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118351 No. 118351 ID: 225202 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
All the years of endless screaming about "feminatzis taking muh blideo blames!" and yet it's always the christfags and republicans leading the censorship charge.

The group in question claiming responsibility:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Morality_In_Media

https://www.usgamer.net/articles/mature-visual-novels-are-at-risk-of-being-taken-down-from-steam
>Several visual novel publishers and developers are reporting that due to a sudden change in Steam's content guidelines and policies, their games are under threat of being removed from Valve's platform. Several visual novel makers have made public that Valve threatened to remove their games if they aren't altered to fit content guidelines by the end of the month.

>Early this morning, MangaGamer published a blog post regarding its visual novel Kindred Spirits. The company writes, "Kindred Spirits, has also been targeted by Steam's sudden and abrupt content policy shift and has been threatened with removal if the content of the game is not modified."

>Kindred Spirits on the Roof first made headlines as Steam's first "uncensored" visual novel. However, reviewers seemed to respond positively to the game's frank depiction of sexuality, with Kotaku even calling the game "pretty tame."

>MangaGamer made it clear in their blogpost that the company "went to great pains to run the game's content by Valve representatives." This meant mangagamer sent "along every potentially questionable graphical asset along with advanced builds of the title-to ensure that the feeling was mutual."

>John Pickett of MangaGamer told Motherboard that Kindred Spirits underwent a "vigorous" review by Valve's representatives, and "Valve spent several weeks reviewing the game to check the content and game MangaGamer its full approval and guarantee that it fell within Valve's content standards."
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>> No. 119446 ID: eb4293
Life may be all fun and games now in the USA, but as offshoring increases, illegal immigration rises, hard-working Americans die off or dropout due to higher taxes and more regulations, the national debt climbs, there is more terrorism as the result of illegal American wars, the police become more brutal enforcing draconian decrees, the US Ponzi economy and stock markets collapse, cash is banned, Americans are implanted with microchips, and real crises and false flags are used to force Americans to go to the gulags and finally to the gas chambers and ovens, will Americans wish that they had spoken out earlier against the dangers of wars, debt, and tyranny?


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118408 No. 118408 ID: 197be0 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/marine-marched-neo-nazis-charlottesville-found-guilty-court/story?id=55998984


The U.S. Marine who marched with neo-Nazis in last summer's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been found guilty in a summary court-martial after he reportedly bragged online about participating in the violence that day.

Lance Cpl. Vasillios Pistolis was convicted Monday of failing to obey an order or regulation and making a false official statement under Articles 92 and 107 in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
>> No. 119444 ID: 0f94ad
One wonders if spying on friends, starting trade wars, enacting sanctions, overthrowing governments, bombing enemies, and arming terrorists are good ways to spread peace and freedom to the world.

(This one too)
(gotcha)


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119149 No. 119149 ID: c50cab hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Can't believe trump voters would betray gun owners like this!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/men-discussed-opening-fire-at-pro-gun-rally-in-richmond-officials-say-11579291691
>Three suspected white supremacists arrested in Maryland and Delaware this week had discussed opening fire from different positions at Monday’s planned pro-gun rally in Richmond, Va., in the hopes of causing chaos, law-enforcement officials said.

>Authorities also confirmed they arrested three other men in Georgia this week who are allegedly linked to the same violent, white-supremacist group, called “the Base,” as the men who were heading to Virginia. The Georgia men were arrested on Wednesday for plotting to murder a Georgia couple, the Floyd County, Ga., police department said Friday.

>The group’s activities include recruiting members online, meeting to discuss strategy and practicing at a paramilitary training camp on a 100-acre tract in Silver Creek, Ga., county police said. Silver Creek is an unincorporated part of the county northwest of Atlanta.

>The FBI said it assisted local law enforcement on the Georgia arrests. Law-enforcement agencies have been tracking the group, which aims to “accelerate the downfall of the U.S. government, incite a race war and establish a white ethno-state,” according to an affidavit associated with the Georgia arrests, and filed in a local court.
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>> No. 119424 ID: 727c7a
>>119421
That's only half of it. The other half is

>... And those who fail to learn history correctly, they are simply doomed.
>> No. 119438 ID: 112059
>>119419
>>119417
lmao y'all are talking about that bot that bumps old threads and doesn't ever quote posts?
Yeah, that's a bot, pretty sure. There isn't anyone at the other end.
I keep on banning it at every turn but there's always another proxy, or tor node, or whatever.
>> No. 119439 ID: 11bced
Strange how bots are only online 12 hours a day and take long breaks to work, rest, eat, and call friends.

(BAD BOT)
(BAD)
>> No. 119440 ID: 112059
>>119439
I mean, that's probably a canned response but it's worth a shot:

Stop it. Ever notice how you keep getting banned and all your posts disappear?
STOP.
>> No. 119441 ID: 3074c8
Americans hate
free speech with a passion.

(I think I'm gonna leave these posts up from now on so y'all can see the red text..)
(DON'T respond to it)


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  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-mh17-cabinet/netherlands-australia-hold-russia-responsible-in-mh17-downing-idUSKCN1IQ0XO
>The Netherlands told Moscow on Friday it will hold the Russian state legally responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014, after investigators concluded that a Russian army missile system was used in the attack.

>MH17 was shot down over territory held by pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine as it flew from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people onboard, roughly two-thirds of them Dutch.

>A team of international investigators said on Thursday that the “Buk” missile system used to bring down the passenger plane came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, based in the western Russian city of Kursk.

>“It is the first time the finger points to one specific country,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters after an emergency cabinet meeting. “We are holding Russia responsible for their role in the deployment of the Buk rocket system.”

>The diplomatic escalation comes at a time when relations between Western powers and Russia have reached their lowest point in decades.

>“Russia didn’t cooperate with the international legal requests in relation to the investigation,” Rutte said, referring to the probe carried out by prosecutors from Australia, Malaysia, Belgium, Ukraine and the Netherlands.

>The Netherlands and Australia informed Moscow that it expects Russia to now provide full assistance to the investigation, which is in the final stage of identifying perpetrators to be tried under Dutch law.

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https://youtu.be/Q3MomxNHnUA?t=285

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj-VZB0ZdEA
>but muh Russian buks
>but muh 323 muh 312 blub-lub-blub

Here's the funny thing about "investigation" - people are concentrated on the things that are present on the footage. On the other hand, they probably should have focused in the other things that aren't present - namely, the rest of the "convoy" aside from the truck itself. Or maybe about fully operational Ukrainian AA defence system deployed in the region.

https://ru.slovoidilo.ua/news/3659/2014-07-12/sily-pvo-ukrainy-pereshli-v-polnuyu-boevuyu-gotovnost.html

>The air defense forces of Ukraine went into full combat readiness
July 12, 2014

>As you know, despite the promise of NSDCU Secretary Andrey Parubiya to destroy Russian helicopters at the Ukrainian border, Russian military helicopters continue to violate Ukraine's airspace

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>>118362
pot calling the kettle black indeed.

Do you ever experience cognitive dissidence, mr. war crimes denier?
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https://sputniknews.com/world/201805181064582313-vyshinsky-arrest-condemnation/

>On order of a court in Ukraine's city of Kherson, Kirill Vyshinsky has been arrested for 60 days without bail on charges of “treason” and for supporting the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in Ukraine’s southeast.

>Independent Polish journalist Stanislaw Remuszko said that freedom of speech is the backbone of democracy and the most important thing in life.

>”I have been working as a journalist for more than 40 years now and I believe that expressing one’s mind, even if it differs from that of the powers-that-be, is our sacred right. Saying only what the government wants to hear has nothing to do with free speech. If they arrested Kirill Vyshinsky only because he said things Ukrianian authorities don’t like, then he had every right to do so and is not to be punished, let alone arrested, for doing that,” Remuszko said.

The funny part though, you won't find any publications in the West about this treacherous breach of human rights. Because freedom of press is a concept of fiction.

https://cpj.org/2018/05/ukraine-extends-ban-on-russian-news-agencies-journ.php

>The decree, which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed on May 14, prolongs measures taken last year against Russian media companies-- including Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today), Sputnik, VGTRK, NTV, REN TV, TNT, OTR and others - that restricted or suspended their access to Ukrainian telecommunications networks. The decree also barred the outlets' journalists from entering Ukraine for the next three years and froze any assets that they had in the country.

If the freedom of speech, freedom of press and other freedoms can be throttled as it fits to interests of ruling class, they are not freedoms at all.
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>> No. 118367 ID: ef2885
>>118366
>look mommy i posted it again!
>> No. 119431 ID: 691eea
Resistance becomes a duty when you live in a police state.

Why is Assange in jail, but Clinton isn't?

Why did Snowden throw away his life to warn Americans about the dangers of tyranny?

How can officials and the Gestapo take an oath to defend the Constitution and then violate it everyday? Is a paycheck more important than freedom?


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117966 No. 117966 ID: 1ea8c0 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Wow can't believe Barak Obama is still forcing Russian athletes to cheat at sports.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/43180504
>Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been banned from the Winter Olympics for doping - just a day before Olympic chiefs meet to discuss lifting sanctions on her country.

>The International Olympic Committee banned Russia over "systemic" doping at Sochi 2014, which the country hosted.

>However, 168 athletes who proved they were clean were allowed to compete as neutrals at the Pyeongchang Games.

>Sergeeva is the second of those 168 to have failed a doping test.

>The IOC's executive board met on Saturday, when a discussion on whether to maintain or lift the suspension on Russia took place - a decision is now expected on Sunday.

>Lifting the suspension would allow Russian athletes to parade with their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-curlers-stripped-of-olympic-bronze-for-doping-at-2018-winter-games-60601
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>> No. 117968 ID: 278cbe
And furthermore. If you simple citizens think it is somewhat bougous situation in the sports right now and there's nowhere to go from it, you got to see what a piss-metering agency known as WADA is yet to prepare for your enjoyment.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/gene-doping-olympics-1.4535719

>Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level

>WADA calls it: the non-therapeutic use of cells, genes, genetic elements or modulation of genetic expression having the capacity to enhance performance.

>In fact, WADA has been talking about how to detect and deter athletes from gene doping for years now, and recently had a meeting in Montreal about considering asking all athletes to have their entire genome sequenced prior to competition.

So, yeah, just about any moment now, you can observe the new age of sports medicine competition, where a person may be banned for having, um, wrong genetics. Well of course, if you have right genetics, supported by hefty sponsorship fund, political lobby, industry investments, there's nothing to fear.
>> No. 117969 ID: 734a2c
>>117967
>>117968
>dem cops is raycist for profiling us muggers and rapists!

lol okay tyrone.
>> No. 118396 ID: 278cbe
  I am fascinated that my news feeds do not even let these threads go deep enough to disappear. Here's what came up just recently.

It's been going for a long time but now it is coming to the end.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/sports/american-doping-criminal-law.html

>United States lawmakers took a step on Tuesday toward criminalizing doping in international sports, introducing a bill in the House that would attach prison time to the use, manufacturing or distribution of performance-enhancing drugs in global competitions.

>The law would establish America’s jurisdiction over international sports events, even those outside of the United States, if they include at least three other nations, with at least four American athletes participating or two American companies acting as sponsors. It would also enhance the ability of cheated athletes and corporate sponsors to seek damages, expanding the window of time during which civil lawsuits could be filed.

>The bill would establish a window of seven years for criminal actions and 10 years for civil lawsuits. It also seeks to protect whistle-blowers from retaliation, making it illegal to take “adverse action” against a person because he or she has disclosed information about doping fraud.

Effectively, US unilaterally establishes itself as the judge, jury and executioner of every international sport event they can lay they hand on, under the force of criminal law.

And this is just after the case that is supposed to be a basis for that law literally collapses under it's own weight.
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>>118396


Https://startingstrength.com/article/why_powerlifting_should_not_be_in_the_olympics
>> No. 119430 ID: 691eea
Exactly.

Everything changes in a police state.

The friendly Gestapo who once only arrested robbers and murderers is now also responsible for jailing Christians, beggars, smokers, protestors, reporters, lawyers, parents, business people, pet owners, bank customers, gun owners, and pedestrians.

The law-abiding citizen no longer can obey the law because everything is illegal.


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118662 No. 118662 ID: 0d05ce hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
http://wpgh53.com/entertainment/reported-shooting-near-synagogue-in-pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police said a suspect was in custody after a shooting caused "multiple casualties" at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

Three officers were also shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
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>> No. 118666 ID: 928dfb
>>118665
For what it's worth. The last inmate PA executed got the needle in 1999 after he was arrested in 1987. And he waived his appeals. And he had to wait for a republican governor. This guy will die on death row.
>> No. 118667 ID: 649f2c
>>118665
people will forget all about this as soon as the next twitter outrage hits and they'll probably end up just letting the guy walk.
>> No. 118668 ID: 322c3d
>>118667
Lolwut? Fuck you think this is, a cop killing some black kid?
>> No. 118669 ID: e3303e
>>118668
remember that saudi guy from last week?
neither does anyone else.
>> No. 119429 ID: 6325da
Americans used to hate criminals and the homeless, but now every American is a criminal and soon every American will be homeless.


No. 118383 ID: 5091f1 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
  http://m.tmz.com/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdain-dead-dies-suicide/?viewer_country=US



Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France ... according to CNN. The network says Bourdain's friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert discovered the body Friday morning. He had hanged himself.

They were on location in France shooting an episode of his award-winning show, 'Parts Unknown.'
>> No. 119034 ID: 4fa264
https://gothamist.com/food/anthony-bourdains-belongings-including-his-records-knife-are-auction

It’s been 15 months since the sad and sudden death of Anthony Bourdain. Now a collection of the celebrity chef’s personal belongings are being sold in an online auction, which is good news for anyone in the market for a chrome duck press that once appeared in an episode of the Bourdain-hosted show The Layover.

The auction is being run by auction house Lark Mason Associates, with most of the proceeds reportedly going to Bourdain’s wife (from whom he had separated), Ottavia Busia, and their daughter. Another portion of the money will help to establish a new scholarship in Bourdain’s name at the Culinary Institute of America, which he attended during the 1970s.

The priciest item, by most estimates, is a Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife, which is expected to sell for $4,000 or more at auction. It was custom-made for Bourdain by Kramer, a world-class knifesmith. The rest of the collection is eclectic and not all for the kitchen. According to the iGavel auction website, the lots include “artwork, books, home and decorative furnishings, knives, wrist watches, apparel and more,” all personally acquired by Bourdain throughout widely-traveled his life. (And it’s not all exorbitantly expensive—at least several of the valuations are estimated well below $1,000.)

There are even some artifacts of a literary nature, such as a Simpsons script (Bourdain played himself in the 2011 episode "The Food Wife") and an early draft of his 1995 novel, Bone in the Throat .

The auction also features two paintings from the New York artist, musician, and actor John Lurie, who sold two paintings to Bourdain for $19,000 each. “They were two of my favorites and I would not have let them go if they were not to Anthony,” Lurie tweeted (then deleted) on Monday. Lurie, it seems, was not pleased to learn that they are now expected to go for between $1,000 and $2,000⁠—far less than what Bourdain paid. “Why is everything associated with the art world so remarkably grotesque?” Lurie asked in tweet that was subsequently deleted. A fair question.

Other highlights: A U.S. Navy jacket Bourdain received in 2006, the Times reports, “after having to leave Beirut in a hurry in the midst of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict"; a silver and bronze sculpture modeled after the Michelin Man; a Peter Lovig Nielsen teak flip-top desk; and a small record case including some of Bourdain's vinyl. Bourdain’s musical tastes were eclectic—his father was at one time a Columbia Records executive, and Bourdain himself fraternized with punk legends like Marky Ramone and Iggy Pop on his various television programs. No wonder, then, that his record collection includes sele
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>> No. 119427 ID: 727c7a
The elites organized a global government by paying off the 200 most unethical leaders in the world.


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117795 No. 117795 ID: 47e17e hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
https://www.spin.com/2018/01/stormy-daniels-trump-in-touch-interview-daughter/
>Although Donald Trump is alleged to have paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet about a reported affair that took place 10 years previously, In Touch Weekly has published an interview with Daniels from 2011, before the signing of any NDA, in which she spills intimate details of meeting the then-Apprentice host at a celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe.

>A frequent theme throughout the interview concerns Trump being taken aback by how smart and business savvy Daniels was, with Trump going so far as to tell Daniels that he wanted to put her on The Apprentice. One of Daniels’s quotes on the subject which In Touch published in the print edition of the story but not online, is particularly striking.

>“We had really good banter,” Daniels told In Touch. “He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful, smart, just like his daughter”

>Trump, one figures, was talking about Ivanka Trump, who was 24 at the time. (His other daughter, Tiffany, would have been 11.) Our now president reportedly comparing a woman he was allegedly sleeping with to Ivanka is just another creepy addition to his long history of going out of his way to sexualize his daughter. Infamously, during a 2006 appearance on The View, Trump complimented his daughter’s body and told the panel, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” Stormy Daniels and Trump may have only had a fling, but he paid her just about the highest compliment he knows.
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>> No. 118039 ID: 698f53
>>118026
Splendid! Is it impeachable?
>> No. 118040 ID: 41441c
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>>118039
Well the Republicans tried to impeach Clinton for lying about getting his dick sucked in the Oval Office.

Also there might be a sex tape and Trump is apparently a sub:
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/stormymat-or-why-did-stormy-and-2nd-trump-girlfriend-have-ndas-negotiated-by-the-same-lawyer
>When Daniels first filed her lawsuit last week I was one of the first to note that it sounds like the agreement might be intended to cover up “dick pics” or either compromising digital evidence of the affair. Yesterday, I reported that Daniels apparently suggested to 60 Minutes that President Trump likes being mistreated or denigrated in sexual contexts. In their most recent communication with Trump’s lawyers, Daniels’ team significantly ups the ante, for the first time suggesting the existence not only of texts and images but possibly “videos relating to the President which she may have in possession.” Let’s call this ‘Stormymat’.

>We should note that according to the October 2016 agreement, Daniels should have divested herself of all ownership rights and physical possession of all this material. Texts, pictures, videos, all forms of Stormymat. It wouldn’t be terribly surprising if she didn’t. It also wouldn’t be terribly surprising that her team is simply raising this possibility to sow terror in the Trump camp and keep them off balance. For now, it seems worth considering that this material does exist and that she has it.
>> No. 118045 ID: f91983
>>118040
Would the ultimate sub achievement be getting humiliated on some sort of grand scale? Are we all about to become unwilling partners in Donald Trump's titanic ideal sexual fantasy? Is that what he has been pushing for all along?
seems kinda weird/gross so sage
>> No. 118048 ID: ef0a3b
>>117795
>spin.com
>> No. 118052 ID: 41441c
Couple more developments today. Mainly the Trump administration has now become directly involved and is attempting to move the case to federal court, and her lawyer has stated the affair continued after he became president.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-tries-move-stormy-daniels-lawsuit-federal-court-claims-she-n857491

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/16/politics/stormy-daniels-trump-allegations-cnntv/index.html
>The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.
>"Is there anything in the litany of accusations -- you would call them facts -- that surround this case that happened while Donald Trump was President?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, during an interview Friday.
>"Yes," Avenatti replied.
>When asked by Tapper if he could elaborate, Avenatti gave a simple "no."
>Avenatti had claimed earlier Friday in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo that Daniels was "physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump."


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119278 No. 119278 ID: 0c99f5 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/military-recruitment-twitch/

Have a nice time getting banned, my dude,” Army recruiter and gamer Joshua “Strotnium” David told me right before he booted me from the US Army’s Twitch channel. I had just reminded viewers of the United States’ history of atrocities around the globe, and helpfully provided a link to the Wikipedia page for US war crimes.

Was I undiplomatic? Sure. But if the military is going to use one of the world’s most popular platforms to recruit kids, then it shouldn’t be able to do so without some pushback. Right now, with the support of Twitch, gamers with the US military are spending hours with children as young as 13, trying to convince them to enlist.

The Army, Navy, and Air Force all stream on Twitch using dedicated e-sports teams. These teams are comprised of skilled gamers who compete in tournaments for cash prizes. While members of military e-sports teams offer the regular gaming skill set, they’re also on-screen talent and recruiters. Instead of approaching a recruiter behind a table in a school cafeteria, kids can hang out with one who is playing their favorite video games and replying to their chat messages for hours on end.
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Hasan Piker, a popular Twitch streamer with a dedicated following of over 430,000 users, recoiled at the thought of recruiters’ building relationships with young, impressionable viewers.

“Twitch is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my career, and it’s because you’re live for hours on end, talking to these people in the chat. You develop a community and know your individual chatters. There is an ecosystem in every Twitch channel,” Piker said. “Recruiting in this predatory way is a violation of [the users’] safety.”

While an 18-year-old might watch a piece of propaganda like American Sniper once in movie theaters and go on with their lives, here military members themselves are streaming hawkish agitprop day after day. In some cases, such as Call of Duty, these are games that the military or ex-military figures have consulted on and helped shape. In these Twitch channels, recruiters are using these games to solicit young viewers to share personal information. Branches that use e-sports and Twitch streams to reach and recruit younger viewers rely on sleight-of-hand tactics, false promises, and deceptive messaging to trick them into filling out recruiting forms.
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The Twitter account for the US Army e-sports team links to a sparsely populated page with register to win! at the top, no details on what one could even win, and a sign-up form that, according to a tiny disclosure at the bottom of the page, welcomes an eventual harangue by an Army recruiter. It allows people as young as 12 to submit the form, but adds a notice on the post-submission page that recruiters are not permitted to contact a child under the age of 16.

Twitch’s advertising pitch boasts that it can reach 80 percent of teen males in the United States. The minimum age requirement for Twitch is 13.

“All parents are concerned about screen time and what it’s doing to their children,” Justin Hendrix, the executive director of the NYC Media Lab, told me. “As a parent, I reckon a lot of us are unaware that our children are encountering marketing messages, influencers, and sales people in a variety of contexts online when we think they’re just playing games.”

Twitch viewers in the Army’s channel are repeatedly presented with an automated chat prompt that says they could win a Xbox Elite Series 2 controller—an enhanced controller with customizable options and extra paddles for advanced play that costs upward of $200—and a link where they can enter the “giveaway.” It, too, directs them to a recruiting form with no additional mention of a contest, odds, total number of winners, or when a drawing will occur.

The Army declined to comment.

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There are over 325,000 current active-duty Navy servicemen and women. The inaugural Navy e-sports team commissioned earlier this year consists of 10 people. To qualify for the e-sports team, you must be at least an E-4, petty officer third class, a rank that takes on average two to three years to reach. One cannot join the Navy and immediately be on the e-sports team, but the Navy’s Twitch channel features a bio that reads, “Other people will tell you not to stay up all night staring at a screen. We’ll pay you to do it. Get a look at what life is like inside the uniform on the America’s [sic] Navy.”

Lara Bollinger, a public affairs officer with the Navy Recruiting Command, said in an e-mail that the bio is “a nod to the fact that when standing watch in various capacities on a ship (on the bridge, in the combat information center, etc.) a Sailor will be looking at various screens, (radar, sonar, navigation, etc…).”
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Twitch does not consider military e-sports streams mature programming, so it does not require people to enter their age before viewing. One need only click a button acknowledging that the stream is intended for older viewers. With screen time spiking because of the pandemic, this presents a troubling dynamic.

“You can say what you want about people who serve in the military and what that says about them. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be able to play video games or e-sports, but I do think it’s more insidious to have the military using it as a recruiting tool for young, impressionable people,” Rod Breslau, an e-sports industry consultant and insider, said.


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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/09/14/business/saudi-oil-output-impacted-drone-attack/index.html

Drone strikes on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities have disrupted about half of the kingdom's oil capacity, or 5% of the daily global oil supply, people with knowledge of Saudi's oil operations told CNN Business.

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday took responsibility for the attacks, saying 10 drones targeted state-owned Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah news agency.

Five million barrels per day of crude production have been impacted after fires raged at the sites, one of them the world's largest oil production facility, people with knowledge of the kingdom's operations said. The latest OPEC figures from August 2019 put the total Saudi production at 9.8 million barrels per day.
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https://beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-has-dug-himself-into-a-hole-with-iran/2019/09/16/513021d0-d89b-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html?noredirect=on

CONFLICTING REPORTS were circulating Monday about who launched the devastating attack on Saudi oil production facilities Saturday, and from where. Though Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed credit, Saudi Arabia and the United States said the assault did not come from Yemen; both blamed Iran, but without providing evidence. What is certain is that the strike represented a major escalation in the conflict in the Persian Gulf — and that President Trump, who triggered the crisis with his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, seems to have lost any ability to control it.

Iran has been engaged in aggression across the Middle East for years, including in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Syria. But Mr. Trump’s decision to walk away from the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program and to apply crushing new sanctions has provoked Iran, inexcusably but predictably, to ratchet up that aggression. The U.S. attempt to block all Iranian oil exports, which has delivered a powerful blow to the Islamic republic’s economy, was itself a virtual act of war. Tehran first responded with attacks on tankers in the Persian Gulf, and now comes the stunning air raid on Saudi oil facilities — which, wherever it came from, very likely had Iranian sponsorship or support.

Mr. Trump’s ability to respond effectively is severely limited compared to previous U.S. presidents. Few believe his pronouncements, so barring the presentation of overwhelming evidence, claims of Iranian responsibility will not persuade even close U.S. allies. European states that joined U.S. operations to secure the Persian Gulf in the past are very reluctant to do so now, because they fear Mr. Trump will drag them into a war. Even some of Iran’s foremost adversaries don’t want a conflict with Iran presided over by an erratic and unstable U.S. president, who already canceled one military strike at the last minute.

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The attack should not go unanswered, but the best response may not be a military one. Mr. Trump risks compounding his strategic problems if he acts hastily or recklessly. The United States must first work to definitively establish who was responsible for the operation and how it was carried out, and make that information public. Especially since it was Saudi and not U.S. assets that were struck, no retaliatory U.S. military action should be undertaken without consultation with Congress.

Mr. Trump likely would encounter bipartisan resistance there. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has himself done much to destabilize the
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