Saturday, September 23, 2017

Michael Bloomberg: Facebook May Need to ‘Read Every Message’ to Stop Fake News



Michael Bloomberg: Facebook May Need to ‘Read Every Message’ to Stop Fake News
by Nate Church 21 Sep 2017
At the first Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asserted that social media platforms “have to be more aggressive” in fighting “fake news.”

Bloomberg believes that if stopping the spread of “fake news” means that Facebook has to “read every message,” that it is “[Facebook’s] problem, [not] society’s problem.” He said that the proliferation of fake news is “not all their fault,” but, “They have a responsibility. And if they say, ‘Well, there’s no ways to do it other than maybe we’re going to have a human being read every message,’ I’m sorry. You’re going to have to do that.

Bloomberg compared it to other systems of regulation, which he said makes banks “responsible under the law, to make sure that you don’t launder money,” and telephone companies “responsible to know where calls come from.” The former mayor said that he “assumes what [he reads] in the newspapers is true,” saying that supposed Russian interference in American politics is “as bad as attacking our country with weapons” and is “killing democracy.”

This is not the first time Bloomberg has brushed off privacy concerns in the name of security. In an interview with the New York Daily News in 2013, he addressed concerns about drone surveillance by saying that “the argument against using automation, it’s this craziness– ‘Oh, it’s Big Brother.’ Get used to it.”

Bloomberg’s argument led The Atlantic to label him a “surveillance-state extremist,” calling him out for claiming that with rising levels of security, “our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution [have] to change.”

A Yale University study published in September found that flagging stories as “fake news” had little impact in readers’ deciding whether an article was true or false. “Slapping down a big logo also doesn’t do anything,” psychologist David Rand admitted. “People don’t find mainstream media outlets particularly credible.”

Let’s connect the dots:

Facebook
Chris Hughes is a co-founder for Facebook, and was a member of the Democracy Alliance.

Note: George Soros was a member of the Democracy Alliance, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, and a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, the International Rescue Committee, the Brookings Institution (think tank), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), the Aspen Institute (think tank), the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Human Rights Watch.
Michael R. Bloomberg was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a New York (NY) mayor, and an advocate for the ONE Campaign.
ONE Campaign is a partner with the International Rescue Committee.
Sheryl K. Sandberg is a director at the ONE Campaign, the COO & director for Facebook, and was a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
David F. Swensen was a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and is a chief investment officer for Yale University.
Judith Rodin was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a provost at Yale University.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a professor at Yale University.
Morton H. Halperin is a director at the ONE Campaign, and was a director at the Constitution Project.
Howard G. Buffett is a director at the ONE Campaign, and Warren E. Buffett’s son.
Susan A. Buffett is a director at the ONE Campaign, and Warren E. Buffett’s daughter.
Warren E. Buffett is Howard G. Buffett & Susan A. Buffett’s father, an adviser for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank). 
Jessica Tuchman Mathews is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), was the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Ted Turner is a co-chairman for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and the founder of CNN.
Walter Isaacson was a chairman & CEO for CNN, is the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, Emma Bloomberg’s father, was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a New York (NY) mayor, an advocate for the ONE Campaign, and a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Warren E. Buffett is an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety, Howard G. Buffett & Susan A. Buffett’s father, an adviser for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Ted Turner is a co-chairman for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and the founder of CNN.
Vivian Schiller was the SVP for CNN Productions, and a
 Russian interpreter for the Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
CNN Worldwide is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and CNN.
Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN as Jeff Zucker, Network Flack Refuse to Comment on Russia Retraction to Own Network
Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide, and a director emeritus for the Robin Hood Foundation.
Emma Bloomberg was the chief of staff for the Robin Hood Foundation, is a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and Michael R. Bloomberg’s daughter.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Stephen L. Carter is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a professor at Yale University.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was a professor at Yale University.
Marvin H. Edwards is the VP for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was a director at the Constitution Project.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman was a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), the owner & publisher for the New York Daily News, and is an overseer at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
James E. Rothman is an overseer at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a professor at Yale University.
Jeff Zucker is an overseer at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a director emeritus for the Robin Hood Foundation, and the president of CNN Worldwide.
CNN Worldwide is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and CNN.
Vivian Schiller was a Russian interpreter for the Turner Broadcasting System Inc, and the SVP for CNN Productions.
Patricia E. Mitchell was the president of CNN Productions, and a director at the Human Rights Watch.
James F. Hoge Jr. was a chairman for the Human Rights Watch, and a publisher & president for the New York Daily News.
George Soros was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a member of the Democracy Alliance, and is a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
Chris Hughes was a member of the Democracy Alliance, and is a co-founder for Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg is a co-founder & chairman & CEO for Facebook, and a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
George Soros is a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, and a member of the Democracy Alliance.
Morton H. Halperin is a senior adviser for the Open Society Foundations, a director at the ONE Campaign, and Mark Halperin’s father.
Michael R. Bloomberg was an advocate for the ONE Campaign, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a New York (NY) mayor, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, Emma Bloomberg’s father, and the founder of Bloomberg LP.
Bloomberg Politics is a division of Bloomberg LP.
Mark Halperin is a founding editor for Bloomberg Politics, and Morton H. Halperin’s son.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

France’s Macron Positions Himself as Globalist ‘Anti-Trump’ at UN Meeting



France’s Macron Positions Himself as Globalist ‘Anti-Trump’ at UN Meeting
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.20 Sep 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron presented himself as the globalist “anti-Trump” in his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, speaking in direct opposition to the U.S. president’s pro-sovereignty theme.

Point by point, the French president advanced positions contrary to those of Mr. Trump, countering Trump’s “America first” nationalism with the slogan “independence today lies in interdependence.” According to members of his entourage, Mr. Macron modified his address at the last moment to respond directly to Mr. Trump’s words.

During the course of his speech, Trump mentioned sovereignty 21 times, while Macron employed the word only twice, peppering his address instead with talking points like multilateralism, climate change, and immigration.

“Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world,” Trump said in his address.

“We are irremediably linked to one another in a community of destinies for today and tomorrow,” Macron countered. “The world balance has profoundly changed in recent years and the world has become once again multipolar, which means we must relearn the complexity of dialogue, as well as its fruitfulness.”

For both Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, the 72nd General Assembly of the UN in New York represented their first opportunity to address the international body as leaders of their respective countries. Taking advantage of the absence of German chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron staked his claim as the de facto leader of the liberal, globalist world.

Regarding North Korea, Macron insisted on the pressure of sanctions and the necessary involvement of Moscow and Beijing to force Pyongyang to sit at the negotiating table. At the podium, he recalled his opposition to military escalation, “because the map shows all the complexity of a military intervention.”

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump declared. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

In reply, Macron said that “France will resist all escalation and will close no door to dialogue if conditions exist for this dialogue to promote peace.”

The French President also took a stance on Iran diametrically opposed to that of his American counterpart, declaring that renouncing the Iranian nuclear agreement would be a “big mistake.”

According to President Trump, the Iran deal “was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it—believe me.”

“Our commitment to non-proliferation has resulted in a strong, robust agreement to verify that Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons,” Macron countered. “Denouncing it would be a big mistake, not respecting it would be irresponsible—because it is a good agreement that is essential to keeping peace at an hour where the risk of a hellish spiral can’t be discounted.”

On the immigration question, Macron spoke poetically, declaring that “the migrant has become the symbol of our times, the symbol of a world where no barrier can oppose the march of despair if we do not transform the roads of necessity into roads of freedom.”

“These migrations are political, climatic, and ethnic,” the French President said. “These are always roads of necessity.” He also said that “it is not walls that will protect us,” in reference to Mr. Trump’s promise of constructing a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Trump, on the other hand, took a far more pragmatic approach, examining the short and long-term costs of mass migration, and its ties to “international criminal networks.”

“For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries,” he said.

“For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms,” he said. “For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.”

Macron likewise took a predictably hardline position regarding the Paris climate accord (a topic Trump didn’t even mention), refusing to entertain the possibility of renegotiating the agreement.

While declaring that he “deeply respect(ed) the decision of the United States” to withdraw from the agreement, Macron insisted that the accord “will not be renegotiated, it binds us” before adding, that “we will not back down.”

“The future of the world is that of our planet, which is on course to take vengeance on the foolishness of men,” Macron said. “The planet will not negotiate with us.”

The UN event provided an opportunity for the world to get a good look at the profound differences among the visions of its member states, none deeper, perhaps, than that separating Trump’s populist nationalism from Macron’s globalism.

Let’s connect the dots:

French
Elizabeth Frawley Bagley was a director at the French-American Foundation, a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, an alternate U.S. representative for the United Nations, is a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and an advisory council member for the Acumen Fund.

Note: Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the Committee for Economic Development.      
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, Andrea Soros’s father, the founder of the Soros Fund Management, Jonathan Soros’s father, Christine Lagarde attended his 2013 wedding reception, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank), the International Rescue Committee, the ClimateWorks Foundation, the Committee for Economic Development, and the Roosevelt Institute.
Andrea Soros is global board member for the Open Society Foundations, George Soros’s daughter, and was a director at the Acumen Fund.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the Committee for Economic Development.
Reuben Jeffery III is a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and a director at the French-American Foundation.
Anne Dias Griffin was an analyst for the Soros Fund Management, and is a director at the French-American Foundation.
Christine Lagarde attended George Soros’s 2013 wedding reception, and was the finance minister for France.
Howard H. Leach was a U.S. ambassador for France, a director at the French-American Foundation, a regent at the University of California, and a board member for the Haas School of Business.
Richard C. Blum is a regent at the University of California, a board member for the Haas School of Business, married to California Senator Dianne Feinstein, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).   
C. Douglas Dillon was a chairman for the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a U.S. ambassador for France.
Richard L. Kauffman was a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a director at the French-American Foundation.
John A. Thain is a director at the French-American Foundation, and was Timothy F. Geithner’s unofficial adviser.
Timothy F. Geithner’s unofficial adviser was John A. Thain, and is an overseer, director for the International Rescue Committee.
Bertrand P. Collomb was a director at the French-American Foundation, and a director at the ClimateWorks Foundation.
Douglas M. Price is a director at the French-American Foundation, and was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development.
Charles E.M. Kolb was the president of the Committee for Economic Development, and a director at the French-American Foundation.
G. Richard Thoman was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development, and is a director at the French-American Foundation.
Arthur A. Hartman was a director at the French-American Foundation, a U.S. ambassador for France, and a U.S. ambassador for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
Charles E. Bohlen was a U.S. ambassador for France, and a U.S. ambassador for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
William Christian Bullitt was a U.S. ambassador for France, and a U.S. ambassador for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
Mikhail Gorbachev was the president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), is an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Foundation, and the founder of Green Cross International.
Valery Giscard d'Estaing is an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Foundation, and was the president of France.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Foundation, and the chair for the Roosevelt Institute.
Jonathan Soros is a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and George Soros’s son.
Robert Redford
Robert Redford is an honorary board member for Green Cross International, and an advisory board member for Edible Schoolyard Project.
Robert Redford is an honorary board member for Green Cross International, and an advisory board member for the Edible Schoolyard.
Adam Gopnik is an advisory board member for the Edible Schoolyard, and a director at the French-American Foundation.
Elizabeth Frawley Bagley was a director at the French-American Foundation, a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, an alternate U.S. representative for the United Nations, is a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and an advisory council member for the Acumen Fund.
Andrea Soros was a director at the Acumen Fund, is global board member for the Open Society Foundations, and George Soros’s daughter.