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    Demonland Player Banner 2018

    The sheen on Jonsey's head is not accurate enough for my liking.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    That is 100% correct. He stays at the resort in his capacity as POTUS. The government pays for his room and the rooms for all his entourage/security. They pay the owner of Mar-a-lago, who is Trump. He literally profits from staying at his own resort. He did this in his first weekend as POTUS. It's outrageous, but the GOP and his sycophantic follows don't seem to care. Again, if a Democrat did this they would call for a revolution. A few hours ago his National Security Adviser resigned. You know, the guy who replaced the last guy who was fired for lying to the VP. Oh and Trump tweeted last week that his National Security Adviser wasn't going anywhere (because a week before that, Trump fired his Secretary of State so questions were asked). But Trump assures us that he "has the best people". What a joke. Edit: Forgot to mention John Dowd has also retired. Dowd was the head of Trump's legal defence regarding the Mueller investigation.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    I thought only Islamic Fundamentalists blew themselves up? Austin Bombing Suspect a Homeschooled Christian Conservative This has been a crazy week.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    Summons Issued for Trump in Emoluments Case Trump has been a naughty boy by not disclosing his assets: They argue that Trump’s refusal to divest from his sprawling business empire — in particular, the Trump International Hotel in downtown D.C. — has meant that foreign governments have directly paid the Trump Organization for hotel bookings and events. Article says he has 3 weeks to respond as he's been included as a personal defendant. Also for anyone thinking he can just pardon himself - these are cases heard by State courts, the President cannot pardon himself (or be pardoned by another President) for State level crimes, only Federal ones. I believe this is one the reasons Robert Mueller has disclosed to the New York Attorney General his findings so far, so that New York can charge him with State-level money laundering (or whatever the charge ends up being) if he tries to pardon himself Federally. This assumes the Mueller investigation leads to charges against Trump himself, which it may not. I posted a list of those Mueller has indicted so far previously in this thread. Remember, Americans made Carter give up his Peanut farm, but somehow it's ok that Trump still owns a massive multi-national conglomerate and owes massive debts to the banks he now has power to legislate over. Seems fair.
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    Goodwin says Viney & TMac out for 6-8 Weeks

    God [censored] damnit
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    Demonland Player Banner 2018

    Love the tracc one
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    A student died. You were wrong. Your callousness doesn't negate that fact. CNN covered the story. You were wrong. Your ignorance doesn't negate that fact. In this case, the armed teacher killed the gunman and saved lives. This has happened before, and in other cases armed security guards have had no effect. I posted a story about a teacher with a gun who accidentally fired it in a classroom and injured 3 students. But you haven't responded to that. I assume you'd say "well that's the price you pay for security", which is interesting given you live in Australia where school shootings do not occur. For whatever reason (cultural, legal, whatever) we do not have this issue. We did not solve it with guns in schools, what makes you think America can? Arming teachers is moronic. This guy explains it much better than I can. It's a very long twitter thread but well worth the read. I suspect the accusation that you're a troll is correct.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    He has no idea. Literally said you wouldn't see this story on cnn, and I provided a link demonstrating that you can in fact find it on cnn. He said no students were killed. Gunman was a student. He is living in a fantasy land.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    Yeah this is not a good place if you value your sanity. I try to stay away but relapse constantly.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/20/us/maryland-school-shooting-resource-officer-response-trnd/index.html This is why people don't take you seriously. That's CNN covering the incident. It's not being ignored by 'the liberal media' or whatever. Also, the gunman was a student. So one student was killed - you should keep this in mind. My god, how much cool-aid did you drink? Only last week a trained, armed teacher accidentally injured 3 students when he lets his gun go off: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/three-injured-as-teacher-accidentally-discharges-gun-in-class/9550762 Amerca's gun laws are [censored]. Trump isn't helping here at all. From memory (cbf with sources atm, too late at night), he's said: - We need to arm teachers - We should take away people's guns and ignore due process (I'm astounded the '2nd amendment people' still support him after this). - Ridiculed a Republican Senator for being in the pocket in the NRA - Was a massive recipient of NRA funding during his Presidential campaign He's inconsistent and not helpful at all.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    Yeah feels the same doesn't it. I have a feeling there will be more sickening revelations when Mueller finishes his investigation. Assuming Trump doesn't replace Rosenstein with someone who'll fire him as Nixon did. Mueller's already indicted the following: 1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the FBI. 2) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December to making false statements to the FBI. 3) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted in October in Washington, DC on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, false statements, and failure to disclose foreign assets — all related to his work for Ukrainian politicians before he joined the Trump campaign. He’s pleaded not guilty on all counts. Then, in February, Mueller filed a new case against him in Virginia, with tax, financial, and bank fraud charges. 4) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. But he has now agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge. 5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are the Internet Research Agency, often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin. 21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments, and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller. 22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine source coz I was too lazy to type them all out, was just the first thing I googled when I looked for a list of Mueller's indictments.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    Previously we knew about them leveraging huge amounts of data for political campaigns, but the revelation that the data may have been both obtained and used illegally is new, to me at least. The channel 4 videos also have the CEO admitting to interfering with foreign elections, setting honey traps, bribes etc which are also of course illegal. Seriously watch them. They're startling.
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    The adventures of President Donald Gump

    Funny you should say that, the Brits worked it out and are currently producing a series. First 3 episodes are out. https://www.channel4.com/news/data-democracy-and-dirty-tricks-cambridge-analytica-uncovered-investigation-expose Only last week I posted in the fake news thread a report citing an Oxford study that said right wingers share and believe more fake news than left wingers. And now we see why - they were being deliberately fed this crap to win elections by a sophisticated and illegal campaign. It's not that they are worse people or more vulnerable - they were targeted in a very specific way. Oh and today a Fox News commentator quit saying he didn't want to be part of the propaganda machine: "Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration," wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News "strategic analyst." "Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed," he wrote. "Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers." Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomnamako/ralph-peters?utm_term=.bk7QALjAQ#.imG3dwyd3 So lets say it's 4 years ago. You're a reasonable conservative. You watch Fox News as your source of factual information. It degenerates into a "propaganda machine" (as quoted by Ralph Peters, above) without you noticing. At the same time your Facebook page subtly starts to contain more and more false and misleading information about political matters. Information specifically designed by Cambridge Analytica to ensure you vote the right the way. This is political advertising but illegally not labelled as such, and therefore bypasses the normal alarm bells that overlay your rationality when you are exposed to political ads. Now 4 years later, your guy is President and is talking about firing the man investigating his campaign for the very crimes perpetrated against you on your Facebook feed. But you don't care, because Cambridge and Fox have done such a great job reducing your ability to objectively evaluate politics that you believe everything they spew at you. But your guy won. And all you are about is winning, because politics is now sport. Since I know a lot of you won't watch the channel 4 investigation I linked, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica literally says "It doesn't matter if it's untrue as long as they believe it". Steve Bannon was on the board of Cambridge Analytica. They were an integral part of the Trump campaign. I highly recommend you watch those videos, only about 15 minutes each. As an aside, @Ethan Tremblay I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and say that judging from your postings over the past year I reckon you've visited /pol more than a few times. Get out dude, it's a cesspool. I strongly suspect it's where Cambridge seeded these memes in the first place, and is what Mark Turnbull (from the video above) was referring to when he said the "bloodstream of the internet". If I'm off the mark, I apologise, it's just the sense I get from a few of your posts.
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    Dudded once again on FTA into Melbourne

    Yup, this is it right here. FTA schedule has nothing to do with how good a team is and everything to do with how much Channel 7 can get from advertisers. Carlton draws viewers. We do not. The AFL pays lip service to Friday nights being a "reward for performance" but the Carlton example from the last few years is a clear example to the contrary.
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    Kane Cornes tips us to Top the Ladder

    Clearly Kane Cornes has been smoking the wacky tobaci.
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    Gawn doesn't want to be a pushover

    Me too. Apparently the standards for a year 6 English essay are higher than a newspaper article. Staggering.
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    Fake News in Footy

    yep it was a typo, I'll go fix it. This is what I was responding to, by linking to an article referencing a study showing fake news being spread more by right-wing users than left. Given that this is a thread about fake news, I thought it was relevant to the discussion. Edit: more typos. On fire today.
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    Fake News in Footy

    I don't think I called anyone anything? I said your post was incorrect and provided evidence to support my assertion. Other posters can decide which of our positions they find more persuasive.
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    Gawn doesn't want to be a pushover

    I was implying the opposite - that I am disappointed that a major Australian newspaper would make such an error.
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    Gawn doesn't want to be a pushover

    Please tell me that elementary school grammatical error isn't copied directly from the Herald Sun. His quote brings to mind our JLT match against North when Petracca gave a little nudge to Majak Daw, who's much much larger, to take an easy mark and goal. My brother's a North supporter and I was watching with him. Good times.
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    Fake News in Footy

    Not necessarily. The post themselves yes are often held on servers owned/leased by the social media company. However an external link posted to their site takes the user to that external site. To what extent a social media company should be responsible for a user posting a link to an external site which contains false information is a significant question society and the law need to answer. Would love for any lawyers out there to weigh in on this.
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    Fake News in Footy

    Hilarious because according to Oxford, it is the exact opposite: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/06/sharing-fake-news-us-rightwing-study-trump-university-of-oxford “On Twitter, a network of Trump supporters consumes the largest volume of junk news, and junk news is the largest proportion of news links they share,” the researchers concluded. On Facebook, the skew was even greater. There, “extreme hard right pages – distinct from Republican pages – share more junk news than all the other audiences put together.” Left wing media outlets are certainly guilty of the same sort of sensationalised click-baity partisan journalism that the right wing outlets are. However as indicated by the Oxford study, fake news is shared on social media by the right more than the left. There are two separate issues here The first is reputable media outlets sensationalising and intentionally mislabelling headlines in order to drive web traffic and ad revenue. They report quickly to compete to get that traffic and often the truth gets put second. This is a huge issue, and as has been posted previously if someone like an AFL player can stand up to misrepresented facts and maybe change this trend then all the better. This sensationalism of stories is something found across the spectrum of media organisations (left, right, and those who claim to be unbiased). This sort of journalism has been called 'fake news', but it isn't. It's simply a lower quality of news that we are used to and as a society deserve. It can contain factual inaccuracies but at its heart is not meant to be fake. It is fake by virtue of lower journalistic standards and the speed at which it moves. The second is the intentional construction of patently false stories, deliberately written and created to spread misinformation. They're written by trolls in impoverished nations who are paid simply to create something that will be shareable on social media or achieve a political aim. This is true 'fake news'. Deliberate deception masquerading as journalism. This is also a huge problem, and this is the sort of news that is overwhelmingly shared by the right on social media, as indicated by the Oxford study. The two issues were conflated after Trump's election. The term 'fake news' started to trend, so Trump appropriated the label (which formerly applied only to the second form) to include the first. Now we think of both of these types of news as 'fake'. It's a sneaky trick of language, because including them both under the one umbrella conflates the issue. It puts CNN and MSNBC (who sensationalise and obfuscate) on par with a Romanian troll farm which outright deceives. They are clearly different, although the actions of both are deeply troubling. I'm aware the general board may be bleeding into this post. If the mods see fit to delete my post I understand. I just wanted to add a little clarity to the debate here, given the AFL players are concerned with misrepresentations in the media. Also faultydet's post was patently untrue and so I felt it needed to be corrected. Edit: corrected typo "faultydiet" to "faultydet". My apologies.
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    Fake News in Footy

    Yep it's huge. I assume forums like BF and Demonland have different publishing rules that apply to them given the content is posted by a community. Again, not a lawyer, but it will be interesting to see how it all develops. Also don't know how it applies to FB and Twitter. They also aren't really responsible for constructing content, but they are responsible for its distribution.
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    What dreams may come ....

    (•_•) Doesn't seem very ( •_•)>⌐■-■ JADED of you (⌐■_■)
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    Fake News in Footy

    Interestingly, this is starting in the US. Fox News is being sued for publishing a story they knew to be false: https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/fox-news-alex-jones-both-sued-for-conspiracy-mongering.html "But the premise of the article soon fell apart after the primary source, who is also suing Fox News, said he was falsely quoted. After leaving the article online for several days, Fox News issued a retraction, but no apology for the story" It's happening, but I guess change is slow. So yeah, maybe footy journalists will calm down on the false statements if they start getting sued by players. You'd need to prove reputational damage though, which I assume would be difficult to do (I'm no lawyer).
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