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July 12, 2019

MS13, gangs, criminals, crimes How many times can he say it re: the raids?

Your liar in chief. I had to turn the tv off. I don't know why the media lets him get away with this BS. The facts do not support his damn lies.

July 11, 2019

Chris Hayes is speaking truth to power right now!!!!

He's talking about Epstein is not the only person who escapes justice
How the legal system, the media will know about these people and won't go after them
He name checked Harvey Weinstein, The Trump kids, and others for their corruption, how the DAs and media got stories and didn't pursue them
Manafort et al, these people commit crimes in the wide open

July 9, 2019

Two White Men Indicted After Allegedly Claiming To Be Black Or Native American

Two White Men Indicted After Allegedly Claiming To Be Black Or Native American To Take Funds Intended For Minority-Owned Businesses

[link:https://blavity.com/two-white-men-indicted-after-allegedly-claiming-to-be-black-or-native-american-to-take-funds-intended-for-minority-owned-businesses|

In a bombshell report, the LA Times revealed that white men in almost every state have been falsely identifying as Native American or paying Black people to serve as the "front" so they could make hundreds of millions through government contracts.

Government agencies in almost every state are reeling after the LA Times dropped a huge story detailing how white men in almost every state have been awarded million-dollar contracts from programs designed to promote minority-owned businesses.
Through these tactics, companies have been able to rake in more than $300 million. Moreover, the LA Times admitted that that figure is "almost certainly significantly higher than $300 million."

While the LA Times report primarily focuses on white men who had either dubious claims to Native American heritage or claims to be part of a tribe that is not officially recognized, other news outlets have reported on "fronting" schemes where white men used a minority figurehead to secure millions in grants.


The brother-in-law of Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, William Wages, said he was one-eighth Cherokee. However, the LA Times looked through genealogy records and found that all his relatives were white dating back to 1850.
Wages claims to be part of the Northern Cherokee Nation, which is not a real group. He made more than $7 million through his company. However, once the LA Times report came out, his company refused to re-certify under California's minority business program.


July 6, 2019

A Letter From a Civil War Soldier To The Owner Of His Daughter

[link:https://afropunk.com/2019/06/a-letter-from-a-black-civil-war-soldier-to-the-owner-of-his-daughter/|
A LETTER FROM A BLACK CIVIL WAR SOLDIER TO THE OWNER OF HIS DAUGHTER

Spotswood Rice was born in Virginia in 1819 and some 30 years later, he would be sold to Benjamin Lewis in Howard County, Missouri, forced to be a tobacco roller. Missouri was a slave state but it did not secede from the Union like the Southern Confederate States when the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1st, 1863. Rice managed to run away and enlist in the 67th US Colored Infantry in Glasgow, Missouri in 1864. His wife Arry, and his daughters, Cora and Mary were still enslaved by the Diggs family of Madison County Missouri and the word that they had not been granted their freedom (even though Missouri was a swing-state of some sort) drove Rice to write a scathing letter Kitty Diggs — the woman enslaving his daughter Mary.




I received a letter from Cariline telling me that you say I tried to steal, to plunder, my child away from you. Not I want you to understand that Mary is my Child and she is a God-given rite of my own. And you may hold on to her as long as you can. But I want you to remember this one thing, that the longer you keep my Child from me the longer you will have to burn in hell and the quicker you’ll get there. For we are now making up about one thousand black troops to come up through, and want to come through, Glasgow. And when we come woe be to Copperhood rebels and to the Slaveholding rebels. For we don’t expect to leave them there. Root nor branch. But we think however that we (that have children in the hands of you devils), we will try you the day that we enter Glasgow. I want you to understand Kittey Diggs that where ever you and I meet we are enemies to each other. I offered once to pay you forty dollars for my own Child but I am glad now that you did not accept it. Just hold on now as long as you can and the worse it will be for you. You never in your life before I came down here did you give children anything, not anything whatever, not even a dollars worth of expenses. Now you call my children your property. Not so with me. My children is my own and I expect to get them. And when I get ready to come after Mary I will have both a power and authority to bring her away and to exact vengeance on them that holds my Child. You will then know how to talk to me. I will assure that. And you will know how to talk right too. I want you now to just hold on; to hear if you want to. If your conscience tells that’s the road, go that road and what it will bring you to Kittey Diggs. I have no fears about getting Mary out of your hands. This whole Government gives cheer to me and you cannot help yourself.

The letter basically went: “Let my daughter go or I’m about to come and tear up all your s***,” made only more poignant by the fact that he wrote it from his hospital bed in Benton Barracks Hospital while suffering from rheumatism. Regardless of his physical well-being, the letter exudes power, empowerment and the innate knowledge that freedom and familial reunification was his God-given right. Kitty Diggs’ brother F.W Diggs enslaved Rice’s other daughter Cora. Kitty was so enraged by the letter that she enlisted her brother to send a letter of complaint to General Rosecrans, Commander of the Department of Missouri, demanding that Rice be re-assigned out of state. That was all for nothing because Rice did eventually end up reuniting with his family. Federal Consensus data in 1870 and 1880 showed Rice living with his wife and children, with an additional child in the later census which is a happy ending we’ll hold onto considering those are not the norm. He became a pastor, purchasing some land and opening the first Black church in New Mexico. He would lose his wife Arry in 1888 and remarry Eliza Lightner, leaving Albuquerque and opening churches around the state — what would eventually be known as the African Methodist Episcopal church.

There are so many things to love about this letter, the main one being that the brutal dragging of this letter can be felt more than 150 years later. Black America just celebrated Juneteenth and slave narratives are an important part of that legacy because it trashes any misconception that Black ancestors accepted or welcomed their subjugation. Here was a father ready to march 1,000 Black troops through Missouri to show a white slaver owner that freedom would land on her doorstep regardless of what she thought or did. Rice built a life, spread the word of God and passes away at the age of 88 on October 31, 1907. His daughter, who went by Mary Bell in 1930, shared details of his life in a series called the WPA Slave Narratives. Give me slave-owner draggings every day and twice on Sundays. That’s the history I want to learn.

July 2, 2019

How Pro Trump Russian Trolling Works On Message Boards

This was posted in a thread last year and I think it bears repeating and is useful for 2020.

This was originally posted by Oh-No Really - I want to give credit to the original poster.


A compilation of stories being reported. The 2015 story is mind boggling. Again, reported in 2015, an interview with. Russian troll.

If you find any new stories please drop a note with link and I will add.

A Professional Russian Troll, who worked for Internet Research Agency named in Mr. Mueller's recent Indictment news, tells how the troll teams formula worked.

Reported by Radio Free Europe 2015
https://www.rferl.org/a/how-to-guide-russian-trolling-trolls/26919999.html

The interview is a fascinating read.

I have paraphrased one short version of the interview here:

HERE IS HOW THE INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY TROLL FACTORY TEAM WORKS


Troll Disinformation Procedure Short Version:

1. Propaganada Department posts propaganda article that will be posted on selected public forums.

2. A 3-Member Troll team goes to each listed forum site and works the Formula:

2.a. Troll number one attacks the article/writer;
2.b. Troll number two supports writer/article and includes supporting picture/graphic; and
2.c. Troll number 3 also support propaganda with a link to a supporting propaganda article.

TRIPLE TEAM TROLL FORMULA Longer version

The former Russian troll spells out exactly how the trolls worked in tandem to sway public opinion.

Quote from the interview:

Someone in another Internet Research department

...."would write something on the forum -- some kind of news -- and our task was to comment on it.

We did it by dividing into teams of three.

One of us would be the "villain," the person who disagrees with the forum and criticizes the authorities, in order to bring a feeling of authenticity to what we're doing.

The other two enter into a debate with him -- "No, you're not right; everything here is totally correct."

One of them should provide some kind of graphic or image that fits in the context, and

the other has to post a link to some content that supports his argument. You see?

Villain, picture, link"

Very interesting read, written way back in 2015!

USA knew about the Russian indicted troll factory in 2015.


Also in 2015, Dutch intelligence alerted US FBI to Russian "Cozy Bear" hacking of Democratic National Committee during Hillary Clinton campaign
https://www.metro.us/news/the-big-stories/danish-spies-shared-intel-russian-cozy-bear

DonViego reported another Russian Troll speaking out recently as well. That is two so far!

A former Russian troll speaks: 'It was like being in Orwell's world' [View all]
By Anton Troianovski February 17 at 7:10 PM
https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10251440

A THIRD RUSSIAN TROLL STORY by New York Times
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210254577#post3

CNN Russian Troll Story
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210260153

Daily Beast Troll Story - Featuring Samantha Bee
https://www.thedailyb

July 2, 2019

Lil Nas X comes out on Last Day of Pride Month-

Lil Nas X Confirms He’s Gay: ‘Deadass Thought I Made It Obvious’

[link:https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/lil-nas-x-confirms-hes-gay-deadass-thought-i-made-it-o-1836010168|


On the final day of Pride Month—and fresh from wrapping up a set at the Glastonbury music festival in the U.K. this weekend—rapper Lil Nas X officially came out as gay.

He made the announcement in signature fashion—which is to say, on Twitter—by asking followers to take a closer listen to “C7osure,” the final song of his recently released EP.

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more,” Lil Nas X wrote. (Also, that’s “fuck with me,” for the abbreviation-impaired.) He closed out the message with a rainbow emoji.

The accompanying animated video to the song shows a boy at one end of the dinner table as his family is arguing. He propels himself out of the scene, which is in black and white, up through the sky, landing in color on a beach-side chair. As the cartoon loops over and over again, Lil Nas X can be heard singing:

True say, I want and I need to let go, use my time to be free ... Ain’t no more actin’, man that forecast say I should just let me grow/No more red light for me baby, only green, I gotta go/Pack my past up in the back, oh, let my future take ahold/This is what I gotta do, can’t be regrettin’ when I’m old.
To dispel any ambiguity, the genre-bending artist also pointed to his album art, where the rainbow motif shows up multiple times.

“Deadass thought it was obvious,” he quipped.

July 1, 2019

A reminder to be careful about what you post online

Re: any personal info- I know that goes without saying but just a reminder

I'm saying this because I came across a really chilling right wing nut/ gun humper website that apparently watches DU. I'm not sure if its within the TOS to link it, so I won't. If it is I will post it. Anyhoo, as some of these ( what seems to me- fishy threads) start popping up - I started googling the content to see what I would find - one topic lead me to this wing nut gun humper site where they had posted the topic on that site and stated that DU was going crazy over it - there were some pretty disparaging remarks in that thread about DU and Liberals. Apparently the poster thinks its fun to watch DU for laughs.

Anyhoo, I wanted to see what the site was about. So I started to look at the other threads. Hate filled about liberals, immigrants, minorities, stock piling ammunition, weapons. It was jarring to think these people had an eye on DU. We need stronger gun laws for sure. I already know that. But those people posting on that site are a sure reminder.

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