London Attack

Trump The Alarms


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It was over 90 days ago that Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim nations, which was supposed to last for 90 days. How much of an emergency was this ban since that time period has expired? How vital was it since during that time there have been zero terrorists attacks in the United States, not counting the terrorist attacks committed by white guys.

Monday morning, a man the media has identified as a “disgruntled former employee” walked into his former workplace and shot five of his former co-workers. It was big news in the a.m. but by noon the story had vanished as the press was busy talking about Donald Trump’s tweets, Kellyanne Conway’s husband ripping Trump’s tweets, the story about Trump editing out the “defense clause” from his speech to NATO, breaking news that the Russians were attempting to hack into companies that sell voter registration-related software, and that the Trump administration is trying to tell us to ignore Trump’s tweets.

Why was the Orlando story pushed into the background so quickly? Oh yeah. It’s because the shooter was white. Trump didn’t tweet about it. He didn’t attack the mayor of Orlando. When five people are killed by a white guy we can all remain calm because obviously, it’s much worse to die at the hands of a brown person than a white person.

Or maybe it’s worse to be killed by a guy who prays to Allah than by a guy who got a poor evaluation from the HR department. Not every day can be casual Friday people, and stop reheating fish in the company’s microwave.

Trump didn’t attack the mayor of Orlando. In fact, Trump hasn’t tweeted about Orlando at all. He did tweet at Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London and the first Muslim mayor of a major western city. Trump distorted Khan’s statement to the public that they shouldn’t be alarmed over an increased police presence. Trump decided to tweet that the mayor didn’t want people to be alarmed over terrorism.

Orlando hasn’t reached Trump’s radar yet, perhaps because he was too busy tweeting. Tuesday morning, he retweeted a Fox News story of a hostage siege in Australia Isis has claimed credit for that killed one person and injured three police officers. He continued to tweet his desire for a travel ban. He tweeted attacks on the media, once again calling them “fake news.” And yesterday, he went after the mayor of London again tweeting “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” No, Donny. You’re working hard to sell it.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!” Psst…..Donald, the Orlando shooter used a gun, not a truck.

Despite the Orlando shooting happening on U.S. soil and resulting in the death of five Americans, it’s not as interesting to Trump as Islamic terrorists killing seven people in England, or one person in Australia.

Our president’s inability to comprehend is alarming. His continued insults on our allies are alarming. His penchant for lying and distorting statements and facts is alarming. His continued use of Islamophobic-tinted glasses is alarming.

The fact that Donald Trump is actually president is terrifying.

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Hostile Social Media


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Criticism for the way social media, and the internet in general, as to how terrorists and other extremists use it isn’t anything new.

Facebook was blamed back in 2014 for failing to pass on information that could have helped prevent the murder of a British soldier by Islamist terrorists. The London attacks from Saturday has renewed the criticism, specifically from British Prime Minister Theresa May.

It is difficult for companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google to eliminate extremists from using their platforms. YouTube alone has over 400 hours of video uploaded every minute (they’re all Nickelback). Usually, the only way these companies can be made aware of hostile content is when users bring it to their attention. I’m sure those notifications are lumped in with each complaint a user sends that someone hurt their feelings in a debate of Pearl Jam versus Incubus (Pearl Jam is better).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last month that his company will add 3,000 employees to scrub harmful content from the network. The director of policy at the media giant says they want “Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists.” So basically they want Facebook to treat terrorists like it does the casual user.

May wants to tighten Internet regulation in order to deny terrorists a tool for planning attacks and spreading extremism. That’s where things get tricky when it comes to free speech in open societies. Do you really want Donald Trump deciding what is extreme?

Social media is very friendly to extremists. Whether those extremists are jihadists, conspiracy theorists pushing a story about Hillary Clinton murdering people and selling child-sex-slaves out of a pizza parlor, or Nazis sharing links to Breitbart (tell your uncle to stop that). Facebook is annoying enough with pictures of vacations (yay, you’re living so well!), people who are determined to show you what they’re eating every day (A friend actually posted a photo of Cheerios last week), and yeah….cat pictures. Dog pictures and their crazy antics are always acceptable. Your cat is boring.

While Facebook is great for keeping up with old friends from high school that you’ll never see in the flesh ever again, it annoys the hell out of me by giving me a notification every time a friend is conducting a live video, or when I’m added to a group I never had the intention of joining. I have thousands of “friends.” I don’t need this crap.

I do believe companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, are better at regulating their content, as sucky as they may be, than the government. The internet is a place for ideas, even bad ones. If you own a platform then you have the right to decide what stays and what is trashed. I don’t think we need new laws making those decisions for us.

Just as a business can reject your patronage, media giants have the right to deny you service on their platforms. Their judgement is better than the government. That’s good for you, me, and Mr. Whiskers Kills.

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