Ex-Nazi Party Member And A Billionaire Who Made Recklessly Racist Remarks Both Win Illinois Primary

Tuesday’s primary in Illinois ended with the wins of two men with racist pasts: Arthur Jones and J.B. Pritzker.

Jones, 70, who ran unopposed for the Republican seat in the state’s Third Congressional District race, was condemned by Republicans for being a Nazi, The New York Times reported. The Third Congressional District, which tends to be Democratic, includes part of Chicago and its suburbs.

Pritzker, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and a billionaire, has been heavily criticized for his previous remarks about Black politicians in an FBI wiretap conversation.

“Even if only myself and my wife voted for me, I’d win the primary because the Republican Party screwed up big time,” said Arthur Jones, a former member of the American Nazi Party.

— NYT National News (@NYTNational) March 21, 2018

JUST IN: JB Pritzker wins Democratic primary in race for Illinois governor.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 21, 2018

Looking into Jones’ past racist history, he was a former member of the American Nazi Party. Also, he has been active in the White supremacist movement for years, the NY Times report said. He founded a conservative campus newspaper and attended meetings of both the Young Republicans and a Nationalist Socialist student group at the University of Wisconsin.

“Arthur Jones is not a real Republican — he is a Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse,” Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman, said to the Times.

Jones has also been referred to as a “Holocaust denier” on Twitter.

On the other hand, Pritzker, heir to a family fortune that includes ownership of the Hyatt Hotel chain, had the backing of the Democratic party. The billionaire businessman had put $70 million into his campaign, NY Magazine reported. But his riches have not overshadowed his past controversial missteps.

JB Pritzker won the IL Dem Gov primary — The guy caught on FBI tapes giving advice to Rod Blagojevich about selling Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder, for which Blago was convicted.

— Mo Mo (@molratty) March 21

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Did You Know Dr Ben ‘Gifted Hands’ Carson Was Sued For Malpractice Eight Times

Ben Carson is praised for being a brilliant  neurosurgeon.

Wikipedia lists his accomplishments as, “He has performed the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. He pioneered the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures. He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.” In 2009, the movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story aired on TNT and he was played by Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. However, what you might not know is that Carson was sued for malpractice several times.

According to a 2015 story from The Daily Beast, he was hit with eight malpractice claims in Maryland, according to the Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office. There could be more in  other states, but The Daily Beast was only able to confirm those in Maryland. On one of the lawsuits, the Daily Beast reports, “Maryland resident Mary Perna sued Carson and Johns Hopkins University on behalf of herself and her husband, Steven. According to the claim, Perna was suffering from multiple sclerosis and by October of 1994, she had facial pain on the left side of her face and vision problems that ‘were virtually unchecked,; despite the prescription medication that she was taking.” Perna was referred to Carson, “who performed two glycerine rhizotomy procedures, basically an injection of the chemical glycerol into the brain to reduce nerve pain.” Unfortunately, her pain only worsened.

Carson then reportedly called for “a microvascular decompression, which involves a partial removal of the cranium in order to separate a nerve from ‘adjacent structures.'” Perna claimed Carson didn’t review her MRI before doing the procedures. “According to the claim, the MRI would have alerted Carson that Perna had lesions on her brainstem as a result of her MS, making the microvascular decompression essentially useless.”

Also, Perna claimed after Carson finally reviewed the

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How Activists Can Protect Their Personal Data In The Aftermath Of Facebook’s Privacy Breach

News of Facebook’s lax security with users’ personal data underscores the need for Black activists to be proactive in protecting their privacy on social media.

SEE ALSO: Black Activists Are Being Watched And Possibly Reported On In Mysterious ‘Race Paper,’ DHS Records Suggest

Facebook is under a microscope for its role in allowing Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that worked to help elect Donald Trump, to collect and use the personal data of 50 million users. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated terms of its 2011 consent decree with the agency in allowing Cambridge Analytica to access the data without users’ knowledge, Bloomberg News reported.

How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing | Electronic Frontier Foundation

— Yessie (@YessieAnne) March 21, 2018

This news comes against the backdrop of civil rights groups demanding the termination of government surveillance of activists, including those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition, White supremacist groups have a long history of targeting Black people in hate crimes, which is one theory behind the Austin bombings.

While government officials consider additional privacy regulations, the responsibility of protecting personal information is squarely on Facebook users, said the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online security watchdog group. This was not a data breach but “exactly how Facebook’s infrastructure was designed to work,” the organization emphasized.

If leaving Facebook altogether isn’t an option, here are steps to take control of privacy settings that can block third parties from collecting personal data:

Log into Facebook and visit the App Settings page (or go there manually via the Settings Menu > Apps ).

From there, click the “Edit” button under “Apps, Websites and Plugins.” Click “Disable Platform.”

If, like me, you've just woken up to the fact that @facebook are sharing my data with evil people you need to change your "app settings". I found it didn't work at first but after 20-30 demented clicks the platform is marked as disabled.<

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