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How the US used science to wage psychological war
  • Then things got weirder. Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, worked with US intelligence to combine his uncle’s work with public relations. Ultimately, he used his marketing acumen to help the CIA foment a coup in Guatemala in the 1950s. His work is partly why so many propaganda campaigns resemble ads – both use psychology in an attempt to change audiences’ behaviour.

    As the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed in 2018, US political operatives continue to use this toolkit. Instead of sending anthropologists into war zones, they build “psychographic profiles” of people by harvesting their data from social media sites, then targeting them with ads.

  • How the US used science to wage psychological war
  • Then things got weirder. Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, worked with US intelligence to combine his uncle’s work with public relations. Ultimately, he used his marketing acumen to help the CIA foment a coup in Guatemala in the 1950s. His work is partly why so many propaganda campaigns resemble ads – both use psychology in an attempt to change audiences’ behaviour.

    As the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed in 2018, US political operatives continue to use this toolkit. Instead of sending anthropologists into war zones, they build “psychographic profiles” of people by harvesting their data from social media sites, then targeting them with ads.

  • www.newscientist.com How the US used science to wage psychological war

    The US has been honing its psychological warfare skills since the 19th century, when it started sending anthropologists onto battlefields, says Annalee Newitz

    How the US used science to wage psychological war

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15789794

    >Then things got weirder. Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, worked with US intelligence to combine his uncle’s work with public relations. Ultimately, he used his marketing acumen to help the CIA foment a coup in Guatemala in the 1950s. His work is partly why so many propaganda campaigns resemble ads – both use psychology in an attempt to change audiences’ behaviour. > >As the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed in 2018, US political operatives continue to use this toolkit. Instead of sending anthropologists into war zones, they build “psychographic profiles” of people by harvesting their data from social media sites, then targeting them with ads.

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    A Polling Risk for Trump
  • Importantly, these low-turnout voters are often from Democratic constituencies. Many back Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. But in our polling, Biden wins just three-quarters of Democratic-leaning voters who didn’t vote in the last cycle, even as almost all high-turnout Democratic-leaners continue to support him.

    This trend illustrates the disconnect between Trump’s lead in the polls and Democratic victories in lower-turnout special elections. And it helps explain Trump’s gains among young and nonwhite voters, who tend to be among the least engaged.

  • www.nytimes.com A Polling Risk for Trump

    His advantage may not be as stable as it looks.

    A Polling Risk for Trump

    >The polls have shown Donald Trump with an edge for eight straight months, but there’s a sign his advantage might not be quite as stable as it looks: His lead is built on gains among voters who aren’t paying close attention to politics, who don’t follow traditional news and who don’t regularly vote. > >Disengaged voters on the periphery of the electorate are driving the polling results — and the story line — about the election.

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    Where does Google get the Satellite Pictures for GoogleEarth maps

    Just curious how they get the satellite pictures. Do they have their own? Is there an open-source option or public availability of satellite pictures somewhere?

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    Charles Barkley rips WNBA vets, women in Caitlin Clark rant: ‘Y’all petty, man’
  • I think that headline is deliberately misleading.

    The former NBA great and TNT analyst went on a rant Wednesday, defending the Indiana Fever star. In the process was agreeing with LeBron James.

    “You women out there: Y’all petty, man,” Barkley said prior to the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves. “LeBron, man, you’re 100 percent right on all these girls hating on Caitlin Clark. Y’all petty, girls. I expect men to be petty because we’re the most insecure group in the world.

    “Y’all should be thanking that girl for getting y’all ass private charters and all the money and visibility she bringing to the WNBA. Don’t be petty like dudes. Listen, what she’s accomplished, give her her flowers. Stop being petty, all you women out there.

    “She got all your ass these charters. She’s bringing all this money to the table, but you all being petty like dudes. LeBron, you 100 percent right. Yo, girls, stop being petty.

    “Caitlin Clark, thank you for bringing all that money and shine to the WNBA.”

  • 'Sad Day for Free Speech': Media Matters Layoffs Follow 'Thermonuclear' Attack by Elon Musk
    www.commondreams.org 'Sad Day for Free Speech': Media Matters Layoffs Follow 'Thermonuclear' Attack by Elon Musk | Common Dreams

    "This is how free speech is actually chilled—vengeful dipshit billionaires," said one media executive, after more than a dozen staffers let go from nonprofit watchdog whose mission is to combat right-wing disinformation and propaganda.

    'Sad Day for Free Speech': Media Matters Layoffs Follow 'Thermonuclear' Attack by Elon Musk | Common Dreams

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15767168

    > 'Sad Day for Free Speech': Media Matters Layoffs Follow 'Thermonuclear' Attack by Elon Musk > > "This is how free speech is actually chilled—vengeful dipshit billionaires," said one media executive, after more than a dozen staffers let go from nonprofit watchdog whose mission is to combat right-wing disinformation and propaganda.

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  • Am agreeing with comment poster. Is better to not vote than have one’s vote tossed in the waste. With a great leader such as Putin, not voting is a glorious right that we all, as regular Americans who work in the high tech are well aware of. Do not cancel culture me as I am of course a leftist like yourselves, in the glorious struggle to silence the imperial capitalist pigdogs.

  • Fani Willis Files Appeal Against Judge’s Dismissal of Six Counts In Trump Election Interference Case
    atlantadailyworld.com Fani Willis Files Appeal Against Judge's Dismissal of Six Counts In Trump Election Interference Case | Atlanta Daily World

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has filed an appeal after six counts were dismissed in the election interference case involving Donald Trump and his co-defendants.  In March, Judge Scott McAfee dismissed the six counts stating that they lacked details to move forward. “They do not give t...

    Fani Willis Files Appeal Against Judge's Dismissal of Six Counts In Trump Election Interference Case | Atlanta Daily World

    cross-posted from: https://yall.theatl.social/post/2746909

    > Fani Willis Files Appeal Against Judge’s Dismissal of Six Counts In Trump Election Interference Case > > From the Atlanta Daily World: > > ! > Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has filed an appeal after six counts were dismissed in the election interference case involving Donald Trump and his co-defendants.  In March, Judge Scott McAfee dismissed the six counts stating that they lacked details to move forward. “They do not give the defendants enough information to prepare their defenses … Continued > > The post Fani Willis Files Appeal Against Judge’s Dismissal of Six Counts In Trump Election Interference Case appeared first on Atlanta Daily World. > >

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    A guy walks into a bar with an owl...

    cross-posted from: https://lemmus.org/post/5300773

    > A guy walks into a bar with an owl... > > Super-Fun-Pak Comix by Ruben Bolling for May 23, 2024.

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    Trump says he is open to restrictions on contraception. His campaign says he misspoke
    www.wabe.org Trump says he is open to restrictions on contraception. His campaign says he misspoke - WABE

    Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was open to supporting regulations on contraception and that his campaign would release a policy on the issue “very shortly.” The comments, […]

    Trump says he is open to restrictions on contraception. His campaign says he misspoke - WABE

    cross-posted from: https://yall.theatl.social/post/2717798

    > Trump says he is open to restrictions on contraception. His campaign says he misspoke > > From WABE Politics News: > > Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was open to supporting regulations on contraception and that his campaign would release a policy on the issue “very shortly.” The comments, […]

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    Tesla’s chair on Elon Musk: ‘I might wake up to a tweet. I don’t wake up to a strategy shift’

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    >Her reputation is on the line. The Delaware ruling blasted Denholm for a “lackadaisical approach” to governance and suggested her objectivity had been compromised by “life-changing” sums of money. She made $280mn selling Tesla shares in 2021 and 2022 alone, dwarfing the earnings of peers at the likes of Apple and Google. > > . . . “To me, the role of the chair is really to make sure the board has a good relationship with the CEO and the executive team,” she said. “We’re there on behalf of shareholders to make sure that management is doing their job, and their job is primarily to grow shareholder value over time.” > >Musk has attracted controversy over his drug use, openly admitting to medicinal use of ketamine and smoking marijuana during a live interview. But Denholm said reports in the Wall Street Journal that Musk had also taken LSD, cocaine, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms at parties, and that Tesla board members were privately concerned, were “absolute BS . . . I have been around this company for 10 years and I have never seen any evidence”.

    I don’t know who she thinks she’s fooling.

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    Georgia Republicans choose Amy Kremer, organizer of pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally, for seat on the RNC
    www.wabe.org Georgia Republicans choose Amy Kremer, organizer of pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally, for seat on the RNC - WABE

    Georgia Republicans on Saturday elected to the Republican National Committee a conservative activist who helped organize the Jan. 6, 2021, pro-Trump rally that led to a mob storming the U.S. […]

    Georgia Republicans choose Amy Kremer, organizer of pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally, for seat on the RNC - WABE

    cross-posted from: https://yall.theatl.social/post/2694340

    >Kremer, who got her political start in the Tea Party movement, wasn’t part of the mob that stormed the Capitol as Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election win. But it was her group that secured the permit for the “Save America” rally where Trump told the crowd to “ fight like hell.” She spoke at the event and was among the most active fundraisers in the “Stop the Steal” movement advancing the lie that Biden’s victory was stolen. > >Leaders of the party had recommended against electing Kremer, noting among other issues that she and an affiliated group have unpaid Federal Election Commission fines.

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    www.msnbc.com Why Speaker Mike Johnson’s trip to Trump’s trial in N.Y. mattered

    His appearance at Donald Trump’s criminal trial was tough to defend, but his vow to “rein in” prosecutors made the problem worse.

    Why Speaker Mike Johnson’s trip to Trump’s trial in N.Y. mattered

    >> It was a remarkable moment in modern American politics: The House speaker amplifying Trump’s defense and turning the Republican Party against the federal and state legal systems that are foundational to the U.S. government and a cornerstone of democracy. Johnson, who is second in line for the presidency, called the court system “corrupt.” > >The display was, by any fair measure, obscene. The sitting speaker of the House — Congress’ top official and a man two heartbeats from the presidency — decided that it would be fully appropriate to show up at a criminal trial and allow himself to be used as a mouthpiece for a suspected felon. > >Johnson could’ve stuck to a relatively anodyne script, telling reporters that he expects his party’s presumptive 2024 nominee to ultimately be exonerated, but the GOP leader went far further, lashing out at the judge in the case, prosecutors, witnesses and even the system itself.

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