Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MORE, on the Facebook debacle ... a five-alarm fire in American democracy ... by gimleteye

Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are huddled away, trying to figure out their next steps now that the role of Facebook data in promoting the election of Donald Trump and the Alt-R is coming clear. Their shameful disgrace is spreading across Western democracies because elected representatives allowed Moscow Center an open door to exploit the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of human nature; proliferating the scum of nativist fears and anxieties (in parallel, too, with Rupert Murdoch's Fox News empire).

Here are a couple of recent postings worth reading in their entirely. The first, an OPED by Lizzie O'Shea in the UK Guardian (which has bravely lead the disclosures about Cambridge Analytica's exploitation of Facebook data) makes a case for re-working the internet to protect personal data and privacy, as a generalist point of view:

Facebook’s reckless vanity has made the headlines again, with the revelation that data it held on about 50 million users was exploited commercially without their consent, and that when Facebook found out about this, it did pathetically little. We only know this thanks to the bravery of a whistleblower. This is yet another scandal in a troubled period for the company, with a growing sense that it is all profit, no responsibility. But the current malaise goes wider than Facebook. On the internet more widely, the advertising-supported model has demanded its payout, and as a result our experience of the web is getting worse. Like rats scrambling to get back on a sinking ship, senior former-Facebookers are lining up to express regrets. It all feels too little, too late.

The second is by a mathematician whose feed I recently began to follow: Paul-Olivier Dehaye. This post on Medium, in Sept. 2017, is even more astringent today, following the whistleblowers emerging from the Bannon/Trump/Mercer/Cambridge Analytica connections.

Dear Facebook, For the past two years, I have been trying to contribute to the public debate around Facebook’s influence in elections. For instance, I have been credited for research on two influential articles: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down (Das Magazin, Zurich, then translated worldwide) and Robert Mercer: The big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media (The Guardian/The Observer). As part of this wider effort, I have tried for a long time to use my data protection rights to get access to more information about the ad targeting that takes place on your platform. These requests have so far been met with one limited, but encouraging, success.

I’m just a curious FB adopter who blogs from time to time on Facebook, a five-alarm fire in American democracy. I was horrified by FB content that passed on my screen in 2016 (before deleting all the Trump and RUS supporting groups that swamped my FB feed.)

Dehaye has an outline of what Facebook is not telling us about its algorithms. We’ve allowed FB to abuse western democracies and election processes ... long past time for governments to intervene although that runs counter to the Republican narrative; a significant reason for Congress to be returned to Democratic control in Nov. 2018.

The GOP has been as silent on Cambridge Analytica and Trump as it has been on Facebook. It doesn't want to confront the truth that its jihad against government regulation -- of everything from public health to to gun safety -- is criminal negligence. The swamp isn't being drained. America is not being made great again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Unattributed Quote Of The Day ... by gimleteye

"Many people don't understand that we are the sink at the end of the rest of the world's brain drain. Other countries send us their best and their brightest and most want to stay. Over 50% of PhDs in math and engineering awarded in the US in recent years have gone to foreign nationals. 80% of these students want to remain in the US post-graduation. In 2016 all five of the American recipients of Nobel Prizes were born elsewhere. At Harvard, close to 40 percent of faculty were born outside the US. In a knowledge based economy, why would we turn our backs on this rich mother lode of human capital? It makes absolutely no sense."

NOTE: MAGA is a fraud, exploited by opportunists and toasted by the Kremlin.

Monday, March 19, 2018

BREAKING: Channel 4 releases undercover investigation of Cambridge Analytica, the firm that helped elect Trump by manipulating (stealing) Facebook users' data ... Bombshell! ... by gimleteye

Do not. Do not miss this!

Picture of the Day: Lenny Bruce. By Geniusofdespair

1960 Album Cover - Lenny Bruce's Standup Comedy Act

This is a 1960 Lenny Bruce Album Cover. Lenny is the comedian that was always getting arrested for indecent humor. He pushed all the boundaries. Note the album cover and you might understand his humor and how radical he actually was. Remember it is 1960.
Even more racism then we have now. Alabama’s Governor George Wallace was leading the South’s fight against federally ordered racial integration in the 60s. This cover is funny and radical in so many ways, note the Lincoln statue in the center.
Lenny Bruce was a man before his time.
Note the arms and hands of all the people in the white KKK robes
Here is the first side of the album if you want to hear him do his act:

 The last 4 minutes of side one: "My Trip to Miami" at 24:20 on the counter.

Need More: Side 2.  
Last segment of Side 2: "My Governor" Earl Long 22:50 on the counter. Sounds a lot like Trump.

Trump Russia Collusion ... by gimleteye

It is turgid reading but useful to understand that Trump’s context is a Russia mafia woven into his businesses for many years. Donald Jr. publicly acknowledged the outsized influence and participation by Russians in real estate businesses bearing the Trump brand. He didn't say "mafia" or that the Russian mob always ties back to Putin. In one way or another, each Russian oligarch is a tentacle of the Putin octopus. The one that held Trump hit the jackpot by intelligent design.

At first Trump was a bit player and inattentive to fraud (laws are meant for OTHER people) as the Russian mob rooted itself in Brighton Beach in the 1980s. (I used to go to Tatiana’s back when the biggest Russia mob scam was fraudulent gasoline tax receipts and kickbacks.) It is 100 % that Putin has this same narrative in a Manila folder in his desk -- including sexcapades -- , told from Moscow Center’s point of view. That is the narrative, btw, that Mueller is recreating carefully and slowly according to US law. #MAGA

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bridge Collapse and No State Attorney Investigation Considered? By Geniusofdespair

Before the bodies were even removed from the rubble Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced there would be no investigation on criminal charges  by her office of the FIU bridge collapse. WHAT????

On March 16th reporter Jim Defede posted on Facebook:
In an absurd development, the Miami-Dade State Attorney @KathyFndzRundle has already ruled out criminal charges in the @FIU bridge collapse that killed six people saying “charges are probably the most improbable at this point.” @CBSMiami
According to a Washington Post story on March 17th, the lead Engineer called the State of Florida  two days before the bridge went down to report some cracking but said he didn't believe it was a safety issue. So how did Rundle know on March 16th there would be no criminal changes? They were tightening cables on a bridge with cracks when it came down. Even I can figure out that sounds pretty stupid.

CBS reported on March 16th:
As for NTSB investigators getting full access, that will be once the search and recovery efforts are done. Sumwalt predicts that once investigators get full access, they will be there about 5 to 7 days.

There are also investigators with OSHA and the FBI’s Evidence Response Team at the site.
Wouldn't you think Rundle would have waited for the results of ALL these investigations BEFORE her announcement.

They only determined the fatalities were 6 on March 18th. So when did the bridge collapse March 15th?  What a quick response timeline for Katherine Rundle - one day - who drags her feet on every other issue. Wonder what her campaign contributions look like? Might have to look at a PAC or ECO to really know. The Munilla's, principals of one of two firms responsible for the bridge, are big contributors to most County Commissioners and I would think just about everyone else in the County.

Stormy Daniels is fit to end the sonnet ... by gimleteye

UK Guardian Carole Caddwalldr just broke open the story of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower. Click here, to read the story. This morning, Facebook banned the whistleblower.

Rupert Murdoch set the stage, long ago, with a profit model to extract billions by ginning up base emotions. Under Reagan, the Fairness Doctrine disappeared. Mark Zuckerburg weaponized Murdoch's model and helped put a mobbed-up grifter in the WH. Putin saw the opportunity most clearly, driving straight through social media to infiltrate the US elections. While federales were building TSA check points at airports to prevent another 9/11, Moscow Center copied a few data files, put a few 20 yr old computer nerds to work, and shattered liberal democracy. Stormy Daniels is fit to end the sonnet.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Trump Outlet Website: Get your Trump Junk. By Geniusofdespair

$19.99 at the Trump Outlet, $10.99 at Walmart, and $1.99 on Ebay

I am really intrigued by the Trump Outlet. Where is the money going for all this overpriced Trump gear? Charity? I calculate they have sold almost 1/2 million dollars worth of ugly hats.  They charge $33 for posters.

I looked at the Trump Outlet privacy policy and found this interesting for Trump's re-election campaign, mining private information of those stupid enough to buy this stuff:

There are circumstances where we will transfer and/or disclose your personal information to third parties. Those circumstances, subject to the limits of applicable law, are as follows:

Subsidiaries, Corporate Partners, Vendors, Clients and Affiliates: The Trump Outlet may transfer personal information to its Subsidiaries, Corporate Partners, Vendors, Clients and Corporate Affiliates for purposes related to The Trump Outlet service offerings as such offerings may change and develop over time.

When you purchase something from our store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address.
When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.
They mine your information even if you browse the Trump outlet, that is why you aren't getting the link. I am interested in what they are going to start sending me.

Now here is the Trump usual lie, on the Website it says "This is the exact hat you want and it costs half the price of everything else you'll find." Not true. It is $19.99 here at Trump's Outlet but $1.99 on Ebay and $10.99 at Walmart.

Got your hat already? How about a $23.00 Build the Wall mug or gun owner's T Shirt?

Here is a banner for other products you can get at the Trump Outlet, note "Guns" and "Lock her Up" gear.

Best of all if you add this code you get a  10% discount:

What??? Are they out of their mind.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Build that Wall Donald. By Geniusofdespair

It sounded like Donald Trump, your President, was talking about the Flying Wallendas when observing the different wall proto-types in California. No, he was talking about those Mexicans and other immigrants who he supposed had the skills of the Flying Wallendas to get over the proposed wall.

All of those horrible immigrants with thoughts of doing harm to all of us, by perhaps getting a job picking fruit on a farm or wiping your babies ass.

Of course, there was a rally at the wall site and people were wearing those annoying red hats. I wondered, who is making all those red hats. It appears that Donald Trump is!

Now here is the Trump usual lie, on the Website it says "This is the exact hat you want and it costs half the price of everything else you'll find." Not true. It is $19.99 here on Trump's page but $1.99 on Ebay and $10.99 at Walmart.

Got your hat already? How about a $23.00 Build the Wall mug?

Here is a banner for other products you can get at the Trump Outlet, note "Guns" and "Lock her Up" gear.

Best of all if you add this code you get a  10% discount:

What??? Are they out of their mind.

Back to the wall,  frankly The Donald is right. If zombies can scale a wall so can Mexicans by stepping over each other like they did in  the movie World War Z. Welcome to Berlin 1961 everyone.

This Trump guy is so UN-PRESIDENTIAL, more like a a Carnival Barker in my view.