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Was DU also inundated with Fake Russian bots and Fake news during elections?

As you all know Rachel Maddow described Putin's assault on the elections entailed fake bots and fake news, disseminated at an industrial level.

Was this a problem here? Is it still happening? What can be done about it? Was the DU election hacking ever solved?

Edit: What about Cambridge Analytica? They probably had a hand in this too.



Posted by Madam45for2923 | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 08:14 PM (138 replies)

WATCH: The Resistance Training: An ACLU Town Hall Live in Miami, FL / Training!!

Started just now:



https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/840717390048612352
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Sat Mar 11, 2017, 08:26 PM (12 replies)

Report: Trump's lawyer hand-delivered Michael Flynn a secret plan to lift sanctions on Russia

Source: Business Insider

Trump Organization lawyer Michel Cohen hand-delivered a "peace" plan for Russia and Ukraine to former national security adviser Michael Flynn before Flynn was asked to resign, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The plan, which involved lifting sanctions on Russia, was drafted by Cohen a close confidante of President Donald Trump who has served as his organization's special counsel since 2007 and Felix Sater, a Russian-American real estate developer who has helped the Trump Organization scout deals in Russia.

Sater, a businessman formerly linked with the Mafia who has boasted of his "relationship with Trump," told the Washington Post last May that he "handled all of the negotiations" for the Trump Organization's dealings in Russia in the mid-2000's.

Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii V. Artemenko, who met with Trump's campaign team during the election, was also involved in drafting the proposal. Artemenko told the Times he had evidence of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's corruption that could lead to his ouster.

Poroshenko has been locked in a war with pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine since he took power in 2014, and is considered more friendly to the West than his ousted predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych's political rise was heavily aided by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

More in link...

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-lawyer-delivered-michael-flynn-plan-to-lift-sanctions-on-russia-2017-2





https://twitter.com/20committee/status/833439217179033604

https://twitter.com/DustinGiebel/status/833504548534833152

Other links that others shared below:

A Big Shoe Just Dropped
I don't know how much attention it's received. But the appearance of the name of Felix Sater in this new article in the Times is one of the biggest shoes I've seen drop on the Trump story in some time.

The new story explains that a group of Trump operatives, including top lawyer Michael Cohen and fired former campaign manager Paul Manafort, along with a pro-Putin Ukrainian parliamentarian named Andrii V. Artemenko and Mr. Sater are pushing President Trump on a 'peace plan' for Russia and Ukraine.

Cohen recently met with Sater and Artemenko; and Cohen agreed to personally deliver the peace plan (actually a sealed envelope with documents detailing it) to the President when he met with him at the White House. Cohen says he left it with General Flynn days before Flynn was forced to resign.

The backstory to all this is amazingly byzantine and murky. Let me try to cover the key points as simply as I can.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-big-shoe-just-dropped


A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.

Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

At a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia, and the people connected to him, are under heightened scrutiny — with investigations by American intelligence agencies, the F.B.I. and Congress — some of his associates remain willing and eager to wade into Russia-related efforts behind the scenes.

Mr. Trump has confounded Democrats and Republicans alike with his repeated praise for the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, and his desire to forge an American-Russian alliance. While there is nothing illegal about such unofficial efforts, a proposal that seems to tip toward Russian interests may set off alarms.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/politics/donald-trump-ukraine-russia.html
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Sun Feb 19, 2017, 06:17 PM (36 replies)

Can journalists debunk Trumps lies without amplifying them? Its challenging but not impossible

Journalists must report on the administration's many falsehoods — and find a way to do so that won’t backfire

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With the Trump administration’s mendacity, journalists need to be especially careful about not accidentally elevating lies through the creation of articles intended to debunk them. It may seem helpful to run a story headlined “Murder Rates Not at Historic Levels” or “Voter Fraud Not Widespread.” But those kinds of stories may lead people to think more about murder and voter fraud than they did before, prompting them to worry more about such issues — even though the point of the articles is that they should worry less.

Thorson suggested that journalists should focus more on what politicians are doing than what they’re saying. For instance, instead of writing a story focusing on Trump’s false statements about the murder rate, they ought to describe how Trump is trying to create a police state. Then within the text, they could devote a paragraph to the way the administration uses lies to advance unsavory goals.

Journalism is very quote-centric because journalists are interested in the truth. The glory of obtaining a quote from someone interviewed on the public record is that it is, in most cases, indisputably true and easily verified, especially in an age when digital records exist for almost everything. Statistics, policy analysis, ideology and many other things are easy for politicians and their lackeys to distort and quibble over. But a quote — what someone said — has a life of its own.

Unfortunately, that’s just what Trump and his team are counting on when they spin outrageous falsehoods: The quotes will stand out and a somber debunking of the lies might not register with an audience.

Because of this, journalists may to rethink their reliance on quotes, a heretical notion for many. When a quote is a lie, journalists should think about not using it at all. If the lie needs to be cited, it should be buried deep within the story, under the debunking and not put in the headline or the first paragraph. If we learn not to lead with the lies, maybe they will lose some of their stickiness.


https://www.salon.com/2017/02/15/can-journalists-debunk-trumps-lies-without-amplifying-them-its-challenging-but-not-impossible/
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Sun Feb 19, 2017, 11:39 AM (0 replies)

The Strange Case Of Russian Diplomat Who Got His Head Smashed In On Election Day. How did he die?

The Strange Case Of The Russian Diplomat Who Got His Head Smashed In On Election Day
How did Sergei Krivov die? And why did the NYPD close the case?


NEW YORK — He was found just before 7 a.m. on Election Day, lying on the floor of the Russian Consulate on the Upper East Side.
The man was unconscious and unresponsive, with an unidentified head wound — “blunt force trauma,” in cop parlance. By the time emergency responders reached him, he was dead.

Initial reports said the nameless man had plunged to his death from the roof of the consulate. As journalists rushed to the scene, consular officials quickly changed the narrative. The anonymous man had not fallen dozens of feet from the roof of the consular building, they said, but rather had suffered a heart attack in the security office, and died.


Police officers said the death of Sergei Krivov — his name revealed here publicly for the first time — looked natural, and listed the case as closed.

But who was Krivov? And how did he really die? Three months after he was found dead, as tensions between the US and Russia reach a fever pitch, the New York City medical examiner isn’t sure he had a heart attack after all.

As far as paper trails go, dying is a messy thing, even under normal circumstances. But in the months since Krivov’s death, it’s proven nearly impossible to find out how he died, who he was, and how, if at all, federal authorities were involved in any investigation.
English-language news reports said Krivov, identified then only as a 63-year-old Russian national and Manhattan resident, was a security officer. But a November report from Sputnik, the English-language Russian media outlet, says he was a consular duty commander.



More here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alimwatkins/the-strange-case-of-the-russian-diplomat-who-got-his-head-sm?utm_term=.kvdG5yjx6#.vwYqAe7Bl

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The Russian Consulate at 11 E. 91st St. in New York City on Feb. 6, 2017. Ben King / BuzzFeed News


Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Feb 15, 2017, 10:34 AM (3 replies)

Demand that the USDA Restore Its Puppy Mill Inspection Database .

Demand that the @USDA Restore Its Puppy Mill Inspection Database . PLEASE SIGN AND RETWEET


https://twitter.com/zooinspectors/status/829048978700394496

PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/demand-that-the-usda-restore-its-puppy-mill-inspection-database?recruiter=75760663&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive


https://twitter.com/activist360/status/828710179516588033

By gutting USDA animal abuse records, Trump has now made the torture, experimentation and mutilation of puppies and kittens legal.
https://twitter.com/activist360/status/829151850343649281

The Humane Society is fighting back after USDA hides animal welfare data http://huff.to/2kJmBU1


https://twitter.com/HuffPostPol/status/829052378519330816


https://twitter.com/bestfriends/status/829046089772892162

USDA removes online database critical to animal welfare work
http://blogs.bestfriends.org/?_ga=1.196221996.1253019513.1475599412&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=social&utm_term=USDA+removes+online+database+critical+to+animal+welfare+work&utm_content=national+organic+post&utm_campaign=blog



REMINDER: Here was HRC's platform on our pets & other earth-mates:



Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Feb 8, 2017, 03:01 PM (11 replies)

Remove Steve Bannon from the NSC. Keep partisan politics out of Natl Sec & off the NSC

https://twitter.com/RepStephMurphy/status/826885090697416705

https://twitter.com/alwaystheself/status/827225254896476161


https://twitter.com/JessieNYC/status/827229192215470080


Also:



From SPLC:

We just learned that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls about Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council (NSC).
We’re told that they’re tallying calls.

You might get a busy signal but try, try, try again all this weekend. Leave a message if you get through to voicemail.

The number: 202-224-4751

Be sure to tell the committee that you believe no individual whose primary responsibility is political in nature should be allowed on the NSC or authorized to attend its meetings. Partisan politics have no place in our national security.


Quote above is a comment from TPV site.


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Posted by Madam45for2923 | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 12:05 PM (7 replies)

Joy Reid on the Yemen Strike where everything went wrong.

https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/827348682928427008

https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/827348881063165952

https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/827349385830871040

https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/827350210967961600

...And BTW:

https://twitter.com/pharris830/status/827266443825684480
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 10:45 AM (20 replies)

From His Home in Russia, #Calexit Leader Plots California Secession (REMINDER)

On paper, the leader of the California secession movement lives in an apartment complex near San Diego’s Golden Hill neighborhood. But in reality, the Calexit campaign is being run by a 30-year-old who lives and works in a city on the edge of Siberia.

Louis Marinelli heads the secessionist group Yes California. Following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the organization has gone from an unknown fringe group to one discussed seriously in mainstream media.

What has not been discussed as prominently is Marinelli’s deep ties to Russia.

A former right-wing activist from Buffalo, New York, Marinelli first moved to Russia almost a decade ago. He studied at St. Petersburg State University, the alma mater of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He returned to the United States to campaign against LGBTQ rights as part of the National Organization for Marriage.

Marinelli then returned to Russia. He would marry a Russian citizen, and the couple moved to San Diego, where Marinelli launched a political career based on a platform of California secession.

“I immigrated to California, and I consider myself to be a Californian,” Marinelli says from his apartment in Yekaterinburg, a city of about 1.4 million just east of the Ural Mountains and about 1,000 miles from Moscow.

In an interview with The California Report, Marinelli confirms he’s living and working in Russia as a teacher.

More in link plus audio: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/12/13/from-his-home-in-russia-calexit-leader-plots-california-secession/



Cal exit opens "embassy" in Russia


http://www.notey.com/blogs/calexit

There is Louis Marinelli in burgundy suit!






SEP 2016. Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas:

The speaker was calling for California’s independence from the United States.

Alexei Gavrilko nodded approvingly. A burly, bearded, camouflage-wearing separatist from eastern Ukraine, he said he had come to the posh Moscow hotel just outside the Kremlin to “communicate with colleagues” representing separatist and secessionist groups from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

During a conference dubbed the Dialogue of Nations, Gavrilko listened carefully to Louis Marinelli, head of the Yes California group that is determined to hold the Golden State’s “independence referendum” in 2019.

“For the first time in history, we, the people of California, who were conquered and annexed by the American military about 170 years ago, will have a chance to express our voice to either remain a state in the American union, or instead, to pursue a path toward a nationhood,” Marinelli said solemnly.

Gavrilko, who is from the unrecognized but de facto independent Donetsk region, and the entire separatist crowd cheered and applauded. They did it again, louder, when Nate Smith, a self-proclaimed “foreign minister” of the Texas Nationalist Movement, promised that one day, the independent Lone Star state “can formally exchange ambassadors with your free and independent countries.”

The arrival of Californian, Texan, Puerto Rican, Northern Irish, Catalan, Italian and Lebanese secessionists to mingle with activists from several unrecognized separatist territories in former Soviet republics is becoming a tradition as Moscow turns to belligerent, anti-Western nationalism coupled with a readiness to take up arms against its former Soviet vassals.

Moscow uses these gatherings to promote its political agenda, gain more political leverage in the West and push for the lifting of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after its 2014 annexation of Crimea and support of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party said.

“The more the West is disunited, the more beneficial it is to Russia,” Sergei Markov said, adding that the secession of California and Texas — a prospect that would appear to be something of a long shot — would “undoubtedly benefit” the Kremlin.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-separatists-snap-story.html





The more the West is disunited, the more beneficial it is to Russia,

“The more the West is disunited, the more beneficial it is to Russia,” Sergei Markov said, adding that the secession of California and Texas — a prospect that would appear to be something of a long shot — would “undoubtedly benefit” the Kremlin.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-separatists-snap-story.html





Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Feb 1, 2017, 01:05 PM (7 replies)

Sessions is the biggest problem. He & Carter connected 2 AlfaBank. As AG will stop FBI Investigation

As AG won't be fair and neutral in defending our constitution and laws.

https://twitter.com/LouiseMensch/status/826635041497284608

Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Feb 1, 2017, 11:22 AM (4 replies)
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