Daily Archives: February 2, 2019

2019-02-02: News Headlines

Justin Podur (2019-02-02). How social media supercharged the propaganda system. zcomm.org "Manufacturing Consent" predicted how a privately owned free press could function as a propaganda system…

WSWS (2019-02-02). Facebook's censor Nick Clegg outlines plans for European elections. wsws.org Facebook will play a major role in determining what voices Europe's population are allowed to hear.

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.

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.

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Cuba: Could Mystery Explosions Be Caused By Meteorite?>. telesurenglish.net Cubans living on the western side of the island heard loud explosions and felt their houses shakes on Friday, prompting many to think an airplane had fallen from the sky, but others say it might have been a meteorite. | RELATED: | Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind' | Residents of Pinar del Rio province reported that small rock fragments fell from the sky as they heard the loud noise. Others rushed to social media, starting the rumor that another plane had crashed, afte…

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.

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net U.K.'s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that intervention in Venezuela and calling for all sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro were "wrong" and that only Venezuelans have the right to decide their own destiny. | RELATED: | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | "The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. U.K.'s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong," Corbyn said in a tweet he pos…

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

RT (2019-02-01). 'Hateful' restaurant hit with bad reviews after banning MAGA hats. rt.com A California restaurant has been flooded with bad reviews after the owner said he won't serve customers wearing MAGA hats, comparing it to the swastika and a KKK hood. His since-deleted tweet sparked massive backlash.

RT (2019-02-01). CNN commentator calls Trump 'antithesis of Christ's teachings', faces social media retribution. rt.com Democratic strategist Maria Cardona went after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about "election interference" of a much higher order, arguing over God's plans for Donald Trump.

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…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-01). Trump Supports "Bible Literacy" Classes in Public Schools. truthout.org At least six states have introduced "Bible literacy" bills that would allow schools to teach the Bible, a move that some critics say may violate the separation of church and state — but it has at least one big fan: Donald Trump. | President Trump, whose knowledge of the Bible is shaky at best, gave the idea a resounding thumbs-up via Twitter, ensuring that an already fraught discussion would get even more charged.

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.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-01). Anthropologist Debunks Bill Gates' BS Narrative That Free-Market Capitalism Has Solved Crisis of Global Poverty. commondreams.org Anthropologist and author Jason Hickel swiftly disabused readers of a narrative offered by Microsoft founder Bill Gates this week, rejecting the billionaire's statement on Twitter that "people underestimate just how much life has improved over the last two centuries." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-01-31). 'Chaos' & 'desperation' grip Facebook HQ after Apple blocks developer iPhone apps. rt.com After Apple's ongoing quarrel with Facebook came to a head, thousands of employees at the world's largest social media network were locked out of numerous apps they have become dependent on to meet basic needs.

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…

Murderville, GA (2019-01-31). Epilogue: Unanswered Questions. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | After the new evidence co…

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.

2019-02-02: Social Media Postees

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How social media supercharged the propaganda system
Justin Podur | zcomm.org | 2019-02-02
"Manufacturing Consent" predicted how a privately owned free press could function as a propaganda system…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-social-media-s…

AP & Snopes quit 'fact-checking' for Facebook as NewsGuard's blacklist model pushes ahead
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
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. | …
rt.com/usa/450380-snopes-ap-quit-factche…

Facebook's censor Nick Clegg outlines plans for European elections
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-02
Facebook will play a major role in determining what voices Europe's population are allowed to hear.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/02/cleg…

No more buying likes from bots? NY AG declares fake social media engagement illegal
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-02
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. | …
rt.com/usa/450382-fake-social-media-enga…

Cuba: Could Mystery Explosions Be Caused By Meteorite?>
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
Cubans living on the western side of the island heard loud explosions and felt their houses shakes on Friday, prompting many to think an airplane had fallen from the sky, but others say it might have been a meteorite. | RELATED: | Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind' | Residents of Pinar del Rio province reported that small rock fragments fell from the sky as they heard the loud noise. Others rushed to social media, starting the rumor that another plane had crashed, afte…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Could-Myste…

Facebook's Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher Tied to Neocon Think Tank
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-01
While Facebook claims impartiality in its crackdown on "coordinated inauthentic behavior," the loyalties of the man charged with carrying out that mission. if his resume is any indication, are not with the users. | The post Facebook's Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher Tied to Neocon Think Tank appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/facebooks-troll-hunter…

The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-01
"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.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/the-denier-i…

Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-01
U.K.'s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that intervention in Venezuela and calling for all sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro were "wrong" and that only Venezuelans have the right to decide their own destiny. | RELATED: | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | "The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. U.K.'s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong," Corbyn said in a tweet he pos…
telesurenglish.net/news/Jeremy-Corbyn-Re…

Black Feminism and the Internet
Olivia Herken | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
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.
progressive.org/magazine/how-a-political…

CNN commentator calls Trump 'antithesis of Christ's teachings', faces social media retribution
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
Democratic strategist Maria Cardona went after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about "election interference" of a much higher order, arguing over God's plans for Donald Trump. | …
rt.com/usa/450340-cnn-trump-antithesis-c…

Trump Supports "Bible Literacy" Classes in Public Schools
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-01
At least six states have introduced "Bible literacy" bills that would allow schools to teach the Bible, a move that some critics say may violate the separation of church and state — but it has at least one big fan: Donald Trump. | President Trump, whose knowledge of the Bible is shaky at best, gave the idea a resounding thumbs-up via Twitter, ensuring that an already fraught discussion would get even more charged.
truthout.org/articles/trump-supports-bib…

'Hateful' restaurant hit with bad reviews after banning MAGA hats
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-01
A California restaurant has been flooded with bad reviews after the owner said he won't serve customers wearing MAGA hats, comparing it to the swastika and a KKK hood. His since-deleted tweet sparked massive backlash. | …
rt.com/usa/450286-maga-hat-restaurant-ba…

ICE Force-feeding Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strike
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-01
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…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/01/ice-force-feedin…

Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
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.
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-adviser-john-bolton-admits-venezuela-coup-oil

Anthropologist Debunks Bill Gates' BS Narrative That Free-Market Capitalism Has Solved Crisis of Global Poverty
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-01
Anthropologist and author Jason Hickel swiftly disabused readers of a narrative offered by Microsoft founder Bill Gates this week, rejecting the billionaire's statement on Twitter that "people underestimate just how much life has improved over the last two centuries." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/01/anthrop…

Epilogue: Unanswered Questions
Murderville, GA | theintercept.com | 2019-01-31
Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | After the new evidence co…
theintercept.com/2019/01/31/murderville-…

'Chaos' & 'desperation' grip Facebook HQ after Apple blocks developer iPhone apps
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-31
After Apple's ongoing quarrel with Facebook came to a head, thousands of employees at the world's largest social media network were locked out of numerous apps they have become dependent on to meet basic needs. | …
rt.com/usa/450272-facebook-employees-app…

Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-01-24
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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/25/anti-…

How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company
John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-01-23
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.org/hatewatch/2019/01/24/how-g…

Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-22
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/01/22/spring-201…