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OH YEAH THAT TRUMP-RUSSIA THING. It’s been kind of a sleepy week when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller boning all the members of the Trump administration for doing Russian sexxx crimes to steal an American election. It’s been reported that his interviews with them may be starting this week, and since it’s Friday, that means maybe they are happening right now.

Twitter sure pissed off the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, though. We’ve been learning more and more about what roles all our favorite social media sites — Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, Sea Captain Date and Pinterest — played in the Great Russian Lube-Free Election Fucking Of 2016, wittingly or unwittingly, passively or FUCKING ACTIVELY TAKING RUBLES FOR ADS, and yesterday, it was Twitter’s turn to go before the committee with its dick in its hand and say it’s possible that maybe possibly real Russians used fake accounts on Twitter (and still do, constantly, all the goddamn time) to sway public opinion in America, much of it with literally fake news.

Let’s skip to the end, because this is what Democratic Senator Mark Warner, vice chair of the committee, said about Twitter’s 280 characters of bullshit testimony:

Warner said Twitter’s presentation to a closed-door meeting of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers Thursday morning was “deeply disappointing” and “inadequate on almost every level.” […]

The company “showed an enormous lack of understanding . . . about how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions,” a visibly frustrated Warner said.

Warner added that Twitter refused to go down, immediately fell asleep afterward, and that he had to finish himself off with a scowl on his face.

Twitter did say it had found 201 fake Russian accounts — 201! — and shut them down, which must have taken at least as long as it’ll take us to finish this sammich we made for lunch. Also, “it also found three accounts from the news site RT — which Twitter linked to the Kremlin — that spent $274,100 in ads on its platform in 2016.” So that’s something, we guess.

Regarding the 201 fake Russian accounts — presumably not including all the Russian accounts that forgot to turn off their geo-tagging this week as they tried to inflame further the fight between Donald Trump and the NFL — Twitter says it just looked at the 470 fake Russian accounts Facebook found (just 470! No more, no less) and checked to see if they were on Twitter too. They found 22 of them! And then they found 179 more! And then the commercial break was over and Twitter went back to watching Megyn Kelly’s awesome new talk show.

Heckuva job, Twitter. Next time, do your homework? Oh, but Twitter might not want to do that, because then it would have to find out how many of its gabillions of users are actually just bots, and then it would have to delete all those, and then Donald Trump’s Twitter following would drop like a hot rock, and that doesn’t sound like ANY fun.

The New York Times notes that Twitter seems to be ignoring the fact that outside people have already analyzed Twitter for Russian interference, and found much more than the company is copping to right now:

The cybersecurity company FireEye found hundreds of automated accounts linked to Russian hacking groups, which sent out messages critical of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats last year.

Nor did Twitter address a web “dashboard” set up last month by researchers to track and compile statistics on 600 Twitter accounts that the researchers believe to be linked to the Russian government or to have a longstanding pattern of repeating its propaganda. The company’s statement said nothing about still-functioning Twitter accounts of DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, which American intelligence officials identified last year as created by Russian agents to distribute emails and documents obtained by hacking.

Ready for some more shit-talk from Mark Warner? NYT got some for ya:

Mr. Warner said he was “more than a bit surprised in light of all of the public interest in this subject over the last few weeks that anyone from the Twitter team would think that the presentation they made to Senate staff today even began to answer the kinds of questions that we’d asked.”

Warner added that Twitter didn’t even wear pants to the hearing, like Jesus, Twitter, you cannot just show up in your mom’s granny panties when you testify before the Senate.

There was also news this week that, in a shock that gave us such a heart attack we couldn’t bring ourselves to mention it until just now, Facebook ran Russian-linked ads supporting Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and that asshole Jill Stein, and against Hillary Clinton. Insane, right? It’s like there might be something to this crazy idea that Russia specifically was trying to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president. Even Mark Zuckerberg is now saying he was being a real dumb shit when he said it was “crazy” to think Russia might have used his dorm room Geocities internet project to bone the election. (Mark Zuckerberg is also saying other things that will make you hate him more. Click at your own risk.)

So! What have we learned today, class? We have learned that Twitter is full of Russian bots and Facebook is full of shit and … oh fuck it we have learned nothing.

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  • Shibusa
  • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist
    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      He’ll trigger us like Ben Garrison triggers us.

    • gallbladder

      So, Hitler in a cape then?

    • Shibusa

      https://i.redd.it/azpfe8z564iz.jpg
      Beale’s real life Alt⭐️Heroes.

      • Parakeetist

        Haaaaaaa

      • SDGeoff3

        This is truly sick. The cardboard and fiberglass shields put it over the top.

        • HellhathnofuryDemme

          The flag abuse and badly painted skull did it for me!
          (I hope their moms cut the crusts off their sandwiches.)

          • SDGeoff3

            If she didn’t, I’m sure she’ll hear about it.

      • Nockular cavity

        Looooooooooooooooooosers.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Worst cosplay ever.

    • Ricky Gay

      He had me at sad humiliation!

      • Parakeetist

        Or as I call it, Thursday.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Is there another kind of humiliation?

        • NastyBossetti

          Hilarious humiliation, like when I was on the beach a couple weeks ago and sat in a chair which immediately broke?

        • Ricky Gay

          I sure hope not!

    • ManchuCandidate

      Meet Big Penis White Warrior Philosopher King Killer Lover!

      Or basically Iron Man wearing a swastika.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Batman with a massive bat-schlong?

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      The series promises “storylines, not social justice” and revolves around a collection of superhuman heroes that defy a United Nations “Superhuman Protection Council” and act as vigilante crime fighters who apparently use their rogue status to target undocumented immigrants and left-wing protesters.

      They fight for the privileged, those who can speak for themselves, who don’t kneel at football, and of course, white men!

      • h4rr4r

        Comics already have villians, how is this new?

        • MynameisBlarney

          They call them Alt-villains now?

      • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist

        At last, justice for the uptrodden!

      • YoBunnyBunny

        So the wanna go back to lynch mobs? Got it.

    • MynameisBlarney

      I’m SURE that won’t suck big hairy bawlz at all.

    • Notreelyhelping

      Well. That’s just fucking stupid.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Well…
        Consider the source.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      That project has Great Art written all over it.

      • jodyleek

        You spelled Fart wrong.

    • SDGeoff3

      I am so very triggered. Is that all they got? And Batman wearing the EU flag? Oh come on now.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      So basically Marvel’s Civil War if the Punisher led the Anti-Registration side instead of Captain America?
      Yeah, that’s something to aspire to.

    • Jay Hansen

      An alt-comic by an alt-bastard?

    • Edith Prickly

      The only things that will trigger is un

    • Serai 1
    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      I’m triggering in my boots as we speak.

  • You see commie libs, this is what happens when you force Facebork to allow people to not use their real names on there…

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    I miss the Russians that used to come around here pretending to be conservatives. Especially the one with the Ukrainian flag avatar.

    Good times.

  • ManchuCandidate

    The world ends not with a bang but a tweet of 140 characters.

  • Asterix

    Obviously the Honorable Mr Warner doesn’t pay much attention to any of the social media sites, otherwise he would have known what was going on MONTHS AGO!

    moron… seriously, he’s a moron.

  • Mr. Blobfish
    • Lance Thrustwell

      I doan get it.

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        You don’t have sex with enough sea captains.

        • therblig

          is bunging up the portholes mandatory or optional?

          • anon_the_great

            Consenting adults negotiate freely

          • therblig

            be laying and belaying?

    • anon_the_great

      Fuck the Breeders slits, where’s all the Homos?

      • Lance Thrustwell

        “Slits”? {wrinkles nose}. A tad vulgar, sir.

        • anon_the_great

          Duh

      • anon_the_great

        I found him

        PhilCollinsFan
        61 | M | Curious | Married
        Port Arthur, Texas
        offlineAge is not important but you should be a size 11 shoe, size 8/10 dress and really like homosexual men. My style of the week is sea captain goth. I like to make money and spend it on travel, fine dining, luggage, clothes I wear in. I am a high maintenance sea captain who likes day spas and I want to dress you up and take you places. You must be crazy, sexy, funny, loud, SKINNY.

        • SDGeoff3

          He seems nice.

          • anon_the_great

            Not nice but at least interesting

        • HellhathnofuryDemme

          Phil Collins?!
          Take a hard pass, my friend!

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        Let’s get away from the breeders, let’s get away from hos
        Let’s make a break for some sausage, Dear, I know the place to go
        How’d ya like to spend Christmas on Homo Island?
        How’d ya like to spend the holiday away across the sea?
        How’d ya like to spend Christmas on Homo Island?
        How’d ya like to hang it out under a great big coconut tree?
        How’d ya like to stay up late, like the homos do?
        Wait for sea captain to sail in with some presents in a canoe.
        If you ever spend Christmas on Homo Island
        You will never stray for everyday
        Your Sea Captain dreams come true.

        • anon_the_great

          Ogden Nash is green with envy.
          And slime.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        [..handsomely waving…]

      • Mr. Blobfish
    • HellhathnofuryDemme

      “Bitches?!”
      You wonderful hunk of man!
      I can’t understand why they aren’t breaking down your cabin doors?!

      • anon_the_great

        He’s canineophilic or some shit

      • Nockular cavity

        Shouldn’t he be looking for…gulls?

    • Shibusa

      Whatever floats your boat.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      “Arr, gluing Brillo pads to me chin makes me a Grrreat Sea Captain!”

      • Mr. Blobfish

        About 90% of the captains over there have white beards. It literally blows my mind.

  • anon_the_great

    Sea Captain Date is the most FUCKING AWESOME thing evah!

    • Nockular cavity

      I feel happier just knowing of its existence.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      “Where Women and Semen never mix! Wait…”

    • Anna Elizabeth
      • MynameisBlarney

        What’s an an chill girl?

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Chill Girls like Sexxytimes and Anal.

          • NastyBossetti

            Also, to be an chill girl, you must have no expectations for how other people should treat you. “No drama!” He doesn’t want to be made aware that you have the thoughts, opinions, or – god forbid – feelings of a human being.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            That too. Hit it and Quit it.

    • NastyBossetti

      I’m afraid to look because I have a couple of friends married to sea captains. They seem ok, but apparently there is a nagging worry in the back of my mind that I might find them on seacaptaindate.com.

    • arglebargle

      Spoiler alert. They’re all surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.

  • Darlene Underdahl

    Putin and his associates didn’t anticipate the enormous appetite Americans have for sleuthing (the smart ones anyway).

    • Scooby doo was never aired in Russia…

      • MynameisBlarney

        Those lucky bastards!

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Beautifully stated. From Betty Cracker over at Balloon Juice:

    Sweet Jesus, do I hate Donald J. Trump. I hate that absurd shelf of cotton candy hair that juts out over his forehead. I hate how his piggy little eyes are encircled by pale ovals from his tanning-bed goggles. I hate his big, fat, lying, smirking, leering, bellowing mouth.
    I hate his ill-fitting suits and goofy-ass, too-long ties. I despise his dainty little hands. And were I ever so unfortunate as to see them, I’m confident I’d hate his feet too, which are almost certainly short and puffy.
    As physically repulsive as Trump is, that’s nothing compared to the hideousness that resides in his bloated noggin. He’s a lying, unprincipled, greedy, cruel, incompetent, self-aggrandizing bully.

    I can’t remember a time in my life when I was blissfully unaware of his existence — he’s been lurking in the fringes for decades, an obnoxious, contemptible blowhard who added nothing but vulgarity to our national dialogue and underscored our very worst qualities as a people.
    And then the Republican Party, Vladimir Putin and tens of millions of assholes banded together to make the King of Assholes representative of the American people. Months later, I still can’t get my mind around it — that malignant clown rocketed by stupidity, greed and malice into an office once held by Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Obama.
    So yeah, I hate Donald Motherfucking Trump. But what I hate even more is how he ruins everything. He’s inescapable!
    Want to keep up with current events? It’s the Donald Trump Show. Want to enjoy the holidays with your family? Nope — Donald Trump! See what your auntie in Alabama is up to? Trump! Weather Channel? Trump. Want to escape the constant shit-show fail-parade by watching sports? Nope! Trump!
    He’s a noxious orange fart cloud that blots out the fucking sun and rains stupid and evil all day long.
    But worst of all, he spreads evil. I know I’m a worse person because of constant exposure to Trump — more driven by spite, more animated by schadenfreude, more angry, cynical and bitter. Will it get better once he is finally driven from office? I honestly don’t know.
    Anyhoo, I feel better now that I got that off my chest. Over to you…

    https://www.balloon-juice.com/author/betty-cracker/

    • HellhathnofuryDemme

      Perfectly sums it all up.
      Thanks.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      That there be a quality rant. And easy to relate to.

      • Nockular cavity

        Betty does the best rants.

    • SDGeoff3

      Set this to music.

      • GeraldineJStephens

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    • Creepoman

      Enough with the pleasantries, tell us how you really feel!

      • Sakonyachen

        I thought the same. But I’m not sure even the Scots could even put enough unpleasant remarks into a rant to explain their disdain for Trump.

    • NastyBossetti

      That was cathartic.

    • Serai 1

      Didn’t Rachel say she wasn’t going to talk about Trump anymore? Is she still sticking to that? Haven’t watched her show in a while.

    • Bebecca

      We’re really going to hate him this holiday season when he makes ALL of us say Merry Christmas. I guess it will be by executive order on penalty of death.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      Bloom County was tearing Trump apart back in the 80s. It was beautiful.

      • arglebargle

        2020 – The Beak and Saliva ticket.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Noxious Orange Fart Cloud is totes my new Nickelback tribute band name.

      • Noxious Resistance

        Noxious libelz!

    • Sakonyachen

      You know it’s strange. On one side I’m a pacifist. I prefer to live and let live, and that side is perturbed by the existence of fools like Trump who try to turn everyone against each other to keep them from challenging his misdeeds. On the other side, I’m a Taoist. Trump is but a bug that needs to be squashed, not because he is inherently evil, but because he is impeding what must be. The squashing is neither good or bad, it just is. I will take no pleasure in the sight of the green goo that spills from his thorax, nor will I shed tears. I will simply move on to the next necessary task.

    • Clark_Nova

      The pale ovals aren’t from goggles. They’re leftover Prep H used to reduce his drooping eye-sacs. It’s a Hollywood thing, but he forgets to wipe it off.

  • Baconzgood

    HOLD ON A MINUTE

    Is someone issuing Baconzgood’s patented* “COCK PUNCH” without paying me royalties? I got to get litigious on this.

    *patten pending

  • msanthropesmr

    I am fine American Patriot. Comment on site and give money. Bernie, Jill and Trump all good Noble people.

    • SisterArtemis

      Seems legit…

    • RocketManCaptainHowdy

      I make a promotion of the American Democracy.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    We’ve been learning more and more about what roles all our favorite social media sites — Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, Sea Captain Date and Pinterest — played

    I’m holding out until I hear from Instagram, or maybe Grindr…

    • weighmaster

      I’ve been learning about islands and oceans.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Wondering if I should be concerned about my friends on Scruff.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Stop dicking around.

    (Just keeping with theme)

  • lucidamente
    • Lance Thrustwell

      “Is there an ‘un-tweet’ button you can push 7.3 billion times.”

      That is some seriously funny shit. God bless B. Breathed.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    nb – nothing Zuckerberg could do or say at this point could make me hate him even more, thank-you-vedy-much.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Twitter is full of Russian bots and Facebook is full of shit

    And yet I depend on both of them for working with my political groups. Fuck.

  • Oneofthebobs

    Twittier than ever.

  • NastyBossetti

    I can’t tell if seacaptaindate.com is for real.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    OT but kind of related:

    We just got another one of our regularly scheduled “Please disregard fake IT Emails” from the officials here at work (large, private research university)

    “Your E-mail account will be shut down due to several negligence of emails regarding mailbox upgrade. To avoid this please click here and verify your email account.
    Warm Regards,
    Help-desk Administrator

    Motherfucking Russians…

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Well, y’never know. Could be Chechnyans.

    • Meccalopolis

      Negligence of Emails is proud to announce their new album, Hacking the Night Fandango

      • SisterArtemis

        I keep reading that as “Negligee of Emails”

    • Serai 1

      You’d think the first thing a troll would do is LEARN THE FUCKING LANGUAGE.

      • OrG

        If they would only raise troll wages…

    • elviouslyqueer

      Not just one negligence, but several. Well done, YBB!

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      Frankly, my mailbox could use an upgrade. It there a realitee show about that?
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3dc83234b1d037ea3aaa7979e9bc6edcb41148cb01432d067698e0f2d162381b.jpg

      • P’jama Pahnts

        That thar’s a thing of beauty. Please don’t upgrade it.

      • therblig

        Pimp my RFD?

        • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

          “Pimp My Box?”
          Sounds like a documentary on Melanoma’s early career.

      • Shibusa

        Good post.

    • Roadstergal

      We get variations on these all the time. Some are pretty damn good. I got another one this morning.

    • NastyBossetti

      I wish my company would shut down my account due to negligence of emails. I neglect my email all the damn time.

      • Grumpy Twat

        I ignored mine for 18 months, once. No one noticed.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Seems legit…you better verify quick!

    • Edith Prickly

      The IT filters on my work e-mail block messages from other staff and addresses that I have verified multiple times, but this kind of crap always gets through.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Hey Twitter, “Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

  • CO
    • Serai 1

      He wasn’t expecting that?

      • CO

        I am guessing he wants to bring the cockroaches into the light.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Racist will never turn down an opportunity to be racists.

      Also too:
      “There’s an element of racism in this country that I didn’t realize existed.”

      NO. SHIT.

      • Serai 1

        Must be nice.

        • YoBunnyBunny

          You ain’t never lied…

      • Ruhe

        Referring to racism as an “element” in our culture really understates the situation. It’s more of a fundamental force, like gravity.

    • HellhathnofuryDemme

      Why is he described as “the billionaire Gilbert?”

      • MynameisBlarney

        LOL

      • Roadstergal

        The virgin Connie Swayle?

      • Skaarphy

        I (seriously) think it’s to point out how out-of-touch he is.

        • javadavis

          Yeah, no one touches billionaires that way.

      • DrBigHead

        To distinguish him from the multi-millionaire Gilbert?

      • Querolous

        Because we are not talking about “the billionaire Sullivan?”

    • Daniel

      “It wasn’t even about the issue”

      It’s sweet he thought it might have been.

    • Covfefe

      Donald tried to tell us the owners are afraid of the players.

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      “There’s an element of racism in this country that I didn’t realize existed.”

      Has he even been to Ohio?

      • theblackdog

        Rural Arizona, just ask the white people what they think about the Native Americans on the [Apache, Navajo, Hopi] Reservation next door.

        • Clark_Nova

          The Dakotas, too.

  • MynameisBlarney

    “This is A Idiot, surrounded by traitors. Big Traitors. Russian Traitors.”

    http://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/image001_1.jpg

  • MynameisBlarney
    • HellhathnofuryDemme

      Yep.
      Happened to me on Long Island.
      Guy followed me for 3 miles, and confronted me when I stopped at a red light on the way to a police station.
      At least I lived!
      (Temporarily forgot I wasn’t my 6’10” bad ass brother!)

      • Roadstergal

        Dude recently ran a red, cut off my husband and gave him the finger; husband ran him down (former race driver) and gave him a faceful of WTF is wrong with you. He thinks it’s worth possibly getting shot to call people out on their shit.

        • HellhathnofuryDemme

          It’s SO not worth it.
          (But Mr. Demme is the same, so I get it.)

          • Roadstergal

            People feel like they’re invulnerable when they’re in a car. He once honked at a guy who was changing lanes without looking (we were, of course, exactly where the guy was trying to go, so to change lanes would have been a physics-defying exercise), and the guy threw his coffee at our car and took off. So m’boy ran him down and ran him off the road. Yeah, road rage is bad, but people doing incredibly rude stuff and getting away with it because USAmerica Cars N Guns is worse, IMO.

            (Yes, I want to move back to Switzerland.)

          • HellhathnofuryDemme

            Does Switzerland have the fine for “Vogel Machen” (making a “you’re cuckoo” or giving the finger gesture at your head to another driver) like Germany does?

      • MynameisBlarney

        Some dudes pulled right out in front of me one time when I lived in NC. I flipped them off, honked and cussed up a storm. They hit the brakes and I almost ran into them.
        They got out and started walking to my truck. I happened to have my shotgun with me and got out with it and racked it.
        They turned around and got back in and got the hell on down the road.
        Luckily for me they didn’t know I had no shells with me at the time.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Well played.

          • MynameisBlarney

            I shoulda kept my damn mouth shut and not flipped them off and laid on the horn.
            That would have been well played.
            What I did was stupid.

          • HellhathnofuryDemme

            Yeah, I’ll never flip off anyone again.
            (I STILL get queasy when I think about it. I thought I was gonna die.)

          • MynameisBlarney

            Had those guys been armed, I’d have been fucked.

          • puredog

            Road rage is indeed a two-edged sword.

          • C4TWOMAN

            It’s your call, but I probably would have done the same. I’m constitutionally unable to back down from bullies.
            I also have 911 on speed dial and recording devices…

          • MynameisBlarney

            Had I not taunted them, there would have been no confrontation.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Point. My, aren’t we self aware and responsible. Clearly you’re not following the example of our beloved POTUS.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          I donut know guns much, but “racked” does sound better than “cocked.”

        • Noxious Resistance

          That “RACK” sound can be one heck of a reality checker.
          Its the main reason my gf bought a shotgun. It makes bullies think twice.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Kinda happens to pedestrians too…a couple of times a car is driving wrongly (usually something like zipping around a stopped bus and almost running you over as you are legally crossing the street).
      If you catch this eyes as they pass, they stare agressivly. I thought one was actually going to stop and start something.
      Seriously? How is that going to work out for them?

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I get that about once-a-week.

  • Viktor

    Next up, Trump giving a speech on any topic, goes off prompter to mention the hoax Russia story and how great he did during Puerto Ricos disaster. Self back pat President.

    • Covfefe

      Puerto Ricans are on MSNBC disrespecting The President of the USAmerica.

      • Roadstergal

        Tit for tat.

  • Roadstergal

    “it also found three accounts from the news site RT — which Twitter linked to the Kremlin”

    Whoa, good sleuthing there, Twitter. Quite the scoop.

  • Roadstergal

    “Facebook ran Russian-linked ads supporting Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders”

    It’s okay, though, Bernie has been very vocal about the role Russia played, denouncing their support and calling for accountability.

    • Serai 1

      Yeah, ol’ Bern’s really been beating the bushes trying to root out those traitors.

      • RocketManCaptainHowdy

        Surely they were the real cause of all those FEC complaints.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    “SeaCaptains Date! If you thought “Horatio Hornblower” was a position, and didn’t mind that Cap’n Crunch was only a Master And Commander, then hail me for a Sexxy Sea Adventure! Arr!”

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      *snork!*

    • MynameisBlarney

      “Professor, what’s another word for pirate treasure?”

      “Well, I think it’s booty.”

    • OutOfOrbit

      go home admirl Grrl, you’re drunk

    • NastyBossetti

      These lonely sea captains should pay you to write their profiles for them.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        That’s what I was thinking. xD

        “Lonely Sea Dog seeking tall Domme to be *my* Master and Commander. Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash are my Turn Ons!”

        • therblig

          so, poop deck stuff?

        • eggs ackly-wright

          A salty dog,
          The seamen’s log…

          • RocketManCaptainHowdy

            There was a young man from Nantucket . . .

          • Daniel

            “Call me, Ishmael?” I pleaded as he left.

        • theblackdog

          Daaaamn you are on fire with these today!

          • Anna Elizabeth

            xD Thanx. I’m laughing to keep from screaming.

    • Edith Prickly
    • RocketManCaptainHowdy

      It having been determined by my benefactor that a term of service at sea would make a man, I accordingly left Pinckley Hall in the company of Captain Ned, and put out from Bristol aboard his ship The Raging Queen.

      Captain Ned, I learned from my shipmates, was a very manly, virile, manful person, and a firm believer in strict discipline, corporal punishment, and nude apartment wrestling. How truly strict he was, I learned on our first day out of port, when out First Mate called all hands on deck for an important annoucement.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        xD

        “Dear Penthouse Letters in a Bottle…I never knew what ‘Taking me ‘Round the Horn’ meant until today.”

        • Daniel

          Yours Julian

          And my friend Sandy.

    • Daniel

      Wanted: Flying Dutchman to fill up this Marie Celeste.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Imma gonna hold out for starshipcaptainsdate.com.

      Hint: That domain is available.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        “After lonely years of exploration, I want to Boldly Go Where Every Man has gone Before!”

        signed: Sensors set for Sluts.

        • Daniel

          Chekhov’s gone.

          I imagine he’ll be back to catch me in the third act.

          Message Captain Kink.

    • Daniel

      Tying into the bomb posts above- the UK had a nuclear bomb programme called Red Beard.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        OMG!

        • Daniel

          And Blue Peacock, but that’s not really relevant.

    • Roadstergal

      More seamen than you can handle!

  • Anna Elizabeth

    “Cold War Date! Minuteman Seeks New Silo!”

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Titan might get better response than Minuteman…

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        I’m glad I read downthread before posting essentially what you posted.

    • RocketManCaptainHowdy

      My, it’s hot in here.

    • therblig

      OT, but growing up in Springfield NJ, I never knew until years later (and years after decommissioning) that we lived just a few miles away from a Nike missile site, one of 14 “hidden” in NJ as a last defense against Soviet aggression.

      http://alpha.fdu.edu/~bender/NY73.html

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87bef86ae380fc416a11b782ed458b5ae86748aa4797639248e9955c58e82fd9.jpg

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Wow.

        Colorado is thickly sewn with missile silos. The whole state is a Strategic Target. NORAD, SPACECOM, Cheyenne Mountain, Buckley, Peterson and Schriever AFBs, The Pueblo Depot Activity, Fort Carson….I don’t worry my head about the Aftermath.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        I built a Snark missile model when I was a kid.

        • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

          Tony Snark makes the best missiles.

      • Ling Ling

        Nike not last. Nike would be like the first or second indication that aircraft not welcome. For all you SF bay area people: http://angelisland.org/history/nike-missile-site/

        • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

          A SAGE observation, that.

        • Rags

          Went there on an elementary school field trip….

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        I worked at an aerospace company division that’s based in an old Nike site. Used to explore some of the unused tunnels and stuff while on breaks. It was the only place I worked where I had a real office with walls and a door. I felt like royalty and shit.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Lots of guys may be minute men, but very few women want to date a minute man.

      • Daniel

        What about a brown bunny?

      • Anna Elizabeth

        xD True.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Years ago, there was a local band in Chicago called 90 Day Men. Some friends and I were at a bar where all the hipster musicians congregated at the time. One of the women with us had briefly dated one of the guys in the band. When someone pointed out “hey, it’s that guy from 90 Day Men you went out with a few times”, she responded “yeah, more like 90 Second Men”.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    I sure do hope Roy Moron takes time to learn how to ride https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7afb00b19059637c3df94679b6aa66679012237154dfd0167ac39f7cb305d39.jpg that horse properly. I don’t care if he hurts himself but he is going to harm that beautiful animal.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      OMG

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        comment is deleted. what’d I miss? but if it’s horrible, don’t tell me. I don’t want to get the vapors.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          It was a photo of Roy Moore riding a horse., incompetently.

          • Daniel

            Incompetently or Erik Eriksonly?

        • Me not sure

          Equine defamation?

        • puredog

          Dok must be on fire today. I picture him with his finger hovering over the delete button like someone trying to call into the local DJ and win a prize.

  • Skaarphy

    The new narratives of Trump trolls:

    1. Russian operatives posing as BLM activists/event organizers completely exonorates President Donald J. Trump, God Emperor of the Universe, and unmasks the “Trump-Russia Conspiracy” theory for the filthy liberal media lie that Real Americans knew it was all along.

    2. Supreme Overlord President Donald J. Trump’s immediate and compassionate response to Hurricane Maria (see his tweets a few days later) proved once and for all that the lying liberal media is lying about him hating brown people. Or being a doofus.
    Instead he exposed the lying liberal media for the lying liberal media that they are.

    That’s what I gathered from Disqus comment sections, anyway.

    • Panika MCD

      1. is that where the Trumpster fires got “emporer” for emperor?
      1(a). is it possible that since law enforcement regularly monitors social media by groups around major demonstrations–the freely available stuff, they’re not hacking Evites–to see if anyone intends on acting up (there usually is someone saying they will, but they’re not always Russians), that there might be cases of wrongful imprisonment involved which would have not happened without Russians interfering?

      2. he was late to respond to Maria because he was trying to gotcha the media? then what was he waiting for when it came to responding to Irma damage on the islands?

      • Skaarphy

        1.) Is that a thing? I went into panicky OCD spell-checking mode immediately (please don’t blame me), but, yeah, correct spelling. So, um, is that really a thing?

        1(a).) Never thought about that, but now that you say it, it seems likely doesn’t it? But who cares, except for those un-American liberals, right?
        I don’t want to get cynical but how not to? It’s like running a car with spit and prayers.

        2. The thing is, he wasn’t “late”. He did tweet about it after all, with full knowledge of the whole thing, debt and sub-par infrastructure and all. So there.

        • Panika MCD

          1. yes, the Trumpster fires tend to spell “emperor” as “emporer”…or at least the Russian bots posing as Trumpster fires do.

          1(a). I would think that the fiscal conservatives would care about it. locking people up is expensive. so is paying for indigent defense. and the most expensive is if one gets it wrong.

          2. he was late in realizing it was a US territory, though. seemed to take even a few days after that to sink in that he actually had to do something other than tweet.

          • Yellerduck

            Isn’t an emporer someone who runs an emporium, like an entoprenuer?

          • Panika MCD

            I thought an entoprenuer had something to do with flea circuses.

    • Daniel

      Again,
      Trump: 3-5 million people voted illegally AND ALL FOR CLINTON!
      Reality: No, they didn’t.
      News: 12 cases of voter fraud have been discovered, all by Republicans.
      Trumpets: Trump was RIGHT!

      Trump: No puppet! Russia did the Internets for Clinton, bigly!
      Reality: No, they didn’t.
      News: Russian bots posted as BLM.
      Trumpets: Trump was RIGHT!

  • Poly_Ester

    Paying in Rubles is just rubbing Zuckerman’s face in it.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I just realized it’s Firin’ Friday at the Trump Corral. Price gets booted today?

    • Moneys on Price and Vajonka.

    • Fartknocker

      I’ll take Robert Mueller for $300, Alex.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Oh, I wish a motherfucker would…

        • Mormos

          … hurry up!

    • chazmanr

      He can’t fire Price. Apparently part of the reason why Trump has not been filling posts is that nobody wants to be associated with his administration. Not a resume builder.

      Price won’t quit and Trump won’t fire him. It would not be winning to have no one in a cabinet post. Especially the one tasked with drowning O-care in the bathtub.

      • Why? He said that when Russia expelled the hundreds of diplomats they were helping shrink the government. Whats a few less cabinet members anyways?

      • An Outhouse for the résistance

        Price can go fuck himself. HHS can run itself.

        • YoBunnyBunny

          That’s what he’s afraid of.

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        Price can eat my farts. At any price.

      • Clark_Nova

        Wow! You really called that one.

    • Congratulations you get the prize!

  • RocketManCaptainHowdy

    So first it was $100,000 in Facebook ads, now we have another $274,100 in Twitter ads. Does anyone think these numbers are going to go up?

    • CO

      The 274k is just for Russia Today. It’s going to multiply

    • theblackdog

      Yes, and it’s going to turn out they were ongoing buys

  • chazmanr

    MySpace is still a thing? Didn’t some right wing outlet buy that up as Facebook basically relegated it to the olds?

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I’m wondering if my Friendster account is still active out there in the æther somewhere.

  • rosenbomb

    I don’t know about y’all, but I keep reflecting back to how I felt one year ago. Now that it’s fall again, I’m recalling feeling anxious yet hopeful about the election. Sad to see my favoritest President Bamz leave, but open to change and ready for our first female president.

    It’s all so damn infuriating and sad. We were robbed by Russia and a party of grifters who don’t give a damn whether I starve to death or die from a preventable illness.

    • Beowoof14

      Each day I continue to have that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that terrible things are going to continue to happen with Herr Drumpf in office. Each day I’m afraid to check the news, facebook, twitter etc.

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    OT: Donald Trump just now on Puerto Rico–“This is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.”
    Uhhh . . . could someone near him please check for signs of a stroke? But I’m pretty sure no one anywhere near him reads Wonket comments.
    All right, fuck it never mind.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Trump keeps saying that. I guess he finds those new-found facts to be a tad compelling or something.

    • NastyBossetti

      Maybe… maybe he’s a witch? So he’ll melt in water? So he thinks that means it’s exponentially more dangerous than it is to travel over water?

      • Noxious Resistance

        If he weighs the same as a duck…

    • Mormos

      dollars to pesos he thought puerto rico was a part of mexico. “why do i care if they get hit by a hurricane? they should pay for the wall, then ill care!”

  • Jonny On Maui

    Great articles today. The rage stroke is proceeding nicely…

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      FYI: It’s better to have a rage boner than a rage stroke. A rage boner diverts blood flow away from the brain, reducing the risk of a stroke.

      Now, if you end up having both a rage boner and a rage stroke, well, just don’t, okay?

      • Yellerduck

        But you could rage stroke your rage boner. That’s a completely different thing.

        • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

          S’Truth!

      • Noxious Resistance

        The More You Know

  • bookish

    Somebody is waiting in the wings to cash in. Believe me.

    http://nbcnews.to/2hCJjNE

    WASHINGTON — Despite the widespread damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure inflicted by Hurricane Maria, the federal government is making no promises to fix it.

    President Donald Trump cast doubt Friday on whether Washington would lend a hand to repair the island, and a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency told NBC News that administrators want to assess the damage before committing to fixing public infrastructure in the ravaged U.S. territory.

    • Ling Ling

      Not all citizens are equal. Wish I could claim surprise.

    • osceola

      The way he keeps bringing up Puerto Rico’s public debt makes me think he’s setting the commonwealth up for a massive privatization of public resources (translation: looting by corporations).

      • miss_grundy

        Makes me think that he is investing in companies right now that will have him making money from P.R.’s misfortunes. Because to him this would be the perfect opportunity for him and his disgusting friends to make beaucoup bucks!

      • Mormos

        i heard he wants to privatize their electricity

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    OT: CNN poll about NFL and anthem stuff …

    “Do you think Donald Trump did the right thing or the wrong thing by criticizing athletes from the National Football League who have protested by kneeling during the national anthem?”
    Right thing: 34%, wrong thing: 60%

    “In general, if a professional athlete or team protests an issue by not standing for the national anthem, do you think that protest is disrespectful to the freedoms the anthem represents, or demonstrates the freedoms the anthem represents?”
    Is disrespectful: 46%, demonstrates freedoms: 45%

    It’s easy to see how the phrasing of the second question could affect response. Also, the underlying issue of police conduct is not mentioned. So, while it’s a good and interesting question, I’m not sure how well it reflects peoples overall attitudes.

    • Beowoof14

      46% of Americans don’t understand freedom as including people who disagree with them. Not really shocking when trying to answer the question; how dumb does Trump think the American public is? Obviously 46% are living up to how dumb he thinks they are.

      • miss_grundy

        When 46% of Americans watch Faux News or listen to RWNJ radio pundits, they develop a warped comprehension of the concept of freedom. It is there right as white people. And if you are not white, then you don’t have a right to exercise it.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Fuck you, CNN. Why weren’t they having these deep questions about confederate flags and monuments?

      “Do you think flying a Confederate flag or building Confederate monuments is disrespectful to the freedoms that America represent????”

      I know the answers wouldn’t be any better, but still…

    • miss_grundy

      It is a question based on Trumpy’s words and not at all on what Kaeperneck started. As usual, the Orange Fuckface loves to muddy the waters by saying that the athletes are demonstrating disrespect for the flag, the anthem, the armed forces or the country. When the protest is all about the fact that POC do not receive equal protection under the law. But since Orange Fuckface is a racist bigot he will never say that.

    • Clark_Nova

      The anthem represents freedoms? I thought it was just bad doggerel written by a racist shyster who spent most of his career taking cases against freedmen and runaway slaves.

  • LiberalANDProud

    “Great Russian Lube-Free Election Fucking”

    Oh, Putin has been making sure that America was well lubed for this fucking for quite some time. That’s why they were able to slip their turgid memes in so easily.

    • It didn’t hurt that approximately 30% of America had an implicit bias of some kind that left them wide open for said screwing.

      //all puns intended

      • amrak63

        “30% of America”

        I believe the term of art is “Stupid White Folks”.

  • RocketManCaptainHowdy

    Perhaps this isn’t the routine of an ordinary sailor: floggings, stockings, key haulings, kneeling on our knuckles, having things dropped on our heads, being pushed down stairs, and so on. But occasionally, there would be time for activities such as steering the ship, and trying to make the sails fill up with wind. Captain Ned took a warm, personal interest in my welfare, and if a night was stormy, or even mildly choppy, he would come to my cabin to comfort me.

    • Daniel

      “I’d prefer not to.”

      • RocketManCaptainHowdy

        But I am not particular.

    • Suttree

      With rum, sodomy, and the lash?

      • Suttree

        Also too “keelhauling”. *pedant
        Edit:spells wrong with a space and corrects.

        • RocketManCaptainHowdy

          Wondered what that was.

          • Suttree

            A death sentence basically.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Drowned and shredded at the same time… Water boarded, but 10 feet under water, while being dragged over a cheese grater…

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Dragging a sailor across and under the keel of the ship, against the barnacles which would lacerate whatever touched them, repeatedly. It was considered the punishment for the worst of offences.

          • Clark_Nova

            Sometime they were dragged bow to stern.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Forgot to mention that, was that the preferred way?

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    “researchers believe to be linked to the Russian government or to have a longstanding pattern of repeating its propaganda.”
    Oh, like –
    @GlennGreenwald
    @theintercept
    @DrJillStein

    Speaking of which, this woman belongs in a mental institution:

    Collusion between Dems and media is a fact documented by real journalists. Their goals: elevate Drumpf, stop Bernie.

  • Beowoof14

    Megyn Keilly sucks, but not in a way where I would want to date her.

    • Suttree

      Horrible person. She kinda had about 5 minutes of being OK, if it even lasted that long.

  • Suttree

    I blame my FB account on my awesome girlfriend and my fussy mildly over-concerned aunt. Having that account lets me answer fewer phone calls. I like it when I can just screen calls and never pick up the damn phone.The whole Twitter thing only exists because 140 characters is nice and easy to consume. Weren’t they worth like $1bn at some point? I just find websites I like and then aggressively refuse to ever comment on them. I hate you all! Leave me alone!

  • Ling Ling

    FireEye FTW!

  • BadKitty904
  • RocketManCaptainHowdy

    So dangerously flaccid did that night become, thus Captain Ned remained in my cabin to reassure me until dawn, when we were aroused by a shout from Mr. Spunk.

    • Suttree

      SO is this Melville slash/fic with new characters?

      • RocketManCaptainHowdy
        • Suttree

          Somehow I have never seen this. It looks rather humourous.

          • amrak63

            I remember it fondly from my childhood.

            Since then, whenever I hear the jargon of traditional masculinity, I think of Cap’n Ned and his crew, and I have been unable to take such jargon seriously for about 40 years now.

        • LucindathePook

          Thanks muchly.

          • RocketManCaptainHowdy

            Make me wear nipple-pinching clothespins, sir!

    • mailman27

      Then the murders began.

  • RocketManCaptainHowdy

    Captain! I threw the first blow. If anyone is to be punished, let it be me. I ask only that whatever you do, please don’t put me in a tight-fitting Lassie costume and make me eat from a monogrammed dog dish.

  • miss_grundy

    Just because you can become a billionaire from coding doesn’t mean you are all that smart. And how hard is it to wear a jacket, shirt and tie when meeting with a senate intelligence committee? Aren’t these millenials paid enough?

    • Mormos

      it is personal branding

    • Red Bird

      It’s part of the “rebel” image.

  • theblackdog

    I know it’s nothing new but it’s a reminder that these companies don’t care so long as the money keeps pouring in.

  • bookish

    https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/9/28/16367580/campaigning-doesnt-work-general-election-study-kalla-broockman

    All the outreach activity by political campaigns, including door to door canvassing, phone banking, direct mail, and even advertising, has basically no effect on voters’ choice of candidate in general elections, according to a striking new academic study.

    The new analysis covers 49 field experiments conducted in real US election campaigns, typically run with cooperation from the campaigns themselves.

    Campaigns spend millions of dollars during general elections on canvassing; phone banking; advertising on TV, radio, and the internet; and other efforts designed to win over undecided voters and supporters of the opposing candidate. The new study’s authors, UC Berkeley political scientist Joshua Kalla and Stanford professor David Broockman, conclude that essentially no one targeted is persuaded.

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3042867

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Spend the money getting them to VOTE. That is all.

    • Lefty Wright

      Not having the whole study to look at, I would like to point out that one exception is when a candidate proposes unpopular policies, and if the opposition targets persuadable voters. To a certain extent, this describes a segment of the far left. The Clinton opposition during the primary spent a lot of effort to present Hillary as having an atrocious history and inferred she would be a warmongering, corporate shill as president. That matches the unpopular policies. Then, evidence shows Russia used Sanders social media sites to vilify Clinton and promote Sanders, even after he had lost the primary. Even some Sanders staff noted unusual activity in their social media sites in July, 2016. And traced it to eastern Europe, an outlet for Russia hacking.

  • Marceline

    For all the talk about the diversity of the Dem party, I’m extra appreciative of some of these pasty white men on the left: Schiff, Warner, Blumenthal, Murphy, Heinrich, Merkley, etc… When the race war starts, I’d happily hide a couple of them in my attic.

    • RocketManCaptainHowdy

      Schiff is awesome. He has been impressing me so much more than some of the darlings.

  • whitroth

    I think I’ve said before: my take is that they expected Hillary to get in, but were doing what they could to cut her margin, so that she couldn’t claim a “mandate”. I suspect they were startled, at first, to see Trump win. In either case, they *wanted* the US to churn….

    • covfefesumgame0005

      a real testament on how fucking stupid some Americans really are

  • Mormos

    how exactly did the cold war start again?

    • phoenix00

      140-character tweets and “Top 10 reasons your ex hates you” clickbait ads.

    • Clark_Nova

      When we failed to shoot the Dulles brothers as traitors?

  • bookish

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/29/russian-intelligence-would-have-seen-paul-manafort-as-the-perfect-mark/?utm_term=.8db7097aaf94

    Because to Russian intelligence in 2016, Manafort would have looked like the ideal spy. Someone like Deripaska is exactly how they would have gotten to him.

  • Once again, techbros, this is what replacing actual humans with number crunching gets you.
    Enjoy your algorithms and blood money, you fucking turds

    • RocketManCaptainHowdy

      How difficult could it possibly be to have a human check what news articles get posted, and things like that?

  • Well, Evan I’ve learned that Glenn Greenwald has sailed way past “skepticism” on thie issue and into the river of De Nile:

    https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet-another-major-russia-story-falls-apart-is-skepticism-permissible-yet/

  • Ugh! I remember the more innocent halcyon days when social media simply harrased women and spread racist propaganda. Ah, memories…

  • RugzYaBurnt

    So preventing the theft of American democracy through its own platform wasn’t worth Facebook’s time, but deleting pictures of tits from private Facebook groups where people congregate to post pictures of tits is. Got it.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      Depends on your friends I guess, I got some Fantasy Fest pics on mine that I’m pretty sure violate that, but knock on wood no-one has complained.

      • RugzYaBurnt

        Some of the seekrit groups I belong to have been getting hit with the Zuckhammer pretty hard. :’ ( It really sucks, we used to have such great noods there!

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Most of my friends are alternative lifestylers (nudists, swingers, and various stripes of kinksters.) and family that don’t get that are restricted to vanilla posts if even FB friends.

          • RugzYaBurnt

            I don’t think it’s a situation where anyone is reporting anyone else, unfortunately–I’m talking about closed groups where everyone understands/eagerly anticipates seeing and sharing pics of boobs and balls and stuff. But lately they’ve been getting taken down, and the posters put in Facebook jail.

  • bookish

    https://www.propublica.org/article/robert-mueller-subpoenas-associate-man-hired-michael-flynn-lobbyist

    The special prosecutor investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has subpoenaed an associate of Gen. Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client. The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by ProPublica, ordered Sezgin Baran Korkmaz to testify before a grand jury in Washington on Sept. 22.

    “The grand jury is conducting an investigation of possible violations of federal criminal laws involving the Foreign Agents Registration Act, among other offenses,” a letter accompanying the subpoena stated. The letter is signed by Robert Mueller and Zainab Ahmad, a senior assistant special counsel who specializes in prosecuting terrorism. Korkmaz did not respond to requests for comment.

    I posted this, this morning. Now I wonder if the increase in requests might be related to the Mueller investigation. Pure speculation.

    Morning Brief. The Center on National Security at Fordham Law.
    Apple sees sharp increase in U.S. national security requests: Apple has received more than four times as many national-security related requests from the U.S. government in the first half of this year compared to last year, according to a company report on Thursday. Apple said it received between 13,250 and 13,499 requests affecting between 9,000 and 9,249 accounts, according to its transparency report. The requests came in the form of so-called National Security Letters and
    requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Apple and other companies report ranges because government rules prevent disclosing precise numbers. It was not immediately clear what drove the increase in requests to Apple. Reuters, CNBC

  • Sakonyachen

    “Warner added that Twitter didn’t even wear pants to the hearing, like Jesus, Twitter, you cannot just show up in your mom’s granny panties when you testify before the Senate”

    Ya know, before you said granny panties, I thought that Twitter may be a Wonketeer. Everyone knows that bikinis, banana hammocks, g-strings and leather teddies are the only acceptable attire for our crew. Unless you wear shorts or skirts to a formal affair, must show respect for social norms after all. And to remind everyone! Just because pantaloons are technically not pants, doesn’t mean they aren’t a violation! Pant suits are acceptable if you are Hillary or would like to be.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      OOh leather teddies, mmm, leather anything really.

    • hmmm i think granny pants can be kinda fun. IIRC the red carpet had a 3 year long streak of GPs under sheer shit.

      but i don’t care because granny panties are much much easier to bike in.

  • phoenix00

    …. is Snapchat the only innocent SMN out of this whole mess? WHOA IF TRUE.

  • GeraldineJStephens

    Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
    On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    !sb260d:
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    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Addie, Addie… hasn’t Lori told you? We didn’t believe in the McLaren and we don’t believe in the Land Rover Range Rover.

      Move along, cupcake.

  • Red Bird

    The more I hear about this the more I realize that the so called liberal silicon Valley is really just an aspirational white supremacist good old boys club. They knew something was happening but they didn’t think it was wrong as long as they got rich in the process.

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