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#Recap 9/14/2020

  1. The Economic Collapse: “If they will loot homes during these wildfires, what will they do to you and your family when they have no more food? When disaster strikes, the first instinct that some people have is to go out and loot homes that have been evacuated. I wish that this wasn’t the case, but it seems to happen every time.”

  2. Possible signs of alien life discovered on Venus. The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent.

  3. Conflict Observer: "Multiple eyewitnesses say they spotted a craft alien in appearance over Portland Air National Guard Base.”

  4. A Long March-11 launch vehicle launched Jilin-1 Gaofen-03-1, a group of nine satellites, from a ship in the Yellow Sea, on September 15, at 01:23 UTC. The Jilin-1 Gaofen-03-1 group of satellites was developed by Changguang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd. From satellites of the Gaofen-03-1 series will be created the Jilin-1 constellation with three optical satellites with a video function (including the devices of the Central Television of China and the Bilibili video hosting service) and six satellites for hyperspectral imaging of the earth’s surface.

  5. Dr. Li-Meng Yan is a scientist who was working at the Hong Kong School of Public Health when she turned whistleblower on the Chinese government, after she alleged they knew about the spread of the coronavirus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak. As a result, Dr. Yan claims she had to flee to the US for her own safety and is now determined to spread her findings to the world. The Chinese National Health Commission, World Health Organization, and University Of Hong Kong dispute her claims.

  6. Unusual features of the SARS-CoV-2 genome suggest sophisticated laboratory modification rather than natural evolution and delineation of its probable synthetic route. The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has led to over 910,000 deaths worldwide and unprecedented decimation of the global economy. Despite its tremendous impact, the origin of SARS-CoV-2 has remained mysterious and controversial. The natural origin theory, although widely accepted, lacks substantial support. The alternative theory that the virus may have come from a research laboratory is, however, strictly censored on peer-reviewed scientific journals. Nonetheless, SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus. In this report, we describe the genomic, structural, medical, and literature evidence, which, when considered together, strongly contradicts the natural origin theory. The evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone. Building upon the evidence, we further postulate a synthetic route for SARS-CoV-2, demonstrating that the laboratory-creation of this coronavirus is convenient and can be accomplished in approximately six months. Our work emphasizes the need for an independent investigation into the relevant research laboratories. It also argues for a critical look into certain recently published data, which, albeit problematic, was used to support and claim a natural origin of SARS-CoV-2. From a public health perspective, these actions are necessary as knowledge of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 and of how the virus entered the human population are of pivotal importance in the fundamental control of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in preventing similar, future pandemics. [Zenodo was hacked when this was released. Note from TUIT: In January I wrote on Medium that this virus could kill up to 34 million people and was man-made. I was banned. Because of masks and other measures, plus brave whistle-blowers and citizen journalists in China, the number will be low millions. I do not apologize for anything and sleep soundly knowing I said and did the right things. I received much criticism and vitriol, but it was worth it to guide those willing to listen. Thank you if you did, for myself, and for those around you.]

  7. Twelve weeks after COVID-19 patients were released from the hospital, 74% of them reported symptoms, including breathlessness and excessive fatigue.

  8. Researchers document rebirth of a volcano for the first time. For the first time, scientists were able to document a volcano’s life cycle, from its collapse to its rebirth.

  9. C-Ram Air defenses respond to tonight’s rocket attack against the green zone in Baghdad. US C-Ram system intercepting rockets likely launched by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. SV News: “Incredible angle showing CRAM intercepting rockets in Baghdad, Iraq — targeting US embassy area.” [Telegram affiliated groups were promising an attack tonight for several hours.]

  10. Palantir discloses diluted share count, suggesting valuation north of $20 billion at high end. Palantir waited until its third updated prospectus to disclose a fully diluted share count, which lifts the valuation.

  11. At JPMorgan, productivity falls for staff working at home. A troubling pattern emerged as most of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s employees worked from home to stem the spread of Covid-19: productivity slipped.

  12. Cuties investigated: producers requested videos of young girls twerking. Cuties may be investigated for child exploitation because the casting director received videos of young girls twerking for auditions. [Netflix already suffered 9 million dollars worth in losses, but the goal is to get the movie cancelled - otherwise pedophiles will still watch it - and worse - children will be influenced by it.]

  13. India plans to introduce law to ban cryptocurrency trading. The bill is expected to be discussed shortly by the cabinet before it is sent to parliament.

  14. India says China laying cables to bolster communications at border flashpoint. Two Indian officials said Chinese troops were laying a network of optical fibre cables at a western Himalayan flashpoint with India, suggesting they were digging in for the long haul despite high-level talks aimed at resolving a standoff there.

  15. Two Chinese Air Force Y-20 planes with PLA soldiers arrived in Russia to participate in Caucasus-2020 military exercises.

  16. China’s Air Force twice invaded Taiwan’s airspace last week. On September 11 and 13, Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces fighters were raised to escort foreign aircraft over the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk, Japan, and the East China Sea.

  17. On Saturday, in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi, near Shanghai, there was an explosion.

  18. First photos emerge of Navalny after coming out of a coma. Yesterday he was able to breathe on his own for the first time and published his first post. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he is breathing normally and missing his supporters, in his first communication with the outside world since his poisoning almost a month ago.

  19. The pilot of one of the Su-27 fighters of the Ukrainian Air Force performed a “barrel” while escorting American B-52H Stratofortress bombers in the airspace of Ukraine.

  20. Czech authorities conduct evacuations in Bílina following an explosion at a police ammunition depot September 15.

  21. Another fire in Beirut — an unfinished shopping center, designed by legendary architect Zaha Hadid has burned down. The fire has been extinguished. A group of FBI investigators working in Beirut to investigate the technical causes of the port explosion, in their report pointed to the negligence in the process of welding that led to fire.

  22. Light multirole fighter CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder Pakistan Air Force crashed during routine training flight in Pindigheb, Attock County. Pilot ejected safely.

  23. A US helicopter has crashed in the village of Tal Haddad in the Tal Kujer/Al-Yaarubiyah in Syria’s northeast, close to the Iraqi border. Citing local sources, the outlet reported that US armored vehicles were deployed to the crash site. However, shortly after the news broke sources from the coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied that an incident had taken place, saying that the helicopter made an emergency landing and there were no casualties. Update: The American AH-64 Apache helicopter actually made an emergency landing in northern Syria in the province of Haseka. No one is hurt.

  24. A car bomb explodes in Afrin north of Aleppo in Syria. There are dead and wounded.

  25. Dry season causes clean water shortage in East Nusa Tenggara. In response, Sikka Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head M. Daeng Bakir said the government had distributed clean water to affected residents to overcome the crisis in the region.

  26. Guam airport’s fuel shortage delays flights. Three flights, including the daily morning flight to Honolulu and two cargo flights, were delayed Monday morning as they waited for the Guam airport’s fuel supply to be replenished.

  27. Warning Australia is running out of RICE - and may not have a single homegrown grain left by Christmas. SunRice chief executive Rob Gordon warned families would soon be forced to eat rice imported from Vietnam as local supplies continued to dwindle.

  28. Why is Deagel reporting that the population of Australia is expected to drop from 23M in 2017 down to 15M in 2025? Why are they predicting that the world population will fall from 7.4B to 6.9B within that same time frame? [Deagel is run by Edwin Deagel who is the Director of International Relations for the Rockerfeller Foundation. His predictions for the US are even worse. Population reduction by 2/3rds GDP reduction by 3/4ths.]

  29. Hundreds people march in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Sunday to demand justice for victims of police brutality, after the recent death of Javier Ordonez while in custody sparked three nights of violent protests. Downtown Bogota is looking like a war zone. Fourteen were killed in the protests.

  30. Contrary to the US embargo on Venezuela, Iranian supertanker VLCC, with 2 million barrels of oil, arrived at Jose Terminal (Venezuela’s main oil terminal), following the route around South Africa. The name and identifier of the vessel are painted over. The tanker is going under the new name HONEY.

  31. Intelligence has come in that three Iranian Handymax gasoline tankers are due to arrive in Venezuela in the next two weeks with a cargo of 131 million liters. The names are Forest, Fortune, and Faxon. A US intelligence source said Iran is preparing an assassination attempt on US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks in response to the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani. Trump tweeted, “Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!” [Suspicious since intel lately has shown that the Iranians want to kill the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in retaliation for the Assassination of Qasem Soleimani, who was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.]

  32. A fire has been burning since mid-July in the remote wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its wake a vast charred desolation bigger than New York City. A team of veterinarians, biologists and local guides arrived in late August to prowl the bumpy dirt road known as the Trans-Pantanal Highway in pickup trucks, looking to save what injured animals they could. Jaguars were wandering the blackened wasteland, they said, starving or going thirsty, with paws burnt to the bone, lungs blackened by smoke. They saw bodies of alligator-like caiman, jaws frozen in silent screams, the last act of creatures desperate to cool off before being consumed by flames.

This massive fire is one of thousands of blazes sweeping the Brazilian Pantanal - the world’s largest wetland - this year in what climate scientists fear could become a new normal, echoing the rise in climate-driven fires from California to Australia.

  1. Four times a year, France ‘nukes’ itself. Every three months, dozens of French air force fighters, tankers and radar planes take off at bases across France, form up over the Atlantic Ocean then split up and practice penetrating air-defenses and dropping nuclear bombs on French soil.

  2. Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon from the NATO Air Police Mission in the Baltic States escorted the Il-20 anti-submarine aircraft of the Russian Navy today.

  3. Attenborough makes stark warning on extinction. The naturalist warns that a million species are at risk but says it is not too late to save them.

  4. Air Force One awaits President Trump in Las Vegas. He is scheduled to fly next to the Sacramento area for a briefing about the state’s record wildfires. [I wonder who else is in Vegas.]

  5. Fort Bragg unveils unique subterranean training facility. “The first time to find yourself in a subterranean facility is not in Afghanistan,” said Fort Bragg’s Installation Range Officer Wolf Amacker. Amacker spent decades serving the United States in war zones around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. “Just like you hear the gunfire behind me, those are soldiers currently training for combat,” Amacker said. “Exactly what they’re going to do in the facility behind me.” The facility has nearly a mile of above- and below-ground tunnels — all simulating what it’s like being underground in a combat zone. “The units don’t have to see this for the very first time in combat,” Amacker said. “Now they can practice it and all the problems that they may encounter and work out how they’re going to get over those before they deploy.” Soldiers will be navigating the different barriers in the dark, without radio communication. “You have to figure out a way. How can I communicate with the people that are supporting me, and people are coming up with new and more innovative ways every single day,” Amacker said.
    There are hidden rooms and obstacles built-in to the structure throughout the tunnels. “You can literally walk into a room, pull a drapery aside on a wall and find a hole in the wall and figure out ‘OK that goes somewhere, I have to figure out where it goes’,” Amacker said. This was designed by people like Amacker, who’ve been in real underground combat zones and know what to expect. “Everything is difficult and everything is hard,” Amacker said. “All the problems that you encounter are multiplied by a factor of 10.” From conventional to highly classified units, the U.S. Army will train here day and night to get soldiers as prepared as possible. “In stressful situations you always revert to what you know,” Amacker said. “They should automatically react without thinking, instinctive.” Service members will start using the facility in about three weeks. [Connect the dots. It’s all true. Midnight Meat Train / The Descent / Gears of War / Skinwalkers / Mole People / Rakes / HG Wells “A Time Machine” / Jules Verne “Journey To The Center of The Earth” / Pizzagate / Cormac McCarthy “The Road” / GWOHT (Global War On Human Trafficking). Godspeed to the 24 Battalions.]

  6. The Air Force successfully tested a mobile laser weapon to protect convoys from enemy drones. The U.S. military’s hypersonic bullets and robot dogs aren’t the only innovative technologies to get a workout during a recent Air Force exercise.

  7. DHS proposes massive expansion of “biometric modality" collection. Activity in DNA and biometric-gathering by the federal government is set to surge.

40: Catherine Herridge: “Whistleblower. Portland Protest. Breaking: According to this DHS gov internal email, obtained by CBS News, former Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis Brian Murphy wrote colleagues on July 25th that the Portland violence was not “opportunistic” but “organized” citing.” [Do not analyze this under a political angle. Instead interpretation leans to domestic war happening at the hot zones. Get supplies, medicines, pet food and prepare to shelter in place. Being outside might get dangerous in no time. The world gets destroyed, everything you knew is gone. You survived miraculously. You are sent back months before it happens, what would you do differently? What supplies you will make sure to gather and protect? How will you make sure your whole family survives? What skills would you learn that are going to be paramount for you to survive in this future reality? My last addition was a cache of fishing hooks, lines, nets, and lures. Of course, we know how to make hooks and lines, but who wants to spend hours making them when you could easily get them now and store them properly. Go check out your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or locally owned and operated thrift store to hunt down SHTF supplies. See what you can find to put your upcycling skills to the test. Can you repurpose what you find? This will be an important skill to cultivate in the event of an emergency or a supply chain collapse. Take the challenge and practice now while you have time. People in hurricane areas know this too well. You might have a generator but you hook it for some lights and the fridge. If its really powerful maybe AC or fans, but the little electric appliances cannot be used. Things like pressure cooker that can be place over charcoal. Cast irons, mason jars, hunting knifes….]

  1. Mexican firefighters are heading into the Oregon fires. [Gratitude and respect!]

  2. Dense smoke from wildfires shrouds the highway in Oregon. The US West Coast fires have claimed 33 victims so far. Suspect starts six more brush fires, faces additional charges. A suspect arrested last evening for starting a brush fire was arrested again after he started 6 more small fires.

  3. Kelso, WA: A man starting a bush fire in a residential area was captured by a security camera. [Climate change personified in a man.]

  4. Red flag warning in effect for north eastern California due to gusty winds and low humidity. This is critical fire weather, so use caution when outdoors.

  5. Mike Valerio: “Crazy — Smoke from West Coast wildfires seen over the Lincoln Memorial here in Washington DC. NWS says this is smoke caught in the jet stream and moving overhead at about 20,000 to 25,000 feet.”

  6. California highway patrol officer is attacked by a gang of Antifa. Two individuals were injured. In Los Angeles, police and community relations are at an all time low. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department female deputy was shot through her jaw, still radioed for help and applied a tourniquet to her fellow deputy’s wounds. Both are in stable condition. A $100K reward is being offered for info on the cowardly shooter.

  7. More than 500 new antennas slated for Yellowstone formerly off-limits historic buildings to be flooded with wi-fi. [Gee, I wonder what Monsters they are tying to track.]

  8. Five people infected by flesh-eating bacteria from Long Island Sound. Connecticut health officials are warning residents after a string of infections caused by a flesh-eating bacteria found in the Long Island Sound.

  9. Tropical Storm Sally to strengthen into hurricane with crosshairs on Gulf Coast states. “Outer rain bands approaching the Northern Gulf Coast. Sally likely to produce life-threatening storm surge… "

  10. The mosquito population in southwest Louisiana is so big after Hurricane Laura that swarms of them are killing cows and horses. Swarms of mosquitoes are attacking livestock in Louisiana, draining their blood until they succumb to death.

  11. A $1.1 billion project will mean thousands of jobs in Sacramento. Will renters be displaced? Aggie Square could lead to a spike in housing costs in Oak Park, Tahoe Park. The downtown streets and riverbanks of Sacramento are lined with tents, but the California capital city is set to displace more citizens from their homes.

  12. Tucker Carlson: “Democrats, fires and the climate misinformation campaign. In the hands of Democratic politicians, climate change is like systemic racism in the sky: You can’t see it, but it’s everywhere and it’s deadly.”

  13. Ethics & Public Policy Center: “Biden and Dems are set to abolish the suburbs. Joe Biden and his party have embraced yet another dream of the radical Left: a federal takeover, transformation, and de facto urbanization of America’s suburbs.” [The cities of the West Coast have slowly been banging the drum to outlaw single family zoning and move multi-family housing units into the suburbs. Biden has made this pledge central to his campaign platform, but no one seems to be taking it seriously.]

  14. Illicit, underground pandemic parties continue to proliferate in Manhattan venues. The parties, which are billed as the “most exclusive” in New York, cost thousands for a table, and regularly go past the 11 p.m. outdoor dining curfew.

  15. MTA And NYPD begin crackdown on maskless subway riders. On Monday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea suggested that cops who refuse to wear masks while patrolling the transit system could themselves face a fine.

  16. No Halloween Peeps: Peeps maker pauses candy production due to the coronavirus.

  17. Note: People have media fatigue and are completely relying on social media. As we know, ad revenue is driving what the algorithm shows first. International journalism is the way to go now. AP, Reuters, BBC and such - supported with white papers from academia and witness accounts before they are taken down from social media. This is the reason why we catalog Twitter links; even if the tweet is removed, the media itself got saved in Telegram.

  18. Yan: “My friend Sophie got fired from her job at Facebook and turned down a $64,000 severance package in order to leak this internal at Facebook, so you better read it. My biggest takeaway from this article is that FB could be doing a lot more to prevent politically-motivated bot activity, but they choose not to because they don’t see any immediate revenue or PR benefit from doing so.” Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News. The 6,600-word memo, written by former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang, is filled with concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion. In countries including India, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador, she found evidence of coordinated campaigns of varying sizes to boost or hinder political candidates or outcomes, though she did not always conclude who was behind them.
    “In the three years I’ve spent at Facebook, I’ve found multiple blatant attempts by foreign national governments to abuse our platform on vast scales to mislead their own citizenry, and caused international news on multiple occasions,” wrote Zhang, who declined to talk to BuzzFeed News. Her LinkedIn profile said she “worked as the data scientist for the Facebook Site Integrity fake engagement team” and dealt with “bots influencing elections and the like.” “I have personally made decisions that affected national presidents without oversight, and taken action to enforce against so many prominent politicians globally that I’ve lost count,” she wrote. The memo is a damning account of Facebook’s failures. It’s the story of Facebook abdicating responsibility for malign activities on its platform that could affect the political fate of nations outside the United States or Western Europe. It’s also the story of a junior employee wielding extraordinary moderation powers that affected millions of people without any real institutional support, and the personal torment that followed. “I know that I have blood on my hands by now,” Zhang wrote. These are some of the biggest revelations in Zhang’s memo:
    •It took Facebook’s leaders nine months to act on a coordinated campaign “that used thousands of inauthentic assets to boost President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras on a massive scale to mislead the Honduran people.” Two weeks after Facebook took action against the perpetrators in July, they returned, leading to a game of “whack-a-mole” between Zhang and the operatives behind the fake accounts, which are still active.
    •In Azerbaijan, Zhang discovered the ruling political party “utilized thousands of inauthentic assets… to harass the opposition en masse.” Facebook began looking into the issue a year after Zhang reported it. The investigation is ongoing.
    •Zhang and her colleagues removed “10.5 million fake reactions and fans from high-profile politicians in Brazil and the US in the 2018 elections.”
    •In February 2019, a NATO researcher informed Facebook that “he’d obtained Russian inauthentic activity on a high-profile U.S. political figure that we didn’t catch.” Zhang removed the activity, “dousing the immediate fire,” she wrote.

•In Ukraine, Zhang “found inauthentic scripted activity” supporting both former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a pro–European Union politician and former presidential candidate, as well as Volodymyr Groysman, a former prime minister and ally of former president Petro Poroshenko. “Volodymyr Zelensky and his faction was the only major group not affected,” Zhang said of the current Ukrainian president.
•Zhang discovered inauthentic activity — a Facebook term for engagement from bot accounts and coordinated manual accounts— in Bolivia and Ecuador but chose “not to prioritize it,” due to her workload. The amount of power she had as a mid-level employee to make decisions about a country’s political outcomes took a toll on her health.
•After becoming aware of coordinated manipulation on the Spanish Health Ministry’s Facebook page during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zhang helped find and remove 672,000 fake accounts “acting on similar targets globally” including in the US.
•In India, she worked to remove “a politically-sophisticated network of more than a thousand actors working to influence" the local elections taking place in Delhi in February. Facebook never publicly disclosed this network or that it had taken it down.
“We’ve built specialized teams, working with leading experts, to stop bad actors from abusing our systems, resulting in the removal of more than 100 networks for coordinated inauthentic behavior," Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois said in a statement. “It’s highly involved work that these teams do as their full-time remit. Working against coordinated inauthentic behavior is our priority, but we’re also addressing the problems of spam and fake engagement. We investigate each issue carefully, including those that Ms. Zhang raises, before we take action or go out and make claims publicly as a company.” BuzzFeed News is not publishing Zhang’s full memo because it contains personal information. This story includes full excerpts when possible to provide appropriate context. In her post, Zhang said she did not want it to go public for fear of disrupting Facebook’s efforts to prevent problems around the upcoming 2020 US presidential election, and due to concerns about her own safety. BuzzFeed News is publishing parts of her memo that are clearly in the public interest. “I consider myself to have been put in an impossible spot – caught between my loyalties to the company and my loyalties to the world as a whole,” she said. “The last thing I want to do is distract from our efforts for the upcoming U.S. elections, yet I know this post will likely do so internally.” Zhang said she turned down a $64,000 severance package from the company to avoid signing a nondisparagement agreement. Doing so allowed her to speak out internally, and she used that freedom to reckon with the power that she had to police political speech. “There was so much violating behavior worldwide that it was left to my personal assessment of which cases to further investigate, to file tasks, and escalate for prioritization afterwards,” she wrote.
That power contrasted with what she said seemed to be a lack of desire from senior leadership to protect democratic processes in smaller countries. Facebook, Zhang said, prioritized regions including the US and Western Europe, and often only acted when she repeatedly pressed the issue publicly in comments on Workplace, the company’s internal, employee-only message board. “With no oversight whatsoever, I was left in a situation where I was trusted with immense influence in my spare time,” she wrote. “A manager on Strategic Response mused to myself that most of the world outside the West was effectively the Wild West with myself as the part-time dictator – he meant the statement as a compliment, but it illustrated the immense pressures upon me.” A former Facebook engineer who knew her told BuzzFeed News that Zhang was skilled at discovering fake account networks on the platform.

“She’s the only person in this entire field at Facebook that I ever trusted to be earnest about this work," said the engineer, who had seen a copy of Zhang’s post and asked not to be named because they no longer work at the company.
“A lot of what I learned from that post was shocking even to me as someone who’s often been disappointed at how the company treats its best people," they said.
Zhang’s memo said the lack of institutional support and heavy stakes left her unable to sleep. She often felt responsible when civil unrest took hold in places she didn’t prioritize for investigation and action.
“I have made countless decisions in this vein – from Iraq to Indonesia, from Italy to El Salvador,” she wrote. “Individually, the impact was likely small in each case, but the world is a vast place.” Still, she did not believe that the failures she observed during her two and a half years at the company were the result of bad intent by Facebook’s employees or leadership. It was a lack of resources, Zhang wrote, and the company’s tendency to focus on global activity that posed public relations risks, as opposed to electoral or civic harm.
“Facebook projects an image of strength and competence to the outside world that can lend itself to such theories, but the reality is that many of our actions are slapdash and haphazard accidents,” she wrote. “We simply didn’t care enough to stop them.”
Zhang wrote that she was just six months into the job when she found coordinated inauthentic behavior — Facebook’s internal term for the use of multiple fake accounts to boost engagement or spread content — benefiting Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. The connection to the Honduran leader was made, Zhang said, because an administrator for the president’s Facebook page had been “happily running hundreds of these fake assets without any obfuscation whatsoever in a show of extreme chutzpah.” The data scientist said she reported the operation, which involved thousands of fake accounts, to Facebook’s threat intelligence and policy review teams, both of which took months to act. “Local policy teams confirmed that President JOH’s marketing team had openly admitted to organizing the activity on his behalf,” she wrote. “Yet despite the blatantly violating nature of this activity, it took me almost a year to take down his operation.” That takedown was announced by Facebook in July 2019, but proved futile. Soon, the operation was soon back up and running, a fact Facebook has never disclosed. “They had returned within two weeks of our takedown and were back in a similar volume of users,” Zhang wrote, adding that she did a final sweep for the fake accounts on her last day at Facebook. “A year after our takedown, the activity is still live and well.” In Azerbaijan, she found a large network of inauthentic accounts used to attack opponents of President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and his ruling New Azerbaijan Party, which uses the acronym YAP. Facebook still has not disclosed the influence campaign, according to Zhang. The operation detailed in the memo is reminiscent of those of Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a private troll farm that tried to influence the 2016 US elections, because it involved “dedicated employees who worked 9-6 Monday-Friday work weeks to create millions of comments” targeting members of the opposition and media reports seen as negative to Aliyev. “Multiple official accounts for district-level divisions of the ruling YAP political party directly controlled numerous of these fake assets without any obfuscation whatsoever in another display of arrogance,” she wrote. “Perhaps they thought they were clever; the truth was, we simply didn’t care enough to stop them.” Katy Pearce, an associate professor at the University of Washington who studies social media and communication technology in Azerbaijan, told BuzzFeed News that fake Facebook accounts have been used to undermine the opposition and independent media in the country for years.

“One of the big tools of authoritarian regimes is to humiliate the opposition in the mind of the public so that they’re not viewed as a credible or legitimate alternative,” she told BuzzFeed News. “There’s a chilling effect. Why would I post something if I know that I’m going to deal with thousands or hundreds of these comments, that I’m going to be targeted?”
Pearce said Zhang’s comment in the memo that Facebook “didn’t care enough to stop” the fake accounts and trolling aligns with her experience. “They have bigger fish to fry,” she said. A person who managed social media accounts for news organizations in Azerbaijan told BuzzFeed News that their pages were inundated with inauthentic Facebook comments. “We used to delete and ban them because we didn’t want people who came to our page to be discouraged and not react or comment,” said the person, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak for their employer. “But since [the trolls] are employees, it’s easy for them to open new accounts.” They said Facebook has at times made things worse by removing the accounts or pages of human rights activists and other people after trolls report them. “We tried to tell Facebook that this is a real person who does important work,” but it took weeks for the page to be restored. Zhang wrote that a Facebook investigation into fake accounts and trolling in Azerbaijan is now underway, more than a year after she first reported the issue. On the day of her departure, she called it her “greatest unfinished business” to stop the fake behavior in the country. “Many others would think nothing of myself devoting this attention to the United States, but are shocked to see myself fighting for these small countries,” she wrote. “To put it simply, my methodologies were systematic globally, and I fought for Honduras and Azerbaijan because that was where I saw the most ongoing harm.” “I have blood on my hands.” In other examples, Zhang revealed new information about a large-scale fake account network used to amplify and manipulate information about COVID-19, as well as a political influence operation that used fake accounts to influence 2018 elections in the US and Brazil. Some of these details were not previously disclosed by Facebook, suggesting the company’s regular takedown announcements remain selective and incomplete. Zhang said Facebook removed 672,000 “low-quality fake accounts” after press reports in April that some of the accounts had been engaging with COVID-19 content on the Spanish Health Ministry’s page. She said accounts in that network also engaged with content on US pages. Facebook did not disclose how many accounts it removed, or that those accounts engaged with content in other countries, including the US. Zhang also shared new details about the scale of inauthentic activity during the 2018 midterm elections in the US, and from Brazilian politicians that same year. “We ended up removing 10.5 million fake reactions and fans from high-profile politicians in Brazil and the U.S. in the 2018 elections – major politicians of all persuasions in Brazil, and a number of lower-level politicians in the United States,” she wrote. A September 2018 briefing about Facebook’s election work in the US and Brazil disclosed that it had acted against a network in Brazil that used “fake accounts to sow division and share disinformation,” as well as a set of groups, pages, and accounts that were “falsely amplifying engagement for financial gain.” It did not fully mention Zhang’s findings. The scale of this activity — 672,000 fake accounts in one network, 10.5 million fake engagement and fans in others — indicates active fake accounts are a global problem, and are used to manipulate elections and public debate around the world. As one of the few people looking for and identifying fake accounts impacting civic activity outside of “priority” regions, Zhang struggled with the power she had been handed.

“We focus upon harm and priority regions like the United States and Western Europe,” Zhang wrote, adding that “it became impossible to read the news and monitor world events without feeling the weight of my own responsibility.” In Bolivia, Zhang said she found “inauthentic activity supporting the opposition presidential candidate in 2019” and chose not to prioritize it. Months later, Bolivian politics fell into turmoil, leading to the resignation of President Evo Morales and “mass protests leading to dozens of deaths.” The same happened in Ecuador, according to Zhang, who “found inauthentic activity supporting the ruling government… and made the decision not to prioritize it.” The former Facebook employee then wondered how her decision led to downstream effects on how Ecuador’s government handled the COVID-19 pandemic — which has devastated the country — and if that would have been different if she’d acted. “I have made countless decisions in this vein – from Iraq to Indonesia, from Italy to El Salvador. Individually, the impact was likely small in each case, but the world is a vast place. Although I made the best decision I could based on the knowledge available at the time, ultimately I was the one who made the decision not to push more or prioritize further in each case, and I know that I have blood on my hands by now.” Zhang also uncovered issues in India, Facebook’s largest market, in the lead up to the local Delhi elections in February 2020. “I worked through sickness to take down a politically-sophisticated network of more than a thousand actors working to influence the election,” she wrote. Last month, Facebook’s Indian operation came under scrutiny after reports in the Wall Street Journal revealed a top policy executive in the country had stopped local staffers from applying the company’s hate speech policies to ruling party politicians who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In her “spare time” in 2019, Zhang took on tasks usually reserved for product managers and investigators, searching out countries including Ukraine, Turkey, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, “and many many more.” Zhang said she found and took down “inauthentic scripted activity” in Ukraine that supported Yulia Tymoshenko, a complicated political figure who has been involved in controversial gas deals with Russia but taken a more pro-Western tack in her later career, as well as for former prime minister Volodymyr Groysman, an ally of former president Petro Poroshenko. “Volodymyr Zelensky and his faction was the only major group not affected,” she wrote. In another part of her memo, Zhang said she wanted to push back on the idea that Facebook was run by malicious people hoping to achieve a particular outcome. That was not the case, she wrote, attributing actions to “slapdash and haphazard accidents.” “Last year when we blocked users from naming the Ukraine whistleblower, we forgot to cover hashtags until I stepped in,” she wrote. But she also remarked on Facebook’s habit of prioritizing public relations over real-world problems. “It’s an open secret within the civic integrity space that Facebook’s short-term decisions are largely motivated by PR and the potential for negative attention,” she wrote, noting that she was told directly at a 2020 summit that anything published in the New York Times or Washington Post would obtain elevated priority. “It’s why I’ve seen priorities of escalations shoot up when others start threatening to go to the press, and why I was informed by a leader in my organization that my civic work was not impactful under the rationale that if the problems were meaningful they would have attracted attention, became a press fire, and convinced the company to devote more attention to the space.” Zhang mentioned one example in February 2019, when a NATO strategic communications researcher reached out to Facebook, alerting the company that he’d “obtained” Russian inauthentic activity “on a high-profile U.S. political figure that we didn’t catch.

” That researcher said they were planning on briefing Congress the next day. “I quickly investigated the case, determined what was going on, and removed the activity, dousing the immediate fire,” Zhang wrote. “Perhaps motivated by the experience, the same researcher tried the same experiment within a month or two, waiting half a year afterwards before sending the report to the press and finally causing the PR fire.” Beyond specific examples from around the world, Zhang provided insight into the inner workings at Facebook. She criticized her team’s focus on issues related to “99% of activity that’s essentially spam.” “Overall, the focus of my organization – and most of Facebook – was on large-scale problems, an approach which fixated us on spam,” she said. “The civic aspect was discounted because of its small volume, its disproportionate impact ignored.” Zhang outlined the political processes within Facebook itself. She said the best way for her to gain attention for her work was not to go through the proper reporting channels, but to post about the issues on Facebook’s internal employee message board to build pressure. “In the office, I realized that my viewpoints weren’t respected unless I acted like an arrogant asshole,” Zhang said. When she asked the company to do more in terms of finding and stopping malicious activity related to elections and political activity, she said she was told that “human resources are limited.” And when she was ordered to stop focusing on civic work, “I was told that Facebook would no longer have further need for my services if I refused.” Zhang was fired this month and posted her memo on her last day, even after offering to stay on through the election as an unpaid volunteer. In her goodbye, she encouraged her colleagues to remain at Facebook and to fix the company from within. “But you don’t – and shouldn’t – need to do it alone,” she wrote. “Find others who share your convictions and values to work on it together. Facebook is too big of a project for any one person to fix.”

:airplane: #Air_crashes
September 15
:pakistan: Photos from the crash site of the Pakistani Air Force JF-17, which crashed today near the town of Pindigheb in the Attock area
PAF headquarters has formed a commission of inquiry to investigate the cause of the incident. “A board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident,” said the statement.
:exclamation:Meanwhile, this is the fifth Pakistani Air Force plane to crash this year during a training flight.

:airplane: #Air_crashes
15 сентября
:pakistan: Фото с места крушения JF-17 ВВС Пакистана, который разбился сегодня возле города Пиндигеб в районе Атток
Штаб-квартира PAF сформировала комиссию по расследованию, чтобы выяснить причины инцидента. «Следственной комиссии поручено расследовать причину аварии», - говорится в заявлении.
:exclamation:Между тем, это уже пятый самолет ВВС Пакистана, который разбился в этом году во время тренировочного полета.



thanks for the Air Crash report

Is this the 16th fighter jet that has crashed @Insider20 ?

As far as I remember, the eighteenth
But it will be necessary to recheck

Ladies and Gentlemen

Their have been 18 Fighter Jet crashes since the crash in Mage, Brazil in May involving the kids and United States Trigger Happy As Fuck Space Force

Their have been 18 Fighter Jet crashes since the crash in Mage, Brazil in May involving the kids and United States Trigger Happy As Fuck Space Force

Legacy Space Force was not dumb enough to do this Stupid Shit.

Congratulations to Winter :snowflake: on receiving there HAM Radio certification!!!

Winter congratulations!!!

Seriously very proud of you Winter


Congratulations!!! :pray:t2::purple_heart::tada::clinking_glasses::tada:

Way to go!

These sites have study materials and sample tests

Radio feeds and frequency listings

:+1::partying_face::star_struck: Congrats :balloon::tada::champagne: Winter

:ru: Если верить соцопросам Левады, россияне больше всего доверяют армии, Путину и РПЦ.
Они нас всех за идиотов держат??:grin:
Якобы аж 75% доверяют Путину, армии — 69%, ФСБ —57%.
Совсем не доверяют Путину 4% россиян
Может, где-то цифры местами поменять или запятую поставить?

Надо сказать, после того, как Леваду внесли в список иностранных агентов, результаты их опросов стали всё более “лояльными”! И все менее достоверными…

:ru: If believe the opinion polls of the Levada Center, Russians most of all trust the army, Putin and Russian Orthodox Church.
Do they take us all for idiots ?? :grin:
Allegedly, as many as 75% trust Putin, the army - 69%, the FSB - 57%.
4% of Russians do not trust Putin at all
Maybe somewhere to change the numbers or place a comma?

Must say after Levada was included in the list of foreign agents, the results of their polls become more and more “loyal”! And less and less credible…
Source @dokinz

Good news. Solution to global warming has been found

20F drop in temperature caused by forest fire smoke clouds

Conspiracy theory — The massive near-elimination of controlled forest burns, in the past few centuries & especially in the past century, may be have been the primary driver of climate change all along.

Primarily due to smoke clouds, but in other ways as well

Already long been proven that volcano smoke clouds cool global climate. Forest fire smoke, being far greater, could be expected to have an even more dramatic effect.

Approaching the aftermath of a nuclear war…:tornado::see_no_evil:

Hippies demand a complete end to controlled burns, claiming it’s bad for the environment.
Globe warms, due to the dramatic reduction in burns.
Lack of burns causes fuel to build up, dramatically increasing severity of eventual fire.
Mega fire finally arrives.
Hippies make insane claim that the sole cause of the forest fires is global warming from polution.

Look it up lol

So… no more Burning Man? Hippies bit themselves in the butt, I think.

Easy on Burning Man stereotypes. Some of us are hippies and some of them are dirty hippies. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

lol just a joke :slight_smile: