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Henry Kissinger decides what you can see on Facebook

Matt Taibbi:

You may have seen a story this week detailing how Facebook shut down a series of accounts. As noted by Politico, Facebook claimed these accounts "sought to inflame social and political tensions in the United States, and said their activity was similar -- and in some cases connected -- to that of Russian accounts during the 2016 election."

Similar? What does "similar" mean?

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Facebook was "helped" in its efforts to wipe out these dangerous memes by the Atlantic Council, on whose board you'll find confidence-inspiring names like Henry Kissinger, former CIA chief Michael Hayden, former acting CIA head Michael Morell and former Bush-era Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. (The latter is the guy who used to bring you the insane color-coded terror threat level system.)

Taibbi says many of the pages look like "parodies of some paranoid bureaucrat's idea of dangerous speech". The last batch gave us Buff Bernie and Jesus arm-wrestling Satan, so i think they are a boon to society and just their on artistic contributions alone shouldn't be shut down.

But least one of the pages Facebook shut down was apparently taken over by legit activists organizing a counter-rally against white supremacists, so thanks for shutting that down, Facebook.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2018, 5:21 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



A taste of things to come

Ben Jealous won his primary in Maryland and now the party machine is dragging their feet in getting behind him. The reason:

Leggett said he's concerned its residents would suffer unfairly from Jealous's proposal to pay for programs in part by raising the state income tax by one percentage point on the top 1 percent of earners.

Just wait till Bernie wins the 2020 primary.

And once Bernie gets in office, you can expect his agenda to get bogged down in courts presided by conservative crank judges that Chuck Schumer isn't fighting.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2018, 7:27 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Democratic Elites More Likely To Be Classified As Selfish

Related to the post below, the question is always are the Democrats spineless or are they in fact governing and campaigning according to their policy preferences. This study suggests the latter.

Many scholars view global wealth disparities and income inequality as the defining moral, economic, and political issue of our time. Income inequality has been rising in the US for several decades, and the majority of Americans tell pollsters they think the level is too high. Why, then, has the response from policymakers been so tepid--even under two popular two-term Democratic presidents?

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The "extreme" elite--a group made up of 208 Yale Law School (YLS) students--held these attitudes, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of YLS students self-identify as progressive Democrats. The Democratic Party has been traditionally thought of as the party of economic equality.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2018, 7:17 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



The progressive agenda is popular

Politicians should do what's right because it's right, not because it's popular. But when it's right and popular, politicians should act - and campaign - on it right fucking now.

In the insanely popular category: generic drugs, public internet, a jobs guarantee, and ending cash bail.

In the more popular than you'd think category: UBI (& UBW, aka baby bonds) and a 90% millionaire's tax. These things don't necessarily poll net positive, but they're still more popular than things that the Republicans brazenly push for, like their tax cuts and cutting social security.

It's also worth repeating that Democrats should do what's right regardless of what's popular. The least popular progressive policy polled - reparations - polls better than repealing the ACA, which the Republicans of course have had no qualms about pushing for years. And in addition to it being right, it's popular with the Democrat's base - very popular among POC and +2 among people under 45. But there is so much low hanging fruit that a Democratic government should be able to implement right away.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2018, 6:52 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



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