GOP Senator Wants To Know If Facebook Is Biased Against Conservatives5 hours ago
Sen. John Thune( R-S.D .) penned a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday requesting information about how the company selects which news stories to feature in its trending news segment, following a report alleging employees intentionally inhibited conservative news and standpoints.
On Monday, Gizmodo reported that, according to a former Facebook contractor, the site’s news curators regularly avoided topics of particular interest to a conservative audience( such as the 2013 IRS scandal or the annual Conservative Political Action Conference) from appearing in the site’s popular “trending topics” section. The report also claims that curators were instructed to insert news narratives into this feed even if they weren’t organically trending according to the site’s algorithm.
Facebook denied the report, telling there is “no evidence” to back up the contractor’s claims.
“Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality, ” wrote Tom Stocky, Facebook’s vice president of search. “These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another.”
Thune, the chairman of the Senate’s Commerce Committee, wasn’t very satisfied with Facebook’s reply and sent a letter to Zuckerberg demanding further details on how the platform curates its featured news.
“Facebook must answer these serious allegations and hold those responsible to account if there has been political bias in the dissemination of trending news, ” Thune said in a statement. “Any attempt by a neutral and all-inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political deliberation is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet.”
The letter contains a series of questions for Zuckerberg regarding how Facebook’s trending news is curated. Thune asked who approves what content is posted, whether the site’s curators had “manipulated” the “trending topics” section by excluding conservative-leaning tales and what steps the site will take to investigate the claims of bias. Thune also requested details on the guidelines the site use for identifying its trending narratives and for a list of all narratives “removed from or injected into” the section.
A Facebook spokesperson corroborated the company had received Thune’s letter and is reviewing the questions posed by the senator.
“We have seen accusations that people did not honor the intent of those guidelines, ” the spokesperson said. “Although the allegations are anonymous, we take them severely. We are continuing to investigate whether any violations took place. As we investigate, we will also keep reviewing our operational practices around Trending Topics — and if we find they are inadequate, we will take immediate steps to fix them.”
Thune’s letter quoth the Commerce Committee’s jurisdiction over communications and customer services as the basis for his probe. However, it’s unclear how Congress could intervene with Facebook’s curation practices should Thune’s probe turn out any evidence of bias.
Thune hasn’t always been on the side of legislating “balance” in the media. In 2007, the senator introduced a bill that sought to kill the Federal Communications Commission’s Fairness Doctrine.
That policy, first established in the mid-2 0th century, necessitated radio and television stations to “afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance.” In 1987, then-President Ronald Reagan vetoed an effort to codify the policy into law. Two decades later, Democratic lawmakers sought to revive that endeavour in an apparent response to the rise of talk radio stations dominated by conservative personalities such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
In a 2007 RealClearPolitics op-ed, Thune said the policy “created a chilling consequence among broadcasters when it came to reporting controversial topics.”
“Giving power to a few to regulate fairness in the media is a recipe for disaster on the scale that George Orwell so aptly envisioned, ” he wrote.
The FCC eventually dropped the policy in 2011. Thune’s office didn’t immediately return a request for remark.
Meanwhile, Washington Democrat seemed unconcerned by the Gizmodo report.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said it was good that Facebook clarified the professional practice, but talked more about people’s tendencies to consume news that supports their existing beliefs.
“Obviously, we were pleased to see the statement from Facebook inducing clearly articulated this is not something that they engaged in, ” Earnest said in his daily briefing. “The media environment, the route it’s structured now, certainly stimulates it easy for any someone to surround themselves with voices and perspectives and opinions that they share. The president has given a number of speeches where he’s talked about how important it is for citizens across the country to seek out different opinions, to challenge their own assumptions.”
The White House spokesman said nothing about a need for Congress to get involved in Facebook’s private business matters.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid( D-Nev .) was asked on Tuesday whether he thought it was appropriate for the Senate to analyse Facebook.
Reid, who asked to have the issues to repeated twice, said he was unaware of the controversy.
“I’ve never heard anything about this and, at this stage, don’t care, ” Reid said.
Jennifer Bendery and Matt Fuller contributed reporting . This post has been updated with farther remark from Facebook .
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Can We Eventually Admit It Was Always About Sexism, Never Emails?5 hours ago
It was never really about the emails.
Remember the private email server and account that Hillary Clinton used to conduct official State Department business during her tenure as Secretary of State? Of course you do! It was the subject of months of Congressional investigations, numerous tweets from Donald Trump, front page headlines, and calls to lock her up! But her emails became a widely-circulated meme.
So , what happened when it came out that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct government business and was hacked during his time as governor of Indiana? Predictably, a whole lot of nothing.
Theres no comparison whatsoever, Pence told CNN last Friday, when questioned about the parallels between his personal email account and Clintons.( Pence had previously praised the FBI on more than one occasion for investigating Clinton .)
No one is arguing that Pence should be taken down for sending emails about government business on his AOL account after all, neither Clinton nor Pence have been saw engaging in any criminal activity.
And these two incidents were not exactly the same. One could say that using a private email account as Secretary of State especially given that the State Department explicitly deters the use of personal email accounts meant that Clintons email account became a big red flag, and therefore became a national issue during her presidential campaign.
But looking at the two cases side by side, its impossible not to take note of the disparate reactions and wonder the cause.
In October, a poll from Public Policy Polling found that 84 percent of Trump advocates believed that Clinton should be sent to prison, while 40 percentage believed she was an actual demon. Yet simply three short months later, a poll from the same polling company found that 42 percent of Trump supporters believed that President Trump should be allowed to have a private email server.
And when it was reported in January that Trump senior consultants Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Jared Kushner were using email accounts through a private RNC email system, it was a virtual non-issue.
The headlines have faded, the investigations turned up nothing, and Clinton is not locked away shes attending Broadway displays and hiking in Chappaqua. But the email( non) scandal remains a potent emblem of people worst instincts about Clinton. Shes untrustworthy. Shes conniving. Shes power-hungry. Shes a liar. Shes corrupt. She thinks shes above the law.
In 1693, the person or persons of Salem had witches to channel their rage and distrust of women towards. In 2016, Americans had Hillary Clinton.
The outsize vitriol that explosion in reaction to Clintons private email server was always more of a symptom than a cause. Before the FBI began looking into her emails, Clinton had weathered decades of criticism much of it gendered. Her facial expressions, hairstyles, makeup( or absence thereof) , and her last name were always considered fair game. She was both told her success was thanks to her husband, and simultaneously taken to task for her husbands moral and political failings. When she held a job, she was loved. When she asked for a chore, she was hated.
So by the time the email scandal erupted, the public was already primed to look at Clinton with a base level of distrust and dislike. Many on the right( and some on the far left) already wanted to lock her up. The emails simply dedicated them a tangible reason to chant about it in public spaces.
On the day that the narrative about Pennies email breach, Clinton and her longtime advisor Huma Abedin were on a plane. A fellow passenger snapped a photo of her, afterwards realizing that in that moment Clinton was reading the front page of USA Today, which bore the headline, Pence Employed Personal Email In Office.
That is the face of the status of women who has been held accountable many times over for her mistakes while her male contemporaries are consistently given the benefit of the doubt, skating by on the promise of their innate worthiness.
But her emails permitted thousands to justify a burning hatred for one instead conventional female legislator. But his emails? Theyre already forgotten.
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Isis is as much an offshoot of our global civilisation as GoogleYesterday
In the wake of terror attacks, and as Europe unravels, it feels as if we live in divided periods. But civilisation is more united than ever. The challenges facing the future climate change, AI, biotechnology will only bring us closer
Recent events in the Middle East and Europe seem to breathe fresh life into the conflict of civilisations thesis. Western incursions into the Middle East have triggered an Islamic backlash that has driven millions of Muslim refugees westwards and inspired terrorist attacks from Orlando to Nice; now the EU is unravelling as European voters abandon multicultural dreams in favour of xenophobic local identities. Allegedly, this has happened because the west has chosen to ignore the deep logic of history. According to the clash of civilisations thesis, humankind has always been is split into diverse civilisations whose members view the world in different and often irreconcilable styles. These incompatible world view stimulate conflicts between civilisations inevitable, and these conflicts in turn fuel long-term historical processes. Just as in nature different species fight for survival, so throughout history civilisations are systematically clashed, and merely the fittest have survived. Those who overlook this grim fact do so at their peril.
The clash of civilisations thesis has far-reaching political implications. Its supporters contend that any endeavor at reconciliation among the west and the Muslim world is doomed to failure. They further maintain that the EU can work only if it renounces the multicultural fallacy in favour of an unabashed western identity. In the long run, only one culture can survive the unforgiving tests of natural selection, and if the EU refuses to save western civilization from Islamic State and its ilk, Britain had better go it alone.
Though widely held, this thesis is mislead. Isis may indeed pose a radical challenge, but the civilisation it challenges is a global civilisation rather than a uniquely western phenomenon. Not for nothing has Isis managed to unite Iran with the United States, and to make rare common ground between Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. And even Isis, for all its medieval rhetoric, is grounded in contemporary global culture far more than in seventh-century Arabia; it caters to the fears and hopes of alienated, postmodern youth rather than to those of medieval shepherds and merchants. In pure organisational words, Isis has more in common with a large corporation like Google than with the Umayyad caliphate. The surest sign of a real clash of civilisations is reciprocal incomprehension. Isis, in contrast, sees its enemies only too well otherwise, its propaganda would not have been so effective. It is better, hence, to see Isis as an errant outgrowth of the global culture we all share, rather than as a branch of some mysterious alien tree.
Crucially, the analogy between history and biology that underpins the conflict of civilisations thesis is false. Human groups including human civilisations are basically different from animal species, and historic conflicts differ greatly from natural selection processes. Animal species have objective identities that suffer for thousands of generations. Whether you are a chimpanzee or a gorilla depends on your genes rather than your notions, and different genes dictate diverse social behaviour. Chimpanzees live in mixed groups of males and females. They compete for power by building coalitions of supporters among both sexualities. Among gorillas, in contrast, a single dominant male establishes a harem of females, and usually expels any adult male that might challenge his position. As far as we know, the same social systems have characterised chimps and gorillas not only in recent decades, but for hundreds of thousands of years.
You find nothing like that among humans. Yes, human groups may have distinct social systems, but these are not genetically ascertained, and they seldom endure for more than a few centuries. Think of 20th-century Germans, for example. In fewer than 100 years, the Germans organised themselves into six most varied systems: the Hohenzollern empire, the Weimar republic, the Third Reich, Communist East Germany, the federal republic of West Germany, and finally democratic reunited Germany. Of course they kept their language and love of beer. But is there some unique German essence that recognise their country from all other nations, and that has remained unchanged from Wilhelm II to Angela Merkel? And if you do come up with something, was it also there back in the working day of Goethe, of Martin Luther and of Frederick Barbarossa?
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45 Things That Will Help You Be A Better Person2 days ago
Ive started a() annual tradition of writing about things Ive learned or find about life on my birthday (). I dont write these because Ive mastered life or am an expert on anything, but mainly as a reminder and challenge to myself that I need to grow and learn and change.
Hopefully youll find something interesting, amusing, or even helpful for your life.
1. Actively set limits on yourself. Try not saying more than 100 terms in a day. Wake up in the morning 10 minutes earlier every day for a week.
2. When you find yourself feeling angry when speaking with someone, shut up and just listen.
3. When you encounter a new think or notion, accept it as truth for 24 hours. Not because youll eventually believe it but because itll change your perspectives and allow you to understand others( and I lied, sometimes it will change your notions ).
4. Take one of your existing beliefs( or hypothesis) and question its legality. Read about opposing opinions. You will get defensive, even angry. Do your best to suppress your desire to assault. This is almost the same as above. Together, this is the only style to accommodate, grow, and evolve what you understand and believe about yourself, others, and the world.
5. Constantly experience life as if youre searching for a moment to photograph.
6. Dont become so consumed by your career, or household, or hobbies that you neglect personal relationships because the working day when your kids are grown and youve moved away and your career is over, youll find yourself old and alone and regretting that you didnt purposefully invest more time into your friendships.
7. Create an alternate reality version of yourself where a major milestone in their own lives that didnt happen. How would your life be different? Would it be better or worse?
8. Try communicating for a day employing merely emojis.
9. Spend a day sending notes( via Facebook or Twitter or Snapchat or email or even a letter) purposefully and specifically praising those who are important to their own lives( at least once a year ).
10. Invest in some non-traditional socksthe uglier and crazier the better.
11. Construct a playlist of anthems from your childhood. Mine would include Baby Elephant WalkI can vividly recollect dancing around in our living room, moving the coffee table out of the way, and pacing the floor with my body bent down, holding my arms together as they dangled in the air like a trunkmore Barry Manilow than I care to admit, and Little Nash Rambler.
12. Find some puppies and let them devour you in their furious furry love.
13. Every year( on your birthday, since its an easy date to recollect, hopefully) run through all the things you own and donate anything that you havent worn or used in that entire year( I also highly indicate you do this with your kids and their toys ).
14. Support whatever you believe in, whether financially or volunteering.
15. Find somewhere that constructs you happy and peacefulthat doesnt cost money, that you can get to quickly and easily, and where no one you know will interrupt youand merely sit in silence for 15 minutes( for me, its on the banks of the Ohio in downtown Cincinnati when I get to work in the morning ).
16. Play laser tag( mostly because its really fun to shoot kidsoh you know what I entail ).
17. Find an interesting topic and try and learn as much as you can about it in 60 minutes( its why the internet exists !), like rubber band, switchblade combs, vinyl records, or those three-legged, small, table-like contraptions they put in the middle of pizza so the boxes dont crush into your food.
18. Buy a headlamp. Theyre cheap and youll be amazed at how often youll need to see in the dark while also having both hands free.
19. For fun, think about a name you wouldnt intellect changing to. But take it seriously( would you really want to be called Chavez Dumplings? Thats for me, because thats a stupid online alias I used to have ). Would you be different than you are now?
20. Buy two pairs of your favorite shoes( because there is no guarantee that they will always exist ).
21. Find a simple , non-linear( meaning something you can stop and start at any time) game that you can play or do as a family while eating dinner. For us, it is( was) Akinator.
22. Go to a movie alone. Get your favorite movie foods. Preferably a movie that you really want to see but would be ashamed to admit.
23. Collect something( preferably inexpensive ), perhaps enamel pins, interesting coffee mugs, branded coasters, or velvet clown paints. I collect well-designed playing cards.
24. Ask yourself is this the most important thing I can be doing right now?
25. Visit a local art museum. Find a paint you love. Observe it for 10 minutes. Every year go back to that same paint for the same sum of day and try to find something new.
26. If you feel stuck on a problem or a thought or a anxiety, get some crayons and color in a colouring volume, or work a challenging puzzle, or play Solitaire. Engage your intellect in something completely, and youll find that a solution for a number of problems will surface, your anxiety will fade, and you fear will dissipate.
27. Get a tattoo. Find a local tattoo artist whose work( and style) you love. Tell them about who you arewhere youre from, what you do, who you love, etcand let them make something for you.
28. There is no tomorrow. You will never reach the horizon. Dont live for the unknown and unknowable.
29. For the love of God if youre not listening to podcasts, then start. There are so many amazing podcasts. When you find a favorite, write to them and tell them you love what they do.
30. If you arent intrigued by a volume by the first chapter, stop reading.
31. Get a favorite hat. Mine is this one made from Wire And Twine( hat by Legacy Athletic, so so so comfy ). Why? Because everyone needs a consolation blanket.
32. Learn a curse word in a foreign language.
33. Practice receiving positive attributes in people you really( genuinely) aversion. This doesnt mean you will abruptly like, tolerate, or forgive them, but it will help assuage your abhor( and hurt ).
35. Whenever you find yourself wanting to skip a minor actionlike hanging up a towel, putting socks in a drawer, putting dishes into a dishwasher, cleaning up that spilltake the extra few seconds it would take to do it and do it.
36. Slow down. Always. The flowing of life traffic will tempt you to keep up and before you know it, everything is going by in a blur.
37. Always maintain a package of bandaids, a stain remover pen, and a spare shirt and pants somewhere rapidly accessible. You never know when youll be feeing lo mein that splatters over all your shirt.
38. Learn something new about your parent( s) while you can.
39. Find a new style to say something youre impression. Rather than telling Im furious tell Im filled with the bubbling rage of a cat wearing a sweater or instead of telling No thank you say Id rather bathe in a tub full of bacon grease.
40. Stop watching the news. Substitute that time with read. Or feeing. Or even just looking out the window at that one squirrel who seems to have lost his intellect. There are so many things better than watching Tv news.
41. Allow auto-complete to write your sentences. Im now about ethics at half year thingsthat was me trying to kind its not as easy as youd think.
42. Eat a vegetable you dont like once a week for a year. Prepare it in different ways. I ensure by the end of the year you are able to like that vegetable( like how I love Brussels sprouts to the phase of preoccupation ).
43. Watch and listen. Wherever you areat home, in a mall, at Costco, on the streetstop for merely a few minutes and find people in what they do and say and act( plainly dont be creepy about, dont ask for an autograph or inject yourself into their conversation or start clapping ).
44. If you have appliance that breakings, see if you can mend it yourself. For instance, the ice maker in our refrigerator transgressed, so I researched the brand on YouTube, watched several repair videos, find the component online and replaced it myself. Its an amazing impression. I know its meaningless, but in a world where everything is a concealed tragedy solving even the most insignificant problems is fulfilling( and therefore meaningful ).
45. Challenge yourself to write a list of things youve learned about life based on your age( Im kidding, dont do it, its nearly impossible ).
Police Investigate Whether Killing Of Student Blaze Bernstein Was A ‘Hate Crime’2 days ago
Investigators are working to determine whether the slaying of 19 -year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein was a “hate crime, ” officials said Wednesday.
Samuel Lincoln Woodward, a 20 -year-old former high school classmate of Bernstein, was charged Wednesday with his murder, as well as a sentence improvement for using a knife, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced at a news conference.
Police discovered Bernstein’s body, which had been stabbed over 20 days, buried in a shallow tomb Jan. 9 in a park in Lake Forest, California, roughly 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The discovery came nearly a week after his mothers reported him missing on Jan. 3, while he was home in Lake Forest during his college winter break.
Woodward had picked up Bernstein in his vehicle after interacting with him on Snapchat the night he went missing, the suspect told police, according to a search affidavit obtained by The Orange County Register. He reportedly claimed they had driven to Borrego Park that night, when Bernstein exited the vehicle and walked away.
After waiting an hour for Bernstein to return, Woodward told, he left the park to gratify a girlfriend, whose last name and address Woodward told police he could not remember. He said he returned hours later to look for Bernstein.
Detectives received “abrasions, scratches and dirt” on Woodward’s hands when they interviewed him last week, according to the affidavit. When requested information about the lacerations, Woodward reportedly said he had collaborated on a “fight club” and had fallen into a “dirt puddle” while sparring.
According to the affidavit, Woodward’s fists were clenched as he claimed Bernstein had kissed him on the lips during their time together that night. He told examiners that he pushed Bernstein away and wanted to call him a “faggot.”
Text messages reviewed by researchers suggested Woodward knew Bernstein may have been trying to sexually pursue him, according to the Register. The affidavit indicated Bernstein had suspected Woodward was closeted.
Woodward was going to “hit on me, ” Bernstein reportedly told a friend in a text conversation in June. “He constructed me promise not to tell anyone … but I have texted every one, uh oh.”
If it is determined that this was a hate crime, we will weep not only for our son, but for LGBTQ people everywhere that live in fear. Blaze Bernstein’s parents in a letter to the Los Angeles Times
Bernstein’s parents, Gideon Bernstein and Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times that suggested their son’s killing might have been a hate crime.
“Our son was a beautiful gentle spirit who we loved more than anything, ” they wrote. “We were proud of everything he did and who he was. He had nothing to hide. We are in solidarity with our son and the LGBTQ community.”
The letter continued: “If it is determined that this was a hate crime, we will cry not only for our son, but for LGBTQ people everywhere that live in anxiety or who have been victims of[ a] hate crime.”
According to the court document, Woodward was known at his high school for espousing conservative political and cultural notions. His social media posts indicated he was a proponent of guns, the Bible and a torment technique known as waterboarding, reported the Register.
Rackauckas declined to discuss a motive during Wednesday’s news conference , noting that the investigation was ongoing.
“Our priority on this brutal murder of a 19 -year-old Ivy League student is to make sure that Woodward is brought to justice and held accountable, ” Rackauckas said Wednesday. “As a community, we are looking forward this case might serve as an opportunity for tolerance and understanding.”
Woodward could face 26 years to life in prison if convicted. He is being held at Orange County Jail. Attorneys said they plan to request his bail be set at$ 2 million, according to the Times.
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This Is How Productive People Actually Get Things Done3 days ago
The Alt-Right Will Fail. Even Under President Trump3 days ago
A victory for Donald Trump is a victory for his supporters. Among them are voters who feel disenfranchised and overlooked, who dread their way of life isdisappearing. But they also include a noisy minorityof misogynist, anti-Semitic, xenophobicracists who attained ubiquitouson social media during the campaign. This group, known as the alt-right, grew from an obscurewhite supremacist think tank. Nowthe candidate they espoused is about to become the most powerful politician in the world.
Yetperhaps paradoxically, their own future looks iffy.
When a group denounced as deplorable by the seeming mainstream has its faiths asserted on this grand scale, that group cannot assist but change. On the one hand, for the alt-right and white supremacists, that affirmation is cause for them to celebrate: what was once only said on the fringes and behind closed- door now appears to be part of mainstream discourse.( SeeKu Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeting in exultationat Trump’s ascendency .) Yet even as a Trump presidency appears to increase its influence, the alt-right is bound to faltering. The half-life for radical groups is short: the alt-right has a good chance offracturing into oblivion. Or it could just fizzle: that’s what happens when you no longer have anyone in power to yell at but your own champion.
Trump and the Alt-Right
Trump’s appeal to his base has two main components: the promise of a return to prosperity and an “America First” identity politics. But one seems to have outweighed the other.” If it were just an economic issue, there would be blacks and Latinos lining up behind Trump ,” tells Nell Irvin Painter, a historian at Princeton University. In reality, the line between “America First” and” whites first” is hopelessly blurred.
Which is of course, where the alt-right get excited.” Donald Trump is surely not a member of the alt-right ,” says Jared Taylor, a prominent alt-right leader and head of the white supremacist New Century Foundation.” But he seems to have instinctively, clumsily stumbled upon some of the policies that we’ve been promoting for a long time .” To alt-right leaders, Donald Trump is less messiah than a convenient, half-enlightened monkey wrench thrown into the political machine.
But they see in his anti-immigrant and isolationist policies a future for their interests.” It’s impossible to know how many people voted for Trump based on feelings of racial dispossession. But a Trump presidency reopens a closed book ,” Taylor says.” It’s not inconceivable that Donald Trump and people around him will start publicly discussing racial differences in IQ. Or that maybe some peopledon’t belong here, which clearly leads to racial analysis. No Hillary appointee would ever say that. To them, it would be evil .” Reminder: this man is arguing that these are good reasons for having Donald Trump in power.
Not So Extreme Futures
So, yes, racists are racist. And the idea of Donald Trump gushing full-blown alt-right rhetoric( versus some loud-and-clear dogwhistles) still seems somewhat farfetched. But Taylor is right about one thing:” For the next four years, these notions will have to be discussed with much more openness, and frankness .” Because the alt-right’s talking points–Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and racism–are crucial motivators for many people who Trump to office.
The consequences of having those ideas percolating through “the member states national” discourse are already being felt on a person-to-person level.” Kidshave been catching hell because other kids’ parents say,’ Were against political correctness, ‘” says Painter.” That means you can act on your hatred .” It’s not just anecdotal: the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks radical groups, says hate crimes, domestic terrorism rates, and hate group membership have all risen over the past two years.
To alt-right leaders, Donald Trump is less messiah than a convenient, half-enlightened monkey wrench thrown into the political machine.
But the alt-right’s aspirations aren’t to be the neo-neo-Nazis or an updated version of the skinheads. They wantto move from the fringes into the traditional political power structure.” Inevitably there will be somecandidates at the levels of city council, school boards, and maybe congressional districts ,” Taylor tells.” It may be the Republicans are smart enough to adjust their course. If not, we will move in and we will capture their supporters .” This is a well-established radical move. It’s how the KKK rose to power in the South during and immediately after the Reconstruction period.
That doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up and leave for Canada. That same move into the mainstream is typically a precursor to dissolution , not more power.” The Klan dissolved pretty quickly, largely due to internal bickering ,” saysPhyllis Gerstenfeld, a criminal justice prof at California State University, Stanislaus who studies extremist groups. That kind of self-destructive discordis a very common trajectory for extremist groups throughout history, and there’s no reason to believe that the alt-right won’t follow it.” If you look at how they operate, they dont get on with well with others. Including one another ,” Gerstenfeld tells. So it may not be long before the alt-right’s troll army turns on itself. Which might very well transgress Twitter, but is good news for everyone else.
Speaking of Twitter, which has been the alt-right’s loudestbullhorn, the movement may soon find itself with a messaging problem.” Their whole attraction is theyre fighting to regain power ,” says Gerstenfeld.” I dont think they’ll do a good job spreading that message when they are in power and there’s nothing to fight against .” Gerstenfeld points out that the extremist militia groups that were common during Bill Clinton’s presidency all but disappeared during the course of its George Bush years that followed. With Trump in the White House, it’ll be hard for the alt-right is considered that the American white male is disenfranchised.” People will stop caring ,” Gerstenfeld says.
And though Taylor and David Duke and Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos areexuberant about President Trump now, they might not always feel that style.” There’s agaping pit between most Americansand the alt-right. Hes going to have to backtrack to govern all of us ,” Painter tells.” Is that going to inspire a Bundy brethren insurgency against him? I wouldnt be surprised .” The Trump administration is not the early days of an alt-right America. It’s the beginning of a fringe group’s fall.
UN condemns Isis genocide against Yazidis in Iraq and Syria4 days ago
Report based on interviews with survivors tells group seeks to destroy Yazidis through murder, sex slavery, rape and torture
Islamic State fighters are committing genocide against Yazidis in Syria and Iraq by seeking to destroy the group through assassination, sex slavery, gang rape, torture and humiliation, UN investigators have said.
The UN report, based on interviews with dozens of survivors, said on Thursday that the Islamist activists, who include foreign fighters, had been systematically capturing Yazidis in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, was striving to erase their identity.
The UN report said Isis had tried to erase the Yazidis identity by forcing humen to choose between conversion to Islam and death, raping girls as young as nine, selling women at slave marketplaces, and drafting boys to fight.
The report told Isis had begun holding online slave auctions with an encrypted application to circulate photos of captured Yazidi women and girls. One female told investigators she had been sold 15 times, saying she could hardly recall all the Isis fighters who had claimed to have bought her.
Investigators collected evidence that showed Isis separated Yazidi men and boys over 12 from the rest of their families, and killed those who refused to convert. Women and children often witnessed these killings before being forcibly transferred to places in Iraq, and from there to Syria, where the majority of captives remain.
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20 Signs You’ve Evolved As A Person4 days ago
7 Undeniable Strengths You Gain In Walking Away From A Narcissistic Relationship5 days ago
1. Your sense of peace.
When you walk away from a narcissistic relationship a great big strength becomes your ability to seek peace, be filled with peace, and generate peace in your life and the lives of those around you. No longer are you burdened or held back by your relationship. No longer are you held captive to someone’s negative faiths about who you are. No longer are you emptied, day in day out, by someone who devalues you under the guise of’ care’ or’ love.’
When you walk away, you give yourself the strength to find harmony in the world. To appreciate what’s around you, to slow down, and to find your consolation in the beautiful, chaotic mess.
2. Your will to move forward.
Leaving a narcissistic relationship gives you the strength to always look and step forward. This process isn’t easy. There will be days when “youre feeling” heavy, days when you give up, and days when you only determine because sometimes it feels easier to be passive than to fight. But eventually, you are able to escape the tight grasp. Eventually, you will realize someone’s sentiment of you is not who you are. Eventually, you are able to crawl, stand, walk, run forward until you are free. And in that moment, you are able to gain the strength of perseverance and a future-focused mindset.
3. The ability to let go.
Who someone says or believes you are is not who you are. You don’t “re going to have to” carry the badge, the label pressed to your chest. You don’t have to be shaped by someone who says they’ love you’ while violating you down, piece by piece.
When you walk away from a narcissistic relationship, you gain the strength of letting go. You realize that you cannot change someone’s perspective, someone’s sentiment, or even their actions and treatment of you. What you change, however, is where you go next. And in leaving, you gain the power of letting go, letting God, and starting new.
4. The wisdom of a survivor.
You are a. You have transgressed the chains around you. You have lifted yourself and risen above what has held you back for so long. And when you walk away, you gain the wisdom of a survivor. You now know your value and worth, and you will not let anyone to convince you otherwise.
5. The motivation to rebuild.
Leaving means you are motivated to start new. Yes, you are broken and bruised and unsure of your next step. Yes, you are hurting and confused and wondering how someone who says he/ she’ loves you’ could treat you the style you do. But in all of the mess of feelings in your heart, you know, deep down, that you are ready and willing to rebuild your life. You want nothing more than to pick up the pieces, to soften your heart, and to stand with confidence. And that starting over, that healing–begins right now.
6. The space in your heart for self-love.
Walking away from a narcissistic relationship means you are choosing self-love. You are selecting your self-worth over the unhealthy connect you’ve been entangled in. You are deciding that you value yourself enough to leave what isn’t right for you, and is merely bringing you down. And in doing this, you make room in your heart for a big, bold, beautiful love of yourself.
Leaving means gaining hope. And separating yourself from a narcissistic abuser gives you a second chance at life. Despite all the pain that he/ she caused and despite how weak “youre feeling”, in taking that first step, you are giving yourself hope. And when you walk away, the strength you gain is that hope–for tomorrow, for the future, for your next love, for yourself.