Friday Evening Ethics Festival, 12/16/2022:

What a failure today has been, and all I was absolutely determined to accomplish was getting the lights on the tree…

1. NOW he’s figured it out..Former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, weenie that he may be, has now figured out how Twitter should operate. He has penned an interesting piece full of regrets and second thoughts, containing these proposed core Twitter principles for the future. He begins his reflections,

There’s a lot of conversation around the #TwitterFiles. Here’s my take, and thoughts on how to fix the issues identified. 
I’ll start with the principles I’ve come to believe…based on everything I’ve learned and experienced through my past actions as a Twitter co-founder and lead:
  1. Social media must be resilient to corporate and government control.
  2. Only the original author may remove content they produce.
  3. Moderation is best implemented by algorithmic choice.
The Twitter when I led it and the Twitter of today do not meet any of these principles. This is my fault alone….
Gee, I don’t know what he’s making such a big deal about: the mainstream news media still doesn’t think the Twitter Files are worth reporting….

2. Next on the good pastor’s list ot attractions, a watermelon patch...The pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta Jamal Bryant wants his church to attract more black men, and to that end he  wants his church help black males work “legally” in the cannabis industry. Black churches need to “get into the 21st century,” the Rev. says, and launching a marijuana business will help his church get more members and trigger entrepreneurship in the black community. “I’m mindful that I’m not after Christians, I’m after people who don’t go to church,” Bryant added. “Churches are just recycling people from other churches. I’m looking for people who smell like weed.” I’d venture that an initiative to discourage black men (and women, and especially black teens) from spending time, money and brain cells to “smell like weed” would be a more ethical and productive course, but who am I to argue with someone who talks in Authentic Black Minister Gibberish like Bryant? “I said I want people who smell like smoke because I believe these are the people God is looking for,” he told an interviewer. “Too many of us have become so puffed up in our self-appointed sanctification that we fail to do outreach. In no uncertain terms is cannabis and hemp a ploy or distraction from winning souls to Christ….The call is not to bring people to smoke at church, the call is to bring people to church so they can catch on fire.”
“Now who can argue with that?,” as Olsen Johnson would say.
3. This isn’t an ethical argument, you know... GOP California Rep. Tom McClintock’s opposition to statehood for Puerto Rico was laid out thusly this week: “How does it benefit America to admit a state that would be the most indebted, uneducated, poorest, and least-employed state in the nation?” The question of statehood for the island is a complicated one of long standing both among its residents and elsewhere. Unfortunately, it is now almost totally mixed up with Democratic desires to add two more Senators from their party, and Republican opposition to letting that happen. McClintock’s reasoning, however, would also support throwing Mississippi and a few other states out of the nation.  It’s not a racist argument, as Democrats are claiming under their infinitely flexible definition of racism, but it certainly is an ugly one.
4. And this isn’t how one convinces doubters that you’re a serious Presidential candidate who isn’t planning on nurturing a fascist state cult of personality...Yesterday, Donald Trump announced the establishment of an online store that sells $99 digital trading cards of himself as a superhero, an astronaut, an Old West sheriff and other flamboyant characters.  In his announcement video, he declared that his four years in the White House were “better than Lincoln, better than Washington.”

Under previous Twitter management, this would qualify as “misinformation.” At Ethics Alarms, it qualifies as “stupid.” Trump had promised a “major announcement” on his social media website, Truth Social, and this was what we got:

I’m…speechless.  But not exactly surprised. Is anyone? Even Trump loyalists were disgusted. Steve Bannon and other former  advisers to Trump have had enough. “I can’t do this anymore,” Bannon said yesterday on his show, “The War Room,”

8 thoughts on “Friday Evening Ethics Festival, 12/16/2022:

    • Stupid, narcissistic and absolutely ridiculous is no way to go through life, son.

      I think The Donald’s star is setting slowly in the west. You exceeded expectations in so many ways, Donald, The, but unfortunately, you seem to be reverting to the mean. Sigh. Adieu, mon frere.

  1. Out of the two things to come from candidate Trump this week, he mislabeled which one counted as the “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT.” The video in which he lays out some policy regarding online censorship and the government’s actions to direct social media platforms’ content. Nope. It’s an internet meme, a non-fungible token being offered for $99?
    Some may remember that time when saying that the vaccines didn’t prevent transmission, that COVID came from a lab, or that surgical masks were ineffective against Omicron, you were subjected to shadow bans or outright bans without providing notice to the user or explain how your comment broke the rules.
    The problem with disputing those comments is that there has been literally zero scientific studies, especially regarding children.
    The EU has seriously advised against the use of mRNA vaccines in healthy people under the age of 25 or 30. Their research has found that the potential risks of a side effect – myocarditis – outweigh the benefits of mRNA vaccines.
    As I typed this, a PSA aired on Fox News with an older toddler excited to get the vaccine so she could visit her grandparents without risking their lives. She has a younger sister who is going to be eligible for the vaccines soon. She can’t wait until her younger sister is vaccinated so they can both visit the grandparents without the risk of infecting them, because vaccines prevent transmission.
    Bah humbug.

  2. Wouldn’t progressive cant demand that Puerto Rico be declared and independent nation to promote decolonization.

    As for Trump cards, words defy me. Any widespread support he may have had is quickly falling away.

    Irrespective of Trump’s recent narcissistic behavior And my unwillingness to support his candidacy now because of it, I will not apologize for supporting him in the past.

    I don’t know which is worse, a McConnell that lies by professing conservative ideology but unwilling to deliver to support those beliefs and someone like Trump who despite his juvenile stunts actually worked to deliver on campaign promises.

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