Give it up, Jack. It’s time for Twitter to block Donald Trump and his conspiracy theories

first_imgHere’s the thing about that boycott, though. It will last all of a few weeks before all but the most conspiracy-minded frothers get sick of screaming into the wilderness of new hate-speech sites and come groveling back to post memes and recipes. Plus, there might be a positive relations boost from being seen as not willing to sell out the country to avoid peeving racist crackpots—a plus, during a time when Congress is contemplating whether social media companies are indeed the threats to democracy and public safety that their critics contend.Whatever. We are all very tired of explaining and coaxing. Either do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing, or shut up with all the talk of deep principles and corporate hand-wringing. In the end it seems we are going to have to come to some solution ourselves, democracy by democracy, to avoid becoming slaves to microtargeting tools provided to autocracies and to the whims of whoever can be the most successfully unprincipled. But Donald Trump has no inherent right to use any non-public platform to mislead Americans or stoke conspiracy-premised violence. If you let him, that’s on you. Of Trump’s post-election tweets, Twitter has chosen to slap warning labels on a rising chunk of them—a not entirely pointless exercise, but not one that truly limits a malignant narcissism-fueled anti-democratic despot seeking to overturn U.S. election results because they made him Sad. He continues to pipe up with conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory, directs supporters to conspiracy-promoting websites and videos, and lies egregiously about all, as in all, subjects.Despite popular belief, Twitter is not required, as a company, to host speech clearly intended to damage the country. This is not a case of a powerful man simply blabbering in public, but a propaganda campaign explicitly intended to cast doubt on America’s democracy itself, with wild claims that “millions” of fraudulent, invisible votes swung the election away from him as part of some secret plot. Twitter does not have to harm the nation by allowing it. Not Facebook, not any of the other companies.- Advertisement – Trump will have no rights being violated if Twitter blocks his account this very evening. There is no important presidential duty that can only be carried out via Twitter. The man lives in a house with a dedicated press room funded by the United States government himself; he can soil that, if he likes, and networks can decide whether to cover his outbursts as they happen. But Trump does not have the right to defraud the American public on Twitter’s personal dime, unless Twitter wants it to happen.Give it up, Jack. It’s time.We know that the reason Twitter has resisted is, in the end, money and cowardice. If Donald Trump is barred from using Twitter as propaganda device, Donald Trump’s slobbering followers will declare a boycott. This will make Twitter sad, make investors sad, and briefly make the site slightly less of a charred hellscape. Because the greatest edict of all companies, from Fox News to Facebook to Twitter, is to not make investors sad even if their product is doing real damage to their audience and nation.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Dengue fever kills 11, infects hundreds in East Nusa Tenggara regency

first_imgThe Sikka administration has also requested 10 more doctors from the Health Ministry to help with the outbreak.Benediktus Lukas Raja, a Sikka Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) member, told The Jakarta Post that the Sikka administration had to take more serious steps to handle the outbreak.“There had been 11 dengue fever patients [who died]. We ask the administration and our friends at the Health Ministry to be more proactive,” Benediktus said.He said the dengue fever response should involve all stakeholders, including the Health Ministry, community health centers (Puskesmas), village heads, subdistrict heads, village heads and community heads.He added that the Health Agency should make a master plan to handle other possible disease outbreaks, such as malaria and filariasis.“People working in health care should not think that we have to be sick first to get treatment, instead they should think about how to minimize the number of sick people. There is no point building a luxurious health facility if the number of sick people keeps going up,” he said. (gis)Topics : Eleven people have died due to dengue fever in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, while up to 1,057 people have been infected since the beginning of the year, the Sikka Health Agency reported.Sikka Regent Robby Idong declared an Extraordinary Occurrence (KLB) in relation to the dengue outbreak in January. Sikka Health Agency acting head Petrus Herlemus, said the KLB had been extended to March 2020, the third such extension since the KLB was first announced.Petrus also said the medical team in Sikka was now on 24-hour alert to handle incoming dengue patients.last_img read more

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Two Arrested After Gunfire, Multi-County Pursuit

first_imgUpdate  (3:50 p.m.)Two suspects are behind bars Wednesday afternoon after an officer-involved shooting and pursuit that stemmed from a residential burglary.Authorities say they were conducting surveillance around noon on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing burglary investigation when police identified two suspects who they believe broke into a home on Walters Road in Northern Dearborn County.Surveillance units followed the suspected vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Weisberg Road and Five Points.Police say the vehicle appeared to be stopping when an Indiana State Trooper exited his vehicle which is when the suspect vehicle attempted to strike the trooper.The trooper fired several shots at the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.Police followed the suspects through Dearborn County north on Lawrenceville Road across S.R. 46 onto St. Peters Road in Franklin County.The pursuit led authorities through St. Peters on Wednesday. (Facebook)The chase led to Blue Creek Road and eventually Sturwold Road where the two suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.Both suspects were apprehended a short time later.One suspect suffered a minor injury but refused medical treatment. No other injuries were reported.  An ISP spokesman was unsure if the suspects injury was the result of gunfire or during the foot pursuit.The names of suspects and involved officers were not immediately released.The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as information becomes available.First Report (2:00 p.m.)Two suspects have reportedly been taken into custody after shots were fired in connection to a burglary Wednesday afternoon.Dearborn County dispatchers say the burglary took place in Sunman and a pursuit followed. The suspects were arrested in Franklin County.Dearborn County Sheriffs Deputies are being assisted on the scene by the Indiana State Police and the Batesville Police Department.Stay tuned to WRBI for continuing coverage in this developing story.last_img read more

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Officials urge travel safety over holiday weekend

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Police (ISP) have a new tool to enforce alcohol-impaired driving this Labor Day weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute  recently purchased 777 portable breath test devices for use by ISP troopers.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Since 2017, more than 2,600 portable breath tests have been purchased for 150 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana. The Alco-Sensor FSTs also include passive sniffers that can sense alcohol in the air around a person or an open container.Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverWith thousands upon thousands of Hoosier families taking to their cars for end-of-summer barbecues, football games, lakes and pool parties, Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired-driving deaths.ISP is joining law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and the nation to enforce impaired-driving laws through Labor Day as part of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.Getting arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average cost? About $10,000, including car towing, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses. For more information, visit the website.Drive High – Get an OWIImpaired driving includes more than alcohol, and there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. This year, the police officers highly trained to recognize and enforce drug-impaired driving were issued Android tablets to simplify documentation for prosecution.Taking a new drug or a higher dose? Talk with a doctor or don’t drive until you know what effects it has. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.Ride Sober or Get Pulled OverMotorcycle riders have the reputation for being tough, but no one is tough enough to withstand the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles are about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes involving alcohol. And the more that bikers drink, the less likely they are to wear their helmets.Tips for a safe and fun holidayWith all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:Designate, or be, a sober driver.Use public transportation.Call a cab or a ridesharing service.Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Storeor the Apple iTunes Store. This app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup.Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober.Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.Never provide alcohol to minors.Ask young drivers about their plans.Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements.Report impaired driversImpaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include:Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center lineDriving at a very slow speedBraking erraticallyMaking wide turnsStopping without causeResponding slowly to traffic signalsDriving after dark with headlights offAlmost striking an object or vehicleDriving on the wrong side of the roadTurning abruptly or illegallylast_img read more

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Dyche enjoys Burnley challenge

first_img “I think it’s quite obvious, I am enjoying the challenge here. I am not looking further afield,” the Burnley boss said. “I am enjoying the challenge here.” Dyche has retained the support of the Burnley fans throughout the season even though the club are now second from bottom with just seven matches to go. The same cannot be said for the man who will be in the away dugout at Turf Moor this weekend, though. Some Arsenal fans called for Arsene Wenger’s head following a difficult start to the season. Dyche remains a big fan of the Gunners boss and cannot comprehend why there were calls for the three-time Premier League winner to be sacked. “They’re a fine side, who keep progressing despite what people say,” said Dyche, who took Burnley up last year after finishing second in the Sky Bet Championship. “Arsene seems to get questioned, I don’t know why, I think the job he’s done is terrific. “Of course, I’m aware fans would like to have won more trophies in recent years but, as a young manager aspiring to progress in the game, I look at people like him thinking ‘you haven’t done badly if you have a career like his’.” Dyche hopes Matt Taylor (Achilles), Ross Wallace (knee) and Steven Reid (calf) will be fit for the visit of the Gunners, who have won their last seven games in all competitions. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has dismissed speculation linking him with Derby. Recent reports claimed Dyche has been lined up as a possible successor to Steve McClaren, who is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over at Newcastle. Dyche says he remains committed to the task in hand at Turf Moor, though. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Kean signs for Norwich

first_img The 24-year-old, who has penned a two-year deal at Carrow Road, made 44 appearances for Rovers having been handed his Premier League debut against Chelsea in 2012. Boss Alex Neil told canaries.co.uk: “Jake is a good, up-and-coming goalkeeper. Press Association “We obviously have Declan Rudd here as our number two goalkeeper and we’ve sent Remi Matthews out on loan to get match experience, which I think is important for him. “We needed to make sure we had cover for the goalkeeping position and we wanted to bring in someone who could push Declan. “Having spoken to [goalkeeper coach] Dean Kiely, we decided Jake was someone who fits the bill. A few years ago he was spoken of in the same terms as goalkeepers like Jack Butland who have gone on to become important first team ‘keepers. “Jake has maybe just lost his way a little but we are hoping to give him the platform here to go on and reach those heights again.” Kean, who is the club’s fifth summer signing, said : “This is a massive opportunity for me. “A couple of years ago I was flying high but unfortunately my knee injury has made it quite a difficult road to get back to where I was. I feel with the support Alex Neil and Dean Kiely have shown me here already, I’m not going to be far away from getting back to that level.” center_img Norwich have signed goalkeeper Jake Kean on a free transfer following his release from Blackburn.last_img read more

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Football Lakers handle Hannibal; J-E, WG take losses

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Once more, the Skaneateles football team put on a high-scoring display for an overmatched opponent.James Musso threw for 312 yards and recorded six touchdown passes as the Lakers went to Hannibal Friday afternoon and put together a 48-14 victory over the Warriors.Still at no. 2 in this week’s state Class C rankings behind Susquehanna Valley, Skaneateles took a while to get itself into gear against 1-2 Hannibal, only scoring twice in the first half. Musso’s first-quarter TD pass to Colin Cox covered 32 yards, and in the second period the Lakers made it 14-0 when Musso, from near midfield, found Nick Wamp deep for a 48-yard scoring play.Trailing 14-0 at halftime, the Warriors didn’t surrender right away, twice finding the end zone in the third quarter, including a kickoff return – but that came amid a 21-point Skaneateles surges.Cody Nesbitt finished off one scoring drive catching a 23-yard TD pass from Musso, who then threw one yard to Wamp for another score. Late in the period, Musso threw deep from the 50 and found Jack Comer, who ran the rest of the way. Nesbitt added two more TDs on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter, catching Musso’s sixth scoring pass from 19 yards out and returning a Hannibal interception 72 yards for six more points.Completing 13 of 27 passes, Musso spread things around, with five different receivers reaching the 50-yard mark but none getting more than Wamp’s 90 yards on four catches. Grayson Brunelle added 59 rushing yards on seven carries.First place in Class C West will be at stake next Friday when 4-0 Skaneateles visits 4-0 Cato-Meridian, who maintained its perfect mark by going to Jordan-Elbridge and, after giving up the initial points, dominated the rest of the way, beating the Eagles 48-7.Trying to improve upon its 1-2 start, J-E surprised the Blue Devils midway through the first quarter with a reverse that turned into a long TD pass from Alex Pond to Luke Pinckney, but that proved the high points for the Eagles.Cato caught up before the period ended, Isaiah Swann scoring on an 11-yard run, and quarterback Jonarr Witkowski’s two-yard TD sneak placed the Blue Devils in front 14-7, where it stood at halftime.The game broke open when Cato’s Isaiah White returned the second-half kickoff 62 yards, setting up Witkowski’s 13-yard scoring run one play later. Seconds later, Witkowski intercepted a Pond pass and went 42 yards for another six points.Not letting up, the Blue Devils scored off a failed J-E fake punt as Witkowski threw 38 yards to Marcus Turo, and added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Eagles play next Friday at General Brown.Just like J-E, West Genesee was 1-2 going into this week, and like the Eagles it scored first against an undefeated opponent – but the result was the same, too, as the Wildcats were overwhelmed by Utica Proctor in a 42-14 defeat.A large crowd on hand for Homecoming at Mike Messere Field were pleased by what it saw from WG in the first quarter. It kept the Raiders’ potent offense in check and took the lead when Braeden McNeil threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Anthony Datellas.Proctor turned it around, though, with three consecutive scoring drives in the second period. Two of them led to short TD runs by Taesean Cooper, and the other resulted in a 20-yard scoring pass from Brandon Peterson to Kurshawn Feliciano.Even though the Wildcats got 144 yards on 24 carries from tailback Exavier Brumfield, it was kept off the board until the fourth quarter and a 53-yard TD pass from McNeil to Datellas.By then, the Raiders had put it away, Cooper scoring twice more in the third period on three-yard runs and Proctor adding two-point conversions on each occasion. Jaheim Jones added a 10-yard scoring run.WG will now look ahead to next Friday’s game at Cicero-North Syracuse, a rematch of the 2018 Section III Class AA final. The Northstars got off to its own 1-2 start before beating Fayetteville-Manlius 29-8. Tags: footballJordan-ElbridgeskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more

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Paralympic Games was worth participating: Adjetey Sowah

first_imgThe Vice President of the Ghana Paralympic Association Adjetey Sowah says Team Ghana’s participation at the just ended Paralympics in London has provided the association a perfect learning platform.Team Ghana failed to make the desired impact at the Games after all four athletes failed to win a medal in their respective events.Powerlifter Charles Teye Narh could only manage an eighth place in the 10-man keenly contested Powerlifting event. Ghana’s first ever Para cyclist Alem Mumuni also failed in both the Men’s Individual C 1-3 and C 2 Time Trial events.Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe, three-time Paralympian and one of the nation’s leading athletes could not make it to the finals of the men’s 100meter category after finishing 7th in the first heat. Anita Fordjour who was tipped to win a medal by virtue of participating in three different track and field events also disappointed.According to Adjetey Sowah, his outfit has been exposed to very useful lessons that will be implemented to improve Ghana disable sports.“It’s a food for thought, we have learnt a useful lesson and it has given us the necessary exposure”. He told JOY Sports “Our working relationship with other countries has given us the edge to explore other opportunities towards trying to reach out to other athletes”.last_img read more

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LIVE: Ronaldo strikes 2nd as Real Madrid go 3-1 up in final

first_imgCardiff native Bale has recovered from a calf injury that had sidelined him since April 23, but coach Zinedine Zidane elected to keep faith with Spanish playmaker Isco, who has excelled in recent weeks.Holders Madrid were otherwise as expected, with Cristiano Ronaldo partnering Karim Benzema in attack, while there was no place in the match-day squad for Colombia star James Rodriguez.Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri selected a full-strength team, with Dani Alves and Alex Sandro the wing-backs and Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic supporting lone striker Gonzalo Higuain.Madrid are seeking to become the first team to successfully defend the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990 and the first to do so in the Champions League era.Juve, who have lost their last four Champions League finals, are aiming to complete the first Treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Cup wins in their history.TeamsJuventus (3-4-3): Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorginio Chiellini; Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Alex Sandro; Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo HiguainCoach: Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)Real Madrid (4-3-1-2): Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (capt), Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Isco; Karim Benzema, Cristiano RonaldoCoach: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)Referee: Felix Brych (GER)Share on: WhatsApp Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (1st-R) scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben Stansall ? ?  LIVE: Isco gets Madrid nod in Champions League final 82′: Real Madrid 3 Juventus 1Ronaldo opened the scoring early in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, but the Italians responded with a brilliant goal by Mario Mandzukic soon after. The second half has started, it was 1-1 at half time.Earlier, Real’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored an inspired goal in the 20th minute to put the Spanish side ahead and to become the joint top Champions League scorer this season on 11 gaols with Barcelona’s Leonel Messi.However Real’s celebrations were soon silenced when Juventus hit back with an even more spectacular effort from Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic.Controlling a high ball on his chest with his back to goal, Mandzukic fired home a looping overhead kick from just inside the box, leaving Keylar Navas with no chance in goal.Earlier, Juventus almost drew first blood when midfielder Miralem Pjanic flashed in a dangerous effort after just seven minutes that had Navas diving smartly to his right to palm away at full stretch.Ronaldo then stepped in to start and finish an attack down the right which saw take a cross from defender Daniel Carvajal and hit a first time shot that took a slight deflection before sinking into the bottom left corner.It was his third goal in Champions League finals following 2008 for Manchester United and 2013.#UCLfinal Tweets****MATCH PREVIEWCardiff, United Kingdom | AFP | Isco was picked to start for Real Madrid instead of the fit-again Gareth Bale in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.last_img read more

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City of Olympia Reports Structure Fire on Fones Road

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaAt 12:35 this morning, the Olympia Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire in a large apartment complex at 1400 Fones Rd SE. 911 Dispatch received multiple calls reporting a fire from one side of a 10 unit building in the complex. Olympia Firefighters arrived 4 minutes later and found fire in the back of the building, extending up the outside wall to the attic spaces and roof. All the residents of the building had evacuated.Initial arriving crews reported heavy fire and smoke from the interior of 2 apartments, the back wall of the structure, the attic and the roof. Firefighters attacked the fire from both sides of the building while ladder companies work on the roof above the fire.  A second alarm was called for additional resources.  Fire spread throughout the attic.  The center 4 apartments of the 10 unit building received significant structural damage from the fire.  The remainder of the apartments received smoke or water damage at a minimum.  The building had fire alarms but not fire sprinklers.  Neighboring buildings in the complex, although close to the fire, were not damaged.This fire response included four Olympia Engine Companies, one Ladder Company, two Medic Units, and a Command Unit.  Lacey Fire District 3 sent one engine and a ladder truck on the initial assignment.  The second alarm brought additional units from Lacey, units from Tumwater and Fire District 6.  There were no injuries to firefighters.  One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital.  Residents were able to evacuate multiple cats, one cat has found by firefighters and reunited with its owner, 2 other cats died in the blaze.Units remain on scene to complete overhaul and begin the fire investigation to determine the cause of the fire. Property and contents loss is estimated at over $1,000,000.  Management at the complex and the American Red Cross were working to care for the displaced residents.  The owners will work with the City of Olympia to rebuild the approximately 20 year old building.  New construction will require fire alarms and fire sprinklers.  Fire sprinklers could have significantly reduced the amount of fire damage in this event.For further information contact Olympia Fire Department 360-753-8348.last_img read more

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