2019-02-04: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE'. telesurenglish.net Musician/activist Roger Waters is calling on people to act against the ongoing United States coup d'etat of the elected Venezuelan government by taking part in an 'emergency demonstration' in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City Monday. | RELATED: | Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein | Waters sent out a tweet early Monday morning encouraging participation in a planned march in front of the U.N. building in order to s…

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

Thomas Scripps (2019-02-04). Britain's Secret Propaganda "Integrity Initiative" Targets Russia. globalresearch.ca In a desperate attempt to cover its tracks, the propaganda network linked to Britain's security services, the Integrity Initiative (II), has wiped its website and locked its Twitter account "pending an investigation into the theft of data." | The decision was …

Sydney Li, Jason Kelley (2019-02-04). Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash. commondreams.org A new study detailed how Google tricks regular users into "opting in" to constant tracking with deceptive UX flows and default settings. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-04). Netanyahu Launches His Own TV Channel to Bypass 'Fake News'. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Benjamin Netanyahu has launched his own TV channel to bypass mainstream media and ensure positive coverage ahead of the upcoming General Election. "Likud TV" was launched yesterday on the Israeli Prime Minister's official Facebook page and will air every evening at 19: 00 local time (17: 00 GMT) until the election on 9 April. Sporting the slogan "we're throwing …

Aída Chávez (2019-02-04). Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest. theintercept.com Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday. | Archila, a longtime community organizer and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, was one of two women who shared their stories of sexual assault for the first time with the senator in an emotional encounter during the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. With a CNN camera broadcasting live right behind the wo…

Lee Fang (2019-02-04). Google Hired Gig Economy Workers to Improve Artificial Intelligence in Controversial Drone-Targeting Project. theintercept.com Millions of gig economy workers around the world now earn a living on so-called crowd worker websites — work that falls under the umbrella of crowdsourcing, or dividing up tasks into minuscule portions to spread over a large number of people. The sites pay as little as $1 an hour for individuals to perform short, repetitive tasks, such as identifying images seen in pictures and churning out product reviews. | Some of these crowd workers were unknowingly helping to build out the Pentagon's battlefield drone capability. | The work was done as part of a Defense Department initiative called Project Maven. Last…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-04). Polar Vortex Shows Incarcerated Workers Bear the Brunt of Extreme Weather. truthout.org On January 28, an image of Cook County Jail prisoners shoveling snow went viral after it was posted on the La Villita community Facebook page and then shared by the Chicago Community Bond Fund. The city of Chicago was preparing for an arc…

Common Dreams staff (2019-02-03). #ExecutiveTime Takes Off on Twitter After 3 Months of Trump's Daily Schedules Leaked. commondreams.org Somebody inside the Trump White House leaked three month's worth of the president's daily schedule, which Axios published on Sunday afternoon, and the internet quickly took up the cause by ridiculing the nation's chief executive for the amount of time he reportedly spends holed up in his private residence each day watching television, reading newspapers, sending bizarre tweets, and making phone calls. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. telesurenglish.net Nearly 2,000 pro-Venezuelan Twitter accounts have been removed for "engaging in a state-backed influence campaign," the social media company said in a blog post on Thursday. | RELATED: | Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting | A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela suspected of attempting to "influence domestic audiences" w…

RT (2019-02-02). No more buying likes from bots? NY AG declares fake social media engagement illegal. rt.com New York's attorney general has declared it's illegal to sell fake social media engagement in order to inflate one's online influence, ruling against one "fake like" merchant in a landmark decision in the battle against bots.

Aída Chávez (2019-02-02). How the Green New Deal Became the Green New Deal. theintercept.com The signature effort that has become attached to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the "Green New Deal," was originally intended to go by a different name, she told The Intercept in a recent podcast interview. But as social media and news outlets covering the platform began coalescing around the term, which had long been used by the Green Party, Ocasio-Cortez ceded to the public, she said. | With more than 2.6 million followers on Twitter and more than 2.1 million on Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez has a social media presence that s…

RT (2019-02-02). AP & Snopes quit 'fact-checking' for Facebook as NewsGuard's blacklist model pushes ahead. rt.com Two of Facebook's US "fact-checkers" tasked with keeping fake news from proliferating have chosen to quit doing the job for the social media giant while issuing cryptic statements concerning their continuing relationship.

Olivia Herken (2019-02-01). Black Feminism and the Internet. progressive.org In 'Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets,' Feminista Jones chronicles how a political philosophy and social movement has grown online.

David Rosen (2019-02-01). The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness. counterpunch.org "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down. "It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding More

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil. greenleft.org.au In an interview with Fox News, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted the US government was backing an illegal coup in Venezuela in order to control the South American nation's sizeable oil reserves. | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," Bolton told Fox News on January 28. | In response, Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted: "Confession … @ AmbJohnBolton confirms that the COUP is about OIL.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-01). ICE Force-feeding Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strike. hrw.org | | Screenshot from a 2013 video of Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) volunteering to undergo the standard operating procedures for force-feeding of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. | © 2013 The Guardian/YouTube | ICE officials are force-feeding six immigrant detainees who are on hunger strike in Texas, according to an investigation published by the Associated Press. | The AP reported indications that nearly 30 men — mostly from India an…

pip.hinman (2019-01-31). Rivers in crisis: water theft and corruption in the Darling River system. greenleft.org.au Politicians and bureaucrats have launched endless inquiries in an effort to appear to be dealing with the water crisis in New South Wales, where a blue-green algal bloom has deprived a 40-kilometre stretch of the Darling River of oxygen and a million fish died as a result. Rural communities, wildlife, graziers and stock are also running out of water. | Yet these same bureaucrats have been very slow to implement any of the recommended reforms and few steps have been taken to deal with the mismanagement, water theft and corruption that led to this crisis, writes Elena Garcia. | Federal drought envoy Barnaby Joyce h…

ACLU (2019-01-29). Trump Says 58,000 Texans Voted Illegally. Here's What Actually Happened. aclu.org Voter fraud is extremely rare. States using unreliable data to justify purges of eligible voters, unfortunately, is not. | The president of the United States is once again spreading unsubstantiated claims about rampant voter fraud and undermining faith in the integrity of our democracy. This time, he's claiming that 95,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in Texas and more than half have actually voted. These numbers,…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-24). Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur. splcenter.org An anti-LGBT, Catholic YouTube show interviewed far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay man who spent time in the spotlight thanks to the election of Donald Trump but is now reported to be millions of dollars in debt. During the show he repeated the long-circulated lie about a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-01-23). How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company. splcenter.org Three months after a man radicalized on Gab.com killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the social media website that has become a hub for white nationalists and neo-Nazis remains financially viable thanks to an Obama-era law and an online crowdfunding broker, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

splcenter (2019-01-22). Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools. splcenter.org When middle school teacher Kristin Heavner shared a photo on social media of a colorful makeup bag filled with disposable menstrual products, she had no idea how people would react.

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