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K12 Education: Learn and Teach the public how to identify Fake News

MEDIA LITERACY and the Trust Deficit: A lack of trust for business and government is "contagious" and spreading to other sectors. 

"Just cause you know about something - doesn't mean - it's going to make any difference, you've got to act on it. What's political is personal." ~ KE

If a person is born ignorant, to parents that are ignorant, in a society that is ignorant, lives a life of ignorance, and eventually dies in ignorance.... IGNORANCE IS THE NORM
Thus, indoctrination can be called education, hypnotism can be called entertainment, criminals can be called leaders, and lies can be called truth, because this person's mind was never educated!

Which makes it easy to believe FAKE NEWS

Politics is show business for ugly people. People are way ahead of the politicians, the newspeople too. The people have boots on the ground everywhere, and if they can get a job it pays poorly and they can't get ahead and everyone's addicted to dope. When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose, when you've got no seat at the table, you resort to anarchy to have an effect. That’s how Trump got elected. People wanted a change. But most don't want the change Trump is delivering. Humanity without money, humanity without leaders, but humanity with a voice. Champion the downtrodden, the underclass. That's how Bernie Sanders went from zero to hero overnight.

Donald Trump’s money originally came from his grandfather Friedrich Trump a German immigrant, who ran a whore house /restaurant - bar, in British Columbia.
Buried in a ghost town in Canada’s subarctic are the roots of the family fortune that paved Donald Trump’s path to prominence. Trump's grandfather Friedrich Trump started the family fortune in an adventure that involved the Klondike gold rush, the Mounties, prostitution and twists of fate that pushed him to New York City. Friedrich Trump had been in North America a few years when he set out for the Yukon. Trump wanted a life outside the barber shop, far from the family-owned vineyards his ancestors had been working since they'd settled in Germany's Kallstadt region in the 1600s carrying the soon-altered surname Drumpf. He sailed in steerage to join his sister in New York.
The Arctic’s business model was built on food, booze and sex with "Hoochi Mama's". The nest egg he generated in just two years grew into the fortune that has supported his grandson’s bid for the U.S. presidency.

Etymology of "Hooch" goes back to Alaska of 1867. There the Hoochinoo First Nation People had a a small Tlingit tribe named Hutsnuwu who made a liquor dubbed "hoochinoo" or "hoch" (slang) used by American soldiers who were sent there when Alaska was sold to the U.S. by Russia. Hooch in their own language, means brown bear or grizzly bear fort. This tribe, in the 19th century, had a reputation for drunkenness and as a source for illicit liquor, which they distilled themselves from molasses and other ingredients. <more>

Donald's Father Fred Trump was arrested when anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klansmen attacked police in New York in 1927. Fun fact: On Memorial Day of 1927, Trump’s father was arrested at a KKK rally in Queens, NY
What is known, according to a New York Times article about clashes between the Klan and New York City’s "Catholic" police force, was that Trump’s father was arrested and released by police in relation to the march. According to the Post, a flyer passed around the neighborhood ahead of the Klan rally described the need for the rally. "The predication for the Klan to march, according to a flier passed around Jamaica beforehand, was that ‘Native-born Protestant Americans’ were being "assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City,'" Post reporter Philip Bump wrote in February 2016. "'Liberty and Democracy have been trampled upon,' it continued, 'when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organize to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language.'"
Trump's Mom Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in 1912 in Tong, Scotland about three miles from Stornoway, the main town on the isle of Lewis and brought up on the Hebridean island but emigrated to New York. Mary Anne left 1930, at the age of 18, to seek work as a domestic servant. Six years later she was married to successful property developer Frederick Trump. The couple lived in a wealthy area of Queens. Trump's mother who was the youngest of 10 children always spoke Gaelic and became a US citizen in 1942 and died in 2000, aged 88.

PT Barnum owned a brothel
and so did Trump's Grandfather
but it's worth noting, that Trump is a showman first and foremost just like PT Barnum! the knowledge that he was wearing a lav mic on that Access Hollywood bus didn't make him circumspect or cautious. We Loved the progression of "I have nothing to do with Russia" to "I assume I was videotaped all the time in Russia." On smoking gun tape, Nixon told Haldeman CIA should make FBI stop Watergate probe. Comey says Trump asked directly.
Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green believes it is "indisputable fact" that Trump obstructed justice in his firing of Comey. The Texas lawmaker believes the president fired Comey in an effort to stop "this Russia thing" – referring to the FBI's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 election. "The president will not be indicted while in office," Green told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. "The impeachment process will bring him to justice.

Culture of Celebrity - High-brow, Low-brow or No-brow?
This is what you get when you elect a merchant which has always been considered low class person to a position that warrants someone with an education who will conduct themselves for the good of the public interest and the good of the commons - see tracking hate since the election.

How Trump became a President

Get Me Roger Stone

Roger Stone
Created the Modern Sleezeball Lobbiest. He Created Donald Trump as a Political Figure and revels in your hatred. Stone hates the "Elites" but he honestly aspired to and loves being an "Elite".
Stone started by using lies, aka disinformation to get people angry and use their hate as his political strategy.
No morals, No Standards and friends with Roy Cohn who also represented Trump during his early business career. Trump's original Mentor was Roy Cohn All New Yorkers know that Trump's favorite legal tactic is to sue them when he wants to get his way just like Cohn 2:19. "Roy was not gay, Stone told me. "he was a man who liked having sex with men." ~ Roger Stone - Toobin, Jeffrey (June 2, 2008). "The Dirty Trickster" The New Yorker p. 58
Washington Post reveal that infamous attorney Roy Cohn influenced Donald Trump's brash style. Trump did business with mobbed-up concrete companies: he also probably met personally with Salerno at the townhouse of notorious New York fixer Roy Cohn, in a meeting recounted by a Cohn staffer who told Barrett she was present.

How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Casinos, Left Contractors Unpaid, Ruined Investors & Made Millions

Trump's Background

Fox News Viewers Less Informed Than People Who Watch NO News
May 24, 2012 Farleigh Dickinson University just released the results of a nationwide study they recently did polling how informed the American population is on foreign and domestic affairs. Cenk Uygur discusses which media outlet ranked last video


GOOGLE MAKES MONEY ON FAKE NEWSGOOGLE makes a lot of money on fake news by targeting for advertisement and content selection, distribution, and creation.

US PATENT 20110218850 A1 ABSTRACT Scientific targeting for advertisement and content selection, distribution, and creation.
The invention is a computer-aided method of optimizing advertisements and content by grouping viewers into scientific segments, optimizing an advertisement and pieces of content by scientific segments, selecting an advertisement or content to display to a scientific segment, and creating a scientific targeted advertisement or piece of content.

Google is search. It’s the verb, to Google founded in 1998

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president.

4/17 Google Rewrites Its Powerful Search Rankings to Bury Fake News and Google is applying the same new parameters for its “auto-complete” function, which finishes search questions based on popularity. Some of the auto-completes that are deemed offensive (such as “are women evil”) will be eliminated. Google is adding a feature to allow searchers online to flag these instances with a feedback form. Google is finally set new rules encouraging its “raters” -- the 10,000-plus staff that assess search results -- to flag web pages that host hoaxes, conspiracy theories and what the company calls “low-quality” content.
“Google’s outsources the ratings to contractors Leapforce and Lionbridge, who employ home workers,” the article reveals. “According to one Leapforce job ad there are 1,500 raters. The work is flexible but demanding – raters must pass an examination and are consistently evaluated by Google. For example, a rater is given a “TTR” score – “Time to Rate” measures how quickly they make their decisions.” Even this is not new information. Lionbridge has been mentioned by several publications, including 2012 Search Engine Land.

"What is the precise moment, in the life of a country, when tyranny takes hold? It rarely happens in an instant; it arrives like twilight, and, at first, the eyes adjust." ~ Evan Osnos

How to Spot Bullshit: A Primer by Princeton Philosopher Harry Frankfurt





Librarians are not marketers. The majority of information seekers are not making much use of the array of electronic resources online magazines, databases and reference assistance, for example that libraries make available to their communities. 84% of information searches begin with GOOGLE search engine.


ETHICS / CREDIBILITY VS. LIESForgers Use Fake Web Users to Steal Real Ad Revenue
"In a twist on the peddling of fake news to real people, researchers say that a Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched."

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year for 2016 is fake news. A pundit blatantly fabricates what's said in an interview. Is mindlessly RT'd by 100s, including journalists. Then they denounce Fake News.

How a Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda to Americans
Tucked away on a corner of the site, next to links for Twitter and YouTube, is a link to another social media platform VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. It is a clue that Patriot News, like many sites that appeared out of nowhere and pumped out pro-Trump hoaxes tying his opponent Hillary Clinton to Satanism, pedophilia and other conspiracies, is actually run by foreigners based overseas. Patriot News had an explicitly partisan motivation: getting Mr. Trump elected.
Patriot News postings were viewed and shared tens of thousands of times in the United States -- is among a constellation of websites run out of the United Kingdom that are linked to James Dowson, a far-right political  activist who advocated Britain's exit from the European Union and is a fan of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. A vocal proponent of Christian nationalist, anti-immigrant movements in Europe, Mr. Dowson, 52, has spoken at a conference of far-right leaders in Russia and makes no secret of his hope that Mr. Trump will usher in an era of rapprochement with Mr. Putin.

Think you’re reading the news for free? New research shows you’re likely paying with your privacy @tim_libert

Want to see how different TV networks covered the news terms such as "emails"? The Internet Archive Television Explorer that lets you trace how any keyword–think “emails”, “tax returns”, “alt-right”– has been covered on U.S. television news over the past half-decade.

"Fake news" didn't come out of nowhere.
I was birthed by "real news" not doing its job for decades.


If prejudice lurks among us, can our analytics do any better?
Revelations that predictive analytics are reproducing discriminatory practices in society. For instance Propublica's claim that one tool used for sentencing is prejudiced against African-Americans is part of some work that members of the ACM are doing to come up with principles for creating fair algorithms, and a technical explanation of what does and doesn't work in that area. Andy Oram  |  Editor O'Reilly Media

Twitter suspends racist accounts but what about GOOGLE??
Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?”
Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this. The top result, from a site called Listovative, has the headline: “Top 10 Major Reasons Why People Hate Jews.”

YouTube Bans North Korea's Propaganda Channel
But… “…North Korea’s YouTube channel wasn’t taken down because of the actual propaganda produced by a brutal dictatorship, but because North Korea could have made money from the videos though YouTube’s built-in advertising system.”

The internet is a distribution platform.
It's all about the on demand culture.

Internet excitement has run its course. The internet is a distribution platform.

It's all about the on demand culture. Its what sells, what delivers mania, what shoots up like a unicorn, is inventive authenticity. You've got to be different, and you've got to be honest. Which is why experiences have become so big. They're one of a kind and they're flesh and blood. They make you feel alive. In the end it's the people who remain, not their tools, but we play with the gadgets cause if passes the time it entertains, it keeps us connected.

It's what sells, what delivers mania, and delivers is inventive authenticity. Until 2008 religious institutions, academia, and media set out the parameters of acceptable discourse now, through Facebook and Twitter, you can get around them!

Twitter, Facebook, Google combined are worth more than money they have the mindshare and is why experiences have become so big.

Trump is different, because he can use the platforms for free! and spread his message. January 20th 2017 all his tweets will be part of the public record and if he chooses as president he can force YOU to get all his txts directly to your cell phone!

What is the difference

between fake news
and real news?

The answer is accuracy that comes from investigative reporting.

If all you have is a so called  "reporter" repeating a press release that is nothing more than an advertisement then you aren't getting actual authentic facts. We're living in the era of the content creator.

NPR: Fake News Expert On How False Stories Spread And Why People Believe Them



People play with the platform because it passes the time it entertains, it keeps us connected. This is a foundational change. We're living in the era of "The Donald" the content creator.

Through social media, you can find people who agree with you, who validate your thoughts and opinions. Anyone can read it and believe it, it's immediate and makes you feel alive. This creates a whole new permission structure, a sense of social affirmation for what was once thought unthinkable.

Trump's Lies Worse Than Nixon's by Carl Bernstein the investigative journalist who broke open the Watergate scandal, issued a stark warning about President-elect Donald Trump’s penchant for lying.

Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Donald Trump, played key role with ‘sinister’ advice on using Facebook data The UK’s privacy watchdog is launching an inquiry into how voters’ personal data is being captured and exploited in political campaigns, cited as a key factor in both the Brexit and Trump victories last year. The intervention by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) follows revelations in last week’s Observer that a technology company part-owned by a US billionaire played a key role in the campaign to persuade Britons to vote to leave the European Union. To have a foreign billionaire’s fingerprints left all over such a seismic moment in British history is deeply concerning and requires urgent further investigation as to whether electoral law was broken.”

A 2015 presentation by one of Cambridge Analytica’s analysts, until recently available on YouTube, explained how it had used “Facebook likes … as an input to machine-learning models.” In the US, companies are free to use third-party data without seeking consent. But Gavin Millar QC, of Matrix Chambers, said this was not the case in Europe. “The position in law is exactly the same as when people would go canvassing from door to door,” Millar said. “They have to say who they are, and if you don’t want to talk to them you can shut the door in their face.That’s the same principle behind the data protection act. It’s why if telephone canvassers ring you, they have to say that whole long speech. You have to identify yourself explicitly.”

Watchdog to launch inquiry into misuse of data in politics Investigation follows revelations of digital firm’s involvement in Brexit

*Follow the data: does a legal document link Brexit campaigns to US billionaire? We reveal how a confidential legal agreement is at the heart of a web connecting Robert Mercer to Britain’s EU referendum*
Mr Baker set out how Vote Leave had worked out how to use front organisations to get around these spending limits. He wrote: 'It is open to the Vote Leave family to create separate legal entities, each of which could spend £700,000: Vote Leave will be able to spend as much money as is necessary to win the referendum.'

Using your personal data is now second nature for politicians The core focus of big data electioneering is identifying marginals – key demographic groups or geographical areas that could go either way, with enough combined weight to pull the overall result in their direction. The Trump team’s move was to hire Cambridge Analytica. It was a natural fit – Trump’s trusted adviser Steve Bannon was formerly a board member and his friend and supporter, the billionaire Robert Mercer, is said to be a major shareholder. Their methods involve building up detailed psychological profiles of individuals based on up to 5,000 data points per person.



100 years ago, people demanded the big monopolies be broken up rather than be suckered into an argument about whether Standard Oil was worse than the Railroads. The question is not which monopoly is the worst, it is what to do about massive firms that prevent markets from working well. 
Historically, the solution has come from sensible people within existing parties working together to support policy that prevented this consolidation. The longer we wait to deal with it, the harder it will be ... especially as they eclipse the power of government.

The conversations the characters have are eerily familiar in our present day. Read Upton Sinclair's Dragon Harvest, which takes place in Europe in 1939.

Forget AT&T. The Real Monopolies Are Google and Facebook.
The proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner has drawn censure from both sides of the political aisle, as well as a Senate hearing that looked into the potential for the combined company to become a monopoly.
But if we are going to examine media monopolies, we should look first at Silicon Valley, not the fading phone business. Mark Cuban, the internet entrepreneur, said at the meeting of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee last week that the truly dominant companies in media distribution these days were Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.
“Facebook is without question in a dominant position, if not the dominant position, for content delivery,” he said.
Look at the numbers. Alphabet (the parent company of Google) and Facebook are among the 10 largest companies in the world. Alphabet alone has a market capitalization of around $550 billion. AT&T and Time Warner combined would be about $300 billion.
Alphabet has an 83 percent share of the mobile search market in the United States and just under 63 percent of the US mobile phone operating systems market. AT&T has a 32 percent market share in mobile phones and 26 percent in pay TV. The combined AT&T-Time Warner will have $8 billion in cash but $171 billion of net debt, according to the research company MoffettNathanson. Compare that to Alphabet’s balance sheet, with total cash of $76 billion and total debt of about $3.94 billion.
In the first quarter of 2016, 85 cents of every new dollar spent in online advertising will go to Google or Facebook, according to Brian Nowak, an analyst with Morgan Stanley. Google and Facebook can achieve huge net profit margins because they dominate the content made available on the web while making very little of it themselves. Instead, they both have built their advertising businesses as “free riders” on content made by others, some of it from Time Warner. The rise of these digital giants is directly connected to the fall of the creative industries of our country.
Every pirated music video or song posted on YouTube or Facebook robs the creators of income, and YouTube in particular is dominated by unlicensed content. Google’s YouTube has an over 55 percent market share in the streaming audio business and yet provides less than 11 percent of the streaming audio revenues to the content owners and creators. But Facebook, which refuses to enter into any licensing agreement on music or video, is challenging YouTube in the free online video and music world.
In the past decade, an enormous reallocation of revenue of perhaps $50 billion a year has taken place, with economic value moving from creators of content to owners of monopoly platforms.
I reached this conclusion from the following statistics: Since 2000, recorded music revenues in the United States have fallen to $7.2 billion per year from $19.8 billion. Home entertainment video revenue fell to $18 billion in 2014 from $24.2 billion in 2006. United States newspaper ad revenue fell to $23.6 billion in 2013 from $65.8 billion in 2000. [snip]


Words Matter: You Can't Think Without Words
If a "reporter" can't be bothered to use the correct words - that have real meanings but instead uses the wrong vocabulary then the public can't think about anything correctly. You can't think without words and you can't think correctly if the words used are inaccurate wrong words.

Example: "hacker" vs. "cracker"
The difference between a hacker and a cracker is malicious, destructive intent.
Most reporters don't know what a "cracker" is or actually does and instead uses "hacker" for everything which means the public doesn't know what they need to know about security, code, networks, programming, ethics, and a dozen other things. And all because, the talking heads are too lazy to investigate anything and are just happy to go on and on blathering away on a "news" show about things they don't know anything about.

If the TV talking head doesn't even know what the words mean, doesn't use the correct words and spell out what they mean then the public doesn't have the words to think with and you can't think without words!

If the talking head isn't investigating the information to verify that something is in fact true and news worthy then they have betrayed the public's trust who allows them to use our airwaves in the first place. They are there being paid to do a job for the public! NOT for advertising money. But .... In America you would think the ONLY obligation a business entity has is to make money!




You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

6 Tips for Identifying Fake News

Rapid Arctic ice melt sets the stage for economic disaster under Trump The great ice sheets are unstable, ice melt is speeding up, and deniers will soon be in charge. What could go wrong?

5 Nightmarish Things Trump Did This Week Science, reason, the First Amendment, and decency are all under threat.


Trump nominates AG Scott Pruitt to head the EPA Pruitt has repeatedly sued the EPA for doing its job. He is a climate change denialist.

Debate Trolling: "Treating this as a scientific debate rather than a political fight means we’ve already lost. Climate debates seem to have much in common with evolution/creationism debates: science advocates ignored/ridiculed.

Agreeing to debate well-established facts is how denialists win the fight. The mere agreement to debate is a loss. Acting like there is a legitimate "other site" means you've gotten played. Being respectful of opinions which attempt to play up uncertainty about the climate impacts or the viability of low-carbon solutions is acting (however unintentionally) as an agent of denialism. Tens of thousands of smart people have, in the last 10 years, been unwitting facilitators of propaganda." ~ Alex Steffen

This is a culture of personality,” said Pereira. “It’s all about presentation, selling yourself, first looks, and not so much about your real value. Finstagram, short for “fake Instagram,” has begun to dominate the social media currents of young smartphone users who value online privacy in a place meant just for friends. Acting as the opposing counterpart of Rinstagram (or, you guessed it, “real Instagram”), Finstagram is a digital realm composed of private accounts within the Instagram app created to free users from the pressures of staged perfection on social media. Instead of strictly adhering to their “brand,” or Internet identity, Finstagram offers users a respite from the modern necessity of social media performance. My Finsta is a lot more for just myself. I don’t really care if people see it or like it, it’s just for me. I use it more than a physical diary or journal.”

Who Owns Big Media

If the "News Company" only uses our airwaves to provide a "news show: that delivers nothing but "entertainment" and fake news to gather enough "eyeballs" so they can charge advertising fees to make them profitable and "rich" then they aren't providing the service they are supposed to provide in the contract with the American public which allows them to use our airwaves.

WAPO WRITES: Logic doesn't’t matter to online trolls.
TRUMP now has more than 17 million and has bragged that having a Twitter account is “like owning the New York Times without the losses.” Twitter has become Trump’s cyber-magic wand, allowing him to quickly act on a fleeting idea, a fit of anger or something he sees on television. With one tweet, Trump can change headlines on cable news, move financial markets or cause world leaders to worry.
He will soon inherit the @POTUS account, which has 12.5 million followers. During an interview with the “Today” show this week. “Frankly, it’s a modern-day form of communication. I get it out much faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters. So many reporters are dishonest.”

FAKE FOLLOWERS @realdonaldtrump with a big Twitter following includes many dodgy accounts.
Sixty-four percent of Donald Trump’s 7.51 million Twitter followers have not been in use for at least the past six months, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

This is how the PropOrNot fake news Washington Post conducts itself. @CNN @MSNBC @AP

There used to be standards that the country trusted when we watched Walter Chronkite.

The days when the Washington Post brought us the Pentagon Papers and Watergate are long gone. They have become irrelevant. They are so desperate for eyeballs they have tried to command mind share online by saying alternate legitimate news sites that actually do investigative reporting are the "fake news sites".

Donald Trump twitter following 13% Fake, 65% Inactive, and 22% Good. Donald Trump Just Proved Buying Fake Twitter Followers Works

@realDonaldTrump Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!

Donald J. Trump @realTonaldTrump @wikileaks You are the best!

Trump's last press conference was July 27 2016 when he encouraged Russia to hack Clinton's emails. Trump' s press conference about conflicts of interest is postponed until January 2017 so all the electoral college will have to vote without knowing how he will handle anything.

Interfering with the election



Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Here's a list of all the Foreign Governments who interfered with the Presidential election when they donated to the Clinton Foundation.

It's official: @HillaryClinton lost Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes. @DrJillStein got 49,941.




September 11th
World Trade Center Curriculum
8:46am September 11, 2001 Never forget!

So CIA Director George Tenet *didn't* tell Bush there was a "slam dunk" case?
@Nancy Pelosi: The intel didn't state that Iraq had WMDs. The Bush-Cheney WH made that misrepresentation.







Twitter Networking Tools for business

A look at Facebook’s billion dollar 2016 hit on the fake news ecosystem

PR: Have it Your Way Advertising Message - only read what you believe because everything is true and nothing is true it all becomes disinformation. Filter bubbles and social-media silos “information” reached people shaped by what they wanted to be true. Some of the biggest fake news providers were run by experienced political operators well within the orbit of Donald Trump’s political advisers and consultants.

Andrew Breitbart / Laura Ingraham, a close Trump ally to be Trump’s White House press secretary, owns an online publisher called Ingraham Media Group that runs a number of sites, including LifeZette. Ingraham’s site regularly receives links from the Drudge Report and other powerful drivers of Internet traffic. But LifeZette, for all its influence, pales in comparison to the sites run by Floyd Brown, a Republican consultant close to Trump’s inner circle of advisers.
Thanks to views sourced largely to referrals from Facebook, Brown’s websites now outrank web traffic going to news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and NPR, according to data compiled by Alexa. Both Western Journalism and Conservative Tribune are certified by Facebook as bonafide news providers. Jeff Bezos’s takeover of the Washington Post has been a vector for “fake news” for decades.
This is the paper which used Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing work to grab a Pulitzer … then publicly advocated prosecuting their source! In the run-up to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, the Post led American media’s cheering section, cheerfully publishing one bald-faced administration lie after another concerning Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction” — then in the aftermath assisting the administration in taking revenge on Joseph Wilson (who had exposed one of the lies) by exposing his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent. Why do media organizations - network execs and anchors - need to have cooperative access agreements with politicians?
Media Corps Stars Agree to Off-The-Record Meeting with Trump, Break Agreement, Whine About Mistreatment, meaning they would conceal from their viewers what they discussed. If you’re a journalist, what is the point of speaking with a powerful politician if you agree in advance that it’s all going to be kept secret? Is it subservient ring-kissing in exchange for access, it certainly appears to be that. Media stars who want to believe they are friends and colleagues with the President forget they are supposed to protect the public from people in government who are pulling rotten dirty deeds. "Fake news" used to be called yellow journalism. It has existed throughout our history. It's not new. It is not in any way a 2016 innovation. example: ZeroHedge


We arrive at the justifiable conclusion that the “fake news” controversy is itself a fake one, that outfits such as CNN that are reporting on it are fake and that Internet facilities charged with identifying fake news items like Facebook are also fake. Those behind this gambit obviously intend to use it to attack the alternative media, which has been very effective in puncturing the propaganda of the Deep State. The very largest irony is that this fake news meme is aimed at truth-telling in the alternative media.

How two unemployed guys got rich off Facebook, fake news and an army of Trump supporters

These two people are making $40k+ a month with fake political news “We’re the new yellow journalists,” Wade will say after a day and night when the number of people following LibertyWritersNews on Facebook will swell by more than 20,000. “We’re the people on the side of the street yelling that the world is about to end.” Jobless in May, Paris Wade and Ben Goldman were ruling an empire built on Facebook shares by the time of the vote, influencing millions with rumors, exaggeration, conspiracy theories and lies.

How Fake News Goes Viral

This infamous troll is almost certain his fake Facebook news helped Trump get elected

Mark Zuckerberg Commits To Fixing The Fake News Problem On Facebook - only after Facebook makes over ONE BILLION dollars from fake news advertisng during the election cycle.

Zuckerberg denying how FB has anything to do with running fake news when he actually knew all along  - because his company made over one billion dollars from advertising  - spreading this crap using  his lame algorithms.

Report: Fake election news performed better than real news on Facebook

Facebook's new errors includes metrics BuzzFeed, NYT used in recent fake news investigations.
Facebook discloses new measurement errors, continues to hone its math Facebook misreported engagement numbers for links and live videos and is refining the ad reach estimates it shows advertisers.

Math is hard, even for Facebook.
And it’s getting harder to trust Facebook’s math, even as the social network fine-tunes its calculations. 

Facebook’s Graph API and mobile app report mismatched engagement rates for outside links.

The two metrics in question are:
1) the total number of shares, likes and comments a link has received on and off Facebook, reported through Facebook’s Graph API and
2) the number of people who have shared or commented on that link, reported through search results in Facebook’s mobile apps.
The problem with those metrics:
For some links — including ones examined by BuzzFeed — Facebook reported that the number of people who shared or commented on the link exceeded the sum of shares, likes and comments for that link.
That shouldn’t happen, since the shares and comments stat reported in the mobile search results is a subset of the shares, likes and comments stat reported by the Graph API, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed. It’s unclear whether the inconsistent stats mean that Facebook’s Graph API is overcounting engagements or that its mobile search results are undercounting them.

For the third time since September, Facebook is disclosing new measurement errors.
The two new errors affected the reaction counts Facebook reports on Pages’ Live videos, as well as the engagement figures Facebook reports for off-Facebook links; the latter link engagement metrics were recently used in investigations by BuzzFeed and The New York Times into fake news articles’ performance on Facebook. 
In addition to acknowledging the two new errors — of which one has been corrected and one is still being inspected — Facebook has refined a measurement marketers may reference when buying ads through the social network.  None of the aforementioned metrics had any impact on how much money Facebook charges advertisers for their campaigns. But they may have informed brands’ Facebook ad-buying strategies as well as brands’, publishers’ and others’ Facebook-related content-publishing strategies.

Who is going to fix the Chat Bots?
Their purpose: to rant, confuse people on facts, or simply muddy discussions. An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election. NYT


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says a white-supremacy ad the company showed users was a ‘mistake’.

12/13/16 Twitter reinstated the account of prominent white nationalist Richard B. Spencer after suspending it on Nov. 15 2016 for hate speech on the platform. Twitter said Spencer’s accounts were actually removed for serving overlapping purposes. "Our rules explicitly prohibit creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses,” When we temporarily suspend multiple accounts for this violation, the account owner can designate one account for reinstatement." So his account is back!

How to Predict the Spread of News on Twitter

Computer scientists have discovered the four factors that make news stories popular on Twitter. "Our experiments show that it is possible to estimate ranges of popularity with an overall accuracy of 84% considering only content features." We examine both regression and classification algorithms and demonstrate that despite randomness in human behavior, it is possible to predict ranges of popularity on twitter with an overall 84% accuracy. Our study also serves to illustrate the differences between traditionally prominent sources and those immensely popular on the social web.

Did you see TWITTER 'Mute Words' feature?

This is the best thing Zuckerboy has done, all thanks to his his employees who demanded that punk get in line

TWITTER Now gives the user has the ability to mute certain words, phrases, hashtags, emojis, or usernames. Keeps specific words out of your life!

You can mute one word, phrase, or hashtag at a time or @username like before.

Be honest: Facebook and Twitter maxed out election frenzy revenues and cracked down once the cash was harvested also once political backlash or risk of political backlash had largely subsided.

see: 2016 in a nutshell: basis of fake news investigation was fake news





U.S. Office of Government Ethics was set up after Watergate.
Providing leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest. Performance Management & Budget OGE is building a culture of performance that relies on using data to make informed decisions. Read about OGE’s long-term strategic goals, annual plan to achieve those strategic goals, and success in using the taxpayers’ dollars to achieve its mission.
Privacy:  Washington, D.C.

Very proud to be supporting @OCCRP and @anticorruption partnership: the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium on this tremendously important endeavor.

That's 10 billionaires/millionaires & 3 generals. Fascism's the marriage of the corporation,the military, and the state.

A majority of Americans are concerned about Trump and conflicts of interest.

11/19/16 Donald Trump Agrees To Pay $25 Million in fines and restitution to settle three fraud Trump University lawsuits. Just 74 more law suits to go

Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 #NobelPrizeLiterature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” During the awards ceremony on December 10th, singer-songwriter Patti Smith will perform Dylan's song "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" off his 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Dylan sent an acceptance speech, which will be read during the banquet to follow later in the day at City Hall

"Maybe we can get the Electoral College to elect Bob Dylan. Dark horse candidate. Start appointing musicians to the cabinet."~ Carl Malmud

Trump can write off $25 million fraud settlement as tax deduction

@SenWarren It is totally unprecedented for a President-elect of the United States to have to settle fraud lawsuits before taking office.

President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was accepted into Harvard University shortly after his father donated $2.5 million to the Ivy League school in 1998. An official at Kushner’s high school said there was “no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would, on the merits, get into Harvard. His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it.”

The imperial presidency of Donald Trump


A Cabinet full of corporatists


Donald Trump's Potential Conflicts of Interest
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first foreign head of state to meet in person with President-elect Donald Trump, a photograph taken of the official event at Trump Tower in Manhattan showed a curious attendee: Trump’s daughter Ivanka

Email sent to journalists by an @IvankaTrump employee, hawking the goods she wore on @60Minutes. Under a Trump administration, wealthy American families may find it much easier to amass dynastic levels of wealth.

@EricLiptonNYT Trump, belatedly, essentially confirms accuracy of our story today. Trump used this meeting to push Brits to block wind farms from disturbing views at Trump's Scotland golf course.

@dannyhakim With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight
President-elect of the United States admitting to asking for a business favor. @maggieNYT "I might have brought it up," Trump says of Farage meeting and wind farms. #Art1Sec9Clause8 #Emolument

Everybody is afraid of looking bad, except Trump. Trump's Tax Bill will only help the rich "You could see, as a first level of attack on the poor in America, a kind of savaging of social welfare."

What's the difference?


Trump says again that the U.S. is among the highest taxed nations in the world. This is not true or close to being true.

Who is calling the shots in State Politics ~ Public Integrity
Meet the 10 shadowy groups that snuck into your state races. A field guide to the national power brokers trying to shape elections.

FreedomofPress Check out our brand new look, and read about our plans for protecting press freedom in 2017 and the age of Trump.

6/21/16 Guccifer 2.0 out - Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear hacked DNC, Fidelis analysis shows - SEE CROWDSTIKE

Threatgeek blog post - analyzing the DNC Malware 6/20/16




12/16 “Is it in our interest to act?” Lisa O. Monaco, Obama’s adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security, said at a Washington Post cybersecurity summit Thursday. “The primary guiding and overarching focus in these discussions is: What is in the national security interest of the United States? That’s the North Star for those discussions.”

Donald Trump, who once said he knows more than the generals, won't listen to his intelligence briefings.
Leon Panetta said, “If you’re president of the United States, you better be in touch on a daily basis with your intelligence briefers,” Panetta went on, “so that you have an understanding as to what’s — what’s happening in the world, what are the crises you have to pay attention to, and what steps do you have to take in order to deal with those crises?” ~ Salon

Mike McConnell, when he was still national director of intelligence at the tailend of the Bush administration said The Chinese government -- seeking to steal valuable secrets -- has hacked into the computers at every major American company, according to the nation's former spy director. ~ Money

McConnell gave Russia the green light, refused to sign on to protecting election.

Mitch McConnell's efforts to keep this secret putting party over country is suboptimal, some might say treason...

Old dynamic: Republicans v. Democrats

THE Vampire Squid IS

the third rail
of US government-appointee politics.

Goldman Sachs Heads Up Trump Era W/O getting prosecuted for 2008 Fraud

poo Former Goldman banker Stephen Bannon will be in the West Wing as chief advisor to incoming US president Donald Trump. Former Goldman partner Steven Mnuchin will be seeking Senate confirmation to run the Treasury Department.

pooGary Cohn, is currently Goldman’s president and chief operating officer, will join the administration as an advisor to Trump and director of the National Economic Council and be his chief strategist in developing his economic policy. He does NOT require Senate confirmation since exactly what he knew about Goldman selling bogus investments to its clients while the firm made billions of dollars betting the instruments would fail might be raised in Senate questioning of Cohn’s fitness to serve. In the two years leading up to the epic 2008 financial crash on Wall Street, Cohn was Co-President of Goldman. Cohn became a multi-millionaire from the business done in those years, earning $27.5 million in restricted stock and options just in the year 2006. However, as Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers would report in 2009, a key part of Goldman’s business in the years before the crash operated like this: “In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.”

New dynamic: Trump + Goldman + Exxon + Russia + white nationalists v. everyone else. He deserves a chance to hand the country over to Russia, Goldman and Exxon while we sit around and watch.

<the role of gossip>

Who needs the CIA when TRUMP doesn't believe that Russia interfered in the election even though the CIA said they were sure the electing Trump was Russia's goal. The White House and CIA officials declined to comment.

Podesta on Bernie Sanders: "I agree.. Where should we stick the knife in?" or here
It shows the DNC establishment's contempt for its base -- the working class, the anti-war vote, the Occupy Wall Street folks. The rich and powerful are at their most thuggish when their backs are up against the wall, and they will corrupt their justice departments and courts to protect the cool insiders.

’An email from early September 2008 outlines how Google helped President Barack Obama’s transition team to set up ‘secure data rooms’ for sharing information such as “policy promises, as well as legal documents like expense reimbursements and contribution forms”.

‘Keep this whole enterprise under wraps
The email from Obama aide Chris Lu, who is currently the deputy secretary of labor, explains how the “data rooms” can be accessed by staff – and emphasizes the importance of maintaining secrecy over their discussions.
“The one thing you should know is that contrary to the log-in instructions, we're not giving out "" email addresses. We think that would compromise our ability to keep this whole enterprise under wraps,” he writes. The secrecy reminder is somewhat surprising, given the role Citigroup played in picking Obama’s cabinet even before the election.

#WikiLeaks emails shows #Citigroup’s major role in shaping Obama administration’s cabinet

GOP trying to block intel showing Russian govt intervened in a US election to help elect candidate of their choice.~ WAPO


The Justice Department could bring indictments for hacking. The National Security Agency could take a covert action in cyberspace to send a signal to the Kremlin. Or the State Department can decide to eject Russian diplomats.

poo The almost surreal moment when Jake Sullivan informs @HillaryClinton that #AlQaeda "is on our side in #Syria " … #USA

pooNate Silver ‏@NateSilver538
Clinton lost 4 states (FL, MI, WI, PA) by ~1 point. If not for Comey/Russia, she probably wins them all by ~2 points & strategy looks great.

Name that Whistleblower
#FBI doesn't consider #NSA SIGINT classified up to TS/SI-G level to be classified.

"Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility."~ Professor Neil Postman

Back in 2000, Trump bragged about keeping tabs on politicians who had affairs in his hotels @DafnaLinzer "I happen to know that one U.S. senator leading the pack of attackers spent more than a few nights with his twenty-something girlfriend at a hotel I own. There's also a conservative columnist, married, who was particularly rough on Clinton in this regard. He also brought his girlfriend to my resorts for the weekend."

Privacy International says European companies keen to sell mass surveillance gear to Syria AGT’s activities are yet another example of how a slew of little-known companies, mostly based in Europe profit and peddle their spy products to questionable governments.

OWNS our government

Bernie Sanders ‏@SenSanders
Romney was right
. Trump's a "fraud" and "phony." Does he have any intention of keeping his promises or has he played Americans for suckers?

Here is Republicans and Democrats on Vladimir Putin since July 2014.

If "DID NOT VOTE" was a candidate in the 2016 US election, it would have won by a landslide.

pooExxon’s Rex Tillerson
Is Top Candidate for Secretary of State
CEO with ties to Russia’s Vladimir Putin would bring an executive’s experience to the diplomatic role, a transition official said. Mr. Tillerson has perhaps the closest ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, having negotiated a 2011 energy partnership deal with Russia that Mr. Putin said could eventually be worth as much as $500 billion. In 2012, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson. The CIA has determined Russia hacked into our election to help elect Donald J. Trump. Now Trump names Putin best friend as OUR Sec of State! Rex Tillerson's Wikipedia page was edited overnight. What was removed? His award of the Russian Order of Friendship

George Shultz was the executive vice president of engineering giant Bechtel before he became secretary of state under [make america great again slogan originator] President Ronald Reagan.

pooTrump picks Myron Ebell Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA
He waged intimidation campaigns against climate scientists.

pooTrump Picks former Texas governor Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department, which it is worth noting he wanted to do away with in 2011.

The questions the Trump team asks show they don't know what the Department of Energy does.

Trump DOE team: GOP hired gun McKenna.
His lobbying clients in 2016 include Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, Southern Company Services, Dow Chemical Co. and Competitive Power Ventures Inc.

Bernhardt, co-chairman of the Natural Resources Department at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is head of the Department of Interior Interior

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) was picked to lead the Interior Department.. If confirmed by the Senate, she would Trump’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development and reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued.

pooDeloitte problems with audit quality and professionalism
Deloitte partners have frequently been the reason why the Big 4 global audit firms are thriving financially, but audit quality and professionalism is not. A Deloittle Brazil whistleblower from 2002 is now one of 12 senior partners charged by the audit regulator with falsifying audit workpapers and covering up fraud.

Price Waterhouse Cooper is attempting security by litigation.

pooRandian / Greenspandian nightmare
If Trump Nominates John Allison as Bank Supervisor at the Fed, It Will Be a Triumph for Charles Koch and the Loony Ideas of Ayn Rand and Greenspan. Rand’s philosophy is that the selfish desires of the individual should have no restraints by government; the poor deserve their lot and should receive no tax support from other citizens while the rich have a right to unrestricted power.

poo@realDonaldTrump education secretary pick Betsy DeVos accuses media of spreading "false news" about her

pooTrump pic Andy Puzder for Labor secretary “prefers foreign labor to American workers.” Puzder’s advocacy for immigration reform, citing a number of op-ed’s and speeches he’s made praising immigrant workers for their willingness to fill difficult jobs. Puzder, the article states, “stands diametrically opposed to Trump’s signature issues on trade and immigration — which won him the election.”

pooPhysician Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee is picked for the Department of Health and Human Services secretary. He will have more than 1 TRILLION for the budget and can rewrite regulations and guidance on virtually everything people do every day. HHS responsibilities include food and drug safety, biomedical research, disease prevention and control, as well as oversight over everything from medical laboratories to nursing homes. He opposes the Affordable Care Act, abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood, among other things, could have a rapid impact without even a presidential order or an act of Congress. GOP to start #Obamacare repeal Jan. 3 (but might not finish until 2019)

poo Timeline: The Republicans’ Abysmal Record on the CFPB
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
is our nation’s first and only watchdog dedicated solely to protecting students, servicemembers, seniors and other borrowers from unfair, deceptive and abusive practices. To date, the Bureau has accomplished a tremendous amount, returning $12 billion to 27 million consumers.



Don't kid yourself. Every cabinet appointment Trump has made is terrible for the little guy. Have you seen one single appointee for the WORKING CLASS? The con artist at work, showing what he does best.

Brace yourself: the most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning. The most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning. #BasicIncom

tTrump exploits our inability to discuss the 99% - the intersection of class and race and the Democrates discomfort with it. A new study shows that areas in the US hit hardest by trade have become more polarized.

Why Social Fragmentation Suits The Powers That Be
A society that has fragmented into a media-fed cultural war of hot-button identity-gender-religious politics is a society that is incapable of resisting concentrations of power and wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many. The Elites have successfully revolted against the political and economic constraints on their wealth and power, and now the unprivileged, unprotected non-Elites are rebelling in the only way left open to them: voting for anyone who claims to be outside the privileged Elites that dominate our society and economy.

STEVE BANNON: "I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist.
I'm an economic nationalist," he tells me. "The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver" — by "we" he means the Trump White House — "we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about."

Al Gore’s business partner, David Blood, was in Steve Bannon’s section at @HarvardHBS (also overlapped at Goldman Sachs) h/t @JamesPindell

Hamilton/Pence Artists are the tuning forks vs "No place for this at the theatre"

How “Grab ’em by the pussy” Trump stopped the gaslighting of America.

Hamilton" the greatest artwork of 2015/16 on the bleeding edge of politics and culture.

Trump is brash, opinionated, and unapologetic, now EVERYWHERE is the right place! You can give Trump credit for making "Grab them by the Pussy" sexual assult words and deeds de rigueur. Decorum went out the window. "You can say what you feel right up front and what the cast of "Hamilton" were ready and the public has a 24/7 distribution platform. At least Hamilton still has a union, when organized labor seems to have disappeared throughout the rest of the land. We own it and are entitled to an opinion about it just like everybody else.

"Immigrants, WE GET THE JOB DONE!" Everybody sing: This is our land too, from California to the New York island.

ARTISTS AND HAMILTON This is what artists do. They speak truth to power. They make people uncomfortable. And when there's a reaction, they know they've done their job. Warren Beatty made Bulworth in 1998 to warn America about what this country had become. Artists are tuning forks, saying what's right as opposed to what's expedient. They have the people on their side. And corporations are no match for the public, no way.

In the movie Senator Jay Billington Bulworth spoke truth to power and shocked a nation providing the Trump blueprint. Bulworth In 2013, artist Jim Kirwan remarked: “Warren Beatty made Bulworth in 1998 to warn America about what this country had become . . . The film is about a disillusioned Senator who tires of the lies and begins to tell it like it is.  Bulworth, like Trump nearly 20 years later, seems to present the people, the voters, with a fresh perspective.” Senator Bulworth begins to rhyme, to a roomful of stunned corporate backers. “And over here, we got our friends from oil/ They don’t give a shit how much wilderness they spoil/ They tell us they are careful, we know that it’s a lie/ As long as we keep driving cars, they’ll let the planet die/ Exxon, Mobil, the Saudis and Kuwait, if we still got the Middle East, the atmosphere can wait/ The Arabs got the oil, we buy everything they sell/ But if the brothers raise the price, we’ll blow them all to hell.”

President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the Communist Party from colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten ideologial control over education. Party official from university in Guangdong says it made database to track political opinions of 2 million+ students. The party bosses at several key universities also attended the meeting, and pledged renewed loyalty to the party. ~SCMP

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