Monday, August 20, 2018

Disgusting (Puke Worthy) Twitter verification of NYT’s ‘racist’ Sarah Jeong sparks online outrage, accusations of hypocrisy

RT | Aug 20, 2018

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Twitter has been accused of having double standards after a decision to ‘verify’ the controversial New York Times reporter Sarah Jeong with the coveted blue tick, despite her record of making ‘racist’ comments about white people.

Jeong, who has been on Twitter since 2009, only received the blue tick after she was hired by the Times, despite outrage after a series of past tweets re-emerged in which she ranted about “dumbass f*cking white people” and admitted she enjoys “being cruel to old white men” — as well as a slew of other derogatory comments aimed at “white people”.

Earlier this month, the Times was forced to publicly defend its decision to hire the Asian-American Jeong after the tweets sparked controversy online. In a statement, the Times said that while it did “not condone” her past speech, Jeong had simply been “imitating the rhetoric of of her harassers” and that she now understood her past approach was wrong. The paper also said it was confident Jeong would be “an important voice” going forward. Jeong herself defended her tweets, claiming she saw them as “counter-trolling” against some of the abuse she had personally received from other users on the platform.

But Twitter’s decision to bestow the blue check mark on the tech reporter was a step too far for some people, who pointed out that if a white person had made similar comments about black or asian people, for example, they would never have been hired by the paper of record in the first place.
Twitter has always said that the blue verified check marks do not signal the company’s endorsement of users, but in recent months, as the platform has begun to remove the tick and ‘un-verify’ various accounts owned by figures on the right, it has become clear that the check is in fact a form of endorsement or condemnation.

Similarly, the fact that a figure like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has never been verified by Twitter — despite being a figure of huge public significance — is another decision serving to indicate that Twitter is indeed making political decisions when it comes to verifying (or not verifying) many of its high profile users.
Jeong’s verification by Twitter was all the more galling to the company’s critics given that it came after Twitter suspended the controversial conservative Alex Jones after he posted a video in which he called on his supporters to ready their "battle rifles" after facing simultaneous banning from Facebook, Spotify, Apple and YouTube.

Jeong’s verification and Jones’ suspension prompted users to question Twitter’s methodology for verifying public figures, as well as sarcastic questions about whether abusing white people on Twitter was in fact deemed acceptable by the social media giant, while abusing black people was seen as off limits.
Further adding to the sense that offensive speech is no problem — so long as the targets are white people — was the fact that a fellow Times journalist was seemingly forced to delete a tweet in which she appeared to criticize Jeong’s hiring.

Responding to a column written by the newspaper’s Bret Stephens, which welcomed Jeong to the Times, Williamson tweeted that Stephens had offered a classy welcome to Jeong, despite the fact that she had “yet to prove she deserves one”.

Shortly after, Williamson deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it was “inappropriate” — prompting speculation that direction had come from higher up to warn the Times staff to publicly stand by Jeong, despite the controversy surrounding her hiring.

Twitter has faced criticism in recent weeks as an investigation revealed that the platform was “shadowbanning” some high profile conservative users, making their tweets less prominent on their followers’ feeds and making the accounts harder to find when people searched for them.

The Ultimate Insult: US govt doesn’t think people have intelligence to decipher news, hence censorship – Keiser

RT | Aug 19, 2018

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As Twitter and Facebook are criticized over censorship and constant finger-pointing at Russia, RT’s Max Keiser speaks to the senior editor of the Grayzone Project, Max Blumenthal, who sums up the reality of the situation.

In this episode of Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the fact that despite there being an avalanche of information today, it’s actually more difficult to be educated about what’s going on in the world than it was in the 60s.

 The 60s were probably the apotheosis of the well-informed, educated media savvy American. But since that time... now you have the government saying that nobody in America has the intelligence to decipher what’s right, wrong, accurate, not accurate, fake news, propaganda, real news...”

Keiser also speaks to Max Blumenthal about the current climate of censorship, particularly regarding Facebook.

“Facebook has hired a group called DFRLab, which operates out of the NATO and arms industry-funded Atlantic Council, also founded by Saudi Arabia and a bunch of pro-freedom advocates in the Gulf – including Turkey, which arrests more journalists than any other country,” Blumenthal said.

That firm’s job, Blumenthal explained, is to “market Facebook’s findings and takedowns of these pages, and to justify it they put out a report on, justifying taking down these pages which were said to be Russian, they tried to link them to Russia without coming up with conclusive proof...”

The report was authored by the Atlantic Council’s “resident bot hunter,” Blumenthal said, noting that he didn’t exactly do his job very well. He “falsely identified... a British pensioner... and a Ukrainian concert pianist as Russian bots.”


Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Study Confirms Quaker Oats, Lucky Charms & Cherrios, Loaded with Round Up Weed Killer Glyphosate

RT | Aug 16, 2018

A new study by the Environmental Working Group discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars. These new findings come days after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup gave him lymphoma. RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca reports.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ben Swann: Dishonesty Exposed As "Trump Dossier" Author Christopher Steele Was Paid By FBI

Ben Swann | Aug 9, 2018

FBI documents now prove that Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous "Steele Dossier" was being paid by the FBI just before he went to work for Fusion GPS. What else is the FBI not telling us about the "Trump-Russia Investigation"? Let's give it a Reality Check.

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Gross misuse of dollar by US will lead to its weakness and switch to national currencies – Lavrov

RT | Aug 14, 2018

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the role of the US dollar as a global reserve currency may be diminished as more countries switch to national currencies in trade.

“Abuse, gross abuse of the role of the US dollar as a world reserve currency will cause its role to be weakened,” Lavrov said, speaking at a press conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“It will make more and more countries that are not even affected by US sanctions go away from the dollar and rely on more reliable, contractual partners in terms of currency use,” the Russian foreign minister said.

Lavrov noted that US sanctions, including those against Turkey, undermine all principles of global trade.

“I have already said this about sanctions: they are illegal, they undermine all principles of global trade and principles approved by UN decisions, under which unilateral measures of economic duress are unlawful,” said the foreign minister.

By imposing sanctions, the US is also punishing its allies, according to Lavrov. “This policy cannot be the basis for a normal dialogue. It seems to me that it cannot continue for a long time,” said the Russian diplomat.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that US sanctions could be imposed against any country at any time. “Today, sanctions are imposed on Turkey, and tomorrow they can be used against any other European state. If the United States wants to maintain respect in the international arena, then it is necessary for it to be respectful of the interests of other countries,” he said.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

DNC Serves Ridculous Lawsuit on Wikileaks Claiming They, Russia, and Trump Conspired Against Unliked Killary

RT | Aug 11, 2018

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has officially served its lawsuit to WikiLeaks through the unconventional means of Twitter.

The suit, which alleges that the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to influence the 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump was filed last April. However, due to the group’s elusive nature, lawyers were unable to officially serve the whistleblowing organization.

On Friday, the law firm representing the DNC, Cohen Milstein, served the suit in a single tweet. The account, which appears to have been set up specifically for this purpose, links to a number of legal documents related to the case.
Last month, the DNC filed a motion in a federal court in Manhattan requesting permission to serve the lawsuit through Twitter after its attempts to reach WikiLeaks via email failed, reported CBS News.

The Democrats argued that Twitter was an appropriate platform in this instance because of WikiLeaks’ prolific tweeting.“WikiLeaks seems to tweet daily,” the DNC contended, drawing on a legal precedent set in a US District Court in 2016

The DNC also pointed out that WikiLeaks previously claimed on Twitter that it had already read the lawsuit.
At the time of writing, WikiLeaks had yet to respond to the official notice of the summons.

Earlier this week, its founder Julian Assange was called to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee - an offer that WikiLeaks say is being considered.The letter was delivered to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has been living since he was granted asylum six years ago.