Quintessential Brands to open new Thomas Dakin gin distillery

first_imgQuintessential Brands to open new Thomas Dakin gin distilleryPosted By: Contributoron: January 17, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, IndustriesPrintEmailWork has started on Quintessential Brands’ new distillery and visitor centre for Thomas Dakin gin, located in Manchester, UK.The venue, which received full planning permission in 2018, will open in early autumn this year, consisting of a working gin distillery, a bar and an event space for hospitality and entertaining.It is expected the facility will create more than 50 jobs and will have the capacity to produce more than 1 million bottles of gin every year.Quintessential Brands, which also owns brands such as Greenall’s Gin and The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, said the new distillery will continue the legacy of Thomas Dakin, who it describes as “the 18th century visionary who pioneered the development and refinement of quality English gin and set the benchmark for London dry gin in 1761”.The team behind the new distillery plans to produce gins that Dakin would be proud to put his name to today, combining traditional techniques employed by Dakin himself centuries ago, with modern methods to break new ground in craft gin.David Hume, director of Thomas Dakin at Quintessential Brands, said: “At last, it’s happening – the Thomas Dakin gin distillery will soon be a reality. As the label on the bottle says, the Thomas Dakin legacy lives on, but with this new distillery, we’re going to be breaking new ground in craft gin distilling and really championing the great craft heritage that Manchester has.“Dakin was a true visionary of his day and the distillery will continue Thomas Dakin’s great gin-making legacy, while highlighting to the world the northwest’s important place in the colourful history of gin.”Leading the vision and design of the distillery is Manchester-based creative agency Love.“We’re delighted Thomas Dakin appointed Love to design their new immersive gin distillery experience in Manchester,” said Love founder and executive creative director David Palmer.“As a brand with a rich and compelling story to tell of gin and our homeland city of Manchester, this project feels even more special to us. We’re certain the unsurpassed craftsmanship and storytelling elements of the design will delight gin drinkers and connoisseurs from all over the world for years to come.”Earlier this month, Quintessential Brands added a new production line at its G&J Distillers production site in Warrington, UK, which will produce 5cl glass bottles to serve the increasing demand for miniature bottles of spirits.Share with your network: Tags: ginQuintessential BrandsThomas DakinUKlast_img read more

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Free Tech Seminars for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

first_img –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Starting a Business 2 min read Sarah Pierce Free Tech Seminars for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs The number of firms owned by women and minorities is the fastest growing business segment in our country–and, unfortunately, one of the least technologically savvy. According to a recent study by the Urban Institute, up to $200 billion in additional revenue could be generated if this exploding segment of business owners learned to better utilize the technology they have. And Task Force, a new team of IT industry leaders, elected officials and other community organizations that was put together by Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, is planning on helping these businesses do just that.In its first step to bridging the technology gap, the Task Force is hosting free technology seminars in six different cities across the United States. These interactive, live seminars will provide hands-on training and teach practical skills such as building websites and utilizing other tools to expand your business. Participants will be exposed to the best practices, develop a better understanding of the latest technology, and increase your awareness of the various software and hardware available.In addition to the trainings and hands-on labs, seminars will also feature partner pavilions housing local small-business support services and economic development initiatives designed to connect participants to additional assistance from local resources. The goal of the Task Force is to strengthen the U.S. economy by enhancing the business potential of woman-owned and minority-owned businesses.If you are a woman or minority business owner who could benefit from this free, educational service, check out a seminar coming to a city near you:June 7: New York CityJune 9: MiamiJune 14: ChicagoJune 16: Los AngelesJune 21: SeattleJuly 13: ChicagoJuly14: Silicon Valley/San Jose, CaliforniaJuly 21: Los AngelesJuly 28: Washington, D.C.August 2: MiamiAugust 4: Washington, D.C.For more information, call (888) 613-3787 or visit www.biztechconnect.org. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List In an effort to boost business and the economy, IT industry leaders and the government are offering free tech training–and you’re cordially invited to attend. Next Article May 31, 2005 Apply Now »last_img read more

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Taco Bell Pleads America Wants a Taco Emoji America Needs a Taco

first_imgTaco Bell Taco Bell emoji Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor Taco Bell Pleads: ‘America Wants a Taco Emoji. America Needs a Taco Emoji.’ January 6, 2015 Add to Queue Image credit: Taco Bell 3 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares ICYMI, Taco Bell wants you to think outside of the bun, even when you text — in the form of an appetizing taco emoji, of course.The fast-food Tex-Mex chain is serious enough about its fight for a taco-shaped electronic ideogram that it’s taking to the popular petition website Change.org to make it happen IRL. Or so the Irvine-based subsidiary of Yum! Brands hopes. And so do the 22,706 people who signed the company’s cheeky emoji petition so far. The goal is 25,000 signatures in all.  Related: For the First Time, an Emoji Has Been Named the Most Popular Word of the YearThe four-paragraph publicity stunt — er, campaign — is titled “The Taco Emoji Needs to Happen.” Clearly Taco Bell did its due diligence because its appeal, launched on Nov. 18, is appropriately addressed to the Unicode Consortium, the official gatekeepers of the representation of text in basically all software products.Last June, Unicode added some 250 new emojis to an existing collectanea of approximately 850, including, of all things, the Vulcan salute (“Raised Hand With Part Between Middle And Ring Fingers”), “Man In Business Suit Levitating” and “Envelope With Lightning.” So much crazy, but no taste bud-tempting taco action. Not yet, even if, per Taco Bell, “America wants a Taco emoji,” and “America needs a taco emoji.” Obviously.Related: KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Want Even More Millennial Customers in 2015In its petition, Taco Bell points out that, last November, Unicode announced that it’s eyeing 37 more new emoji pictographs for release later this year. Among the candidates — you guessed it — is a super cute taco pictograph, of the hard shell variety, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Hungry yet? That’s the point.“The taco emoji is a potential candidate for the release,” reads Taco Bell’s plea, “but we need your help convincing them [the Unicode powers that be] THE TACO EMOJI NEEDS TO HAPPEN.” Yes, all caps. It’s that important. So, instead of, say, petitioning to end childhood obesity, the breakfast Waffle Taco-maker asks, “Why do pizza and hamburger lovers get an emoji but taco lovers don’t?” It’s so unfair. Stop the madness and sign the petition already.Related: The Real Reason Taco Bell Made the Waffle Taco Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Of Course Free Services Sell Your Data

first_img Add to Queue Of Course ‘Free’ Services Sell Your Data Stephen J. Bronner Next Article –shares Unroll.Me is facing a backlash for selling user data to Uber, but people should know better by now about this industry-wide practice. April 25, 2017 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. News Directorcenter_img Image credit: Jewel Samad | Getty Images Entrepreneur Staff Privacy Concerns Among the revelations in an April 23 story in The New York Times about Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was a single paragraph which revealed that the ride-hailing company had purchased data that included anonymized Lyft receipts.This is behavior we expect from Uber, which over the years has introduced numerous programs to track users, drivers, its competition and even law enforcement.Related: Why Apple’s Tim Cook Once Threatened to Remove Uber From the App StoreBut this detail has caused backlash against the company that sold the data: Slice Intelligence, which owns an email service called Unroll.Me. The free service rolls up subscription and marketing emails that litter inboxes into a single, convenient digest.I use Unroll.Me on all my inboxes, and it saves me the frustration of dealing with scores of individual messages each day. And guess what? I plan to continue using the service. It didn’t surprise me one bit that the company was selling my data. Unroll.Me is a “free” service, and people should be savvy enough by now to know that there is no such thing as free. The engineers, marketers, executives and other employees of Slice Intelligence need their paychecks, and I need a less cluttered inbox. I’d expect a service I grant permission to go through my emails to get something in return. In fact, it says as much in Unroll.Me’s privacy policy, if users take a minute to look through it:Related: How to Protect Your Internet Browsing Data (Since It’s for Sale Now)”We also collect non-personal information — data in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, sell and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. For example, when you use our services, we may collect data from and about the ‘commercial electronic mail messages’ and ‘transactional or relationship messages’ (as such terms are defined in the CAN-SPAM Act (15 U.S.C. 7702 et. seq.)) that are sent to your email accounts.”Both the words “sell” and “transactional” are in that section. Essentially, users gave permission to Slice to sell their Lyft receipts. Of course, after every “scandal” comes the “apology,” and Unroll.Me’s CEO and co-founder Jojo Hedaya hit the right notes with his.”Our users are the heart of our company and service. So it was heartbreaking to see that some of our users were upset to learn about how we monetize our free service,” he wrote in a blog post. “And while we try our best to be open about our business model, recent customer feedback tells me we weren’t explicit enough. Sure we have a Terms of Service Agreement and a plain-English Privacy Policy that our users agree they have read and understand before they even sign up, but the reality is most of us — myself included — don’t take the time to thoroughly review them.”Related: ‘Downright Creepy’: Internet Entrepreneurs Weigh in on Repeal of Internet Privacy RulesYes, he acknowledges that people are upset, but he also correctly points the finger at all of our lazy behavior, with our inclination to click “I agree” as quickly as possible.If people are upset that their data is being sold by Unroll.Me or any other company they signed an agreement with, they should know who to blame: themselves. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 3 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Unilever calls for ethical marketing from influencers

first_imgUnilever calls for ethical marketing from influencersPosted By: News Deskon: June 18, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, MarketingPrintEmailUnilever has called on companies in the food and beverage industry to follow ethical marketing practices by encouraging greater transparency from digital influencers.Influencers are becoming increasingly important for companies who are trying to reach new consumers through social media platforms, but Unilever has raised concerns about bad practices in the industry such as fake followers, bots or other dishonest business models that “erode trust in the whole ecosystem.”Unilever says it will work with social media platforms to increase transparency in the marketing space to create more authentic and honest experiences for consumers and “combat fraud in the digital ecosystem.”To meet this goal, Unilever has made three commitments: The company will not work with influencers who buy followers; its brands will never buy followers; and will prioritise partners who are transparent and honest about their marketing practices.Keith Weed, Unilever’s chief marketing officer said: “In February, I said we needed to rebuild trust back into our digital ecosystems and wider society. One of the ways we can do that is to increase integrity and transparency in the influencer space. We need to address this through responsible content, responsible platforms and responsible infrastructure.“At Unilever, we believe influencers are an important way to reach consumers and grow our brands. Their power comes from a deep, authentic and direct connection with people, but certain practices like buying followers can easily undermine these relationships.“Today we are announcing clear commitments to support and maintain the authenticity and trust of influencer marketing.“The key to improving the situation is three-fold: cleaning up the influencer ecosystem by removing misleading engagement; making brands and influencers more aware of the use of dishonest practices, and improving transparency from social platforms to help brands measure impact.“We need to take urgent action now to rebuild trust before it’s gone forever.”Share with your network: Tags: influencersmarketingUnileverlast_img read more

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Trump to attend Atlanta title game with Kendrick Lamar set for halftime

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President will attend Monday’s college football national championshipAtlanta police urge spectators to leave guns at home despite legalityTrump critic Kendrick Lamar scheduled to perform at half-time show US sports Share on Facebook Thu 4 Jan 2018 12.52 EST Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook College football Guardian sport and agencies Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the secret service and other agencies have prepared for this for months, so the addition of a presidential visit to the mix won’t disrupt the fun.“Enjoy the game, enjoy the city, and let us handle the details,” the mayor said.Special agent David LeValley, who runs the FBI’s Atlanta office, said although “there aren’t any specific threats against this event, we are actively assessing intelligence that comes in.” Precautions include the Federal Aviation Administration prohibiting aircraft over Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including drones.Both LeValley and Shields urged people attending the game and surrounding events, including a free, non-ticked half-time performance by Kendrick Lamar in nearby Centennial Olympic Park, to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Share on Pinterest Alabama and Georgia prevail to set up all-SEC national championship game Read more Reuse this content Topicscenter_img Trump to attend Atlanta title game with Kendrick Lamar set for half-time show Donald Trump has just started on his aim to be the only game in town Share via Email Donald Trump will attend Monday’s college football national championship game between Georgia and Alabama at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the city’s mayor promising a “safe, smooth and secure” event despite traffic problems expected to be caused by the presidential motorcade.The stadium will be secured by legions of undercover and uniformed officers, overhead air traffic including drones will be prohibited and the police chief implored the more than 100,000 participants in events related to the big game to leave their guns at home.“Please please execute the highest regard and greatest level of common sense. We cannot have folks continuing to bring guns and leaving them in their cars,” chief Erika Shields said at a multi-agency news conference Thursday on preparations. Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.35 EST Donald Trump College sports Since you’re here… Share on Twitter “We encourage and ask that everyone be aware of their surroundings while they’re in the city, and immediately report any suspicious activity, no matter how trivial it may seem to be,” LeValley said.Monday evening’s hotly anticipated all-SEC title game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama was already being treated as a high-level security event, so the president’s visit won’t imply much additional security, LeValley said.College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said the stadium already requires fans to comply with stringent security. He said he hadn’t heard from the White House about any additional measures as of Thursday afternoon.Kendrick Lamar, an outspoken critic of Trump, is scheduled to perform at half-time of the game just outside the stadium, prompting speculation the Compton rapper could fold some sort of demonstration into his performance.The performer referenced the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia in a track from his most recent release, the critically acclaimed Damn, which is nominated for Album of the Year at this month’s Grammys. In The Heart Part 4 he says: “Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk / Tell ‘em that God comin’ / And Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin’”.The contest will be held in downtown Atlanta, in the congressional district of US representative John Lewis, a Democrat and a civil rights icon.Trump tweeted last year that Lewis’ district was “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)” – a claim hard to match with the facts. Atlanta’s economy is growing rapidly, and while crime and poverty remain higher-than-average, the district is home to several Fortune 500 headquarters, prestigious universities and the nation’s busiest airport.Trump’s tweet came after Lewis announced he would skip Trump’s inauguration, saying he didn’t consider him to be a “legitimate president” due to Russian interference in the election.Trump’s visit comes almost a half-century after President Richard Nixon attended the 1969 showdown between No1 Texas and No2 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After Texas won 15-14, Nixon visited with players in the locker room and presented Texas coach Darrell Royal with a plaque declaring Texas the national champion. The president thrust sports onto the front line of the culture wars when he targeted NFL players who have kneeled during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice during a speech in Alabama in September, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The episode kicked off an unprecedented wave of protest across sports. Share on Twitter Alabama booked a place in Monday’s title game with a win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.Photograph: Rusty Costanza/AP Kendrick Lamar Atlanta Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share via Emaillast_img read more

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Trumps state of the union to tout great success and make a

first_img Slaughterteddy Share on Twitter Reply Share No. No one, and I mean NO ONE controls Trump. You are probably right about the speech. But afterwords it will be the same old Trump the world has learned to loath. Share on Facebook Facebook No, that would be Bernie Sanders. US immigration Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.34 EST 1 2 In other news, it didn’t rain where I am today. Should we try and give the credit for that to Donald Trump? 4 5 Twitter sarcasm and/or stockholm syndrome. Trump is expected to call on Congress to endorse $25bn in new spending on immigration measures including a border wall with Mexico.Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Trump’s border wall: prototypes loom large, but where are the protesters? 30 Jan 2018 3:09 Reply 8 9 Share on Twitter oldest ethelfrida 6 7 Report Share on Twitter | Pick Malmborg Implano Trump also plans to speak about “building a safe, strong and proud America” and to touch on fair trade and national security issues, calling for a return “to clarity about our friends and our adversaries”, an administration official said.There was no indication Trump planned to address allegations of sexual harassment against him or the anti-harassment #MeToo movement, or to speak about climate change, as he did in passing in a recent interview on British TV.“There is a warming and there is a cooling …” Trump said. “I believe in crystal-clear beautiful water. I believe in just having good cleanliness and all.”The address will be followed by a Democratic response delivered by the Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy, grandson of Bobby Kennedy, the former US attorney general who was assassinated in 1968, and great-nephew of John F Kennedy, who was killed in 1963.Television viewers still awake might later tune into the talk show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, whose scheduled guest is Stephanie Clifford. Better known by her professional name, Stormy Daniels, she is the porn performer whose story of an extramarital affair with the president, denied by him, emerged earlier this month. 0 1 Twitter f00l Share on Facebook Share on Facebook US politics Reply Report Reply Report Share on Twitter | Pick Report Share on Pinterest Share Report Reuse this content,View all comments > 30 Jan 2018 5:28 30 Jan 2018 5:27 It will be interesting to see if the ‘decorum’ will be maintained. I recall the shitshow after Justice Roberts shook his head and also when an idiot shouted out ‘liar’. I suspect decorum is over for this event, but time will tell. This is satire, right… Right?????? Share on Twitter 2 This article is more than 1 year old 20 21 100 Reply 30 Jan 2018 3:56 Malmborg Implano Show 23 more replies unthreaded 1 | Pick SpiraOgnew 10 11 Share Show 3 more replies Report Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Reply | Pick | Pick More egotistical narcissistic propaganda. Doesn’t it scare the shit out of you how he juts his chin up like Mussolini?And the Republican arse kissing cronies (who previously hated him) stand up, clap and rub their eyes behind him.Both the Shitmeister Trump AND the Republicans need to be permanently banished to the shithole of American political history. Share on Twitter Share Reply Report Report 4 5 You clearly have not been paying attention. Trump does a U turn every time someone on Fox and Friends says something different. | Pick Report Reply Share Twitter | Pick Facebook Share Not sure the North and South Korea thing is still going to happen and if it does, it probably has far more to do with the leaders in those countries than Trump. Durangotang I don’t think that the DNC’s in Kendrick Lamar’s price range or level of consciousness. stratplaya Zepp 36 37 | Pick Reply The Republican justification for the huge commercial tax cuts is the ‘trickle down’ philosophy. Basically their propaganda claims the increased profit will be ‘passed down’ as higher wages and new jobs, bonuses etc….. Hahahaha!!!It will be extra profit in the pockets of shareholders. Full stop! 30 Jan 2018 5:32 kizbot | Pick Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment tiojo Report Share via Email Facebook Report 27 28 stratplaya Greatcrustednewton | Pick | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 16:52 His key message: self-aggrandisement and environmental vandalism are good. Report Share orebro 30 Jan 2018 2:37 Share Report Reply Report | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook If you find the speech boring Stormy Daniels will be on Jimmy Kimmel’s show tonight. Twitter 30 Jan 2018 5:29 8 9 30 Jan 2018 3:38 Share on Facebook Read more | Pick Show expanded Report Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook 30 Jan 2018 4:39 Durangotang Durangotang Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 2:45 | Pick Donald Trump | Pick Durangotang Share on Twitter Twitter Share 30 Jan 2018 5:07 Wobbly f00l Will Miller be going after school janitors? Again. Share Share on Twitter ClareM42 Reply Order by oldest Report Laurence Bury Report There is nothing good in a sociopath. No good, not good, never good. Ever. SAD. It’s true! 31 32 Share Share on Facebook 30 Jan 2018 3:25 Twitter 4 5 Reply Share on Facebook Why wouldn’t it be appropriate to release his tax returns? Trump humiliated himself with nonsense over Obama’s BC and his revenge is apparent. Sure hope Mueller puts Trump’s tax records under a microscope. A sociopathic personality typically does well behind bars…they see those they use as weak. Madoff is a prime example. Share on Twitter kizbot | Pick A_Fortunate_One A_Fortunate_One Share Share Facebook Report Reply Share 30 Jan 2018 3:44 0 1 Copper65 It has been a year since Donald Trump took up his role as POTUS and impeachment awaits him, but, if he has learned anything he can still redeem himself. If he does it will be the greatest u-turn in history. There must be good in him and I think all people will hope that he finally sees what ‘s the right thing to do. 20 21 Reply A_Fortunate_One Reply Twitter | Pick Reply 30 Jan 2018 4:32 Report 1 2 30 Jan 2018 10:14 Share on Twitter The real question is will they be lower than the DNC grammys? Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Facebook Reply Share Reply Facebook Twitter kapsiolaaaaa Share on Twitter It’s been a brilliant year and with no better symbol to end on than the North and South Koreans walking arm in arm into the Olympic Games. 30 Jan 2018 3:31 30 Jan 2018 5:18 30 Jan 2018 4:13 0 1 Report Reply | Pick 5 6 Shares2626 Reply Facebook Share on Twitter Copper65 2 3 Share on Facebook 30 Jan 2018 8:41 6 7 | Pick Twitter 7 8 Considering he has the power to declassify it, those people hoping are a bit backward. Report Share on Facebook | Pick 7 8 Reply Show 1 more reply Laurence Bury Facebook Share Report Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Report All | Pick 30 Jan 2018 5:06 Share on Twitter Twitter newest I’m also looking forward to the Donald going off-script and doing his usual narcissistic delusional rant, he finds if hard to control himself. His minders must be very nervous waiting for the great man’s speech. Share Slaughterteddy Report Facebook Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 2:43 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook Share on Facebook Reply 30 Jan 2018 3:26 Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report Twitter Share on Twitter Report Twitter Q&A What is the State of the Union? Share on Facebook more of a ‘trickle on’ policy Share Share Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 20:39 Was this helpful? | Pick nedbrophy Twitter Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 12:16 Sure Trump is going to “talk it up”, after all, that all he does anyway, hot air rises. Meanwhile in the real world: Very few US adults report receiving bonuses or raises from the Republican tax law.Two percent of U.S. adults said they had gotten a raise, bonus, or other benefits due to the Republican tax law enacted a month ago Mortgage rates highest in 4 years, ominous sign for spring housing. Consumer spending rises as savings plummets to a 10-year low Hung out to dry twice, Tennessee city stumped by Trump’s washer tariffs. US economic growth slows in fourth-quarter on surging imports. https://www.cnbc.com/economy/ OXIOXI20 fredgladys 11 12 Facebook Reply Twitter | Pick | Pick ClareM42 The worst thing for a satirist is to say he or she is writing satire because then it isn’t funny anymore, so you have to work it out yourself. Either way, I hope you enjoyed the joke. Facebook 5 6 Email stratplaya Reply 1 2 Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter ClareM42 Carl123 Tom McCarthy Share on Twitter His last 2568 tweets have already given me a general idea as to the state of the Union……. Twitter Indeed. There’s a video out there of Gary Cohn holding a conference of CEOs where they were asked how many would use the tax cuts for investment in their companies. No hands went up. The nominal benefit of the tax cuts went straight out of the window … Share Report OXIOXI20 Facebook 30 Jan 2018 8:46 Its in a state alright. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Carrie Pexton Share Donald Trump promised on Monday that his first state of the union address would be “a big speech, an important speech”, “a very important speech on trade” and an invitation to Democrats to cooperate on immigration. | Pick Reply Reply Twitter 2 3 Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Reply 1 2 Don’t watch. It’s the only sane response to this insanity. I mean that sincerely. If no one tunes in, he can have the smallest audience for a SOTU address to join the smallest crowd at an inaugural ceremony. Report | Pick asparagusnextleft | Pick | Pick Laurence Bury Reply Facebook | Pick f00l ClareM42 Durangotang 12 13 fredgladys 30 Jan 2018 8:45 8 9 Facebook 8 9 | Pick Twitter 9 10 47 48 | Pick Facebook Zepp Show 3 more replies Share on LinkedIn | Pick 2 3 Hide The State of the Union is the president’s yearly address to Congress and the nation.This is when the president gives his or her view (so far only his) on how the country is doing – and usually how well he is doing – while also outlining the legislation he will focus on in the coming year.The practice was established in article two, section three, clause one of the constitution – the clause states that:“[The president] shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”The first address was given by George Washington in 1790, in the then provisional capital of New York City. Washington and John Adams, his successor, both gave the speech in person, but the third president, Thomas Jefferson, decided to give a written message instead.Subsequent presidents followed suit until Woodrow Wilson personally addressed Congress in 1913. Since then almost all addresses have been given in person, some serving as key historical signposts.• In 1862, Abraham Lincoln used his State of the Union message to call for the abolition of slavery – something he said was integral to the survival of the country.• In his 1972 State of the Union speech Richard Nixon called for an end to the Watergate investigation. Seven months later he had resigned over the scandal.• George Bush introduced the fateful term “axis of evil” in his 2002 address to Congress, four months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bush used the term to tie together Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Adam Gabbatt Facebook Share on Facebook Report you can watch the speech on youtube yrself asparagusnextleft Share on WhatsApp Hard to believe that the oligarchs left any of them standing, ehy? 0 1 recommendations Ponderbelle Reply 5 Share arashikage Facebook 30 Jan 2018 2:39 Twitter | Pick Twitter | Pick Facebook Reply Share Reply | Pick Malmborg Implano Report Facebook A brilliant year? For whom? Ah, millionaires who have gained themselves an enormous tax cut at the cost of ordinary people, the workforce. People concerned about the rights of workers – no. People concerned about the future environment of the planet – no. People concerned about the environment of the USA – no. People concerned about the the livelihoods and future prospects of the Dreamers – no. People concerned about the possibilities of nuclear war – no. People concerned about gun crime in USA – no. People concerned that the USA no longer looks outward as a leader of the world but is now concerned only about is own well-being to “make America great again” – no. People concerned about the provision of medical care to the poor or even median wage-earners – postponed. Share on Twitter Share Report Twitter 30 Jan 2018 5:02 Zepp 0 1 Report Share on Twitter | Pick 30 Jan 2018 2:35 Report Share on Twitter Facebook Wobbly Share 5 6 f00l 0 1 | Pick Kare Voest Reply 30 Jan 2018 3:17 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook GorCro Reply Show 4 more replies Twitter asparagusnextleft Share on Facebook Twitter 30 Jan 2018 5:00 | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 1 2 Twitter Support The Guardian f00l 30 Jan 2018 6:23 Yes, and for all their faults they wanted the best for the USA. Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Report redshift36 Threads collapsed 3 4 Laurence Bury Reply Report OXIOXI20 Report John Giles 6 7 Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 5:32 Report Facebook Twitter Comments 366 Share on Facebook Reply | Pick comments (366)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Ivanka can easily do it. The First Daughter has learned well from her father. The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. She is a future president anyway. Graceful, intelligent and with a patriotic spirit. She gave up her life and career to MAGA, which includes the millions she could have earned in the period she works at the WH? She does this for her people, yet they constantly ridicule her. Mr Kushner would also make a fine President someday. He looks Presidential enough. Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Very few US adults report receiving bonuses or raises from the Republican tax law. Just two percent of U.S. adults said they had gotten a raise, bonus, or other benefits due to the Republican tax law enacted a month ago. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/29/very-few-us-adults-report-receiving-bonuses-or-raises-from-the-republican-tax-law.html Report Slaughterteddy Share on Twitter f00l Share Gelion 30 Jan 2018 4:30 Share on Twitter If you still support this turd, please stop buying and eating all the glue at Walmart. It makes it harder for kids to complete their projects. Buy bulk packing direct from Jina (You know which country it is). Its also cheaper. Twitter “We worked on it hard, covered a lot of territory including our great success with the markets and with the tax cut,” Trump said of the address, which he is to deliver before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening.In a speech likely to be viewed in real time by tens of millions of Americans, Trump was also expected to call on Congress to commit $1tn for infrastructure spending and to endorse $25bn in new spending on immigration measures including a border wall with Mexico.“But hopefully the Democrats will join us, or enough of them will join us, so we can really do something great” on immigration, Trump told reporters at the White House. In an earlier tweet previewing his message, he wrote that “our economy is better than it has been in many decades” and “we are on the right track”. Share on Messenger Reply Facebook 30 Jan 2018 3:35 | Pick Share on Facebook 2 3 | Pick 4 5 Share on Facebook The economy, like that in the UK, is based on 10s of millions of low paid jobs. If you think the economy in the UK or US is “strong” you are delusional as Trump is about his mental health. “Millions of workers are getting bonuses”? – that’s the same as the ONS in the UK saying that the average wage rise was 2.5% in December IF you got a bonus, which most UK (and most US) workers do not get. Equally disconcerting is the fact that the readership of a supposedly highbrow newspaper can melt into complete and utter hysteria at the first mention of Donald Trump. “He’s a fascist”, “just like Mussolini, he is”, “the USA is a third world country”, and so on. It is actually painful. Think of new slogans or consider coming out with something interesting to add to the conversation. It might also help if you try to learn what a fascist actually is – Pro Tip: there aren’t any in the mainstream of US politics. Twitter Twittercenter_img Slaughterteddy do you think they will make a stand? They didnt in the shutdown… nedbrophy Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other BrianNeedham Calls for co-operation from a man who doesn’t even know the meaning of the words. This “big speech, an important speech”, will, no doubt be full of how great he is and demonstrate how completely out of touch he is to how so many of his fellow countrymen view him. The Joe Kennedy response should be interesting. Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Report Reply 30 Jan 2018 7:22 Twitter Report 30 Jan 2018 12:07 1 2 Facebook itistimeforachange Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Reply Share on Facebook | Pick 30 Jan 2018 3:38 Share on Facebook 30 Jan 2018 5:22 Twitter Probably will be lower, but no worries: Trump will say he drew more viewers than all the Super Bowls combined. Haigin88 | Pick Share on Twitter He’d make the trains run on time if they had trains. 30 Jan 2018 16:54 620please Reply itistimeforachange 30 Jan 2018 4:03 Facebook Share Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter Share 30 Jan 2018 5:01 Facebook 0 1 Reply 8 9 View more comments Report Twitter Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook Twitter 0 1 5 6 50 Reply | Pick orebro Report Share on Twitter 1 2 Copper65 No, me neither. I can’t decide whether it’s worse when he is doing his kindof ‘hushed’ faux serious, on piste, ‘you will believe me’ scripted voice or his normal, ranting, ‘complete crap, but you’ll still believe me (if you can understand a word i utter)’ off piste ramblings. Share Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report 30 Jan 2018 8:43 Twitter Share Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share | Pick Mon 29 Jan 2018 13.22 EST Facebook Malmborg Implano Reply f00l Report Facebook Share Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Report Facebook Facebook f00l Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 5:06 Report Facebook nedbrophy ClareM42 25 30 Jan 2018 3:30 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 30 Jan 2018 6:57 Facebook | Pick Twitter Facebook 30 Jan 2018 3:36 Reason (optional) Share Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook And want will you do with his tax returns? What will they prove. Trump wanted Obama to pRove he was American and now the Dems want Trump to prove he is a real businessman. Share on Twitter | Pick orebro Report 30 Jan 2018 4:20 30 Jan 2018 3:22 Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 3 4 8 9 Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook 30 Jan 2018 5:29 Share on Twitter ‘The civil rights issue of our time’: how Dreamers came to dominate US politics 10 11 Report Twitter Share Donald Trump Show 25 Reply Report Share on Facebook Reply 4 5 | Pick Report Report 30 Jan 2018 4:44 Show 3 more replies asparagusnextleft He has all the best speeches Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share Twitter Twitter | Pick This shows what I know. This was my red line: “No way will that fruit cake make it to the State of the Union”. Trump is a simpleton but he can still play the Democrats like a fiddle. If the Democrats game and tilt their primaries again, offering up another empty suit neoliberal as their nominee, thus depressing the vote and putting 35% Trump on a more level playing field, Americans always tend to re-elect the president. He just needs two or three things to point to, one of which will be that dumb wall and the Democrats are thinking that it’s a smart play to buckle under on this and give him his dumb wall. Mistake. Another ludicrous mistake by the ludicrous, milquetoast Democrats. 2 3 Reply Share on Facebook 30 Jan 2018 4:36 30 Jan 2018 5:04 Reply Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 7 8 4 5 Share on Facebook Twitter Share Share on Facebook | Pick Oh, we’re way beyond self-aggrandizement and destroying the environment. The NYT just did what some of us have been doing for a year…constructed a long list of the many impeachable offenses he’s already committed. This notion that we do not have enough evidence is part of the insanity. This is so much worse than Watergate there almost isn’t a comparison point. Part of the problem is that nearly everyone has colluded in normalizing depravity. From foreign leaders who smile and shuck and jive with him even though they decry him behind his back, to journalists who continue to allow that fool at the podium to ignore their questions and get away with transparent lies and evasions, to a Congress so recalcitrant and complicit it too should be investigated, to voters who have abdicated all responsibility to their country when they elected a visibly unfit candidate, to his 1% backers who pull every puppet string for their own gain…this man is a devastating reflection of a country that lost its moral barometer. We were always a long long way from perfect, but it’s hard to see any watermark when you’re ten fathoms deep in the swamp. | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 2 15 16 Share Report Twitter Share 41 42 | Pick Since you’re here… Facebook Share Facebook Twitter Twitter Reply 9 10 9 10 Share on Facebook colacj Twitter Facebook Apparently Stephen Miller is writing the speech. If he’s on form then it could be quite colourful, like Trump’s inauguration speech. When his television (Nielson ratings) numbers come back low he’ll have another twitter storm. Something about Deep State. What a mud rolling muckraker. Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Zepp collapsed Share Carrie Pexton Reply Share on Twitter Facebook ClareM42 Report Report Facebook 30 Jan 2018 2:42 Show 2 more replies Share 1 Nathan Jones 30 Jan 2018 4:59 30 Jan 2018 3:43 How could all the senators who have seen it and said how shocking the memo is, and suggesting it should be released, then be taken seriously if the memo had nothing in it, or what was so shoucking could not be understood by the general public? 30 Jan 2018 5:10 30 Jan 2018 11:21 Ponderbelle 30 Jan 2018 3:37 Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Share Facebook | Pick 1 2 Twitter Reply Share Share Facebook 3 Share A_Fortunate_One Report Facebook Zepp Share There are rumours / suggestions / hopes that he will ask for “releasethememo” in his speech. AhBrightWings 30 Jan 2018 11:24 Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter colacj I don’t know if “colourful” is the right term. As I understand it, Miller isn’t too keen on “colour”. Report Greatcrustednewton AhBrightWings you’re presuming his lips will move. Share on Facebook Twitter Report Twitter Twitter Twitter This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter Share You say you are honest. You could be lying, then. Beliefs are irrelevant. Poker is inaccurate nomenclature. This is not a game for bloviators. PeteSaman 0 1 We can script it here and now. I’m betting the words “me” and “I” will be used more than 500 times. | Pick Facebook 3 4 Are the Kennedy’s really still thought of as a good example of what laughingly calls itself the Left in the USA? Share on Twitter Twitter Share A_Fortunate_One Share on Facebook Share Report Share on Twitter SpiraOgnew Trump’s anticipated message of an American resurgence is threatened, however, by his personal unpopularity and by a feeling among a majority of Americans – 56% on average, according to pollsters – that the country is in fact on the wrong track. “He shouldn’t boast, he should be ashamed,” said Robert Weissman, president of the Washington DC-based nonprofit group Public Citizen.A major shadow overhanging Trump as he mounts the House speaker’s rostrum will be special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the president’s Russia ties and is said to be preparing to interview Trump himself. Trump has said Mueller will ultimately vindicate him.With an approval rating after a year in office at least 10 points lower than that of any other US president in modern history, Trump planned to claim he was in the process of unifying the country, according to White House officials. “I’d say to Congress the tone will be one of bipartisanship,” a senior administration official told reporters. “It will be very forward-looking.”The state of the union address has traditionally been treated by the White House as an opportunity to advance a laundry list of policy priorities while capitalizing on an unusually large audience. Barack Obama’s first address was watched by an estimated 48 million people.Although Trump is notoriously unpredictable in press conferences and campaign settings, he has tended to follow his prepared text in relatively formal speeches, including in his inaugural address and in a speech to a joint session of Congress one year ago. The state of the union address is attended by an unusual degree of pomp and circumstance, with members of the supreme court at hand, a grand entrance by the president and lawmakers from the president’s party typically interrupting the speech with repeated standing ovations. Each lawmaker is permitted to invite a guest, in a tradition usually seized by the opposition as an opportunity for protest. This year, multiple Democrats said they had invited immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children, known as Dreamers. The Trump administration has moved to strip protections from the group put in place by Obama.A Kansas congressman reportedly invited the widow of an Indian man killed in a hate crime in the state last year. Close report comment form 15 16 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter he’ll be dishonest. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Show 4 more replies Twitter | Pick Facebook Share Trump’s state of the union to tout ‘great success’ and make a plea to Democrats Reply Report Reply | Pick Twitter Share Trump forked-up 50 million personally to help him hi-Jack the GOP, who could hardy stand him until a shot for power looked possible. The election process is corrupt with money and due for a reckoning. 18 mafia guys arrested at the beginning of 2017……..and Mueller looking into trumps money laundering with mob connections….who would have thunk it……. 1 2 Bipartisan co operation means giving in to what ever Trump’s current tantrum is. Twitter orebro Share on Twitter Share Email (optional) 30 Jan 2018 5:08 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Twitter SpiraOgnew If he simply manages to stay on script and read the speech as written for him, Trump will be hailed the most presidential of presidents. The bar is not just low. It’s subterranean. Facebook 14 15 30 Jan 2018 22:53 Reply fredgladys Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter With Bannon and Priebus out, this was inevitable. Kushner / Ivanka wrote his speech to the joint session that was widely praised, so since they’ve got full control now expect a “Rockefeller Republican” stance from here until 2020 when he has to go back to the well colacj Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Facebook Report Twitter 30 Jan 2018 3:22 Facebook Share on Facebook ClareM42 4 Share on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. 0 1 Share Report US economy Reply Warren Neill | Pick | Pick With the number of resignations and firings in the Trump administration he is well on the way to his goal, just the Donald and his kids running the country. tiojo Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook EternallyUnimpressed | Pick Reply Share You forgot about justice and liberty for all, guns curing cancer, and chocolate being slimming. Report Wobbly … we have a small favour to ask. 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Facebook Share Haigin88 Kare Voest Share on Twitter stratplaya Twitter Reply Topics A_Fortunate_One 30 Jan 2018 5:17 Reply Trump is anticipated to give a message of US resurgence despite his unpopularity, and to call for bipartisan cooperation on immigrationView an experimental story on the state of the union address designed for mobile, and sign up for updates (recommended for Chrome users on Android) GorCro BeenThereDunThat Share AhBrightWings 1 2 30 Jan 2018 4:45 | Pick 30 Jan 2018 5:00 f00l 8 9 Share 6 7 Share on Twitter Facebook @TeeMcSee in Davos the world leaders interviewed said his speech was about his bragging about what he thinks he had done and not about what he would do working with the other countries…….but what does the world know , compared to his know all base voters……….. The economy is strong. ISIS is on the ropes. Our borders are more secure. Businesses are expanding investing in America. Millions of workers are getting bonuses. We are on the right track. Share on Twitter Read more In his address will Mr Trump be able to tell us the state of play in separating his business and political interests? Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Report Share on Twitter You don’t have to. Turn off your radio and your TV. Invest in good noise-cancelling headphone for those times where you might be accidentally exposed to it. Do not forget to tell your physician about these problems and request therapy. Share on Facebook Yeah, and usually they are totally forgotten two days later.Granted, Trump’s might not be. He says one ridiculous thing and the Dems laugh or boo, and he might just lose it right at the podium. Show 6 more replies Share Facebook 3 f00l 5 Share 30 Jan 2018 5:21 Twitter Share Twitter news The address is broadcast live across the nation on radio and TV and thus is also used by the President as a platform to speak directly to his fellow American people. Twitter I’ll be honest. With the bombast and repetitions, I’m looking forward to Trump going off-script. A complete conservative clown car injury/accident would be a head-turner. Watch VP Pence sitting behind the POTUS to get a clue when the Donald is drifting. I do not believe Mike is a poker player but could be on Xanax (if his minister signs off on it–if former Indian governor smiles at inappropriate times that would be a ‘tell’). Share ethelfrida Report Show 2 more replies 0 1 Share 30 Jan 2018 8:07 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Slaughterteddy Yes, but he doesn’t have to. He can declassify it and hand it to the press immediately. It’s odd that he hasn’t. It doesn’t help that the author of the memo, Nunes, has already demonstrated extreme partisanship in trotting to the White House to give them updates on information his own committee hadn’t seen. I suspect that if it does get released, people are going to be bemused. Firstly, whatever evidence it has is likely to be complex: there is a lot of legislation around FISA, and a lot of misunderstanding of what is and isn’t legal. Secondly, it may demonstrate the extraordinary powers the surveillance agencies have in the USA, mostly courtesy of the GOP (and which Snowden leaked about). Thirdly, if it is short it may be more accusation than evidence: which is not especially helpful. We’ll just have to see. The memo is certain to muddy the waters, which is presumably the intention, but with all the recent coyness I’m wondering if some cooler heads in the GOP are beginning to be less sure about the release. 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first_imgOpinion Timeforpud Fake news has a long history. Beware the state being keeper of ‘the truth’ 11 Feb 2018 8:30 Share on Twitter Report | Pick Twitter Facebook seems to enforce the situation where we don’t talk to each other or discuss things anymore. No one wants to see anything “unpleasant” ie anything they disagree with. People unfriend others who express points of view that cross their own views. We have become a rigidly polarised society living our lives in bubbles. All people seem to want to do is hide from different viewpoints. 8 9 The “solution” to the problem of fake news is the same solution for every problem of oppression through mind control: education. Media literacy programs in schools is the antidote, not to mention ethics curriculum, for ages 3 and up. As soon as we can talk we can begin to reason, so let’s help our future generations get strong minds immune to all the BS. Share | Pick Report Share on LinkedIn The corporate media(which the Guardian is a part)is, by definition, a purveyor of “fake news”, so i’m struggling with this piece… Share From China to the Philippines, repressive regimes use the charge of “fake news” to impose censorship and crush dissent Prydain Share on Twitter The population doesn’t want decent critical thinking skills. If they did, they could use the internet to educate themselves on all manner of logical fallacies, deduction, induction, philosophy and suchlike. They choose not to. When given the freedom of the internet, they go on social media and argue about things they’ve never even bothered to learn about, even though it can be accessed through the same bloody browser. With the wealth of education resources available to the vast majority of the population and complete freedom to pick your own subjects, people just don’t, and then we come here and talk about “educating people”. If they don’t want to educate themselves when the resources are practically free, I’m afraid it’s going to be a case of fuck our species; we deserve it. Support The Guardian Report 6 7 Twitter Twitter 11 Feb 2018 8:19 Share on Twitter Facebook Guardian better than the Indy Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook gondwanaboy Share via Email Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 11 Feb 2018 9:11 7 8 It was the Russians. I was told by very brainy respected people. AirplayLP 11 Feb 2018 8:30 Share 11 Feb 2018 8:34 Twitter 11 Feb 2018 8:17 100 Share johnrames eveofchange The corporate media(which the Guardian is a part)is, by definition, a purveyor of “fake news”, so i’m struggling with this piece… | Pick Facebook There is a lot of propaganda/fake news, which involves the suppression of sharing news of injustice, corruption, abuse. When certain areas of law, are deemed private,secret, society may assume that such cases involve national security. Many cases involve personal cases of corruption or injustice or cases involving children in family law. The state will claim that such cases are secret in order to protect the interests of the children, but they often do no such thing. In cases of child abuse, within the family, the public has no idea of the number of cases that are never investigated, or are mishandled,corrupted, covered up, and of the perverse outcomes. Al Jazeera -The Listening PostA weekly programme that examines and dissects the world’s media, how they operate and the stories they cover. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/ | Pick Loading comments… Trouble loading? Twitter Share on Twitter 11 Feb 2018 8:29 Share on Twitter Facebook Show 2 more replies Share on Facebook 35 36 Heather C Share on Twitter Share Report Share Facebook Reply Exactly, no one wants the general population to have decent critical thinking skills*. Unfortunately many real, traditional news organisations currently have their own political agendas. 1. Diversity of ideology. Don’t trust sources of a singular ideological slant. The truth is always in the middle. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick Share on Twitter Pretty sure Noam Chomsky was writing about the MSM blatantly manipulating public opinion 30 years ago… I laugh at how it’s only fake when They do it….. Kind of like terrorism. Share on Twitter 8 9 Twitter Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other 72 73 Share on Twitter 16 17 Reason (optional) Share on Twitter | Pick eveofchange prairdog 6 7 Share on Twitter Twitter partoftheproblem View more comments 11 Feb 2018 9:02 Gary Ruddock | Pick Facebook Reply Reply Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Report Report Twitter Twitter 11 Feb 2018 9:01 Facebook 31 32 Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter 11 Feb 2018 9:52 Share US press and publishing unthreaded Share Twitter 11 Feb 2018 8:58 11 Feb 2018 8:35 Share on Facebook Twitter 7 8 Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebook TaliShar Marc Wolston | Pick TomEastSydney Opinion Facebook | Pick 11 Feb 2018 14:37 | Pick Report Marc Wolston 1 2 Share on Twitter Hillsborough disaster Marc Wolston Donald Trump 10 11 Reply In the past, only governments and powerful figures could manipulate public opinion. Today, it’s anyone with internet access. Just as elite institutions have lost their grip over the electorate, so their ability to act as gatekeepers to news, defining what is and is not true, has also been eroded. Twitter Share on Facebook Shares690690 | Pick That is obviously untrue for a start. TomEastSydney Oliver Elkington Reply Share Reply Reply 5 6 Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share JimBobWalton Facebook recommendations 9 10 Share 11 Feb 2018 8:29 For truth you need to remove the facts from the narrative. That’s why Brexit is such a shit show. All talk, little facts. So you trust only the BBC? Reply Share Twitter Tempting as it is to legislate against manipulated ‘facts’, it both misguided and dangerous Share on Facebook All roads lead to Rome, apparently – that phrase itself a great example of the ancient art of spin and fakery…the Romans with their grand architecture..the god like depiction of their rulers..Julius Caeser writing exciting descriptions of far away Germanic tribes to keep the fear smouldering at home..global safety guaranteed by civis romanus sum…a fake idea of projected power that was eventually seen through. And of course Virgil, with his epic poetry of celebration and heroism was the Fox News of his day. Report 112 113 Share on Twitter Beware of ANYONE being the arbiter of truth. Arguments need to be weighed against one another, out in the open air, and may the strongest win. Governments, media companies, and sections of society will often claim to have the real truth, and want to stop anyone forming arguments against them. Anyone who grants themselves this power needs to be fought. MightyBuccaneer Report Threads collapsed Sciolist 1 Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Reply HellHoundOnMyTrail Timeforpud Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Report Reply Gary Morgan Share on Facebook Twitter 5 6 Reply 115 116 Things are the same, or getting worse. So you are wrong.The BBC and all the MSM have revealed themselves to be just partisan supporters of the elite.This was always true,of course, but very few believed it.That is thankfully no longer the case .The growing crisis of capitalism ,the election of Corby to lead Labour and things like that, have forced the ruling class to drop much of their pretence at “neutrality”. This will get considerably worse. Report Share on Facebook 11 Feb 2018 8:17 21 22 Show 25 11 Feb 2018 8:59 Reply Share on Facebook Google 11 Feb 2018 8:46 MightyBuccaneer | Pick Twitter partoftheproblem Reply | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook 4 5 Facebook Report Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Only really a problem when Al Jazeera is reporting on an issue that concerns Quatar itself. In general, Al Jazeera is very good, certainly in comparison to most other news channels. | Pick Report | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook There is a danger that younger generations will stop going if they see it failing to pay off for those 10-20 years older than them. Currently more kids are going to university but that could decline when younger people see people in their 30s and 40s with degrees not earning as much as they were promised. Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Oliver Elkington Twitter Share | Pick Oliver Elkington Report Share on Facebook Phoebe3 Reply Share | Pick Reply Report Share on Facebook Facebook Share In 1675, Charles II issued a proclamation for the suppression of coffee houses to prevent the spread of ‘false, malicious and scandalous reports’.Photograph: Dea Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images The fakers of news since time began–the ruling class and their helpers in the MSM, “history ” writers and the like–have found a novel way of concealing this fact. They use their control of ALL the mass media , all the political parties, all the state apparatus etc to scream that everybody BAR them is “faking ” news. As Hitler remarked: If you lie tell big lies . A small lie will be disbelieved,as many ordinary people tell trivial lies themselves, and can see the similarity. But a gross, impudent lie tends to be believed as ordinary people believe that the rulers, although not liked, would NEVER be so crass as to do to that–and even then, as Hitler knew, even when the gross lie has been nailed, residual dirt will still stick .Ergo some stll believe that LFC fans were to blame for Hillsborough, and that the miners were violent too. Facebook Share on Facebook 11 Feb 2018 8:55 Share on Facebook Digital media 11 Feb 2018 12:28 Reply Share on Facebook Reply Share 11 Feb 2018 8:55 11 Feb 2018 8:17 expanded 11 Feb 2018 8:33 11 Feb 2018 8:41 11 Feb 2018 8:20 Some sort of camping experience perhaps? Before Facebook, there was the coffee house. In the 17th-century, panic gripped British royal circles that these newly established drinking salons had become forums for political dissent. In 1672, Charles II issued a proclamation “to restrain the spreading of false news” that was helping “to nourish an universal jealousie and dissatisfaction in the minds of all His Majesties good subjects”.Now, 350 years on, legislators across the world are seeking to do the same. Last week, the House of Commons digital culture, media and sport committee flew to Washington DC to grill representatives of big tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google. The title of their session echoed Charles II: “How can social media platforms help stop the spread of fake news?”If there is a long history to fears about fake news, there is a long history to fake news too. In 1924, four days before a general election, the Daily Mail published the forged Zinoviev letter, a supposed directive from Moscow to British communists to mobilise “sympathetic forces” in the Labour party; Labour lost the election by a landslide.In the wake of the Broadwater Farm riot of 1985, in which a policeman, PC Keith Blakelock, was hacked to death, the police and the press organised a lurid campaign against the key suspect, Winston Silcott, depicting him as “the beast of Broadwater Farm”. Convicted on the basis of virtually no evidence, he was released three years later after it was shown that the police had forged their interview notes. Share on Facebook Facebook Sciolist | Pick Share on Facebook the trouble there is, stalin, mao and even hitler all preached and practiced various forms of socialism, makes people understandably nervous now, helluva death toll sri lanka, venezuela, north korea today, the brand is kinda tainted! Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Yesssss, don’t trust them… Over there…. Trust us… Over here…. We are the true route to enlightenment…. We are the most impartial an unbiased path to your world view….. We only live to inform…. Said every single news paper ever…. Sorry, I get my event-based things – assuming it’s not 100% fiction, but beyond that I don’t trust any of you… Report Report do you think everything you see here is real news? google -assad emails guardian- and contrast with events of the last 48 hours Share 3 Newspapers & magazines | Pick Twitter 0 1 Share Reply 11 Feb 2018 8:48 Share Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Share Report Twitter Facebook 11 Feb 2018 8:29 | Pick 6 7 Great article. 11 Feb 2018 8:26 25 Share Facebook in other words, things got better. Now that certain elites no longer have the manipulation monopoly, it might be a good time to give to the unwashed masses the ability to distinguish truth from lie, to inoculate them from the manipulation of others. We need to teach them the skills that will allow them to sort fact from fiction. Let’s write down principles of good thinking. I’ll start 1. Diversity of ideology. Don’t trust sources of a singular ideological slant. The truth is always in the middle. When you hear a story on, say, immigration, read both the Guardian and the Daily Mail. And perhaps Breitbart and Westmonster, and the Canary. The truth a subset of the intersection of what they say. Share on Twitter 12 13 Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Tutail LoveLondon 11 Feb 2018 14:30 20 21 | Pick i’m amber dudd and i do not approve this message In 1989, the Sun, fed lies by the police, ran a campaign to besmirch Liverpool football fans after 96 supporters died at Hillsborough, crushed to death after being forced into an overcrowded caged pen. The Sun invented stories of drunken fans as the cause of the disaster.In 2003, in the run-up to the Iraq war, articles about Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction filled newspaper pages across the world.And so on. Lies masquerading as news are as old as news itself. What is new today is not fake news but the purveyors of such news. In the past, only governments and powerful figures could manipulate public opinion. Today, it’s anyone with internet access. Just as elite institutions have lost their grip over the electorate, so their ability to act as gatekeepers to news, defining what is and is not true, has also been eroded.There is another change, too. In the past, those with power manipulated facts so as to present lies as truth. Today, lies are often accepted as truth because the very notion of truth is fragmenting. “Truth” often has little more meaning than: “This is what I believe” or: “This is what I think should be true”. On issues from Brexit to same-sex marriage, all sides cling to their view as the truth, refusing to engage with “alternate” views. As Donald Trump has so ably demonstrated, the cry of “fake news” has become a way of dismissing inconvenient truths. And from China to the Philippines, repressive regimes use the charge of “fake news” to impose censorship and crush dissent. MightyBuccaneer Twitter Reply It has been shown polls are not true. Ive never been asked to participate in one. What is true..and history repeats itself..the apathy of the majority is waiting on a trigger. Grenfell showed they don’t care. They are making zillions for their pals consultants on Brexit. Buy the latest royal wedding jugs ! It’s embarrassing to see how other countries proletariat deal with elite insurgence. Brits form an orderly queue. Try that anywhere else…Lebanon, Damascus, Yemen. The fake news…smoke and mirrors. How’s your water supply ? 11 Feb 2018 8:59 Twitter Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. HellHoundOnMyTrail dylan37 Report 21 22 Share on Facebook Share Reply Reply Facebook Report Twitter Reckon they might have faked the Charles II quotes? Report partoftheproblem Haggala Reuse this content,View all comments > Facebook Reply 11 Feb 2018 8:52 Share Share on Facebook Share Report Report 0 1 11 Feb 2018 8:47 It’s easier to get a passport than a CD from Global. Another thing Mayday was in charge of…and her incompetent pals all on £MILLIONS pensions PonyBoyUK 11 Feb 2018 10:07 The solution is to read widely and gather perspectives from around the world before deciding which story makes the most sense. 6 7 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. HellHoundOnMyTrail | Pick Facebook Report Twitter I suppose I am an extreme free speecher. I think everybody should be able to say what they like. Universities should invite whom they wish to speak and ‘pervert young minds’. Islam haters and haters of Islam should argue in the most public arenas possible. Homophobia and homoenthusiam and homosexuality and transveticism and all sexuality should be unbound and, larded with lies and prejudice, discussed without restraint. Blackness, whiteness, Jewishness, Welshness and every ness that inflames should be openly discussed, lied about and the discussions should be polluted naturally by openly expressed prejudice. Only violence, and the encouragement of violence, should be considered criminal. Fake news is healthy. It’s existence forces people to be informed of the truth or they will become stupid dupes. Fake news forces truth to be defined. Fake news, lies, require rebuttal and to try and ban the fake news is simply laziness; I can’t be arsed with the lies on Breitbart, in the Mail, on Facebook……. they should be banned, is failure to present truth and that should be the sin. But truth doesn’t sell papers, doesn’t win elections. That too is lazy. Truth has a glorious clarity, relying as it so often does on simplicity. People need to see that simple truth is the path to the resolution of problems, disagreements, through honest discourse. But honest discourse is impossible if you disallow its opposite. If the crap talked in coffee houses, online forums, is given credibility by showing that it needs to be legally restrained by authority, it goes underground as truth. Share on Twitter | Pick LoveLondon 33 34 11 Feb 2018 14:26 YesDear Share Reply MightyBuccaneer 11 Feb 2018 8:45 Tutail Share on Facebook 10 11 If they don’t want to educate themselves when the resources are practically free, I’m afraid it’s going to be a case of fuck our species; we deserve it. eveofchange PonyBoyUK Twitter Share If he did, he was right, and for many years before that too, but few thought so–then. As I have just said, that is no longer the case.Hence the ruling class and its helpers are screeching about “fake” news being delivered by everybody BAR them.It is a classic diversion tactic, like a bloodied person saying that they have been attacked by somebody, so as to conceal the fact that it was them who did the attacking. That type of diversion is as old as history itself.The MSM and the elite, have merely reintroduced it–in a modern setting. Facebook Share Talk about fake news. The only safe default mode is to distrust everything. We teach kids there is a santa, that there is a god, that we are inferior to ‘royalty’ around the world and that party x has all the answers. as a result they doubt space shots and even have the temerity to suggest the BBC might make a mistake. Share Twitter LourdePaul prairdog ozcitizen 67 68 Timeforpud Reply 0 1 Richard Jones Close report comment form Share 11 Feb 2018 14:37 i would say hobbes kind of beats chomsky, then you have the greek guys… Share Share on Facebook Reply 15 16 Share on Facebook Share ozcitizen Share on Facebook Share on Facebook “oh, that piss poor alf garnet type i used to go to school with” who needs the aggro? This is why we should be wary of many of the solutions to fake news proposed by European politicians. Such solutions do little to challenge the culture of fragmented truths. They seek, rather, to restore more acceptable gatekeepers – for Facebook or governments to define what is and isn’t true. In Germany, a new law forces social media sites to take down posts spreading fake news or hate speech within 24 hours or face fines of up to €50m. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has promised to ban fake news on the internet during election campaigns. Do we really want to rid ourselves of today’s fake news by returning to the days when the only fake news was official fake news?In 1675, Charles II issued a new “proclamation for the suppression of coffee houses” because “divers false, malicious and scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad”. The king declared that “coffee houses be… put down and suppressed”. The attempts to control today’s fake news through contemporary equivalents of the suppression of the coffee house are equally misguided and dangerous.Seventeenth-century coffee-house owners were forced eventually to accept that only “loyal men” should be licensed to run coffee houses and to promise to inform the king of anything “they know or hear said prejudicial to the government”. We should be careful what we wish for. Share on Facebook Share 11 Feb 2018 8:34 20 21 2 Richard Jones Facebook 2 26 27 Twitter Share on Facebook eveofchange 11 Feb 2018 8:32 Reply Report | Pick Share | Pick 11 Feb 2018 14:29 Lack of education and ability to apply critical reasoning is the biggest problem. For example, the elites have been telling us that socialism is the root of all evil for decades, without providing any evidence or rationale… if you tell people a lie for long enough then they start to believe it Twitter Share Report AirplayLP 33 34 Share on Twitter 0 1 17 18 Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick 11 Feb 2018 10:12 0 1 AirplayLP Share Facebook Comments 139 Share 3 4 Reply Bertrand Russell captured the difference very neatly in his classic History of Philosophy: Rousseau saw the state as the guarantor of freedom, Locke saw it as the potential oppressor. So the contrast drawn here between what France and Germany are naturally doing and the essentially Lockean critique offered by Kenan Malik fits neatly into this tradition identified by Russell. Share | Pick Yes because as we all know, when you want the truth you head straight for an arm of the Qatari Government. | Pick Share 11 Feb 2018 10:10 Exactly, no one wants the general population to have decent critical thinking skills*. Things are easier with everyone just cruising along on autopilot… *no I’m not special, I have my blind spots and bad habits 11 Feb 2018 8:32 Share on Twitter | Pick Share Reply Share Twitter Facebook Facebook | Pick Report Twitter 7 8 4 5 YesDear 33 34 A variation of; quis custodiet ipsos custodiet Who teaches the teachers. Share on Facebook Report 11 Feb 2018 8:10 Facebook JN84 Show 3 more replies Reply 11 Feb 2018 8:34 | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Report 1 Sat 10 Feb 2018 19.00 EST Educating people on how to evaluate and analyze what they see and read on social media seems to be a way forward. The social media giants themselves could help in this without having to censor anything. Unfortunately many real, traditional news organisations currently have their own political agendas. Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 02.00 EST piebeansMontrachet Facebook partoftheproblem So if we were to look we would see that there has been a reduction in the number of people going to university? Looking at the headlines and stats it seems like a considerable number of people go, a record number in 2016… | Pick Less and less people today are believing the right wing media, at least that has been the trend over the past 20 years anyway. Our government is trying to stop this by trying to stop our populace being less educated, raising university fees, making schools only focused on exams and closing public libraries that are often used by those who cannot afford internet and books elsewhere. You see a strong correlation between votes for the tories and levels of education, look at an area like Camden and compare it to north Lincolnshire, in Camden the populace is well educated and earns a lot compared to the national average but knows enough about the government to realise that voting for the tories will only bring about economic ruin. In North Lincolnshire despite being poor and remote they are less educated and believe the right wing press when they talk about Labour communism etc. We need to educate our population, all of it. Report Reply 50 Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 11 Feb 2018 8:33 piebeansMontrachet piebeansMontrachet Since you’re here… Reply Reply LourdePaul Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Report | Pick Report PonyBoyUK comment maybe the establishment right up to the queen wanted to break away, and this was the only torturous way they could eventually give it the veneer of legality? the scottish version rang all sorts of alarm bells, given some of the high level quotes coming out very near the deadline JimBobWalton Share comments (139)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 11 Feb 2018 8:35 11 Feb 2018 8:43 Share on Facebook MPs warned against term ‘fake news’ for first live committee hearing outside UK Facebook Show 10 more replies MightyBuccaneer Report Share on Twitter Share Twitter Reply Reply Report | Pick Share on Twitter 11 Feb 2018 8:57 “Always” makes it incorrect, yes, but it’s a great principle Twitter 4 5 Reply Facebook AirplayLP 11 Feb 2018 14:16 Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Well its been a long time since I’ve read a Guardian article I wholeheartedly agree with but yes Kenan you hit the nail on the head here. Report 4 5 Reply | Pick Share Share via Email Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Gary Morgan Share on Facebook Twitter johnrames Share on Facebook AirplayLP Reply Reply Twitter Prydain 1 2 Share on Twitter partoftheproblem That seems ok until you realise that the education system and the educators are not exactly unbiased. Our government is trying to stop this by trying to stop our populace being less educated, raising university fees…. Are folk that pay BBC licence fee eligible for free brain transplant…even if it takes 20 years ? Gary Morgan Reply Digital media 11 Feb 2018 12:26 19 20 Report PonyBoyUK 46 47 Share on Twitter Kenan Malik Report Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Haggala Reply Read more Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share Report Facebook collapsed piebeansMontrachet Share Email (optional) 11 Feb 2018 8:28 Facebook | Pick I agree completely/. But where would we be, how much joy, fun and chaos would be lost if people were entirely rational about life….? Share on Twitter Reply All Report Share on Twitter Twitter Heather C AirplayLP Al Jazeera reports on stories not even the guardian touches. 20 21 Report Report Share on Twitter Do we really want to rid ourselves of today’s fake news by returning to the days when the only fake news was official fake news? The problem is what happens to you if you present True News ie Assange, Snowden, Manning etc. The state does not like having its crimes exposed. 9 10 Report Facebook Share | Pick 31 32 Reply Share on Facebook TheDebunker Facebook 11 Feb 2018 8:13 Share on Twitter | Pick Oliver Elkington Report Twitter Reply 4 5 Those fooled by fake news tend to be people who are not intellectually equipped to choose trustworthy sources. Often they also have a strong vested emotional interest in rejecting information they don’t want to hear. These people will remain vulnerable whatever “filtering” goes on. We just have to hope that the majority of people are sufficiently intelligent and educated to resist the worst of the manipulators. The future of democracy – and Western civilisation in general – may depend on it. Share marknickless PonyBoyUK Facebook Report Twitter oldest Share on Facebook newest 3 Report Report Show 1 more reply Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Report 11 Feb 2018 8:31 Well in the days of the Press Complaints Committee the Mail got tagged for lying far more than any of the other papers, by a distance.They lie outrageously then dare people to sue. Most were too poor to. Fortunately they irked Max Mosley who funded people to contest egregious offending. gondwanaboy Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter 13 14 Facebook 11 Feb 2018 8:29 Report HellHoundOnMyTrail Report Facebook ozcitizen J.S. Mill is the real champion of free speech. | Pick You might have, but I haven’t, for I don’t unfriend those I disagree with. 16 17 | Pick Share on Facebook “The truth is rarely plain and never simple” as Wilde rather pithily had it. Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick In North Lincolnshire despite being poor and remote they are less educated and believe the right wing press when they talk about Labour communism etc. We need to educate our population, all of it. 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first_imgThis article is more than 4 months old This article is more than 4 months old Share on WhatsApp Donald Trump California high school student Maddie Mueller claims the dress code ban violates her first amendment rights Twitter Tue 26 Feb 2019 16.30 EST US education Soon after the story broke, Mueller made an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, claiming that the school was discriminating against her because she “checked today” and saw four Hillary Clinton T-shirts, a Bernie Sanders hat, an Obama shirt and seven LGBTQ rainbow flag hats. Ingraham asked Mueller if these items were worn “in classrooms” and she said yes.Ingraham said she had no reason to question Mueller’s claim that she saw four students in Clinton hats, two years after the presidential election, or that she had checked to make sure they were still wearing them in class. She did call her “edgy” and “brave”.In January, students from Covington Catholic high school on a trip to Washington made headlines after they were filmed apparently taunting a group of indigenous Americans. They were widely criticised by most of the media, but Fox and Friends painted them as victims of cruel online bullying simply because they displayed their political beliefs. Before that, a Texas 16-year-old tweeted about having his hat stolen and a drink thrown at him, Trump himself sent over a Maga hat.Kelly Avants, the chief communication officer for the Clovis Unified school district, told a CBS affiliate that the school’s dress code “is for kids to feel safe at school and free of distractions so they can focus on learning”.The district’s dress code is available online and states that no hats or caps may be worn inside classrooms and offices. It also bans many logos and brands, and specifically bans clothing or apparel that can be worn for the purpose of “harassing, threatening, or intimidating others”. Donald Trump Topics Shares9191 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Facebook Sam Wolfson Last modified on Tue 26 Feb 2019 16.39 EST Share via Email For some middle and high schoolers, wearing a Maga hat has become not only a sign of their political allegiance, but an act of rebellion. There are many local news reports about children being asked to remove them, or claiming they’ve been abused for wearing one. Washington DC, an overwhelmingly Democratic city, often encounters an influx of children on school trips in Maga hats, making residents bristle.Maddie Mueller, a student at Clovis North high school in Fresno, California, is the latest example. She was prohibited from wearing her Maga hat by teachers, so she’s now suing the school district, claiming she has a first amendment right to wear it.School officials say they simply don’t allow certain logos as part of the dress code, but Mueller has responded saying, “to my knowledge, Trump is not a logo. It’s a last name. It’s just our president.“How is being a patriot in trying to show pride in your country – how is that inappropriate?” Support The Guardian news Share via Email Pinterest Student sues school district after being told she can’t wear a Maga hat Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Bee in their bonnet: a Maga hat.Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuterslast_img read more

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first_img@JamilesLartey Share on Messenger Johnson said he is optimistic the group’s request will be taken seriously by the committees, whose leadership transferred from Republicans to Democrats last month after the 2018 midterms.Johnson is especially hopeful for congressional engagement on these issues based on how active some progressive freshman legislators, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been. “I applaud the energy this freshman class is bringing into the conversation,” Johnson said.He added: “It’s time for our nation to come to grips with the unjust parts of its history and what that history means to black people. It’s only then that we can begin the process of moving forward and purge ourselves of the idea of race and racism.” Share via Email US crime This article is more than 4 months old Share on Pinterest US Congress Last modified on Wed 13 Mar 2019 17.31 EDT Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share via Email Mourners visit the memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue on 31 October 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Religion NAACP to Congress: investigate hate crimes spike amid ‘xenophobic rhetoric’ The NAACP is asking Congress to hold hearings on what the group describes as a troubling spike in domestic terrorism aimed at racial, ethnic and religious minorities in the US – directly implicating the rhetoric of Donald Trump.The group sent letters to the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees on Wednesday formally laying out its request.“Sadly, many with racist beliefs have been emboldened by a national climate in which our nation’s highest office sanctions dog whistle politics and xenophobic rhetoric,” said NAACP president Derrick Johnson in a statement. “Now is the time to act to ensure our communities are awakened to these potential dangers and protected.”Johnson said that the recent arrest of Christopher Hasson – a white supremacist who amassed a cache of weapons and ammunition with the intention of assassinating a number of high profile progressive politicians and media figures – added urgency to the request, calling the discovery of Hasson’s plans “unnerving”.Alongside mass casualty events, like one that Hasson was allegedly planning, or the October attack that left 11 dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the NAACP also cites a rise in the number of hate crimes in the US. A recent report from the FBI found that hate crimes were up 17% in 2017, capping a third-straight year of increases.Although the report cautioned that the apparent spike may have been partially due to increased reporting by law enforcement, then acting attorney general Matthew Whittaker called the findings “a call to action” and “despicable violations of our core values as Americans”. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have also found increases in hate crime activity roughly tied to the political rise of Trump.The House Committee on Homeland Security told the Guardian that domestic terrorism has been a “top priority” for its chairman, Democrat Bennie Thompson, for years. “We will be holding hearings on this topic, but none have been officially scheduled yet,” a spokesperson said.The judiciary committee did not respond to a request for comment.The NAACP, often credited as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization also asked Congress to hold hearings to bring transparency to the surveillance of black activists, specifically from the Black Lives Matter movement by the FBI and other arms of federal law enforcement.It was revealed last year that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI had produced internal reports labeling “black identity extremists” as posing a possible violent threat in the US. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which sued for access to several of the relevant items, “the documents were in stark contrast with the agencies’ communications regarding white supremacist groups, whom they deemed as engaging in ‘lawful’ protest activity worthy of government protection.”For that reason, Johnson said the group sees the two issues – of domestic terrorism and surveillance of black activists – as inextricably linked.“We see the same issue because it is a matter of priorities, and also a matter of resource allocation,” Johnson said. “Are we spending more time dealing with young people who are expressing their opposition through peaceful demonstration, assembly and protests? Or are we actually pursuing a course of action to deal with individuals who have committed terroristic acts and have the noun individuals and threatened with bodily harm?” Hate crime Donald Trump Share on Twittercenter_img Jamiles Lartey in New Orleans Group describes rise in terrorism aimed at racial, ethnic and religious minorities, directly implicating the rhetoric of Trump Support The Guardian This article is more than 4 months old FBI Race Share on Twitter Since you’re here… news Share on Facebook Shares2929 Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Wed 13 Mar 2019 13.32 EDT Reuse this content US crimelast_img read more

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