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How Texas Sucessionists Got Punked By the Russians

While Russian spies certainly  put up fake BLM sites and material on on Facebook, radicalizing BLM was neither the primary or secondary target.

What the Russians were really doing is using a counterintelligence method of creating radical BLM sites to validate propaganda to their compliant white conservative, and Trump racist whores.

The Russians couldn’t really find any credible information of BLM encouraging members to kill Cops, or any radical conspiracy to commit violence…So they created their own to feed to the completely malleable, punked by their own racism, white right.

There efforts are so successful, they drew in and were able to manipulate hundreds of thousands of white conservative, and created utterly fabricated mems which have been adopted as “truth” among the Chumph faithful.

With the Chumph steadfastly protecting his Russian masters from righteous retribution, the Russians have had free reign to damage and destroy American Institutions, foment discontent, and to further the Chumph’s agenda.

These stupid, white right treasonous bastards actually travelled to Russia for commie help in destroying America. These people aren’t in any way Patriots…They are treasonous scum.

Shortly after the Chumph is removed by the excruciatingly slow legal process…I hope some of these folks get to pay for that criminally.

How the Russians pretended to be Texans — and Texans believed them

 

In early 2016, while researching some of the most popular U.S. secession groups online, I stumbled across one of the Russian-controlled Facebook accounts that were then pulling in Americans by the thousands.

At the time, I was writing on Russia’s relationship with American secessionistsfrom Texas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. These were people who had hitched flights to Moscow to swap tactics, to offer advice and to find support. They had found succor in the shadow of the Kremlin.

That was how I eventually found my way to the “Heart of Texas” Facebook page (and its @itstimetosecede Twitter feed as well). Heart of Texas soon grew into the most popular Texas secession page on Facebook — one that, at one point in 2016, boasted more followers than the official Texas Democrat and Republican Facebook pages combined. By the time Facebook took the page down recently, it had a quarter of a million followers.

The page started slowly — just a few posts per week. Unlike other secession sites I’d come across, this one never carried any contact information, never identified any of individuals behind the curtain. Even as it grew, there was nothing to locate it in Texas — or anywhere else, for that matter. It was hard to escape the suspicion that there might be Russian involvement here as well.

There were other oddities about the site. Its organizers had a strangely one-dimensional idea of its subject. They seemed to think, for example, that Texans drank Dr. Pepper at all hours: while driving their giant trucks, while flying their Confederate battle flags, while griping about Yankees and liberals and vegetarians.

But Heart of Texas, sadly, was no joke. At one point the page’s organizers even managed to stir up its followers into staging an armed, anti-Islamic protest in Houston. As gradually became clear, this was part of a broader strategy. The sponsors of the page were keen to exacerbate America’s own internal divisions. At certain moments they lent support to Black Lives Matter, while in others they would play to the latent (or obvious) racism of Donald Trump’s base.

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By the summer of 2016, other themes began to emerge. Posts began to follow a perceptibly hard-right course, stressing Texas’s status as a “Christian state,” or touting the Second Amendment as a “symbol of freedom … so we would forever be free from any tyranny.” Some of the page’s contributors talked about the need to “keep Texas Texan,” whatever that meant. There was also a generous dollop of conspiracy theory. There were posts about the allegedly unnatural death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the supposed federal invasion orders behind the Jade Helm military exercise. Fake Founding Father quotes mingled with anti-Muslim screeds and paeans to Sam Houston. And the number of followers steadily crept into the hundreds of thousands.

How Russian Spies used Bots to feed fake news into white-wing press

Though the site’s authors understood their audience well, there was something off about their writing. The page’s “About” section proclaimed that “Texas’s the land protected by Lord [sic].” Grammatical and spelling glitches were everywhere: “In Love With Texas Shape,” “State Fair of Texas – Has You Already Visited?,” “Always Be Ready for a Texas Size,” “No Hypoclintos in the God Blessed Texas.” (Or take this caption for a photo of country music star George Strait: “Life is not breaths you take, but the moments that take your breth [sic] away.”) Yet the typos never seemed to raise any suspicions in readers’ minds.

Even the page’s calls for an early November protest across the state – part pro-secession, part anti-Clinton — were garbled. One post declared that “we are free citizens of Texas and we’ve had enough of this cheap show on the screen.” The site called on those who showed up to “make photos.”

Heart of Texas chugged on after the election, bringing in tens of thousands of new followers in 2017 who were unbothered by its mangled English, its rank nativism and its calls to break up the United States.

And then, in August, it was gone. Just like that, the most popular Texas secession page on Facebook was revealed to be a Russian front, operated by the notorious Internet Research Agency, with Facebook removing all of the posts from public view. (It’s worth noting that another Instagram accountstarted posting Heart of Texas material as soon as the original Facebook page was taken down.)

Despite its claims of transparency, Facebook has effectively prevented the public from examining these posts and these pages. So far Heart of Texas remains the only example of a Russian account that I and other researchers managed to study in detail before Facebook pulled the rug out from underneath it.

We know that the Russians behind these sites played all of their readers, and especially those who showed up at its protests in places like Twin Falls and Fort Myers and Houston, for fools. Considering that the number of their combined followers ranged into the millions — with some estimates placing total views potentially in the billions — they’re probably right.

The creators of Heart of Texas not only targeted the sociopolitical tensions within the United States. They also exploited our gullibility, which turned out to be far greater than I could have ever imagined. And by assisting them in this massive lie, Facebook has enabled one of the greatest frauds in recent American history.

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Women of Color Tell White Sisters – “What took you so long on Twitter!”

The feminist movement has a color line as well…

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WOMEN OF COLOR HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT TWITTER LONG BEFORE WHITE WOMEN

Thousands of women across Twitter boycotted the platform in solidarity with actress Rose McGowan on Friday, leaving many women of color with a troubling question: What took so long?

#WomenBoycottTwitter began trending Thursday night, when Twitter temporarily suspended McGowan’s account amid a string of tweets from the actress speaking out against her alleged rapist, Harvey Weinstein, and actor Ben Affleck, whom she told to “fuck off.” McGowan and other women argued the platform had been silencing a survivor of alleged sexual assault — so on Friday, women said they would abstain from Twitter.

But others, mostly women of color, asked where those women had been when Jemele Hill was suspended from ESPN for her tweets about President Donald Trump, or when alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos sicced his internet trolls on Leslie Jones.

“Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven’t received support on similar issues,” director Ava DuVernay tweeted Thursday night.

“What happened with Rose McGowan being suspended was wrong,” writer and sociologist Eve Ewing added. “Unequivocally wrong. But if that’s what activated your awareness, I don’t especially trust you.”

Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of  for women of color who haven’t received support on similar issues.

Some women of color on the platform took advantage of an alternative to #WomenBoycottTwitter, using the hashtag #AmplifyWomen to uplift women and give their stories of sexual assault and trauma broader reach.

“As a queer WoC and a survivor of sexual assault, you’re not gonna shut me up,” wrote one Twitter user who used the hashtag. “You’re not gonna shut any of us up.”

Twitter did eventually restore McGowan’s account midday Thursday. The company claimed that it is “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power.”

In the meantime, Twitter remains under fire for not suspending the account of President Donald Trump amid charges that he has violated the social media’s rules with his demeaning and insulting tweets.

Most recently, the president retweeted a GIF of him firing a golf ball at former rival Hillary Clinton, which some said advocated violence, a Twitter no-no.

 

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The CHUMPh Trots Out Racist Meme of “Lazy Brown Folks” About Puerto Rico Disaster

Yep…He went there. “The disaster is those lazy Spanish speaking brown folks fault.”

Never mind the disaster in Houston was largely the very white corrupt Republican’s fault.

We got to get rid of this racist POS – soonest. Mueller – it is time to start prosecuting this traitorous POS and his cronies, convicting them…

And sending the off to jail or hanging them.

The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico – Carmen Yulin Cruz, wades through the flood waters in an attempt to locate those who are trapped.

 

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the Chumph responds to teh crisis in Puerto Rico from his Golf Club

 

‘Unfit for office’: Trump’s latest ‘racist victim blaming’ tantrum blaming ‘lazy’ Puerto Ricans shocks the Internet

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump rose early at his New Jersey golf resort and tweeted insults at San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, as well as insults to citizens on the American territory at large.

“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,” the president tweeted. “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

He went on to say that “the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed,” doubling down on rhetoric that many believe blames Puerto Rico for their own devastation in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

In response to the president, many pointed out the apparent bigotry in Trump’s comments.

“This is one of the most horrible, racist, despicable things Trump has ever said,” journalist Shaun King wrote of Trump’s comments alluding to the laziness of the Puerto Rican people.

Others pointed out that Trump’s criticism of Puerto Ricans amid their suffering was an example of victim blaming.

“Trump is victim blaming Puerto Rico via twitter (they have no power so can’t see) at his golf course,” artist Bryan Brinkman commented.

Read some of the best responses to Trump’s attacks on Puerto Rico below.

Trump implied that @CarmenYulinCruz and her people are lazy. The racial undercurrent becomes an overcurrent. https://nyti.ms/2yzXINB 

“they want everything to be done for them” they got hit by a HURRICANE, for cryin out loud, and are STARVING & DYING https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/trump-attacks-nasty-san-juan-mayor-and-accuses-puerto-rican-workers-of-being-lazy-in-vicious-tweet-frenzy 

 

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Yet Another Trumpazoid Career Ending Tweet –

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Notice the origin of the sexist tweet was right wing Lawn Jockey Larry Elder…

How to Twit your way out of Congress! I do love it when Rethugly reprobates self immolate, removing themselves from the virtual political gene pool.

A lawmaker retweeted an offensive post about the Women’s March. Days later, he resigned.

Nebraska State Sen. Bill Kintner stood before reporters on Wednesday morning and called himself a “fighter.”

Kintner, who had previously been involved in a cybersex scandal, this month drew criticism for an offensive retweet about the Women’s March, which appeared to joke about the issue of sexual assault. At the news conference, Kintner, a Republican, said that he had received emails, calls and text messages asking him to stay and continue his work in the state government.

“Well, as much as my heart says to fight, my head says it is time to step away from the legislature,” he said. “It is no secret to anyone who knows me that there have been many disappointing and frustrating times in my over-four years in the legislature.”

Then he continued: “I have concluded that it is wise to step down as a member of the Nebraska legislature.”

Kintner announced his resignation, stating that it would be effective Jan. 30.

“To paraphrase Richard Nixon, you won’t have Bill Kintner to kick around anymore,” he said toward the end of his comments…

The Associated Press reports that Kintner was previously fined $1,000 after admitting to “engaging in mutual masturbation in July 2015 with a woman using Skype, an online video-chatting service.” He used a state computer, according to AP.

More recently, Kintner drew criticism for a retweet to his Twitter timeline, according to reports. The World-Herald, which has posted an image of the retweet, reported that it showed three women who appeared to be carrying signs in a women’s march. The signs referenced a recorded 2005 conversation in which President Trump made inappropriate comments about women.

Above the picture, a person who posted the initial tweet wrote: “Ladies, I think you’re safe.”

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Brietbart Troll Who Lead Racist Attack on Leslie Jones Busted

Seems the “alt Right” has had a lot of things to say about comedian Leslie Jones – most of it racist. It irritates the white, juvenile, internet troll squad that a black woman can achieve success. A lot of that racist flack is being stirred up and directed by Brietbart, which is a “media” entity which has had a lot of problems with both the truth, and racism.

 

ABC reporter shreds Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘You’re an idiot … What grade are you in?’

ABC News reporter Terry Moran did not buy into Milo Yiannopoulos’ self-portrayal as a “virtuous troll” in an interview slated to be aired Friday on Nightline,Queerty reported.

“If Leslie Jones were right here, would you say, ‘You look like a dude’?” Moran asked.

“Yeah, probably,” said Breitbart.com’s tech editor, who was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against the comedian.

“You would say that to her,” Moran said.

“I probably would,” Yiannopoulos insisted.

“Then you’re an idiot,” Moran replied.

Yiannopoulos argued to Moran that he found the wave of racist and misogynist abusehurled at Jones in support of him “disgusting,” but rejected the idea of telling his thousands of Twitter followers at the time to back off.

“Does Justin Bieber have an obligation to his fans?” he asked Moran. “I’m sorry for being popular. But I am not responsible for what 350,000 people on the Internet say. I’m responsible for what I say.”

Later in the interview, Moran berates Yiannopoulos for his sexist stances.

“You’re going to go after somebody’s body to denigrate their ideas? What grade are you in?” he asked. “Are you a 13-year-old boy? Because somebody doesn’t have a weight that you think is proper? That’s revolting.”

“I’ll tell you what’s revolting,” Yiannopoulos responded. “What’s revolting is the body positivity movement. What’s revolting is this idea now that you can tell women that they’ll be healthy at any size.”

English BLM women…Its time for you to do the world a favor and take this POS out behind the proverbial woodshed.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2016 in The Definition of Racism, The New Jim Crow

 

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DeRay McKeeson Phone Hacked By Trumpazoid

Despite efforts by BLM members to up their security, hacking social media accounts by miscreants is still relatively easy, due to intrinsic faults in the platform software.

If you want to be secure on Social Media, you need to change passwords and PINs frequently, and for someone with a high media profile, probably daily. Utilizing some VPN technologies provide security, however those that use DES or WPK Encryption are basically useless against a sophisticated or professional level hacker.

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Someone hijacked DeRay Mckesson’s Twitter account in a sneaky and preventable way

It’s called pretexting and it’s easy to do, but it’s also easy to prevent.

By now you’ve probably heard that the Twitter account belonging to #BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson was hijacked on Friday. The tweet sent from Mckesson’s account that endorsed Donald Trump for president was probably a giveaway.

It wasn’t a hacking attack in the strictest sense: Twitter’s systems apparently weren’t compromised, and Mckesson even had two-factor authentication turned on. Instead, the attackers hijacked his mobile phone, using a weakness in how account information is managed by wireless providers.

Having first obtained the last four digits of Mckesson’s Social Security number, the hackers called Verizon’s billing department and impersonated him. They then redirected his service to a phone they had handy so that calls and texts going to his number were directed instead to their phone.

From there they used Twitter’s password reset feature — which relies on authorization codes sent via text messages to a phone — and locked Mckesson out of his account.

The technique of pretending to be someone and tricking a wireless provider into handing over control of a customer account is an old one. It’s called pretexting: The attacker pretends to be a customer having a problem, and convinces a service rep that the request they’re making is legitimate.

It’s illegal. When the technique was used by a set of private investigators hired by the chairman of Hewlett-Packard a little more than a decade ago it caused a huge corporate scandal. One person charged served time in federal prison, while others received probation.

So how do you avoid experiencing the same headache Mckesson had on Friday? According to the Federal Trade Commission, it comes down to eliminating your Social Security number as a way to identify yourself to your carrier. Without that, hackers would have no way to access your phone and therefore no way to get ahold of your two-factor authentication code.

The details on how to set this up vary with your wireless carrier:

  • AT&T calls its feature “extra security.” It means that before you can talk to a service rep you have to provide a passcode. You can read more about it here.

  • Verizon allows customers to set their own personal identifying number to access their accounts. You can do this by calling Verizon or going to a Verizon store.

  • T-Mobile does the same thing Verizon does, but calls it a “customer care password.” Again, call in or visit a T-Mobile store.

  • Sprint asks customers to set a PIN number to access their accounts.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Twitter Hacked?

Following Facebook a few weeks ago, Twitter is experiencing both global and “roaming” outages around the world. Could be any one of several problems including bad software updates, bugs introduced by new changes, or …Hackers.

Twitter Experiencing Worldwide Disruptions

Twitter was experiencing global disruptions on Tuesday that prevented many of its 300 million users from staying connected or from logging on to the social network in the first place.

The company said it was not clear what had caused the problems, which began around 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and prevented many users from sharing updates on their smartphones, computers and other mobile devices. As of about 8:30 a.m., the company said the disruptions were still occurring sporadically worldwide.

Twitter declined to specify how many of its users were affected, or what had caused the disruptions — saying only that it was “working towards a resolution.”

Although the disruptions were among the most extensive the company has yet encountered, Twitter is not the only popular social network to have faced technical problems. Facebook, whose users now number more than 1.5 billion worldwide, has also had a spate of shutdowns over the last 18 months, though often the problems have been corrected within hours.

Because Twitter is an important news source, as well as a popular sounding board, the shutdowns were a significant disruption in the global conversation. When other technology and media companies have faced similar problems in the past, people have often turned to Twitter to vent their frustrations — an outlet unavailable this time because the platform itself was the cause of the problem.

“Thanks for noticing,” read a brief note that appeared on users’ Twitter pages when the website had problems loading. “We’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

The hashtag #TwitterDown started to trend on the site when it was working, as well as on its rival Facebook, where people playfully mocked Twitter’s disruptions.

“Apt song for the #TwitterDown crises we are facing at the moment,” Paul Lee Lotter, a Facebook user from South Africa, said in a post that included a link to the Led Zeppelin song “Communication Breakdown.”

Twitter has had a string of difficulties recently, with the American company facing growing investor anger since its blockbuster initial public offering in 2013.

The company’s stock, for instance, has lost almost a quarter of its value in the past month, amid criticisms of the way Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder who recently returned to become its chief executive, is running the platform.

That includes experiments to introduce a longer form of tweet, in what would be a move away from the simplistic design that the service was originally founded on. Mr. Dorsey has also tried to broaden Twitter’s appeal, a problem the company has struggled with for years, much to the consternation of its investors.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in American Greed, General

 

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Twitter Lights Up Y’allQaeda Terrorist Group in Oregon

Twitter has erupted making fun of the “Paytriots” occupying the Melheur Wildlife Center, and suggested names abound…

My suggestions?…

HerfordHarem

Cowbollah

Yours?

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Muslims Troll ISIS on Twitter

They went there…

Sorry Amir al-Mushrikeen, I’m busy being a real Muslim, giving to charity etc. Also, your dental plan sucks.

my mom is saying no. Could you come and ask her for the permission?

I wanna wait until April and find out what happened to Jon Snow

in this special occasion, is there any changes in virgin numbers? 72 is so old school.

You should have told me before. I just renewed my pornhub subscription. Anyways, hope you are enjoying Russian fireworks.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Nawwwwww!

 

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The Last Black Engineer at Twitter…

One of the problems with the social media job sites is that they encourage you to post a picture. People who want to discriminate on age, race, or ethnicity easily can do so. This facilitates job discrimination, which by the statistics is common in a number of industries, and epidemic in terms of age discrimination. I suggest taking down your pic (and let’s not even go into having an open Facebook) to make that discrimination a bit harder, and to eliminate any connection to any group which might identify your ethnicity. It won’t fix the Dayvonwon, and Tramaninanisha problem…But it helps.

The other hurdle is the automated resume readers used by recruiters. I worked for GE a number of years ago, where nearly everyone in management went by the title “Manager”. A Manager in GE terms could be a guy who managed 5 floor sweepers in the office at night – or a guy with 28,000 reports and responsibility for a billion dollar manufacturing business. An automated resume checker looking for “keywords” can (and usually does) miss that. Further with the explosion of job titles, and the fact that in small companies on manager can wear a lot of hats makes the job search really an exercise in listing keywords, and not qualifications. Some years ago, just to screw the system, I searched out the keywords and phrases utilized by the brain-dead tools, and listed them all alphabetically as the last page of my resume. Dozens of calls a day, about 80% for jobs at 1/2 or less of my salary from the HR autobots who hadn’t bothered to read the resume, or if they did, had no idea what was being said. Not a loss – because any company utilizing this sort of tool to recruit executive level candidates, is so effed up even if you take the job – the problems are so massive, you can’t fix it.

Lastly, the problem with the West Coast companies in terms of hiring qualified black engineers and managers is twofold. One, the tend to hire from each other, meaning the same group of mostly white and Asian folks just circulate, and two – due to re-segregation legislation like Prop 209 in California…There are very few black or Hispanic graduates in the STEM Field on the West Coast. The are, however plenty graduating from universities on the East Coast, which wasn’t infected by that Ward Connerly racism disease. Second issue is getting those grads to move to the “left coast”, into a corporate and community environment which may be hostile. Not saying there is hostility – but I’m just sayin’ most black folks feel a little more comfortable, when there are more black folks walking around than would commonly be found on the streets of Sydney Australia. Especially when you consider that the majority of black STEM degree holders are coming from HBCUs.

Here is the case of Twitter…Which I would estimate derives about 30-40% of their Tweets from black folks.

Top Black Engineer Blasts Twitter’s Lack Of Diversity

The company no longer has any African-Americans in engineering leadership positions, the former Twitter employee says.

Twitter say it’s committed to creating a more diverse workforce, but, like the rest of the tech industry, it has yet to succeed. This week, a former employee offered a glimpse into the beleaguered microblogging company’s struggle to be more inclusive.

“With my departure, Twitter no longer has any managers, directors, or VP’s of color in engineering or product management,” Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley wrote on Medium on Tuesday. Miley was among those laid off from the company in October, although he made clear his intention to leave before the company announced the cuts, according toTechCrunch.

Elaborating about his time as one of Twitter’s few black engineers, Miley critiqued the company for failing to push back against unconscious bias as it seeped into hiring practices and culture:

Personally, a particularly low moment was having my question about what specific steps Twitter engineering was taking to increase diversity answered by the Sr. VP of Eng at the quarterly Engineering Leadership meeting. When he responded with “diversity is important, but we can’t lower the bar.” I then realized I was the only African-American in Eng leadership.

There are few African-American or Latino employees in any part of the company — and none at the top, according to the company’s own diversity data, released in August.

This, however, is not just a Twitter problem. It’s a tech industry problem, as Miley noted in a separate post, written earlier in October, about diversity in his field. Miley presents a theory as to why this is the case: It’s about pattern matching. Successful people think future successful people are going to look like them (or the people they see around them). When a company hires for a specific pattern, it’s not a surprise that everyone begins to look the same.

This is why Miley thinks that younger tech companies are actually less diverse than the older companies. From Miley’s post:

This shows up in recruiting organizations targeting specific schools, employee referrals, and promotions of like minded individuals. Yahoo > Google > LinkedIn > FaceBook > Twitter. After Yahoo each of these companies’ diversity numbers have been worse than the company that followed them. I believe this is because Google recruited from Yahoo, LinkedIn from Google, and so on. Each subsequent company becomes less diverse due to the sub-conscious amplification of educational, cultural and work history biases.

Twitter, meanwhile, is sticking to its diversity commitment….More here

 

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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in The New Jim Crow

 

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The KKK, Including Cops in St Louis get Exposed!

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Anonymous Operation #HoodsOff IDs St. Louis Klan Members — Including Cops

Twitter, Facebook and Google + accounts are being deleted right and left today, as Anonymous Operation #HoodsOff continues in response to a letter from the Klan threatening Ferguson protesters. Guess they don’t understand that everything’s already been screen-grabbed! (That’s Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona in the video.)

They also hacked into the national Klan’s twitter account and used it to out several St. Louis cops as Klan members so far. They’re asking the public to help them identify the rest:

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Several of these guys are local cops

Taking them …DOWN!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Occupy America, The Post-Racial Life

 

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The New Miss America…And Predictable Racism

Go to any conservative network publication and read the comments when the subject of race comes up…

And you will invariably see a bunch of racism. Some sites like the Old Free Republic site were literal sewers of white racists spewing forth all kinds of vitriol and hate.

white Supremacist organization regularly troll such sites, because it is a rich target area for new recruits.

And it really doesn’t matter whether the site is Brietbart or the Wall Street Journal. Not being “PC” has long been an excuse to tolerate and support racism and racist talk.

Freed from the blowback from others in normal face to face social commerce, the hidden bigots feel free, and invincible to consequence on the Internet.

Obviously anyone claiming that racism is no longer a problem in America…doesn’t own a computer.

The most recent occasion for the race baiters to come out was the Miss America contest where an Indian-American, Nina Davuluri won the contest.

Nina is a knockout by any non-conservative heterosexual male’s standards (except maybe you guys who like them extra “plump” women)…

Miss America: Why Racism Thrives Online

Some things evolve and some things don’t. Such is the case with this weekend’s wins of Nina Davuluri and Floyd Mayweather and the tsunami of racism that overtook Twitter in response.

Ladies first. Nina Davuluri is the second consecutive New Yorker to be crowned Miss America and the first Indian-American to win the title. Though Davuluri’s platform was “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” like all of us she is more than the sum of her racial and ethnic identities.

According to CNN, “the 24-year-old Fayetteville, New York, native was on the dean’s list and earned the Michigan Merit Award and National Honor Society nods while studying at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science.” Her goal is to become a physician. Davuluri plans to invest her time as Miss America working with the U.S. Department of Education as an advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are fields where women, regardless of racial or ethnic background, are sorely underrepresented.

Davuluri’s feel-good story took a racist turn in the Twitterverse, where some were outraged by the fact that 2014’s Miss America isn’t white. As in 2010, when the Lebanese-American beauty queen Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA, racism was expressed not just explicitly in the form of tweets, but also in the level of ignorance those tweets exposed. For example, Jezebel reports that some tweeps seemed confused over whether the new Miss America was Indian-American, Arab, Muslim or Latina. They could all agree, however, that she didn’t deserve the title based on whom they thought she was.

Something similar happened to African-American boxer Floyd Mayweather after he won Saturday night’s fight against Mexican fighter Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather first caused a stir on Twitter when he entered the ring alongside Lil’ Wayne and Justin Bieber. Many wondered whether Mayweather and his team accessorized with the stars because of their social media reach into different racial communities. But that meme was nothing compared with the outpouring of racist epithets tweeps typed in response to Mayweather’s amazing win. According to a report from Latino Rebels, online bigots concluded that Mayweather didn’t win because of his talent, skill and training. Rather, he won because he is black and that’s definitely not a characteristic to be praised, from a racist point of view.

Although reports are right to highlight and challenge these expressions of online racism, particularly in this weekend’s cases, the tone of surprise is a bit misleading.  Ebony’s Jamilah Lemieux had said it seems as if “the Internet just met the Internet” in recent weeks and that by now we shouldn’t be shocked by online racism. Lemieux is right. Online racism is entirely consistent with offline racism and demographic shifts.

For instance, the number of U.S. hate groups has more than doubled in the last 10 years, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, up to 1,007 active hate groups in the United States in 2012. Deborah Lauter, civil rights director for the Anti-Defamation League, has said that thousands of hate websites are live, “more than we can possibly keep track of.” Survey research indicates that the rise in active hate groups is correlated with census projections stating that white people will no longer be the U.S. racial majority by 2042. The hate surges online when achievements by people of color are noted and interpreted as taking away something to which a white person “should be” entitled. So people like Davuluri and Mayweather become targets because they represent demographic change and new opportunities for people of color, while challenging stereotypes about who Americans are and what they can achieve.

Racist ignorance in virtual spaces may often be misspelled and factually incorrect, but it should be taken seriously because its effects on the recipient can be powerful. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health by Dr. Brendesha Tynes, a professor of Education at USC, of 264 Midwestern high school students, approximately 20 percent of whites, 29 percent of blacks and 42 percent of “other” or multiple races reported being personally subjected to racial epithets or other discrimination online. These young people were more likely to become depressed, anxious and, possibly, less successful academically. What’s more is the effect on race talk in general. The danger of online racism is that people seem to get away with it and public disapproval in the form of reports like this one do not appear to have the same effect in lessening racist speech as disapproval does in face-to-face encounters. For evidence of this, check out the many YouTube testimonials from online gamers via the Gambit Hate Speech Project by MIT-Singapore Game Lab.

The Internet we have is not the safe space it was promised to be. But the good news is that we can do something about it. As digital citizens we can make the Internet safer. We can engage in self-reflection and deal with criticism from others in a way that makes real race talk possible. That’s means fighting racism with truth about who we are and how the world is really changing. After all, racism 2.0 is not a foregone conclusion. We, the people, have made it seem that way. And we have the power to make it different.

As to the tattooed Miss Kansas, who lost – Miss America is about beauty and to a lesser extent class, talent, and intelligence…

Not about looking trashy by screwing up that beauty covering yourself in ink.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Politico Reporter Fired For Telling Truth About Romney

White reporter interrupts the Pressident of the United State in the middle of a speech shouting absurd questions… And his publication nearly breaks a leg in the rush to defend the poor “put upon” reporter.

Black reporter tells the truth about Romney…And they fire him.

Politico Reporter Suspended Over Romney ‘White Folks’ Dig

Politico has suspended White House correspondent Joe Williams following his implication that Mitt Romney is only at ease among “white folks.” Williams told Martin Bashir on MSNBC yesterday that Romney is “very, very comfortable … with people who are like him,” Thus he can be “awkward” in town hall meetings, but “when he comes on Fox and Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.” Daily Intel points out that a Romney penis joke Williams made on Twitter only added fuel to the fire. And so Politico responded. Williams’ comments “fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way,” Politico bosses wrote in a staff memo. “An unacceptable number of Joe Williams’ public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility,” they noted. “Following discussion of this matter with editors, Joe has been suspended while we review the matter.”

Now – couple of things here. What’s the deal with folks saying stupid things on Twitter? Are people actually stupid enough to believe you can’t make a complete jackass of yourself in only 148 characters?

Second – What Joe said is that Romney is only comfortable around folks like himself – Not that he is a racist like most conservatives.

Not sure how that is grounds for “suspension”. Is Politico trying to say it is superior to the Daily Caller because it polices its journalists? I think a 20 second read would obviate the need for that excuse.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Faux News, News, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Cory Booker – The Twitter King!

Cory Booker is one of the new generation of black politicians who is going places. And he is doing it the old fashioned way by working – sometimes with shovel in hand – for his constituents.

Notice to other Mayors – “Don’t try this in your city – these are trained Tweeting professionals!”

Hizzoner On the Job!

Cory Booker: The Mayor of Twitter and Superhero of the Blizzard

 

If you’re a mayor of a northeastern U.S. city, you probably despise Cory Booker right now, because the tweeting mayor of Newark, N.J., is now a social-media superhero, able to move towering snowbanks in a single push — or by sending the shovels and plows your way.

After a blizzard started blanketing the Northeast on Dec. 26, an event that earned the Twitter hashtag #snowpocalypse, Booker turned the microblogging site into a public-service tool. Residents of the city, which has a population of around 280,000, swarmed Booker’s account (@CoryBooker) with requests for help, and the mayor responded. He and his staff have bounced around Newark shoveling streets and sending plows to areas where residents said they were still snowed in. “Just doug [sic] a car out on Springfield Ave and broke the cardinal rule: ‘Lift with your Knees!!’ I think I left part of my back back there,” he reported in one message. One person let Booker know, via Twitter, that the snowy streets were preventing his sister from buying diapers. About an hour later, Booker was at the sister’s door, diapers in hand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Rethugly AG Tries to Force Twitter to Snitch

Scumbag Alert!

Pa. Republican AG Tom Corbett sings a Fascist Tune

State AG Orders Twitter to Rat Out His Critics

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has subpoenaed Twitter, demanding it release “any and all subscriber information” for two accounts that seem to mainly specialize in criticizing him. The subpoena orders Twitter to “testify and give evidence regarding alleged violations of the laws of Pennsylvania,” but doesn’t specify which laws are supposed to have been violated. Corbett wants the names, contact information, and addresses IP and physical of the accounts. The owner of one of the accounts, who goes by “Ferrari,” tells TechCrunch that they’re asking Twitter not to comply. The subpoena orders Twitter to appear on May 14—last Friday—but Ferrari says he believes the site is asking for more time, since it only got the summons last night. If the site just blows off the order, it could face contempt of court charges.

Seems the Twitters have been getting under the Rethugly AG’s skin!

Stop Snitching… Indeed!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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