Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 22, 2017

… interesting to me is that we see this across the ideological spectrum, everyone from Euro nationalists to black nationalists to religious extremists of all types.” Combating these narratives is a crucial step governments must take in order to prevent terror attacks from becoming force multipliers, inspiring dueling extremists to commit new acts of violence inspired by previous violence. It’s what’s known as “cumulative extremism,” a self-perpetuating downward spiral …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… user-friendly online ads space, those companies and other major platforms are each flexing their muscles in ways that could actually compel widespread changeblocker-equipped browsers, algorithmic vetting, and machine learning. Sounds great right? Who wouldn’t love to see fewer terrible ads? Well, without the Wild West, we’re left with just the corporate dystopia. And their show of force has already rattled publishers and ad tech firms, which are wary of the duopoly’s intentions …

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A Facebook bug showed moderators to the terror groups they monitored

June 18, 2017

… friend requests from profiles affiliated with the radical groups they were suppressing. The personal profiles of content moderators were visible to group admins within the activity logs of Facebook groups after other administrators were banned for posting inappropriate material, like explicitly sexual or violent images. If a group had multiple admins, they would then be able to view a log about the changes and see exactly who edited the content. Facebook created a task force of data scientists, …

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A comprehensive look at the antics of national court jester Sean Spicer

June 5, 2017

… between laughing and crying rather than simply crying. For that, we are truly #blessed. Who knows where we would be if we didn’t have this man’s tomfoolery to pull our gaze away from the real political issues and force us to laugh off the stresses of this world every now and again. From his fashion choices to his decision to take cover in some shrubbery as bombshell news broke, here are the most entertaining Sean Spicer moments. When the world realized he had something far more …

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The Unfortunate Consequences Of Correcting History

May 29, 2017

… force of racism and white supremacy in these United States. Alas, if the C.S.A. statues are indeed tributes to white supremacy, what does that make the Washington Monument? Theres a giant, blindingly white penis-shaped ode to a man who literally owned slaves smack dab in our nations capital. And why isnt anybody protesting the Lincoln Memorial? In an 1858 debate, he literally said he was a white supremacist, proudly declaring there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as …

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Trump Flees D.C. Witch Hunt for World Tour

… Europe in June 1974, mere weeks before he felt compelled to resign. Of course, Nixons demise came long before the rise of Twitter, but had such a medium been available as he fled the furor in Washington for the admiring crowds across the Atlantic, his message might have been much the same as Trumps good-morning tweet on Thursday: This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! Actually, Nixons problems were considerably greater than Trumps as he boarded Air force One …

May 22, 2017
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African American Family’s Home Burned In Suspected Hate Crime

… Schodack, a small town in Rensselaer County. He said he cant recall a similar crime during his two decades on the police force. Madison told the Times Union he is glad his wife and children escaped. Investigators said evidence from the crime scene may help identify the perpetrator. Were getting calls from all over the area, Belardo said. It makes me proud that members of my community are stepping up and this family is not going through this alone. I know [the Madisons] are fearful, but …

May 17, 2017
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Ransomware attacks on hospitals could eventually kill someone

… example and it’s almost certainly going to happen again and again. Joshua Corman, who sits on the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task force, which falls under the Department of Health and Human Services, paints an abysmal picture of the state of cybersecurity at hospitals around the United States. According to him, around 85% of U.S. hospitals don’t have a single full-time cybersecurity expert on staff. Even if they did, that cybersecurity expert would often be helpless against …

May 15, 2017
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