Tech

Mark Zuckerberg, Who Once Gave Rare Butt Cricket STD To Entire Shopping Mall, Says Fact-Checking Bad

What is truth? Is Zuckerberg’s the same as yours?

Mark Zuckerberg helped destroy the country, perhaps even the world, and he won't stand idly by while anyone tries to undo his hard work. Twitter (finally) started fact-checking (by appending a teeny tiny "get the facts" notation) Donald Trump's tweets, which are usually full of lies, slander, and the occasional covfefe. The rival platform's underwhelming action didn't shame Zuckerberg into caring about the veracity of the content on his own hell site. Instead, he jumped on the bandwagon with conservative hacks, including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, and cried “censorship!" because he apparently dropped out of Harvard before learning what censorship is.

Zuckerberg criticized Twitter's policy during an interview on (of course) Fox News's "The Daily Briefing," which aired today.

ZUCKERBERG: We have a different policy I think than Twitter on this. I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think in general private companies probably shouldn't be — especially these platform companies — shouldn't be in the position of doing that.

This is all kinds of dumb. Media companies shouldn't enable the spread of disinformation. Their first duty should be to the truth. Facebook discards that principle and dresses up its willful negligence in an emperor's robe of “free expression." Even the term “arbiter of truth" is a way to frame “facts" as just part of some liberal agenda. They're big on moral relativism these days, especially when they discovered how much power and money they could gain through shameless lies.

(Can't see the video? Please click the little bird in the tweet!)

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost a lot of journalists their jobs. It's not that hard to find qualified "fact checkers," which I stress is not some new Orwellian concept. Letters editors at newspapers — remember them? — fact-checked submissions before publication. If a grandmother's complaints about pot holes in her neighborhood was thoroughly vetted, then someone should probably double-check the US president's (lying) claims about voter fraud.

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KY Gov Andy Beshear Thinks You Terrorists Are A Bunch Of Terrorists

And he would be correct!

On Sunday, some "patriots" and armed anti-government militia types held a big rally at the Kentucky Capitol building in Frankfort to show they want to "Take Back Kentucky" from the majority of Kentuckians who support the public health orders put in place by Gov. Andy Beshear.

After the rally, some of the militia dudes hanged Beshear in effigy, with a sign reading "Sic Semper Tyrannis" ("thus ever to tyrants"), the phrase shouted by John Wilkes Booth after he shot Abraham Lincoln and worn on a T-shirt by great patriot Timothy McVeigh the day he bombed the Oklahoma City federal building and killed 168 people, including 19 children. It's a really patriotic phrase because tyrants need killing if they keep you from getting a haircut or going to bars.

As part of his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday, Beshear responded to the protest and the effigy with a 10-minute speech in which he condemned not only the "III Percent" militia jerks, but also the respectable Kentucky politicians who appeared at the rally and pandered to the armed radicals, pointing out that you can't very well cater to these people's support on the one hand and condemn their vile actions on the other.

Here you go; we've cued the video up to the start of Beshear's remarks about the rally and the mob. It's a really good speech (transcript here).

Gov. Andy Beshear May 26 5:00 pm Update | Coronavirus | KET youtu.be


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Guns

OK Gov. Kevin Stitt Will Keep Guns In Dangerous People’s Hands Over Your Dead Body

Oklahoma Republicans pass anti-common sense gun law.

Last week, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt helped make gun violence great again when he signed the nation's first “anti-red flag law." Red-flag laws permit law enforcement to temporarily seize a gun (though there's always more than one) from someone who's a danger to themselves and others. Red-flag laws help cut down on domestic violence killings and mass shootings, if you're into that sort of thing. Stitt is apparently into defending FREEDOM and LIBERTY (exclamation point!). His "anti-red flag law" prevents any city in Oklahoma from "enacting policies that would allow a court or other entity to restrict gun access to people deemed to be an imminent" threat. We assume he's proud of himself.

The bill's sponsors are Republican state Senators Nathan Dahm and Jay Steagall, who eagerly represent the NRA's best interests. After recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, even some congressional Republicans were encouraging states to pass red-flag laws. Steagall, however, insists that this sensible gun legislation violates the Second Amendment's guarantee of regular school shootings.

STEAGALL: I find it impossible for any red-flag law to respect due process or the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I have taken the oath to protect our Constitution seven times throughout my 22 years of service and nine deployments in the military, an oath that I take very seriously. I will not stand idly by and let this freedom be stripped from us.

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Cops Behaving Badly

When We Say ‘Black Lives Matter’ We Mean Cops Shouldn’t Crush Our Necks With Their Knee. Was That Unclear?

Literally nothing justified George Floyd’s death.

Four Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers were fired Tuesday for executing a black man on a city street. That was fast! But let's not pop open the champagne because justice was almost served. George Floyd is still dead. He was arrested Monday night for forgery, but he wasn't trying to sell a fake Rembrandt. He reportedly “matched the description" of someone of using forged documents at a deli. Paul Manafort was charged with tax evasion, bank fraud, and money laundering, but he somehow managed to remain alive in time for his trial, as promised in most copies of the Constitution.

Floyd “resisted arrest," the officers claimed, and that's why Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for eight minutes. Unfortunately, Floyd had a fairly common medical condition known as “needing to breathe," so he died painfully in front of disinterested cops and horrified bystanders.

Darnella Frazier recorded the last torturous minutes of Floyd's life, which she later posted on Facebook. Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground. Further “resisting" of arrest seemed impossible. He wasn't Houdini. Floyd is seen in the video groaning in agony and crying, "Please, please, please I can't breathe." These were also Eric Garner's last words. If you're a black person repeating those words, begging for mercy from a police officer, you must realize you're already dead, but you gotta give it a shot. Maybe he's one of those good ones we hear so much about. There was no such luck this time. One of the officers suggested Floyd just “relax" while Chauvin's knee rested on his windpipe, which is as perfect a description for the relationship of white and black people in America as you could find. Floyd cried out for his mother. He begged for his life some more: "My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts ... I can't breathe." The human bystanders expressed their concern for the murder in progress and one of the officers insisted, "He's talking, so he's breathing." That is both medically illiterate and sociopathic. These officers were completely indifferent to Floyd's suffering. People called animal control on Amy Cooper for yanking her dog's chain too tightly, but the police still commit war crimes on black people like it's another day at the office.

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