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The misinformation campaigns have started – or they never stopped.
Politico: Sustained and Ongoing Disinformation Assault Targets Democratic Candidates
If you use social media at all, you probably saw 3 or 4 virulently anti- Sanders posts the instant he declared. You've been seeing anti- Warren stuff for longer.
Seem familiar? This is slickly produced (in most cases) garbage, half-truths, out of context, etc. Don't "share" it. Don't "like" it. If you must do somethng with it, investigate it. Make up your own mind as to the relative merits of a candidate.
No one Democratic candidate has a right to be the nominee, and the others are not worthless failures, or corrupt, or terrible people. All are flawed, all have successes and failures. Don't play into the hands of the trolls and bots this election season.
Not just Facebook. On political blogs there has been a sudden surge of nastiness coming from new trolls.
At least on this blog, the managers require that you a real person, not an anonymous russian troll bot.
I miss the good old days when the only trolls we had to deal with were Modratus and Carnegie.
WOTD from Hillary Clinton via Mahablog: "We're not Denmark"
In the 1970s, truck drives made $30/hour, today they make $20. College tuition was affordable.
Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because a lot of people felt that both parties were screwing them. The conservative wing of the Democratic Party had spent the previous three decades presiding over the decline of living standards while triangulating against the Dirty Fucking Hippies, lowering taxes on the wealthy, and catering to the corporations.
T***p demands quick deployment of 6G networks (which don’t exist)
Maybe he'll get it when he gets his Space Force.
He’s confusing 6G and #QAnon?
Or confusing 6G with G6…
OR 6G with MS13 – they're all coming over the southern border. Speaking of border lies, be sure you watch Randy Rainbow's latest:
Or, maybe he's thinking of the 3K network.
It’s probably an effin’ national emergency, Bowman?!
Maybe #SpaceFarce is testing it on Jupiter? That's how we're learned so quickly that Robert Kraft was arrested there for happy endings? (how'd you like to be the one explaining that one to Drumpf?) #MAGA
Have to wonder how much of the dough Bernie (Not a Democratic Party Member) Sanders is getting is Russian.
You responded in the wrong thread.
see mamajama at the top…
It's an open thread. Anything goes except, of course, advocacy of the designated hitter rule.
DAMMIT V!!! I was going to advocate for that one.
You think Trump could be paying him to run again? . . .
Other than a rematch with Hillary, Bernie is the Democratic nominee Trump would most like to run against.
Ask the quarter million people who donated an average of $27.
How much is $27 in rubles?
Lovely Trumpian conspiracy theory V. Going to attack Sanders as an enemy of the people next?
It's a bit early to be sipping the cooking sherry isn't it, Denny.
? The Trump is paying them theory is from Dio, not me, and I think it's a joke. I was definitely joking when I asked how much $27 is in rubles.
Anyway, I agree with Duke: a quarter of a million people each giving $27 to bernie aren't russians.
Cheapskates maybe, but not Russian.
Bernie isn't an enemy of the people. Just way, way, too old to run for president since if elected and re-elected he'd be 87.
Oh sure, make me the bad guy?! . . .
. . . I was just trying to figure out if I understood correctly what Nasty was trying to say?
And, anyway, I don’t know what time zone you’re in, but “a bit early” hasn’t applied, in this hemisphere at least, since November 2016.
You're right. Pass the cooking sherry!
No way. Get you own! . . .
. . . I still gotta make it through the whole rest of this day.
You guys shouldn’t drink that stuff. Salt is bad for your blood pressure.
What, you want me to put sugar on my margaritas?
I was pretty suspicious of hic-civis, who checked in for the first and so-far only time the day bernie announced to beat the drums for bernie and socialism. But at least he/she kept it positive, more a cheerleader than a shill. We'll see if they come back and what tone they take.
I only heard the negativity from hickey – Cheerleader for which candidate, or which ideas?
The measure of a troll is precisely the positive vs negativity ratio. A troll seeks to divide with insults, straw-men and vitriol. An honest discussion starts with building up your ideas, not tearing down others.
Trump is the classic example. He loves to insult, bully and hurt people.
In any case, we know that hundreds of troll accounts are already pouring division into the Democratic primary. This site is fairly small and the long-term usernames are well-known, so we can spot the pop-up trolls pretty easily.
I thought it bizarre that a newbie like hic_civis ("this citizen") accused Dio of being a troll because they weren't familiar with his posts. hic then proceeded to appear to be on the left side of the spectrum, which made me wonder if it was trying to establish false credibility before turning into a divisive troll to stir up animus among us.
If they make a reappearance, I suppose we can ask, or simply observe in order to impute their motives.
I want to thank Mamajama for responding to my reply in the other thread. I was beginning to think my posts here didn't resonate with anyone.
Thanks, MJ. I guess what I say does have a positive effect on others, so my attempts to contribute are not a waste of time and a failure to make others feel a spark. Not altogether, anyway.
[/feeling sorry for myself and wanting reassurance]
Lucy … You now have TWO replies over there. Make contributions, get responses. Heck, that even happens with the human trolls who sustain their persona here.
And responding to the Nasty Woman up top — can we simply put the "not a Democrat" nonsense to bed? if you want to say he doesn't support Democrats enough, or write he supports only certain types of Democrats, or (heavens!) claim his ideas don't have a Democratic provenance or resonance, go for it. But a membership card doesn't mean a great deal. Extremists on left and right have "Democrat" after their name. The label/brand/designation is not a guarantee of quality.
We won't put the Bernie ain't a Democrat thing to bed as long as bernie ain't a Democrat.
And bernie ain't a democrat.
Cue "Ride of the Valkyries" and brace for another shrill lecture from mj about how bernie not being a democrat lets him get shit done.
But when we wake up from that boring tirade, the fact is still that bernie ain't a Democrat.
Careful, John, you might get called "shrill" or accused of being a "Valkyrie". Wait, I guess that's just for female Polsters…so you're probably safe, at that.
Democrats and Bernie Sanders have a mutually satisfying, if somewhat utilitarian relationship. He's a Democrat when they need him to be one. There hasn't needed to be any long-term commitment until now, but Bernie'll put a ring on it this time, he swears.
Actually, it's just for you, your victimness. Now, go ride your Valkyrie. At least I shamed you out of posting your get shit done opus more time.
At least you’re admitting that shaming and insults are what you do, instead of argument on the issues. Doesn’t work on me and won’t ever, but that sheds some light on your m.o.
Oh, I think we all know what works with you, your sulkiness. And we're not buying that your m any sore loservattacks on Hillary after the nomination were "facts."
like the blog you linked to that claimed 700 Bernistas walked out after Hillary won.
The New York Times put it at "dozens."
You were so frenzied you abandoned your long -time goal of writing a diary to promote your health care plan. It could have used your help.
But have a nice hate.
Spell check is your friend. Nobody understands your incoherence. The point on the Bernie thing is that you had a beef with how JohninDenver kept pointing out that the rallying cry"Bernie's No Democrat!!" is not logical or helpful, since for all practical caucus and vote purposes, Bernie is a Democrat, and has been for decades.
I would add that this constant refrain does not help the Democratic party to welcome in the new lefty millenials and skeptical independents… the millions who do like him and his ideas. What is the Democratic party offering anyone to the left of anodyne moderates like Bennet?
But back to our exchange. You didn't like what JiD wrote, but instead of countering JiD's arguments with logic and reason, you chose to drag me pre-emptively into it – with sexist language to boot. You've been around style sheets long enough to know that referring to women as "shrill" is considered to be a sexist slur on those of us with higher-pitched voices, and at the same time demeans female contributions as some kind of stereotyped henpecking. The "Valkyrie" reference is also a perjorative on female power, referencing armor breastplated Brunhildes.
I'm nobody's victim, these days, but as a survivor of abuse, I recognize when I'm unfairly targeted. When I have the time, I choose to push back. You don't have to like it. You won't ever like it. We are not friends. We won't be. I have some respect for you as a wordsmith.
I would ask you to confine your remarks to the person with whom you disagree, and leave me out of it, unless I choose to engage with you….which won't be often.
If you've ever actually listened to Wagner, you'll grasp the power of "Ride of the Valkyries." Bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum BUM bum, bum bum bum bum bum. ..
And, yes cueing it in to presage one of your inevitable attacks sets the right tone. Need I mention that you had already inserted yourself into jid's theme with yet another repetition of your bernie gets shit done opus?
Now, you promise your attacks on me will be rare?
And this is supposed to scare me?
Anyway, did I mention Bernie ain't no Democrat?
Cuz he ain't, you know.
(Cue "Ride of the Valkyries.")
It was actually really well written, and I agreed with your argument. So take a bow, and write more!
Thanks! You made my day.
Now it's time to hole up inside and ride out the snowstorm…
You might be surprised how many people read your submissions and appreciate them, but don't respond. I have been appreciating your submissions, particularly for what appears to be actual knowledge of things " western slope".
As ZZ Top once referred to themselves, you are now "bad…and nationwide". Pols has a very large audience.
Your thoughts are usually worthwhile, Lucy. In fact, we call them: "Lucy in the sky with diamonds."
The North Carolina GOP wants folks to pray for Mark Harris, Republican candidate for that state's 9th Congressional District. Ol' Mark is having a tough time of it, what with the North Carolina Board of Elections ordering a full do-over of an election he stole fair and square.
I'm not a religious person, but okay, what the hell:
Please make Mark Harris less of a lying, fraudulent sack of shit and entrails.
heck, we can dream big.
Dear Little Baby Jesus,
Make Mark Harris more of the man his son would like him to be. Or have him live a life worthy of a dog's affection.
Please let Mark Harris' recent health scares give him more compassion for the poor and sick. Not less.
Mark Harris? Meh. C’mon, I mean, it’s North Carolina for [your] sake — they’re pretty used to this stuff already. OK, whatever.
But, now, take Donald Trump . . .
Thoughts and prayers all around…
Dammit, I was eating lunch when I read that.
DOSF of the day from Marcy Wheeler: "How Amy Berman Jackson Got Roger Stone To Step In It And Then Step In It Again"
Dying Of Schaden Freude – Try not to enjoy too much the transcripts of how Judge ABJ got Roger Stone to admit to issuing threats in his instagram account. Even Stone's lawyer was waaaay behind the 8-ball on this one.
In this quote, ABJ is pointing out that Roger Stone is a "Stochastic Terrorist".
He probably just stopped in to make sure his balls weren’t improperly underinflated?:
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged in Florida Prostitution Sting
It's been a big day for sex crimes.
Alexander Acosta, Trump's Labor Sec, is in hot water for failing to comply with Victim's Rights Act in giving an extremely generous plea disposition to the notorious kiddie-diddler, Jeffrey Epstein, back when he was a prosecutor.
Any R. Kelly got busted today. Perhaps he can retain Roy Moore to represent him.
The Acosta / Epstein scandal could implicate $rump as an Epstein client: Katie, who was 13 at the time, claimed on video that $rump and Epstein raped her.
In any normal world, MJ, you would be correct and it would implicate him.
But I am reminded of his famous crack about being able to shoot someone in broad daylight on 5th Avenue and getting away with it.
MJ, you're under the impression that raping a 13-year old girl would be considered a bad thing by today's GOP?
They'd have to disavow it, and be shocked and sad, at least. There is some sketchiness around "Katie Johnson"s accusation, but some credible people are giving it credence.
If Epstein's other trafficked victims are now finally allowed their day in court, all hell could break loose with the $rump-involved accusation, as well.
I gotta go with Curmy on this. Unless Fox reported it, the Trump base would just mark it as another librul lie. Nothing shakes their faith in the pussy grabber, not even his own words. They are the Stepford voters.
Talking about it isn't enough.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a ‘living wage’ starts in her office
$52K sounds like good money, but DC is very expensive, and housing is very hard to find. My daughter made about $36K as a law-firm intern in DC, fresh out-of-college, which was sufficient to live on, given that she found an apartment share.
Also, you want your aids and staff to be skilled, and appropriately compensated. We're not talking about congressional interns in the sense of a cool Summer job between semesters.
I wonder how many Republican staffers are directly paid by lobbying firms or Koch non-profits.
I think there are still laws prohibiting Congressional office staff from being directly paid by anyone other than the federal government or (for limited purposes) from campaign accounts. Even multi-millionaires cannot dip into their private funds to pay Congressional staff.
If they want more help, they need to set the people up off site, outside the formal structure of the staff. Those outsiders can be political staff (campaigning, raising funds, etc.), personal servants (not EVERY congress person requires aides to pick up cleaning — some have staff or spouses who do it for them), or acting as liaisons to nonprofits/for-profit/even governmental organizations).
Such a nasty woman…..
Gott a admit, r&r, this stuff troubles me. Like you, I've been a klobuchar fan. But this is a very unappealing side of her. Still, some great pols are shitty to staff– with lbj being legendarily cruel.
It has made me take a closer look at Gillibrand and Harris.
I send Amy $50 when she announced. It would have been $100 without this crap.
I probably could still vote for her despite this less-than-charming aspect of her personality.
And I thought about LBJ, too. In reading one of the Robert Caro's bios on LBJ, there was an account of him throwing a telephone book at Nellie Connally in his Senate days when she worked in his office and failed to pick up the phone quickly enough when it rang.
The Caro books on lbj are amazing.
Then there is the famous "LBJ picking up his dogs by their ears" photo / controversy.
The dogs didn't bite him — so he must have had some redeeming quality.