If Elon Musk owns TWITTER, he can snoop on the world!


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Elon Musk’s plans to privatize Twitter have spurred concern among privacy experts and social media researchers, including one former Harvard professor who told The Washington Post that having one person in control of the social platform “is a disaster” for user privacy.

The former professor and author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” Shoshana Zuboff, said huge ad revenues and unregulated data collection about user behavior have changed the social media industry, which now holds incredible sway over real-world events…

Putting that power in the hands of a single person, she said, would be “incompatible with democracy.”

“There are simply no checks and balances from any internal or external force,” Zuboff told The Washington Post.

Do you trust Elon Musk?

Cripes, I don’t trust any president, any Congress, probably no one who’s paid to be a full-time politician. OTOH, I’m still out here even though the official government yoyos also have the FBI, NSA, CIA. The whole alphabet soup of snoops! Probably means I’m not enough of a gadfly.

Florida really wants to be the new Mississippi

Florida has a new addition to the long, absurd list of topics it considers too “woke” to tolerate: math textbooks.

When vetting math books for K–12 classes, the state education commissioner rejected 41 percent of submissions because of “references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” the state announced yesterday in a press release titled, “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students…”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made education—and stoking fears of child indoctrination by liberals—one of his top priorities. In 2019, he signed an executive order eliminating Common Core, a set of educational standards introduced in 2010 to improve students’ academic performance and standardize what kids learn in different states. He followed that up by proposing the notorious Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which seeks to shield students and workers from feeling “guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress for actions, in which he or she played no part, committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.” Last but not least is the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, signed into law last month, which imposes broad restrictions on how educators can talk about gender and sexuality.

Sorry; but, I don’t see many folks moving to Mississippi to enjoy the benefits of a racist past, a history of government by bigotry. Looks like Florida is working extra hard to expand on that theme to include general stupidity.