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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
With Jones winning it's refreshing (and a relief) to see that fellow Americans, across political affiliations, are willing to draw a line in the sand and say 'enough is enough'. I know it's 'Bama and the deep south, but good grief, it's still crazy that the results were even that close. I digress.

Standards such as ethics and integrity should absolutely matter when electing public officials; and equally so for those already in office. We've long had too low a bar for our elected public officials (largely b/c of apathy). Here in the US it's especially true that you get the government you deserve--all the more reason to get involved and hold public servants accountable.
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Aboly Aboly (@Aboly) replied to realDonaldTrump (@realDonaldTrump) on Pinned comment
Oh, dear mister prezident that's nothing.
Just wait till mister Muller and his team start questioning mister Kushner and you based on jeneral Flynn's testimonies, then you'll wish you had never entered the white house, or maybe you wish you had a probe, instead of answering to Muller's questions. Or both!

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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Who is the John, who is the pimp, who are the whores?
Who pays, who gets paid?
'ladies line up! our customers have arrived' announces the pimp. Whores stand up and make a line with smile on their faces.
Rich Arab boy and the Jew boy smile back.
Who is the john, who is the pimp, who are the whores.
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MikeBoogey Mike (@MikeBoogey) on Pinned comment
You want reach? Pay up!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Thanx for sharing the article.
This is a compelling study of high-tech, large-scale manipulation.
Especially useful is its description of how "tools of algorithmic engagement skew our reality."
In the past few years perhaps no one has paid more attention to the utterly destructive role of Algorithms in our daily lives than Cathy O'Neil.

Couple of days ago she had an article about it in the Guardian:

How can we stop algorithms telling lies?
toptopic.com/posts/how-can-we-stop-algorithms-telling-lies-53012

And her book "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" treats the subject in great, depressing details!

"Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy"
books.google.com/books?id=CxD-DAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on Pinned comment
Leslie Moonves on Donald Trump: "It May Not Be Good for America, but It's Damn Good for CBS"

www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/leslie-moonves-donald-trump-may-871464
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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on Pinned comment
The media loves Trump! Ratings have never been better. The best thing that could happen to any show or network is for Trump to pick a fight with you.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
You could take'em out of Fox Network, but you can't take Fox Network out of them! *

Vladimir Putin & Megyn Kelly: Slimy Public Manipulators: The Daily Show





* Incidentally the postulate applies to all other types of a..holes as well; including but not limited to Stalinists/Maoists and their so called 'communist parties.' So called since these 'communist parties' end up killing more Communists and workers than any capitalist!
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Keeping Americans angry and dumb was his mission. He's gone but Fox and Murdoch will continue the mission.
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sht99 sht99 (@sht99) on Pinned comment
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Edward Murrow was a great example of an independent journalist who worked for CBS in the 50's & had significant social impact.
George Clooney made a movie about him.
But that was then, more than half a century ago (feels like a century ago). Today's Society of Spectacles is a whole different ballgame.
For those curious about the nature & functioning of "The Society of Spectacles" there's a book with that title, check it out.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Above all else the world's largest media conglomerates are in the business of making money. News is packaged as entertainment, and well, Donald Trump is great theater that generates lots of money for the CNNs of the world. Plus, has corporate media ever really been the harbinger of truth?

"Most people don't care if you're telling them the truth or if you're telling them a lie, as long as they're entertained by it." - Tom Waits
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
The following passage sums up the real cause of Democratic party's defeat this past election:
Is the Democratic establishment so clueless it believes its party lost the presidential election because of the leaked John Podesta emails and FBI Director James Comey’s decision, shortly before the vote, to send a letter to Congress related to Clinton’s private email server? Can’t the Democratic leadership see that the root cause of the defeat was that it abandoned workers in order to promote corporate interests? Doesn’t it understand that although its lies and propaganda worked for three decades, Democrats eventually lost credibility among those they had betrayed?
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Fake news, biased news, etc. "Journalists and public alike should regard all information about Syria and Iraq with reasoned scepticism."

What can't be disputed is that humans are the biggest threat to their own existence. Across the world we regularly exhibit hate, destruction, death...and for what? Power, ideology, religion, land, survival (fear of other humans), etc.?

We're so incredibly unevolved...
#small-minded
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Patrick Cockburn and Robert Fisk, from "Independent", are two of the best sources for info on our region, what makes them so invaluable (besides their extensive first hand experience of the region) is how they're very familiar with the Western mainstream/corporate propaganda machines, and at the same time they also have no illusions about Assad or his allies.
Below is another good source for authentic info on Syria. The author in this interview also cites how "a lack of independent reporting makes it difficult to get an accurate picture of the reality on the ground in Aleppo."

The End of the Battle of Aleppo Won't Stop the Syrian Civil War
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Denzel packed a punch. #Succinct #Powerful
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Thanks for posting this Chamosh-jaan. I should mention that Juan Cole/Informed Comment is running its annual donation drive and they're very deserving of our support. www.juancole.com/2016/11/annual-fundraiser-more.html
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Facebook is the worst addiction of the century and unfortunately the main source of information for many addicts.
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TVfreak TVfreak (@TVfreak) on Pinned comment
Listening to Don Lemon thank Gwen Ifill and seeing him tear up was really touching =/

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