WSWB drops a load on the NYT.

The World Socialist Web Site drops a load on the NYTs. I copy and pasted quite a bit, but there is a lot more. Go read it and sign the petition for them while you are there.

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I noticed a difference on FB in last few days. Before, we had enough outreach to gain one or two new FB members every week. Now, I'm lucky if our stuff is getting out beyond my immediate family. Facebook so sucks. It is like dailykos in that its only value is its size and opportunity for outreach. Given the dk purge and the new FB algorithms, both are useless for everything except regurgitating pablum and posting selfies of food.

New York Times stokes anti-Russia campaign to promote Facebook, Twitter censorship
By Bill Van Auken
12 September 2017

The New York Times has mounted a concerted campaign promoting a crackdown on political expression on social media on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of Russian government interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
In conjunction with a public statement by Facebook last Wednesday on political advertising allegedly originating in Russia, the Times published a sensationalist “investigative” report titled “The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election,” an op-ed piece indicting Facebook for failing to exercise greater censorship of political content and an editorial Saturday touching on the same themes.
Facebook briefed members of both the Senate and House intelligence committees on its findings on September 6. It said it found $50,000 in spending on 2,200 “potentially politically related” ads “that might have originated in Russia” over a two-year period beginning in June 2015. It added that this included Facebook accounts and pages “with very weak signals of a connection and not associated with any known organized effort,” including “accounts with US IP addresses but with the language set to Russian.”
The vast majority of the ads, Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos added, “didn’t specifically reference the US presidential election, voting or a particular candidate,” but rather appeared to focus on amplifying “divisive social and political messages.”
The testimony was seized upon by Democratic politicians attempting to promote the theme of Russia meddling in the US elections in support of Trump. Representative Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the highly ambiguous Facebook findings “deeply disturbing and yet fully consistent with the unclassified assessment of the intelligence committee.”
The Times “investigation” was as weak in its substantiation of a Russian government operation to influence the 2016 presidential election as the Facebook report, but far more inflammatory. [more]

Not only are they going to destroy net neutrality, they are going to censor what you can see if and when you get there. If you mention war, income inequality, and a few other key words, FB will censor you. I dumped Google. I am using Duckduckgo and I am quite happy with it. Now all I want is a replacement for FB.

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Lookout's picture

and have no problems being so. C99 is my news group (I appreciate everyone's research!). I'm in a little music listserv too. Then I just use email. No internet addiction problems, but plenty to read and explore when I want. Works for me anyhow.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

Society needs a back door because the front door is locked and barred.

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*donate *follow us on Twitter *like us on Facebook *dump Google

detroitmechworks's picture

@dkmich at the meetup on Sunday.

Thinking that the "Cell" structure with physical only mailing lists/contact lists should be a priority for C99 at least.

Of course, further planning on such a tactic would be conducted offline. Smile

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I don't Blame Christians. I Blame Stupid. Which Sadly, is a much more popular religion these days.

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No surprise. Meanwhile, even as the astroturf 'alt-right' go to places like bit chute, they still have carte blanche to do what they want, where they want, when they want to whoever they want because they pose no threat to the corporate state that bankrolls them.

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@The Aspie Corner @The Aspie Corner

Yeah, you nailed it. A corporate state. Fascism.

We're talking billionaires arranging censorship of anything that give the plebes ideas above their designated stations, as in decent living, working and environmental conditions in a democratic society taking care of its own.

And they're arranging this suppression with the public servants who are to be the people's publicly paid representatives, yet who can reach multi-millionaire status typically through such self-interests paying them to act against the public interest, as well as via insider information.

These self-interests have the stolen power and money of which the people are deprived and intend to keep it this way until they have it all, to feed upon the rotting corpse, even as not only the Golden Goose but the universal life support system on which they themselves depend collapse.

But they seriously believe that money can buy them anything, in at least some cases including apparently immortality and some ideal replacement planet/habitat every time they ruin the last one. Even in an utterly collapsed real economy and within an ecological disaster area with no other 'there' there.

And people still speak of voting for those within this purchased 'political' system and cannot even organize toward the creation and promotion of alternatives to abusive and intrusive corporate interests such as FB and YouTube, which could be replaced, or to refuse to support those hazardous to life, such as Monsanto and Dow, by not consuming GMOs and the deadly chemicals saturating them and the environment and informing their grocers of this refusal, en masse.

We give silent consent and active support to those destroying us and our planet in so many ways, while our ability to even boycott goes down the drain... mea culpa...

Edited to add a word I missed and to remove a stray comma.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.