In Case You Needed Another Reason to Wage War on Xmas

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In another sign that Donald Trump plans to be our first entrepreneurial president, he is selling Christmas tree ornaments in the shape of his red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap on the Trump-Pence website.

The iconic symbol from the Trump campaign is made of brass and finished in 24-karat gold. Oh, and it’s just $149.

Four Princeton Students Solved Facebook’s Fake-News Problem in a Weekend

galleryThe editors of Pensito Review take for granted that our sophisticated readers know the difference between real and fake news, fact and fiction, honest commentary and nativist propaganda. But maybe you know a less-sophisticated soul who has fallen prey to the fake news in their Facebook feed.

Tell him about fIB: Let’s Stop Living a Lie. It’s a Google Chrome extension that scrapes fake news from your Facebook feed that was created by four Princeton students engaged in a weekend hackathon. The extension works in two ways:

Content-consumption: Our chrome-extension goes through your facebook feed in real time as you browse it and verifies the authenticity of posts. These posts can be status updates, images or links. Our backend AI checks the facts within these posts and verifies them using image recognition, keyword extraction, and source verification and a twitter search to verify if a screenshot of a twitter update posted is authentic. The posts then are visually tagged on the top right corner in accordance with their trust score. If a post is found to be false, the AI tries to find the truth and shows it to you.

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I Have My Facts, You Have Yours

Or, how we got from 'truthiness' to 'post-truth'

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“What people believe prevails over the truth.”
— Sophocles, from “Sons of Aleus”

Following Barack Obama’s election as president, there was talk about how the nation had entered a post-racial era, which proved not to be true. Following Donald Trump’s election as president, we have entered a post-truth era, and there’s little doubt about that fact.

We now have slid from “truthiness,” Stephen Colbert’s funny little noun that means “the quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence or the like,” a short distance down a very slippery slope to “post-truth.” The Oxford English Dictionary has selected “post-truth” as its word of the year. It is defined as an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.

Its selection follows June’s Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election.

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White Supremacy Euphemism Generator for Journalists

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Just when journalists are looking at at least four years of trying to come up with synonyms for “white supremacist,” BoingBoing creates a much needed mechanism.

Reading recent coverage of Donald Trump’s friends on the far right, it struck me that even when people pander to the idea Western culture’s wellbeing is inseparable from European ethnicity, they somehow avoid being called white nationalists or supremacists by journalists.

Generate some creative headlines here.

Donald: ‘I’m Okay’ with Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage But Opposed to Its Ruling on Abortion

In an interview on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Donald Trump reversed his opposition to gay marriage by announcing that, as president, he will not seek to repeal laws that allow same-sex couples to marry because that right was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Donald in 2011: “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it. I’m against it, and I take a lot of heat because I come from New York. You know, for New York it’s like, how can you be against gay marriage? But I’m opposed to gay marriage.”

And yet in that same interview he signaled he will appoint judges who will outlaw abortion, even though a woman’s right to choose whether to carry a fetus to term was also affirmed by the Supreme Court.

The shift on gay marriage is a significant reversal. In a campaign interview on CNN last year, Donald was asked by Jake Tapper, “But what do you say to a lesbian who’s married or a gay man who’s married who says, ‘Donald Trump, what’s traditional about being married three times?'”

Donald — a serial adulterer and infamous philanderer — responded, “I don’t say anything. I’m just for traditional marriage.”

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What Mandate?

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Nearly half of registered voters didn’t bother to show up.

GOP’s President-Elect Skipped All Veteran’s Day Events

Worst President-Elect Ever

Here’s how the Republican Party’s newly elected president described his plans for Veteran’s Day.

Irish Bookmaker Is Another Trump Victory Victim

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D’OH! – Paddy Power Pay Out Over $4.5 Million to Trump Backers Three Weeks After Paying Out On Hillary Clinton Early

Press Release: (9 November 2016) Paddy Power, the bookmaker who paid out over $1 million early to its customers who backed Hillary Clinton, were left counting the cost of their decision today after Donald Trump upset the odds to win the U.S. presidential election.

The result also stung Paddy Power for its biggest political payout ever with the bookie being hit for over $4.5 million by customers who backed Trump.

After Donald Trump was hit with scandal after scandal the bookie was confident of Hillary’s chances — prompting the whopping payout. But Clinton’s campaign took a late hit thanks to the reopened FBI investigation which resulted in a huge surge in bets for The Donald.

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Sullivan: Voters Have Repealed the Constitution and Replaced It with Fascism

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“When fascism comes to America,” the saying goes, “it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

Writing on November 3, 2016, five days before the presidential election, Andrew Sullivan made a convincing case that Donald Trump is the fascist who has come onto the scene wrapped in that flag and carrying that cross:

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What Does Surprise Winner in Bloomberg News Poll Portend for 2020?

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The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll

The results of a new Bloomberg News poll in Florida show the winner is…Michelle Obama!

The First Lady’s net favorability score — 57 — was higher than the other ten people in the poll, all of whom are, were, or want to be, elected officials.

Here are the actual numbers, from lowest net favorables to highest:

Patrick Murphy, candidate for the Florida U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio — 38
Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nomineeand Virginia senator — 39
Hillary Clinton — 44
Donald Trump — 46
Rick Scott, Florida governor — 47
Bill Clinton, former president — 47
Marco Rubio, Florida senator — 50
Mike Pence, Republican VP nominee and Indiana governor — 51
Barack Obama, president — 51
Joe Biden, vice president — 54

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