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Ferdinand Zebua
Internet adventurer extraordinaire! :P
Internet adventurer extraordinaire! :P
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The dynamics of disinformation, propaganda, "fake news," and conspiracy theories can be studied by watching how they spread. This is a summary of a scientific study (by one of its authors, who links the full paper) into this, and it's chock-full of fascinating results. They focused on responses to mass shootings in particular, as these are a favorite target of conspiracy theories. Conspiracy stories, it turns out, spread with a very different pattern than other types of story - and botnets, quasi-replication of stories between sites, and similar patterns of signal manipulation are key to them. This (as well as other interesting commonalities between the sites which propagate these) suggests that there is something systematic and intentional behind these theories: they aren't emerging organically, they're being curated. 

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Unprecedented number of young Russians who've known no president but Putin came to protest him today.
https://t.co/noRLeNNxDu
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Washington, of course, has denied any such "invoice" was ever invoiced...

(Yeah, and the ACA is not getting repealed any time soon.)

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Via +Yonatan Zunger: "The Soviets were famous for covering up anything that reflected poorly on them – and nowhere more so than in secret military programs, such as the nuclear one. As a newly-declassified report shows, the entire city of Ust-Kamenogorsk was effectively used as a radiation effects testing site throughout the 1950's; downwind of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, it was steadily a target of severe fallout, including one incident in 1956 which killed 638 people from acute radiation poisoning. (For comparison, the Chernobyl disaster killed 126) The area remains so heavily contaminated that it profoundly affects people's daily lives to this day."

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Incredible deniability at the White House
We don't know Paul Manafort...

Remember me freaking out last year when Trump's campaign hired Paul Manafort? Remember how it got me on the whole "OMG the Trump campaign is full of Russian associated flaks?" kick a year ago? Like before it was in style?

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/2016-donald-trump-paul-manafort-ferinand-marcos-philippines-1980s-213952

Well look at this story in Politico where it talks about his not so secret work for Oleg Deripaska. Not so secret, guys. Politico was writing about this a year ago. Can you use Google? I was writing about how this was freaking me out on G+ a year ago. Politico was blandly writing about this a year ago.

Here's the article on Oleg's Cayman adventure they link to:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-campaign-chief-ducks-questions-about-214020365.html

Where they do say that Trump apparently didn't know about this when they hired Manafort (which means that, when confronted, he denied knowing about it, which at best means he doesn't vet people which we've confirmed since.)

Except, Manafort and Stone are long time business partners. So you know? I don't buy it.

I do not know why anyone in the press is buying it either.

W T F.



http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/325334-white-house-distances-trump-from-manafort

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Interesting product, this 2017 model-year iPad, I will honestly admit.

...BUT, also honestly, as an Android ecosystem user with so many USD300 tablet options out there, why should I switch?

And most certainly Samsung is not the only game in town when it comes to US300 Android tablets. And this doesn't even mention the USD300 ultraportable Chromebooks out there, some of them "classic laptop"-style, some of them tablet-convertible and even touchscreen...
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