By Prak Chan Thul and Lach Chantha PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian fisherman Tin Yusos tucks into a meal of the previous day's catch with his wife and granddaughter aboard a boat which doubles as their home moored by the banks of the Tonle Sap River. They plan to set out for another day of fishing in the area of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, though his expectations are low. "There are no big fish anymore," said Tin Yusos, 57. In the past, he could get a haul of about 30 kilogram (66 lb) of fish a day. Now he often catches just over one kilogram, worth about 15,000 riel ($3.69). Experts bla...
Donald Trump's endorsement of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the chair of the GOP Conference has not been enough to convince his base.
"Donald Trump has called Elise Stefanik 'a new Republican star,' a 'smart communicator' and — perhaps his highest praise — 'tough.' But the MAGA faithful aren't so sure," Politico reported Thursday. "Within minutes of Trump's endorsement of the New York congresswoman for GOP conference chair on Wednesday, top MAGA voices erupted in anger — a rare break with the former president. The invective aimed at Stefanik, who was perceived to be insufficiently conservative and a relative newcomer to the Trump cause, continued to zoom through the MAGA-sphere on Thursday."
RINO Games Destroying the GOP: Elise Stefanik, GOP conference chair favorite, voted with Trump less than Liz Chene… https://t.co/F5VDKzYujn— Lou Dobbs (@Lou Dobbs)1620233840.0
"Others, like pundits Ann Coulter and Raheem Kassam, editor in chief of the populist online outlet National Pulse, went on a retweeting spree, highlighting writer after writer, tweet after tweet, questioning Stefanik's commitment to the Trump movement's core tenets, particularly on immigration," Politico noted. "Popular MAGA news and opinion sites were less sparing, with Revolver calling her a 'neocon establishment twit,' and Big League Politics, founded by Breitbart alumni, slamming her for only getting on the Trump defense train in 2019 and characterizing her as a "'wolf in sheep's clothing.'"
"Several MAGA news sites cited Stefanik's voting record, where she backed the then-president's position only 78 percent of the time, making Cheney's record of 93 percent look slavishly loyal in comparison. Stefanik compiled that record despite representing a comfortably Republican district that Trump won easily in 2020," Politico reported.
Replacing Cheney with Stefanik is just replacing an America Last Republican with a slightly less annoying America L… https://t.co/5hGvMpEKhv— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸)1620233240.0
University of Washington associate professor of Human Centered Design and Engineering Kate Starbird on Thursday released a new data visualization showing how "participatory disinformation" fueled the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
"Let's start from the beginning. We have 'elites,' including elected political leaders, political pundits and partisan media outlets, as well as social media influencers who have used disinformation and other tactics to gain reputation and grow large audiences online," she explained.
"We also have their audiences — the social media users and cable news watchers who tune into — and engage with — their content," she continued. "During the lead-up to — and for several months after — the 2020 election, political elites on the 'right' (Trump supporters) repeatedly spread the message of a rigged election. This set an expectation of voter fraud and became a 'frame' through which events were interpreted."
Here is the thread she posted to Twitter:
Working on some visuals to help explain the dynamics of “participatory disinformation” and how that motivated the J… https://t.co/8oVZo3ji7k— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620334109.0
We also have their audiences — the social media users and cable news watchers who tune into — and engage with — their content.— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620334293.0
An example of one of those messages is this one, from realDonaldTrump, in June 2020: https://t.co/RtXYrOvi2M— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620334442.0
We see this w/ the #SharpieGate narrative, as people were initially concerned about Sharpie pens bleeding through (… https://t.co/vu9YAyj0zH— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620334628.0
Political elites then echo the false/misleading stories back to their audiences, reinforcing the frame, and buildin… https://t.co/VSAWOgB1H2— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620334781.0
Political elites began to mobilize and organize the audiences into a series of rallies and protests (under the… https://t.co/itlAUwlkQi— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620335023.0
Participatory disinformation makes for a powerful dynamic. These tight feedback loops between “elites” and their au… https://t.co/Cckah0JLDc— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620336285.0
My understanding of the dynamics of online misinfo & populist political movements is informed by Ong & Cabañes work… https://t.co/bul2T90Bd0— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620337368.0
These graphs can be misleading, so a little context. This shows a three part structure. The top includes the now su… https://t.co/SvXxXL0UcZ— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620338755.0
If we lower the RT threshold on for the edges (to 3 retweets) we can see the larger audiences cluster around the in… https://t.co/WmShvZy0n4— Kate Starbird (@Kate Starbird)1620338983.0
The US military has deployed more heavy bombers and fighter jets to protect withdrawing American and coalition troops from Afghanistan, which have so far sustained no direct attacks, the Pentagon said Thursday.
"Less than one week in, the drawdown is going according to plan," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.
Pentagon Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley said that to defend the departing troops, six B-52 long range bombers and 12 F-18 fighters have been ordered to supply contingency support.
He said that while the Taliban insurgents groups launch between 80 and 120 attacks every day against Afghan government targets, since the withdrawal began on May 1 "there have been no attacks against US and coalition forces."
Nearly 20 years after invading the country to remove the Taliban from power and pursue Al-Qaeda following the September 11, 2001 attacks, last month US President Joe Biden ordered the final withdrawal of 2,500 US service members and 16,000 civilian contractors.
Biden set a deadline for the pullout of the the anniversary this year of the September 11 attacks.
Austin and Milley underscored that although the US continues to work closely with the Afghan security forces, the relationship will shift with the pullout.
US support will continue via funding and "over the horizon logistics" -- military support from US bases and ships located hundreds of miles away, Austin said.
Milley stressed that, amid widespread expectations that the Taliban could seize power from the government in the wake of the US pullout, the demise of Afghan forces should not be presumed.
"The Afghan National Security Forces and the Government of Afghanistan at this time remain cohesive," Milley said. "The president of the United States' intent is to support both."
Milley added the United States is in ongoing talks with the Afghan government on how to keep its air force going to provide effective support to government troops on the ground.
The Afghan air force depends heavily on foreign technicians who are included in the 16,000 contractors that are being pulled out.
"A lot of that is going to be dependent on the security conditions ont he ground," said Milley.
"The intent is to keep the Afghan air force in the air, and to provide them with continued maintenance support," he said.
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