What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 23


Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 22


Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 21


Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

Beatles Remix Tee: Elizabeth & Hillary & Ruth & Michelle!

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Kyle from Bumperactive writes, "The Texas Democratic Party has released an amazing new t-shirt celebrating four of the strong women at the forefront of the national party: Elizabeth & Hillary & Ruth & Michelle!" The iconic portrait series is, of course, a remix of photographer Richard Avedon's classic psychedelic portraits of The Beatles. Whether or not you find it mind-bending that one of America's two major parties embraces powerful female voices in leadership roles across all branches of government, this tee is a trip to the future! Read the rest

Canadians: you have until Oct 7 to weigh in on using voting machines in national elections


"Canadians have until October 7, 2016 to provide their feedback to the Parliamentary Special Committee on Electoral Reform, which is studying the possibility of national online voting, along with having consultations about using electronic voting machines in national elections." Read the rest

Broadcasters should time-delay presidential debates, allowing them to mute any outright lies


Dan Gillmor writes: "Time for journalists to declare a boycott on bullshit. Start with muting the sound when Trump lies during the debate." Read the rest

Julian Assange volunteers to be imprisoned in the USA if Obama gives Chelsea Manning clemency


Wikileaks has tweeted an offer for founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been a political asylum seeker since 2012, and turn himself in for a US jail sentence, if President Obama grants clemency Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence for providing documents to Wikileaks while serving in the US Army. Read the rest

Republican election officials block restrictions on foreign spending in US elections


Once I got my green card this year, I was allowed to make the same campaign contributions as any US citizen: $2700 per candidate. But thanks to the three Republican members of the Federal Election Commission, who refused to even allow an agenda item to begin discussions to commence planning for limits on wholly-foreign-owned corporations making unlimited donations to super PACs, offshore oligarchs living abroad can go on spending tens of millions to influence the outcome of US elections. Read the rest

Leaked: damning Scott Walker dark money docs that judge ordered destroyed


Again and again, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker flouted election laws to raise millions from some of the richest executives and biggest corporations in America, illegally laundering the money through the nominally independent, nonprofit Wisconsin Club for Growth -- and now we have all the details, thanks to an enormous leak of documents that a Wisconsin judge ordered destroyed. Read the rest

Newsweek: Trump's financial conflicts of interest 'A National Security Nightmare'


“If he wins, his many overseas deals would create a national security nightmare.” That's the tease for the cover story in this week's edition of Newsweek, which contains a bombshell Kurt Eichenwald report detailing presidential candidate Donald Trump's financial conflicts of interest.

“HOW THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION'S FOREIGN BUSINESS TIES COULD UPEND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY” is a must-read. Eichenwald is also digging into other sensitive information regarding Trump's medical history.

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Donald Trump used $20K worth of charitable donations to buy a 6' tall painting of Donald Trump


The Donald J Trump Foundation raised a lot of other peoples' money and spent it on things that benefited Trump, while allowing the Republican presidential candidate to falsely claim to have made enormous, public spirited donations. Read the rest

Using card tricks to find the truth about Trump

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Magicpeacelove writes, "Magician Ben Seidman wields his cards with elan to nail down the facts about why Trump would be such a great leader." Read the rest

Pro-democracy reformers win big in Hong Kong's elections


19 of the 35 seats up for grabs in Hong Kong's legislative election went to pro-democracy candidates who have vowed to continue the fight for autonomy from Beijing and its program of censorship, surveillance, and autocratic authoritarianism. Read the rest

The guy who started Serbia's ethnic cleansing led a pro-Trump rally in Belgrade


Vojislav Seselj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party and loud-mouthed bigot whose racist invective kicked off Serbia's horrific ethnic cleansing campaign, led a pro-Trump rally in Belgrade to protest the state visit of Democratic VP Joe Biden. Read the rest

Cards Against Humanity launches a PAC to "drive Trump nuts"

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There are two new CAH decks being marketed by the organization's new PAC: one bearing Trump's likeness, the other with Hillary's. At the end of the sales period, Cards Against Humanity PAC will add up the total sales of each of the America Votes With Cards decks and "depending on the sales" give all the proceeds to the Hillary campaign. Read the rest

If the 2016 election is hacked, it's because no one listened to these people

Ever since the Supreme Court ordered the nation's voting authorities to get their act together in 2002 in the wake of Bush v Gore, tech companies have been flogging touchscreen voting machines to willing buyers across the country, while a cadre computer scientists trained in Ed Felten's labs at Princeton have shown again and again and again and again that these machines are absolutely unfit for purpose, are trivial to hack, and endanger the US election system. Read the rest

Trump is an object lesson in the problems of machine learning

Trump's algorithm is to say semi-random things until his crowd roars its approval, then he iteratively modifies those statements, seeking more and more approval, until he maxes out and tries a new tack. Read the rest

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