No shame. Fake News. Common tactics.

Exposing Eric Holder’s Obstruction of Justice By Daniel John Sobieski – “Have they no shame?”

“You can’t be embarrassed if you are incapable of feeling shame over causing the death of two border agents and hundreds of Mexican nationals targeted by Mexican drug lords. This may change with the announced release of the documents hidden away by Eric Holder

Holder’s obstruction of justice and lying to Congress were crimes that went unpunished. As Rep. Darrell Issa, who headed the House Oversight Committee during the Fast and Furious investigation, has noted. But as with the current scandals involving Hillary Clinton and Uranium One, pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation, and the corruption of the FISA court process by the FBI and DOJ to aid one party’s attempt to collude with the Russians to overturn a sitting president, Holder was not counting on a Trump election to expose his corruption

This is only one example. Consider also, the recent denial of the Oakland mayor asserting righteousness for aiding and abetting fugitives from law and blaming her behavior on others. No shame. No shame at all.

We already have 12,000 tariffs by Don Surber – “To hear Never Trumpers (and a few Trumpkins) tell the story, Donald Trump is the first president since Hoover to impose a tariff on imported products.”

“But Gus Lubin of Business Insider in 2010 reported, “The International Trade Commission lists over 12,000 specific tariffs on imports to America. Hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected. So are obscure items like live foxes.”

From a 4.8% tariff on live foxes to a 350% tariff on tobacco, America protected its industries in 2010.

Secretary Wilbur Ross Outlines The New Era in Trade Priorities After Steel and Aluminum Action by sundance – “What POTUS will announce is “targeted exemptions” to the trade tariffs on Steel and Aluminum. Not “targeted tariffs”, but rather “targeted exemptions”.

“The exemption approach puts more power in the hands of Team ‘America-First’ than targeting the steel dumpers directly. Team Trump will reward good behavior.

Any nation that acts like a Chinese proxy in the trans-shipment problem will not get relief from the tariffs. However, the nations that manufacture and trade honestly will be granted tariff relief. This allows Team Trump to evaluate the origin of the Steel used by countries that want to import their finished goods into the U.S. If they are using Chinese Steel, the tariff applies. If they are using their own manufactured steel, there is no tariff.

See how brilliantly that works?

By taking the position of his opposition and modifying it to enhance his own policy, POTUS has gained leverage.

The opposition displays several key behaviors, even in headlines. Here’s from AEI: WSJ readers school Trump on trade, tariffs, consumers and deficitsThe president is not being served well on trade – note that it isn’t a matter of disagreement but rather one of schooling the ignorant. The effort is not to try to understand and learn about something strange representing a different perspective or approach but rather that of hubris. Even the Coyote fell for this calling the trade ideas “sanctions” rather than tariffs or negotiating positions. Trump is shaking up long held (swamp) paradigms and his execution and success are creating heaping doses of cognitive dissonance. Trade, International Affairs, and the Labor Report are all in the news this week as examples.

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News by Robinson Meyer – “Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.” It’s putting numbers on a phenomena any propagandist or salesman ‘just knows.’ The problem is when ‘reputable sources’ join in on the game, sources like CNN, NYT, NBC, etc. and what is Real is distorted by loose, changing, and expedient implied definitions of Fake.

“The massive new study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor. By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories.

Twitter users seem almost to prefer sharing falsehoods. Even when the researchers controlled for every difference between the accounts originating rumors—like whether that person had more followers or was verified—falsehoods were still 70 percent more likely to get retweeted than accurate news.

And blame for this problem cannot be laid with our robotic brethren. From 2006 to 2016, Twitter bots amplified true stories as much as they amplified false ones, the study found. Fake news prospers, the authors write, “because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.”

This new paper takes a far grander scale, looking at nearly the entire lifespan of Twitter: every piece of controversial news that propagated on the service from September 2006 to December 2016. But to do that, Vosoughi and his colleagues had to answer a more preliminary question first: What is truth? And how do we know?

First, fake news seems to be more “novel” than real news. Falsehoods are often notably different from the all the tweets that have appeared in a user’s timeline 60 days prior to their retweeting them, the team found.

Second, fake news evokes much more emotion than the average tweet. The researchers created a database of the words that Twitter users used to reply to the 126,000 contested tweets, then analyzed it with a state-of-the-art sentiment-analysis tool. Fake tweets tended to elicit words associated with surprise and disgust, while accurate tweets summoned words associated with sadness and trust, they found.

Some political scientists also questioned the study’s definition of “news.” By turning to the fact-checking sites, the study blurs together a wide range of false information: outright lies, urban legends, hoaxes, spoofs, falsehoods, and “fake news.” It does not just look at fake news by itself—that is, articles or videos that look like news content, and which appear to have gone through a journalistic process, but which are actually made up.

In short, social media seems to systematically amplify falsehood at the expense of the truth, and no one—neither experts nor politicians nor tech companies—knows how to reverse that trend. It is a dangerous moment for any system of government premised on a common public reality.

Ace: Media Intensely Interested in Right-Wing (Allegedly) Anti-Semite That Draws Crowds of Less Than 50; But Not At All Interested in Left-Wing Anti-Semite Louis Farakhan Who Draws Crowds of 10,000, and Has High-Profile Democrats Like Barack Obama Courting – Showing that Fake News is often a means to rationalize No Shame. And here’s another common trait:

“Indeed, they’ve had to invent a new word to describe skin-color-based-discrimination by blacks or hispanics against other blacks or hispanics. They can’t call this what every sane person would call it — “racism” — because, as a fundamental semantic truth, they’ve decreed that blacks and hispanics cannot be racist, even when being super-racist.

So they’ve created a new word for discriminating based on skin color or race by people who are black or hispanic: “colorist.” See, they can’t be racists; only white people can be racists.

It’s high time this central lie justifying racist hate was confronted and called a lie, as it is, and the people trafficking in racism were called racists, which they are.

Ace: Hair on Fire Alert: Donald Trump Spoke to Two Witnesses After Their Interviews with Mueller, Going So Far As to Ask Don McGahn If the Interviewers Had Been “Nice”

“So what we have here are prosecutors looking to charge Trump for something that is not a crime while giving their Government Colleague a pass on something that actually is a crime.

OUT: You want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump.

IN: You want actual revolution? This is how you get actual revolution.

If You’re Trying to Ban Guns, the Least You Could Do Is Learn the Basics by David Harsanyi – “Sloppy thoughts, sloppy policies.”

The Washington Post recently published an op-ed by writer Adam Weinstein in which he argues that Second Amendment advocates “use jargon to bully gun-control supporters.” “While debating the merits of various gun control proposals,” he contends, “Second Amendment enthusiasts often diminish, or outright dismiss their views if they use imprecise firearms terminology.”

How dare Second Amendment advocates expect that those passionately arguing to limit their constitutional rights have some rudimentary knowledge of the devices they want to ban? To point out the constant glaring technical and policy “faux pas” of gun controllers is to engage in “gunsplaining,” a bad-faith argument akin to intimidation.

“Jargon” is words and expressions that are difficult for a layman to understand or use. Rather than using jargon, Second Amendment advocates are usually mocking those who use jargon-sounding words in an effort to fearmonger viewers and constituents. When you claim that the streets are rife with “high-capacity, rapid-fire magazines” or “jumbo clips,” you’re trying to fool your audience with a veneer of expertise. When you claim that we need to ban “gas-assisted receiver firearms,” you’re trying to make a semi-automatic weapon sound like a machine gun for a reason.

All these people use a moralistic fallacy, which is often predicated on the ignorance Weinstein rationalizes—not that it stops him from embracing the appeal to authority he condemns elsewhere.

Also: HuffPost: Sure, women have Second Amendment rights, but ‘guns are unabashedly, toxically masculine’ and ‘What a trip’: Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv meets with POTUS and first lady, shows off ReachOut app

Nick Freitas of Virginia on gun control by neo-neocon – “He’s talking about gun control, but it’s a primer on how to talk about heated issues in general” … Eight minutes on YouTube cited by several pundits. A Republican speaks Truth to Power and it’s powerful.

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