Archive for October 2015
Two articles today show that Twitter is alive and well and largely not understood. Till now.
Adventures in Twitter Censorship
With this memory, I decided to check with tor browser. And there it was all along, in Appelbaum’s twitter feed. I thought this was worthy of a post, which prompted another retweet from Appelbaum, and several helpful responses, among them were posts from two other users (one of whom has worked with the Snowden Archive and been published in Der Spiegel) confirming that they too were experiencing the same issue. The tweet had disappeared from view from US, in Appelbaum’s feed. From these posts, and my own work, it appears the issue was not limited to only one ISP (it affected both CenturyLink and Verizon), to one browser (Firefox, Chrome, IE and Opera were tried), one operating system (it affected both Windows and Android), or one login (at least 3 different users affected, I was also unaffected whilst logged in, but still using tor). It was also not a case of tor vs non-tor (US tor exits
affected, as were my regular home IP addresses). Apparent location of the user’s IP address seemed to be the main factor. Germans could see it the post, Americans couldn’t.
An Analysis of Twitter Censorship in Turkey
Twitter, widely used around the world, has a standard interface for government agencies to request that individual tweets or even whole accounts be censored. Twitter, in turn, discloses country-by-country statistics about this censorship in its transparency reports as well as reporting specific incidents of censorship to the Chilling Effects web site. Twitter identifies Turkey as the country issuing the largest number of censorship requests, so we focused our attention there. Collecting over 20 million Turkish tweets from late 2014 to early 2015, we discovered over a quarter million censored tweets – two orders of magnitude larger than what Twitter itself reports. We applied standard machine learning / clustering techniques, and found the vast bulk of censored tweets contained political content, often critical of the Turkish government. Our work establishes that Twitter radically under-reports censored tweets in Turkey, raising the possibility that similar trends hold for censored tweets from other countries as well. We also discuss the relative ease of working around Twitter’s censorship mechanisms, although we cannot easily measure how many users take such steps.
And so it goes…
This 2 minute cartoon video outlines the model that John Perkins exposed in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”. John doesn’t expose the ultimate owners of this system here or in his book. Perhaps he doesn’t know, or knows how far he can go and stay alive.
I simply can’t bring myself to examine each of these articles. Just their introduction is enough:
By Stephen Lendman, October 17 2015
Israel is more killing machine than nation – a ruthless Arab-hating monster. On Friday, it continued murdering Palestinians in cold blood, another five lethally shot, the death toll now at 38 since October 1 alone, around 2,000 others injured, 300 on Friday alone, many thousands more from toxic tear gas.
By Karin Brothers, October 17 2015
The world’s refugee crisis in the 20th century started with Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population in both 1948 and in the 1967 “Six Day War”. Given Israel’s continued ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population and the UN’s responsibility for partitioning Palestine, the UN General Assembly mandated the UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in 1949 to provide both relief and public works for Palestinian refugees.
By Stephen Lendman, October 17 2015
Zionist rabbi Meir Kahane is the founder of the Arab-hating Jewish Defense League (JDL). Israel banned it in 1988, calling it a “threat to national security”…Its poisonous ideology persists in Israel.
By Eric Draitser, October 17 2015
The video of 13 year old Palestinian Ahmed Manasrah bleeding to death on the pavement of an East Jerusalem neighborhood has been described as “shocking,” “disturbing,” and “painful to watch.” The callous verbal abuse and insults from Israelis watching the child writhe in agony are variously characterized as “heartless” and “cruel”; and indeed they are. “Die you son of a whore. Die! Die!” the Israeli onlookers can be heard shouting in the video which has since gone viral on social media.
By Anthony Bellchambers, October 16 2015
Israel’s hardline Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is now politically isolated as he brings ordinary Israelis into personal danger by having refused to negotiate a peace agreement with the Palestinians and by having incited violence by continuing illegal settlements on Palestinian land, in a policy that has been condemned internationally.
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What is there to say? Israel continues its genocide of the Palestinian people and the world looks the other way – because every country that matters is controlled by the same Zionist forces that run Israel and conduct this horrific genocide, and they also own the mainstream media. I’m not saying there are not many others very willing to do their bidding. There are. But this is the heart of the matter.
I have no stomach for it. Will we live to see these butchers who think they own us all, who consider most of us “useless eaters”, brought to account in some manner?