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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:30:30 PM EST
DICTION CORNER: fake news, syn. propaganda

MEPs bare teeth in debate over Russian propaganda

Julian King, the European Commissioner for Security, was present during the debate and recalled that the Commission had opened a public consultation on fake news, which ends on 23 February. "The aim of this campaign is to show that fake news is real. We need to knock down this propaganda".

Facebook tries out charm offensive with four EU Commissioners

he spent much of her speech explaining how the tech giant is taking down posts and user accounts that promote [PROPAGANDA]--one of the areas where Gabriel is trying to make her mark before the Commission's term ends next year.

Gabriel is in charge of an EU strategy on [PROPAGANDA]. She will announce details of the plan in May, but has already said that she wants to address how [PROPAGANDA] is financed, and include measures to make social media platforms more transparent.

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"To your point about TNCs corrupting diverse national policies..." [1]
How to tame the tech titans - The Economist
Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy (USA)
A Trip to the Woodshed
" And I gather that all of your companies have moved beyond any notion that your job is only to provide a platform, and whatever goes across it is not your affair?"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 08:47:33 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 12:18:05 AM EST
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So yeah. Here's a tragic testament on fortunes of war, pernicious truths and reconciliation, and propaganda, I suppose. Too harsh?
Colonialism a cause to celebrate in Singapore
I was last in Singapore about 20 years ago. There for a month on business. Spent my down time by the pool, drinking at Raffles, browsing duty-free at the mall, and the odd field trip into the 'burbs with my chaperone, Mrs Liu. She put me wise to Changi Memorial and local lore. No love lost then for the Empire. Yet here we are.
The city-state turned 50 in 2015, a Golden Jubilee celebrated with great ceremony and enthusiasm, all branded with merchandise, exhibitions and concerts. Just four years later, in 2019, Singapore will also become 200 years old, commemorating the bicentennial of its "founding."

20 years ago independence was fresh in Mrs Liu's lifetime. The way her people remembered "the fall" of Singapore in WWII was as betrayal, catastrophe.
A marketing campaign launched by the Singapore Tourist Board in October last year to promote the Singapore Tourism Awards features Raffles and Major General William Farquhar, Singapore's first resident and colonial administrator, as a jovial, bumbling pair in search of enjoyment as "Singapore's First Tourists."

Some 5,000 POWs and civilians perished in Changi alone. Mrs Liu believed multiples more died in the occupation.
Thum wrote that involves sweeping "a lot of the horrors of our past under the carpet," namely colonial rule's dispossession of native people, the fact that the port thrived due to the opium trade and slavery, and that British governors routinely used torture and oppression to maintain control.

same old back doors, same old mess o' brexits.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 09:38:01 AM EST
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yes, we were not the kind administrators of the Empire nostalgist mythology favoured by the likes of Niall Ferguson.

And the surrender of Sigapore in WWII was the result of one of the most idiotically stupid military decsions of the war. And, amongst the many many fuckups I could think of, that is quite a claim.

But if ever there was a perfect example of having a hammer and treating every problem as a nail, then this was it. A naval commander who could only imagine Singapore being attacked from the sea and thus having absolutely no land defenses even as the Japanese marched through Burma into Thailand. He was shocked when they turned up in singapore almost without a shot being fired.

No wonder the locals felt betrayed. It's one thing being oppressed by an over-mighty empire with almost infinite stength. It must have been galling to realise they had been enslaved by morons.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 08:08:36 PM EST
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Reminiscent of the religious whack-job who suppressed research on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Controversial femur could belong to ancient human relative

"This specimen is really important. It's critical," says Macchiarelli, who has shared his unpublished report with Nature's news team. The femur probably belongs to a species called Sahelanthropus tchadensis, he says. The bone is important because it could settle whether the species is the earliest hominin yet found, as its discoverers have claimed after analysing the skull2. "This is a fantastic occasion to finally tell people what we have, and what we know about this specimen."

The Anthropological Society of Paris told Nature that it had rejected 6 out of 65 abstracts. It said: "This work is conducted by an independent and impartial scientific committee, which is sovereign in its decision. Hence, any accusation about this would not be founded"



She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 05:36:05 PM EST
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wasn't that whack job the Catholic church?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 08:10:07 PM EST
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Not the whole RCC, just one Catholic priest whose reading of the archeology was ludicrous and a band of second rate academics on the make.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 05:18:57 AM EST
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the warning I infer from publicity about conflict among the factions who claim ownership--much less possession-- of the information is,
orthodoxy or heterodoxy
is an essential profession of political agreement among people regardless of the scope of their organization, or domains of purported mastery. Withholding quantities and significance of information from interested yet excluded parties is a purposeful action in any case. That is control of a social structure which preserves uncertain divisions of labor and values of knowledge.

Latin literacy or hominin speciation, for example, is a quite esoteric occupation. Though the former has fallen into disuse (Vatican II), the latter still preoccupies the minds of millions "laity" seeking a rationale for natural laws of evolutionary progress, intelligence, prosperity and primacy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 09:31:44 PM EST
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More simple.

Dicklesnook - Roland de Vaux - couldn't tell the difference between a Roman dining area with eating couches and a medieval monastic scriptorium.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 09:56:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 10:27:19 PM EST
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speaks for a generation of pussy hat knitters and 'whisper list' compilers

Hillary Clinton, Burns Strider, and the Fault Lines of #MeToo

Here is the top line, from The New York Times:

A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton's request, according to four people familiar with what took place.

Mrs. Clinton's campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.

## Women and Minorities Edition

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 12:13:23 AM EST
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does not speak for a generation of pussy hat knitters and 'whisper list' compilers

Sandeep Rehal v. Harvey Weinstein et al., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

Harvey Weinstein's dirty laundry, but more specifically his used condoms, were laid bare Thursday in a federal complaint from the disgraced Hollywood producer's former personal assistant.

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Jane Doe v. Harvey Weinstein, et al. , UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 01:29:09 AM EST
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< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Esquire Chip next informed his client, that her case must now lie over till the next session of the court, some months in the future. 'The law must take its course,' said he.

'What! wait another court! wait months?' said the persevering mother. 'Why, long before that time, he can go clear off, and take my child with him-no one knows where. I cannot wait; I must have him now, whilst he is to be had.' 'Well,' said the lawyer, very coolly, 'if he puts the boy out of the way, he must pay the $600-one half of which will be yours'; supposing, perhaps, that $300 would pay for a 'heap of children,' in the eye of a slave who never, in all her life, called a dollar her own. But in this instance, he was mistaken in his reckoning. She assured him, that she had not been seeking money, neither would money satisfy her; it was her son, and her son alone she wanted, and her son she must have. Neither could she wait court, not she. The lawyer used his every argument to convince her, that she ought to be very thankful for what they had done for her; that it was a great deal, and it was but reasonable that she should now wait patiently the time of the court.


The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 at 01:49:42 AM EST
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