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Tucker Carlson Has Been Privately Advising President Trump Not To Take Military Action Against Iran

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A source “familiar with the conversations” has told The Daily Beast that Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, has been privately advising President Trump not to take military action against Iran, reportedly telling him that “war with Iran would be a mistake unless it was absolutely necessary.”

According to The Daily Beast, a senior administration official said that Carlson has criticized several of the more “hawkish members” of Trump’s circle. (It was not clear if this was the same or a separate source.)

In particular, on Monday night’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host questioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s possibly “misplaced confidence” that Iran was responsible for the recent tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Carlson reminded his audience of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell’s certainty that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in 2003 and said, “We’re still paying the price for that.”

Carlson has also made disparaging remarks about National Security Adviser John Bolton, saying that he was “intentionally creating stronger tension between the United States and Iraq in the interest of instigating military action. Carlson added that, for Bolton, a military conflict between the U.S. and Iran would “be like Christmas, Thanksgiving, his birthday wrapped into one.”

Carlson has been strongly opposed to U.S. military intervention abroad, particularly in the Middle East recently asking, “How is a war with Iran in America’s interest in any way?”

My first reaction to this story was one of surprise. Why would Trump take advice from a talk show host. But Tucker Carlson is one of the sharpest and most well-informed political news hosts around. He’s been following politics for at least 25 years. He has a better grasp of the ways of Washington than most current politicians.

Moreover, it’s not as if Tucker Carlson is determining U.S. policy. He is but one of many voices the President is listening to.

I can easily envision Carlson becoming more directly involved in politics in the future. He would certainly be a devastating debater.

This arrangement is not unprecedented. Although it didn’t end well, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, served as White House Chief Strategist for the first seven months of the Trump administration. It’s been thought that Rush Limbaugh sometimes advises Trump as well.

And it has long been rumored that Sean Hannity advises Trump on policy issues.

The Hill reports that “advisors in Trump’s White House, for example, stated that Sean Hannity is often affectionately referred to as the “shadow chief of staff,” due to his frequent interactions with the president and advice he gives him on policy matters.”

Last April, a source told the Washington Post that Hannity “basically has a desk in the place.”

According to the Daily Beast, “The president has made no secret of his affinity for Carlson. Since taking office, Trump has live-tweeted episodes of Tucker Carlson Tonight on at least 20 separate occasions, often promoting or directly quoting Carlson or his guests.”

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In Solidarity with Transgender People (& Credit Card Thieves?), Mastercard No Longer Requires a Legal Name or Proof of Identity

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Great news: Have you longed for your credit card to say “Howdy Doody?” Have you ached to see “Turd Ferguson” in raised plastic?

You’re in luck, thanks to Mastercard’s new name policy.

In a show of support for people who identify as other people, the company now allows you to use a card displaying your “true name” as opposed to your “dead name.”

In doing so, Mastercard believes it will “ease a major pain point.” In fact, the iconic brand claims 32% of those who’ve whipped out a card sportin’ a name in conflict with their gender identity have reported a negative experience.

Why don’t those in pain just change their name? Otherwise, they’re going to keep running into problems. After all — their license, which is often used to verify the card isn’t stolen, will still show their “dead name.”

Has MC thought this through?

In promotion of the woke new style, here’s a video:



As for using cards with a legal name, one alternate-lifestyle customer shared, “It puts me in a place where I feel like I’m in danger.”

That quote reminds me of a college chant during a Ben Shapiro speech. A sizable group of twenty-somethings was YearnShouting, “Safety! Safety! Safety!”

The whole name issue aside, we have a real problem, it seems to me. And that problem is a generation among which far too many seem to have the strength and sense of power of a pile of seaweed.

We’ve got a very weak future ahead of us.

And Howdy Doody has a future in purchasing expensive items via Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble’s favorite method: “Chaaarge IT!”

Those words may also be bellowed by a thief holding your card. Remember my question about your license showing a different name? Have no (or lots of) fear:

“Merchants cannot require ID if [a Mastercard] is signed. However, if the credit card is not signed, the merchant can ask you to show a government-issued ID and sign your credit card on the spot.”

What happened to the last 20 years or so’s outrage over identity theft?

Theft, schmeft — Mastercard’s got new priorities:

“We are allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, which means if we see a need or if this community is not being served in the most inclusive way, we want to be a force for change to help address and alleviate unnecessary pain points.”

So says Randall Tucker, the company’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

The Big M’s even put up a sign in NYC honoring various sexual identities:

Personally, if I was a man identifying as a woman or a woman identifying as a man, the most important thing about my credit card would be the fact that no one else could use it.

For any of you concerned that Mastercard’s gone off the deep end in its radical coddling of customers, don’t worry: Like all creditors, it’ll still be siphoning the suckers to the tune of massive amounts of monthly interest. Howdy Doody’s gonna get fleeced.

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Flashback: Obama Confirms Child Separation Policy, Tells Illegal Immigrants Not to Bring Their Children

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As the immigration debate rages on and President Donald Trump is consistently put before the media’s proverbial firing squad.

However, one point that is consistently being made is that all of this happened before under the Obama administration. Regardless, this seems to be falling on deaf ears. We’re once again shown that the Democrat’s unofficial motto is “it’s okay when we do it.”

But if the world reminding Democrats that what is happening right now is a simple following of Federal law and not the actions of a Hitler come again, then perhaps the man that they once followed blindly can talk some sense into them.

As pointed out by the Washington Examiner, in 2014, then President Barack Obama sat down for an interview with ABC News to discuss the border crisis his administration was facing at the time. Obama explained that as children come across the border there’s a system in place that processes and cares for them.

The message Obama wanted to impart was clear: “Absolutely don’t send your children.”

Obama even mentioned the fact that child trafficking had become a serious problem, and that if a child did make it into the country and was caught that they would be sent back, but there was no guarantee they’d make it.

This is the sad reality at the border right now. Children are put through awful conditions in order to be sent to the United States for a better life. However, the parents are too often not the ones accompanying them. Children are sent with caretakers, who in turn may use the children to smuggle drugs or even sell the children for various purposes. One of the reasons children are separated from the adult they’re with is to make sure that the child is indeed theirs.

According to even CNN, the numbers of child trafficking cases has skyrocketed as well, and thousands of reported cases through the child trafficking hotline:

The National Human Trafficking Hotline shows most reports of human trafficking are from the border states of California (1,323 in 2016) and Texas (670 in 2016).

But when you divide the number of reports by the total population, the District of Columbia actually has the most reported cases of human trafficking per capita, according to data from the NHTH.

In November of last year it was reported that 170 incidents of fake families were found at the border according to the DHS. The Daily Caller gives us the numbers:

According to data from DHS, there has been a 110 percent increase in male adults showing up at the border with children. Further, DHS separated 507 illegal immigrants between April 19 and September 30 because they fraudulently claimed they were part of a family unit.

We can only conclude that children are an unbelievably large problem when it comes to border security, and are a massive part of the migrant crisis.

Meanwhile, Democrats are pretending it doesn’t exist as they try to redefine widely understood terms in order to use the migrant children’s plight as a political weapon with which to make their opponents seem like racist child abusers who are recreating the Nazi death camps.

Disgusting is a light word to use to describe it.

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Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Tries to Compare Trump to Hitler, and Gets Shut Down By … Chris Cuomo

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Chris Cuomo being the obnoxious pseudo-journalist he is, it’s hard to find anything good to say about him. But he actually said some things that were on point last night in a debate he got into with fellow CNN host Don Lemon.

Fox News reports:

During their nightly hand-off, [Don Lemon’s] primetime colleague Chris Cuomo began by describing 2020 as the most “definitional” election in his lifetime. Lemon appeared to attempt to shame Trump supporters, and asked them if they will “continue to fall for the o-ke-doke.” But then he questioned the media’s responsibilities in covering Trump’s candidacy.

The “CNN Tonight” anchor urged Cuomo to “think about the most despicable people in history” and warned him that he was going to use an “extreme example.”

“Think about Hitler. Think about any of those people… if you could look back in history, would you say, ‘Well, I’m so glad that person was allowed a platform so that they could spread their hate and propaganda and lies,’ or would you say, ‘That probably wasn’t the right thing to do to spread that because you knew in that moment that was a bad person and they were doing bad things. And not only were they hurting people, they were killing people.”

“I think that the example matters,” Cuomo responded. “And that’s a very extreme example.”

Lemon then began arguing with Cuomo, bringing up the Central Park 5 case and telling Cuomo that “that can be a life or death issue for people like me”, blaming Trump for their incarceration.

When Cuomo continued to push back, Lemon pressed on, bringing up the Charlottesville riots and Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” comment that Lemon himself won’t admit networks like CNN have lied about:

And people — and for — you know, demonizing immigrants and talking about sh*t hole countries and saying that there are very fine people on both sides. For people of color in this country it is a life or death issue.

Ask Mrs. Heyer, Heather Heyer’s mother who I had on. That is a life or death issue. So, you know, I’m just saying we just need to be careful about having this is a standard rule. This is not standard. This is not normal.

Despite Lemon’s insistence, Cuomo did not back down:

LEMON: It starts with little lies. It starts with little lies that become bigger lies. And it starts with people who become brainwashed. Ask anybody — ask anyone who had a family member who went to Guyana. Start with a little thing. People start to buy into it. Then all of a sudden, you become, it becomes a reality to you.

Good people follow bad people. It doesn’t mean that they’re a bad person. It just means they were used. And that they were in some ways co-opted. Doesn’t mean they’re bad people. But it starts with very little things. It takes some little, some truth and then falsity. And you keep capitalizing on it. So.

CUOMO: Right. That’s how cons work. But I’m just saying, a con, something that isn’t true versus a cult versus a genocidal maniac. I just think you should go one step at a time.

Watch the segment below (captured in two tweets):

Rhetorically speaking, Lemon is treading on dangerous ground here with the precedent he is setting (which is also a precedent his fellow Democrats like AOC and others are also setting) in making false Hitler comparisons.

To varying degrees, the political opposition has been painting presidents from the opposing party as the next Hitler going back several presidential election cycles. The only time it gets called out, however, is when Republicans do it. Anytime a hint of this comparison was made during the Obama and Clinton administrations, it was shut down by politicians on both sides and many media types, too.

But Bush was compared to Hitler with regularity – and so-called journalists with a self-serving agenda would sometimes get in on the act, too. Same same for the elder Bush and Reagan, too.

The only difference now is that journos like Lemon and politicos like AOC are normalizing it – but only when it comes to Republicans they don’t like.

If you try hard enough, anyone can “make a case” that a politician who “starts with little lies” is the next Hitler, but when you have to do it with false comparisons – as Lemon did with the “fine people” lie and falsely blaming Trump for the Central Park 5 outcome – your case quickly falls apart.

Cuomo didn’t accuse Lemon of making false comparisons in those cases – primarily because he agrees with him on those points. But at least on the issue of comparing Trump to Hitler in a general sense, Cuomo had the sense to tell Lemon to slow down.

Now if only Lemon, Cuomo, and other CNN primetime anchors would take Lemon’s “starts with little lies” standard and apply it to their fake news reporting, maybe stories like the Covington kids controversy would never have become a thing, the “fine people on both sides” myth would not exist, the Jussie Smollett case would have been more critically examined from the start, etc etc…

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Chris Cuomo: Term “Concentration Camp” Not Associated with Nazis, but “America First” Is

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The media is really digging in deep in order to mount a defense for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) who recently labeled the army base immigrant children are being sent to as a “concentration camp.”

This set off a firestorm, as well it should. Ocasio-Cortez was clearly trying to sensationalize the movement of immigrant children to an army based being used as a place to put an overflow of children at the border. The same base was used by the Obama administration when it faced a similar problem a handful of years ago.

As Ocasio-Cortez suffered heat from the general population for her blatant disrespect, the New York democratic socialist launched a defense of herself that just made it worse. Of course, the media immediately launched into AOC’s defense with gusto, and joined the New York congresswoman in attempting to redefine the term “concentration camp” and bring it away from Nazi connotations.

This includes Chris Cuomo, who, in his attempt to help out with the Democrat’s quest to weasel out of a major foul, made himself look even more ridiculous by essentially suggesting that “America first” has more connections to Nazism than “concentration camp” does.

While arguing with Steve Cortes, Cuomo asked if he was “satisfied” with the explanation given for AOC’s blunder to which Cortes rightfully replied that it’s not a good explanation, as it’s attempting to redefine what it really means.

Mounting a defense, Cuomo said that Cortes had no problem with the phrase “America first,” which the CNN host said was equally associated with Nazism, as well as the word “Nationalist.”

Cortes wasn’t having it and said that the word “nationalism” was never solely relegated to Nazism, and that Cuomo doesn’t get to define nationalism.

“Yes I do,” responded Cuomo bluntly.

Cuomo challenged Cortes to name a nationalist movement that was positive.

“American nationalism,” responded Cortes.

Cortes explained that Cuomo was conflating ethno-fascism, like the Nazis practiced, with American nationalism which is pride in shared ideals. Regardless of his efforts, Cuomo did his absolute best to deny everything that Cortes was saying.

I’m not going to discount the idea that nationalism can be construed with Nazism, seeing as how the Nazis were literally called the “National Socialist Party,” however this would easily be an apples and oranges comparison. As Cortes explained, the Nazis were obsessed with racial purity while America is obsessed with shared cultures melding together. America welcomes foreign immigrants to its shores.

However, many on the left are conflating its enforcement of immigration law as Nazism while dismissing the fact that they weren’t raising this much of a ruckus when Obama was doing it. In fact, they’re doing everything their power to avoid it, including attempting to redefine terms used to draw obvious comparisons to something horrific under Nazi rule.

This is a horrible choice for a hill to die on for the left, and for a candidate that is more of a liability than she is a boon no less.

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Why You Cannot Take a Vacation from CNN — A Look at the Attempted Airport Monopoly by the Network

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Here is why it is so tough to escape CNN when traveling.

It has been widely covered that CNN is suffering a tremendous ratings decline. Well, maybe not by everyone. As I noted yesterday, Brian Stelter would rather deflect away from his own failing ratings by comparing them to another network that appears on a fraction of the cable television outlets across the country. So as he and others at the Apple Network are whistling past the graveyard viewers are simply turning away from the persistent bleating.

Except, as many find out, it is not always easy to do. While not tuning in to a program at home is an easy enough task for most (except for say, Carlos Maza) what is more difficult is when going out in public being compelled to witness the channel.

More people are giving voice to questions about why they are subjected to the news feed from CNN in airport terminals, for example. As anyone has flown in recent years can attest the news channel is almost inescapable as you walk the Departure and Arrival sectors of most airports. It is a uniform fixture in most of the common areas, and this is by design. CNN has intentionally made itself the go-to news option in airports and many business centers.

To say that the general public is tiring of the constant barrage of Presidential negativity is not just a partisan theory; it is a studied fact. The Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media has analyzed the press coverage after President Trump took office, and it is far more than a biased slant taking place — it is an obsession. While the prior administrations had varying degrees of negative-to-positive coverage around a 3-2 ratio, Trump has received more than three times the amount of media reports and 80% of those have been negative.

The shrieking from the news nets, and especially CNN, has become more of a drone, and more people are growing weary of the chatter.

But CNN has fixed the system so eluding its coverage is not always automatic. In January it was announced that Hartsfield-Jackson Airport had secured a brand new contract with CNN, to be the provider of content on the televisions in the concourse and common areas of the airport for the next 5 years. This is more than an in-kind agreement with the airport in the network’s home city. CNN has similar agreements with nearly 60 other airports.

For this Atlanta contract CNN is paying $225,000 annually, and the network has other arrangements at other locations. (Miami International receives $150,000 annually, for instance, in its CNN contract.) Many corporate business centers and campuses have similar deals, with CNN either paying for exclusive broadcast, or providing the hardware media — the televisions, cabling, speakers, etc. — for the rights.

The feed to airports is tailored to that marketplace. Rather than playing the live cable broadcast what travelers are subjected is a modified version, dubbed CNN Airport Network. The includes more segments on cultural content, weather, and even some sports. Deals may also include the airports being granted advertising slots during the broadcasts. This segregated feed ensures, for one thing, that stories such as negative airline coverage are not shown. (Flyers were spared Don Lemon’s perpetual coverage of the missing Malaysian “Zombie” airplane, for example.)

More than being available, CNN practically demands it be seen in these common areas. With the public growing increasingly divided, and the network shown to be almost one-sided in its coverage, more people desire to change the channel, or at least mute the broadcast. Except they cannot. As part of these contracts the network controls the feed; the channels cannot be altered, and the volume cannot be muted. The network even has sound-adjusting settings so that the volume will rise during louder portions of the day.

This attempt at a traveler monopoly only helps to underscore how poorly the network is performing. With a near blanket saturation of cable television providers (CNN is included in well over 90% of all cable packages) combined with the widespread insistence upon being seen in most airports and business centers, the fact that the network is seeing its ratings evaporate like uncapped moonshine at high noon means the level of failure is that much greater.

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Trump Raises Eye-Popping Amount In First 24 Hours of His Campaign

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President Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign last night, drawing over 10,000 people in an overflow crowd. While certain media outlets are breathlessly pushing historically irrelevant, way too early polling, there’s no question that the enthusiasm of his base is still massive.

For more proof of that, the RNC shared this morning just how much cash Trump raised in the past 24 hours and it’s pretty mind-blowing.

How does this compare to the Democrats?

The next closest 24 hour hauls came courtesy of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, both of whom brought in right around $6M at their campaign kickoffs. $24.8M vs. $6M. That’s quite the difference, especially when he’s competing with an establishment, big donor candidate like Biden.

What’s this mean? It’s going to take time to play out obviously. I think 2016 showed that having the most money is not a good indication of who will win an election anymore. With that said, it can only help. If Trump is going to prevail again, he’ll need an incredible ground game in states like FL, WI, and NC. While TV ads may not make much of a difference anymore, the ability to mobilize voters is still key.

With the polls holding no predictive value right now and only serving as a strategic guide, if Trump keeps pulling in this kind of money, it’s going to give him a lot momentum heading into the heart of the general election. The landscape is going to change dramatically once a binary choice is laid out and the Democrat can no longer run from their positions.

People laughed Trump’s rallies and ability to garner small money donors in 2016, insisting it all meant nothing. It all ended up meaning something. While Democrats appears to be making the same mistakes of the past, wallowing in their own overconfidence, the Trump campaign has clearly got a plan to capitalize on  what support he has.

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Historian Victor Hanson to Tucker Carlson: California Is America’s ‘Third World State.’ Thanks, Left-Wing Policies

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Ever have those “First World problems” people talk about? Well, apparently, the poor souls (like me!) lappin’ up sunshine and smog in the Golden State actually have Gross Encounters of the Third Kind (Poop Map, anyone?) — so said historian Victor Davis Hanson Monday night, to Fox host Tucker Carlson.

Cali is, according to Victor, the nation’s “Third World state.”

Honored.

Victor’s classification, by the way, follows Left Coast Governor Gavin Newsom’s claim that those doggone national Republicans’ll eventually fall “into the waste bin of history, the way Republicans of the ’90s [in California] have gone.”

Tucker asked Victor — a California resident — why he calls the home of some of the richest people on the planet a Third-World sorta joint. The Hoover Institution Senior Fellow noted “symptoms” generally reserved for the crappiest of places: high taxes (income, gas, sales), bad schools (the bottom 10%), a super-rich class, and a ton of people livin’ in poverty (a fifth of its population, actually; and a fifth of the U.S.’s homeless population resides in California).

Hey — why didn’t he mention our pathetic roads?

Here’s Vick:

“We have the most billionaires of any state in the nation, and then we have the largest underclass.”



He laid some of the blame on the overturning of the state’s Proposition 187 — the Save Our State initiative — which was “very popular” with voters. The order banned non-emergency healthcare to those in the country illegally as well as put into place other deterrents to illegal immigration. It was approved by voters in 1994, but three days later, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the measure. Next came a permanent injunction on most of it, and in November of ’97, it was largely ruled unconstitutional.

Over the next two decades, he explained, middle-class people moved outta California in droves.

“That was, unfortunately, part of a perfect storm.”

Next, “a very small but influential and wealthy manorial class” began to populate Silicon Valley.

Hence, a recipe for the perfect turd sandwich: The people who can’t quite make it move away, and all that’s left is the upper crust and lower — hey, wait a minute; my analogy sounds like the middle class are turds. Sorry — let me start that over: Hence, a recipe for disaster — the struggling middle get the heck outta Dodge, the fat and rich stay fat and rich, and outside their gates live the dirt poor.

There. Better.

“We’ve created a very a wealthy class that doesn’t mind high taxes because it has ways it can navigate around that and poor social circumstances. And the people in between are sort of like peasants outside a medieval keep that can’t survive, and so they drift off. And we were left with a, sort of  a romanticized indigent class and the royal elite that doesn’t care about the vanishing middle class at all.”

Well that sounds just great.

Want more description of a utopia? Victor’s got it:

“If we look at Gavin Newsom or Dianne Feinstein or the former Senator Boxer and Nancy Pelosi, or Mark Zuckerberg or the architects of this system, they are all multi-millionaires. In some cases, they are multi-billionaires. And so they have sort of a psychological penance. They feel good about being virtuous in the abstract. Meanwhile, on the ground level, we’re sort of like Constantinople or Justinian in the 6th century A.D.”

Rich and disconnected, indeed. Look no further than Nancy “the wall is an immorality” Pelosi, who has a wall around her property. In January, some peeps breeched the perimeter and demanded they be let in and given peanut butter sandwiches. Did she provide sanctuary? No; when it affected her, she had the po-po called (see here and here).

MAN…just thinking right now about her smacky sound when she talks…I just know she smells like Noxzema; I just know it.

Victor also pointed out the state’s influx of disease such as typhus and 140,000 people livin’ outdoors.

I’d like to write more, but I have to go — it’s my night behind the creaky wooden cart, for “Bring Out Your Dead.”

-ALEX

 

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There’s a Hell On Earth, and the People Enforcing Facebook’s Moderation Rules Live In It

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WARNING: Some of the things you’ll read below are disturbing. It will contain confessions by staff about hellish working conditions, and some of the graphic things they’ve seen while moderating the most trafficked social network on the planet.

The Verge recently released a very disturbing article that gives us an inside look into how the moderation company Facebook uses to make sure its site stays clean. Needless to say, the physical and psychological torment suffered by what is described by its employees as a sweatshop is the realm of nightmares.

The story begins by introducing you to Coast Guard veteran Keith Utley who “loved to help.” After getting out of the military he became a Facebook moderator at a company called Cognizant based out of Tampa Bay, Florida. It was there that he protected Facebook’s users from posts of hate speech, murders, child pornography.

Utley’s manager describes the ever-changing rules at Facebook that leave the 800 or so workers in a constant state of uncertainty. Utley, like the rest of his fellow employees, were constantly scared of being fired due to the fact that the moderation requirements change, and they miss things. The pressure was enormous.

And then one day, Utley slumped over at his desk and began sliding out of his chair. He was dying. Fellow employees tried to save him, and the ambulance that was called couldn’t find the building. By the time they got there, Utley was turning blue. By the time they got him to the hospital, Utley was dead.

As the commotion happened, many workers ignored the problem and kept moderating Facebook. What’s more, the following day, managers attempted to downplay the incident by telling employees that nothing had happened, or didn’t discuss it at all. They did that, according to one employee, because they didn’t want Utley’s death discouraging other workers from doing their jobs.

All that came crashing down when Utley’s father showed up according to Verge:

“Everyone at leadership was telling people he was fine — ‘oh, he’ll be okay,’” one co-worker recalled. “They wanted to play it down. I think they were worried about people quitting with the emotional impact it would have.”

But the illusion shattered later that day, when Utley’s father, Ralph, came to the site to gather his belongings. He walked into the building and, according to a co-worker I spoke to, said: “My son died here.”

This was just the icing on the cake to the kind of conditions Cognizant employees are subjected to, and many of them came forward to The Verge, who interviewed them for a video. The employees described horrible conditions they worked under, but not only that, the nightmarish things they were forced to see.

Workers, like the kind at Cognizant, are a line that stands between some of the most horrific things you can imagine. Animal abuse, child abuse, and more are uploaded to Facebook on a daily basis and we never see it due to the fact that moderators are there making sure we don’t. The trouble, according to some, is that they were never warned what they would be seeing. Many went in with the idea that they’d never see things they did.

As Shawn Spiegel told The Verge, it was “traumatic.”

I’ll warn you again. Some of the things in the video being discussed are absolutely awful, and those who are easily troubled shouldn’t watch it.

I won’t go into detail for those who wish to avoid them, but I can summarize here.

Former moderators tell stories of animal and child abuses that they were forced to watch. Speigal says, after composing himself from breaking down in tears, that he remembers the animal abuse videos most of all. At one point Speigel is asked about the first video he remembers seeing.

After describing the video, he was told that the video didn’t violate Facebook’s policies, at least at the time of his employment. It was allowed to remain up on the site. Sadly, the video kept reappearing in Spiegel’s inbox. He was forced to see and hear it over and over again.

“I just think about that,” Spiegel told The Verge while holding himself together. “And we’re not helping the animals either. Not even humans. We’re not even helping humans.”

Spiegel describes things he’s horrific and violent things people do to children while wiping away a tear.

“And it stays. It’s always there, and you always have to look at it,” said Spiegel. “You always see death every single day. You see pain and suffering. ”

The moderators who come forward tell that they see some of the cruelest things imaginable and that it stays with you throughout the day. Moods soured, diets became erratic, and nightmares became prevalent. Spiegel was later diagnosed with PTSD by a doctor and given medication just so he could sleep.

One veteran who said he was used to seeing violence against people went home and cried while holding his dog in his arms after he had been forced to watch a video of puppies being abused.

To add to the psychological horror being forced on Cognizant employees, the working conditions were also nightmarish. Reported cases of untreated bed bugs existing in the building on multiple occasions, unsanitary restrooms, and physical fights breaking out were common.

One worker, Melynda Johnson, described the state of the sole bathroom employees used according to Verge:

Johnson was particularly disturbed by the site’s sole bathroom, which she regularly found in a state of disrepair. (The company says it has janitors available every shift in Tampa.) In the stalls, signs posted in response to employee misbehavior proliferated. Do not use your feet to flush the toilet. Do not flush more than five toilet seat covers at one time. Do not put any substances, natural or unnatural, on the walls.

“And obviously the signs are there for a reason, because people are doing this,” said Johnson, who worked at the site until March. “Every bit of that building was absolutely disgusting. You’d go in the bathroom and there would be period blood and poop all over the place. It smelled horrendous all the time.”

There were five shifts, all constantly rotating. Some workers would come back to find their workstation beyond unsanitary. It was only cleaned if Facebook representatives were coming to visit:

The work day in Tampa is divided into five shifts, and desks are shared between employees. Contractors I spoke with said they would frequently come to work and find their workstation for the day in dire condition — encountering boogers, fingernails, and pubic hairs, among other items. The desks would be cleaned whenever Facebook made one of its regular planned visits to the site. At other times, employees told me, the office was filthy.

KC Hopkinson, an attorney who represents former and current Cognizant employees, told The Verge that some employees make open death threats to those in the building.

“Every time I get an email or a phone call from my clients, I worry that there’s been a shooting — and I know that’s their worry as well,” she said. “They go in there every morning asking, ‘what am I going to see today? And am I going to make it home tonight?’”

“I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to work there,” Hopkinson said. “It’s a terrible, terrible environment.”

This is just a taste of the hellish conditions that Cognizant employees go through while moderating the most popular social media site in the world. The Verge article goes on and on detaling things that would be considered human rights violations in a just world. It’s the kind of nightmare you only see in horror movies.

 

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Transgender Poet Wins Big With a Rearrangement of Spelling – ‘an Electrifying Transliteration of English.’ Plus: Hilarious Posers

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Two years ago, Jos Charles published a book of poetry titled feeld.

Here are a couple excerpts:

  • a tran lik all metall is a series of sirface in folde / wee call manie of thees foldes identitie

  • gendre is not the tran organe / gendre is yes a hemorage

The spelling deviation — as well as the work’s other components, of course — won Jos praise from the Pulitzer Prize committee: It nominated the collection for its prize in the poetry category.

Here’s what the committee had to say:

“i care so much abot the whord i cant reed.” In feeld, Charles stakes her claim on the language available to speak about trans experience, reckoning with the narratives that have come before by reclaiming the language of the past. In Charles’s electrifying transliteration of English—Chaucerian in affect, but revolutionary in effect—what is old is made new again. “gendre is not the tran organe / gendre is yes a hemorage.” “did u kno not a monthe goes bye / a tran i kno doesnt dye.” The world of feeld is our own, but off-kilter, distinctly queer—making visible what was formerly and forcefully hidden: trauma, liberation, strength, and joy.

As pointed out by The Daily Wire, Poet Fady Jouda loved the book. Fady said Jos “rearranges the alphabet to survive its ferocity against their body.”

Here’s Fady:

feeld is a rare find that will be felt and studied for a long while. To reimagine a language of one’s age is perhaps poetry’s essential task … As Chaucerian English into the digital twenty-first century, feeld is in elite company, and is arguably unheralded in its lyric inventiveness. It’s an archeology of the present (‘wee wer so nashional’) and an anagram of the genetic code that is the body (‘lorde i am 1 / lorde i am 2 / lorde i am infinate’).

If one were to rewrite feeld into standard English, the poems, with their protean registers, would still captivate us. This book masters the interchangeable … Jos Charles rearranges the alphabet to survive its ferocity against their body. Where language is weaponized, feeld is a whistleblower, a reclamation of art’s domain. The solidarity engendered here reaches beyond the specific injustice to its speakers. As feeld illuminates the field on which we incorporate our physical being, it forges an ambitious liberation.

In its review of feeld, PBS announced, “To describe the trans experience, this poet created a new dialect.”

The New Yorker chose feeld as one of the best poetry books of 2018.

And this is how Queery characterized it:

Why we’re proud: Charles combines a deep understanding of poetic traditions with her own personal experience to create works that address gender and identity issues in a unique and moving way. Her second volume of poetry, feeld, creates a language resembling middle English to challenge our limited vocabulary to describe the trans experience.

Jos explained to The American Poetry Review:

I believe in hope. Not as in ‘I hope things get better,’ but in a very basic sense: if things indeed occurred as they occurred, then there was a moment before it, when possibilities existed, latent, before the worst, the unspeakable. That things could be other than they are. By looking at that moment, we can not only see the possible undoing, the seams, but direct ourselves towards the directions before us now.

As a fan of writing, I offer a big congratulations to Jos for such great success. I imagine it’s difficult to get recognized in the world of poetry.

Putting Jos’s work wholly aside, as for the mere misspelling of words, here are a few Facebook poets I’d like to share with you, courtesy of BuzzFeed:

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[Screenshot from Buzzfeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/most-disastrous-facebook-spelling-mistakes-ever]

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[Screenshot from Buzzfeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/most-disastrous-facebook-spelling-mistakes-ever]

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[Screenshot from Buzzfeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/most-disastrous-facebook-spelling-mistakes-ever]

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[Screenshot from Buzzfeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/most-disastrous-facebook-spelling-mistakes-ever]

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[Screenshot from Buzzfeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/most-disastrous-facebook-spelling-mistakes-ever]

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[Screenshot from Buzzfeed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/most-disastrous-facebook-spelling-mistakes-ever]

Maybe they were aiming for artistic heights. But I don’t think they did it right.

You wanna really scramble the alphabet? Vowels are Bush League. 

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-ALEX

 

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