On the third of June, a savage scene was unleahed upon San Fransico, California. Prior to the violence, a Craiglist posting read,
Protestors Needed (downtown / civic / van ness)
reply by email:[email protected]
We will pay $15.00 an hour plus travel (including room and board), clothing, flags, signs, etc. for individuals willing to disrupt Trump rallies throughout the US. If interested please leave you name and a contact number.
The Craigslist posting has since been removed, and the anonymous email is not capable of being tracked by anything in my arsenal. I could use a hacker in the squad to look into such matters, as I’m sure the email account would be tracked to a third party host such as AOL Mail, and the log-in to that account back to a mobile device, geolocated near the location of a Clinton campaign staffer and SF campaign HQ. This is the spirit of the Nixon . . . Clinton Campaign in ’16 – here, Fear and Loathing is prevalent as her ‘Dirty Tricks’ are approaching Nixonian levels.
This is a repeat, as paying off protesters isn’t a new tactic for the Clinton campaign. Paul Horner, a paid protestor for the Clinton campaign recently came forth to ABC,
From Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona back in March has come forward to say that he was paid to protest the event.
“I was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills,” said 37-year-old Paul Horner. “I answered a Craigslist ad about a group needing actors for a political event. I interviewed with them and got the part.”
Secrets, lies, deception, misdirection, propaganda, and covert actions . . . These things are the modern mainstream cool and are accepted as the necessary evils for one to prevail. Professional practices in business, politics, and warfare. The truth is dead.
What I didn’t anticipate was how effectively we could use the Internet to harness that grassroots base, both on the financial side and the organizing side. That, I think was probably one of the biggest surprises of the campaign, just how powerfully our message merged with the social networking and power of the internet.
– Barack Obama, 2008
The Roots of Tailored Deception
I’m not writing this as a Trump supporter, or as a supporter of any candidate. I’d rather cut-off my excited junk and stab myself in the eye with it than consider supporting any of the scumbags running for office. What a sad display that we are presented with – again. Is this truly the best and brightest that America has to offer?
Even so, I focus my energies on local and state elections, where the majority of the decisions that affect my day to day life are influenced. These are individuals which are locally selected to go to D.C. and best represent the voice of their districts. The POTUS campaign, however, seems to be the national backdrop . . . for years prior to the actual election. In this national spectacle known as the presidential campaign, and in my observation of the public, we do not appear to be electing a president but a king. As the mood of the citizen tends to rest all decisions on the head of state in media and pop culture . . . This country needs a School House Rock enema, to flush out our disconnect with how our political system truly works.
Hillbilly Jim or Hippie Lilly may both confront you and present a faulted case on behalf of our political system, in that all power and decisions are in the executive branch, with POTUS. Their arguments are often well rehearsed and supported by unfounded memes and statistics, but are completely false. Although it is only partially their fault, as they have failed to fact-check the onslaught of propaganda shoved down their throats every day. Jim and Lilly are simply the unquestioning loyalists of their respective political affiliations. These two examples do not question the information that has been presented to them by their sources of influence and media. They mistakenly believe that the claims and datasets presented to them in reports and shared on social media are the concrete facts. While these “facts” are often biased and edited to outrage and influence the Jim’s and Lilly’s of the world at increasingly frightening levels as the election approaches.
National campaigns are won and lost in the details. Moreover, presidential elections are actually fifty separate elections. It’s a simple truth, but one that is easily forgotten.
Souls for Sale on the Data Market
Welcome to new media, it is biased – all of it. This article is biased, as I’m challenging you, the reader to question the information that is delivered to you and most especially when it is related to the POTUS campaign. After all, we live in a world where a marketed message can be specifically tailored to you. Political campaigns manipulate a frightening level of user-generated marketing data, which is for sale to the highest bidder from nearly everything you engage with. If you believe that the NSA is the master of public data collection, then you have no idea what Facebook or even your grocery store has on you.
From your shopper loyalty card that captures what, how, and when you buy. Email lists, digital geofencing around offices and stores identify you through your mobile device, online browsing habits and search history, to your engagement and interests on social media; from what posts you comment on, down to your reactions. It’s all for sale, and it is bought and used to deliver a specifically curated message to you by either your known or leaning political affiliation, or what you may want to buy and so on.
This isn’t some new revelation, it has been going on since at least 1960, well before I learned about these awful abuses of data gouging. In 2013, during my third university undergraduate and internship turned employment I dealt with this until I could no longer stomach it, with a digital marketing firm. My job at that time specialized around the resale of consumer insights and the implementation strategy of these insights for larger entities. A stranger in a strange land, as a Sapper turned civilian in the city. Even so, the shared bonus from time selling my soul is the knowledge of the system. A truly disturbing invasion of your daily life, your behavior is constantly segmented and sold every day.
All such geographical information system developments in both economic and political marketing led Ben Birnbaum to label the United States “Crayola Nation.” Overall, charting voters geodemographically produced microtargeted, audience-based systems of political messaging, as niche marketing became fully integrated into the presidential campaign communication processes.
-Dr. Bruce E. Gronbeck, 2009
Messengers to the Masses – Your Own, Personal Jesus
The POTUS campaign machine is also connected to census data, geographical information systems, corporate and individual tax data, organizational and political affiliation records, and a host of other government and public indexes. Beyond the gross overfishing for data, that information is then compartmentalized and distributed through a host of sources with a range of specialized voices to target a maximum number of potential voters.
The collected information is purchased and deployed by an extremely well-funded machine, with a budget set by Outside Spending, money separate from the campaign, of $393,756,752 in 2016.
Political action is a traded commodity within the American public, and that’s why campaigns require so much money. It’s not a cheap expense to buy loyalty for a known public menace.
To gauge the value of the public, your collected data is primed, set, and charged by a host of illicit operatives. They conduct their activities under the guise of grassroots activists, social media/justice campaigners, and media talking heads. Their tactics include but are not limited to; seeding protests, paying their supported to appear unaffiliated, staging supporters, buying Facebook likes from Baghdad, Iraq, and fake Twitter followers. Although, they will primarily interact with the average American by rallying local support through a public facing yet privately operated group, which is typically organized as non-profit via a structured political action committee conglomerate.
The PAC network reaches from the top, for instance, Hillary Clinton to the campaign leadership, to the national super political action committee. The responsibility is then passed on to regional and local offices and junior political action committees, and then to the grassroots which are typically nothing more than astroturfing fronts. The degrees of separation to the candidate are nearly infinite.
An Astroturf group is an organization created by industry lobbyists that attempt to pose as a legitimate grassroots organization. These “sock-puppet” groups advocate for industry-backed interests while pretending to have the well-being of consumers in mind.
Crimes Against the Voter
The Daily Beast captured the exploitation of veterans in the midsts of a seeded Anti-Trump protest at Trump Tower.
The Clinton campaign swiftly organized a conference call for Saturday, led by the Clinton campaign’s veterans and military families outreach director, Jonathan Murray. According to one of the people on that call, participants were told that the Clinton campaign should not be seen viewed as behind the organizer of the protest.
At Monday’s protest, Marine veteran, and Clinton supporter Alexander McCoy served as a spokesman for the demonstrators—and went to great lengths to hide the Clinton campaign’s involvement with organizing the demonstration.
“We’re not affiliated with any campaign, we’re not affiliated with any organization,” McCoy told reporters, saying the protesters used “grassroots organizing techniques, we came together over social media.”
McCoy later told The Daily Beast he reached out to the Clinton campaign to obtain press contacts but denied that Clinton staffers had been involved in organizing the event.
Then, reached by phone after the event, McCoy acknowledged that the Clinton campaign organized the conference call bringing together possible attendees to the protest.
The Clinton campaign initially played down its role in the event, but Murray later said in a statement to The Daily Beast: “[W]e were more than happy to lend some logistical support to the activists who organized today’s protest and we’ll be happy to do the same for any other veterans who want to speak out against Trump’s shameful disrespect.”
Another primed veteran attacker in the midsts of that protest was Perry O’Brien, who in his CNN TV spot, forgot to mention his affiliation with Iraq Veterans Against the War. Ironically enough, his interview states that Trump is using veterans as props, while he himself is being used as a prop. The use and abuse by all politicians of veterans as props is a disgusting and habitual habit, which I touched on in a recent article.
Recently, the Clinton SuperPac “Correct the Record” admitted to spending $1 million to hire internet trolls as Hillary supporters to swarm social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter. The multimillion dollar SuperPac’s defense of actions statement read,
While Hillary Clinton fights to break down barriers and bring America together, the Barrier Breakers 2016 digital task force will serve as a resource for supporters looking for positive content and push-back to share with their online progressive communities, as well as thanking prominent supporters and committed superdelegates on social media.
SuperPacs and Outside Spending sources are not supposed to coordinate with candidates, a Supreme Court ruling has made this clear. Although it doesn’t take a detective to know that’s what is happening. In fact, they’re flagrant about in and exploit every loophole, the Clinton SuperPac, Correct the Record has cited that they can and do coordinate with Hillary and her campaign.
Too Big to Fail
Buckle up and watch as the woman who has fumbled national secrets, again and again, runs for the highest office in the nation. The very nation which ran General Petraeus out for similar, but minor in comparison “light-treason.” A term lawmakers must be using, to avoid prosecuting public figures. Meanwhile, the full contents of Hillary’s nonchalant 30,322 emails & email attachments are currently listed on Wikileaks. A fact that doesn’t phase her, or her ardent supporters. Just as the Clinton campaign continues to finance protesters to disrupt the competition, which will similarly not affect her bid for office.