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Why Twitter and cancel culture is toxic

And I'm not talking about how Republicans use the term. I'm talking more towards the Twitter bullying that has become part of our everyday lives. If someone says something you dislike, you have to go gather up a mob and try to ruin that person's life and career.

Story one I just caught today.

https://pagesix.com/2021/06/14/michael-costello-alleges-chrissy-teigen-and-monica-rose-blacklisted-him/?utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter

Costello, 38, alleged that in 2014, the 35-year-old Teigen “apparently formed her own opinion of me based on a Photoshopped comment floating around the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down.”

He said he attempted to explain the mixup — which apparently made it seem as if he’d used a racial slur — to Teigen, who he claims “told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on.”

Costello goes on to claim that fashion industry colleagues and friends told him that Teigen and her stylist Monica Rose had allegedly “gone out of their way to threaten people and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work with any of them.

“Each time I have pleaded with Chrissy Teigen or Monica Rose to see the whole story before believing a false narrative a former disgruntled employee cast upon me, they didn’t give me the time of day,” he added.

Costello posted screengrabs purportedly showing a direct message thread with Teigen in which she claimed, “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
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“I didn’t see the point of living,” Costello wrote. “There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites in Hollywood.”


All that was needed was one celebrity and an internet mob to make this man's life a living hell. This behavior is constant. It's ugly. It's cheered when it's against someone we don't like. Perpetuated. Encouraged.

It's bullying. I'm so glad Teigan is now herself being cancelled. She earned it.

Story two. https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/03/28/why-is-lindsay-ellis-cancelled-twitter-drama-explained/

Some months ago, an essayist and author, Lindsay Ellis, compared Raya and the Last Dragon to Avatar: the Last Airbender. As a huge fan of Avatar (I've watched through the animated series three times), I said the exact. same. thing. about Raya when I watched it. I turned to my partner about midway through and said, "This is just Avatar but by Disney. They even have a Zuko in here!" For whatever reason, it was on a few weeks back, playing in the background at my niece's graduation party. Some of the kids hadn't seen it. About halfway through, an Asian cousin turned to his other Asian cousin and said, "They're ripping off Avatar!"

A lot of people felt this way. But no. Comparing one Asian thing to another Asian thing was racist, and Twitter went to absolute town on this woman. It was vicious, and it was nasty.

Now, I love Lindsay Ellis. She's very progressive and does a lot of literary deep dives into modern pop culture. If you've never seen her YouTube channel, she's always worth it. She posted a video about the whole ordeal. It's worth the watch if you have the time. She pile drives Twitter into the floor.



Note all the pain she goes through, just because people are hateful and bored, and she had an opinion about something that a lot of people shared that wasn't even remotely racist.

Twitter is a shitty, toxic, bullying place. What Twitter is all . . . well, atwitter about any given day isn't generally a good thing much of the time. It's a mob gone wild, without any real accountability due to anonymity. I don't think we should be supporting this sort of thing.

I wish we'd get less of it posted here. JMO.

Meanwhile at a S.F. Walgreens

In case people are curious why businesses are leaving the city.

https://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_thumb/1404573344309989380/pu/img/3sDDsMzrPYhYSoMB?format=jpg&name=900x900

Edit: My apologies. I didn't realize the video link wasn't working for all people. Here's an ABC story which should have working video.

https://abc7.com/shoplifting-video-san-francisco-walgreens-theft/10791421/

Manchin will be on Meet the Press, which just started

I discovered locast.org (I'm a cord-cutter). I only use it to watch local news for the most part. But this morning . . .

In case you felt your Sunday morning needed to involve screaming at something.

How much do you exercise?

I'm not a star member yet, so I can't make a poll.

However, I've been seeing posts about depression, lethargy, ill health, etc. So I wanted to make a poll.

How much do you exercise? What kind? Do you see any improvement in mood? Feel better/worse? Do you sleep better? Is your sleep worse?

Especially with the pandemic and quarantine, I'm wondering how much these negative feelings and perceptions are correlated to physical inactivity.

California has its own $600-$1200 stimulus. Democrats at work.

The Golden State stimulus.

I had no idea this was a thing. My in-laws got a check in the mail last week for $1200. They were surprised as hell. I told my unemployed buddy to check his mail (he has a habit of letting it all pile up). Sure enough, a check for $600 was in there. He was near tears (he's had a rough year financially because of Covid).

No one I know had any idea this was a thing. I feel like Gov. Newsom should be advertising the hell out of it. I mean, it's amazing what a happy surprise it is for people, but take some credit, man.

Just this week, he advocated for even more stimulus than what has already been sent out.

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/gov-newsom-wants-to-give-12b-stimulus-to-californians-so-who-will-get-a-check/2542380/

How did no one know about this? C'mon, Dems. Promote yourselves, damnit.

Yeah, he's not getting recalled.

Being pulled over for expired tags now is just police being jerks

What I haven't seen mentioned much in all of the coverage of the Daunte Wright killing is just how shitty it is to pull people over for expired tags. Due to Covid 19, there is a massive backlog at DMVs for getting tags replaced. People have been going around for months without proper tags due to cancelled, delayed, or unavailable appointments.

The police are most certainly aware of this.

Nice excuse for a "driving while black" stop, but even more malicious considering current DMV conditions in many states.

Drought-plagued California may see another devastating fire season

Last year was the worst. We were very close to a serious fire here in North Bay and were all packed and ready to go several times.

Buckle up.

California and the West are falling deeper into drought and, with summer approaching, that portends another severe fire season.

As a disappointing wet season comes to a close and hope for spring rain fades, conditions are worse now than they were at this time last year, with exceptional and extreme drought now found throughout the region.

In California, that doesn't bode well, given that last year's more moderate rainfall deficits, combined with extreme heat waves, ushered in a record-setting fire year. It brought 5 of the 6 largest fires in modern state history, 10,488 destroyed structures and 33 fatalities. Some 4.2 million acres were torched.

More frequent drought, hotter summers and warmer and drier autumns, tied to climate change, are stacking the deck for large and destructive fires during the heart of the fire season. And this year, a lack of rain in spring could mean fires arrive early in some areas.

After a devastating 2020 fire season and a dry autumn, this winter offered a chance to reverse course on mounting rainfall deficits. But despite a significant late-January storm, the 2021 winter and spring months have failed to deliver even normal precipitation, and much of April is forecast to be very dry. In fact, the current water year is now tied for the third driest on record.


https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Drought-plagued-California-and-western-U-S-may-16091324.php

California's Newsom might actually be in trouble

Let me lead with there is 0% chance I'll be voting to recall Newsom. He's fine. But I was on Facebook this morning doing St. Patrick's Day things - like you do. I haven't been on in ages, so I was glancing around friends' pages. The antipathy for Newsom among my friends was unknown to me. One friend, who is the Democratiest Democrat who ever Democratted, posted just yesterday, "I have no coins to give to French Laundry right now shhhhhiiiiiit"

So I was wondering if there were any polls done. I hadn't been closely following the whole thing. This is . . . closer than I would've imagined.

There is currently an effort to recall Governor Newsom. Would you vote to recall, or to keep Governor Newsom?

Vote to Recall: 38%
Vote to Keep: 42%
Undecided: 13.9%
Would not Vote: 6.1%


And the campaign hasn't started in earnest. But this number really, really surprised me.

Regardless of the recall effort, would you vote to re-elect Governor Newsom in 2022, or do you think it is time for someone new?

Re-elect Governor Newsom: 41.7%
Time for Someone New: 58.3%


I think people really underestimated how much the French Laundry stunt pissed off people here. I mean, I was pretty pissed, but I wasn't at, "Recall the guy!" level pissed. Apparently this is a thing. We may have to gear up for this one. Sigh. Because we have nothing else going on in this state apparently.

https://www.kron4.com/news/california/exclusive-poll-californians-split-on-newsom-as-recall-looms/

Cuomo does not seem to be learning

What the heck is this?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cuomo-schwartz-vaccine-calls/2021/03/14/18f2e320-8448-11eb-9ca6-54e187ee4939_story.html

New York’s “vaccine czar” — a longtime adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — phoned county officials in the past two weeks in attempts to gauge their loyalty to the embattled governor amid an ongoing sexual harassment investigation, according to multiple officials.

One Democratic county executive was so unsettled by the outreach from Larry Schwartz, head of the state’s vaccine rollout, that the executive on Friday filed notice of an impending ethics complaint with the public integrity unit of the state attorney general’s office, the official told The Washington Post. The executive feared the county’s vaccine supply could suffer if Schwartz was not pleased with the executive’s response to his questions about support of the governor.


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In interviews with The Post, several public officials who received the calls from Schwartz spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the conversations, saying they fear swift retribution from Cuomo if they speak out against him.

The officials said Schwartz appeared to be taking stock of where they stood on Cuomo and whether they would continue to support him, and said he emphasized the need to let the state investigation play out.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cuomo-schwartz-vaccine-calls/2021/03/14/18f2e320-8448-11eb-9ca6-54e187ee4939_story.html

There are other officials noted in the story who did not take the phone calls that way. But still. His vaccine guy is doing his political maneuvering? During this?

He needs to go at some point. I'm sorry. It's not just the harassment claims. It's the nursing home policy. It's threatening to destroy an Asian American representative in front of his family because he refused to (illegally) lie about the administration's actions. It's stuff like this.

It is not a good thing when we have politicians who feel like they don't have to answer to anybody. Cuomo behaves as if he has unlimited power. That's corrosive in a democracy. Enough is just about enough with this guy. New York has a deep Democratic bench. And conspiracy theories about it all aren't defenses at this point.

"It's Time to Impeach Andrew Cuomo" - Democrat Ron Kim

https://www.newsweek.com/its-time-impeach-andrew-cuomo-opinion-1570870

By now, much of the world has seen New York's Emmy-award winning governor and "COVID-19 hero" Andrew Cuomo come under fire for New York's growing nursing home scandal. A March 25 directive forcing nursing homes to take in patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 led to the spread of the disease among New York's most vulnerable population. And then, to cover his tracks, the Governor may have obstructed justice by suppressing life and death data from the Department of Justice; his office underestimated the number of nursing home deaths by up to fifty percent.

These actions, which Cuomo's aid Melissa DeRosa admitted to in a call with Democratic lawmakers that I was on, implicated all of us in the governor's cover-up. It would be the first of multiple attempts to do so.

On a private phone call, the governor berated me, threatened my career, and demanded that I issue a fabricated statement. He wanted me to deny what I heard on the call. "Are you an honorable man?" He yelled. "Who do you think you are?" This, too, was an attempt to rope me into his scheme.

Those of us who have worked with Cuomo are familiar with his tendencies. There is a long pattern of abusive tactics that the governor deploys when the public gets too close to learning the truth: cast a net far and wide, compromise as many unwitting accomplices, threaten retribution, then berate you for having the temerity to stand up.


And that should be that for 2024. Cuomo has been going to town on two Asian-American representatives of late. Not a super great look on the guy.
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