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  • Facebook employs psychologist whose firm sold data to Cambridge Analytica

    03/18/2018 9:57:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 Mar 2018 17:06 EDT | Paul Lewis and Julia Carrie Wong
    The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist. Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica. {snip} Chancellor is still working as a researcher at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California, where psychologists frequently conduct research and experiments using the company’s vast...
  • Adrian Lamo, Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning, Dies (suspiciously) at 37

    03/18/2018 8:55:19 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 18, 2018 | Nina Golgowski
    Adrian Lamo, the computer hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to authorities for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks, was found dead in an apartment in Wichita, Kansas, last week, according to local reports. Lamo, whose cause of death has yet to be reported but has been deemed unsuspicious by police, was 37, the Wichita Eagle reported. “With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and [acquaintances] that he is dead,” his father, Mario Lamo, posted on Facebook on Friday. “A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son.” Lamo...
  • 'The Final Year' Documentary Yields Liberal Meltdown at Hillary Loss

    03/18/2018 8:45:23 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 18, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Remember all those hilarious 2016 election night videos? Well, the good news is that a couple of the best scenes of liberal desolation that night have remained unseen...until now. They come to us by way of "The Final Year" documentary which was intended to celebrate the Obama adminstration foreign policy team in its last year of office. The featured players are former Secretary of State John Kerry, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power, and former creative writing graduate and deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. Most of the documentary is just boring propaganda with...
  • New Yorker Magazine Under Fire for Body-Shaming Trump

    03/18/2018 8:29:31 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 18, 2018 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    People are slamming New Yorker magazine over its latest magazine cover, which depicts President Trump addressing reporters while completely nude in an attempt to mock his appearance. The magazine gave a sneak preview Friday of its latest edition and got a flood of responses criticizing the magazine for “body-shaming” the president. The New Yorker ✔ @NewYorker An early look at next week's cover, “Exposed,” by Barry Blitt: 7:20 AM - Mar 16, 2018
  • Stuck in limbo, DACA recipients are consumed with fear and anxiety

    03/18/2018 6:07:47 PM PDT · by libertylover · 32 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | 3/9/2018 | Tatiana Sanchez
    The anxiety keeps coming in waves. And right now, for Fernando Hernandez and the hundreds of thousands of young DACA recipients whose fate lies in the hands of a polarized Congress and a mercurial president, the despair is crashing in. “It’s been weighing down on me,” said Hernandez, 28, of Santa Clara, whose mother crossed the border illegally with him when he was 5 and who now works as a lab technician at an LED company. “It feels like I don’t have an identity anymore, like I’m somebody’s plaything, somebody’s bargaining chip.”
  • Rep. Keith Ellison, under fire for Farrakhan ties, claims he hasn't seen the controversial leader…

    03/18/2018 5:38:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/18/2018 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said Sunday that he had not met with or spoken to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan since 2013 — despite the anti-Semitic minister’s claim that the congressman visited him in Farrakhan’s Washington D.C. suite more recently. Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in a blog post on Medium that “I do not have and have never had a relationship with Mr. Farrakhan, but I have been in the same room as him.” According to Ellison, he and Farrakhan attended the same New York meeting with Iran President Hassan Rouhani “and nearly...
  • Obama Increases SES Performance Award Spending Cap

    03/18/2018 4:43:55 PM PDT · by ptsal · 7 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 12-15-2015 | Charles S. Clark
    Okay this is from Dec. 15, 2015 but it sure is relevant. President Obama on Tuesday signed a long-awaited executive order on strengthening the Senior Executive Service that streamlines recruiting and hiring while raising the aggregate spending cap on executive performance awards from the current 4.8 percent cap to 7.5 percent.**snip**The impetus for the hike, the order said, is to “retain and reward more top performers” among SES and senior level/scientific or professional employees. “The heads of agencies with SES positions that supervise General Schedule employees will implement policies for initial pay setting and pay adjustments, as appropriate, for career...
  • Dr. Ted Noel: Hillary Clinton Falls Again ... and Again ... (Parkinson's disease confirmed)

    03/18/2018 3:46:14 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 109 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 13, 2018 | Dr. Ted Noel
    Dr. Noel is the physician who discussed Hillary's health issues during the campaign and formed a medical opinion that she was most likely suffering from Parkinson's disease. In his new video, he analyzes her latest "event" in India on a frame by frame basis and concludes that it is more evidence that his original call was correct. In case you are interested, the original videos where Dr. Noel discussed Hillary's problems are: Hillary Clinton's Illness Revealed (4.9 million views BREAKING: Dr. Ted Noel Reveals Hillary's Major New Parkinson's Health Warnings That Could End Her Hillary Falls Again
  • James Kallstrom: "They had a backup plan to basically frame Donald Trump"

    03/18/2018 3:14:17 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 18, 2018 | Mandy Mayfield
    Getting real folks.... Former assistant FBI director James Kallstrom: "They had a backup plan to basically frame Donald Trump" """Do you think somebody was directing them or do you think they just came to the conclusion on their own, this leadership at the FBI and the Department of Justice, that they wanted to change the outcome of the election?" Bartiromo asked. Kallstrom also said officials had a scheme to blame Trump for the Russian interference during the 2016 election. "They had a backup plan to basically frame Donald Trump and that's what's been going," Kallstrom said...."" More at Link:
  • Democrats hold double-digit lead for 2018 midterm elections

    03/18/2018 2:12:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 126 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 18, 2018 | Mark Murray
    Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage over Republicans in congressional preference for the 2018 midterm elections, even as President Donald Trump's job approval rating has ticked up, the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.
  • Putin Wins Another Six-Year Term in the Kremlin

    03/18/2018 12:48:05 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 63 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | Reuters
    Putin's thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defences against the West and to raise living standards. None of the seven candidates who ran against him posed a threat, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running. Critics alleged that officials had compelled people to come to the polls to ensure that voter boredom at the one-sided contest did not lead...
  • John Brennan Tweet Confirms Donald Trump’s Concerns About Politicized Intelligence

    John Brennan reacted to the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by tweeting a strident attack against Trump: John O. Brennan When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you. The president’s critics seems to like Brennan’s tweet. It confirmed what Trump has been saying all along: that the senior leadership of the intelligence and federal law enforcement services had become highly politicized. That...
  • AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false NYC housing paperwork

    03/18/2018 11:57:19 AM PDT · by blueyon · 33 replies ^ | 3/18/18 | bernard condon
    When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit. But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid. Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump's son-in-law's firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with...
  • Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin [IL]

    03/18/2018 11:25:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 18, 2018 2:15 PM EDT | Christina A. Cassidy and Sarah Zimmerman
    With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls. They have good reason to be on guard: Two years ago, Illinois was the lone state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort that ultimately targeted 21 states. Hackers believe[d] to be connected to Russia penetrated the state’s voter rolls, viewing data on some 76,000 Illinois voters, although there is no indication any information was changed. Since then, Illinois election officials have added firewalls, installed software designed to...
  • Feinstein says Dick’s CEO is ‘great American’ for restricting guns

    03/18/2018 11:08:23 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 55 replies ^ | 03/16/18 | Chris Eger
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., this week met with Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack and came away impressed with his moves to change store policy on gun sales. The former San Francisco mayor and author of the long-expired federal assault weapon ban visited with Stack in the aftermath of the big box retailer’s adoption of a controversial policy banning gun sales to those under age 21 across their 700 locations nationwide, including 26 Field & Stream stores. “I was delighted to meet Ed Stack, who I think is a great American,” Feinstein said. “He’s a supporter of the...
  • #stillTrump? Question of the Day

    03/18/2018 10:21:58 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 03/18/18 | Robert Farago
    Before President Trump took office, The People of the Gun were giddy at the prospect of gun rights restoration. At the very least, we expected suppressors to be removed from the National Firearms Act, so they could be purchased with a simple background check at an FFL. Nope. All we get in that regard . . . is some additional funding for the notoriously some might say infamously anti-gun rights ATF to process suppressor applications more quickly. National reciprocity? Fuhgeddaboutit.In fact, President Trump (and the NRA) supports new gun regulation: “fixing NICs” and so-called Extreme Risk Protection Orders — a...
  • Trump's poison could kill fellow Republicans in Jersey

    03/18/2018 9:51:00 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 39 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2018 | Tom Moran
    Rep. Tom MacArthur, alone among New Jersey Republicans, has embraced Donald Trump with a full bear hug. Maybe he thought that would work out for him politically, but it's shaping up to be a disaster. He's toast as a statewide candidate in Blue Jersey, where Republicans had hoped he might rise to the U.S. Senate or governor's mansion. And now he has fresh reason to worry that he could even lose his seat in Congress. That reason is Conor Lamb, the rookie Democrat from southwestern Pennsylvania who just stunned the political world by marching into deep red territory and grabbing...
  • If You Are a Fed Official, Perjury Is 'Lacking Candor'

    03/18/2018 9:43:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2018 | Clarice Feldman
    Friday night was a big night for news hawks. And I'm not talking about the upset victory of the UMBC Retrievers over the they-should-have-been-50-points-ahead UVa Cavaliers. Things like that sometimes happen when skill and determination beat odds-makers and reputation. I'm talking about the firing of Andrew McCabe, who doubtless acted under the impression that rigging things at the FBI for Hillary Clinton was the path to higher office and glory. Late Friday night, McCabe, the former deputy director and then acting director of the FBI, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement that reads as follows: ~snip~...
  • Trump’s State Dept., CIA picks will be confirmed despite Rand Paul’s objections, Lindsey Graham says

    03/18/2018 9:13:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he thinks President Trump’s picks to lead the State Department and CIA will make it through the Senate, despite Sen. Rand Paul’s pledge to try and block the nominees. Mr. Graham said CIA Director Mike Pompeo will make a suitable replacement for Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, since he shares Mr. Trump’s world view — including a tough line against North Korea. “He will get confirmed,” Mr. Graham told CNN’s State of the Union. Mr. Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican from Kentucky, said he fears. Mr. Pompeo is a throwback to Republicans who...
  • Amazon Deletes Reviews of Conservative Authors with No Explanation

    03/18/2018 9:05:14 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 59 replies
    pjmedia ^ | MARCH 16, 2018 | MEGAN FOX
    Amazon frightened many conservative authors this week in a mass deletion of reviews. Some authors lost almost 100 reviews on their published works. Others lost all the reviews they had ever written on Amazon. Some lost both. Information about the purge began to trickle out in the closed Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA) Facebook group. Member after member began reporting the losses at the same time. Marina Fontaine, whose credits include the dystopian Chasing Freedom, the pro-Trump fiction anthology MAGA 2020, and moderating the CLFA page, reported many members experiencing losses. A coordinated effort was launched to contact Amazon for...