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Big Tech Is Silencing Free Speech . . . Including Ours

Amid the hysteria of this post-truth moment, we at Adbusters have been made the target of a counter-campaign of misinformation and intimidation. Since we launched the “White House Siege” late in July, the far right’s conspiracy theory–fuelled propaganda machine has attempted to stoke outlandish fears, falsely portraying us as violence-inciting, looting, pillaging bogeymen. In consequence, both our inbox and social media have been flooded with bloodthirsty expressions of semi-literate hostility. We’ve been informed that we’ll be met by “armed militias.” We’ve been told to “get ready for war.” We’ve been threatened with being “taken away in body bags.” These threats, however, have all proved to be as empty as their authors’ skulls. Not one has amounted to anything more than keyboard-mediated bluster.

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Adbusters #151

Siege on the White House

Find out more about the #WhiteHouseSiege in this landmark issue . . . and be a part of history.

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What Does JPMorgan Call Its Crime? "A Little Razzle-Dazzle to Juke the Algos"

The case against JPMorgan Chase for manipulating precious-metals and Treasury markets has many of the usual features. On September 29th it admitted to wrongdoing in relation to the actions of employees who, authorities claim, fraudulently rigged markets tens of thousands of times in 2008–16. The bank agreed to pay $920m to settle various probes by regulators and law enforcement. Some of the traders involved face criminal charges. If convicted, they are likely to spend time in jail.

The traders are alleged to have used “spoofing”, a ruse where a marketmaker seeking to buy or sell an asset, like gold or a bond, places a series of phoney orders on the opposite side of the market in order to confuse other market participants and move the price in his favour. A trader trying to sell gold, for instance, might place a series of buy orders, creating the illusion of demand. This dupes others into pushing prices higher, permitting the trader to sell at an elevated price. Once accomplished, the trader cancels his fake orders.

The practice was explicitly outlawed in America in 2010, but the rise of algorithmic traders — which rapidly analyse order books to work out where prices might move next — has made it more tempting for human traders to spoof them. According to prosecutors one JPMorgan trader described the tactic as “a little razzle-dazzle to juke the algos”.

Excerpted from the Economist

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Eat the Rich

People have been told all their lives that this economy is inevitable and indispensable, and that if they just give it free rein it will ultimately work for them. If they start seeing it for what it is (a con game that enables a tiny number of people to control everyone else in the world through their possession and manipulation of magic pieces of paper), they may conclude that it needs to be replaced, not saved.

— Ken Knabb, Bureau of Public Secrets

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America at the Edge of Autocracy

In an established autocracy — like Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey, or Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia — it is nearly impossible to criticize or to investigate the autocrat. In the liminal condition in which we now live, with public institutions threatened but not yet defeated by an elected President, the would-be autocrat must still face the indignities of journalism, legal inquiry, and popular opposition. He must also face an open election. The polls suggest that Joe Biden currently leads the 2020 Presidential race. We suffer no delusions: Trump has on his side demagogic skill and ruthlessness, a willingness to break any norm or law in order to win. Nevertheless, we hope that Biden will displace him by a margin that prevents prolonged dispute or the kind of civil unrest that Trump appears to relish. Ideally, Biden will have an opportunity to govern with Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate, which would vastly increase his chances of passing legislation to confront the nation’s array of crises.

Excerpted from the New Yorker

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fair play and cancel culture, men and women

superficially, at least, the old-fashioned rules of fair play resemble the rough and tumble of sports, combat, and other forms of traditionally male competition. one seeks to defeat one’s opponent—brutally, if need be—but the violence, crucially, is limited to the field of play.
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Big Tech Is Silencing Free Speech . . . Including Ours

Amid the hysteria of this post-truth moment, we at Adbusters have been made the target of a counter-campaign of misinformation and intimidation. Since we launched the “White House Siege” late in July, the far right’s conspiracy theory–fuelled propaganda machine has attempted to stoke outlandish fears, falsely portraying us as violence-inciting, looting, pillaging bogeymen.
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Incomprehensible world

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true.
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On September 17th, it will have been nine years since we set off the political earthquake of #OccupyWallStreet. And it may be the perfect day to trigger another global big-bang moment — a massive collective action of the sweetest kind of disobedience.

Over the past nine years, the shadows have only grown longer. Inequality has soared. Not a single Wall Street CEO spent a night in jail after the 2008 financial meltdown. Politicians and corporate criminals continue to savage the public trust with impunity. And all the while, this howling void of a president, his sins too many to name, sits smugly atop a corona death-toll that may surpass two-hundred thousand Americans by Christmas.

So, on September 17th, in the original and enduring spirit of Occupy, thousands will lay siege to the White House. Drawing wind from #MeToo, #BLM, #ExtinctionRebellion, we will once again summon the sweet, revolutionary nonviolence that was our calling card in Zuccotti Park.

Find out more about the #WhiteHouseSiege in this landmark issue . . . and be a part of history. It all happens on September 17th, in Lafayette Square.

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