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How Donald Trump did it, Part 4: Alexander Nix and SCL pulls the trigger.

So, let’s review.

It’s pretty much a perfect storm.

PBS’ Frontline describes a dissatisfied population demographic, driven to vote in catalysts of political endeavour that end up devouring its own base in Congress, only to replace them with more ardent activists of their cause.

The idea of the Tea Party not being Far Right enough is compelling. The idea of the Freedom Caucus taking Congress is worth massive focus.

Evidence of Russian involvement through servers located at Trump Tower was only the beginning. And, it seems, not the most important aspect of the story.

Then comes Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

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Using something as simple as benign as personality tests, ‘like’ emojis, and shares, they measured and influenced newsfeed prompts that apparently guided the direction of one of the most shocking elections in American history.

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For the record, Cambridge Analytica denies any use of Facebook to generate data.

According to Motherboard, Alexander Nix is quoted as saying that his company, Cambridge Analytica, was integral to Trump’s victory.

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That means that Cambridge Analytical was the Distracted Subversion engine. It’s company parent, SCL, is an enormous, global network.

I know what you’re thinking. Tinfoil hat time.

But no. This one’s real.

Some writers are saying it’s ridiculous. But even in their own articles, the experts they interview end up summarizing by saying “we just don’t know.”

Investigation of SCL’s website unveils some incredibly informative findings.

Click on this link. go ahead. I dare ya.

Go look. Dig.

Watch the intro graphic.

Scroll down to the bottom. Look at the logos.

Go into the rabbit hole. It’s shallow. Doesn’t take long to see the trails.

Click on  ‘Social ‘ from their homepage.

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Click on ‘Defence’.

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Look under ‘Elections’.

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See how many countries SCL has offices in. Campaigns they have engineered.

Military Campaigns.

Election outcomes.

Brexit.

Nato.

The UK Ministry of Defence.

The U.S. State Department.

Sandia.

Both Cambridge Analytica and SCL proudly display their service to, and the logos of, these and more organizations at the bottom of their page.

Offices all over the world.

I was hoping that SCL’s site was a fake. Some high-quality page built by an enthusiastic fictionalist.

But no. It’s real.

And there’s more.

Among Cambridge Analytica’s Board Members, according to the Motherboard story and other news outlets?

A man named Steve Bannon.

And he’s working to hire them for the Trump administration.

That a company like SCL exists should not be very surprising. Neither should the idea that an entire industry generates millions from collecting and working with Big Data.

But hiring a firm to manipulate the outcomes and perceptions of international electoral and military campaigns?

Then contract them for Washington’s new administration?

I believe that takes us to a whole new level of Distracted Subversion. One unseen in our history. An unprecedented ability to bend outcomes without our being aware.

Stop clicking ‘like’. Stop taking ‘personality quizzes’. Stop clicking angry emojis.

Start a blog and write about how you feel instead.

The one thing Big Data can not stand.  Conversations in person.

Phone calls.

Face to face meetings.

Start a blog and write about how you feel instead.

Stop telling SCL and Cambridge Analytica how you feel about things.

By their own admission, they are gathering your reaction data and using it to win wars, change your mind, build empires, and get people like Donald Trump elected.

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How Donald Trump did it, Part 3: The Quiet Machine: My mother-in-law’s keen catch, The Antidote Writer’s Collective, Michal Kosinski, Facebook, and Cambridge Analytica

Das magazine, Trump’s ‘Oppenheimer’: Michal Kosinki, Who is Alexander Nix? The emergence of SCL, Cambridge Analytica , and Big Data.

 

Distracted Subversion has to have an engine, a core implementer, whose goals are laser focused, in order to work.

On January 28, my mother-in-law sent me an article that flicked on the light of what may be one of the largest engines of social influence that we have ever seen.

On 22/01/2017, antidotezine.com posted this Das Magazine article. My mother-in-law sent it to me, ironically, on Facebook. She may have stumbled on a monumental piece of history, lying out in plain sight for all to ignore.

It carried a Vice article through  Motherboard (I know, convoluted, right? But rabbit holes can be like that sometimes).

If you have stuck with me so far in this series, then I’m trusting that you are willing to actually read the entire article in the link. Don’t skim it. Like any good suspense story, it has to build through the whole story. And the article is carefully written, I believe, because there are huge consequences at stake.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/big-data-cambridge-analytica-brexit-trump

Psychologist Michal Kosinki’s ‘Oppenheimer’ moment may seem dramatic. The stuff of Hollywood. Until you find out what’s next.

 

Next on The Desk: Who is Alexander Nix? SCL and Big Data.

 

 

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How Trump Did It, Part 2: The Beginning.

 

How did this happen?

Well, like most enormously important events, it did not start in a vacuum. President Trump’s victory happened slowly, evolving over several years. I’ve found that this Frontline Documentary from PBS does the best job of explaining this phenomenon’s history. It is worth watching.

The Divided states of America contains what appears to be critical information about the history of Trump’s rise to power, through the GOP’s devastation, rebirth, then its infiltration, and eventual implosion.

Reminds one of watching lava form. Each cooling layer pooling slag upon which fresh lava cooks through and burns over to form the new political foundation.

It’s a long one, so you may need several bags of popcorn. And, perhaps, depending on your politics, a pillow to scream into:

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365934009/

If you’re reading this from Canada, here’s an active link  (For some STRANGE reason, PBS Frontline no longer runs its content streaming into Canada. Which is weird. It did last year…):

Do yourself a favour, and watch both part 1 and 2. It’s a comprehensive, detailed saga that brings us right up to the election.

 

Next time, on The Desk:

How Trump Did It, Part Three:

The Quiet Machine: My mother-in-law’s keen catch, The Antidote Writer’s Collective,  Michal Kosinski, Facebook, and Cambridge Analytica.

 

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