Stephen Colbert puts Omarosa in context, likens the Trump White House to ‘The Last Supper’ with ‘all Judases’

“Yet another close adviser to President Trump has betrayed him,” Stephen Colbert said on Monday’s Late Show. “The White House is basically a reboot of The Last Supper: Oops! All Judases!” The latest betrayal is by Omarosa Manigault Newman, whose “salacious new book” is “filled with shocking details that you already knew,” he said. Still, he feigned surprise that the book’s title, Unhinged, refers to Trump, not “what Stephen Miller does with his jaw to eat his breakfast gazelle.” There’s a photo with that joke.

Omarosa’s biggest charge is her discovery that Trump uses the N-word. “This is huge,” Colbert deadpanned. “Finally we have proof that the guy who refused to rent to black tenants, said that a Nazi Klan rally had some ‘fine people,’ and called Africa a ‘s–thole’ is a racist.” But the allegations get much weirder, like her claims Trump wanted to be sworn in on The Art of the Deal rather than the Bible and she saw the “germaphobe” president swallowing a document in the Oval Office. “Well, the hunt for Trump’s tax returns just got way grosser,” he joked.

Omarosa also secretly recorded her firing by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room — “Gen. Kelly, you work for Donald Trump, I wouldn’t worry about other people’s reputations,” Colbert said — Trump’s mock disbelief at her firing, and other White House encounters. Colbert read some of Trump’s retaliatory Omarosa tweets. “The media’s been all over Omarosa’s Omaroasting of her former boss, but while they’re reporting on it, they’re also dismissing her as unreliable,” he said. “Yes, she’s a liar and a backstabber with no credibility — exactly like everyone else in the Trump administration. … She’s not below anyone in the White House. She …read more

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Trevor Noah zeroes in the really shocking part of Omarosa’s secret Trump White House recordings

“It is one of the great ironies of all time that the Trump presidency has given us more books than ever before,” Trevor Noah said on Monday’s Daily Show. The latest to land with a splash is Unhinged, by former Apprentice contestant and Trump White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has been on tour claiming the president is a lying, racist dotard. “Omarosa! How can you say that about the president … three years after we all said that about the president!?!” Noah asked. “Seriously, though? Omarosa had to spend a year in the White House to learn that Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing? I can’t wait for her next book, Donald Trump: Something’s Wrong With His Hair.”

But the “juicy part” of the story is that Omarosa was making secret tapes of her White House colleagues, Noah said. She’s released two recordings, of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room and of President Trump feigning surprise at her firing the next day. “You know, for a man who lies as much as Trump, you think he’d be better at it,” Noah said. “Now, I’ll be honest. What we’ve heard on the tapes is not particularly shocking, but what is shocking is how many people are secretly recording the president of the United States all the time! So many people are walking around the White House wearing a wire, I’m surprise there aren’t just feedback loops happening to everyone. … Like, there just needs to be a Grammy category for these at this point” for “Best Contemporary Presidential Spying.”

To illustrate how Omarosa’s secret taping might actually make her look worse than her taped subjects, Ronny Chieng came out and played his own secret …read more

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Turning off Google’s location history won’t stop it from tracking where you are

You can tell Google not to record where you’re traveling. It just won’t listen.

Maps and other Google apps store location data even if users turn off their Location History, an Associated Press investigation has found. Turning off the feature means “the places you go are no longer stored,” Google promises on its support page, but AP has discovered some apps still hold time-stamped locations.

Location is obviously a factor on the Google Maps app, and the company explicitly requests users let the app use their location for navigation. Turning off Location History should mean Google drops that data once users are finished traveling, but Maps actually stores where you are the moment you open the app, AP reveals. The same thing happens if you’ve set up daily weather updates on an Android phone, or even if you’ve made searches that have nothing to do with your location.

Google “provides clear descriptions” of what Location History does, and users can “delete their histories at anytime,” a Google spokesperson told AP in a statement. Still, it’s tedious to go through and delete every individual place users have been. Users can also separately disable “Web and App Activity” to prevent location storage — something most users might expect turning off Location History to do already.

Read more about what Google sees at The Associated Press.

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John Oliver explains how to spot ‘astroturfing,’ admits it isn’t easy, warns that cynicism is ‘toxic’

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled the phenomenon of “astroturfing,” and he kicked it off with a pretty vulgar joke. Then he got down to business: “Astroturfing is the practice of corporations or political groups disguising themselves as spontaneous, authentic popular movements. It’s basically fake grassroots — that’s why they call it ‘astroturfing.'” Some of these campaigns are pretty obvious, he said, playing one example, but “with dark money surging in the wake of decisions like Citizens United, astroturfing techniques are becoming more sophisticated, effective, and dangerous, and they are not going away.”

Oliver proposed exploring those techniques “to better spot them in the future,” and he started with the nomenclature, specifically the gallingly deceitful names some groups adopt. He used the work of one notorious adman, Richard Berman, as an example. Astroturfing front groups also sometimes hire “expert” witnesses. And in “one of the most infuriating tools of astroturfing,” he said, some groups pay protesters to demonstrate on their behalf — and there are companies like Crowds on Demand that offer those services.

Conspiracy theorists now claim Crowds on Demand provides actors in all sorts of real situations, like the Las Vegas shooting, which is “hugely dangerous,” Oliver said. “The consequences of this cannot be that everyone assumes that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is astroturf. While skepticism is healthy, cynicism — real cynicism — is toxic.” And until “we find out a way to force astroturf groups to be more transparent and accountable,” our common sense is our best tool, he said. He ended with an anti-astroturfing ad — pay attention who purportedly sponsored it. (The video is frequently NSFW.)

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