2020-07-01: Social Media Postees

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In Russia, a New Generation of Activists are Taking on Climate Crisis
Daria Solomennikova | commondreams.org | 2020-07-01
For young climate activists like Alexey, the lesson is clear: Vladimir Putin, the authoritarian president who has been in power for all of their lives, has never been all too concerned about their safe and sustainable future. (Photo: Fridays for the Future Russia / Facebook) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/climateemergency.jpg

Twitter Targets Accounts Of Outlets Covering Unrest In Bolivia
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-01
Social media giant Twitter took the step of suspending the official account of MintPress News on Saturday. Without warning, the nine-year-old account with 64,000 followers was abruptly labeled as "fake" or "spam" and restricted. This move is becoming a frequent occurrence for alternative media, especially those that openly challenge U.S. power globally. | Immediately preceding the ban, MintPress had been sharing stories about Israeli government crimes against Palestinians, the Saudi-led onslaught in Yemen (both funded and supported by Washington), and about activists challenging chemical giant Monsanto's latest p…

Sunday 7/5: 'The Condor & The Eagle' New Climate Film & Discussion w/ Activists & Indigenous Leaders
Stop The Money Pipline Coalition | indybay.org | 2020-07-01
Online via livestream: | event.webinarjam.com/live/91/wygzyu7mbo8cqpco3p | www.facebook.com/filmsforaction/

Friday 7/3: Virtual Independence Day Rally: Climate Change & Systemic Racism in America
Fire Drill Fridays, Greenpeace, others | indybay.org | 2020-07-01
Online via livestream: www.facebook.com/firedrillfriday/

Protesters Switch Destination at Last Minute, March on Menlo Park Police Station Pt 1
Remembering Black Lives Murdered | indybay.org | 2020-07-01
A June 25 rally was purportedly to target FaceBook for paying for a substation and police salaries near their headquarters in Menlo Park.

Ed Yong on the "Disgraceful" U.S. Pandemic Response & How Medicare for All Could Have Saved Lives
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-07-01
As the United States experiences the world's worst outbreak of COVID-19, we speak with Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, who warned of the country's unpreparedness for a viral outbreak in 2018. Now he says "it's truly shocking and disgraceful" how badly the pandemic has been handled in the United States, and blames a lack of federal leadership for most of the damage. "A country with the resources that we have should not be in this state," he argues, and adds that Medicare for All could have saved lives.

Four Giant Reasons To Remove The Statues
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-07-01
I'm a descendant of General Robert E. Lee. | My family also descends from George Washington and John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court. (The oligarchy was a rather small club back in the day.) And I, along with many other Lee descendants, say: Remove the statues. | Yet, this week President Donald Trump has made it his mission to catch and prosecute those who have taken down statues. I'm positive he's not doing it out of any racist ideology, although it doesn't help that he also retweeted a white power message soon afterwards. | With that said, here are four exceedingly stupid reasons to keep…

Booker's Loss Was Devastating. But We Can't Lose Sight of Defeating McConnell
Carl Gibson | commondreams.org | 2020-07-01
It's tempting for progressive Kentuckians to want to check out of this election, as many of us have after the corporate wing of the Democratic Party threw a wet blanket on Bernie Sanders' post-Nevada momentum to circle its wagons around Joe Biden. (Photo: @Booker4KY/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-01-10_at_2.30.13_pm.jpg

A Trendy Rage: Boycotting Facebook and the Stop Hate for Profit Campaign
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-01
Rage can be that most trendy of things, and social media rage has become modish. If you dislike something, scream it in a certain number of characters and post it on every network you subscribe to. You might even feel good about it. When the pot is taken off the boil, the matter goes away.

PFAW: Facebook Must Stop Promoting the Spread of Racism and Hatred
commondreams.org | 2020-07-01

Children's Health Defense Responds to Accusation of Spreading "Misinformation" on Facebook
Jeremy R. Hammond | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-01
In November 2019, the Washington Post and other major news media accused Children's Health Defense (CHD) of using Facebook advertisements to spread "misinformation" about vaccines. The basis for these accusations, which have since continued, is a study published in the …

Turkey determined to control social media platforms, Erdogan says
yenisafak.com | 2020-07-01
Turkey will introduce regulations to control social media platforms or shut them down, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday, pressing ahead with government plans after he said his family was insulted online.Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan's son-in-law, said on Twitter on Tuesday that his fourth child had been born. Albayrak's wife Esra was insulted by some users, who were later detained, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.Speaking to members of his AK Party, Erdogan repeated that his party would introduce new regulations to control the use of social media, adding that an increase of…

'We all miss Roger!' Trump recalls late 'friend' Roger Ailes in attack on Fox, gets schooled on his death by #Resistance
rt.com | 2020-07-01
In his latest salvo against Fox News, US President Donald Trump invoked the memory of the network's late CEO, Roger Ailes, to say the outlet had declined, drawing astute critics armed with Google to remind him the man had died. | Trump took to his favorite social media venue on Tuesday to decry a Fox panel discussion featuring disgraced CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who was caught passing debate questions to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race, as was revealed in a WikiLeaks publication the same year. | "She gets fired by CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and gets hire…

'We all miss Roger!' Trump recalls late 'friend' Roger Ailes in attack on Fox, gets schooled on his death by the #Resistance
rt.com | 2020-07-01
In his latest salvo against Fox News, US President Donald Trump invoked the memory of the network's late CEO, Roger Ailes, to say the outlet had declined, drawing astute critics armed with Google to remind him the man had died. | Trump took to his favorite social media venue on Tuesday to decry a Fox panel discussion featuring disgraced CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who was caught passing debate questions to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race, as was revealed in a WikiLeaks publication the same year. | "She gets fired by CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and gets hire…

Gun-lover & presumed QAnon-believer unseats 5-term Colorado congressman in Republican primary upset
rt.com | 2020-07-01
Lauren Boebert, a mother of four with outspoken views on guns and fringe internet theories, has uprooted Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton. Her primary victory is part of a larger political insurgency taking shape across the country. | An unapologetic political outsider, Boebert was declared the winner of Colorado's 3rd congressional district Republican primary on Wednesday. Tipton, the incumbent, had served five terms in Congress and was endorsed by Donald Trump. Apparently unbothered by her victory, the president took to Twitter to congratulate Boebert on her "really great win." | Boebert's colorful political ads a…

Trump promises to VETO defense budget bill if military bases honoring Confederate officers are renamed
rt.com | 2020-07-01
President Trump threatened to reject next year's National Defense Authorization bill if lawmakers go ahead with Confederate name changes for army bases, including Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, and others. | "I will veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other military bases from which we won two World Wars, is in the Bill!" US President Donald Trump tweeted. | I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren (of all people!

Social Justice League, assemble! Cancel brigade come for director Joss Whedon after vague abuse allegation
rt.com | 2020-07-01
'Justice League' actor Ray Fisher has accused director Joss Whedon of "abusive behavior" on the set of the 2017 movie, prompting calls to 'cancel' Whedon. However, Fisher gave no examples of the supposed abuse. | "Joss Whedon's on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable," Fisher tweeted on Wednesday, adding that former Warner Bros producer Jon Berg, and former DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns "enabled" the abuse. | Joss Wheadon's on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and comp…

Trump resumes attack on NYT's 'Russian bounty' story, says 'secret source probably doesn't even exist'
rt.com | 2020-07-01
US President Donald Trump has again attacked the "discredited" New York Times over its disputed story that Russia offered bounties for the killing of US troops in Afghanistan, blasting the story as a "fake news tale". | In a tweet on Wednesday morning Trump said the story was made up to damage him and the Republican Party. | "The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party," the president wrote. | "The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another…

NYT columnist Paul Krugman wins internet's 'unhinged old crank' award for remarks on Covid surge hitting Florida
rt.com | 2020-07-01
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has been accused of exhibiting "symptoms of psychopathy" after seemingly cheering the possibility that a growing number of elderly Floridians could fall victim to coronavirus. | The acclaimed wordsmith and economist had a rather unusual take on the rise in Covid-19 cases in Florida. | "Reality is coming for white supremacists driving golf carts," Krugman declared in response to a Bloomberg report detailing how Florida's elderly population was likely at increased risk of perishing from the virus. | The provocative remark was possibly in reference to a viral video in which m…

Police officer warned after tweeting 'kicking down doors is our favourite thing'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-01
An officer has been warned after tweeting from a police account that "kicking down doors is probably one of our favourite things to do". | The tweet, which was deleted a short time afterwards, came from the Homerton branch of the Metropolitan Police and showed officers using a battering ram to break down a door. | It continued: "Another warrant conducted on #Victoria ward with the assistance of @MSPHomerton @MPSKingsPark @MPSHackneyWick #knockknock #localpolicing." | @MPSHomerton! (And yes, this is real) pic.twitter.com/ivNebpqSaE | — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84)

Tuesday 7/7: It's Not Working! The Erosion of Labor Rights in America (webinar)
KQED | indybay.org | 2020-07-01
Livestream: www.youtube.com/KQED

YouTube bans six major white supremacist channels
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-30
YouTube has banned several high profile white supremacist channels as online platforms face intense scrutiny on how they deal with racism and hate speech.Channels belonging to Canadian white nationalist activist Stefan Molyneux, US white supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke were among the six taken down.Google-owned YouTube said the channels were banned for repeatedly claiming that members of protected groups are inferior to others, among other violations.The video sharing platform began cracking down on supremacist channels in June last year, explicitly prohibiting content that a…

Sunday 7/5: 'The Condor & The Eagle' New Climate Film & Discussion w/ Activists & Indigenous Leaders
Stop The Money Pipline Coalition | indybay.org | 2020-06-30
Online via livestream: | event.webinarjam.com/live/91/wygzyu7mbo8cqpco3p | www.facebook.com/filmsforaction/

'Changing Kashmir demography threatens peace in S.Asia'
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-30
Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said the granting of domicile certificates to thousands of Indian nationals in the Jammu and Kashmir region has imperiled "peace and security" in South Asia."First, India's attempt at illegal annexation of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and now its attempts to alter IOJK's [Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] demographic structure incl[uding] by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions, and international law, including [the] 4th Geneva Convention," Imran Khan said in a series of tweets.He was referring to…

St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-30
On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.

NYPD Officers Arrest And Pepper Spray Queer Liberation March Protesters
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-30
NYPD officers arrested and pepper-sprayed protesters at the Queer Liberation March Sunday afternoon while attempting to arrest two people for graffiti, according to witnesses. | Numerous videos shared on social media show a crowd of officers shoving outraged protesters where arrests were being made near Washington Square Park. | As two were being arrested for graffiti, protesters intervened in an attempt to free them, at which point police responded with pepper spray, multiple witnesses told Gothamist. A legal observer said at least four people were arrested and 10 others pepper-sprayed–including someone ru…

Facebook chief defends approach to hate speech amid growing advertiser boycott
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-30
A Facebook chief has defended the social network's efforts to tackle hate speech as a growing list of big firms halt advertising on the platform.Starbucks has become the latest household name to suspend its adverts, following the likes of Unilever and Coca-Cola, amid concerns that the tech giant is failing to address the issue.Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for not taking action on the matter, keeping up a post by Donald Trump, in which the president said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", during protests across the US over the killing of George Floyd.Steve Hatch, Facebook's vice p…

Trump Was Golfing and Unreachable for 3 Hours After Sharing "White Power" Tweet
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-30
After President Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter this past weekend, showcasing one of his supporters shouting out "white power" toward others protesting against the president, the White House scrambled to get him to take the tweet down, as it had generated a great amount of condemnation online for the racist remark. | Aides were unable to reach Trump, however, because the president was golfing and had set his phone down, according to their account of the matter. | Trump on Sunday share…

NAACP's Derrick Johnson on Mississippi's State Flag, Trump's White Power Tweet & Boycotting Facebook
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-30
In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and now the next step is to fight against the structural racism that's embedded in the public policy, not o…

Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation
news.un.org | 2020-06-30
The UN is asking people to make the same judgement calls they've been applying to social distancing, to social media, and take extra care before sharing.

Keir Starmer's "Antisemitism" Sacking is a Signal that Israel is Safe in his Hands
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-30
The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the UK shadow cabinet — on the grounds that she retweeted an article containing a supposedly "antisemitic" conspiracy theory — managed to kill three birds with one stone for new Labour leader Keir Starmer. First, it offered a pretext to rid himself of the last of the Labour heavyweights associated …

US COVID-19 Public Health Practices Being Debated in Political, Not Scientific Field – Researcher
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-30
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly across several US states including Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, the US government also continues to politicize the public health issue, Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, an assistant professor of viral pathogenesis at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in molecular pathogenesis, told Sputnik Monday.

Facebook bans hundreds of 'boogaloo' accounts in latest purge, citing 'real-world violence' from 'anti-government network'
rt.com | 2020-06-30
Hundreds of Facebook profiles said to be part of a "violent anti-government network" linked to the loose-knit "boogaloo" movement have been permanently deleted, the latest in a wave of mass bans targeting the political right. | Some 220 accounts, 106 groups and 28 pages were scrubbed from Facebook on Tuesday, the company said in a statement, alleging they were tied to a "dangerous organization" that had carried out real acts of violence. Ninety-five accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram also got the boot. | "This violent networ…

Kellyanne Conway's 15-year-old daughter embraced by #Resistance as 'outspoken leftist' shows they're running out of ideas
rt.com | 2020-06-30
Liberals are gushing over Claudia Conway, the 15-year-old daughter of White House counselor Kellyanne, for her "outspoken leftist" TikTok. She joins fellow anti-Trumpers Mitt Romney and John Bolton in the #Resistance pantheon. | New York Times writer Taylor Lorenz posted a few of Conway's TikTok videos on Twitter on Monday, including a reference to the "save Barron" meme — a liberal fantasy involving "rescuing" President Donald Trump's 14-year-old son from the White House. Referring to the 15-year-old as an "outspoken leftist TikToker," Lorenz raved that the teen was "encouraging people to leave 1 star re…

Pentagon says Trump greenlit 'redeployment' of 9,500 US troops from Germany as Congress seeks to challenge plan
rt.com | 2020-06-30
US President Donald Trump's plan to draw down the US contingent in Germany has been set in motion, with the Pentagon saying that 9,500 troops out of 34,500 stationed there will be removed pending consultations with allies. | "The Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff briefed the President yesterday on plans to redeploy 9,500 troops from Germany," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement on Tuesday, noting that the proposal had already been approved. | Pentagon statement on U.S. troop levels in Germany: pic.twitter.com/L1lMgPu5IS[mdas…

Say uwu? US Army esports division causes cringe with online babytalk as people are baffled by its existence
rt.com | 2020-06-30
A cringe-worthy exchange on Twitter between the US Army esports team and the chat platform Discord has awakened many gamers to the Pentagon's presence in videogames and the lengths to which the soldiers will go to fit in. | In the early hours of Tuesday, whoever runs the Army Esports (USAE) Twitter asked their counterpart at Discord for a stuffed toy (!) of the platform's mascot. When Discord responded they'd check with "merch store boss lady," the Army responded with "Uwu" and heart emojis. | The baby-talk expression for "being overwhelmed with cuteness" did not sit quite well with much of Twitter, to put it…

WATCH gunshots interrupt interview inside activist-run CHAZ enclave in Seattle amid reports of 'active shooter'
rt.com | 2020-06-29
Several gunshots were heard during the taping of an interview inside the activist-held Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ/CHOP) in Seattle, Washington. The area has seen several shootings in recent weeks. | A video posted on social media shows an interview being conducted inside CHAZ. Suddenly, what appears to be gunfire is heard in the background. "That's not a firework," the person being interviewed says. Several people are then seen running down the street. | During an interview with a trans activist at the Seattle "autonomous zone," live rounds were fired in the background. | Last week, multiple shootings…

NYT journalist in Hong Kong promptly deletes OPIUM WAR Twitter cover photo after it attracts criticism
rt.com | 2020-06-29
A New York Times reporter in Hong Kong, Austin Ramzy, has deleted his Twitter cover photo, which showed colonial powers gathering in the city's harbor during the Second Opium War, after the historical image sparked anger online. | The New York Times has seemingly gone out of its way to convince its American readers of its wholehearted support for the protests against racism — and the legacy of colonialism, for that matter — that have engulfed the US. However, its reporter in Hong Kong picked a photo depicting one of the most brazen acts of colonialism for his social media header. | Also on rt.com

No trespassing at Ken & Karen's: Video of St Louis couple pointing guns at BLM protesters sets Twitter alight
rt.com | 2020-06-29
A video showing a couple in a rich St Louis neighborhood scaring BLM protesters away from their porch with guns has quickly become an online hit. The pair have been both attacked and praised for their actions on social media. | The Missourians who became an internet sensation were revealed to be local lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey. After the video of them brandishing guns in front of protesters surfaced online, the couple was doxxed, and their family law center has been hit with a wave of negative reviews and comments on their behavior. | "My husband keeps 'accidentally' pointing his assault weapon at me…

WaPo editor deletes tweet claiming 'white women' are lucky 'we are just calling them KARENS and not calling for REVENGE'
rt.com | 2020-06-29
The Washington Post global opinions editor has sparked outrage with a tweet saying white women are "lucky" protesters are not calling for "revenge" against them, for helping to elect Donald Trump and suppressing black voices. | "The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: The 1921 Tulsa Massacre. Murder of Emmet Till. Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements. 53% of white women voting for Trump," Karen Attiah tweeted. | The Tulsa Massacre was a 1921 racist attack by white Oklahoma residents, in which dozens of black citizens were killed. Emmet Till was 14 when he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 af…

Trump Shares Video of Couple Pointing Semi-Automatic Weapon at Protesters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-29
President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Monday morning of a white St. Louis couple brandishing and pointing their guns in the direction of protesters against anti-Black racism and police violence who were marching toward the mayor's office. | While it's unclear what Trump intended by sharing…

Headlines for June 29, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-29
Global Coronavirus Cases Top 10 Million as U.S. Cases Surge and a Dozen States Pause Reopening, Judge Orders ICE to Release Immigrant Children over Coronavirus Fears, Coronavirus Cases Mount in India, Iran and Australia, Gunman Kills One Person After Opening Fire at Antiracist Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, Police in Aurora, Colorado, Pepper-Spray Protesters Calling for Justice for Elijah McClain, Protests Against Police Violence Gain Steam in NYC, Seattle, Philadelphia, Racist Symbols Come Down Across the Country Amid National Uprising, Trump Retweets Video of Supporter Shouting "White Power!", Facebook to…

Twitter Targets Accounts of MintPress and Other Outlets Covering Unrest in Bolivia
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-06-29
MintPress News, along with a number of independent Bolivian news outlets and journalists covering the unrest there, were all targeted for suspension at the same time.

Black Lives Matter UK expresses solidarity with Palestinians, rejects Israeli occupation plan
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-29
In a series of tweets that also critiqued the silence of the British political class on the issue, Black Lives Matter UK declared that it loudly and clearly stood "beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE"

Facebook is not playing fair
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-06-29
The problem with Facebook is that it established so-called "Community Standards," and it uses these "standards" to censor posts by its members and then block them for a few days or a month from further posting.

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting, "White Power"
wsws.org | 2020-06-29
Seeking to bolster an administration in crisis by appealing to the most backward and reactionary elements in society, Trump left the video on his timeline for over three hours before deleting it.

Academic Freedom: Redress for Denis Rancourt
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-29
Denis Rancourt is a person who is unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom. For example, he is skeptical about the scientific consensus around climate change, and recently, he looked at the meta-analyses of using masks and questions their effectiveness against viral respiratory infections. Whether Rancourt is right or not in his conclusions is consequential, but more …

Facebook, Twitter Shares Suffer Losses in Early Trading As Ban on Hateful Conduct Gathers Steam
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-29
Earlier, multiple companies, including Coca-Cola, US telecommunications firm Verizon, and consumer goods giant Unilever announced they were pulling their ads from Facebook and Twitter as part of the #StopHate4Profit campaign, initiated by the US National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other minority rights groups.

Finnish PM Embroiled in 'Russian Influence' Scandal Over Fake Tweet About John Bolton's Book
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-29
In his behind-the-scenes book about his tenure at the White House, former National Security Adviser John Bolton has painted Donald Trump's administration in an unfavourable light. Among other things, the book claims Trump once asked his chief of staff whether Finland was a part of Russia.

Iran censures naturalization of killing of civilians by US
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-29
TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) — In a tweet, on Sunday, Iran's ministry of foreign affairs lambasted normalization and de-tabooing of the killing of civilians in US military operations.