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#181 Bact PhD

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:14 PM

View PostLFC, on 08 August 2018 - 03:04 PM, said:

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says that the Russians have already breached some of the state's election systems.



Several things come to mind. First, this is serious shit. Second, notice that the House didn't find this out. Third, Republicans just blocked additional money to fight these kinds of attacks. Traitors. F***ing traitors. They'll sell out every last ideal of America to cling to power.

Further in the article in the Tampa Bay Times, state officials don't seem to have a clue as to what the Senator is talking about:

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"The Florida Department of State has received zero information from Senator Nelson or his staff that support his claims," agency spokeswoman Sarah Revell said in a statement. "Additionally, the Department has received no information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that corroborates Senator Nelson's statement and we have no evidence to support these claims.

Of course, Sen. Nelson has been addressing the folks at the county level, where the actual work gets done...

Interestingly, "A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Intelligence Committee, declined to comment." Not exactly an outright denial.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 03:24 PM

Another Russian hacking attack to help the Party of Putin.

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The FBI has been investigating a year-long series of successful cyberattack against the campaign of Dr. Hans Keirstead, a Democrat who ran against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican incumbent in California who is widely regarded as Russia’s most ardent defender in Congress, Rolling Stone reported Wednesday.

According to emails and forensic documents obtained by Rolling Stone, FBI agents in California and Washington, D.C. devoted considerable resources to investigate the hack, which consisted of a series of attacks on Keirstead’s business email account that he used for the campaign. The hacks began in August 2017 with a phishing email, asking the recipient to share his email password, similar to what hackers did to infiltrate the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

The FBI did not comment on the Rolling Stone piece and security experts told Rolling Stone it’s impossible to identify the source of the attack without input from law enforcement.

While Keirstead’s campaign told the Rolling Stone that they do not think the attack influenced the outcome of the primary, it is notable that Keirstead lost the election to Harley Rouda — who will face Rohrabacher in November — by just 125 votes.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 03:28 PM

View PostLFC, on 15 August 2018 - 03:24 PM, said:

Another Russian hacking attack to help the Party of Putin.
The DNC needs to put on some seminars on how NOT to fall prey to Internet scammers. In 2018, they have no excuse, especially when they know they are all being targeted.
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 08:05 AM

Matt Taibbi recently wrote a very revealing article about just how deep Facebook has gotten into our lives. Even those of us not signed up. And then made this info available. Fucking crazy.

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It’s a misconception that Facebook sells the personal data of its users. What it sells is its hackerish expertise in snatching and analyzing your personal info from everywhere – on the site and outside it. Facebook keeps tabs on who has an anniversary coming up, who’s in a long-distance relationship, who uses credit cards, who likes baseball and who likes cricket, who observes Ramadan, who’s participated in a time-share, and countless other things.

That such data is collected mainly to more efficiently shove ads in your face is widely understood today. What’s less well-understood is that monetizing user info was a key element of Facebook’s business model going back to its first days.

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 12:32 PM

The Russians haven't even slowed down since they've now got the party in power in their pocket. Iran is getting in on the fun as well.

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Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.

The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political material.

Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its platform since last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents successfully ran political influence operations on its platform that were aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential election. Other social media networks have done likewise, and continue to turn up fresh evidence of political disinformation campaigns.

Facebook’s action in late July against 32 accounts possibly linked to Russia generally involved U.S. political activity ahead of the midterm elections in November. By contrast, the latest group of apparently fake accounts appeared more intent on influencing U.S. foreign policy and regional politics in the Middle East.

Shortly after Facebook’s announcement, Twitter revealed that it had also suspended 284 accounts for “coordinated manipulation,” many of them apparently originating from Iran. A day earlier, Microsoft also reported a new Russian effort to impersonate conservative U.S. websites , potentially as part of an espionage campaign.

The social network said it had not concluded its review of the material and declined to say how or why the state-backed actors were behaving the way they did. But it said it has informed the U.S. and U.K. governments as well as the U.S. Treasury and State departments because of ongoing sanctions against Iran.

“There’s a lot we don’t know yet,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a hastily called conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.

“You’re going to see people try to abuse the services in every way possible … including now nation states,” he said. He described the deception campaigns as “sophisticated and well-funded efforts that aren’t going to stop.”

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 01:36 PM

I would think that any activities by the Iranians would not be so Republican biased as the Russians.
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Posted 23 August 2018 - 12:58 PM

Poor John Bolton. THAT's gotta' sting. It's exactly the kind of thing he'd say about somebody more knowledgeable and sane than himself.

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This week, following National Security Adviser John Bolton’s announcement he had failed to reach an agreement with his Russian counterpart on election cyberattacks, he held a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

And he promptly shut it down after a reporter from the BBC asked him whether President Donald Trump is a “security risk.”

“Of course not, that’s a silly question. And I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago, and we — we have performed here in exactly the way I think the two leaders would have expected us to, and you know, honestly, have a little faith in the American people who elected him president.”

With that, the press conference summarily ended.

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:05 AM

Suckabee is just an unimaginative Liebot (patent pending). For true world class lies, bullshit, and spin you really can't get much better worse than Kellyanne Con-way. Take it away, Kellyanne!

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During an off-the-rails interview that consisted primarily of CNN’s Chris Cuomo painstakingly attempting to get White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to answer one question — Did Trump lie about his knowledge of the Michael Cohen payments? — Conway accused CNN of the same crime that the U.S. intelligence community believes Russia committed in 2016: Interference in the election.

Conway accused CNN of not covering anything positive about Trump leading up to the 2016 election and said the network regularly played the “Access Hollywood” tape and covered the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct instead.

“CNN interfered in the election daily,” she said, “by shifting the scales, with your phony polls–”

“Are we a foreign inimical power?” Cuomo asked?

“Excuse me, with people saying he could never win–” she continued.

Cuomo interrupted, telling Conway that the network received criticism for not not covering Trump’s “lying and bad character enough.” Conway then suggested Cuomo had fallen from his peak as a journalist, despite the fact that he launched his own prime time show for the network this summer.

“You were a world class journalist who used to go to plane crash sites and cover war and famine,” she said.

“I go now, too. I was in Helsinki and saw one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen in my life,” Cuomo retorted, referencing Trump’s widely condemned behavior during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July.

When Conway still refused to answer Cuomo’s question about whether Trump lied when he told reporters on Air Force One that he didn’t know about the Cohen payments, despite appearing to have knowledge of the deal during a recorded phone call with Cohen when the hush payments were being arranged, Cuomo told her she could “go to Fox News” if she wanted to lie. Conway then told Cuomo that he was just jealous of that network’s ratings.

Trump himself admitted to Fox News on Thursday that he knew about the payments “later on.”

Ouch! Chris Cuomo seems more than prepared to handle her. I wonder if that will be her last appearance with him. She got her ass beat.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:25 AM

Yes folks, this is our Executive Branch.

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The Trump administration circulated an intelligence-style memo detailing a conspiracy theory that former Obama staffers are using their pedestals in the private sector to undermine President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, according to a Thursday New Yorker report.


The memo, called “The Echo Chamber,” identified former national security staffers Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl as heading the operation. Both men have told the New Yorker that the allegations are unequivocally false.

The memo also includes names of those considered supporting players in the conspiracy, including staffers-turned-podcasters Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor.

Favreau, a host of Pod Save America, responded to the allegations with humor.

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So if I'm reading this correctly, the geniuses of the Trump administration have done some super-covert spy stuff to figure out that the guys on @PodSaveAmerica don't like Trump & are critical of him.

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They could’ve saved themselves some time by just downloading the pod?


Worryingly, the memo reportedly echoes documents written by an Israeli intelligence firm called Black Cube that worked to gather damaging information about Obama aides who were spearheading the Iran nuclear deal. The phrase “echo chamber” and some of those staffers were found in the documents.

The Black Cube documents also include the names of journalists thought to be working alongside the Obama administration’s efforts, including the New York Times’ Max Fisher and NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell.


I guess the Russians aren't the only foreign government propping up Trump for fun and profit.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 11:32 AM

Under a cloud of scandal, a host of investigations, and with former associates falling like leaves Trump does what Trump does best, lash out at the Democrats for perceived corruption.

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“Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the “other side” including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr......

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....FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems - and so much more. Open up the papers & documents without redaction? Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!


Wow, it's a veritable basked of bullshit! Unfortunately that message seems to be going a little stale. One of the articles in the past few days noted that Trump's most recent white supremacist political rally in West Virginia didn't have quite the energy and didn't have a capacity crowd. I think even some (but hardly all or even a significant minority but some) of the slack-jawed yokels who support Trump are getting burned out.
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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 02:37 PM

View PostLFC, on 24 August 2018 - 11:05 AM, said:

Ouch! Chris Cuomo seems more than prepared to handle her. I wonder if that will be her last appearance with him. She got her ass beat.

Double ouch! Cuomo really whooped on Kellyanne for lying. Bonus points for the Faux News dig.

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Cuomo asked if President Trump knew about the payments made to an adult film star, and Conway dodged answering.

Cuomo did not allow Conway to spread any more lies. Cuomo told her to “Go back to Fox,” if she wanted to spread lies about the president on air.

At the end of the interview, a clearly uncomfortable Conway tried to walk off the set before the network cut to commercial and Cuomo had to ask Conway to sit still.

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 03:08 PM

Traitor Trump is again doing Vlad's bidding. Perhaps it was unintentional. Then again, perhaps not. No matter it's helping Russia tamp down our intelligence gathering capabilities in their country.

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Kremlin informants “have largely gone silent” in reporting to United States’ intelligence agents, The New York Times reported Friday.

The “officials familiar with the intelligence” told the Times they do not believe the sources have been killed or compromised, but have “gone to ground” amidst aggressive counterintelligence.

However, actions by the Kremlin were not the only causes of America’s hindered intelligence collection.

“And officials also raised the possibility that the outing of an F.B.I. informant under scrutiny by the House intelligence committee — an examination encouraged by President Trump — has had a chilling effect on intelligence collection,” Times added.

Moscow’s expulsion of American intelligence officers was also cited as a cause of the diminished intel gathering.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 01:31 PM

David Bossie, Trump's former campaign manager, admits to a "vast right-wing conspiracy" were out to get Bill Clinton. Of course we saw the conspiracy to get Hillary Clinton play out in the House of Representatives as lead by Devin Nunes and Treytor Gowdy.

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Speaking with host Chris Wallace, Bossie was describing Trump’s enemies when he made the admission.

“There is a vast left-wing conspiracy that has been going on since the president [Trump] won this election,” Bossie insisted. “All throughout the transition and through his first two years.”

“A vast left-wing conspiracy, similar to what Hillary Clinton used about a right-wing conspiracy,” he added as host Wallace interrupted him by saying, “Which incidentally didn’t turn out to be true.”

“No, it was true,” Bossie corrected the Fox News host. “Chris, there was an effort by the conservative movement to undermine President Clinton.”

David Bossie, it should be noted, was behind the Citizens United case, which was based on a movie attacking Hillary Clinton.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 01:50 PM

A conspiracy, an effort...same thing really. It's just that conspiracy has a shadowy, mysterious feeling surrounding the word. It was pretty obvious that people were out to take the Clintons down by any means possible.

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 01:42 PM

I smell the Republicans' ally coming out of Russia.

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This city’s infamous “troll factory,” the focus of one series of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments almost 10 months ago, is still out of bounds to journalists, even if its efforts to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now so well-known that Russian state television openly jokes about them.

But the world is less familiar with another operation reportedly underwritten here by the very same buddy of President Vladimir Putin who allegedly funded the trolls at the Internet Research Agency. Often dubbed “Putin’s chef” because of the enormous catering contracts on which he built his fortune, Yevgeny Prigozhin is the central figure in that Mueller indictment (PDF).

He is also the alleged money man behind the Federal News Agency, known by the Russian acronym FAN, which wages information war by other means, specifically by pretending to be a legitimate source of solid reporting.

Traditionally, journalism’s role is to hold the government to account when it fails to tell the truth or respect human dignity. That is what reporters at Russia’s independent media groups still believe when they investigate state corruption, report on human-rights violations, or government policy failures.

But that’s not the way FAN views things. Its watchword is not truth or justice but “patriotism,” and its unabashed aim is to propagate a semblance of news that supports the Putin government.

One might see in that a certain parallel with the Fox News version of reality in the United States, but with Prigozhin’s project there’s an added wrinkle. It is widely reported that he is also the man behind a mercenary army known as Wagner, whose combatants, mostly recruited from the regular services and the military intelligence apparatus known as the GRU, have been reported fighting in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic.

FAN’s agenda is to wage information war against Putin’s and Prigozhin’s critics in Russia, Ukraine, Syria, the United States, and Africa. The number of battlefields just keeps growing.

More than 12 million people read FAN’s news on riafan.ru. Meanwhile, the government of Ukraine in Kiev accuses the agency of “information terrorism.” This year, Facebook shut down the agency’s accounts, which infuriated FAN’s managers and inspired them to take the conflict to the enemy, as it were. The Russian information soldiers physically moved to Washington.

On Friday, The Daily Beast spoke with FAN’s general director, Yevgeny Zubarev, about that strategy.

“When Facebook banned us in April,” he said, “we declared that we would respond by establishing a group in America, we called it USA Really.” Then he added defiantly, “Whoever wants us to surrender should not count on it. We are not going to be quiet.”


Trump is keen on deporting every foreigner in the country who is Hispanic and not working at one of his hotels but seems to always wear the softest gloves possible when it comes to Russia. Hmmmmm.
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Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:32 PM

Kentucky's Republican Tea Party Governor Matt Bevin has a public meltdown because ProPublica is going to be supporting investigative journalism at a local Kentucky newspaper, complete with screeching about George Soros. (WTF are they going to do when their bogeyman dies?) ProPublica responded.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R ) was OUTRAGED when he learned that ProPublica would be supporting investigative journalism at a local newspaper over the course of the next year and posted a befuddling video on Wednesday evening attacking The Courier-Journal and ProPublica’s funding model, complete with a dig at billionaire donor George Soros.

ProPublica — which launched a new program to help support investigative journalism at 14 different newsrooms around the U.S. this year — shot back late Wednesday, by listing their Pulitzer wins, clarifying their funding model and pointing out the Courier-Journal’s coverage of Bevin’s unethical behavior.

“You called us a ‘biased, left-wing organization.’ Actually we believe in evidence. Hard, indisputable evidence. Carefully gathered and precisely told,” ProPublica tweeted.

The whole series of tweets from ProPublica is pretty biting, in a calm, professional manner.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 03:13 PM

More reporting pouring forth on how the Russians were in the bag for Trump. This from WaPo on the extent of it.

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A new report that was put together by the Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project and a network analysis firm for the Senate Intelligence Committee reveals the scope of the Russia disinformation campaign was larger than previously known and sought to directly benefit Republicans and President Trump, The Washington Post reported.

“What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically Donald Trump,” the report says, according to a draft copy obtained by the Washington Post. “Trump is mentioned most in campaigns targeting conservatives and right-wing voters, where the messaging encouraged these groups to support his campaign. The main groups that could challenge Trump were then provided messaging that sought to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members from voting.”


NY Times said they targeted blacks.

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Russian internet trolls’ “most prolific” endeavor to influence the 2016 election was their effort to use social media to target black Americans, who they then sought to discourage from voting, a new report assembled for the Senate Intelligence Committee found.

The analysis, first reported on by the New York Times Monday and published in full by Axios, said that the American Black community was targeted “extensively” with “dozens” of Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts, compared with just one or two phony accounts aimed at other ethnic or religious groups, the analysis said. The Senate Intelligence Committee officially released the report, as well as a related reported on the Russian internet trolls, on Monday morning.

“[T]his is why we have elected to assess the messaging directed at Black Americans as a distinct and significant operation for the purposes of the report,” reads the report from the Austin, Texas cybersecurity firm New Knowledge and researchers at Columbia University and Canfield Research LLC.

The New Knowledge report said that the Russians’ voter suppression efforts on social media could be broken down into three categories: “malicious misdirection,” which were efforts to confuse users about voting rules; encouragement that users vote for a third party, rather than for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump; and recommendations that voters stay home altogether.

It’s not clear exactly how successful the Russians’ black voter suppression campaign was, but as the New York Times noted, in 2016 African American voting rates declined for the first time in two decades.

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#198 George Rowell

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 10:42 PM

Anybody notice this NYT article?

[As Russia’s online election machinations came to light last year, a group of Democratic tech experts decided to try out similarly deceptive tactics in the fiercely contested Alabama Senate race, according to people familiar with the effort and a report on its results.

The secret project, carried out on Facebook and Twitter, was likely too small to have a significant effect on the race, in which the Democratic candidate it was designed to help, Doug Jones, edged out the Republican, Roy S. Moore. But it was a sign that American political operatives of both parties have paid close attention to the Russian methods, which some fear may come to taint elections in the United States - - -]

https://www.nytimes....nes-russia.html

Maybe it is time we did something about FB and Twitter. With AI this stuff could get orders worse. Individually tailored propaganda to psyche us out. Fantasies, cherry picking, quasi-facts, re-inforcement and distortion designed to stroke our personal fears and prejudices. It is just plain scary.
On that note I notice that if we are signed in, and regardless of our stated preferences, Yahoo already selects for us articles based on our meta-data to click bait us.
A doctor knows a little about a lot. A specialist knows a lot about a little. In time the doctor knows less and less about more and more and the specialist knows more and more about less and less until ultimately the doctor knows nothing about everything and the specialist knows everything about nothing.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 10:59 AM

What would one "do" about Facebook and Twitter?

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 12:26 PM

View PostJackD, on 22 December 2018 - 10:59 AM, said:

What would one "do" about Facebook and Twitter?
Not sign up or read it i suppose
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