Twitter reveals it has suspended 125,000 ISIS-related accounts

“Twitter announced on Friday afternoon that it has suspended at least 125,000 accounts that are related to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since mid-2015,’ according to CBS News.

“They were suspended, the social media network said, after threatening or promoting terrorist acts related to ISIS.

“‘Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,’ the network said in a blog post on Friday.

“This disclosure is significant as it marks the first time that Twitter has made these suspensions public and appears to be a response to pressure from the White House as well as the French, Australian and British governments. It is also the most prominent and significant action by a technology firm since Obama administration cabinet officials flew across the country last month to ask Silicon Valley for help.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Broken links, upside down text on The Union’s new visitor guide for Grass Valley

The Union has published a new visitor guide for the Greater Grass Valley Chamber. (Publisher Jim Hemig is on the board of the Chamber). I noticed some unfortunate errors on quick glance — a broken link that is supposed to direct readers to the City’s new “Basecamp” website (promoted in The Union in a front-page article on Jan. 22), as well as the letters “Mill Street” being upside down on a map of downtown Grass Valley.

•On page 9, under Grass Valley City Manager Bob Richardson, the link from the digital edition goes to “ofgrassvalley/” (a dead link) instead of All told, 36 missing links (including 3 on full-page ads and 1 on a half-page ad); 19 broken links; and 6 erroneous duplicate or incomplete links, including ones for the City of Grass Valley and County Board of Supervisors.

•Then on page 27, a map of downtown Grass Valley shows the major street names, such as “Mill Street,” “South Auburn Street” and “Chruch Street” all upside down. I hope the visitors don’t get dizzy reading it.

Be careful out there!



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State of Jefferson ballot campaigns diminish to two from five

Editor’s note: I received this email from the “Keep It California” contingent:

“Following on the heels of our work with the Lake County Board of Supervisors to rescind their offer to put the State of Jefferson on the ballot, we worked with other counties to do the same. January saw Plumas and Amador remove the question from the June ballot and Sierra County’s supervisors adopted a resolution declining to join the State of Jefferson.

“Each of these county boards made it clear that the proponents of such a radical idea should prove they have local support by availing themselves of the initiative process before county dollars are spent on a ballot measure.

“The hugely publicized delivery of ‘thousands’ of names on 15 petitions from the State of Jefferson group to the state capitol on January 6th, turns out to be nothing but a photo op. Twenty, yes twenty, names were turned in from Nevada County and that was the highest number for any county.

“Most of the other counties had two to five signatures. County board members all over Northern California are incensed that the SOJ had misrepresented the counties’ support in the petitions submitted to the state. What a mockery of the democratic process!

“Nevada County Executive Rick Haffey wrote a very pointed clarification that the Nevada County Board of Supervisors do not support the State of Jefferson and do not plan to do so in the future.

“The initiative supporters in Nevada County turned in over 5,000 signatures (they need about 3,840) to get an advisory measure on the ballot. Margie Joehnck, our coordinator in Nevada Co., delivered a ‘Call to Action’ to the supervisors to begin at once to assess the possible fiscal and other effects the State of Jefferson proposal would have on the county, so we will have the information for our campaign should they have enough qualified signatures.

“Lassen County adopted ballot language for the advisory election in June. However, we are lighting a fire up there with an organizational meeting planned for early this month. Please contact us if you live in or near Lassen and can help with this campaign.

“So, going from the possibility of having to run campaigns in five counties down to a possible two counties is pretty significant work for two months.”

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Sanders: “A socialist in name only?”

“Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the 2016 presidential race is that Bernie Sanders, somehow, has made ‘socialism’ a safe word in American politics,” according to Politico. “Nearly 100 years ago Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs had to campaign from prison; today, Sanders campaigns on socialism in broad daylight. For eight years, Democrats winced when Republicans hurled the “socialist” slur at President Barack Obama; now, 43 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus participants, many inspired by Sanders, embrace the label.

“If you think Sanders’s candidacy has divided the Democratic party, that’s nothing compared to what he’s done to American socialists, a complex network of rival fringe parties united by a belief in overturning the economic order, but divided by almost everything else: strategy, personality, and what they think of their suddenly famous associate.”

“The rise of Sanders has triggered an ideological argument – is Sanders promoting bona fide socialism or, as Fredrik deBoer suggested in POLITICO Magazine last year, is he nothing but a “Socialist In Name Only?” — but the real divisions are tactical. In a presidential election year, even socialists have to think about electoral strategy. And Bernie’s rapid ascent means that the political decisions of the far-far left have been complicated by an unfamiliar surge of attention.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Wingnuts hijack the KVMR News Hour

Rush on the KVMR News Hour

Rush on the KVMR News Hour

Our hard-right political blogger and activist George Rebane has once again soiled the KVMR News Hour with his “commentary.” It continues to amaze me that KVMR doesn’t reserve a show for George as it does for others instead of including his “commentary” as part of the news hour’s content. I can’t image what the rebuttal to this sensationalized tripe would read like — but I suspect it won’t happen unless someone “volunteers.” Is that how to run a News Hour? No. Podunk.

“Democrats waiting in the wings. Even before her Monday’s disaster in Iowa, Hillary’s campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination had become so fractured that the line of potential replacements was already forming. Uncle Joe Biden let it be known he will reliably carry the Donkey banner if and when tabbed by Obama. Add to that the growing stream of reports that billionaire and three-term NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg is testing whether his ten-year Oval Office dream is finally the now-or-never opportunity. And my personal favorite is Lizzy Warren, the socialist senator from Massachusetts who could easily out-socialist Ol’ Bernie himself.

“We believe that Hillary’s fate will be determined by what some people now call the ‘Comey vote’ – when the FBI director plops his stack of evidence on Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s desk. Lynch is a proven administration hack who faithfully carries on the legacy of her predecessor Eric Holder. Smart money is on Lynch ignoring the indictable evidence from Comey as Obama adds Hillary to the long list of presidential pardons now being assembled.”

And that’s just the beginning.

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N.F.L. great Stabler had brain disease C.T.E.

“Shortly before he died last July, the former N.F.L. quarterback Ken Stabler was rushed away by doctors, desperate to save him, in a Mississippi hospital,” the New York Times is reporting. “His longtime partner followed the scrum to the elevator, holding his hand. She told him that she loved him. Stabler said that he loved her, too.

“’I turned my head to wipe the tears away,’ his partner, Kim Bush, said recently. ‘And when I looked back, he looked me dead in the eye and said, ‘I’m tired.’

“They were the last words anyone in Stabler’s family heard him speak.

“I knew that was it,’ Bush said. ‘I knew that he had gone the distance. Because Kenny Stabler was never tired.’

“The day after Stabler died on July 8, a victim of colon cancer at age 69, his brain was removed during an autopsy and ferried to scientists in Massachusetts. It weighed 1,318 grams, or just under three pounds. Over several months, it was dissected for clues, as Stabler had wished, to help those left behind understand why his mind seemed to slip so precipitously in his final years.

“On a scale of 1 to 4, Stabler had high Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to researchers at Boston University. The relationship between concussions and brain degeneration is still poorly understood, and some experts caution that other factors, like unrelated mood problems or dementia, might contribute to symptoms experienced by those later found to have had C.T.E.

“Stabler, well known by his nickname, the Snake (“He’d run 200 yards to score from 20 yards out,” Stabler’s junior high school coach told Sports Illustrated in 1977), is one of the highest-profile football players to have had C.T.E. The list, now well over 100, includes at least seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Junior Seau, Mike Webster and Frank Gifford.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud,’ calls for new Iowa election

“Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Ted Cruz of committing fraud, and called for a new election in Iowa,” according to Politico.

“Ratcheting up his rhetoric after his loss in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, Trump first tweeted an accusation that the Texas senator had ‘illegally’ stolen the election, before tweaking the message.

“‘Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he illegally stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong any [sic] why he got more votes than anticipated. Bad!’ Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. The tweet disappeared within minutes of posting.

“He then put up another tweet minutes later, correcting a typo and removing the word ‘illegally’: ‘Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!'”

“He then spit out five more tweets that laid out his case for why Monday’s bruising outcome was a farce and why he should get a re-do.

“The rant is a reversal from Trump’s somber and gracious concession speech on Monday night, in which he extended his congratulations to Cruz, who beat him 28 percent to 24 percent, despite Trump going into the voting with a roughly 5 point lead.

‘We finished second, and I want to tell you something, I’m just honored. I’m really honored. And I want to congratulate Ted, and I want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates,’ Trump said late Monday, flanked by his wife Melania.”

The rest of the article is here.

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