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I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Digital Jim Crow - Suppression of 3.5 million black voters in 2016 by Trump Campaign

Channel 4 news (UK) is reporting that the Trump campaign targeted millions of black voters to deter them from voting. There has been a massive leak of the campaign database, which shows what information about every voter and how they used it. In one of the biggest data dumps ever they are reporting that they database held detailed information on 200 million people - used to bombard them with tailored messages. 3.5 million black people were targeted with messages not to vote. They identified and classified people into audiences/groups. They had a group called deterrents, who were black, the Trump campaign knew they could not win them over so did whatever they could so they would not turn up to the poll, actively trying to silence the POC he so obviously despises. Strategic disenfranchisement... getting people to stay at home on voting day, and it worked in swing states on the data they are reporting tonight. Do you remember Trump chatting after the election about drop in black voter turnout helped him win the seat? Heh... In one Wisconsin precinct alone only 36% of deterrents turned out to vote, overall turnout fell from 75% in 20120 to 56% in 2016. And plenty more examples just like that ward by ward. 20-30% turnout deficit over and over.

I am sure there will be much more to come.

Digital Jim Crow Profilers of the back population to suppress their vote and steal the election. Fascist wankers.

EDIT: Clip from the show

EDIT 2 Whole report @ link
Although not sure if you will be able to access in America. so transcript here:

Channel 4 News has exclusively obtained a vast cache of data used by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign on almost 200 million American voters.

It reveals that 3.5 million Black Americans were categorised by Donald Trump’s campaign as ‘Deterrence’ – voters they wanted to stay home on election day.

Tonight, civil rights campaigners said the evidence amounted to a new form of voter “suppression” and called on Facebook to disclose ads and targeting information that has never been made public.

The ‘Deterrence’ project can be revealed after Channel 4 News obtained the database used by Trump’s digital campaign team – credited with helping deliver his shock victory to become president four years ago.

Vast in scale, it contains details on almost 200 million Americans, among more than 5,000 files, which together amass almost 5 terabytes of data – making it one of the biggest leaks in history.

It reveals not only the huge amounts of data held on every individual voter, but how that data was used and manipulated by models and algorithms.

In 16 key battleground states, millions of Americans were separated by an algorithm into one of eight categories, also described as ‘audiences’, so they could then be targeted with tailored ads on Facebook and other platforms.

One of the categories was named ‘Deterrence’, which was later described publicly by Trump’s chief data scientist as containing people that the campaign “hope don’t show up to vote”.

Analysis by Channel 4 News shows Black Americans – historically a community targeted with voter suppression tactics – were disproportionately marked ‘Deterrence’ by the 2016 campaign.

In total, 3.5 million Black Americans were marked ‘Deterrence’.

In Georgia, despite Black people constituting 32% of the population, they made up 61% of the ‘Deterrence’ category. In North Carolina, Black people are 22% of the population but were 46% of ‘Deterrence’. In Wisconsin, Black people constitute just 5.4% of the population but made up 17% of ‘Deterrence’.

The disproportionate categorising of Black Americans for ‘Deterrence’ is seen across the US. Overall, people of colour labelled as Black, Hispanic, Asian and ‘Other’ groups made up 54% of the ‘Deterrence’ category. In contrast, other categories of voters the campaign wished to attract were overwhelmingly white.

The 2016 campaign preceded the first fall in Black turnout in 20 years and allowed Donald Trump to take shock victories in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan by wafer-thin margins, reaching the White House despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s digital campaign, called ‘Project Alamo’ and based in San Antonio, Texas, involved a team from the now defunct British company Cambridge Analytica, working with a team from the Republican National Committee. Two senior members of the Cambridge Analytica team are working on the Trump 2020 campaign.

Cambridge Analytica collapsed after investigations by Channel 4 News, The Guardian and the New York Times in 2018.

Facebook is facing calls to ban political advertising, following an international backlash over the use of its platform to spread misinformation, disinformation, and suppression during election campaigns.

The Trump campaign spent £44 million on Facebook ads alone during 2016, posting almost six million different versions of highly targeted messages that were pumped directly into the feeds of target voters across America, helped by a Facebook employee embedded within the Trump campaign.

But many of the ads were so called ‘dark posts’, which could vanish from recipients’ feeds once a campaign stopped paying for them.

It means no complete public record exists of the ads posted on Facebook during the 2016 campaign or the audience lists used to target voters. The platform offered no ‘Ad Library’ at the time.

Without Facebook or the campaign itself revealing the information, it means it’s not possible to ascertain exactly how potential voters in the ‘Deterrence’ group may have been targeted on Facebook.

The Trump campaign itself has categorically stated that it did not target African Americans.

Brad Parscale, the campaign’s 2016 digital director told PBS Frontline: “I would say I’m nearly 100 percent sure we did not run any campaigns that targeted even African Americans.”

But Channel 4 News has uncovered evidence that the campaign did target Black voters with negative ads designed to crush Hillary Clinton’s turnout.

These included videos featuring Hillary Clinton referring to Black youths as “super predators” which aired on television 402 times in October 2016 and received millions of views on Facebook.

In one confidential document seen by Channel 4 News, Cambridge Analytica admitted the Trump campaign did target “AA” (African Americans) with what it called the “Predators video” – spending $55,000 USD in the state of Georgia alone.

Reacting to the Channel 4 News revelations, Jamal Watkins, vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) branded it a modern-day suppression campaign, using data and digital technology to keep Black voters at home.

He said: “The thing that’s shocking slash troubling about this is that there’s this category of suppression. That ‘Deterrence’ part. So, we use data – similar to voter file data – but it’s to motivate, persuade and encourage folks to participate. We don’t use the data to say who can we deter and keep at home. That just seems, fundamentally, it’s a shift from the notion of democracy.

“It’s not ‘may the best candidate win’ at that point it’s ‘may the best well-funded machine suppress voters and keep them at home thereby rigging the election so that someone can win’.”

He added: “I don’t believe Facebook has fully disclosed their role, and fully disclosed the types of ads that were run, who was involved and literally how they may have been embedded in, say, the Trump campaign to make this all come to life.

“Facebook is a very profitable platform. It reaches billions of folks every day. It doesn’t need this kind of money. If it were to monitor and check these suppressive ads and say this is not the platform for this type of misinformation disinformation suppression tactics, Mark Zuckerberg would still live well, and eat well.”

Today, a Facebook spokesperson said: “Since 2016, elections have changed and so has Facebook – what happened with Cambridge Analytica couldn’t happen today. We have 35,000 people working to ensure the integrity of our platform, created a political ads library… and have protected more than 200 elections worldwide. We also have rules prohibiting voter suppression and are running the largest voter information campaign in American history.”

The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and the White House did not provide any comment to Channel 4 News prior to broadcast.

Pushing through the SCOTUS nomination pre-election may be a fatal mistake for Trump

Think about it, there are a lot of pro-life happy clappy types who are not wedded completely to the cult, but having a conservative court is their most important priority. You know the ones in the pro life crowd that can excuse pretty much everything as long as a candidate promises to steal reproductive justice from right under women’s noses? With cray cray women hating woman in for a cert for the seat vacated by the notorious RBG, they have got what they want. A 6-3 court which will kick Roe V Wade into touch the first chance they get. Given this fact, what motivation do they have to turn out for Trump? I am sure that a lot of these women hates the way he talks about and treats women. I am sure a lot of men have struggled with the inability to financially support their families in this time of economic crisis – you know these types where the man is the head of the household… I am equally as sure that some have lost loved ones to the pandemic. I am sure that some have been evicted from their homes. So, that being the case, now he has given them what they want, where is the motivation to vote for a man who has fucked up literally everything he has touched in this most difficult of years? I mean Trump does not really care if there is a conservative court, other than his plans to steal the election. That is why he is pushing this through, even though it won’t work. But it will decrease the motivation of some of those who voted for him in spite of him, not because of him and McConnell knows this, right? Taken to its logical conclusion, McConnell is happy to sacrifice a 2nd term for Trump to get a conservative court as he sees his red wall start to crumble.

You know he thinks they are losers, right?

Trump has spent years finding every ruse out there to not pay tax. He told us in the 2016 debates that this made him smarter than the saps that actually pay their dues to the state. His base agreed. His base right now are just wishing that they could get away with such egregious behaviour.

Because Trump has no sense of civic responsibility he will look at Biden and actually think Biden a fool for paying his taxes. That Biden is the loser and he is the winner for committing fraud, defrauding the republic he is the supposed leader of. This is good, because now the facts are out there Biden can go on the attack using the data, and Trump can try and claim as much as he wants that he is under audit (and looking at the numbers, if he wasn't he is now) but the majority of the people, excluding the fascist base, will not tolerant such egregious behaviour. After all the average chap and chappette has seen their taxes rise during the Trump years, AND pretty much everyone in the country - including those on unemployment have to pay more tax than this supposed billionaire fantastic business man.

So let him think that those who pay their dues are losers... apart from the cult and the 1% who love him or evade taxes also, he is calling everyone else a loser to if he tries to go with this line of attack to bluster his way out of this.

Donald Trump is so poor...


Donald Trump is so poor, he can’t even own the libs.

So either he is a tax evader, or a really bad businessman, a security risk - cause he owes all of those loans to someone... or a combination of these things - I am going with all three.

This is why he needs to steal the election, when the Russian mafia comes looking for their cash, which he seemingly does not have, the security in the WH is great protection. Coupled with it being highly unlikely that the IRS would come for a sitting Presidents. Trying to protect himself from shady business dealing outcomes, with taxpayers money when he spends huge amounts of energy evading paying tax is all of the ironies dying, again.

Trump brags Amy Coney Barrett will kill abortion rights: 'I guess she maybe would'

Trump made the remarks in an interview that aired Sunday on Fox & Friends after host Pete Hegseth noted that the president had previously said that his Supreme Court picks would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade.

“I didn’t think it was for me to discuss that with her,” Trump explained. “Because it’s something that she’s going to be ruling on. And this is what I was told — although, I would have had the right to do that.”

“But if you look at her past actions and rulings, I guess, she maybe would be in the category that you mentioned,” he added. “I don’t know. I can say this, that she is certainly conservative in her views and her rulings. And we’ll have to see how that all works out.”

Emphasis mine

Dystopian novels are NOT supposed to be used as instruction manuals

All graphics mine - you can tell that I am trying to keep, my mind busy!

Judge him by the company he keeps...

Graphic mine

Heavily armed nazi's stalking the streets. Going to into liberal areas to stoke up trouble - where have we seen that before? Trump loves anyone who loves him and he LOVES the Proud Boys. He must be judged by the company he keeps, and anyone that associates with him must also be judged by the company he keeps. If people choose to vote for Trump after all the havoc that has reigned down for the last fours years, they are voting for a fascist state, wherein heavily armed nazi gangs will roam the streets with impunity, imposing the will of the dear leader. Anyone who votes Republican this coming election must also be judged by the company they choose to keep. They are taking the side of fascism, racism, hate driven policy free governance, violence, concentration camps, child abuse, deaths in their millions (cause herd immunity), continuance of modern day lynching's, corruption, mendacity, ethics free pile of SHIT. Vote for THAT? They are all if that. Every single one of them.

When they fail to steal the election, which seems likely as everything they touch dies in an incompetent mess of utter failure, every single lawmaker, voter, boogaloo and nazi that votes for, supports or donates anywhere on the Republican ticket, after all they have wrought on America and Americans must be forever shunned. They should not be allowed to take America to the brink and still be allowed to be active participants in civilised society.

NONE OF THEM are fit . Not one.

So Trump nominated the batshit cray cray religious cult, submissive wife, theocracy believing lady to the Supreme Court. Of course she is not fit to sit in the highest court of the land... when has the wanker in chief EVER given anyone a job because they can demonstrate the skills and competencies to do the role? Looking at the sycophantic failures and dimwits he surrounds himself with, I am going to say never.

Any Republican Senator who votes for this woman can no longer call themselves a republican in good faith. They are owned by Trump and shame on them. They need to be routed and sent into exile for a generation. I suppose the issue for McTurtle is weighing the sacrificing of a generation of conservative law makers for control of the highest court of the land for decades to come. He certainly cannot have both.

Of course, any jurist worth their proof would turn down a nomination this close to the election, but she is the far right religious fascistic type who loves to tell everyone else how evil they are if they do not live their lives the way her cult proscribes. So while this horror show speaks out of both sides of her mouth about how she follows the law, get ready for reproductive rights to be gutted, and the ACA to be destroyed in the time of a pandemic. Abortions of course, will not going away, just safe abortions. Health care needs will not go away, just the insurance people need for treatment, in the times of a pandemic. They can just stay at home and drown in their lungs instead of getting the treatment needed.

Nothing this President has done has been in Americas interest. Ever. This nomination is yet another example of this.

If MAGA was around in 1776

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