Monday, October 9, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: Breitbart & white supremacy, the ‘war on coal,’ Russian advertising on Google & more

Minecraft - Coal Ore

Pictured above: the only coal people still approve of mining. Although, come to think of it, you can automate coal production in Minecraft. Even in vanilla, now. So, y’know, maybe not so much. Redstone is killing the Minecraft coal jobs.

5 Things to Read Today (10/9/17)

  1. BuzzFeed News: Alt-White: How the Breitbart Machine Laundered Racist Hate
  2. Foreign Policy: The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’
  3. Reuters: Google uncovered Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail, source says
  4. The Atlantic: Mike Pence’s Flagrant Waste of Taxpayer Money
  5. Washington Post: Pruitt tells coal miners he will repeal power plan rule Tuesday: ‘The war on coal is over.’

If you only read one thing off today’s list, make it the BuzzFeed News article about Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos. BuzzFeed got their hands on internal communications from Breitbart’s Bannon and Yiannopoulos that are just… mind blowing. It details, among other things, their concerted effort to bring white supremacy into the mainstream using Yiannopoulos and his nazi friends as a mouthpiece.

The Foreign Policy article talks about how the FBI has apparently decided that “black identity extremists” are more worth targeting than the torch-bearing mobs of nazis that keep turning up everywhere (including in Charlottesville again this weekend). Foreign Policy articles can sometimes be a hassle to read, so if it’s giving you attitude, try this link.

Google found evidence of Russian-backed ads on their platforms, because of course there were Russian-backed ads on their platforms. I think Google might be the only folks acting surprised to hear that.

VP Mike Pence, on Trump’s orders, pulled an expensive little political stunt yesterday. He flew out of his way to go to a Colts-49ers game so he could walk out when the players knelt during the national anthem. Not only was it a lame stunt, it was a blazingly obvious one that fooled no one (except maybe Trump supporters). It also cost a lot. CNN was estimating almost $250,000 tax payer dollars for that. This, while most of Puerto Rico is still without basic necessities like water, power and food.

Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA and extensive user of private flights to get places for work (for which he’s under investigation), is signing an order today that’ll roll back Obama’s signature order that limited greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. This means, apparently, that the “war” on coal is “over.”

I mean, there was never a war on coal. It’s just not an efficient or healthy power source anymore. Also, rolling this rule back isn’t going to help the coal industry, because the reason most of the jobs went away is because of automation, not Obama’s rule. But y’know, whatever plays well in the cheap seats, I guess.

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