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May 08 09:49

Report: BuzzFeed Targeted Readers with Sponsored Anti-Trump Political Ads Without Proper Disclosure

BuzzFeed ran microtargeted pro-Clinton political ads during the 2016 election without labeling them as political ads — despite assurances that they would do so — according to a report by the Daily Caller.

According to the report, BuzzFeed ran 32 “native” political ads (ads designed to look like standard articles) on the site in 2016, without disclosing that they were political ads. This is despite the fact that BuzzFeed promised to add disclosures on native political ads when they launched the program.

But the Caller reports that only four native ads out of the 36 they analyzed from 2016 contained proper disclosures.

By failing to disclose native political ads as such, BuzzFeed risks running afoul of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on native advertising. As the Caller notes, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) also mandates that online political advertisements identify who funded and authorized them.

May 08 09:49

Facebook Blocks Daily Caller Story On FBI Texts — Blames ‘Spam’ Algorithm

Facebook blocked users Friday from sharing a Daily Caller story on the 300 “missing” text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that were turned over to Congress on Thursday night.

The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained and published the text messages early Friday morning. Sometime Friday afternoon, however, Facebook began blocking users from sharing the story with their friends, warning them that the story could be spam.

May 08 09:08

US Gov. and Media Whitewash ‘Reformer’ Saudi Prince MBS as He Beheads Dissidents

While top American officials and media outlets praise Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “revolutionary,” 12 people are beheaded per month. Professor Asad AbuKhalil says the Saudi monarchy “has become far more repressive than it has ever been.”

May 08 08:51

The ever-loathesome New York Times

While US the news media spends night after night trying to figure out the exact means by which the President paid the p*rn star…

Israel has upped its savagery against the Palestinians in a way I’m sure Hitler would have approved of.

And the New York Times thinks it’s just fine.

Unarmed protestors and the journalist who cover them murdered in cold blood, day after day and on film – and it’s AOK with the sleazebags at the Times.

May 07 17:34

They Admitted Social Media Is Programming Us

It’s one thing to think that something subversive is happening with social media, surveillance, and mind control. It’s quite another thing when it’s admitted to by the very people who created it. Melissa Dykes covers the wide-range of effects that the pervasive use of social media is already having on society.

May 07 15:22

ThinkProgress Smears Investigative Journalist for Questioning Douma Gas Attack

Reporter Pearson Sharp, who visited Douma, Syria, about 10 days after a chemical attack allegedly took place there, spoke with Sputnik Radio’s Fault Lines with Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan on Monday after he was smeared by ThinkProgress.

Pearson said that after the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack that spurred US President Donald Trump to fire almost five dozen Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria in April 2017, he was motivated to find out if it was really true that there was evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons to kill Syrian civilian targets in Douma, as London, Washington and France have alleged.

When visiting Douma, Pearson explained that instead of describing what he personally saw, he wanted to put the camera on people in the town instead and let them tell the story. After interviewing dozens of Douma residents, Sharp found that "consistently, not one person in the town said they heard anything about an attack."

May 07 10:36

AP Tries To Cover Up Clinton Links To Sex Cult

The Associated Press is running a full-court press to block any reporting on the associations between Bill and Hillary Clinton and NXIVM, the sex cult that sees its leaders Keith Raniere and Allison Mack standing trial for sex trafficking.

At a recent court hearing, former Smallville star Allison Mack avoided eye contact with fellow defendant Keith Raniere, the manipulative cult leader who allegedly had Mack and other women under his spell during his years of unencumbered alleged sex crimes. Mack’s possible plea deal could lead to incarceration for Raniere — who is being held without bail — and could collapse the entire house of cards around NXIVM that involves the Clintons and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

May 07 09:56

Vatican Official Forced to Resign over ‘Lettergate’ Scandal Gives Lecture on ‘Fake News’

In late March, Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò was obliged to step down from his post as head of Vatican communications when it was learned that a doctored photograph of a letter from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI had been distributed to journalists. The letter seemed to express endorsement of a collection of books exploring the theology of Pope Francis.

Journalists immediately accused the Vatican communications department of propagating “fake news,” and the Associated Press (AP) said the Vatican’s manipulation of the photograph “violated photojournalist industry standards.” The missing content “significantly altered the meaning of the quotes the Vatican chose to highlight,” AP said, because they “suggested that Benedict had read the volume, agreed with it and given it his full endorsement and assessment.”

The part of the letter offered to the press also omitted a significant passage in which the former pope sharply criticized one of the authors of the series.

May 07 09:52

Israeli flags denigrated on German streets

Against the backdrop of recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, the popular tabloid Bild decided a week ago to hang Israeli flags in different locations throughout the country to—with the aid of hidden cameras—examine how they will be treated.

"The results of the test were shocking," the paper wrote, noting most flags were either taken down, torn to shreds, stepped on, lit on fire or thrown in the trash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once again the media tries to claim that criticism of the government of Israel represents hatred of all Jews.

May 05 11:21

CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘It’s My Obligation as a Journalist’ to Call Trump ‘Racist’

Friday at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology NYC Summit, CNN’s Don Lemon said it was his “obligation as a journalist” to call President Donald Trump “racist.”

When asked about calling Trump a racist on air, Lemon said, “If he is not racist he’s certainly is racist-adjacent.”

He continued, “If you have the evidence that shows you, that indicates, that leads you to nothing else but this president being racist, then I feel it’s my obligation as a journalist to say it. On that night I said it, and I don’t regret saying it. I believe that to be true.”

May 05 10:48

Cambridge Analytica 'Did What Wasn't Allowed by Terms of Service' - Specialist

The political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica has shut down amid a scandal over data it mined from Facebook and used in political campaigns, namely the 2016 US election and Brexit referendum. Radio Sputnik discussed the situation with Yul Bahat, a member of Cyan’s cybersecurity advisory network.

Cambridge Analytica has published a statement in which it said it had been “vilified” for legal activities.

When asked if this particular situation is a witch hunt or whether Cambridge Analytica has some questions to answer about the way it obtained and utilized information and whether he personally was pro or against this company, Yul Bahat said that the information they used was publicly available.

May 04 07:33

2005: CNN Host Christiane Amanpour Tells Assad US Looking For New Syrian Leader, Supporting “Opposition,” Preparing Coup

By Brandon Turbeville

By now, it is common knowledge among researchers and journalists focused on the Syrian crisis that the plan to destroy the Syrian government was not merely hatched in 2011 at the beginning of the physical crisis itself, but that it was part of a much older plan to eliminate all resistance to the world finance oligarchy. Indeed, not only did the plan go back further than 2011, its beginnings could be seen going all the way back to the 1980s.

One window into the coming destabilization came two years after the United States had invaded and destroyed Iraq for the same reason. Notoriously pro-war propagandist Christiane Amanpour sat down for an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, during the course of which she alluded to the fact that the United States was planning on his overthrow...

May 04 00:01

Facebook Begins Ranking News Sites By Trust And Combating “Propaganda” During Elections

“Fake news” was a propaganda term designed to destroy and discredit alternative media – but we are sticking it right to the real propagandists – the very fake mainstream media that told us there was WMDs in Iraq and chemical weapons in Syria.

May 03 12:50

Facebook Begins Ranking News Sites By Trust And Combating “Propaganda” During Elections

By Aaron Kesel

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated Tuesday that his company has begun to implement a system that will rank news organizations based on trustworthiness while suppressing content that doesn’t fit in that metric...

May 03 10:45

CIA EMAILS TO JOURNALISTS DON’T HAVE TO BE RELEASED TO PUBLIC, JUDGE RULES

Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York ruled that the CIA does not have to release parts of five emails senior CIA officials sent to journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The Washington Post in 2012. At the time, the CIA was facing pressure over links it may have had to a Pakistani doctor who helped American forces hunt down Osama bin Laden.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Adam Johnson, a freelance reporter, who was represented by a first amendment lawyer in New York City, Daniel Novack.

“The Director of Central Intelligence is free to disclose classified information about CIA sources and methods selectively, if he concludes that it is necessary to do so in order to protect those intelligence sources and methods, and no court can second guess his decision,” McMahon ruled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is how the CIA attempts to create narrative, and "guide" the current course of history toward that narrative; this is also why the Independent Media is more important and precious to making informed decisions than ever.

May 03 09:28

Australian Government and Press Ignore “Hands Off Syria” Anti-War Rally In Melbourne

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Australian government continues to support the war on Syria and the secular government of Bashar al-Assad, even supporting America’s recent missile strikes on Syria in defense of al-Qaeda, it is proving that while it may be listening to big business, the United States, and the international Deep State, it is not listening to the very people it is claiming that it wants to defend...

May 03 09:03

Professional lying from the US and the UK in Syria

The US and UK may be in industrial decline, but their Lying Industries are as active as ever.

UK lying (with assistance from US collaborators) got the US involved in WW I (World War One) which brought us the Federal Reserve Bank. the IRS, and an out-of-control Pentagon.

Here’s what they’re doing in Syria.

“Don’t confuse us with the facts, we need a new war”

May 03 08:58

Facebook: MPs demand answers as Cambridge Analytica closes doors

The company, which worked on the Brexit campaign, sustained severe criticism over its gathering of data from millions of Facebook profiles to target users with personalised adverts.

It announced it would be shutting down on Wednesday, claiming the coverage of the scandal has driven away customers and made the business unviable.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said its investigations will continue to "seek to pursue individuals and directors as appropriate".

While Damian Collins, the chairman of the Commons select committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), tweeted: "Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group cannot be allowed to delete their data history by closing.

May 03 08:55

Britain's fake news committee issues summons threat to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may face a UK parliament summons if he won't speak to MPs voluntarily, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has said.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkstone & Hythe, restated the committee’s invitation to the Facebook founder in a letter sent to the social media giant’s UK head of public policy on Tuesday. MPs wants to question Zuckerberg on the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

If he fails to respond “positively” to their request to answer some outstanding questions posed by the committee, Zuckerberg may face a formal summons and be obliged to appear.

May 03 08:49

Facebook will rank news sources by ‘trust’ – but who does Facebook trust?

Facebook will now rank news sources by “trustworthiness,” promoting or suppressing content based on this criterion. However, news organizations enlisted to help define what “trustworthy” is seem to reveal a strong political bias.

Speaking at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday – a flashy two-day affair of keynote speeches and after-parties for the Silicon Valley elite – Zuckerberg said that the company has already gathered data from users, who it asked to identify various news brands and score them by trust.

“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” he said, according to Buzzfeed News. "We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.”

May 03 08:29

Cambridge Analytica to shut down, as Facebook data scandal rumbles on

Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm at the center of the Facebook data privacy scandal, is shutting down, the Wall Street Journal reports. In March, it emerged that Facebook had exposed the data of up to 87 million users to the firm’s researchers. Last month, the company suspended its CEO Alexander Nix, ahead of investigations to determine whether it had engaged in any wrongdoing.

May 03 08:28

Gavin Williamson wants YOU in the Army Reserves to fight Russia in the fake news wars!

If you’re a reporter or a computer geek, then Gavin Williamson wants you to help him in the war on fake news. The UK defense secretary issued to a call to arms to tech and communications experts to fight the cyber propaganda war.

Williamson has called on those with IT or cyber skills to join the UK’s reserve forces to help end the Russian “age of disinformation,” arguing they can “change the narrative” with tech skills that are “more relevant today than anything else.”

May 02 12:39

Zuckerberg: Facebook Will 'Dial Up' Suppression Of News Outlets Deemed 'Untrustworthy'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the establishment media at a conference on Tuesday that Facebook is going to "dial up" its "suppression" of news outlets he deems lacking in "trustworthiness."

May 02 12:39

Brit Tells Drunk Migrant Not to Drink On Train, Gets Scolded by Liberal Feminist, Attacked by UK Press

A British man was filmed last week telling a drunk Polish-born migrant from Russia not to drink on a train in direct violation of the law.

May 02 10:44

Facebook Is Now Ranking News Organizations Based on ‘Trustworthiness’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed his platform has started to rank news organizations based on “trustworthiness,” with low-ranking sources becoming suppressed.
“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” declared Zuckerberg during a speech at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, with media executives in the audience on Tuesday. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.”

Zuckerberg did not clarify how the “trustworthiness” of news organizations would be ranked.

According to BuzzFeed, Zuckerberg’s meeting at the hotel “included representatives from BuzzFeed News, the Information, Quartz, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Recode, Univision, Barron’s, the Daily Beast, the Economist, HuffPost, Insider, the Atlantic, the New York Post, and others.”

May 02 10:38

Congresswoman TEARS APART Mark Zuckerberg! "No I Won't Let You Filibuster! FACEBOOK DOESN'T OWN ME!"

May 02 10:15

Congresswoman SUPER ANNOYED At Mark Zuckerberg! "JUST ANWSER THE QUESTION!"

May 02 10:06

Facebook Plans To ‘Dial Up’ Suppression Of Certain News Outlets

Facebook plans to “dial up” the suppression of certain news outlets, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg made the comment while holding an off-the-record meeting with a select group of media outlets. Zuckerberg briefly went on the record at the end of the meeting to answer questions about Facebook’s recent changes to the newsfeed, according to BuzzFeed, which first reported his comments.

“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” Zuckerberg said. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.”

In January, Zuckerberg announced two key algorithm changes to Facebook’s newsfeed feature that have boosted a minority of news outlets while harming their competitors.

May 01 14:55

Robert Reich Calls For Wall Street Takeover to 'Save' Political System From Trump

Former Occupy Wall Street supporter Robert Reich has called for Wall Street to occupy America to "save" our "political system" from President Trump.

May 01 10:43

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum Quits, But Why?

Jan Koum, the CEO and co-founder of the global messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook since 2014, is leaving his post, while Facebook is still deeply embroiled in a user privacy scandal.

Koum has confirmed that he is breaking his ties with his brainchild and its parent company on his Facebook page on Monday, with the Washington Post reporting that he is also considering resigning from Facebook’s board.

May 01 09:51

"Total BS" - Kelly Slams "Pathetic Smear Attempt"; Trump Blasts NBC's "Totally Unhinged" 'Idiot' Report

President Trump has now responded directly, blasting the "fake news making up false stories" as "totally unhinged."

May 01 08:17

America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars

UPDATE: On the morning of September 21st Phil Giraldi was fired over the phone by The American Conservative, where he had been a regular contributor for fourteen years. He was told that “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” was unacceptable. The TAC management and board appear to have forgotten that the magazine was launched with an article by founder Pat Buchanan entitled “Whose War?” which largely made the same claims that Giraldi made about the Jewish push for another war, in that case with Iraq. Buchanan was vilified and denounced as an anti-Semite by many of the same people who are now similarly attacking Giraldi.

Apr 30 12:27

BEX ALERT - Netanyahu says Israel obtained ‘half a ton’ of documents on Iran’s nuclear weapons program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims to have intelligence reports proving that Iran was definitely pursuing nuclear weapons prior to the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, despite Tehran’s long-held claim that its nuclear program was purely for peaceful energy purposes.

Speaking from Israel’s ministry of defense in Tel Aviv on Monday, Mr. Netanyahu said that he has “secret” files exposing Iran’s covert pursuit of nuclear weapons and showing that Iranian authorities for years lied to the international community.

Mr. Netanyahu specifically claimed that Israeli intelligence had obtained some 55,000 pages of evidence and digital files consisting of “incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the "laptop of death" fiasco?

Apr 30 09:56

Mike Huckabee Fires Back at WHCD Insults of Sarah Sanders – A Father’s Fury!

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee watched as his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was viciously attacked and insulted by so-called “comedian” Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Wolf, who also made jokes about abortion, insulted Sanders in the most personal way and was obsessed with Sanders’ appearance. Mike Huckabee did what any father would do and got angry after Wolf insulted his talented daughter from a few feet away.

As Huckabee furiously Tweeted, “The WHCD was supposed to celebrate the 1st Amendment. Instead they celebrated bullying, vulgarity, and hate. They got all dressed up so they would look nicer when they had a hired gun savagely attack their guests. Do they really wonder why America has no respect for them? Sad!”

Apr 29 09:58

Empowered Feminist Tells Edgy Vagina Jokes At White House Correspondents Dinner

Debbie Wasserman Schultz impersonator Michelle Wolf lampooned President Trump, also known as "small-hands McDrumpf," Saturday night during what many are calling the greatest White House Correspondents Dinner of all time!

Wolf told jokes about her vag, abortions, p*ssies, Drumpf, Russia and Nazis!

Apr 29 09:56

Are Palestinian Journalists Being Censored by Murder?

On April 25, Ahmad Abu Hussein became the second Palestinian journalist Israeli snipers shot to death while covering the Great March of Return demonstrations, a series of weekly, massive Palestinian demonstrations demanding the right to return to their lands. Abu Hussein was 24 years old. Just days before, Israeli live ammunition killed 30-year-old Yasser Mourtaja. Like Abu Hussein, he was wearing a large, bright “Press” jacket that made clear he was a reporter.

The organization Reporters Sans Frontieres asserts that the Israeli Occupying Forces’ targeting of journalists is deliberate and systemic. This would be in direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2222 (2015), which states: “impunity for crimes committed against journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in armed conflict remains a significant challenge to their protection and that ensuring accountability for crimes committed against them is a key element in preventing future attacks.”

Apr 29 09:52

European Union Advocates For Soros-Funded ‘Independent Fact Checkers’ to Combat ‘Fake News’

The European Commission has proposed new measures to tackle disinformation and so-called ‘fake news’ online, including an EU-wide code of practice on disinformation and support for an “independent fact-checking network.”

The EU Commission announced the new proposal earlier this week, arguing that the new measures would “stimulate quality journalism and promote media literacy,” according to a press release published on the Commission’s website.

“The weaponisation of online fake news and disinformation poses a serious security threat to our societies. The subversion of trusted channels to peddle pernicious and divisive content requires a clear-eyed response based on increased transparency, traceability and accountability,” Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King said.

Apr 29 09:12

CNN Rewarded Obama Official With Contract After Leaking Dossier To Tapper, Report Says

On Friday, a newly-declassified congressional report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections revealed that Obama's Director of National Intelligence (DNI) leaked information about the infamous anti-Trump dossier to CNN's Jake Tapper, lied about it to Congress, and then was rewarded with a contract at CNN a few months later.

Apr 29 09:02

Busted! Mainstream Media's Witch Hunt on 'Russian Bots' Over Skripal Case

According to the latest Whitehall analysis by British civil servants, covered by The Guardian, Russia-based accounts have increased their propaganda activities up to 4,000 percent since the alleged poisoning attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK.

“One bot, @Ian56789, was sending 100 posts a day during a 12-day period starting from April 7, and reached 23 million users, before the account was suspended. […] Another, @Partisangirl, reached 61 million users with 2,300 posts over the same 12-day period,” The Guardian wrote.

It appears, those people are not Russians at all, and The Guardian labeled them as “bots” incorrectly: the first “Kremlin-inspired” user, mentioned in the government report, @Ian56789, turned out to be a British citizen, who agreed to make an appearance on Sky News via Skype to dispel the myths that he’s a “Russian troll.”

Apr 29 09:01

State sponsor of terrorism

Russophobia is now so rampant in the west's political media elite, it has become an absurd caricature. US Senator Cory Gardner has called for Russia to be labelled a state sponsor of terrorism. His argument (if such it can be called) is based on falsehoods, irrelevancies and blatantly absurd disinformation.

Gardner claims that the State Department should make the designation because Russia invaded Georgia and the Ukraine. (It didn't. And invading another country is not terrorism. However, a country much closer to Senator Gardner does have a history of invading other countries - care to hazard a guess?) Gardner also cites Russia's support for Syria. (This is true. But Russia is in Syria legally, fighting against terrorists - terrorists who are supported by the US, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Israel, France and others. Indeed, the US has thousands of troops in Syria illegally and has repeatedly bombed the country and killed Syrian civilians and soldiers.)

Apr 29 09:00

Russian bots and disinformation

Russian bots are spreading disinformation, according to the government. The Guardian's Heather Stewart provides an analysis, which purportedly shows how Russian bots are spreading propaganda in the wake of the Skripal and Douma alleged chemical weapons attacks.

Apr 29 08:42

The Silence Of The Skripals - Government Blocks Press Reports - Media Change The Record

Now the former British ambassador Craig Murray quotes Clive Ponting, another former senior civil servant, who suspects that the British government issued a D-Notice. Such a notice forbids British media to report on an issue. Murray also points to a tweet by Channel 4 correspondent Alex Thomson from March 12 in which Thomsen mentions a D-Notice specifically related to Mr. Skripal's MI6 handler:

Apr 29 08:35

Tucker Carlson, Is Youtube limiting Conservatives?

Apr 28 15:41

Syria – A Case Study in Propaganda

By Chris Kanthan

Dear diary, many of my colleagues are unhappy about the recent events in Syria. They are unhappy that Assad is still in power. However, I see the metaphorical glass as being half full. In a recent poll, 58% of Americans support the bombing of Syria and 19% have “no opinion.” This is wonderful news, since it shows how the vast majority of people are easily manipulated and are simply apathetic. In a democracy, the most important but least understood tool is propaganda. Let me share with you the fundamentals of a successful propaganda campaign.

Here are the five rules of public relations a.k.a propaganda...

Apr 28 06:51

MAINSTREAM MEDIA – LOSING THE INFORMATIONAL WAR

Adam Parsons, Business Correspondent for Sky News complains that the profession of journalism has never faced greater scrutiny. He blames first of all “fake news”. “It’s an expression that started life as a principled investigation into websites that peddled lies dressed up as the truths and was then appropriated by the President to pour contempt on reporters and facts he didn’t like,” laments Parsons, whilst forgetting just how many years fake news (or misinformation, disinformation or propaganda) has been propelled by his ‘Fleet Street’ colleagues.

Apr 27 12:52

Popular Mechanics Weighs In: What Happens to a Cruise Missile Captured by the Russians

A fate worse than death awaits military hardware recovered intact on the battlefield.

The debris shown is far from conclusive evidence, so we can't take Rudskoy's claim at face value. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume the Russians did capture significant parts of a long-range cruise missile including Tomahawks. What could its engineers do with the remains?

Reverse Engineering
Any missile fired at an enemy is, by definition, considered expendable and designed to not reveal too many secrets if it malfunctions and lands intact. But there are some pieces of hardware within a modern missile that a clever enemy could exploit.

Apr 27 09:58

MSBC's Joy Reid's 'experts' drop claim that the Internet Archive was hacked to make her look bad

The Joy Reid “hacking” saga has taken another weird turn.

Apr 27 09:32

Congresswoman Won't Let Mark Zuckerberg WEASAL His Way Out Of Her Question About Tracking People!

Apr 27 09:32

Ted Cruz GOES OFF On Mark Zuckerberg For Censoring Conservative Media On Facebook

Apr 27 07:45

BEXALERT!: Israel: Iran Has More Than 80,000 Fighters in Syria

I posted this one as science fiction. They get caught passing off an airport in Tehran as an Iranian airbase in Syria and now this.

The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday presented an aerial photograph of an alleged Iranian base outside Damascus that he said Tehran was using to bring in and train tens of thousands of fighters for the militias it backs in Syria.

observers.france24.com/en/20180419-idf-israel-syria-iran-airport-photo-debunked

Apr 26 14:54

Joy Reid’s Hacking Claims Look Increasingly Unlikely

Joy Reid claims a recent batch of screenshots appearing to show homophobic statements on her now-defunct blog are “fraudulent” and the result of a cyberattack.

However, several aspects of the cyberattack claim seem highly questionable.

The host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” came under fire this week after a Twitter user shared screenshots of anti-LGBTQ content Reid had seemingly written between 2005 and 2009 for her old blog, The Reid Report.

Reid apologized in December for writing homophobic posts about former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) between 2007 and 2009 after Twitter user @Jamie_Maz shared screenshots of the posts.

Last week, @Jamie_Maz tweeted dozens more screenshots, also allegedly from Reid’s old blog, that included statements such as “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing” and “adult gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types.”

Apr 26 13:35

BBC withdraws Human Planet from streaming services after admitting it faked scene of tribesman harpooning a whale

The BBC has withdrawn Human Planet from distribution after finding a second editorial breach in the programme.

Earlier this month, the corporation admitted that a scene from the 2011 documentary showing tribal people living in treehouses had been faked by the programme's makers.

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Now the BBC has said it has discovered a second breach.

In the first episode, an Indonesian hunter was shown supposedly harpooning a whale - but it has now emerged that the BBC 'does not consider that the portrayal of his role is accurate'.

Apr 26 10:09

An Iranian air base inside Syria? No - Israeli media use wrong photo

Several Israeli news sites published a satellite photograph on Tuesday April 17 that they said showed an Iranian military airfield inside Syria. But in fact the photograph showed Mehrabad International Airport in the Iranian capital Tehran.

The Jerusalem Post published a satellite photograph with a caption saying it showed proof of Iranian military involvement in Syria. It said the photograph was one of three released by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman’s unit Tuesday morning.

Apr 26 09:04

‘Youtube’ removes video tribute to Yaser Murtaja and other Gaza victims as ‘sensational’ incitement

Image of Yaser Murtaja after he was shot April 6, 2018, at the Gaza fence, from video by Sana Kassem posted by Norman Finkelstein.
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Check out this stirring anthem to freedom in Gaza. It begins with a Palestinian child saying “We shall overcome” and an image of Martin Luther King Jr. and then in many still pictures of the “Great March of Return” conveys the strength of the unarmed resistance to the blockade–including the killing of Yaser Murtaja, the Palestinian journalist who was one of six Palestinian journalists shot by Israeli snipers on April 6.

The imagery is by Sana Kassem, and the video was posted by Norman Finkelstein yesterday on youtube. The song is “Wings to Fly,” by Susan Boyle. The copy accompanying the video was simply: “A video dedicated to the people of Gaza as they struggle to break out of Israel’s infernal prison.”

Then Youtube took it down today, Finkelstein says, and he and Kassem have posted it now on Vimeo.

Apr 26 05:24

Buzzfeed Forced To Reverse Course After Attacking Scott Adams

In the wake of the world famous rapper Kanye West Tweeting in support of Candace Owens and Scott Adams, the leftist media has attacked all three of them. The most vicious attacks have been after Scott Adams, who is most known for creating the “Dilbert” comic strip.

Apr 25 14:45

Leftist NGO Says 'Hate Speech' Targeting Journalists On The Rise

Criticizing journalists is now "hate speech," so says the leftist NGO Reporters Without Borders.

Apr 25 14:30

MSBC's Joy Reid's old tweets about 'rentboys' and 'grimey closet-cases' re-emerge

days after the MSNBC host denied writing homophobic blog comments appearing under her name

Apr 25 10:29

Facebook hosted stolen Social Security numbers for years: report

Facebook hosted data posted by cyber criminals including stolen identities and Social Security numbers for years, according to Motherboard.

The outlet, a subsidiary of Vice Media, was able to find such data through a Google search that revealed a number of public posts on Facebook containing sensitive personal information.

Motherboard successfully verified some of the identities and Social Security numbers posted on Facebook, some of which had been on Facebook since 2014.

Apr 25 10:05

Rod Rosenstein Eyeing Exit from DOJ; Mulling Job Offers from Network TV News and Law Firms

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is mulling job offers from at least one mainstream media network television news team and two law firms who would hire the embattled public servant as a partner, according to sources in the Justice Department.

The problem is Rosenstein still employed by the Justice Department.

Perhaps not for long.

But he might be looking for a way to parachute out before he is fired by President Trump. Or have a landing pad in case he is fired.

Apr 25 09:37

Seriously? Facebook Says “Kill Trump, Hang Him, Hunt Him” Page Does Not Violate Community Standards

Facebook has cut off traffic to all the top conservative and Trump-supporting websites.

But at the same time Facebook allows hateful pages calling for President Trump’s assassination.

Facebook administrators recently decided the “Kill Trump, Hang Him, Hunt Him” page did not violate community standards.

Apr 25 09:28

CONFIRMED: Google engineer pressured company to delete conservative websites and videos in order to help destroy Trump

For months conservative and right-leaning websites have been complaining that all the social media giants — Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — have been downgrading, banning, or otherwise censoring their content.

For just as long the social media behemoths have been denying it’s happening, despite research and evidence that says otherwise.

Now, a class-action lawsuit filed by former Google employee James Damore claims that a senior engineer at the company pressured officials to sabotage President Donald J. Trump’s Android phone.

Altman, according to evidence provided in the suit, implores the tech giant to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good” by, in part, deleting the Gmail accounts of the president, his administration, and their aides for “abuse.”

Apr 25 09:15

MSM IS FRANTICALLY ATTACKING DISSENTING SYRIA NARRATIVES, AND IT LOOKS REALLY BAD

I write a lot about how, in a political environment that is saturated in disinformation and propaganda, it’s important to ignore people’s words and watch their actions instead to get a clear picture of what’s really happening. You could not ask for a better illustration of this than the recent behavior of the mass media with regard to Syria.

The always excellent Moon of Alabama put out a piece yesterday detailing the immense deluge of attack editorials disguised as information that have been churned out recently about anyone who questions the establishment Syria narrative, including a single day in which no less than seven smear pieces were issued by prominent publications. Seven. In one day.

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The following is a very interesting window on which companies own what in terms of presstitute media:

Who Wons CNN/NBC/MSN/FOX: SOME FACTS.

The article goes on to state:

"GENERAL ELECTRIC --(donated 1.1 million to GW Bush for his 2000 election campaign)

Television Holdings:
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The "MS" in MSNBC
means microsoft
The same Microsoft that donated 2.4 million to get GW bush elected.

Other Holdings:
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power plants.
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains. "

GE is part and parcel of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika's military industrial complex; therefore, any narrative regarding the reality that the US has NOT been invited to get rid of the Western-sponsored, trained, and funded Jihadis, but Russia has, will be squashed like a bug.

GE wants to see more and more wars against Syria, Russia, China, and Iran and whoever is on the Deep State (and Israel's) "To Regime Change" lists, and those lists are massive.

This is ultimately about who controls the oil in the Middle East, and in what monetary denominations that oil will be sold.

GE is right now in a massive management shakeup, due to lousy performance How GE went from American Icon to Astonishing Mess, and are desperate for something - ANYTHING - to get them out of it. Things are so bad, in fact, that it would be ridiculous for them not to want a war, to turn their flagging fortunes around.

But such a war comes at potentially great geopolitical, military, and fiscal risk to the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of America.

A further US military incursion into Syria will, undoubtedly, bring a military reaction from Russia, and this is where things could get...awkward and ugly in a heartbeat.

We are already hearing the Israeli government making noises, threatening Russia not to use its S-300 or S-400 Defensive system against their missile attacks in Syria, and insists that it will continue attacking Syria.

IF Israel attacks again, and is soundly trounced by these Russian defensive systems, you can almost bet Israel will be crying to the US government that they are being "unfairly attacked", and that the US has to back them up, millitarily, in Syria.

I would like to politely suggest to the Trump administration to not do this; our military doesn't have the troop strength, the weaponry, the manufacturing or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Syria; and those are just the facts.

Corporations like GE or Microsoft do not care that the costs of such attacks will be primarily borne in blood and money by the US; they only care about their profit margins, and the leadership of both companies have had their consciences collectively surgically removed.

Apr 25 08:58

Facebook Shares Sink On Report Cyber Criminals Are Hawking Stolen Identities On Its Platform

Anybody who watched Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's tedious multiday testimony before Congress earlier this month might recall a particularly heated segment during the second day of hearings where one Congressman harangued Zuckerberg about illegal opioids being openly sold on Facebook's platform.

At the time, Zuckerberg promised the lawmaker that Facebook would remove the offending posts down as soon as they were flagged. But he was unable to offer a definitive promise that Facebook would be able to stamp out drug dealing on its platform entirely - though he added that the company's AI tools for filtering posts that violate its terms of service are constantly improving, and that the company was in the process of hiring thousands of employees who would help screen content.

But apparently, the opioid sales were only the tip of the iceberg.

Apr 25 08:49

'Everyone is tired of MSM': A London encounter that showed why RT's work matters

As we were getting the bill, the manager came up and asked whether I was from Russia. I said ‘Yes.’ Then, apropos of nothing, she said how much she loved and appreciated RT.

Wait, what?

At first I was a bit taken aback. Was someone eavesdropping on my private night out? Had I even mentioned RT over dinner? My friend certainly knows what I do and where I work, which is why – in the context of our chat – even if we had discussed what I’d been up to work-wise, there would have been little need for me to mention my employer by name.

I asked the lady, just to clarify, whether she was referring to something my friend and I had said about RT that evening. It was her turn to be surprised. No, she said, she just made the association with me being Russian and RT being a channel from Russia.

So, I decided to tell her who I was. What came next surprised all the more. In my friend’s words, she'd "never seen someone being fan-girled like this."

Apr 25 08:31

Fox News Continues to Dominate Cable News Ratings, Hannity on Top

Sean Hannity won’t be beaten that easily.

After weeks of scandal, it looks like the Fox News anchor most closely connected with President Trump isn’t having his ratings affected by the negative media coverage.

Just two weeks ago, we learned that Hannity was the third client of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. This led to a lot of gossipy speculation that, because Cohen has been hired as a fixer in scandalous cases involving marital infidelity, perhaps Hannity was paying hush money to a mistress. These rumors were found to be untrue, and Fox News issued a statement of support for Hannity. However, that didn’t stop some of Hannity’s colleagues from chastising the host, saying he was trying to have it both ways by asking Cohen for legal advice and maintaining he was never an official client.

Apr 25 08:17

Russia to Hold Briefing With Staged Douma Attack Witnesses Thursday - Official

Russia will hold a briefing at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday, at which people who witnessed the process of staging the recent chemical incident in the Syrian town of Douma will be present, a spokesperson of Russia's Permanent Representation to the OPCW told Sputnik on Tuesday.

Earlier in the month, an 11-year-old Syrian boy named Hassan Diab and his father told the Rossiya 24 TV channel that children got food for featuring in a video that allegedly showed the outcome of what was being considered a chemical attack in Duma. On Sunday, Alexander Shulgin, Russia's permanent representative to the OPCW, said that he would do his utmost to organize the boy's visit to the OPCW so that he could to testify about the staged nature of the incident.

Apr 25 08:05

Al Jazeera denies it canceled US Israel lobby film

Al Jazeera has denied a claim it has canceled the broadcast of an undercover investigation into the US Israel lobby.

The Qatar-funded network also rejected as “abhorrent” accusations that the film is anti-Semitic.

The statement came last week, after the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) asserted that its president Morton Klein had convinced the Qatari ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to cancel the film.

The network said in a statement that it “totally refutes false claims” by Klein “that Al Jazeera was compelled to ‘cancel’ a yet to be broadcast investigation into the activities of pro-Israel advocacy groups in the United States.”

The ZOA boasted that due to the efforts of Klein, Qatar agreed to cancel the “viciously anti-Semitic” Al Jazeera film on the “American Jewish lobby.”

Apr 25 08:03

OPCW Finds No Chemical Weapons at Syrian Facilities Bombed by US - Russian MoD

Last week, the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in the Damascus suburb of Douma to collect samples in connection with the alleged April 7 chemical attack.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy has announced that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had confirmed that there were no chemical weapons found at the Barzeh research center in Damascus despite the US officials' claims.

The official further noted that thousands of people could have died if there was any chemical weapon on the sites that were attacked by the US-led coalition.

"Immediately after the attacks, many people who worked at these destroyed facilities and just bystanders without any protective equipment visited them. None of them got poisoned with toxic agents," Rudskoy said.

Apr 25 06:02

John Oliver Runs Ad On Hannity To Try And Save The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Since we know that Sean Hannity is considered Donald Trump’s unofficial chief of staff, what better way to get a message to the Viewer in Chief than to run an ad? After all, it’s unlikely Oliver would get actual air time on Hannity. And even if he could get on the show, host Sean Hannity would almost certainly spend the time trying to bully, badger and belittle Oliver.

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Apr 24 12:14

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More
GREGORY SHUPAK

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More
Atlantic: A Reckoning Will Come in Syria

And by “reckoning,” the Atlantic (4/14/18) appeared to mean “a war with Russia and its allies.”

Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France and Britain bombed Syria in violation of international law (FAIR.org, 4/18/18), but lamented what they see as a dearth of US violence in the country.

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It is never the children of the monied elite presstitutes and warmongers whose kids will get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; they always want it to be... other people's children, getting killed or maimed for life to preserve the US's economic, and geopolitical hegemony.

Israel wants Syria balkanized and Tehran regime changed; of course, only at the costs of American or Saudi blood and money; and whatever Israel wants, the editors of our non-esteemed manure spreaders, like the Washington Compost, want Israel to have, and want to make sure that the American people swallow such codswallop whole, and unquestioningly.

Americans can no longer tolerate our government doing this, because of the huge costs, geopolitically, and financially of enabling Israel toward its stated end of complete domination of the Middle East, and its oil.

In fact, the following article, states this quite clearly:

As Israel becomes a political liability it is time to challenge its enablers

Apr 24 11:07

Jewish guilt is the discourse of the goyim

For quite some time the British have accepted that British-Jewish organisations have hijacked the political discourse. As has happened in other Western countries, the British political establishment has engaged is a relentless rant against anti-Semitsm. Sometime the focus drifts for a day or two. An alleged “Russian nerve agent attack” provided a 48-hour pause. Occasionally we bomb Arabs in the name of “humanitarian intervention” only to realise a day or two later that we have, once again, followed a premeditated foreign agenda. But, somehow, we always return to the anti-Semitsm debate, as if our media and politicians are a herd of flies gravitating to a pile of poop...>>

Apr 24 10:41

Ex-Facebook Executive: "You Don't Realize It But You Are Being Programmed"

Several months ago, one of the early pioneers of Facebook and its first President Sean Parker, voiced his regret regarding helping create social media in the form we know it today, saying:

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,”…

”God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Parker says the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments.

“It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” he said.

Apr 24 10:22

Putin Was There: The Day Britain’s Lights Finally Went Out!

Since just before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia I’ve been a media analyst focused on the most widespread and belligerent propaganda campaign in the history of the world. Never in human history has there been more control of a singular message. Yes, the Nazis maintained such control over the Third Reich. And it’s true the Chinese Communists under Chairman Mao flipped the light switch of truth on and off alternatively. However, these regimes did not hold a candle to the blistering and blinding brainwashing that our western mainstream media radiates today. What we are witnessing is almost on the level of total mind control, even to the point of herding humanity to its own doom. For those of us who somehow woke up out of the trance, the sheer magnitude of control almost cauterizes the brain.

Apr 24 10:13

CITING FEC'S REFUSAL TO ACT, CREW FILES SUIT AGAINST PAUL RYAN-ALIGNED DARK MONEY GROUP

After nearly six years of stalling by the federal authority that oversees elections, a government ethics watchdog has filed a "historic" lawsuit against a right-wing nonprofit aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, alleging that the group has violated campaign finance laws and should be required to register as a political committee, which would mean disclosing its deep-pocketed donors.

"We're committed to open and transparent elections where everyone is following the rules."
—Noah Bookbinder, CREW

With support (pdf) from Ellen L. Weintraub, the sole Democrat on the Federal Election Commission (FEC)—which has neglected to act on a formal complaint filed in 2012—Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) on Monday sued the American Action Network (AAN) to challenge the group's nonprofit status.

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Why am I unsurprised at this?!? The US government is one of the most corrupt on this planet.

Apr 24 10:10

CBS Shamelessly Runs Program on the Inevitable Assassination of Trump

In the episode titled “Day 457,” Lockhart was seen in court defending a close friend named Tully Nelson — played by actor Tim Matheson — who had been arrested and charged after he was at a protest that turned into a violent riot.

While waiting to be called before the judge, Nelson tells Lockhart, “I think I’m f—ed. This guy’s a Trump appointee.”

“Alright, just follow my lead and don’t say anything radical,” Lockhart said.

Nelson replied, “Oh, like, ‘We need to assassinate the president?’”

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