Lawfare Blog: The Facebook Oversight Board Should Review Trump’s Suspension

Lawfare Blog: The Facebook Oversight Board Should Review Trump’s Suspension. “While Congress works out what form of accountability it will impose on President Trump for inciting insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, the president has faced a swift and brutal reckoning online. Snapchat, Twitch, Shopify, email providers and payment processors, among others, have all cut ties with Trump or his campaign. And after years of resisting calls to do so, both Facebook and Twitter have suspended Trump’s accounts.”

Route Fifty: My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help

Route Fifty: My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help. “After 10 months of witnessing the coronavirus’s destructive capacity, on December 16 I joined thousands of health-care workers across the country and received my initial dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. I felt hope for the first time since March, when Covid-19 patients started streaming into my emergency room. My colleagues and I would now have one more layer of protection in our fight against the virus. My relief was short-lived. Walking back into the emergency room, I once again felt the despair brought on by the pandemic; the vaccines won’t help any of the Covid-19 patients I am currently treating, or those who will come in during my next shift.”

Raw Story: A neuroscientist explains how to vaccinate against the long-term psychological effects of COVID-19

Raw Story: A neuroscientist explains how to vaccinate against the long-term psychological effects of COVID-19. “Unlike posttraumatic stress disorder which is commonly linked to one or more distinct, episodic traumatic events, COVID represents a continuous, ongoing stressor that includes at least three principal elements: (1) fear of current and/or future viral infection, (2) long-lasting adverse economic impacts, and (3) disturbed daily routines and prolonged isolation. To borrow a term from the epidemiologists working on this pandemic crisis, we are likely to see a psychological ‘long COVID’ that will affect this generation and those to come as a kind of transgenerational trauma.”

Analysis: More Black people need to be part of Covid-19 vaccine trials. Here’s why I participated (CNN)

CNN: Analysis: More Black people need to be part of Covid-19 vaccine trials. Here’s why I participated. “Dr. Kenneth Kim, the medical director and chief executive officer of Ark Clinical Research, says his office will administer shots to about 200 people in the trial and then follow up with them to learn how their bodies’ respond. Overall, the study involves about 40,000 people nationwide, according to Johnson & Johnson. But who signs up for these trials is key. That’s a large part of the reason why I wanted to volunteer for this Covid-19 vaccine research — more Black people and more people of color need to be part of these trials so more diverse populations can reap the benefits of this medical research. I believe in science and I hope my decision to join a trial and my transparency about the process will help more people trust today’s medicine.”

MSNBC: Amazon and other corporations won the pandemic at the expense of everyone else

MSNBC: Amazon and other corporations won the pandemic at the expense of everyone else. “In a year when millions of Americans are struggling to survive the Covid-19 pandemic, watching as their life savings have plummeted to zero and unemployment remains rampant, some of the biggest corporations have been absolutely thriving. If we’re going to ever end this neo-Gilded Age, we’re going to need to reckon with the utter immorality of that disconnect.”

MSNBC: Covid made Mitch McConnell’s ‘grim reaper’ nickname into reality

MSNBC: Covid made Mitch McConnell’s ‘grim reaper’ nickname into reality. “He used to brag about being nicknamed the ‘grim reaper.’ The proud killer of left-wing legislation. ‘The guy who is going to make sure that socialism doesn’t land on the president’s desk.’ It’s time to consider that there is, in fact, a politician willing to inflict more pain and suffering on Americans than President Donald Trump. And his name is Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.”

New York Times: Yes, People Are Traveling for the Holidays. Stop Shaming Them.

New York Times: Yes, People Are Traveling for the Holidays. Stop Shaming Them.. “While some people may have legitimate reasons to be upset (say, if they were infected by a co-worker who refused to wear a mask or stay home after developing flulike symptoms), anger and hectoring are rarely the way to make things better. Shaming others might make you feel good about yourself, but it rarely corrects bad behavior. Indeed, it often backfires. It can harden feelings and drive bad behavior underground. That’s exactly what we don’t want.”

MIT Technology Review: How our data encodes systematic racism

MIT Technology Review: How our data encodes systematic racism. “Non-white people are not outliers. Globally, we are the norm, and this doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Data sets so specifically built in and for white spaces represent the constructed reality, not the natural one. To have accuracy calculated in the absence of my lived experience not only offends me, but also puts me in real danger.”

Washington Post: The lawsuits against Facebook don’t go far enough

Washington Post: The lawsuits against Facebook don’t go far enough. “The problem is not that Facebook makes profit — even large profits. The problem is that its increasingly interconnected apps and interfaces work to reconfigure everyday flows of social information to suit a business model that treats all content suppliers the same. For sure, Facebook did not intend this consequence. But when its business model sought to maximize content traffic by whatever means, and there happened to exist disinformation merchants who also just wanted to maximize traffic, those goals were destined to interact in a marriage made in hell.”

CNN: I jab myself daily to stay healthy, and people can’t wear a mask?

CNN: I jab myself daily to stay healthy, and people can’t wear a mask?. “Lathering my hands with soap one day in early May, preparing to prick my finger and draw blood to measure my blood sugar level, I reflected on the many silent sacrifices I have made to keep myself alive and healthy. I have to prick my finger five times a day and implant a meter on my body. I need to measure every carbohydrate in each of my meals (even snacks). I have to inject insulin daily and carry sugar with me everywhere in case I dose more than needed. I have to exercise daily (though we all should do that). Thinking about all of this made me optimistic that my fellow Americans would make the much smaller sacrifices to buy time for our doctors, nurses and scientists to beat Covid-19.”

Andy Slavitt: 15 Reasons Why I Will Get a Covid-19 Vaccine

Andy Slavitt: 15 Reasons Why I Will Get a Covid-19 Vaccine. “There are milestones to get there and data to review, but preparations are underway. I recently talked with scientists and distributors. There is an impressive level of preparation to make all the logistics happen. But the vaccines’ effectiveness isn’t dependent on the scientists alone. It’s also dependent on us. So, what should we do and why? Here’s why I am going to get vaccinated.”

Opinion: Twitter And Instagram’s New Updates Are Useless And May Deter Their Younger Demographic (The Hornet of Fullerton College)

The Hornet (Fullerton College): Opinion: Twitter And Instagram’s New Updates Are Useless And May Deter Their Younger Demographic. “Twitter and Instagram had made new updates to the social media and already has many users in rage over the changes or additions they have made. And it’s understandable as the changes they’ve made unnecessary or shouldn’t be on the app.”

NBC News: A trip to the hospital reminded me why I want to avoid getting Covid-19

NBC News: A trip to the hospital reminded me why I want to avoid getting Covid-19. “This is a rough time to be in a hospital, medically or emotionally. The day I went to the ER, I put off calling my mother until I knew that I was being admitted to a regular hospital room. I was afraid of making her panic with the thought that I was just in limbo. The idea of forcing my mom to put the need to keep herself safe from Covid-19 over her need to see me through an emergency in person — I could not bear that.” I waited with my Granny in the hospital for ten hours to get a room. There were people in the waiting room who wouldn’t keep their masks on. In a hospital. It’s enough to drive you wild.

Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts (New York Times)

New York Times: Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts. “Sometimes, when you think globally, you can be paralyzed: There are so many places of apparently ceaseless conflict; there’s so much suffering and need. I find it helps to focus on concrete situations: You see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person, of each people. You see hope written in the story of every nation, glorious because it’s a story of daily struggle, of lives broken in self-sacrifice. So rather than overwhelm you, it invites you to ponder and to respond with hope.”