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@jd in one contested district of England during the last election, someone spoiled a ballot by writing "brexit" on it, and it was interpreted as a vote for the Tories. This actually happened.

Holy hell did he snap

– '...Facebook announced this week it removed 2.19 billion fake accounts between January and March, its biggest-ever takedown of fakes in a single quarter. [....] there are also more active fake accounts on Facebook than there were six months ago β€” more than ever before. Facebook now says 5% of active accounts are fake, up from its previous estimate of 3% to 4%...'

The 'liberal' New York Times joins Trump's war against Iran...

––– '...Let’s start with the Times article on the alleged β€œsabotage” in the Persian Gulf. The main sources are: Saudi Arabia, unnamed β€œAmerican officials,” and β€œIsraeli intelligence.” You have to wait until the 27th paragraph before Iran’s government is allowed to briefly deny it was responsible. But even there the Times slyly hints the Iranians are lying: β€œIran seemed to brush away suggestions that it was behind the sabotage.”

The Times article on Iran’s alleged β€œdisinformation campaign” is even more dishonest. To start with, one of the co-authors is Ronen Bergman, an Israeli who β€” let’s put this diplomatically β€” has close ties to Israel’s spy network. True to form, this β€œreport” relies on 2 β€œformer Israeli intelligence officials.”...'

"I had my hand on a metal baseball bat just in case," Nate told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "'Cause I was gonna go down fighting if I was gonna go down."

'This sixth grader wanted to 'go down fighting' so he grabbed a bat during a school shooting'

Why This Radical Leftist is Disillusioned by Leftist Culture
– by Bailey Lamon
'...Speaking of Fascism, there is also a disturbing trend on the left nowadays that involves rejecting free speech/freedom of expression as a core value, because that speech could possibly be hurtful to someone, somewhere. This is not only dangerous but it also works against us, because as leftists we are often labelled as threats by the state and at the very least, we are unpopular by society in general. Does this not mean that freedom of thought and expression are crucial to our struggles? That we should always defend our right to question what we’re taught, our right to be different? As Noam Chomsky put it: β€œIf we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”...'

'Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2020 campaign has officially unionized, staff announced Wednesday.

The Sanders campaign said that management had reached a deal with staff on a union contract that addresses pay transparency, gender equality and mental health services, among other issues.

β€œWe are proud of our workers and proud to uphold Bernie's commitment to collective bargaining rights and a strong labor movement,” said campaign manager Faiz Shakir. β€œTogether, we have achieved some of the strongest standards for campaign workers in history and set the bar higher for the next generation of campaigners.

"When Bernie Sanders is in the White House, he will make it easier, not harder, to join a union and we look forward to running a campaign powered by union workers."...'

Acid Communism, Philip K Dick, and the New Culture
– by Douglas Lain
'In this video, Acid Communism is seen through the mystical experiences of Philip K Dick, the projects of Terence McKenna and Timothy Leary, and through some personal anecdotes from Douglas Lain...'

Thankfully, NOT mastodon...

– 'Leading figures on the far right, including Ukip candidates in the upcoming European elections, are encouraging their followers to join a new hate-filled social media platform. The network, called , has no restrictions on antisemitic, misogynist or racist content, and has been used to promote terrorism.

Gab, launched in 2017 by tech entrepreneur Andrew Torba, describes itself as a vehicle for β€œfree speech” and is similar to Twitter in that it allows users to send messages of up to 3,000 characters, called β€œgabs”...'

Daniel Hale 'A former National Security Agency (NSA) official has been charged with giving classified documents on drone warfare to a journalist, amid a crackdown on government leaks by Donald Trump’s administration.

[....] Hale, 31, was indicted by a grand jury on five charges relating to the alleged leak. Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. The US justice department said Hale was arrested on Thursday morning and would appear in court later in the day...'

Professor Patrick Bond's first point is important to remember, Assange is an Ecuadorian citizen and he was 'extradited' into British hands with zero due process. But if people don't care if this happening to a journalist/publisher, why would anyone also care about this? πŸ˜’β€‹

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