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Austria-Hungary | West Hunter
Diversity is our strength? I’m Hungarian, and I can tell you one thing: in the case of Austria-Hungary, diversity was a weakness.

It was much different from the modern US & Western Europe, where it is indeed a strength. At least, that’s what politicians and cultural Marxist intellectuals over there are saying, and I’m sure I can trust them, because if you can’t trust politicians and cultural Marxist intellectuals, who can you trust at all?
It’s a hodgepodge of languages, like “mi” is “we” in Hungarian (and if you say “a mi erőnk”, it’d mean “our strength”, so I guess it stands for “our” here), or “Stärke” is “strength” in German. The first word is some Slavic language, could be Czech or Slovakian.
Resilient until a serious war came around with a mass conscripted army. It did better in the 18th century with small professional armies. It’d do better again in the 21st century, with the return of the small professional armies.
west-hunter  scitariat  discussion  troll  europe  eastern-europe  diversity  putnam-like  conquest-empire  aphorism  lol  history  mostly-modern  pre-ww2  world-war  cohesion  early-modern  cost-benefit  war  military  context  germanic 
2 days ago by nhaliday
How Russian bots appear in your timeline - BBC News
Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of "planting fake stories" online as part of a "campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption".
Her comments come after prominent social media accounts were exposed as Russian bots.
At the start of November, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence provided a list of 2,753 suspended, Russian-linked Twitter accounts.
But who is behind these bots and how do they operate?
Many bot accounts have been traced to the Internet Research Agency, in St Petersburg. The Russian government-backed agency reportedly runs social media accounts disseminating "disinformation".
This "troll farm" was exposed by a whistleblower in the New York Times in 2015. A BBC investigation has also uncovered a pro-Russia "troll factory" in Ukraine.
russia  uk  troll  social_media  bots  fake_news  propaganda 
3 days ago by rgl7194
The Same Old Story | West Hunter
People often reinterpret past events, recast them in terms of some contemporary ideology. When historians talk about the Monophysites in Byzantine times, they often suggest that those struggle are a mask for a kind of proto-nationalism. Maybe they were: and maybe nobody involved was thinking anything remotely like that. The Communists tried to come up with Marxist interpretations of ancient history, which led them to spend way too much time talking about Mazdakites in Sassanian Persia and the Zealots of Thessalonika . And Spartacus: but at least Spartacus was cool.

Then there are feminist versions of history. Let us never speak of them again.

Generally, this is all crap. But we could at least hope for something new along these lines: bullshit perhaps, but at least fresh bullshit. Obviously the reality underlying both the Punic Wars and the Crusades is the ancient struggle between EEF and ANE.
west-hunter  scitariat  discussion  rant  troll  letters  academia  politics  ideology  biases  is-ought  history  iron-age  medieval  mediterranean  the-classics  MENA  class  class-warfare  polanyi-marx  communism  gender  europe  war  genetics  genomics  sapiens  pop-structure 
4 days ago by nhaliday
Book Author Trolled Pirates With Fake Leak to Make a Point - TorrentFreak
Best selling author Maggie Stiefvater, known for The Raven Cycle books, is taking a stand against online piracy. Responding to people who claim that piracy doesn't hurt sales, the author shared a personal experience showing the opposite. When The Raven King was released last year she flooded the Internet with fake pirated copies, triggering an interesting response.
When it comes to how piracy affects sales, there are thousands of different opinions. This applies to music, movies, software and many other digital products, including ebooks.
When we interviewed Paulo Coelho nearly ten years ago, he pointed out how piracy helped him to sell more books. While a lot has changed since then, he still sees the benefits of piracy today.
books  piracy  troll  leak 
9 days ago by rgl7194
Samsung Mocks the iPhone in New Ad
Samsung just released this 1-minute commercial for the Galaxy Smartphone. Titled “Growing Up,” it directly mocks the Apple iPhone and its history of competing with the Samsung Galaxy.
In the ad, Samsung suggests that its devices have always been a step ahead of Apple’s when it comes to things like screen size, storage space, weatherproofing, and more.
Taking a page from Google’s Photos ads, Samsung highlights the pain iPhone photographers with smaller storage spaces feel when the “Storage Full” warning pops up when trying to shoot photos.
iphone  advertising  troll  humor  android  comparo 
12 days ago by rgl7194
The Woman Taking On Russia's Trolling Machine | WIRED
Anna Zhavnerovich knew she was taking a risk when she publicized the details of her assault online. But in doing so, she joined a growing movement of survivors fighting back against Russia’s Kremlin-influenced trolling machine.
troll  internet  culture  crime  women 
12 days ago by soobrosa
Twitter Employee Deletes Donald Trump's Twitter Account on Last Day at Work
A rogue Twitter employee deleted President Trump's personal Twitter account on his last day as a customer support rep for the social network.
The incident took place Thursday afternoon, and most Twitter users jumped to the conclusion that Trump's staff finally managed to convince the President to give up his ill-advised Twitter rants.
Twitter's staff realized what happened and intervened to reinstate President Trump's account soon after. All in all, Trump's Twitter account was down for 11 minutes.
The social network was upfront about the incident and revealed that a rogue employee on the last day of his job was the culprit.
gov2.0  politics  trump  twitter  troll  humor 
13 days ago by rgl7194
Jenna Abrams, Russia’s Clown Troll Princess, Duped the Mainstream Media and the World
Roseanne Barr and Michael McFaul argued with her on Twitter. BuzzFeed and The New York Times cited her tweets. But Jenna Abrams was the fictional creation of a Russian troll farm.
Jenna Abrams had a lot of enemies on Twitter, but she was a very good friend to viral content writers across the world.
Her opinions about everything from manspreading on the subway to Rachel Dolezal to ballistic missiles still linger on news sites all over the web.
One website devoted an entire article to Abrams’ tweet about Kim Kardashian’s clothes. The story was titled “This Tweeter’s PERFECT Response to Kim K’s Naked Selfie Will Crack You Up.”
troll  twitter  russia  propaganda  fake_news  politics 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Outgoing Twitter employee deactivates Donald Trump’s account for glorious final act | Consequence of Sound
Trump's account was unavailable for 11 wonderful minutes
For 11 wonderful minutes on Thursday evening, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated. Though Twitter initially said it was the result of “inadvertent” human action, a subsequent investigation revealed that it was very much an intentional. An outgoing Twitter employee bravely and selflessly deactivated the account prior to leaving their final day final day of work.
To this unnamed hero, thank you. Even if it was for only 11 minutes, it was quite nice not having to fear a Twitter-provoked nuclear apocalypse.
trump  politics  twitter  gov2.0  troll 
16 days ago by rgl7194
Black activists unknowingly organized events for Russia, helping effort to create divisions in U.S.
While we anxiously await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump and company’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, there is one thing about Russia that we know for sure: the Russian government tried to exploit America’s racial division and xenophobia in order to foment chaos and manipulate voter sentiments by using fake Facebook ads. 
But it turns out that they didn’t stop there. Russian troll farms also contacted black activists in order to convince them to organize events that they thought would further expand political strife, racial division, and controversy. 
russia  troll  activism  racism  politics  social_media  fake_news 
25 days ago by rgl7194
Jonny Greenwood adds Fox News’ Radiohead takedown to his Twitter bio | Consequence of Sound
"My life in the gush of boasts..........’strange, malnourished and sad'"
Of all the members in Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood looks to have the best sense of humor. When a video pairing the band’s albums with clips from Spongebob, Greenwood tweeted a link and proclaimed it to be “perfect in so many ways.” Now, Greenwood has acknowledged FOX News’ recent takedown of the band.
music  pop_rock  twitter  troll  humor 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Life of a 10/10 Male (Tinder Case Study)(Pics) | Tinder Seduction
The premise was simple, saying he “made a tinder troll account just to see how well a male model compares to the rest of us.”
women  dating  model  troll  male  experiment  study 
4 weeks ago by dmg46664

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