2020-06-27: Social Media Postees

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Mentally Replace Everything Before "U.S. Intelligence Says" With "Blah Blah We're Probably Lying"
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-27
"Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill Troops, U.S. Intelligence Says", blares the latest viral headline from The New York Times. NYT's unnamed sources allege that the GRU "secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops", and that the Trump administration has known this for months. | To be clear, this is journalistic malpractice. Mainstream media outlets which publish anonymous intelligence claims with no proof are just publishi…

Anti-Maskers: Right or Selfish?
The HighWire with Del Bigtree | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-27
As Americans turn against each other over mask mandates, many scientists are speaking out, including former professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, Denis Rancourt, PhD, who just released a paper compiling seven studies on the science surrounding the effectiveness of masks. See also: "Do Masks and Respirators Prevent Viral Respiratory Illnesses?"

Turkey says close to 170,000 people recovered from COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-27
A total of 1,984 people beat COVID-19 over the past day, bringing the overall count to 169,182, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, citing the Health Ministry data."The number of recoveries is 612 more than the number of infected people. This number was 96 yesterday," Koca noted.The country's death toll from the virus rose to 5,082, as it reported 17 new fatalities in the past 24 hours.Some 984 patients remain in intensive care, added Koca.Health care professionals conducted 45,213 tests for the disease in the past day, raising the total count to over 3.23 million.According to the test results, the total number of in…

Coca-Cola Says It's Pausing Social Media Advertising Amid Push to Deal With Racist Online Content
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-27
Quite a few corporate giants, like Unilever, Levi's, and Hershey's, have gone down the path of partially or fully freezing ad spending, in a bid to push social media platforms like Facebook to revise its policies over hate content.

Sunday 6/28: Drive for Justice Voter Registration Drive After Slap in the Face by Oakland City Council
APTP | indybay.org | 2020-06-27
We'll stage at 6 different TBD locations, and caravan to Libby's and 5 council members' homes — RSVP or check the Facebook event for updates on how to join in person or online…

Facebook bends the knee, agrees to censor Trump ads after mass advertiser boycott
rt.com | 2020-06-26
Facebook will change its policies to ban "hate speech" in advertisements on the platform, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced, after activists brigaded a number of major corporations to pull their ads from the platform. | "I am committed to making sure Facebook remains a place where people can use their voice to discuss important issues," Zuckerberg said on Friday. "But I also stand against hate or anything that incites violences or suppresses voting, and we're committed to removing that content too, no matter where it comes from." | This will include ads critical of "immigrants, migrants, refugees and asylum seeker…

British foreign secretary accused of hypocrisy for praising UN 'values' despite UK treatment of Assange
rt.com | 2020-06-26
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has provoked anger after lauding the UK's role in the United Nations and its commitment to the "values" of the organization, with many disagreeing and pointing to the treatment of Julian Assange. | Raab posted on social media on Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of the UN, when 50 nations, including the UK, came together to sign the Charter. | The foreign minister said: "Since then, we have played a crucial role in the @UN and remain committed to upholding its values." | 75 years ago, the üá¨üáß alongside 49…

Police Are Arresting Protesters Over Facebook Posts–And It's Just The Beginning
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-06-26
The FBI investigated and arrested Michael Avery for posting on Facebook about a Black Lives Matter protest. We talk with a tech industry whistleblower about "snitch apps" and how law enforcement uses technology to "protect" you.

2020: The year anti-fascists became terrorists
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-06-26
When police in Buffalo pushed an elderly man to the ground during a Black Lives Matter protest, cracking his skull in the process, the president went on Twitter to rhetorically ask whether the injured man was, in fact, part of "Antifa".

Trump signs 'very strong' executive order protecting US monuments, stays in DC to 'make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced'
rt.com | 2020-06-26
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to protect American monuments, after calling off a weekend trip to New Jersey to remain in DC amid ongoing protests, insisting "agitators" will be "brought to justice." | Trump announced the "very strong" order in a tweet on Friday, stating it would protect "monuments, memorials and statues," as well as combat "recent criminal violence," promising "long prison terms for these lawless acts." | I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Lo…

What is Antifa? (Debunking Myths About Antifa)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-06-26
Radical Reviewer taking a look at. Debunking the 3 Biggest Myths About Antifa by Spencer Sunshine. Patreon: www.patreon.com/RadicalReviewer Merch: www.etsy.com/shop/RadicalRevi… Twitter: @ReviewerRadical Relevant Links: Spencer Sunshine, Debunking the 3 Biggest Myths About Antifa: spencersunshine.com/2020/06/2… Zine Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/huronvalleySnD/ Now That's What I Call Antifa Playlist: www.youtube.com/playlist?list… Philosophy Tube, The Philosophy of Antifa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgwS_… Re Education, …

Class & Otherness: A Peculiar Dialectic
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-26
Nothing captures the contradictions of American social life more than then the recent announcement by Jeff Bezos in support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The founder of Amazon, the owner of the Washington Post and the richest person in the world issued a tweet calling for an end to…

Police attacked at illegal music event in west London
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-26
British police were attacked when they attempted to disperse crowds at an illegal music event in west London, police said on Friday.The event took place at Colville Gardens, Notting Hill. Police had objects thrown at them.Kensington and Chelsea police said on Twitter: "Officers are at the scene of an unlicensed music event near Colville Gardens, #W11. Objects have been thrown at officers dispersing the crowd. Violence will not be tolerated units are responding appropriately. This gathering is illegal we ask anyone in attendance to leave."They later tweeted: "Those present in area of Colville Gdns W11 dispersed by…

South Korea backs remdesivir for COVID-19, urges caution with dexamethasone
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-26
South Korea has added Gilead's anti-viral drug remdesivir to its coronavirus treatment guidelines in its first revision of recommendations since the outbreak began and urged caution in the use of the steroid therapy dexamethasone.South Korea, widely praised around the world for its handling of the pandemic without a full lockdown, has reported 12,602 coronavirus cases as of Thursday midnight, with 282 deaths.Remdesivir is designed to hinder certain viruses, including the new coronavirus, from making copies of themselves and potentially overwhelming the body's immune system. The drug previously failed trials as an…

US desperately using economic terrors against Iranians: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-26
TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) — In a tweet on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry wrote that US is desperately leading a global campaign to use economic terrors against Iranian.

Gaming giant Ubisoft investigates claims its employees engaged in sexual harassment, vowing to 'punish inappropriate behavior'
rt.com | 2020-06-26
French video-gaming company Ubisoft has acknowledged sexual misconduct claims raised against some of its employees, promising to investigate the allegations and to be more "inclusive" in the future. | It said it was aware of the allegations, which have circulated on social media, and released a statement about the issues on its website on Friday. While Ubisoft did not reveal whether its internal inquiry yielded any results, it preemptively apologized for the whole scandal. | "We want to start by apologizing to everyone affected by this — we are truly sorry," the company said, adding that it is "dedicated…

'Trump wants to kill as many Americans as possible': Rob Reiner leads Hollywood's Trump Derangement Syndrome victims with a tweet
rt.com | 2020-06-26
'Misery' director and 'All in the Family' star Rob Reiner took his Trump criticism to a new level in a tweet claiming the president wants to kill American citizens before the presidential election in November. | Celebrities blasting Donald Trump is a fairly regular thing, but accusing the man of planning mass murder is something new — and a tactic apparently endorsed by Reiner. | "Trump's 2020 election platform: Kill as many Americans as possible," the 'Princess Bride' director tweeted on Friday to his one mil…

Flagging U.S. Credibility at Vienna Arms Control Talks
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-26
A puerile propaganda stunt pulled by U.S. negotiators in Vienna this week ahead of talks with Russian counterparts was both at insult to China and a reprehensible distraction from credible bilateral business with Moscow on the vital issue of strategic security. | Ahead of talks with Russian delegates, the Americans took a stealthy photo of the venue contriving to show Chinese flags sitting atop vacant tables. | U.S. envoy Marshall Billingslea then tried to twitter-shame China by decl…

NATO at the Helm of Italian Foreign Policy
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-26
NATO Defense Ministers (Lorenzo Guerini, Pd representing Italy) gathered by videoconference on June17/18, and made a series of "decisions to strengthen the Alliance's deterrence." However, nobody in Italy talks about it, neither the media (including social media) nor …

UN probes 'abhorrent' video showing 'likely' field staffers engaging in alleged sexual misconduct
news.un.org | 2020-06-26
The UN has launched an investigation into a video which surfaced on social media this week showing a clearly marked UN vehicle on a busy city street, while a woman straddles a man on the back seat engaging in a sex act, with others sitting inside.

'Nothing but house n***ers': DC protesters confront black cops, joking about contaminating their masks with Covid-19 (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-06-25
Angry protesters have been filmed harassing black police officers at a protest in Washington DC, with one man saying they should "put some Covid" in their face masks, while another is heard calling the cops "house n***ers." | The video, shared on social media by Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott on Wednesday, shows the heated moment when Black Lives Matter protesters confront two black Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department officers. | "You should be ashamed of yourselves," one person shouts, as another insists that the black cops "ain't nothing but house n***ers" — an insulting historical refere…

Vive la #Resistance? Pundits Twitter-duel after Lindsey Graham accuses Democrats of channeling French Revolution
rt.com | 2020-06-25
The Twitter mob has predictably begun to argue over the virtues and pitfalls of the French Revolution, after Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that radicals have co-opted the Democratic Party and are marching the nation towards ruin. | The South Carolina lawmaker triggered a large number of blue checkmarks after accusing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive cohorts of spearheading "the most radical mob" in recent American history. | "It appears the French Revolution has now come to the Democratic Party," the Republican senator tweeted. | But his incendiary warning seemed to galvanize liberal Twitter p…

Brazilian oligarchs sacrifice people for profit
Ryan Cecil Jobson | zcomm.org | 2020-06-25
Business leaders are using social media and political influence to spread coronavirus disinformation — and endangering thousands of lives…

The problem with Robert Jenrick runs deeper than just 'Tory corruption'
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-06-25
Pressure is growing on housing secretary Robert Jenrick to resign, as more revelations about his involvement with ex-Daily Express owner Richard Desmond have come to light. And while the story is symptomatic of ' Tory corruption', as many have been saying on Twitter, the furore encapsulates something deeper than that.Jenrick: the scandal…

Bitcoin bolivars? Venezuela reportedly accepting crypto as payment for passport applications
rt.com | 2020-06-25
Venezuela's passport service is accepting Bitcoin as payment for some applications, according to people using the online system. The move suggests an increased shift to alternative payment systems in the South American state. | A screenshot of a Bitcoin (BTC) payment prompt on Venezuela's Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Foreigners (SAIME) was posted to Reddit on June 23. Social media users on other platforms confirmed that the crypto…

Magnitude-5.4 earthquake hits eastern Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-25
A magnitude-5.4 earthquake jolted Turkey's eastern province of Van on Thursday, according to the country's disaster agency.The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said the quake struck off the Ozalp district at 1.03 p.m. local time (1003 GMT). It originated at a depth of 6.9 kilometers.Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez said some houses were damaged due to the tremors, and damage assessment studies are ongoing.No casualties have been reported so far.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter that further updates on the situation will be given to the public by Van Governorate and AFAD.Iran and T…

Top Turkish diplomat attends SE Europe group meeting
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-25
Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday took part in a meeting of a group of southeastern European countries, including the Balkans.Mevlut Cavusoglu met his counterparts from South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) member states via video conference.Cavusoglu said on Twitter that they discussed regional cooperation and opportunities within SEECP during the coronavirus normalization process."Turkey is taking over 2020-21 Chairmanship of SEECP, the broadest regional organization in the Balkans. @TurkishCiOSEECP," he added.Next week, on July 1, Turkey is set to take over the SEECP chairmanship for one year.In…

Countries' independence not US' plaything: Vaezi
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-25
TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi noted that countries' independence is not the US' plaything.

A Star-Spangled BAN? Liberal pundit wants 'racist' US national anthem replaced
rt.com | 2020-06-25
Across the US, symbols that stood for hundreds of years are in the process of being destroyed and erased in the name of progress. Some say the venerable 'Star Spangled Banner' is next on the chopping block. | Pundits laughed when rioters in San Francisco toppled a monument to Union General and President Ulysses S. Grant, along with Francis Scott Key, the lyricist behind the US' national anthem, 'The Star Spangled Banner.' Either the vandals were clueless, or as Fox News' Laura Ingraham tweeted, "they hate Ameri…

Fighting words: Trump tweets that police are 'furious' over plan to paint BLACK LIVES MATTER in front of Trump Tower in NYC
rt.com | 2020-06-25
Bringing up a report that New York City wants to paint the words "Black Lives Matter" on Fifth Avenue, right outside his flagship property, US President Donald Trump said the city's police were mad about it. | Tweeting from a trip to Wisconsin on Thursday, Trump said he heard Mayor Bill de Blasio wanted to paint the city yellow with the name of the movement — and noted that some of its slogans are calling for the murder of police. | Told that @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio wants to paint the fabled & beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump T…

'Anti-Semitic conspiracy theory' tweet sees Long-Bailey booted from UK Labour shadow cabinet
rt.com | 2020-06-25
The UK Labour Party's "anti-Semitism crisis" has claimed another victim, as shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey is fired for sharing an article containing a so-called "anti-Semitic conspiracy theory." | "This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet," a spokesman for the Labour leader said, claiming that an article she'd shared earlier on Thursday contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. | The statement went on to say that Starmer, who took over the party plagued with accusations of anti-Semitism, has been "clear that restoring trust with the Jewish c…

Wendy's Chairman and Top Owner Is Trump Donor, Fundraiser and Friend
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-25
Earlier this month, the hashtag #WendysIsOverParty went viral on Twitter after Business Insider reported in May that James Bodenstedt, CEO of Muy! Companies, an owner of Wendy's, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchises, had donated more than $400,000 to Donald Trump's reelection campaign. At the time of the reporting, Bodenstedt was set to join a roundtable discussion hosted by Trump on…

Friday 6/26: The Stonewall Inn: Birthplace of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement (online)
San Francisco Public Library | indybay.org | 2020-06-25
Online on YouTube…

Arrest Of Activist Leads To Protests; At Least Four Vehicles Strike Protesters
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-24
Hundreds of people are protesting in downtown Madison after the arrest of activist Yeshua Musa. | Videos of the arrest posted to social media show as many as five police officers wrestling Musa, also known as Devonere Johnson, to the ground and carrying him to the back seat of a police cruiser, while he asks what he's being arrested for. After officers get him into the car, he can be seen jumping out of the opposite car door before being tackled again and taken into custody. In one of the videos, witnesses can be heard asking why Musa is being arrested and saying he had only been speaking in a megaphone, exercisi…

Twitter Censors Trump For "Threat Of Harm", Has No Problem With Threats To Bomb Foreigners
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-24
"We've placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group," Twitter stated on the platform. "Per our policies, this Tweet will remain on the service given its relevance to ongoing public conversation. Engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but not Like, Reply, or Retweet it." | "There will never be an 'Autonomous Zone' in Washingt…

No, seriously — take down that statue! Mashable jumps on DIY statue-toppling bandwagon with winking HOW-TO video
rt.com | 2020-06-24
Mashable has joined the growing — and disturbing — chorus of influential voices urging Americans to topple "racist" statues themselves, posting a cutesy yet detailed how-to video, with a perfunctory legal disclaimer. | The outlet posted the video, titled "How to take down racist statues," on Wednesday, apparently deciding at some point to rename it "How to *hypothetically* take down a racist statue" — perhaps on the advice of its lawyers. The clip features advice from archaeologist Sarah Parcak, whose detailed "public service announcement" on how to "safely" take down obelisks went viral earli…

Iran-China to improve 25-year-coop. document: Zarif
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-24
TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — In a tweet in Chinses, Iranian FM Zarif informed that in his talks via a video conference with his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday, they have conferred on the development of a 25-year cooperation document as well as some other issues.

'Alien overlords' or CGI? Strange lights purportedly spotted above Miami spark Twitter theories (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-06-24
A video claiming to show glowing spheres hovering above Miami, Florida, has caused considerable head-scratching on social media, with some arguing that the incredible footage is clearly phony. | Footage shared on Twitter appears to show a large orb surrounded by five smaller balls floating in the night sky. The smaller spheres then shoot off in different directions and disappear. | "This video is from a friend in Miami. Can anyone explain?" read the accompanying text. The tweet, posted by lawyer Rogan O'Handley, was followed by a second clip, allegedly from the "same friend." In the second video, a narrator is…

Hours after censoring Trump, Twitter goes after his favorite meme-maker
rt.com | 2020-06-24
Mere hours after Twitter censored another post by President Donald Trump, it went after his favorite meme-maker, suspending Carpe Donktum over 'copyright violations' likely brought on by his recent mockery of CNN. | Carpe Donktum's "suspension" was quickly noticed on Tuesday evening, prompting concerns among conservative journalists that the social media platform was moving aggressively to silence the president and his supporters alike. | President Trump's favorite meme maker @CarpeDonktum has just been banned from Twitter. ü&ouml…

Friday 6/26: The Stonewall Inn: Birthplace of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement (online)
San Francisco Public Library | indybay.org | 2020-06-24
Online on YouTube…