Facebook receives patent for shadow banning after denying it to Congress


Mon Aug 19 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the Fire...

Just a few months after HBO's very well produced series on Chernobyl reminded everyone of what happens when Russia plays with nukes, Putin has a nuclear accident.

A small one, thankfully, but we really don't want him playing with nukes.

UPDATE: Two nuclear monitoring stations went silent after multiple deaths in Russian nuclear accident.

UPDATE: Two more monitoring stations down. How big is this accident?

Mon Aug 19 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that google search bias they claim doesn't exist...

PJMediaA full 70 percent of Google News search results for topics related to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend were biased toward the left, a new study revealed Wednesday.

The nonpartisan group AllSides analyzed the top three search results in Google News for ten topics related to the mass shootings, including the cities of the shootings, the names of the shooters, and even "Trump," whom many liberal outlets blamed for somehow inspiring the El Paso shooting. The research took place on the afternoons of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

"This analysis shows no direct evidence that Google is intentionally suppressing voices from the center or right on the shootings," John Gable, CEO and co-founder of AllSides, said in a statement on the results. "But there was a clear and overwhelming bias in Google’s results covering these shootings, intentional or not."

In the context of the recent Google whistleblower, I think the question of intent will be conclusively settled.

Mon Aug 19 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Red Flag laws kill an innocent man

Officers shot and killed a 61-year-old man in Maryland today when they came to confiscate his guns under Maryland's Red Flag law.

Folks, remember when the anti-gunners yelled that they wanted to take away our guns, and we told them that if they tried that, people would see that as the first move in a tyrannical dictatorship and shoot back?

That just happened.

Everyone who has claimed that the gun-rights side doesn't take this seriously and won't resist a gun confiscation operation when the police actually do show up at their door?

Just proven wrong.

Red Flag laws will get people killed.

Sun Aug 18 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr 302s released

Bruce Ohr acted as a go-between for the FBI and their "fired" ex-informant Steele. The firing was a sham, part of the coverup process. The FBI continued to use Steele as a source, through Ohr, until two days prior to the Mueller special counsel appointment (!!!!!). Given that I would be very surprised if Mueller's team did not have continuing contact with Steele by some mechanism as well.

Sun Aug 18 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Giuliani: Deliberate efforts to cover up wrongdoing

Meaning in History thinks Giuliani is pointing at Wray as the coverup artist. I'm not so sure that's what Giuliani is saying here, necessarily, but I do think Wray is neck-deep in covering up elements of SpyGate. What I think has been happening is that people in Europe (Ukraine, Italy at least, maybe in the UK) have been trying to reach the FBI to tell their side of the story, and the FBI has been ignoring those requests. That could be Wray, it could be underlings. As far as I can tell, it took these people (Mifsud in Italy, some elements of the Ukraine government) going to the media and getting media attention before they got officially noticed.

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Sun Aug 18 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Targetting political opponents for intimidation tactics

Conservative TreehouseDemocrat Congressman Joaquin Castro, represents a district that encompasses San Antonio, Texas.

Using his twitter account today, Representative Castro posted a list of local donors to the Donald Trump campaign directing his followers to target those ordinary citizens.
Political targeting is exactly what President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were doing when the DOJ requested the donor contribution lists, “schedule B’s”, from the IRS (Lois Lerner) so they could generate their ‘secret research project‘ targeting list. These actions are directly, openly, publicly and specifically, the weaponization of government.

This is the long-standing ideology of the of the political left. It is a short walk from starting a secret research project; creating files through surveillance, generating lists of citizens and posting them in the public square; to eventually making people wear armbands. The purposes are EXACTLY the same.

Exactly. The purpose is political intimidation: the coerced silence of public support for the opposing side, on pain of social ostracism and even, potentially, physical attacks. If donating to Trump gets you put on a list for targeted ostracism and violence, who will donate to Trump? And that leaves out the social side, when perhaps the social side is even more important.

By coincidence, earlier this week I was at a business lunch with most of my immediate coworkers. Of those 20-30 people, one of my coworkers mentioned, I was the only one generally known to support Trump. A few others admitted to having voted for him in 2016 but they were quick to add they would not do so again. Most remained silent, even though I knew there were Trump supporters among them (from private conversations). And this is in the very red state of Texas.

The continuing media attacks and intimidation are draining. No one wants to be on the political defensive constantly when they are just living their life. And when you conduct those informal polls of those around you, the Trump supporters mostly remain quiet while the Democrats (supported by the perceived media dominance) are outspoken and aggressive.

That translates into a perceived disparity of support, which has the tendency to intimidate people into silence, making them much less likely to vote or get involved in supporting their candidate.

Sat Aug 17 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former FBI assistant director descends into numerology conspiracies

Seriously, this guy thinks raising flags on 8/8 is some sort of evidence of white nationalism? And he was in charge of counterintelligence at the FBI? No wonder they thought Trump was a Russian agent -- the microwaves being beamed into their brains from orbital weather control satellites never lie!

Sat Aug 17 07:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter suspends Sen Maj Leader McConnell's twitter account

They suspended the account because McConnell's team posted videos of protestors outside McConnel's home calling for him to be murdered. Apparently, Twitter does not allow public figures to call out those threatening them with death.

Still, it's possible something good may come of this incident. McConnell may be forced to realize that Big Tech is not his friend.

Sat Aug 17 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's autopsy report says suicide...

... and the New York Times printed it. I understand it's difficult for an autopsy to say there was a murder by strangulation when all the other evidence is being covered up. But really?

Fri Aug 16 20:20:36 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will the GOP cave on gun control?

PJMediaAfter last weekend's horrible mass shootings, we're hearing the usual cries from the left for stricter gun control -- but this time we're also hearing them from increasing numbers of Republican lawmakers willing to embrace "red flag" legislation.

Time reports that a bipartisan proposal to create a federal grant encouraging the adoption of state-level red flag laws is "gaining momentum" in the Senate. President Trump gave the bill a push on Monday, telling the nation in a prepared address, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process." GOP co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) said that red flag laws will allow law enforcement to "do something" about potentially dangerous gun owners or would-be buyers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made the Senate the place where Democrat gun control bills from the House go to die, but even he seems at least somewhat open to new legislation. In a statement released earlier this week, McConnell said that "serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work."

This is certainly a moment of political danger for gun owners -- followed shortly by intense, personal danger as ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, "triggered" liberals, and potential boyfriends of young daughters all call in to "red flag" anyone they think might own a gun and seems angry. But the fact is, so-called "red flag" laws won't change anything (at least not in a positive way) and are likely to instead make things dramatically worse.

Right now, we have laws against making violent threats, laws in many states enabling involuntary commitment of people who pose a danger to others, and most of those laws come with a prohibition on firearms ownership. They are already of questionable legality in some cases for lack of due process, they are already on the books, and they don't work. Every time this happens we hear about the warning signs, the calls to police, the threats. But no action is taken... and not for lack of legal authority. Sometimes the police don't bother. Sometimes they bother, but don't add the murdered to the NICS list. Sometimes the government sponsors straw purchasers smuggling guns to criminals (see Fast and Furious under Obama's watch).

Bottom line, background checks don't actually stop criminals from getting guns. Hardened criminals can get guns on the black market anyway. The people who commit mass shootings have usually come to the attention of law enforcement in myriad of ways before their mass murder but without being added to the appropriate lists or any serious action being taken. Adding red flag laws into the equation will do nothing but increase the false reporting rates and harass peaceful gun owners during divorces or even just a bad breakup with a girlfriend.

If Trump wants to win re-election in 2020, he absolutely cannot afford to piss off gun owners. He's going to have enough problems with the NRA sidelined, and he's already taken some actions that have pissed off the 2nd Amendment community. All we have to do is stay home, and he's a one-term president.

That said, other presidents -- both Bushes, for a recent example -- have danced around this issue successfully. They publicly supported assault weapons bans which Congress never sent to them to sign. At the moment, though, the Democrats control the House, and the Senate is in Republican hands by a very slim majority. The GOPe -- who hate Trump despite sharing his party -- might well send him a gun control bill hoping he would sign it and destroy his re-election chances. Without the NRA to speak up, Trump might not have the instincts to realize how bad an idea this would be.

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Fri Aug 16 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dayton murderer was antifa "armed brigades" member

The left appears to be actively trying to start the civil war that the right has been warning them they would provoke.

Fri Aug 16 07:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Has Lisa Page been cooperating?

Hannity thinks so. I think so, and I have for a long time, on a low-key way. Why? Some of the messages between Page and Strzok read, to me, like Page was very much not happy with Strzok towards the end. It sounded like a woman scorned and the end of an affair. (and, you know, having your "I had an affair with my coworker while plotting a coup" text messages published nationally seems likely to end an affair by itself). Not to mention she is still married (NOT to Strzok, but her original husband) which is not compatible with staying loyal to Strzok. And if that's the mindset she is in, cooperating is the logical course. Plus, trying to stay out of jail is a big incentive too.

So, yeah, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if Lisa is cooperating. But this is the first time we're seeing people talk about it...

Fri Aug 16 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Six Philadelphia police officers shot in raid

You may have heard the saying "Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action." Well, this is the third mass shooting we've had since the Democrat primary debate focused on gun control, which is to say within the last week or two. The (alleged?) murderer has an extensive criminal record, meaning he was already prohibited from owning or purchasing firearms.

Thu Aug 15 21:00:51 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Mifsud prepared to testify to setup operation

The HillMueller’s team alleges that Mifsud is the person who fed a story in spring 2016 to Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos about Moscow possessing purloined emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was the earliest known contact in the now-debunked collusion narrative and the seminal event that the FBI says prompted it on July 31, 2016, to open its probe into the Trump campaign.
Mifsud was a “longtime cooperator of western intel” who was asked specifically by his contacts at Link University in Rome and the London Center of International Law Practice (LCILP) — two academic groups with ties to Western diplomacy and intelligence — to meet with Papadopoulos at a dinner in Rome in mid-March 2016, Roh told me.
A few days after the March dinner, Roh added, Mifsud received instructions from Link superiors to “put Papadopoulos in contact with Russians,” including a think tank figure named Ivan Timofeev and a woman he was instructed to identify to Papadopoulos as Vladimir Putin’s niece.

Mifsud knew the woman was not the Russian president’s niece but, rather, a student who was involved with both the Link and LCILP campuses, and the professor believed there was an effort underway to determine whether Papadopoulos was an “agent provocateur” seeking foreign contacts, Roh said.

So here's the deal. Mifsud -- a man with extensive ties to Western intelligence agencies and politicians with documented photographic evidence -- says he was tasked with meeting Papadopoulos and feeling him information on Russian dirt about Hillary. Mifsud then says he was tasked with introducing Papadopoulos to Russians. Again, tasked. Later, Papadopoulos talks with Downer and mentions Russian dirt on Hillary. (No emails mentioned either time -- all three parties agree on this).

It seems certain now that this whole operation was a setup designed to give the FBI a deniable reason to get an investigation opened into the Trump campaign. And the deception continued past the election, past the inauguration, all the way into the Mueller report, which describes Mifsud as a Russian agent.

So who tasked Mifsud with setting up Papadopoulos? Let's follow that up the chain.

Thu Aug 15 20:57:03 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ohr in troubled water

American ThinkerBruce Ohr, the number four official at the Justice Department as U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General and the highest-ranking nonappointee, with an office a couple of doors down from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, kept Weissmann “in the loop” about the fake dossier and its journeys through the deep-state swamp, along with a myriad of other co-conspirators in a web of conspiracy and deceit so vast that Watergate trivia question Carl Bernstein may be right in a way he did not intend when he suggested this whole matter may be bigger than Watergate. It seems only the DoJ janitor was not involved.

Of course the DoJ janitor was involved. Who else would be in charge of sweeping all the evidence under the rug?


Thu Aug 15 20:06:08 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A SpyGate speculative epiphany

Daily CallerFormer South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy urged the release of FBI transcripts Sunday that he indicated were taken from conversations a bureau informant had during the 2016 presidential campaign with former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.

Gowdy, the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also said there are likely to be additional transcripts of FBI informant contacts with Trump aides.

“The one you referenced is a single transcript. There are going to be others,” Gowdy said in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

So I think I just made an important implied connection here. Let me walk you through it.

Gowdy is urging the release of transcripts of Papadopoulos' meetings with Halper and some sort of agent whose nom-de-plume was "Azra Turk". But why does he have to urge the release of those transcripts? Why can't Barr, to whom Trump just delegated declassification authority, just release them?

Answer: there's a process, and even after Trump or Barr starts the ball rolling, the "owning agency" controls release to some extent. If it was the FBI's agent and the FBI's transcript, the FBI would control release. But the FBI's director (Wray, a Deep State ally) can be overridden by Barr as DOJ. So why are the transcripts still being held up?

They are not being held up by Wray -- they are were being held up by DNI Coates, who Trump just fired. This is probably why Coates got fired. And it's probably why the Deep State is pushing Sue Gordon or someone else who will protect them in the role. They want these transcripts (and other declass issues, too) in safe hands. Safe for them.

But... if Wray doesn't control the transcripts related to Papadopoulos and Halper and the mysterious Azra Turk, and if it's Coates who was controlling them, then which agency was controlling Halper and Azra Turk?

Hint: It wasn't the FBI.

Categories Spygate

Thu Aug 15 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google insider turns over documents, alleges political manipulation

Sara CarterA former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms – in effect targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content – delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division Friday.

It will be very interesting indeed to see what is in those documents.

Thu Aug 15 02:41:09 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A grim milestone

The 2020 elections will be the first (national) elections in which some voters will have been born after 9-11. We've been skirting around the edges of this for a while (in 2016 and 2018, voters likely voted who could not remember 9-11) but this is the first year we will actually have people old enough to vote who were born after the attack and thus could not possibly remember it at all.

Wed Aug 14 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's "suicide"

Killed by supposedly strangling himself with a bedsheet, after being taken off suicide watch following an earlier "suicide" attempt that he claimed was a murder attempt, not checked on by guards when they were supposed to, and his cellmate was transferred out of the cell hours before his "suicide". Oh, and his lawyers, who requested he be taken off suicide watch, are seeking criminal defense lawyers themselves.

These details make me more suspicious, not less.

And electronics were removed from Epstein's island before the FBI arrived. This is a complete disaster of an investigation. Successful prosecutions do not come from investigations like this, which is, I suspect, rather the point.

UPDATE: Guards made false entries in log for checking on Epstein.

UPDATE: Shrieking heard from Epstein's cell.

Tue Aug 13 22:16:41 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google engineer confirms manual manipulation of search results

BreitbartSoftware engineer Mike Wacker, until recently an employee of Google, confirmed Breitbart News’ report that the tech giant reordered its YouTube search results for “Federal Reserve” following criticism by left-wing MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

In a tweet, Wacker confirmed the details of Breitbart’s report — that Google, which owns YouTube, manually added the term “Federal Reserve” to its blacklist of “controversial YouTube search queries” a day after Hayes complained about the original results, which featured a number of videos critical of the Fed.

Wacker previously authored an article on in which he challenged Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s claim, made under oath before Congress, that the company doesn’t “manually intervene” in any search result.

Sundar Pichai's claim is, obviously, bullshit. He thought he was being clever by suggesting that google doesn't manually intervene in individual search results. Of course they don't. The request and response takes fractions of a second. No human is fast enough to do that.

What google does instead is set up rules that govern how search results are handled. Their search suggestions displayed while you type (autocomplete) are often missing obvious candidates for completion that show a partisan bias. There are lots of other ways they can mess with search results without manually altering every result that comes in. For example, they could be systematically training their algorithm to return fewer negative stories about Democrats because their developers don't want to read (or click on) negative stories about Democrats. Or systematically ranking right-leaning sites like Fox as having lower credibility than left-leaning sites like CNN or MSNBC.

Tue Aug 13 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About compromise

No. Now what?

Mon Aug 12 23:04:51 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NRA board members resign

Captain's Journal quoting the Washington PostThree National Rifle Association board members who have raised concerns about reports of reckless spending and mismanagement by the group’s leadership resigned Thursday, another sign of mounting dissent within the nation’s most powerful gun-rights group.
Board member Marion Hammer … wrote in a text message to The Post her reaction to the departing board members: “Don’t let the door hit you in the back on your way out."

Not a sign of a healthy organization. If you care about the right to keep and bear arms in 2020, find an alternative. The NRA is going to be distracted, at best.

Mon Aug 12 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's political connections to Democrats...

Daily CallerDemocratic representatives Adam Schiff, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Maxine Waters are just three elected officials who sit on the congressional advisory board of a foreign policy think-tank led by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein.

Schiff is one of folks pushing for Trump to be impeached due to the Russia Hoax. Gotta wonder if he feels a little exposed.

Sun Aug 11 16:44:49 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does the FBI believe it's own bullshit?

Mark Wauck asks the question. I think the answer is no. The idea that the FBI honestly believed they were spying on Trump because he was a Russian agent is absurd. Remember, as just a few counterpoints among many, that Kavalec debunked at least three elements of Steele's claims before the FISA was applied for the first time: there is no Russian consulate in Miami, Michael Cohen has never been to Prague, there is no secret communications channel between Alfa Bank and Trump Tower; and the FISA application did not pass on any of this derogatory information about Steele and his story to the court. They were told directly it was BS and went ahead with it, swearing under penalty of perjury that the information was "verified" when it was not.

The idea that the FBI was fooled by Steele (and the story will eventually evolve into "and fooled by the intel agencies") is their version of an "Aw, shucks... but I meant well" cover story. It's a defensive posture that, if believed, paints them as good-faith actors who just got duped. And that gets them off scott-free of criminal charges.

Don't believe it for a second.

Categories Spygate

Sun Aug 11 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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