Monthly Archives: January 2019

Social media giants continue to collaborate with Israel’s illegal ‘Cyber Unit’

State Attorney’s unit operates outside the law to censor Facebook & YouTube posts; 2017 saw 500% increase in posts censored as a result of Cyber Unit’s action.
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel continues to demand that Israel’s state attorney’s office shutter its “Cyber Unit” which – in collaboration with major social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube – is illegally censoring user content.

Adalah sent an initial letter on 2 August 2017 to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, State Attorney Shai Nitzan, and Cyber Unit director Haim Vismonsky demanding that they immediately cease the illegal operations of the state attorney’s Cyber Unit.

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Israel’s dramatic increase in online censorship in 2017, without any legal authorization and in violation of a series of basic principles in constitutional and administrative law, raises the real concern of a potential spillover of state censorship of protected publications.


Immediately cease submitting requests for the removal of social media content, since doing so violates fundamental principles of constitutional and administrative law;
Immediately transmit for our review a copy of the work procedure according to which the Cyber Unit submits requests for removal of content based on the public’s right to know.


The Cyber Unit began operation during the second half of 2015 and is responsible for “dealing with cyberspace enforcement challenges” via censorship of social media posts. This censorship – conducted in collaboration and coordination with social media outlets, including U.S.-based giants Facebook and YouTube – entails the removal of content added by users, restriction of access to certain websites, and outright blocking of users’ access to these sites.

The number of Cyber Unit requests to remove content skyrocketed in 2017.

Data provided by the unit revealed that in 2016 it submitted 2,241 content removal requests; of these, 1,554 were removed, and 162 were partially removed. In 2017, however, the Cyber Unit submitted 12,351 content removal requests – an increase of more than 500% percent; 85% of the requests ultimately led to the full removal of the concerned posts and another three percent led to partial removal.

Cyber Unit clerks and administrative officials decide for themselves, within the framework of an alternative enforcement system, if a certain instance of expression “is incitement to violence and terror, and support of a terror organization” or is a “forbidden publication towards public servants in the framework of their jobs.” However, Israel’s state attorney is usurping authority – reserved for the judicial branch – illegally and without any legal authorization. The Cyber Unit cannot impose sanctions based solely on suspicion.

Jews harass Brooklyn Traffic cop. Headline describes them as “white”.

A black 26-year veteran traffic enforcement agent found himself the subject of a racially charged taunt after attempting to haul away an offending SUV in Brooklyn.

The tow truck driver, who hasn’t been named, had a car hooked up and ready to tow away on Thursday when an angry group of Brooklyn residents managed to set the vehicle loose and then started shouting abuse at the driver.

Video shows the truck driver being confronted by a group of Orthodox Jews at the corner of 44th St. and 15th Ave. in Borough Park, Brooklyn, as reported by the New York Daily News.

I helped Google screw over James Damore

From Reddit:

submitted 1 day ago * by TiredOfLying4Google
I was involved in the internal decisions involving James Damore’s memo, and it’s terrible what we did to him.
First of all, we knew about the memo a month before it went viral. HR sent it up the reporting chain when he gave it as internal feedback, but we did nothing. There wasn’t anything we could do, except admit to wrongdoing and lying to our employees. We just hoped that no one else would see his document.
Unfortunately, the memo started spreading within the company. The floodgates opened and previously silent employees started talking. To quell dissent, we: told executives to write to their employees condemning the memo; manipulated our internal Memegen to bias the ratings towards anti-Damore posts (the head of Memegen is an “ally” to the diversity cause); and gave every manager talking points on what to tell their reports about the memo. In all our communications, we concentrated on how hurt employees purportedly were and diverted attention from Google’s discriminatory employment practices and political hegemony, never mind the science.
We needed to make an example of Damore. Looking for some excuse to fire him, we spied on his phone and computer. We didn’t find anything, although our spying probably made his devices unusably slow, preventing him from organizing support within the company. When we did fire him, our reputation and integrity took a hit, but at least other employees were now afraid to speak up.
Firing him without an NDA was a huge risk though. He was a top performer and knew too many compromising secrets, like Dragonfly, the secret censored search project in China. He had also reported several legally dubious practices in Search that still exist. Only God knows why he never leaked Dragonfly or the other issues, but I think it’s because he actually cared about Google.
Our response after we fired him was equally disgraceful. We were supposed to have a Town Hall TGIF to answer employees’ questions about the controversy. However, after questions started coming in that we couldn’t reasonably answer, we had to cancel it. We shifted the blame onto “alt-right trolls” and have avoided talking about it openly since then.
To control the narrative, we planted stories with journalists and flexed Google’s muscles where necessary. In exchange for insider access and preferential treatment, all we ask for is their loyalty. For online media, Google’s ads pay their paycheck and our search brings their customers, so our influence shouldn’t be underestimated.
We dealt with his NLRB case in a similar way. People are ultimately lazy, so we found a sympathetic lawyer in the NLRB and wrote the internal NLRB memo for her. No one wanted to spend the effort to oppose it, despite it being laughably weak. Then, after Damore dropped his NLRB case and filed a class action lawsuit, we had the NLRB publicly release their memo. Our PR firms sent press releases saying “the NLRB ruled the firing legal”, which was, of course, manufactured bullshit.
All of our scheming was over the phone, in deleted emails, or through an external PR firm, so we can deny all of it. Now that we’ve forced him into arbitration, we’re close to screwing him over completely.

Men ‘face MORE discrimination than women’: Global study claims males receive the raw end of the deal with harsher punishments for the same crime, compulsory military service and more deaths at work

Men are disadvantaged in 91 countries compared to 43 nations for women
The UK, the US and Australia all discriminate against men more
Italy, Israel and China are harder environments for women, according to study
Scientists created the Basic Index of Gender Inequality to assess inequality
Closer the BIGI score is to zero the greater the level of equality is in the country

Women are better off in more countries than men are, a new study has found.
A method that assesses the forms of hardship and discrimination facing men and women has revealed males have it harder in 91 countries out of 134.

Women were disadvantaged in only 43.

A study looked at 6.8 billion people around the world and scientists developed a new way of measuring gender inequality.
The UK, the US and Australia all discriminate against men more whereas Italy, Israel and China are harder environments for women, according to the study.

Researchers say this is due to men receiving harsher punishments for the same crime, compulsory military service and more occupational deaths than women.

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1 Italy M 0.00021
2 Israel M 0.000626
3 Saudi Arabia F -0.001554
4 Azerbaijan F -0.002668
5 Indonesia F -0.003089
6 Singapore M 0.003147
7 Turkey F -0.006155
8 China M 0.00626
9 Macedonia M 0.006834
10 Malta F -0.007316
11 Switzerland F -0.007938
12 Bahrain F -0.007938
13 Madagascar M 0.009967
14 Zimbabwe F -0.010275
15 Kenya M 0.011129
16 Belgium F -0.011181
17 Guatemala M 0.012198
18 Albania F -0.012889
19 Bulgaria F -0.012899
20 Germany F -0.012993
21 Montenegro F -0.013121
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina F -0.013867
23 Canada F -0.014173
24 Great Britain F -0.014545
25 Kyrgyz Republic F -0.015089
26 Sweden F -0.015749
27 Netherlands F -0.01585
28 Bolivia (Plurinational State of) M 0.016475
29 Georgia F -0.016536
30 Serbia F -0.016696
31 Lebanon F -0.016971
32 New Zealand F -0.017086
33 Austria F -0.017387
34 Ireland F -0.017437
35 Iceland F -0.017683
36 Czech Rep. F -0.018326
37 Peru M 0.018633
38 Greece F -0.019161
39 Norway F -0.019498
40 Ecuador F -0.020118
41 Slovak Republic F -0.021043
42 Luxembourg F -0.021134
43 France F -0.021771
44 Slovenia F -0.02206
45 United Arab Emirates F -0.022441
46 Denmark F -0.023474
47 Hungary F -0.023612
48 Mauritius F -0.023808
49 Australia F -0.024204
50 Romania F -0.024549
51 Ukraine F -0.024807
52 Cyprus F -0.025501
53 Vietnam F -0.025981
54 El Salvador F -0.026453
55 Burundi M 0.027321
56 Croatia F -0.028319
57 Iran (Islamic Republic of) F -0.028983
58 Spain F -0.029903
59 Kuwait F -0.031057
60 Moldova (Republic of) F -0.032404
61 United States of America F -0.032937
62 Jordan F -0.03303
63 Chile F -0.033213
64 Egypt M 0.033329
65 Mexico F -0.035445
66 Malaysia F -0.035954
67 Kazakhstan F -0.035984
68 Paraguay F -0.035997
69 Rwanda M 0.036707
70 Brazil F -0.036775
71 Syria M 0.036803
72 Finland F -0.038021
73 Bangladesh F -0.038924
74 Russia F -0.039489
75 Botswana F -0.039531
76 Tajikistan M 0.039583
77 Lithuania F -0.039616
78 Korea (Republic of) F -0.041126
79 Algeria M 0.042841
80 Japan F -0.042856
81 Costa Rica F -0.043729
82 Latvia F -0.045333
83 Belarus F -0.045669
84 Uganda M 0.045679
85 Honduras F -0.046228
86 Estonia F -0.046312
87 Belize F -0.047942
88 Trinidad and Tobago F -0.048587
89 Panama F -0.049067
90 Cambodia M 0.049407
91 Poland F -0.050899
92 Tanzania (United Republic of) M 0.05197
93 Tunisia M 0.053817
94 Cameroon M 0.053832
95 Morocco M 0.053859
96 Ghana M 0.054422
97 Colombia F -0.055583
98 South Africa F -0.055597
99 Portugal F -0.056756
100 Sri Lanka F -0.057614
101 Jamaica F -0.058214
102 Namibia F -0.058658
103 Qatar F -0.059365
104 Argentina F -0.059598
105 Thailand F -0.061156
106 Armenia F -0.065226
107 Dominican Rep. F -0.066269
108 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) F -0.066533
109 Nicaragua F -0.06813
110 Malawi M 0.071353
111 Uruguay F -0.073659
112 Mongolia F -0.076926
113 Angola M 0.077184
114 Nepal M 0.081468
115 Zambia M 0.082919
116 Suriname F -0.084422
117 India M 0.084774
118 Yemen M 0.090227
119 Mauritania M 0.090505
120 Nigeria M 0.090757
121 Philippines F -0.09874
122 Bhutan M 0.109755
123 Senegal M 0.110049
124 Pakistan M 0.116173
125 Ethiopia M 0.116469
126 Cote d?Ivoire M 0.119953
127 Burkina Faso M 0.12362
128 Mozambique M 0.128963
129 Lesotho F -0.152642
130 Guinea M 0.153464
131 Liberia M 0.157644
132 Mali M 0.160473
133 Benin M 0.187256
134 Chad M 0.231138

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is a United States–based think tank founded in 2007 by Kimberly Kagan. ISW describes itself as a non-partisan think tank providing research and analysis regarding issues of defense and foreign affairs. Others have described ISW as “a hawkish Washington” group favoring an “aggressive foreign policy”. It has produced reports on the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War, “focusing on military operations, enemy threats, and political trends in diverse conflict zones”. The non-profit organization is supported by grants and contributions from large defense contractors, including Raytheon, General Dynamics, DynCorp and others. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Kimberly Kagan is the daughter of Kalman Kessler, a Jewish accountant and school teacher from New York City and his wife Frances. She received her B.A. in Classical Civilization and her Ph.D. in History from Yale University. At Yale, Kagan met her husband Frederick Kagan, who is an American resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), son of Donald Kagan, a well-known historian and brother of Robert Kagan, another well-known writer and publicist.

Robert Kagan’s wife is Victoria Nuland, a former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in the American federal government.

Hollywood rewrites Iraq history to absolve Israel

And, as far as I can recall, McKay doesn’t even mention the word “neoconservative” in his movie, even though both Mr. and Mrs. Cheney were affiliated with the neocon American Enterprise Institute from 1993.

AEI had long been a worthy but dull advocate of Chamber of Commerce conservatism, delivering many a comprehensive study of worker’s-comp reform. But it discovered that there was more donor money in agitating for war with Israel’s enemies. Over the course of the 1990s, neocons at AEI and elsewhere became obsessed with taking out Saddam.

On Twitter on Sunday, McKay defended his plot, saying he’d substituted big oil for the neocons:

Fully aware of The Project for New American Century. And the letter they wrote to Clinton calling for overthrow of Saddam. We chose to acknowledge the pre-meditated nature of the invasion of Iraq through the energy commission and the maps of Iraqi oil fields…

But, in reality, the oil companies weren’t terribly enthusiastic for the Iraq War before it happened and didn’t profit much from it later. Instead of No War for Oil, we got War for No Oil.

But for the preservation of one’s Hollywood career, it’s better to blame the energy industry. This might explain an otherwise puzzling speech in Vice in which McKay implies that Israel, like France and Germany, was against the war. In contrast to the oil business, the Israelis, while they would have preferred a U.S. attack on Iran, at least got the destruction of Iraq and, later, Syria out of it.

Dennis Prager: “In Stalin’s time, the Yiddish press was the most pro-Communist press in the Western world”

Jewish Journal
Why do Jews oppose wars against evil?
BY Dennis Prager | Oct 14, 2014 | Dennis Prager

Take fighting Communism, for example. Along with Nazism, Communism was the most genocidal movement in human history; it actually enslaved and murdered considerably more people than Nazism. Yet, most Jews didn’t support anti-Communism in general nor anti-Communist wars in particular. Even worse, Jews were disproportionately pro-Communist. In Stalin’s time, the Yiddish press was the most pro-Communist press in the Western world. And among those in the West who gave Stalin the secrets to the atomic bomb, nearly every one was a Jew.