While most of the city’s subways were up and running a few days after Hurricane Sandy, it took two months to reopen the flooded Montague Tunnel, through which the R rumbles to and from Manhattan, and even that won’t last long. The MTA says it’s going to have to close the tunnel for twelve to fourteen months, starting in August, again separating Manhattan and Brooklyn. “Pretty much anything down there that’s made of metal is rusting,” an MTA official told The Wall Street Journal’s Tedd Mann. “And sooner or later, it has to come out.” They thought about closing the damaged G train tunnel between Brooklyn and Queens for the summer, but decided to just close it for twelve weekends throughout the year (though they’ll probably have to shutter it next summer). At least the A train reaches the Rockaways once more.
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.