Open Thread of Doom.
Open Thread of Doom.
I’m not particularly shocked or bothered to learn that Hollywood is a sleaze pit. It’s been that way since before my mom was born.
I am not outraged that so many people in Hollywood and elsewhere knew what was going on and looked the other way. I didn’t have a very high opinion of humanity in the first place.
What pisses me off is that the crowd in Hollywood claim to be our intellectual and moral betters. They might be richer than us. They are definitely more famous than us. But no fucking way are they better than us.
A couple things about the picture above:
1. The picture was taken in 2011 when Emma Watson was 21 and had already been a star for 10 years.
2. The blonde in the picture is Sophie Sumner, an old boarding school friend of Watson’s.
Dirty Harvey has gone Polanskiing in Europe. He’ll spend a few weeks at a celebrity sex addiction clinic while he waits for this to blow over and to see if any old criminal charges will come back to haunt him.
This isn’t really about Harvey Weinstein. This story is about Hollywood. Andrew Breitbart said “Politics is downstream from culture.” Hollywood has a huge effect on our culture. Scumbags control Hollywood, which means scumbags control our culture. Scumbags control television, movies, music, sports, and the news media. Liberal scumbags.
Washington DC is not the only swamp that needs draining.
The Official Democrat Talking Points are out (“Harvey Weinstein is a despicable pig . . . just like Trump!“) but so far none of the brave souls coming forward to share their personal experiences with Dirty Harvey are naming any other names. I guess old Harv was the only sexual predator in Hollywood.
Me and Mom are having chili burgers for dinner. I do almost all the cooking now. I am gradually taking over more and more responsibilities. It’s like the reverse of raising kids.
Breaking news from the NYC Puppy Potty Paper:
YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.
All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company that has carried out propaganda campaigns for the Kremlin, and which is now believed to be at the center of a far-reaching Russian program to influence the 2016 presidential election.
A New York Times examination of hundreds of those posts shows that one of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.
The Russian pages — with names like “Being Patriotic,” “Secured Borders” and “Blacktivist” — cribbed complaints about federal agents from one conservative website, and a gauzy article about a veteran who became an entrepreneur from People magazine. They took descriptions and videos of police beatings from genuine YouTube and Facebook accounts and reposted them, sometimes lightly edited for maximum effect.
So basically they did what a million other people on social media do – repost shit to get hits.
Blah, blah, blah, blah. This is what I wanted to talk about:
John W. Kelly, the founder of Graphika, a commercial analytics company in New York, said the Russians appeared to have a consistent strategy across different platforms. Graphika has tracked thousands of social media accounts whose content closely tracks Russian information operations, promoting articles and videos about WikiLeaks dumps of stolen emails and “false flag” conspiracies about Syrian chemical weapons.
The Russian accounts intermingle with real groups of Facebook or Twitter users — from white nationalists to Bernie Sanders supporters — and seek to manipulate and radicalize them, Mr. Kelly said.
The Russian-influenced networks frequently promote obscure conservative YouTube channels such as the Next News Network and the Trump Breaking News Network, driving up their views and advertising revenue. A video posted in February by a conservative internet radio host, who claimed that 30 politicians were about to be arrested in connection with the “Pizzagate” hoax, racked up more than 300,000 views on YouTube. Another YouTube video, claiming that Michelle Obama had 214 personal assistants and had purchased four yachts with taxpayer money, had close to a million views.
Rather than construct fake grass-roots support behind their ideas — the public relations strategy known as “Astroturfing” — the Russians sought to cultivate and influence real political movements, Mr. Kelly said.
“It isn’t Astroturfing — they’re throwing seeds and fertilizer onto social media,” said Mr. Kelly. “You want to grow it, and infiltrate it so you can shape it a little bit.”
I have a confession to make. I’m not really an American. I don’t live in California. My name is Dimitri and I live in a shitty little studio apartment outside Moscow. I don’t own any cats.
I am a Russian agent. I have spent the past ten years preparing the way for the election of Donald Trump. I have convinced tens of people to support a Kremlin puppet.
Seriously though, is this the best shit they have dug up? Russia engaged in a completely legal political advertising/propaganda campaign using reposted stuff that had already gone viral on the internet? Where is the collusion? What about the DNC hack? Does Melania speak Russian?
Love him or hate him, but you gotta admit that the arrival of Europeans in the Americas marked a huge turning point in history.
I am binge-watching the most recent season of GOT. I tried watching baseball playoffs, but the wrong teams keep winning.