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The Secret Playbook of Internet Trolls

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by George Washington.

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
What’s confusing you
Is the nature of my game

- The Rolling Stones

The reason that Internet trolls are effective is that people still don’t understand their game.

There are 15 commonly-used trolling tactics to disrupt, misdirect and control internet discussions.

As one interesting example, trolls start flame wars because – according to two professors – swearing and name-calling shut down our ability to think and focus.

And trolls will often spew divisive attacks so that people argue against each other, instead of bad actions and policies of the powers-that-be.   For example, trolls will:

Start a religious war whenever possible using stereotypes like “all Jews are selfish”, “all Christians are crazy” or “all Muslims are terrorists”.

Yesterday, the alternative news site Common Dreams caught a troll using scores of different user names to spew anti-Semitic bile. (Common Dreams discovered that the same troll was behind the multiple user names by tracking their IP addresses. And the troll confessed to Common Dreams.)

The troll is a “a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website’s discussion of issues involving Israel”.

He posted anti-Semitic diatribes – such as Hitler should have finished the job and killed all Jews – using one alias.  Then – a couple of minutes later – he’d post an attack on the first poster using a different alias, claiming that criticism of Israel is the same thing as anti-Semitism.  (Note: Holocaust survivors and Israeli ministers say it’s not.)

Why would a Jew post vile anti-Semitic comments?  Because normal people are offended by – and don’t want to be associated with – pure, naked anti-Semitism, and so they will avoid such discussions.  If the discussion was originally criticizing a specific aspect of Israeli policy, the discussion will break down, and the actual point regarding policy will be lost.

Similarly, anti-Semitic posts weaken websites by making them seem less reputable. Indeed, Common Dreams says that the troll’s anti-Semitic comments drove away many of that site’s largest
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Stocks To Watch For August 12, 2014

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Wall Street expects Towers Watson & Co (NYSE: TW) to report its Q4 earnings at $1.25 per share on revenue of $850.80 million. Towers Watson shares climbed 1.65% to close at $104.27 yesterday.

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected second-quarter revenue and posted flat earnings in line with analysts’ estimates. The company also forecast Q3 revenue above expectations. Rackspace shares fell 1.47% to $30.85 in the after-hours trading session.

Analysts are expecting Fossil Group (NASDAQ: FOSL) to have earned $0.96 per share on revenue of $770.66 million in the second quarter. Fossil Group shares declined 1.11% to close at $103.21 yesterday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) agreed to sell approximately 50% of its investment in buyout arm One Equity Partners to Lexington Partners. J.P. Morgan shares declined 0.04% to close at $56.32 yesterday.

Analysts expect Valspar (NYSE: VAL) to report its Q3 earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion. Valspar shares rose 0.89% to close at $77.89 yesterday.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND) announced a $225 million offering of convertible senior notes and also announced a $200 million share repurchase program. Ligand Pharma shares gained 4.19% to close at $53.65 yesterday.

Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) is projected to report its Q2 earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $940.83 million. Flowers Foods shares gained 0.35% to close at $20.01 yesterday.

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“As has been reported today, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. consented to a Final
Judgment whereby we agreed to pay a civil penalty of $896,000 for failure to
comply with the premerger reporting and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott
Rodino Act. We made a mistake when we overlooked the filing requirement.
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December 2013. This event triggered a filing requirement for Berkshire and we
were late in realizing that fact.”

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United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) reported a 68% rise in its second-quarter profit.

The Chicago, Illinois-based company posted a quarterly profit of $789 million, or $2.01 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $469 million, or $1.21 per share. Excluding special items, it earned $2.34 per share, versus $1.57 per share.

Its revenue climbed 3.3% to $10.33 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $2.16 per share on revenue of $10.31 billion.

United Continental’s passenger traffic rose 0.6%, while capacity declined 0.1%. The percentage of seats filled rose to 85.3% versus 84.9%, while passenger revenue per available seat mile surged 3.7%.

United Continental announced its plans to launch a $1 billion share repurchase program. It also generated $1.5 billion of operating cash flow in the quarter.

Jeff Smisek, UAL’s chairman, president and chief executive officer said, “I am encouraged by the solid progress we made in the second quarter. Our team is focused on improving our operations and service and on continuing to improve year-over-year revenue performance and cost control.”

United Continental shares gained 5.35% to $48.46 in pre-market trading.

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Town Sports International (NASDAQ: CLUB) trended up slightly Thursday after a hedge fund disclosed a 16 percent stake and said it would push the company to explore alternatives including a possible sale.

Town Sports, which runs a string of exercise clubs, has seen its shares drop more than 30 percent in the past month on declining membership and lowered Street estimates.

The company "could attract a range of financial or strategic buyers" based on its real estate and strong brands, Parag Vora's Vora Capital Management said in a filing Thursday.

Vora, which invests in leisure companies, also called on Town Sport to spend $67.1 million on a special dividend or share buyback while cutting overhead and limiting capital spending.

The hedge fund assembled its stake between July 24 and August 13 at prices ranging from $4.04 a share to $6.56.

Town Sports traded recently at $4.33, up 1.1 percent.

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Benzinga’s M&A Chatter for Tuesday August 19, 2014

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The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Tuesday August 19, 2014:

GigOptix Proposes to Acquire GSI Technology for $6.50/Share in Cash, Stock Deal

The Offer:
GigOptix (NYSE MKT: GIG) announced Tuesday that it is proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of GSI Technology (NASDAQ: GSIT) for $6.50 per share, consisting of $2.00 per share in cash, plus GigOptix common stock worth $1.33 based upon the volume-weighted average price of GigOptix’s common stock for the three trading days ending one day prior to the closing of the combination and a special dividend of $3.17 per share in cash payable by GSI Technology.

GSI Technology acknowledged the unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal from GigOptix, and said its Board of Directors will promptly and carefully review and consider the proposal, respond to it and advise its stockholders of the Board’s response.

GSI Technology closed at $5.41 Tuesday, a gain of 9.55%. GigOptix shares rose $0.01, to close at $1.34.

Allergan Could Acquire Salix for as Much as $190/Share

The Rumor:Shares of Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) rose sharply Tuesday, on a report from WSJ that Allergan (NYSE: AGN) could acquire the Raleigh, NC drug company for as much as $190 per share or $10 billion, according to sources. The rumored move is being seen as an attempt to make it more difficult for Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX) to acquire Allergan.

Shares of Jazz Pharmaceuticals rose almost 3% for the day, on reports it too could be a potential takeover target.

Allergan declined comment on the rumor. Salix did not respond to a request for a comment.

Salix Pharmaceuticals closed Tuesday at $160.80, a gain of 15.5%, while Allergan closed at $161.82, a gain of 4%. Shares of Valeant closed at $113.72 a gain of 3.5%.

Report Family Dollar Likely to Reject Dollar General Bid

The Rumor:
CNBC’s David Faber reported Tuesday that Family Dollar’s (NYSE: FDO) Board of Directors is likely to meet this week to discuss the bid…
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Chipotle Opens Up; Analyst Says Street Comp View Too Low

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Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) opened sharply higher Thursday after Cleveland Research said it expects restaurant chain same-store sales growth to accelerate in the wake of menu price hikes.

Cleveland's Steve Gojak believes the high-flying restaurant chain's comparable sales are accelerating from the second quarter on traffic growth and recent price increases.

Gojack reiterated a Buy rating and said Street estimates of same-store sales growth for the third quarter and full year are too low.

Chipotle posted second-quarter same-store sales growth of 17.3 while revenue grew 28 percent to $1.05 billion.

Chipotle, up 30 percent year to date, opened Thursday at $692.92, up more than two percent.

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Tyson To Sell Chicken Operations In Mexico, Brazil To JBS SA For $575 Million

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Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) signed a definitive agreement Monday to sell its poultry operations in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to JBS SA (OTC: JBSAY).

Tyson traded recently at $41.31, up 4.4 percent.

Tyson expects the deal to close by the end of 2014, subject to regulatory approval.

Proceeds will pay down debt from Tyson's $7.7 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands, agreed to earlier this month.

The Mexican business will be acquired through Pilgrim's Pride, whose majority owner is JBS, and which earlier this month lost a bidding war with Tyson to acquire Hillshire Brands.

The Brazilian business is to be acquired through JBS Foods, also a unit of JBS SA.

Tyson, which earlier Monday posted earnings of $0.78 per share, a nickel below forecasts, said the operations to be sold aren't large enough to gain a leading market share in their markets.

Tyson plans to expand its poultry operations in Asia, which include three plants in China and majority ownership of two poultry plants in India.

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CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) second-quarter net earnings from continuing operations fell nearly four percent and the company doubled its stock buyback authorization to $6 billion.

Adjusted earnings per share beat the Wall Street consensus and increased from a year earlier because of the effects of share repurchases.

Second-quarter revenue fell 5.3 percent compared with the 2013 second quarter, when revenue benefited from benefited from the timing of TV licensing and the semifinals of an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Entertainment revenue fell 8.4 percent to $1.84 billion from $2.01 billion a year earlier on lower licensing and advertising sales.

Cable Networks revenue was nearly flat at $516 million.

Local Broadcasting revenue dropped 4.7 percent to $665 million from $698 million in the same prior-year period, because of slower advertising sales.

Publishing revenue grew 11 percent to $211 million from $189 million a year earlier, driven by higher print book sales. Digital sales equaled 25 percent of the unit’s total sales.

CBS posted net income from continuing operations of $439 million, or $0.72 cents a share, compared with $472 million or $0.70 cents a share a year earlier. Revenue fell to $3.19 billion from $3.37 billion.

Adjusted income per share was $0.78 cents, up from $0.75 a year earlier. Analysts expected adjusted income of $0.71 cents.

CBS changed hands recently after hours down 2.4 percent at $55.55.

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The Secret Playbook of Internet Trolls

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by George Washington.

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
What’s confusing you
Is the nature of my game

- The Rolling Stones

The reason that Internet trolls are effective is that people still don’t understand their game.

There are 15 commonly-used trolling tactics to disrupt, misdirect and control internet discussions....

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