2020-09-17: Social Media Postees

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Is Repealing Section 230 the Way to Fix Facebook?
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2020-09-17
We should never be in the position of having to rely on the goodwill of a billionaire to allow democracy to work…

Gas pipeline explosion creates giant bright ball of flame near roadway in Oklahoma (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-09-17
Police and firefighters were deployed to tackle a major fire produced by a gas pipeline blast near the town of Piedmont, Oklahoma. The blaze is so intense that crews are forced to work in shifts to tackle it. | A 12-inch pipeline blew up, leaving a major crater across the roadway, local media reported. | Videos circulating on social media show a bright massive blaze raging alongside a country road. | WOW! Massive fire in Piedmont. Joe and Jenise Culp tell me they were driving to check on cattle when they felt some heat… then the ground rumbled. | A high-pressure gas line ruptured near Piedmont Rd. and Waterl…

Does it feature a Benghazi chapter? Obama's supposed 'honest account' memoir is both hailed & derided online
rt.com | 2020-09-17
'A Promised Land' will apparently reveal Barack Obama's professional "highs and lows," according to the man himself. Though fans are delighted, some online users doubt the memoir will touch on Obama's many controversies. | "There's no feeling like finishing a book, and I'm proud of this one," Obama wrote on Thursday, announcing his memoir via a tweet. In 'A Promised Land' Obama "tries to provide an honest accounting of [his] presidency" and finally reveals how to "make [American] democracy work for everybody."

US congresswoman honored for helping Palestine
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-16
A US congresswoman has been honored for defending the rights of Palestinians in the face of Israeli human rights abuses."Honored to receive the Champion of Palestinian Rights Award from @AMPalestine today as part of Palestine Advocacy Day," US Democratic Representative Betty McCollum said Tuesday on Twitter, referring to the group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)."Advancing peace human rights for Palestinian children all children should be a shared priority! #HR2407."House of Representatives Resolution 2407 is the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, a…

Media narratives about China endanger world peace
Daniel Renken | peoplesworld.org | 2020-09-16
In recent months, Americans have received a barrage of news on TV, social media, and even late-night talk shows discussing the "aggressive" actions of the People's Republic of China. Whether it's the disputed waters of the South China Sea, the Hong Kong protests, or accusations of religious discrimination and genocide, the presentations of the national …

The True Facts About the Oregon Fires, With a Video Proving It
Kevin Matthews | counterpunch.org | 2020-09-16
Okay, this flood of forest BS is pissing me off. Hear me: The national reporters helicoptering in have not got this right. NPR, Reveal tonight, etc., even the fine Pro Publica. By coincidence, I flew over the Holiday Farm Fire burn area six weeks before it burned. Take a look at the clip on YouTube,…

Repeal Section 230 to Fix Facebook
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-09-16
The quickest way to fix the problem is the repeal of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. This provision exempts Facebook from being liable for material that is passed along through its network, either as ads or through individuals' or groups' Facebook pages.

Facebook Live Rant by Trump Coronavirus PR Guru Deepens Fears of Election Violence
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-09-16
Recently-appointed HHS spokesperson, Michael Caputo, went on a wild rant over social media to plant a number of bizarre ideas in Americans' minds as the partisan Coronavirus messaging wars intensify.

Russia says US 'fully isolated' on international scene
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-09-16
TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov in a tweet on Wednesday said the US is "practically fully isolated" on the international scene.

Hands stained with Iranians' blood to end in cemetery
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-09-16
TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani in tweet addressing US Trump said those who have bloods of the Iranian children on their hands will end in cemetery, as did Saddam.

TV series 'Ertugrul' fuels Pakistanis' love for Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-16
On a sunny afternoon, red flags bearing a white star and crescent fluttered in the breeze as they hung from businesses and homes in northern Pakistan, a testament to the region's love for Turkey spurred by a Turkish drama series.Dirilis (Resurrection) Ertugrul is gaining wide popularity across the country after being dubbed in Urdu and broadcast on state television.A YouTube channel launched in mid-April specifically for the series has nearly 8.5 million subscribers, while its viewership had climbed to over 1.3 billion as of Sept. 15.It was after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Turkey that he ordered…

Turkish forces nab senior terrorist in east
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-16
A senior terrorist was arrested Wednesday in eastern Turkey, according to the country's Interior Ministry.Gendarmerie and anti-terror teams in eastern Van and southeastern Sirnak provinces conducted a joint operation to nab Ercan Yacan, codenamed Ferman, who was detected to be carrying out activities as the so-called team commander in northern Iraq's Qandil Goshine region last year, the ministry said on Twitter.Yacan was arrested in Van province, it added.The terrorist was active in youth branch of the organization. He received so-called special forces training in 2014, joined the rural branch of the terror group…

'Hotel Rwanda' hero could face maximum life in prison, prosecution says
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-16
Rusesabagina, who once called for armed resistance to the government in a YouTube video, was charged in a Kigali court on Monday with 13 counts including terrorism, complicity in murder and forming or joining an irregular armed group."For some of the crimes, he may face 25 years, and some even go up to life imprisonment," Faustin Nkusi, spokesman of Rwanda's prosecution authority, told Reuters on phone.Rusesabagina declined to respond to all the charges on Monday, saying he wanted to take a plea to each individual count. The court will rule on bail on Thursday.His case has thrust a spotlight on to President Paul…

'Non-scientific': Chinese 'whistleblower' claiming Beijing released 'man-made' Covid-19 roasted by virologists, blocked by Twitter
rt.com | 2020-09-16
American virologists ridiculed a bombshell claim by Chinese scientist-turned-'whistleblower' Li-Meng Yan that Covid-19 was produced in the Wuhan laboratory, as the news went viral across US media and social networks. | Yan certainly grabbed the headlines when she told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that she has "solid evidence" that the dreaded Covid-19, which infected almost 30 million people around the world and killed more than 935,000, was "deliberately" produced in the Wuhan laboratory. She did not stop at that and went on to claim that Beijing also released the deadly virus "intentionally" to inflict "dama…

Preemptive Therapy vs Antiviral Prophylaxis in Cytomegalovirus-Seronegative Liver Transplant Recipients With Seropositive Donors–Reply
Singh N, Limaye AP. | jamanetwork.com | 2020-09-15
In Reply The observed rate of breakthrough disease (2%) during prophylaxis in our study is consistent with the rate in other clinical studies (1%-4%). Both CMV disease cases in the prophylaxis group were receiving intermittent hemodialysis and kidney-adjusted parenteral ganciclovir per manufacturer's instructions. Inadequate dosing is unlikely given data showing that in solid organ transplant recipients with advanced kidney dysfunction, manufacturer's recommended dosing results in relative drug overexposure, not underexposure. Excluding these 2 cases, the odds of CMV disease by 12 months (0.46 [95% CI, 0.191-1.05…

Brazil: Matto Grosso Declares Emergency Over Pantanal Fires
telesurenglish.net | 2020-09-15
Brazil's state of Matto Grosso do Soul declared on Monday a state of environmental emergency as massive wildfires have destroyed over 15 percent of Pantanal, the world's largest wetland. | RELATED: | Brazil: Pantanal Fires Threaten Largest Flying Parrot Species | Matto Grosso do Soul's governor Reinaldo Azambuja announced via Twitter that the decree will last over 90 days and will allow it to fight more hotspots and tackle the fires. | The region, which extends over 150.000 sq km…

Preemptive Therapy vs Antiviral Prophylaxis in Cytomegalovirus-Seronegative Liver Transplant Recipients With Seropositive Donors
Roberts MB, Gandhi RG, Kotton CN. | jamanetwork.com | 2020-09-15
To the Editor Dr Singh and colleagues reported that within the first 12 months after liver transplantation, preemptive therapy resulted in significantly lower rates of cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease compared with primary valganciclovir prophylaxis in 205 CMV-seronegative recipients from seropositive donors. The authors noted that a 1-patient difference in each group would have nullified this outcome. The study reported 2 cases of CMV disease in the prophylaxis group (usually rare), potentially due to inadequate kidney dosing; while this highlights the importance of appropriate dosing, would the outcome have been d…

Election Meddlers Find a Scapegoat
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-09-15
Big Tech, government agencies, and the mainstream media all locked in on a no-name site as a hub of collusion | Peter Van BUREN | Like me, until recently you got most of your news from PeaceData.net. It was where you looked to form your opinions, including the all-important one about which way to vote. What you missed on PeaceData you caught up with via Facebook memes and Tweets from people you do not know. | Or maybe not. Maybe like nearly everyone on planet Earth you have no idea what I'm talking about and never looked at the now-defunct PeaceData site. Tha…

Video of Indian Family Welcoming Adorable Pup in Traditional Way Goes Viral
sputniknews.com | 2020-09-15
Newly-wedded Indian daughters-in-law usually get such a welcome at her in-laws' house on the first day. Their arrival is equated with the arrival of the Goddess of Prosperity (Lakshmi) and thus considered auspicious and welcome in such a manner.

Kim Kardashian West freezing Instagram, Facebook use over spread of 'hate, propaganda, and misinformation'
rt.com | 2020-09-15
Celebrity Kim Kardashian West has announced she is freezing both her Facebook and Instagram accounts in support of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, which accuses the firms of allowing groups to spread misinformation and bigotry. | "I can't sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation — created by groups to sow division and split America apart," Kardashian announced on Tuesday. | Including an image promoting the #StopHateforProfit campaign, the reality television star encouraged others to join her in the "freezing" of their accounts.

Police forced to call for reinforcements as 1,000s descend on 'Jersey Shore' house amid rumors of Nelk Boys YouTuber party
rt.com | 2020-09-15
A crowd estimated to be thousands strong gathered outside the infamous 'Jersey Shore' house, following the arrival of YouTube stars the Nelk Boys. Police had to call for reinforcements from nearby towns to control the masses. | Outdoor gatherings in New Jersey cannot exceed 500 people under current coronavirus rules, and social distancing must be practiced. Judging by the hordes of adoring fans who gathered in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, on Monday night, Covid-19 was the last thing on anyone's mind. | So shit is BANANAS in Seaside Heights right now–some loser youtubers r staying in the Jersey Shore Hous…

Congressmen demand Justice Dept INVESTIGATE Netflix over Cuties 'child exploitation'
rt.com | 2020-09-15
Republican congressmen from Arizona and Colorado have demanded an investigation of "potential exploitation of children" in the now-infamous twerking-preteens film Cuties, arguing it encourages child sexual exploitation. | Reps. Andy Biggs (Arizona) and Ken Buck (Colorado) have urged the Justice Department to "open an investigation to ensure the film and its production uphold federal laws protecting children from exploitation," expressing their concerns in a letter to Attorney General William Barr. Buck shared the letter with his followers on Twitter on Tuesday. | "Cuties" creates an environment that encourages…

Confused by Section 230? So Is Donald Trump
Timothy Karr | commondreams.org | 2020-09-15
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office before signing an executive order related to regulating social media on May 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump's executive order could lead to attempts to punish companies such as Twitter and Google for attempting to point out factual inconsistencies in social media posts by politicians. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_section_230.png

US-Linked PR Firm Ran Fake News Networks For Right-Wing Latin American Regimes
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-09-14
A major US PR firm located just a few blocks from the White House has been caught running an industrial grade propaganda operation on social media. The information warfare blitzkrieg relied on fake accounts and pages to spread disinformation on behalf of right-wing, US-backed governments in Latin America, while deploying covert propaganda to destabilize the leftist governments in Venezuela and Mexico. | The company behind the campaign, CLS Strategies, signed a contract to represent Bolivia's far-right junta and provide "strategic communications counsel" in the lead-up to that country's ostensible election.

Iran summons German ambassador over meddlesome remarks
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-09-14
TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) — Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the German Ambassador over meddlesome tweets of the embassy.

As Right-Wingers Block Evacuation Routes, "Antifa" Lead Relief Efforts in Oregon
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-09-14
Law enforcement agencies in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States are struggling to dissuade people from buying into conspiracy theories alleging extremists are starting many of the wildfires currently ravaging the area. | A number of social media posts on Facebook and other sites allege without evidence that "antifa" is purposely starting the fires…

Facebook allows users to watch videos together online
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-14
Facebook Inc said on Monday that its users will now be able to watch videos with their friends online using the social media company's Messenger app, enabling them to see reactions in real time.The "Watch Together" feature will allow a user to add up to eight people through a video call and up to 50 people through its videoconferencing tool Messenger Rooms.The company launched the tool in July as it looks to take on Zoom Video communications inc that became a household name driven by the coronavirus-driven boom in demand for its platform.Facebook joins a crowded field of companies rushing to dominate the stay-at-…

Videos of Biden touching young girls flagged as 'child sexual exploitation' by Twitter despite being official public footage
rt.com | 2020-09-14
C-Span footage of Joe Biden interacting with girls is being flagged by Twitter for violating their Child Sexual Exploitation Policy after popping up online during an argument about the politician's character. | The dispute on social media saw Texan progressive activist Johnny Graz seeking to make a case that the Democratic presidential nominee should be investigated for sexual assault. | Another commenter, who goes by the name 'Jake Koenig,' sought to support Graz's argument by posting a video compilation of Biden tou…

When canceling isn't enough? #RIPJKRowling trends ahead of release of mystery novel featuring transvestite serial killer
rt.com | 2020-09-14
JK Rowling's latest book, written under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, includes a (male) serial killer who dresses as a woman to murder his (female) victims. Trans advocates, already out for Rowling's blood, 'killed' her via hashtag. | After the Telegraph described "Troubled Blood," the fifth installment in Rowling's mystery series, as "a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress" in its Sunday review, it was perhaps inevitable that her detractors would latch onto the novel's plot as "proof" of her alleged transphobia – despite not having read it. | The book, set for release on Tuesday, centers o…