Trumpocalypse: 34-0

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  1. Hoss Bonaventure

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    Those donut burgers are probably the best representation of America food wise
     
  2. Jimmy the Saint

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    Sure but it's not processed "pork" product in an odd shape.
     
  3. Can I Spliff it

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  4. ned's head

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    Let's see if they can get this fat fuck to fall asleep mid-debate
     
  5. Beeds07

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    Any deep fried circus food. Screams I can’t get fat enough, which perfectly represents America.
     
  6. Fran Tarkenton

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    that or the KFC double down

    though history might remember the Marla Maples Donald Trump Stuffed Crust Pizza Hut ad as the beginning of the american empire falling
     
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  7. steamengine

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    Both teams are already working on a new specialty cocktail of uppers and mood stabilizers the world has never seen for those two gentlemen that day.
     
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  8. kezarmyaj

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    SLEEPY JOE BRANDON ONLY WANTS TO DEBATE IN A NICE QUIET ROOM AND KEEP GREAT AMERICAN FANS OF MINE OUTSIDE
     
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  9. steamengine

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    I hope Hugh Hewitt gets to moderate
     
  10. Jimmy the Saint

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    Or the KFC Double Down
     
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  11. Beeds07

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    Yes, burn your self on chicken to eat…chicken.
     
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  12. pnk$krtcrÿnästÿ

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    It'll be like watching a Friends episode without the laugh track
     
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    I go to county fairs for the food. Fuck the rest.
     
  14. HowdyHorns

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    Takes a porn star from what I understand
     
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  16. Sammy Meatballs

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    I think Steve weatherford already patented this
     
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    @ me you coward
     
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  18. bro

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    I tried the McRib like 5 years ago, hoping it would live up to the "hype"

    it was god awful. like the rib sandwich they served in middle school.
     
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  19. VaxRule

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    England still exists, sir.
     
  20. Butthead

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    What about runza
     
  21. Daniel Ocean

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    lol at thinking he will be convicted
     
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  23. Beeds07

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    Or his daughter according to the testimony of the porn actress.
     
  24. pnk$krtcrÿnästÿ

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    In which thread might I find discussion re: the Slovakian PM's assassination attempt? Alive or Not?

    Just wondering if maybe now's the last chance for a worldwide purge of the right wing before fascism takes over completely
     
  25. chuckmasterflex

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  26. cutig

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    All Biden has to do is sting together a few sentences that say nothing and let trump ramble about bringing in the army to takeover the schools
     
  27. bro

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    I’m going to see a movie that night
     
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  28. Hoss Bonaventure

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    Trump is going to bitch about his legal issues the entire time.
     
  29. bro

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    Trump won’t be able to contain himself after being shunned by the MSM and Twitter for years
     
  30. bro

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    The bikeriders, let’s go
     
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  32. DirtBall

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    This man has a death wish
     
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  33. Blu Tang Clan

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    from eating Runza?
     
  34. Prospector

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    DISINFORMATION
    Deactivating Facebook for just a few weeks reduces belief in fake news
    The largest study ever carried out on social media deactivation has found that disconnecting lowers users political participation and also their propensity to believe
    misinformation
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    JORDI PÉREZ COLOMÉ
    MAY 14, 2024 - 11:29 EDT

    Before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, more than 35,000 Facebook and Instagram users agreed to participate in an experiment. Twenty-seven percent of that randomly chosen group were paid to deactivate their accounts for six weeks. The rest only disconnected for a week. The objective was to analyze what happens when users disconnect from the two of the biggest social media networks in the most heated weeks of the U.S. political calendar.

    The result is that hardly anything at all happens. Except for one detail: the group that disconnected from Facebook (not Instagram) tended to not believe the misinformation that was circulating online. On the other hand, their political participation, especially online, also decreased.

    The new article, published on Monday in the journal PNAS, is the work of more than 30 academics from U.S. universities and Meta researchers. It is part of the macro study, which began to be published last summer in the magazines Science and Nature. This research found that conservatives consume more misinformation on Facebook, among other results. The project is the result of an August 2020 agreement between Meta and two professors, who then selected the rest of the researchers.

    One of the authors of the article, Stanford University professor Matthew Gentzkow, says there are two main findings from the PNAS study: “First, stopping using Facebook and Instagram in the final stretch of the election had little or no effect on political opinions, their negative opinions about opposing parties, or beliefs about complaints of electoral fraud. Second, stopping using Facebook does affect people’s knowledge and beliefs. Those who went off Facebook responded worse to news tests, but they were also less likely to believe widespread misinformation, suggesting that the platform may be an important channel for both true and fake news,” he says.

    Although the result is not completely clear, for Gentzkow, the finding is quite surprising: “Previous research has shown that exposure to misinformation is often quite low for most people, so I was really surprised to see this effect, which was large enough to be marginally detectable,” he says.

    Unprecedented macro study
    Aside from being part of an unprecedented macro study using internal Meta data, the work is also the largest ever done on social media deactivation. The sample is 10 times larger than any previous experiment, according to the article. The authors, however, admit that the work has its limitations when it comes to measuring the real impact of a network like Facebook in democracies.

    “This study has the same problem as the previous ones,” says David García, a professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany, who commented on the summer 2023 articles in Nature. “It is only able to experiment with individuals who are within a society where many other people continue to use Facebook and Instagram normally. When we talk about the Facebook effect, we think about what society would be like without Facebook compared to what it is like with Facebook, not what the people who do not use the network are like compared to those who do use it,” García explains.

    Gentzkow admits that investigating that issue is beyond the reach of academia: “It is not possible to do an experiment now to directly answer the question of what polarization would have been like if Facebook had never existed.”

    But the experiment, at least, did clear up doubts about whether Instagram was in the same league as Facebook: the article did not find any kind of effect on the influencer-centric network. “Aside from a reduction in online participation, we find no significant impacts of Instagram deactivation on any other primary outcomes,” the article says. “This is true even among younger users, and it suggests that despite Instagram’s rapid growth, Facebook likely remains the platform with the largest impacts on political outcomes.”

    The study also found that users who went off Facebook for six weeks were more wary of the political information they saw on Facebook, a shift that also occurred on Instagram: “One potential explanation is that time away from a platform made users more aware of the amount of low-quality or inaccurate information to which they had been exposed,” the study explains.

    While the study found that political participation (especially online) fell among the group that disconnected from Facebook, voter intention remained the same. In other words, less participation online did not lead to fewer voters at the polls.

    Nor did Instagram and Facebook deactivation have an effect on polarization, perceived legitimacy of the elections or candidate preference. Another question that the researchers wanted to answer was how important Facebook was to Donald Trump. The study did not find definitive data that suggested the platform helped the former U.S. president. Although the results are “statistically insignificant,” they do suggest that deactivation had an effect on who participants voted for. “Deactivation decreased Trump favorability, decreased turnout among Republicans and increased turnout among Democrats,” the article states.

    Researcher David García believes that the work could have been clearer on this point: “The result regarding Trump favorability is very interesting. It does not reach the level pre-specified by the scientists, but because the standard of evidence they had is very high. If they had assumed that Facebook deactivation lowers the vote for Trump, it would have passed the test. I see more important evidence than what appears in the text. The effect was small for the amount of data they had, but it doesn’t seem so small to me when you think about how close elections in the U.S. tend to be,” he explains.

    Facebook invited 10.6 million users to take part in the study and 637,388 clicked the invitation. Of this figure, only 19,857 people completed the experiment, which also involved a series of surveys. Participants who deactivated their account for six weeks were paid $150. On Instagram, Meta invited 2.6 million users and achieved 15,585 participants.
    Over 100 far-right militias are coordinating on Facebook
    Despite bans on militias, Facebook continues to struggle with content moderation.
    TESS OWEN, WIRED.COM - 5/3/2024, 8:40 AM
    “Join Your Local Militia or III% Patriot Group,” a post urged the more than 650 members of a Facebook group called the Free American Army. Accompanied by the logo for the Three Percenters militia network and an image of a man in tactical gear holding a long rifle, the post continues: “Now more than ever. Support the American militia page.”

    Other content and messaging in the group is similar. And despite the fact that Facebook bans paramilitary organizing and deemed the Three Percenters an “armed militia group" on its 2021 Dangerous Individuals and Organizations List, the post and group remained up until WIRED contacted Meta for comment about its existence.

    Free American Army is just one of around 200 similar Facebook groups and profiles, most of which are still live, that anti-government and far-right extremists are using to coordinate local militia activity around the country.



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    After lying low for several years in the aftermath of the US Capitol riot on January 6, militia extremists have been quietly reorganizing, ramping up recruitment and rhetoric on Facebook—with apparently little concern that Meta will enforce its ban against them, according to new research by the Tech Transparency Project, shared exclusively with WIRED.


    Individuals across the US with long-standing ties to militia groups are creating networks of Facebook pages, urging others to recruit “active patriots” and attend meetups, and openly associating themselves with known militia-related sub-ideologies like that of the anti-government Three Percenter movement. They’re also advertising combat training and telling their followers to be “prepared” for whatever lies ahead. These groups are trying to facilitate local organizing, state by state and county by county. Their goals are vague, but many of their posts convey a general sense of urgency about the need to prepare for “war” or to “stand up” against many supposed enemies, including drag queens, immigrants, pro-Palestine college students, communists—and the US government.

    sought to rally extremists at Georgia’s Stone Mountain, a popular site for Confederate and white supremacist groups. Huffman has created a network of Facebook groups and spreads the word about local meetups. His partner, Dabbi Demere, is equally active and on a mission to recruit “active” patriots into the groups. Huffman and Demere are also key players in the pro-Confederate movement known as “Heritage, not Hate.”

    Before Meta shut it down, the pair ran Free American Army, which drew in individuals from several militias, including the Kentucky 3 Percenters, the Virginia Liberty Guard, and the Florida-based Guardians of Freedom, a group that was mentioned in the final January 6 report and whose members were among those arrested in connection with the Capitol attack. Free American Army also included a known activist in the far-right extremist Boogaloo movement. At least one user in the group claimed in their profile to be active-duty military; another claimed to work for the Bureau of Prisons.

    border militias and the anti-government Boogaloo movement had rebuilt on the platform, despite being banned. In 2021, The Intercept obtained and published a reproduction of an internal Facebook document containing a blacklist of all 986 “dangerous individuals and organizations” the platform had banned. The majority of entities banned were “militarized social movements,” including the Three Percenters.

    “We are removing the groups and accounts that violate our policies,” said a Meta spokesperson in an email to WIRED. “This is an adversarial space, where actors constantly try to find new ways around our policies, which is why we keep investing heavily in people, technology, research, and partnerships to keep our platforms safe.”

    200 content moderators’ contracts. Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that there may soon be layoffs at the Oversight Board, a Meta-funded organization that oversees the company’s content moderation.

    “There is the reality that neither social media platforms nor domestic law enforcement understand how they should respond to the online spaces that incubate domestic violent extremism,” says Jon Lewis, a research fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. “This issue has become even more glaring as these movements intersect with the mainstream, especially as it relates to election disinformation and conspiracies.”

    These networks of public and private Facebook pages may also indicate that the militia movement—which had retreated from the public sphere and, in some cases, distanced itself from the term militia altogether—is considering a comeback.

    At a recent conference for constitutional sheriffs in Las Vegas, conspiracy theorist and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne called for citizens to form militia cells and to “build alliances with the militias” in response to migrants at the US-Mexico border. In Michigan, which has long been a hotbed for paramilitary activity, a township established a militia in response to the state’s new “red flag law,” which allows the temporary confiscation of firearms from individuals believed to be at risk of harming themselves or other people. And earlier this year, in the most significant mobilization of the far right since January 6, rhetoric about an immigrant “invasion” galvanized a convoy to the border and rallied extremists, including individuals with militia ties. Since last spring, the Justice Department has charged several individuals linked to the North Carolina Patriot Party and the 2nd American Militia with violent plots to allegedly travel to the border, target migrants, and start a war. Politicians know militias are a problem: Earlier this year, Democrats introduced federal legislation in the form of the Preventing Private Paramilitary Activity Act, but the bill has yet to advance.

    pleaded guilty to domestic violence misdemeanor charges. The goal of the guard, according to its bio, is “advocating and organizing as the People in order to activate the Unorganized Militia.” In February, Masche shared a link to a Wikipedia page for the 1946 Battle of Athens, when civilians led an armed revolt against their local government. “Learn your History Folks,” Masche wrote. “The Battle of Athens, Georgia was the last successful Armed Rebellion in the United States since the Revolutionary War.” (The battle actually occurred in Tennessee, not Georgia. Masche did not respond to multiple requests from WIRED for comment.)

    Matthew Robinson, who was affiliated with the Florida militia Guardians of Freedom, has recently been recruiting on Facebook for the Florida chapter of another network called the American Patriot III%—also referred to as APIII or AP3. He’s also touting “warrior survival training.”

    sweeping action against pages, groups, and profiles associated with an array of extremist networks, including militias and their memeified cousins, the Boogaloo Bois. For a while, those extremists decamped to fringe sites such as MeWe, Parler, and MyMilitia.

    But by the end of 2020, it was evident that the long-simmering militia movement still posed a clear and present threat. After January 6, 2021, when dozens of militia members joined forces with hordes of Trump supporters to storm the US Capitol in an attempt to block Joe Biden from becoming president, Facebook was widely blamed for allowing election conspiracies to flourish on the platform unchecked.

    With the militia movement under intense scrutiny and even more paranoid than usual following January 6, it retreated from the streets. Some Oath Keeper chapters disbanded entirely; others scrambled to distance themselves from the optics of the Capitol riot by rebranding. Arizona’s Oath Keeper chapter, for example, rebranded and became the Yavapai County Preparedness Team. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of Oath Keeper chapters went from 70 in 2020 to five in 2022. For a moment, it was almost as if militia had become a dirty word, even among people in the movement.

    romanticization of January 6, as well as deepening hostilities toward the federal government due to the prosecution of Capitol rioters and former President Donald Trump.

    Polling conducted earlier this year of more than 1,000 Americans found that 1 in 5 Americans “strongly agree” that violence is the only viable solution to get the country back on track. Although the societal conditions heading into this year’s election are not the same as those in 2020, a newly emboldened militia movement could add a dangerous dimension to potentially fraught future events, such as a judge handing down a prison sentence for Trump or Trump losing another close presidential election.

    “Nothing brings the freaks out of the woodwork like a presidential election,” says Lewis. “You've already seen the election denialism and threats to public officials ramping up, and the narratives and grievances—from the border to college campuses and somehow, inevitably, Soros and the ‘globalists’—are in place.”

    And some of this is already taking place on Facebook.

    In the Free America Army Facebook group, Huffman recently posted an Instagram reel made by an account called packingpatriot.2 that has 140,000 followers. The video includes dialog from the 1993 Western film Tombstone, played over footage of Trump's rally preceding the January 6 riot. Text appears: “When the government tries to steal the election again and they think we’ll just sit and take it … It won’t be like the last time … Just remember, they started it … We just wanted to be left alone … We prefer ballots over bullets … But …”

    The video then cuts to a graphic of the preamble to the Constitution and an American flag, surrounded by flames.

    This story originally appeared on wired.com.

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  35. Hank Scorpio

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  36. chuckmasterflex

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  38. chuckmasterflex

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  39. pnk$krtcrÿnästÿ

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    Facebook's not 'struggling' with shit. It's in a full on alt-right platform at this point.
     
  40. HowdyHorns

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    You mean a platform originally designed to rate women on campus based on looks is not progressive. Shocking.
     
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  42. CaneKnight

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    Always has been
     
  43. chuckmasterflex

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    Who is sitting next to Boebert?
     
  44. DirtBall

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    No clue but what’s the O/U they get an HJ before the first recess?
     
  45. 40wwttamgib

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    not gaetz, she's too old for him :awesomeface: