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June 23, 2018

Car Crash Seriously Injures Winner Over Rep Mark Sanford, Katie Arrington

State Rep. Katie Arrington who recently defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in South Carolina's Republican primary, has been seriously injured in a car wreck according to her spokesman. File. (Andrew Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid was seriously injured in a vehicle crash on Friday and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, a spokesman said.
State Rep. Katie Arrington underwent surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday at a Charleston-area hospital, said Arrington spokesman Michael Mule.
According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Arrington and a friend were traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 17 around 9 p.m. Friday when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction hit their vehicle.
The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, according to Sheriff’s Capt. Roger Antonio. The driver of Arrington’s vehicle, a friend identified as Jacqueline Goff of Mandeville, Louisiana, also sustained serious injuries.
Mule said the Summerville Republican sustained a back fracture, as well as several broken ribs, and underwent surgery to remove portions of her small intestine and colon.
Mule said Arrington would need more surgeries, as well as a stent to repair the partial collapse of the primary artery in her legs, and would need to stay in the hospital for two weeks. He told news outlets that Arrington was alert and talking Saturday morning.
“Katie asks for your continued prayers for the deceased and the deceased’s family, as well as prayers for a quick recovery for Katie and her friend,” Mule said in a statement.
Arrington, 47, defeated Sanford in a GOP primary earlier this month, repeatedly highlighting Sanford’s criticism of President Donald Trump. The president himself weighed in hours before polls closed on Election Day to endorse Arrington and denounce Sanford as “nothing but trouble.”
In a tweet Saturday, Trump said his “thoughts and prayers are with Representative Katie Arrington of South Carolina, including all of those involved in last nights car accident, and their families.”
Sanford, a former South Carolina governor, had never lost an election before the June 12 congressional primary, even after a high-profile extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.
Sanford posted a link to a story about the wreck on Twitter , adding in a post: “Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to Katie Arrington, her family and those involved in last night’s automobile accident.”
In a message posted to Twitter on Saturday, Democratic nominee Joe Cunningham said that he was suspending his campaign until further notice.

January 12, 2018

Tim Farron (UK) Regrets Saying 'Gay is No Sin'

Tim Farron has said he regrets stating he did not believe gay sex was a sin during last year's general election 
He also said late last year: "People who are devout Christians are seen as "dangerous" and "offensive" in modern Britain." He went one way but reversed 180*
after the general election(he stepped down).
It has been said that politicians will say anything to get elected. It would seem this might be a good sample. In the US we have a genius politician that changes his position from one interview or tweeter to the next, on the same day. The interesting part here is that he is making his change of mind about gays and Christians very public by giving interviews in the subject. Why? It could be that in the Christian community if you have sinned you need to repent and part of the process is to make it public. particularly if your sinning was public. In the old days it was called... shaming.


After Tim Farron, it is tempting to agree with the former Liberal Democrat leader’s conclusion, that being an evangelical Christian is not compatible with political leadership. And yet it’s not clear whether this is the case or whether it is Farron’s own lack of political skills that resulted in his being one of the shortest serving party leaders of recent times. 

The ex-Lib Dem leader told Christian Radio he had been "foolish and wrong" and had spoken partly to try and get the issue of his faith "off the table".
The committed Christian said the focus on his beliefs stopped him getting his message across during the campaign. 
"It was a little bit like having your main advertising hoarding permanently damaged and vandalized," he said. 
Mr. Farron also said he had been right to step down immediately after the election, in which the party did not make as much ground as it had hoped, saying he found himself in a situation where "either I let the party down or I compromised my faith". 
During the six-week-long campaign, he was asked repeatedly about his religious beliefs and, specifically, about whether he believed gay sex was a sin.
After initially appearing not to answer the question directly, he said he did not want people getting the "wrong impression" about his views, telling the BBC "I don't believe that gay sex is a sin".

Election opportunity

In an interview with Premier Christian Radio, Mr. Farron - who is now the party's environment spokesman as well as MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale - said he now regretted not being honest with himself at the time and admitted his answers had been motivated, partly, by political expediency.
Asked whether he had felt under pressure to deal with the issue while touring the country, he replied: "The bottom line is, of course, I did."
"There are things - including that - that I said that I regret. There was a sense I felt I had to get this off my table: here's a general election, a great opportunity for the Liberal Democrats... and all they wanted to do was talk about my Christian beliefs and what it meant." "I would say foolishly and wrongly, [I] attempted to push it away by giving an answer that, frankly, was not right."
Part of the difficulty he said he found himself wrestling with was the different understanding of what sin constitutes for Christians and non-Christians. 
"In the end, if you are a Christian you have a very clear idea of what sin is. It is us falling short of the glory of God, and that is something all of us equally share.
"So to be asked that question is essential to persecute one group of human beings because sin is something, Jesus excepted, we are all guilty of. But if you are not a Christian, what does sin mean? It is to be accused of something, to be condemnatory, and so we are talking different languages.
While he said he could have tried to explain the Bible's teaching on sex and sexuality, he said it would have been "naive in the extreme" to expect journalists to give him a hearing on the theological details.
Reflecting on his experience, he said that while he did not believe there was "a wicked agenda" to marginalize or ridicule Christians, he said there was a risk of society becoming "tolerant of everything apart from the things we don't like".
He added: "There are some who just can't comprehend that somebody can have really strong convictions and be a Bible-believing Christian on the one hand and at the same time really passionately believing in people's rights to make their own choices, which essentially is what liberalism is."
Sir Vince Cable, who succeeded Mr. Farron as a leader, was quick to stress that his colleague's views did not represent party policy.

September 2, 2017

Pro Russian Bots Got Activated, Attacked McCain (social media)When He Came Down on Trump

 Iam very visual and for me to understand things better I need a picture in my mind. Here are Pixel Robot icons or an isolated set of 8 bits bots vector isolated set. They are shown billions bigger of their actual size. They are cell size travelers of the internet system going from computer to computer or standing to guard a site such as Wikipedia making sure other bots with intentions of corrupting data don't come in to change their data ie. numbers of visitors. This blog uses them and internet companies use them. They make the thinking of the collective, in this case, humans into counted numbers and graphs. They make their biggest impact on the thinking of the masses where ever you find the biggest quantitative of humans like social media. It is believed they can change elections by posting incorrect data to the side with the wrong candidates and this just happened and this is what this story is all about.     {}


After violent protests rocked Charlottesville, Virginia last month, Republican Senator John McCain took to Twitter to condemn hatred and bigotry and urge President Donald Trump to speak out more forcefully.
Pro-Russian bots get activated on social media.
Within hours, an online campaign attacking McCain -- a frequent Trump critic -- began circulating, amplified with the help of automated and human-coordinated networks known as bots and cyborgs linking to blogs on “Traitor McCain” and the hashtag #ExplainMcCain

After the 2016 U.S. presidential race was subject to Russian cyber meddling, analysts say the ferocity of more recent assaults is a preview of what could be coming in the 2018 elections, when Republicans will be defending their control of both chambers of Congress.
“They haven’t stood still since 2016,” said Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow in information defense at the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council in Washington, which tracked the activity. “People have woken up to the idea that bots equal influence and lots of people will be wanting to be influencing the midterms.”
While special counsel and former FBI chief Robert Mueller keeps investigating the 2016 race, Nimmo’s work is among a number of initiatives cropping up at think tanks, start-ups, and even the Pentagon seeking to grasp how bots and influence operations are rapidly evolving. Blamed for steering political debate last year, bots used for Russian propaganda and other causes are only becoming more emboldened, researchers say.
They’re preparing “and sowing seeds of discord” and “potentially laying the groundwork for what they’re going to do in 2018 or 2020,” said Laura Rosenberger, senior fellow, and director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund.
The alliance last month unveiled Hamilton 68, an online dashboard designed to track Russian influence operations on Twitter with the hope of better highlighting sources of information.
The site culls real-time data from 600 Twitter users, analyzing trending hashtags, topics, and links. The dashboard’s developers say the accounts they selected cover those likely controlled by Russian government influence operations. Other accounts are pro-Russia users that may be loosely connected to the government and some are people influenced by the first two groups and who are active in bolstering Russian media themes. Some are bot accounts.
“Our view is that exposure is a really important element of beginning to push back on some of these efforts,” said Rosenberger, who served at the National Security Council and the State Department in the Obama administration. 

Cyborgs Vs. Bots

Short for “robot,” internet bots come in a couple of forms. There are automated versions in which software pumps out posts from social media accounts, often at rates that a human couldn’t conceivably do. Others are dubbed cyborgs -- some of their content is automatically spit out, but a person also takes over posting at times. They can also be human-run accounts that are hacked or taken over by a robot.
Not all bots are nefarious. Although researchers say pro-Russian operatives exploiting social media have made headlines lately, the use of bots is broadening as they prove they can be influential in moving narratives from niche circles and the fringes of the internet to a wider audience by spreading links to blogs and news sites, as well as popularizing memes and hashtags. That will make them a potentially potent tool for competing interests trying to influence U.S. political debate in 2018 and beyond.
It’s hard to determine from where bots originate. Analysts are able to monitor the messaging that bots latch on to, such as advocating for Russian and alt-right narratives or anti-NATO stances. Nation-states or groups helping political campaigns might look to employ bots given their power to shift debates.
And while many online campaigns are clearly fake, bots are also used in more sophisticated efforts that start from a basis in truth. 


Top theme users boosted the week after the Charlottesville clashes were “alt-right alarmism” about the left-wing anti-fascist movement, known as Antifa, according to the dashboard findings. The most-tweeted link in the Russian-linked network followed by the researchers was a petition to declare Antifa a terrorist group.
On Twitter, pro-Russian bots and cyborgs helped promote accusations that McCain allied with neo-Nazis in the past, such as during Ukraine’s civil unrest in 2013. At the time, the Arizona Republican, who is known for his tough stance against Russian meddling in Ukraine, met with and appeared on a stage with nationalist leader Oleh Tyahnybok, whose group has neo-Nazi roots. 
One Twitter account tracked by Nimmo’s lab, @TeamTrumpRussia, is what the researchers call a “pro-Kremlin cyborg site.” It averages a rate of more than 220 tweets a day, including memes about McCain in the week after the Charlottesville unrest, which left one person dead.

 Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly rejected accusations the country meddled in the U.S. election, a finding at odds with the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community. In January, the nation’s top intelligence agencies agreed that Russia interfered in the election to discredit Hillary Clinton and boost Trump, who has often appeared reluctant to embrace the findings. Trump’s intelligence chiefs, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have agreed with the conclusions.

Putin told NBC News in June that there’s “no proof” of any involvement by Russia at the “state level.” But he did say that “patriotically minded” Russians could have been behind intrusions into Clinton’s campaign.
The drumbeat of news about Russia’s role in the election have only helped push relations with the U.S. to post-Cold War lows. Nonetheless, analysts say Russia’s longer-term goal is less focused on Trump than on helping disrupt or undermine U.S. democratic institutions -- an effort that has been under way for decades but which now has a more technological edge.
Researchers say Twitter isn’t the only domain for bots. They’re increasingly expanding to other platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. They even operate interactive “chatbots” on mobile applications available on Facebook, said Nitin Agarwal, an information science professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Mimicking Human Behavior

“The level of sophistication among these bots is increasing and becoming more and more advanced to try to evade bot detection and suspension from Twitter and other platforms,” said Agarwal, who’s spent a decade studying the use of social media for influence operations. They’re also trying to “mimic human behavior so that they can gain your trust and they can influence your behaviors,” he said.
Because the use of bots is still new, trying to understand how they operate has become a cutting-edge field. It’s even caught the attention of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA.
In May, the agency awarded Agarwal and Intelligent Automation Inc., a Rockville, Maryland-based technology company, a contract of up to $1.5 million over three years -- if research milestones are met -- to study the classification of “social bots,” what their intent is and how they’re applied on social media.
For researchers, Twitter is a data gold mine because users’ accounts are usually publicly available. It’s harder to access private content on Facebook.

‘Powerful Antidote’

When asked how it was responding to growing sophistication by bots, a Twitter spokeswoman referred to a June 14 blog post by Colin Crowell, the company’s vice president of public policy, government, and corporate philanthropy. Crowell outlined how Twitter is curbing “bots and other networks of manipulation,” including growing its team and resources and working “hard to detect spammy behaviors.”
“Twitter’s open and real-time nature is a powerful antidote to the spreading of all types of false information,” Crowell wrote. “This is important because we cannot distinguish whether every single Tweet from every person is truthful or not. We, as a company, should not be the arbiter of truth.”
 Since the election, Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to counter false news and kill off fake accounts. In August, Facebook said it created a software algorithm to flag stories that may be suspicious and send them to third-party fact checkers. But bots are also getting savvier at dodging detection. That poses a challenge to social media companies trying to crack down on fake accounts -- and fake news.
And with bot activity accelerating as the U.S. heads into another election season in 2018, social media companies could face further risks from these networks.
A challenge for social media companies is “how good their algorithms are at weeding out bot strikes,” Nimmo said. “That’s something that they need to be thinking of.”
— With assistance by Sarah Frier

    July 11, 2017

    Christie's {Blood Sugar Most've Been off} He Went After Caller on Radio

    It was a "Did I really hear that?" moment, even by the standards of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who always seems ready to pick a fight.
    There were plenty of choice words and insults hurled back and forth when the Republican lawmaker appeared on a live sports-talk radio show on WFAN and sparred with Garden State constituents.
    After all, this conversation takes place just a week after Christie's latest controversy, in which he and his family were photographed enjoying a sunny holiday weekend day on a New Jersey beach, which had otherwise been closed to the public due to a budget impasse between the governor and the state Legislature.
    Here's what happened (at least, what we can print) when Mike from Montclair called in:
    HOST: Mike in Montclair, what's up Mike?
    MIKE: Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat a** in a car and drive to one that is open to all of your constituents, and not just you and your."
    Christie starts interrupting as the caller speaks.
    CHRISTIE: You know Mike, I love, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.
    MIKE: Communists in Montclair. You're a bully governor, and I don't like bullies.
    CHRISTIE: Listen, I'm not the one who came on the air... (Mike interrupts) Hey, hold on Mike, Mike who came on the air, swore on the air...
    MIKE: Who swore?
    CHRISTIE: You did. 
    MIKE: Get the heck outta here... 
    CHRISTIE: You're swearing on the air, Mike, so, you're, you're a bum. 
    MIKE (Talking over Christie): You have bad optics and you're a bully.
    CHRISTIE: Oh, bad optics. I'd like to come and look at your optics every day, buddy.  

    At that point, the caller is cut off.
    Christie then proceeds to criticize what he calls the "leftward" lean of the town of Montclair, saying it's no surprise the caller is from there.
    (Christie handily lost Essex County, where Montclair is, in his 2013 re-election contest.)
    Clearly Christie is not running for re-election. In fact, he's term-limited and can't run again anyway this fall. However, his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, is the GOP nominee and has been dogged by Christie's poor performance marks. A Monmouth University poll out Monday showed he has just a 15 percent approval rating.
    And if Christie's tendency for in-your-face combativeness weren't already well-documented, it might be suggested he's taken to imitating a man he admires, President Trump. But truth be told, Christie didn't need Trump for inspiration for such bluntness.
    Ultimately, it's just Christie being Christie.
    Also worth pointing out: This New Jersey governor is wearing the cap of his favorite football team — the Dallas Cowboys (the very much hated Dallas Cowboys in these parts) AND a New York Mets jacket.
    It's a combination not found anywhere in nature.
    The same can be said of the live on-air conversation between the governor and "Mike from Montclair" on Monday.

    June 30, 2017

    Russian Jury Finds Chechen Men Guilty of Killing Opposition Leader Nemtsov

    Zaur Dadayev. File photo REUTERS
    Image captionZaur Dadayev is a former a member of an elite Chechen military unit

    A Russian jury has found five ethnic Chechen men guilty of murdering leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. 
    Zaur Dadayev shot the former deputy prime minister, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, in February 2015 near the Kremlin.
    Four others acted as accomplices. The group was allegedly promised $250,000 (£192,000) to kill Nemtsov. They all denied the charges.
    Nemtsov's relatives fear that whoever ordered the murder will never be found.
    Russian authorities are still looking for another Chechen said to be behind the killing, Ruslan Mukhudinov. He believed to have fled abroad.
    But lawyers for Nemtsov's family have said the investigators have exaggerated Mr. Mukhudinov's role and "the masterminds are high-ranking people".

    Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov pictured in 2009 AFP
    Image captionBoris Nemtsov was one of President Putin's fiercest critics

    The jury in Moscow convicted the five men after more than eight months of hearings.
    Zaur Dadayev is a former member of an elite military unit. He was under the command of pro-Moscow's Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's Chechen Republic in the North Caucasus.
    The other four defendants are brothers Anzor Gubashev and Shadid Gubashev, Ramzan Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.
    A sixth man, Beslan Shabanov, died after he was detained in Chechnya.
    Nemtsov served as first deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, and later became a vocal critic of President Putin.
    The 55-year-old was shot dead on 27 February 2015 on his way back from an interview with a liberal radio station, in which he had called on listeners to join a rally.
    At the time, Nemtsov was working on a report examining Russia's alleged role in the conflict in Ukraine. 
    President Putin called the murder "vile and cynical" and vowed to hold those responsible to account.
    Russia has seen several killings of high-profile politicians and journalists in recent years.
    But the country has a long history of prosecuting alleged hit-men and failing to follow the chain of command to discover who ordered the murder, correspondents say.

    Murder that Shocked Russia - by BBC's Sarah Rainsford at Moscow's courtroom

    After about 12 hours of debate, the jury returned with a clear verdict - they found all five men guilty of murdering Boris Nemtsov, and by a clear majority.

    The five defendants in a glass cage in Moscow's courtImage copyright

    Image captionThe five defendants in a glass cage in Moscow's co

    In a glass cage, the men listened in silence - with the occasional smile - as the decision was read out. The wife of one of the defendants broke into tears.
    This was the murder that shocked Russia, a prominent critic of President Putin shot in the back right besides the walls of the Kremlin.
    Once a political hi-flier, Nemtsov had been sidelined under Vladimir Putin. But he remained a loud voice of protest in Russia.
    Nemtsov's family are sure that's why he was killed. 
    But this trial focused only on the contract killers, without asking who hired them and why.

    May 4, 2017

    Chris Christie Attacks Weed and "Crazy Libs as Poison our Kids”

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie called supporters of marijuana legalization "crazy liberals" who want to "poison our kids" during a talk at a substance abuse conference on Monday, according to Politico.

    "They want that blood money? Let them do it," Christie said, referring to tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales.

    "And they will. Let me tell you something — this will be like priority number one come January. I guarantee you, if we have a Democratic governor, it will be priority number one."

    Christie — who is the most unpopular governor in the US, according to a recent poll — will end his term as governor in January of next year. 

    Both Democratic candidates for the governor's office in New Jersey have come out in support of marijuana legalization, and pledged to legalize the drug. 

    Recreational marijuana is legal in eight states, with Maine and Massachusetts being the first states to pass legislation on the East Coast. 

    The New Jersey Star-Ledger wrote an editorial on Sunday supporting the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey as a key component of criminal justice reform. 

    Christie, for his part, called the paper the "idiot" Star-Ledger.  
    Nick Scutari, a New Jersey state senator, is currently introducing a bill to legalize marijuana. Scutari's bill has the support of both Steve Sweeney, the Senate president, and Vincent Prieto, the Assembly Speaker, according to the Star-Ledger.

    "People like Nick Scutari and Steve Sweeney and Phil Murphy [leading Democratic candidate for governor] want to bring this poison, legalized, into this state under the premise that, well, it doesn’t matter because people can buy it illegally anyway," Christie said on Monday.

    "Then why not legalize heroin? I mean, their argument fails just on that basis. Let’s legalize cocaine. Let’s legalize heroin. Let’s legalize angel dust. Let’s legalize all of it. What’s the difference? Let everybody choose," Christie added.

    Christie asserted that teenage marijuana users are 10 times more likely to become heroin addicts by age 24, without citing any evidence, reports Politico. 

    The link between opioid addiction and marijuana use has been refuted by researchers. Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse admits on its website that marijuana "may have a role in reducing the use of opioids needed to control pain," reports Massroots. 

    Christie was tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

    February 12, 2017

    Pocket Books Open After a Trump Tweet on Business’

    Before Donald Trump was president, he was a brand — from his TV show to his clothing line to his steaks. Now after surprising many by winning the White House, the Trump brand may have even more power, but it is also deeply connected to the divisive world of American politics. 
    That means what Trump says and does and what others say about him has impacts that go far beyond policy and politics into the world of everyday Americans' lives — where they shop and eat and what they watch on TV. 
    On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that his daughter had been "treated so unfairly" by Nordstrom after the store stopped carrying her clothing line. "Terrible!" Trump added. 
    The impact? Nordstrom's website saw a big jump in traffic Wednesday, according to data from Connexity, an ecommerce marketing firm. There were about 908,000 visits to the site, compared to 709,000 the previous Wednesday, a 28 precent increase. 
    And that makes sense considering Nordstrom's customer base, which skews politically liberal according to Connexity. People who describe themselves as "very liberal" are 40 percent more likely to visit than the average person. People who describe themselves as "very conservative" are 23 percent less likely to go to the site. The top 14 states for web traffic to the site all voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. 
    Data from Simmons Research show Nordstrom shoppers are among the most politically liberal in the country. Among the top 10 retailers for self-described liberals, Nordstrom is No. 6 and Nordstrom Rack is No. 9. 
    By the end of the Wednesday, the store's stock closed up 4.1%. In other words, Trump's bad-mouthing of Nordstorm likely only helped the retailer. 
    The week before brought another example when Starbucks announced they would hire 10,000 refugees in their stores. The announcement came after Trump's executive order temporarily suspended refugees from entering the United States and temporarily blocked people traveling to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 
    The response? A group of Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the coffee chain and #BoycottStarbucks became a trending hashtag on Twitter. 
    But there are questions about how effective that boycott might be. Starbucks' customer base also skews politically liberal and an analysis from Simmons Research shows people in counties that voted heavily for Clinton were much more frequent Starbucks patrons than those who lived in Trump's best counties. 

    The boycott could end up having a boomerang effect if blue-leaning Starbucks drinkers turnout in greater numbers to support the company's refugee proposal. But the larger point of blurring consumer/political lines around the Trump brand is apparent even in the call for a boycott — and there is more evidence. 
    On Jan. 12, Trump urged his supporters on Twitter to "buy L.L.Bean" as a way of thanking company heiress Linda Bean for a big contribution to a pro-Trump PAC. Consumers seemed to notice and react. 
    After the tweet, traffic to the L.L. Bean website declined from the politically blue New England states, all of which voted for Hillary Clinton, according to data from Connexity. Meanwhile some of the biggest jumps in L.L. Bean traffic came from Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Arizona, states with populations that visit the retailer much less frequently and that voted for Trump in November. 
    The consumer core for Maine-based L.L. Bean has long had more of a Democratic cast because of its home. Purchasing a Rugged Ridge Parka (good to -40 degrees) is not a political act, but it's something more logically suited to blue states such as Vermont and Massachusetts than red states such as Texas and Arizona. 
    That's why the numbers from that week are so eye-catching. 
    Consider the decline in L.L. Bean website visits from the seven states that produce the most traffic to the online retailer — all cold-weather, New England states and neighboring New York. 
    Only Rhode Island, which voted for Clinton, saw an uptick in traffic to the site. The other states, all of which voted for Clinton, saw declines, many of them sizable. 

    You can see that drop in a broader tally as well. Of the 21 entities that gave their electoral votes to Clinton (20 states and the District of Columbia), 15 saw their traffic to L.L.Bean decline. 
    Now consider the increases in website visits that week from the seven states that generated the least traffic to the L.L.Bean site before Trump's tweet. 

    All those states saw an increase, except Hawaii, which voted for Clinton and saw a decline The only outlier in the group is Nevada, which voted for Clinton and saw an uptick in web traffic to the site. What's more, all those states, except South Dakota, are warm weather states. 
    To be clear, the numbers show L.L.Bean was still drawing heavily off of its blue New England base. Even with the declines, the six New England states provided more traffic to Maine retailer than any others. And the changes in L.L.Bean's traffic also seem to have been temporary. Many of those trends had reversed themselves the next week. 
    Regardless, the numbers show the depth of the divides running through the country under Trump. Much has been made of how the Trump administration’s plans to upend Washington have left businesses unsure of how to plan for the future, but for many retailers, just dealing with the Trump brand holds a complicated set of challenges.


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