Tag: trumpism

In DHS tests, prototypes of Trump’s chosen barrier posts were easily defeated by hacksaws

Trump isn’t America’s most anti-immigrant president; that honor goes to Obama, the great deporter, who also extensively tested border wall technologies while deporting 2MM undocumented people. One of the designs that Obama’s DHS evaluated was steel “barriers” of the sort Trump wants to spend $5.7 billion on. In their tests, they were […]

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Children in Virginia’s Trump supporting counties became more abusive

Kids are bigger bullies in counties that voted for the incoherent mobster. NPR reports: After the 2016 presidential election, teachers across the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling and bullying in their classrooms. Now, research shows that those stories — at least in one state — are confirmed by student surveys. Francis Huang of […]

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San Diego is America’s safest city, but Republicans keep claiming that the US-Mexican border is responsible for “gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime”

San Diego and Tijuana are practically a single city, separated by a border, which Donald Trump wants to close, claiming that “The most important way to stop gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime is at our Southern Border.” White supremacist Tucker Carlson, who grew up near the San Diego/Tijuana border-crossing at San […]

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Air Force veteran Reality Winner is serving 5 years for blowing the whistle on Russian election interference, while Trump’s Russia-dealing cronies are going free

In 2017, Reality Winner, a 25-year-old Air Force veteran and intelligence contractor was arrested for leaking confirmation of 2016 Russian election meddling to The Intercept; Winner seems to have been motivated by the same outrage that had animated Ed Snowden four years earlier: watching her bosses lie about matters of national interest. Winner […]

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Calexit: a fractured California, where militias and the DHS battle the resistance in Trump’s future America

The first time I encountered Matteo Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan and Tyler Boss’s comic Calexit, I was skeptical: California separating from the USA is an incredibly stupid idea, predicated on innumerable misconceptions (including the idea that the state that gave us Nixon, Reagan, and Schwarzenegger is uniformly progressive, and also the idea that “the world’s […]

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A human being at Facebook manually approved the idea of targeting ads to users interested in “white genocide”

A year ago, Facebook apologized for allowing advertisers to target its users based on their status as “Jew haters” and blamed an algorithmic system that automatically picked up on the most popular discussions on the platform and turned them into ad-targeting segments. At the time, Facebook promised that they would put humans […]

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A dating website for Trump supporters leaked its customers’ data ON DAY ONE

Donalddaters.com is an app for people who want to have sex with white supremacists; it launched today and promptly leaked all 1600 of its users’ data: “users’ names, profile pictures, device type, their private messages — and access tokens, which can be used to take over accounts.” The data was accessible from […]

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Disney heiress condemns Trump for lowering her taxes: vote out the Republicans on Nov 6!

Abigail Disney is Walt Disney’s grand-niece; she is an activist and documentarian and being the grand-daughter of Roy Disney, she is rich as hell. Despite her personal stake in Trump’s tax cuts, she made this amazing call to action to vote the Republicans out and end the raging movement of money to the […]

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Jared Kushner took home millions, paid little or no tax for years

Jared Kushner borrowed money to put down tiny down-payments on properties, paid himself millions from the rents generated by those properties, then used aggressive depreciation markdowns to declare an operating loss every year, meaning that he paid no tax at all from at least 2012 to 2016, and very little tax in the three […]

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Visualizing the relative evasiveness of Kavanaugh and Ford

Kavanaugh didn’t just DARVO his way through yesterday’s hearing: his bluster, tears, rage, and blame-shifting also allowed him to dodge a remarkable number of questions raised by the senators. Ford, by contrast, answered virtually every question put to her. Vox went through the transcript and painstakingly logged whether each question raised was […]

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The sheriffs who cheered Trump’s attack on the press have long histories of shady dealings, revealed by the press

Last week, Trump invited a collection to sheriffs to the White House for a rousing speech about the evils of the free press, exactly the kind of thing the leader of a democracy does all the time, and the sheriffs gave him a standing ovation, because that’s exactly the kind of thing you’d want […]

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When should the press pay attention to trolls, lies and disinformation?

Whitney Phillips (previously), a researcher at the “think/do tank” Data & Society (previously) has prepared a snappy, short report on the paradox of covering disinformation campaigns, trolling, and outright lies? At the heart of the conundrum is the idea that merely reporting on this kind of bullshit can give it “oxygen” that […]

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