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  • ‘Close the camps!’: Philly protesters back on the streets for 3rd time in a week

    07/06/2019 10:11:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 6, 2019 | Juliana Feliciano Reyes and David Gambacorta
    The skies grew dark Saturday afternoon as tornado alerts buzzed cell phones across the city. Which might have explained the initial lackluster turnout for an Independence Mall protest against President Donald Trump — the third in Philadelphia in a week. But eventually, as a steady rain began to fall, three dozen protesters were listening as organizers with Refuse Fascism Philly played an audio recording published by ProPublica in 2018 of immigrant children separated from their families at the Mexican border. Chanting, “Close the camps! Trump, Pence must go!” protesters then marched with police escorts to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
  • Majority of New Yorkers oppose granting drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants: poll

    03/19/2019 9:04:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Mar 18, 2019 | 1:25 PM | Denis Slattery
    New York drivers don’t want to share the road with undocumented immigrants. A new poll from Siena College found that 61% of voters in the state oppose granting driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of their immigration status. […] Thousands of activists descended on Albany last week calling on lawmakers to pass the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act, dubbed the Green Light bill. The bill would make licenses available to all regardless of immigration status. […] Twelve states, including Vermont and Connecticut, have passed similar legislation. However, the Siena poll found little support for the measure. “Overwhelmingly, Republicans and independents,...
  • Fed-backed Twitter study draws fire (gov to study pol "smear" and adoption of ideas)

    10/19/2014 9:23:48 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Oct. 18, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission is warning about a government-backed study that “seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.” Commissioner Ajit Pai — one of two Republicans on the five-member commission — warned in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday about a National Science Foundation study of people's communications on Twitter, which he said amounted to government monitoring of people’s speech. ADVERTISEMENT “In the United States, the government has no business entering the marketplace of ideas to establish an arbiter of what is false, misleading or a political smear,” he wrote. “The federal...
  • Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect “misinformation,” “hate speech” on social media

    08/26/2014 6:25:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Well, this sounds interesting and probably sinister and open to manipulation: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project. “The project stands...
  • Mystery as IDENTICAL letters appear in 21 newspapers across 12 states slamming Trump's Supreme...

    07/15/2018 5:57:05 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Mystery as IDENTICAL letters appear in 21 newspapers across 12 states slamming Trump's Supreme Court pick – and they're all signed by different people At least 21 U.S. newspapers ran identical letters to the editor opposing President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week Each letter was published with the name of a different 'signer,' claiming Kavanaugh threatens 'everything that we hold dear as a nation' Technique is known as 'astroturfing'; it's unclear who's behind it One editor says the woman who appeared to have emailed him the letter now denies ever sending it Three prominent liberal advocacy groups...
  • Drunk on power, Hogg just gave Ingraham sponsor Arby’s an unexpected bump in business

    03/31/2018 7:24:45 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 135 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 31, 2018 | Tom Tillison
    Drunk on his media-infused power, Parkland, Fla., high school student David Hogg has taken to targeting individual companies for advertising on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” setting his sights on Arby’s. I hope they’ve stocked up on beef. A number of companies have pulled advertising from Ingraham’s show in response to a tweet Wednesday from the Fox News host about how Hogg “whines” online over being rejected by four colleges. The 17-year-old high school student, working in tandem with George Soros-backed Media Matters, called for a boycott after Ingraham’s tweet, sharing a list of her main advertisers online. (With...
  • Why Did It Take Two Weeks To Discover Parkland Students’ Astroturfing?

    03/01/2018 2:44:57 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MARCH 1, 2018 | David Hines
    “Can you believe these kids?” It’s been a recurring theme of the coverage of the Parkland school shooting: the remarkable effectiveness of the high school students who created a gun control organization in the wake of the massacre. In seemingly no time, the magical kids had organized events ranging from a national march to a mass school walkout, and they’d brought in a million dollars in donations from Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney. The Miami Herald credited their success to the school’s stellar debate program. The Wall Street Journal said it was because they were born online, and organizing was...
  • Soros’s Smear Scripts

    03/02/2017 9:47:36 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    Frontpage ^ | March 2, 2017 | Matthew Vadum
    A radical group linked to rogue billionaire George Soros has been providing scripts containing anti-Trump talking points for constituents to read aloud during congressional town hall meetings. One of the scripts distributed by the Revolutionary Love Project encourages town hall participants meeting with their member of Congress to accuse the Trump administration of – wait for it – “xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia.” Constituents are urged to use those precise words to “forcefully condemn” President Trump’s immigration and border security initiatives, Aaron Klein reports at Breitbart News. Information about the scripts came as leaked audio from anti-Trump activists associated with the...
  • Indivisible, Explained: What you need to know about this grassroots groundswell

    03/10/2017 1:05:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Campaigns and Elections ^ | 3/9/2017 | Melissa Ryan
    When the 115th Congress took its first recess, members went home to their districts and in some cases to speak directly to their constituents via town halls. During recess members made news for one of two reasons: either they held a town hall which was packed with angry constituents or they opted not to hold an in-district event and were shamed by their constituents as a result. Republican members who were targeted in particular complained bitterly about organized and so-called paid protesters. They were supported by the White House in their characterization. President Trump tweeted that the protests were “planned...
  • ‘Spontaneous’ left-wing group with scripts hates being described as ‘scripted’

    04/05/2017 6:19:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/4/2017 | M.D. Kittle
    The nationally organized, local left-wing grassroots group known as Indivisible is getting pretty ticked off about being described as “scripted” — even though its members are raising their own concerns about Wisconsin Indivisible chapters working from scripts. The outrage – at least the latest outrage – follows an op/ed last week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by an Nicole Tieman, communications director for U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls. The piece, takes aim at the notion that the so-called Indivisible “uprisings” are part of an organic movement, instead of a scripted, well organized and, it appears, well financed national “resistance...
  • Democrats must denounce the rise in violence against Republicans

    09/18/2017 9:19:21 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    As masked leftists use clubs to shut down free speech at Berkeley and elsewhere, Democrats have unfortunately been reticent to condemn the activity. But Antifa violence is not the only kind of condemnable disruptive activity. Democrats should also disavow the organized campaign to harass Republican congressmen and stop Republican town halls. One group in the thick of this battle is “Indivisible.” The group was founded by a former staffer for Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and its COO, Matt Traidi, is the research coordinator for the Service Employees International Union. Indivisible provides these instructions on how to prevent other town hall...
  • A Black Lives Matter founder on its evolution, future — and Trump

    08/11/2017 12:36:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Metro ^ | August 10, 2017 | Nikki M. Mascali
    In four years, Black Lives Matter went from a hashtag about social injustice to a full-fledged global civil rights movement. Metro spoke with Patrisse Cullors, who cofounded Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, about its evolution, fighting racism in the age of Trump, her upcoming memoir and what saying “all lives matter” really means. What is the biggest misconception you find people have about Black Lives Matter? Patrisse Cullors: That we just started a hashtag. That it isn’t a sophisticated set of ideas that would lead to a larger strategy to build out, a powerful...
  • Thousands expected at march to impeach President Trump in downtown Los Angeles

    07/02/2017 9:35:09 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 84 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/2/17 | Laura Nelson
    Demonstrators are expected to gather Sunday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles to urge Congress to impeach President Trump. More than 12,000 people have said on Facebook they are attending the event in Los Angeles. It is one of dozens of marches planned across the country, with demonstrations in California scheduled in Fresno, Orange County, Ventura, San Diego and San Francisco.
  • Hungary: How to Overthrow a Government Voted by the People

    12/08/2014 4:46:33 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 11 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The policies enacted by the Orban administration, in defense of national interests against the world's great capitalists, are being fought by underhanded means and by resorting to street protests organized and financed by foreigneres. By Kovács Andras - Translated by Alessandra Nucci from Riscossa Cristiana. The street demonstrations against the Orban administration which are taking place in these days are useful to the European Union and the United States who aim to carry out a coup d'état. Why? Because Viktor Orbán isn't doing their bidding. It isn't the Hungarian people who want to topple the government. Last April the...
  • Activist Gets Detained At Science March, Calls Entire Thing Racist

    04/24/2017 4:05:20 PM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 24, 2017 | Andrew Follett
    After being slammed into the food truck, five officers allegedly surrounded Yearwood then detained him. Once he was identified as a member of the clergy and a VIP at the march, the officers ran his identification for outstanding warrants and did not find anything. Yearwood was then allegedly released without being placed under arrest. . . . Yearwood claims that of an entire crowd of white people surrounding him, only one woman with dyed pink hair offered to help after he was released. He wrote that his experience was representative of how the environmental movement ignores the concerns of African-Americans....
  • Transgender man addresses March for Science

    04/23/2017 1:30:12 PM PDT · by kevcol · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    Among the speakers at the March for Science on Saturday was a transgender man. Kellan Baker, a senior fellow with the LGBT research and communications project at American Progress, said it’s important for researchers to remember that the data they collect tell stories. “We all have a story. Mine is that I’m a public health geek and a policy wonk. I’m also a queer transgender man,” Mr. Baker said, drawing applause.
  • Locals pile into town hall meeting to demand response from Rubio

    02/24/2017 1:46:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 2/23/17 | Joe Roetz
    South Florida residents attended a town hall meeting, Thursday, all with the intentions of voicing their grievances about the current administration in Washington D.C.
  • The Clintons Employ Muslim Brotherhood Officials? You Can’t Be Serious

    I don’t know who is more shocked about this, me or Huma Abedin, but it turns out that a former top Clinton Foundation official is also … a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for – you’ll never guess – inciting violence in Egypt. Not to worry, I’m sure it was only moderate violence. The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports on Gehad [as in Jihad] el-Haddad: "A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.Gehad el-Haddad served...
  • Astroturf Epidemic

    02/07/2017 3:39:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | Febuary 6,2017 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican–or someone who doesn’t care at all about politics–it’s hard not to notice the massive campaigns to influence opinion on social media, the news and out there in real life. Those trying to persuade and manipulate are playing hardball. And, in many instances, we’re falling for it: they plop the ball in the middle of a frenzied crowd, nobody sees exactly who dropped it, and we in the news and the public pick it up and run. We’re being played. As I’ve reported and written: Astroturfers often disguise themselves and publish blogs, write letters to...
  • Activist: Dakota Access Pipeline Caused By ‘White Supremacy’ – Would Be Like ‘Building A Pipeline’…

    11/24/2016 1:23:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 23, 2016 | 2:05 PM EST | Penny Starr
    A director at a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C. said on Tuesday that white privilege and white supremacy led to the Energy Transfer oil pipeline project that includes land in North Dakota, and compared it to building a pipeline under Arlington Cemetery and across the Potomac River. […] Phyllis Bennis, director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project, first quoted David Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, who has said the pipeline would harm burial grounds and threaten the water of Lake Oahe, the location of a Sioux ancestral site. […] “The equivalent, we might think,...