2019-01-12: News Headlines

Margery Eagan (2019-01-12). 'Extremists' Like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Actually Closer to What Most Americans Want. commondreams.org "Socialist." "Radical." "Extreme." Google U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the whirling, twirling, dancing phenom out of the Bronx. You'll see words like those. But are Ocasio-Cortez's positions all that "fringe" in 2019? I don't think so.

RT (2019-01-12). Twitter erupts after NYT reveals FBI probe into Trump-Russia links that lead… nowhere. rt.com Russiagate disciples are squealing with joy after the New York Times wrote about the FBI apparently probing if Trump was secretly working for the Russians. In fact, the article states there is no evidence to support the theory.

RT (2019-01-12). 'Going gay for a month?' YouTuber Logan Paul roasted again, 1yr after 'suicide forest' fiasco. rt.com Perennial attention-seeker Logan Paul has outdone himself by claiming he is going to spend March living as a gay man, on a podcast that has drawn withering responses from the internet as he tries to one-up last year's scandal.

RT (2019-01-12). 'Like virus telling you not to wash hands': Lee Camp checks WHO's behind Senate Russiagate report. rt.com A recent report for US Senate claimed that the apparently all mighty 'Russian trolls' had their fingers in 2016 elections, even using Pokemon Go for their cause. Lee Camp takes on the supposedly biased free 'bombshell.'

RT (2019-01-12). 'Bird Box challenge' craze: Blindfolded US teen crashes car into oncoming traffic. rt.com A Utah teen attempting to drive while blindfolded has caused a highway crash, jettisoning common sense in her enthusiasm to participate in the viral 'Bird Box challenge' based on the Netflix horror film.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-01-12). Stop Defending Abusers. Listen to Black Women. truthout.org Starting last week, Lifetime Network has been showing a six-episode docu-series titled "Surviving R. Kelly" that gives more details about what many of us have been saying for years: Robert Kelly is a serial rapist. For many Black women, the last few days have seen a blur of unintentional (and intentional) denials of our reality and triggering social media posts. | The de-prioritization of Black women's and girls' experiences isn't new to us. | My mind cannot help but drift to the lack of outrage for 17-year-old Nia Wilson, who was attacked by 27-year-old John Cowell last year and died at the scene. | Cowell's…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-11). How a NeoCon-Backed "Fact Checker" Plans to Wage War on Independent Media. globalresearch.ca Soon after the social media "purge" of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was …

Tamara Pearson (2019-01-11). Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries. counterpunch.org If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add tourists to your Google News search. "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day after clashes there claimed 46 lives. The BBC didn't cover the clashes online, nor did they More

Andy Rowell (2019-01-11). "Shameful" Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights Over Gas Pipeline. commondreams.org Members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation argue that they were never consulted about the pipeline and that it violates their constitutional rights.(Photo: Facebook.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-01-11). 'Hiring flat-Earther to teach geography': Russiagater to lecture on 'hybrid warfare' at Georgetown. rt.com An "information warfare expert" spending her days spinning anti-Russian rhetoric on Twitter has now gotten the chance to do so in the name of 'education' — teaching a course on "hybrid warfare" at Georgetown University.

Reed Richardson (2019-01-10). Corporate Press Stoops to Absurdity to Balance Trump's Border Wall Lies – Factcheck false equivalence, the sequel. fair.org Last month, FAIR ( 12/7/19) examined the absurd false equivalence that some factchecking sites, including the Washington Post's Fact-Checker, sometimes engage in by comparing imprecise or accidental misstatements by left-wing politicians with the unprecedented and willful lies and conspiracy theories emanating from the current occupant of the Oval Office. | Coincidentally, the Post rolled out a new, even more extreme "Bottomless Pinocchios" rating ( 12/10/18)—which only…

ACLU (2019-01-10). Pennsylvanians Should Know How the State Police Is Monitoring Social Media. aclu.org The Pennsylvania State Police is blocking access to its social-media-monitoring policy by claiming it could harm "public safety." | "Sunshine is the best disinfectant.", , That's a line that is used so much that it's become almost trite. But it's oft-repeated because it is so true. And here in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania State Police is doing everything in its power to block access to its policy on monitoring social media. So we're headed to the state Supreme Court to get it. | The ACLU of Pennsylvania's attempt to obtain the st…

Eric Alterman (2019-01-10). Facebook Is a Social Menace. thenation.com Facebook Is a Social Menace…

Global Research News (2019-01-10). Selected Articles: Media Disinformation and The Protest Movement. globalresearch.ca Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us …

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-10). Source of Pro-Israel Keyboard Warriors on Social Media Finally Exposed. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A number of prominent Jewish-American leaders are funding covert, anonymous campaigns targeting pro-Palestinian student activists, The Forward has found. The Jewish daily newspaper, which has been publishing valuable information concerning the source of funding for these hyper-aggressive and shadowy groups — which spearhead coordinated hate campaigns against critics of the Zionist state — has uncovered the identities …

Whitney Webb (2019-01-10). NewsGuard Launches War on Alternative Media. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Soon after the social media "purge" of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was "just the beginning" of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-10). White House "Prepping Legal Justification" For National Emergency Wall Funding. theantimedia.com (ZH) — White House lawyers are preparing legal justification for a national emergency at the southern US border which would allow President Trump to build his wall. "WH counsel's office is prepping legal justification for national emergency, including advising WH to ramp up talk of a humanitarian & security "crisis"," tweeted CNN Chief National Security Correspondent, Jim Sciutto, adding …

Murderville, GA (2019-01-10). Episode Four: Murder in Broad Daylight. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | William Carroll Bennett a…

ACLU (2019-01-09). Marco Rubio and His Colleagues Need a Refresher on the First Amendment. aclu.org Rubio took to Twitter to spread a number of downright false statements about the First Amendment and the Combating BDS Act. | This week, amid a partial government shutdown, senators tried to sneak through a bill that would encourage states to suppress constitutionally protected political boycotts of Israel. | Ultimately, the Combating BDS Act failed to make it to the Senate floor, largely because enough people exercised their First Amendment right to protest the bill and educate senators t…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-08). Rashida Tlaib: The Senate's Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech. democracynow.org A new Senate bill would allow state and local governments to boycott any U.S. companies which are engaged in a boycott against Israel. We speak with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib, who has come out out against the bill, tweeting, "They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away."

pip.hinman (2019-01-08). How we can defeat the neo-Nazis. greenleft.org.au On January 5, convicted neo-Nazi criminals Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and their followers, gathered on the foreshore of St Kilda Beach to vilify Sudanese Australians and once again scapegoat that community as "African gangs". | The group of 100 to 150 predominantly white males from various neo-Nazi gangs — The Lads, Soldiers of Odin and the Proud Boys — were racist and hostile towards the gathering counter protesters. | Erikson, a convicted stalker and former head of the neo-Nazi group the United Patriot Front, knows how to do hate speech and play the game on social media. The rally to "reclaim St K…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-04). Headlines for January 4, 2019. democracynow.org 116th Congress Sworn In as Nancy Pelosi Elected House Speaker, House Democrats Adopt PAYGO Austerity Spending Rule, House Democrats Approve New Ethics Rules, Form Climate Committee, Trump Repeats Border Wall Demands as Gov't Shutdown Enters 14th Day, Trump Admin Wants to Send More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Brazil: President's Assault on Indigenous Rights Threatens Amazon, Mexico: Mayor Assassinated Hours After Taking Office, Trump Administration Threatens Iran over Its Space Program, Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Faces Criminal Inquiry, Google Uses "Double Irish Dutch Sandwich" Scheme to Avoid Taxes, P…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-12-27). #LogOutFacebook: Because of You, We Did. Thank You! naacp.org Thank you. During the week-long #LogOutFacebook protest, you were joined by thousands of advocates, celebrities, elected officials and partners to take a stand, to let Facebook know that they need to do better. You made it known that you will no longer tolerate privacy breaches, hate speech, bias, and misinformation. This logout cycle is done, but our […]

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

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