|So many Tok clones… No one’s safe from vertical videos. US social giants have desperately tried to replicate the success of TikTok, the short-video app that’s captured Gen Z’s consciousness (call it “GenT”). One of the biggest threats to Meta, Google, Snap, and Twitter isn’t slowing social usership in general — it’s slowing usership because of TikTok.|
44 mins/day: Last year people spent more time on TikTok than on Facebook. The Tok may’ve even surpassed time spent on Insta and YouTube worldwide.
1.6B brains: TikTok has more monthly users than Twitter, Snap, and LinkedIn combined.
The news: TikTok just added new screentime controls to make its app seem less intensely addictive (think: break reminders).
The reality: It likely won’t help. The app’s already shortened kids’ attention spans to where many can’t even sit through a movie or a class.
Dancing to the (algo)rhythm… To curate your feed, TikTok’s mysterious algorithm figures out what engages you. And while that’s mostly lip-syncs, cat pranks, and makeup hacks, there’s a dark side to TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance — which China’s gov’t owns a stake in.
Dangerous content: In addition to life-threatening viral challenges (like holding your breath until you faint or OD’ing on Benadryl), TikTok’s algo has sent teens down rabbit holes promoting eating disorders, porn sites, and gun violence.
Misinfo: Many get their news on TikTok, but no one really knows how info (and misinfo) spreads there. Recently TikTok’s been flooded with videos pushing Russia’s narrative on the Ukraine war — which China supports.
Censorship: TikTok has cracked down on topics at China’s behest (think: the Uyghur crisis). Any interference from the Chinese government could wreak havoc on US elections and an already divided American democracy.
Attention = influence… We’re not talking fitness gurus. Commanding attention means directing attention, and TikTok’s captured the mind of a generation. The concern of the (now dead) Tik Tok-ban saga was that ByteDance could pass US data to China. But the real concern is likely TikTok’s influence to direct attention, and the obscurity around who’s really pulling the strings.
“Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.” ~Albert Einstein
Trump’s Accomplishments as of Sept 2020 – copied from an internet post, I didn’t compile this.
Trump’s short list of accomplishments:
-Removed 2 executive orders for every new one he wrote
-Created Space Force as the 6th branch in the U.S. military
-Signed the biggest wilderness protection & conservation bill in a decade and designated 375,000 acres as protected land
-Signed the Save our Seas Act which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean
-Trade imbalance confrontation with China
-New trade deal to replace NAFTA
-Finalized new trade agreement with South Korea
-Breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports
-Signed the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to copyright law in decades
-8,764 communities across the U.S. have been designated as Opportunity Zones and are expected to spur $100 billion in long-term private capital investment in economically distressed communities across the nation
-Record levels of black and minority employment just before the pandemic. Highest numbers in the 75+ years of record keeping. Poverty rates for minorities have reached their lowest levels since the U.S. began collecting such data
-Appointed record numbers of judges
-Corrected the horrible 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
-Appointed 3 Justices to SCOTUS
-Signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill which enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society. The First Step Act’s reforms addresses inequalities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes. The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in sentencing of non-violent crimes. Over 90% of those benefiting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans
-Signed a bill making CBD and Hemp legal
-Signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face far tougher consequences
-Signed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), which includes the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA) which both give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking
-More than doubled the convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged by 75%
-Dismantled an organization that was the internet’s leading source of prostitution-related advertisements resulting in sex trafficking
-ICE arrested 1,588 criminals associated with Human Trafficking
-DHHS provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and give victims the help they need. The hotline identified 16,862 potential human trafficking cases
-DOJ provided grants to organizations that support human trafficking victims – serving nearly 9,000 cases from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
-Removed the individual “mandate” from Obamacare
-FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history
-Signed Right-To-Try legislation allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental treatment (previously illegal)
-Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same day urgent primary and mental health care
-Trump administration will provide HIV prevention drugs for free to 200,000 uninsured patients/year for 11 years.
-Signed a bill allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down
-Signed an executive order this year that forces all healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans can comparison shop and know how much less providers charge insurance companies
-When signing that bill he said no American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance
-Hospitals will now be required to post their standard charges for services, which include the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept
-In the eight years prior to President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by an average of 3.6% per year. Under Trump, drug prices have seen year over year declines in nine of the last ten months with a 1.1% drop as of the most recent month
-No new wars
-Human Right confrontation and penalties on China
-Moved US embassy to Jerusalem as per law
-First POTUS in like 50+ years to attempt peace with North Korea. That is like 11 presidents who did not.
-Started building the wall in spite of massive opposition
-Helped facilitate the most progress towards peace in the Middle East by having two Muslim Majority countries (UAE and Bahrain) recognize Israel and opening up diplomatic relations.
A lot of Trump’s accomplishments aren’t talked about, or are lied about
Trump signed the Prison Second Chance Act, the first to do anything like that.
Posthumously pardoned boxing great, Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson, the first to do that.
This is ancient history, but Trump had a black girlfriend for two years once.
Was awarded the Rosa Parks Medal by Jesse Jackson, the noted Civil Rights activist.
Many photographs on the internet of him socializing with all the black notables of his earlier days, Mohammed Ali, Michael Jackson, and all the major black people of sports and entertainment, obviously enjoying their company.
Had the first female campaign manager of a successful presidential campaign, ever, Kelly Ann Conway.
Xcopy stands for ‘extended copy’ is a command line utility that can copy multiple files or directories from the source path to the other destination directory. It supports a special switch /t, which will allow you to replicate the same structure in the destination without copying the files. The only issue is that it will ignore empty folders. To solve it, you need to combine it with another switch /e.
To Copy Folder Structure without Copying Files in Windows 10,
- Open a Command Prompt.
xcopy "source" "destination" /t /e.
sourcewith the path that contains your current folder hierarchy with files.
destinationwith the path that will store the empty folder hierarchy(the new one).
xcopy "C:\Folder" "D:\Folder" /t /e
^It will duplicate the C:\Folder structure in D:\Folder.
An alternative solution is a third-party app XXCopy.
XXCOPY is a third-party command line tool. You could consider it as an extended version of XCopy which supports 230 command line arguments! It supports all modern Windows version, including 32-bit and 64-bit of Windows 10.
XXCOPY works great when you need to copy the folder structure with a hierarchy level limit. For instance, you can copy the first 3 levels of your folder structure by using switch /DL<n>.
Also, XXCOPY can duplicate your folder hierarchy with file system permissions. This great option allows saving hours of work for large subfolder structures.
XXCOPY has a freeware package which is free for personal use.
Example: AT&T Wireless customers
To turn on conditional call forwarding, enter the following 3 commands one at a time on your phone’s keypad, and wait for confirmation. After entering each command, tap Send or Call, hang up, and enter the next command. Replace 1234567890 with your Google Voice number.
- Call forward if unanswered: *61*1234567890#
- Call forward if unreachable: *62*1234567890#
- Call forward if busy: *67*1234567890#
ubnt-systool fwupdate https://fw-download.ubnt.com/data/unifi-nvr/b794-UNVR-1.3.35-4081887726174caa8a921defd8d8b040.bin
ubnt-systool fwupdate (or name of file if it local – example fwupdate.bin)
Open a command prompt as Administrator
netsh int ipv4 set glob defaultcurhoplimit=65
netsh int ipv6 set glob defaultcurhoplimit=65
for %f in (“*.docx”) do “C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\soffice” –-convert-to pdf “%f”
- Another Dress on the rack.
- Another Pair of shoes stays on the shelf.
- Another Ring stays in the display case.
- Another Real-estate agent loses a commission.
- Another Banker loses a mortgage.
- Another Car stays on the lot.
- Another Divorce lawyer loses a client.
- Another Destination Vacation doesn’t get filled.
- Another “Manipulated Man” becomes a “minimalist”.
- Another Man becomes a better, higher expression of himself.