David Cobb, former candidate, Move to Amend co-founder, and America’s lawyer, discusses the Decolonizing Economics Summit & more. Discord leak exposes TikTok fraud. Guns struck again.
David Cobb speaks again.
David Cobb on decolonizing economics.
David Cobb, a prolific political, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice activist, and people’s lawyer, joins us to talk about the Decolonizing Economics Summit.
David and I, along with several other activists, founded Move To Amend, where we worked on the 28th Amendment to the Constitution in an attempt to codify that money is not speech and that corporations are not persons. Our organization brought that fight that continues in an organized manner which garnered dozens of congresspeople’s signatures in support. We saw then what is being realized now as corporate control continues its necessary march to fascism, given that democracy is anathema to their current structure. It was in that light that we created the documentary “Legalize Democracy.”
David Cobb continues his tireless work to affect positive democratic change. He is one of the key organizers of the Decolonizing Economics Summit, a 3-day virtual conference that serves as a space to exchange experiences and information, strengthen alliances and networks, devise strategies to decenter colonial systems and implement concrete solutions to heal the land and people. Over 1,000 people participated in the 2022 Summit, and even more, are expected in 2023!
A leak on Discord proves the TikTok ban’s a fraud.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about “The TikTok distraction.” The leak of classified information on Discord proves that the enemy is really within. The response by several MAGA Republicans about Jack Teixeira’s leaked classified documents proves that even further.
The Washington Post article “Discord leak suggests China doesn’t need TikTok to find U.S. secrets” is probative.
On March 23, lawmakers crowded into a packed Capitol hearing room to harangue the CEO of the social app TikTok about the company’s Chinese ownership and the risks it posed to U.S. national security. Months earlier, President Biden had signed a bill banning TikTok from federal employees’ devices, to prevent sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.
What the members of Congress didn’t know was that state secrets had been trickling out for months on social media and were beginning to circulate in ever-wider online forums — not on TikTok, but on U.S.-owned Discord. In the two weeks after the TikTok hearing, those classified documents would make their way into public view on U.S.-owned Twitter — and remain there for days, as owner Elon Musk mocked the idea that he ought to remove them.
The leaks, which included assessments of the Ukraine war and revelations of U.S. spying, didn’t stem from any foreign adversary’s sinister plot. Rather, they appear to have stemmed from a 21-year-old U.S. National Guard member’s desire to impress his online pals.
“The internet was never designed with national security at its heart,” Chander said. “It’s inherently vulnerable.”
The hypothetical threats posed by TikTok’s Chinese ownership aren’t about leaked classified documents. They include fears that China’s government might demand or covertly gain access to data on the app’s American users, or persuade the company to secretly manipulate its algorithms in ways that promote or suppress certain ideas. In particular, the ban of TikTok from government devices is meant to guard against the possibility that Chinese Communist Party members or officials could gain access to the personal data of U.S. officials.
We need to stop allowing false narratives and a media that fails us to dictate policy. TikTok is not the enemy. Our homegrown fascists are.
Will we ever get tired of seeing our children, our brothers and sisters, and our families at large continue to get gunned down because of our draconian gun policies? We are not yet over the pain of Louisville, Kentucky, or the Covenant shootings in Nashville, Tennessee, over the last two weeks or so. Now we must endure another one in Dadeville, Alabama. This is from the Montgomery AL.com.
Tragedy struck Alabama Saturday night as gunfire erupted at a “sweet 16″ birthday party in the heart of Dadeville, killing four young people and injuring 28 others — some of them critically. The investigation in Tallapoosa County lasted throughout the day Sunday with no announcement of any arrests in the case. …
The shooting happened at approximately 10:34 p.m. Saturday at Mahogany’s Masterpiece dance studio on North Broadnax Street in downtown Dadeville, one block from the courthouse. Most of those injured are teenagers. As of Sunday evening, few details about what led to the deadly gunfire had been released.
It is interesting that there are no suspects yet in this shooting or what type of guns were used in this mass shooting. The one thing we know is the gun-policy-assisted mass shootings continue and will continue until we get to the core of the problem. We simply have too many guns and weapons of war in the hands of people to enrich a particular industry.
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