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Another Trump Bombshell On Its Way

From London, where Cambridge Analytica Ltd (CA) was a British political consulting firm that combined misappropriation of digital assets, data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication during electoral processes to help Ted Cruz and...

Voter Manipulation: Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

"More than 100,000 documents relating to work in 68 countries that will lay bare the global infrastructure of an operation used to manipulate voters...

Bannon targeted incels as part of 2016 election strategy because they’re ‘easy to manipulate’

Steve Bannon is to human beings what foot fungus is to truffles. Technically in the same category, but not really.   So this news won’t...

Trump And Brexit. Two Peas In A Pod.

The U.S. — The downtrodden and the wanna-haves, the disillusioned and the government haters, were on the warpath again. Which means that political ads were on television again. One charlatan Republican spoke directly to the disenfranchised among us. “Europe and China are fucking us on jobs and trade, and immigrants are invading the country! Vote for me, and I’ll give Europe the heave-ho, save our jobs, and lock down the borders!” The U.K. — The downtrodden and the wanna-haves, the disillusioned and the government haters, were on the warpath again. Which meant that the alarm clock went off that morning. A political group wanting to increase its influence in Parliament spoke directly to the disgusted masses. “The European Union is fucking us on trade and jobs, and immigrants are storming the gates! Vote to leave the EU, and we’ll bounce those buggers on their arse, and lock down the borders!” The U.S. — The Donald Trump campaign was treated with the same gravitas as a condom at Plato’s Retreat. Because Trump’s campaign was such a craven marketing ploy for self enrichment, it was not taken seriously, even though he easily topped the rest of the field, but with a minority. The media was willing to ride the merry-go-round of bulk time filler until the music stopped, and they had to cover serious issues again. The U.K. — The Brexit campaign was such a craven attempt to exploit the gullible for votes that it was given the gravitas of a “no punch ups” sign at a football match. because it was thought that people understood the nearly impossible complexities of leaving the E, it was disregarded despite its nagging strong yet still minority popularity in the polls. The media was willing to ride the helter skelter of bulk time filler until they had to hang up the burlap sacks and cover serious issues again. The U.S. — With Trump clearly the nominee, but trailing badly in the general election polls, the Trump campaign turned to Cambridge Analytica, a shady UK based statistical gathering and strategy company with rumored links to Russian intelligence. Instead of engaging in mass advertising campaigns to sway the public, micro targeting is used to both try to increase turnout in certain, highly defined demographics, as well as to depress the turnout in opposite, highly specific demographics. Russian interference is suspected, and investigated by the government. The U.K. — With Brexit on the ballot for a national referendum, but lagging badly in the polls, the Brexit organizers turn to Cambridge Analytica as well. And just as in the US, social media ads suddenly begin targeting traditionally non voting groups whipping up enthusiasm for the Brexit vote with isolationist and divisive ads, while also trying to suppress traditional, pro EU voters with ads meant to minimize the necessity or effectiveness of their votes.There is suspicion of Russian involvement, and the government investigates. The U.S. — Defying all expectations and political odds, Donald Trump wins the Presidency via the electoral college. But there’s a problem. Nobody actually expected Trump to win, he didn’t even write a victory speech. Donald Trump was a concept, not a strategy or a plan, and when he won, they had absolutely no idea of what to do with him. And every time they tried to create a plan to move forward, the surprising […]

Mark Zuckerberg Threatened With Jail If He Doesn’t Turn Over Emails In Standoff With Brits

The UK is not playing games. What Mark Zuckerberg knew and when he knew it is the line of questioning Parliament has put to the Facebook mogul, specifically asking him to release internal Facebook documents and emails about data and privacy controls as they related to Cambridge Analytica — a topic on which Zuckerberg has repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions. Parliament used it’s legal power to seize the documents and they sent a Sergeant at Arms to Zuckerberg’s hotel Saturday to escort him to Parliament. The Guardian: Damian Collins, the chair of the culture, media and sport select committee, invoked a rare parliamentary mechanism to compel the founder of a US software company, Six4Three, to hand over the documents during a business trip to London. In another exceptional move, parliament sent a serjeant at arms to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order. When the software firm founder failed to do so, it’s understood he was escorted to parliament. He was told he risked fines and even imprisonment if he didn’t hand over the documents. “We are in uncharted territory,” said Collins, who also chairs an inquiry into fake news. “This is an unprecedented move but it’s an unprecedented situation. We’ve failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest.” […] MPs leading the inquiry into fake news have repeatedly tried to summon Zuckerberg to explain the company’s actions. He has repeatedly refused. Collins said this reluctance to testify, plus misleading testimony from an executive at a hearing in February, had forced MPs to explore other options for gathering information about Facebook operations. “We have very serious questions for Facebook. It misled us about Russian involvement on the platform. And it has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal,” he said. If it’s proven that Zuckerberg was aiding and abetting Cambridge Analytica from way back, or, at the very least, was turning a blind eye to them, things could get very interesting, very fast. Maybe Mr. Mueller might have a subpoena with Zuckerberg’s name on it? Mercer is Russia friendly, Trump certainly is, and all manner of folks surrounding the Brexit referendum were as well. Might Zuckerberg be part of this august group? To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56  

Facebook Poses Clear Danger to Democratic Western Ideals, Must Be Regulated Like Utility

The Guardian published a story on the British Government’s investigation into the role Facebook played in the Brexit vote, one that is hauntingly familiar in its overlap to that Facebook played in the election of Donald Trump, such that one could almost consider the Brexit vote a “dry run.” In “A Withering Verdict: MPs Report […]

Cambridge Analytica is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy (sorta maybe not really)

It was being reported from numerous sources, including the Wall Street Journal and Gizmodo, that Cambridge Analytica and SCL, the companies that brought out how irresponsible, greedy and all-around Facebook is, sent out a press release a short while...

Some of Cambridge Analytica’s best work was done for them—by Politico

In an election post mortem, Cambridge Analytica’s business development director Brittany Kaiser focused on the ability of CA to determine how much impact each ad placement was having. How many times the ads were read. How often they were shared. How...

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