The sockpuppet accounts are a tool for Incarcerated Bob, Purdum explained. In Bob’s case, his initial goal was to get people to subscribe to his gambling tout service. Boast enough followers, and get enough burner accounts shouting about his skills as a gambler and sourced-up guy who breaks news, and the idea of credibility is baked in. (It doesn’t hurt that more than a few media organizations have either ignored or failed to mention Incarcerated Bob’s tactics and shoddy track record, but rather treated Incarcerated Bob as if he’s an expert in the world of gambling.) “That gets you in the door with a customer,” said Purdum. But there’s an additional benefit beyond marketing. According to Purdum, Incarcerated Bob seemingly uses the other accounts to bet both sides of any wager. … [Read more...] about Did This Notorious Internet Troll Dupe Baseball Players Into Believing a New Astros Conspiracy?
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Still, like most San Francisco land use projects, the Hub is not without controversy. At the San Francisco Planning Commission meeting last week, a staff update brought out both fans and critics. Carolyn Kennedy, president of the Dolores Heights Improvement Board, said she is opposed to the change because she said the transportation infrastructure can’t handle it. “The Muni platform crowds are already (standing room only),” she said. “Do you really want to throw more gasoline on the fire by approving 8,000 more units?” … [Read more...] about SF private school to partner on luxury housing as more towers may be welcomed around Van Ness and Market
Since concluding her 2018 campaign to be Georgia’s governor — refusing to concede in a race marred by voter-suppression tactics and won by Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia’s former secretary of State, who’d held on to his job managing the election despite being a candidate in it — Abrams has been busier than ever. She and her team have filed a federal lawsuit and launched an organization called Fair Fight to challenge Georgia’s entire electoral system; Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’s former campaign manager and the CEO of Fair Fight, has compared the suit to Brown v. Board of Education in the scope of the injustice it aims to remedy. Abrams has also recently published a widely circulated essay about identity politics for Foreign Affairs; shared a stage with Ava DuVernay in California; appeared in an ad touting Fair Fight during the Super Bowl; and been a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers, BuzzFeed’s AM2DM, and NPR’s Wait Wait … … [Read more...] about Stacey Abrams for ….
Once, in April 2015, Andrew was eating breakfast when he saw officers take a man out of his cell block into the sally port. “I heard a slight resistance,” he tells me. “The next thing I heard, the guy was dead.” Another time, a fellow prisoners in the SMI program tried to choke him for no apparent reason. Andrew, though, has had no violent-misbehavior reports in 19 years. He did tell me of an incident in 2003, when he hit a facilitator who was urging him to clean his cell. Andrew apologized and nothing much came of it. The last fit he felt coming on was around the same time; he was walking up the stairs with cleaning supplies, and he felt an urge to push or kick the man in front of him, but he controlled it. … [Read more...] about A Turbulent Mind
But that, of course, is not what “white supremacy” has come to mean among woke elites in 2019. And the chart, which is taken from a tome called Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups, explains what the term now means. Namely: “being results oriented and diminishing an otherwise-sound process which does not produce measurable results”; “seeing things in terms of good or bad, right or wrong, black or white”; “individualism”; “worship of the written word”; an overemphasis on “politeness”; “perfectionism”; “focusing only on the bottom line.” Now, if I were to give this material every benefit of the doubt, I’d note it’s perfectly reasonable to attempt to mitigate some kinds of obsessive conduct, excessive self-criticism, or distorted perspective among kids. We all know that perfectionism can lead to misery (tell me about it), that short-term thinking can be … [Read more...] about Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?