Saturday 4th of December 2021

brilliantly cartooning with a russophobic slanted quill... while the irony is hot...


An award-winning American political cartoonist has made a habit of deploying bigoted tropes as a political weapon against Russians. His latest doodle features a nefarious “Russians” figure arbitrarily thrown into a motley crew of ostensible string-pullers of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Mike Luckovich has spirited up satirical political cartoons at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 26 years and won a couple of prestigious awards in the process, including two Pulitzer Prizes. His latest cartoon, “BFFs” (best friends forever), takes aim at Zuckerberg for doubling down on refusing to fact-check political ads featured on the company’s social media platform, but in doing so makes use of a tiresome, Russophobic trope that is sadly becoming all too common in the US mainstream media.


.. and left wingers as well...


it won't wash...

US President Donald Trump solicited foreign interference to boost his chances of re-election next year, undermined national security and ordered an "unprecedented" campaign to obstruct Congress, according to a Democratic-led report into his alleged official misconduct. 

Key points: 
  • The Democrats also allege Mr Trump sought to obstruct their investigation 
  • The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee is due to vote on the findings 
  • Impeachment would ultimately be decided by the Republican-controlled Senate


In a 300-page report that alleged sweeping abuse of power, the Democratic-led House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said Mr Trump had used US military aid and the prospect of a White House visit to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to undertake probes that would benefit Mr Trump politically.

The Republican President "placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process, and endangered national security," the report read.


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The Donald is pissing in his pants from joy and a rush of happiness:



This is our glorious and magnificent inheritance.

We are Americans. We are the pioneers. We are the pathfinders. We settled the new world, we built the modern world, and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the hand of Almighty God.

America is the place where anything can happen! America is the place where anyone can rise. And here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true!

This Nation is our canvas, and this country is our masterpiece. We look at tomorrow and see unlimited frontiers just waiting to be explored. Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made. The American Age, the American Epic, the American Adventure, has only just begun!

Our spirit is still young; the sun is still rising; God’s grace is still shining; and my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come!

Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless America.

Donald Trump


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Two top Republican Senators are expanding their probe into potential conflicts of interest “posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden” as the Senate investigative committees continue to probe former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s business activities overseas during his father’s tenure in the Obama Administration.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson, who already have an ongoing investigation into numerous White House meetings during the Obama Administration with senior Ukrainian officials, sent a letter Wednesday to Secret Service Director James M. Murray requesting information “about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine.”


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chasing zucks...

DC AG Seeks to Hold Zuckerberg Liable in Suit Stemming From Cambridge Analytica Scandal


Cambridge Analytica was a British private political consulting firm that ended up at the epicentre of a scandal that dragged down Facebook. The company collected and used the data from 87 million Facebook subscribers to study their habits and work out how best to influence their voting preferences in the US' 2016 elections.

DC Attorney-General Karl Racine announced that he has included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as co-defendant in the case against the internet giant related to the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, which was first revealed in 2018.

Racine claims that his investigation, which has been going on for four years, revealed that Zuckerberg was personally responsible for Facebook's failure to protect users' data and decisions "related to Cambridge Analytica". 


"Zuckerberg was personally aware of the risks that sharing consumer data with apps posed, but actively disregarded those risks because sharing data was otherwise beneficial and lucrative to Facebook’s business model and platform growth".


The Attorney-General revealed that Zuckerberg was behind Facebook's decision to allow third-party apps, such as the one used by Cambridge Analytica, to gain access to the social media users' data. Racine also learnt from internal documents and interviews with former Facebook employees that Zuckerberg “knowingly and actively” participated in making all decisions that eventually allowed Cambridge Analytica to harvest profile data en masse.


Facebook rejected the claims calling them "as meritless today as they were more than three years ago, when the District filed its complaint". "We will continue to defend ourselves vigorously and focus on the facts," the social media giant added.


Cambridge Analytica found itself in hot water after a former employee, Christopher Wylie, revealed that the company harvested the data of 87 million Facebook users via an app called "This Is Your Digital Life" and Facebook's Open Graph platform - the vast majority of whom (70.6 million), were US citizens.


The harvested data included the user's public profile, page likes, birthday and current city, as well as a possible news feed, timeline, and messages. Cambridge Analytica used the data to create psychometric profiles of the users to offer ways to affect their voting preferences. US 2016 presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, as well as Brexit campaigners were among those who hired Cambridge Analytica around the time it acquired said data.


The revelation not only destroyed Cambridge Analytica, but also resulted in Facebook facing several lawsuits in the US and the UK over users' data being mishandled, one of which was filed by DC Attorney-General Karl Racine in 2018.



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