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stewgreen 9:26pm

I'm not convinced it's absolutely about "extremists" - there is more immediate interest I suspect from people seeking to enforce compliance and stifle / direct discussion on the issues of the day "a la BBC".

The actual extremes of politics as I think most people know "meet around the back" in terms of trying to coerce people into their gang / mindset. The constant redefining of where the middle is and what is construed as unacceptable extremism is getting pretty damned irritating. Dressed up nutters are an issue - but not the one Amber's looking at.

It isn't difficult to imagine the sales pitches that Amber Rudd has been soaking up in California - the automated direct targeting of comprehensively profiled individuals (micro targeting) and as far as Twitter is concerned I think they've been developing software to compartmentalise discussion and restrict information dissemination.

As I've said before here - I run several Twitter accounts for other people - mostly for low volume information dissemination for companies and local organisations - never venturing for the most part into contentious politics / climate science. What I see is suspicious - very rarely (I cannot think of a single instance) on those accounts do I see "this tweet has been deleted" / "there has been an error" or have issues of actions like "likes" and "replies" not being enabled. This contrasts with the plethora of all the above on another account that follows contentious issues and current politics (all sides for completeness).

Targeting for persuasion is one thing - targeting for elimination and exclusion is obviously quite another - and it's a very slippery slope with quite a few people busily greasing it.

Feb 13, 2018 at 11:56 PM | Unregistered Commentertomo

She wrote an article about Sweden importing trash to burn

Feb 13, 2018 at 11:11 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

R5 22:55pm "We mustn't forget that Climate Change is putting more pressure on First Responders "
said Elisabeth Braw - Atlantic Council thinktank
in item about Macron re-introducing National Service to be 1 month for everyone

Is she a climate nut ?
yeh maybe

Feb 13, 2018 at 11:09 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Nigel Farage is calling for an investigation into George Soros's attempt to stop Brexit.
Farage maintains that his 'Open Society Forum' is the biggest political organisation the world has ever seen. Farage says that Soros doesn't believe in nation state democracy. here

Feb 13, 2018 at 10:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterKleinefeldmaus

BBC plastics thing hits Twitter and the Guardian now
It's PR, Not Truth
#1 BBC hype a non-problem
#2 BBC announce themselves as saviours
- Plastics are generally put in waste collection & can be burnt safely as fuel in high temp incinerators
- Tiny fraction of #OceanPlastic comes from Europe 0.28%

Feb 13, 2018 at 10:11 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@Tomo Well at least today the newsreports only spoke of Jihadism

A different thing is... nutters who have a Nazi flag in the corner of the room do occasionally do violent things
but they are best dealt within the mental health system
..cos they could lash out at anyone

Feb 13, 2018 at 9:26 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Can't say I'm actually reassured by that

Feb 13, 2018 at 8:56 PM | Registered Commentertomo

That breathless announcement that the BBC is phasing out single use plastics by 2020

was on the Oneshow about 7:15pm

Feb 13, 2018 at 8:40 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@stewgreen, Feb 12, 2018 at 8:57 PM

0.2% 0.28% not 2%

Another case where Politicians & BBC/MSM should tell the truth.

1. 0.28% of Ocean Plastic Waste from EU (inc UK)

2. The rivers taking plastic to the oceans

...research, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, shows that 10 river systems, located in heavily populated regions where littering is common, carry more than 90% of the plastic that ends up in the oceans. Two are in Africa (the Nile and the Niger) while the other eight are in Asia (the Ganges, Indus, Yellow, Yangtze, Haihe, Pearl, Mekong and Amur).

Think about that. Africa, China & India rivers transport 88–95% of the global load into the sea. Thus: RoW (inc UK, America (North & South), Australia, Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Middle East, Russia, Ships...) are the source of 5-12% of Ocean plastic.

Not a UK/EU/USA problem who are literally a drop in the ocean.

Hence why UK politicians should stop scaremongering about UK plastic and implying ocean plastic is our fault. Politicians & BBC/MSM complain public don't trust them; if they stopped lying and told the truth trust could be restored.

Feb 13, 2018 at 7:44 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

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