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Samantha Kutner @ashkenaz89
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1/ Earlier today, @RVAwonk referenced a study that showed the correlation between Trump's rallies and violence, further supporting the concept of #StochasticTerrorism and shedding light on the events on what has occurred since Trump's public embrace of nationalism.
@RVAwonk 2/ In contrast to this well designed study, @Ali_H_Soufan describes a distinct yet equally problematic issue. A biased report that was shown to decision makers.…
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 3/ #Statistics tip: If you choose a sample that contains members outside of the target population, you will collect meaningless statistics.
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 4/ If you use those meaningless statistics (gathered from a corrupted sample) to further a xenophobic narrative, it becomes propoganda.
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 5/ If you spread propoganda that promotes xenophobic narratives, and those narratives reach an audience that is susceptible to shoddy statistics that affirm their xenophobia...what do you expect might happen?
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 6/ No one knows really and that is the essence of #StochasticTerrorism.

You cannot say with certainty that an event will occur, but there is a high likelihood that immigrants will be targeted if xenophobic narratives are continually promoted.
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 7/ In one accepted definition, #StochasticTerrorism is referred to as "statistically probable, but seemingly random."
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 8/ So when left leaning news outlets are targeted, as @CNN was today, and @realDonaldTrump blames the media, he gets to absolve himself of culpability while unofficially sanctioning further violence against more news stations, (in addition to everyone on this list).
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan @CNN @realDonaldTrump We must reclaim our democracy from what it is becoming under Trump and we must quell the unprecedented level of violence he has enabled.


#BlueWave #VoteBlue #VoteThemOut #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare
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