This slope will get more slippery with time.
Were any of these pronouncement and policies issued by Facebook and Twitter administered even somewhat fairly this might all be for the greater good. Both platforms, however, have repeatedly shown that they don't care about anything bad happening to conservatives.
Where are we at today-is this treason or dipomacy?
The idea is that you would be engrossed in a particularly thrilling episode of Jane the Virgin or Black Mirror and potentially miss a call for evacuation sent to your phone. But if Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and others get on board with this bill (if it were to make it into law), they could interrupt your content with the crucial information you need to stay safe. Of course, the system would need to be secure from hackers and free of bugs, so that the partnership wouldn’t just lead to more false alarms.
The bill is one of the many measures that lawmakers are looking at after a false missile alert in Hawaii was sent to millions of residents back in January. It took 38 minutes to issue a correction to assure people that a missile was, in fact, not hitting Hawaii, so officials are looking into better training procedures and ways to fix the aged emergency alert system.
If the endgame here is to regulate away bureaucratic inefficiency, that mission is doomed from the start. The real problem with the Hawaii situation wasn't not having adequate platforms with which to disseminate information. Twitter was abuzz with the situation almost immediately. The state surely could have gotten out an "Oops" tweet in less than 38 minutes. If they couldn't handle something that simple, the ability to interrupt streaming broadcasts probably isn't going to make them sharper.
I'm currently on a ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but with fairly good wifi, and so through the miracle of technology am able to keep relatively abreast of current events. The ship departed from San Francisco, one of my many old home towns, and I must say that the city was somewhat cleaner than I had been led to believe it would be. In other words, I didn't see any poop on the pavement, but that may just have been a function of the neighborhoods I was in.
When I lived there, from 1977-1981, you could practically dine off the streets, they were so clean. The women still wore dresses and gloves, and the men suits. Now, the armies of homeless are everywhere, the legacy of turning over the most beautiful city in America to the far-left wing of the Democrat Party. Crazy people were always a feature of the City by the Bay, from the time of the Emperor Norton to the present; I got there in the aftermath of the Zodiac murders, lived through the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. and semi-fondly remember when San Francisco looked like this:
Today, though, the crazy is out of control, so much so that the city is now floating a Seattle-style tax on successful businesses in order to pay for more services. (Seattle's tax, of course, did not survive contact with reality, i.e. Amazon.) That San Francisco needs fewer, not more, services would never occur to the residents, who have embraced the myth of their own goodness to such an extent that it will eventually kill them if left unchecked. But the homeless ranks still swell as they get off the buses, discard their one-way tickets, and then live on the streets, because freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, especially when someone else is paying for it.
The #FakeNews media has gone too far, now: