SPN 12x08

Dec. 9th, 2016 08:54 am
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That was a bit on the nose, wasn't it?
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Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. 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....

Every time someone likes one of these posts on Facebook or visits one of these websites, the scripts are then following you around the web. And this enables data-mining and influencing companies like Cambridge Analytica to precisely target individuals, to follow them around the web, and to send them highly personalised political messages. This is a propaganda machine. It’s targeting people individually to recruit them to an idea. It’s a level of social engineering that I’ve never seen before. They’re capturing people and then keeping them on an emotional leash and never letting them go.”

Cambridge Analytica, an American-owned company based in London, was employed by both the Vote Leave campaign and the Trump campaign....

Steve Bannon, founder of Breitbart News and the newly appointed chief strategist to Trump, is on Cambridge Analytica’s board and it has emerged that the company is in talks to undertake political messaging work for the Trump administration. It claims to have built psychological profiles using 5,000 separate pieces of data on 220 million American voters.

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absolutely kills me.  There are so many ways our country is horrifically, dramatically fucked up - and with Clinton, we had a chance of actually moving the ball forward.  And now with Trump, it's like, how can I even contemplate extreme racism and brutality in prisons, because it'll be all we can do to keep the right to vote and prevent a nuclear war?
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Who looks to my Amazon order history whenever I have to figure out my prior addresses for some kind of application?
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We're His Problem Now.  It's a spreadsheet that will be periodically updated with calling scripts regarding the latest issue for protest.  I know this is an unbelievable pain - and difficult for a lot of people - but making noise, all the time, constantly, is probably the only defense we have for what's coming.

One person recommended that it actually be incorporated into a daily or weekly routine - a half hour, an hour, you set aside to make necessary calls.

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God help us the moment we get hit with a terror attack.
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Once Roe v. Wade is overturned, the GOP Congress will prohibit interstate travel to obtain an abortion, so it's pretty much a moot point.
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We're 4 days out, and there are reports of racist/misogynistic/antisemitic threats, violence, and vandalism all over the country, even in liberal strongholds.  Children are engaging in racist taunts in school.

Steve Bannon is being floated as the new Chief of Staff, and he's set up a meeting with Marion Le Pen, who is the niece of Marine Le Pen.

The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Trump, and we know there's a Trump segment in the FBI that colluded with Giuliani to force Comey to release the letter about a renewed email investigation.

Kris Kobach, who created Arizona's "brown people must show us your papers" law and who, as Kansas Secretary of State, has defied court orders on voting rights, is joining the Trump transition team.

Trump has no interest in being president, which means one of his inner circle will exercise power - I assume that person will be Bannon. Who will handpick judges to fill the slots that the GOP blocked Obama from filling. Just before the new voting restrictions kick in.  If you think he doesn't have a stable of very respectable, very qualified, secret white supremacists in mind, I have a bridge to sell you.

John Yoo - who defended Bush's torture program - is being invited to meet with Trump's transition team. One of the names for the new head of the CIA was an architect of that program.

This is real.  And it gets worse from here.
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Which means I may or may not be offline for a while.  I can't really deal with this.
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Today it's faithless electors and the SEPTA strike oh my god this is killing me.

ETA: And hey, a new Wikileaks dump of DNC emails.
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(in case you were unaware, Thiel was speaking in support of Donald Trump.  Thiel bankrolled Hogan's suit against Gawker, which bankrupted the company.  He did it in retaliation for having been outed by Gawker). 
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If you pay attention to the business news, you may have noticed that Twitter isn't doing too well - its stock price and user base are stagnant.  It's been trying to find a corporate acquirer, and in particular, was in talks with Salesforce.  But a couple of days ago, Salesforce announced it was walking away.  And now there's this:
Twitter trolls were part of the reason why Salesforce walked away from a deal

[A]ccording to CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer, Salesforce was turned off by a more fundamental problem that's been hurting Twitter for years: trolls.

"What's happened is, a lot of the bidders are looking at people with lots of followers and seeing the hatred," Cramer said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," citing a recent conversation with Benioff. "I know that the haters reduce the value of the company...I know that Salesforce was very concerned about this notion."
It's actually heartening to see that Twitter's failure to address harassment is now impacting the bottom line. Gives me a kind of renewed faith in capitalism.
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that the GOP didn't just nominate a political neophyte, but possibly the actual worst person in the country

Unreal

Oct. 12th, 2016 05:59 pm
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Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately


More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, [Jessica] Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.

About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.

....

[Rachel] Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005.

Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”

It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.

“It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

...

In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.

“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.

Asked whether he had ever done any of the kissing or groping that he had described on the recording, Mr. Trump was once again insistent: “I don’t do it. I don’t do it. It was locker room talk.”

There's video of Leeds's interview at the link.  Worth watching.

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