Category Archives: Profiteering

Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times – cut throat politics in the midst of tragedy

Trump approved a state-of-emergency declaration but on Saturday once again attacked California, claiming erroneously that poor forest management policies caused the fires, even though the Woolsey fire didn’t occur in a forest. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump wrote. Trump has threatened to cut off funding over fire policy before, but has never been specific. California officials have rejected his criticism and said he’s playing politics. Environmentalists believe Trump is trying to use fire prevention as an excuse to raid California’s forests. They contend he is making a move to open ecologically sensitive public land for timber production, as well as for potential solar, wind, broadband infrastructure, mining, off-road vehicles and grazing uses.

Source: Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times

‘Phenomenally saddening’: inside the sordid world of America’s for-profit colleges | Film | The Guardian – Sadly, there are “not-for-profit” tv advertised colleges taking up the fleecing of low-income marginalized young people now.

The new documentary Fail State, executive produced by Dan Rather, tells the 50-year tale of profit-driven colleges scamming society’s most vulnerable

Source: ‘Phenomenally saddening’: inside the sordid world of America’s for-profit colleges | Film | The Guardian

F.D.A. Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Warnings of Likely Abuse – The New York Times Correct bribes paid – more will die and drug company will get rich!

An F.D.A. spokeswoman said that while the issue was not brought formally in front of the drug safety committee, “there were drug safety and risk experts on the committee whose expert input was taken very seriously throughout this process.”

Here’s How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events | WIRED

Late last week, about 60 percent of the conversation was driven by likely bots. Over the weekend, even as the conversation about the caravan was overshadowed by more recent tragedies, bots were still driving nearly 40 percent of the caravan conversation on Twitter. That’s according to an assessment by Robhat Labs, a startup founded by two UC Berkeley students that builds tools to detect bots online. The team’s first product, a Chrome extension called BotCheck.me, allows users to see which accounts in their Twitter timelines are most likely bots. Now it’s launching a new tool aimed at news organizations called FactCheck.me, which allows journalists to see how much bot activity there is across an entire topic or hashtag.

Source: Here’s How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events | WIRED

bellingcat – The Unintelligent Design of SureFire Intelligence – bellingcat – in short a fraud…

When searching for the various employees who list their employment as SureFire Intelligence, nearly all of them use stolen profile photographs. In particular, many of these photographs use the sepia-toned filter that was likely used to disrupt reverse image search algorithms. Their “Tel Aviv Station Chief” uses a photograph of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

Source: bellingcat – The Unintelligent Design of SureFire Intelligence – bellingcat

A Coup in Asia’s Oldest Democracy: A Statement by Sri Lankan Students – Groundviews

Security forces outside the Petroleum Ministry after a shooting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Photo Credit Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press 28th October 2018 We are a group of Sri Lankan stu…

Source: A Coup in Asia’s Oldest Democracy: A Statement by Sri Lankan Students – Groundviews

The Issues That Russian Operatives Used to Divide Americans, in Their Own Words – The New York Times – Our own hunger to reinforce our biases – they just fed them with lies we wanted to hear.

A criminal complaint offered a rare view into how Russian operatives tried to disrupt the American political process, including the midterm elections.

A President Who Believes He Is Entitled to His Own Facts – The New York Times – Similar to a Bavarian Clown

Mr. Trump has appeared to grow noticeably more comfortable in the role of president, according to advisers, and that comfort level has reinforced his confidence in his own instincts, including what he regards as facts. Mr. Trump often points to a key moment — his election in 2016, which defied the polls — as proof that agreed-upon data can be wrong. His long career in the New York real estate world convinced Mr. Trump that all people are prone to shading their views according to their own self-interest. Objectivity is not something he expects of people, and he long ago came to believe that “facts” are really arbitrary.