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TIME: Why Amazon’s Move to Drop Parler Is a Big Deal for the Future of the Internet

Apple, Google, and Amazon have all made one thing abundantly clear over the past two weeks: they’re not playing any Parler games. Following Jan. 6’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, the trio—some of the world’s most powerful and influential companies, and among the top five U.S. firms by market capitalization—quickly booted Parler, an upstart social…

Why Amazon’s Move to Drop Parler Is a Big Deal for the Future of the Internet — TIME

You won’t see it coming

A silent approach

A soundless step

Inching ever closer

You have been warned

It is coming

Waiting, hiding, watching

There will be an opportunity

And then it will strike

It will not happen here?

Certainly not to you and yours?

Those people, that crowd?

The only victims?

Such a fool

Accepting and believing with no thought

You bound ahead

Your delusion well learned

Not long ago, you glimpsed it

Others have known it

When it is your turn

You will not be ready

Shocking! IOC head tone deaf about Tokyo Olympics

The president of the International Olympic Committee has doubled down on this summer’s Tokyo Games.

Thomas Bach has reiterated the Games will take place roughly six months from now, a belief shared by the current Japanese government. These are the same Games that were postponed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Common sense suggests Mr. Bach needs to back down.

Coronavirus cases again are spreading throughout Japan and the political opposition already is demanding the Japanese government announce a postponement, if not outright cancellation. The public is saying the same.

Of course, no IOC poobah will approach the lunacy of Avery Brundage, who demanded that the 1972 Munich Olympics continue hours after 11 Israelis and their kidnappers were killed in a failed rescue effort. The same mantra was heard in 1996 following the Olympic Park bombing that killed one person and injured hundreds more. But Bach is approaching the pantheon of Olympic reality deniers with its insistence that some of the world’s best athletes should gather this summer in one of the world’s largest cities.

Bach’s supporters are apt to say “what else do you expect him to say?”

How about “this time the Games will not go on.”

Radical? Yes. A potential economic disaster for the city of Tokyo, the country of Japan and the IOC? Absolutely. Necessary? Certainly.

There remain significant questions about Japan’s ability to host the Games amid a global pandemic that has killed more than two million people around the world.

The best option available if the Games are to go forward is for no fans to attend any of the events. Any sports fan around the globe will tell you that watching a televised sports event with no fans in the stands is dull; the piped in crowd noise cannot replace the passionate voices that echo as fans react to what’s taking place in front of them. But even if spectators are kept away, there still will be roughly 15,000 athletes and officials invading Japan.

Keep preaching denial, Mr. Bach. But do remember that if the Games do happen this summer, you will sound like Donald Trump. That’s never good.

Oh what a circus, oh what a show

Oh, what a circus. Oh, what a show

The fascists have lost their clown

‘Cause of the swearing in of a different white guy

They all went crazy

Storming capitals by day and marching by night

So many heading to jail to get their misery right

Oh what an exit, that’s how to go

You scampered out of the capital town

Refusing to stand next to that Joe Biden man

You’re quite a failure

And bad for the country in so many ways

Even your wife blew you off on the airport runway