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"Information" in the Time of Trump #4

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Edited: Sep 7, 7:12am Top

NOAA Contradicts Weather Service, Backs Trump On Hurricane Threat In Alabama
Richard Gonzales | September 6, 2019

The parent agency of the National Weather Service said late Friday that President Trump was correct when he claimed earlier this week that Hurricane Dorian had threatened the state of Alabama.

The surprise announcement in an unsigned statement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) essentially endorsed Trump's Sunday tweet saying that Alabama will "most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated."

After the president's tweet, the National Weather Service, in Birmingham, Ala., responded with its own tweet, saying "Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east."

...Since his original tweet, Trump has re-visited the controversy almost every day this week, including displaying a doctored version of a map showing Hurricane Dorian's projected path to include Alabama...



Doublethink: ...impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink...

Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel by George Orwell


Search is on for author of unsigned NOAA statement. One possibility:

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by Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw, Claire Perlman and Alex Mierjeski, March 7, 2018, Updated February 12, 2019

...Julie Roberts
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Director of Communications | $128,000 | ...

Former Positions Outside Government

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Allan Smith @akarl_smith (Meteorologist at NBC, Miami)| 6:26 PM · Sep 6, 2019:

An NWS office with such a storied history of saving lives and property made to look like fools.

NHC wind speed probabilities in extreme SE corner of Alabama as disseminated on Sunday morning:

>=74 mph: =58 mph: =39 mph: 5-10%

Here are the 8 AM EDT Sunday Dorian wind probability charts from @NHC_Atlantic (see tweet at https://twitter.com/JohnMoralesNBC6)


Alternative NOAA @altNOAA | 5:25 AM · Sep 7, 2019:

Here is the crazy thing: when the WFO (Weather Field office?) in Bham (Birmingham) issued the tweet, they were not even aware of what POTUS had said. They were getting hammered with phone calls from public who were scared. The increase in call volume lead to them issuing the tweet. Had to let ppl know no threat.


Michael E. Mann @MichaelEMann (Penn State climate scientist | 10:56 PM · Sep 6, 2019
In Russia, this (NOAA's unattributed statement disavowing the NWS Birmingham tweet saying Dorian wasn’t going to impact Alabama ) was known as Lysenkoism.
Spoiler Alert: It didn't end well...

* Lysenkoism (Russian: Лысе́нковщина, tr. Lysenkovshchina) was a political campaign conducted by Trofim Lysenko, his followers and Soviet authorities against genetics and science-based agriculture. Lysenko served as the director of the Soviet Union's Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Lysenkoism began in the late 1920s and formally ended in 1964.

In modern usage, the term lysenkoism has become distinct from normal pseudoscience. Where pseudoscience pretends to be science, lysenkoism aims at attacking the legitimacy of science itself, usually for political reasons. It is the rejection of the universality of scientific truth, and the deliberate defamation of the scientific method to the level of politics

Sep 8, 10:36am Top

NOAA staff warned in Sept. 1 directive against contradicting Trump
Andrew Freedman, Colby Itkowitz and Jason Samenow | September 7, 2019

Nearly a week before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly backed President Trump over its own scientists, a top NOAA official warned its staff against contradicting the president.

In an agencywide directive sent Sept. 1 to National Weather Service personnel, hours after Trump asserted, with no evidence, that Alabama “would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated,” staff was told to “only stick with official National Hurricane Center forecasts if questions arise from some national level social media posts which hit the news this afternoon.”

They were also told not to “provide any opinion,” according to a copy of the email obtained by The Washington Post.

A NOAA meteorologist who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution said the note, understood internally to be referring to Trump, came after the National Weather Service office in Birmingham contradicted Trump by tweeting Alabama would “NOT see any impacts from the hurricane.”...


Edited: Sep 23, 1:34pm Top

Judd Legum @JuddLegum | 9/23/2019:

1. A massive Facebook Page called "I Love America" — which has 1.1 million followers — is actually run by Ukrainians

Recently, the page has started pushing caustic pro-Trump propaganda

It's the tip of the iceberg

2. The Ukrainian "I Love America" page is repurposing memes used by the Internet Research Agency, the Russian group highlighted in the Mueller report that interfered in the 2016 election

The big difference is this operation is MUCH BIGGER

3. "I Love America" is part of a complex network of Ukrainian-run Facebook pages that seek to amass large audiences and then funnel them to rabidly pro-Trump pages.

These include pages featuring cute dogs and Jesus

4. The reach of this Ukrainian network of Facebook pages is absolutely extraordinary.

Over the last 90 days, just the major pages in this network has as much reach on Facebook than the New York Times and Washington Post COMBINED

5. Facebook tells me this network of Ukrainians pretending to be American, pushing pro-Trump propaganda DOESN'T VIOLATE ITS POLICIES

The company won't hold itself accountable.

That's why I'm doing this work.

If you value it, sign up for my newsletter http://popular.info

6. Ukrainian pages like "I Love America" and "Cute or Not?" and "I Love Jesus Forever" are now cross-posting content from Ukrainian pages like "Click Like, if you love Donald Trump as much as we do" and "God bless Donald Trump and God bless America"

7. The content on these more explicitly pro-Trump pages is incendiary and frequently false.

For example one of the pages includes a meme stating Hillary Clinton sold access to her server to foreign governments

Massive "I Love America" Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians

Edited: Sep 24, 7:59am Top

People are recalling edited transcripts, video (Acosta), and concluding that they can't be trusted...

White House Edits Trump Insult to Reporter Out of Official Transcript

After President Trump was caught on camera telling a reporter she “never” thinks, the White House moved to retroactively alter the president’s attack at a Monday afternoon press conference by changing a word in the official transcript. While the president told ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega, “I know you’re not thinking. You never do,” the White House transcript reads, “I know you’re not thanking. You never do.” While Vega did thank the president for calling on her to ask a question before Trump made the remark, his comment prompted her to ask “I’m sorry?” before the president dismissed her. “No, go ahead. Go ahead,” the president said in response, urging her to move on and ask her question.


Sep 24, 5:52pm Top

Adam Parkhomenko @AdamParkhomenko | 2:07 PM · Sep 24, 2019
This is close to shit-yourself scary

From Aaron Rupar:

0:43 https://twitter.com/i/status/1176558822091108352

Sep 25, 9:35am Top

Trump's ‘transcript’ of Ukraine call unlikely to be verbatim
September 24, 2019 /

...Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Obama presidency, said not only would any so-called transcript be based on notes, but it would also likely be incomplete because the note-takers usually do not include issues that could be controversial if they became public.

“Typically a note-taker will write notes about what the principal says in a fashion that does not embarrass their principal,” said Farkas.

A former White House senior official concurred there was unlikely to be a recording.

“There’s no physical recording but there are a lot of people listening and taking contemporaneous notes of these calls,” the official said. “When you read it, it looks almost like a transcript.” ...


Edited: Sep 25, 3:51pm Top

It just keeps getting weirder.

President Trump said Wednesday that “Nancy Pelosi, as far as I’m concerned, she’s no longer the Speaker of the House”

Did Trump Just Try to Fire... Nancy Pelosi?


Trump: Nancy Pelosi is 'no longer the speaker of the House'

Trump also denied reports that he called Pelosi and attempted to broker a deal with her in order to stop impeachment proceedings. Trump said Pelosi had lost control of her caucus to the "radical Left."

"No, she's lost her way," Trump said, responding to a question regarding whether he tried to strike a deal on impeachment with Pelosi.

"She's been taken over by the radical Left. She may be radical Left herself, but she really has lost her way," Trump continued. "I spoke to her about guns yesterday. She didn’t even know what I was talking about."

Edited: Sep 25, 9:54pm Top

I was watching clips of Trump's UN speech which was as bizarre as it gets. He was squinting out of both eyes the entire time and talking slowly and monotonously and his message was even worse than the usual drivel that comes from out of his lips. He thinks he knows what evil is. People for open borders are human rights abusers for one. Pathetic. The UN General Assembly just looked on at him dispassionately like he had nothing worthwhile to say and it looked like VP Pence almost fell asleep standing up. He did that lurch to the side with his eyes closed that someone might do if they were nodding out on their feet. Pompeo and this Maguire guy and Mnuchin's wife were all staring in front of themselves and not moving or making any expressions like they were manikins. It was so weird. This would have been after his supposed phone call with Pelosi--maybe he'd been crying his eyes out or maybe someone had given him a sleeping pill an hour or so before he went up to the dais. Maybe they'd all had a sleeping pill party. Trump looked ill or maybe even drugged.

Sep 26, 10:33am Top

Axios @axios | 9:47 AM · Sep 26, 2019:
A footnote in the whistleblower complaint claims that WH officials said it was not the first time that the Trump administration used a special computer system for protecting politically sensitive rather than national security sensitive information.

Whistleblower complaint claims White House tried to hide Ukraine call memo in classified system
It also alleges this was not the first time the Trump administration did so.


Oct 1, 7:44am Top

RNC solicited money for Trump’s reelection with forms that look a lot like the official Census

Officials in Montana are warning residents for a second time this year about surveys sent by the Republican National Committee that mimic the look of federal census forms with the goal of soliciting money for President Trump’s reelection campaign.

The mailers are labeled “2019 congressional District Census” and inform recipients that they’ve been “selected to represent voters” in Bozeman, Mont. The accompanying literature makes repeated requests for donations, urging recipients to send at least $15 to “help pay for the costs of processing the Census Document” should they be unable to afford an amount in the requested range of $25 to $1,000.

Phony Census mailers are enough of a concern that Congress in 2010 passed the Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act.

The Montana mailers include a letter signed by RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, which says Trump has requested a “Census of every congressional district be completed immediately to help ensure reelection. It says the information is needed to create voter profiles and “target audiences with the truth concerning President Trump’s agenda.”

Oct 4, 7:58am Top

Occam's razor, it is NOT!

Being Donald Trump: Inside the World Where Conspiracies Are Reality
What reality looks like from inside Trump World.
Tim Miller | October 4, 2019

...before you read further, I implore you to reject your implicit biases, have a glass of peaty scotch, and open your mind. Because if you are a stubborn, TDS*-afflicted partisan this is not the story for you. For the rest of you, prepare to be redpilled by a story so shocking it may scar your soul until the end of days...

...everything we’ve been told publicly about interference in the election is a lie. The public story, of course, has been that (1) Russians hacked U.S. political organizations in order to benefit Trump; (2) There was a gaggle of unsavory characters either intertwined in the plot or attempting to be; and (3) people close to Trump knew this was happening, welcomed it, and frequently lied about their actions.

...According to Trump World, Biden had recruited the entire global pro-democracy movement—the European Union, the IMF, the American diplomatic corps, and key NGOs—to a plot to fire a noble Ukrainian prosecutor, all so that Biden’s son could make $50,000 a month working for a Ukranian oligarch...


*TDS--Trump Derangement Syndrome

Oct 10, 10:00am Top

"Though Cambridge Analytica no longer exists, Wylie warns that the company's tactics continue to be a threat to democracy. He notes that some of its former employees are currently working on the next Trump campaign. "We have a completely unregulated digital landscape...Even if Cambridge Analytica doesn't exist anymore, what happens when China becomes the next Cambridge Analytica?"

Whistleblower Explains How Cambridge Analytica Helped Fuel U.S. 'Insurgency'
36:03 / Transcript
Heard on Fresh Air | Terry Gross | October 8, 2019

...Conservative strategist Steve Bannon, who later worked in President Trump's White House, became involved with the (the British behavioral research company SCL Group) subsidiary Cambridge Analytica. Christopher Wylie, who served as Cambridge Analytica's research director for a year and a half, watched as his group began to use of data from Facebook and other online sources to target users for disinformation campaigns.

"They targeted people who were more prone to conspiratorial thinking...They used that data, and they used social media more broadly, to first identify those people, and then engage those people, and really begin to craft what, in my view, was an insurgency in the United States....The things that I was building on originally for the defense of our democracies had been completely inverted to really, in my view, attack our democracies."

In 2014, Wylie resigned...later became a whistleblower, exposing the company's role in President Trump's presidential campaign and Brexit...the company's links to Russia...new book Mindf*ck

...Interview Highlights

On the research Wylie initially did for SCL...

On Steve Bannon's role in Cambridge Analytica...

Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America...

On how Cambridge Analytica collected data...

In Hidden-Camera Exposé, Cambridge Analytica Executives Boast Of Role In Trump Win...

On why people filled out the surveys that Cambridge Analytica used to harvest data...

Whistleblower: Cambridge Analytica Aimed To Trigger Paranoia And Racial Biases...

On his decision to resign from Cambridge Analytica

It was a gradual process, sort of like boiling a frog in a way. Things change and you don't necessarily notice how much things have changed when you're inside of something. ... But really, one of the things that I remember is seeing videos of people from focus groups and events that Cambridge Analytica was doing who had been targeted and sort of massaged online into believing certain kinds of conspiracies. And just to see like the rage in their eyes — how angry these people were, how they started engaging in highly racialized thinking. ... To see their faces and what that looks like, what a manipulated person looks like, for me, it was really eye-opening.


Oct 11, 4:44pm Top


Smith’s departure comes less than two days after Attorney General Bill Barr held a mysterious meeting with News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.
Brad Reed | October 11, 2019

There is no evidence linking Barr’s Murdoch meeting to Smith’s sudden departure, although critics of the White House have been raising questions about why the attorney general was meeting with a media mogul at a time when Trump has been openly critical of the network.

“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. (margd: I'm reading that he can't work in his field due to a non-compete clause) After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Smith said in a statement.


Oct 12, 5:54pm Top

Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook on accepting untrue political ads:


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