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Retweets as quantifiers of interest, but so what?

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — mostly skeptical of quantification of human affects ]
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TwShiloh retweeted these two NJ Homeland Security tweets (DoubleTweet in the Wild!) with a comment:

Two products released at the same time. Note the retweet/like rates. ?That’s what confirmation bias looks like on Twitter.

I’m just now sure what I should deduce from the fact that Anarchy gets so many more RTs than White Supremacy.

and:

Are we more inclined to favor attacks on the left (anarchists) than on the right (supremacists) — does left violence just seem more noteworthy — do more people from one side of the divide follow New Jersey Homeland Security, maybe — or is it all just a little to anecdotal and indeterminate to form any conclusions?

H/t JM Berger.

Influencing the vote, a reminder

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — Not just Putin, Zuckerberg, remember? ]
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We’ve all been forcibly reminded of Russian attempts to influence the US electoral system — but have we forgotten Facebook?

Sources:

  • Weisburd, Watts & Berger, WOTR, Trolling for Trump, 2016
  • Micah Sifry, Mother Jones, Facebook Wants You to Vote on Tuesday, 2014
  • Oh, the Trumpian DoubleQuotes I’ve missed!

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — praise of Bruce Hoffman’s review of The Exile (ie Osama bin Laden) — interrupted by Trumpist verbal pyrotechnics ]
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    Saif al-Adel, key AQ operative

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    War on the Rocks has a tremendous review by Bruce Hoffman of Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight, a must-read.

    Never mind that, I’ve been missing tremendous DoubleQuote opportunities, as I discover now I’ve seen Kathryn and Ross PetrasTrump’s Elements of Style in McSweeney’s. Consider some of my options:

    I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth.
    — interview, Sean Hannity, 4/13/16

    I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world. Nobody knows more about taxes.
    — interview, AP 5/13/16

    I know more about ISIS [the Islamic State militant group] than the generals do. Believe me.
    — speech, 11/12/15

    There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.
    — speech, 6/15/16

    And then:

    I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.
    — TALK1300 radio interview, 4/14/11

    I have a great relationship the Mexican people. I love them, they love me!
    — MSBNC interview, 7/8/15

    I have a great relationship with the people of Scotland and an unbelievably good relationship with the people of Aberdeen.
    — press conference 6/8/15

    And, for good measure, assuming you can stretch this far:

    What I like is build a safe zone in Syria. Build a big, beautiful safe zone, and you have whatever it is so people can live…
    — campaign rally, 2/13/17

    We’re going to have beautiful clean coal.
    — CPAC address, 2/24/16

    And then again:

    I have had tremendous success.
    — interview, ABC News, 7/30/16

    I am worth a tremendous amount of money
    — interview, CNN 6/26/15

    I have a tremendous income.
    — presidential debate, 9/26/16

    I pay tremendous numbers of taxes
    — presidential debate, 10/9/16

    I have to admit, those last four — besides being a tremendous source of potential DoubleQuotes — is and are beautifully consistent. But do yourself a favor, unless I’ve displeased you, and go read the whole of the McSweeney piece.

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    I believe I mentioned Bruce Hoffman’s review of The Exile for War on the Rocks? One among many items of interest in that book would appear to be the significant role played by Saif al-Adel (see illustration above). Hamid Gul and Qassem Suleimani likewise. A key para:

    This tale of Iranian connivance provides additional evidence debunking the popular misconception that extremists do not cooperate across sectarian lines. Rather, it demonstrates how when interests overlap, they have repeatedly shown a remarkable ability to cast aside their otherwise rigid differences to work together. The ancient proverb that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” has long characterized the shifting and sometimes inexplicable alliances formed across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia since the war on terrorism commenced 16 years ago. In this instance, the intensity of the shared enmity between Salafi-Jihadi Sunnis and Shia militants against the United States can never be prudently forgotten.

    A tie strong enough to bind Sunni and Shia together — their joint hatred of America? For those of us who take a keen interest in religion and love America, that’s a notion that may take quite some time to digest.

    Monkey see monkey do, or an eye for an eye

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — or, I suppose you could say, symmetry ]
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    The Finsbury Park Mosque attacker drove a car into a crowd because he was disgusted by the Westminster Bridge attacker who drove a car into a crowd:

    Ah well, bin Laden back in the day had a more sophisticated form of the same practice. As he put it in a speech to America::

    And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.

    Sources:

  • SPLC, What We Know: Finsbury Park Attack
  • Telegraph, Westminster attack: Everything we know so far
  • Zenpundit, Close reading, Synoptic- and Sembl-style
  • Gingrich appraises Mueller

    Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — fwiw my first name, charles, translates to churl ]
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    I am far from the only one to have noticed this juxtaposition:

    I read the first of these as a simple statement of the concensus as to Mueller‘s character, what is generally known of the man after years of pubic service. I think of it, in other words, as a statement of received opinion, which Newt Gingrich is presenting for the record. I imagine I could find similar endorsements of Mueller from the Democratic side of the aisle.

    The second tweet strikes me as of a diFfferent sort altogether. This one I believe I could find echoed in other statements from aides to Trump — it’s a talking point.

    I know politicians lie. I imagine I could find instances of Joe Biden, or Hillary Clinton, making similarly opposed statekents. I take Bill Clinton‘s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” to be the Lie Direct in Jacques’ terms. But this —

    I don’t believe Gingrich has changed opinions, I believe he has simply changed hats. I think, in short, that he still takes Mueller for a man with an impeccable reputation for honesty and integrity — but in his second tweet, he’s parroting a party line, not his actual opinion.

    Dylan: But what’s the sense of changing horses in midstream?

    Maybe Jacques would classify this as a Reply Churlish. Gingrich, you’re a Churl.


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