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’ There’s no Snow.” that autumnal solstices stuff and even though there are already a couple of harbingers of win- clpsure and pressing for open play until the first ... .wwm Page 4 Manipulation of social media should have its eonSequences( Summary: Companies and hatred in order to buck. What people have known for a long time to true now sud- denly a “blockbuster report” and “breaking news.” From the day the dark shadow of Facebook darkened intemet door- ways, it’s been used adeptly as a tool to bully, spread lies and create havoc across the world. Last week, Frances Haugen, spoke up and spoke out. She’s a data en- gineer and scientist, product manager, and now a whistleblower. She dis- closed tens of thousands of Facebook’s internal documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission and Wall Street Journal after filing formal complaints with federal authorities. The complaints say Facebook’s own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest—but the company hides what it knows. One complaint alleges that Facebook’s Instagram harms teenage girls. What makes Haugen’s complaints unprecedented is the trove of pri- vate Facebook research she took when she quit in May: ' She told the TV news program 60 minutes this: “The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest be— tween what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own inter— ests, like making more money.” Further, Haugen laid out the fundamental problem Facebook has — all that hate is good for business. Content that makes people angry and hos— tile also makes us engaged, which is the basic business model of Face- book keep people engaged, sell their attention to advertisers. Haugen’s internal Facebook information also showed that the com— pany is fully aware of the damage that Instagram is doing to young peo— ple, particularly teen girls, and of the process in which those vulnerable children actually spend more time on the platform even as it batters their mental health. In the paSt, and especially the last five to 10 years, politicians and some of the more “engaged and enraged” public have railed on news media for its pandering to one political party or another. “Fake news” has been all the rage thanks in large part to a person we know is one of the biggest liars on the planet. ’ In the meantime, many of these same individuals have taken advantage of Facebook’s lackadaisical relationship with the‘truth in order to spread more lies. ' What is this if not a definitive erosion of democracy and not being held to account for lies spewed across the world at the speed of light. ' Facebook audits cohorts in that new stratosphere of: spreading infor- mation at the fif’li‘glif has brought the t‘i‘uth tellers to their knees and all for another dollar iii the bank: :- v v v t It has run amuck to the point there’s no going back. Not only are the dollars and cents behind these global carnivores, so too are the politicians who’ve take their very large amounts of money. Someone came up with the perfect description of what Facebook ac- tually produces — “social pollution.” We’ve seen what actual contami- nation has done to our planet and now a social media giant is and has been doing the same exact thing. Traditional media outlets, such as newspapers and television stations, are beholden to laws involving libel and slander. The truth, verifiable sources and facts are not only essential, but a responsibility. There are consequences if these duties aren’t held up and rightfully so. The much- too-powerful social media companies should be forced to follow a simi- lar set of guidelines. i: « , I a!“ How to contact your Noith Dakota delegaion . Sen. John Hoeven G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224—2551 Sen. Kevin Cramer B406 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2043 (Rep. Kelly Armstrong 1004 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2611 Summer’s officially over today. Forget all the nice weather might hang around for a bit, ter in the air. First and foremost, the golf course is closed. A few friends and I considered picketing the blizzard. We were going to make signs that said, “Divots until December,” and “Hell No, Alas, there was little motivation and even less projected participation in that idea. ‘ Another sure sign of the waning season is the way high school football fans are doing a lot more math. The end of the season is near and not only do playoff positions depend on wins and losses, teams have to beat certain opponents by so many points and/or have other teams lose by precise margins in order to either make the The Star OPINION Dom WORRY... HE’S mos.er A FORCE. FOR GOOD Many citizens should be impeached Citizenship is a public office in which electors are blessed with cer- tain rights and charged with civic , responsibilities. Unfortunately, more people de- mand their rights than their respon- sibilities so the state suffers from a chronic deficiency in participation and judgment. Government has hit bottom in public trust, now standing at one— third the level that prevailed in the Eisenhower—Kennedy years. Citi- zens spend more time bad- mouthing the government than appreciating it. This attitude is af— fecting the ability of the govern- ment to function. In spite of all the glitches in our Other Views By Lloyd B. Omtlahl up the, cudgels and even tried to overthrow the government, a simi- lar effort in the Civil War that re- sulted in more American deaths than all other wars combined. This is not to say that citizens aren’t entitled to oppose govem- ment policy they consider adverse to their interests and values. With such a broad demographic mix in policymaking, the will of the peo— ‘ ple is manifested in a democratic society. And with the expansive polling being done these days the will err-he ’peOple'is irrea red reg- ‘ It somethin‘g’is wrong" h the goVemment, the people must share the blame. Their erratic response to public issues reflects their lack of ability to support wise government policies. During the Trump administra- tion, liberal observers were quick to point out the president’s personal flaws. But it was not only President Trump to blame for the mounting hostility that now permeates the whole society. He did get 63 ,000,000 votes, honestly cast and counted by bona fide citizens. While Trump is no longer the major player, citizens have taken all?!" ,v .w Wu, y. .t -‘-r- . izens who elect representatrVes Will the United States, peace can only be maintained as long as compro- mise is possible. ’ We seem to have arrived at a point when compromise is no longer possible. Opinions are too rigid to allow giving ground for the purpose of social peace. In Washington , compromise has become a bad‘yvordhbecause the cit- not tolerate compromise. The coun— try has become ungovemable. Equally divided between the two parties, polls show that partisanship has increased. If this is a democ— racy that reflects the will of the peo- ple, we have to conclude that the citizens have become more partisan ' and less willing to compromise. The Republican Party has done nothing but subtract from the wis- dom of Congress while the De- mocrats can’t even agree to compromise within their own ranks. . So if the defects of government resu1t from an incompetent citi- zenry, we cannot expect better poli— cies until the citizens get their act together. Many of the policymakers have proposed that the citizenry needs to have a better grasp of their responsibilities before the situation will improve. The truth is that more and more people are holing up in their bur- rows. Instead of developing a broader View of society, they have electronic toys for adults and kids to sit in corners and avoid the gen— eral society. “Online” may be more flexible and available but it stifles the social interaction of young peo- ple in their formative years. We have a problem with a lack. of “cognitive flexibility” which simply means the ability to men— tally recognize that change is re- quired but we are not flexible enough to respond. All facets of so— ciety — social, economic and polit: f‘ical ’4 are “changing so fast that they “have outrun our ability to compre- hend and change. COVID and all of its facets yet unknown is an example of our in- ability to comprehend and respond. COVID and Delta will not be de— feated by a divided citizenry that cannot see the need for a near- unanimous response. While we may wish that citizens master the duties of their offices, it is not going to happen. They no longer have the perspective or the will to become rational officehold— ers in a form of government that re- quires more than they are willing to give. Supreme Court’s authority engulfed by storms The Supreme Court’s authority, grounded since the dawn of the re- public in its preStige and reputation, now faces the storms that have Over- whelmed Congress and the Presi- dency and diminished the institutional popularity of our politi- ‘ cal branches. A recent Gallup poll re- v vealed that just 40% of the American people approve of the performance of the nation’s highest tribunal. The po- litical polarization that has torn apart our grand republic represents a grave threat to the perception of the court as an apolitical body rendering de- tached, authoritative decisions that preserve and protect the rule of law. and fulfill expectations of it as a ’ mouthpiece for the Constitution. Several Justices, just prior to the opening of the court’s new term, have addressed public concerns. Jus- tice Amy Comey Barrett, the newest member- of the court, told a Kentucky audience last month that her job was there’s also point spreads to worry about. Some playoffs or have home games in the first round. , In addition, the ND. High School Activities Association playoff schemes usually mean at least a full day’s Worth of travel. The best ex— David Adler, The Alturas Institute David Adler answers your Constitution questions. Send them to this newspaper. to persuade the audience the Justices are not a bunch of “partisan hacks.” Justices Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas, the greybeards of the court, declared that the differ? ences among the Justices are attrib~ utable ' to . different judicial philosophies, not polities. Justice Samuel Alito, one of six republican appointees serving on the High Bench, stated — defensively that year. some critics portray the court as hav- ing been captured by a cabal that re— sorts to “sneaky methods” of conSidering cases before it, a charac— terization, he noted, that represents an “unprecedented” effort to “intim- idate” and damage the court. These public statements in recent weeks dovetail the long-standing effort of Chief Justice John Roberts to protect ' the court against charges that its members promote their own political preferences. Clearly, the Justices are embarked on a mission to protect the court’s in- stitutional integrity and its mission as an impersonal vessel through which the court speaks.,This mission is not new, of Course, for the Justices, acrOss two-and-one-half centuries, have viewed themselves as the pri- mary defenders of the court’s reputa- Privacy (Continued on Page 5) We’re p rinting the best kind of cash ample of all time was the year when North Bor- der played South Border in the second round. With that in mind, fans should keep those cal— culators handy to not only figure out where their team will play, but also how much money in gas it will take to get to their destinations and back. The best and most pleasing sign of coming change in season, however, is that we recently took an order to print some money for the Rolla Chamber of Commerce for its annual Holiday Cash giveaways. The promotion has been going on for decades now and is a good sign that people continue to support their local busi- nesses. Now, as a group, those merchants are giving back to the people who keep the back bone of our city strong. It’s a fitting idea for everything else that comes with this time of mW-mwnmw- . October 1 1, 2021 Pages from the past... 10 years ago October 10, 2011 A poll of more ‘than 25 Rolla business owners and managers found a majority are in favor of the city’s proposed street project but do not want to see an additional half- cent sales tax imposed to help fund it. Despite the recent high winds that hit the area, the construction work at Mount Pleasant School has pro- gressed enough to put the old gym v : back into commission. Superintend- ent Brian Palmer said Rolla will host its annual volleyball tournament this coming Saturday, October 15. The Belcourt Braves pulled off a historic win last Friday night on the road. The Braved edged by Dickin- son Trinity, beating their WestRe- gion foes for the first time in the history of the local school, 20—19. The Rolla Bulldogs took on and took down a pair of District oppo—~ nents, defeating St. John and Ro- lette-Wolford in three-game sweeps. The North Prairie Cougars foot- ball team overcame a long bus ride, a strong wind, and their Opponent, improving their record to 4-3 with a convincing 53—6 victory over Mid- way-Minto. Clarence Davis Jr., a quarterback , on the Belcourt Braves football «team, and Jordan Robert, a junior on the Rolla Lady Bulldogs volleyball team, were named Athletes of the Week. 30 years ago October 14, 1991 After cooking for hundreds of students for several years, Sarah Cahill of Rolla hung up her apron. Cahill retired recently after 22 years as a cook at the Rolla school. And she’s the first to admit she already misses it. . Private Sylvester Ronald Keplin is in basic training in the National {at Fort Leonard Wood, Mis- ' souri. ' Stella Schimetz, cook/manager for the food service program of the ‘ Dunseith school district for 26, has received a certificate of appreciation and letter of commendation from the US. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. The Rolette Comets continued to dominate Region 4 9-man football opponents as they upped their record to a perfect 7-0 mark by thumping the St. John Woodchucks 42-6 in Rolette. The Rolla Bulldogs improved to 12—3 on the year with two wins in three games this past week. The Bulldogs defeated Rugby 68-48 0 Tuesday night and Pingree- Buchanan-Kensal (PBK) 49-35 Fri— day before losing to New Rockford ' 57—29 on Saturday. Belcourt drivers dominated the winners’ circle at the Turtle Moun- tain Speedway in Belcourt Saturday afternoon as 17 cars competed in two classes. Charlie Gladue claimed first place in the street stocks out of 12 cars. He was followed by Blaine Azure and Joe Ree. 60 years ago October 12, 1961 , A new front on the building hous- ing Mongeon’s Ben Franklin Store in Rolla was recently installed, and has served to add to the “new look” on one block of Main Street. The Turtle Mountain Star was in- formed Tuesday afternoon that Mrs. ' Robert Gault of Mylo has been se- lected as one of the 12 semifinalists in the western half of the state for the ,Mrs. North Dakota contest. John A. Stormon of Rolla has been appointed to the University of North Dakota Advisory Committee, and will attend a meeting of that committee at Grand Forks during UND’s homecoming celebration. JoAnn Bailey was selected as on of the candidates for the honor of reigning as 1961 Homecoming queen at the University of North . Dakota in'Grand Forks. Mr. and Mrs. Pete Edwardson of Rolla have, purchased the Mylo Cafe’ 1 from Evert Welander, the transaction made final~ Saturday. The Dunseith Dragons racked up their first win of the season by de— feating St. Mary’s of Devils Lake, 14 to 7, here Friday. The newly formed pep club sponsored a pep rally be- fore the game and a victory parade afterwards.