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  1. https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-visit-to-the-infowars-studios-of-alex-jones-a-1136654.html
  2. https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/movies/billgoodykoontz/2020/03/19/hbo-after-truth-fake-news-documentary/5075216002/
  3. https://www.thedailybeast.com/after-truth-exposes-trumps-parade-of-charlatans-from-jacob-wohl-to-alex-jones
  4. 1,422 people are talking about this Back in March, the media monitoring organization Media Matters dug up some old radio appearances in which Carlson said, among other things, that the people of Iraq are “semi-literate primitive monkeys.” Ha ha! You have to admit that is funny, especially given that the U.S. has killed at least a million Iraqis. When criticized, Carlson responded that he was being attacked by “the people who write our movies and our sitcoms.” This language is coded about as deeply as it is when you make your password “passw0rd.” No one will be able to crack that. In fact, I was referring to a famous “30 Rock” joke, which had now assumed human form in Carlson. When NBC executive Jack Donaghy decides that TGS, the TV-show-within-the-show, doesn’t have wide enough appeal, he complains to its head writer Liz Lemon: JACK: The television audience doesn’t want your elitist, East Coast, alternative, intellectual, left-wing — LIZ: Jack, just say Jewish, this is taking forever. What I didn’t realize was that tweeting about Tucker Carlson functions as a white supremacist bat signal. Soon I was being informed that it would be better for Carlson to “call you Christkillers Kikeburg-blatt-steins.” Those were small fry, however. Before the day was over, I’d made it to the big leagues and was graced by this tweet from Duke: 98 people are talking about this Somehow Duke had gotten ahold of a tweet of mine from 2015, and paired it with the joke about Carlson. That four-year-old joke was my downfall. After Duke publicized it, his Nazi and Nazi-adjacent fans reported my 2015 tweet over and over and over again, demanding that @twittersupport and @jack, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, do something. Soon enough, they did. I tried to log into Twitter, and was informed that I had violated its rules against abusive behavior. My 2015 Bad Tweet had already been removed by Twitter, but I could not use my account again unless I formally agreed to the deletion. Now, anyone who’s been alive during the past 1,000 years knows this is a fair assessment. Given that Christian nations have mercilessly oppressed both Jews and Muslims, it’s peculiar that Christians and Jews are currently teaming up to kill Muslims. You’d think Muslims and Jews would be natural allies. (Indeed, while it’s completely forgotten now, there were tentative attempts by the Zionist movement during the 1920s to find common ground with the Arab world on this basis.) What makes this tweet a joke is that in 2019 it is completely preposterous to imagine, say, Iran and Israel joining forces to bomb America. It’s so preposterous that it’s hard to think of any analogous joke. You could say in 1874 — as the Buffalo Soldiers pitched in on the extermination of American Indians — that it would make more sense if African Americans and Native Americans joined forces to kill white people. That would be true, but it wouldn’t be that funny. Today’s U.S. political dogma is that Christian America is the stalwart, eternal defender of Israel. There was no equivalent dogma in the 19th century that white people were the eternal, stalwart defenders of black people. Here is where we get to the first aspect of David Duke’s stupidity. Duke is obsessed with Israel and continually cries bitter tears over its crimes against Palestinians. It’s not, of course, that Duke objects to ethnic cleansing in principle. Rather, he believes it must only be carried out by white Christians. If you say, “It’s not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel,” and someone demands, “What about David Duke?” all you can respond is, “OK, I’ll give you that one.” But Duke is such a cretin that it never occurred to him that my 2015 joke was exactly what he adores: criticism of Israel. That’s hopefully clear even out of context. But thanks to Twitter’s advanced search function, you can see that I was talking specifically in the context of two events — the publication of photographs of Gaza taken after Israel’s bombing campaign in Operation Protective Edge, and the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. That week I also wistfully suggested, “how about nobody kill anybody and then we go from there.” If the cane toad methodology doesn’t make sense to you, here’s another way to measure how dumb Duke is. In 1848, a man named Phineas Gage was working on a railroad in Vermont when a malfunctioning explosive charge shot a four-foot long iron tamping rod through his skull. Incredibly, he survived and lived for another decade, although his intelligence was reduced to that of a child. Now imagine what he would have been like if he’d had 52 more tamping rods blown through his head, one each week, for an entire year. That’s David Duke. Twitter gives you a chance to appeal in these conditions. So I did, laying out such concepts as jokes, history, and reality. Three weeks later, my appeal was rejected. My tweet had to go, Twitter explained in rote language, “to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs on our platform.” I found this difficult to accept, especially given that my offending tweet remains available all over Twitter — just not via my account. David Duke’s screenshot is still there, as you see above. You can also find it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and surely many other places I’m missing. I asked Twitter’s press office about this. I also inquired whether any users who weren’t fans or followers of Duke had complained. They refused to answer. Given that I’m constantly contacted via direct message for my job, I asked if I could at least change my bio to make it clear the account was frozen and people could only reach me by email. No response. It would be easy to interpret this as active contempt by Twitter for its users. But it’s more likely to be passive indifference. Like any huge corporation, Twitter is focused on the needs of its customers, which are its advertisers. By contrast, Twitter’s users are not its customers. They’re its product. Grocery stores don’t care if a can of soup complains about being taken off the shelf. Similarly, contrary to speculation by some, I don’t think CEO Jack Dorsey secretly sympathizes with his Nazi user base. He probably just enjoys being a billionaire. As he’s said, “from a simple business perspective … Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform.” Whatever else you want to say about Nazis, they definitely drive engagement, which in turn lets Twitter charge higher prices for diaper ads. I even sympathize a little bit with Twitter’s conundrum. They aspired to be a globe-straddling highly profitable monopoly that had no responsibility for what their users did. This was a circle that couldn’t be squared. Proctor & Gamble doesn’t want its promoted tweets to appear right above hypothetical user @hh1488 livestreaming himself massacring 17 congregants at an Albuquerque mosque. I was simply caught in the natural dynamics that flow from this contradiction. The structure of multinational publicly-traded corporations inevitably puts them somewhere politically from the center-right to the hard-right. There will never be a large “liberal” corporation, any more than there will be a Hindu Pope. So Twitter can’t acknowledge the fact that, while there is dangerous incitement and violence on both the left and the right of the political spectrum, this is only true in the same sense that an ant and an elephant are both animals. Having occasionally banned actual incitement to violence from the right, Twitter is therefore desperate to appear even-handed about an extremely uneven reality and so cracks down on imaginary incitement from the left. This is part of why I finally agreed to the excision of my tweet demanded by David Duke, Twitter’s editor-in-chief. Certainly the experience brought home to me what a bad idea it is allow gigantic monopolies the power to decide what is and isn’t legitimate speech. But the problem is less the censorship part and more the monopoly part. Because Twitter dominates a kind of communication I need for work, I can’t just move to a competitor. My incentives all run in the direction of obeying Twitter’s diktats. But there’s another reason I gave in. The terrifying truth about the freaks screaming about my old tweet is that they were generally not acting in bad faith. That is, it’s not that they got the joke but wanted to make trouble for me by pretending they didn’t. It’s that they genuinely believed there is an organized effort to get Muslims and Jews to team up and murder Christians, and I was bragging about it right there in public. I did not understand in 2015 that this fantasy was quietly metastasizing in the right’s online fever swamps, and certainly did not realize it was soon going to escape the internet and manifest itself in offline reality. The shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh claimed to be defending the white race from a Jewish conspiracy to replace them with immigrant Muslims. Given the degree to which my ancient joke has circulated on the scary right, I’ve developed a modest but real fear that it will someday show up in a killer’s manifesto as proof they were right. The hysteria of Duke’s acolytes makes me believe I should do what I can to reduce its visibility. 17 people are talking about this THIS BRINGS US to the final and funniest aspect of David Duke’s stupidity: I’m not Jewish. Of course, he was certain that I am, and that my tribe had grown so impudent that I was shoving the International Jewish Conspiracy right in the face of the gentiles. Unfortunately, I am not invited to the cabal’s meetings. In fact, I briefly went to Sunday school at the Washington, D.C., Episcopal church attended by George H.W. Bush, perhaps the least Jewish action in which a human being could engage. I hesitate even to mention my background. Certainly I don’t want to give the impression that, like Winston Smith in “1984,” I’m begging Duke & Co. to do it to Julia, not me. But I’m an upper-middle class, college-educated white man. This was one of the few times in my life when I’ve been the target of this kind of unhinged frenzy — and been forced to recognize that the powerful people running the world absolutely are not on my side. I did not enjoy it. But it was a compelling demonstration for me that the only thing we have — i.e., those of us who are neither billionaires nor pullulating with hate — is each other. We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. That is no joke. What is a joke is 98 percent of the stuff I will now resume saying on Twitter. Please follow me there @schwarz, just don’t expect a whole lot of Tucker Carlson-themed humor. https://theintercept.com/2019/11/30/david-duke-and-his-twitter-nazis-got-mad-at-me-twitter-took-their-side/?comments=1
  5. https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/mary-schmich/ct-david-duke-mary-schmich-20170815-column.html
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/31/alex-jones-pay-sandy-hook-conspiracy-theory
  7. It's rare for Jones to make a public apology. The Infowars website has a correction section. There are only two entries, of which the Comet apology is one. Infowars describes the mission of Jones and the website as "seeking the truth and exposing the scientifically engineered lies of the globalists and their ultimate goal of enslaving humanity." NPR's David Folkenflik noted other conspiracy theories Jones has discussed: Jones was not the originator of "pizzagate," however, which has spread on social media and on sites like Reddit. Even after its wide debunking by most mainstream media outlets, "pizzagate" continues, as evidenced by the small group of protesters who gathered near the White House on Saturday: 1,315 people are talking about this The Hill's Will Sommer reports that Jones' apology isn't enough to sway the hard-core believers: 59 people are talking about this Social psychology professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University told NPR's Michel Martin that it's hard to change someone's belief once that person accepts a conspiracy theory. "We look for evidence that fits what we already know or what we already believe, and we try to avoid information or evidence that we either disagree with or that we know doesn't fit with our perspective," he said. "And if someone comes along and says, here's the evidence, your natural tendency's actually to rehearse arguments against that evidence." https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/26/521545788/conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-apologizes-for-promoting-pizzagate
  8. https://www.vox.com/2018/10/30/18044110/robert-mueller-jacob-wohl-jack-burkman-surefire
  9. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-decline-of-the-jack-burkman-jacob-wohl-news-conference/2019/10/02/57f6539a-e52a-11e9-a6e8-8759c5c7f608_story.html
  10. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/2/18245176/jacob-wohl-trump-cpac-conservatism-ilhan-omar-grift
  11. Sean Hannity on Fox news repeats everything Trump says even when he knows it is lies. Fox News knowingly presents lies as the truth which is the definition of fake news. Trump has weaponized fake news. Any valid criticism of Trump is "fake news", but any lies Trump says is the truth. This is 1984 in real life and people want to try and defend this use of propaganda and dirty politics. Fox news is using Alex Jones, 4chan, 8chan, and reddit as "sources" for news.
  12. I agree she makes a valid point. She is not slamming Cuomo, she is saying people who rent should also get a 90 day reprieve.
  13. I agree with you. But it's also up to people to not trust people like Jones and Trump who are known liars and spread false information. Jones and Trump need to be called out every single time they lie and spread false information.
  14. If by great job you mean a terrible job that has resulted in the USA leading the world in Covid 19 cases then you are correct. Being #1 in Covid 19 cases means Trump has done the worst job possible.
  15. HBO does it again, anther amazing doc. This is on the cost of fake news because of people like Alex Jones and Donald Trump promoting fake news like pizzagate.
  16. Cam Newton has been injured for a year and a half. No team is going to sign him until a team doctor can give him a physical. Newton may also believe is a starter and teams may not believe he is.
  17. There is nothing wrong with Colbert's ear. Olive and Colbert are hilarious. The only reason you would hate them is if you a conservative that has no sense of humor.
  18. Everyone's an asshole according to Trumptards, except conservatives. Any factual news is fake news. That is a nice fantasy world that you live in.
  19. Trump called covid 19 a hoax, he wanted sick people to go to work, his delayed response cost peoples lives. There is no defending this level of incompetence.
  20. Draft picks are a lot cheaper than signing a veteran RB like Hyde. Analytics says its smarter to draft RB's instead of paying them like what the Cowboys did with Elliot.
  21. I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Taylor, and higher on Cam Akers than SI is. I don't see JK Dobbins as a 1st round pick.
  22. Jaquan Johnson was drafted in the 6th round, he has contributed on special team and is a back up safety. Jeremy Chinn and Kyle Dugger have more size Johnson and if Buffalo drafted them it would be looking to the future as possible replacements for Hyde or Poyer or as a qauility back up that is better than Johnson who can start if Hyde or Poyer go down to injury. Beane could go RB 2 or CB or OT or edge rusher or S/LB in the 2nd round it all depends on where the player is on Buffalo's big board and how that player compares to the current starter on the team.
  23. Beane traded the 2020 1st round pick for Stefon Diggs. Beane re-signed LG Quinton Spain, Beane signed RT Daryl Williams. Beane signed John Brown and Cole Beasley in free agency. Beane drafted OT/OG Cody Ford in the 2nd round, RB Devin Singletary in the 3rd round, and TE Dawson Knox in the 3rd round. The narrative by you that Beane ignores the offense to focus on the defense is false.
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