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Nov 23 16:52

From an open internet, back to the dark ages

Jonathan Cook says internet censorship has begun with Facebook and Google discriminating against alternative content to that of Western corporate media, and that matters seem set to get worse. >>

Nov 23 05:57

CNN Blackout On House Democrat Under FBI Investigation

It has been 24 hours since news broke that Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady is under FBI investigation for allegedly paying his primary opponent to drop out of the race, but CNN has published zero articles and devoted zero airtime to the story.

The FBI was granted a search warrant for Brady’s campaign email, BobCongress@Aol.com, as part of its investigation into payments Brady’s campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent Jimmie Moore. Two of Brady’s political consultants have already been charged in connection with the investigation.

A search of CNN’s website shows the news outlet has yet to publish an article acknowledging the investigation into the congressman.

Nov 23 04:59

Fusion GPS Paid Journalists Known for Russia Collusion Stories, Court Filings Show

Smear Firm Also Brokered Meetings Between Dossier Author Christopher Steele and 'At Least Five Major Media Outlets, Including Yahoo News'

Nov 22 13:07

For more than half a century, the sugar industry has used Big Tobacco tactics to suppress sugar/cancer link and to confuse the science

UCSF researchers have published an important paper in PLOS Biology that draws on internal documents from the US sugar industry lobby that shows that the industry deliberately suppressed research on the link between sucrose and bladder cancer and heart disease, and then deliberately sowed misinformation about the health effects of sugar, using tactics straight out of the tobacco industry's cancer-denial playbook.

Nov 22 10:01

TOP GERMAN JUDGES SLAM EU PLANS TO CREATE GLOBAL COURT TO ENFORCE CORPORATE SOVEREIGNTY

A few weeks ago, we wrote how many -- even the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer -- seem to think it's time for corporate sovereignty, also called "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS), to go. For some reason the European Commission disagrees. As Techdirt readers may recall, after receiving a bloody nose in a public consultation about corporate sovereignty, the Commission announced to great fanfare that it was "replacing" ISDS with something called the Investment Court System (ICS). In fact, this amounted to little more than putting lipstick on the ISDS pig, since ICS suffered from the same fundamental flaw: it gave companies unique rights to sue countries in a supra-national court. The EU is still plugging away at the ICS idea, and it now wants to go further by creating a truly global corporate sovereignty system enforced by a new Multilateral Investment Court (pdf), an initiative formally launched a couple of months ago:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Corporations need less power, not more, in the scheme of things; and particularly in the realm of computer/telecom product issues, when the products don't work, they do not need governmental protection, as this industry is no longer in its infancy.

Nov 22 09:40

JFK assassination +54 years = overwhelming, irrefutable comprehensive proof killers were .01% US illegal rogue state empire demanding arrests in 2017 of ongoing murder accomplices after the fact

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Kerry Cassidy’s outstanding 2-hour interview of JFK assassination experts Professor James Fetzer, Ole Dammegard, and Paladin:

My 2016 interview with President John F. Kennedy: who assassinated me and why, American public’s opportunity today to cause peace:

Nov 22 09:19

Teen Vogue Writer: I'm 'Not At All Concerned' About 'Innocent Men' Losing Jobs Over False Rape Claims

Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin, the founder of the "UnSlut Project," said Tuesday that she's "not at all concerned" about explicitly "innocent men" losing their jobs over false sexual assault so long as it helps in "undoing the patriarchy."

Nov 22 08:22

John Lasseter Taking Six-Month Leave from Pixar Amid Harassment Allegations

Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios acknowledges ‘missteps’ and that he possibly made coworkers feel ‘disrespected or uncomfortable.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, John, John, John...

Nov 22 07:50

Google: 'No Concrete Plans' to De-Rank Content of Russian Media

Schmidt did not comment on whether engineering a software to hide information could be seen as amounting to censorship. Giving insight on the capabilities of the new algorithm, the official did merely indicate that it would be able to detect "repetitive, exploitative, false, and weaponized" information.

In the meantime, a representative of Google has told Sputnik that tech giant had no concrete plans to de-rank Russian media, including the RT and Sputnik news outlets.

Nov 22 07:36

Harvard Business School: "Integrity" missing element of economics today

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Harvard's Michael Jensen and innovative thinker Werner Erhard team for this paper: Putting integrity into finance: a purely positive approach

Abstract:

Nov 21 13:05

Flashback. Sexual Predators Hall of Fame Moment : Kevin Spacey on Charlie Rose Show Talking About Bill Clinton !

Flashback. What could be better than a Charlie Rose show with Kevin Spacey as a guest : talking about his close relationship with Bill Clinton! Historians may never know who was a bigger sexual harasser Charlie Rose, Bill Clinton, or Kevin Spacey??

Nov 21 12:39

Google’s Eric Schmidt, arbiter of news, has long history with Obama & Clinton

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, announced that his company will 'de-rank' RT's articles online, calling them propaganda. Is he concerned for the integrity of news, or are his motives more partisan?

The 62-year-old, with an estimated wealth of $11.1 billion, has never hidden his political leanings, jumping straight into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign long before she officially announced her candidacy. In one of John Podesta's leaked emails, the long-time Clinton confidant and chairman of her presidential campaign told her soon-to-be campaign manager Robby Mook that he had met with Schmidt in April 2014, more than a year before Clinton told the American public that she was hoping to become their next president.

Nov 21 12:08

CNN Trolled into Oblivion by LaVar Ball

Nov 21 10:58

US Airstrike In Somalia Kills More Than 100 al-Shabab Militants

More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday in the latest US airstrike in Somalia the Pentagon announced, the latest in a series of strikes against the al Qaeda affiliated group and ISIS fighters in the war-torn country meant to support the local government. The strike occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu, and was the 29th such strike since the start of 2017, and 7th since November 9.

The Pentagon released the following statement commemorating the latest airstrike:

U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at approximately 10:30 a.m. local Somalia time, killing more than 100 militants. The operation occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is in Somalia for the same reason it has garrisoned so much of the rest of the planet; to regime-change its government to a more Western/US centric government; expropriate its resources, to which the US govenment and those corporations which own it have utterly no moral right; and to insure that these goods are only sold to countries of which we approve, and only for US dollars.

Nov 21 10:44

#Lame: Newsweek Compares Donald Trump to Charles Manson

Newsweek compares Charles Manson with Donald Trump in an article all the while insisting it does no such thing.

Nov 21 09:03

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt Apologizes For Saying Rand Paul Assault Is 'One Of My Favorite Stories'

MSNBC host Kasie Hunt apologized Monday for saying the violent assault on Rand Paul which left him with six broken ribs and a pleural effusion was "one of my favorite stories."

Nov 21 08:33

'Scoop' based on Moscow rumors, another low in British media coverage of Russia

But, of course, none of these “insiders” have names. Which means we have to take The Independent’s word for it. Confidence is reduced midway through the lengthy piece when the report contradicts itself. Citing “one high-level source,” the writer tells us “Mr. Putin likes the unexpected; and when he makes changes, he will confer with no one.”

This is brain busting stuff. Because if Putin confers with nobody before making changes, then the only way Oliver Carroll’s story could be true is if he spoke to the Russian president himself. And he’d make an extremely unlikely confidant of Putin.

So who are the actual named sources here?

Nov 21 08:31

Google Executive Says New Algorithm Will Hide RT, Sputnik Articles

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, announced Saturday that the company will "engineer" algorithms that will make it harder for articles from Sputnik News and RT to appear on the Google News service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stop using Google News service.

Nov 21 08:21

CBS’ 60 Minutes Program Ignores US Complicity in Yemen Crisis

The venerated US television program “60 Minutes” reported on the crisis in Yemen on Sunday, pointing out if “you keep going like you’re going, there’s not going to be anybody left, all the children are going to be dead.”

The CBS program, however, left out the fact that the US is providing crucial material support for Saudi Arabia’s atrocities in Yemen.

Nov 21 07:57

Flashback: Sex Abuser Charlie Rose Shames Steve Bannon and Ridicules President Trump for Billy Bush Tape

President Trump and Steve Bannon responded to the Bush tape by having a press conference in St. Louis a few days later on a Sunday shortly before the 2nd debate with Hillary Clinton.

President Trump did what no politician has ever done – he hit back – HARD – and Bannon had much to do with it.

On that Sunday President Trump invited the media to a pre-debate presser. The media was non- stop about the video claiming Trump was finished. The reporters thought they were going to a pre-debate photo op with Donald Trump. They walked in on Trump sitting with Clinton rape victims. Trump held a presser with Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick & Kathleen Willey—

TRUMP PUNKED THE PRESS!

Nov 21 07:30

HuffPo Memory-Holes Piece Blasting Al Franken’s Alleged Victims as Partisan Liars

Since HuffPo disappeared its piece, Lindsay Menz, a Texas woman, has come forward with the claim that Franken groped her in 2010 while he was a sitting senator.

Nov 20 17:57

The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

For reasons unknown, on Sunday The Independent "live streamed" footage from space that was more than two years old.

Nov 20 16:33

Harvard Experiment Finds Large Effects From Small News Outlets

Even small publishers have a large effect on the national discourse, according to a new paper published in Science on the effects of news. “Exposure to the news media,” the study states, “causes Americans to take public stands on specific issues, join national policy conversations, and express themselves publicly.”

The research aims to quantify the effect of news media. Put in terms that are increasingly common when talking about journalism: What is the impact of news organizations?

The act of publishing news is influential in still-surprising and robust ways.

Nov 20 11:27

NYT's Glenn Thrush Suspended, Accused Of Sexually Harassing Young Journalists

Vox interviewed multiple women who alleged sexual misconduct against Thrush, including unwanted groping and kissing.

Nov 20 10:15

MSNBC Panelist: White Men 'Pose the Biggest Threat to Americans'

According to MSNBC panelist Jamira Burley, it's "documented and verified" that white men "pose the biggest threat to Americans every single day."

Nov 20 09:29

Broaddrick: ‘Great Epiphany’ About Bill Clinton Should Have Happened 20 Years Ago

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” Bill Clinton accusers Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick stated they were skeptical about the sincerity of those on the left who have recently come out against Bill Clinton.

Jones said, “Well, it’s a little bit too late for that now, isn’t it? So, it makes you wonder if they really, truly mean what they say. Because us women did not get any kind of help whatsoever from any of those liberal women. They ridiculed us. We were called all kind of names. We were not believed. And I just — I hope that it’s true that they think that now, but I don’t know that it’s — that I believe it.”

Broaddrick stated, “It’s absolutely disgusting, Laura. This great epiphany, that should have occurred 20 years ago, coming about now is — I should feel ecstatic about it, but I don’t. I feel very disappointed that they waited two decades to do this.”

Nov 20 08:36

Brennan and Clapper: Elder Statesmen of the Intelligence Community or “Serial Fabricators”?

In other words, after an arduous 12 month-long investigation involving both Houses of Congress, a Special Counsel, and a small army of high-paid Washington attorneys, the only straw Brennan has found to hold on to, is a few innocuous advertisements posted on Facebook and Twitter that had no noticeable impact on the election at all. That’s a very weak foundation upon which to build a case for foreign espionage or presidential collusion. It’s hard not to conclude that the public has been seriously misled by the leaders of this campaign.

Nov 20 07:57

US Media Focuses Exclusivly On Sex Allegations

The growing allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore highlights the double standards in Washington and is distracting attention from the Trump administration’s military interventions around the world, a former US Senate candidate says.

Nov 20 07:41

Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator As Roguish, Visionary ‘Reformer’

Two weeks ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carried out a brutal crackdown on his political opponents, arresting dozens of high-ranking relatives, kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon, and seeing eight of his political rivals die in a convenient helicopter crash. The “consolidation of power” by the de facto Saudi ruler comes as his government ramps up its siege of Yemen and gets even closer to its US sponsor, thanks to a Trump’s dopey love affair with—and direct assistance of—the regime.

Nov 19 09:12

US Media Focuses Exclusivly On Sex Allegations

The growing allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore highlights the double standards in Washington and is distracting attention from the Trump administration’s military interventions around the world, a former US Senate candidate says.

Nov 19 08:30

Trusted fact-checker? Politifact duped by Bergdahl satire piece, tediously explains why it’s fake

One of the top fact-checking websites, tasked with combatting the spread of fake news by the paragons of Silicon Valley virtue, Google and Facebook, has knowingly fact-checked a satirical website.

In either a gross misuse of time and resources, a lame attempt at some kind of meta-satire or some truly cynical and condescending journalism, the article, entitled: "No, Bowe Bergdahl didn't wander off during court," was published Thursday November 16 by Politifact as a debunk of a piece on the Duffel Blog from October.

Nov 18 12:47

US Media Focuses Exclusivly On Sex Allegations

The growing allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore highlights the double standards in Washington and is distracting attention from the Trump administration’s military interventions around the world, a former US Senate candidate says.

Nov 18 09:33

NBC News executive ousted over 'inappropriate conduct' with female employees

Matt Zimmerman, the executive in charge of booking for NBC News, has been fired for what the company called “inappropriate conduct” with female employees at the network.

“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at [parent company NBCUniversal], which violated company policy. As a result he has been dismissed,” an NBC News representative said in a statement.

Women at NBC News brought Zimmerman’s alleged behavior to the attention of the company amid the heightened attention on sexual harassment that has resulted from the allegations brought against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K., director Brett Ratner, NPR executive Michael Oreskes and a host of media and entertainment industry names.

Nov 18 08:57

THE DEMISE OF DISSENT: WHY THE WEB IS BECOMING HOMOGENIZED

The systemic erosion of advert revenues for everyone other than FB and Google is evident everywhere: for example, BuzzFeed Set to Miss Revenue Target, Signaling Turbulence in Media Prospects for a 2018 initial public offering by the high-profile publisher now appear remote.

Digital publisher BuzzFeed is on track to miss its revenue target this year by a significant amount, the latest sign that troubles in the online-ad business are making it tough for new-media upstarts to live up to lofty expectations.

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