96 Responses to “Disinformation”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    April 25, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.

  2. April 25, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    “The essence of this place, what put Silicon Valley on the map, is a spirit of innovation.
    That’s what led to the globally integrated internet, and all its remarkable applications. What we’ve now learned is the product has some design flaws. There are some bugs in the software. We don’t have to just leave it like that. Through the same spirit of innovation. We can make it better.
    So I want to make some general suggestions for what that work might look like.
    But before I do, let me offer a few stipulations so we don’t get bogged down in some well-worn, not always productive arguments.”

    More President Obama on Disinformation:

  3. April 25, 2022 at 12:57 pm


    “People like Putin and Steve Bannon, for that matter, understand it’s not necessary for people to believe this information in order to weaken democratic institutions. You just have to flood a country’s public square with enough raw sewage. You just have to raise enough questions, spread enough dirt, plant enough conspiracy theorizing that citizens no longer know what to believe.

    Once they lose trust in their leaders, in mainstream media, in political institutions, in each other, in the possibility of truth, the game’s won. And as Putin discovered leading up to the 2016 election, our own social media platforms are well designed to support such a mission, such a project.

    Russians could study and manipulate patterns in the engagement ranking system on a Facebook or YouTube. And as a result, Russian state sponsored trolls could almost guarantee that whatever disinformation they put out there would reach millions of Americans. And that the more inflammatory the story, the quicker it spread.”

  4. 10 No Child Left Behind
    April 25, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    MAJOR BREAKING: Donald Trump has been slapped with civil contempt by a NY judge and will be fined $10,000 a day until he turns over documents. — I hope the AG will be able to collect. Not in ruble, though.

  5. April 25, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Vice President Kamala Harris Speaks to NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei


    Vice President Kamala Harris recently spoke to astronaut Mark Vande Hei after he returned home from spending 355 days in space — the longest single spaceflight for a NASA astronaut.

  6. 12 Dudette
    April 25, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Heads up Georgia!

  7. April 25, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock:

    “Later today, I’ll be back in Washington where I’ll continue fighting for Georgians.
    I’m focused on:
    capping the price of insulin and prescription drugs
    holding greedy corporations accountable
    bbringing jobs to our state
    lowering the costs of essential goods”

  8. April 25, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Pence Refusing to Get in Secret Service Car on Jan. 6 ‘Chilling’: Raskin


    Former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to get into a Secret Service vehicle during the January 6 Capitol riot is being called “chilling” as the House select committee prepares to reveal its findings sometime before the end of the year.

    After being taken to an undisclosed portion of the Capitol during the riot, Pence’s Secret Service agents, whom Raskin suspected were reporting directly to Trump’s security detail, asked him to enter an armored limousine. The intent, some have theorized, was to drive Pence away from the building, preventing him from certifying the election results, after he had signaled his unwillingness to go against his duties and keep Trump in power.

    “[Pence] uttered what I think are the six most chilling words of this entire thing I’ve seen so far:
    ‘I’m not getting in that car,'” Raskin said.
    “He knew exactly what this inside coup they had planned for was going to do.”

    “This was not a coup directed at the president,” the congressman said. “It was a coup directed by the president against the vice president and against the Congress.”


  9. 16 tnmtngirl1
    April 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD. Thank you, NW. We appreciate you.

  10. April 25, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Statement by President Joe Biden on Keeping our Promise to Veterans Suffering from Toxic Environmental Exposures

    APRIL 25, 2022

    America’s veterans are the best of us. I’ve always believed that we have a sacred obligation to equip all those we send into harm’s way and to care for them and their families when they come home. That’s especially true for veterans suffering the visible and invisible wounds of war, whether they were injured in combat or breathed in toxic smoke from burn pits on base. We can and must do more to address the harms that come from hazardous exposures, which have gone unaddressed for far too long.

    We learned a horrible lesson after Vietnam, when the harmful effects of exposure to Agent Orange sometimes took years to manifest, and too many veterans were left unable to access the care they needed. I refuse to repeat that mistake when it comes to the veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    In my State of the Union address, I announced that we would propose expanding disability and health benefits to veterans suffering from nine rare respiratory cancers. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs is delivering on that promise and upholding that sacred obligation to the women and men who have worn the uniform of our country. This new action is guided by science and driven by a desire to ensure that our nation’s veterans receive timely access to the benefits and services they deserve.

    Supporting our veterans is a critical part of the Unity Agenda I proposed for our nation. No matter where we live or who we voted for in the last election, we all agree that we should serve our veterans as well as they have served us. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to support our nation’s veterans, and I urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to comprehensively address toxic exposures and further deliver the vital benefits our veterans have earned. I will sign it immediately.


  11. April 25, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Mistreatment of Military Families in Privatized Housing
    Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

    April 26, 2022 10:00AM
    Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

    Member Statements
    Chair Jon Ossoff D (GA)
    Ranking Member Ron Johnson R (WI)

  12. 20 jer44
    April 25, 2022 at 3:48 pm


  13. April 25, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Anti-trans bills: 153 in 34 states

    Anti-abortion bills: 536 in 42 states

    Anti – ‘CRT’ bills: 107 in 42 states

    (ACLU, Guttamacher Inst)

  14. April 25, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Watched Episode Two from PBO’s ‘Our Great National Parks’ yesterday,
    with someone who did research in Cero Castillo and farther south in Chacabuco. She said you can go from steppe to rainforest to almost mediterranean parkland, surrounded by ‘raw mountains’, glaciers, huge ice fields.
    All here captured by the camera. Never seen animal footage like that, very hard to to film.
    Stunning and amazing.

  15. 29 amk for obama
    April 25, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    The key point buried in that Reuters ‘exclusive’.

    Patrick Gannon, spokesman for the state board of elections, said in a statement that the board reported the threats against Huff to state, federal and local law enforcement and would continue to report “any attempts to interfere with state or federal elections or harass or intimidate election officials.”

    No one has been charged in the incident.


  16. 31 amk for obama
    April 25, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    you left the most insidious of all, murdock and pox news.

  17. 32 amk for obama
    April 25, 2022 at 9:37 pm

  18. 33 amk for obama
    April 25, 2022 at 9:44 pm

  19. 34 amk for obama
    April 25, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    exactly. ultimate successful grifter.

  20. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    April 25, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Celebrating something “normal” for a change! Yay!

    • 36 No Child Left Behind
      April 26, 2022 at 12:48 am

      Indeed, Jacquelineoboomer!

      How are you?

      Shout out to everyone, in particular to NW, Dudette, bridgeriverpass, tnmtgirl1, AMK, and JER44!

      What a world we live in. I feel the pain of the courageous Ukrainians. Slavia Ukraini!

      And I rejoice with the French people who voted and who voted for Macron. Vive la France

    • 38 ggail44
      April 27, 2022 at 11:19 am

      YAY Indeed!!! Thanks J’OB for posting this feel good experience. ☺

  21. 40 amk for obama
    April 26, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Australia election: Why is there compulsory voting?


    worth a watch.

  22. April 26, 2022 at 9:19 am

  23. 43 amk for obama
    April 26, 2022 at 10:27 am

    A honorable decent man for president. How refreshing and relieving.

  24. 44 amk for obama
    April 26, 2022 at 10:32 am

    germans finally decided move their ass.

    via beebs

    As we’ve been reporting, defence ministers from Nato and European Union countries have been meeting today at the United States’ airbase in Ramstein, south-west Germany, to discuss providing more support to Ukraine.

    A major policy shift was announced by the German government, which has authorised the supply of about 50 Gepard Flakpanzer anti-aircraft tanks.

    Held in storage for the past decade, they will get technical upgrades before being shipped to Ukraine.

    Germany has long had a policy of not shipping heavy weaponry to conflict zones, but its government has come under increasing pressure to provide more help to Kyiv.

    Making the announcement, the country’s defence minister, Christine Lambrecht, said Germany would “look into all possibilities how we can further support Ukraine in its courageous and important fight for freedom and for peace”.

  25. April 26, 2022 at 10:39 am

  26. 47 amk for obama
    April 26, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    So, ss has been a shithole all along. No wonder traitorous thug was able to turn them into traitors too.


  27. April 26, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    New Disclosures Of Evidence Expose Role Of GOP Legislators In January 6 Planning

    Rachel Maddow looks at what new things we’ve learned from evidence contained in a court filing by the January 6th Committee and by CNN’s reporting on text messages sent to Trump chief-of-staff Mark Meadows
    about the role of Republican members of Congress in the planning and execution of the attack on the Capitol.

  28. 49 jer44
    April 26, 2022 at 12:46 pm

  29. April 26, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Leaked Text Reveals Marjorie Taylor Greene Wanted Trump To
    Declare Martial Law And “Go After” Biden

    Here is the text as obtained by CNN:

    “In our private chat with only Members,
    several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law.
    I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!”


    —–Perjury Greene pressing for ‘Marshall’ Law.

  30. April 26, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    On Tyranny: Expanded Audio Edition:
    Updated with Twenty New Lessons from Russia’s War on Ukraine
    Book by Timothy D. Snyder

  31. 55 jer44
    April 26, 2022 at 12:53 pm


  32. April 26, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    From 4 days ago:

    Twitter bans climate change propaganda ads as deniers target platforms
    The social media company says ads can’t contradict “scientific consensus” on the environmental crisis

    By Naomi Nix


  33. April 26, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    * In Arizona on Friday, a local judge rejected an effort to disqualify Republican Reps. Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs from the ballot stemming from their Jan. 6 efforts to overturn the election.
    (Steve Benen)

  34. April 26, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Hugo Lowell, The Guardian:

    “NEW: Hundreds of text messages between members of the Oath Keepers militia group show coordination with the Proud Boys leaders in the days leading up to Jan. 6, per exhibits just released in Stewart Rhodes case filing.”

  35. April 26, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Robin Roberts Says She Almost Passed on Interviewing Barack Obama Over Fears She’d Be ‘Outed’

    “It was kind of like a scene out of Moonstruck: ‘Snap out of it; Robin, what are you thinking? It’s not about you. This man is going to impact countless lives,'” Robin Roberts said”

    “Fortunately for Roberts, she quickly realized she couldn’t pass on the opportunity.”

    Dory Jackson:

  36. April 26, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Cristi on DeSantis:
    Whatever happened to less taxes, less government, more freedom from GOP?

    The GOP embrace of authoritarianism,
    and how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a prime example of this,
    are discussed by Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, Rep. Charlie Crist and Joy Reid.

    Here: (https://www.msnbc.com/the-reidout/watch/gop-embrace-of-authoritarianism-embodied-in-desantis-dem-candidate-for-florida-governor-charlie-crist-says-138612805722?fr=operanews

  37. April 26, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    “A future of abundant, equitable speech terrifies people like Elon Musk.”
    Anand Giridharadas (The.Ink) speaking to Joy Reid.

    Joy Reid:
    “What does it mean for Elon Musk to PRIVATELY OWN the town square?”

    Anand Giridharas:
    “Those people a hundred years ago did not own portals into a billion people’s minds in real time.
    The nature of the technology is now such that
    if now you are Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg or others,
    it is not just owning a newspaper and owning the railroad, this and that.
    It is specifically this particular kind of straw
    into the
    live consciousness
    of a very large chunk of humanity at all times.

    There’s studies that have shown that this power can be used to tilt elections
    if someone would want to use it that way.
    And so what you’re seeing right now and I called it ‘Winners Take All’ for a reason.
    This is a winners take all playbook.

    First you try to make money, that’s the kind of foundational overriding goal.
    But if you just do that, you’re going to have regulatory pressure,
    you’re going to have people mad at you at a certain point.
    You’re going to have all kinds of problems.
    And so what you do is you take the spoils of that money making,
    and you buy political influence in Washington.
    You fund super pacs,
    you fund things like the Federalist Society,
    different approaches that you know well.

    And then you start investing in rigging the discourse.
    It’s not enough to just rig law and policy.
    You want to rig the Discourse,
    you want to make sure you control the terms on which people can talk back at you.”

    • April 26, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      “I’m curious what are the safeguards preventing the world’s richest man?
      I’m sure there are some, I’d love to hear what they are.
      But this is truly the winners take all world, where as you said,
      not just one form of power but every form of power
      is used to purchase the next…”

      “Democracy itself is suffering.”

      Anand Giridharadas, author “Winners Take All, The Elite Charade of Changing the World.”

  38. April 26, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Joy Reid:
    “Musk has a long history of literally threatening to sue bloggers who say things he doesn’t like about him or post things about Tesla: ‘It’s free speech sure, but don’t say anything about me or I will sue you’.”

  39. April 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm

  40. 73 jer44
    April 26, 2022 at 7:49 pm

  41. 77 amk for obama
    April 26, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    #gutlessgarland : tapes? What tapes? I know nuthin. I know nuthin.

  42. April 26, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i051BD239Go)

    Why Musk may regret purchase of Twitter when reality of content moderation hits

    Ben Collins, senior reporter covering disinformation, extremism, and the internet for NBC News,
    talks with Rachel Maddow about Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and where reality undermines his stated goal
    of making Twitter a platform for “free speech.”

  43. 79 Dudette
    April 27, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Next crew launch coming up 🚀✨

  44. April 27, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Heard reported last night of a third mass grave in Mariupol, Ukraine.

    And that Ukrainians dug those graves in return for food and water.

    Only thing missing is they dug the graves, stood by them, were shot, and fell into them.

    —-What is the maximum sentence for Putin?

  45. April 27, 2022 at 12:27 pm

  46. April 27, 2022 at 12:28 pm

  47. April 27, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    U.S. Rallies Dozens Of Nations In Support Of Ukraine Against Russian Invasion

    Rachel Maddow reports on a meeting convened by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and U.S. Secretary
    of Defense Lloyd Austin with dozens of countries in attendance to discuss further military support for Ukraine against the invasion by Russia, and notes that the previous administration would likely not have been able
    to rally such an assembly.

    —–40 countries including more not on the list are committed to supporting Ukraine. Bringing them together is an incredible achievement by the Biden Administration.


  48. April 27, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Here: (https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/04/20/2022/nominations)

    DATE: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    TIME: 10:00 AM
    LOCATION: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226
    PRESIDING: Chair Durbin

    Panel I
    Nancy G. Abudu
    to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
    Julianna Michelle Childs
    to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit

    Panel II
    Nusrat Jahan Choudhury
    to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
    Ana Isabel de Alba
    to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California
    Natasha C. Merle
    to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York

  49. April 27, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Senator Cory Booker !!!

  50. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    April 27, 2022 at 2:09 pm

  51. April 27, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Biden, Obama, Clintons speak at funeral for Madeleine Albright, 1st female secretary of state
    Albright was 84 when she died in March.

    By Oren Oppenheim


  52. April 27, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Sweden and Finland agree to submit Nato applications, say reports
    Two countries could apply for membership simultaneously as soon as mid-May, according to reports


  53. April 27, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    President Biden Names Seventeenth Round of Judicial Nominees

    APRIL 27, 2022

    “The President is announcing five new federal judicial nominees, all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”

    “These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country — both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds.”

    “This is President Biden’s seventeenth round of nominees for federal judicial positions and his fifth slate of nominations in 2022, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 95.”


  54. 93 jer44
    April 27, 2022 at 4:38 pm


  55. 94 Dudette
    April 27, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Yay Teachers!

  56. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2022 at 12:03 am

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