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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOn May 11th, Round Records will release a brand-new Jerry Garcia box set titled Jerry Garcia Before The Dead. As its name suggests, the new box set compiles rare—including a number of unreleased—recordings of Garcia performing live before the 1965 inception of the Grateful Dead.Earlier this month, we previewed two tracks from the forthcoming sets: a 1963 rendition of “Deep Elem Blues” with Garcia’s first wife Sara Ruppenthal and a 1964 take on Bill Monroe’s “Raw Hide” by the Black Mountain Boys (a group comprised of Garcia, Geoff Levin, Sandy Rothman, and New Riders of the Purple Sage’s David Nelson).Now it looks like Huffington Post has premiered to new additional tracks ahead of the compilation’s official release. Both tracks—a take on the traditional “All My Trials” and a version of Richard M. Jones’ “Trouble In Mind”—find Garcia teaming up with longtime friend and writing partner Robert Hunter at the 16th birthday of their friend Brigid Meier. The performance took place in Menlo Park, CA, where Meier’s father worked at the Stanford Research Institute (which gave him access to the reel-to-reel tape recorder he used to immortalize the show). “The most remarkable thing about this is it’s a very intimate group. There’s probably about 10 or 15 people in the room,” author and former Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally told Huffington Post. “You got an 18-year-old kid… He semi-talked his way out of the Army… He had played a little electric guitar at a pickup band in high school, and then had learned fingerpicking from a friend of his while in the Army.”You can give both tunes a listen below, and Jerry Garcia Before The Dead can be preordered here. The compilation will be released as a four-CD set and as a five-LP vinyl set.Bob and Jerry – “All My Trials”Bob and Jerry – “Trouble In Mind”[H/T – JamBase]last_img read more

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCaptain Marvel actors Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson are the latest entertainers to try their hand at performing music from the hit 2018 film, A Star Is Born. Music and film fans are still swooning over Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s duet performance of “Shallow” during the Academy Awards last weekend. Those two have nothing on Larson and Jackson, who took the song to new heights during their recent appearance on Jonathan Ross Show over the weekend.The unplanned performance took place when Ross, host of the British talk show, put Larson on the spot in reminding viewers that she actually released a music album back in 2005 titled, Finally Out of P.E. The career flashback prompted Larson to ask if she should audition for The Voice before bursting into song while singing a tune from the Broadway musical Cats.Related: Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper Perform “Shallow” During Surprise Live Debut In Las VegasApparently, Larson’s impressive theatrical display wasn’t convincing enough for the show’s host and the audience. That prompted Larson, along with her Captain Marvel castmate, to put together a spur-of-the-moment performance of “Shallow” from the Oscar-nominated film. Just like the performance between Gaga and Cooper, Larson and Jackson kept each other close as they delivered a duet of the popular movie song worthy of any karaoke bar highlight reel. Fans can watch the video below to see the two actors attempt to lay down a serious performance of “Shallow”.Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson – “Shallow” [Video: The Jonathan Ross Show]A Star Is Born may not have won the Oscar in the highly-coveted “Best Picture” category, but “Shallow” did win the award for “Best Original Song”. The popularity of the song also prompted Korn singer Jonathan Davis to take part in a pretty awesome parody trailer for the film.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Rising tensions over its weapons programs prompts high alert in U.S., China A historic summit, with uncertain outcome The worry over North Korea Belfer Center expert looks at potential progress, fallout from the North, South Korea meeting center_img Related As he introduced “Hanoi Summit: The Start of Real Negotiations?” on Thursday morning, Reid Pauly quipped, “It’s a good thing we put a question mark in the title.”Pauly, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, may have been joking, but the interrogative hung over the panel on Thursday in the wake of the sudden end of the Trump administration’s second U.S.–North Korea summit.The Harvard Korea Working Group seminar at the Belfer Center was convened to assess the outcomes of the summit, but the four panelists found themselves instead weighing the results of the aborted meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although the summit’s sudden end is widely seen as a failure, the panelists’ take was generally upbeat.“Contrary to much of the headlines, I think this was a great success,” said Katharine Moon, Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies at Wellesley College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She said she has drawn several conclusions from the talks, all of which point to the resumption of more normal diplomacy.“Donald Trump finally encountered the fact that his self-dubbed charm offensive has its limits and now real experts need to do the work,” she said. Attempting to go it alone, she said, Trump “confronted the real North Korea, which plays hardball,” including “evidence that North Korea does not have intentions to give up or bargain away its nuclear capabilities.” In fact, the decision to pull out was a sign of that progress, in that Trump, who reportedly may have been tempted to seek a deal at any cost, was “reined in” by his senior advisers, she said.Gary Samore, co-chair of the Kennedy School’s Korean Security Study Group, was equally optimistic. “This could turn out to be a very positive learning experience for both leaders,” he said. “It wasn’t just that Trump now recognizes that personal chemistry and warmth are no substitute for preparation, Kim Jong-un has learned that he can’t just deal with Trump directly and circumvent the rest of the U.S. government.”,For historical perspective, William Tobey, co-chair of the Korean Security Study Group, brought up Ronald Reagan’s 1986 summit with the Soviet Union in Reykjavik. That summit was “widely seen as a failure,” said Tobey, who served on the national security council under three presidents, but ultimately it resulted in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1988. “This is the start of negotiations,” said Tobey. John Park, director of the Korea Project, agreed, adding, “It wasn’t a single summit, but a process.”Still, what will happen next is unclear. Panelists reported scanning the official North Korean news site for any developments — but as of Thursday morning, the celebratory announcements of the summit’s start had not yet been updated. While the U.S. is calling the summit a failure, said Samore, “We don’t know what the North Korean version is,” or how the country will spin its abrupt ending.Samore shared an optimistic note: “Trump walked away in a very gracious way, showering compliments on Kim Jong-un,” he noted. “In terms of diplomacy, it was the right way.”Any next steps may have to happen soon. “Trump has a limited amount of time,” said Moon. With political problems and the 2020 elections looming, he probably has until next fall to make any further progress, she and others agreed.Kim, however, is seen as having more leeway. “He’s already tested a thermonuclear device,” said Samore, adding that China and Russia have already reduced sanctions and that China, in fact, may secretly be providing additional subsidies.A wildcard, as several panelists also noted, is that Kim has prioritized building up North Korea’s economy. Indeed, visits to Vietnam’s economic centers by Kim and members of his entourage appear to be continuing, despite the summit’s end. This may provide an impetus to further diplomacy. But complicating the economic factor is that “we’re in the middle of a U.S.–China trade war,” said Park. “If we weren’t, the subject of secondary sanctions would be interesting.”Overall, the panel agreed that the current dual freeze is likely to last, with Kim holding off on additional testing and U.S.­–South Korea military exercises kept to a minimum. This, they said, may simply be what real diplomacy looks like. Even as the U.S. might look back at Reykjavik for a precedent, North Korea may be examining the experience of its own allies. “It took seven years from when Nixon went to China to normalize relations,” Park pointed out.“We’re headed toward a return to normalcy of doing staff work,” said Tobey.last_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Love Never Dies follows the Phantom to Coney Island, New York, where he begins a new life among the side shows, but still pines over Christine. When the Phantom lures Christine and her family across the world, their love story continues. The tuner features music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Lloyd Webber, Slater and Ben Elton, and additional lyrics by Charles Hart. Watch Broadway.com’s exclusive interview with Lloyd Webber and Phillips below, as they discuss the 2014 Japanese production. The original West End production of Love Never Dies opened in March 2010, directed by Jack O’Brien and starring Broadway faves Les Miz’s Ramin Karimloo and It Shoulda Been You’s Sierra Boggess. The show closed after a year’s run and Main Stem plans were officially scrapped, although Lloyd Webber later said he was “sure” the subsequent revamped Australian version would hit the Great White Way. View Comments Another step closer to Broadway? Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megahit The Phantom of the Opera, is heading to Hamburg, Germany, as Liebe Stirbt Nie. The production is based on the Australian reworked incarnation of the musical, directed by Simon Phillips, which was later filmed. Liebe Stirbt Nie will play the Stage Operettenhaus this fall.last_img read more

January 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgComcast Cable,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joined Comcast officials today for the launch of Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption program.  The Internet Essentials program addresses three of the primary barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified ‘ 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer, and 3) the cost of the Internet service. Available to low-income families across Vermont with children who are eligible to receive a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the goal of Internet Essentials is to help close the digital divide and ensure more Americans benefit from all the Internet has to offer. “Today’s announcement demonstrates Comcast’s commitment to our community,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Extending the opportunity for reliable Internet availability at an affordable price will assist many Vermont students and their families with research for school projects. I’m pleased to have an opportunity to participate in this announcement.””The Internet is a great equalizer and a life-changing technology,” said Mark Reilly, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Northeast Division, which includes Vermont. “Internet Essentials helps level the playing field for low-income families by connecting students online with their teachers and their school’s educational resources and by enabling parents to receive digital literacy training so they can do things like apply for jobs online or use the Internet to learn more about healthcare and government services available where they live.”Today, during an Internet Essentials launch event at the O’Brien Community Center in Winooski,Governor Shumlin and Comcast’s Reilly were joined by elected and community leaders, including Susan Elliot, Community Liaison from the office of U.S. Congressman Peter Welch, Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith, Winooski Mayor Michael O’Brien, Winooski Superintendent of Schools Mary Martineau, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington Executive Director Mary Alice McKenzie and other elected officials and community partners who came out and showed their support.”Winooski is pleased to have Comcast invest in our community. Access to the Internet is critical to every aspect of our society,” Winooski Mayor O’Brien said. “Providing the ability for our citizens to stay in touch with school happenings, research projects, and apply for jobs will create opportunities currently not available. The City is grateful for this investment.”Service Details:Internet Essentials participants will receive:Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month + applicable taxes;No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 + tax;Access to free digital literacy training in print, online or in person.Additional benefits include Norton Security Suite ($160 value) for comprehensive online security protection at no additional cost.Eligibility:A household is eligible to participate in the Internet Essentials program if it meets all of the following criteria:Is located where Comcast offers Internet service;Has at least one child who is eligible for a free school lunch under the NSLP;(As an example, according to the Department of Agriculture, a household of three would have to make less than $25,000 a year in income);Has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days;Does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program for at least three years and through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Any household that qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible for Internet Essentials provided the household still qualifies for the program until that child graduates from high school.Digital literacy training sessions are being offered at the following locations:North Country Career Center, 209 Veteran’s Avenue, Newport – September 28, 6:30 PM-8:00 PMBoys & Girls Club of Burlington, 62 Oak Street, Burlington – September 29, 5:00 PM-6:30 PMFor general information about Internet Essentials, please visit www.internetessentials.com(link is external) for English and visit www.internetbasico.com(link is external) for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at www.internetessentials.com/partner(link is external). Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.In Vermont, Comcast also supports One Economy through the Comcast Digital Connectors program at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Digital Connectors is a digital learning and service program that teaches teens and young adults from diverse, low-income backgrounds how to use broadband technology and put that knowledge to work to increase digital literacy in the greater community. Comcast also provides courtesy Internet services to Boys & Girls Clubs, schools and libraries throughout the state.About Comcast CableComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (www.comcast.com(link is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. PICTURED: top, Mary Alice McKenzie; bottom, Susan Elliot, Karen Marshall, Shap Smith, Governor Shumlin.SOURCE Comcast Cable WINOOSKI, Vt., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

December 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The company that operates a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana said Tuesday it will close two of the plant’s four units about 30 months ahead of schedule because of the high cost of running them and the unwillingness of its coal supplier to lower prices.Talen Montana said in a statement the older units of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, whose combined 614-megawatt capacity is co-owned by Talen and Puget Sound Energy, will be permanently retired on Dec. 31. The newer Colstrip units, which generate the bulk of the 2,100-megawatt plant’s output and are owned by six companies, will continue operating although those whose livelihoods depend on the plant worry it also may be shuttered early.The partial closure would be the latest among coal-fired plants that are going offline across the nation as demand for coal drops, the market turns to cheap natural gas and renewable energy, environmental regulations increase coal power costs and states worried about the effects of climate change seek to divest of their power supply that’s generated by coal.The older units had been slated for closure by mid-2022 as part of a settlement in an environmental lawsuit. The decision to retire the units early came after an extensive review and exhaustive efforts to make the units economically viable, Talen Montana President Dale Lebsack said.“Fuel constitutes the bulk of our operating cost, and our repeated efforts to negotiate lower fuel prices with Westmoreland Rosebud Mining, the plant’s sole and only historically permitted fuel supplier, have been rebuffed.” Lebsack said in the statement. “Rather than working with us to keep Units 1 and 2 open, Westmoreland is proposing to increase the units’ fuel cost going forward.”Republican state Sen. Duane Ankney, whose district includes Colstrip, said Tuesday’s announcement doesn’t appear to be a negotiating ploy. “They’re bleeding several million dollars,” Ankney said. “I might be wrong, but if I had to make a bet, I’d say this isn’t a tactic, this is what’s going to happen.”More: Operator: 2 units of Montana coal plant to close this year Talen to close two units at Colstrip by end of 2019last_img read more

December 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Judicial ethics advisory panel deals with disclosures Judicial ethics advisory panel deals with disclosures July 15, 2002 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The mere specter of pending child litigation does not require a family division judge to disclose that he may potentially be involved in litigation similar to the cases he is presiding over, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.The JEAC also recently held that a chief judge may respond to applications for clemency or to requests from the Florida Parole Commission for written objections to parole release even if the judge has no personal knowledge of the cases, so long as the chief makes clear that the recommendation is based solely upon a review of the court file. Divorced Judges A judge in a family division does not need to disclose that he is divorced and may potentially be involved in litigation concerning his children similar to cases he is handling or disqualify himself in litigation concerning children, when he potentially may be involved in similar litigation. Opinion Number: 2002-05The inquiring divorced judge may be filing a post-judgment proceeding involving the former spouse and issues of parental responsibility, parental decision- making, and issues related to the health, safety, and welfare of the children. The judge asks whether the potential litigation must be disclosed to attorneys and pro se litigants.“Obviously, if I hear an individual case and feel that my personal situation might influence my decision, I would voluntarily disqualify myself on my own accord,” the judge said.“In the present case, the committee sees no requirement for a judge to disclose a personal family matter, or for the judge to automatically disqualify himself/herself based on the judge’s personal family matter,” the JEAC said. “The committee does not find that this is a situation where the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”The committee said the mere specter of pending child litigation does not require disclosure or recusal, and it is sufficient that the judge would disqualify himself if the judge thought that a decision in a case would be influenced by his personal situation. Chief Judges A chief judge may respond in writing to applications for clemency filed by convicted defendants with the office of executive clemency or to requests from the Florida Parole Commission for written objections to parole release for specific inmates even if the judge has no personal knowledge of the cases. Opinion Number: 2002-04The JEAC said the Code of Judicial Conduct does not prohibit a chief judge from responding as long as the chief judge makes clear the recommendation is based solely upon a review of the court file.The inquiring chief judge receives frequent requests to support or object, in writing, to applications for clemency and requests for written objections to parole release for specified defendants. The chief judge receives these requests because the sentencing judge is no longer on the bench and the responses are based upon an independent review of the court file.The JEAC said the only canon which may have significance is Canon 2, which provides that a judge shall respect and comply with the law and shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.“Here, Florida law contemplates that a chief judge will respond or direct that a circuit judge respond to inquiries from the Parole Commission or the Clemency Board,” the JEAC said, adding subsections 947.16(4)(d)-(f) provide that in the case of retained jurisdiction, a notice must be sent to the sentencing judge, the chief judge, or a circuit judge selected by the chief judge for a response. “The judge or chief judge can then elect to respond or not respond. If the chief judge or designated circuit judge determines a response is appropriate, Section 947.16(d), mandates prescribed time periods for response.”“In our view, the chief judge may respond when the trial judge is not available,” the JEAC said. “After reviewing the Code of Judicial Conduct, we find no prohibition against the chief judge responding.”However, the committee said, the chief judge must state that he was not the trial judge, and the recommendation is based solely upon a review of the court file. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory, and conduct that is consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the committee’s interpretive opinions. The full text of the opinions is available on the Supreme Court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. Once there, click on the “Judges’ Page” link.last_img read more

November 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img– Advertisement – The sweetest dedication. Pregnant Mandy Moore gushed over her expanding family while accepting her People’s Choice Award on Sunday, November 15.“To the love of my life, Taylor [Goldsmith], I’m so excited to bring this baby boy into my life with you,” the This Is Us star, 36, said in her acceptance speech for the Drama TV star award. “To all of you who championed and supported our show and the Pearson family from the beginning, we truly wouldn’t be here without you.”- Advertisement – On Friday, November 12, Moore told Hoda Kotb that she would keep her budding belly hidden on This Is Us with the help of “laundry baskets, oversized purses and God knows what [else].” She added, “I’ve also heard they can digitally change things if need be.”Mandy Moore Baby Bump E! People's Choice Awards 2020Mandy Moore attends the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and on broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThe Emmy nominee’s TV husband, Milo Ventimiglia, exclusively told Us Weekly last month that Moore’s pregnancy would “creep up” on the cast and crew.- Advertisement – “I’m sure as she’s evolving in her birth, as her belly is growing, then we’ll probably be playing some of those notes up to the Big Three’s birth,” the Gilmore Girls alum, 43, explained in October, referencing Kate, Randall and Kevin Pearson’s characters. “As far as I understand it, Mandy’s not really showing right now.”As far as the precautions he and the other cast members are taking while filming amid the coronavirus pandemic, the actor told Us at the time: “Mandy and I were inches away on Saturday doing a few scenes together. She’s regularly tested [and] I’m regularly tested because of the seriousness of COVID and knowing that Mandy’s pregnant. We have 150 souls on our crew and nobody wants to put them at risk. I trust Mandy and how she goes about her life away from work, and I think Mandy trusts me for how I go about my life away from work. We’re always mindful of that.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The actress cradled her baby bump in her black Brandon Maxwell dress, adding, “You’re part of our growing family.”Mandy Moore Baby Bump E! People's Choice Awards 2020Mandy Moore accepts the award onstage for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and on broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThe New Hampshire native concluded by saying that she felt “humbled and honored” to receive the award from fans of the NBC show. “It’s just beyond,” Moore said.The “When I Wasn’t Watching” singer announced in September that she and her husband, 35, have a son on the way. “Baby Boy Goldsmith coming early 2021,” the pregnant star captioned her Instagram reveal at the time.- Advertisement –last_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto: Valamar “Given the closure of schools and kindergartens, we decided to meet primarily parents and Valamar employees will be on a collective vacation until the end of March”, They emphasize from Valamar. Tourism is an extremely important branch of the economy, so Valamar will continue to work closely with the competent authorities so that we can continue preparations for the tourist season as soon as possible, Valamar concludes.  Following the recommendations of the competent authorities and the decision of the Istrian County which restricts public gatherings, closed schools and kindergartens and restricts the use of public spaces, Valamar decided to temporarily close the hotels Diamant in Poreč and Sanfior in Rabac.  After the crisis headquarters tightened border precautions for citizens of Germany, Austria and other countries yesterday, we also decided to close the Lacroma and Argosy hotels in Dubrovnik, Valamar points out, adding that there is no suspicion or occurrence of COVID-19 disease in Valamar hotels. , but guests in this situation are not able to provide the desired level of security, quality of service and experience of the destination. last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFacebook on Tuesday said that it caught a budding Russia-linked campaign to fuel political chaos in the US, working off a tip from the FBI in its latest take-down of coordinated inauthentic behavior at the leading social network.The network of 13 Facebook accounts and two pages posing as journalists and targeting left-wing progressives was removed for violating a policy against “foreign interference” at the platform.The investigation that uncovered the covert operation, which was linked to the Internet Research Agency in Russia (IRA), started with a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher. Beyond Facebook The campaign targeted its audience with English-language content focused heavily on a small number of political groups, including Democratic Socialists, environmentalists, and disgruntled Democrats in the US, according to an analysis by Graphika.A consistent target of the network was left-leaning voters in Britain and the US with the potential to be dissuaded from supporting centrist leadership of the Democratic and Labor parties, Graphika determined.The network worked to amplify a PeaceData website that posed as an  independent news outlet, the analysis found.Only about five percent of the English-language articles on the website dealt primarily with the US election or candidates, but they appeared oriented to build a left-wing audience and steer it away from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign, in the same way that the IRA tried to depress progressive and minority support for Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to Graphika.The operation had a presence on Twitter and LinkedIn as well as on Facebook, according the social network analysis specialist.Twitter said it suspended five accounts linked to Russia for “platform manipulation.”The accounts appeared to be associated with the PeaceData website and appeared to gain little traction on Twitter before being removed, according to the one-to-many messaging platform.”Regardless of the low-level impact in this case, governments around the world must stop these practices,” Twitter said in a tweet.”They’re antidemocratic.”Twitter is blocking links to content from the PeaceData website, which could still be accessed online Tuesday.The website began publishing in December, and the Facebook accounts were set up in May, according to Graphika.”The network was in its infancy when it was taken down,” Graphika concluded. Topics : The Facebook pages were said to be crafted to drive viewers to websites of the social network, and their operators were working diligently to get approval to run targeted ads.”It follows a steady pattern where particularly Russian actors have gotten better at hiding who they are, but their impact is smaller and smaller and they are getting caught earlier,” Gleicher said.”These actors are caught between a rock and hard place: run a large network that gets caught quickly or run a small network that has limited reach.” The network was in the early stages of building an audience, with little engagement from users, Facebook said.”They put substantial effort into creating elaborate fictitious personas, trying to make fake accounts look as real as possible,” Gleicher said while briefing reporters.The list of topics in posts included “social and racial justice in the US and UK, NATO and EU politics, alleged Western war crimes and corruption, environmental issues, the founder of Wikileaks, tensions between Israel and Palestine, the coronavirus pandemic, criticism of fracking, French influence in Africa, the Biden-Harris campaign, QAnon, President Trump and his policies, and the US military policies in Africa.”.Unwitting freelance writers were recruited to write material to be posted online, according to Facebook.last_img read more