’t have skin in the game or benefit from armed conflict.
About 5PM tonight, I got this in an e-mail from Restream (with a subject of “ Restream stands in solidarity with Ukraine”:
My name is Alex, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Restream. I’m also a father, husband, and above all today, a proud Ukrainian.
As you likely already know, yesterday Russian forces conducted airstrikes all across Ukraine, including Vinnytsia, my hometown, and where Andrew Surzhynskyi and I founded Restream in 2015.
In the last 24 hours, we’ve received an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues, many inquiring about the safety of our team and ways they can help. Here’s an update on the two things Restream is doing today to support our employees and the people of Ukraine.
The safety of our teammates is always a top priority. Last month, we offered and arranged the relocation of our Ukraine-based employees and their families. Through the dedicated efforts of many teammates, this group, representing one-third of our workforce, is now relocated to safety.
Solidarity with Ukraine
To assist with humanitarian efforts, Restream is making a donation of $100K to Red Cross Ukraine. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Ukraine-based and international organizations that are assisting those affected. I encourage you to check it out and make a contribution.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue doing what we can to work towards peace and safety.
Thank you for being part of the Restream family.
All the best,
Co-Founder and CEO
If you visit Restream’s “About” page, you’ll see this at the bottom:
As you pray for the Ukraine, pray for the “Tech heart” of Restream too.
Stand with the Ukraine… Read More
Update (and this belongs at the top, so you read it first):
Hi Alan. We don't have any way to block images based on their content, so no, we're not doing this. If an image on your site isn't loading via the CDN, please contact our support team at https://t.co/ANGtVS4PDJ with more details so they can take a look.
— Jetpack (@jetpack) February 26, 2022
Glad to hear that Jetpack is not blocking anything with their CDN and kudos to them for their response! Read More
Update (video from earlier today): Read More
Pray for the Ukrainian people. Nothing excuses what is happening.
Also, Pray for the Russian people. Their fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters are dying too.
— Alan Fahrner (@JegErAlan) February 25, 2022
All I can say is, “Wow.”
Abandoned to Taliban
Afghan Brothers in Arms 200K
Women Rights Decimation 20M
Children sold for food
Accountability – 0
— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) January 3, 2022
Kudos again to the Women’s Tennis Association:
There may be a sport that hasn’t sold its soul:
And here are a couple of formal statements from the WTA:
Kudos to the WTA.
Update: An article about the reaction to the original RedState article:
BTW, that article points out that the original article was a derivative of the original RedState piece, which might be this:
If COVID-19 didn’t come from a lab, why was there so much effort put into making the discussion verboten?
P.S. We also have to stop treating scientists, doctors, and other “experts” like they aren’t human, and never have conflicts that affect their “expertise.”
Not only is this a striking photo, it tells a story. It synthesizes the Israel/Palestine battle into a single image:
– the historic, seemingly cosmic nature of the conflict
– superior vs inferior technology
– defensive vs offensive action
– helplessness of people watching
— N.F. Singh, deconstructing the deconstruction ✪ (@theSinghMan) May 14, 2021
Update (related item):