“A team of analysts at Politico found a small group of 200 accounts—specifically these guys—drove a “disproportionate” amount of racist and negative disinformation, over a 30-day period, targeting four Democratic presidential candidates for 2020: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. In fact, between 2-15% of all Twitter mentions concerning these candidates over that timeframe originated from this small group.
This is the same group that generated or were mentioned in over 140 million tweets in the run-up to the 2018 midterms. Their focus then was on non-existent “voter fraud,” and the false claim that millions of undocumented immigrants vote in elections. The researchers said this group uses highly coordinated techniques to go viral, including funneling their tweets to other suspicious, knowingly automated accounts; the group also deployed sophisticated tactics that seem to easily bypass current detection methods.
Politico also reported that foreign hostiles appear to be involved.”
The German American Bund had a significant presence in the 1930s, with youth camps and training camps in New Jersey, upstate New York, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and a huge march down East 86th Street in Manhattan. But their mainstream appeal was reduced by their leaders’ German accents and culture.
As Halford E. Luccock famously said, “When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled ‘made in Germany’; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, ‘Americanism.’” The group’s leader Fritz Kuhn was eventually arrested for embezzling Bund funds and sent to prison and stripped of his citizenship. After the war, he was deported to West Germany where he died a few years later. The Bund disbanded soon after the start of World War II, but the people who had supported it remained.
“The first thing that struck me was that an event like this could happen in the heart of New York City, a city that was diverse, modern, and progressive even in 1939. The second thing that struck me was the way these American Nazis used the symbols of America to sell an ideology that a few years later hundreds of thousands of Americans would die fighting against.”
It really illustrated that the tactics of demagogues have been the same throughout the ages. They attack the press, using sarcasm and humor. They tell their followers that they are the true Americans (or Germans or Spartans or…). And they encourage their followers to “take their country back” from whatever minority group has ruined it.
… it’s going to be a bumpy ride. President Trump is on the campaign trail stumping for re-election in 2020. His rallies are notorious for ginning up the Base. At his most recent rally in El Paso, TX he got the crowd chanting “CNN SUCKS” just before a MAGA man assaulted a BBC cameraman. The comparisons to pre-World War II & Hitler are startling. Pray that something truly horrible does not happen.
WARNING – Don’t let this happen to you: Long time since last I posted. Too much has happened in the past several months to recount here. Suffice it to say, it has been a rough experience. In all my 20 years of building websites with the same server we never lost a site. Until the beginning of December 2018 – when I was informed that ALL of my websites had been suspended by the host for allowing malicious malware to infect my entire remote directory. Took my trusted server, Don (Clearlight Communications) many hours over several days disinfecting as much of the code in as many sites as he could (THANK YOU DON!). He was able to restore the majority of my sites although I lost business & confidence. You see – it was all my fault.
I did not update WordPress properly & a spider bot found the vulnerability & proceeded to seed malware. Since I also neglected to update plug-ins so when they became corrupted I got the White Screen of Death. Again, Don came to the rescue & showed me how I could fix the WordPress plug-ins & recover the sites.
Moral of this story: if you master WordPress websites KEEP BACKUPS & UPDATE the WP version in a timely manner as well as any installed plug-ins. There is no automatic updating that can replace diligent maintenance of your sites. I know this for a hard fact – ALL my websites were down for 16 full days. I could have avoided this hardship but, frankly, I did not know how much at risk my directory was. I have always been front-end (design, build, etc.) but now I know to spend the effort keeping my sites up-to-date thereby protecting the code from malicious malware.
In the olden days, we never worried about being hacked if we followed best practices, used a reliable theme & turned off comments. But, in the last 3 years professional hackers & foreign operatives have found their way into the very fabric of the vast majority of the websites out there. ** In research**
The level of risk depends on what kind of content is on the site you master, but I stress that all WordPress sites are now vulnerable. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.
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Jimmy Carter shuns riches, lives modestly in his hometown, Plains, Georgia.
The 39th president of the United States lives modestly, a sharp contrast to his successors, who have left the White House to embrace power of another kind: wealth.
Even those who didn’t start out rich, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, have made tens of millions of dollars on the private-sector opportunities that flow so easily to ex-presidents.
When Carter left the White House after one tumultuous term, trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election, he returned to Plains, a speck of peanut and cotton farmland that to this day has a nearly 40 percent poverty rate.
The Democratic former president decided not to join corporate boards or give speeches for big money because, he says, he didn’t want to “capitalize financially on being in the White House.”
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said that Gerald Ford, Carter’s predecessor and close friend, was the first to fully take advantage of those high-paid post-presidential opportunities, but that “Carter did the opposite.”
Since Ford, other former presidents, and sometimes their spouses, routinely earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it; I don’t blame other people for doing it,” Carter says over dinner. “It just never had been my ambition to be rich.”