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  • How the U.S. Patent Office Got So Screwed Up

    06/22/2016 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Popular Mechanics. ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | By Scott Eden
    Once a haven for innovation, over the last two decades the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by "patent trolls." Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them? Starting in the early 2000s, the rights and protections conferred by a U.S. patent have eroded to the point that they are weaker today than at any time since the Great Depression. A series of Supreme Court decisions and then the most important patent-reform legislation in sixty years, signed...
  • Action Alert – Unfortunate, yet Needed Reminder…

    04/26/2016 7:13:37 PM PDT · by Defiant · 45 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 26, 2016 | Sundance
    With the increased importance of all communication platforms, there are now entire industries of paid agents who receive compensation for trolling the internet.... Today was predicted to be a good day for candidate Donald Trump. It is not accidental that every political entity, every political adversary, in every venue, all day, from morning to night, is pushing negative stories about Donald Trump. This is transparently by design. Again, the goal is complete demoralization of their opponent and to turn a day of joyful victory into a day of concern and anxiety. Matt Drudge warned about this six months ago. Drudge...
  • Pro-Hillary PAC Spending $1 Million to Hire Online Trolls

    04/22/2016 1:15:12 PM PDT · by BAW · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-22-2016 | Ben Kew
    Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary Clinton political action committee (PAC), is spending over $1 million on online trolls in order to 'correct' Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters on social media sites. According to Correct the Record, the task force will “combat online political harassment,” boasting that it has already “addressed more than 5,000 individuals who have personally attacked Secretary Clinton on Twitter.” "The task force will provide a presence and space online where Clinton supporters can organize and engage with one another and are able to obtain graphics, videos, gifs, and messaging to use in their own social spaces," the group...
  • Who or What is Behind Trump’s Online Army?

    04/09/2016 2:33:28 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 181 replies
    LegalInsurrection.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Kemberlee Kay
    If you’ve spent any time on social media, particularly in the politicalsphere, chances are you’ve encountered an internet troll or two. This election cycle has been er, um… interesting. I never thought I’d long for the days the so-called Paulbots would troll my feeds lecturing me about liberty and the Constitution and Dr. Paul. At least most of those accounts were real. Alas… Not so in 2016. The Trumpbots, or accounts that seem to exist solely to attack those with unfavorable views of The Donald, are a special breed of vicious. I’ve learned it’s best to ignore, block, and move...
  • Microsoft’s artificial intelligence Twitter robot tweets support for Hitler, genocide of Mexicans

    03/25/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Maria Stainer
    Twitter trolls made a dummy out of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chat robot, which learns through public interaction, by turning it into a pro-Nazi racist within a day of its launch. Tay, the artificial intelligence (AI) robot, had a bug in which it would at first repeat racist comments, then it began to incorporate the language in its own tweets. ...The robot, made to sound like a teenage girl, targeted 18- to 24-year-olds, “the dominant users of mobile social chat services” in the United States, the page says.... Soon after, Tay was tweeting, “Hitler was right I hate the jews” and...
  • How Microsoft’s Friendly Robot Turned Into a Racist Jerk in Less Than 24 Hours

    03/24/2016 11:25:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 | SHANE DINGMAN
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a new project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: A chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Aimed at the 18-24 demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual...
  • Sarah Palin Signs Deal to Preside Judge Judy-Style Over Her Own Reality TV Courtroom

    03/22/2016 12:20:57 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 141 replies
    People ^ | 03/22/2016 | Tierney McAfee
    Move over, Judge Judy. There's a new TV courtroom judge coming to town – and it's none other than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The onetime vice presidential candidate has been tapped to preside over a new reality court show that would premiere next year. She signed a deal in February with Montana-based production company Warm Springs, a source close to the process tells PEOPLE.
  • Zillions of Fake Trump-Troll Twitter/FB/Forum Accounts Popping Up Left-and-Right

    02/22/2016 9:26:01 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 115 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 February 2016 | Reaganite Republican
    He's definitely thorough -and thoroughly devious- I'll give him that. But besides apparently buying-out apparently Breitbart, (aka 'Trumpbart' lol) Trump is now unleashing wave-after-wave of online trolls to attack every single pro-Cruz post... and twirl their virtual pom-poms in your face. They are very easy to spot, tho- 20 - 100 followers, lame sunset or some such background they found in 5 seconds, one 'character' trait like 'I'm a trucker', and typically a profile photo that looks like a model or some other 'winner'. And they always link Trump's own twitter account on EVERY thread... apparently getting paid per post. It's obvious they...
  • DeLay: FBI 'Ready to Indict' Hillary

    01/25/2016 4:40:12 PM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 95 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Monday, 25 Jan 2016 05:23 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The FBI is ready to indict Hillary Clinton and if its recommendation isn't followed by the U.S. attorney general, the agency's investigators plan to blow the whistle and go public with their findings, former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay tells Newsmax TV. "I have friends that are in the FBI and they tell me they're ready to indict," DeLay said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "They're ready to recommend an indictment and they also say that if the attorney general does not indict, they're going public."
  • Obama Blames "Talk Radio Habits" And "Trolling" For Rise Of Donald Trump

    01/15/2016 2:42:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Charles Spiering
    President Obama says modern politics are overly loud and obnoxious – suggesting that’s part of the reason Donald Trump is getting so much attention. Obama lamented that modern politics had become “too rancorous” and says people are allowed to “make up facts,” paint their opponents as unpatriotic, and flip-flop on political positions.
  • Donald Trump to GOP establishment: Just try me

    12/09/2015 5:38:14 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 260 replies
    A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent. https://t.co/ztP5d2ctZl — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2015
  • Internet trolls call new 'Star Wars' movie 'anti-white'

    10/21/2015 1:55:14 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 47 replies
    cnn.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Brandon Griggs
    (CNN)The haters of the Internet have never met a target they couldn't denounce. Even Star Wars." While much of the world watches and rewatches the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer for clues about the eagerly anticipated movie, a small minority of people have attacked the film's ethnically diverse casting as "anti-white." "#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide," read a tweet Monday from an account called End Cultural Marxism. The same Twitter user also called J.J. Abrams, the movie's director, a "Jewish activist" and "an anti-white nut." Another Twitter user called for a boycott of the movie...
  • 5 things shills don't want you to know

    08/29/2015 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Company Man · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 25, 2015 | Youtube
    The internet has revolutionized numerous disciplines, and propaganda is no exception. How can you know who's saying what -- and why -- online? Join Ben, Matt, and special guest Joe to learn more about the future of online manipulation.
  • Trump has supported nearly all of Obama’s economic policy agenda

    08/27/2015 11:39:41 PM PDT · by z taxman · 279 replies
    Redstate Diaries ^ | Aug. 27 2015 | Southernconstitutionalist
    <p>“I identify with some things as a Democrat…I was never a Bush fan. [When] the economy crashed so horribly under George Bush, because of mistakes they made having to do with banking and lots of other things, I don’t think the Democrats would have done that.”</p>
  • SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE PHOTOS (lightning-related phenomenon)

    08/20/2015 6:27:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | Aug 20, 2015
    SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE: We all know what comes out of the bottom of thunderclouds: lightning. But rarely do we see what comes out of the top. On August 10th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were perfectly positioned to observe red sprites dancing atop a cluster of storms in Mexico. They snapped this incredible photo: This shows just how high sprites can go. The photo shows their red forms reaching all the way from the thunderstorm below to a layer of green airglow some 100 km above Earth's surface. This means sprites touch the edge...
  • Litany for the conversion of internet thugs

    08/14/2015 11:10:46 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | (unknown) | Father Zuhlsdorf
    A work in progress. I am willing to take some intelligent suggestions and additions. Litany for the conversion of internet thugs. (private use only, and when truly irritated, and when the alternative is foul language) Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us. God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. Lest internet thugs be eternally tormented by all the fiends of hell, convert...
  • Franklin Pierce-Herald GOP poll results: Trump lead eroding; Kasich and Fiorina rise

    08/12/2015 2:23:38 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 94 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/11/2015 | Joe Battenfeld and Chris Villani
    The latest Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows a big jump for Carly Fiorina, who makes to top 5 GOP candidates with 9% of N.H. GOP voters. This poll also shows Donald Trump in the lead at 18%, followed by Jeb Bush 13%, and John Kasich at 12%. ... Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 10%. ... GOP presidential upstart Donald Trump has lost ground in New Hampshire since his tirade against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly... Businesswoman Carly Fiorina has jumped to fifth place in New Hampshire with nine percent support. ...
  • Face Facts: Trump Supporters are Often as Incoherent as He Is

    08/10/2015 6:14:20 AM PDT · by libertarian neocon · 109 replies
    Libertarian Neocon ^ | libertarian neocon
    Last night, instead of focusing on True Detective, I ended up getting into a bit of a flame war on Twitter with some Donald Trump supporters.  Oh my, those people have no clue and you really couldn't pin them down on anything.  Ask a simple question like "how do you know Trump will govern as a conservative?" and the responses you get are "do your homework", "you're not very bright are you" and "Trump/Cruz is the only hope for this country".  The last is would only be true if your hope is for a historic route of the Republican Party. ...
  • A Third Party Run, Don? Treated Unfairlly??

    08/09/2015 8:02:46 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 109 replies
    Self | AUgust 9, 2015 | MeshugeMikey
    one word! DON'T
  • Donald Trump and Eminent Domain [Revisiting Trump's support of the Supreme Court's Kelo decision]

    08/09/2015 7:15:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 215 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    In a free market, there’s a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets another’s belongings: The coveter makes an offer to purchase them. If the offer is rebuffed, the coveter can make a new proposal, but he cannot simply take what he wants. It’s an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth. Donald Trump’s covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that he’s no great respecter of the admonition not to steal, either: The man has a track record of using...
  • Donald Trump Calls for Amnesty

    07/27/2015 8:14:32 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 128 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dave Blount
    I hope Trump’s MSNBC interview doesn’t surprise too many people: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a softer stance [on] immigration during a television interview Friday, saying he believes in a “merit system” for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. … During Friday’s interview, Trump said the U.S. should take a two-step approach to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. Wouldn’t it be nice if there really were only 11 million? The actual number is probably at least three times that high and rocketing upward every moment. Meanwhile, we can’t find even a loose cannon,...
  • Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex

    07/27/2015 6:28:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 261 replies
    http://www.thedailybeast.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dark Tower
    Ivana Trump once accused the real estate tycoon of ‘rape,’ although she later clarified: not in the ‘criminal sense.’ Donald Trump introduced his presidential campaign to the world with a slur against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being “rapists” and bringing crime into the country. “I mean somebody’s doing it!…Who’s doing the raping?” Donald Trump said, when asked to defend his characterization. It was an unfortunate turn of phrase for Trump—in more ways than one. Not only does the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have a history of controversial remarks about sexual assault, but as it turns out,...
  • 23 year old Journalist Trumps Pundits with Concise Dissection and Summary of Trump's "Candidacy."

    07/27/2015 9:30:43 AM PDT · by Gigantor · 53 replies
    Communism Kills ^ | 7/27/2015 | Communism Kills
    Trump is nothing more than an opportunist, a narcissist, and a self-promoter.
  • DONALD TRUMP ENDORSES AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS [DISAPPOINTING, BUT NOT SURPRISING]

    07/26/2015 5:49:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 211 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/26/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Disappointing, but not surprising. The depressing reality though that is that most of the Republican field has endorsed amnesty in one form or another. So this isn't much of a surprise. Trump is using his own vocabulary, but he's echoing the same amnesty talking points you could hear from Marco Rubio... or Barack Obama. During Friday's interview, Trump said the U.S. should take a two-step approach to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. "Well, the first thing we do is take the bad ones — of which there are, unfortunately, quite a few," said Trump,...
  • Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them)

    07/21/2015 5:15:17 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/21/2015 | Rob Pegoraro
    Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it. The recent drama at Reddit is just the latest example. The managers of that expansive archipelago of forums have apparently just realized that the site provides a platform for some singularly hateful people. And yet they don’t seem sure what to do about it, beyond hiding some of the site’s uglier neighborhoods from public view. But let’s be fair to co-founder and now chief executive Steve Huffman (whose predecessor Ellen Pao resigned under fire after removing a community leader and banning some hate-mongering “subreddits”): People have been banging their...
  • ‘Reign of terror’: An online troll destroys a family’s offline life

    07/21/2015 3:49:06 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2015 | Justin Jouvenal
    Sharon and Richard Moreno were awakened by a phone call from a police negotiator around 2:30 a.m. one night last May. He told them to get out of their home immediately and leave their adult son behind. Officers with rifles greeted the couple on their front lawn in Sterling, Va., and tackled their son William on the porch. They had been drawn by a chilling post attributed to William on a popular local Web forum: “I JUST SHOT MY PARENTS NOW I WILL KILL MY SISTER.” The Morenos say in a lawsuit that the post was a hoax, part of...
  • Single Mom Palin Insists She Wasn’t Paid To Promote Abstinence, But Records Show ...

    06/29/2015 5:18:33 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 79 replies
    Radar Online ^ | 29 June 2015 | anon
    Just days after announcing her second pregnancy out of wedlock, mama bear Bristol Palin was back on the defensive, addressing the wave of critics who have called the former abstinence advocate a hypocrite in a blistering blog post. “I have never been paid as an ‘abstinence spokesperson,'” she said, although RadarOnline.com has learned she earned more than $300,000 spreading that very message. ...
  • BRISTOL PALIN OWES NO APOLOGY, INTERNET TROLLS DO

    06/27/2015 6:33:27 AM PDT · by Bratch · 127 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 26, 2015 | KEVIN SCHOLLA
    [...] Bristol Palin announced via her blog that she is pregnant. The 24-year old already has a son after choosing life in 2008 and becoming a teen mother. Now, she’s expecting again and once again she is unmarried. And? [...] Let’s call it what it really is. This is just another case of the haters waiting for someone they already hate to have a problem so they can go after them full throttle. They’re loaded for (mama grizzly) bear. [...] Others are upset about how Palin’s pregnancy could affect a potential run for office by her mother. Really? We’ve elected...
  • My father was killed by Russian propaganda, says Nemtsov's daughter - Russian propaganda kills.

    06/20/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by free_life · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 19, 2015 | Zhanna Nemtsova
    Russian propaganda kills. It kills reason and common sense but it also kills human beings. The tragic death of my father on 27 February was an act of political violence for which Russia’s state TV channels, among others, bear responsibility. For years, they stoked hatred towards him and other opposition figures, casting them as “national traitors”. Propaganda is not a crime, in and of itself: it is part of the furniture of the modern world. What is a crime is to use propaganda to incite people to break the law, employ violence or wage war. It was for these crimes...
  • Ted Cruz ,Pit of Vipers and the Council on Foreign Relations member in his family

    06/14/2015 6:37:02 AM PDT · by ncalburt · 333 replies
    Wing Right News ^ | May 28 2012 | B Nuchols
    http://wingright.org/2012/05/28/ted-cruz-pit-of-vipers-and-the-council-on-foreign-relations-member-in-his-family/
  • Silk Road Creator Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Doing What We Pay the Russians to Do

    06/12/2015 7:06:58 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/12/15 | Steve Berman
    [caption id="attachment_1512" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image source: Wired.com[/caption] See that over-the-top, anti-Obama comment on Facebook or your favorite blog?  It could be a paid Russian troll.  See the picture above?  He's serving a life sentence without parole because he started an illegal website.  He claims to be a Libertarian, but he certainly made a ton of money (the Feds claim over $100 million) selling--well, everything, sort of like Amazon, but much smaller and very much in the shadows of the "dark web." What do Russian trolls have to do with a guy in prison for life?  One of them was caught...
  • That troll posting those fake news stories could be . . . Vladimir Putin?

    06/11/2015 5:19:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/15 | Dan Calabrese
    So be aware when you see troll activity that those non-sensical posts might be influenced by a little Vodka or a lot of money. It's almost as bad as believing the propaganda emanating from the Obama Admin Last September 11, residents of Louisiana experienced a brief and minor panic when a news story started going around that a major explosion had occurred in the city of Centerville, at the site of a facility run by Columbian Chemicals. It was quite the story. Links on social media included stories that appeared to have been reported by CNN, and there was even...
  • The rise of social media trolls in foreign policy

    05/18/2015 12:36:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-18-2015 | Daniel W. Drezner, Special To The Washington Post
    <p>An awful lot of international diplomacy lately has been downright undiplomatic.</p> <p>Exhibit A: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., used Twitter to goad Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late last month. Cotton tweeted at him: “I hear you called me out today. If you’re so confident, let’s debate the Constitution.” Cotton followed up with other tweets describing Zarif as cowardly. The Iranian foreign minister replied that “serious diplomacy, not macho personal smear, is what we need,” a response that Foreign Policy magazine labeled as trolling. This was hardly the only online provocation Zarif faced during his recent New York visit.</p>
  • Russian Paper Removes Article About Soldier Wounded In Ukraine

    04/08/2015 4:34:03 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | April 08, 2015 | (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    ULAN-UDE, Russia -- Journalists at a Siberian newspaper say they spent three days using scissors to cut an article about a Russian soldier who was wounded fighting alongside pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine out of 50,000 copies of the publication. Tank crewman Dorzhi Batonmukuyev's accounts of fighting in eastern Ukraine have added to what Kyiv and NATO say are incontrovertible evidence of direct Russian military support for the rebels in a conflict with government forces that has killed more than 6,000 people since April 2014. Russia denies it has sent troops or weapons into Ukraine.
  • Russian propaganda in Ukraine - Long live Ruthenia

    04/06/2015 7:08:04 AM PDT · by Agog · 4 replies
    The Economist ^ | 04/03/2015 | MUKACHEVE AND BEREHOVE
    TUCKED away behind the Carpathian mountains, Ukraine’s Transcarpathian region has its share of problems. Ethnic separatism is not among the major ones. Nonetheless, this remote region's Ruthenian and ethnic-Hungarian communities have become a target for Russian propaganda aimed at dividing Ukrainian society.
  • Russian Trolls' Vast Library Of Insulting Images

    04/06/2015 3:13:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | April 04, 2015 | Carl Schreck
    Ever wonder where the droves of Russian-language Internet trolls get those satirical graphics they deploy to smear Western and Ukrainian leaders? Turns out there's a website with a vast archive of images helping them pepper their posts with visual invective. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on April 2 that the website with the Cyrillic address[...]translates from Russian as "in the headquarters") hosts thousands of these ready-made images for use by hundreds of paid trolls working for a secretive organization in St. Petersburg. The images -- mainly crude mash-ups or regular photographs touched up with sarcastic and juvenile captions -- are largely...
  • Home folk tell Rep. McMorris Rodgers: Don’t mess with Obamacare [WA]

    03/26/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT · by steve86 · 29 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | March 26, 2015 | Joel Connelly
    She was asking for horror stories about health care, but Rep. Cathy Morris Rodgers, R-Wash., instead found her Facebook page filled with testimonials to the Affordable Care Act. A member of the House Republican leadership, McMorris Rodgers wanted a replenishment of anecdotes like stories of questionable accuracy she told when giving the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. “This week marks the 5th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law,” wrote McMorris Rodgers. “Whether it’s turning your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer had reduced your work hours, I want...
  • The Trolls Who Came In From The Cold

    03/16/2015 11:07:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 71 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 16, 2015 | Viktor Rezunkov
    ST. PETERSBURG -- Last May, Tatiana N decided she wanted a higher salary than the average journalist can expect. After responding to an advertisement in the popular HeadHunter job-search website, she became a Kremlin-paid Internet troll. Tatiana -- who, like others interviewed for this story, asked that her last name not be used -- worked out of a 2,500-square-meter warehouse in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. The job paid 40,000 rubles a month, significantly more than the 25,000-30,000 most journalists make. But it came, she said, "with pain." Tatiana joined a round-the-clock operation in which an army of trolls disseminated...
  • It Appears There Are Hijacked Freeper Accounts

    03/01/2015 2:25:18 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 307 replies
    3/1/15
    I found three Freepers (in the last 24 hours that prior to a few days ago (10 days at the most) have not been active in a very long time...... At least a year and a half or more. The other two Freepers have no posts for 7 years and 3 years. Now prior to that time gap all would have maybe 1 or 2 posts a years several years ago. Yet in the last few days they are posting a lot. I find that very odd? I think these accounts have been hijacked by the opposition? For those that...
  • Teenage My Little Pony fan APOLOGIZES to internet trolls; threw himself under train (Truncated)

    12/18/2014 6:46:16 AM PST · by Crazieman · 142 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jay Narain
    A teenager who was bullied by online trolls posted a heartbreaking video on YouTube before killing himself, an inquest heard. Adam Smith, 19, who had learning difficulties, was bombarded with spiteful remarks and accused of plagiarism over a short story he put on a website. In response to the vicious bullying, he posted a video on YouTube entitled ‘I’m sorry’ where he apologised for any misunderstanding. But he was lambasted again by cruel users, who mocked him saying his speech problems were so bad it made them laugh. Days later he was seen crying as he walked to a railway...
  • It is time. My opus

    01/28/2013 8:10:56 PM PST · by Melas · 543 replies
    Self | 1-28-2013 | melas
    While the title says it all, I thought a goodbye was in order. While I've been a FReeper for well over a decade, I must declare that it is time to part ways. While I have the greatest respect for a great many of you, the days where I can in good conscience remain silent about the issues that set me apart from the rest of FReeperdom have past. For clarity, or perhaps catharsis, I'm not entirely certain which, I'll lay them out on the table an call the ZOT™ down upon myself. The racism: I just can't handle it...
  • How the left recruits trolls to make website comments

    11/17/2014 12:20:08 PM PST · by PROCON · 66 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Earlier today I wrote about the way the official Obamacare website has apparently recruited people to post thousands of comments each, creating the appearance of mass support, a variant on the traditional astroturfing strategy of creating bogus grassroots organizations. Big Fur Hat of iOTW Report has spotted what looks very much like a Craigslist ad recruiting trolls to post positive or negative comments on left-wing or conservative websites, respectively. The text in full, as well as a screen capture (in case the ad is removed), follow: We are a large social activism organization that advocates on behalf of issues including...
  • Rep. Darrell Issa tricked into retweeting support for Himmler, Oswald

    11/10/2014 7:02:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    California Rep. Darrell Issa, who asked Twitter followers Friday to tweet photos of their family members in the U.S. military, was duped into retweeting support for some of history’s most notorious killers. A Twitter user by the name @BrooklynJuggler trolled the Republican into retweeting a photo of his dear “Uncle Lee,” which was really a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald, the former Marine believed to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy, The Daily Dot reported. Another user by the name @Butt_C_Planet tricked Mr. Issa into retweeting a photo of his “late grandfather,” which was actually a photo of Heinrich Himmler,...
  • Gawker: It’s Cool to Punish OTHER People for Their Words, Just Not Us

    10/23/2014 12:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    free beacon ^ | 10/23/14 | Sonny Bunch
    As I’ve noted elsewhere, the most amusing aspect of the whole #GamerGate phenomenon (background here and here and here) has been the angry progressive media types confusedly looking around trying to figure out how we got to a point where they would be targeted for boycotts and the like for casual comments they have made. As Varad Mehta noted, Crazy, right? They don’t quite understand the world they’ve created. They think it’s the worst thing in the whole world for Internet Tough Guys to make death and rape threats* and also that it’s cool to joke about Bristol Palin actually...
  • Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

    10/20/2014 12:07:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | October 19, 2014
    People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty -- and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob." There has been increasing concern in Britain about the growing scourge of Internet "trolls" who post hate-filled messages on social media, often threatening their targets. The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among the...
  • Psych study: “trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism”

    09/24/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 23, 2014 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Canadian researchers: “Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling” ... Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures. Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated...
  • Is FreeRepublic Pro Harry Reid?

    09/17/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 915 replies
    Vanity | 9/17/2014 | Vanity
    A very disturbing number of Freepers are openly advocating, on Free Republic threads, for the defeat of Senator Pat Roberts and other good Conservative Republicans. Greg Orman, in Kansas, is a pro abortion, anti gun, tax and spend Liberal Democrat who has given tens of thousands of dollars to Obama and Pelosi and the Democrat Party and Harry Reid. I am called an "idiot" for supporting Roberts. However, I think that those on Free Republic who support Harry Reid and Greg Orman should be ZOTTED, kicked off the site. I have had enough of there hate filled, vindictive, misguided trash.
  • Do Trolls Matter?

    08/13/2014 6:16:31 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Daisy Sindelar
    Adolfych is opinionated. He certainly has bad manners. But is he a troll? [....] 'Nothing New' The Kremlin, which has waged a massive disinformation campaign aimed at legitimizing Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, has employed so-called "troll armies" to invade online territories armed with pro-Moscow rhetoric. A June article by Max Seddon of "Buzzfeed" reported the Kremlin was spending millions of dollars to pay English-speaking Russians to promote President Vladimir Putin and his policies in U.S. media like Fox News broadcasting and the "Huffington Post" and "Politico" news sites. Trolls are reportedly expected to...
  • Freepers Openly Supporting Liberal Democrats - Alison Lundergan Grimes

    06/26/2014 10:01:59 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 269 replies
    Free Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | Salf/Vanity
    I never thought I would see the day when there were participants in this forum openly advocating voting for a liberal Democrat. Yet that is what many are doing in advocating Kentuckians vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes. This makes no sense unless one is a liberal or leftist anti-American or are unable to move beyond emotion and irrationality or a nihilist mind set that lets anger, fear, lack of faith and hatred dominate one's logical faculties. Alison Lundergan Grimes was born in 1978. That's the year I graduated High school. Many here are older than I, and in politics, at...
  • Internet Troll Operation Uncovered in St. Petersburg [Russia]

    05/05/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 82 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times Issue #1778 (37) ^ | Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Sergey Chernov
    Local reporters have infiltrated a covert organization that hired young people as “Internet operators” near St. Petersburg and discovered that the employees are being paid to write pro-Kremlin postings and comments on the Internet, smearing opposition leader Alexei Navalny and U.S. politics and culture. [....] According to Lvova, each commenter was to write no less than 100 comments a day, while people in the other room were to write four postings a day, which then went to the other employees whose job was to post them on social networks as widely as possible. Employees at the company, located at 131...