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Facebook Frolics 0

Sunday’s New York Times had another article about Facebook and its effects on the discourse. The article focused on ethnic and religious divisions in Sri Lanka and a series of hate crimes and lycnhings.

As the briefest thumbnail, the authors examine how Facebook’s algorithm, designed to promote engagement with Facebook and consequently more on-line time for users, has a side effect of promoting hate speech; the authors theorize that this is because posts that incite strong negative emotions tend to be the posts that generate the most views. )To put it another way, hate sells.) They also discuss the obstacles Sri Lankan authorities encountered in trying to get Facebook’s attention to the issue.

The article is quite long, but I think it is worth your while. An excerpt:

We came to understand that Facebook’s algorithm-driven newsfeed, by pushing out whatever content drew the most engagement from users, does more than amplify existing prejudices or boost extremists.By pushing out content charged by negative, primal emotions like anger or fear — which, studies show, perform best on the algorithm — the platform can change how people see the world and relate to one another. In countries with weak institutions but where Facebook use is widespread, that can allow misinformation to run rampant. And in societies with histories of deep social distrust, it can turn deadly.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

The play’s the thing with which to Trumple–the cast?

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Here’s a hoot of a Trumpling.

Mulligan Stew 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Doms and Subs 0

David Pakman tries to understand Pat Robertson’s fantasy world.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Someone shows politeness to Muslim family:

A Troy (Maine–ed.) family is on edge after someone apparently fired buckshot into a sign marking their new halal butchery that had been installed outside their home and business just hours earlier.

“It’s been scary,” said Kathryn Piper, who recently opened Five Pillars Butchery with her husband, Hussam “Sam” Al-Rawi. “It’s an attack on our home, it’s not just our business.”

(snip)

Piper said she’s worried about the safety of her family, including her two young children. She believes someone targeted their business because of their faith.

All That Was Old Is New Again 0

Thom explains how Nixon’s odious Southern Strategy led to Donald Trump.

A Question of Identity 0

David Pakman interviews Amanda Marcotte, discussing the right wing’s identity politics and double-standards. Whether or not you agree with all the points made in the discussion, it’s worth a listen.

Twits on Twitter 0

Wall-eyed twits:

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

A Trumpled nurse:

On Thursday morning, a nurse in Houston, Texas was driving home early in the morning after an overnight shift when a man stopped her car, began screaming anti-Muslim slurs at her and stabbed her.

Houston’s KTRK reported Friday that the Muslim nurse, who was wearing hijab, believes the attack was religiously-motivated based on slurs the attacker yelled at her, calling her a “raghead” and a “sand n**ger.”

Face it: Bigots see Donald Trump’s electoral success as permission to be themselves.

Follow the Money 0

Donald Trump: Nixon’s Living Legacy 0

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpling Fox News (I know–that sounds redundant):

Fox News guest Wendy Osefo marked the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on Wednesday by posting a hateful threat she received from an angry Fox viewer.

“When you are one of the few black Democrats that appear on Fox News and use your voice and platform to speak out against racial and economic injustice, this is what you receive,” she wrote of the threat on her Instagram account. . . .

The threat in question was an email that simply read, “Keep running your mouth, n*gger. Someone will introduce you to an AR-15.”

“Boots on the Ground” 0

Elie Mystal discusses the implications of Donald Trump’s desire to use the military to enforce immigration laws. It’s not pretty.

Here’s a bit:

I suppose it wasn’t going to be long before Donald Trump casually tripped the wires of one of most basic protections against despotism: the Posse Comitatus Act. Signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes, Posse Comitatus prohibits the deployment of regular military to enforce domestic laws.

(snip)

I don’t expect that President Trump understands that law, or cares why it’s there. He’s pissed that Ann Coulter didn’t send him an Easter card, and so he’s blurting random, untrue things about immigrants again. He seems to be under the impression that there is some kind of “caravan” of brown people bearing down on us from Mexico. Maybe they’re being led by Charlzie Theron down the Fury Road. Honestly who can know what’s in this man’s head.

Dragnetted 0

Inexhaustible Ammunition 0

Wayne LaPierre firing giant super-soaker labeled

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The Easter Cavalcade 0

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

This is your country on Trump.

Security camera footage from a hospital emergency room in Dearborn, Michigan shows a man attacking and beating a 19-year-old Muslim woman as she checks in.

Detroit’s WDIV 4 reported Friday that attacker John Deliz, a recently-discharged patient, came up to the 19-year-old woman wearing hijab while she was checking in to see if she had broken her jaw when falling on ice earlier in the day on February 20.

The American Dream ix now the American nightmare.

Return of the Words 0

The Las Vegas Sun reports that someone listened to Donald Trump. Trump probably wishes he hadn’t.

A snippet (emphasis added):

In October, lawyers for the Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the Brooklyn suit, claiming that the plaintiffs in the case — a coalition of immigration lawyers and a group of Democratic state attorneys general — had failed to make a persuasive case that DACA was rolled back in September because of racial animus toward Latinos.

But in his order rejecting the motion to dismiss, Garaufis pointed directly at Trump, noting that his numerous “racial slurs” and “epithets” — both as a candidate and from the White House — had created a “plausible inference” that the decision to end DACA violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

“One might reasonably infer,” Garaufis wrote, “that a candidate who makes overtly bigoted statements on the campaign trail might be more likely to engage in similarly bigoted action in office.”

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumplers like violence because they smell so nice:

Donald Trump has made yet another red — as in bloody — mark during his short stint as president. University of Pennsylvania researchers just released a study showing that after every Trump rally — ones that get the crowd angry and irritated — host cities experienced an average of 2.3 more assaults than usual.

This phenomena is unique to Trump rallies. “Things got vicious, no matter how much Mr Trump liked to claim his events were ‘love fests,’” one observer noted in The Independent.

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