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Bogus Grass-Roots Politics on Twitter: Guess Who?

  • Posted on: 18 May 2011
  • By: Zwoof

Originally posted on 2010-11-08 19:54:40 -0400 but got stuck in our spam filter...ugh! - GH

Researchers at Indiana University have discovered evidence that political campaigns and special-interest groups are using fake Twitter accounts to create the impression of broad grass-roots political expression.

Who would sink so low?

Menczer says the research group uncovered a number of accounts sending out duplicate messages and also retweeting messages from the same few accounts in a closely connected network. For instance, two since-closed accounts, called @PeaceKaren_25 and @HopeMarie_25, sent out 20,000 similar tweets, most of them linking to, or promoting, the House minority leader John Boehner's website, gopleader.gov.

Just a couple of "Bad Apples" no doubt.

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"Military Harassing David House, Jane Hamsher for Visiting Bradley Manning"

  • Posted on: 23 January 2011
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Michael Whitney at FDL is running the twitter feed from Jane Hamsher, right now, who was being harrased by the military at Quantico along with David House, They were there with the required visitor's pass to meet with the the alleged leaker of #cablegate, Bradley Manning, to Wikileaks in order to deliver a petition concerning Manning's treatment:

BREAKING: Military Harassing David House, Jane Hamsher for Visiting Bradley Manning

Jane Hamsher is with David House who is trying to visit Pvt. Bradley Manning at Quantico today while carrying a petition with 42,000 signatures requesting humane treatment for Manning. The military isn’t making it easy at all and detained Jane and David for two hours. We’re publishing her tweets as well as David House’s tweets here as a post in case you haven’t been able to follow them on Twitter (@JaneHamsher and @DavidMHouse

UPDATE: At 2:50pm the military released Jane and David, and told David he could go off base and come back on to visit Bradley. But visiting hours end at 3pm, so Bradley won’t get a visit. We’ll have more soon.

Welcome to Bananastan, USA. Where the real media of the day get detained by the military and their car towed away and the fake media will probably file a report blaming them for being angry Bloggers.

Update below the fold...

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Running to save our Earth

  • Posted on: 14 November 2009
  • By: Unenergy

 

In a diary back in February, FishOutofWater wrote of the beginning of what would come to be known in Australia as the Black Saturday Bushfires.

Australia Fires Kill 128

Twenty-five people are confirmed to have died in fires north of Melbourne and this morning there are unconfirmed reports of bodies being found in cars overtaken by the fires in Gippsland in the state's east.

This morning Mr Brumby said 26 fires were still burning and up to a dozen of them are still very serious.

"Every effort is being thrown at the fires," he said.

"This is not over yet. Tragically I think there will be more bad news.

By the time the smoke had cleared, 173 people had perished in these fires. Two days ago I went to see some of the first responders, firefighters and police, who are currently sacrificing once again to raise funds for a good cause.

Back in February of this year in Victoria, Australia we had terrible heat waves taking the lives of many people, over taken in the news by the most destructive bushfire, wildfire in terms of lives and property, in Australia's history.

Iran one Last Time: Twitter Works Both Ways

  • Posted on: 19 June 2009
  • By: luaptifer

[Reposted with permission from Sibel Edmonds' blog 123 Real Change.]

Seeking Our Iranian Comrades’ Solidarity

Dear Activists in Iran:

We stand in solidarity with you and your movement against the alleged election fraud you’ve claimed. In return we hope you will reciprocate by supporting us in our struggle here in which we’ve been engaged for hmmmm…more or less eight years now – the following is an abbreviated list of our grievances:
 

Twitter and ePluribus Media

  • Posted on: 12 May 2009
  • By: Roxy

The community is all a-"twitter" about new ways to promote commentaries. With the help of the Drupal community we are in the midst of integrating Twitter Tools for you to use.

You can set up your Twitter profile in your member account. After you click on edit, you will see the Twitter and Tweeting options.

Please provide feedback.  We have done minor testing and it all seems to be working but would appreciate some feedback from the community.