February 7, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson Conspiracy Theories

UNITED STATES, [US]--Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing social network users, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. The study, from the university’s “computational propaganda project”, looked at the most significant sources of “junk news” shared in the three months leading up to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address this January, and tried to find out who was sharing them and why. “On Twitter, a network of Trump supporters consumes the largest volume of junk news, and junk news is the largest proportion of news links they share,” the researchers conc  

February 7, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson Militia Movement

BOISE, [ID]--A former leader of an Idaho militia group (III Percenters) who authorities say kept rent payments meant for clients of his now-defunct property-management companies was arrested Tuesday and jailed in Boise. Brandon R. Curtiss, 43, of Payette, is charged with 19 felony counts of grand theft, one for each of 19 victims, said Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu. Curtiss is accused of stealing $87,000 in all. He was being held on $150,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison on each count. The Idaho State Police spent nearly two years investigating Curtiss, a former police officer in North Idaho who later led a group called 3% of Idaho, a branch of a milit  

February 7, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

ASTORIA, [NY]--A 27-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested for allegedly cutting fiber optic wires in Astoria last year and knocking out TV, web and phone service to 38,000 customers. Andre Segree of Fillmore Avenue was arrested Jan. 30 and charged with second-degree criminal mischief, according to court records and the complaint, which was provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Two alleged accomplices remain unknown. Charter Communications, which owns Spectrum, declined to provide a statement to the Chronicle, but said that Segree is a technician who belongs to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3. The union has been engaged in a bitter strike   

February 7, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

JACKSON HOLE, [WY]--On a windy and unseasonably warm winter day in Yellowstone National Park in Montana, spokeswoman Morgan Warthin stands in the middle of a massive, empty valley. She is searching for any of the 52 bison that were set free from two holding pens in mid-January. Authorities say the bison escaped after somebody used bolt cutters to open up a fence. They soon scattered across an area larger than Delaware, and officials have launched a criminal investigation to find out what happened. Finding these animals won't be easy, according to Wallen, because there are thousands of bison in Yellowstone. The only thing that sets the escaped animals apart is a tiny ear tag, which can be har