#TheList: Alt-right Trump trolls find a new way to attack journalists

On 8chan’s /pol/ forum, a popular hub for alt-right trolls, users compiled lists of journalists at the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, MSNBC, Huffington Post and CNN. Timestamps showed they worked all through the night and into the morning, compiling names and tweeting red X’s at journalists. Additionally, Trump supporters are using a literal Nazi slogan.

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Traditionally, when we think about security and protecting ourselves, we think in terms of armor or walls. Increasingly, I find myself looking to medicine and thinking about viruses, antibodies. Part of the reason why cybersecurity continues to be so hard is because the threat is not a bunch of tanks rolling at you but a whole bunch of systems that may be vulnerable to a worm getting in there. It means that we’ve got to think differently about our security, make different investments that may not be as sexy but may actually end up being as important as anything.
—  Barack Obama at Wired. The President in Conversation With MIT’s Joi Ito and WIRED’s Scott Dadich
Let’s say you had a hashtag you wanted to get trending. You have a thousand bots (or Russian Trolls) and a popular account like Ricky Vaughn. You have the bots start using the hashtag, they start flooding twitter until it gets a high count (but not in the top 20 trends) then have a real person,  Ricky Vaughn, start pitching the hashtag to his followers. Here is where the window of timing kicks in: within minutes, Ricky Vaughn can have something trending, but before he gets the hashtag to the top 15 you have almost all of the bots automatically delete their tweets with the hashtags. You ‘ve now started “a trend” quickly and have had it associated with “Ricky Vaughn” and not a 1,000 odd bots or Russian trolls.
—  Louise Mensch at Heatstreet. How Russia’s Twitter Bots And Trolls Work With Donald Trump Campaign Accounts

Saw this a long time ago, but very apt for our Traces episode. More of your identity is online than you know…

Digital Human Series 10, Ep 3: Traces


‘This Is Fine’ Plush

Kickstarter campaign from KC Green brings to physical life a familiar meme, the content coffee-drinking dog in a burning house:

From that far away year of 2013 comes a set of images so powerful, it stayed relevant for 3 more years and possibly beyond. 

From my old webcomic “Gunshow,” this dark horse of a comic rose into prominent usage among the college testing crowd and grew from there. Normally the first two panels are only seen. Brevity is the soul of wit, after all! But it continued to seep into the consciousness of America and the world as things seemingly just got… worse.

I, for one, hope there’ll be a day when we no longer have to look for the dog on fire to support our feelings, but until that day comes, maybe a nice big plush of the boy will help.

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French Slang Masterpost


Slt (Salut) = Hello
Bcp (Beaucoup) = A lot
Dsl (Désolé) = Sorry
Stp (S’il te plait) = Please
Dac (D’accord) = Okay
Qd (Quand) = When 
Qqch (Quelque chose) = Something
Qqn (quelqu’un) = Somebody

Internet words 

Mdr (Mort de rire) = Lol
Ptdr (Pété de rire) = Lmao
Vdm (Vie de merde) = Fuck my life
Tg (T’as gueule) = Shut up
BG (Beau gosse) = Hot guy 
Tkt (T’inquiête) = Don’t worry

Common sayings 

Bref = In short
Ouais = Yeah
Putain, Merde = Shit
C’est de la merde = It’s crap    
Ça craint = It sucks        
Ça me soûle = It’s annoying me 
C’est relou (C’est lourd) = It sucks 
C’est ouf (C’est fou) = It’s crazy
C’est trop cool = It’s awesome
C’est le bordel = It’s a mess
Je suis claqué = I’m exhausted              
Je me casse = I’m getting out of here  
Je m’en fou = I don’t care        
Tu rigoles = You’re jocking      
Tu te fous de ma gueule = You’re kidding me 
Tu fais quoi? = What’s up?
Laisse tomber = Just forget it
Fais gaffe = Be careful                
Péter un plomb = Going crazy                
Avoir la flemme de faire quelque chose = To be too lazy to do something

Unformal verbs

Bouffer = To eat
Taffer = To work
Roupiller, Pioncer = To sleep
Kiffer = To have a crush on someone
Etre vénère (Etre énervé) = To be annoyed
Se marrer = To laugh

Unformal nouns

Un mec = A guy            
Une meuf = A girl        
Un pote = A friend      
Une bagnole = A car                    
Une baraque = A house            
Un pieu = A bed            
Un bouquin = A book
Une clope = A cigarette                       
Le fric, le blé, le thune, l’oseille, le pognon = Money  
Un flic, un keuf = A cop              
Un gosse, un gamin = A kid      
Un boulot, un taf, un job = A job          
La fac = University        
Le bahut = High school

The above phrases/words can be used in almost every informal situation, but don’t use them in your essays or in any kind of normal writing!


8-Year-Old Calls Out Ghostbuster Leslie Jones’ Haters, Sends Her Adorable Note 

Nice to see an 8 year old who can spell better and is a better person than a huge number of “adults” on the internet. #Love it!