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'He really wants to hurt people': Anthony Scaramucci calls Trump a grifter worse than most


Donald Trump is a "grifter," and a worse one than disgraced former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, according to former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci.


Scaramucci was on NBC to discuss his connections with Bankman-Fried, who was friends with Scaramucci before Bankman-Fried was arrested and accused of fraud. The former Trump official told the story of how he escorted Bankman-Fried to meet various wealthy individuals around the world in an effort to secure certain funding.


After discussing Bankman-Fried in the context of being a grifter, the host, Chuck Todd, asked Scaramucci a simple question: is Donald Trump considered a "grifter"?

Scaramucci thought for a moment before answering.


"Yeah, he's a different type of grifter than Sam Bankman-Fried," Scaramucci replies. "They have the same chemistry, these type of people. They objectify human beings. They don't look at you or me as flesh and blood and develop empathy for us. They see us as either means to get them to a place they need to get to... or they'll run over you with indiscrimination."


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On 5/31/2023 at 10:46 PM, Cooked Crack said:




Conservatives are outraged over fake AI images of Target’s Satanic offerings


Conservatives were already upset about Target over its LGBTQ+-inclusive Pride collection. But now they’re angry over fake AI-generated images that show the store selling “Satanic” clothing.




The images show kids wearing clothes with inverted pentagrams and goat heads and a store display with a red, goat-headed mannequin. The images were created by Facebook user Dan Reese with the AI program Midjourney, Reuters reported. A Target spokesperson told the publication that it “has never sold” the pictured items, and the items aren’t available on the store’s website.


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On 6/1/2023 at 9:41 AM, PleaseBlitz said:

Pride month starts today. This thread is gonna be lit. 


Back the blue, or the whole rainbow?




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On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise


Between posts about conspiracy theories and right-wing grievances was an unusual advertisement: a photo of former President Donald J. Trump holding a $1,000 bill made of gold, which he was apparently offering free to supporters.


But there were a few catches: The bill was not free, it was not made of gold, and it was not offered by Mr. Trump.


The ad appeared on Truth Social, the right-wing social network started by Mr. Trump in late 2021, one of many pitches from hucksters and fringe marketers dominating the ads on the site.


Ads from major brands are nonexistent on the site. Instead, the ads on Truth Social are for alternative medicine, diet pills, gun accessories and Trump-themed trinkets, according to an analysis of hundreds of ads on the social network by The New York Times.


The ads reflect the difficulty that several far-right platforms, including Rumble and Gab, have faced in courting large brands, preventing the sites from tapping into some of the world’s largest ad budgets. 


But ad experts say the wariness from prominent brands on far-right social networks, which have positioned themselves as free-speech alternatives to Silicon Valley giants like Meta and Google, is driven by the kinds of conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan politics often found on the sites.


In addition, they say, Truth Social has a relatively small user base and many older users, who are less desirable for the brands. Marketers have complained that Truth Social’s ad-serving technology, run by Rumble, a right-wing video streaming website, offers limited tools for tracking an ad’s performance or for showing ads to users based on their demographic profiles. Those tools, now standard among larger ad networks operated by Google and Meta, are vital for determining an ad’s success.


Maxwell Finn, an online marketer, said in a YouTube video that he was one of Truth Social’s top advertisers, spending more than $150,000 on ads, including those for Trump-themed hats, shirts, coins and novelty bills.


In the video, he called the ad platform “frustrating” and “bare bones,” adding that it lacked even basic functionality, forcing his company to manually track ad performance — a method that would prove impossible for advertisers with larger budgets.


“Do I think this is a platform where you can be spending tens of thousands of dollars a day, especially if you only have a few products?” he said in another video. “No, probably. The audience is just too small.”


Over time, the low-quality ads on Truth Social have irritated its own users, who have complained to Mr. Trump after repeatedly seeing the same disturbing images or after falling for misleading gimmicks.


“Can you not vet the ads on Truth?” asked one user in a post directed at Mr. Trump. “I’ve been scammed more than once.”


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I guess no Skittles...


Skittles ditches rainbow packaging to highlight LGBTQ+ artists for Pride Month


Skittles is celebrating Pride Month by dropping its signature rainbow design and using its packaging to celebrate the work of artists within the LGBTQ+ community.


The candy’s annual Pride packs will go on sale ahead of June, which is designated as Pride Month in the U.S. and other countries.


For each package of the specially designed Skittles Pride Pack sold, Skittles’ parent company Mars will donate $1 (up to $100,000 total) to GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.




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1 hour ago, Larry said:

News flash to "conservatives":  


Gays spend money.  


Short back and forth between me and a woman on Twitter:


Woman (reacting to a toofpaste brand being promoted by the same trans woman Bud Light designed a can for): "OMG, why? Why would they do this?"


Me: "Because members of the LGBTQ community brush their teeth, too?"

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