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‘Useful Idiots’ With Tech Entrepreneur Antonio García Martínez

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In this week’s quarantine episode of our Useful Idiots podcast, hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper are joined by author and tech entrepreneur Antonio García Martínez.

Katie and Matt break down a contentious interview with Wolf Blitzer and Nancy Pelosi, which derailed when Blitzer questioned the reasoning for stalling the potential HEROES Act stimulus package.

“[Nancy Pelosi is] one woman who’s extremely rich and powerful, and if you’re more offended by a tone that you think Wolf Blitzer took with her,” says Katie, “if you care more about that than all the women who are out there suffering, not having their needs met, and who Nancy Pelosi is OK throwing under the bus, selling down the river… then Nancy Pelosi is perfect for you.”

Matt is perplexed at the Democrats’ strategy on this issue. “Is it just because they don’t want to give Trump the win?” asks Matt.

For “Republicans Suck,” Matt submits a recent Trump campaign ad that features images of Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr., and the parallels to George H.W. Bush’s use of the Bobby McFerrin song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”

“Trump just keeps doing this stuff. He keeps faux-enlisting people into his cause who really aren’t fans of his,” says Matt.

This week’s guest is poly-hyphenate Antonio García Martínez, a former product manager at Facebook and author of Chaos Monkeys. García Martínez gives a behind-the-scenes point of view into how Facebook and other social media platforms handle ad-targeting, debunking theories on how much data they really have on their users (and what they do with this data), while also explaining the potentially nefarious sides that do have some validity.

García Martínez has for years argued that the power of Cambridge Analytica has been overblown. He cites a recent report from the Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. that appears to unravel the accusations against Cambridge Analytica from two years ago, and how much influence they may have had on the 2016 U.S. presidential election

“Their biggest act of salesmanship, I think, was convincing journalists that their technology was amazing,” says García Martínez.

He also explains what psychographics targeting is, and how the technology behind ad-targeting works at places like Facebook. “It is itself a marketing gimmick,” says García Martínez.

“The reality is that most data that you inject into Facebook, things like conversations with your partner, pictures of you at a party, really have no commercial value,” says García Martínez. “The number of times that you actually mention commercial content in a conversation anywhere is not as high as you think, and even then, getting the sentiment around it would probably be really difficult.”

At the end of the day, García Martínez is not a tech evangelist, but he thinks the attacks on tech are overblown.

“It’s odd the turn that the media has taken against tech,” says García Martínez. “The avenues of attack they’ve taken just seem so basic and just wrong and little bit elementary.”

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Body of missing jogger, 28, found after seven-month search

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A body discovered in Worcestershire has been formally identified as missing jogger Zobaidah Salangy who disappeared seven months ago.

Ms Salangy, 28, told her family she was going for a jog in Bromsgrove on March 29 but never returned.

A murder investigation was launched and stretches of the Worcester and Birmingham canal were drained to hunt for a body.

West Mercia Police found remains in Copyholt Lane on October 16. Officers confirmed the body had been formally identified as Ms Salangy on Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peter, of West Mercia Police, said: ‘Our police officers have been searching tirelessly for Zobaidah and although this is a very sad discovery, we hope this will now give some closure to her loved ones.

’We would like to thank the community for their patience and support whilst we carried out searches.’

Nezam Salangy, 42, of Austin Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, appeared in court earlier this year charged with murdering 28-year-old Ms Salangy.

His younger brothers, Mohammed Yasin Salangy, 32, and Mohammed Ramin Salangy, 29, appeared at a separate hearing in May, accused of assisting an offender.

The three siblings are due to stand trial at Worcester Crown Court on March 16 next year.

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GREAT PRETENDER Has Launched New +Ultra Trailer for OZ-Inspired Final Case

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The heist anime of Great Pretender, is ready with the fourth case, to launch off to its next port of call, and has completed a new PV. And as you will look at it, there is an assumption that we are not in Kansas anymore.

Original anime premiered its final chapter on Netflix in the country of Japan, in late September. The first episode of the case has been collectively titled as “Wizard of Far East”. It made its debut on the TV during Fuji Tv’s +Ultra anime block. The shows of PV broadcasted have new characters in which there a mysterious man included, and he is known as “The Wizard”. Another character showed in the broadcast was a woman close to Laurent’s heart, known as Dorothy.

The original anime, GREAT PRETENDER has been written by Ryoto Kosawa who is a crime drama writer. Further it has been directed by Hiro Kaburagi who is also known for Hozuki’s Coolheadedness.

The plot of the anime series follows a small time con man Makoto “Edamame” Edamura as he becomes entangled with a gentleman thief, kniwn as Laurent Thierry who is a Frenchman. The con man follows this Frenchman across the globe on a variety of capers.

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If you want to watch the official preview trailer of the same, you can watch the video on official Crunchyroll site. The case has a total nine episodes, which has made it the longest of any in the series by far. It is about to dig into the mysterious back story of Laurent.

On twenty five November they will be available across other countries too. If you want to view the the first three cases of GREAT PRETENDER, they are all available on Netflix, you just have to buy a subscription and watch your favorite series.

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Machine Gun Kelly And Halsey Engage In A Fiery Post-Breakup Argument In Their ‘Forget Me Too’ Video

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Machine Gun Kelly received good amount of flack for his sudden change in sound after the rapper-turned-rocker jumped into the pop-punk lane for his latest album, Tickets To My Downfall. Whether the comments were warranted is up for debate, but none of that may matter to MGK as the project helped him earn his first No. 1 album. Riding high off the success of his fifth full-length release, the Cleveland native returns with a fiery visual alongside Halsey for their “Forget Me Too” collaboration.

The visual finds the two artists, literally drowning at times, in their post-breakup feelings and taking out their frustration on a number of items in the home the video takes place in. Despite many attempts to move on and continue their respective single lives, MGK and Halsey fail to accomplish this without running into thoughts of each other. Finally, after staying clear of each other for the better part of the video, MGK and Halsey run into near the video’s end. In a fit of rage, they take out their anger toward each other in a heated vocal match, one that finds Travis Barker rocking out on the drums behind them.

Machine Gun Kelly previously spoke on his shift in sound shortly after the release of Tickets To My Downfall. “I would like to normalize how we think about doing multiple types of music,” he said in an interview with HipHopDX. “I didn’t ‘switch genres’; I’m versatile, and the wall isn’t boxed in. … Limitations would cause you to believe that, because I’ve put out four albums that are rap, I shouldn’t put out a fifth album that’s not rap.”

Watch the “Forget Me Too” video above.

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