2019-05-24: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-24). You REALLY want to know? US Army asks members how serving 'impacted' them, gets schooled in replies. rt.com The US Army probably expected an influx of patriotic replies when it asked for testimonies about people's service. Instead, Twitter offered disturbing stories of debilitating injuries, mental health problems and suicide.

RT (2019-05-24). Twitter suspends anti-Trump stars the Krassenstein brothers for 'targeted harassment,' fake accounts. rt.com Twitter has suspended the Krassenstein brothers, two notoriously obsessed anti-Trump crusaders, for using fake handles and buying followers. Some conservatives, having seen their own side censored before, spoke up against the ban.

pip.hinman (2019-05-24). Bob Hawke: The PM who tamed the labour movement. greenleft.org.au Bob Hawke, Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister, died at his home in Sydney on May 16, aged 89. | The same night, former Liberal PM Tony Abbott caused a stir when he released a statement on Twitter, describing Hawke as a "great prime minister". After listing what be believed to be Hawke's key achievements — "financial deregulation, tariff cuts and the beginning of privatisation" of major national public assets — Abbott went on to claim they "went against the Labor grain". | "You might almost say he had a Labor heart, but a Liberal head," Abbott said. | On the last morning of campaigni…

Jill Richardson (2019-05-24). The Disparity Behind Anti-Abortion Laws. counterpunch.org In the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has exploded with posts about abortion. If you use Facebook, probably yours has too. There's a lot to say about abortion, especially now that Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio have passed extremely restrictive laws banning abortions in cases where they previously would be legal. But I think More

Tim Lau (2019-05-24). The government is expanding its social media surveillance capabilities. nationofchange.org Federal government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dramatically expanded their social media monitoring programs in recent years, collecting a vast amount of user information in the process — including political and religious views, data about physical and mental health, and the identity of family and friends. DHS increasingly uses this information for vetting and analysis, including for individuals seeking to enter the United States and for both U.S. and international travelers. | But while the government has justified its expansion in the name of national security, there…

Peter Green (2019-05-24). Despite Lawsuit, TBSC Leader Calls for Hosing Down a Sleeping Homeless Man. indybay.org Samantha Olden, a leader of the "public safety" group Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC), recently made a comment on social media suggesting a homeless man be hosed down with water to discourage him from trespassing in the area in which he was sleeping. The comment from Olden comes just over a month after homeless residents in Santa Cruz named Take Back Santa Cruz in a federal civil rights lawsuit, which calls for TBSC to, "be enjoined from dangerous inflammatory hate speech and ordered to publicly alert its members and followers to refrain from performing or inciting acts of physical violence against homeless persons."

Peter Kuper (2019-05-24). Trump's Tweets Trample Truth. thenation.com Trump's Tweets Trample Truth…

Countercurrents (2019-05-24). Assange Faces 175 Years in Prison with 17 More Charges. globalresearch.ca The U.S. justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In reaction, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: It's a war on journalism. Journalists have reacted: "Modern fascism is breaking cover". | The new charges expand the …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-24). Headlines for May 24, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act in "Terrifying Threat" to 1st Amendment, British Prime Minister Theresa May to Resign June 7, Trump Preparing to Circumvent Congress on Saudi, UAE Weapons Sales, Trump Grants Attorney General Sweeping Powers to Investigate Mueller Probe Origins, Trump Calls Nancy Pelosi "Crazy" After She Calls Out Trump's "Temper Tantrum", Doctored Video Showing "Drunk" Nancy Pelosi Retweeted by Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Trump Calls Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "Dumb as a Rock", Banker Accused of Bribing Paul Manafort to Win Trump Administration Post, Trump Pledges $16 Bill…

Paul Street (2019-05-24). The Only Solution to America's Political Crisis. truthdig.com Hardly a day has gone by over the last two years when one hasn't been able to learn of yet another soul-numbing outrage on the part of President Donald Trump and his administration. The stories have been relentlessly disturbing: | Trump's suggestion of moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and civil rights protesters in Charlottesville, Va. | The vicious separation of children from their migrant parents at the southern border. | The concoction of a fake na…

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-24). Children and young people just staged the world's largest strike to save our future. thecanary.co On 24 May, over a million children around the world marched out of school to demand their voices are heard over the growing climate chaos that we all face. Under the banner of #ClimateStrike and <...

Joshua Funnell (2019-05-24). Social media fights over whether the milkshaking of a Brexit Party activist was a conspiracy. thecanary.co The 2019 European elections will forever be known as 'the ones where people got milkshakes thrown over them'. And the election's final day didn't disappoint, with another Brexit Party activist (allegedly) feeling the cold sting of sweetened dairy. | Social media is awash with conflicting views on the latest incident. For many, it was a simple case of an unjustifiable assault on a political opponent.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-05-23). Former CIA director claims US is victim of '40 years of unprovoked aggression' by Iran. Twitter responds accordingly. thecanary.co The current US secretary of state — also an ex-director of the CIA — recently put out a statement regarding Iran. And it was so outrageous that the response on Twitter was overwhelming. | Mike Pompeo claimed — apparently without a hint of irony or shame — that the Iranian government had been engaged in "40 years of unprovoked aggression": | Going to the Hill shortly to have a serious discussion with lawmakers about 40 years of unprovoked aggression from the Iranian regime and to explain the…

Mac Slavo (2019-05-23). "Research": The US Navy Wants to Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts. globalresearch.ca The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct "research." What exactly does the military want to study? "Modes of collective expression." | The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors …

Staff (2019-05-23). An Attack on Iran Would Violate US and International Law. truthout.org As President Donald Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rattle their sabers, there is no evidence that Iran poses a threat to the United States. It was Trump who threatened genocide, tweeting, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran." The Pentagon is now considering sending 10,000 additional troops to the Gulf region for "defensive" purposes…

James Wright (2019-05-22). The UN gives the Lib Dems a massive headache just a day before the EU elections. thecanary.co The UN has given the Liberal Democrats a massive headache only a day before the EU elections, which take place on 23 May in the UK. | "Tragic" policies: | The Human Rights Council report, released on 22 May, states that "policies of austerity introduced in 2010" have had "tragic social consequences". With the Lib Dems gaining support through Remain protest votes…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-22). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Tiffany Cabán in Pivotal Queens DA Race. theintercept.com A criminal justice reformer running a bare-bones, grassroots campaign is building momentum to transform the Queens District Attorney's office for the first time in close to 30 years. As Tiffany Cabán beefs up her push with help from the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has jumped in to back the queer Latina public defender running an anti-establishment campaign many have likened to Ocasio-Cortez's own. | After the DSA backed Cabán earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez — one of…

RT (2019-05-22). Wanted fugitive says he'll surrender for 15,000 FB likes… and police agree to challenge. rt.com A Connecticut police department says they negotiated the terms of surrender of one wanted fugitive in the most trendy way possible: He agreed to turn himself in if 15,000 people like his wanted poster on Facebook. |

splcenter (2019-05-22). Teaching Tolerance magazine explores social justice educators' use of social media. splcenter.org José Vilson co-founded the EduColor collective the same year that George Zimmerman — who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin — was acquitted of murder, and #BlackLivesMatter was born.

RT (2019-05-21). Google to force advertisers to declare abortion stance as debate rages in US. rt.com After it was revealed that Google had inadvertently given over $150,000 of free advertising to pro-life groups engaging in unscrupulous advertising practices, the company is now updating its advertising policy.

Terrence Myers (2019-05-21). How the 'war on gangs' feeds mass incarceration. liberationnews.org Why gang databases and raids are not a solution.

RT (2019-05-21). US Navy wants to create archive of 350 BILLION social media posts for 'research' purposes. rt.com The US Navy is seeking to create an archive that will store no less than 350 billion social media posts, as part of the military branch's "research efforts" into "modes of collective expression."

Democracy Now! (2019-05-20). Headlines for May 20, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens "Official End of Iran" Via Tweet If It Provokes the U.S., First Phase of Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan to Focus on Palestinian Economy, Sweden Requests Detention of Assange as WikiLeaks Accuses U.S. of Illegally Seizing His Property, Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change, Austria Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Leader Caught in Corruption Scandal, Protesters Take to the Streets Ahead of European Parliament Elections, Narendra Modi on Track for Second Term as Prime Minister as Voting Ends in India, Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriag…

SAMIR (2019-05-18). Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final. bdsmovement.net Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

2019-05-24: Social Media Postees

Bob Hawke: The PM who tamed the labour movement
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
Bob Hawke, Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister, died at his home in Sydney on May 16, aged 89. | The same night, former Liberal PM Tony Abbott caused a stir when he released a statement on Twitter, describing Hawke as a "great prime minister". After listing what be believed to be Hawke's key achievements — "financial deregulation, tariff cuts and the beginning of privatisation" of major national public assets — Abbott went on to claim they "went against the Labor grain". | "You might almost say he had a Labor heart, but a Liberal head," Abbott said. | On the last morning of campaigni…
greenleft.org.au/content/bob-hawke-pm-who-tamed-labour-movement

You REALLY want to know? US Army asks members how serving 'impacted' them, gets schooled in replies
rt.com | 2019-05-24
The US Army probably expected an influx of patriotic replies when it asked for testimonies about people's service. Instead, Twitter offered disturbing stories of debilitating injuries, mental health problems and suicide. | …
rt.com/usa/460211-us-army-service-impact…

Twitter suspends anti-Trump stars the Krassenstein brothers for 'targeted harassment,' fake accounts
rt.com | 2019-05-24
Twitter has suspended the Krassenstein brothers, two notoriously obsessed anti-Trump crusaders, for using fake handles and buying followers. Some conservatives, having seen their own side censored before, spoke up against the ban. | …
rt.com/usa/460129-krassensteins-banned-t…

The Disparity Behind Anti-Abortion Laws
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
In the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has exploded with posts about abortion. If you use Facebook, probably yours has too. There's a lot to say about abortion, especially now that Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio have passed extremely restrictive laws banning abortions in cases where they previously would be legal. But I think…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-disparit…

The government is expanding its social media surveillance capabilities
Tim Lau | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
Federal government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dramatically expanded their social media monitoring programs in recent years, collecting a vast amount of user information in the process — including political and religious views, data about physical and mental health, and the identity of family and friends. DHS increasingly uses this information for vetting and analysis, including for individuals seeking to enter the United States and for both U.S. and international travelers. | But while the government has justified its expansion in the name of national security, there…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/24/the-govern…

Despite Lawsuit, TBSC Leader Calls for Hosing Down a Sleeping Homeless Man
Peter Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-24
Samantha Olden, a leader of the "public safety" group Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC), recently made a comment on social media suggesting a homeless man be hosed down with water to discourage him from trespassing in the area in which he was sleeping. The comment from Olden comes just over a month after homeless residents in Santa Cruz named Take Back Santa Cruz in a federal civil rights lawsuit, which calls for TBSC to, "be enjoined from dangerous inflammatory hate speech and ordered to publicly alert its members and followers to refrain from performing or inciting acts of physical violence against homeless persons."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/20/1882351…

Social media fights over whether the milkshaking of a Brexit Party activist was a conspiracy
Joshua Funnell | thecanary.co | 2019-05-24
The 2019 European elections will forever be known as 'the ones where people got milkshakes thrown over them'. And the election's final day didn't disappoint, with another Brexit Party activist (allegedly) feeling the cold sting of sweetened dairy. | Social media is awash with conflicting views on the latest incident. For many, it was a simple case of an unjustifiable assault on a political opponent.
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/24/social-media-fights-over-whether-the-milkshaking-of-a-brexit-party-activist-was-a-conspiracy/

Assange Faces 175 Years in Prison with 17 More Charges
Countercurrents | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The U.S. justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In reaction, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: It's a war on journalism. Journalists have reacted: "Modern fascism is breaking cover". | The new charges expand the …
globalresearch.ca/assange-faces-175-year…

Trump's Tweets Trample Truth
Peter Kuper | thenation.com | 2019-05-24
Trump's Tweets Trample Truth…
thenation.com/article/trumps-tweets-tram…

Former CIA director claims US is victim of '40 years of unprovoked aggression' by Iran. Twitter responds accordingly
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-05-23
The current US secretary of state — also an ex-director of the CIA — recently put out a statement regarding Iran. And it was so outrageous that the response on Twitter was overwhelming. | Mike Pompeo claimed — apparently without a hint of irony or shame — that the Iranian government had been engaged in "40 years of unprovoked aggression": | Going to the Hill shortly to have a serious discussion with lawmakers about 40 years of unprovoked aggression from the Iranian regime and to explain the…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/05/23/former-cia-director-claims-us-is-victim-of-40-years-of-unprovoked-aggression-by-iran-twitter-responds-accordingly/

"Research": The US Navy Wants to Archive 350 Billion Social Media Posts
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct "research." What exactly does the military want to study? "Modes of collective expression." | The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors | …
globalresearch.ca/us-navy-wants-archive-…

An Attack on Iran Would Violate US and International Law
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
As President Donald Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rattle their sabers, there is no evidence that Iran poses a threat to the United States. It was Trump who threatened genocide, tweeting, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran." The Pentagon is now considering sending 10,000 additional troops to the Gulf region for "defensive" purposes…
truthout.org/articles/an-attack-on-iran-…

Wanted fugitive says he'll surrender for 15,000 FB likes… and police agree to challenge
rt.com | 2019-05-22
A Connecticut police department says they negotiated the terms of surrender of one wanted fugitive in the most trendy way possible: He agreed to turn himself in if 15,000 people like his wanted poster on Facebook. | …
rt.com/usa/460033-wanted-fugitive-facebo…

Teaching Tolerance magazine explores social justice educators' use of social media
splcenter.org | 2019-05-22
José Vilson co-founded the EduColor collective the same year that George Zimmerman — who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin — was acquitted of murder, and #BlackLivesMatter was born.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/22/teaching-t…

Google to force advertisers to declare abortion stance as debate rages in US
rt.com | 2019-05-21
After it was revealed that Google had inadvertently given over $150,000 of free advertising to pro-life groups engaging in unscrupulous advertising practices, the company is now updating its advertising policy. | …
rt.com/usa/459886-google-advertisers-abo…

US Navy wants to create archive of 350 BILLION social media posts for 'research' purposes
rt.com | 2019-05-21
The US Navy is seeking to create an archive that will store no less than 350 billion social media posts, as part of the military branch's "research efforts" into "modes of collective expression." | …
rt.com/usa/459902-social-media-navy-arch…

Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …
bdsmovement.net/news/tweet-now-eurovisio…