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Opinion | The Joy of Hatred - The New York Times
Trump and “his people” reach deep into the violent history of public spectacle in America.
The chanting was disturbing and the anger was frightening, but what I noticed most about the president’s rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday night was the pleasure of the crowd.
His voters and supporters were having fun. The “Send her back” chant directed at Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was hateful but also exuberant, an expression of racist contempt and a celebration of shared values.
This dynamic wasn’t unique to the event. It’s been a part of Trump’s rallies since 2015. Both he and his crowds work from a template. He rants and spins hate-filled tirades; they revel in the transgressive atmosphere. The chants are their mutual release. Sometimes he basks in them.
To watch raucous crowds of (mostly) white Americans unite in frenzied hatred of a black woman — to watch them cast her as a cancer on the body politic and a threat to a racialized social order — is to see the worst of our past play out in modern form.
history  racism  hate  gov2.0  politics  trump  nytimes  op-ed 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
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
The Christian Right is Radicalizing White People I Love
A year ago I walked into an older relative’s house unannounced. They’d been expecting us that day for lunch, but we’d arrived thirty minutes earlier than we’d planned—so we knocked and walked in.
The small TV on the kitchen counter was playing FoxNews. 
When she came down the stairs, almost in the middle of greeting us, my relative walked hurriedly over to the sink, grabbed the remote and turned off the TV—looking like a teenager caught by her parents watching porn.
Suddenly everything made sense. All the dots connected. 
During the last couple of years, I noticed this couple changing, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. They’d become more and more outspoken on things like immigration and women’s reproductive rights and police shootings—surprising me with the intolerance and cruelty of off-the-cuff comments that seemed out of character for them. I questioned whether or not I was just being overly sensitive or projecting my fears unto them.
But after the surprise peek into their viewing habits it was was clear: they were just following the script.
I could rewind over the previous months and see all the alarmist Fox News talking points in their words at family gatherings and on Facebook: open borders letting in floods of rapists, baby-killing Democrats coming to take their guns, terrorist Muslims lurking everywhere, violent black men threatening police at traffic stops.
And looking back I could see that as they found Fox News, they began to lose their religion.
religion  church  fake_news  hate  politics  racism  gov2.0  immigration  guns  pavlovitz 
august 2019 by rgl7194
A Night at the Garden
“As chilling and disorienting to watch as the most inventive full-length horror movie.” –The New Yorker
“In a scant six minutes of archival footage, director Marshall Curry delivers an emotional wallop.” –NPR
“In the current climate of intolerance, this footage is especially chilling.”
–The New York Times
“Eerily relevant.” –Rolling Stone
“Strictly remarkable.” –Los Angeles Times
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.
A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN was directed and edited by Marshall Curry and was supported and released by Field of Vision. The film was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short; it was also an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and was part of a special screening and panel discussion at the New York Film Festival. It was released on 22 Alamo Theater screens across the country and at The IFC Center in NYC.
video  documentary  history  WWII  hate  racism  KKK  poster  NYC 
august 2019 by rgl7194
New York Times' Dean Baquet: I Should Pay More Attention - The Atlantic
The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet discusses a controversial headline decision and why the paper’s editorial process needs to change.
Yesterday, The New York Times received intense criticism from journalists, readers, and politicians for its initial front-page headline: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” The article was about the president’s televised address on Monday, after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in which he mentioned the need to “condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy”—a stark contrast from his typical “both sides” rhetoric.
Though the story itself examined Trump’s history of spewing divisive language, and questioned his ability to unify the country at this moment, the headline sparked outrage and disappointment. The columnist Connie Schultz called the title a “betrayal.” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the headline served as “a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by—and often relies upon—the cowardice of mainstream institutions.” A Times spokesperson told me that the paper saw a “higher volume” of subscription cancellations yesterday than normal.
By the second edition, the Times headline had been changed to “Assailing Hate but Not Guns.” The paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, has called the original “a bad headline.” Perhaps predictably, there was backlash to the backlash, with the president and others voicing their disapproval about the change. Baquet talked with me yesterday afternoon about the editorial process that led to the headline, and the fallout. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
news  nytimes  politics  gov2.0  trump  racism  hate  guns 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Hate Is Not a Mental Illness | Psychology Today
To prevent mass shootings, focus on gun laws — not mental health.
This past month, 11 Jewish people were shot at a synagogue by a man who had posted anti-Semitic comments online. Two African-American people were murdered at a grocery store by a gunman who had just tried and failed to enter a black church. Twelve people were shot and killed at a Thousand Oaks nightclub. Like clockwork, public speculation about the presumed mental illness of the shooters unfolded soon thereafter. As the events of each man’s past were slowly unearthed, they started to ring familiar bells: run-ins with the police, domestic violence, involvement with online hate groups, bar fights, brief psychological interventions for threats of suicide or violence. Many of these mass shooters had previous diagnoses of things like depression, autism spectrum disorders, or anxiety. But even if these diagnoses were accurate, did they cause the shootings?
When someone robs a liquor store or assaults their girlfriend, we don’t automatically assume they are mentally ill. Even people who murder neighbors, rivals, or family members don’t garner such diagnostic speculation. So why is it different after a mass shooting? It’s as though once the body count exceeds a certain number, we can no longer explain it with plain old criminal behavior. Or maybe on some level, we all understand the desire for people we know to be dead, but killing a group of total strangers for no obvious gain or motive seems inconceivable. It defies logic, so we call it “mental illness,” and pretend that is reason enough.
mental_health  guns  murder  politics  gov2.0  hate  psychology 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Trump’s Words Are Poison - The Atlantic
The president has done more than any politician in living memory to fan the flames of ethnic and racial antipathy and nurture a culture of bigotry.
We don’t know, and we may never know, how much President Donald Trump’s rhetoric influenced the white supremacist in El Paso who allegedly killed 22 people. What we do know is that Trump has done more than any politician in living memory to fan the flames of ethnic and racial antipathy and nurture a culture of bigotry.
A generation from now, when historians look back at the defining features of the Trump era, among the most prominent will be his dehumanizing rhetoric—the cruelty and virulence, the pulsating hate, the incitements to violence, and the effort to portray his targets as alien invaders, unworthy of dignity and respect, even subhuman.
It began at the dawn of his 2016 presidential campaign, when he described the undocumented workers coming across the border from Mexico as mostly rapists and drug dealers. It continued during the campaign, when Trump unleashed an attack on Gonzalo Curiel, a district-court judge presiding over a fraud lawsuit against Trump University, calling Curiel a “hater” who was being unfair to him because the judge is “Hispanic,” because he is “Mexican.” (Curiel was born in Indiana.) The Republican speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, referred to this as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
trump  gov2.0  politics  racism  hate  bigotry 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Cloudflare has had enough, cutting off 8chan | Ars Technica
Cloudflare CEO says site may return, but it'll be someone else's problem.
In the wake of Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso, in which 20 people lost their lives, it was discovered that the shooter had posted a racist manifesto on the imageboard site 8chan. That was the third time this year alone that a mass shooting has involved the notorious site, and network operator Cloudflare decided that was finally enough. As of midnight on the US West Coast, Cloudflare will cut off 8chan.
This isn't the first time that the popular service provider has severed its ties to one of its customers over offensive content. In 2017, the company dropped the white supremacist website the Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer was able to get back online after a brief outage by switching to another service.
Matthew Prince, the company's co-founder and CEO, has always spoken with apprehension about whether to stop providing network services to specific websites. He called his own company's decision regarding the Daily Stormer "arbitrary" and "dangerous," and intended that this would be the last action of the sort Cloudflare would take. Earlier on Sunday, CNN reported that the company had no intention of acting against 8chan.
Cloudflare is not a website hosting provider. The company operates a global network that improves performance of websites and protects them from DDoS attacks and other security threats.
But the El Paso mass shooting comes in the wake of two similar manifestos posted to 8chan prior to similar events in California and New Zealand, all apparently prompted by racism. Prince cited both of those events in announcing that he's changed his mind. "The rationale is simple," he wrote. "They have proven themselves to be lawless, and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths." He went on to state that the company's guiding principle on this issue will be to disassociate itself from websites that "directly inspire tragic events and are lawless by design."
hate  racism  DNS  CDN  KKK  guns  murder 
august 2019 by rgl7194
What We Learned Investigating a Network of Islamophobic Facebook Pages
Snopes traced at least 24 Facebook pages spreading anti-muslim vitriol and conspiracy theory back to one evangelical activist. Here's why that matters.
A Snopes investigation on 15 May 2019 looked deeply into a small group of radical evangelical Christians that re-purposed Facebook pages and PACs to build a coordinated, pro-Trump network that spreads hate and conspiracy theories — below is a re-cap of key points. The content includes the assertion that the survivors of the Parkland school massacre are on a “leftist-Islamic payroll” and that Islamic refugee resettlement is “cultural destruction and subjugation.”
The names of these Facebook pages imply diverse support from Americans, with titles like “Blacks for Trump” and “Jews and Christians for America.” But found that each of these pages can be tied to a radical evangelical activist named Kelly Monroe Kullberg, who is neither black nor Jewish. We found at least 24 pages in the Kullberg network, which could be in violation of Facebook’s ban on “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
Snopes also found that at least one prominent GOP donor, William Millis, funded and/or exploited the efforts of the Kullberg network. Millis was a fundraiser and campaign board member for current HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign.
factcheck  gov2.0  politics  racism  religion  facebook  hate 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Column: We don’t hate America, Donald Trump. What we hate is the mess you’ve created. - Chicago Tribune
Donald Trump has come to the conclusion that many Americans hate their country. That could not be further from the truth.
Most of us love America. What we hate is that the president has taken it into the gutter. In other words, Donald Trump, the problem isn’t the “Free, Beautiful and Very Successful” country you spoke about in a tweet Tuesday morning. The problem with America is you.
Trump’s latest tweet telling Americans, “If you hate our Country or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” is yet another sign that he is out of touch with most of the country. It has exposed once again the mental cocoon in which he lives, sheltered from the truth.
Americans don’t hate America. What they hate is that Trump is the president.
trump  politics  gov2.0  hate 
july 2019 by rgl7194
White supremacism is terrorism, experts say - CNN
New York (CNN)Americans are being killed. Murdered not for what they have done or being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Slaughtered again and again because, whether Jewish, or black, or simply not "pure" white, they are seen as a pestilence to be purged.
Their murderers are followers of a vile and hateful ideology that meets the FBI definition of terrorism. But some top current and former law enforcement officials say that they are not treated as terrorists, because they are American, and they are white.
But amid the rising number of deadly white supremacist attacks, the officials say that must change. White supremacy must be called terrorism and tackled with the same vigor as ISIS and al Qaeda.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance came to that realization while investigating the homicide of a black man in the center of New York City.
66-year-old Timothy Caughman was walking alone in Midtown Manhattan collecting cans to recycle when a man approached from behind. That man plunged a sword through Caughman's chest.
gov2.0  politics  new_york  terrorism  crime  hate  racism  KKK 
may 2019 by rgl7194
Adam Serwer: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots - The Atlantic
A long-overdue excavation of the book that Hitler called his “bible,” and the man who wrote it
Robert bowers wanted everyone to know why he did it.
“I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” he posted on the social-media network Gab shortly before allegedly entering the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27 and gunning down 11 worshippers. He “wanted all Jews to die,” he declared while he was being treated for his wounds. Invoking the specter of white Americans facing “genocide,” he singled out HIAS, a Jewish American refugee-support group, and accused it of bringing “invaders in that kill our people.” Then–Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announcing that Bowers would face federal charges, was unequivocal in his condemnation: “These alleged crimes are incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.”
The pogrom in Pittsburgh, occurring just days before the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, seemed fundamentally un-American to many. Sessions’s denunciation spoke to the reality that most Jews have found a welcome home in the United States. His message also echoed what has become an insistent refrain in the Donald Trump era. Americans want to believe that the surge in white-supremacist violence and recruitment—the march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis chanted “Jews will not replace us”; the hate crimes whose perpetrators invoke the president’s name as a battle cry—has no roots in U.S. soil, that it is racist zealotry with a foreign pedigree and marginal allure.
nationalism  hate  racism  history  books  politics  gov2.0  KKK 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Calling Out White Nationalist Bullies
I’ve always despised bullies.
Ever since I was a young boy I could see them clearly; on the playground and in the hallways and on the street corners—the way they terrorized people while being themselves internally terrified.
Even as they brutalized the other kids with words and fists, I heard the shaking of their voices and noticed their quivering hands, and I knew how petrified they were.
I almost pitied them.
I watched them prey upon those who were vulnerable or alone or different—not because these people posed any true threat to them, but because the violence provided a moment of escape from the voice in their heads that told them they were worthless and unloved and endangered. They could only find value if they had a space to own and impose their will on people within: a classroom, an alleyway, a neighborhood. They needed a domain to define themselves by.
Some of these grammar school bullies grew up. They eventually had words of love spoken into their ears or they tapped into their inherent humanity or they found a sense of worth outside of wounding other people.
Some weren’t so lucky.
hate  nationalism  KKK  pavlovitz 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Why sanctuaries have become sites of unholy violence - CNN
(CNN)A Sikh temple in Wisconsin. An Islamic center in Quebec. Mother Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina. The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
On Friday, two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were added to the sad litany of sanctuaries desecrated by unholy violence.
In each case, the houses of worships were attacked by white supremacists, according to law enforcement officials.
In each case, a religious community has been left grieving, pondering its future and feeling unsettled in sites that were supposed to be sanctuaries.
Forty-one people were killed at the al Noor mosque in Christchurch, according to authorities. Seven more died at the Linwood mosque, and one person died from their injuries at a hospital.
In a social media post just before the attacks, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers had a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.
religion  church  terrorism  murder  hate 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The Empathy Poverty of Trump's America
America is facing a growing poverty in these days.
We are going broke an alarming rate, and we need to do something quickly to change our corporate fortunes.
This is a national paucity of the gravest kind: a base level lack of compassion for the welfare of other human beings. It is trickle-down cruelty flowing from the top; an unapologetic callousness that revels in its contempt for people who are hurting or hungry or vulnerable—and it is changing us.
Though they claim to embrace both the Golden Rule and Jesus’ command to love others as they love themselves, supporters of this President seem incapable of asking (or simply refuse to ask) a seemingly elemental question undergirding both:
“What is it like to be someone else?”
religion  church  life_love_&_happiness  sexism  racism  politics  hate  pavlovitz 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Andrew Sullivan: The Abyss of Hate Versus Hate
One of the advantages of taking Saturdays off the web entirely is that I wasn’t aware of L’Affaire Covington until it was almost over. It’s one of those occasions I’m deeply glad I quit blogging 24/7 four years ago and disengaged from Twitter last month. I’m not going to dunk on the multitudes who badly misjudged a moment in time. We’re all fallible. But I did make time to watch the full 100 minutes of YouTube footage that covered the scene in front of the Lincoln Memorial long before, during, and after the smirk that was seen across the world.
What I saw was extraordinary bigotry, threats of violence, hideous misogyny, disgusting racism, foul homophobia, and anti-Catholicism — not by the demonized schoolboys, but by grown men with a bullhorn, a small group of self-styled Black Hebrew Israelites. They’re a fringe sect — but an extremely aggressive one — known for inflammatory bigotry in public. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated them a hate group: “strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic.” They scream abuse at gays, women, white people, Jews, interracial couples, in the crudest of language. In their public display of bigotry, they’re at the same level as the Westboro Baptist sect: shockingly obscene. They were the instigators of the entire affair.
news  politics  protest  racism  sexism  social_media  teenager  video  hate 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Sure, Pelosi Is Unpopular. But Another Democratic Speaker Likely Would Be Too. | FiveThirtyEight
Nancy Pelosi has overcome some opposition from House Democrats and is almost certain to be elected speaker on Thursday. But Pelosi, who was also speaker from 2007 to 2011, is a fairly unpopular figure, and one of the chief arguments of her Democratic critics has been that she will be a drag on the party politically.
Whether she’ll be a drag on other Democratic candidates or not, her critics are right about one thing: Pelosi is not popular. Nevertheless, the California Democrat will not be a unique drag on her party — virtually all congressional leaders are unpopular in modern U.S. politics. Pelosi is unpopular, will likely remain unpopular and may grow even more unpopular, but that would probably be the case for anyone Democrats chose to be speaker.
Take the current crop of Republican and Democratic party leaders in Congress. According to the latest polling average at RealClearPolitics, Pelosi has a 33 percent favorable rating and a 48 percent unfavorable rating. That gives her a -15 point net favorability rating, which is similar to the ratings of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (-22), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (-10) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (-20).1
congress  gov2.0  pelosi  politics  sexism  women  hate  538 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Christians Don't Applaud the Tear-Gassing of Children
...This is certified, sanctified, abject nonsense.
When wildfires devastated California a few weeks ago, we marveled at the courage parents showed trying to save their families from the encroaching flames; braving all manner of terrors and threats to try and protect those they loved. No decent human being would have condemned or chastised them for breaking a traffic law, or for trespassing while attempting to escape being burned alive. We know that the instinct to survive takes over when danger feels imminent, and we also know that humanity trumps legality.
Why in their, or any other God’s name, do these so-called Christian people, imagine those fleeing gang violence and genocide and poverty—merit any less empathy? Why don’t they have the same consideration for the kind of fear and desperation that would drive a mother to walk hundreds of miles with their children?...
religion  children  hate  immigration  pavlovitz 
december 2018 by rgl7194
The Paradox of Tolerance
The last part bears repeating:
We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.
tolerance  society  quotes  books  politics  racism  sexism  hate 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Nancy Pelosi and the Coming Battle for House Leadership - The Atlantic
The question for Pelosi’s critics is: Why fire the top woman?
In Nancy Pelosi’s office, steps away from the House floor, there’s a mahogany cabinet that encloses four separate television screens. They’re tuned to the cable-news networks and C-span at all times.
Leaning against that cabinet is a stack of baseball bats. It’s the bats, not the screens, that tell the story of Pelosi’s approach to leadership, including maintaining her own in the Democratic caucus.
I frequently sat in Pelosi’s office when I was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2012 and again in 2014. I watched her negotiate legislation, manage disparate factions of her caucus, and contemplate her future. There was always an amply filled bowl of Ghirardelli chocolates on an end table. And off to the side, in my peripheral vision, were those bats. The message was clear: We can achieve our goals pleasantly or unpleasantly, but we will achieve our goals.
congress  Dems  gov2.0  hate  pelosi  politics  sexism  women 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Adam Serwer: Trump and His Supporters Are Cruel - The Atlantic
Trump and His Supporters Thrive on Cruelty
The binding agent between Donald Trump and his backers is the president’s consistent demonstration of cruelty, argues writer Adam Serwer in the latest Atlantic Argument. From the president’s mockery of the disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, to his denigration of Christine Blasey Ford, to his villainizing of undocumented immigrants, it has become clear that Trump galvanizes his base with invectives that target those who are suffering.
“Trump’s fiercest backers enjoy his cruelty towards people they have decided deserve it,” Serwer says in the video. “For them, the cruelty is the point.”
trump  politics  gov2.0  hate  racism  sexism  video 
december 2018 by rgl7194
I Don't Grieve Over His Cruelty. I Grieve Over Yours.
I really don’t care about him.
I know you think I do, but my sadness really has nothing to do with him.
I know who he is—and more accurately, I know what he is.
I know that he is just a mirror.
He has simply revealed clearly the disfigured ugliness of the place I call home and the people I live here alongside—and that is the thing I grieve over. And this is not the mourning over a singular loss, it is a daily grieving.
GOP  politics  hate  gov2.0  trump  racism  sexism  pavlovitz 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Who Could Become Speaker Of The House If Pelosi Doesn’t? | FiveThirtyEight
The drama over who exactly will lead the newly elected Democratic House majority is continuing — and getting more complicated. There’s no guarantee House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will become speaker in January. Her critics are numerous and appear to be intensifying their efforts, with a bloc of them releasing a letter on Monday pledging to oppose her. And this process may go on for a while.
But Pelosi has a big advantage: There is no obvious alternative to her. It is, as the cliche goes, hard to beat something with nothing. Right now, despite all the buzz about Pelosi’s future, no Democrat is actually running against her for speaker. She is almost certain to win the internal House Democratic vote next week to be the party’s nominee for speaker, in part because she might be running unopposed. Her critics’ best bet to defeat her is probably to wait till the formal speaker vote in January, refuse to back Pelosi then, and force her to step aside — and then hope someone else emerges with enough support to get the job.
To explain Democrats’ lack of options, let’s look at some factions within the caucus, none of whom have coalesced around a candidate who could easily supplant Pelosi.
Dems  pelosi  gov2.0  politics  women  sexism  congress  hate  538 
november 2018 by rgl7194
How Big A Difference Does The House Speaker Really Make? | FiveThirtyEight
The fight over whether Democrats should choose Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be the speaker of the House again is really a fight over what Democrats should want in a speaker. Do they need someone skilled at the inside game — tucking small-but-significant provisions into appropriations bills or convincing other House Democrats to campaign on health care a lot and impeachment almost never? Or do they need a master of the outside game — an articulate, engaging spokesperson for the party who can appeal to the party’s liberal base as well as Obama-Trump voters in the Midwest?
Of course, that’s not what the Pelosi debate on Twitter and in op-ed columns has revolved around; instead, Pelosi’s advocates and critics are going around and around about her age and gender. But that debate is different than the one taking place on Capitol Hill, where this decision will actually be made. There, the Pelosi fight is not really about gender — some of Pelosi’s critics are women, and virtually all of them, I think, would accept a female speaker not named Pelosi. It’s not really about ideology either — some of Pelosi’s critics are pretty liberal, as are some of her supporters; opinion about her also seems to be mixed among more conservative Democrats. It’s also not solely about age — Pelosi’s critics are suggesting that the party needs a new generation of leaders, but some were recently touting 66-year-old Marcia Fudge of Ohio for speaker. Fudge is 12 years younger than Pelosi but hardly represents a generational shift. (Fudge on Tuesday announced that she was backing Pelosi and ending her own brief flirtation with running for speaker.)
Dems  pelosi  gov2.0  politics  women  sexism  congress  hate  538 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Opinion | Alexander Soros: The Hate That Is Consuming Us - The New York Times
Bombs sent to my father, George Soros, and to former President Obama and Hillary Clinton are a result of our politics of demonizing opponents.
On Monday afternoon an explosive device was delivered to my father’s home north of New York City. An alert member of our staff recognized the threat and called the police. Fortunately, the authorities were able to detonate the device safely. On Wednesday, the Secret Service said it had intercepted similar devices sent to the offices of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
We are all grateful that no one was injured, and grateful to those who kept us safe. But the incident was profoundly disturbing — as a threat not just to the safety of our family, neighbors, colleagues and friends, but also to the future of American democracy.
hate  conservative  politics  gov2.0  op-ed  nytimes  terrorism  hillary  soros  obama 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Opinion | F-Bombs and Real Bombs - The New York Times
Our problem isn’t “incivility.” It’s right-wing violence.
On Wednesday night, after bombs were sent to a number of Donald Trump’s most prominent enemies, he held a rally in Mosinee, Wis. A president with even a pretense to statesmanship would have canceled it — the country was in the middle of what can reasonably be described as a terrorist attack, with someone attempting mass murder against leading Democrats. Trump, needless to say, is not such a president.
At the rally — which featured Trump fans chanting, “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton, to whom one of the bombs was addressed — Trump called for the country to come together “in peace and harmony.” Then, in characteristic fashion, he blamed the press for America’s climate of simmering rage. “The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” he said.
politics  gov2.0  nytimes  trump  conservative  hate 
november 2018 by rgl7194
The rebellion against Nancy Pelosi is absurd - The Washington Post
Something exceedingly bizarre is going on in Congress right now. Kevin McCarthy, second in command among House Republicans, watched his party get trounced in the midterms, and was rewarded with a promotion to Republican leader. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were quickly confirmed by their respective caucuses to stay in charge in the Senate. Yet Nancy Pelosi, who just engineered the biggest Democratic win in the House since the post-Watergate election of 1974, is the one facing a challenge to her leadership:
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday faced solid opposition from at least 17 Democrats and encountered a significant bloc of undecided women in her bid for speaker, setting the stage for an intense battle over who will ascend to one of the most powerful positions in Washington.
After a campaign in which some Democrats prevailed in competitive districts by promising to oppose her, a coalition of incumbents and newly elected members have denied her a smooth path to the speakership. Those ranks could swell as more races are called.
Dems  pelosi  gov2.0  politics  women  sexism  congress  hate 
november 2018 by rgl7194
The Nancyness of Nancy Pelosi: What hating her says about us - The Washington Post
The Nancyness of Nancy Pelosi is like the Hillaryness of Hillary Clinton: It’s not a definition so much as a collection of amorphous descriptors — cackling, scheming, elitist, ex-wife-like — that nobody can ever quite articulate, other than to say they don’t like it.
An assessment that she’s off-putting is often presented as an objective matter of concern, not one of personal taste: It’s not me who dislikes her but some other people. Attempts to defend her are often accompanied by caveats: “I was in no mood to support Pelosi and the ‘corporate Democrats’ she represented,” wrote former congresswoman Donna Edwards in an op-ed this week, before going on to declare that her initial misgivings had been wrong.
Dems  pelosi  gov2.0  politics  women  sexism  congress  hate 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Don’t blow it, Democrats. There’s only one choice to be the next speaker. - The Washington Post
Donna F. Edwards, a Democrat, represented Maryland’s 4th District in the U.S. House from 2008 to 2017.
Dear newly elected House Democrats,
Congratulations on your historic victory. I hope you take time to reflect on how and why you won. But not too much time. Your first big decision awaits you — your choice for speaker of the House.
I remember when I was sent to Congress in a special election in 2008, having beaten an eight-term incumbent for whom then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi had campaigned. I was the progressive champion. I brought to the table a 20-year career as a nonprofit lawyer, advocate for women and progressive philanthropist. I was in no mood to support Pelosi and the “corporate Democrats” she represented. I was wrong.
Dems  pelosi  gov2.0  politics  women  sexism  congress  hate 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Donald Trump has turned America into a place where victims are mocked and being merciless is a virtue | The Independent
Trump could not have mocked someone’s account of sexual abuse in the first week of his candidacy. He and the culture he represents have built up to this and they are still building
I was delighted to hear that the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to two people fighting to end sexual violence rather than to a golf enthusiast with bog roll on his shoes who likes to publicly mock those who say they are victims of sexual violence. Restores faith, y’know?
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were selected over Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to win this year’s prize  “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
Mukwege is a gynaecologist who, despite threats to his own life, has looked after thousands of people who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Murad is a 25-year-old Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants and held as a sex slave. She also has the astounding bravery to talk about it. I watched her interview with Sarah Montague, not an easy thing to do but when a woman has been through such dementedly horrific experiences (made all the more maddening when you know she is just one of thousands of Yazidi women who are considered “spoils of war”) and is brave enough to tell people about it, listening is frankly, the least we could do.
trump  politics  gov2.0  sexism  racism  hate 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Fear and hatred: how propaganda persuades with emotion
As Russian propaganda and disinformation spread around the world, more and more initiatives  are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centres that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its Soviet predecessor.
In many respects, this difference is explained by the fact that, unlike Communist propaganda, today’s Kremlin’s ‘information operations’ do not need to adhere to a specific ideology. Modern Russian propaganda, unlike Marxism-Leninism, does not have to maintain logical consistency, and is in fact often internally contradictory. To create and maintain momentum, it uses images and the feelings created by images which are so provocative that they affect people much more than rational arguments. Russian propaganda does not create a system of views, but it appeals directly to emotions, instincts, reflexes and passions, the intertwining of which leads to the desired result for the Kremlin.
The problem in combating this disinformation is that it is almost impossible to argue with emotions. A coherent system of views can be refuted, ideological errors can easily be debunked by comparing them with the truth. But emotions are another matter. They flatter the human subconscious, respond to people’s deep instincts, immerse them in a world that is convenient and comfortable for them and can cause addiction, in some ways reminiscent of narcotics. People who are immersed in these emotions and inspired by propaganda images often simply do not want to know the truth, not wanting to go beyond their own imaginary world into the realm of dry and uncomfortable rationality. It’s interesting that propaganda used by populists and extremists in Europe and the United States by plays to similar emotions and instincts and uses similar images. Let’s try to highlight what these emotions are and how they are being used.
propaganda  russia  politics  hate  fake_news 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The Cruelty Is the Point - The Atlantic
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.
The Museum of African-American History and Culture is in part a catalog of cruelty. Amid all the stories of perseverance, tragedy, and unlikely triumph are the artifacts of inhumanity and barbarism: the child-size slave shackles, the bright red robes of the wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, the recordings of civil-rights protesters being brutalized by police.
The artifacts that persist in my memory, the way a bright flash does when you close your eyes, are the photographs of lynchings. But it’s not the burned, mutilated bodies that stick with me. It’s the faces of the white men in the crowd. There’s the photo of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Indiana in 1930, in which a white man can be seen grinning at the camera as he tenderly holds the hand of his wife or girlfriend. There’s the undated photo from Duluth, Minnesota, in which grinning white men stand next to the mutilated, half-naked bodies of two men lashed to a post in the street—one of the white men is straining to get into the picture, his smile cutting from ear to ear. There’s the photo of a crowd of white men huddled behind the smoldering corpse of a man burned to death; one of them is wearing a smart suit, a fedora hat, and a bright smile.
politics  psychology  trump  gov2.0  hate 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Verizon Quits ALEC After Group Hands Microphone to Right-Wing Provocateur David Horowitz ·
Verizon has quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate funded alliance between big business and Republican state lawmakers, after right-wing activist David Horowitz used a guest appearance at the 45th ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans to launch into a tirade against opponents of President Donald Trump, claiming Democrats are socialists bent on attacking traditional American values.
To rousing applause from many of the 1,500 legislators and lobbyists in attendance, Horowitz used two speeches to attack the LGBTQ community, people of color, public education, feminism, gender equality, and the rights of women to seek independent access to reproductive healthcare.
Specifically, Horowitz claimed public schools are “indoctrination and recruitment centers for the Democratic party and its socialist left” and that “school curricula had been turned over to racist organizations like Black Lives Matter and terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.” On a later panel, Horowitz told the audience Trump had not gone far enough attacking his enemies, and defended the president’s remarks calling a woman “a pig.” Those who disagreed were called “communists” by Horowitz. He also argued the United States could only have been founded by Protestant Christians.
business  conference  racism  sexism  hate  politics  GOP  stop_the_cap 
september 2018 by rgl7194
You Can't Change Hatred—But You Can Outvote It
There’s an old saying: “When the horse is dead—dismount.”
It’s time to stop beating that horse, America. It’s not going anywhere.
I’ve tried for three years now.
I’ve tried to understand them.
I’ve tried to listen to them.
I’ve tried not to assign motive to them, not to speculate as to why they voted the way they voted, not to believe they consented to every cruel thing their vote birthed and enabled.
I’ve tried not to caricaturize them; not to make them into one-dimensional stereotypes, not to treat them as some fictional other whose presence posed a threat.
I’ve tried appealing to their sense of decency, to their capacity for compassion, to their faith in Jesus.
politics  gov2.0  hate  voting  election  religion  pavlovitz 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Op-ed: Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea [Updated] | Ars Technica
Facebook has resisted becoming the Internet's fake news police.
Update: This article originally stated that Facebook had not banned most Alex Jones content from the site, which was true when we scheduled the post on Friday afternoon. But on Monday morning, shortly before this article published, Facebook removed four key Alex Jones pages, effectively banning him from the platform. I've updated the story to reflect this change.
Facebook and YouTube both have strict rules against posting content that is hateful, pornographic, or violates someone's privacy. But what if someone posts content that is just egregiously false? Right now, neither Facebook nor YouTube has rules banning this kind of content. And critics say that's a problem.
In recent weeks, the issue has come to a head over online provocateur, pundit, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Jones gleefully flouts the rules of journalistic ethics, regularly making outrageous claims without a shred of evidence.
racism  hate  KKK  conspiracy_theory  politics  facebook 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready [Update] | Ars Technica
Jones urged supporters to ready their weapons against the media, antifa, and others.
After holding out for a few weeks, Twitter joined the chorus of social media and tech giants that have punished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for questionable content. Twitter suspended Jones from his account on Tuesday after he tweeted out a link to a video in which he calls for his supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready for the media and others.
But the catch is that Jones' ban will last just seven days—the InfoWars host will not be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account during that week.
racism  hate  KKK  conspiracy_theory  politics  twitter 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Apple Has Permanently Banned Alex Jones' Infowars App From The App Store
Apple's App Store guidelines for developers forbid apps with "content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste."
A day after being banned from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been booted from yet another platform: Apple's popular App Store. As of Friday evening, searches on the App Store for Infowars return no results.
Apple confirmed the app's removal to BuzzFeed News, but declined to comment, pointing to its App Store Review Guidelines. The company said Infowars would not be permitted to return to the App Store.
The first clause of those guidelines explicitly rejects "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way."
apple  apps  store  racism  hate  KKK  conspiracy_theory  politics 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Twitter’s latest (and final) punishment for Alex Jones: A permanent ban | Ars Technica
Inflammatory tweets and videos posted yesterday were the final straw for Twitter.
After weeks of controversy, Twitter officially banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars site from its platform. The social media company tweeted out the decision from its Twitter Safety account Thursday afternoon, stating that it permanently suspended Alex Jones and InfoWars after both accounts posted tweets and videos that violated the company's abusive-behavior policy. Previous violations also contributed to the decision to ban both accounts.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
twitter  conservative  fake_news  conspiracy_theory  racism  politics  hate 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Alex Jones and Infowars banned from Twitter, finally.
On Thursday, Twitter permanently removed conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform. The website was the last of the major social platforms to remove Jones and his Infowars site, following Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn, all of which gave Jones the boot last month, citing repeated violations of their community standards. Apple Podcasts and Spotify also removed a handful of Infowars podcasts in August, likewise saying that Jones’ content, which often includes rants on outright falsehoods or worse incitements to hate or violence.
Specifically, Twitter suspended the accounts @RealAlexJones and @InfoWars from both its core service and Periscope, its live-streaming app. “We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations,” the company said in a tweet. Twitter says it will continue to monitor other accounts associated with Jones and his InfoWars empire.
twitter  conservative  fake_news  conspiracy_theory  racism  politics  hate 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Data vandal changes name of New York City to “Jewtropolis” across multiple apps [Updated] | Ars Technica
20-day old change, long corrected by OpenStreetMap, was pushed out via Mapbox.
Late yesterday, users of Snapchat and a number of other applications began to report that the label on in-application maps for New York City had been changed to "Jewtropolis." That change in data from the mapping developer kit company MapBox had been pulled in from OpenStreetMap—a community-driven mapping project also used by Wikimedia.

Whatever mapping service that Snapchat, CitiBike, StreetEasy, (perhaps others) use — it seems — is showing New York City as "Jewtropolis" this morning.
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) August 30, 2018
maps  security  privacy  hack  data  hate  racism  twitter 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Timely Quotes on Fascism Then and Now - WhoWhatWhy
To find out more, click on this amazing Hate Map, and you will discover a wide variety of fascist hate groups all over the country — whom they hate, what they’ve been up to, and where they are. There’s one for nearly every taste.  
It is as horrifying as those maps you see on the news showing fires raging throughout the American west. The flames seem to be leaping off the map.
White supremacy groups have been quietly simmering for years, but, under the Trump administration, they seem to be flaring up.
The number of neo-Nazi organizations in America increased by 22 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). (But the Ku Klux Klan has been shrinking, possibly due to fashion issues. I’m not being flip; physical image — hair style, clothing, tattoos — are apparently very important to these people.)
racism  hate  KKK  gov2.0  politics  quotes 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Is there really data that heavy Facebook use caused…erm, is correlated with…erm, is linked to real-life hate crimes?
Plus: Does all our yammering about fake news make people think real news is fake?
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.
Study says heavy Facebook use is linked to more hate crimes against asylum seekers in Germany. Wait, is that what it says? The New York Times on Monday published a story, datelined from a “pro-refugee” German town, exploring the terrifying trajectory of actual German Facebook superusers who become radicalized through their intense activity in anti-refugee bubbles on social media, and commit real-life acts of violence. The piece, by Amanda Taub and Max Fisher of the Interpreter column, leaned on a previously covered working paper from researchers at the University of Warwick, and described the paper’s key finding as follows:
Towns where Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced more attacks on refugees. That held true in virtually any sort of community — big city or small town; affluent or struggling; liberal haven or far-right stronghold — suggesting that the link applies universally.
Their reams of data converged on a breathtaking statistic: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.
Shortly thereafter, academics began tussling over both the study’s quality and how it was portrayed in the Times piece.
research  facebook  crime  racism  news  fake_news  hate 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Opinion | Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. - The New York Times
The platform won’t ban the dangerous liar Alex Jones because he “hasn’t violated our rules.” Then what’s the point of these rules?
This week, Alex Jones, the persistently mendacious conspiracy-theory spouter — yeah, that’s a real job in 2018 — finally became the ultimate swipe left of the social media age.
Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify and most other major internet distributors banished Mr. Jones, either permanently or for some unspecified star-chamber-determined amount of time, for hate speech and other violations.
But not Twitter. Instead, Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, founder and tweet inventor himself, took to his own platform to explain in the high-minded tone that one takes with small children that Mr. Jones wasn’t suspended from Twitter because he “hasn’t violated our rules.”
politics  twitter  nytimes  op-ed  propaganda  fake_news  alt_facts  racism  hate  curation 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Undercover Facebook Moderator Was Instructed Not to Remove Fringe Groups or Hate Speech
Nick Statt, writing for The Verge:
The undercover journalist detailed his findings in a new documentary titled Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network, that just aired on the UK’s Channel 4. The investigation outlines questionable practices on behalf of CPL Resources, a third-party content moderator firm based in Dublin, Ireland that Facebook has worked with since 2010.
Those questionable practices primarily involve a hands-off approach to flagged and reported content like graphic violence, hate speech, and racist and other bigoted rhetoric from far-right groups. The undercover reporter says he was also instructed to ignore users who looked as if they were under 13 years of age, which is the minimum age requirement to sign up for Facebook in accordance with the Child Online Protection Act, a 1998 privacy law passed in the US designed to protect young children from exploitation and harmful and violent content on the internet. The documentary insinuates that Facebook takes a hands-off approach to such content, including blatantly false stories parading as truth, because it engages users for longer and drives up advertising revenue.
facebook  daring_fireball  propaganda  politics  hate  racism 
july 2018 by rgl7194
What Suzanna Danuta Walters Missed - The Atlantic
A gender-studies scholar penned an essay laying out the logic of such loathing—but it falls short of its mark.
Last week, Suzanna Danuta Walters, a professor of sociology and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University, posed the question, “Why can’t we hate men?” Because hate speech remains protected by the First Amendment, we can peruse her argument in The Washington Post, preempt anyone inclined to mistake it for mainstream feminism, and respond with persuasion rather than having her ideas fester unseen.
In her telling, at this cultural moment, “it seems logical to hate men.”
culture  men  women  hate 
june 2018 by rgl7194
How the internet helps spread hate, Nazi views
Editor's note: A New York Times profile is being criticized for normalizing a Nazi sympathizer's views and failing to explain why he thinks that way. But it's no mystery. We blame the internet.
You can't miss the rise of hate, racism and the neo-Nazi movement on the internet. But somehow, The New York Times did. A Saturday profile of a Nazi sympathizer drew widespread criticism for giving Tony Hovater, 29, an unchallenged platform for sharing his views.
Hovater is described as "the Nazi sympathizer next door, polite and low-key." He's "an organizer, an occasional podcast guest on a website called Radio Aryan, and a self-described 'social media villain,' although, in person, his Midwestern manners would please anyone's mother." He thinks the Holocaust wasn't as bad as history tells us, and says Hitler "was a lot more kind of chill on [exterminating] Slavs and homosexuals."
hate  internet  news  nytimes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Internet Hate Machine
A series of articles on CNet last week really caught my attention.1 The flagship article sets the stage.
You can't miss the rise of hate, racism and the neo-Nazi movement on the internet. But somehow, The New York Times did. A Saturday profile of a Nazi sympathizer drew widespread criticism for giving Tony Hovater, 29, an unchallenged platform for sharing his views.
Here's the Brutal Reality of Online Hate
This Lawsuit Could Shut Internet Nazis Down
How to Scrub Hate Off Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet
Gamergate to Trump: How Video Game Culture Blew Everything Up
"Hate comes from everywhere on the spectrum, it's not exclusively owned by one party," Heller said. "The theme with all of them was that they said, 'I didn't realize what I wrote affected a real person.'"
This is the weakest defense I can imagine. Taking action against someone and claiming that you didn't know they were a real person, makes you a sociopath. I seriously doubt that there are so many sociopaths. My guess is that they never imagined that there would be consequences for their actions. Then someone showed up on their door step.
As someone that commutes regularly, I see similar behavior on a much more traditional platform, the highways. Once someone is isolated behind their wheel they disconnect from the rest of humanity around them. It's self propagating too. Like a plague it spreads on contact. One bad actor makes the next isolated person feel like the only good defense is a good offense, and so on. I don't think we can change this so we have to change the technology and laws to account for it.
hate  internet  news  nytimes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Silencing the haters: German facebook group talks back to trolls
Reading hateful comments on social media can be distressing. According to Susanne Tannert, reading them for several hours each day requires nerves of steel.
“Many of us become exhausted, discouraged; all this hate is really hard to deal with,” says Tannert, a member of Germany’s anti-hate-speech initiative #ichbinhier. “But we cannot remain silent.”
Like Tannert, members of #ichbinhier (“I am here” in English) routinely track down and counter malevolent remarks, insults, and disinformation that appear in the comments sections of German news stories on Facebook.
The group was founded in December 2016 by Hannes Ley, a digital communications expert from Hamburg, and is inspired by a similar Facebook initiative in Sweden, #jagärhär.
The underlying idea behind the movement is to prevent malicious users from highjacking social media to spread hatred and lies.
On its Facebook page, #ichbinhier describes itself as promoting a “constructive dialogue” on social media “without hate, without hate speech, without fake news.”
germany  facebook  troll  social_media  hate  fake_news 
december 2017 by rgl7194
How the tech sector can legally justify breaking ties to extremists | Ars Technica
Generally speaking, private enterprise may refuse service on ideological grounds.
In the wake of recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a swath of the tech sector has undergone a renaissance of sorts and announced that it was reducing or examining its ties to extremist groups.
CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince said what a lot of executives were thinking when deciding to cancel service to the neo-Nazi site, the Daily Stormer. The site celebrated the death of a Charlottesville protester and sparked a tech-sector backlash against hate speech.
"My rationale for making this decision was simple: the people behind the Daily Stormer are assholes and I'd had enough," Prince said. "Let me be clear: this was an arbitrary decision."
In recent days, GoDaddy, Apple Pay, PayPal, and a Who's Who of tech companies like Google have decided that, to varying degrees, they will either stop doing business with some extremist groups promoting violence, or they will at least re-examine their financial ties to these groups.
While we've been reporting on the controversy, some Ars commenters have wondered whether it is legal for Internet companies to discriminate based on the viewpoint of a website.
The answer: yes.
"The current shape of the law doesn't prohibit the general discrimination based on general ideology," Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor and blogger at the Volokh Conspiracy, told Ars in a telephone interview. The Communications Decency Act, he added, grants the tech sector broad powers "to publish or not publish things."
legal  business  hate  racism  KKK  technology  internet  discrimination 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked – TechCrunch
It seems like just the other day that Reddit finally banned a handful of its most hateful and deplorable subreddits, including r/coontown and r/fatpeoplehate. The move was, at the time, derided by some as pointless, akin to shooing criminals away from one neighborhood only to trouble another. But a new study shows that, for Reddit at least, it has had lasting positive effects.
The policing of hate speech online has become a flash point for many a flame war, these past few months especially, as white nationalists, neo-nazis and others with abhorrent but strictly speaking quite legal viewpoints struggle with being banned repeatedly from the internet’s biggest platforms.
social_media  racism  KKK  hate 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Just Made a Demand So Ludicrous, Reporters Couldn’t Help But Laugh – Realtime Politics
Republican Steve King blamed Obama for the Congressional shooting when in reality, the finger should be pointed at Trump.  The day Trump entered the White House, a miasma of hate began infiltrating America’s atmosphere.  All of the crazies began coming out of the woodwork to spew their hate across our great nation.
Today at the White House, reporters asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Trump’s rhetoric is to blame for the shooting.
Sanders stated, “There has been quite a bit of attacking against the president.”  Sanders added that the president has “tried to reach out to Democrats.”  Was she referring to all of the tweets he sends attacking Democrats?
trump  politics  gov2.0  racism  hate  slanders 
june 2017 by rgl7194
In President Trump’s First Week, ACLU Hands Him First Stinging Rebuke | American Civil Liberties Union
This is a remarkable day. When Donald Trump was elected president, we promised that if he tried to implement his unconstitutional and un-American policies that we would take him to court. We did that today. And we won.
Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that suspended resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely, suspended all other refugee resettlement for 120 days, and banned the entry of nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days. All seven countries are predominately Muslim countries. We have no doubt that the motivation behind the executive order was discriminatory. This was a Muslim ban wrapped in a paper-thin national security rationale.
politics  trump  gov2.0  hate  ACLU  racism  legal 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Make America Hate Again – AVC
I’ve kept my mouth shut about President Trump since he was elected in early November.
I figured there were other things to focus on where I could have an impact and so I did that.
But friday’s executive orders are too much for me.
Trump is institutionalizing hatred, bigotry, and racism with these orders.
They have absolutely nothing to do with policy.
politics  trump  gov2.0  hate  ACLU 
february 2017 by rgl7194

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