Well, I did it and I definitely saw an improvement! I flubbed two parts the recording for today and I took more than an hour to have a recording which I was happy with.
Here's day 28 recording of the song:
Here's day -6 recording of the song:
As a bonus heres what I sounded like 6ish days from the end:
That's it for Singing Phoenix. I absolutely loved doing it and will continue to hone my singing (probably not every day though).
Threats to Democracy, steps and core requirements
The biggest threat to democracy is believing that it can stand alone, democracy only survives if we as people around the world protect the institutions that define democracy such as our courts, laws and fair process. I am saddened to see places where they are outlawing encryption or requiring backdoored access. Part of democracy is the right to have private thoughts, a private life and secrets. When all of those could be layed bare at any point, we become more hesitant, less willing to speak up both in our own private writing and in the real world.
Here is a common misconception that I would like to address:
If you have nothing to hide, you don't need encryption and privacy.
This is just not true, privacy isn't just for criminals or terrorists, they exist for you and me. They exist to allow ourselves a space to think private thoughts, have private conversations and not worry about it being used against us possibly some time in the future.
Imagine that everything you did, who you had sex with, who you talked to, how you talked to them, what you wrote in your journal, all of that being accessed at any time by a small group of people. Those people with their opaque algorithms get to choose to declare you an undesirable or get extra tracking attention.
That's not right at all, you'd make yourself as generic as possible, to fit in.
When people stop speaking out and willing to take stances on issues, willing to be out there, that's when democracy dies.
However you can't be out there unless you have some privacy, it's a balance. You need a safe space to think, enjoy and exist. Others such as Timothy Snyder said that having a private life allows one to exercise control over what others know and don't know. Totalitarianism removes such distinction of public and private life.
When governments assure us that this access to our most private innermost thoughts are for our own good, think and say no.