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Don't believe the hype : understand the #news with rocking theory


So what! AJ has produced videos to educate the masses, so what! enjoy it :)
Working with journalists, artists and political activists from Africa, Latin America, Asia, the United States and Europe, #AlJazeera have created five videos supplemented by essays to introduce you to media theorists and to help you apply some of their critical tools in your everyday encounters with the media.
https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/the-listening-post-media-theorised/index.html

* Theory powered by : #RolandBarthes, #NoamChomsky, #StuartHall, #MarshallMcLuhan and #EdwardSaid

#journalism #control #propaganda #politics #world #social

 

The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US


How a conspiracy documentary hijacked US social media and fuelled fake news around coronavirus. Plus, schooling in Peru.
The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US
#Media #Coronaviruspandemic #Propaganda #UnitedStates #Health #Peru #Education
 

The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US


How a conspiracy documentary hijacked US social media and fuelled fake news around coronavirus. Plus, schooling in Peru.
The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US
#Media #Coronaviruspandemic #Propaganda #UnitedStates #Health #Peru #Education
 
It's messed up that if you falsify information on an online computer system for free you can go to jail for a long time, but if you get people to PAY you to falsify information on an online computer system, you can call that 'advertising' and become an billionaire.

-- Nate Cull

https://mastodon.social/@natecull/104079510805214392

#Advertising #Propaganda #Disinformation #SiliconValley #Epistemology
 

Widersetzt Euch der vierten industriellen Repression!


Quelle: https://winteroak.org.uk/2020/04/17/resist-the-fourth-industrial-repression/

Während der Ersten Industriellen Repression wurden wir vom Land vertrieben, in überfüllte Städte gezwungen, als Menschenfutter für die dunklen satanischen Mühlen der neuen dampfbetriebenen #kapitalistischen Welt benutzt.

Die zweite industrielle Repression elektrisierte die #Herrschaft der #Maschine. Neue Generationen wurden geboren, die nie die Freiheit gekostet hatten. Ihr Leben und ihr Denken wurden zunehmend von den Rhythmen der industriellen #Massenproduktion beherrscht.

Die +dritte industrielle Repression* läutete die Ankunft von #Computern und #Robotern ein. Vom Menschen wurde nun erwartet, dass er sich diesen automatisierten #Normen und Funktionen demütig anpasst.

Und nun stehen wir vor dem Beginn der Vierten Industriellen Repression (4IR), der tödlichsten #Repression von allen…

Die #4IR will alles, was es auf dieser Welt gibt, besitzen, kontrollieren und davon profitieren.

Ihr Internet der Dinge zielt darauf ab, eine #Matrix der totalen Konnektivität zu schaffen, deren Eigentümer sie ist.

Du, Dein Zuhause, Deine Familie, Deine Freunde, Deine Beziehungen und Deine Aktivitäten werden alle der 4IR angehören.

Seine Technokraten betrachten Sie als nichts anderes als ein weiteres Stück Wegwerf-Fleischwaren, eine Einheit unter Millionen, nur eine weitere Zahl in ihrer globalen Bilanz der #Ausbeutung.

Das 4IR wird Dich verfolgen und immer wissen, wo Du bist, mit wem Du zusammen bist und was Du machst.

Es verlangt Deinen absoluten #Gehorsam. Du kannst keine eigenen Werte, #Ideale oder #Träume haben, sondern nur die, die das System zulässt.
Ungehorsame Einheiten sind unproduktive Einheiten.

Die 4IR weiß, wie man Sie ausmachen kann, wenn Du auch nur erwägst, aus der Reihe zu treten. Seine vorausschauende Polizeiarbeit wird Sie schnell als asoziales Element, als Vorkriminellen, als #Gedankenverbrecher identifizieren.

Sie wird ihre #Roboter und #Drohnen aussenden, um Sie zu neutralisieren und das sichere Funktionieren der Matrix zu gewährleisten.

Digitale Identitätssysteme. Militarisierte #5G. Neurotechnologische Verbesserungen des Gehirns. Genetische Bearbeitung.
Cybersecurity Macht Frei!

Die 4IR duldet keine unverantwortlichen Worte oder Verhaltensweisen, die eine #Bedrohung für #Gesundheit und #Sicherheit, für Recht und Ordnung, für Widerstandsfähigkeit und #Wohlstand darstellen.

Die 4IR will uns #Angst einjagen, indem sie auf die drohende #Katastrophe hinweist und behauptet, dass niemand außer ihr uns retten kann.

Sie zeigt uns das #Elend und die #Krankheiten, die durch die erste, zweite und dritte industrielle Repression verursacht wurden, und pocht darauf, dass die “Lösung” eine vierte Dosis desselben tödlichen Industriegiftes ist.

Die Intelligenz des 4IR ist völlig künstlich, und ihr totes #Robotergehirn kann nicht riechen, was wir riechen, fühlen, was wir fühlen, lieben, was wir lieben.

Sie ignoriert kühl den zeitlosen und vitalen Wert von Menschen, #Tieren, #Bäumen, #Pflanzen und der ganzen organischen Realität, zu der diese gehören.

Stattdessen sieht sie nur den Rohstoff für ihren eigenen #Profit.

Sie dürstet vor allem nach #Daten, nach endlosen Fluten von Daten, die gesammelt, verarbeitet, verkauft und in den #Reichtum verwandelt werden sollen, der ihr die totale #Kontrolle erkauft.

Die Vierte Industrielle Repression will alles #Wahre und #Authentische durch ihre Kopien ersetzen, durch eine weniger virtuelle als vielmehr gänzlich gefälschte #Realität.

Und dennoch sagt uns ihre gespaltene Roboterzunge, dass diese Scheinrealität in Wirklichkeit eine “verbesserte” oder “erweiterte” Realität ist.

Die 4IR will die Leben, die wir kennen, abschaffen. Sie will uns mit Mikrochips versehen, uns in kleine Käfige sperren und uns mit chemischen Ersatznahrungsmitteln zwangsernähren.

Sie kann die Vorstellung nicht tolerieren, dass wir etwas umsonst genießen könnten, wie Sonnenschein, frische Luft und die freie Natur.

Sie sehnt sich nach einem totalen #Monopol unserer Erfahrung. Abgeschnitten von der realen Welt, von Authentizität und #Freiheit, werden wir keine andere Wahl haben, als die giftige Ersatzrealität zu kaufen und zu konsumieren, die sie sorgfältig hergestellt hat.

Die 4IR ist, wie alle anderen Repressionen vor ihr, auf unserer Trennung voneinander, der Zerstörung unserer Gemeinschaften und der Untergrabung unserer Solidarität aufgebaut.

“Social distancing” is the prerequisite for its seizure of complete power.
Die 4IR will, dass wir alle auf uns allein gestellt sind, online und auf einer Linie.

Die 4IR entleert alles von Bedeutung, insbesondere Wörter. Sie sagt “nachhaltig”, wenn es #Ökozid bedeutet. Sie sagt “Entwicklung”, wenn es Zerstörung bedeutet . Es sagt “universelles Grundeinkommen”, wenn es #Sklaverei bedeutet.

Wenn die 4IR von “Social Impact Investing” (sozial-wirkungsorientierten Investieren) spricht, dann meint sie damit in Wirklichkeit, dass sie Menschen in lukrative Investitionsmöglichkeiten verwandeln will.
Humankapital. Menschliches Vieh.

Wenn die 4IR von einem “New Deal for Nature” spricht, dann bedeutet das in Wirklichkeit, dass sie die gesamte Lebenswelt privatisieren will, um die Milliardärsklasse noch reicher zu machen, als sie ohnehin schon ist.

Wenn die 4IR “Biosicherheit” fordert, meint sie die Sicherheit ihrer eigenen Kontrollsysteme gegen die #Bedrohung durch die biologische Realität. Von der Natur, vom Leben, von uns!

Die 4IR hält sich für so schlau. Ihre Hochglanzpropaganda verspricht uns Smart #Mobility in einer Smart #Economy, Smart #Living und intelligentes Regieren für die intelligenten Menschen von morgen.

Das Smarte Geld fließt in das 4IR Projekt. Das Smarte Geld der eleganten Klugscheißer (Smart-arse) Welt.

Die 4IR setzt riesige Armeen professioneller Lügner und leichtgläubiger Narren ein, um ihre #Propaganda zu verbreiten und schreit #Beschimpfungen über alle, die es wagen ihre panikmachenden Unwahrheiten in Frage zu stellen.

Die 4IR ist ein Totenkult, der davon träumt, alles Natürliche, alles Wilde, alles Freie auszulöschen.

Widersetzt Euch der vierten industriellen Repression!

#Fight the 4IR!

#Politik #Gesellschaft #Dystopie #Kapitalismus
 
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Suspected Russian operatives tried using forged diplomatic documents, social media to create divisions

"A Russian information operation relied on forged diplomatic emails and planted articles on a number of social media sites in an attempt to undermine multiple governments and impersonate U.S. lawmakers, according to a new analysis of recent social media activity."

"Massachusetts-based Recorded Future on Wednesday published findings detailing how Russian-language operatives spent months using popular internet services to try to interfere in Estonia, the Republic of Georgia and the U.S. The effort appears to be a continuation of a prior Russian campaign, dubbed Operation Secondary Infektion, that utilized Facebook and dozens of online platforms to sow division in the West and discredit political efforts."

"The ongoing covert influence effort revealed Wednesday, known as Operation Pinball, involved activity on discussion sites like Reddit, LiveJournal, an array of self-publishing sites, falsified social media profiles that prioritized strong operational security over reaching a large audience. In one instance, Recorded Future detected a Reddit account involved in distributing leaked documents from trade talks between the U.S. and U.K. in November 2019."

#Russia #cybersecurity #informationwarfare #disinformation #propaganda
Suspected Russian operatives tried using forged diplomatic documents, social media to create divisions
 
Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia

"The operation demonstrates how easy and cheap it is to exploit the opportunities tech platforms offer and hook audiences on videos about hot-button issues. In several cases, the channels amplified content from fringe, right-wing websites, like Patriot Pulse and American Patriot Daily. The channels employed simple yet effective techniques to evade platform safeguards. And though tech giants like Google and Facebook often take the brunt of the blame, this operation makes clear that smaller players in the internet ecosystem, like Fiverr, can be enablers of the process."

#election2020 #disinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare #cybersecurity #Russia #Trump
 
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"Misinformation can be fatal, and that’s why Americans need to be more vigilant and shrewd about the media that they consume, especially now. That is the lesson that we all should be conveying, particularly those of us in the press. We cannot rely upon the visceral danger this pandemic presents to encourage people to make smarter choices about citizenship, let alone what and who they allow to influence their thinking. And that starts with thinking critically about oneself, which too many Americans fail or refuse to do."

"Fox News and Fox Business are winning the information war at the worst time, all by embracing the worst in us. They’ll tell you that nothing is wrong when there clearly is —— and then imply that if you get sick, blame the Chinese. When you’re a Fox News viewer, it’s never your fault. But when the public heat rises, the Fox cable networks leap at the chance to appear civil. And too often, we waste time laughing at them or give them credit for trying. It isn’t difficult to look like you’re stepping up when you’re already at rock bottom."

Via Fox News, Still a Danger to Public Health

#FoxNews #disinformation #propaganda #GOP #corruption
Fox News, Still a Danger to Public Health
 
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Arthur Thiele

Hamster-erlebnisse


Not a new problem. Note how every image has a vigilant policeman.

#art #postcard #propaganda #hamster #police #immoral #hoarding #german #empire #WWI
 
Russian election meddling is back -- via Ghana and Nigeria -- and in your feeds

"The Russian trolls are back -- and once again trying to poison the political atmosphere in the United States ahead of this year's elections. But this time they are better disguised and more targeted, harder to identify and track. And they have found an unlikely home, far from Russia itself."

"In 2016, much of the trolling aimed at the US election operated from an office block in St. Petersburg, Russia. A months-long CNN investigation has discovered that, in this election cycle, at least part of the campaign has been outsourced -- to trolls in the west African nations of Ghana and Nigeria."

"They have focused almost exclusively on racial issues in the US, promoting black empowerment and often displaying anger towards white Americans. The goal, according to experts who follow Russian disinformation campaigns, is to inflame divisions among Americans and provoke social unrest."

#election2020 #Russia #disinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare #cybersecurity
 
Unsurprising, but FYI...

Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say

"The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November’s presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups and to stoke anger among African-Americans, according to seven American officials briefed on recent intelligence."

"Russia’s lead intelligence agency, the S.V.R., has apparently gone beyond 2016 methods of interference, when operatives tried to stoke racial animosity by creating fake Black Lives Matter groups and spreading disinformation to depress black voter turnout. Now, Russia is also trying to influence white supremacist groups, the officials said; they gave few details, but one official said federal investigators are examining how at least one neo-Nazi organization with ties to Russia is funded."

#Russia #propaganda #disinformation #informationwarfare #election2020 #cybersecurity #race

The New York Times: Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say (By Julian E. Barnes and Adam Goldman)

 
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"When I talk about the prion disease afflicting the GOP, a good case can be made for Bill Kristol as its Patient Zero."

Via Bill Kristol Isn't Afraid of Bernie Sanders or His Rhetoric. He's Afraid His Ideas Are Popular.

#GOP #election2020 #misinformation #propaganda #Bernie2020
 
"To close observers of Russian interference, this all sounds wildly familiar."

"...yes, Russia continues to support Sanders—or, more specifically, the narrative that the process is rigged against him. That’s not the same as wanting Sanders in the White House."

#election2020 #Russia #disinformation #propaganda #cybersecurity
 
Qanon Deploys 'Information Warfare' to Influence the 2020 Election

"Beginning early last year, Qanon followers more explicitly embraced concepts of 'information warfare', efforts to shape narratives and people’s beliefs to influence events. The Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 has been described as information warfare. In a February 2019 thread titled 'Welcome to Information Warfare' on Endchan's Qanon research forum, a poster exhorted fellow users to '[g]et ready for a new phase in the battle anons: the fight to take back the narrative from the [mainstream media]'. Now, Qanon users are trying to wield the same tactics to shape the political narrative for 2020."

#election2020 #disinformation #misinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare #QAnon #GOP #corruption
 
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"The political theorist Hannah Arendt once wrote that the most successful totalitarian leaders of the 20th century instilled in their followers 'a mixture of gullibility and cynicism'. When they were lied to, they chose to believe it. When a lie was debunked, they claimed they’d known all along—and would then 'admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness'. Over time, Arendt wrote, the onslaught of propaganda conditioned people to 'believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true'."

Via The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President

#Trump #GOP #corruption #disinformation #propaganda #lies #election2020
 

Mostly uniformed notes on Coronavirus, Wuhan, China, and the online response


I'm not a sinologist, sinophile, nor antisionist. I'm not an expert on China, or epidemics, or eastern-region politics. But I watch and observe, and occasionally comment. This story is an interesting one, but my observations are largely speculation, exceptions generally being cited or referenced.

There are two elements of this story I'm finding fascinating, both involving viral propogation. One is biological, the other epistemic.

The Plague


It's been about nine days since I posted my exponential growth 2019 nCoV observation, followed (in comments) by predictions that containment efforts begun arond 22 Jan would start showing clear evidence in new case data by early February, and that mortality should start falling by the 15th - 22nd, another 2-3 weeks out.

The first is bearing out, the second may be beating my initial projection. Both of these trends are encouraging.

I'll emphasise: I'm not a medical professional or epidemiologist. I read and study a lot, I've watched earlier outbreaks, and I've a fairly strong stats and data background which informs views of data. But really: I'm just some guy in a cat mask making guesses on the Internet.

That said:

* Signs are encouraging.
* The risk remains very real. We'll likely see somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100,000 cases (plus or minus a factor of 2) and 1,000 or so deaths (same). I think it's unlikley we'll see grossly more, say 10x, that.
* Quarantine, containment, education, public awareness, travel and commerce restrictions, and (within pandemic regions) frequent decontamination, are very much the order of the day.
* Effective treatments are few and will probably not emerge before the epidemic peaks or subsides. Mostly health professionals are limited to treating symptoms and secondary infections, with mixed effectiveness.
* There may be some nontraditional treatments or precautions which prove effective. No, I'm not talking crystals or Goop, but potential practices to reduce particle spread or make the virus less comfortable within hosts. Salt-impregnated masks have been mentioned favourably. I could think of other possible approaches, I won't bother mentioning them simply as rumour and misinformation spreading is already more than problematic.
* Given limited treatment, beds, an diagnostic kits, I'd argue that conclusively testing every presenting case is not a useful use of resources. Confirming infections among medical personnel is, but otherwise, triaging serious cases in to care, and directing less-serious cases to self-quarantine seems reasonable. We're talking city-wide, province-wide, and country-wide control where populations number to 10 million, 100 million, and 1 billion, respectively. This is a very large-scale problem. The goal is containment and management, not acute treatment of every individual case.
* Limitations on public knowledge of disease, germ theory, medical capabilities and limitations, and public health methods, is a challenge here. China's large population includes a very large undereducated population. (Though its educated population dwarfs that of any other country on Earth, possibly excepting India.)
* Failure to continue effective management could change all of this. The goal is to work effectively.

Media and Politics


The media and online response is ... interesting.

I've seen several long YouTube monologues, the first I believe by the individual known as "Brother Mask", another by a civil rights attorney, giving first-hand reports from within Wuhan itself. Many of the reports of conditions seem accurate. Some of the criticisms arising from them ... possibly less so. There have also been numerous posts in various places -- Mastodon and Diaspora, though of course many on Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere.

It's clear that many are seeing this as a propaganda opportunity to be used against the Chinese government. And there are certainly numerous criticisms which are valid.

Given the flood of online propaganda aimed at Western states in recent years, notably by Russia, but also China, generally following a "torrent of distraction" rather than "hose of reality distortion" favoured by Moscow. Seeing this now turned at China is ... interesting and ironic.

I don't consider myself a supporter of China, though I am impressed by the progress it's made most especially in recent decades. China is simply huge, and operates at scales the rest of the world fails to comprehend -- Wuhan is the city of 11 million you'd never heard of until two weeks ago. The country has faced, and does face immense challenges, and whilst not executing perfectly, has succeeded in many ways that deserve recognition. As do its failures. I'm often critical of elements of China's behaviours, both domestically and abroad (Uyghers, Tibet, and elsewhere). China is much like the proverbial Chinese symbol for crisis: opportunity and threat.

The main reason ideologically-driven discussions, debates, or (far more often) screaming matches are so boring is that they're simply so uninformative. The positions are well-established, the participants rarely principled or in good faith, and quite often themselves blinded to realities they'd prefer not to confront.

It's abundantly clear that China grossly mishandled the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, much as it did SARS in 2003, though not managing to cover up the epidemic as long in this instance. The death, or is it martyrdom, of Li Wenliang, is portentious. Unconfirmed reports of 800 million Weibo posts within 2.5 hours of its annoucement. It seems at least possible that changes to central control over information flows may occur, though the legacy of Tienanmen Square still looms large, and information regarding it remains tightly controlled. Chinese partisans have been engaged in petty battles over map definitions within the 2019-2020 Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Wikipedia page, as evidenced by the Talk page. Yes, Wikipedia has its conflicts and attempts at manipulation, but they occur in public and are often countered.

China's own meddling with both independent Taiwan and Hong Kong appear to be backfiring badly in terms of trust in the CCP and central government. That seems somewhat just desserts, though not always epistemically valid information.

At the same time, there's what seems strongly to be hay-making by opponents of the government, quite possibly even factions within the CCP battling against each other (my speculation), and quite likely entities or factions within Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the usual rabble-rousers, xenophobes, ecouragers of chaos (viz: Stephen Bannon), and general whackadoodles worldwide.

The interesting situation is that China seems to be approaching a point at which neither a closed-down media system, nor a wide open one, is risk-free. The first, had it persisted only a few weeks longer, could have had us talking a bound an epidemic ranging into the millions of cases and tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths, as well as global economic disruptions lasting months (and a likely risk-based reduced exposure to China). The second, while guarding against the "tell the emperor what pleases him" failures of rigid control, also enables the enemies of the emperor to speak freely. It seems all but certain that China will have to move out of its comfort zone here.

Or ... and if this path is chosen, all but certainly with the assistance of all the usual Silicon Valley suspects we've come to know and love ... institute an even more pervasive, flexible, and effective set of internal and external informational firewalls which permit the flow of critically important information whilst somehow managing to disrupt attempts at political opposition.

I don't find the second possibility overly likely from a technical standpoint, but Orwell and Huxley seem to have been winning the War for the Internet so far, and it seems unwise to not give them their nod.

Norbert Wiener, the father of Cybernetics, had a strong experience with information controls during World War II, as he worked on numerous research projects for the US government and military. After the war, his assessment was that the security restrictions on communications hurt the Allied forces more than they helped. For the most part, the enemy was already aware of the research projects, so the spread of information to the enemy was not meaningfully curtailed. But the Allies, working with limited technical and intellectual personnel resources, were hurt more by the duplicate, slowed, and inefficient progress made on the projects due to the communications restrictions.

Whether Wiener's view was accurate or merely his own personal bias, I'm not sure. But China is likely to be debating the same question, if not now, then soon.

#china #coronavirus #ncov2019 #wuhan #LiWenliang #propaganda #media #epidemics #tienamen #uygher
 
"Political appointees at the interior department have sought to play up climate pollution from California wildfires while downplaying emissions from fossil fuels as a way of promoting more logging in the nation’s forests, internal emails obtained by the Guardian reveal."

"The messaging plan was crafted in support of Donald Trump’s pro-industry arguments for harvesting more timber in California, which he says would thin forests and prevent fires – a point experts refute."

"The emails show officials seeking to estimate the carbon emissions from devastating 2018 fires in California so they could compare them to the carbon footprint of the state’s electricity sector and then publish statements encouraging cutting down trees."

"The records offer a look behind the scenes at how Trump and his appointees have tried to craft a narrative that forest protection efforts are responsible for wildfires, including in California, even as science shows fires are becoming more intense largely because of climate change."




#Trump #GOP #corruption #disinformation #propaganda #lies #accountability #ClimateCrisis
 
"UN experts have called for an immediate investigation into the 'possible involvement' of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ iPhone in 2018."

"'The information we have received suggests the possible involvement of the Crown Prince in surveillance of Mr. Bezos, in an effort to influence, if not silence, The Washington Post’s reporting on Saudi Arabia', UN special rapporteurs said in a statement Wednesday."

"'The alleged hacking of Mr. Bezos’s phone, and those of others, demands immediate investigation by U.S. and other relevant authorities, including investigation of the continuous, multi-year, direct and personal involvement of the Crown Prince in efforts to target perceived opponents'."

"The statement from UN’s human rights body centers on forensic investigations into the claim by Bezos — one of the world’s wealthiest men and owner of the Washington Post — that the Saudi government orchestrated a cyberattack against him to extract large amounts of data from his phone, including nude photos sent to his mistress."

#JeffBezos #SaudiArabia #MBS #cybersecurity #surveillance #espionage #InformationWarfare #disinformation #propaganda
 
"Three weeks after Election Day 2016, the Kremlin officially floated a theory that would ultimately lead to only the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history."

"'Ukraine seriously complicated the work of Trump’s election by planting information' aimed at damaging his campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry told reporters on Nov. 30, 2016, accusing the Ukrainian government of scheming to help elect Hillary Clinton."

"Russian officials offered no evidence—on that day or on any other day—that it was really Kyiv and not Moscow that meddled in the 2016 election. Nor have U.S. intelligence agencies backed off on their collective finding that the Kremlin orchestrated a major effort to help Trump win office."

#Trump #Russia #corruption #disinformation #InformationWarfare #propaganda #cybersecurity #UnintendedConsequences
 
Worth a read for anyone interested in #NationalSecurity, #cybersecurity, #ForeignPolicy, and #disinformation & #propaganda.

Russia as a Hurricane, China as Climate Change: Different Ways of Information Warfare

"Disinformation studies have been engaged in a pivot to Asia. A growing number of scholars and governmental experts around the globe who were once fixated on Russian operations are now increasingly concerned with Chinese operations, especially since the beginning of the Hong Kong crisis. The danger in this evolution is looking at China through a Russian lens, an already widespread mistake. As J. Michael Cole rightly noticed, 'Applying the Russian model to the PRC’s efforts would be both misleading and dangerous as we seek to counter its more nefarious impact'. Both cases are very different, and any intellectually rigorous analysis encompassing both should start by contrasting them."
Russia as a Hurricane, China as Climate Change: Different Ways of Information Warfare
 
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"I think what they have said, very blatantly, very clearly, is that they intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people with money from god knows where. They have been very irresponsible. I think their behavior is shameful."

Via Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook behavior, accuses it of intentionally misleading users

#facebook #disinformation #propaganda
 
"Oil and gas lobbyists are finally feeling the heat on climate change, but sadly, they remain committed to misleading the American people."

"The American Petroleum Institute, the premier industry organization that establishes standards and engages politicians, is out with a nationwide advertising campaign. Oil and gas companies, the group would have you believe, have been fighting climate change and possess the solution."

#OilAndGas #ClimateCrisis #disinformation #propaganda
 
"...interviews with dozens of officials and experts make clear that many of the vulnerabilities exploited by Moscow in 2016 remain. Most political campaigns are unwilling to spend what it takes to set up effective cyberdefenses. Millions of Americans are still primed to swallow fake news. And those charged with protecting American elections face the same central challenge they did four years ago: to spot and head off any attack before it can disrupt voting or sow doubts about the outcome. It is a task made even more difficult by new threats to the election from other American rivals, such as Iran, which has more motive than ever to interfere in 2020 after a drone strike killed its top security and intelligence commander last week in Iraq."

"The Russians were sloppy in 2016 because they could be: They caught Americans off guard. Now hackers and trolls, who have seen their tradecraft splashed across the pages of American intelligence assessments and federal indictments, are working far harder to cover their tracks. They are, as one American intelligence official put it, 'refreshing' their operations."

#election2020 #cybersecurity #Russia #disinformation #propaganda

The New York Times: ‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020 (By Matthew Rosenberg, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger)

 
"Oil and gas lobbyists are finally feeling the heat on climate change, but sadly, they remain committed to misleading the American people."

"The American Petroleum Institute, the premier industry organization that establishes standards and engages politicians, is out with a nationwide advertising campaign. Oil and gas companies, the group would have you believe, have been fighting climate change and possess the solution."

#OilAndGas #ClimateCrisis #disinformation #propaganda
 
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"... these narratives of blaming randos and trashing green groups have become catnip for conspiracy theorists and right-wingers invested in keeping the oil flowing. And research published by Timothy Graham of the Queensland University of Technology shows a dedicated group of bots is pushing the false arson narrative. According to ZDNet, Graham tracked the users of a few hashtags including #ArsonEmergency and found high activity coming from bot accounts. He told ZDNet he was 'at least confident' it was a disinformation campaign, though the sample size was relatively small by numbering in the hundreds."

Via It's Not Arson, You Absolute Fucking Morons

#disinformation #propaganda #OilAndGas #ClimateCrisis #Australia #bushfires
 
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Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ | #CambridgeAnalytica | The Guardian https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/cambridge-analytica-data-leak-global-election-manipulation

There won't be any silver bullet solution to this issue, but one big part of the long term solution is to help ourselves to overcome our own #biases through real #criticalthinking and to convince our brains that the fastest and easiest ways of reasoning more often than not make us very easy to manipulate and susceptible to fall for basic #propaganda
Tags: #dandelíon

via dandelion* client (Source)
 
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Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ | #CambridgeAnalytica | The Guardian https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/cambridge-analytica-data-leak-global-election-manipulation

There won't be any silver bullet solution to this issue, but one big part of the long term solution is to help ourselves to overcome our own #biases through real #criticalthinking and to convince our brains that the fastest and easiest ways of reasoning more often than not make us very easy to manipulate and susceptible to fall for basic #propaganda
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"'The documents reveal a much clearer idea of what actually happened in the 2016 US presidential election, which has a huge bearing on what will happen in 2020. It’s the same people involved who we know are building on these same techniques', she said."

"'There’s evidence of really quite disturbing experiments on American voters, manipulating them with fear-based messaging, targeting the most vulnerable, that seems to be continuing. This is an entire global industry that’s out of controlbut what this does is lay out what was happening with this one company'."

#disinformation #propaganda #socialmedia #CambridgeAnalytica

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Fascinating article!

#disinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare
Does ‘Rise of Skywalker’ have the same political troll problem as ‘The Last Jedi’?
 
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Once upon a time...

My first published research was a look at the NY Times vs. the_ NY Post_ comparing how they covered a near-disaster, a crack discovered in the Harrisburg / "Three Mile Island" nuclear plant. The Times cited government team response and status, while the Post had a large picture of a goat which I'll never forget, "Mrs. Louse H-- comforts sick goat". Which provided facts? Aroused fears?

So fast forward to now. The New York Times has a banner headline about impeachment, and the historic proceedings.
Whereas the NY Post featured a critique of Pelosi's wardrobe, calling her "swamp mistress".

Some things change. Apparently the Fox/Murdoch/Post school of "news" headlines and "fact" presentation has not, much.

Who knew? Yet I can't really say I'm surprised. Sad that the choice now is to mock conscientious leaders or focus on serious issues.

#history #impeachment #bias #journalism #fakenews #news #newspapers #media #nytimes #nypost #spin #propaganda
 
A fun read...

Russian disinformation network said to have helped spread smear of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

"...a social media analysis firm, Graphika, has traced those posts to a Russian disinformation campaign — in the first evidence that a network of accounts involved in spreading disinformation before the 2016 election also participated in circulating the false claims about Yovanovitch that led earlier this year to her recall from the U.S. embassy in Kyiv."

"The smear campaign against the American diplomat lies at the heart of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Those proceedings come to a head Wednesday with an expected House vote on two articles of impeachment."

"Graphika, which outlined its analysis in a report on Tuesday, said it could not say with precision who in Russia might be responsible for circulating the posts claiming to show the do-not-prosecute list. The State Department has denied that such a list existed, and Lutsenko has since sought to clarify what he reportedly told Solomon."

#Trump #Russia #disinformation #propaganda #corruption #ITMFA #Graphika
 

This is How a Society Dies

America & Britain are Textbook Examples of a New, Gruesome Phenomeon:

Rich Nations Self-Destructing Into Poor Failed States


Nobody seems to have noticed: the only two rich societies in the world with falling:
  • Life expectancies
  • Incomes
  • Savings
  • Happiness
  • Ttrust
It’s not one of history’s most improbable coincidences that America and Britain are collapsing in eerily similar ways, at precisely the same time. It’s a relationship. What connects the dots?

How did the English speaking world end up like the new Soviet Union?

To understand that point, consider the fact that you yourself probably think that’s an overstatement.

The Soviet Union couldn’t provide basics for its citizens — hence the famous breadlines. In America, people beg each other for money to pay for insulin and antibiotics, decent food is unavailable in vast swathes of the country, and retirement and paying off one’s debt are impossibilities.

Just like in the Soviet Union, basics are becoming both unavailable and unaffordable. What happens? People die.

More at:

https://eand.co/this-is-how-a-society-dies-35bdc3c0b854

#America #Britain #UnitedKingdom #SovietUnion #USSR #poverty #CapitalismFail #PrivatisationFail #selfish #society #SocialEconomics #99Percent #wealthy #elite #CorporateTerrorism #corporations #capitalism #BrokenDemocracy #FailedDemocracy #BigBusiness #government #propaganda #competition
 

This is How a Society Dies

America & Britain are Textbook Examples of a New, Gruesome Phenomeon:

Rich Nations Self-Destructing Into Poor Failed States


Nobody seems to have noticed: the only two rich societies in the world with falling:
  • Life expectancies
  • Incomes
  • Savings
  • Happiness
  • Ttrust
It’s not one of history’s most improbable coincidences that America and Britain are collapsing in eerily similar ways, at precisely the same time. It’s a relationship. What connects the dots?

How did the English speaking world end up like the new Soviet Union?

To understand that point, consider the fact that you yourself probably think that’s an overstatement.

The Soviet Union couldn’t provide basics for its citizens — hence the famous breadlines. In America, people beg each other for money to pay for insulin and antibiotics, decent food is unavailable in vast swathes of the country, and retirement and paying off one’s debt are impossibilities.

Just like in the Soviet Union, basics are becoming both unavailable and unaffordable. What happens? People die.

More at:

https://eand.co/this-is-how-a-society-dies-35bdc3c0b854

#America #Britain #UnitedKingdom #SovietUnion #USSR #poverty #CapitalismFail #PrivatisationFail #selfish #society #SocialEconomics #99Percent #wealthy #elite #CorporateTerrorism #corporations #capitalism #BrokenDemocracy #FailedDemocracy #BigBusiness #government #propaganda #competition
 
More demonstrable GOP ~~Russian propaganda~~ horseshit...

Chuck Todd to GOP Senator: You’re Selling the Same Argument as Putin!

"A week after claiming that he didn’t know whether Russia or Ukraine was responsible for hacking the DNC server during the 2016 election, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) left Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd astounded when he accused the former president of Ukraine of working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #disinformation #propaganda #ITMFA
 
"When Senator John N. Kennedy of Louisiana went with a group of fellow Republican lawmakers to celebrate the Fourth of July in Moscow (yes, Moscow) last year, they met with Russian counterparts in what the Russian press described as a “'secret room'. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia's Foreign Affairs Committee, said that Sen. Kennedy had promised to deliver a "tough message" about Russia’s interference in U.S. elections, but when it was his turn to speak, 'he had absolutely nothing to say'."

"Now the Republicans have plenty to say, and most of it benefits the Kremlin. Indeed, the Republicans of Donald Trump’s regime and the Russians of Vladimir Putin’s often sing in amazing harmony."

"Instead of counteracting Russia’s malign influence, American foreign policy under President Trump is seemingly being guided by it and leaders of the Republican Party are doing their best to aid and abet that program."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #disinformation #propaganda #ITMFA
 
"...we’ve been living in a country undergoing its own dismal process of Ukrainianization: of treating fictions as facts; and propaganda as journalism; and political opponents as criminals; and political offices as business ventures; and personal relatives as diplomatic representatives; and legal fixers as shadow cabinet members; and extortion as foreign policy; and toadyism as patriotism; and fellow citizens as “human scum”; and mortal enemies as long-lost friends — and then acting as if all this is perfectly normal. This is more than a high crime. It’s a clear and present danger to our security, institutions, and moral hygiene."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #disinformation #corruption #propaganda #lies #ITMFA
 
"What we’re seeing from the Republican Party [...] is an attempt to defend by the president by denying not just facts but reality. Republicans like Sen. Kennedy are effectively telling the viewers of Fox News or whatever network or radio show they’re on to disbelieve their own eyes, to distrust the conclusions of every intelligence agency and the Department of Justice, to question what is essentially unquestionable. It’s a disinformation operation carried out in plain sight by members of one of America’s two main political parties."

"The dark irony is that Republicans who parrot this kind of disinformation — No one really knows the truth; don’t believe what you see and hear; facts don’t matter — are essentially doing the Russian’s work for them."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #disinformation #corruption #propaganda #ITMFA
Republicans Are Waging War on Reality to Defend Dear Leader Trump
 
"It’s clear that Russia’s plan was to reel in as many Republicans as they could with their Ukraine conspiracy theories to make Russia look innocent."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #disinformation #propaganda #ITMFA
Republicans Are Knowingly Using Putin’s Talking Points to Defend Trump
 
"In a briefing that closely aligned with Dr. Hill’s testimony, American intelligence officials informed senators and their aides in recent weeks that Russia had engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election, according to three American officials. The briefing came as Republicans stepped up their defenses of Mr. Trump in the Ukraine affair."

#Russia #GOP #disinformation #propaganda #election2020
The 'Ukraine meddling' thing is a Russian operation, say U.S. intel experts
 
Quote of note:

"How do you know that the Russians are going to mess with our elections again next year? Because they’re already hard at work at it—in full view of the U.S. electorate."

Via Fiona Hill’s Story of Russian Disinformation Sounds Very Familiar

#GOP #Russia #disinformation #propaganda
 
Keep your eye out for Andrii Telizhenko... the GOP is getting ready to go full tilt conspiracy theory...

Grassley, Johnson Push Ukraine-DNC Conspiracy Theory With Doc Demand

"One day after the House wrapped up public hearings in its impeachment inquiry, two Republican senators opened their own investigation into Ukraine."

"Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to the National Archives seeking records from Obama Administration-era contacts with Ukrainian officials."

"The request appears to set up a bid in the Senate to support a counternarrative related to the investigations sought by President Trump and Rudy Giuliani."

"The letter focuses on Andrii Telizhenko, a former official at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington who claims to have borne witness to alleged attempts at collusion between the Democratic National Committee and the Ukrainian government during the 2016 election."

"Telizhenko also alleges that he witnessed Obama administration officials telling Ukraine to put the kibosh on investigations into the gas company on whose board Hunter Biden sat."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ITMFA #ConspiracyTheories #disinformation #propaganda
Grassley, Johnson Push Ukraine-DNC Conspiracy Theory With Doc Demand
 
"Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country — and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #dezinformatsiya #disinformation #propaganda #corruption #ITMFA
 
"Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's pleased that the 'political battles' in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections."

"'Thank God', he told an economic forum in the Russian capital on Wednesday, 'no one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they're accusing Ukraine'."

"Some Republicans have used the public hearings to tout a discredited conspiracy theory that blames Ukraine, not Russia, for interfering in the U.S. 2016 presidential election."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #disinformation #corruption #propaganda
 
Quote of the day:

"Democrats are more likely to say they rely on scientists and academics, while Republicans are more likely to trust what they hear from President Trump."

Via 47% of Americans say they struggle to determine whether information is true

#truth #facts #propaganda #disinformation
 
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