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Absolutely ridiculous. If nothing is done about this it will really show that the United States intelligence agencies are accountable to no one.
And we did hear last year about the NSA attempting to undermine encryption libraries, softwares etc. It's very possible at least.
I don't think anyone would disagree that moderation is largely necessary, if done properly it can greatly increase the quality of posts seen on a forum. However, when poorly done, done for the purposes of financial gain or for a personal agenda it can greatly upset the userbase for that forum and begin to cause problems.
When r/conspiracy (and r/news, r/undelete, r/subredditdrama and r/worldnews) "cried censorship" what they were upset over was in fact an act of censorship. By it's very nature moderation requires censorship, it comes with the job. In this case, people took issue with the moderators use of their very loosely defined rule "opinion/analysis" which allowed what a great majority considered valuable, quality content to be removed from r/news. This is in reality what everyone had a problem with, as they believed that on a forum such as r/news there should be no reason why such an article would not be allowed. Whether or not it violated such a vaguely worded rule was beside the point.
As to this post at hand, there are many details I find wanting, misleading and in some cases blatant deception. Key amongst this being that r/conspiracy was calling BipolarBear0 anti-semitic. In fact, what they have been doing is calling out his several attempts of posting anti-semitic material to r/conspiracy in order to discredit the subreddit, an act which BipolarBear0 even admits himself
Having established that your post is deceptive at best, let's move on to what I find misleading. BipolarBear0 finally approved my post of the zerohedge article which used Greenwald's post as a source, after refusing to allow the original source to be posted. In the most part you are correct, the comments focused far more on the censorship of Greenwald's article than the article itself. However, I would not say the focus was on BipolarBear0, but instead the top thread appeared to be mostly about the act of censorship, and my shadowbanning due to asking for upvotes. If the focus was on BipolarBear0, or if he was called terrible, it was likely due to me documenting my discussions with him to get the article approved, which was posted in the top post of the article.
Finally, I would like to take a little time to discuss how you met. in your post you claim you met as co-founders of RT4. Excuse me for me being a bit surprised, by how is it two strangers who have never talked before up and decide to co-found a movement on reddit? In what was did you settle on your roles in RT4, you being in marketing and BipolarBear0 journalism, and finally how did BipolarBear0 come about to moderating RT4circlejerk?
While I appreciate your attempt to defend your friend, your post leaves a few unanswered questions to say the very least.
Well, regardless of anything else it's important they keep their influence in the black sea, so at the very least they -need- Crimea to keep access to their port in Sevastopol, as I don't think the new Ukrainian government would allow them anywhere near it following a withdrawal at this point.
Because of this, territorial claims are definitely part of what they're looking for. Possibly in the form of an independent Crimea ala South Ossetia, or what seems more likely at this point full integration of Crimea into the Russian federation. I say this is more likely as Crimea already voted for independence before Russia stormed in and took their parliament over, soo... yeah.
It's tough to say. Checking the demographics of Ukraine, with the western half being so pro-EU, maybe he's just taking the initiative and securing what territory he can.
It's obvious that the Western half of Ukraine will not be accepting Russian rule, but the eastern half seems decidedly pro-Russia, and that includes Crimea. I doubt those on the Western side will ever be organized enough to take territory from the Russian military, and with no western intervention there's nothing really stopping Putin from keeping what he's taken.
Apparently marketing on social media is all the rage.
But frankly I'm getting tired of the ads plastered all over reddit, time for a new spot to hang out where advertisements aren't mysteriously upvoted 10x higher than most posts to the top of any given subreddit.
Let's see what Hubski can do, don't mess it up.
I documented my journey on reddit to get Greenwald's latest post onto r/news on r/conspiracy, confronted a mod on r/news to approve a zerohedge post if the original wasn't going to be accepted, got shadowbanned, recreated a new account and posted on my rising r/news post about my experience, which was kept at the top. It suggested that those that were fed up with the manipulation and censorship on reddit should come here.
Shortly afterwards the reddit admins contacted me and reinstated my account.
Congrats on the baby! It's a cute one :P
I think Russia would prefer you listen to what they say, rather than watch what they do.
And the only thing we've heard CSIS doing is spying on airport wireless, pretty pathetic compared to their peers. I think they need to step it up a bit.
Then again, maybe the fact that we haven't heard anything means they're actually capable of keeping a secret.
Following my recent shadowbanning on Reddit after getting a post up on the Greenwald slides detailing opinion manipulation on the internet, I think I'm going to be sticking around here.
Mind it seems I was shadowbanned for asking for upvotes, honestly I was afraid the downvote brigades would bring it down.