The recent revelations from Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google, and Microsoft—revelations that Russia likely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on politically targeted advertising that spread disinformation—illustrate how Moscow is pursuing long-standing foreign policy goals while adapting to changing technology. The political ads appeared to address both sides of the U.S. political divide, reaching millions of Americans. The goal of these ads appears to be the widening of domestic divisions and amplification of existing fears. Some Facebook ads, for example, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, while others aimed to paint the organization as a danger to society. Some ads appeared to highlight support for then-candidate Hillary Clinton, while others attempted to alarm potential voters by showing her popularity with Muslim women. In a number of cases, the ads were targeted directly at key demographics in Wisconsin and Michigan.
The House and Senate Majority does nothing to stop Vladimir Putin from using the internet as a weapon against the American People.
Here’s what Microsoft Bing had as the lead story in the U.S. last Friday:
Examine the headline and ask yourself who processed the photos, who chose
the wording and the layout, and why?
Why is this racist opinion peace the lead story on my Bing news feed?
Maybe the answer is simple, but how many people ask why?
“No one believed in Trump, not even a little bit,” Soldatov says. “It was a series of tactical operations. At each moment, the people who were doing this were filled with excitement over how well it was going, and that success pushed them to go even further.” Andrei Soldatov
Gaslighting makes it hard to know what’s real because the lies are based on a smattering of truth.
MS Bing category, the U.S. South
According to Bing the lead story in the South is this Fox headline
about a Mother who stopped a kidnapping.
The lie is in the frame
For Fox, the story is about the firing of a gun, which is why the
headline is a lie.
The writer tortured English to make sure we knew that Mother had a gun.
Texas mom shoots man who tried to take car with her kids inside a gas station!
That sentence is almost not English.
Fox has headlines in all of Bing’s regional categories in the U.S.
This was the big story in the Midwest last night.
Heroic white vet on a lonely MAGA hatted parade of patriotism. It’s as
if he’s braving persecution.
And why are the photos of three criminal looking men from Latin America in the upper right of the screen? Why does Fox call these men ‘non-Citizens’?
I checked in with Bing this morning for the lead story in the United States and again, the lead is from Fox.
Do I sense persecution as an emerging Trumpian theme?
This is supposed to be a random video but we know from the 2016 campaign
that Putin hired actors and staged events.
Americans are a funny lot; we’ll give a pass to sexual and religious hypocrisy,
treat the theft of a SCOTUS Seat as if it was a gaming strategy, and wait for a savior as an obviously lawless and malignant GOP conspires with Vladimir Putin to hinder an investigation into an act of war against us. But the sight of a sadistic President gleefully using the federal government to abuse children works our very last nerve.
A federal policy of abusing immigrants and children is kindling for a growing sense that Trump’s government is alien to Americans and a threat to who
we are as a people; at Pride the response to this is we intend to fight back.
A speaker reminded the crowd that gays and feminists didn’t win rights by throwing parties:
At the Families Belong Together March, I heard it expressed as moral outrage:
Our Founders were clear which branch of government steps in when the other three branches are compromised:
On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson explained why the colonies sought independence and why the colonials would fight and die for it:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. —
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness… it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
State Sanctioned child abuse is intolerable and the horror of a President who devises policies that allow him to indulge in it transcends all differences.
This is what democracy looks like:
I give Joan Baez the closing line:
“At some point it will become necessary to do Civil Disobedience.”
Joan Baez, June 30, 2018 Families Belong Together