POLITICS

Sham candidates, state interference, and corrupt voter influence reveal the GOP as masters of deception

Voters line up outside Davis for early in-person voting, California 2020, October 21, 2020 Credit: Owen Yancher, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The GOP would have you believe that widespread election fraud is the reason for at least 250 newly proposed laws in 43 states socialized to curtail widespread election fraud. Voter impersonation, ballot petition fraud, registration fraud is wild. …

CONSUMER CHRONICLES

Walmart’s brutal self-own actually poises them to battle Amazon

Walmart Store Sign Picture, 2014 by Mike Mozart of JeepersMedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

We fail our customers today,” reads the first bullet in a slide from a Walmart planning deck to improve customer omnichannel experience, first obtained and reviewed by Insider.

That brutal honesty and transparency set the tone for their project, codenamed Project Glass, which aims to stop losing customers to online…

But that’s not the most creepy part of the recommendation algorithm

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

There I sat, scrolling through my Facebook feed, scanning updates from friends, groups, and sponsored ads for monthly murder mystery boxes, beer mugs crafted from baseball bats, and useless crowdsourced products. I mean, who needs an AI-powered flight control system for paper airplanes — technology that’s so sophisticated it can…

CULTURE

CPAC 2021 Republican stage resembles Nazi SS insignia

Left: Nazi parade uniform with odal rune patch of SS Race and Resettlement unit from Lofoten War Memorial Museum by Wolfmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Right: CPAC 2021 stage in Orlando, Florida

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, commonly known as CPAC, to close out a four-day medley of leading GOP keynote speakers. …

CONSUMER CHRONICLES

They dropped support of gender equality and inclusion in a matter of hours

Mr. Potato Head Celebrates a Birthday in Lima, Peru., 2012 (Credit: blperk, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons_

On Thursday, Hasbro announced changes to the nearly 70-year-old Potato Head brand. The iconic toy consists of a plastic body and small holes where various accessories could be plugged to create limitless forms: A Mr. Potato Head with glasses, smiles, and varieties of footwear and hair among them. …

POLITICAL CULTURE

“We proudly take responsibility,” say Trump supporters

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C., Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, during a hearing about the January 6 Capitol riot, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) revived a conspiracy theory from January, stating that “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” were to blame for the violence, destruction, and death. His evidence, gleaned from an article authored by J. …

CULTURE

Recipe reveals how ‘influencers’ spark online division and real world extremism

“The War on Pineapple”, CISA / U.S. Department of Homeland Security

In July 2019, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) claimed that they had “no evidence of Russia actively carrying out information operations against pizza toppings,” but that didn’t stop the agency from using the benign controversy as a teachable moment; demonstrating how easily actors with nefarious intent foment unrest…

David Leibowitz

Breaker of treadmills. Contributions in XBOX Mag, Forbes, CNN, OneZero & industry rags. @ retail, CPG, health/wellness, education, culture & tech.

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