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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 16:32

........so Facebook-wise, things are unravelling ever further......

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/22/facebook-gave-data-about-57bn-friendships-to-academic-aleksandr-kogan

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 16:51

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/22/facebook-gave-data-about-57bn-friendships-to-academic-aleksandr-kogan



Cambridge Analytica
The Cambridge Analytica Files


Facebook gave data about 57bn friendships to academic
Volume of data suggests trusted partnership with Aleksandr Kogan, says analyst


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 Aleksandr Kogan has accused Facebook of using him as a scapegoat. Composite: Guardian Design Team
Before Facebook suspended Aleksandr Kogan from its platform for the data harvesting “scam” at the centre of the unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media company enjoyed a close enough relationship with the researcher that it provided him with an anonymised, aggregate dataset of 57bn Facebook friendships.
Facebook provided the dataset of “every friendship formed in 2011 in every country in the world at the national aggregate level” to Kogan’s University of Cambridge laboratory for a study on international friendships published in Personality and Individual Differences in 2015. Two Facebook employees were named as co-authors of the study, alongside researchers from Cambridge, Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. Kogan was publishing under the name Aleksandr Spectre at the time.

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A University of Cambridge press release on the study’s publication noted that the paper was “the first output of ongoing research collaborations between Spectre’s lab in Cambridge and Facebook”. Facebook did not respond to queries about whether any other collaborations occurred.
“The sheer volume of the 57bn friend pairs implies a pre-existing relationship,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “It’s not common for Facebook to share that kind of data. It suggests a trusted partnership between Aleksandr Kogan/Spectre and Facebook.”
Facebook downplayed the significance of the dataset, which it said was shared with Kogan in 2013. “The data that was shared was literally numbers – numbers of how many friendships were made between pairs of countries – ie x number of friendships made between the US and UK,” Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen said by email. “There was no personally identifiable information included in this data.”
Facebook’s relationship with Kogan has since soured.
“We ended our working relationship with Kogan altogether after we learned that he violated Facebook’s terms of service for his unrelated work as a Facebook app developer,” Chen said. Facebook has said that it learned of Kogan’s misuse of the data in December 2015, when the Guardian first reported that the data had been obtained by Cambridge Analytica.
“We started to take steps to end the relationship right after the Guardian report, and after investigation we ended the relationship soon after, in 2016,” Chen said.
On Friday 16 March, in anticipation of the Observer’s reporting that Kogan had improperly harvested and shared the data of more than 50 million Americans, Facebook suspended Kogan from the platform, issued a statement saying that he “lied” to the company, and characterised his activities as “a scam – and a fraud”.
On Tuesday, Facebook went further, saying in a statement: “The entire company is outraged we were deceived.” And on Wednesday, in his first public statementon the scandal, its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, called Kogan’s actions a “breach of trust”.
But Facebook has not explained how it came to have such a close relationship with Kogan that it was co-authoring research papers with him, nor why it took until this week – more than two years after the Guardian initially reported on Kogan’s data harvesting activities – for it to inform the users whose personal information was improperly shared.
And Kogan has offered a defence of his actions in an interview with the BBC and an email to his Cambridge colleagues obtained by the Guardian. “My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” Kogan said on Radio 4 on Wednesday.
The data collection that resulted in Kogan’s suspension by Facebook was undertaken by Global Science Research (GSR), a company he founded in May 2014 with another Cambridge researcher, Joseph Chancellor. Chancellor is currently employed by Facebook.
Between June and August of that year, GSR paid approximately 270,000 individuals to use a Facebook questionnaire app that harvested data from their own Facebook profiles, as well as from their friends, resulting in a dataset of more than 50 million users. The data was subsequently given to Cambridge Analytica, in what Facebook has said was a violation of Kogan’s agreement to use the data solely for academic purposes.
In his email to colleagues at Cambridge, Kogan said that he had created the Facebook app in 2013 for academic purposes, and used it for “a number of studies”. After he founded GSR, Kogan wrote, he transferred the app to the company and changed its name, logo, description, and terms and conditions. CNNfirst reported on the Cambridge email. Kogan did not respond to the Guardian’s request for comment on this article.
“We made clear the app was for commercial use – we never mentioned academic research nor the University of Cambridge,” Kogan wrote. “We clearly stated that the users were granting us the right to use the data in broad scope, including selling and licensing the data. These changes were all made on the Facebook app platform and thus they had full ability to review the nature of the app and raise issues. Facebook at no point raised any concerns at all about any of these changes.”
Kogan is not alone in criticising Facebook’s apparent efforts to place the blame on him.
“In my view, it’s Facebook that did most of the sharing,” said Albright, who questioned why Facebook created a system for third parties to access so much personal information in the first place. That system “was designed to share their users’ data in meaningful ways in exchange for stock value”, he added.
Whistleblower Christopher Wylie told the Observer that Facebook was aware of the volume of data being pulled by Kogan’s app. “Their security protocols were triggered because Kogan’s apps were pulling this enormous amount of data, but apparently Kogan told them it was for academic use,” Wylie said. “So they were like: ‘Fine.’”

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In the Cambridge email, Kogan characterised this claim as a “fabrication”, writing: “There was no exchange with Facebook about it, and ... we never claimed during the project that it was for academic research. In fact, we did our absolute best not to have the project have any entanglements with the university.”
The collaboration between Kogan and Facebook researchers which resulted in the report published in 2015 also used data harvested by a Facebook app. The study analysed two datasets, the anonymous macro-level national set of 57bn friend pairs provided by Facebook and a smaller dataset collected by the Cambridge academics.
For the smaller dataset, the research team used the same method of paying people to use a Facebook app that harvested data about the individuals and their friends. Facebook was not involved in this part of the study. The study notes that the users signed a consent form about the research and that “no deception was used”.
The paper was published in late August 2015. In September 2015, Chancellor left GSR, according to company records. In November 2015, Chancellor was hired to work at Facebook as a user experience researcher.
Neither Facebook nor Chancellor has responded to numerous queries about his knowledge of Kogan’s and GSR’s activities.



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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by carolhathaway on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 18:02

Why is Facebook so valuable on stock market and Zuckerberg is a billionaire? Because kids talk about how they spent their weekend? No, because datas are the gold and oil of the 21st century. I once thought about signing up on facebook, but when I read about which datas they are allowed to use, I was so shocked that I decided not to do so. I do use WhatsApp though but thought about deleting my account when Facebook bought it. But my kids use it and it's really useful so I decided to keep it.

Many people don't even think about what they sign up for. A while ago, I saw an ad about ancestry research and went to the company's website. Guess what? They ask for your DNA and then tell you from which areas of the world your ancesters are. 'You're 15 % African, 10 % Asian, 35 % Scandinavian and 40 % Caucasian'. And people are happy because 'I've always felt a close relationship with Japanese, now I know why!'
I do understand why people want to know more about their ancesters, but this company wants you to send your DNA to the States, and they can use the results the way they want.

My DNA is something I don't give away (except from going to the doctor or donating blood, and I do know that they are not allowed to give it away. But when you send it abroad, it's not within our data protection, and people simply don't seem to care about it. Unless the datas are misused, and then everybody blames our politicians for not protecting them...
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by LizzyNY on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 20:18

Carolhathaway - It never occurred  to me that the DNA samples sent to Ancestry or 23 And Me might be used for anything other than finding genealogical information for the client. So now there's something else to worry about!
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by carolhathaway on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 21:15

Lizzy,
maybe these companies will not use the datas of their clients for anything else than genealogical research. But their clients allow them to sell them or use them in a different way, and that makes me suspicious. I wouldn't say that I have a persecution complex, but I prefer not to give away my DNA for free use and try to control the spreading of my datas as much as possible...
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by LizzyNY on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 22:28

Carolhathaway - I just checked the Ancestry DNA site. They say they store your genealogical information without any identifying information, that you can at any time request that they delete the information or destroy your saliva sample, and that they do not share any of your information unless you request it or they are compelled by law to release it. If all that is true, it seems fairly safe to use the site. They're a well respected organization so I tend to believe them.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by Donnamarie on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 22:55

Trump has hired Joe di Genova to be a part of his legal team(serious conspiracy theorist in all things Trump) and his other lawyer Dowd has just resigned.  Trump is thinking of bringing his original lawyer, Mark Kasowitz back on board. And tonight McMaster is leaving and being replaced by John Bolton.  A serous radical hawk who has had connections with anti-Muslim groups and has extreme positions on North Korea and Iran.  This Administration is just getting uglier and darker every day.  affraid
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 00:54

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5533961/Trump-FIRES-national-security-advisor-H-R-McMaster.html

[size=34]Trump FIRES his national security advisor H.R. McMaster and brings in Bush's U.N. ambassador John Bolton in another White House shake-up[/size]

  • Trump's second national security advisor, three-star Army general H.R. McMaster is finally out after months of speculation

  • John Bolton, a hawkish conservative who was George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations will replace him April 9

  • Trump called McMaster, whom he has clashed with repeatedly 'a friend' and said: he as 'very thankful' for his service

  • Bolton is the son of a Baltimore firefighter who's known in Washington for his brush-like moustache and his curmudgeonly Fox News Channel appearances

  • He is a fierce opponent of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal but a cheerleader for Bush's Iraq war – which Trump has called a waste of blood and treasure

  • Bolton's afternoon visit to the West Wing on Thursday was followed by a flurry of activity as press aides drafted statements and Trump was delayed a half-hour from a scheduled speech in the East Room


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:37 EDT, 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:23 EDT, 22 March 2018




President Donald Trump will replace National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster with John Bolton on April 9, the White House announced late Thursday.
Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is a hawkish conservative with a pugnacious streak – and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel.
He is also a fierce opponent of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
At one time a vacillating potential presidential candidate, the plainspoken yet curmudgeonly Bolton will become Trump's third chief national security aide in his 14-month presidency.

'I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor,' the president tweeted.


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Hiring and firing: John Bolton, the former ambassador the United Nations and a security hawk will come into the White House to replace General H.R. McMaster next month, ending months of speculation 


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Unusual tribute: Trump, who was late to a Greek Independence Day Celebration reception in the East Room because of the shake-up, thanked McMaster for his service





'I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.'
Bolton was on Fox News within an hour of Trump's tweet, saying 'I didn't really expect that announcement this afternoon.'
'But it's obviously a great honor, it's always an honor to serve our country.'
Trump had clashed with McMaster repeatedly in recent months, telling confidants that he considered the general a long-winded bore.
His departure comes barely a week after the president dramatically ousted former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a tweet.
Trump's national security staff appeared in disarray this week after he placed a congratulatory phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin – who had won a fourth term in a lopsided election that critics called a corrupt 'sham.'
National security aides, it emerged in an embarrassing leak, had cautioned him in written briefing documents: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" – in all capital letters – but he did it anyway, following the example of Barack Obama in 2012. 
'I was not involved in any way in the preparations for it,' Bolton said during his Fox interview, talking about the congratulations call.
'The election just took place. And I think it's a matter of courtesy more than anything else.'


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Bolton appeared on the Fox News Channel within an hour of the White House announcing he'd been hired
But he was visibly upset that someone in Trump's inner circle would blab to the press that the president had ignored the advice of experts.
'When I read about the leak of the notes and the subject of the conversation, I was outraged by it,' he said. 'It recalled earlier in the administration when somebody was leaking transcripts of the president's conversations with foreign leaders. It's completely unacceptable.' 
'I think this is really a terrible reflection on the individual or individuals that did this,' he declared. 
Bolton was in the West Wing Thursday afternoon – along with his signature brush-like moustache – and met with Trump. 
By dinnertime the White House Press Office was a hive of activity, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, her deputy Raj Shah and outgoing communications director Hope Hicks huddling behind closed doors and taking brief interruptions only for trips down the hall to the Oval Office.
Because of the backstage frenzy, Trump was a half-hour late to a planned speech at an East Room event commemorating Greek Independence Day.



The president had told top aides that he wanted to put a new National Security Advisor in place before his planned meeting with North Korean despot Kim Jong-Un, a sit-down that is expected no sooner than late May. 
A White House official said Thursday that Trump and McMaster 'mutually agreed' that he would 'resign.'
'The two have been discussing this for some time,' the official added. 'The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation.'
McMaster, a three-star Army general, said in a statement that he will retire from the armed forces over the summer, passing up what was thought to be a chance to land a command position with a fourth star.
'Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians,' he said.
'I am thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security advisor. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests.'


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Pack your bags: A White House official said Thursday that Trump and McMaster 'mutually agreed' that he would 'resign.' 'The two have been discussing this for some time,' the official added.
The president said in his own statement that McMaster 'has served his country with distinction for more than 30 years. He has won many battles and his bravery and toughness are legendary.'
Trump credited McMaster with helping to revitalize U.S. relationships in the Middle East and bring North Korea's dictatorship to the brink of negotiations over its nuclear arsenal.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called him 'a true solider-scholar whose impact on the U.S. 'will be felt for years to come.'
Bolton's baptism into the Trump administration won't come without growing pains. He remains a firm believer in the wisdom of President George W. Bush's Iraq war, which Trump has routinely cast as a colossal mistake and a waste of money that could have been spent domestically. 
He has repeatedly drawn ire from libertarians like Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who rhetorically body-slammed him in a 2016 op-ed when there was talk of Bolton becoming Trump's first secretary of state.
The son of a Baltimore firefighter, Paul wrote, was 'a longtime member of the failed Washington elite that Trump vowed to oppose, hell-bent on repeating virtually every foreign policy mistake the US has made in the last 15 years – particularly those Trump promised to avoid as president.'
'All nuance is lost on the man,' he continued. 'The fact that Russia has had a base in Syria for 50 years doesn't deter Bolton from calling for all out, no holds barred war in Syria. Bolton criticized the current administration for offering only a tepid war. For Bolton, only a hot-blooded war to create democracy across the globe is demanded.'
Asked about strident opposition from Paul and other lawmakers, a White House official responded Thursday: 'Why should we care?'
McMaster was originally hired as a quick-fix replacement for Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired after mere weeks as National Security Advisor because he hid from Vice President Mike Pence and other officials the nature and extent of his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by Admin on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 04:23

WAit, wait, wait, hold up a minute.  Did the President of the US really just forecast another arms race???!!!!


'They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race,' Trump wrote.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 09:30

Yes Katie that is what he did, his ego drives him he can't stand that Russia or North Korea is one up hell whole lot up on us when it comes to weapons.

From what I read the General he has just hired likes war and we all know the dumb ass wants a war to prove he is the most powerful in the world. I didn't say our country because the idiot see's everything as something he has accomplished.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 13:35

The woman Trump cheated with is speaking out. I think at a point Melania knew he was cheating and simply turned a blind eye after all what could she do.

She sure wasn't walking out on all that money and the name. Not to mention I don't put it past Trump to take the kid if she divorced him and make life hard 

for her..

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by Donnamarie on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 13:52

Doesn’t John Bolton have a reputation across the globe??  I would think world leaders are very, very wary of this man having a say in our relationships with our adversaries. This is someone you don’t want in high office.  I see all the pieces coming together to get out of the Iran Deal.  Pompeo who is the new Secretary of  State and Bolton have vehemently come out against the deal.  They are both hardliner hawks.  We already know where Trump stands.

Trump is setting himself up as being the man in charge.  
He has discredited our federal agencies and tried to have the upper hand with them.  He is surrounding himself with only those who will be loyal to him.  He has touted the idea that maybe there should be a life term for a President.  He is pushing a law and order state.  He will have a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in November to show off his so-called strength.  I don’t think he will succeed but the longer that the cowardly Republican Congress allows him to get away with this s**t Trump threatens our democracy.  I’m am so fricking fed up!
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 16:16

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5536267/Trump-threatens-VETO-federal-spending-bill-DACA-wall.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trump threatens to VETO $1.3 trillion federal spending bill because it ignores DACA recipients and funds only 33 new miles of his border wall[/size]

  • President says he is considering a veto of a massive spending bill that the  Senate passed in the wee hours of the morning

  • Trump is angry that only 33 new miles of his border wall are funded 

  • Also upset that Congress didn't provide a fix for DACA recipients

  • White House said Thursday that he was looking forward to signing it 


By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 09:09 EDT, 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 EDT, 23 March 2018

    


President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the $1.3 trillion spending measure that the Senate passed in the wee hours of the morning because it includes little money for his border wall and no solution for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said flatly Thursday afternoon that the president would sign it.
Refusing would plunge the nation into a government shutdown – the sixth since October. 


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President Trump threatened to veto a massive spending bill on Friday over immigration issues including DACA and his long-promised border wall


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The president shocked Washington with his veto threat, delivered on Twitter along with a complaint that Democrats 'abandoned' Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries
'I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,' Trump tweeted.

A half-hour earlier he wrote on Twitter that DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, 'was abandoned by the Democrats. Very unfair to them! Would have been tied to desperately needed Wall.'
The White House send multiple signals on Thursday that the president was eager to ink his signature on the 2,200-page legislation.   
'All things considered, in the balance, the president supports the bill and looks forward to signing it,' budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters during a hastily assembled noontime briefing. 


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Trump has said he would only need to build between 700 and 900 miles of walls to secure the border; more than half of the 1,954 miles is lined by 'natural barriers' like mountains and rivers



White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders proclaimed: 'This bill is so important on many fronts, from school safety and troop funding to opioids and veterans care.'
Pressed a second time, Mulvaney answered 'yes' on Thursday when asked if Trump would sign the bill.
'Why? Because it funds his priorities,' he said.
The DACA issue has become Washington's ultimate political hot potato, with both Democrats and Republicans trying to portray themselves as the party that cares for immigrants in visa purgatory.
Trump's has complained repeatedly and publicly this month that Democrats abandoned them in the budget-cooking process.
But they have largely sat on their hands because the administration's tactical move to administratively end DACA as leverage to get border security funding has been stopped in the courts.   



'Let's make it clear: The president wanted a DACA fix as part of this deal,' Mulvaney said Thursday. 'He had offered a large package with a complete DACA fix in exchange for the entire wall. He offered a small package – three years worth of a DACA fix in exchange for three years worth of a wall.'
'The Democrats in the House and Senate have made it clear they think they're winning in the courts and they do not want to fix this legislatively,' he added. 
'We've reached out to them again and again to try to fix DACA, and they refuse to engage on the topic.' 
Trump vowed in April 2017 that his long-promised border wall would be finished by the end of his first term in office. 
But at the rate Congress agreed to, the project could stretch through more than two administrations. 


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The fate of nearly 1 million 'DREAMers,' U.S. residents left in immigration limbo because they were illegally brought to the country as children, is a political hot potato 


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Trump has demanded funding for the 1,954-mile border wall between the U.S. and Mexico but Congress only gave him funding for 33 new miles of barriers



Rand Paul tweeted Friday that he would love to see Trump veto the spending bill, which he says is too long and complicated



Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker also jumped on the please-veto train
Mulvaney carped on Thursday that Capitol Hill inertia is to blame.
'If Congress would give us the money to do this, we would do it now,' he told DailyMail.com. 
The bill on Trump's desk include only 33 miles of fencing and levee walls where there are currently no barriers. The rest of the wall funding consists of replacements for deteriorating structures and 'secondary' walls running parallel with existing ones.
The president agreed during his campaign that the entire 1,954 miles of U.S.-Mexico border doesn't need physical protection from illegal immigration and the drug trade.
He said last year aboard Air Force One on his way to Paris for a Bastille Day celebration that between 700 and 900 miles would be sufficient because the rest is blocked by 'natural barriers' including mountains and 'rivers that are violent and vicious.'
Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who complained loudly during debates about the spending bill's extravagances, tweeted Friday that he hoped Trump got out his veto pen.
'I agree @realDonaldTrump should veto this sad excuse for legislation because it's $1.3 trillion in spending that (almost) no one read,' he wrote.
Republican Sen Bob Corker of Tennessee had a similar idea about the possibility of a veto.
'Please do, Mr. President. I am just down the street and will bring you a pen,' Corker tweeted. 
'The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 21:02

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5537491/Patriots-owner-donates-teams-private-jet-Parkland-students-March-Lives-DC.html

[size=34]Patriots owner Robert Kraft donates the team's private jet to take Parkland students and parents to tomorrow's huge March for Our Lives anti-gun protest in DC[/size]

  •  Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated the team's private jet to transport students and parents from Parkland school shooting to march against gun violence in DC

  • The March for Our Lives is on Saturday in DC, the students and families flew out of Fort Lauderdale on Thursday

  • They will also be flying home on the luxury airliner that Kraft donated when Rep Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting, asked him for the favor


By JESSICA FINN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 13:56 EDT, 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 EDT, 23 March 2018

    

Patriots owner Robert Kraft provided the team's private jet to shuttle survivors of the Florida school shooting to DC so they can participate in the 'March for Our Lives' event.
On Thursday, the families and students from Parkland, were transported to Washington DC ahead of the march against gun violence taking place in the nation's capital this Saturday.  
Some of the students being transported thanks to the New England Patriots, were injured in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 staffers and students dead.  
Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the Boston Globe that Kraft decided to donate his Boeing wide-body 767, called 'AirKraft,' when Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, reached out to him and asked for the favor. 


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'Thank you @Patriots for donating your plane to fly @ShineMsd to Washington DC We appreciate your support!' Student Kali Clougherty shared to Twitter 


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'Heading to D.C. & I’m so thankful to be here with so many amazing people. Thank you @Patriots for donating your plane to help us get to D.C.! And always so happy to have @isabelabarry by my side through everything I do' student Sawyer Rayne shared 


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Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated the Patriots' private jet to get the survivors of the Florida, Parkland school shooting to the protest against gun violence in DC 
'Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured . . . most of them they had bullets flying over their heads,' said Kelly told the Washington Post. 

'This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age. They wanted to go to Washington and be heard, and so I felt it was our obligation to help them.' 
Kelly and his wife founded 'Giffords,' a gun violence prevention organization after Giffords survived being shot in the head during a 2011 event in Arizona.   
The plane flew out of Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, and the Pats spokesperson said they will be transported back to Florida after the march. 
'No report other than they took off and everyone was happy,' James said, after adding he didn't know if any players were on the flight, and Kraft was not travelling with the group.  
The Patriots owner has been a friend and supporter of President Trump, who faced backlash over his slow response to the tragedy, although the president has since said he supports more gun control laws.
Some of the students shared photos from their time on the plane as well as boarding the flight as they head to the march where thousands are expected to protest gun violence. 





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Kraft shakes President Trump's hands during the team's visit to the White House in 2017 


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Luxury ride: The 767 Boeing has first-class configurations with some of the seats fully reclining
The plane was unvelilved in October, and its one of two jets the Patriots purchased.
The airplane designs follow the team's traditional red, white and blue colorway and features its Minuteman profile logo and team name. 
The design also includes five red stars on the body and five Lombardi trophies on the tail fin, highlighting the team's five lifetime Super Bowl wins.  
When the Patriots purchased the two 767 Boeings, they had the existing seats removed.
They replaced them with first-class configurations only. Some of those new seats are even the lie-flat design, the type typically sported on planes doing long-haul international flights.

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I think it's going to be a fantastic day in Washington tomorrow. Very envious, Donnamarie. Would love to have been there.


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[size=47]The Data That Turned the World Upside Down[/size]

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.


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Hannes Grassegger & Mikael Krogerus
Jan 28 2017, 9:15am

Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. Image: Gage Skidmore
This article was originally published January 28, 2017.
Update: March 17, 2018: Facebook lawyer Paul Grewal announced in a blog post Friday that the company has suspended Strategic Communication Laboratories and its data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from the platform.
According to Facebook, Aleksandr Kogan lied about deleting data that he obtained from a Facebook personality test and improperly passed it to third parties. As we and others have reported, Cambridge Analytica ultimately partnered with the Donald Trump campaign to leverage the data of millions of Facebook users to target them with advertisements and campaign material. The original investigation into Cambridge Analytica, published on Motherboard in January 2017 and in German in Das Magazin in December 2016, follows below.
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On November 9 at around 8.30 AM., Michal Kosinski woke up in the Hotel Sunnehus in Zurich. The 34-year-old researcher had come to give a lecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) about the dangers of Big Data and the digital revolution. Kosinski gives regular lectures on this topic all over the world. He is a leading expert in psychometrics, a data-driven sub-branch of psychology. When he turned on the TV that morning, he saw that the bombshell had exploded: contrary to forecasts by all leading statisticians, Donald J. Trump had been elected president of the United States.
For a long time, Kosinski watched the Trump victory celebrations and the results coming in from each state. He had a hunch that the outcome of the election might have something to do with his research. Finally, he took a deep breath and turned off the TV.
On the same day, a then little-known British company based in London sent out a press release: "We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communication has played such an integral part in President-elect Trump's extraordinary win," Alexander James Ashburner Nix was quoted as saying. Nix is British, 41 years old, and CEO of Cambridge Analytica. He is always immaculately turned out in tailor-made suits and designer glasses, with his wavy blonde hair combed back from his forehead. His company wasn't just integral to Trump's online campaign, but to the UK's Brexit campaign as well.
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Of these three players—reflective Kosinski, carefully groomed Nix and grinning Trump—one of them enabled the digital revolution, one of them executed it and one of them benefited from it.

How dangerous is big data?
Anyone who has not spent the last five years living on another planet will be familiar with the term Big Data. Big Data means, in essence, that everything we do, both on and offline, leaves digital traces. Every purchase we make with our cards, every search we type into Google, every movement we make when our mobile phone is in our pocket, every "like" is stored. Especially every "like." For a long time, it was not entirely clear what use this data could have—except, perhaps, that we might find ads for high blood pressure remedies just after we've Googled "reduce blood pressure."
On November 9, it became clear that maybe much more is possible. The company behind Trump's online campaign—the same company that had worked for Leave.EU in the very early stages of its "Brexit" campaign—was a Big Data company: Cambridge Analytica.
To understand the outcome of the election—and how political communication might work in the future—we need to begin with a strange incident at Cambridge University in 2014, at Kosinski's Psychometrics Center.
Psychometrics, sometimes also called psychographics, focuses on measuring psychological traits, such as personality. In the 1980s, two teams of psychologists developed a model that sought to assess human beings based on five personality traits, known as the "Big Five." These are: openness (how open you are to new experiences?), conscientiousness (how much of a perfectionist are you?), extroversion (how sociable are you?), agreeableness (how considerate and cooperative you are?) and neuroticism (are you easily upset?). Based on these dimensions—they are also known as OCEAN, an acronym for openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism—we can make a relatively accurate assessment of the kind of person in front of us. This includes their needs and fears, and how they are likely to behave. The "Big Five" has become the standard technique of psychometrics. But for a long time, the problem with this approach was data collection, because it involved filling out a complicated, highly personal questionnaire. Then came the Internet. And Facebook. And Kosinski.
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Michal Kosinski was a student in Warsaw when his life took a new direction in 2008. He was accepted by Cambridge University to do his PhD at the Psychometrics Centre, one of the oldest institutions of this kind worldwide. Kosinski joined fellow student David Stillwell (now a lecturer at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge) about a year after Stillwell had launched a little Facebook application in the days when the platform had not yet become the behemoth it is today. Their MyPersonality app enabled users to fill out different psychometric questionnaires, including a handful of psychological questions from the Big Five personality questionnaire ("I panic easily," "I contradict others"). Based on the evaluation, users received a "personality profile"—individual Big Five values—and could opt-in to share their Facebook profile data with the researchers.
Followers of Lady Gaga were most probably extroverts, while those who "liked" philosophy tended to be introverts.
Kosinski had expected a few dozen college friends to fill in the questionnaire, but before long, hundreds, thousands, then millions of people had revealed their innermost convictions. Suddenly, the two doctoral candidates owned the largest dataset combining psychometric scores with Facebook profiles ever to be collected.
The approach that Kosinski and his colleagues developed over the next few years was actually quite simple. First, they provided test subjects with a questionnaire in the form of an online quiz. From their responses, the psychologists calculated the personal Big Five values of respondents. Kosinski's team then compared the results with all sorts of other online data from the subjects: what they "liked," shared or posted on Facebook, or what gender, age, place of residence they specified, for example. This enabled the researchers to connect the dots and make correlations.
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Remarkably reliable deductions could be drawn from simple online actions. For example, men who "liked" the cosmetics brand MAC were slightly more likely to be gay; one of the best indicators for heterosexuality was "liking" Wu-Tang Clan. Followers of Lady Gaga were most probably extroverts, while those who "liked" philosophy tended to be introverts. While each piece of such information is too weak to produce a reliable prediction, when tens, hundreds, or thousands of individual data points are combined, the resulting predictions become really accurate.
Kosinski and his team tirelessly refined their models. In 2012, Kosinski proved that on the basis of an average of 68 Facebook "likes" by a user, it was possible to predict their skin color (with 95 percent accuracy), their sexual orientation (88 percent accuracy), and their affiliation to the Democratic or Republican party (85 percent). But it didn't stop there. Intelligence, religious affiliation, as well as alcohol, cigarette and drug use, could all be determined. From the data it was even possible to deduce whether someone's parents were divorced.
The strength of their modeling was illustrated by how well it could predict a subject's answers. Kosinski continued to work on the models incessantly: before long, he was able to evaluate a person better than the average work colleague, merely on the basis of ten Facebook "likes." Seventy "likes" were enough to outdo what a person's friends knew, 150 what their parents knew, and 300 "likes" what their partner knew. More "likes" could even surpass what a person thought they knew about themselves. On the day that Kosinski published these findings, he received two phone calls. The threat of a lawsuit and a job offer. Both from Facebook.

Michal Kosinski. Courtesy of Kosinski
Only weeks later Facebook "likes" became private by default. Before that, the default setting was that anyone on the internet could see your "likes." But this was no obstacle to data collectors: while Kosinski always asked for the consent of Facebook users, many apps and online quizzes today require access to private data as a precondition for taking personality tests. (Anybody who wants to evaluate themselves based on their Facebook "likes" can do so on Kosinski's website, and then compare their results to those of a classic Ocean questionnaire, like that of the Cambridge Psychometrics Center.)
Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously. 
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But it was not just about "likes" or even Facebook: Kosinski and his team could now ascribe Big Five values based purely on how many profile pictures a person has on Facebook, or how many contacts they have (a good indicator of extraversion). But we also reveal something about ourselves even when we're not online. For example, the motion sensor on our phone reveals how quickly we move and how far we travel (this correlates with emotional instability). Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously.
Above all, however—and this is key—it also works in reverse: not only can psychological profiles be created from your data, but your data can also be used the other way round to search for specific profiles: all anxious fathers, all angry introverts, for example—or maybe even all undecided Democrats? Essentially, what Kosinski had invented was sort of a people search engine. He started to recognize the potential—but also the inherent danger—of his work.
To him, the internet had always seemed like a gift from heaven. What he really wanted was to give something back, to share. Data can be copied, so why shouldn't everyone benefit from it? It was the spirit of a whole generation, the beginning of a new era that transcended the limitations of the physical world. But what would happen, wondered Kosinski, if someone abused his people search engine to manipulate people? He began to add warnings to most of his scientific work. His approach, he warned, "could pose a threat to an individual's well-being, freedom, or even life." But no one seemed to grasp what he meant.
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Around this time, in early 2014, Kosinski was approached by a young assistant professor in the psychology department called Aleksandr Kogan. He said he was inquiring on behalf of a company that was interested in Kosinski's method, and wanted to access the MyPersonality database. Kogan wasn't at liberty to reveal for what purpose; he was bound to secrecy.
At first, Kosinski and his team considered this offer, as it would mean a great deal of money for the institute, but then he hesitated. Finally, Kosinski remembers, Kogan revealed the name of the company: SCL, or Strategic Communication Laboratories. Kosinski Googled the company: "[We are] the premier election management agency," says the company's website. SCL provides marketing based on psychological modeling. One of its core focuses: Influencing elections. Influencing elections? Perturbed, Kosinski clicked through the pages. What kind of company was this? And what were these people planning?
What Kosinski did not know at the time: SCL is the parent of a group of companies. Who exactly owns SCL and its diverse branches is unclear, thanks to a convoluted corporate structure, the type seen in the UK Companies House, the Panama Papers, and the Delaware company registry. Some of the SCL offshoots have been involved in elections from Ukraine to Nigeriahelped the Nepalese monarch against the rebels, whereas others have developed methods to influence Eastern European andAfghan citizens for NATO. And, in 2013, SCL spun off a new company to participate in US elections: Cambridge Analytica.
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Kosinski knew nothing about all this, but he had a bad feeling. "The whole thing started to stink," he recalls. On further investigation, he discovered that Aleksandr Kogan had secretly registered a company doing business with SCL. According to a December 2015 report in The Guardian and to internal company documents given to Das Magazin, it emerges that SCL learned about Kosinski's method from Kogan.
Kosinski came to suspect that Kogan's company might have reproduced the Facebook "Likes"-based Big Five measurement tool in order to sell it to this election-influencing firm. He immediately broke off contact with Kogan and informed the director of the institute, sparking a complicated conflict within the university. The institute was worried about its reputation. Aleksandr Kogan then moved to Singapore, married, and changed his name to Dr. Spectre. Michal Kosinski finished his PhD, got a job offer from Stanford and moved to the US.
Mr. Brexit
All was quiet for about a year. Then, in November 2015, the more radical of the two Brexit campaigns, "Leave.EU," supported by Nigel Farage, announced that it had commissioned a Big Data company to support its online campaign: Cambridge Analytica. The company's core strength: innovative political marketing—microtargeting—by measuring people's personality from their digital footprints, based on the OCEAN model.
After the Brexit result, friends and acquaintances wrote to him: Just look at what you've done. 
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Now Kosinski received emails asking what he had to do with it—the words Cambridge, personality, and analytics immediately made many people think of Kosinski. It was the first time he had heard of the company, which borrowed its name, it said, from its first employees, researchers from the university. Horrified, he looked at the website. Was his methodology being used on a grand scale for political purposes? 
After the Brexit result, friends and acquaintances wrote to him: Just look at what you've done. Everywhere he went, Kosinski had to explain that he had nothing to do with this company. (It remains unclear how deeply Cambridge Analytica was involved in the Brexit campaign. Cambridge Analytica would not discuss such questions.)
For a few months, things are relatively quiet. Then, on September 19, 2016, just over a month before the US elections, the guitar riffs of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" fill the dark-blue hall of New York's Grand Hyatt hotel. The Concordia Summit is a kind of World Economic Forum in miniature. Decision-makers from all over the world have been invited, among them Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann. "Please welcome to the stage Alexander Nix, chief executive officer of Cambridge Analytica," a smooth female voice announces. A slim man in a dark suit walks onto the stage. A hush falls. Many in attendance know that this is Trump's new digital strategy man. (A video of the presentation was posted on YouTube.)
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A few weeks earlier, Trump had tweeted, somewhat cryptically, "Soon you'll be calling me Mr. Brexit." Political observers had indeed noticed some striking similarities between Trump's agenda and that of the right-wing Brexit movement. But few had noticed the connection with Trump's recent hiring of a marketing company named Cambridge Analytica.

Alexander Nix. Image: Cambridge Analytica
"Pretty much every message that Trump put out was data-driven," says Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix 
Up to this point, Trump's digital campaign had consisted of more or less one person: Brad Parscale, a marketing entrepreneur and failed start-up founder who created a rudimentary website for Trump for $1,500. The 70-year-old Trump is not digitally savvy—there isn't even a computer on his office desk. Trump doesn't do emails, his personal assistant once revealed. She herself talked him into having a smartphone, from which he now tweets incessantly.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, relied heavily on the legacy of the first "social-media president," Barack Obama. She had the address lists of the Democratic Party, worked with cutting-edge big data analysts from BlueLabs and received support from Google and DreamWorks. When it was announced in June 2016 that Trump had hired Cambridge Analytica, the establishment in Washington just turned up their noses. Foreign dudes in tailor-made suits who don't understand the country and its people? Seriously?
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"It is my privilege to speak to you today about the power of Big Data and psychographics in the electoral process." The logo of Cambridge Analytica— a brain composed of network nodes, like a map, appears behind Alexander Nix. "Only 18 months ago, Senator Cruz was one of the less popular candidates," explains the blonde man in a cut-glass British accent, which puts Americans on edge the same way that a standard German accent can unsettle Swiss people. "Less than 40 percent of the population had heard of him," another slide says. Cambridge Analytica had become involved in the US election campaign almost two years earlier, initially as a consultant for Republicans Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. Cruz—and later Trump—was funded primarily by the secretive US software billionaire Robert Mercer who, along with his daughter Rebekah, is reported to be the largest investor in Cambridge Analytica. 
"So how did he do this?" Up to now, explains Nix, election campaigns have been organized based on demographic concepts. "A really ridiculous idea. The idea that all women should receive the same message because of their gender—or all African Americans because of their race." What Nix meant is that while other campaigners so far have relied on demographics, Cambridge Analytica was using psychometrics.
Though this might be true, Cambridge Analytica's role within Cruz's campaign isn't undisputed. In December 2015 the Cruz team credited their rising success to psychological use of data and analytics. In Advertising Age, a political client said the embedded Cambridge staff was "like an extra wheel," but found their core product, Cambridge's voter data modeling, still "excellent." The campaign would pay the company at least $5.8 million to help identify voters in the Iowa caucuses, which Cruz won, before dropping out of the race in May.
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Nix clicks to the next slide: five different faces, each face corresponding to a personality profile. It is the Big Five or OCEAN Model. "At Cambridge," he said, "we were able to form a model to predict the personality of every single adult in the United States of America." The hall is captivated. According to Nix, the success of Cambridge Analytica's marketing is based on a combination of three elements: behavioral science using the OCEAN Model, Big Data analysis, and ad targeting. Ad targeting is personalized advertising, aligned as accurately as possible to the personality of an individual consumer.
Nix candidly explains how his company does this. First, Cambridge Analytica buys personal data from a range of different sources, like land registries, automotive data, shopping data, bonus cards, club memberships, what magazines you read, what churches you attend. Nix displays the logos of globally active data brokers like Acxiom and Experian—in the US, almost all personal data is for sale. For example, if you want to know where Jewish women live, you can simply buy this information, phone numbers included. Now Cambridge Analytica aggregates this data with the electoral rolls of the Republican party and online data and calculates a Big Five personality profile. Digital footprints suddenly become real people with fears, needs, interests, and residential addresses.
The methodology looks quite similar to the one that Michal Kosinski once developed. Cambridge Analytica also uses, Nix told us, "surveys on social media" and Facebook data. And the company does exactly what Kosinski warned of: "We have profiled the personality of every adult in the United States of America—220 million people," Nix boasts.
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He opens the screenshot. "This is a data dashboard that we prepared for the Cruz campaign." A digital control center appears. On the left are diagrams; on the right, a map of Iowa, where Cruz won a surprisingly large number of votes in the primary. And on the map, there are hundreds of thousands of small red and blue dots. Nix narrows down the criteria: "Republicans"—the blue dots disappear; "not yet convinced"—more dots disappear; "male", and so on. Finally, only one name remains, including age, address, interests, personality and political inclination. How does Cambridge Analytica now target this person with an appropriate political message?

Alexander Nix at the 2016 Concordia Summit in New York. Image: Concordia Summit
Nix shows how psychographically categorized voters can be differently addressed, based on the example of gun rights, the 2nd Amendment: "For a highly neurotic and conscientious audience the threat of a burglary—and the insurance policy of a gun." An image on the left shows the hand of an intruder smashing a window. The right side shows a man and a child standing in a field at sunset, both holding guns, clearly shooting ducks: "Conversely, for a closed and agreeable audience. People who care about tradition, and habits, and family."
How to keep Clinton voters away from the ballot box
Trump's striking inconsistencies, his much-criticized fickleness, and the resulting array of contradictory messages, suddenly turned out to be his great asset: a different message for every voter. The notion that Trump acted like a perfectly opportunistic algorithm following audience reactions is something the mathematician Cathy O'Neil observed in August 2016.
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These "dark posts"—sponsored Facebook posts that can only be seen by users with specific profiles—included videos aimed at African-Americans in which Hillary Clinton refers to black men as predators, for example.
"Pretty much every message that Trump put out was data-driven," Alexander Nix remembers. On the day of the third presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, Trump's team tested 175,000 different ad variations for his arguments, in order to find the right versions above all via Facebook. The messages differed for the most part only in microscopic details, in order to target the recipients in the optimal psychological way: different headings, colors, captions, with a photo or video. This fine-tuning reaches all the way down to the smallest groups, Nix explained in an interview with us. "We can address villages or apartment blocks in a targeted way. Even individuals."
In the Miami district of Little Haiti, for instance, Trump's campaign provided inhabitants with news about the failure of the Clinton Foundation following the earthquake in Haiti, in order to keep them from voting for Hillary Clinton. This was one of the goals: to keep potential Clinton voters (which include wavering left-wingers, African-Americans, and young women) away from the ballot box, to "suppress" their vote, as one senior campaign official told Bloomberg in the weeks before the election. These "dark posts"—sponsored news-feed-style ads in Facebook timelines that can only be seen by users with specific profiles—included videos aimed at African-Americans in which Hillary Clinton refers to black men as predators, for example.
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Nix finishes his lecture at the Concordia Summit by stating that traditional blanket advertising is dead. "My children will certainly never, ever understand this concept of mass communication." And before leaving the stage, he announced that since Cruz had left the race, the company was helping one of the remaining presidential candidates.
Just how precisely the American population was being targeted by Trump's digital troops at that moment was not visible, because they attacked less on mainstream TV and more with personalized messages on social media or digital TV. And while the Clinton team thought it was in the lead, based on demographic projections, Bloomberg journalist Sasha Issenberg was surprised to note on a visit to San Antonio—where Trump's digital campaign was based—that a "second headquarters" was being created. The embedded Cambridge Analytica team, apparently only a dozen people, received $100,000 from Trump in July, $250,000 in August, and $5 million in September. According to Nix, the company earned over $15 million overall. (The company is incorporated in the US, where laws regarding the release of personal data are more lax than in European Union countries. Whereas European privacy laws require a person to "opt in" to a release of data, those in the US permit data to be released unless a user "opts out.")

Groundgame, an app for election canvassing that integrates voter data with "geospatial visualization technology," was used by campaigners for Trump and Brexit. Image: L2
The measures were radical: From July 2016, Trump's canvassers were provided with an app with which they could identify the political views and personality types of the inhabitants of a house. It was the same app provider used by Brexit campaigners. Trump's people only rang at the doors of houses that the app rated as receptive to his messages. The canvassers came prepared with guidelines for conversations tailored to the personality type of the resident. In turn, the canvassers fed the reactions into the app, and the new data flowed back to the dashboards of the Trump campaign.
Again, this is nothing new. The Democrats did similar things, but there is no evidence that they relied on psychometric profiling. Cambridge Analytica, however, divided the US population into 32 personality types, and focused on just 17 states. And just as Kosinski had established that men who like MAC cosmetics are slightly more likely to be gay, the company discovered that a preference for cars made in the US was a great indication of a potential Trump voter. Among other things, these findings now showed Trump which messages worked best and where. The decision to focus on Michigan and Wisconsin in the final weeks of the campaign was made on the basis of data analysis. The candidate became the instrument for implementing a big data model.
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But to what extent did psychometric methods influence the outcome of the election? When asked, Cambridge Analytica was unwilling to provide any proof of the effectiveness of its campaign. And it is quite possible that the question is impossible to answer.
And yet there are clues: There is the fact of the surprising rise of Ted Cruz during the primaries. Also there was an increased number of voters in rural areas. There was the decline in the number of African-American early votes. The fact that Trump spent so little money may also be explained by the effectiveness of personality-based advertising. As does the fact that he invested far more in digital than TV campaigning compared to Hillary Clinton. Facebook proved to be the ultimate weapon and the best election campaigner, as Nix explained, and as comments by several core Trump campaigners demonstrate.

Cambridge Analytica counts among its clients the U.S. State Department, and has been reported to have communicated with British Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured here with Secretary of State John Kerry on July 19, 2016. Image: U.S. Dept. of State
Many voices have claimed that the statisticians lost the election because their predictions were so off the mark. But what if statisticians in fact helped win the election—but only those who were using the new method? It is an irony of history that Trump, who often grumbled about scientific research, used a highly scientific approach in his campaign.
Another big winner is Cambridge Analytica. Its board member Steve Bannon, former executive chair of the right-wing online newspaper Breitbart News, has been appointed as Donald Trump's senior counselor and chief strategist. Whilst Cambridge Analytica is not willing to comment on alleged ongoing talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Alexander Nix claims that he is building up his client base worldwide, and that he has received inquiries from Switzerland, Germany, and Australia. His company is currently touring European conferences showcasing their success in the United States. This year three core countries of the EU are facing elections with resurgent populist parties: France, Holland and Germany. The electoral successes come at an opportune time, as the company is readying for a push into commercial advertising.
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Kosinski has observed all of this from his office at Stanford. Following the US election, the university is in turmoil. Kosinski is responding to developments with the sharpest weapon available to a researcher: a scientific analysis. Together with his research colleague Sandra Matz, he has conducted a series of tests, which will soon be published. The initial results are alarming: The study shows the effectiveness of personality targeting by showing that marketers can attract up to 63 percent more clicks and up to 1,400 more conversions in real-life advertising campaigns on Facebook when matching products and marketing messages to consumers' personality characteristics. They further demonstrate the scalability of personality targeting by showing that the majority of Facebook Pages promoting products or brands are affected by personality and that large numbers of consumers can be accurately targeted based on a single Facebook Page.
In a statement after the German publication of this article, a Cambridge Analytica spokesperson said, "Cambridge Analytica does not use data from Facebook. It has had no dealings with Dr. Michal Kosinski. It does not subcontract research. It does not use the same methodology. Psychographics was hardly used at all. Cambridge Analytica did not engage in efforts to discourage any Americans from casting their vote in the presidential election. Its efforts were solely directed towards increasing the number of voters in the election."
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The world has been turned upside down. Great Britain is leaving the EU, Donald Trump is president of the United States of America. And in Stanford, Kosinski, who wanted to warn against the danger of using psychological targeting in a political setting, is once again receiving accusatory emails. "No," says Kosinski, quietly and shaking his head. "This is not my fault. I did not build the bomb. I only showed that it exists."[/size][/size]

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  • The official march in Washington DC will begin at noon on Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue

  • Officials have predicted that as many as 500,000 people may attend the historic protest 

  • It was organized by the teenage survivors of the February 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida  

  • Some 700 'sibling' marches and protests will take place around the country and overseas 

  • George and Amal Clooney, Oprah, Cher, Steven Spielberg and Chrissy Teigen are among their supporters

  • President Trump has promised to ban bump stocks but protesters want assault rifles to be outlawed    


By JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 08:06 EDT, 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:38 EDT, 24 March 2018

    




Crowds have begun to gather in Washington DC ahead of the historic March for Our Lives protest against gun violence which has heralded by the Parkland shooting survivors who organized it as a 'revolution'. 
The event is being led by the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14 when 17 were slaughtered by a teenage gunman carrying a legally-purchased AR-15. 
Some 700 other events are being held around the world in solidarity, but it is the DC march students hope will finally force congress to change gun laws.
The DC march will officially start at noon on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd street and 12th street NW.  By 8.30am, large groups began to form in anticipation of the event. 

Other protests are forming in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and, notably, Parkland in Florida where 35,000 are expected to come together. 
David Hogg, one of the Stoneman Douglas survivors who has been at the forefront of the issue ever since, spoke confidently about the event on Saturday morning in an early interview with GMA. 
'Today we are going to start a revolution. This is the beginning of a lifelong marathon not only for me but for my generation. 
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The first crowds have gathered in Washington DC ahead of the historic March for Our Lives event which is due to begin at noon


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Protesters carried anti-gun violence signs enthusiastically, hours before the event was due to begin. The majority of the protesters are young people, specifically high school students 


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A young protester blows bubbles as he waits for the action to begin in Washington DC on Saturday 


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A teenage protester wears a vest with the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting written across it with the words 'enough is enough' at its neck 
'We are sick and tired of the inaction here in Washington and around the country at different state capitals and different cities, of politicians that are owned by the NRA and not listening to the constituents of America. 
'We are the children. We are making our voices heard and we will change America with or without these politicians and today is the beginning of that revolution,' he declared. 
Hogg, who complained on Friday that his parents 'don't know how to use a f****** democracy so we have to' and said he was 'tired' from his advocacy work, said he was saddened by another shooting in Maryland this week which he said forced him to 'relive' his own experience. 



'I had to relive a lot of the previous memories from my own school shooting. Everyone takes grief in their own way but for me it was infuriating realizing that because that was a person with a gun, in reality, were they taken out by law enforcement?
'Yes and I am so glad that they were but they shouldn't have had to do that in the first place,' he said. 
In an extension of his monologue, he went on: 'It's due to a lack of in training, a mental healthcare problem, a gun control problem and an American problem is what we have here.'   


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This was the scene on Pennsylvania Avenue at around 9am on Saturday morning as more and more protesters arrived with signs


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Signs written in both English and Spanish were dotted among the fast-growing crowd on Saturday morning 


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Crowds gather in Washington DC on Saturday ahead of the March for Our Lives protest. In the crowds were young children, adults and teenagers


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Youngsters lead the march in Washington DC on Saturday at the March for Our Lives protest


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Taurica Haskins is comforted by her husband Alden Haskins Jr at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington DC. Their 17-year-old son Jamahri Sydnor was shot dead in August 2017

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David Hogg, 17, on Good Morning America on Saturday where he heralded the march as 'the start of a revolution' 

Shooting survivor David Hogg, who has been at the forefront of advocacy for tighter gun laws since 17 of his classmates and teachers were murdered on February 14, gave a foul-mouthed interview on Friday on the issue. 
Speaking to The Outline, Hogg, 17, tried to explain why his generation felt they had to take things into their own hands to effect change. 
''When your old-a** parent is like "I don’t know how to send an iMessage" and you’re just like, "Give me the f***ing phone and let me handle it," Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government. 
'Our parents don’t know how to use a f***ing democracy, so we have to.' 
Since February 15, the day after the shooting, Hogg has been dogged in his participation in media interviews.  He became such a regular fixture on CNN that right-wing trolls wrongly labeled him a 'crisis actor' who had been pushed forward to peddle a Democratic agenda on television. 
All of the talking and organizing of events has left him 'beyond exhausted' he said. 
'I’m beyond exhausted. I get to a certain point where I just get so tired that I keep going. It creates a positive feedback loop in some ways — the more stress and work I put on me, the more stress and work I can deal with,' he said. 
He also complained about some of the changes being made to prevent more shootings, namely the clear backpacks students at his school are now being asked to wear. 
Hogg says it violates their 'First Amendment Rights' and is 'embarrassing'. 
'It’s unnecessary, it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture where they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want regardless of what it is. 


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Hogg said he was 'beyond exhausted' but that he could cope with the 'stress' of organizing the march and advocating for gun reform 

'It has to be a clear backpack. What we should have is just more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure in their schools and not like they’re being fought against like it’s a prison.'
'One of the other important things to realize is many students want their privacy,' he added. 'There are many, for example, females in our school that when they go through their menstrual cycle, they don’t want people to see their tampons and stuff.' 
He also took a swipe at the NRA, calling them 'sick f******' and condemned Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott for accepting their donations. 
'It just makes me think, "What sick f**ers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected?"'
He added: 'What type of s**** person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs.'[/size]



Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Common, Andra Day, Vic Mensa and Ben Platt will all perform in DC and there will be speeches from 20 young people. 
On Friday night, the Parkland survivors who had arrived early in DC held an emotional vigil in memory of their murdered classmates. 
They will include Stoneman Douglas students and other youngsters from different schools around the country who have also been affected by gun violence. 
George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Cher were among the stars who marched in solidarity with the youngsters and their parents. 
The Clooneys and Oprah each donated $500,000 to facilitate the event, as did Steven Spielberg and  Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg.

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Young protesters carried signs demanding the outlawing of assault rifles like the AR-15 used by Nikolas Cruz to commit mass murder on February 14


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There was heightened security at the event. Concealed carry weapons were banned


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A protester carries a sign listing the locations of recent US mass shootings including the Las Vegas country music massacre and the Pulse nightclub killing along with the Aurora Batman massacre and several church and high school tragedies
The cast of Modern Family also pledged their support to the event in a video message. 


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784 protests are taking place around the world on Saturday
Joshua Kushner, Ivanka Trump's brother-in-law, has also vowed to attend.  
They have all commended the Stoneman Douglas students for harnessing the debate on gun control and taking action. 
Others, including President Trump's friend, Patriots owner Bob Kraft, lent their support in other ways. 
Kraft gave the teenagers from Parkland his football team's private plane to shuttle them to DC on Friday. 
Delta also donated two of its aircraft to fly protesters to the city from Florida. The event will wreak havoc on local transport and officials are on high alert for any security threats.
Anyone wishing to take part in the event will be searched before they can enter it, according to local police. 


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A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting student prepares their sign in Washington DC ahead of the protest
As they prepared to march on Friday, President Trump announced that the Department of Justice would issue a 'rule' banning bump stocks - the firearm accessory which can turn non automatic guns into semi-automatic and automatic killing machines. 
'Obama Administration legalized bump stocks.
'BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period.
'We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns,' he said. 
On February 14, gunman Nikolas Cruz did not use a bump stock to kill 14 students and three teachers. 
The most infamous use of the accessory was by Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman who murdered 58 people by spraying bullets into a crowd at a country music festival in October. He later shot himself.


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The students have created merchandise to sell at the event. All proceeds will go towards the March For Our Lives Action Fund
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Post by it's me on Sat 24 Mar 2018, 15:12

Thanks for the last article
And for the amazing job on the one I only posted by link


It said also

"But we also reveal something about ourselves even when we're not online. For example, the motion sensor on our phone reveals how quickly we move and how far we travel (this correlates with emotional instability). Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously."

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Maybe it won't lead to nothing else than some temporarily confusion on those data analyzes

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 04:40

It’s me, chilling article and should be a warning to all of us. Social media and smartphones aren’t everything they’re cracked up to be.

I was able to go to the DC March today.  It was an extraordinary event.  Very well organized and produced.  The message was on point and not clouded by any other issue.   The speeches by the kids were so moving, sad and inspiring.   The Parkland student, Emma Gonzalez, gave the last speech and her four minute moment of silence was incredibly emotional.  Great crowd of people of all ages.  My only regret is that I didn’t see our guy in the sea of people in the streets.  I think the pictures taken at an inside location of George and Amal were at The Newseum which was about 4 blocks up from where I was.  I did have a free bottle of water ... complements of George!
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Post by Admin on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 08:10

it's me wrote:"But we also reveal something about ourselves even when we're not online. For example, the motion sensor on our phone reveals how quickly we move and how far we travel (this correlates with emotional instability). Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously."

As we can't walk more fast or slow than we need to
I suggest
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Make
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Fake search
 Hahaha!  You say that, but I used to do that on facebook a few years ago.  Its advertising was horribly crude - basically you wrote a post about shoes and then you'd suddenly see advertising for shoes.  So I used to post random words to confuse it.  Of course, facebook is way more sophisticated now (although what it thinks of me is hilarious - intentionally or not, it isn't able to get a grip on who I really am).

You can check what facebook thinks of you: https://www.facebook.com/help/405183566203254/  but far more interesting is your ad preferences page: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen

More scary is what google thinks of you when it chooses advertising because google really has a lot of information about you.
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  • An estimated 15,000 people marched through Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday 

  • They were met with a few dozen counter-protesters holding their guns 

  • People reported some with AR-15s and hand guns in the crowd during the march

  • Arizona allows its residents to open-carry without needing a license or permit 


By DANIELLE ZOELLNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:32 EDT, 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 00:39 EDT, 25 March 2018

    

People marching against gun violence were met with counter-protesters in Arizona on Saturday, some of whom were carrying guns openly on their hips.
An estimated 15,000 people attended the March for Our Lives 'sibling' protest in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday. 
But these marchers were met with a few dozen counter-protesters who were standing up for their second amendment rights.
Some of these counter-protesters reportedly brought their AR-15s and other weapons to the event to show the marchers that their gun-totting rights would not be impacted.


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Counter-protesters were seen at a March For Our Lives rally in Phoenix, Arizona. One man had an AR-15 slung across his body at the protest while wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat


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Other counter-protesters were spotted with guns on their hips. These people were arguing for their second amendment rights 


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An estimated 15,000 people attended the March for Our Lives event in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday
Arizona has some of the most lenient gun regulations in the country. 

The state allows its residents who are over the age of 21 to carry a weapon, both concealed and in the open, without a license. 



Most other states require for someone to obtain a concealed-carry permit before they can hoist around their own gun. 
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the march totaled an estimated 15,000 people. 
Officials confirmed that no arrests were made despite confrontations between both parties.   
The two sides reportedly faced off throughout the march where some would yell at each other while others would participate in passionate debates.




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The counter-protesters also carried Trump flags and engaged in arguments with people with people who were participating in the March for Our Lives event 


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Arizona allows its residents to open-carry. This means anyone can carry a gun in public if they are over the age of 21


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Some counter-protesters were seen carrying around their AR-15s and hand guns during the rally on Saturday
But the counter-protesters got lost in the large crowd as their small numbers were unable to measure up to the 15,000 who marched through the city in an effort to end gun violence.
Salt Lake City, Utah, saw similar battles between marchers and counter-protesters. 
An estimated 8,000 people marched through the city to join the more than 800 March for Our Lives events around the world. 
But these people were met with approximately 1,000 people who were fighting for their second-amendment rights. 
Similar to Arizona, Utah also has open-carry laws that allow people to bring their guns out in public without needing a permit. 
Counter-protesters were seen with hand guns hoisted on their hips and AR-15s slung around their shoulders.      

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One person was pictured holding a sign that said 'Am I next?' The marchers were met with a few dozen counter-protesters who were fighting for their right to have guns 


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Arizona has some of the most lenient gun laws in the nation. The state allows its residents to open-carry without the need to obtain a license 
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  • Kyle Kashuv survived the February 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida

  • Unlike many of his schoolmates, Kashuv is opposed to stricter gun laws

  • On Saturday, he criticized the March for Our Lives rallies in favor of gun control

  • Kashuv challenged fellow student David Hogg, a leading protester, to a debate

  • Small counter-protests were held by those who support Second Amendment 


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While his schoolmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were leading the March for Our Lives and demanding stricter gun laws, Kyle Kashuv emerged as the voice of counter-demonstrators arguing for the Second Amendment.
Kashuv, a survivor of the February 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida, went on Fox News on Saturday and criticized the demonstrations as ‘anti-Republican.’
‘I saw this [march] as extremely anti-GOP,’ he told Fox News.
‘One of the biggest causes of this march is to be anti-Republican.’

Kashuv criticized fellow student David Hogg, one of the leading voices in the Never Again movement.


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Kyle Kashuv (seen second from left with conservative activist Charlie Kirk arguing with demonstrators in Washington on Saturday), a survivor of the Parkland high school massacre last month, has emerged as a pro-gun voice opposed to his schoolmates' movement


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Pro-gun demonstrators protest during the March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control in Washington


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Pro gun supporters stand behind a police line as participants protest in Downtown Los Angles
‘You can hear the people in power shaking,’ Hogg said during the rally to loud applause.
‘We’re going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run not as politicians, but as Americans.
‘Because this - this - is not cutting it,’ he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol.
‘We can and we will change the world!’

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But Kashuv, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, said Hogg’s statements were ‘egregious and inflammatory.’
‘Guns aren't the issue. It's everything surrounding acquiring a weapon,’ Kashuv said.
‘I talked to so many marchers and they don't have a clear-cut solution. And it pains me not to see the government being held accountable for their failures. I don't see anyone blaming Sheriff Scott Israel for failing to do what he was supposed to do.’



Kendall McKee, 11, is shown during a pro-gun march designed to advocate for fortified schools and more armed teachers Saturday in Salt Lake City
Kashuv said the protest organizers failed to criticize government failures leading up to the shooting.
'I don't see anyone looking at the FBI and saying, “How come two reports weren't followed through?’ I don't see anyone going, “78 reports to the Broward Sheriff's office and nothing is done.”... How come we don't hear speakers talking about this subject?'
Kashuv has become a hero among conservatives on Twitter. He posted a photo of himself alongside Charlie Kirk, a prominent right-wing activist, arguing with demonstrators in Washington, DC.
‘Smashing down hypocrisy with Charlie Kirk,’ read the caption of a tweet with a photo of the two debating a pro-gun control demonstrator.
Kashuv has even challenged his schoolmate, Hogg, to a debate. 
The massive demonstrations from coast to coast demanding stricter gun laws were met in some places with small counter-protests from Second Amendment supporters.
Students and gun-control advocates in Montana and Wyoming joined protesters who rallied across the nation Saturday, galvanized by the students-turned-advocates who survived last month's Florida school shooting.


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At least nine March for Our Lives rallies and marches were planned across the two states, most of them organized and led by high-school students after the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left 17 people dead.
At the rally in Helena, Montana, two teen sisters who helped organize the protest said the Parkland shooting survivors gave them hope for the first time after watching and experiencing years of gun violence in schools.
Outside the Montana Capitol building, a counter-protest was held by a smaller number of gun-rights advocates who swore that no outsiders would dictate gun control or infringe on their freedom.
‘Today is about showing this country who Montana is, what we represent,’ said organizer Brent Webber.
‘We will be heard and you will not be forgotten.’
One high schooler in attendance at the pro-gun rally, Braxton Shewalter of Columbia Falls, said he held a pro-gun rally at his school during the nationwide student walk-outs earlier this month.


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Jared Robertson (left) joins other pro-gun marchers during a rally in Salt Lake City. High school student Braxton Shewalter (right) holds a sign during a protest in Helena, Montana
He said he believes the voices of responsible gun owners have been drowned out since the Florida shooting.
‘All we believe is that our voices deserve to be heard, too,’ Shewalter said.
In Washington, DC, a small number of counter-protesters stood outside of the Trump International Hotel advocating for the Second Amendment.
Approximately 10 people came to the hotel after messages on the National Rifle Association’s Facebook page, according to The Washington Post.
The counter-demonstrators held signs which read ‘keep your hands off my guns’ and ‘If the Govt can have tanks, I can have my AR-15.’
The AR-15 – or variants of it - is the semi-automatic rifle that was used in the recent shootings in Parkland, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and Newtown.
‘The government didn’t give me these rights. These are the rights granted to us by our creator,’ Brandon Howard, a US Army veteran who was at the Trump International Hotel, told HuffPost.
Howard thinks that the best way to prevent future school shootings is to arm teachers.
‘They need teachers, who on a voluntary basis, have been trained in the use of a firearm, that they do so choose, carry it concealed in the classroom every day.’
Howard also said that age restrictions on gun ownership is unconstitutional.
‘You can go die for your country but [you] can’t buy a gun?’
In Boston, a group of about 100 counter-protesters gathered on the steps of the State House and then marched to Boston Commons.
Police on bicycles separated the counter-demonstrators from the March for Our Lives protesters, according to CBS Boston
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[size=34]Parkland massacre survivor who champions the Second Amendment leads counter protests across the country against the March For Our Lives rally

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  • Kyle Kashuv survived the February 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida

  • Unlike many of his schoolmates, Kashuv is opposed to stricter gun laws

  • On Saturday, he criticized the March for Our Lives rallies in favor of gun control

  • Kashuv challenged fellow student David Hogg, a leading protester, to a debate

  • Small counter-protests were held by those who support Second Amendment 



By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 20:19 EDT, 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:38 EDT, 24 March 2018


    


While his schoolmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were leading the March for Our Lives and demanding stricter gun laws, Kyle Kashuv emerged as the voice of counter-demonstrators arguing for the Second Amendment.
Kashuv, a survivor of the February 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida, went on Fox News on Saturday and criticized the demonstrations as ‘anti-Republican.’
‘I saw this [march] as extremely anti-GOP,’ he told Fox News.
‘One of the biggest causes of this march is to be anti-Republican.’

Kashuv criticized fellow student David Hogg, one of the leading voices in the Never Again movement.


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Kyle Kashuv (seen second from left with conservative activist Charlie Kirk arguing with demonstrators in Washington on Saturday), a survivor of the Parkland high school massacre last month, has emerged as a pro-gun voice opposed to his schoolmates' movement


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Pro-gun demonstrators protest during the March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control in Washington


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Pro gun supporters stand behind a police line as participants protest in Downtown Los Angles
‘You can hear the people in power shaking,’ Hogg said during the rally to loud applause.
‘We’re going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run not as politicians, but as Americans.
‘Because this - this - is not cutting it,’ he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol.
‘We can and we will change the world!’


But Kashuv, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, said Hogg’s statements were ‘egregious and inflammatory.’
‘Guns aren't the issue. It's everything surrounding acquiring a weapon,’ Kashuv said.
‘I talked to so many marchers and they don't have a clear-cut solution. And it pains me not to see the government being held accountable for their failures. I don't see anyone blaming Sheriff Scott Israel for failing to do what he was supposed to do.’



Kendall McKee, 11, is shown during a pro-gun march designed to advocate for fortified schools and more armed teachers Saturday in Salt Lake City
Kashuv said the protest organizers failed to criticize government failures leading up to the shooting.
'I don't see anyone looking at the FBI and saying, “How come two reports weren't followed through?’ I don't see anyone going, “78 reports to the Broward Sheriff's office and nothing is done.”... How come we don't hear speakers talking about this subject?'
Kashuv has become a hero among conservatives on Twitter. He posted a photo of himself alongside Charlie Kirk, a prominent right-wing activist, arguing with demonstrators in Washington, DC.
‘Smashing down hypocrisy with Charlie Kirk,’ read the caption of a tweet with a photo of the two debating a pro-gun control demonstrator.
Kashuv has even challenged his schoolmate, Hogg, to a debate. 
The massive demonstrations from coast to coast demanding stricter gun laws were met in some places with small counter-protests from Second Amendment supporters.
Students and gun-control advocates in Montana and Wyoming joined protesters who rallied across the nation Saturday, galvanized by the students-turned-advocates who survived last month's Florida school shooting.


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Pro-gun advocates state their opinions during the March for Our Lives rally in Oklahoma City on Saturday


At least nine March for Our Lives rallies and marches were planned across the two states, most of them organized and led by high-school students after the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left 17 people dead.
At the rally in Helena, Montana, two teen sisters who helped organize the protest said the Parkland shooting survivors gave them hope for the first time after watching and experiencing years of gun violence in schools.
Outside the Montana Capitol building, a counter-protest was held by a smaller number of gun-rights advocates who swore that no outsiders would dictate gun control or infringe on their freedom.
‘Today is about showing this country who Montana is, what we represent,’ said organizer Brent Webber.
‘We will be heard and you will not be forgotten.’
One high schooler in attendance at the pro-gun rally, Braxton Shewalter of Columbia Falls, said he held a pro-gun rally at his school during the nationwide student walk-outs earlier this month.


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Jared Robertson (left) joins other pro-gun marchers during a rally in Salt Lake City. High school student Braxton Shewalter (right) holds a sign during a protest in Helena, Montana
He said he believes the voices of responsible gun owners have been drowned out since the Florida shooting.
‘All we believe is that our voices deserve to be heard, too,’ Shewalter said.
In Washington, DC, a small number of counter-protesters stood outside of the Trump International Hotel advocating for the Second Amendment.
Approximately 10 people came to the hotel after messages on the National Rifle Association’s Facebook page, according to The Washington Post.
The counter-demonstrators held signs which read ‘keep your hands off my guns’ and ‘If the Govt can have tanks, I can have my AR-15.’
The AR-15 – or variants of it - is the semi-automatic rifle that was used in the recent shootings in Parkland, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and Newtown.
‘The government didn’t give me these rights. These are the rights granted to us by our creator,’ Brandon Howard, a US Army veteran who was at the Trump International Hotel, told HuffPost.
Howard thinks that the best way to prevent future school shootings is to arm teachers.
‘They need teachers, who on a voluntary basis, have been trained in the use of a firearm, that they do so choose, carry it concealed in the classroom every day.’
Howard also said that age restrictions on gun ownership is unconstitutional.
‘You can go die for your country but [you] can’t buy a gun?’
In Boston, a group of about 100 counter-protesters gathered on the steps of the State House and then marched to Boston Commons.
Police on bicycles separated the counter-demonstrators from the March for Our Lives protesters, according to CBS Boston

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[size=38]March For Our Lives from SPACE: Stunning aerial images show the 800,000 people who marched across Washington D.C. to fight for gun control as rally is called biggest youth protest since Vietnam[/size]

  • Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the DC event, with 800 more events being held across world 

  • 175,000 people attended a rally in New York, while 30,000 were counted in Atlanta and Pittsburgh alone  

  • 15,000 people attended a rally in Parkland, Florida - where 17 high school students were killed last month

  • The rally was organized by the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School   

  • Other events were held everywhere from Los Angeles and Chicago to Sydney, Mumbai, London, and Tokyo  


By MINYVONNE BURKE and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 08:55 EDT, 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 EDT, 25 March 2018

    





March For Our Lives started with a few survivors, and became a movement so large it could be seen from space.
More than 800,000 people flocked to Washington D.C. on Saturday to plead for gun control, their size captured in stunning images by DigitalGlobe. 
The aerial photos show the streets of the nation's capital teeming with people at the rally, organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre in Parkland, Florida last month. . 
DigitalGlobe has since called the demonstration one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam era. 


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More than 800,000 people flocked to Washington D.C. on Saturday to plead for gun control, their size captured in stunning images by DigitalGlobe  


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The aerial photos show the streets of the nation's capital teeming with people at the rally, organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre 


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The DC march began on Pennsylvania Avenue at noon on Saturday. It has been organized by the teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting on February 14 
It is believed that 800 events took place around the world on Saturday, with 175,000 people in New York and 30,000 in Atlanta and Pittsburgh alone. 

About 15,000 people attended a rally in Parkland , with another 15,000 marching in Houston.
There were also rallies held in the likes of Los Angeles, Tulsa, Jacksonville, Chicago, Austin, Boston, and Detroit, among many others. 
The movement had a global outreach, with die-ins being held in Berlin and London and marches taking place in Sydney, Mumbai, Tokyo, and Paris as well.

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Teen protesters were joined by a raft of stars including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Spielberg, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus.
Singers including Andra Day, Demi Lovato, and Jennifer Hudson were among those who performed in front of the crowds. 
While Donald Trump spent the weekend away from the rallies at Mar-a-Lago, former President Barack Obama tweeted that he and Michelle were 'so inspired by at the young people who made today's marches happen'. 
'Keep at it,' he wrote. 'You're leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.'  


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Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence 


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Hours before the event began, the streets in DC were filled and students the crowds looked towards the Capitol where a stafe was set up 


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This was the scene on Pennsylvania Avenue at around 9am on Saturday as more and more protesters arrived with signs


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800,000 teens and adults turned out for the March For Our Lives event in Washington, DC


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The rally was to plead for stricter gun laws after 17 people were killed on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  



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Parkland survivor David Hogg, 17, was among the 20 young speakers at the Washington DC event. At the end of his impassioned speech, he took a presidential tone and said: 'Thank you, I love you all.  God bless you and God bless the United States of America'


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Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal of the event organizers, went silent on stage until she had been there for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, the amount of time it took gunman Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 people at Stoneman Douglas on February 14 

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One of the most emotional moments during the Washington DC march was when Samantha Fuentes, 18, paid tribute to Parkland victim Nicholas Dworet.  
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior was one of 17 people killed on February 14 when gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 inside the Parkland, Florida school.   
Fuentes, who was shot in both legs and hit with shrapnel in her face during the shooting, gave a heart-wrenching speech at the rally pleading for stricter gun laws.
In the middle of her addressing the crowd Fuentes, overcome with emotion, ducked behind the podium to vomit but quickly gathered herself together.  
'I just threw up on international television, and it feels great!' she said.
Before walking off the stage Fuentes asked the crowd of 800,00 people to help her sing 'Happy Birthday' in honor of her friend, ABC News reports.


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Parkland survivor Alex Wind fought tears as he gave his own speech at the Washington DC event 


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Samantha Fuentes (right) was one of several Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who gave speeches at the rally 


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A girl cries as Marjory Stoneman student Samantha Fuentes leads the group in singing 'Happy Birthday' to her friend who was killed in the February 14 attack 
'I have one more request. Today is March 24, March for Our Lives. But it also the birthday of Nick Dworet. Someone that was senselessly murdered in front of me,' she said. 
As the large crowd sang, some teens held each other and cried. Fuentes got emotional but continued to sing. 
Earlier on Saturday, student Cameron Kasky read the names of all 17 people killed in the shooting. He saved Dworet's name for last. 
'And I saved Nicholas for the end, because today is Nicholas' birthday,' Kasky said. 'Nicholas, we are all here for you. Happy birthday.' 
Dworet's family said in a statement that the teen was the captain of Marjory Stoneman's swim team. He was supposed to start University of Indianapolis in the fall where he was going to join the university's swim team.   
'He was a happy young man full of joy and life,' the statement read. 'He dreamed of making the Olympic swim team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best.'   


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Youngsters lead the march in Washington DC on Saturday at the March for Our Lives protest


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Young protesters in Washington DC carried signs demanding the outlawing of assault rifles like the AR-15 used by Nikolas Cruz to commit mass murder on February 14


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The March For Our Lives in Washington DC on Saturday concluded with a performance from Jennifer Hudson who, afterwards, was joined on the stage by the 20 young speakers from the event. They included Parkland school shooting survivors


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Hudson is a victim of gun violence too. Her mother, brother and nephew were all murdered in 2008. They were shot to death. She is pictured hugging Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez as 11-year-old Naomi Wadler, one of the event speakers, looks out towards the crowd 
David Hogg, one of the Stoneman Douglas survivors who has been at the forefront of the issue ever since, spoke confidently about the event on Saturday morning in an early interview with GMA. 
'Today we are going to start a revolution. 
'This is the beginning of a lifelong marathon not only for me but for my generation. 
'We are sick and tired of the inaction here in Washington and around the country at different state capitals and different cities, of politicians that are owned by the NRA and not listening to the constituents of America. 
'We are the children. We are making our voices heard and we will change America with or without these politicians and today is the beginning of that revolution,' he declared. 

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attended the event with their daughter North. They are pictured backstage


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Kim Kardashian West posed for a selfie with a young attended at the march in Washington


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George and Amal Clooney beamed at the Washington DC March For Our Lives protest. The activist couple donated $500,000


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Paul McCartney wears a t-shirt reading 'We Can End Gun Violence' during the March For Our Lives protest in New York City 

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Jaden Smith (left), Kendall Jenner (center) and Hailey Baldwin (right) attending March For Our Lives in Los Angeles


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Actress Amy Schumer speaks at the March For Our Lives in downtown in Los Angeles

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Demi Lovato also sang at the Washington DC march on Saturday as part of the March For Our Lives protest 

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Actress Alyssa Milano was seen with her children at the anti-gun March For Our Lives rally in downtown LA


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Senator Elizabeth Warren joins students gathered at Madison Park High School before the March for Our Lives in Boston
Later, in his own speech, he spoke of the 'cold shackles of corruption' which is gripping the NRA and slammed the government for not doing more. 
'If you listen real close you can hear the people in power shaking. 


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Gunman Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the February 14 massacre 
'They've gotten used to being protective of their position, through the safety of inaction. Inaction is no longer safe. To that, we say, no more!'  
Hogg spoke of making gun violence a 'voting issue' which will lead the primary elections. 
'We are going to take this to every election to every state and every city.
'We are going to make sure the best people get in to run, not as politicians but as Americans,' he fumed. 
Pointing to the Capitol, he added: 'This... is not cutting it. At the end of the speech, he told the crowd: 'I love you all. God bless you and God bless the United States of America'. 
The final speech was the most compelling. 
It was delivered by Emma Gonzalez, who was in Stoneman Douglas on February 14 when gunman Nikolas Cruz stormed the building with an AR-15. 
During the middle of her speech, Emma went silent for several minutes until she had been on stage for a total of 6 minutes and 20 seconds - the exact amount of time it took Cruz to murder 17 people and injure 15 more. 
'Six minutes and 20 seconds... In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone, in the Douglas community was forever altered,' she said.


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Signs written in both English and Spanish were dotted among the fast-growing crowd on Saturday morning 


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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emma Gonzalez (left) attend March For Our Live s rally in DC. Miranda was also spotted with Ben Platt 
Naomi Wadler from Alexandria, Virginia, also impressed with her soft-spoken eloquence.
In a speech dedicated to ending the disproportionate rate of gun deaths among African American women, Naomi quoted Toni Morrison to say: 'If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
'Honor the girls, the women of color whose stories have not been told.'
In her own words, Naomi said: 'My friends and I might still be 11, and we might still be in elementary school but we know.'
'We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol, and we know that we have seven short years until we too have the right to vote.' 
Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr's granddaughter, also won hearts.
She gave an infectious and brief speech where she called on the crowd to recite her words back to her.
Invoking her grandfather's immortal words, she said with a beaming smile: 'I have a dream that enough is enough.'
'And that this should be a gun free world, period.' 
'Spread the word! Let it be heard, all across the nation!  

[size=18]Stars join March for Our Lives rally all across America



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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt perform on the stage at the March For Our Lives in Washington DC on Saturday 


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Steven Spielberg with his wife Kate Capshaw (left) and George Clooney is seen with Dennis Rodman (right) 


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Glenn Close and Cher hug backstage at the Washington DC March For Our Lives on Saturday afternoon 


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Martin Luther King III and Yolanda Renee King attend the March For Our Lives protest in Washington DC


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Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, who announced her candidacy for governor of New York on March 19, joined marchers in New York City


[size=34]PICTURED: Fourteen students, geography teacher, coach and athletic director shot dead in Florida high school massacre[/size]



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Jaime Guttenberg, 14, (left) was described by relatives as a 'kind-hearted, sweet' girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards. Senior Nicholas Dworet (right) was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on 2020 Tokyo Olympics success. His devastated college student girlfriend is among those grieving his death. Friends said he was not just a talented athlete, but a 'good guy' who will be missed



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Martin Duque, 14, (left) was missing for hours on Wednesday and his frantic family desperately appealed for him to get in touch on social media. On Thursday, his older brother Miguel confirmed his death. Martin was a freshman. Meadow Pollack, 18, (right) was preparing for college. Her father was at the school on Wednesday and showed her photograph around in the hope that she would be found alive



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Cara Loughran (left) was missing on Wednesday afternoon. Her mother Denise and her father rushed to the designated hotel where parents were told to go to be reunited with their children in the hope that she would be found alive. Her grieving neighbor confirmed her death on Thursday. Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, (right) was eulogized by her mother who said she was a talented soccer player and creative mind. 'All she had to offer the world was love... I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed,' she said



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Luke Hoyer, 15, (left) was described as a 'precious' child by his grandparents who confirmed his death. They found out about the shooting on television. They said he was a 'good kid' who 'never got in trouble'. Joaquin Oliver, 17, (right) was also killed. Joaquin was a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the US with his family for a 'better future', they said on Thursday



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Gina Montalto, 15, (left) was described as a 'light and joy'. She and Jaime, another victim, volunteered at a local project called The Friendship Initiative where they acted as buddies for children with special needs. Gina's mother Jennifer shared pleas to find her on social media on Wednesday. Alaina Petty, 14, (right) was also killed. Her Mormon church confirmed her death, saying she was a 'valiant' member



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Carmen Schentrup, 16, (left) was also killed in the shooting. Carmen was a gifted student who last year was named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. It includes students who score above average in their SATs or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ROTC student Peter Wang, 15, (right) also died. His parents speak little English and relied on their neighbor to post social media appeals looking for him. They went to the Marriott hotel with other parents to wait for news of him on Wednesday night and have since confirmed that he was among those killed



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Alex Schachter, 14, (left) was also killed.  His mother died when he was a child and he attended the school in Florida with his brother, who survived. The teenager's father Max said he was a 'sweetheart of a child' who 'just wanted to do well and please his parents'. Helena Ramsey, 17, (right) was described by relatives as a 'reserved' and studious girl who was due to go to college next year



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Geography Scott Beigel, 35, (left) was shot dead as he tried to lock the door of his classroom again after letting a group of fleeing students in to hide. They were running away from the gunman. Aaron Feis, 37, (right) died acting as a human shield. The track coach had thrown himself on top of the kids to stop the bullets from hitting him. He was a former student and was also a security guard at the school where he had worked for eight years

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[size=34]$1.05 - the cost of a young life? The devastating reason March For Our Lives protesters were sporting PRICE TAGS[/size]

  • March For Our Lives protesters were seen sporting an inexpensive price tag

  • The tags, which have '$1.05' printed on them, have a sad but purposeful meaning

  • The website states each Florida students' worth based on the amount of money Marco Rubio has received from the NRA

  • The mega-movement attracted kids, celebrities and politicians across the nation

  • The Saturday event attracted more than 800,000 alone in Washington D.C.


By JESSA SCHROEDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:55 EDT, 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 EDT, 25 March 2018

    


Several March For Our Lives protesters against gun violence were seen sporting cheap price tags at the nationwide rally on Saturday.
The orange tags, which have a black '$1.05' printed across the front, have a sad but purposeful meaning.
The March For Our Lives website states of the meaning: 'There are 3,140 students enrolled in Florida. Marco Rubio has received $3,303,355 from the NRA. That comes out to $1.05 per student.' 
The organizers and protesters further demand through the tag: 'Don't put a price on us. Politicians like Marco Rubio receive millions from the NRA.' 


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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Sarah Chadwick speaks at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. She is seen holding up the $1.05 price tag


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The orange tags, which have a black '$1.05' bolted across the front, have a sad but purposeful meaning


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The price stands for the number of Florida students in division to NRA money Marco Rubio has received
For those not in attendance to the march, the website includes a printable version of the tag for others to wear as way to show their support for the cause.

The mega-movement was said to have attracted more than 800,000 alone in Washington D.C. The rally was organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting last month. 
Around 800 events took place around the country - with thousands of others supporters marching in cities like New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.
The assembly was dubbed one of the largest youth protests in History since the Vietnam era, DigitalGlobe said.



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The organizers and protesters further demand through the tag: 'Don't put a price on us. Politicians like Marco Rubio receive millions from the NRA' Rubio is pictured above at a news  conference in DC on March 22


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Students gather on stage during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on March 24


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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez (C) stands with other students on stage during the March for Our Lives Rally. Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans took the streets in cities across the country
Several famous names showed their support too - such as George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Amy Schumer, Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian. 
Donald Trump kept quiet about the rally on Saturday, while the president's predecessor Barack Obama took to Twitter to praise the young people protesting.
'Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today's marches happen. Keep at it,' Obama wrote.
'You're leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.'


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Gonzalez pauses during her speech in front of the crowds at the March for Our Lives Rally 


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People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida
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[size=34]March For Our Lives youth leaders Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg take to Twitter to thank more than 1million Americans who joined their rally - and to tell the world 'this is just getting started'[/size]

  • David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez took to Twitter to thank more than 1million Americans who participated in March For Our Lives events around the country

  • Hogg wrote that he was filled with 'love and happiness' but said this journey 'is just getting started'

  • Gonzalez also offered her thanks but also explained why she spoke for more than six minutes at the Washington, DC rally

  • She said she spoke for so long because that's how long it took for 17 of her classmates to be shot dead in the February 14 massacre

  • Hogg and Gonzalez were two of several Parkland survivors who spoke Saturday

  • There were 20 speakers at the event and all were under 18 

  • Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr's nine-year-old granddaughter, also spoke at the event 


By ABIGAIL MILLER and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:23 EDT, 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 EDT, 25 March 2018

    


The inspired teenagers at the heart of Saturday's March For Our Lives took to Twitter to thank the more than one million Americans who came out for Saturday's event in Washington, DC.
David Hogg, who is one of the most recognizable student survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Saturday's march made filled him with 'love and happiness.'
The 17-year-old also reminded any and all supporters  that the March For Our Lives was just the beginning, encouraging people not to lose sight of what needs to be accomplished.
'The love and happiness that hugs from @Emma4Change @Ryan_Dietsch @MattxRed @JaclynCorin and so many others has given me is really what this country needs love is change we WILL change the world #TogetherStronger,' he tweeted late Saturday night. 

He later followed with another tweet, adding: 'Also again I love you guys so much thank you for joining us on this huge journey that is just getting started.' 
Emma Gonzalez, who's six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears on Saturday, thanked the people who came out to join she and her fellow classmates and explained the reason she spoke for as long as she did. 
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The inspired teenagers at the heart of Saturday's March For Our Lives took to Twitter to thank the more than one million Americans who came out for Saturday's event in Washington, DC


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Pictured above are student speakers, many of who were survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on Saturday


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David Hogg, who is one of the most recognizable student survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Saturday's march made filled him with 'love and happiness'



The 17-year-old also reminded any and all supporters that the March For Our Lives was just the beginning, encouraging people not to lose sight of what needs to be accomplished


Emma Gonzalez, who's six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears on Saturday, thanked the people who came out to join she and her fellow classmates and explained the reason she spoke for as long as she did


'Real quick: my speech today was abt [sic] 6 mins & 30 secs, including both my speech and my silence,' she tweeted, offering both explanation and clarifying any miscommunication about the length of the moment of silence she led in honor of her 17 fallen classmates. 
'The fact that people think the silence was 6 minutes... imagine how long it would have felt if it was actually 6 minutes, or how it would feel if you had to hide during that silence.' 
Gonzalez stood on stage, speaking and offering up a moment of silence, for the length of time that she did because it was exactly the among of time it took 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to shoot dead her 17 classmates last month.  
A third Stoneman Douglas survivor, Jaclyn Corin, also offered her thanks to the millions who marched across the United States on Saturday.
'Sending the world so much love,' she tweeted alongside a photo of she and her fellow classmates. 'Thank you again #MarchForOurLives.' 
On Sunday morning she followed up to encourage people not to let their passion wane that the event has ended.
'Like I said yesterday, I need each and every one of you to keep fighting alongside us,' Jaclyn wrote. 
'The march is over but the fight most definitely isn't; we can't do this without the alliance of communities EVERYWHERE.'  
Hogg, Gonzalez and Corin were among 20 young speakers at the events around the country on Saturday.


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A third Stoneman Douglas survivor, Jaclyn Corin, also offered her thanks to the millions who marched across the United States on Saturday. 'Sending the world so much love,' she tweeted alongside a photo of she and her fellow classmates


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On Sunday morning she followed up to encourage people not to let their passion wane that the event has ended


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Hogg, Gonzalez and Corin were among 20 young speakers at the events around the country on Saturday
In an angry and metaphor-laden speech, Hogg, 17, condemned the 'cold brass of corruption' which he said 'shackled' Washington DC. 
'The winter is over. Change is here. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours,' Hogg said. 
He won roaring applause from the audience which shouted back at his comment 'not anymore' as he spoke of gun violence and politicians in power who are 'shaking'. 
Hogg finished his speech on an official note, saying: 'Thank you I love you all. God bless you and God bless America.'  
The marches and speeches across the country Saturday inspired millions - including many gun violence survivors, activists and politicians. 
Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman for Arizona, applauded the students in a tweet Saturday afternoon. 
'Fighting gun violence takes courage,' Giffords, who is a survivor of an assassination attempt after being shot in the head while at a grocery store in Tuscon in 2011. 
'After I was shot in 2011, I didn't know what the next day would bring, but I knew I had to push on. Our fight does not end at the #MarchForOurLives. We need to keep speaking out. We need to organize. We need to vote!' she continued. 
Pope Francis also chimed in to offer his support of the students marching on Saturday. 
'Dear young people, never get tired of being instruments of peace and joy among your peers!,' he tweeted.  
Other Parkland students who spoke at the March For Our Lives were Sarah Chadwick, Jaclyn Corin, Ryan Deitsch, Aalayah Eastmond, Sam Fuentes, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Delaney Tarr and Alex Wind. 
The other speakers from around the country are Trevon Bosley, 19, from Chicago, Edna Chavez , 17, from Los Angeles, Zion Kelly, 17, from Washington DC, Alex King, 18, from Chicago, D'Angelo McDade, 18, from Chicago, Mya Middleton, 16, from Chicago, Matt Post, 18, from Maryland, Matthew Soto, 19, from Connecticut and Christopher Underwood, 11, from Brooklyn, New York.   


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Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman for Arizona, applauded the students in a tweet Saturday afternoon. 'Fighting gun violence takes courage,' Giffords, who is a survivor of an assassination attempt after being shot in the head while at a grocery store in Tuscon in 2011



Pope Francis also chimed in to offer his support of the students marching on Saturday. 'Dear young people, never get tired of being instruments of peace and joy among your peers!,' he tweeted


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David Hogg, 17, finishes his speech at the March For Our Lives event on Saturday in Washington DC 

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Following the events people took to social media to express their pride and hope in the youth of America and the potential for change. 
And while Hogg and Gonzalez won over some fans with their impassioned tones - with one internet user asking whether or not he was old enough to become president - it was 11-year-old Naomi Wadler from Alexandria, Virginia, who impressed the most with her soft-spoken eloquence.
In a speech dedicated to ending the disproportionate rate of gun deaths among African American women, Naomi quoted Toni Morrison to say: 'If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
'Honor the girls, the women of color whose stories have not been told.' 
In her own words, Naomi said: 'My friends and I might still be 11, and we might still be in elementary school but we know. 


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Hogg denounced the 'shackles of corruption' and said: 'Winter is over. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours'


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Naomi Wadler, 11, is from Virginia, Alexander. She gave an uplifting speech about her hopes to reduce the disproportionate rate of gun violence deaths among African American women 

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Naomi is pictured with Miley Cyrus and fellow protester Mya Middleton backstage afterwards
'We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol, and we know that we have 7 short years until we too have the right to vote.' 
Her words set Twitter alight with praise and hopes of a future presidential run.
Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr's granddaughter, also won hearts. 
She gave an infectious and brief speech where she called on the crowd to recite her words back to her. 
Invoking her grandfather's immortal words, she said with a beaming smile: 'I have a dream that enough is enough. 
'And that this should be a gun free world, period. 
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The speeches set the internet alight with praise for the youngster and hopes they will later enter politics 

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'We are going to be a great generation!' 
She later went on CNN and said she was 'nervous' about the speech but settled in to it. 
'Well I was really nervous. My heart was like beating like boom boom boom and it just got faster and faster but then I got used to the crowd. Then I was like,  "oh it's not that bad." 
'I think one of the things I want to help is that there to be no guns in this world, not just at schools, just everywhere. 
'We have to do all this lockdown drills [at school] because people have guns,' she said. 
'He'd be amazed that all these people were getting together. A few days ago I had a dream about him.'  


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Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr's nine-year-old granddaughter, also spoke at the event 


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Yolanda's cheeriness was infectious. She told the audience that she, like her grandfather, had a 'dream' for a gun-free world 

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Hogg's speech was less cheery. He spoke of the 96 people who die every day across the country from gun violence and took multiple swipes at politicians.
'If you listen real close you can hear the people in power shaking. They've gotten used to being protective of their position. Through the safety of inaction. 
'Inaction is no longer safe. To that, we say, no more!' 
Hogg spoke of making gun violence a 'voting issue' which will lead the primary elections. 
'We are going to take this to every election to every state and every city. We are going to make sure the best people get into run, not as politicians but as Americans,' he fumed. 
Pointing to the Capitol, he added: 'This... is not cutting it'.
'Today is the beginning of Spring and tomorrow is the beginning of democracy. Now is the time to come together not as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans who care about one thing and one thing only and that is the future of this country and the children who are going to lead us. 
'They will try to separate us in religion, class, congressional demographics. They will fail. 
'We will come together. Let's put the USA over the NRA. This is the siren of Spring and the blossoming of our democracy,' he said.  


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Stoneman Douglas students Delaney Tarr (left) and Alex Wind (right) also spoke 

[size=18]Parkland student Cameron Kasky speaks at March for Our Lives in DC



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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 17:23

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5541913/Sandy-Hook-survivor-Lauren-Milgram-joins-March-Lives.html

[size=34]From survivor to activist: Girl, 12, who was saved by her teacher during Sandy Hook massacre joins March For Our Lives protest after being inspired by Parkland students[/size]

  • Lauren Milgram was six years old when she survived the Sandy Hook massacre

  • She was saved when her teacher hid her and 15 other students in a tiny bathroom

  • Lauren and her 15-year-old brother, a fellow survivor, marched in DC on Saturday

  • They joined 400 people from Newtown, including many Sandy Hook survivors


By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 11:08 EDT, 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 EDT, 25 March 2018

    



She has been a school shooting survivor for half her life, and now Lauren Milgram is becoming an activist. 
Lauren, 12, was in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut when 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the worst school shootings in history. 
And on Saturday Lauren became one of the 800,000 who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC to fight for stricter gun laws. 
Lauren's life was saved by her first grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, who hid her and 15 other students in a tiny bathroom off their classroom on December 14, 2012.


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Sandy Hook survivor Lauren Milgram, 12, joined the 800,000 people who were part of March For Our Lives in Washington DC on Saturday 


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Lauren was in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut when 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the worst school shootings in history


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Speaking out was not something that Lauren (pictured in 2012) could do five years ago, as she was forced to grapple with the loss of many of her friends 
Now Lauren and her 15-year-old brother Dalton, a fellow Sandy Hook survivor, are marching for lives - and hoping to save them as well. 

'I'm marching because I don't want this to happen to any other children,' she told CNN. 
'We can't keep living like this. It should've happened a long time ago...after all these shootings, there really should have been change.'   
Lauren said she has been inspired by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre in Parkland, Florida, who organized March For Our Lives. 


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Lauren and her 15-year-old brother Dalton (pictured), a fellow Sandy Hook survivor, said they have been inspired by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre


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Lauren, Dalton, and their parents boarded a bus from Newtown at 5am to reach the rally, carrying signs that read 'Enough'
'It's amazing that the Parkland students are doing it already,' she said. 'They're so ahead in this generation, at this age they're making such a big difference.' 
Speaking out was not something that Lauren could do five years ago, as she was forced to grapple with the loss of friends like a boy named Daniel Barden. 



To this day Lauren still wears a heart necklace that Barden gifted her before that tragic day.
Lauren's parents said they have likewise been inspired by the Parkland students, who have helped motivate them to join the protest. 
'These Parkland kids, my hats off to them,' Eric Milgram told CNN. 'My kids sadly weren't old enough to speak out.' 


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People display portraits of Sandy Hook elementary school shooting victims as they take part in the March for Our Lives in New York on March 24


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More than 400 people from Newtown attended March For Our Lives in DC, where they heard speeches from Sandy Hook survivor Tommy Murray (center) 


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Matthew Soto (pictured), whose sister Victoria was killed during the Sandy Hook shooting, also gave a rousing speech during the march 


'But we, as parents, I won't say that we failed them, but we were too polite to speak out. These Parkland kids, they will not be silenced they will not be muzzled.' 
Lauren, Dalton, and their parents boarded a bus from Newtown at 5am to reach the rally, carrying signs that read 'Enough'. 
Among the 800,000 people in Washington DC were more than 400 students, teachers, and parents from Newtown.
Some carried signs that read 'I am a Sandy Hook survivor', while others simply wrote 'Am I next?' or 'PTSD'.   
Matthew Soto, whose sister Victoria was one of the six educators killed during the massacre, told the crowd: 'This is not okay. We do not have to live like this'. 


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The Sandy Hook survivors made a banner to gift to the Parkland student survivors 


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Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence 

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Soto paid tribute to his sister, a first grade teacher, and then spoke directly to the Parkland survivors, according to BBC
'We know your pain,' he said. 'We know what you are going through and we are inspired by your fight for change.' 
'We need to use our voices because we cannot change the past, we can only fight to change and build a better future.' 
Tommy Murray, now a junior at Newtown High School, also spoke at the rally and lamented that nothing has changed in the five years since the tragedy. 
'I have attended vigils, I have protested in front of the gun lobby in our town, I have sent letters to Congress,' Murray said. 
'I traveled to DC to meet with Congress to beg them to do something to stop gun violence. But they did nothing.'   


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More than 800 March For Our Lives events were held around the world on Saturday  


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This aerial photo from space shows the streets of the nation's capital teeming with people at the rally, organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre

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Post by it's me on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 20:18

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 10:55

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5542535/Rick-Santorum-says-teens-learn-CPR-instead-protesting-passage-phony-gun-laws.html




[size=34]Rick Santorum says teens should learn CPR instead of protesting for the passage of 'phony gun laws'
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  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that student activists should take a CPR class instead of protesting for stricter gun laws 

  • During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, Santorum suggested the kids were 'looking to someone else to solve their problem' 

  • 'They took action to ask someone to pass a law,' the former lawmaker said, calling gun control laws 'phony' 

  • Santorum was met with criticism by activists, including the daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and David Hogg of Parkland, Fla. 



By NIKKI SCHWAB, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:54 EDT, 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:22 EDT, 25 March 2018


    


Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suggested that the students who took to the streets Saturday to protest in support of stricter gun laws would be better served learning something like CPR to prepare them for the next mass shooting.  
'How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about – maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that, when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,' Santorum, a Republican, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. 
Santorum, who got voted out of office in 2006, tried to suggest that those who participated in Saturday's 'March for Our Lives' rallies across the country weren't taking appropriate actions because they were merely asking lawmakers to pass 'phony' gun laws.  


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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is getting hammered by gun control activists by suggesting students would be better served learning CPR - in preparation for the next shooting - as opposed to protesting in order to enact stricter gun laws 



Activist David Hogg also chimed in suggesting that the NRA might need CPR performed on it after this November's midterm elections. Hogg and other Parkland, Florida student activists have called on Americans to vote out lawmakers not in support of stricter gun laws 


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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg speaks onstage at March For Our Lives in Washington on Saturday. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suggested that the students would be better served learning a skill like CPR 


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Former Sen. Rick Santorum made the comments during a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union Sunday show. During the program he suggested student activists should be focused on 'What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?' 


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Another panelist, liberal Van Jones (far right) said he didn't want his son, who is entering high school, to have to worry about learning CPR so he could help a friend that had gotten shot. 'I want him focused on algebra and other stuff,' Jones said 
'They took action to ask someone to pass a law,' Santorum pointed out to host Brianna Keilar. 'They didn't take action to say, "How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bulling within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?"' 

'Those kinds of things where you can take it internally and say, "Here's how I'm going to deal with this. Here's how I'm going to help this situation," instead of going and protesting and saying, "Oh, someone needs to pass a law to protect me,"' Santorum went on.  
CNN's Van Jones, who was part of the panel discussion, noted how his son was about to be high school age. 
'I want him focused on algebra and other stuff,' Jones argued. 'If his main way to survive high school is learning CPR so when his friends get shot ... that to me, we've gone too far.'  
'I'm proud of these kids. I know you're proud of these kids too,' Jones said to Santorum.   
The former Pennsylvania senator agreed, but continued to make his point. 
'I'm proud of them, but I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives. And ignoring those problems and saying they're not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it,' Santorum continued. 'Phony gun laws don't solve these problems.' 
He also suggested that a much broader discussion about school safety was needed beyond all the talk of guns.  


Santorum's comments immediately got noticed by Everytown for Gun Safety program manager Erica Lafferty, whose mother Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung had been the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and died defending her kids. 
'Rick Santorum's words are an insult to the kids of Parkland, my family and to the countless others who have had loved ones taken by gun violence,' Lafferty said in a statement Sunday. 
'My mother was killed while protecting her students at Sandy Hook School. For anyone to suggest that the solution to gun violence is for kids to learn CPR is outrageous, and indicative of the NRA's desire to do or say anything except strengthen America's weak gun laws,' Lafferty said. 
Santorum's comments also got the attention of Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior David Hogg, one of the most vocal students to survive the Parkland, Florida, Valentine's Day massacre. 
 It was Hogg and his classmates who organized Saturday's rallies. 
'I think @RickSantorum might need to learn CPR for the NRA following midterms,' Hogg tweeted Sunday afternoon. 
Hogg and other Parkland, Florida student activists have called on Americans to vote out lawmakers not in support of stricter gun laws.  

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by carolhathaway on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 14:00

Santorum sounds arrogant and heartless.

Does a shooter start talking when entering a school or does he simply start shooting around? Is he really open to a conversation or is he so much in a tunnel vision that he doesn't realize any tries to talk to him? I actually can't imagine that he responds to you when you're trying to make contact with him: "Hey, let's talk about your anger! what about a nice cup of coffee?"

From every shooting I heard so far, people said that the shooters were really concentrated and had 'closed their minds'.

The one thing which helps is prevention. When a student feels he's aggrieved or mobbed, try to listen to him! When he says he's planning to kill everyone at school, talk to him and inform the authorities! But as long as there are guns, you won't be able to stop a rampage. If he doesn't do it at school, he'll go somewhere else...

To know CPR is for sure very useful and something everybody should know. But not because you might run into a shooting but because somebody might need your help. My kids just learned it at school (by the way: do you know the perfect song for the right CPR speed? 'Staying Alive', sung by the Bee Gees. That's what they told me, and they were very proud to know about it!)


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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by Donnamarie on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 14:15

Santorum’s thoughtless comments speak for themselves.   

Lots of people talk about addressing mental illness when trying to prevent mass shootings.  What they fail to acknowledge is that there are people who are simply driven by hate and resentment.  They are sane.  Those people are not going to be singled out by a background check or counseling necessarily.  They are singleminded and guns are just too damn easy for them to get their hands on to act out their vengeance.  A repeated message from the march on Saturday was that we value the safety our children over the safety of the Second Amendment.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by LizzyNY on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 15:53

Donnamarie - I hear what you're saying , but I have always felt that that sort of hatred and willingness to resort to murder is actually a form of mental illness. Anyone who hates so much and sees murder as an acceptable option is not a healthy individual.

I don't care how they were raised or taught. If they look at the world around them and the laws that govern their society, they can tell what's considered right behavior and what's considered wrong. Choosing to do the wrong thing out of hatred, IMO, is the result of being a broken human being.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by party animal - not! on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 15:57

Santorum received $112000 from the NRA this year........

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 17:24

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5545585/Federal-Trade-Commission-investigate-Facebook-privacy.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Federal Trade Commission will investigate Facebook over privacy - knocking billions off the value of Mark Zuckerberg's firm[/size]

  • Federal Trade Commission's acting director announces privacy probe into Mark Zuckerberg's embattled social network 

  • Full-scale investigation could see it fined billions and announcement send its stock price plunging 

  • FTC move comes after data-harvesting scandal which saw Cambridge Analytica take 50 million American users' data without their knowledge

  • Latest blow to Facebook came after it was revealed to have recorded who people called and texted on Android phones 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS ,WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:06 EDT, 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 EDT, 26 March 2018



The Federal Trade Commission has an open investigation into Facebook's growing privacy scandal, it revealed Monday.
The regulator's acting director, Tom Pahl, made the announcement in a statement which immediately send Facebook's share price plunging. 
He also raised the prospect of a massive fine for Mark Zuckerberg's social network because it had entered into a consent decree in 2011 about the use of personal data and any breach of that can be punished by the regulator.
If the FTC finds Facebook violated terms of the consent decree, it has the power to fine the company thousands of dollars a day per violation, which could add up to billions of dollars. 

The move represents a huge blow to Facebook, which has been plunged into crisis by the disclosure that Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal data of 50 million American users which was then used by the Trump campaign before the 2016 election to micro-target advertising.
Shares in Facebook fell from an opening price of $160.82 to as low as $150.36 in the minutes after the announcement was made.


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Under pressure: Mark Zuckerberg is now presiding over a full-scale crisis in Facebook with its stock price battered by the announcement of a Federal Trade Commission investigation 


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Battered: Facebook shares took a dive on the Nasdaq as the announcement of a privacy probe reverberated among traders
The Monday morning move by the federal regulator is the most significant threat to Facebook to emerge out of its data-harvesting scandal.
The FTC has powers to fine, prosecute and regulate Facebook in its home in the United States.
Pahl said: 'The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers.
'Foremost among these tools is enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises, including to comply with Privacy Shield, or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation of the FTC Act.
'Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements.
'Accordingly the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook.
'Today the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.' 
The latest blow to the social network was the revelation that it had been scraping call data from Android phones for years, meaning that people who had the Facebook app on their phone were handing over the numbers they called and texted and received replies from.

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The ads, done in simple black text against a plain white background, were headlined: 'We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can't, we don't deserve it.'
The ads, done in simple black text against a plain white background, were headlined: 'We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can't, we don't deserve it.'
'You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014,' the apology begins. 
'This was a breach of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time. We're now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again.' 
'We've already stopped apps like this from getting so much information. Now we're limiting the data apps get when you sign in using Facebook.' 
'We're also investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before we fixed this. We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected. 
'Finally, we'll remind you which apps you've given access to your information - so you can shut off the ones you don't want anymore.'
'Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you.'
The apology is formally signed off by the 33-year-old Facebook chief.   
However, the gesture was dismissed by Warner, who added: 'I think Mr. Zuckerberg needs to come and testify before Congress, not just put an advertisement in the newspaper. 
'He said he would if he was the guy, he is the right guy. He can’t send a staff. When I’m called upon on an issue, it’s my name on the door. I mean you wouldn’t take a staff member here on your show representing me.'
'He needs to come testify before Congress and explain how they’re going to work with us to both protect privacy; there are 50 million Facebook accounts that were used by this sketchy firm, Cambridge Analytica, and how we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen again in terms of weaponization of these social media platforms.' 


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Emma Kennedy tweeted that she had found that Facebook had recorded 'every single phone number in my contacts
Zuckerberg's mea culpa comes after a terrible week for the social media giant, which saw its shares fall 13 percent to below $160 - the company's worst week in the stock market since July 2012.
But the apology did not mention Cambridge Analytica, the British political consultancy firm that has been accused of taking the data to target voters. 
After the ads were published, the data scandal deepened with users revealing how they found the social network had harvested information including call logs and text messages.
Some users discovered the Silicon Valley giant had been storing complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.
Others reported that data such as contacts in their address books, social events in their calendars and even friends' birthdays had been stored.

McKay reported that from October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained 'the data of every [mobile] call I've made, including time and duration' and 'data about every text message I've received or sent'
One user, Dylan McKay, reported that from October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained 'the data of every [mobile] call I've made, including time and duration' and 'data about every text message I've received or sent'.
The discoveries came after some Facebook users tried to delete their profiles over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 
Rather than delete an account entirely, the social media site encourages people to 'deactivate' their profile as this leaves all personal data on its servers.
However, when users request to permanently delete their accounts, the site suggests: 'You may want to download a copy of your info from Facebook.' 
It is this data dump which revealed the extent of the data held. User Mat Johnson said he found his deleted Facebook profile data dump contained information on 'every single [mobile] phone call and text I made for about a year'.
Emma Kennedy tweeted that she had found that Facebook had recorded 'every single phone number in my contacts. 
'They had every single social event I went to, a list of all my friends and their birthdays, and a list of every text I've sent'
'They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook. They have phone numbers of household names who, I’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled.' 






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The discoveries came after some Facebook users tried to delete their profiles over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Pictured suspended CEO Alexander Nix 
A Facebook spokesman said: 'The first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it's a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts.  
'Contact uploading is optional. People are expressly asked if they want to give permission to upload their contacts from their phone – it's explained right there in the apps when you get started.
'People can delete previously uploaded information at any time and can find all the information available to them in their account and activity log from our Download Your Information tool.'
The company says an opt-out for uploading contacts is available and users can delete all uploaded contacts by turning off the continuous uploading setting in Facebook's Messenger app. 
All previously uploaded contacts are deleted when a user permanently removes their profile. Contacts will also no longer continue to be uploaded. 
The findings follow days of allegations that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data on millions of Facebook users without permission for political campaigning.
Last week as the backlash grew, the co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp, Brian Acton, suggested it was time for users to 'delete Facebook'. 


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Communications firms Cambridge Analytica has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.
The company boasts it can 'find your voters and move them to action' through data-driven campaigns and a team that includes data scientists and behavioural psychologists.
'Within the United States alone, we have played a pivotal role in winning presidential races as well as congressional and state elections,' with data on more than 230 million American voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website.
The company profited from a feature that meant apps could ask for permission to access your own data as well as the data of all your Facebook friends.


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The data firm suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix (pictured), after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial claims, including boasts that Cambridge Analytica had a pivotal role in the election of Donald Trump

This meant the company was able to mine the information of 55 million Facebook users even though just 270,000 people gave them permission to do so.
This was designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voters' choices at the ballot box.
The data firm suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial claims, including boasts that Cambridge Analytica had a pivotal role in the election of Donald Trump.
This information is said to have been used to help the Brexit campaign in the UK.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5545005/Rep-Steve-Kings-campaign-slams-Parklands-Emma-Gonz-lez-link-communist-Cuba.html

[size=34]Republican congressman Steve King is slammed on social media for mocking 18-year-old Parkland survivor Emma González and her link to 'communist' Cuba[/size]

  • Emma González, 18, gave a speech at Saturday's March for Our Lives, while wearing a Cuban flag badge

  • Rep. Steve King's campaign chose to mock the teenager over her Cuban heritage

  • 'This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage... and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens'

  • The post sparked fury on social media where people accused the campaign of bullying a grieving teenager


By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 09:43 EDT, 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 EDT, 26 March 2018

    



A Republican representative's campaign has attacked one of the Parkland shooting survivors online over her Cuban heritage.
Emma González, 18, took to the stage at Saturday's March for Our Lives, wearing a Cuban flag badge, to mark the death of her 17 classmates and teachers who were gunned down in the fatal shooting in February.
Gonzalez's six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears as she thanked the people who came out to call for gun control.
But Rep. Steve King's campaign chose to mock the teenager over her Cuban heritage.


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Rep. Steve King's (pictured) campaign chose to mock the teenager, who was wearing a Cuban flag, over her Cuban heritage
'This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don't speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense,' the campaign wrote in a post, over a photo of the teen.




The post sparked fury on social media where people hit out at the campaign for bullying the teen.
 'Are you SERIOUSLY mocking a school shooting survivor for her ethnic identity?!' wrote Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. 


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Emma González, 18, took to the stage at Saturday's March for Our Lives to mark the death of her 17 classmates and teachers who were gunned down in the fatal shooting in February


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Gonzalez's six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears as she thanked the people who came out to call for gun control
'When it was my community, where were you? When it was Sandy Hook? Columbine? Were you on the sideline mocking those communities too? Did you question someone identifying as a mother? Did you question whether people like me were crisis actors?
'Emma stood for 6 mins and 20 seconds to honor the lives of 17 gone too soon,' Wolf added. 'The least you could do is shut your privileged, ineffective trap for 6 seconds to hear someone else's perspective.'
King's campaign hit back, claiming they weren't picking on the teen, but were 'calling attention to the truth.'
'Pointing out the irony of someone wearing the flag of a communist country while simultaneously calling for gun control isn't 'picking' on anyone.


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'It's calling attention to the truth, but we understand that lefties find that offensive,' they wrote.
González, whose father migrated to New York from Cuba in 1968, has become one of the most recognizable faces of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors.
But the teen has become a target for the right as she calls for gun control in the wake of the tragedy.
Recently, NRA enthusiasts have been accused of photoshopping the Teen Vogue cover that features Gonzalez to show her tearing up a copy of the Constitution.
She is actually tearing up a paper target on the cover of the magazine, while her fellow classmates stand in solidarity behind her. 


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A fake image of Gonzalez ripping up the Constitution circulated on social media. The real video shows her tearing up target paper


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Emma Gonzalez, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the Parkland shooting on February 14, rips up target paper for Teen Vogue cover





Teen Vogue tweeted the cover of their March issue featuring some of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Teen Vogue tweeted the cover with with the caption: 'We, the youth of the United States, have built a new movement to denounce gun violence and call for safety in all of our communities. This is only the beginning.' 
The cover attracted a lot of attention from Trump followers and NRA supporters alike.
Many were quick to condemn and attack the high school students on Twitter with one person writing: 'Look at these little oppressors. I hope my daughter never lives in the world they imagine.'


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The cover attracted a lot of attention from Trump followers and NRA supporters





Many people in the Twittersphere were quick to condemn and attack the high school students





Many were unimpressed with Gonzalez ripping the paper and looking angry  





However there were some people in support of the children. 'I'm glad for the first time in human history people are against murder,' the twitter user said
Many were unimpressed with Gonzalez ripping the paper with one man sarcastically tweeting: 'Oh no. You tore up a target. Wherever will we find more...paper?' while another user wrote: 'Let the children lead us...into ripping a target in half and scowling.'
However there were some people in support of the children. 'I'm glad for the first time in human history people are against murder,' the twitter user said.
Saturday's rally in Washington DC to fight gun control marked the biggest youth protest since Vietnam.
Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the DC event, with 800 more events being held across world.
The rally, which was organized by the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saw 175,000 people protest in New York.

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30,000 were counted in Atlanta and Pittsburgh and 15,000 people attended a rally in Parkland, Florida - where 17 high school students were killed last month.
The movement had a global outreach, with die-ins being held in Berlin and London and marches taking place in Sydney, Mumbai, Tokyo, and Paris as well.  


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Despite the rally's across the US on Saturday to protest gun control, many people were still against the high school children 


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Some social media users blamed the youngsters, claiming they were puppets being used by politicians and seniors 





Twitter users condemned the children for their lack of intelligence 





The gun control debate continues to rage on both sides with people still arguing it's infringing on their Second Amendment rights





People were very outspoken on Twitter against the high school students
Gonzalez was one of the lead speakers on Saturday. She stood silent on stage for six minutes and 20 seconds - the same amount of time it took Nikolas Cruz, 19, to kill 17 or her classmates and injure 15 others with an AR-15 that he had obtained legally.
She took the crowd by surprise with her uncomfortable silence, prompting the crowd to cheer support and chant 'Never again,' as it seemed they thought she had lost her words due to emotion. Then a time went off, and she spoke.
'Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest,' she said when she began to speak again. 





People didn't take the Teen Vogue cover seriously and tweeted sarcastic remarks 





A lot of Twitter users weren't interested in listening to the young high school students 
'Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job,' she said, ending her time of silence. 
Gonzalez, who has been an outspoken voice among the Parkland survivors, used the minutes of silence to punctuate an an already moving speech.
'Six minutes and 20 seconds... In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone, in the Douglas community was forever altered,' she said.




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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez (center) listens with other students during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on Saturday 


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Gonzalez was pictured with fellow protesters and classmates at the Washington DC rally 
'Everyone who was there understands. who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.
'No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day.
'No one knew that the people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us even knew that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go.'
She went on to honor some of the lives lost on that day, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by carolhathaway on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 21:46

It's really frightening that people don't use their common sense or check posts as long as the posts conform with their own opinions. I'm not on Facebook or Twitter, but whenever I write something here, I try to check it before posting.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 4

Post by annemarie on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 21:52

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5546503/George-Bushs-grandson-posts-photo-four-automatic-rifles-March-Lives.html

[size=34]George H.W. Bush's grandson posts photo of his four assault rifles 'just to pi** the snowflakes off' during March For Our Lives[/size]

  • Charles Walker Bush posted a photo of his four assault rifles on Saturday and wrote:  'Just to p*** the snowflakes off. Have fun trying to take them'

  • He tagged the post with #marchforourlives on the day that hundreds of thousands around the country protested gun laws in the US 

  • Bush, who served in the Marine Corps, has posted photos of his guns multiple times in the past on social media, and this new post led to some outcry

  •  'I think at this stage of the game George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush would want to categorize themselves snowflakes. On this issue,' wrote one

  • Bush in the grandson of George H.W. Bush and nephew of George W. Bush. His father is Mrvin Bush, who adopted Charles in 1989 


By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 14:55 EDT, 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 EDT, 26 March 2018

    


A member of the Bush family took aim at those in favor of gun control with a controversial Instagram over the weekend.
Charles Walker Bush, the adopted son of Marvin Bush, posted photos of his four automatic rifles on Saturday, writing: 'Just to p*** the snowflakes off. Have fun trying to take them. #assaultisaverbnotanadjective #ar15 #marchforourlives'
The 28-year-old grandson of President George H. W. Bush and nephew of President George W. Bush was praised by some, and criticized by others, soon after sharing that post. 


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Gramps: Charles Walker Bush posted a photo of his four automatic rifles on Saturday and wrote: 'Just to p*** the snowflakes off. Have fun trying to take them' (Charles Bush and Gerge H W Bush)


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Remark: He tagged the post with #marchforourlives on the day that hundreds of thousands around the country protested gun laws in the US


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The caption was for a four photo slide show of his weapons


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Shoot: Bush, who served in the Marine Corps, has posted photos of his guns multiple times in the past on social media, and this new post led to some outcry
'I respectfully disagree with your views on gun control but what are you accomplishing by trolling people who are sympathetic to victims of mass shootings and simply want to try to prevent them from happening in the future,' wrote one Instagram user. 

'Today I saw children stand up in front of half a million people and talk about losing loved ones to gun violence. Are they “snowflakes”?'
Bush, who served in the Marine Corps, responded to the comment, writing: 'I’m sympathetic to anyone who has lost a loved one, friend, or anyone they know to senseless violent acts. 
'However, I find it ironic that the same people who claim our government is corrupt and tyrannical are the same ones calling for that same government to take away the given right to protect themselves against that government. 
'I think there is a lot of irrationality in today’s culture. I posted this because I believe it is my duty to stand up for the things I believe in and hold dear, one that is a precious right of the people on the brink.'



Other Instagram users were fans of the caption and sentiment that Bush presented in the post, but not a woman by the name of Diane Mead. 
'I think at this stage of the game George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush would want to categorize themselves snowflakes. On this issue,' wrote Mead. 
'They have great respect for guns. They are smart guys. Go ask them. Get educated by your intelligent relatives.'
Among the guns that Bush posted meanwhile looked to be a 6.5 Grendel and a Barrett .338 Lapua.
He has made no secret of his love for guns in the past, or been afraid to take a political stand even if it differs from the views of his family.


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Baby love: Bush in the grandson of George H.W. Bush and nephew of George W. Bush. His father is Mrvin Bush, who adopted Charles in 1989 (with his grandmother in 1989)



Gun show: 'I think at this stage of the game George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush would want to categorize themselves snowflakes. On this issue,' wrote one critic (two of Bush's guns above)


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The final gun photo he shared over the weekend
He called for an NFL boycott earlier this year after players began protesting by taking a knee during the anthem, writing: 'Way to slap people like Pat Tillman, Nate Boyer, and Ahmard Hall (just to name a few) in the face. Your brothers and mine. Get off your high horses and use your millions for something meaningful.' 
A majority of the Bush family was off in Colorado over the weekend, attending the wedding of Pierce Bush.
Charles did not seem to be among those who made the guest list, but his cousins Jenna Bush Hager, Lauren Bush Lauren and Ashley Lauren were there as were his uncles Neal and Jeb. 
And George W. Bush was there as well, and could be seen cutting a rug with the bride in one video posted to Instagram.

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[size=34]Eagles of Death Metal singer and Bataclan attack survivor Jesse Hughes calls March for Our Lives 'pathetic' and says the students who lived through the Parkland shooting are 'vile abusers of the dead'[/size]

  • Jesse Hughes, 45, took aim at those participating in the March for Our Lives protests on Saturday across the country 

  • The Eagle of Death Metal singer has since deleted the five Instagram posts

  • Hughes survived the Paris terror attacks in 2015 when jihadists stormed a concert venue while he was performing on stage

  • His posts suggested that Florida school shooting survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging protest walkouts 


By EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 22:06 EDT, 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 03:39 EDT, 27 March 2018

    

Eagle of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes, who survived the Bataclan mass concert shooting, has called March for Our Lives supporters 'pathetic' and said survivors of the Florida school massacre have insulted the memories of their slain classmates. 
In a series of now-deleted Instagram posts, Hughes took aim at those participating in Saturday's anti-gun protests across the US.
The nationwide demonstrations were sparked by the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14 in which 17 people were killed.  


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Eagle of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes, who survived the Bataclan mass concert shooting, has called March for Our Lives supporters 'pathetic' in a series of Instagram posts
Hughes, 45, is a survivor of a mass shooting after jihadists opened fire inside the Bataclan theatre in Paris while he was on stage performing in 2015.

The singer posted five times about the gun control protests, including once when he wrote student survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging protest walkouts. 
He shared an illustration of a woman telling a man: 'I turned in my gun to do my part in ending violence', before he replies: 'I chopped off my own d**k to stop rape'.
In a caption accompanying the post, Hughes accused the teen Parkland shooting survivors of exploiting the death of their classmates and teachers for a 'few Facebook likes and some media attention'.
'The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn't actually had operating paradigm for life.....And when the truth don't line up with your bulls**t narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it....,' he wrote.  


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Hughes, who survived the 2015 Paris terror attacks, also posted this illustration in response to the gun control protests over the weekend
'Then take multiple days off of school playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood....!.... it might be funny if it wasn't so pathetic and disgusting......' 
'As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.' 


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He also shared a Photoshopped image of student activist Emma Gonzalez appearing to rip up a copy of the US Constitution, saying she was 'the awful face of treason' and a 'survivor of nothing'.
Hughes, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, has been known to make offensive remarks following the 2015 Paris terror attacks that resulted in 90 deaths.
He once suggested that the security guards at the Bataclan had been in on the attacks and claimed that Muslims were celebrating outside when the shooting unfolded.  
His latest comments about gun control sparked backlash on Twitter.
Some outraged fans called for his music to be boycotted with one in particular describing him as 'a deluded redneck' who 'should not, under any circumstances, be taken seriously.' 
The main March for Our Lives event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform. 




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Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence 


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The main March for Our Lives event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform

[size=18]Thousands of protesters fill DC streets at March for Our Lives
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They were joined by a raft of stars including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Spielberg, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus.
Another 800 events were held around the world for the same cause. 
Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal of the event organizers, made a stirring appearance on stage after she remained silent in front of the crowd for 6 minutes and 20 seconds - the amount of time it took gunman Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 people at her high school. 
'Six minutes and 20 seconds... In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone, in the Douglas community was forever altered,' she said.


  • 'Everyone who was there understands. who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.


'No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day.
'No one knew that the people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us even knew that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go.'


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Hughes, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, has been known to make offensive remarks following the 2015 Paris terror attacks that resulted in 90 deaths. He is pictured outside the Bataclan concert hall after the attacks


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Rescue workers help a woman after a shooting, outside the Bataclan theater in Paris on November 12, 2015

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Well, isn't he just a regular ray of sunshine, eh?
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Post by carolhathaway on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 14:26

Katie,
you took the words right out if my mouth!

Didn't 'Eagle of Death Metal' benefit from the attack during their concert at the Bataclan? How famous were they before the attack happened? They became no. 1 at the iTunes and Amazon charts afterwards. They played with U2 afterwards. But the survivors of school shootings  commercialize everything?

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