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Monday Open Thread | Cambridge Analytica in the Hotseat

Cambridge Analytica scrambles to halt Channel 4 exposé

Firm with links to Trump election under pressure after Facebook ban over data harvesting

Cambridge Analytica, the data firm alleged to have used the personal information of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge in its work for Donald Trump’s election campaign, is trying to stop the broadcast of an undercover Channel 4 News report in which its chief executive talks unguardedly about its practices.

Channel 4 reporters posed as prospective clients and had a series of meetings with Cambridge Analytica that they secretly filmed — including at least one with Alexander Nix, its chief executive. Channel 4 declined to comment.

Mr Nix referred the FT to Cambridge Analytica’s spokesperson when asked if he was aware of the Channel 4 report, which is due to air this week, according to people briefed on the situation. Cambridge Analytica’s spokesman declined to comment on the undercover Channel 4 report.

The company is under mounting pressure over how it uses personal data in political and election campaign work. It was banned by Facebook on Friday, which claimed it had violated the social network’s rules by failing to delete Facebook user data collected by an app for research purposes.

Press reports on Saturday claimed the company had harvested data from more than 50m profiles mostly belonging to US voters.

Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, showed documents to the New York Times, The Observer and Channel 4 News, which the news outlets said detailed a programme that used data from a survey without users’ permission. Some 270,000 users had granted permission for their data to be used for research purposes, not passed to a political data analytics firm, and they may have exposed data from their friends in the process.

From the beginning, I have said that the data always leads back to:

a) Kushner

b) The Mercers

Facebook is only taking this step NOW, after being revealed that they continuously lied about what they knew about Russian involvement in using Facebook during the 2016 Election. They think that these actions are going to stop folks from digging deeper about what Facebook knew, and what they’ve been LYING about. Not gonna happen.

From AM JOY:

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data of 50 million allegedly seized

Cambridge Analytica is coming under fire for reports that the Facebook data of 50 million users was allegedly stolen by the company for use by the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Joy Reid and her panel discuss how this could ‘add a new dimension’ to Robert Mueller’s investigation

And, then they tried to lie on the people who did the 2008 Obama Campaign.

👋 I ran the Obama 2008 data-driven microtargeting team. How dare you! We didn’t steal private Facebook profile data from voters under false pretenses. OFA voluntarily solicited opinions of hundreds of thousands of voters. We didn’t commit theft to do our groundbreaking work. https://t.co/CyVIFDB2Tz

— Michael Simon (@mbsimon) March 18, 2018

The data ALWAYS leads back to the same places:

Re-upping this piece as a reminder of when Jared Kushner was so proud to take full credit of Cambridge Analytica and the Trump data operation. I guess tooting his own horn will soon come back to haunt him. https://t.co/OOhc5NAe7T

— Ali H. Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) March 18, 2018

National School Walkout

It’s been exactly one month since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and some are choosing a somber way to pay tribute to the 17 people killed in the Parkland massacre.

Thousands of students and teachers are planning to walk out of their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the the #Enough! National School Walkout to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march, organized by Women’s March Youth Empower, will happen at 10 a.m. and last 17 minutes.

The nationwide protest is both a memorial and protest action. Students and teachers across the United States will walk out of their schools and universities to honor the lives of the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas and press lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws, according to EMPOWER, the group organizing the action.

Among their demands, participants want Congress to:

Ban assault weapons

Require universal background checks before gun sales

Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior

Monday Open Thread | ICE Caught Ripping Family Apart in National City, CA

This hurts my soul. The cruel barbarism of white supremacy. Heartless savages dragging a woman from her daughters. I hate them intensely. Ice Agents are ripping families apart, while people are watching and they don’t give a fuck. It’s no different than when slave masters sold off families, ripping children from their mother’s arms to sell for profit. We are living the most hellish nightmare under Trump. Please God, let it end soon.

ICE dragged this mother into a van while her three children watched in horror pic.twitter.com/zVMkWOVE44

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 9, 2018

Georgia Bill Would Allow Adoption Agencies to Turn LGBTQ People Away

The Georgia state legislature is considering a bill that would allow adoption agencies to turn LGBTQ couples away. That’s how much they hate us: they’d rather leave kids in foster care then let them be in our loving homes.

SB-375, also known as the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” would allow child-placement agencies to refuse to work with potential parents if it violates their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” As opponents pointed out on the Senate floor last week, it’s obvious who the bill is targeting: if passed, taxpayer funded adoption agencies would be free to turn away qualified LGBTQ people, just because of their sexual orientation. It’s state-sanctioned discrimination hiding under the guise of religious liberty.

The bill passed the Georgia State Senate last week and headed to the House for a vote. If Georgia licenses adoption discrimination, it’ll join a disturbing national trend. According to the Movement Advancement Project, seven states allow child welfare agencies to refuse to place kids with LGBTQ people, if doing so “conflicts with their religious beliefs.” Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas which passed nearly identical laws just last year.

The idea that I could someday be denied the opportunity to adopt just because of who I am and who I love fills me with intense anxiety. But being a parent is a long, long way in my future — for now, I’m far more concerned about the impact laws like this have on vulnerable youth in foster care.

In 2015, an estimated 430,000 children were in foster care nationally. The opioid epidemic is fueling a crisis in foster care and nearly every state has seen a dramatic increase in the number of children in foster care, some by over 20 percent.

With hundreds of thousands of kids in the system, you’d think Georgia’s priority would be encouraging loving families to adopt. Instead, the legislature is putting their seal of approval on discrimination and trapping more kids in a foster system where they’re highly vulnerable to physical abuse, sexual assault, and neglect.

Like I said: that’s how much they hate us.

Header image via LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance

Thursday Open Thread | It’s Crooks R Us With This Administration

A spokesperson for Mulvaney told Arnold that the decision to drop the case against Golden Valley, which CFPB staff had spent years building, was made by the agency’s staffers themselves. Staffers denied this wildly implausible defense, and Mulvaney’s spokesperson eventually retracted it.

Just ask yourself…


44 had just ONE of these people….


Yeah, you know the answer to that.

The Trump Administration Is a Golden Age for Corporate Crooks

By Jonathan Chait

The Republican Party’s main legislative achievement was to facilitate the direct transfer of hundreds of billions of dollars into the hands of business owners. (The proceeds of the Trump tax cuts are mainly going into stock buybacks, a simple windfall for owners of capital.) But a second, less visible channel is the Trump administration’s program of lax regulation. While the tax cuts spray money at business owners as a whole, weak enforcement of regulations confers a windfall targeted specifically at businesses that cheat their customers or break the law.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought dramatically fewer cases and lower penalties under Trump. From last February through September, the agency brought 15 cases and collected $127 million in civil penalties, in comparison with 43 cases and $702 million in penalties during a comparable period in 2016. Likewise, the Environmental Protection Agency is collecting far less in penalties from polluters than it did under any of the previous three administrations:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to fill in a bare spot in the federal regulatory design: financial products, which are inherently complex and in need of regulation, had been marketed to largely unwitting customers with a minimal amount of oversight, resulting in endemic fraud. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the CFPB, has called the agency itself a “sick, sad joke.” Just how his vision would translate into practice has already become apparent.

Chris Arnold reports for NPR that Mulvaney forced the agency to drop a lawsuit against alleged loan-shark outfit Golden Valley Lending. Arnold found a Golden Valley victim named Julie Bonenfant, from Detroit, who needed money after a breakup and having her car stolen led to falling behind on rent. Over the course of a year, Bonenfant paid $3,735 to Golden Valley for a $900 loan. “A key backer of Golden Valley was recently convicted of racketeering charges in a case involving another online lender, according to court documents,” reports Arnold.

A spokesperson for Mulvaney told Arnold that the decision to drop the case against Golden Valley, which CFPB staff had spent years building, was made by the agency’s staffers themselves. Staffers denied this wildly implausible defense, and Mulvaney’s spokesperson eventually retracted it.

Monday Open Thread | America is no longer a Nation of Immigrants? Really? Seriously?


They are ridiculous.

Outside of the Native American, and the Involuntary Immigrants from Africa…

What IS America, if it’s not a Nation of Immigrants?

Without IMMIGRATION, how did we build this country?

Ellis Island?

Statue of Liberty?

What is America without Immigration?

Is America a ‘Nation of Immigrants’? Immigration Agency Says No


FEB. 22, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The federal agency that issues green cards and grants citizenship to people from foreign countries has stopped characterizing the United States as “a nation of immigrants.”

The director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services informed employees in a letter on Thursday that its mission statement had been revised to “guide us in the years ahead.” Gone was the phrase that described the agency as securing “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants.”

The original mission statement, created in 2005, said,: “U.S.C.I.S. secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”

The new version says: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland and honoring our values.”


León Rodríguez, director of the agency from 2014 to 2017, said the revision of the mission statement marked “a particularly sad turn of history.”

“We should not forget that under the discarded mission statement, the integrity and national security functions of U.S.C.I.S. grew — dramatically so — showing that we could be both a welcoming nation and a safe one,” Mr. Rodríguez said. “We should stop to reflect about the many opportunities that America will lose because of the attitudes reflected in this statement, and ask ourselves whether this is really the country we want to be.”

#ParklandSchoolShooting | When the children rise up…..

The Soweto Uprising led by children changed the course of history for South Africa against apartheid. So will #NeverAgainMSD movement led by children will change the course of history for #GunControl in America.

Cameron Kasky confronting Marco Rubio about accepting donations from the NRA. The kid is fearless. He ain’t playing. Powerful. I am amazed at them every day. They have become the leaders and are fierce. They’re a force to be reckoned with. They are the Balm of Gilead to soothe our wounds and give us hope. Change is coming.

Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg: “I want a major re-haul of everybody that’s in our current House of Representatives”

David Hogg calls out Dana Loesch for duping NRA members….

.@davidhogg111: “Columbine was about 19 years ago. Now that you’ve had an entire generation of kids growing up around mass shootings, and the fact that they’re starting to be able to vote, explains how we’re going to have this change. Kids are not going to accept this.” #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/jAZPvMuQlf

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 25, 2018

Soweto uprising: The Soweto uprising was a series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa that began on the morning of 16 June 1976.

Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. It is estimated that 20,000 students took part in the protests. They were met with fierce police brutality. The number of protesters killed by police is usually given as 176, but estimates of up to 700 have been made. In remembrance of these events, 16 June is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.

On the morning of 16 June 1976, between 10,000 and 20,000 black students walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium for a rally to protest against having to learn through Afrikaans in school. Many students who later participated in the protest arrived at school that morning without prior knowledge of the protest, yet agreed to become involved. The protest was planned by the Soweto Students’ Representative Council’s (SSRC) Action Committee, with support from the wider Black Consciousness Movement. Teachers in Soweto also supported the march after the Action Committee emphasised good discipline and peaceful action.

Tsietsi Mashinini led students from Morris Isaacson High School to join up with others who walked from Naledi High School. The students began the march only to find out that police had barricaded the road along their intended route. The leader of the action committee asked the crowd not to provoke the police and the march continued on another route, eventually ending up near Orlando High School. The crowd of between 3,000 and 10,000 students made their way towards the area of the school. Students sang and waved placards with slogans such as, “Down with Afrikaans”, “Viva Azania” and “If we must do Afrikaans, Vorster must do Zulu”.

The police set their dog on the protesters, who responded by killing it. The police then began to shoot directly at the children.

Friday Open Thread | Lupita Nyong’o says Black Panther’s Wakanda is Africa if it had never been colonized

Cinematic smash hit Black Panther means many things to many people – including the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o, who said that the film’s re-imagining of Africa had the continent not been colonised is liberating.

The 34-year-old appeared on The View to discuss the new film with her co-star Danai Gurira, and when asked what it means to have African culture celebrated in such a way throughout the film, Lupita – who grew up in Kenya – came back with a profound response.

‘It’s so liberating. We come from a continent of great wealth, but a continent that has been assaulted and abuse very often. What colonialism did was it rewrote our history and our narrative, and our global narrative is one of poverty and strife, and so the wealth of the continent is very seldom seen on such a global scale.

‘So what this film does is it looks cool, it looks futuristic, but it’s drawing from ancient cultures. The diversity from this film is specifically from the continent.

#BlackPanther is more than a MOVIE!!… “wakanda is special because it was never colonized, what we can see there is re-imagining of what would’ve been possible, had Africa been allowed to realise itself for itself” – Lupita Nyongo 👊👊❤pic.twitter.com/vxArZIqrU8

— biodun yusuf (@bideyy) February 22, 2018

‘Wakanda is special because it was never colonised, so what we can see there for all of us is a re-imagining what would have been possible had Africa been allowed to realise itself for itself. And that’s a beautiful place.’ The actress has also previously praised the portrayal gender equality in the film, telling Popsugar Australia: ‘we see women alongside men, and they’re powerful in their own right, but them assuming their power in no way diminishes the males in their lives’.

It really is the film that has everything – which is probably why it slipped past Star Wars: The Last Jedi earnings to make $242 million in four days, with the biggest Monday at the box office of all time (in the US), earning $40.2 million.

#BlackPanther‘s @Lupita_Nyongo talks being unapologetic about embracing her blackness in her work: “I make my way with what I have and I try and make more of it without having to apologize for the fact that the status quo does not necessarily respond to me.” pic.twitter.com/mf146pTcnJ

— The View (@TheView) February 19, 2018

Lupita went on to speak about how Hollywood isn’t and has never been inclusive

‘The history of Hollywood didn’t look like me. The people who are writing and creative films historically did not look like me. [Actor] Sidney Poitier came and broke barriers back in the day and we’re still breaking barriers, that’s why we have a moment like this with Black Panther.

‘What me and Danai believe is that you work with what you have, and I’ve been given such an incredible platform with 12 Years A Slave and everything that followed it. ‘I want to work with what I have – I work with my sister Danai, I work with Ryan Coogler. I make my way with what I have and I try and make more of it without having to apologise that the status quo doesn’t necessarily respond to me.’

Lupita for president, please?

Speaker Paul Ryan’s Comments on Mass Shootings: Chris Hayes Rolls “Supercut”

ICYM Chris Hayes ran a “Supercut” of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s comments on current and past mass shootings in America.

He’s parroting NRA talking points are breath-taking, and really illustrate the GOP’s stance on guns, and their blatant disregard for victims of the ugly mass shootings and murders.

“Second Amendment rights,” “Mental Illness,” “Not the time for Knee-jerk reactions,” Take a break and collect the fact,” “We want to protect law-abiding citizens”

Sounds familiar?

Speaker Paul Ryan is the top recipient of NRA contributions.

Paul Ryan:  $171,977, Republican
Wisconsin, District 1 18

Look here for NRA contributions to top GOP LAWMAKERS

Anyone beholden to the NRA, are never going to serve the greater good for Americans’ safety from these weapons of war killing innocent children and other Americans.