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Aleksandr Kogan Of Cambridge Analytica Says He Isn’t a Russian Spy

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If you have not grasped the extent of this fiasco, it could be because it was late evening in the U.S. on Friday last and the weekend has dawned in most other parts of the world when this new broke.

In a nutshell, a Facebook app developed by one Dr. Aleksandr Kogan called “thisisyourdigitallife” had obtained user data through that app (which was originally built in 2014) by scraping data from the profiles of people who took the quiz as well as that of their friends—apparently allowed under Facebook’s policy for third-party apps at the time!!

On Friday, Facebook announced that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica from the site, which stops the latter buying ads or accessing Facebook data. This appeared to be a pre-emptive response to stories which broke over the weekend in The Observer and The New York Times, of how Cambridge Analytica acquired data on 50 million Facebook users without their consent. The stories came from interviews with Christopher Wylie – a whistleblower intimately connected with Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica is a British data analytics firm which helps political campaigns target voters online. The company (and its parent company SCL) claims to have built “5,000 data points on over 230 million American voters”allowing political campaigns to target voters susceptible to certain messages with precise accuracy.

This is the scariest part: Although only about 270,000 people took the survey, the New York Times reports, yet that Dr. Kogan was able to obtain data on 50 million users, probably through connections and other means!

“I’ve also seriously been asked if the FBI has reached out, if the two congressional committees in the United States have reached out, and if Parliament or any authorities in the UK have reached out. No one has—I suspect they realize I’m actually not a spy. Though if anyone does, I’d be more than happy to testify and speak candidly about the project,” Aleksandr Kogan wrote in an email that was obtained by CNN.

The question is how they acquired this data – and much of it is alleged to come from Facebook, without user consent.

 

Polipace.com is an independent political news site dedicated to exposing the truth.

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How Ronna Romney McDaniel Bribed Her Way Into Brigham Young University

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It was the late 90, and Ronna Romney, named after her great grandmother, was looking for a college to attend. She had though she was shoe-in to BYU, because she was a legacy and everyone knew her father and uncle.

However her graded were less than stellar, with a grade-point average of a a C. She additionally hadn’t done much activities, and the school felt they would be criticized if they let her in. Her school shut down a few years ago, and we couldn’t reach anyone there to comment.

She called her uncle Mitt immediately, according to a family member who shared the story with me over Twitter and got my attention.

And he immediately got into action defending his favorite niece, according to the relative.

He called the President of BYU and had a conversation with him: His niece really wanted to go to BYU, and was there something he could do?

Cecil O. Samuelson, a friend of Mitt, made it clear that a donation of a million or so, and a renaming of their business institute to a Romney would make sense, especially if the niece was a business major.

So Mitt, thinking still of doing a Presidential campaign in 2000 or Gubernatorial Campaign, decided he would give a few million here and there to help the University — and it would help his reputation enormously to be seen more than a business raider.

Ronna Romey 2012


Strangely, the next week, Ronna Romney was accepted into BYU.

She wasn’t much of a student, and decide to take the English program, feeling it would “be easy. She graduated with a BA in english a few years later, without honors or any notation.

So, is the person who claims to be a relative of the Romney’s telling the truth? Sure looks like the timeline works, that the donation happened exactly as she was making choices for colleges, and happened seemingly only after she was accepted in BYU.

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Lucy Parsons Project Racists Protest Pakistanian Middle Eastern Cafe in San Fransisco

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Looks like the GOP can’t help funding fake “progressive” organizations under the guise of fighting for black rights. What’s the new “cause?” A half dozen white women have been daily protesting a local Middle Eastern Cafe owned by a Manny Yekutiel, a man of Pakistani Jewish Descent whose family fled persecution in Pakistan.

Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central, accessible and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he told the San Francisco Examiner.

Manny’s has earned praise for hosting talks with speakers on issues ranging from Black Lives Matter to urban sustainability.

But Yekutiel, who is Jewish, is being protested weekly, accused of espousing “racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals.” His café has been vandalized and painted with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans over and over again — mainly by White racists.

The only allegation seemingly against him is that he is Jewish. Yekutiel has even said he does not support everything the Israeli government does and disagrees with its treatment of the Palestinians — and has many friends who are Palestinian.

Yekutiel reportedly has met nearly all the requirements of United to Save the Mission, a coalition of more than a dozen neighborhood nonprofits and activist groups. They include bilingual signage and staff, moderate prices (a cup of coffee is $1.75) and food prepared by a nonprofit employing homeless, formerly incarcerated and low-income community members, who earn all the food revenue. Community groups can use the space for free.

 

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Trump Promotes “Hitler Lover” Buchanan

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Despite claiming 20 years ago that Pat Buchanan was a “Hitler Lover,” the President is now quoting him in tweets.

Last week, Buchanan posted an article on the anti-immigration site Vdare.com that implored Trump to declare a national emergency on the southern border, “because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West.” Trump has publicly considered such a declaration as a way to go around Congress in order to secure funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

On Sunday, the president quoted a portion of Buchanan’s post in a pair of tweets. The first said, “‘The Trump portrait of an unsustainable Border Crisis is dead on,'” and then listed a number of immigration-related crime statistics. Buchanan did not cite the source of the data, but the context indicated it was from the Trump administration.

In 1999, Trump called Buchanan a “Hitler lover” and said it was “incredible that anybody could embrace this guy.” Buchanan, who has often been accused of expressing racist and anti-Semitic views, at the time was seeking the Reform Party’s nomination for president.

“Look, he’s a Hitler lover,” Trump said on “Meet the Press” in October 1999. “I guess he’s an anti-Semite. He doesn’t like the blacks. He doesn’t like the gays. It’s just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy.”

 

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