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Politics and Current Events / Cambridge Analytica
Probably deserves it own thread at this point

Politics and Current Events / RIP Toys R Us
Another victim of private equity capitalism buying out companies, loading them up with debt to loot everything for themselves, and then letting them languish and die.

ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group. When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California, other Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group's cover might have been blown.

Long piece, here's just the beginning

Late last month, ProPublica reported that the California man accused of killing a gay and Jewish University of Pennsylvania student was an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of Atomwaffen Division, one of the country's most notorious extremist groups.

The news about the murder suspect, Samuel Woodward, spread quickly throughout the U.S., and abroad. Woodward was accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein and burying his body in an Orange County park.

The report, it turns out, was also taken up in the secretive online chats conducted by members of Atomwaffen Division, a white supremacist group that celebrates both Hitler and Charles Manson.

"I love this," one member wrote of the killing, according to copies of the online chats obtained by ProPublica. Another called Woodward a "one man gay Jew wrecking crew."

More soon joined in.

"What I really want to know is who leaked that shit about Sam to the media," a third member wrote.

At least one member wanted to punish the person who had revealed Woodward's affiliation with Atomwaffen.

"Rats and traitors get the rope first."

Encrypted chat logs obtained by ProPublica -- some 250,000 messages spanning more than six months -- offer a rare window into Atomwaffen Division that goes well beyond what has surfaced elsewhere about a group whose members have been implicated in a string of violent crimes. Like many white supremacist organizations, Atomwaffen Division uses Discord, an online chat service designed for video gamers, to engage in its confidential online discussions.

In a matter of months, people associated with the group, including Woodward, have been charged in five murders; another group member pleaded guilty to possession of explosives after authorities uncovered a possible plot to blow up a nuclear facility near Miami.

The group's propaganda makes clear that Atomwaffen -- the word means "nuclear weapons" in German -- embraces Third Reich ideology and preaches hatred of minorities, gays and Jews. Atomwaffen produces YouTube videos showing members firing weapons and has filmed members burning the U.S. Constitution and setting fire to the American flag. But the organization, by and large, cloaks its operations in secrecy and bars members from speaking to the media.

The chat logs and other material obtained by ProPublica provide unusually extensive information about the group's leaders, wider makeup, and potential targets, indicating:

The group may have as many as 20 cells around the country, small groups of indeterminate size in Texas, Virginia, Washington, Nevada and elsewhere. Members armed with assault rifles and other guns have taken part in weapons training in various locations over the last two years, including last month in the Nevada desert near Death Valley.

Members have discussed using explosives to cripple public water systems and destroy parts of the electrical power grid. One member even claimed to have obtained classified maps of the power grid in California. Throughout the chats, Atomwaffen members laud Timothy McVeigh, the former soldier who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168, including numerous children. Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who massacred 77 people, also come in for praise.

Woodward posted several messages in the days after Bernstein's murder, but before he was arrested and charged. In one thread, he told his fellow Atomwaffen members that he was thinking about the "passing of life" and was "truly grateful for our time together."

Woodward, 20, has pleaded not guilty in the Bernstein case. Prosecutors have said they are exploring whether the murder constituted a hate crime and detectives are now investigating what role, if any, Atomwaffen might have played in the homicide. Woodward and Bernstein had known each other in high school in California, and appear to have reconnected somehow shortly before the killing.

Law enforcement, both federal and state, have said little about what they make of Atomwaffen. But organizations dedicated to tracking and studying hate groups have been calling attention to what they regard as the group's considerable threat.

"We haven't seen anything like Atomwaffen in quite a while," said Keegan Hankes, a researcher who tracks the group for the Southern Poverty Law Center. "They should be taken seriously because they're so extreme."

Jeffrey Kaplan, a historian, has studied racial extremists for decades and edited the Encyclopedia of White Power. In an interview, he suggested that Atomwaffen is dangerous, but that talk in their propaganda and private conversations of aims such as toppling the U.S. government amounted to what he called a kind of "magical thinking." Kaplan said such groups often contain a handful of diehards who are willing to commit crimes and many more wannabes who are unwilling to do much more than read fascist literature.

"It's very hard to go from talking about violence to looking a guy in the eyes and killing him," said Kaplan, a professor of national security studies at King Fahd Defense College in Saudi Arabia.

we should definitely let Nazis organize publicly and recruit though, nothing could ever possibly go wrong with that
Politics and Current Events / Roy Moore is a pedophile

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore -- now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat -- was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

"He said, 'Oh, you don't want her to go in there and hear all that. I'll stay out here with her,' " says Corfman's mother, Nancy Wells, 71. "I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl."

Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa's helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.

Of the four women, the youngest at the time was Corfman, who is the only one who says she had sexual contact with Moore that went beyond kissing. She says they did not have intercourse.

Neither Corfman nor any of the other women sought out The Post. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore's Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore. The women say they don't know one another.

"I have prayed over this," Corfman says, explaining why she decided to tell her story now. "All I know is that I can't sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed."

This account is based on interviews with more than 30 people who said they knew Moore between 1977 and 1982, when he served as an assistant district attorney for Etowah County in northern Alabama, where he grew up.

The worst day of Brad McGahey's life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.

McGahey was 23 with dreams of making it big in rodeo, maybe starring in his own reality TV show. With a 1.5 GPA, he'd barely graduated from high school. He had two kids and mounting child support debt. Then he got busted for buying a stolen horse trailer, fell behind on court fines and blew off his probation officer.

Standing in a tiny wood-paneled courtroom in rural Oklahoma in 2010, he faced one year in state prison. The judge had another plan.

"You need to learn a work ethic," the judge told him. "I'm sending you to CAAIR."

not going to pull the whole thing apart, just read it and be horrified
Politics and Current Events / #FyreFestival
Could just crosspost this all to the Guillotine thread, but lots of lol's to be had
tl;dr a bunch of rich failsons paid absurd amounts of money (starting at $4k, up to over $100k) to go to a music festival hosted by Ja Rule and Blink 182 (is this 2002??) and "instagram influencers.'

they did not get what they expected

I need to come up with a way to separate a lot of wealthy idiots from their money while also giving them the real-life refugee camp experience
Politics and Current Events / Removing Kim
Because one war of regime change isn't enough!


Chicago Public School students who want to graduate will have to show proof that they have a plan after high school--such as providing an offer letter for a job or acceptance into college or military service, under a plan expected to be approved next month.

The initiative, pitched by former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and carried by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is targeted at encouraging students to plan for life after high school. It likely goes farther than any other public-school initiative to encourage postsecondary preparation. Mr. Emanuel called it a "game-changer."

This is one of the dumber ideas I've ever heard, and that's saying a lot in the Age of Trump.
Politics and Current Events / GA-6
There's a special election underway there to fill Tom Price's seat. Early voting results thus far are looking like a pretty strong Dem turnout. I'm not going to trust anything until the results are actually in ever again, but Nate Cohn's a good follow for incoming data.

Polls closed about 30 minutes ago, and the first exit polls indicate that the incumbent party will hold 31 seats, and Geert Wilders' party will take 19 seats in a three-way tie for second. Until just this last week, it looked like Wilders' party might actually win the most individually seats, but support collapsed at the end.

Hopefully this is a sign that the right-wing populist wave that's swept the UK and the US will be contained.
Really looking forward to breaking this news to my wife tonight. Can this shitty year please just end already?