Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Warns Against Turning Away from Globalization

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By David Ingram

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision on Thursday of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company’s platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the globe.

In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president during the country’s 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosophical sweep that was unusual for a business magnate.

Zuckerberg’s comments come at a time when many people and nations around the world are taking an increasingly inward view. U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put “America first” in his inaugural address in January. That followed Britain’s decision last June to exit the European Union.

“Across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection,” Zuckerberg wrote, without naming specific movements.

The question, the 32-year-old executive said, was whether “the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course,” adding that he stands for bringing people together.

Quoting from a letter Lincoln wrote to Congress in the depths of the Civil War, he wrote to Facebook’s 1.9 billion users: “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present.”

Zuckerberg said that Facebook could move far beyond its roots as a network for friends and families to communicate, suggesting that it can play a role in five areas, all of which he referred to as “communities,” ranging from strengthening traditional institutions, to providing help during and after crises, to boosting civic engagement.

In comments on Facebook, some users praised Zuckerberg’s note for staying positive, while others declared “globalism” dead.

Facebook has been under pressure to more closely police hoaxes, fake news and other controversial content, although the concerns have had little impact on its finances. The company reported 2016 revenue of $27.6 billion, up 54 percent from a year earlier.

One area where Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook would do better would be suggesting “meaningful communities.” Some 100 million users are members of groups that are “very meaningful” to them, he wrote, representing only about 5 percent of users.

Facebook is also using artificial intelligence more to flag photos and videos that need human review, Zuckerberg wrote. One-third of all reports to Facebook’s review team are generated by artificial intelligence, he wrote.

Zuckerberg’s letter was “a bit more ambitious and a bit more of the 30,000-foot view than I see from most tech company CEOs,” Peter Micek, global policy and legal counsel at Access Now, an international digital rights group, said in a phone interview.

But Zuckerberg stayed away from certain subjects on which Facebook could be vulnerable to criticism, mentioning the word “privacy” only once, Micek said.

 

Pelosi Creates Non-Existent Russia Documents To Fear Monger Their Destruction

By Rick Wells

How absolutely absurd is it for Nancy Pelosi, who defended and supported the criminal Hillary Clinton at every turn, including her run for president, who set up a secret server in her house and then put our secrets on it, who admitted to destroying 33,000 mails and then more that later surfaced to say what she’s saying. It’s the same Nancy Pelosi who, along with Elijah Cummings, defended the destruction of records by the IRS pertaining to Lois Lerner’s criminal activities, just as a few examples. How off the charts can the San Francisco native’s testosterone levels be to allow her to come out and speak to their staff of mainstream media propagandists in such a manner?

Pelosi and company, representing the criminal, anti-American cabal disguised as a political party, the Democrats, is attacking the credibility of the innocent Trump White House, projecting, as Democrats frequently do, her own transgressions upon her political opponents.

In a mainstream propagandists briefing, Pelosi said, “Secrecy is a tool of an autheratorian government. She clearly meant authoritarian but why should we fix her mistakes and help her hide her mental issues? That’s how she said it, that’s how it should be written. To her point, the secrecy and destruction of documents of Clinton and Lerner referenced above were conducted by members of the authoritarian Obama regime. Once in a while she unintentionally stumbles into a truthful statement.

She tells the propagandists that their role “in all of this,” the smearing and effort to take down the Trump Presidency “is very important.” This woman who represents the party that is teaming up with Google and Facebook to censor and remove opposing views from the public sphere as she speaks, declares that pointing out the abuses of the non-press as an attack on “freedom of the press.” The media is completely owned by six CFR entities. There is no mainstream free press remaining to attack.

Prune-mouth Pelosi talks down to her little media minions like they were school kids with a mission to go home and convince their parents of something, saying, with a fake smile for good measure, “So I’m counting on all of you.” If they do a good job she might give them a sticker. She can’t badger and attempt to mislead the American people by herself, the propagandists have to declare to the stupid people that what she says is true.

Knowing what she and so many of her Democrat allies have done in the past she embarks on some fanciful fear-mongering, claiming she fears the Republicans will destroy documents that never existed. Does she then plan to accuse them of destroying what never existed when they can’t be found? Probably, if she thinks she can get away with it, that’s the consideration that drives every action they take.

The hypocritical hag then states the fact that she would even make such a statement is an indication that the level of trust has gone “so far low in all of this.” She adds, “That’s too bad.” She’s happy to the extent that she can degrade anything to do with the Republican Party, particularly trust. After all, a lack of trust for the criminal they ran for President cost her the election. She then references the importance of national security after she pretends to be disheartened over the tensions.

Pelosi raising the issues of trust and national security? She must have kept a copy on one of Donald Trump’s campaign speeches, for future reference and decided now was the time. Somehow, Nancy, those words and the movement of your mouth just aren’t compatible.

By the way, Madam House Hagfish, perhaps you could explain what non-existent document in particular are you concerned with possibly being destroyed? How many Podesta emails can there be? Is it something to do with Russians a Media Matters special pizza? Where is this document now and how did you find out about it? Did WikiLeaks tweet you to expect a document dump? Is it typical Democrat BS, completely fabricated for use in a smear campaign?

In Final Days, Obama Gave Spooks Broad New Powers…

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Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers

By Michael Walsh

This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken on far greater significance in light of current events:

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

One of the central questions behind the Mike Flynn flap that should have been asked but largely wasn’t is: who was wiretapping the general? The answer, we know now, was the National Security Agency, formerly known as No Such Agency, the nation’s foremost signals-intelligence (SIGINT) collection department.

Once compartmentalized to avoid injuring private citizens caught up in the net of the Black Widow (as we all are already) and her technological successors, the NSA was suddenly handed greater latitude in what it could share with other, perhaps more politicized bodies of the intelligence community. Why?

Let’s call the roster of the bad guys:

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch signed the new rules, permitting the N.S.A. to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information,” on Jan. 3, after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., signed them on Dec. 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the procedures.

Previously, the N.S.A. filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency, like the C.I.A. or the intelligence branches of the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The N.S.A.’s analysts passed on only information they deemed pertinent, screening out the identities of innocent people and irrelevant personal information.

Now, other intelligence agencies will be able to search directly through raw repositories of communications intercepted by the N.S.A. and then apply such rules for “minimizing” privacy intrusions.

“This is not expanding the substantive ability of law enforcement to get access to signals intelligence,” said Robert S. Litt, the general counsel to Mr. Clapper. “It is simply widening the aperture for a larger number of analysts, who will be bound by the existing rules.”

Throwing the BS flag on this one. “Widening the aperture,” my old granny. One of the things about the IC is that “existing rules” are made to be broken whenever one of its unaccountable minions feels like it; these are people who lie and cheat for a living. And the genius of the Democrats — something for the GOP to think about next time — is that they were able to leverage the transition in order to change as many rules and embed as many apparatchiks as possible before formally turning over the reins to the new kids.

But Patrick Toomey, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the move an erosion of rules intended to protect the privacy of Americans when their messages are caught by the N.S.A.’s powerful global collection methods. He noted that domestic internet data was often routed or stored abroad, where it may get vacuumed up without court oversight.

“Rather than dramatically expanding government access to so much personal data, we need much stronger rules to protect the privacy of Americans,” Mr. Toomey said. “Seventeen different government agencies shouldn’t be rooting through Americans’ emails with family members, friends and colleagues, all without ever obtaining a warrant.”

Correct. But the Fourth Amendment went out the barn door along with all the pretty horses long ago. Google and Facebook and Amazon know more about you than the CIA or FBI ever used to. And most of the personal information is provided by… you. Think about that, the next time you “check in,” post pictures of your loved ones and talk about your travel plans.

SOROS FUNDS GOOGLE TO STOP POPULIST LE PEN

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Google launches “CrossCheck” in France to censor pro-Le Pen news

Jerome R. Corsi | Infowars.com – FEBRUARY 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Though largely not reported by the mainstream media, George Soros has invested in Google as it stepped up its “Fake News” campaign designed to depress the vote of anti-globalist Marine Le Pen, leading candidate of the conservative National Front (FN) party in the French presidential election scheduled for April 23.

On Nov. 15, 2016, Market Watch reported George Soros’ hedge fund, Soros Fund Management LLC, invested in Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google.

On Feb. 16, 2012, Forbes reported that Soros had been trading in Google prior to 2007, but had completely sold out in the second quarter of 2011, at $550 a share.

Then, in the fourth quarter 2011, Soros bought his largest share in Google to date, purchasing 258,900 shares at about $592 per share for a total investment of $154 million.  Soros’ investment in Google in 2011 was made by Soros’ predecessor Quantum Fund, then the best-performing hedge fund in history that in 2011 was closed to the public, focusing only on managing assets held by Soros and his family.

Soros’ purchase of Google stock in 2011 made Google his fifth largest holding, totaling approximately 7.3 percent of his Quantum Fund portfolio.

Then, in the first quarter of 2013, Soros Fund Management LLC increase its position in Google once again.

In December 2016, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, Soros’ Open Society Foundation, which had invested over $1 million to the campaign, joined Google investing between $50-100 thousand in the leftist Washington-based think-tank founded in 2003 by former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.

On Dec. 15, 2016, the Daily Caller reported Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, declared the goal of her organization is “to be the central hub of the Trump resistance and to hold Trump accountable for the promises he made.”

On Feb. 6, 2017, Google News Lab announced CrossCheck, a new “Fake News” project billed as a collaborative effort between journalists, newsrooms and social media companies that appears aimed at censorship so as to impede the chances of Le Pen of to win the French presidential election.

In a press release dated Feb. 6, 2017 Google announced from Paris a partnership between Google News Lab and First Draft to help “the French electorate make sense of what and who to trust in their social media feeds, web searches and general news consumption in the coming months.”

First Draft is a technology company, in part funded by Google News Lab in June 2015, with a purpose to monitor online news “to raise awareness and address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital news.”

The Google News Lab press release also noted the CrossCheck project, in conjunction with Facebook’s Crowd Tangle would start by working with newsrooms across France to monitor news concerning the French election.

“With combined expertise from across media and technology, CrossCheck aims to ensure hoaxes, rumors and false claims are swiftly debunked, and misleading or confusing stories are accurately reported,” the Google News Lab press release noted.  “With the French presidential election approaching, journalists from across France and beyond will work together to find and verify content circulating publicly online, whether it is photographs, videos, memes, comment threads and news sites.”

“CrossCheck partners will make use of the collective reporting in their own articles, television programs and social media content.”

Google News Lab announced early partners include AFP (Agence France-Presse), BuzzFeed News, France Médias Monde (via les Observateurs de France 24), France Télévisions, Global Voices, Libération, La Provence, Les Echos, La Voix du Nord, Le Monde (Les Décodeurs), Nice-Matin, Ouest-France, Rue89 Bordeaux, Rue89 Lyon, Rue89 Strasbourg, Storyful and StreetPress.

Infowars.com has previously reported that hard-left political activist David Brock, the founder of Media Matters and the father of “Fake News,” is working with co-conspirators Google and Facebook to implement a strategy designed to ban conservative and libertarian websites, including Infowars.com.

Infowars.com has also reported that in a briefing book written for prospective donors and intended to remain “confidential,” Brock bragged that he had targeted for media censorship Roger Stone, the long-time Donald Trump confident who has authored the current bestseller entitled Making of the President 2016.

In the briefing book, Brock bragged that a campaign executed by Media Matters and its paid troll minions had effectively blocked Stone from media appearances, reducing Stone’s effectiveness for Trump during the latter part of the 2016 presidential campaign – a Media Maters campaign that appears to have been extended to thwart Stone’s current media tour designed to promote his current bestseller.

Denmark charges 1st female terrorism suspect – and she’s underage

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A 16-year-old Danish girl is facing at least four years in prison after being charged with terrorism offences, local media report, citing the prosecutor’s office.

The unnamed girl, an ethnic Danish convert from the village of Kundby on the island of Zealand, was arrested in January of 2016 for possessing explosives and has been held in custody ever since.

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All of the hearings regarding the case have been held behind closed doors, but on Friday the Copenhagen Public Prosecutor Office announced that the girl would be charged for participating in a serious terror plot.

“The 16-year-old was, according to the indicted, far along in her preparations to bomb two schools. She is charged with having made preparations to make a bomb and for having planned a test explosion,” said public prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas, JydskeVestkysten reported.

“The prosecuting authority is therefore presenting a criminal case against her under the penal code’s provisions on terror,” she added, as quoted in The Local. The girl’s trial is set to begin on April 7.

In the first case of its kind in Denmark, prosecutors say the girl was planning to bomb the Carolineskolen school in Copenhagen, a Jewish private school, as well as another school that she attended herself, Sydskolen in Farevejle. To carry out the attacks, she had planned to use TATP, a highly-unstable explosive made from acetone sometimes nicknamed the ‘Mother of Satan,’ which was used during the November 2015 Paris attacks.

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The Danish girl began showing a great interest in Islam around autumn of 2015 and began posting about guns and jihad on social media. She was a member of the Facebook group for the Danish branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist movement that seeks to establish a worldwide caliphate. The group is banned in Russia and a host of other countries as a terrorist organization.

A 25-year-old man, who is thought to be a friend of the girl, was also arrested in connection with the case last year, but he was released without charge on Friday.

“We have been told that the charges against my client will be dropped because there is no basis for running a criminal case against him, and therefore he is released from today,” said his lawyer, Michael Juul Eriksen, according to Fyens Stiftstidende.

Investigators are currently trying to determine whether the girl had been in contact with any groups or individuals overseas.

Cases of women involved in terrorist attacks have been increasingly reported in the media lately, one of the most notable examples being that of the husband and wife who perpetrated the 2015 San Bernardino massacre in the US. In Russia, female militants known as Black Widows have been responsible for a number of attacks and suicide bombings.

Furious California Leaders Slam “Cruel, Unconstitutional” Trump Over Threat To Pull Federal Money

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By Tyler Durden

In a narrative more befitting of kindergarten, and certainly not grown adults (politicans are exempt), one day after from Trump warned he would defund California if the state passed a bill to make itself a de facto “sanctuary state”, saying the state was “out of control”, furious state leaders have responded that, drumroll, they are not “out of control.”

Hoping to make their case stron, state politicans pointed at their balanced budget and high jobs numbers in the latest dustup between the populist Republican and the progressive state. Quoted by Reuters, the state’s top Democrats called Trump “cruel” and his proposals unconstitutional, after the businessman-turned-politician threatened to withhold federal funding from the most populous U.S. state if lawmakers passed a bill protecting undocumented immigrants. “President Trump’s threat to weaponize federal funding is not only unconstitutional but emblematic of the cruelty he seeks to impose on our most vulnerable communities,” state Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said in a statement on Monday.

The latest war of words between Trump and Democratic leaders in California, where voters chose his opponent, Hillary Clinton, two-to-one in November’s election, began Sunday, in an interview between Trump and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. During the interview, O’Reilly asked Trump about a bill in the state legislature, authored by de Leon, to ban law enforcement agencies in the state from cooperating with immigration officials in most circumstances. Cities who have enacted similar bans are known as sanctuary cities, and de Leon’s bill, if passed and signed into law by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would effectively extend such rules to the entire state.

“I think it’s ridiculous. Sanctuary cities, as you know, I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime, there’s a lot of problems,” Trump said.

“If we have to, we’ll defund,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl. “We give tremendous amounts of money to California, California in many ways is out of control, as you know.”

Trump told O’Reilly that he didn’t want to defund a state or a city and would like to give them “the money they need to properly operate.” But the president added that “if they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon.”

California’s mostly democratic leadership was not amused. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, an L.A.-area Democrat, said the state has the most manufacturing jobs in the nation, and produces a quarter of the country’s food. “If this is what Donald Trump thinks is ‘out of control,’ I’d suggest other states should be more like us,” Rendon said.

Sunday’s shot across the bow of Sacramento followed a similar threat last weak, when Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from the University of California at Berkeley, where violent rioting led to the cancellation of a speech by famous “alt-right” winger Milo Yiannopoulos.

Experts have said it would be difficult for the President to withhold funds from either the university or the state. Court rulings have limited the power of the president to punish states by withholding funds, and most appropriations come from the Congress and not the executive branch. Then again, this is Trump we are talking about, and while it may ultimately indeed prove impossible, should this particular animosity between Trump and the state continue, Trump will certainly try…

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As a reminder, a proposal for California to break away from the United States has been submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office in the state capital. If it qualifies, it could trigger a vote on whether the most populous US state should become a separate nation. The group behind the proposal, Yes California Independence Campaign, was cleared on Thursday by Californian Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin the bid to collect some 600,000 voter signatures required to put the ambitious plan on the ballot, AP reported.

The initiative would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an “inseparable part of the United States of America.” Being a US state is “no longer serving California’s best interests,” the movement claims.

“Not only is California forced to subsidize this massive military budget with our taxes, but Californians are sent off to fight in wars that often do more to perpetuate terrorism than to abate it. The only reason terrorists might want to attack us is because we are part of the United States and are guilty by association. Not being a part of that country will make California a less likely target of retaliation by its enemies,” the campaign argues, among other things.

“America already hates California, and America votes on emotions,” Marcus Evans, vice-president of Yes California told to the Los Angeles Times. “I think we’d have the votes today if we held it,” he added.

Since California must submit the valid voter signatures by July 25 to qualify for the November 2018 ballot, it is shaping up to be an especially volatile summer.