Summary: This month's hot undernews concerns the small epidemic in Ukraine, said to be caused by release of the California Flu from a US research lab. Here we do the usual diagnostic, tracing the story from its origin as propaganda by rebels to its appearance as exciting news on popular websites. How many people have … Continue reading About America’s biological attack on the Ukraine army
Summary: Zero Hedge gives today's example of an ominous trend. The manufacturers of clickbait thrive while journalists are fired and the revenue of newspapers evaporates. They provide a dramatic mixture of fact and fiction, optimized for specific tribes of Americans. Worse, our diminished interest in telling fact from fancy creates audiences for fringe politicians (promoted … Continue reading Answer to “Why Has The Government Stopped Reporting Lake Mead Water Levels?”
Summary: Perhaps Americans cannot regain control of our nation because we're lost amidst a wilderness of mirrors, and so unable to clearly see the world. Here's an example of the fun house media that increasingly dominate web publishing. We choose them over less entertaining but more accurate sources. The cost of doing so is high. … Continue reading Zero Hedge is a model publisher for 21st C America. Be afraid.
Summary: We consume news in unprecedented amounts via the information superhighway, yet we know so little. Smart people have learned to convert hard news into clickbait (exciting fiction), which people we trust then disseminate (the same process spreads urban legends). It's advertising revenue for them but clouded minds for us. Either we learn to click … Continue reading America created ISIS, and other clickbait!
Summary: Today we look at lies about the jobs report from Zero Hedge. These are part of a larger campaign to destroy our confidence in the government as a means of collective action, leaving us isolated and weak. . Conservatives have long waged a campaign to weaken our confidence in unions and government, the only … Continue reading The jobs report: another opportunity to shake our confidence in the government
Summary: The number of households getting food stamps tells us little about the future (ie, it's not a leading indicator). It tells us something about the present. And reporting about it tells us much about the reporter. America will become a stronger nation when we demand high-quality sources of information, and complain about those that … Continue reading Does the September jump in food stamp recipients signal a red alert for the US economy?
Summary: Much of public policy debate today consists of lies by the Right and rebuttals using simple facts, which have no effect. It's a losing game, as an emotionally appealing Big Lie usually wins if repeated frequently to a weak and foolish people. Today's example, from that engine of misinformation the Zero Hedge website: While we reserve … Continue reading We are ignorant because we enjoy being lied to. Today we look at lies about the US debt.