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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Another brick in the wall: Lawyer admits lying to Russia inquiry

quote [ Alex van der Zwaan, the 19th person to be charged, pleads guilty to making false statements.

Who is Alex van der Zwaan?

He works for the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom based in London.

Last year, he married the art critic Eva Khan, whose father German Khan co-founded the Alfa Group, one of Russia's largest investment groups.

An article on their wedding in the Russian edition of Tatler magazine last year said that Van der Zwaan had Russian roots and worked with Russian oligarchs. ]

While the most recent charges have been related to the Kremlin's active measures ops, this latest announcement that most of Mueller's dominoes have been falling on the Manfort side relating back to the very dodgy work he did for Ukraine a decade or so ago.
[SFW] [politics] [+2 Interesting]
[by Kama-Kiri@11:33pmGMT] [4 comments]

Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

quote [ President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy. ]

No matter how you look at the facts (information publicly available) one of those things has to be true.

[SFW] [politics]
[by bbqkink@4:26amGMT] [21 comments]

Friday, 16 February 2018

Russians Indicted

quote [ The indictment says that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid 2016, were "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump." ]

Can't wait for more "No one has proof the Russians were involved... even though every intelligence agency has said they did and who cares, it doesn't matter any way."
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
[by conception@6:50pmGMT] [54 comments]

Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

quote [ In the wake of Wednesday's Parkland, Florida school shooting Russian bots have taken to Twitter to stoke the gun control debate.

Public awareness that antagonistic bots flood the Twitter debate hasn?t stopped them from achieving their goals of ratcheting up the vitriol?even amid a live tragedy like the Parkland shooting. The goal, after all, isn't to help one side or the other of the gun control debate win. It's to amplify the loudest voices in that fight, deepening the divisions between us. ]

Besides the gun violence that those in power won't do anything about, there's also the ongoing Russian disinformation campaign the same people won't do anything about. It's almost as if they don't want it to stop.

[SFW] [politics] [+4]
[by HoZay@3:50amGMT] [17 comments]

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Randy Bryce?s Campaign Is Not Just Pro-Union?It?s Unionized

quote [ The Campaign Workers Guild has negotiated its first collectively bargained contract, with the Democratic candidate challenging Paul Ryan. ]

GOP takes notice as donations flow to Clean Missouri

The Economic Outlook for Millennials Is Bleak. Now They?re Unionizing in Record Numbers

Democrat Margaret Good Flips Seat in Florida, the 36th Democratic Flip Since Trump?s Inauguration - how positive this is remains to be seen when Good's stance on Medicare For All is that we need to fix ACA first and she wants minimum wage to be raised but won't commit to $15/hour.
[SFW] [politics] [+6]
[by raphael_the_turtle@7:19pmGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pro quo...Sanctions..."a favour for a favour"

quote [ Trump administration giving Russia what it wants on sanctions ]

Trump has done nothing that would possible upset Putin...and he never will.

[SFW] [politics]
[by bbqkink@5:25amGMT] [10 comments]

Monday, 12 February 2018

I Oppose the Parade of the Grand Armies of the Republic

quote [ As an active duty officer in a sea command, I ask you, as my appointed leadership, to respectfully decline this request.

Our fleet faces a readiness crisis. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has said that every readiness question must start with the mention of our 17 dead shipmates on the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and this proposed movement of people, parts, and equipment must be considered through the same lens. ]

I don't normally link blog articles, but a good read written from the inside...
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Yep ]
[by knumbknutz@2:07amGMT] [13 comments]

Thursday, 8 February 2018

It's Showdown time.

quote [ Why Democrats probably won?t shut down the government again
Democrats are trying to change the terrain of the immigration debate. ]

The Senate should pass a funding bill today, but it will have nothing in it about Dreamers. It is a good bill...more than the Dems could have suspected, but it leaves the Dreamers swinging in the breeze.

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by bbqkink@6:43pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Macroeconomic Effects of Student Debt Cancellation

quote [ More than 44 million Americans are caught in a student debt trap. Collectively, they owe nearly $1.4 trillion on outstanding student loan debt. ]

Student loan forgiveness would allow people with bachelor degrees to be Uber Drivers or Shipt Shoppers instead of both. Since according to Intuit, The Gig Economy accounts for 34% of the US workforce.

Still, it would be a start.
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Informative]
[by raphael_the_turtle@8:37pmGMT] [13 comments]

Sunday, 4 February 2018

How Twitter bots game social media

quote [ It should have become an indisputable fact that Russia launched a sophisticated, daring, aggressive campaign against the American public, and we?re as exposed as we ever were ? if not more so, because now so many tools we might have sharpened to aid us in this fight seem blunted by the very people who should be honing their edge. There is no leadership. No one is building awareness of how these automated influence campaigns are being used against us. ]

TL;DR: It?s going to get worse before it gets better, and even that is probably being optimistic.

Excellent comparison of how natural trending versus bot amplification works/looks.

Provides several links for the whataboutists that might still believe it wasn?t Russia. (Hint: the bot?s human controllers keep Moscow office hours)
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Underrated]
[by Taxman@4:20pmGMT] [18 comments]

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