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America created ISIS, and other clickbait!

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 …

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The jobs report: another opportunity to shake our confidence in the government

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 …

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Does the September jump in food stamp recipients signal a red alert for the US economy?

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 …

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We are ignorant because we enjoy being lied to. Today we look at lies about the US debt.

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 …

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“2nd Iceland volcano issues warning” (Katla speaks to MSNBC’s newshounds)

Summary:  Today’s fearful headlines about Icelandic volcanos from the news media and popular websites.  And the real story.  BTW — “soon” means something different to geologists than laypeople. Disturbing:  “2nd Iceland volcano issues warning“, MSNBC, May 2010 — “Scientists say powerful Katla is ‘close to failure’.”  The opening is misleading but the full article is accurate. …

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