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It's Raining...

Thank You Real POTUS Barack Obama For ALWAYS SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS - Come Rain Or Shine - AT HOME OR ABROAD.

Meanwhile, with the serial liar in the White House, This happened today....

Donald Trump cancels visit to WW1 military cemetery because it’s raining

Donald Trump has cancelled a trip to a US military cemetery in France, claiming the weather is too bad. The US President called off his visit to the Belleau Wood battlefield and cemetery east of Paris because of ‘scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,’ the White House said. He is now free to relax in the French capital this afternoon and has instead dispatched another member of his team to pay tribute. Insiders within the French government claim the excuse doesn’t wash and he could have easily made the trip.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/10/donald-trump-cancels-visit-to-ww1-military-cemetery-because-its-raining-8125310/?ito=cbshare

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Sat Nov 10, 2018, 01:07 PM (5 replies)

A Moment From Black America About Kanye West....

Kanye has been lost to us since the College Dropout, his last good CD. This was before his late Mother passed as a result of the after effects of an elective surgery.

Once Ms. West passed on, Kanye has been losing his mind -- seeking attention since.

From Marrying Kim K.

To Verbally Attacking Taylor Swift at an Awards Show.

To a Failed Clothing (No One In The African-American Community Want To Buy His BEEP....) Line to a Sneaker Line that no one cares about.

Kanye West was lost to us WAY BEFORE him launching like a sycophant in need of a bottle of attention -- on to Drump.

Remember, Kanye West is a Mental Case. Since he lost his Late Mother, he has had at least two -- if not more Breakdowns.

Kanye West does NOT (REPEAT, DOES NOT) speak or in anyway represents the African-American community.

Furthermore, while folks homes and personal belongings are drowning in the Florida Panhandle, Kanye West "visits" the Drump White House to (YES WE ARE SPEAKING THIS TRUTH) Shuck N Jive for Drump, Jared and Ivanka on CAMERA for 10 Minutes. #Deplorable

Again, for one last understanding -- KANYE WEST DOES NOT REPRESENT, SPEAK FOR OR ANYTHING ELSE for the African-American Community.

He's Dead To Us.
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Thu Oct 11, 2018, 01:56 PM (98 replies)

Hillary Clinton: You 'cannot be civil' with Republicans, Democrats need to be 'tougher'

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton says the time for civility is over.

After the bitter and partisan fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate declared that President Donald Trump has undermined the integrity of the nation's highest court and that it's time for Democrats to be "tougher" with their opponents, in an interview with CNN published Tuesday

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that's when civility can start again."

Clinton said that Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., "demeaned the confirmation process" and "insulted and attacked" Christine Blasey Ford – who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a sexual assault she alleges Kavanaugh committed in 1982 – along with other "women who were speaking out."

Clinton compared the handling of Kavanaugh's confirmation to "Republican operatives shutting down the voting in 2000," the "swift-boating of John Kerry," attacks on former Arizona Sen. John McCain in the 2000 Republican primary and "what they did to me for 25 years."

"When you're dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power, that is funded by corporate interests who want a government that does its bidding, you can be civil but you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections," she told Amanpour.

Clinton compared Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday to a "political rally" that "further undermined the image and integrity of the court."

She told Amanpour the effect on the court "troubles" and "saddens" her "because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government."

"But the President's been true to form," Clinton added. "He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign – really for many years leading up to the campaign. And he's continued to do that inside the White House."

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/10/09/hillary-clinton-cnn-interview/1578636002/

SHE 1000% RIGHT. This...Is....War until we gain the POWER BACK!
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Tue Oct 9, 2018, 11:55 PM (63 replies)

Can History Be Made With These Four African-American Candidates Governor & Lt. Gov Candidates?

Andrew Gillum - the Current Mayor of Tallahassee, FL, has won his Primary to become the First African-American Governor of Florida.


Stacey Abrams - the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, is vying to become the First African-American Governor of Georgia.


Ben Jealous - former President of the NAACP, is vying to become Maryland's First African-American Governor.


Garlin Gilchrist II - current executive director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan, former Candidate for Detroit City Clerk, former political organizer for the left-wing MoveOn.org and managed social media for Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, is vying to become the First African-American Lt. Governor of Michigan.


Posted by LovingA2andMI | Tue Aug 28, 2018, 11:31 PM (22 replies)

Facebook employs psychologist whose firm sold data to Cambridge Analytica

This Story Has SPIDER LEGS. #StayWokeFolks

"The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist.

Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica.

He was hired to work at Facebook as a quantitative social psychologist around November 2015, roughly two months after leaving GSR, which had by then acquired data on millions of Facebook users.

Chancellor is still working as a researcher at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California, where psychologists frequently conduct research and experiments using the company’s vast trove of data on more than 2 billion users.

It is not known how much Chancellor knew of the operation to harvest the data of more than 50 million Facebook users and pass their information on to the company that went on to run data analytics for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Chancellor was a director of GSR along with Aleksandr Kogan, a more senior Cambridge University psychologist who is said to have devised the scheme to harvest Facebook data from people who used a personality app that was ostensibly acquiring data for academic research.

On Friday, Facebook announced it had suspended both Kogan and Cambridge Analytica from using the platform, pending an investigation.

Facebook said in a statement Kogan “gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels” but “did not subsequently abide by our rules” because he passed the information on to third parties. Kogan maintains that he did nothing illegal and had a “close working relationship” with Facebook.

Facebook appears to have taken no action against Chancellor – Kogan’s business partner at the time their company acquired the data, using an app called thisisyourdigitallife.

Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Steve Bannon – used the data to build sophisticated psychological profiles of US voters."

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Mon Mar 19, 2018, 08:19 AM (4 replies)

Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials...

Source: Washington Post

Two former federal officials who crafted the landmark consent decree governing how Facebook handles user privacy say the company may have violated that decree when it shared information from tens of millions of users with a data analysis firm that later worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Such a violation, if eventually confirmed by the Federal Trade Commission, could lead to many millions of dollars in fines against Facebook, said David Vladeck, who as the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection oversaw the investigation of alleged privacy violations by Facebook and the subsequent consent decree resolving the case in 2011. He left that position in 2012.

On Sunday morning, Vladeck said in an interview with The Washington Post that Facebook’s sharing of data with Cambridge Analytica “raises serious questions about compliance with the FTC consent decree.”

The FTC did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday morning.

Facebook has denied violating the consent decree when it allowed an app developer working for Cambridge Analytica to gain access to information about estimated tens of millions of people. The group included both the 270,000 Facebook users who downloaded a psychological testing app and the Facebook “friends” of those people. This included the preferences those friends had expressed by hitting the widely used “like” button on social media posts or news stories.

In a statement Saturday, Facebook said, “We reject any suggestion of the violation of the consent decree. We respected the privacy settings that people had in place. Privacy and data protections are fundamental to every decision we make.”

Vladeck, now a professor at Georgetown Law, said violations of the consent decree could carry a penalty of $40,000 per violation, meaning that if news reports that the data of 50 million people were shared proves true, the company’s possible exposure runs into the trillions of dollars. Vladeck said that such a fine is unlikely but that the final penalty still could be very large.

“That’s the maximum exposure, though it’s not clear to me that the agency would insist on that kind of a penalty,” he said.

The FTC issue is rising as lawmakers in both the United States and Britain call for answers from Cambridge Analytica and Facebook — in some cases demanding that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg personally appear at legislative hearings.

The FTC consent decree required that users be notified and that they explicitly give their permission before data about them is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established. The developer of the app sought permission from those who downloaded it but not their Facebook friends. The app, called “thisisyourdigitallife,” offered personality predictions and billed itself on Facebook as “a research app used by psychologists.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/18/facebook-may-have-violated-ftc-privacy-deal-say-former-federal-officials-triggering-risk-of-massive-fines/?utm_term=.0dec17cb769d

If You Don't Know, Now You Know...This Happened in Election 2016 and This Is What Turned The Election...

"In a fantastic profile in The Guardian, Wylie revealed himself to be the architect of the technology that Cambridge Analytica used to develop targeted advertising strategies that arguably helped sway the U.S. presidential election.

A self-described gay, Canadian vegan, Wylie eventually became — as he told The Guardian — the developer of “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool.”

The goal, as The Guardian reported, was to combine social media’s reach with big data analytical tools to create psychographic profiles that could then be manipulated in what Bannon and Cambridge Analytica investor Robert Mercer allegedly referred to as a military-style psychological operations campaign — targeting U.S. voters."

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Mon Mar 19, 2018, 07:41 AM (12 replies)

Facebook in storm over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Source: Financial Times

Facebook is under increasing pressure to explain how data collected on 50m users were exploited for political gain, following claims that data firm Cambridge Analytica used the leaked information to help Donald Trump win the US presidency.

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are calling on the social network to reveal more information about how Cambridge Analytica, which has close ties to Steve Bannon, Mr. Trumps former chief strategist, harvested data of mostly US voters.

British MP Damian Collins has asked Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks chief executive, to personally testify in an investigation into how the social network was also used in political campaigns including the Brexit referendum. Mr Collins said it was time for Mr Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page.

Mr. Collins on Sunday accused Alexander Nix, Cambridge Analyticas chief executive, of deliberately misleading a committee hearing last month when he told parliament that his firm did not use any Facebook data. Mr. Nix told the Financial Times at the weekend that he stood by his comments, despite a former employee turned whistleblower claiming he had evidence to the contrary.

Mr. Nix said: We deleted our Facebook data at the time we were alerted to a possible contravention of Facebook data policies.

When asked why he did not disclose this to parliament, he said: They didnt ask me that. They asked me if you used Facebook data in your model. The answer to that question is no.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/828e50ac-2ace-11e8-a34a-7e7563b0b0f4

This is serious folks. Wanna know what happened during Election 2016?

It all starts and ends with Facebook, The Mercer's Cambridge Analytica, Russia, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump (plus other players on the Trump Team). As the Whistleblower from Facebook (whose account on FB is now SUSPENDED on FB -- interesting timing don't ya think -) now says and read this one twice if needed:

"A self-described gay, Canadian vegan, Wylie eventually became as he told The Guardian the developer of Steve Bannon's psychological warfare mindfuck tool.

The goal, as The Guardian reported, was to combine social media reach with big data analytical tools to create psychographic profiles that could then be manipulated in what Bannon and Cambridge Analytica investor Robert Mercer allegedly referred to as a military-style psychological operations campaign targeting U.S. voters."
- [link:https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/18/facebook-has-suspended-the-account-of-the-whistleblower-who-exposed-cambridge-analytica/Techcrunch]
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Mon Mar 19, 2018, 07:11 AM (69 replies)

THANK YOU President Obama For Trying To WARN US About This.....

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault - JUNE 23, 2017

"Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.

• Graphic: The main findings, highlighted

• Next: Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent. Hackers with ties to Russian intelligence services had been rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks, as well as some Republican systems, for more than a year. In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. And on July 22, nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee were dumped online by WikiLeaks.

But at the highest levels of government, among those responsible for managing the crisis, the first moment of true foreboding about Russia’s intentions arrived with that CIA intelligence.

The material was so sensitive that CIA Director John O. Brennan kept it out of the President’s Daily Brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad. The CIA package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read. To guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama bin Laden raid.

It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA’s view. Only in the administration’s final weeks in office did it tell the public, in a declassified report, what officials had learned from Brennan in August — that Putin was working to elect Trump.

[Putin ‘ordered’ effort to undermine faith in U.S. election and help Trump, report says]

Over that five-month interval, the Obama administration secretly debated dozens of options for deterring or punishing Russia, including cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, the release of CIA-gathered material that might embarrass Putin and sanctions that officials said could “crater” the Russian economy."


Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking - MARCH 17, 2017

"WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.

American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.

Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.

The disclosures about the contacts came as new questions were raised about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s ties to the Russians. According to a former senior American official, he met with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, twice in the past year. The details of the meetings were not clear, but the contact appeared to contradict testimony Mr. Sessions provided Congress during his confirmation hearing in January when he said he “did not have communications with the Russians.”


White House announces retaliation against Russia: Sanctions, ejecting diplomats - JANUARY 2, 2017

"President Barack Obama took unprecedented steps Thursday to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, prompting vows from Russian authorities that Moscow will respond in kind.

The administration described Russia's involvement as "Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities" and sanctioned four Russian individuals and five Russian entities for what it said was election interference. The administration also ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country and two Russian compounds are being closed.

This is the first time the names of Russian officials involved in the hacking have become public on the sanctions list.

"Russia's cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the US government," a White House statement said. "These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

According to statements from the White House and the Treasury Department, the government has sanctioned nine entities and individuals over their alleged interference in the election: the GRU and the FSB, which are two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU's operations.

The US also separately sanctioned two Russian individuals, Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev and Alexey Belan, for using cyber-enabled means to allegedly cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. They've long been sought by the FBI."


And Of Course This Too!

Thank You, Mr. REAL POTUS Barack Obama! America would saved itself a lot of HEADACHE and PAIN if they LISTENED TO YOU when you told US to ELECT Hillary Clinton ---- and never, ever put Donald Trump anywhere near 1600 Penn. Ave.
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Fri Feb 16, 2018, 03:14 PM (19 replies)

As Of Today....Is The Sentence (Tweet In This Case) Qualifier....

What's A Qualifier?

"Qualifiers and intensifiers are words or phrases that are added to another word to modify its meaning, either by limiting it (He was somewhat busy) or by enhancing it (The dog was very cute). Qualifiers can play an important role in your writing, giving your reader clues about how confident you feel about the information you’re presenting. In fact, “hedging” (as it is sometimes called) is an important feature of academic writing, because academic writers need to clearly indicate whether they think claims are certain, likely, unlikely, or just false. But excessive use of qualifiers can make you sound unsure of your facts; it can also make your writing too informal."


See "As Of Today" Sentence Qualifier Used In A (Useless) Tweet:


Why Is This Tweet Useless? Because No One Was Expecting Oprah Winfrey, "AS OF TODAY" to say one way or the other if she is running for POTUS in 2020.

In fact, if Oprah decides to do so, it would be MONTHS before she would announce --- literally MONTHS and not "AS OF TODAY".

Thus, Oprah has every right to explore her options AS OF TODAY, TOMORROW, NEXT WEEK, NEXT MONTH, FOR MONTHS to make a decision if she would jump in the race to run for President of the United States.

The only thing that should stop the rumor-mill about if she is running or not, is a statement from Oprah herself, as she knows fully well how to speak for Oprah. #FYI
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Mon Jan 8, 2018, 09:19 PM (0 replies)
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