2018-09-24: News Headlines

Aeon (2018-09-23). Is the Rise of Social Media Proof That We're All Narcissists? alternet.org Instead of social media merely connecting us, it has become a cult of notifications. | Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or self-centredness. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love when he saw his reflection in water: he gazed so long, he eventually died. Today, the quintessential image is not someone staring at his reflection but into his mobile phone. While we pine away for that perfect Snapchat filter or track our likes on Instagram, the mobile phone ha. . .

Zero Hedge (2018-09-23). OPEC, Russia Defy Trump Demand To Boost Oil Production. iranian.com Less than three months after Trump's latest tweet slamming OPEC, in which he warned the petroleum cartel that it must "REDUCE PRICING NOW!", Trump was at it again and on Thursday morning, with Brent hitting $80 per barrel and higher gasoline prices creating another headache for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections, the president lashed out at […]

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-23). Mitch McConnell Called Trump to Tell Him His Tweets About Christine Blasey Ford Weren't Helping: Report. alternet.org Mitch McConnell on Friday said the Senate will "plow right through" and confirm Brett Kavanaugh. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday called Donald Trump to tell him his tweets about Christine Blasey Ford were not helping Republicans' efforts to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice, CNN reports. Trump on Friday tweeted that Ford—who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15—would have "immediately"

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-23). Nationwide Walkout Planned to Show Solidarity With Sexual Assault Survivors. truthout.org Women and men across the country are planning a national walkout on Monday afternoon in a show of solidarity with sexual assault survivors, as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify regarding her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. | More than three dozen progressive organizations—including NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund— announced the event late Saturday, calling on survivors and allies to wear black on Monday and to walk out of their workplaces, schools, and homes at 1: 00pm EST. Supporters will also be posting photos of their participation online with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors. | "Dr. Blasey Ford has bravely come forward with her story of sexual assault at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh, despite knowing this will come at great cost to her life and her family," said NARAL in a statement. "Her willingness to testify…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-22). Progressives to DNC: It Would Be 'Insane' Not to Hand Over Twitter Account to Ocasio-Cortez. alternet.org "It's kind of amazing that one of the most naturally talented politicians to emerge in some time also happens to be a highly effective, aggressive, and rather merciless combatant in social media messaging. " | In just a few short months on the national political scene, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has distinguished herself as a remarkably effective social media voice, using platforms like Facebook. . .

Sam Biddle (2018-09-22). Facebook Brushed Off the U.N. Five Separate Times Over Calls For Murder of Human Rights Worker. theintercept.com A United Nations report said a post about the "Muslim… national traitor" was shared over 1,000 times and that comments called for the person to be killed.

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-09-22). Kavanaugh Ally Did Online Searches for Christine Ford Before She Was Revealed As Accuser: Report. alternet.org The ally came under fire earlier in the week after he posted a conspiracy theory on Twitter claiming Ford mixed up the nominee with another classmate. | A conservative lobbyist friend of Brett Kavanaugh's searched for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on LinkedIn before she was outed as the person who accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault. The Washington Post reported that on Sunday, Ford forwarded an email to an associate showing that Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whalen had been looking at her LinkedIn profile. According to the report, Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after the Post shared her name with the White House — but before the newspaper posted a story revealing her name on Monday. In a statement, the White House claimed that neither Kavanaugh nor anyone within the administration shared the accuser's name with Whelan. The EPPC president and Kavanaugh ally came under fire earlier in the week after he posted a conspiracy theory on Twitter claiming Ford mixed up the nominee with another classmate.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-22). Is the Lone Star State Moving Left? truthout.org To the delight of millions of people in Texas and across the country, the odious Republican Sen. Ted Cruz finds himself in in a close race against his Democratic challenger, US Rep. Beto O'Rourke. | In Texas, where Republican zealots have dominated every statewide office for more than two decades, O'Rourke's promotion of Medicare for All, endorsement of anti-racist protests among NFL athletes and participation in marches on child detention centers are a welcome sign that Democratic politicians feel the need to address the grassroots social movements that have extended across the state. | If Cruz is out of a job following November's midterm elections, socialists and progressives will have plenty to smile about. | His defeat would serve a long-overdue humiliation in the southernmost bastion of US conservatism to a loud, bigoted clown who both constituents and non-constituents have come…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-21). In Viral Video, Medea Benjamin Confronts Trump Official on Iran. therealnews.com At a public event in Washington, DC, CodePink's Medea Benjamin confronted Brian Hook, the head of Trump's Iran Action Group, over the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposing crippling sanctions on the Iranian people. Benjamin joins us to discuss her action, which went viral online

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond (2018-09-21). Hurricane Florence and 9.7 Million Pigs. counterpunch.org News of the potentially catastrophic flooding of pigs' feces lagoons calls two things to mind. The first is a Facebook post I saw last July: "People will give up straws to save fish, but they won't stop eating fish to save fish." In other words, the individual fish don't matter, only "fish" do, just as More

Jim Hightower (2018-09-21). Amazon is Making Workers Tweet About How Great It is to Work There. counterpunch.org In Corporate World, when trouble pops up and things get sticky, CEOs don't wring their hands and try to dodge the issue. No-sir-ee, the chief gets paid the big bucks to step forward confidently and seize control… by ringing up the company's PR consultants and having them try to dodge the issue. Amazon CEO Jeff More

RT (2018-09-21). Facebook to stop 'embedding' staff in political campaigns. rt.com Presidential candidates in 2020 won't be able to rely on 'embedded' Facebook staff, the Menlo Park company declared. Hillary Clinton's campaign declined this help in 2016, letting her rival Donald Trump leverage it to victory.

RT (2018-09-21). Trump blasts Kavanaugh accuser, says if alleged attack was that 'bad,' charges would have been filed. rt.com President Trump attacked the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in a tweet wondering if the alleged 'attack' was so bad, why did she wait so long to come forward? |

RT (2018-09-21). Michael Cohen praises own 'integrity & veracity' during Mueller probe in 'accidental' tweet. rt.com In a bizarre blunder, Michael Cohen has praised own patriotism and trumpeted the crucial role he plays in the notorious Mueller investigation, in a tweet that was allegedly meant to be sent from his lawyer's account.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-09-20). Hatewatch Headlines 9/21/2018. splcenter.org 'Christian persecution,' white power's new disguise; Facebook reviews policy on white nationalism; Why do racists keep joining the GOP? And more.

RT (2018-09-20). Puerto Rico is 'still a US colony' and deserves self-determination, says Ocasio-Cortez. rt.com Puerto Rico is a "colony" which deserves self-determination according to Democratic Party congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who posted a tweet to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria.

RT (2018-09-19). Meatless Mondays: Berkeley City Council to serve vegan-only food. rt.com In a push to educate people about meat consumption's environmental impact, only vegan food will be served at city events and meetings on Mondays in Berkeley, California – much to the amusement and derision of social media.

aclu (2018-09-18). Some Schools Need a Lesson on Students' Free Speech Rights. aclu.org An alarming number of schools improperly discipline students for their speech — especially students of color. | School is back in session, and that means school administrators may be back to surveilling students on social media and unjustly disciplining them for what they say on it. | We've seen both of these troubling trends before. And in today's era of inspiring student aclu (2018-09-18). How Facebook Is Giving Sex Discrimination in Employment Ads a New Life. aclu.org We're taking on Facebook and 10 companies for using the social platform to direct job ads toward men, excluding others. | In 1967, the newly formed National Organization for Women staged a weeklong protest of The New York Times and other newspapers. Their demonstration targeted the long-standing practice of printing classified listings in two separate columns: "Help wanted: Male" and "Help wanted: Female," which of course resulted in the exclusion of women from high-paying jobs and indust…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-09-18). Hatewatch Headlines 9/19/2018. splcenter.org Study examines far right's spread on YouTube; Military contractor imposed apartheid at base; Census question on citizenship's origins questioned; and more.

RT (2018-09-18). ACLU suing Facebook after 'women excluded' from seeing certain job ads on platform. rt.com The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of gender discrimination in job advertisements on its platform. |

RT (2018-09-18). Tesla faces Justice Department probe over 'funding secured' tweets by CEO Elon Musk. rt.com Elon Musk has landed his electric car company in hot water, with the US Justice Department placing Tesla under investigation over statements made by the CEO on Twitter, according to news reports.

RT (2018-09-18). '71 yrs of spying & regime change': CIA tweets about birthday, gets trolled in comments. rt.com The CIA has tweeted a GIF marking its 71st birthday — and while some folks on Twitter took the opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the intelligence agency for the work it does, others were, let's just say, not so kind.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-17). Facebook Censors a ThinkProgress Story on Kavanaugh After a Conservative Site Calls It "Fake News" democracynow.org Last week, ThinkProgress published a report by senior fellow Ian Millhiser headlined "Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed." But then a Facebook fact checker with the conservative outlet The Weekly Standard declared it "fake news," leading the piece to be targeted and demoted by the social media site. The Intercept then republished Millhiser's piece, with editor-in-chief Betsy Reed writing, "The story was effectively nuked from Facebook, with other outlets threatened with traffic and monetary consequences if they shared it." We speak with Ian Millhiser, a senior fello…

Brett Barrouquere (2018-09-17). Twitter bars League of the South head Michael Hill, who immediately creates a new online identity. splcenter.org In what has become a game of racist whack-a-mole, Twitter has barred the head of the neo-Confederate League of the South, Michael Hill. Hill quickly reupped on the platform with a new account.

RT (2018-09-17). 'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms. rt.com President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.

Ben Norton (2018-08-24). Big Tech Corporations Are Now Banning Iranian Social Media Accounts — A Censored Student Journalist Speaks out. grayzoneproject.com Google, Facebook, and Twitter are removing social media accounts of real life Iranians who are falsely dubbed as "government trolls."…

2018-09-24: Social Media Postees

Is the Rise of Social Media Proof That We're All Narcissists?
Aeon | alternet.org | 2018-09-23
Instead of social media merely connecting us, it has become a cult of notifications. | Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or self-centredness. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love when he saw his reflection in water: he gazed so long, he eventually died. Today, the quintessential image is not someone staring at his reflection but into his mobile phone. While we pine away for that perfect Snapchat filter or track our likes on Instagram, the mobile phone ha. . .
alternet.org/rise-social-media-proof-wer…

OPEC, Russia Defy Trump Demand To Boost Oil Production
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2018-09-23
Less than three months after Trump's latest tweet slamming OPEC, in which he warned the petroleum cartel that it must "REDUCE PRICING NOW!", Trump was at it again and on Thursday morning, with Brent hitting $80 per barrel and higher gasoline prices creating another headache for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections, the president lashed out at […] | The post OPEC, Russia Defy Trump Demand To Boost Oil Production appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/23/opec-russia-defy-…

Mitch McConnell Called Trump to Tell Him His Tweets About Christine Blasey Ford Weren't Helping: Report
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-23
Mitch McConnell on Friday said the Senate will "plow right through" and confirm Brett Kavanaugh. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday called Donald Trump to tell him his tweets about Christine Blasey Ford were not helping Republicans' efforts to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice, CNN reports. Trump on Friday tweeted that Ford–who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15–would have "immediately"
alternet.org/mitch-mcconnell-called-trum…

Progressives to DNC: It Would Be 'Insane' Not to Hand Over Twitter Account to Ocasio-Cortez
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-09-22
"It's kind of amazing that one of the most naturally talented politicians to emerge in some time also happens to be a highly effective, aggressive, and rather merciless combatant in social media messaging. " | In just a few short months on the national political scene, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has distinguished herself as a remarkably effective social media voice, using platforms like Facebook. . .
alternet.org/progressives-dnc-it-would-b…

Kavanaugh Ally Did Online Searches for Christine Ford Before She Was Revealed As Accuser: Report
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-09-22
The ally came under fire earlier in the week after he posted a conspiracy theory on Twitter claiming Ford mixed up the nominee with another classmate. | A conservative lobbyist friend of Brett Kavanaugh's searched for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on LinkedIn before she was outed as the person who accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault. The Washington Post reported that on Sunday, Ford forwarded an email to an associate showing that Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whalen had been looking at her LinkedIn profile. According to the report, Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after the Post shared her name with the White House — but before the newspaper posted a story revealing her name on Monday. In a statement, the White House claimed that neither Kavanaugh nor anyone within the administration shared the accuser's name with Whelan. The EPPC president and Kavanaugh ally came under fire earlier in the week after he posted a conspiracy theory on Twitter claiming Ford mixed up the nominee with another classmate. …
alternet.org/kavanaugh-ally-did-online-s…

Facebook Brushed Off the U.N. Five Separate Times Over Calls For Murder of Human Rights Worker
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-09-22
A United Nations report said a post about the "Muslim… national traitor" was shared over 1,000 times and that comments called for the person to be killed. | The post Facebook Brushed Off the U.N. Five Separate Times Over Calls For Murder of Human Rights Worker appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/09/22/facebook-bru…

In Viral Video, Medea Benjamin Confronts Trump Official on Iran
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-21
At a public event in Washington, DC, CodePink's Medea Benjamin confronted Brian Hook, the head of Trump's Iran Action Group, over the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposing crippling sanctions on the Iranian people. Benjamin joins us to discuss her action, which went viral online | The post In Viral Video, Medea Benjamin Confronts Trump Official on Iran appeared first on
therealnews.com/stories/in-viral-video-m…

Hurricane Florence and 9.7 Million Pigs
Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-21
News of the potentially catastrophic flooding of pigs' feces lagoons calls two things to mind. The first is a Facebook post I saw last July: "People will give up straws to save fish, but they won't stop eating fish to save fish." In other words, the individual fish don't matter, only "fish" do, just as…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/21/hurricane-fl…

Amazon is Making Workers Tweet About How Great It is to Work There
Jim Hightower | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-21
In Corporate World, when trouble pops up and things get sticky, CEOs don't wring their hands and try to dodge the issue. No-sir-ee, the chief gets paid the big bucks to step forward confidently and seize control… by ringing up the company's PR consultants and having them try to dodge the issue. Amazon CEO Jeff…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/21/105456/

Trump blasts Kavanaugh accuser, says if alleged attack was that 'bad,' charges would have been filed
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-21
President Trump attacked the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in a tweet wondering if the alleged 'attack' was so bad, why did she wait so long to come forward?
rt.com/usa/439045-trump-blasts-kavanaugh…

Michael Cohen praises own 'integrity & veracity' during Mueller probe in 'accidental' tweet
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-21
In a bizarre blunder, Michael Cohen has praised own patriotism and trumpeted the crucial role he plays in the notorious Mueller investigation, in a tweet that was allegedly meant to be sent from his lawyer's account.
rt.com/usa/438993-integrity-veracity-mic…

Facebook to stop 'embedding' staff in political campaigns
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-21
Presidential candidates in 2020 won't be able to rely on 'embedded' Facebook staff, the Menlo Park company declared. Hillary Clinton's campaign declined this help in 2016, letting her rival Donald Trump leverage it to victory.
rt.com/usa/439098-facebook-campaign-embe…

Hatewatch Headlines 9/21/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-20
'Christian persecution,' white power's new disguise; Facebook reviews policy on white nationalism; Why do racists keep joining the GOP? And…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/09/21/hatew…

Puerto Rico is 'still a US colony' and deserves self-determination, says Ocasio-Cortez
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-20
Puerto Rico is a "colony" which deserves self-determination according to Democratic Party congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who posted a tweet to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria.
rt.com/usa/438969-puerto-rico-colony-oca…

Meatless Mondays: Berkeley City Council to serve vegan-only food
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-19
In a push to educate people about meat consumption's environmental impact, only vegan food will be served at city events and meetings on Mondays in Berkeley, California – much to the amusement and derision of social media.
rt.com/usa/438800-vegan-monday-berkeley-…

How Facebook Is Giving Sex Discrimination in Employment Ads a New Life
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-09-18
We're taking on Facebook and 10 companies for using the social platform to direct job ads toward men, excluding others. | In 1967, the newly formed National Organization for Women staged a weeklong protest of The New York Times and other newspapers. Their demonstration targeted the long-standing practice of printing classified listings in two separate columns: "Help wanted: Male" and "Help wanted: Female," which of course resulted in the exclusion of women from high-paying jobs and indust…
aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/womens-right…

Hatewatch Headlines 9/19/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-09-18
Study examines far right's spread on YouTube; Military contractor imposed apartheid at base; Census question on citizenship's origins questioned; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/09/19/hatew…

'71 yrs of spying & regime change': CIA tweets about birthday, gets trolled in comments
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
The CIA has tweeted a GIF marking its 71st birthday — and while some folks on Twitter took the opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the intelligence agency for the work it does, others were, let's just say, not so kind.
rt.com/usa/438751-cia-birthday-tweet-tro…

ACLU suing Facebook after 'women excluded' from seeing certain job ads on platform
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of gender discrimination in job advertisements on its platform.
rt.com/usa/438762-facebook-gender-discri…

Tesla faces Justice Department probe over 'funding secured' tweets by CEO Elon Musk
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
Elon Musk has landed his electric car company in hot water, with the US Justice Department placing Tesla under investigation over statements made by the CEO on Twitter, according to news reports.
rt.com/usa/438767-tesla-criminal-probe-t…

Marco Rubio incites online mob against 'Salt Bae' chef who dined with Venezuelan leader
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has tweeted the address and phone number of an internet celebrity chef, inciting his followers to harass the 'weirdo' for the 'crime' of hosting Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for dinner.
rt.com/usa/438772-rubio-doxxing-salt-bae…

Twitter bars League of the South head Michael Hill, who immediately creates a new online identity
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2018-09-17
In what has become a game of racist whack-a-mole, Twitter has barred the head of the neo-Confederate League of the South, Michael Hill. Hill quickly reupped on the platform with a new account.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/09/17/twitt…

Facebook Censors a ThinkProgress Story on Kavanaugh After a Conservative Site Calls It "Fake News"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-17
Last week, ThinkProgress published a report by senior fellow Ian Millhiser headlined "Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed." But then a Facebook fact checker with the conservative outlet The Weekly Standard declared it "fake news," leading the piece to be targeted and demoted by the social media site. The Intercept then republished Millhiser's piece, with editor-in-chief Betsy Reed writing, "The story was effectively nuked from Facebook, with other outlets threatened with traffic and monetary consequences if they shared it." We speak with Ian Millhiser, a senior fello…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/17/facebook_…

'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.
rt.com/usa/438582-trump-newfound-wealth-…

Big Tech Corporations Are Now Banning Iranian Social Media Accounts — A Censored Student Journalist Speaks out
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-08-24
Google, Facebook, and Twitter are removing social media accounts of real life Iranians who are falsely dubbed as "government trolls."… | The post Big Tech Corporations Are Now Banning Iranian Social Media Accounts — A Censored Student Journalist Speaks out appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/08/24/big-tech-…

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