As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we’re almost certain they’ll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U. S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America’s uranium reserves…and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation. As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration, netted the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation millions of dollars in donations and ‘speaking fees’ from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities. Russian Purchase of US Uranium Assets in Return for $145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation – Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States. Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets. In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time. Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U. S. uranium assets
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 17, 2017.
Paul Watson at infowars has the story: ‘Workers at the Route 91 festival during which Stephen Paddock unleashed his massacre have reportedly been given back their phones and laptops by the FBI only to discover that all messages and videos from the night of the attack have been wiped clean.’ ‘According to a Las Vegas resident who posted a status update on Facebook, ‘A bunch of people that worked the Route 91 [concert] said they got their cell phones back today. They all said that all their phones are completely wiped clean! All messages and info from that weekend are completely gone. Anyone else experience this’?’ ”A few different people who were vendors there are all saying the same thing,’ the woman later comments.’ ‘Later in the thread, a Route 91 worker confirms the story, commenting, ‘Of course. It’s an active federal crime scene. They can wipe it clean. I was the beverage manager for the entire event. My laptop is wiped clean’.’ What? First of all, in a recent article, I demonstrated in detail why you can never trust what the FBI says about evidence in any investigation. There is a notorious history of the Bureau cooking and slanting and inventing data to support prosecutions. Second, who says the FBI can take people’s phones and laptops, watch and copy the video footage, and then wipe it all away before returning the devices to their owners? The FBI literally owns the crime scene AND any record of what happened at that scene? Baloney.
As Facebook COO Sherly Sandberg completes her desperate DC walk of shame in an attempt to appease Mark Warner and the rest of the Facebook-scapegoaters, she gave Axios an interview to explain (strawman) what the biggest social media platform in the world will do about the Russian menace that has Made America Divided Again (allegedly)… Sandberg said she had “very productive” meetings yesterday with congressional leaders investigating Russian efforts to use social media to meddle with the 2016 U. S. presidential election. Sandberg told Axios at a live event today that Facebook owes the American people an apology (“Not just an apology, but determination”) for their role in enabling Russian interference during the election. Headline Dump: *SANDBERG: HILLARY CLINTON WINNING WAS IMPORTANT TO ME *SANDBERG: FACEBOOK HAS `ENOURMOUS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO USERS *SANDBERG: ALL RUSSIA-LINKED ADS SHOULD BE RELEASED
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 12, 2017.
Finian Cunningham Sputnik Google is the latest US internet company to claim it found ‘Russia-linked’ advertisements on its network – allegedly posted to influence the US presidential election last year. Twitter and Facebook have already made similar claims and all three are now facing more scrutiny in the coming weeks before Congressional committees. What is truly astounding about this hysteria over alleged Russian interference in US democracy is that American citizens are being distracted from what is, by far, the much more alarming issue of how their government and Congress is bought by US Big Business. Bloomberg reported this week that: ‘Google identifies Russian election interference network’. It said the internet giant found political ads worth $4,700 which it believes are ‘tied to the Russian government’. These ads, it is claimed, carried political articles which were meant to influence which way American citizens would vote in the presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump last November. Google has reportedly said that another $53,000 worth of ads are ‘under review’ for suspicion of being ‘linked’ to the Russian government. This follows claims made by Facebook that it had earlier identified $100,000 spent on ads by Russian sources, while Twitter said it had located $274,000 worth of such ads. The Russian government has repeatedly rejected accusations that it tried to meddle in the US election. Moscow rightly highlights the dearth of any evidence and total lack of due legal process. The American allegations have also whipped up a toxic climate to curb the legitimate media activities of Russian news channels.
The “fake news” problem isn’t just about “alternative facts.” The problem has more to do with the spin, the narrative, the context that inclines you to believe, for example, whether there was or was not collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and officials of the Russian government. And the problem is that 60 percent of Americans get their news through social media, mostly Facebook, which uses mysterious algorithms to customize each of our news feeds, selecting all and only what interests me, as computed from every time I press “Like” or forward an article to friends. It’s not just Facebook. Sit with a friend or, better yet, a friendly enemy – someone you know has political views contrary to your own – and, using your own devices, type the same entries into your respective Google search windows. Try “BP,” standing for the oil company that used to be British Petroleum but tried rebranding itself as Beyond Petroleum. You and your friendly enemy – perhaps your crackpot brother-in-law? – are going to get different results from your searches because of what Google knows about each of you and what you’ve searched before. If you are an avid environmentalist and he’s a rabid lefty, you’ll get more results about the environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster while he’ll get more about its nefarious corporate causes. Trending Toward Personalization Personalization has a long and illustrious history, best understood in contrast with its opposite, the mass market of the post-World War II boom. The structure of that marketplace featured mass production that reduced costs with economies of scale. The customer was a mass market that was only gradually differentiated, first by demographic characteristics – age, income and education – and later by psychographics such as likes, dislikes, values and personality traits.
Delinda and Kyle Jensen have always been open to talking to customers about the opinions they have at their Mother Nature Vegan Cuisine food truck. But their opinions have now resulted in death threats since the comments made about the Las Vegas shooting did not go over very well. Delinda Jensen, who is 60 years old, has gotten several death threats after posting this Facebook comment: ‘Yes I am jaded. Fifty-nine meat eaters dead. How many animals will live because of this?’ She then made a comment under that same post that said: ‘I don’t give a (expletive) about carnists anymore.’ According to the Washington Post, Jensen has since deactivated her Facebook account, hidden her food truck, and canceled all of her bookings. She has also installed a security camera at her home. Her son said people have driven by their home shouting threats and obscenities, and they have had to call the police several times out of fear for their safety. Jensen said she became a vegan two years ago and started the Mother Nature Vegan Cuisine food truck with her son. She said she was trying to make the point that she believes animals are tortured and killed unnecessarily for their meat, however, now the former adjunct history professor at Marywood University said she is living in fear since her post set off an intense and immediate backlash on social media last week. Many Facebook users shared Jensen’s post, which generated hundreds of hate-filled comments and threats with very little defense of her stance.
This post was published at shtfplan on October 9th, 2017.
From accusations of Trump campaign collusion to Russian Facebook ad buys, the media has substituted hype for evidence… *** In her new campaign memoir, What Happened, Hillary Clinton reveals that she has followed ‘every twist and turn of the story,’ and ‘read everything I could get my hands on,’ concerning Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. ‘I do wonder sometimes about what would have happened if President Obama had made a televised address to the nation in the fall of 2016 warning that our democracy was under attack,’ she writes. Clinton has had a lot to take in. Since Election Day, the controversy over alleged Russian meddling and Trump campaign collusion has consumed Washington and the national media. Yet nearly one year later there is still no concrete evidence of its central allegations. There are claims by US intelligence officials that the Russian government hacked e-mails and used social media to help elect Donald Trump, but there has yet to be any corroboration. Although the oft-cited January intelligence report ‘uses the strongest language and offers the most detailed assessment yet,’ The Atlantic observed that ‘it does not or cannot provide evidence for its assertions.’ Noting the ‘absence of any proof’ and ‘hard evidence to back up the agencies’ claims that the Russian government engineered the election attack,’ The New York Times concluded that the intelligence community’s message ‘essentially amounts to ‘trust us.” That remains the case today.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 7, 2017.
Russia no longer even has to lift a finger (or buy a few thousands dollars worth of Facebook ads) to steal influence from the US in key geopolitical hotspots: the US can do so on its own. According to the WSJ, the Pentagon halted military exercises with Gulf allies in a symbolic rebuke to countries caught in the ongoing diplomatic spat with Qatar that has eroded counterterrorism cooperation in the region, soured relations between historical allies, and allowed outside powers to establish substantial footholds in the region
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 6, 2017.
Michael Moore is calling for the repeal of the second amendment, which isn’t really surprising considering his stance on guns. He also proposed replacing the second amendment with the 28th amendment, and you may laugh out loud when reading his suggestion. In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Moore said in a lengthy Facebook post that the ‘ancient and outdated’ 2nd Amendment was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented. Moore is towing the liberal line often voiced. Some actually believe the second amendment only applies to muskets, since that’s what the founding fathers had available. Of course, that would mean free speech doesn’t apply to the internet for the same reasons, which is where the left often trips on their own ideology. But even more humorously, Moore has invented a new amendment to the Constitution.
This post was published at shtfplan on October 5th, 2017.
21st Century Wire says… The video in this report is the speech by Dr Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, in the Sixth Committee, 1st meeting, General Assembly, 72nd session, 2 Oct 2017. ‘These snakeheads are arming, financing and supporting the terrorist groups. Syria condemn states which promotes terrorism for hegemonic political aims and thus undermines sovereign states.’ ~ Dr Bashar Al Jaafari. A few comments (from Facebook) on Al Jaafari’s powerful speech, presented, as always, with impeccable dignity and integrity: ‘The unfathomable horror that Syria has been subjected to by terrorist governments and their insane mercenary pawns is a disgrace to humanity and yet Ph. D Bashar Ja’afari conducts himself as a true man of substance and resolve, standing up to evil as a statesman of true merit and a fearless representative of the will and honor within the Syrian people.’
Earlier today, Facebook handed over 3,000 ads to congressional investigators that were bought by a Russian company which intelligence agencies have said were meant to influence U. S. politics. In their ‘fight’ to combat ‘election interference,’ they will also hire 1000 more people to monitor online activities on the social media giant’s site. According to Tech Crunch, Facebook also announced specifics of how it will implement changes to its advertising systems in order to thwart abuse and specifically election interference that CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised last week. Zuckerberg also later asked for forgiveness for how his products have been used to ‘divide people.’ ‘Many appear to exploit racial and social divisions and exploit ugly stereotypes. We find this interference deeply offensive’ a Facebook spokesperson wrote this morning. Facebook will make it possible for anyone to see ads on Facebook going forward. Right now, most only see the ads targeted by the social media giant specifically for them. The additional 1000 people will be used to review global ads. Zuckerberg is fairly clear that he’s concerned with the ads on his site contributing to ‘election interference’ specifically by the Russians. Tech Crunch says, that the changes should’ boost the integrity of Facebook’s ad systems’ and ‘prevent some of the abuse’ that plagued the 2016 U. S. presidential election.
As Congress and the U. S. news media continue to lose their collective minds over what appears to be a meaningless amount of advertising dollars purchased on Facebook by “potentially Russian linked” accounts, Julian Assange offered up a helpful reminder that if Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires colluded with anyone in the months leading up to the 2016 election it was Hillary Clinton, who they all “wanted to win badly.” Podesta emails reveal that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wanted Hillary Clinton to win "badly", provided research to her in March 2015 and met privately with her on multiple occasions. pic.twitter.com/dqyRG2zuln — Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) September 28, 2017
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.