FACEBOOK ain’t cracking down on their favorite rightwing bigots

Several data scientists have quit their jobs at Facebook following the presidential election over frustration at the company’s unwillingness to crack down on hate speech and misinformation coming from right-leaning pages. In a goodbye note they wrote and shared companywide, as seen by BuzzFeed News, the departing employees specifically said their extensive efforts to put out flames have been meaningless because of Facebook’s, “very apparent interest in propping up actors who are fanning the flames of the very fire we are trying to put out.”

They concluded that, while Facebook has continued developing its automated tools and been successful at reducing violence reports through targeted interventions, it’s never going to be enough so long as the company continues turning a blind eye to hateful content shared by the likes of Trump and right-leaning pages…

Surprise, surprise. Smoke and mirrors are generally sufficient to ease consciences for advertisers…and Zuckerberg. Time will tell if the unruly horde of users will act up and reduce FB profits.

Lying Scumbag-in-chief

Army National Guard commander Adam DeMarco will testify on Tuesday that Park Police’s use of force in the clearing of Lafayette Square last month was an “unnecessary” and “unprovoked” escalation that he and his fellow National Guardsmen viewed as “deeply disturbing.”…

DeMarco’s testimony, previewed in a written statement released by the House Natural Resources Committee on Monday, contradicts statements made by Attorney General Bill Barr and the Trump administration about the controversial clearing of protesters, which preceded President Trump’s visit to St. John’s Church for a photo op…

“The events I witnessed at Lafayette Square on the evening of June 1 were deeply disturbing to me, and to fellow National Guardsmen. Having served in a combat zone, and understanding how to assess threat environments, at no time did I feel threatened by the protestors or assess them to be violent.”

“It was my observation that the use of force against demonstrators in the clearing operation was an unnecessary escalation of the use of force. From my observation, those demonstrators – our fellow American citizens — were engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights. Yet they were subjected to an unprovoked escalation and excessive use of force.”

Trump and his pimps – like Barr – follow the usual corrupt playbook of rewriting history to try to cover their butts. They add the special flair which has become a style point for today’s Republican Party. They’ll insert denial, lies, even while the criminal act is in progress.

I know their followers are dimbulbs who will accept any crap lies from these clowns…and I guess they can be counted on to deny video and testimony from the officer-in-charge, as well. A special kind of roadblocked brain.

Ultimate corporate remedy for 737 MAX safety woes – change the name!

The first of the 737 MAXs ordered by low-cost carrier VietJet have just rolled out of Boeing’s paint shop…in mid-December. But you wouldn’t know it. VietJet has a very large order placed with Boeing for the 737 MAX and those orders were signed off on in a blaze of publicity. But there’s barely a squeak from the airline now as the first 737 MAXs in VietJet colors are parked at Boeing’s storage facilities in the USA. Indeed, it seems VietJet is very keen to downplay its ties with the 737 MAX.

…The usual telltale signage that denotes what type of aircraft a passenger might be flying on is missing. Instead, the airline’s branding dominates, and the 737 MAX 8 name is replaced with 737-8.


Here’s Ryanair’s contribution to the charade — the 737-8200

There are rumors online, today, that other big buyers of the model have officially – albeit not publicly – asked Boeing to make a change in designation of the 737-MAX. The wheels spin round and round and what comes out is just another propaganda stunt instead of material solutions to mediocre design.

Take the GOP Impeachment Quiz


THE LIES HAVE IT!

1. The term “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the US constitution’s impeachment clause refers to:

A. Acts grossly incompatible with the proper function of the office of the presidency such as using the power of the office for personal gain, whether or not such acts are in violation of a specific criminal statute.

B. Conduct that satisfies Answer A, but that clearly also violates a criminal statute.

C. Bill Clinton

D. Bill and/or Hillary Clinton

2. In creating the impeachment process, the founders meant to show:

A. No one is above the law, including the president.

B. No one is above the law, but the president should get to decide that for himself.

C. No one is above the law, but the president is the law, so where’s the problem?

D. This is a sad example of a hyper-partisan question drafted by witch-hunting haters.

You get the general idea. Click through into the world of Republican looking-glass phonies.