K12 Education: Learn and Teach the public how to identify Fake News
MEDIA LITERACY and the Trust Deficit: A lack of trust for business and government is "contagious" and spreading to other sectors.
"Just cause you know about something - doesn't mean - it's going to make any difference, you've got to act on it. What's political is personal." ~ KE
If a person is born ignorant, to parents that are ignorant, in a society that is ignorant, lives a life of ignorance, and eventually dies in ignorance.... IGNORANCE IS THE NORM
Thus, indoctrination can be called education, hypnotism can be called entertainment, criminals can be called leaders, and lies can be called truth, because this person's mind was never educated!
Which makes it easy to believe FAKE NEWS
"What is the precise moment, in the life of a country, when tyranny takes hold? It rarely happens in an instant; it arrives like twilight, and, at first, the eyes adjust." ~ Evan Osnos
How to Spot Bullshit: A Primer by Princeton Philosopher Harry Frankfurt
BUT NOT GOOGLE !!!
Librarians are not marketers. The majority of information seekers are not making much use of the array of electronic resources online magazines, databases and reference assistance, for example that libraries make available to their communities. 84% of information searches begin with GOOGLE search engine.
ETHICS / CREDIBILITY VS. LIESForgers Use Fake Web Users to Steal Real Ad Revenue
"In a twist on the peddling of fake news to real people, researchers say that a Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched."
PolitiFact's Lie of the Year for 2016 is fake news. A pundit blatantly fabricates what's said in an interview. Is mindlessly RT'd by 100s, including journalists. Then they denounce Fake News.
How a Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda to Americans
Tucked away on a corner of the site, next to links for Twitter and YouTube, is a link to another social media platform VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. It is a clue that Patriot News, like many sites that appeared out of nowhere and pumped out pro-Trump hoaxes tying his opponent Hillary Clinton to Satanism, pedophilia and other conspiracies, is actually run by foreigners based overseas. Patriot News had an explicitly partisan motivation: getting Mr. Trump elected.
Patriot News postings were viewed and shared tens of thousands of times in the United States -- is among a constellation of websites run out of the United Kingdom that are linked to James Dowson, a far-right political activist who advocated Britain's exit from the European Union and is a fan of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. A vocal proponent of Christian nationalist, anti-immigrant movements in Europe, Mr. Dowson, 52, has spoken at a conference of far-right leaders in Russia and makes no secret of his hope that Mr. Trump will usher in an era of rapprochement with Mr. Putin. https://archive.is/XM8R9
Want to see how different TV networks covered the news terms such as "emails"? The Internet Archive Television Explorer that lets you trace how any keyword–think “emails”, “tax returns”, “alt-right”– has been covered on U.S. television news over the past half-decade.
"Fake news" didn't come out of nowhere.
I was birthed by "real news" not doing its job for decades.
GOOGLE MAKES MONEY ON FAKE NEWSGOOGLE makes a lot of money on fake news by targeting for advertisement and content selection, distribution, and creation.
US PATENT 20110218850 A1 ABSTRACT Scientific targeting for advertisement and content selection, distribution, and creation.
The invention is a computer-aided method of optimizing advertisements and content by grouping viewers into scientific segments, optimizing an advertisement and pieces of content by scientific segments, selecting an advertisement or content to display to a scientific segment, and creating a scientific targeted advertisement or piece of content.
Google is search. It’s the verb, to Google founded in 1998
Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president.
If prejudice lurks among us, can our analytics do any better?
Revelations that predictive analytics are reproducing discriminatory practices in society. For instance Propublica's claim that one tool used for sentencing is prejudiced against African-Americans is part of some work that members of the ACM are doing to come up with principles for creating fair algorithms, and a technical explanation of what does and doesn't work in that area. Andy Oram | Editor O'Reilly Media
Twitter suspends racist accounts but what about GOOGLE??
Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?”
Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this. The top result, from a site called Listovative, has the headline: “Top 10 Major Reasons Why People Hate Jews.”
YouTube Bans North Korea's Propaganda Channel
But… “…North Korea’s YouTube channel wasn’t taken down because of the actual propaganda produced by a brutal dictatorship, but because North Korea could have made money from the videos though YouTube’s built-in advertising system.”
The internet is a distribution platform.
It's all about the on demand culture.
Internet excitement has run its course. The internet is a distribution platform.
It's all about the on demand culture. Its what sells, what delivers mania, what shoots up like a unicorn, is inventive authenticity. You've got to be different, and you've got to be honest. Which is why experiences have become so big. They're one of a kind and they're flesh and blood. They make you feel alive. In the end it's the people who remain, not their tools, but we play with the gadgets cause if passes the time it entertains, it keeps us connected.
It's what sells, what delivers mania, and delivers is inventive authenticity. Until 2008 religious institutions, academia, and media set out the parameters of acceptable discourse now, through Facebook and Twitter, you can get around them!
Twitter, Facebook, Google combined are worth more than money they have the mindshare and is why experiences have become so big.
Trump is different, because he can use the platforms for free! and spread his message. January 20th 2017 all his tweets will be part of the public record and if he chooses as president he can force YOU to get all his txts directly to your cell phone!
What is the difference
between fake news
and real news?
The answer is accuracy that comes from investigative reporting.
If all you have is a so called "reporter" repeating a press release that is nothing more than an advertisement then you aren't getting actual authentic facts. We're living in the era of the content creator.
THE CONTENT CREATOR
People play with the platform because it passes the time it entertains, it keeps us connected. This is a foundational change. We're living in the era of "The Donald" the content creator.
Through social media, you can find people who agree with you, who validate your thoughts and opinions. Anyone can read it and believe it, it's immediate and makes you feel alive. This creates a whole new permission structure, a sense of social affirmation for what was once thought unthinkable.
Trump's Lies Worse Than Nixon's by Carl Bernstein the investigative journalist who broke open the Watergate scandal, issued a stark warning about President-elect Donald Trump’s penchant for lying.
100 years ago, people demanded the big monopolies be broken up rather than be suckered into an argument about whether Standard Oil was worse than the Railroads. The question is not which monopoly is the worst, it is what to do about massive firms that prevent markets from working well.
Historically, the solution has come from sensible people within existing parties working together to support policy that prevented this consolidation. The longer we wait to deal with it, the harder it will be ... especially as they eclipse the power of government.
The conversations the characters have are eerily familiar in our present day. Read Upton Sinclair's Dragon Harvest, which takes place in Europe in 1939.
Forget AT&T. The Real Monopolies Are Google and Facebook.
The proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner has drawn censure from both sides of the political aisle, as well as a Senate hearing that looked into the potential for the combined company to become a monopoly.
But if we are going to examine media monopolies, we should look first at Silicon Valley, not the fading phone business. Mark Cuban, the internet entrepreneur, said at the meeting of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee last week that the truly dominant companies in media distribution these days were Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.
“Facebook is without question in a dominant position, if not the dominant position, for content delivery,” he said.
Look at the numbers. Alphabet (the parent company of Google) and Facebook are among the 10 largest companies in the world. Alphabet alone has a market capitalization of around $550 billion. AT&T and Time Warner combined would be about $300 billion.
Alphabet has an 83 percent share of the mobile search market in the United States and just under 63 percent of the US mobile phone operating systems market. AT&T has a 32 percent market share in mobile phones and 26 percent in pay TV. The combined AT&T-Time Warner will have $8 billion in cash but $171 billion of net debt, according to the research company MoffettNathanson. Compare that to Alphabet’s balance sheet, with total cash of $76 billion and total debt of about $3.94 billion.
In the first quarter of 2016, 85 cents of every new dollar spent in online advertising will go to Google or Facebook, according to Brian Nowak, an analyst with Morgan Stanley. Google and Facebook can achieve huge net profit margins because they dominate the content made available on the web while making very little of it themselves. Instead, they both have built their advertising businesses as “free riders” on content made by others, some of it from Time Warner. The rise of these digital giants is directly connected to the fall of the creative industries of our country.
Every pirated music video or song posted on YouTube or Facebook robs the creators of income, and YouTube in particular is dominated by unlicensed content. Google’s YouTube has an over 55 percent market share in the streaming audio business and yet provides less than 11 percent of the streaming audio revenues to the content owners and creators. But Facebook, which refuses to enter into any licensing agreement on music or video, is challenging YouTube in the free online video and music world.
In the past decade, an enormous reallocation of revenue of perhaps $50 billion a year has taken place, with economic value moving from creators of content to owners of monopoly platforms.
I reached this conclusion from the following statistics: Since 2000, recorded music revenues in the United States have fallen to $7.2 billion per year from $19.8 billion. Home entertainment video revenue fell to $18 billion in 2014 from $24.2 billion in 2006. United States newspaper ad revenue fell to $23.6 billion in 2013 from $65.8 billion in 2000. [snip]
Words Matter: You Can't Think Without Words
If a "reporter" can't be bothered to use the correct words - that have real meanings but instead uses the wrong vocabulary then the public can't think about anything correctly. You can't think without words and you can't think correctly if the words used are inaccurate wrong words.
Example: "hacker" vs. "cracker"
The difference between a hacker and a cracker is malicious, destructive intent.
Most reporters don't know what a "cracker" is or actually does and instead uses "hacker" for everything which means the public doesn't know what they need to know about security, code, networks, programming, ethics, and a dozen other things. And all because, the talking heads are too lazy to investigate anything and are just happy to go on and on blathering away on a "news" show about things they don't know anything about.
If the TV talking head doesn't even know what the words mean, doesn't use the correct words and spell out what they mean then the public doesn't have the words to think with and you can't think without words!
If the talking head isn't investigating the information to verify that something is in fact true and news worthy then they have betrayed the public's trust who allows them to use our airwaves in the first place. They are there being paid to do a job for the public! NOT for advertising money. But .... In America you would think the ONLY obligation a business entity has is to make money!
You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.
Rapid Arctic ice melt sets the stage for economic disaster under Trump The great ice sheets are unstable, ice melt is speeding up, and deniers will soon be in charge. What could go wrong?
Trump nominates AG Scott Pruitt to head the EPA Pruitt has repeatedly sued the EPA for doing its job. He is a climate change denialist.
Debate Trolling: "Treating this as a scientific debate rather than a political fight means we’ve already lost. Climate debates seem to have much in common with evolution/creationism debates: science advocates ignored/ridiculed.
Agreeing to debate well-established facts is how denialists win the fight. The mere agreement to debate is a loss. Acting like there is a legitimate "other site" means you've gotten played. Being respectful of opinions which attempt to play up uncertainty about the climate impacts or the viability of low-carbon solutions is acting (however unintentionally) as an agent of denialism. Tens of thousands of smart people have, in the last 10 years, been unwitting facilitators of propaganda." ~ Alex Steffen
GENERATION Z TURNS TO SECRET ONLINE ACCOUNTS IN ‘FRUSTRATION’ WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
This is a culture of personality,” said Pereira. “It’s all about presentation, selling yourself, first looks, and not so much about your real value. Finstagram, short for “fake Instagram,” has begun to dominate the social media currents of young smartphone users who value online privacy in a place meant just for friends. Acting as the opposing counterpart of Rinstagram (or, you guessed it, “real Instagram”), Finstagram is a digital realm composed of private accounts within the Instagram app created to free users from the pressures of staged perfection on social media. Instead of strictly adhering to their “brand,” or Internet identity, Finstagram offers users a respite from the modern necessity of social media performance. My Finsta is a lot more for just myself. I don’t really care if people see it or like it, it’s just for me. I use it more than a physical diary or journal.”
If the "News Company" only uses our airwaves to provide a "news show: that delivers nothing but "entertainment" and fake news to gather enough "eyeballs" so they can charge advertising fees to make them profitable and "rich" then they aren't providing the service they are supposed to provide in the contract with the American public which allows them to use our airwaves.
WAPO WRITES: Logic doesn't’t matter to online trolls.
TRUMP now has more than 17 million and has bragged that having a Twitter account is “like owning the New York Times without the losses.” Twitter has become Trump’s cyber-magic wand, allowing him to quickly act on a fleeting idea, a fit of anger or something he sees on television. With one tweet, Trump can change headlines on cable news, move financial markets or cause world leaders to worry.
He will soon inherit the @POTUS account, which has 12.5 million followers. During an interview with the “Today” show this week. “Frankly, it’s a modern-day form of communication. I get it out much faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters. So many reporters are dishonest.”
FAKE FOLLOWERS @realdonaldtrump with a big Twitter following includes many dodgy accounts.
Sixty-four percent of Donald Trump’s 7.51 million Twitter followers have not been in use for at least the past six months, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
This is how the PropOrNot fake news Washington Post conducts itself. @CNN @MSNBC @AP
CONSCIENCE AND INTEGRITY IN JOURNALISM
There used to be standards that the country trusted when we watched Walter Chronkite.
The days when the Washington Post brought us the Pentagon Papers and Watergate are long gone. They have become irrelevant. They are so desperate for eyeballs they have tried to command mind share online by saying alternate legitimate news sites that actually do investigative reporting are the "fake news sites".
Donald Trump twitter following 13% Fake, 65% Inactive, and 22% Good. Donald Trump Just Proved Buying Fake Twitter Followers Works
@realDonaldTrump Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!
Trump's last press conference was July 27 2016 when he encouraged Russia to hack Clinton's emails. Trump' s press conference about conflicts of interest is postponed until January 2017 so all the electoral college will have to vote without knowing how he will handle anything.
- CIA assessment concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency
- Trump Loses It After Clinton Calls Him Putin's Puppet
- PropOrNot controversy After the PropOrNot debacle, The Washington Post simply decided to not name their sources anymore. Why? Their sources are junk.
- The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Digging deeper into the PropOrNot controversy.
- The state-run propaganda Washington Post has just committed journalistic suicide. Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.
Interfering with the election
Here's a list of all the Foreign Governments who interfered with the Presidential election when they donated to the Clinton Foundation.
It's official: @HillaryClinton lost Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes. @DrJillStein got 49,941.
FAKE NEWS ABOUT WMD'S
So CIA Director George Tenet *didn't* tell Bush there was a "slam dunk" case?
@Nancy Pelosi: The intel didn't state that Iraq had WMDs. The Bush-Cheney WH made that misrepresentation.
THE INTERNET AND YELLOW JOURNALISM
FACEBOOK DELIVERS HATE AND TERROR
PR: Have it Your Way Advertising Message - only read what you believe because everything is true and nothing is true it all becomes disinformation. Filter bubbles and social-media silos “information” reached people shaped by what they wanted to be true. Some of the biggest fake news providers were run by experienced political operators well within the orbit of Donald Trump’s political advisers and consultants.
Andrew Breitbart / Laura Ingraham, a close Trump ally to be Trump’s White House press secretary, owns an online publisher called Ingraham Media Group that runs a number of sites, including LifeZette. Ingraham’s site regularly receives links from the Drudge Report and other powerful drivers of Internet traffic. But LifeZette, for all its influence, pales in comparison to the sites run by Floyd Brown, a Republican consultant close to Trump’s inner circle of advisers.
Thanks to views sourced largely to referrals from Facebook, Brown’s websites now outrank web traffic going to news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and NPR, according to data compiled by Alexa. Both Western Journalism and Conservative Tribune are certified by Facebook as bonafide news providers. Jeff Bezos’s takeover of the Washington Post has been a vector for “fake news” for decades.
This is the paper which used Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing work to grab a Pulitzer … then publicly advocated prosecuting their source! In the run-up to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, the Post led American media’s cheering section, cheerfully publishing one bald-faced administration lie after another concerning Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction” — then in the aftermath assisting the administration in taking revenge on Joseph Wilson (who had exposed one of the lies) by exposing his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent. Why do media organizations - network execs and anchors - need to have cooperative access agreements with politicians?
Media Corps Stars Agree to Off-The-Record Meeting with Trump, Break Agreement, Whine About Mistreatment, meaning they would conceal from their viewers what they discussed. If you’re a journalist, what is the point of speaking with a powerful politician if you agree in advance that it’s all going to be kept secret? Is it subservient ring-kissing in exchange for access, it certainly appears to be that. Media stars who want to believe they are friends and colleagues with the President forget they are supposed to protect the public from people in government who are pulling rotten dirty deeds. "Fake news" used to be called yellow journalism. It has existed throughout our history. It's not new. It is not in any way a 2016 innovation. example: ZeroHedge
FACEBOOK MAKES MONEY WITH FAKE NEWS
We arrive at the justifiable conclusion that the “fake news” controversy is itself a fake one, that outfits such as CNN that are reporting on it are fake and that Internet facilities charged with identifying fake news items like Facebook are also fake. Those behind this gambit obviously intend to use it to attack the alternative media, which has been very effective in puncturing the propaganda of the Deep State. The very largest irony is that this fake news meme is aimed at truth-telling in the alternative media.
These two people are making $40k+ a month with fake political news “We’re the new yellow journalists,” Wade will say after a day and night when the number of people following LibertyWritersNews on Facebook will swell by more than 20,000. “We’re the people on the side of the street yelling that the world is about to end.” Jobless in May, Paris Wade and Ben Goldman were ruling an empire built on Facebook shares by the time of the vote, influencing millions with rumors, exaggeration, conspiracy theories and lies.
This infamous troll is almost certain his fake Facebook news helped Trump get elected
Mark Zuckerberg Commits To Fixing The Fake News Problem On Facebook - only after Facebook makes over ONE BILLION dollars from fake news advertisng during the election cycle.
Zuckerberg denying how FB has anything to do with running fake news when he actually knew all along - because his company made over one billion dollars from advertising - spreading this crap using his lame algorithms.
Report: Fake election news performed better than real news on Facebook
Facebook's new errors includes metrics BuzzFeed, NYT used in recent fake news investigations.
Facebook discloses new measurement errors, continues to hone its math Facebook misreported engagement numbers for links and live videos and is refining the ad reach estimates it shows advertisers.
Math is hard, even for Facebook.
And it’s getting harder to trust Facebook’s math, even as the social network fine-tunes its calculations.
Facebook’s Graph API and mobile app report mismatched engagement rates for outside links.
The two metrics in question are:
1) the total number of shares, likes and comments a link has received on and off Facebook, reported through Facebook’s Graph API and
2) the number of people who have shared or commented on that link, reported through search results in Facebook’s mobile apps.
The problem with those metrics:
For some links — including ones examined by BuzzFeed — Facebook reported that the number of people who shared or commented on the link exceeded the sum of shares, likes and comments for that link.
That shouldn’t happen, since the shares and comments stat reported in the mobile search results is a subset of the shares, likes and comments stat reported by the Graph API, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed. It’s unclear whether the inconsistent stats mean that Facebook’s Graph API is overcounting engagements or that its mobile search results are undercounting them.
For the third time since September, Facebook is disclosing new measurement errors.
The two new errors affected the reaction counts Facebook reports on Pages’ Live videos, as well as the engagement figures Facebook reports for off-Facebook links; the latter link engagement metrics were recently used in investigations by BuzzFeed and The New York Times into fake news articles’ performance on Facebook.
In addition to acknowledging the two new errors — of which one has been corrected and one is still being inspected — Facebook has refined a measurement marketers may reference when buying ads through the social network. None of the aforementioned metrics had any impact on how much money Facebook charges advertisers for their campaigns. But they may have informed brands’ Facebook ad-buying strategies as well as brands’, publishers’ and others’ Facebook-related content-publishing strategies.
Who is going to fix the Chat Bots?
Their purpose: to rant, confuse people on facts, or simply muddy discussions. An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election. NYT
TWITTER MAKES MONEY WITH FAKE NEWS
12/13/16 Twitter reinstated the account of prominent white nationalist Richard B. Spencer after suspending it on Nov. 15 2016 for hate speech on the platform. Twitter said Spencer’s accounts were actually removed for serving overlapping purposes. "Our rules explicitly prohibit creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses,” When we temporarily suspend multiple accounts for this violation, the account owner can designate one account for reinstatement." So his account is back!
How to Predict the Spread of News on Twitter
Computer scientists have discovered the four factors that make news stories popular on Twitter. "Our experiments show that it is possible to estimate ranges of popularity with an overall accuracy of 84% considering only content features." We examine both regression and classification algorithms and demonstrate that despite randomness in human behavior, it is possible to predict ranges of popularity on twitter with an overall 84% accuracy. Our study also serves to illustrate the differences between traditionally prominent sources and those immensely popular on the social web.
Did you see TWITTER 'Mute Words' feature?
This is the best thing Zuckerboy has done, all thanks to his his employees who demanded that punk get in line
TWITTER Now gives the user has the ability to mute certain words, phrases, hashtags, emojis, or usernames. Keeps specific words out of your life!
You can mute one word, phrase, or hashtag at a time or @username like before.
Be honest: Facebook and Twitter maxed out election frenzy revenues and cracked down once the cash was harvested also once political backlash or risk of political backlash had largely subsided.
U.S. Office of Government Ethics was set up after Watergate.
Providing leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest. Performance Management & Budget OGE is building a culture of performance that relies on using data to make informed decisions. Read about OGE’s long-term strategic goals, annual plan to achieve those strategic goals, and success in using the taxpayers’ dollars to achieve its mission.
Privacy: http://1.usa.gov/1731Cf1 Washington, D.C. oge.gov
That's 10 billionaires/millionaires & 3 generals. Fascism's the marriage of the corporation,the military, and the state.
A majority of Americans are concerned about Trump and conflicts of interest.
11/19/16 Donald Trump Agrees To Pay $25 Million in fines and restitution to settle three fraud Trump University lawsuits. Just 74 more law suits to go
Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 #NobelPrizeLiterature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” During the awards ceremony on December 10th, singer-songwriter Patti Smith will perform Dylan's song "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" off his 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Dylan sent an acceptance speech, which will be read during the banquet to follow later in the day at City Hall
"Maybe we can get the Electoral College to elect Bob Dylan. Dark horse candidate. Start appointing musicians to the cabinet."~ Carl Malmud
@SenWarren It is totally unprecedented for a President-elect of the United States to have to settle fraud lawsuits before taking office.
TRUMP AND HIS NOT "BLIND TRUST" with HIS NOT SO SMART SON IN LAW GIVEN TOP LEVEL CLEARANCE
President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was accepted into Harvard University shortly after his father donated $2.5 million to the Ivy League school in 1998. An official at Kushner’s high school said there was “no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would, on the merits, get into Harvard. His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it.”
The imperial presidency of Donald Trump
THE END RUN AROUND TPP AND TIPP
A Cabinet full of corporatists
NOW OWN THE GOVERNMENT
Donald Trump's Potential Conflicts of Interest
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first foreign head of state to meet in person with President-elect Donald Trump, a photograph taken of the official event at Trump Tower in Manhattan showed a curious attendee: Trump’s daughter Ivanka http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-conflict-of-interest_us_582f8e62e4b030997bbf83a2? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/us/politics/ivanka-trump-shinzo-abe.html
Email sent to journalists by an @IvankaTrump employee, hawking the goods she wore on @60Minutes. pic.twitter.com/aCpNbBBArg Under a Trump administration, wealthy American families may find it much easier to amass dynastic levels of wealth. http://nyti.ms/2fKWZzU
@EricLiptonNYT Trump, belatedly, essentially confirms accuracy of our story today. Trump used this meeting to push Brits to block wind farms from disturbing views at Trump's Scotland golf course.
@dannyhakim With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/business/with-a-meeting-trump-renewed-a-british-wind-farm-fight.html
President-elect of the United States admitting to asking for a business favor. @maggieNYT "I might have brought it up," Trump says of Farage meeting and wind farms. #Art1Sec9Clause8 #Emolument
Everybody is afraid of looking bad, except Trump. Trump's Tax Bill will only help the rich "You could see, as a first level of attack on the poor in America, a kind of savaging of social welfare." http://www.attn.com/stories/12866/heres-what-trumps-tax-plans-mean-americans
What's the difference?
Trump says again that the U.S. is among the highest taxed nations in the world. This is not true or close to being true.
Who is calling the shots in State Politics ~ Public Integrity
Meet the 10 shadowy groups that snuck into your state races. A field guide to the national power brokers trying to shape elections.
FreedomofPress Check out our brand new look, and read about our plans for protecting press freedom in 2017 and the age of Trump.
Threatgeek blog post - analyzing the DNC Malware 6/20/16
OUR GOVERNMENT BLOCKS INTEL
12/16 “Is it in our interest to act?” Lisa O. Monaco, Obama’s adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security, said at a Washington Post cybersecurity summit Thursday. “The primary guiding and overarching focus in these discussions is: What is in the national security interest of the United States? That’s the North Star for those discussions.”
Donald Trump, who once said he knows more than the generals, won't listen to his intelligence briefings.
Leon Panetta said, “If you’re president of the United States, you better be in touch on a daily basis with your intelligence briefers,” Panetta went on, “so that you have an understanding as to what’s — what’s happening in the world, what are the crises you have to pay attention to, and what steps do you have to take in order to deal with those crises?” ~ Salon
Mike McConnell, when he was still national director of intelligence at the tailend of the Bush administration said The Chinese government -- seeking to steal valuable secrets -- has hacked into the computers at every major American company, according to the nation's former spy director. ~ Money
Mitch McConnell's efforts to keep this secret putting party over country is suboptimal, some might say treason...
Old dynamic: Republicans v. Democrats
THE Vampire Squid IS
the third rail
of US government-appointee politics.
Goldman Sachs Heads Up Trump Era W/O getting prosecuted for 2008 Fraud
Former Goldman banker Stephen Bannon will be in the West Wing as chief advisor to incoming US president Donald Trump. Former Goldman partner Steven Mnuchin will be seeking Senate confirmation to run the Treasury Department.
Gary Cohn, is currently Goldman’s president and chief operating officer, will join the administration as an advisor to Trump and director of the National Economic Council and be his chief strategist in developing his economic policy. He does NOT require Senate confirmation since exactly what he knew about Goldman selling bogus investments to its clients while the firm made billions of dollars betting the instruments would fail might be raised in Senate questioning of Cohn’s fitness to serve. In the two years leading up to the epic 2008 financial crash on Wall Street, Cohn was Co-President of Goldman. Cohn became a multi-millionaire from the business done in those years, earning $27.5 million in restricted stock and options just in the year 2006. However, as Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers would report in 2009, a key part of Goldman’s business in the years before the crash operated like this: “In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.”
New dynamic: Trump + Goldman + Exxon + Russia + white nationalists v. everyone else. He deserves a chance to hand the country over to Russia, Goldman and Exxon while we sit around and watch.
Who needs the CIA when TRUMP doesn't believe that Russia interfered in the election even though the CIA said they were sure the electing Trump was Russia's goal. The White House and CIA officials declined to comment.
Podesta on Bernie Sanders: "I agree.. Where should we stick the knife in?" or here
It shows the DNC establishment's contempt for its base -- the working class, the anti-war vote, the Occupy Wall Street folks. The rich and powerful are at their most thuggish when their backs are up against the wall, and they will corrupt their justice departments and courts to protect the cool insiders.
’An email from early September 2008 outlines how Google helped President Barack Obama’s transition team to set up ‘secure data rooms’ for sharing information such as “policy promises, as well as legal documents like expense reimbursements and contribution forms”.
‘Keep this whole enterprise under wraps
The email from Obama aide Chris Lu, who is currently the deputy secretary of labor, explains how the “data rooms” can be accessed by staff – and emphasizes the importance of maintaining secrecy over their discussions.
“The one thing you should know is that contrary to the log-in instructions, we're not giving out "transition2008.com" email addresses. We think that would compromise our ability to keep this whole enterprise under wraps,” he writes. The secrecy reminder is somewhat surprising, given the role Citigroup played in picking Obama’s cabinet even before the election.
#WikiLeaks emails shows #Citigroup’s major role in shaping Obama administration’s cabinet
GOP trying to block intel showing Russian govt intervened in a US election to help elect candidate of their choice.~ WAPO
The Justice Department could bring indictments for hacking. The National Security Agency could take a covert action in cyberspace to send a signal to the Kremlin. Or the State Department can decide to eject Russian diplomats.
The almost surreal moment when Jake Sullivan informs @HillaryClinton that #AlQaeda "is on our side in #Syria " https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/23225 … #USA https://twitter.com/ZlatkoPercinic/status/807202050077585410
Nate Silver @NateSilver538
Clinton lost 4 states (FL, MI, WI, PA) by ~1 point. If not for Comey/Russia, she probably wins them all by ~2 points & strategy looks great. https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/807640627101900800
Name that Whistleblower
#FBI doesn't consider #NSA SIGINT classified up to TS/SI-G level to be classified.
"Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility."~ Professor Neil Postman
Back in 2000, Trump bragged about keeping tabs on politicians who had affairs in his hotels @DafnaLinzer "I happen to know that one U.S. senator leading the pack of attackers spent more than a few nights with his twenty-something girlfriend at a hotel I own. There's also a conservative columnist, married, who was particularly rough on Clinton in this regard. He also brought his girlfriend to my resorts for the weekend."
Privacy International says European companies keen to sell mass surveillance gear to Syria AGT’s activities are yet another example of how a slew of little-known companies, mostly based in Europe profit and peddle their spy products to questionable governments.
WHO NEEDS TPP
OR the TIPP NOW THAT
OWNS our government
Bernie Sanders @SenSanders
Romney was right. Trump's a "fraud" and "phony." Does he have any intention of keeping his promises or has he played Americans for suckers?
Exxon’s Rex Tillerson
Is Top Candidate for Secretary of State CEO with ties to Russia’s Vladimir Putin would bring an executive’s experience to the diplomatic role, a transition official said. Mr. Tillerson has perhaps the closest ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, having negotiated a 2011 energy partnership deal with Russia that Mr. Putin said could eventually be worth as much as $500 billion. In 2012, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson. The CIA has determined Russia hacked into our election to help elect Donald J. Trump. Now Trump names Putin best friend as OUR Sec of State! Rex Tillerson's Wikipedia page was edited overnight. What was removed? His award of the Russian Order of Friendship
George Shultz was the executive vice president of engineering giant Bechtel before he became secretary of state under [make america great again slogan originator] President Ronald Reagan.
Trump picks Myron Ebell Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA
He waged intimidation campaigns against climate scientists.
Trump Picks former Texas governor Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department, which it is worth noting he wanted to do away with in 2011.
The questions the Trump team asks show they don't know what the Department of Energy does.
Trump DOE team: GOP hired gun McKenna.
His lobbying clients in 2016 include Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, Southern Company Services, Dow Chemical Co. and Competitive Power Ventures Inc.
Bernhardt, co-chairman of the Natural Resources Department at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is head of the Department of Interior Interior
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) was picked to lead the Interior Department.. If confirmed by the Senate, she would Trump’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development and reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued.
Deloitte problems with audit quality and professionalism
Deloitte partners have frequently been the reason why the Big 4 global audit firms are thriving financially, but audit quality and professionalism is not. A Deloittle Brazil whistleblower from 2002 is now one of 12 senior partners charged by the audit regulator with falsifying audit workpapers and covering up fraud.
Randian / Greenspandian nightmare
If Trump Nominates John Allison as Bank Supervisor at the Fed, It Will Be a Triumph for Charles Koch and the Loony Ideas of Ayn Rand and Greenspan. Rand’s philosophy is that the selfish desires of the individual should have no restraints by government; the poor deserve their lot and should receive no tax support from other citizens while the rich have a right to unrestricted power.
@realDonaldTrump education secretary pick Betsy DeVos accuses media of spreading "false news" about her http://politi.co/2heXDKA
Trump pic Andy Puzder for Labor secretary “prefers foreign labor to American workers.” Puzder’s advocacy for immigration reform, citing a number of op-ed’s and speeches he’s made praising immigrant workers for their willingness to fill difficult jobs. Puzder, the article states, “stands diametrically opposed to Trump’s signature issues on trade and immigration — which won him the election.”
Physician Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee is picked for the Department of Health and Human Services secretary. He will have more than 1 TRILLION for the budget and can rewrite regulations and guidance on virtually everything people do every day. HHS responsibilities include food and drug safety, biomedical research, disease prevention and control, as well as oversight over everything from medical laboratories to nursing homes. He opposes the Affordable Care Act, abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood, among other things, could have a rapid impact without even a presidential order or an act of Congress. GOP to start #Obamacare repeal Jan. 3 (but might not finish until 2019)
Timeline: The Republicans’ Abysmal Record on the CFPB
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is our nation’s first and only watchdog dedicated solely to protecting students, servicemembers, seniors and other borrowers from unfair, deceptive and abusive practices. To date, the Bureau has accomplished a tremendous amount, returning $12 billion to 27 million consumers.
Don't kid yourself. Every cabinet appointment Trump has made is terrible for the little guy. Have you seen one single appointee for the WORKING CLASS? The con artist at work, showing what he does best.
Brace yourself: the most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning. The most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning. #BasicIncom
Trump exploits our inability to discuss the 99% - the intersection of class and race and the Democrates discomfort with it. A new study shows that areas in the US hit hardest by trade have become more polarized.
Why Social Fragmentation Suits The Powers That Be
A society that has fragmented into a media-fed cultural war of hot-button identity-gender-religious politics is a society that is incapable of resisting concentrations of power and wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many. The Elites have successfully revolted against the political and economic constraints on their wealth and power, and now the unprivileged, unprotected non-Elites are rebelling in the only way left open to them: voting for anyone who claims to be outside the privileged Elites that dominate our society and economy.
STEVE BANNON: "I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist.
I'm an economic nationalist," he tells me. "The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver" — by "we" he means the Trump White House — "we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about."
Al Gore’s business partner, David Blood, was in Steve Bannon’s section at @HarvardHBS (also overlapped at Goldman Sachs) h/t @JamesPindell
Hamilton/Pence Artists are the tuning forks vs "No place for this at the theatre"
Hamilton" the greatest artwork of 2015/16 on the bleeding edge of politics and culture.
Trump is brash, opinionated, and unapologetic, now EVERYWHERE is the right place! You can give Trump credit for making "Grab them by the Pussy" sexual assult words and deeds de rigueur. Decorum went out the window. "You can say what you feel right up front and what the cast of "Hamilton" were ready and the public has a 24/7 distribution platform. At least Hamilton still has a union, when organized labor seems to have disappeared throughout the rest of the land. We own it and are entitled to an opinion about it just like everybody else.
"Immigrants, WE GET THE JOB DONE!" Everybody sing: This is our land too, from California to the New York island.
ARTISTS AND HAMILTON This is what artists do. They speak truth to power. They make people uncomfortable. And when there's a reaction, they know they've done their job. Warren Beatty made Bulworth in 1998 to warn America about what this country had become. Artists are tuning forks, saying what's right as opposed to what's expedient. They have the people on their side. And corporations are no match for the public, no way.
In the movie Senator Jay Billington Bulworth spoke truth to power and shocked a nation providing the Trump blueprint. Bulworth In 2013, artist Jim Kirwan remarked: “Warren Beatty made Bulworth in 1998 to warn America about what this country had become . . . The film is about a disillusioned Senator who tires of the lies and begins to tell it like it is. Bulworth, like Trump nearly 20 years later, seems to present the people, the voters, with a fresh perspective.” Senator Bulworth begins to rhyme, to a roomful of stunned corporate backers. “And over here, we got our friends from oil/ They don’t give a shit how much wilderness they spoil/ They tell us they are careful, we know that it’s a lie/ As long as we keep driving cars, they’ll let the planet die/ Exxon, Mobil, the Saudis and Kuwait, if we still got the Middle East, the atmosphere can wait/ The Arabs got the oil, we buy everything they sell/ But if the brothers raise the price, we’ll blow them all to hell.”
President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the Communist Party from colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten ideologial control over education. Party official from university in Guangdong says it made database to track political opinions of 2 million+ students. The party bosses at several key universities also attended the meeting, and pledged renewed loyalty to the party. ~SCMP
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