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The 'Alt-Right' Is A Hate Movement, And It's Scarier Than You Think | HuffPost
Its leader, Richard Spencer, is no less skilled at manipulation than Donald Trump.
The National Policy Institute, a think tank that promotes white nationalism, recently hosted an “alt-right” conference in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON ― If you want to know why the unabashedly racist and Nazi-sympathizing “alt-right” movement is making a mark on the Trump administration and beyond, look no further than Tila Tequila and her white nationalist friend, Richard Spencer.
In one of the more bizarre and scary things to transpire in an already bizarre and scary political season, Tequila ― the social media presence, former TV host and current porn star ― attended a conference of white nationalists in Washington this weekend. On the surface, it was odd that the Vietnamese-American, born Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, was there. Yet her presence squared perfectly with Spencer’s political and messaging strategy, and that of his National Policy Institute, which organized the event.
“The alt-right is willing to work with allies of color,” Spencer told journalists on Saturday. At that moment, it was hard not to think of Tequila, who had tweeted a photo of herself making the Nazi salute with the caption, “Seig [sic] heil!” the night before.
To be sure, Spencer views most non-white races as genetically inferior, has a deep mistrust of Jewish people and associates with neo-Nazis. He wants to see Europeans and people of European descent “protected” from other races through state-sponsored segregation. The list goes on. 
alt-right  gov2.0  politics  hate  nationalism 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
FDNY Reviewed 4chan Post About Jeffrey Epstein’s Death
About 38 minutes before news outlets first reported Jeffrey Epstein's death in prison, a 4chan user published a detailed post about it.
The Manhattan Correctional Center where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10.
The New York City Fire Department looked into whether an employee posted about Jeffrey Epstein’s death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
After telling BuzzFeed News the post was "under review," an FDNY spokesperson said authorities "determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department."
"An investigation is a formal act which brings about a process which includes interviewing witnesses, serving notice, determining credibility of witness statements — and that was not warranted nor did it take place here. This determination was made after a review of the incident. We looked at the information provided by [a BuzzFeed News] reporter and we looked at our own records and there was no match," said FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer, who added that the FDNY's Office of Healthcare Compliance conducted the review. "It doesn't match our medical records."
Almost 40 minutes before ABC News first reported Epstein’s death on Twitter, someone posted still-unverified details on 4chan, the anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls and white nationalists.
celebrity  crime  epstein  gov2.0  politics  sexual_abuse  suicide  alt-right  nationalism  forum 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
TRUMP: SECRET NAZI CODES - Zarina Zabrisky - Medium
14, 88, AND MORE
On August 4, 2019, after at least 31 people were killed in mass shootings in the US over the weekend, Trump ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast through August 8, 2019. Former Assistant Director for Counter Intelligence, FBI, Frank Figgliuzi explained on MSNBC that the fact that the US flags would be raised at on 8/8 is disturbing.
88 is a coded message “Heil Hitler” recognized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
Figgliuzi expressed concern about Trump’s choice of speechwriters and failure to screen public statements for possible manipulations.
However, Trump has a long history of using these coded messages in his speeches. Below are some examples.
Until recently, the neo-Nazis had to hide their views not just due to the global outrage at the atrocities of the fascist and Nazi regimes such as Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy, Arrow Cross in Hungary but also because in many countries such insignia and symbolism are illegal. To identify each other and communicate, neo-Nazis and white supremacists have developed a secret coded language, using numbers, words, and gestures to identify each other. The majority of the population worldwide is not familiar with this language and does not recognize signals and signs hidden in social media posts, speeches and official statements of the Trump administration. These signals are called “dog-whistles.”
gov2.0  politics  trump  speech  racism  alt-right  code  language 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America | WIRED
The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon. Now it’s backing Brett Kavanaugh.
SINCE THE ADVENT of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use disinformation to manipulate public opinion.
But the spotlight on bots has overshadowed the importance of the people who often initiate the flood and flow of information, and how the narratives they build over time influence how we see politics, ourselves, and the world around us.
Last month, the attorney of Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a long-ago high school party, revealed that Blasey Ford and her family were in hiding and had hired private security after Blasey Ford received death threats over email and social media. Among those cheering on the hate-trollers were many familiar faces from the sewers of the modern far-right disinformation metropolis: dandified Republican rogue (and likely Mueller investigee) Roger Stone, his alt-media protégés Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, anarchist turned Kremlin propaganda employee turned Bernie backer turned Trump backer Cassandra Fairbanks, and breathless Infowars conspiracist-in-chief Alex Jones. And not surprisingly, alt-right super-troll Chuck Johnson had his own connection to players in the scandal.
terrorism  information  politics  gov2.0  SCOTUS  trump  propaganda  fake_news  sexual_abuse  alt-right 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Opinion | White-Collar Supremacy - The New York Times
Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old, a kind of professional racist in khakis”; a recent Los Angeles Times profile ran with a photo of him in sunglasses and a black shirt, looking more like a hipster academic than a Klansman.
This sort of image makeover is a big part of the alt-right’s game. They want to convince the media that they are a “new form” of white nationalism that we’ve never seen before: clean-cut, intellectual, far removed from the unpolished white supremacists of the past. But the alt-right is not as new as we might think. In fact, efforts to dress up white supremacy in ideas and middle-class respectability have been around since the first organized movements emerged in the late 19th century — and once again, people are falling for it.
racism  KKK  politics  nytimes  alt-right 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Retracted: How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken
Newsweek has retracted its story about a conservative botnet effort to force the resignation of Senator Al Franken.
The initial report was based on research conducted by Unhack The Vote, a group examining outside influence in U.S. elections and politics. It alleged that a "decidedly alt-right" botnet "weaponized" anti-Franken stories and amplified pressure on Franken to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct. Newsweek was unable to independently verify their claims after a further review of their work.
Newsweek regrets the error.
The retracted story identified Mike Cernovich as one of the "prominent, real, live members of the far right" who "spewed thousands of [twitter] posts" pressuring Senator Franken to resign. In a letter through his attorney, Cernovich has alleged the story wrongly connected him to a foreign bot network, falsely suggesting he was a foreign agent. Newsweek did not intend any such implication, and regrets any misunderstanding.
alt-right  botnet  congress  franken  gov2.0  politics  propaganda  sexism  social_media 
august 2018 by rgl7194
YouTube bans Alex Jones, following Facebook and Apple’s lead | Ars Technica
YouTube cites policies against hate speech and harassment.
Conspiracy theorist and online troll Alex Jones got more bad news on Monday as YouTube banned Jones' channel on the platform.
"This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines," a notice on Jones's YouTube channel states.
The decision comes hours after Apple and Facebook made similar moves. Early on Monday, Apple removed five of the six podcasts from Infowars, Alex Jones's site, from its popular podcast directory. Facebook followed suit, taking down four of Jones's most popular pages and effectively banning him from the site.
apple  facebook  youtube  spotify  alt-right  propaganda  fake_news  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple | Ars Technica
Jones can appeal to have his banned pages republished to Facebook.
After more than a week of controversy and pressure, Facebook removed four pages run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform. According to a blog post published Monday morning, Facebook removed the Alex Jones Channel, Alex Jones, InfoWars, and Infowars Nightly News pages for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that violates the company's Community Standards.
"Since then, more content from the same Pages has been reported to us," the blog post states. "Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies."
apple  facebook  youtube  spotify  alt-right  propaganda  fake_news  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Alex Jones’ InfoWars Podcast Removed from Apple and Spotify | Consequence of Sound
The far-right conspiracy theorist has also been barred from Facebook and YouTube
The entirety of Alex Jones’ podcast library, including his popular InfoWars program, has been removed from both Apple’s iTunes and Spotify, according to BuzzFeed News. Update: Jones’ YouTube channel has also been terminated for violating “community guidelines.”
The InfoWars founder is infamous for peddling far-right conspiracy theories, including his promotion of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as being a false flag attack perpetrated by the government. He is also a proponent of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, claims Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg is a crisis actor, and says NFL players protesting during the National Anthem are “kneeling to white genocide” and violence against whites.
apple  facebook  youtube  spotify  alt-right  propaganda  fake_news  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off Its Platform, Then YouTube And Facebook Rushed To Do The Same
The removals are one of the largest crackdowns on conspiratorial news content by technology companies to date.
Some of the world's largest social media and tech companies kicked Alex Jones and his conspiracy-theory driven show, InfoWars, off their platforms on Monday after months of hand-wringing about how to handle a personality who claimed he was delivering news but didn't deal in facts.
Apple moved first, striking the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps. Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apple's iTunes directory, are the show War Room and the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.
After that, platforms that have come under far more scrutiny for hosting Jones and his content — Facebook and YouTube — quickly followed suit after long and tortured deliberations. Spotify also did the same.
apple  facebook  youtube  spotify  alt-right  propaganda  fake_news  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple Removed Infowars From iTunes Podcast Directory, Then YouTube and Facebook Followed Suit
John Paczkowski, reporting for BuzzFeed...
I’m curious if these companies did this in cooperation, or if Apple acted alone and Facebook and YouTube followed in their wake. It sounds like this was Apple acting on its own and YouTube and Facebook followed their lead.
UPDATE: Also curious: Apple only removed Infowars from their podcast directory — the Infowars app remains in the App Store. Different standards? Seems hard to justify de-listing the podcasts for “hate speech” but leaving the app in place when it contains the same content.
apple  facebook  youtube  spotify  alt-right  propaganda  fake_news  politics  daring_fireball 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify all ban Alex Jones’s Infowars - Vox
Apple’s Infowars ban altered an industry overnight — and dealt a significant blow to fake news.
Within the past 24 hours, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have all joined in summarily banning far-right broadcaster and known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars network from their platforms.
The bans have been swift and startling, coming after mounting public backlash against Infowars’ pernicious rhetoric, which is most notorious for helping popularize the false belief that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never happened. Jones is currently the defendant in a precedent-setting lawsuit brought against him by the parents of a Sandy Hook victim.
apple  facebook  youtube  spotify  alt-right  propaganda  fake_news  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Newsrooms must stand up to targeted campaigns of harassment - The Verge
A note from the editorial leadership of The Verge
Since announcing her new job with The New York Times, a widespread campaign of harassment has targeted Verge reporter Sarah Jeong for a number of tweets she wrote years ago. Many of those now reacting to these tweets have intentionally taken them out of context, and she has since received an unrelenting stream of abuse from strangers on the internet.
You can read Sarah’s own statement about her tweets here. But as the editors of The Verge, we want to be clear: this abusive backlash is dishonest and outrageous. The trolls engaged in this campaign are using the same tactics that exploded during Gamergate, and they have been employed in recent years by even broader audiences amid a rise in hostility toward journalists. From cries about “ethics in journalism” to “fake news,” journalists have been increasingly targeted by people acting in bad faith who do not care about the work they do, the challenges they face, or the actual context of their statements.
news  racism  alt-right  troll  nytimes  politics  twitter 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Newsrooms Must Stand Up to Targeted Campaigns of Harassment
The Verge editorial team, on the bullshit alt-right campaign against newly-hired NYT editorial board member Sarah Jeong:
Online trolls and harassers want us, The Times, and other newsrooms to waste our time by debating their malicious agenda. They take tweets and other statements out of context because they want to disrupt us and harm individual reporters. The strategy is to divide and conquer by forcing newsrooms to disavow their colleagues one at a time. This is not a good-faith conversation; it’s intimidation.
So we’re not going to fall for these disingenuous tactics. And it’s time other newsrooms learn to spot these hateful campaigns for what they are: attempts to discredit and undo the vital work of journalists who report on the most toxic communities on the internet. We are encouraged that our colleagues at The New York Times are standing by Sarah in the face of feigned outrage.
news  racism  alt-right  troll  nytimes  daring_fireball  politics  twitter 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Why is InfoWars allowed on Facebook? Zuckerberg: Because it doesn’t cause “harm” | Ars Technica
"Within this, those principles have real trade-offs and real tug on each other."
Last week, Facebook invited some media outlets to an event to hear what the company plans on doing about misinformation disseminated on its platform.
But many journalists, including CNN's Oliver Darcy, were left dissatisfied with Facebook's response.
Facebook invited me to an event today where the company aimed to tout its commitment to fighting fake news and misinformation.
I asked them why InfoWars is still allowed on the platform.
I didn't get a good answer.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 12, 2018
facebook  politics  propaganda  fake_news  censorship  interview  alt-right  zuck 
july 2018 by rgl7194
A new study just revealed Al Franken fell victim to a coordinated foreign cybersmear campaign
Senator Al Franken’s (D-MIN) resignation from the U.S. Senate was fueled by, according to Newsweek, by “white nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks.”
It is unclear if the huge cyber effort to get the liberal Democratic Senator from Minnesota was paid for by Russia, alt-right Americans or the Japanese, but after radio personality Leeann Tweeden made her accusations against Franken and showed photos that seemed to suggest Franken molested her, a pair of Japanese-based websites created the day before and a number of Twitter bots splashed Tweeden’s outrageous story all over cyber-space and made it go viral. 
congress  franken  gov2.0  politics  sexism  alt-right  botnet  propaganda  social_media 
february 2018 by rgl7194
How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken
White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows.
While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken takedown originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan. Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation.
A pair of Japan-based websites, created the day before Tweeden came forward, and a swarm of related Twitter bots made the Tweeden story go viral and then weaponized a liberal writer's criticism of Franken. The bot army—in tandem with prominent real, live members of the far right who have Twitter followers in the millions, such as Mike Cernovich—spewed thousands of posts, helping the #FrankenFondles hashtag and the "Franken is a groper" meme effectively silence the testimonies of eight former female staffers who defended the Minnesota Democrat before he resigned last year.  
congress  franken  gov2.0  politics  sexism  alt-right  botnet  propaganda  social_media 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Man who made “Pepe” wants his frog back, and he’ll use copyright to get it | Ars Technica
Mike Cernovich won’t pay, threatens “to embarrass the f***” out of Pepe creator.
Matt Furie created the cartoon character Pepe the Frog in 2005 as a kind of peaceful stoner animal for his comic "Boys Club." By 2008, the frog had become a meme at 4chan. In the 2016 election cycle, though, Pepe became something completely different—an ever-meme of the alt-right. The Anti-Defamation League characterizes Pepe as a hate symbol and has catalogued some of the most viciously racist and anti-semitic examples.
Now Furie wants his comic frog back. After years of letting it slide, Furie has lawyered up and sent demand letters to several alt-right personalities, including white supremacist Richard Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and the subreddit "The_Donald."
Last month, Furie took legal action against a man in Texas who created an Islamophobic version of Pepe for a children's book. That matter reached a settlement. Now, Furie's lawyers have spoken to Vice about his determination to reclaim ownership of the image and the demand letters they have sent out.
copyright  politics  meme  legal  alt-right 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled White Nationalism Into The Mainstream
A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”
In August, after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville ended in murder, Steve Bannon insisted that "there's no room in American society" for neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, and the KKK.
But an explosive cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News proves that there was plenty of room for those voices on his website.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart courted the alt-right — the insurgent, racist right-wing movement that helped sweep Donald Trump to power. The former White House chief strategist famously remarked that he wanted Breitbart to be “the platform for the alt-right.”
trump  politics  alt-right  racism  KKK  nationalism 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Is the alt-right’s use of Pepe the Frog “fair use?” | Ars Technica
Is Pepe like Luke Skywalker—or just a super-chill frog anyone can use?
What can you do when your favorite frog gets away from you?
When Matt Furie drew Pepe the Frog for a short-lived magazine in 2005, he had no way of knowing the character would become a mascot for the so-called "alt-right," a loose coalition of far-right groups that veer toward white nationalism.
But during the 2016 election cycle, that's exactly what happened—and that's what Furie is now trying to undo. Furie has undertaken a campaign to restore Pepe's image as the gentle, stoner frog he intended, rather than a symbol of hate. He has hired a lawyer to send cease-and-desist letters over uses of Pepe that he didn't authorize. So far, targets include T-shirts being sold on Amazon and elsewhere, a book by an alt-right blogger "Baked Alaska" called Meme Magic: Secrets Revealed, a video game called Build the Wall, and a video by another alt-right blogger, Mike Cernovich.
trump  politics  meme  fair_use  gov2.0  alt-right 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Kremlin propaganda methods and American extremism
The past month was marked in the United States by a series of highly disturbing events. This includes a clash with ultra-right extremists in Charlottesville, and, more importantly, President Trump’s reaction to this event, writes Kseniya Kirillova for EU Today.
Recall that for a long time Trump refrained from criticizing American neo-Nazis, saying that in this tragedy “both sides are to blame”, a position which caused widespread public outrage, but a praise from the right-wing extremists. Then, under public pressure, he was forced to condemn the radical right, but soon returned to his initial statements, saying that some of these people were “real patriots.”
At the end of the month, Trump made another decision which aroused indignation of a large part of the American public. He pardoned the former sheriff from Arizona Joe Arpaio, who on his own initiative created a prison for illegal immigrants and called it a “concentration camp.” As a result, some American media have suggested that the US president is deliberately “flirting” with the extreme right.
In fact, the situation is somewhat more complicated. It feels as though today’s White House is profiting from the polarization of American society. Even during the campaign, Donald Trump counted on the radicalization of his supporters, creating an image of the destruction and decline of America and exaggerating the existing problems. After the election, this behavior escalated, but this time the target of radical Republican propaganda was not immigrants or minorities, but all critics and opponents of the incumbent president, including journalists, prosecutors, judges, representatives of the intelligence community and even the former director of the FBI.
alt-right  gov2.0  politics  propaganda  russia  trump 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Charlottesville And The Rise Of White Identity Politics | FiveThirtyEight
There is nothing new about white supremacist groups in the U.S., or anti-Semitism, or people who defend the symbols of the Confederacy. (The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.) From Richard Nixon’s “law and order” platform to Ronald Reagan’s invocation of the “welfare queen,” presidents (mostly Republican, at least in recent decades) have regularly appealed to white, conservative-leaning voters by playing up fears and stereotypes about African-Americans and other minority groups.
What is different about this iteration of white nationalism is how the movement is framing its ideas, and the place those ideas occupy in U.S. politics. One of the chants white nationalists repeatedly turned to as they marched in Charlottesville on Friday night and Saturday was “white lives matter” — a direct response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement that emerged after the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police in August 2014 and the resulting protests.
KKK  racism  politics  gov2.0  trump  538  alt-right 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Joe Arpaio: 26 Days From Conviction to Pardon by Donald Trump | Phoenix New Times
In the 26 days between former sheriff Joe Arpaio's federal conviction and his presidential pardon, there was a nuclear war threat, a violent protest at the hands of white supremacists, and a Category 4 hurricane.
Not to mention the loss of two White House staffers — Anthony Scaramucci and Steven Bannon. Still, through all of this Donald Trump, did not forget his favorite tough-on-immigration sheriff here in Arizona. Here's a breakdown of the whirlwind of events.
July 31:
Arpaio is found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order that told him and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to stop racial profiling. The defense team says the order wasn't clear enough. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton says no dice and the six-term sheriff is found guilty, again.
In response, the Latino community cheers, cries and exclaims "Karma's a bitch" to the man who made so many of their lives hell.
alt-right  gov2.0  news  politics  racism  trump 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Tweets About Joe Arpaio After Trump’s Pardon Are Going Viral With A Thread Laying Out Why Everyone’s So Angry
After two weeks of loudly proclaiming how he wasn't racist, President Donald Trump ended his Friday night by pardoning a controversial Arizona sheriff accused of years of racial profiling. After the announcement, Twitter erupted with anger and dismay. But if you're not local to Arizona, you're maybe a bit mystified about why everyone's so furious — but this viral Twitter thread about Joe Arpaio is here to lay it out.

On Aug. 25, Trump tweeted out that he had pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff who was convicted in late July of ignoring a judge's order to end racially discriminatory policies. Trump had been teasing the pardon for several weeks, including at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday Aug. 22.

The Phoenix New Times, a free weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona has spent a solid two decades covering Arpaio and his conduct as sheriff. And shortly after Trump announced his pardon, the paper released a 20-plus thread of tweets detailing some of the more egregious allegations against Arpaio.
alt-right  gov2.0  news  politics  racism  trump  twitter 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Phoenix Paper Calls Out Pardoned Arpaio For Everything He's Done - Die Hard Democrat
The editors of the free alternative weekly the Phoenix New Times made no attempt to conceal their outrage over the news that President Donald Trump had actually gone ahead and pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In a series of tweets, the Arizona-based publication laid bare many of the wrongdoings, particularly against the Hispanic community, that Arpaio had committed in his former position.
news  twitter  gov2.0  politics  trump  racism  alt-right 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Chuck Schumer Takes Vocal Stand Against Trump Following His Pardon of Arpaio. - Die Hard Democrat
President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon notoriously racist former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was met with instant condemnation from leading voices on Capitol Hill and in the media.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in particular offered stinging remarks regarding the pardon.
trump  racism  politics  gov2.0  alt-right  KKK  congress 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Why can’t white supremacists confront the fact that the source of their economic problems are white economic elites? -
Frustrated young white men are facing class divisions more than racial divides
This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
There’s no disputing the white anger and rage seen in Charlottesville, even if conservative publications like the National Review say these “angry white boys do not have a political agenda.”
Their anger is real and grievances differ, even if they took the old path of joining mobs spewing racist filth. Yet these white supremacists are blaming the wrong slices of society for their angst.
Racial divides are not what’s plaguing vast stretches of white America — deepening class divides are. If you think about who is to blame, it is mostly powerful white capitalists and their government servants that decimated regional economies in recent decades.
racism  class  gov2.0  politics  alt-right  KKK  economics 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Vigils, Marches, and Memorials, After Charlottesville - The Atlantic
In squares and streets across the United States, vigils and marches were held this weekend in response to the hatred and violence on display during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12th. 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, also injuring 19 others. Gathered here are images of some of those who took to the streets to mourn, and to decry racism and hate, from Charlottesville to Chicago, Washington to Los Angeles, and more.
crime  protest  politics  racism  trump  in_focus  photography  alt-right 
august 2017 by rgl7194
I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah | Autostraddle
I was working the polls on election day, handing people ballots and explaining how to fill them out properly. I made it my mission to come up with interesting uses for the removable tabs and entertain people for the 30 seconds that I had their captive attention. When 7 pm hit, people came in looking grim. “Did you hear about the polls?” they’d ask. “No,” I said, “but don’t tell me, I need to get through the next hour.” I guarded my polling location from news of what was happening because we still had to close – I still had to close – and needed to be able to focus without dealing with the sheer terror of reality.
I checked Twitter as I got in my Lyft back home. Shock bombarded and horror filled me as I scrolled through my timeline. I hoped the panic would vanish once the CA votes were counted. It didn’t. Slowly the new reality set in – the one where I wake up horrified and lose more of my basic human rights every day. The one where I wake up and am reminded that I was prepared for this, I saw this coming, I know what’s happening.
politics  religion  gov2.0  facism  trump  alt-right 
may 2017 by rgl7194
The Duke Lacrosse Scandal and the Birth of the Alt-Right
After work one day in January 2007, Scott McConnell left his office at the magazine The American Conservative in Arlington, Virginia, and walked to a nearby Thai restaurant that was hosting a panel discussion about the Duke lacrosse scandal. Nine months earlier, three members of the university’s men’s lacrosse team had been accused of raping a black woman they had hired as a stripper. Much of the Duke community, including 88 professors who signed a statement calling the situation a “social disaster,” declared this was merely the latest and most egregious example of the racist, sexist, and privileged behavior that permeated the elite campus. Jesse Jackson showed up, as did news trucks from every major network, and most of the reporting coalesced around the same narrative: A group of wealthy, white men had taken advantage of a poor, black woman, just as white men had done for centuries.
university  crime  alt-right  sports 
april 2017 by rgl7194
What, Exactly, Does “Ideological Diversity” Mean?
After Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the buzzword earlier this week, let’s clarify its definition
During a town hall event at North Carolina A&T State University this week, a student asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg what he does to make his company a “free and safe environment” for self-expression. “We have a board member who is an adviser to the Trump administration, Peter Thiel,” Zuckerberg said. “I personally believe that if you want to have a company that is committed to diversity, you need to be committed to all kinds of diversity, including ideological diversity.”
racism  facebook  alt-right  diversity  zuck 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Kellyanne Conway and the Problems With Donald Trump’s Playbook
The White House counselor is blaming her retweet of a white nationalist on a hacker, just one more symptom of how the administration operates
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says she does not know who can log on to her Twitter account. “I don’t know who had access to my account,” Conway told BuzzFeed on Tuesday when the outlet asked why she had retweeted and replied “love you back” to a Twitter user with the hashtags “#WhiteIdentity” and “#Nationalist” in its bio. Conway said she denounced “whoever it is,” implying that her account may have been breached by an unknown, white-nationalism-loving intruder. “It will be immediately deleted. Everybody makes mistakes,” she continued.
politics  gov2.0  trump  twitter  truth  alt_facts  racism  alt-right 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Andrew Sullivan: The White House Mole
The question that remains, of course, is the motive.
Why on Earth would any campaign for president be in constant, secret touch with the intelligence agents of a hostile foreign power?
I cannot know. Maybe Flynn is a rogue loner. It’s also possible, I guess, that the Trump campaign just wanted to keep in touch with the intelligence services of one of this country’s nemeses, if only to wish them Merry Christmas — five times in one day. It’s also conceivable that Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort’s deep ties to the Putin regime were utterly irrelevant to the sudden amendment, this past summer, to the GOP party platform that removed a call to send arms to Ukraine. It’s also possible, I suppose, that deep down I’m straight.
gov2.0  politics  trump  russia  alt-right  leak 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Pizzagate Is Preposterous and Terrifying — and a Sign of What’s to Come
What do we do when fake news is no longer an abstraction?
On Sunday afternoon, a 28-year-old man walked into a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., with an assault rifle and attempted to expose a child-abuse ring.
He failed, of course, for the simple fact that there was no ring to break up, though that did not stop Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, from firing his gun, one of three firearms authorities recovered on the scene. Comet Ping Pong has been the subject of dark and baseless rumors since early November, when a handful of messages from the pizzeria’s owner, James Alefantis, turned up in the leaked emails of John Podesta, then the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Somewhere in the constellation of Reddit, 4chan, and 8chan, self-appointed sleuths concluded that this and other food-related messages were evidence of a criminal syndicate. The food terms were code words for nefarious criminal activity, they claimed: “Cheese” meant “little girl,” “pasta” meant “little boy,” “sauce” meant “orgy,” and so on. In the emails, Alefantis mentioned his restaurant — and lo, proof that the pizzeria was hiding a torture dungeon in its basement that claimed some of the most prominent members of the Democratic party as clients.
politics  gov2.0  trump  fake_news  crime  alt-right 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: 'It’s the Equivalent of Going Into a Library and Asking a Librarian About Judaism and Being Handed 10 Books of Hate'
Carole Cadwalladr, in an eye-opening piece for The Guardian, “Google, Democracy, and the Truth About Internet Search”...
The top suggestion for a query starting with “are women” was “are women evil”, and the top suggested result displayed with a preview on the results page, beginning with “Every woman has some degree of prostitute in her. Every woman has a little evil in her.”...
Faruk Ateş, on Twitter...
alt-right  fake_news  google  politics  propaganda  racism  search  daring_fireball 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: AP Style Guide on the 'Alt-Right'
John Daniszewski, vice president for standards at the Associated Press:
“Alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the “self-described” or “so-called alt-right” in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.
Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.
Again, whenever “alt-right” is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: “an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,” or, more simply, “a white nationalist movement.”
gov2.0  politics  language  racism  alt-right  daring_fireball 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Google, democracy and the truth about internet search | Technology | The Guardian
Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president
Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?”
google  politics  search  racism  alt-right  fake_news  propaganda 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Twitter Is Finally Following Its Own Rules
The social network kicked high-profile white supremacists off its platform and finally took a real stand against hate
Twitter has discovered its backbone, and it’s in the shape of a banhammer.
On Wednesday, Twitter introduced new, long-overdue anti-harassment tools. In a more effective and direct move, it also suspended a number of white supremacist figureheads. This mass ban follows a July incident in which right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos emboldened his followers to tweet a barrage of racist and misogynistic remarks at actress Leslie Jones. Twitter took the unusual step of permanently banning the Breitbart editor and writer. That perma-ban now appears to be the first in a series of moves to limit the white supremacist influence on Twitter.
twitter  racism  alt-right 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Inside Gab: The New Twitter Alternative Championed By The Alt-Right | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
A dispatch from the new censorship-defying social network in the wake of "the purge" of alt-right users on Facebook and Twitter this week.
The purge is happening. At least according to the universe of alt-right users on social media: Many of them claim that in recent days their Twitter accounts have been suspended and that their posts on Facebook are not being promoted or shared like they used to. It’s all part of a crackdown on "fake news" in the wake of reports that misleading reports shared on Facebook and Twitter helped influence the election. To many, these efforts are an overdue attempt to maintain online civility. But to others it’s blatant censorship.
twitter  social_media  alt-right  politics 
november 2016 by rgl7194
Glenn Beck: The alt-right is truly terrifying -
(CNN)Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Tuesday that the alt-right movement is "truly terrifying," adding that while leading Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon gave a voice to white nationalists.
"He has given a voice and power to that group of people," Beck told Anderson Cooper on "AC360." "You don't empower people like that. You just don't. It's not smart."
election  trump  gov2.0  politics  alt-right 
november 2016 by rgl7194

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