Few words today are the subject of a debate like “socialism.” To some it is the path to ruin, to others a system that is truly the great equalizer. This week #socialism trended on social media after former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and the 116th Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) posted on Twitter, “2020 was the year socialism went mainstream. The dangerous ideology, which has failed everywhere it has been tried & ruined countless lives, is on its way to becoming the default economic policy of the Democratic Party. This terrifying trend threatens the future of every American.”
It didn’t take long for some of the more progressive users on Twitter to respond – sharing their own thoughts on what socialism is and is not.
Former professional tennis player Martina Navratilova (@Martina) made a case that even the extreme left of the current American mainstream political spectrum isn’t actually socialism, “Can you please give a concrete example? Because I kind of know socialism and I am not seeing anything resembling socialism from our Democratic Party… thank you!”
Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1), a senior producer for MSNBC’s The Last Words, also suggested that Haley was wrong, and posted, “None of this is true. It seems Nikki Haley is, once again, more interested in scaring Americans than telling the truth.”
However, others agreed with Haley’s warnings. Among those was attorney Albin Czarnik (@AlbinC10) who countered, “I’m glad you recognize the danger of socialism. The theory sounds good on paper, but it is against the human nature and it never works. It benefits a few politicians on top and it brings tyranny to everyone else.”
The Meaning of Socialism
Many who disagreed with Haley have suggested that elements of socialism already work in America, while others suggested that Haley and opponents of socialism don’t truly know what socialism actually means.
Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald), a New York Times bestselling author, responded to Haley’s tweet directly, “Really? Name a policy and explain how it is ‘socialism.’ After you define what the word means. Now, I CAN say that this was the year fascism went mainstream to undermine democracy. Delusions, a central strongman, hypernationalism, attacks on ‘socialists’ – HEY! You do that!”
Washington Times national security correspondent and author Bill Gertz (@BillGertz) countered and posted, “Maybe it was pushed because it’s not a scare tactic. It’s true.”
To Each According To Their Needs
Of those who took issue with Haley was actress Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) who called out Haley, “Should I translate this- The American people getting $2,000 during a pandemic while many are hungry or on the edge of homelessness where much of the world has given its citizens far more is terrifying to you.”
Multimedia journalist David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) was among those who was quite vocal and colorful regarding the subject, “It’s f***ing ridiculous that the @gop spends TRILLIONS of dollars bailing out corporations that make stupid financial decisions and should go out of business but cry ‘Socialism’ and throw a tantrum over giving actual Americans financial assistance during a plague #TuesdayThoughts”
Democratic socialist activist James Foster (@JamesEFoster) attempted to argue that socialism is about helping people. “Socialism is about meeting people’s needs. Capitalism is about meeting people’s greed. Socialism is about selflessness. Capitalism is about selfishness. Course those who benefit so handsomely from capitalism would label socialism as evil; it attacks their greed & selfishness.”
While Foster’s views may sound appealing – other users have countered it is only true if people are about helping others meet their needs and are actually selfless. @vanarcho_gascap responded to Foster, “Socialism is about the collective. Capitalism is about the individual. Socialism is about involuntarism. Capitalism is about voluntarism. Course those who benefit so handsomely from socialism would label capitalism as evil; it attacks their (lack of)skills and work ethic.”
Twitter user @divine_virtues also countered Foster’s view noting, “When there is no consequence for poor work ethic, and no reward for good work ethic, there is no motivation.”
@JustIsPatriot added, “Capitalism is the ability to own property, to distinguish yourself by your own merits and work ethic, to grow and be free.”
This latest debate on social media again highlights the divide, but in this case it isn’t so much about politicians as it is political systems, and healing that divide could be far more challenging.
Sports world, fans pay tribute to Kobe Bryant on social media – Sportsnet.ca
On this day a year ago, the world tragically lost Kobe Bryant — a future Hall of Fame NBA player and, more viscerally, a worldwide icon — as well as his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others when the helicopter they were in crashed in Calabasas, California just outside of Los Angeles.
The deaths sent intense shockwaves throughout the sports world, and a collective mourning began for lives taken far too soon.
Bryant was an 18-time all-star who won five NBA championships and spent the entirely of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here are some of the tributes to the Lakers legend that have surfaced on social media this Tuesday, a year later.
Te echo de menos, hermano… pic.twitter.com/qa6oxrwdwJ
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 26, 2021
Family is Forever pic.twitter.com/PH6R4sCrve
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 26, 2021
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2021
#KobeBryant’s support for women’s basketball was unparalleled. Many players including @KayNurse11 was able to share a special moment with Kobe and Gigi during the 2019 WNBA All-Star game. They are truly missed. #MambaForver
: @elindsay08 pic.twitter.com/A1FaaibY6P
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) January 26, 2021
Mamba Forever pic.twitter.com/WvfTdZAk0i
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 26, 2021
— Carl English (@cenglish23) January 26, 2021
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” -Kobe Bryant
Kobe & Gigi… you have inspired people all over the world. We miss you. We love you. #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/lAWAN52kQX
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 26, 2021
Forever in our hearts pic.twitter.com/vaSEM8kdxt
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 26, 2021
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 26, 2021
Forever an Olympic champion
Mamba forever. pic.twitter.com/PS2W3YRnhB
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) January 26, 2021
Mamba forever pic.twitter.com/75SqQCv3Il
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 26, 2021
Gone but never forgotten. Mamba forever. pic.twitter.com/fzDf3gIW8W
— Tyrone Muggsy Bogues (@MuggsyBogues) January 26, 2021
RIP Kobe and Gigi
Still doesn’t seem real, I’m at a loss for words. You’re loved and missed
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) January 27, 2021
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2021
Media Release January 26th – Brandon Police Service – Brandon Police Service
Media Release for January 26th
A 20-year-old Brandon Male has been charged with an Assault. It is alleged that he intentionally struck his girlfriend with a shovel. The victim received minor injuries. The male has been released from custody to appear in court on April 12th.
A 39-year-old Brandon Male has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was found to be in possession of vehicle, which had been reported, stolen. While being arrested it was found that he had a quantity of Meth on his person and a significant amount of cash. He has been released to appear in court April 8th.
A 52-year-old Brandon Male has been charged with Assault. It is alleged that he assaulted his girlfriend in her residence. The male received medical treatment for her injuries. The Male was released to appear in court April 19th.
A 22-year-old Brandon Female and a 37-year-old Brandon Male assaulted each other in the 300 block of 10th Street. They have been released from custody on conditions to not communicate with each other and to attend court on April 19th.
Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.
CRIME STOPPERS 204-727-TIPS
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Sgt. B. Verhelst #106
Coronavirus: Quebec media outlets join forces, denounce limited access to health network – Global News
Some of the province’s major media organizations are calling on the Quebec government to grant journalists greater access to facilities within the health network, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.
In an open letter published Tuesday and signed by Global News, media representatives argue that showing the reality of what is going on in Quebec hospitals and long-term care facilities is paramount.
“It is of utmost of importance for Quebecers to hear directly from embattled doctors, nurses and orderlies, as well as the patients they are treating, in order to accurately report the harsh realities being experienced behind those closed doors,” the letter reads.
“Health-care workers, after all, are the primary witnesses to what goes on inside our health institutions. They must be allowed to speak freely about what they are observing during this crisis.”
The group credits images out of Italy in March 2020, showing overcrowded hospital rooms and overwhelmed staff, for helping to bring the full impact of the health crisis to the public’s attention.
“It was this imagery, more than any World Health Organization announcement or press release, that made people the world over aware of the gravity of the pandemic. It also helped many of them more readily accept government confinement measures.”
According to media representatives, more often than not, journalists’ requests to document the pandemic from inside long-term care facilities or within hospitals, have been denied by government and public health authorities alike.
Global News, as well as its fellow signatories, cited freedom of information for the request.
“It’s shocking that the government would not let journalists in, journalists are being safe about it, they’re protecting themselves as they go in. This is exceptionally important,” said Karyn Pugliese, past-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and co-chair of the association’s advocacy committee.
“There’s also the issue of accountability, we want to know how severe the crisis is, we want to know that patients are getting the care and that health-care workers are getting what they need in order to deliver care to people.”
The province says it’s looking into ways they can safely allow journalists into health facilities.
“I think we could benefit as a society to have more information, better communication with what’s happening in our health establishments, buildings and facilities,” said Christian Dubé, Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services.
Coronavirus: Health-care workers on the front lines calling on Quebecers to follow rules
A full copy of the open letter can be found below.
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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