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FlatBaroque's Journal
FlatBaroque's Journal
April 28, 2016

Just this

April 27, 2016

What kind of a person chooses to be a BrockPuppet?


I know times are tough and the new economy means we try to get by on gigs. But how little self respect do you have to have to intentionally mislead people and to poison public discourse?

I guess it is somewhat better than being a bill collector, but not that much better.

What is the psychological impact of a person doing BrockWork when they go to sleep at night? Do they try to clear their minds of what they do?

I have run into dozens of these creatures on Twitter and I have to say I am beginning to feel very sorry for these people whose lives have come to this dead end.

April 27, 2016

Bernie's biggest crime

He messed with the Overton Window.

The Overton window is an approach to identifying which ideas define the domain of acceptability within a democracy's possible governmental policies. Proponents of policies outside the window seek to persuade or educate the public in order to move and/or expand the window. Proponents of current policies, or similar ones, within the window seek to convince people that policies outside it should be deemed unacceptable.
April 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton Trolls Shut Down Pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook Groups

Casey Max Charbonneau - http://archive.is/72ti5

Hillary Clinton Trolls Shut Down Pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook Groups

Some of the biggest pro-Bernie Sanders groups on Facebook were briefly taken down Monday evening in a targeted attack by Hillary Clinton supporters.

The groups Bernie Sanders Activists, Bernie Believers, BERNIE OR BUST, Bernie Sanders Revolutionaries, Bay Area for Bernie, Bernie Sanders 2016 — Ideas Welcome, Bernie Sanders is my HERO, and Bernie Sanders for President 2016 were all taken down in the attack. The pages in question were reported to be down for about three hours, from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday night.

Collectively, these groups are home to more than a quarter million Bernie Sanders supporters, and some have been in existence for nearly a year, having been launched shortly after the Vermont senator declared his intent to run for president in 2015.

The groups were targeted by online trolls, who posted pornographic images and reported the groups to Facebook admins. Some legitimate Bernie supporters even reported seeing images containing pedophilia, according to reporting from Heavy.com.

April 25, 2016

Donna Edwards needs our help.

Pro-Israel Billionaire Haim Saban Drops $100,000 Against Donna Edwards in Maryland Senate Race (The Intercept)

IN THE FINAL DAYS leading up to Maryland’s Democratic voters going to the polls on Tuesday to choose their U.S. Senate nominee, Rep. Donna Edwards has been barraged by ads and mailers from the Super PAC backing her opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, called the Committee for Maryland’s Progress.

A television ad assails Edwards as “one of the least effective members of Congress,” contrasting her career with Van Hollen’s legislative record. It mentions no foreign policy issues, despite the dominant issue motivating one of the Super PAC’s largest funders.

Recently released disclosures reveal that $100,000 — a sixth of what the Super PAC has raised —comes from a single source: a donation by pro-Israel billionaire Haim Saban.

A “One-Issue Guy”

Saban, who made his fortune in the media and entertainment industry, has spent millions of dollars influencing the foreign policy establishment, including by sponsoring the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy and funding the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He is also one of the largest donors to Hillary Clinton’s Super PACs. In a 2010 interview with the New Yorker, he described himself as a “one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

Please support Donna and show the world that we do have the strength to stand up to this oligarch.

April 24, 2016


Hillary's now paying people from Canada to troll us?! #MillionDollarTroll #BernieStrong

April 22, 2016

How can I sign up for some BrockBucks?

Things are a little tight around here these days and I heard that a large amount cash was available for doing some online work on behalf of Hillary. Can someone hook me up? Although I do not now, or will ever, support Hillary, I do wish to score some BrockBucks.


April 22, 2016

Brooklyn BOE Clerk, Diane Haslett Rudiano; noteworthy real estate deal in 2014

Upper West Side Eyesore Sells for Millions
Owner of Once Elegant Brownstone, Beseeched to Fix Up the Place, Paid $5,000 in 1976

Sept. 5, 2014 12:25 p.m. ET

For decades along West 76th Street, neighbors watched with mounting alarm as a vacated brownstone, traces of its 19th-century glory still etched into in its facade, fell into deeper and deeper disrepair.

Now the Upper West Side property has been sold by $6.6 million to a developer who plans to restore it as a single-family mansion, brokers say.

City records show that the seller, Diane Haslett Rudiano, paid $5,000 for the home in 1976 in a government-supervised estate sale. The sale follows years of complaints by neighbors, preservationists and elected officials.


"It is a very emotional thing for me," said Ms. Rudiano, the chief clerk of the Board of Elections in Brooklyn. "Life doesn't always turn out the way you wish. I am satisfied that the buyer is going to do a very fine job of renovation."


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