2020-08-03: Social Media Postees

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Take on the Tech Mob Now or Perish
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2020-08-03
Six months into a global pandemic, the US economy just took its most grievous hit on record, while Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook only added wealth. In just three months, April through June, so many workers were furloughed, laid off or forced to work and school from home, that the economy shriveled by 32.9% or…

TikTok planning London headquarters, according to reports
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-08-03
TikTok is planning to open a headquarters in London, according to reports, as the social media app continues to try and distance itself from China. | The move could put the UK at odds with US president Donald Trump as the video platform is at the centre of a row in the US over alleged links to the Chinese state and Trump is threatening to ban the app. | But reports suggest the UK is set to give the green light to a new headquarters for the service in London, with key executives relocating to the UK as part of the move. | TikTok declined to comment on its plans. | Last month, the app's head of public policy for Eu…

Man suspected to be armed takes hostage in Kyiv bank
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-03
A man suspected to be armed took a hostage in a bank office in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday but has made no demands yet, deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said.Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that the man came to the bank at midday, told employees there he had a bomb in his backpack and asked them to call police."Employees of the banking institution left the office while the head of the branch remained there (as hostage). Police have begun negotiations with the terrorist and asked him to surrender," Gerashchenko said.Later he told a local television that the man demanded to give interviews to jou…

Scandalous #MeToo activist accused of creating FAKE Twitter account of bisexual Native American professor who 'died' of Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-08-03
A controversial #MeToo activist has been accused of operating a Twitter account belonging to a non-existent bisexual Native American professor. Suspicions were raised after she announced that her 'friend' had died from Covid-19. | BethAnn McLaughlin, a neuroscientist who founded the nonprofit group MeTooSTEM, allegedly created a fictional professor at Arizona State University (ASU), and tweeted as the imaginary anthropologist under the handle @Sciencing_Bi. | In an emotional eulogy for her purportedly made-up comrade, McLaughlin waxed poetic about how her friend worked tirelessly to help indigenous women overc…

'Socialist Trump?' Trump says 'changes must be made soon' to tackle income disparity in rare dig at 1-percenters
rt.com | 2020-08-02
US President Donald Trump said he agrees that the income gap between billionaires and the rest of Americans has grown too big, vowing to take action "soon" in a tweet that left his detractors puzzled. | "I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made, and soon!" Trump wrote on Saturday, retweeting a Business Insider clip that cites a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies, claiming that total US billionaire wealth grew by $637 between March and June, while 40 million Americans lost their jobs. | I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made,…

'Titans of tech' face grilling in US Congress
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-08-02
Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.

Meditations On Yemen
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-08-02
Yemen is the elephant in the room. | Yemen is the black eye on a child that everyone at church pretends to believe is from falling down the stairs again to avoid an uncomfortable confrontation. | Yemen is the incestuous molestation everyone knows has been happening but they just keep eating their Thanksgiving dinner and making small talk. | The mass atrocity that is happening in Yemen is the worst thing that is happening in our world, and it isn't even close. | It is worse than anything the mass media ever talk about. | It is worse than Donald Trump's rude tweets. | It is worse than immigrant kids in cages. | It…

Law Enforcement Exposed: Massive Blue Leaks, Police Pentagon Papers
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-08-02
In an email message, Betsy Reed, the editor-in-chief of the Intercept reports, "Hundreds of thousands of files from the FBI and local police departments have been leaked, exposing serious abuses of power by law enforcement." She writes, Blue Leaks "are like the Pentagon Papers for U.S. law enforcement." The leaks show how political activists are targeted and monitored on social media, that there is widespread racial bias by police and that police exaggerate threats by antifa to justify violence against protesters.

India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak."I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.

India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-02
India's Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak."I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.

Video: Bloodied Florida Man Hangs to Truck Hood Nearly 15Km as Driver Tries to Shake Him Off
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-02
The cinematic incident, which has been shared on social media, was said to have taken place on a Florida highway on Saturday, as a double-trailer semi-truck was travelling in the northbound lane near Boynton Beach.

Microsoft to Proceed With Talks Over Possible TikTok Purchase in US After 'Conversation' With Trump
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-02
Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to ban the Chinese-owned viral video platform TikTok in the United States amid allegations that the app "spies" on American citizens and could be used to "meddle" in the US presidential election.

Two guards stabbed during Georgia prison riot. Purported footage of violent uprising spreads on social media (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Two guards have been injured in a riot at Georgia's Ware State Prison, local media reported. Purported videos of the chaotic rebellion show inmates covered in blood, holding tasers, and even frog-marching handcuffed prison staff. | The situation is now under control and the facility, located near Waycross, has been put on lockdown, according to local media, citing a statement from the Georgia Department of Corrections. | "Two staff members received minor, non-life-threatening injuries and there are no reported inmate injuries at this time," the statement read. | Local reports also shared a statement from the W…

Joe says no: Trader Joe's stands up to outrage mob, proving the impotence of online activism
rt.com | 2020-08-02
Grocery chain Trader Joe's won't be changing its supposedly "racist" product labels. In an era where suspect tweets can ruin careers, the decision is a reminder that online activism doesn't always matter in real life. | According to more than 5,000 signatories of an online petition, some of the chain's branding — which sees its Italian range labeled 'Trader Giotto's', its Mexican range called 'Trader Jose's', and its Chinese food named 'Trader Ming's' — is racist. | The branding "exoticizes other cultures," the petition states. Furthermore, the petition alleges that the company's founder Joe Coulombe…

'Sleepy Joe' Biden 'never leaves his basement' and won't win Texas, Trump says
rt.com | 2020-08-02
President Donald Trump has bashed his basement-dwelling presidential opponent, Joe Biden, and touted his own support for "Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," after a fundraising trip to the Lone Star State. | "Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, headed up by their great leader, Sleepy Joe Biden (who never leaves his basement), are strongly against 'Oil, Gas, Guns, & God," Trump tweeted on Sunday. | "Must be tough to win Texas on that platform!" he added. | Was in the Great State of Texas this week and explained that the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats, hea…

Mask madness is causing Kens & Karens everywhere to beat the cr*p out of each other (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-08-02
The efficacy of mandatory mask rules is debatable, but a series of viral videos provide ample evidence that the guidelines have helped make 2020 one of the most absurd and painfully idiotic years in recent memory. | Mid-flight fisticuffs over maskless passengers: | The latest incident in the saga of mask-related assaults kicked off on a flight from Amsterdam to Ibiza. Two passengers on the KLM flight reportedly became physical after refusing to wear masks during the journey to Spain. Passengers and crew worked together to restrain the two men, who reportedly had been drinking. | Footage of the insane m…

Trump will act on TikTok and other Chinese software companies 'in the coming days' — Pompeo
rt.com | 2020-08-02
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed that President Donald Trump will take action "in the coming days" to deal with Chinese software companies that the White House claims are feeding data to Beijing. | Appearing on Fox News' 'Sunday Morning Futures' show, Pompeo claimed the practices of the Chinese tech companies currently in the administration's sights, including TikTok and WeChat, pose "true privacy issues for the American people." | "For a long time the US just said 'Well, goodness, if we're having fun with it, or if a company can make money off of it, we're going to permit that to happen,'" he expla…

Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-08-01
The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.

The 1 Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy
Adam Shah | commondreams.org | 2020-08-01
The long-term systemic reason that working people are willing to accept jobs that cannot provide enough income to cover basic needs is because they are unable to organize and demand higher wages. Unionization is clearly tied to higher and more equal wages. (Photo: SEIU via Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/union_0.jpg

Turkish beauty who stole hearts | as Halime Sultan becomes face of Pakistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-08-01
Turkish actress Esra Bilgiàß whom we have all come to know and love as Halime Sultan in Turkey's globally-acclaimed TV series Ertugrul: Resurrection announced that she will be collaborating with Pakistani mobile company Jazz.Taking to her social media accounts, Bilgiàß posted a stunning picture of herself in red to her 3.8 million followers and wrote: "I think its time to tell the world #Dunyakobatado #JazzSuper4G," revealing her collaboration with Pakistan's leading telecommunication network.Who is Halime Sultan's No.1?In a separate tweet, Bilgiàß wrote, "I found my no.1 in Pakistan," sending f…

'Without a Doubt, an Alien Craft': UFO Gets Spotted by Security Cam, Conspiracy Theorist Claims
sputniknews.com | 2020-08-01
In his blog, Waring argued that the object in the video appears to be way slower than a meteor, and that it even ends up changing its shape during flight.

Moscow slams Polish claims that it planted explosives on late President Kaczynski's plane as 'endless fantasy-making'
rt.com | 2020-08-01
Polish allegations that Russia planted TNT aboard the ill-fated plane of former President Lech Kaczynski are a figment of their imagination, Moscow has said, advising Warsaw to listen to the pilots' communications again. | "Reality has firmly intertwined with fiction, turning it into an endless fantasy-making process," Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, wrote on Facebook about the freshly released preliminary results of Poland's second probe into the 2010 tragedy. | This investigati…

Moscow calls Polish claims it planted explosives on crashed president Kaczynski's plane 'endless fantasy-making'
rt.com | 2020-08-01
Polish allegations that Russia planted TNT aboard the plane of President Lech Kaczynski that crashed in 2010 are a figment of their imagination, Moscow said, advising Warsaw to listen to the pilots' communications again. | "Reality has firmly intertwined with fiction, turning it into an endless fantasy-making process," Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, wrote on Facebook about the freshly released preliminary results of Poland's second probe into the decade old tragedy. | This inves…

'We're here for the long run': TikTok's US general manager dismisses Trump's ban plan
rt.com | 2020-08-01
As the clock runs down on Friday night's vow by President Donald Trump to ban TikTok in the US, the Chinese-owned social media platform has responded by insisting that it's not going anywhere and plans to create more US jobs. | "We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, we're not planning on going anywhere," TikTok US General Manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video message on Saturday morning. | She added that TikTok already has 1,500 employees in the US, plans to hire an additional 10,000 over the next three years, and has a billion-dollar fund to support creators on the massively po…

Federal agents won't leave Portland until 'anarchists and agitators' are properly dealt with — Trump
rt.com | 2020-08-01
Portland must be free of violent protesters before federal officers operating in the city can leave, Donald Trump has warned, after the Oregon government announced that agents would be replaced by state police. | "Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!" the US president tweeted on Saturday. | Local media reported that Friday night's protest in the city was attended by several thousand people and was largely peaceful. | Department of Homeland…

'Best gift he can give the Dems': #GenZ trending after Trump announces TikTok ban, sending Twitter into overdrive
rt.com | 2020-08-01
An announcement by US President Donald Trump that he is shutting down video app TikTok has sent netizens into panic mode, with some going as far as predicting that the move, bound to enrage Generation Z, will cost him an election. | …

Xenugate: Resurfaced VIDEO of top contender for Biden's VP pick addressing Scientology church in LA goes viral
rt.com | 2020-08-01
California Rep. Karen Bass, thought to be on the shortlist of potential running mates for Joe Biden, has appeared in a resurfaced clip giving a glowing speech to a new Scientology church — a group widely deemed a predatory "cult." | Dated from the 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremony at a newly renovated Scientology church in Los Angeles, Bass is seen lavishing praise on the group's founder L. Ron Hubbard, who parlayed a faltering career as a science fiction writer into a successful new religious movement, starting with his 1950 work…

Russophobia is Going Viral… Again
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-08-01
The writers at AP and NYT believe beyond a doubt that all Russian media is controlled by the state. They cannot believe that Russians want to have a diverse and free media and have their say in global affairs. Watch the video and read more in the Editorial article.

The Twitter Virus Task Force
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2020-07-31
Besides the laughable and fantastical, Trump crew's latest miracle doctor happens to have some pretty horrible anti-LGBTQ views that don't exactly fit the mold of sound science.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
Over the past month, an explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of well over 300,000.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings
wsws.org | 2020-07-31
An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden's Hands
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-07-31
The New Republic See article on original site Pigs are flying! Up is down! The public approves of how Congress handled something! After Wednesday's much-anticipated hearing with the chief executive officers of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, onlookers in the media and activist community generally thought that the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust members showed …

Trump Threatens to Deploy National Guard in Portland
telesurenglish.net | 2020-07-31
The U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday threatened to send the National Guard to Portland if the wave of protests provoked by the "terrorist hive" doesn't stop by the end of the week. | RELATED: | Portland's Anti-Racist Protesters Hold Firm After Two Months | "If the protests are not quelled in two days, I will send the National Guard to clean Portland of this terrorist hive," Trump tweeted. | Portland has become the protest's epicenter in the U.S. after several videos and testi…

Cuban Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler Dies at 78
telesurenglish.net | 2020-07-31
Cuba's authorities Friday announced the death of Havana's historian Eusebio Leal Spengler's at the age of 78 due to a deadly disease. | RELATED: | Cuba to Send Doctors to Four Caribbean Countries and Argentina | Politicians, journalists, and social activists have begun to show their condolences on social networks. | "Let us celebrate his wonderful passage through life, which was too short for those who loved him," Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted. | The country will…

'Huge finger to the public': Johnson prompts outrage after nominating Russian-born media mogul Evgeny Lebedev for peerage
rt.com | 2020-07-31
Evegeny Lebedev, the Russian-British owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard newspapers, has been nominated for peerage by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, setting off a round of hysteria on social media. | Moscow-born Lebedev is the son of Alexander Lebedev, a former member of the KGB, who was stationed at the Soviet Union's London embassy in the 1980s. | After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the father made his fortune in banking and eventually moved to the UK permanently — and both he and his son are outspoken critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin. | But ardent believers in the narrativ…

#IStandWithRingo: Iowa senator draws ire of dog lovers after criticizing opponent for 'taking selfies' with her pet
rt.com | 2020-07-31
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst provoked a storm of criticism on Twitter after attempting to shame her election opponent for the crime of taking selfies with her dog and ultimately learned the hard way: leave the pets out of it. | The incumbent Republican senator who is seeking re-election in November blasted her opponent, Democrat Theresa Greenfield, for her lack of leadership which was apparently demonstrated by the fact that she takes pictures with her dog. | Speaking during a campaign conference call on Wednesday, Ernst called out Greenfield, saying she "has been hiding in her basement taking selfies with her dog…

Boris Johnson nominates his own brother, Tory grandees and Brexit backers for peerages
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-07-31
The prime minister has nominated his own brother Jo Johnson, his chief strategic adviser Edward Lister and several Tory grandees for peerages, while a suite of Brexiteers are also set for the Lords.Philip May, husband of Theresa May, Boris Johnson's predecessor in Downing Street, is also destined for a knighthood, a list of nominations published on 31 July showed.On social media, a number of people labelled the choices as 'cronyism': | t.co/AjgBpnAtUy | — Lucy Campbell ?? (@lucy_campbell_) July 31,…

Russophobia Goes Viral Again… And Fatally No Cure
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-07-31
This week saw U.S. media reports claiming that Russian military intelligence is spreading disinformation about the coronavirus to sow discord ahead of the November presidential election. Such reports are nothing but more bombast and reprehensible Russophobia as part of a chronic mental condition which seems to have no cure. | Meanwhile, British media reported claims…

Video: Covid-19 and the Censorship of Medical Doctors. LancetGate and the Suppression of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-07-30
Medical doctors at an event in front of the US Supreme Court are accused of making false statements. | The video of their press conference was removed by Youtube and Facebook. They are accused by CNN of spreading "fake science" | The …

Ilhan Omar roasted for idea to replace police at schools with mental care workers; What if there's a shooting? people online ask
rt.com | 2020-07-30
US Democratic Party Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was blasted on Twitter for proposing that police officers be swapped with mental health staff at schools. Many argued online that the idea would make the schools even less safe. | Omar tweeted that "over-policing doesn't make them safer — it criminalizes Black and brown students." Along with fellow Representative Ayanna Pressley, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy, she proposed a bill to replace police officers at schools with mental health professionals. | Over-policing our schools doesn't make them safer — it criminalizes Black and brown student…

Israeli arms company in London is targeted as activists launch Palestine Action network
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-07-30
Activists targeted Israeli arms company Elbit Systems' UK headquarters early on 30 July. Elbit staff came to work to find the building covered in graffiti and splattered with paint. The action comes on the same day that a new network called Palestine Action was launched. | Palestine Action has launched; join us; get mobilised; take action; end complicity in Israel's war crimes & apartheid regime #PalestineAction pic.twitter.com/TlIBeNo5D9 | –…

Turkish parliament approves new social media law raising fears of censorship and harassment
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-07-30
The Turkish parliament on July 29, Wednesday, passed an amendment to the country's internet law making it compulsory for social media sites to appoint a legal representative in Turkey and implement all court orders on an immediate basis. The law will become effective from October 1. | According to the new law, any social media platform based abroad which has at least a million users must assign at least one legal representative in Turkey, preferably a Turkish citizen. The contents of social media sites such as Facebook, TikTok and others can be scrutinized by the courts and failure to implement court orders would…

Big Google and Facebook are Watching You!
Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2020-07-30
Today, the Internet is everywhere. Well over half of the planet's entire population either likes to be on the Internet or has to rely on the web for business, work, and social engagement. People read the news, send notes to loved ones, birthday cards, do their job — increasingly via Skype and Zoom. Others seek…

ACLU Comment on Trump Tweet About Delaying Election
commondreams.org | 2020-07-30

Lawyers' Committee Statement On Trump Tweet Suggesting Delay In November Election
commondreams.org | 2020-07-30

Why the Best Thing Twitter, Facebook Can Do is Cash In on the Trump-Biden Political Strife
sputniknews.com | 2020-07-30
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey have found themselves between a rock and a hard place as the Republican and Democratic camps exert pressure on social media platforms. US observers discuss whether the tech giants will submit.

Big Tech hearing: Much posturing, no meaningful answers for the American public
rt.com | 2020-07-30
While a much-awaited antitrust hearing was billed as an Inquisition for Big Tech kingpins, the CEOs were largely able to skirt questions and talk circles around lawmakers looking to bring web platforms under partisan control. | Wednesday's House antitrust subcommittee hearing saw representatives face down the billionaire heads of four tech giants — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Alphabet's Sundar Pichai — who fielded questions in nearly six hours of virtual testimony. Though countless empty slogans and assurances were offered in that time, little was actually sa…

'Must know results the same night!' Trump attacks mail-voting AGAIN after suggestion to delay 2020 election misfires
rt.com | 2020-07-30
US President Donald Trump has once again taken aim at the notion of having all voters cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting that via that route the outcome may not be known until "even years later." | "Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!" Trump tweeted on Thursday, shortly before arguing that "universal mail-in voting" at the November election will turn it into the "most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history." | Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!– D…

Trump moots delaying 2020 election over mail-in poll concerns 'until people can properly, securely & safely vote'
rt.com | 2020-07-30
Mail-in voting threatens to make the November election the "most inaccurate & fraudulent" in US history, so the nation may be better off simply postponing it, President Donald Trump has suggested in a tweet. | Sharing his ongoing concerns over mail-in voting, Trump raised the possibility of delaying the election "until people can properly, securely and safely vote." | With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely…

Trump can't & shouldn't move election date, head of US election commission says after president muses about delay
rt.com | 2020-07-30
Donald Trump's suggestion of delaying the upcoming presidential election was given short shrift by the head of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), who said the president has no power to do so. | Ellen Weintraub responded to a tweet from Trump on Thursday in which the president floated a possible delay to the vote due to mail-in voting fraud concerns. "No. You don't have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved," she said. | No, Mr. President. No. You don't have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved. States and localities are asking you and Congress for funds so they can proper…