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“The untold story of the election is the thousands of people of both parties who accomplished the triumph of American democracy at its very foundation,” says Norm Eisen, a prominent lawyer and former Obama Administration official who recruited Republicans and Democrats to the board of the Voter Protection Project.
“Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group.  “But it’s massively important for the country to understand that it didn’t happen accidentally.  The system didn’t work magically.  Democracy is not self-executing.”
From an article written by:  Molly Ball
The article is titled:  “How Close We Came:  The secret history of the shadow campaign that saved the election
Appearing in:  Time Magazine
Dtd:  15 February 2021
[This story is not even close to being over.  Unless there is a massive turnout of Democrats this November, the Republicans will likely take both the House and the Senate.  If that happens, the treasonous insurrection of 6 January 2021 will be swept under the rug and the Republicans will use their dominance at the state level to guarantee the election of a Republican nominee, irrespective of the actual vote totals.  They will “find” the votes necessary to win.  Voter suppression and fake ballots?  You ain’t seen nothing yet…  After all, to Republicans it seems it is less important who wins the election at the ballot box than who actually gets to take office and rule.  (And, yes, I said “rule”.  Not “govern”; rule.)    —    KMAB]
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On Lunar New Year, the moon is always invisible.  That’s what a new moon is.  Impossible not to read meaning into that, so I do.  And that’s how I know that whatever is invisible is merely hidden;  that light will always rise.  We just have to wait.  Think about all the times, alone at night, you’ve looked out a window to find the moon.  We count the days, watching that light get bigger.  We hope for a better year for everyone.
    —    Beth Nguyen
From her essay:  “The comfort of Lunar New Year in isolation
Appearing in:  Time Magazine
Dtd:  15 February 2021
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Black people, like all racial groups, are knowledgeable and ignorant, law-abiding and lawbreaking, secure and insecure, hardworking and lazy.  The racial groups are equals, and what makes the racial groups equals is our common humanity;  and our common humanity is imperfect and complex.
Mobs have amassed in front of our Capitol and told us we are stealing their country, and told us to go back to our “sh-thole” countries, which caused us to lean in and create more unapologetically.  When the violence and intimidation did not work, the discrediting began, saying we hated white people since we didn’t worship white people;  saying we hated America because we didn’t worship America as exceptional.  Because in racist minds Black people either worship white people or hate white people.  In racist minds, white people can’t just be people like we are.  Black people can’t just be ourselves, like they are.
    —    Ibram X.  Kendi
From the essay / article:  “The Renaissance Is Black
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd:  15 / 22 Feb. 2021
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Conversations about democracy, technology and the economic dominance of surveillance capitalism are now inseparable.  Looking ahead to the year 2030, I put my bet on democracy because it’s the best idea humanity has ever had, despite all of its obvious imperfections.  When I wake up every morning, I’m thinking about what I can do to contribute to this so that our societies mobilize to double down on democracy.  This begins with saying out loud that the current state of affairs is intolerable.  As citizens, we begin by joining together in our communities, organizations, associations, political networks to demand an end to commercial surveillance.  Our lawmakers hear from the tech lobbyists every day.  They need to feel us at their backs instead.  We are poised at a new beginning, and not a moment too late.
    —    Shoshana Zuboff
From her interview:  “Living up to the promises of the digital age
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd:  1 / 8 February 2021
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After a few moments, I realized that I was moved by [Julia] Child not only because she brought back happy boyhood memories but also because Child herself was so genuinely happy to be doing what she was doing.  I saw in that moment the embodiment of what I, and so may of us, aspire to.  To spend your life doing what you love and doing it well.  To achieve this is a rare thing, but for those who can, real joy is theirs, as is the ability to bring that joy to others through their chosen vocation.
    —    Stanley Tucci
From his book:  “Taste:  My Life Through Food
Originally found in the article:  “Julia Child Changed My Life
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd:  25 Oct / 1 Nov 2021
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Personal autonomy and democracy are under assault from surveillance capitalism.  And yet today’s tech industry is largely unregulated, having emerged in the midst of an era of deregulation and defunding of enforcement agencies.  This has allowed tech giants to behave as unelected governments.  Their communications systems have become central to our way of life, as the impact of this week’s Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage underscores, but they have their thumb on the scale, amplifying content that triggers fear and outrage because doing so maximizes profits.
The sad truth is that the unregulated tech industry produces products that are unsafe.  Congress has faced the challenge of dangerous products in the past.  When the food and medicine industries were unsafe, Congress created the Food and Drug Administration.  When petrochemical companies dumped toxic waste indiscriminately, Congress approved a series of environmental laws.  Just like tech companies today, the affected industries claimed they would not be able to operate with regulation, but that turned out to be wrong.  Now we need something like an FDA for technology products, designed to prevent harmful technologies from coming to market.  For qualifying products, it would set safety standards, require annual safety audits and certification as a condition for every product, and impose huge financial penalties for any harms that result.  There should also be amendments to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to create better incentives for Internet platforms.
Congress also needs to protect people’s privacy from relentless surveillance.  My preference would be for Congress to ban surveillance capitalism just as it banned child labor in 1938.  (The many industries that employed child labor complained then that they could not survive without it.)  At a minimum, Congress must ban third-party use of sensitive data, such as that related to health, location, financial transactions, web browsing and app data.
The third area for legislation is competition, where Congress needs to update antitrust laws for the 21st century.  The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp illustrated for many one downside of monopoly:  absolute dependence on a service.
All of this may be true in Mark Zuckerberg’s mind, but the design of Facebook’s business model suggests that growth and profits are the only factors driving “the company we know.”
Based on the evidence of the past five years, one might say that Internet platforms have launched an attack against democracy and self-determination.  It is a battle they will win unless voters and policymakers join forces to reassert their power.  We have been losing the battle since 2016, but I would like to believe that this week was a turning point.
We have the power.  The question is whether we have the courage to use it.
     —     Roger McNamee
From the article:  “Facebook Will Not Fix Itself
Appearing in:  Time Magazine; dtd: 25 Oct / 1 Nov 2021
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“Without facts, you can’t have truth.  Without truth, you can’t have trust,”  [Maria] Ressa told editor at large Karl Vick hours after she was awarded the [Nobel Peace] prize.  “This is the fabric that hold us together:  shared reality.”
    —    Edward Felsenthal
From his article:  “Shining The Light
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd:  25 Oct / 1 Nov 2021
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We can imagine a modern-day Virgil leading us through the various circles of corporate misconduct.  Perhaps the first circle is for greed and populated by overpaid executives, the second circle contains the polluters, the next for lobbyists for special tax breaks and another for those involved in regulatory demolition.
At the ninth circle, we find the most egregious forms of corporate misconduct — companies who provide misleading or fraudulent information about their own products.  Such behavior is a risk to the public that the company is uniquely positioned to understand.  It is worse than simple thievery because those who are most knowledgeable use their knowledge to mislead their customers.
When Dante wrote Inferno, he described the ninth circle of hell as the deepest one, where treachery resides and where hosts betray their guests:
By effect of his malicious thoughts,
Trusting in him I was made prisoner,
And after put to death.
(Inferno, Canto XXXIII)
So it is with companies in the ninth circle.  We are indeed prisoners when we unwittingly trust malicious companies who invite us as guests into their showrooms.  These firms know about their dangerous products, withhold that knowledge, subvert science to advance their narrow commercial interests and put their guests to death.
    —     William Nordhaus
From his article: “The Ninth Circle Of Corporate Irresponsibility
Sub-titled: “Reassessing The Impact Businesses Have On The Planet
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  Dtd:  26 April 2021
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“We cannot ignore the effect of rapid development of the local economy on the loss of wildlife habitat,” Professor Zhang Li, a renowned expert on Asian elephant migration at Beijing Normal University, wrote on his Weibo page.  “Clear waters and green mountains are as valuable as mountains of gold and silver.  A healthy and complete ecosystem is the cornerstone of sustainable economic development.”
    —     Charlie Campbell
From his article:  “China’s herd of wandering elephants may be climate-change migrants
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd: 2-9 August 2021
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The truer something is, the more penalized you are for articulating it.
    —     Tucker Carlson
Quoted by:  Charlotte Alter
In her article:  “The Most Powerful Conservative In America
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd:  2-9 August 2021
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If you just lose your income that is one thing, because you can adapt.  You find another job or another field.  But once you lose everything — your home, your school, your clinic, your road, your church — then it’s an impossible situation.  You become an environmental migrant because you have to find those facilities in some other place.
   —     Elizabeth Meyerhoff
Up until now, the focus has been on stopping people from migrating in the first place.  Now the focus needs to be on how to make them an asset rather than a burden for the places they are going.
   —     Alex Randall
Of the U.K.-based Climate and Migration Coalition
Both quotes are from:  Aryn Baker and Kampi Ya Samaki
In their article:  “Deep Waters
Sub-titled:  “Flooding in Kenya is turning thousands of residents into climate migrants. Can cities cope with the influx?
Appearing in:  Time Magazine; Dtd:  26 April 2021
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Many who oppose climate policy would undoubtedly take issue with the notion that climate should be addressed in all elements of our economy and society.  For years, that rejection was rooted in a denial of climate science.  But in recent years, as public understanding of climate change has grown, that position has become increasingly untenable, and opponents of climate action have offered their own vision of climatization.  In a 2019 op-ed, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, for example, acknowledged that flooding would increase in the state and cited predictions that the “30-year mortgage will die out” in some parts of Florida because of climate risks.  He proposed adapting, to “buy time.”  That same year, then U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo celebrated new trade routes that would open in the normally frozen sea as a result of climate change.  “This is America’s moment to stand up as an Arctic nation,” he said, describing the region as “an arena of global power and competition.”  In these visions, climate change is taken for granted — and we are all left to play a game of survival of the fittest.
    —    Justin Worland
From his article:  “Force Of Nature
Sub-titled:  “The Pandemic Remade Every Corner of Society.  Now It’s the Climate’s Turn
Appearing in: Time Magazine;  Dtd:  15 April 2021
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Perhaps most striking, though, is [Dr. Paul] Farmer’s insistence that his optimism is, in fact, logical.  “When you settle on a problem, devote the resources to it and have at least some ability to incorporate new information, every time, it gets better,” he says.  “I don’t have any experience, anywhere, where you just apply yourself, along with others, and then do not see progress.  My optimism has pretty honest roots.
“Although,” Farmer adds after a brief pause, “I would probably be an optimist even if not.”
    —    Jamie Ducharme
Interviewing Dr. Paul Farmer
In the “TheBrief Time with…”  article:  “Even the pandemic hasn’t made public health icon Paul Farmer lose hope
Appearing in:  “Time Magazine“,  dtd:  14 December 2020
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“If in fact Biden wins, it’s still the case that an openly bigoted aspiring authoritarian not only won the presidency but captured the complete loyalty of one of two major political parties, and — but for a once-in-a-century pandemic — he might have been re-elected,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a non-partisan legal group.  “If that doesn’t tell you that something is completely rotten in the foundations of our democracy, I don’t know what would.”
The story of American politics in the 21st century has been one of escalating polarization and gridlock, a nihilistic feedback loop that has made the country all but impossible to lead.  For years, a chaos-ridden nation has waited to deliver its verdict on Trump’s unorthodox presidency.  But this is 2020 — the year when up was down and real was fake, the year of the plague, the year of the unexpected:  of course it would not be that easy.  Both sides hoped for a knockout blow, a landslide that would forever settle the question of which version of America is the true one.  Instead, our identity crisis continues.
    —    Molly Ball
From her article:  “Long Division
Appearing in:  Time Magazine, dtd:  16 November 2020
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The low cost of generic drugs makes them essential to global public health.  But if those bargain drugs are of low quality, they do more harm than good.  For years, politicians, regulators and aid workers have focused on ensuring access to these drugs.  Going forward, they must place equal value on quality, through an exacting program of unannounced inspections, routine testing of drugs already on the market and strict legal enforcement against companies manufacturing subpar medicine.  One model is the airline industry, which through international laws and treaties, has established clear global standards for aviation safety.
Without something similar for safe and effective drugs, the twin forces of subpar medicine and growing drug resistance will be so destructive that developed countries won’t be able to ignore them.  As Elizabeth Pisani, an epidemiologist who has studied drug quality in Indonesia, put it, “The fact is, pathogens know no borders.”
    —   Katherine Eban
From her article: “The Worldwide Threat Of Generic Drugs
Appearing in Time Magazine, dtd: 3 June 2019
The article also appears online at:  https://time.com/5590602/generic-drugs-quality-risk/
[I personally subscribe to the hard copy of Time Magazine.  This quote is being offered without permission or authorization.  I make no claim of ownership or authorship.  I am receiving no compensation from the author or the magazine for posting this quote.  I found the article interesting and am simply offering the quote for your consideration.    —    KMAB]
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