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Policy Wonk Tuesday, PWMC Division, Because This One Is Simple: We Need To Talk About Implicit Bias in Law Enforcement, Folks - It's Ruining Democracy

Yes, even with the absolute deluge of other mess in the news that is a potential threat to national security – including the porn stars and the defamation suits against the White House occupant – because we’re going to show the nexus in a minute.

And I’m not just talking about “both federal and state”.

I’m talking about the Muslim Minnesota policeman of color who shot the blonde white female victim who looks like Olivia Nuzzi being charged with second-degree murder while white police sergeant Betty Shelby who shot an unarmed black man in the back was not only just presented with the lesser charge of manslaughter, but acquitted, and who is now back on the job, bopping around the streets.

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I’m talking about the DHS and the FBI passing a Race Paper back and forth that when obtained for public viewing via FOIA request is almost 100% redacted, and DOJ officials refusing to answer oversight questions about a “black extremist” policy months before this paper (such as it is) ever came to public light –

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while at the same time every single mass shooter this year has been white, and with 7 bombs going off in Austin within the past week, scores of progressive journalists see and articulate what both assigned federal and state law enforcement not only refuse to admit but also refuse to call the domestic terrorism that it is

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Meanwhile, when Trump first rolled in, one of the very first things he ordered his minions to do was to strike white nationalist terrorism AND Nazi terrorism off the official federal terrorist watch lists.

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And it’s about DeAndre Harris, who was beaten bloody by white supremacists in Charlottesville, being arrested and having to expend time, energy, and resources fending off misdemeanor charges that were knocked down from felonies when, being the victim, he should never have been in court – and that having been a sufficiently common white supremacist “strategy” to deprive POC of resources since 1919 that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Thurgood Marshall Research Institute , on the eve of the dismissal of all charges against Mr. Harris, did a full series on it

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Don’t even let me get into the 2nd Amendment madness. We do know who the gun nuts are who are screaming – however wrong they actually are, and their beloved Scalia told them so – that there’s an immutable “right to bear arms” somehow embedded in the infinite, eternal, & unchangeable 2nd Amendment, right?

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We’re not kidding ourselves about that, are we? When the Koch Brothers are busily distributing their propaganda materials free of charge to impoverished school districts that detail how slavery was a necessarily evil as a mandatory social science unit??

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Here is an Implicit Bias tag.

Here is an article beginning to detail the theory I set forth that domestic sexism and racism are credible national security threats – to wit:

I think if we look honestly at the failing and flailing and ineptitude and corruption that has been exposed at the highest levels not only of our current U.S. government, but of countless other governments on multiple continents where a white minority flails and imprisons without due process and proceeds to extremes to hold onto power at any cost – despite the repeated rightwing white and white-appearing mass murders whom the Armed Forces and the FBI completely fail to preventatively identify because they’re preoccupied to the point of obsession with so-called “black extremists” whom Congressional Committees have established don’t even exist – where those currently in power *refuse to take action against a documentably hostile national adversary* because they were voted into power by those hostile angry U.S. citizens who literally preferred incompetents with questionable national loyalties in charge of the government instead of competent patriots of any other color as long as those incompetents were white men - we see the necessity of finally taking racism and bigotry seriously as a matter of national security.

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And here is your nexus:

 

Asked about the data mining stuff, Turnbull emphasized that CA isn’t looking to insert true information into a debate, but rather to play off people’s fears and emotions, which in the case of the Trump campaign, means “racism”:

… [W]e just put information into the bloodstream of the internet, and then, and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again … like a remote control. It has to happen without anyone thinking, “that’s propaganda,” because the moment you think “That’s propaganda,” the next question is, “Who’s put that out?”

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One of the most potent things I feel like I’ve learned in my most recent (apparently now required) lay studies in Kremlinology is that the Russians, when they seek to sow dissension in a democratic society, don’t actually infuse it with new ideas – and any study of the allegedly Cambridge Analytica-shaped or –promoted social media ads will support that premise.

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What they do instead is support what is noxious in the society they are targeting that is already there.

Cambridge Analytica says it uses “behavioral microtargeting,” or combining analysis of people’s personalities with demographics, to predict and influence mass behavior. It says it has data on 220 million Americans, two-thirds of the U.S. population.

It has worked on other campaigns in the United States and other countries, and is funded by Robert Mercer, a prominent supporter of politically conservative groups.

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In one exchange, the company chief executive, Alexander Nix, is recorded telling reporters: “It sounds a dreadful thing to say, but these are things that don’t necessarily need to be true as long as they’re believed.”

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Well ... okay, then.

Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president

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Turnbull took credit for one of the most well known and controversial campaigns of the last presidential campaign, organised by the political action group Make America Number 1.

“The brand was ‘Defeat Crooked Hillary’. You’ll remember this of course?” he told the undercover reporter. “The zeros, the OO of crooked were a pair of handcuffs ... We made hundreds of different kinds of creative, and we put it online.”

Turnbull said the company sometimes used “proxy organisations”, including charities and activist groups, to help disseminate the messages – and keep the company’s involvement in the background

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The thing is – every time I throw up my hands and say “There is nothing else I can say or do or find to present to people to demonstrate the extent to which this is an emergency-level national security crisis requiring immediate aggregate citizen action, both amongst ourselves, and to demand immovably that lawmakers correct the enforcement fissures creating extremities of disparate impact in our justice system”…

along comes something else

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