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So, Facebook people who tried to raise alarms about 2016 election shennigans were: 1-Not prioritized; 2-Hit organizational dysfunction (likely to happen when not prioritized); 3-Were scuttled by cowardly lawyers (again, more likely when not prioritized). wsj.com/articles/shery… pic.twitter.com/kLMOz5zPg7

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So, Facebook people who tried to raise alarms about 2016 election shennigans were: 1-Not prioritized; 2-Hit organizational dysfunction (likely to happen when not prioritized); 3-Were scuttled by cowardly lawyers (again, more likely when not prioritized). wsj.com/articles/shery… pic.twitter.com/kLMOz5zPg7



Posted by zeynep on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 6:25pm


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Monologue: I, Lucius Malfoy, Have Regularly Considered Leaving the Death Eaters

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“Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that he thinks about leaving the GOP ‘every morning.’” — CNN Politics, 9/9/18

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Every morning, when I wake up, I think about what it would be like to leave the Death Eaters. To walk up to the Dark Lord and say, “I’m through. This organization is not what it used to be. We used to stand for something — a pure Wizarding race, a fully, proudly insular society, the great black hope of the magical world. But now I just don’t know anymore.”

The leadership has lost sight of the purpose of our movement. This wasn’t about separating children from their families, or sorting people into categories — this was about Us: The Purebloods, the protectors of the magical community, our bloodlines, our livelihoods. We are the descendants of Salazar Slytherin, the party of Gellert Grindelwald, guardians of purity and alliteration. We believe in the promise of a fulfilling magical life for all wizards born with three magical grandparents. And we believe we deserve to live freely, out in the open, with our superiority ablaze for all Muggles to see.

But it has become increasingly clear that the leader of this organization doesn’t care about that. He just cares about taking shots at the Order, about fulfilling some prophecy, when we’ve already won! He’s living in my house, using my wand, just talking to his snake and spending all of my gold while we hunt down his precious Harry Potter. All he talks about is killing that boy and taking over that school, stewing up there in my office, by the way.

He’s thinking small. Where is the interest in wizarding law? In the power of the Ministry? In the administration of justice by the Wizengamot? Where is the commitment to turning our convictions into action? This was never about petty grievances or random terror — the actions of my brethren at the Quidditch World Cup were an aberration, they are not what we stand for, I condemn them — this was always about having the chance to build the wizarding society we always dreamed of. This is not what I expected. This is not at all what we meant.

If I left the Death Eaters, I could tell everyone what I really think. We could build a society based on our convictions, the ones we had when we were all in school — staying up late in the Slytherin common room talking about objectivism and the superior magical race. We never meant to start a war; we never meant to engulf wizarding society in fear and suspicion. We just knew it was our birthright to lead our people, that’s all.

Tomorrow, I will serve him as if nothing has happened, as if I had never had these subversive thoughts that I have shared with the Daily Prophet. But every day I will wake up with the conviction that something is deeply, terribly wrong within the Death Eater organization. That we have strayed down a dark path and we cannot turn back. That our values have been co-opted (so easily! It is astonishing) for something so mean and loud and ugly.

But I am not a quitter. I will fight to fix the Death Eaters from within — I will fight every day, I promise you. But, very quietly, I pray that one day a hero will come and vanquish it, so that I may instead fight him, because I am far more comfortable with that.

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GOP plan would ban sitting, lying down on downtown streets, sidewalks

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Proponents say the plan would curb panhandling, but critics say it would unfairly target the city’s homeless population.
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Oh come on
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IndyGo receives first of 13 electric buses to serve Red Line

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IndyGo has already begun employee training and performance testing for the vehicles. One key question is whether the vehicles will achieve the expected range of 275 miles per charge.

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The Hate Report: Police vs. antifa

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In this week’s roundup: Cops in Louisiana search for antifa with the help of neo-Nazis, Gab is big in Brazil and sometimes OK is not OK.

High-level officials with the Louisiana State Police emailed around a fake list of purported antifa activists that originated on the conspiracy theory website 8Chan and was shared widely by neo-Nazis, according to a lawsuit filed this week on behalf of a New Orleans lawyer.

As BuzzFeed reported last year, a group of trolls spent months creating a sprawling list of the personal information of people on the political left. They scraped sources like a petition condemning the Trump administration and the personal Facebook pages of people associated with the pro-immigrant group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN. Then they released the document on 8Chan, claiming it was a “full list of antifa members.”

That list was quickly spread on white supremacist and neo-Nazi websites including Stormfront, claims the lawsuit, filed by Harvard Law School lecturer Thomas Frampton on behalf of New Orleans civil rights attorney William Most. And from there it apparently made its way into the hands of Louisiana State Police.

Most is suing to force the Louisiana State Police to release a copy of the document. He learned of the document after seeing it was an attachment in department emails he received in a public records request.

“These citizens have been victimized once by Neo-Nazis; are they now being victimized again by law enforcement?” Most wrote in an email.

The lawsuit echoes recent instances around the country where police departments have been accused of working with white supremacists or of unfairly targeting antifa over competing right-wing groups.

In February, California Highway Patrol officers were found to have coordinated with the white supremacist Traditionalist Workers Party to hunt down members of antifa during a 2016 protest. Emails uncovered by lawyers for anti-racist protesters found that police officers offered to protect a white supremacist rally organizer while seeking the help of racist protesters to identify their antifa opponents.

Last summer, the Berkeley Police Department came under fire for using evidence unearthed on the anonymous online message board 4chan. The site is notorious for spreading malicious conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, often to purposefully stir up controversy.   

The evidence these online activists dug up was seized on by Berkeley police, who partly relied on it to arrest Eric Clanton, a 28-year-old college professor who allegedly attacked white supremacists with a bike lock. Clanton, who was charged with four counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, pleaded no contest to lesser charges last month. He is serving three years of probation.

The Louisiana allegations add fuel to the argument that police departments are targeting antifa activists disproportionately compared to the far-right activists antifa often clash with. Several times over the past year, police departments have been accused of being heavy-handed against peacefully protesting anarchist and antifa protesters while seemingly giving violent far-right-wing protesters a free ride.

Portland police are currently investigating the conduct of officers who confronted counterprotesters during an August protest.

Earlier this month, the ACLU criticized Portland police for targeting left-wing protesters based on their political opinions. “The Portland Police Bureau’s response to protest is completely unacceptable in a free society,” the head of the Oregon branch of the ACLU, David Rogers, said in a statement. “The repeated use of excessive force, and the targeting of demonstrators based on political beliefs are a danger to the First Amendment rights of all people.”

Similar allegations arose after clashes between antifa protesters and Philadelphia police last week. After officers were filmed violently throwing black-clad protesters to the ground and punching them, the police department announced it was investigating the conduct of cops at the protest.

Hate speech haven Gab goes global

The social network Gab, which is highly popular among white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the United States, is gaining in popularity in another major democratic country: Brazil.

Gab.ai is now the 722nd most popular website in Brazil, and Brazilians account for 23.3 percent of the site’s overall traffic, according to Alexa.com, which ranks websites by popularity. By contrast, the site is the 2670th most popular website in the United States, according to Alexa.

A quick search on Gab shows at least one reason for the site’s popularity: Multiple posts lionize Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative politician whom the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Brazil, has called “the most misogynistic, hateful elected official in the democratic world.”

In Brazil, Bolsonaro is famous for praising the country’s brutal military dictatorship. When the congressman cast his vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, he dedicated his vote to Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, the colonel who headed the Doi-Codi torture unit during the dictatorship era, which tortured Rousseff when she was a political prisoner.

A few years ago, Bolsonaro made headlines after telling a fellow congresswoman (for the second time), “I would not rape you. You don’t merit that.” He has also consistently bad-mouthed non-whites and the LGBTQ community.   

Bolsonaro, once considered a fringe candidate, is currently polling second to become the next president of Brazil.

Gab is apparently delighted to be courting Bolsonaro’s supporters, and the site’s official Twitter account regularly tweets to the candidate and links to stories about him.

A guide to the ‘OK’ symbol

Controversy flared up this week after Zina Bash, a former Trump administration adviser, was filmed apparently making the “OK” symbol with her hand during the congressional hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Most news outlets quickly concluded that Bash, who is of Mexican descent on her mother’s side and whose grandparents were Holocaust survivors, didn’t mean for her hand gesture to connote white supremacy.

However, the OK symbol has previously been connected to white supremacists, and we published a guide to understanding the hand gesture last month. Here’s a quick recap of the four most common possible ways human beings might use the OK gesture in 2018:

Totally innocent: Long before the internet made everything worse, joining one’s index finger and thumb to form a circle simply meant OK as in, everything is alright. The symbol, and its associated emoji, is still used in this way every day across the globe.

The circle game: Apparently there is a popular kids’ game called “the circle game,” in which the goal is to make the OK gesture and trick someone into looking at it. In at least one version of the game, if you can trick someone into looking at the gesture, you get to punch them. You might find this clip from the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle” instructive here. Half of the Hate Report team (Will) had never heard of this, but the other half (Aaron) has been playing this game with his younger brother for decades.    

Actual white power: In the wake of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year, we reported on a trove of online messages leaked from the gaming and social media platform Discord, which Unite the Right organizers used to rally their troops for the Charlottesville event. Those messages included numerous examples of rally participants posting photos of themselves flashing the OK gesture:

Trolling: As BuzzFeed helpfully explained last April, the idea of using the OK sign as a means to “trigger normies” can be traced back to the online message board 4Chan in early 2017.

A post on 4chan’s /pol/ board from Feb. 28, 2017, titled “Operation O-KKK has gained quite a bit of progress” states: “To any who haven’t seen the original thread, our goal is to convince people on twitter that the ‘ok’ hand sign has been co-opted by neo-nazis.”

That plan seems to have worked pretty well.

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Amish couple sues U.S. government over photo requirement

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An Indiana Amish couple with 13 children accuse U.S. officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting that they provide photographs before the Canadian wife can become a permanent U.S. resident.
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This is both so un-anabaptist and so-Amish at the same time.
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13 children in an overpopulated world
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