October 1, 2017

The Federalist’s Bre Payton: Facebook Is Enabling ‘Troll Mobs’ to Censor Conservative Content

A September 27 tweet by President Trump about how the establishment press and social media have worked to thwart his agenda and create a negative perception of him and those associated with him was the immediate trigger for Fox Business’s Neil Cavuto to interview Bre Payton of the TheFederalist.com on his show the following day. But the interview topic went far beyond Trump’s non-specific complaint about Facebook and other media outlets and platforms as: “… always anti-Trump.” Facebook is from all appearances breaking promises made to concerned conservatives late last year by continuing to marginalize the visibility and financial viability of conservative pages, sites, and content, allowing “troll mobs” to indiscriminately censor them by tarring their legitimate content as “fake news.”


Positivity: Knights of Columbus aid natural disaster victims in Puerto Rico and Mexico

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:03 pm

From New Haven, Connecticut:

Sep 29, 2017 / 06:00 am

To provide relief after a spate of recent natural disasters, the Knights of Columbus have raised over $2.8 million worth of aid to be distributed to the Caribbean and Mexico, and to the southeastern states of the United States.

“Charity has always been the defining characteristic of the Knights of Columbus, and people – both those in distress and those who want to help – have placed a great deal of trust in us,” the Knights’ CEO Carl Anderson said in a Sept. 26 statement.

“The outpouring of generosity to our appeal by our members and others has been greatly appreciated.”

The relief appeal began after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on August 25. That storm, followed by two more devastating hurricanes – Irma and Maria – as well as recent Mexican earthquakes have resulted in hundreds of deaths, left many without homes, and caused serious strains on the economies of impacted areas.

The Knights have sent emergency donations to Puerto Rico and Mexico, and volunteered to move debris and help stranded neighbors in the U.S. Members of the non-profit fraternity have also distributed over $720,000 worth of food, water, and other supplies. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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