God doesn't believe in the easy way
— James Agee, born on this date in 1909
I looked at that feedback, and realized that most people can’t reason; can’t separate morals from interests; can’t separate ethics from identity, and so on. Worse many couldn’t even separate their own interests in terms of health, money and staying alive from tribal identity. To put it simply, they were living in completely delusional fantasy worlds, so separate from any even vaguely objective reality that they might as well be living in a TV show (and, in effect, many are.) Yes, they were incapable of basic ethical and moral reasoning. Yes, many were incapable of thinking a few years into the future, or evaluating opportunity cost (look it up.) Yes, if they identified with a politician or a group, they were largely incapable of applying ethical rules or even self interest to the actions of that politician.
Why I Write Ian Welsh
“…You can enable 2FA for your Gmail account on Google’s single settings page, so your new, more secure settings will apply across other Google services like Google Drive and Google+. Google calls it “two-step verification,” but the idea is exactly the same: if signing in requires something you have (like your phone) as well as something you know (your password), then your account has an added layer of protection…”
Big Money Intends To Shut Down Our Website Paul Craig Roberts
Neo-McCarthyism and the New Cold War Nation. YY: “John Batchelor Show is a wierd mix of history fetish and reactionary politics (I’m guessing that Bachelor’s audience is primarily “conservative right”) with the exception of the weekly appearance of Stephen Cohen, the one man crusade against Russophobia. So its usually the same message whether he be on John Batcherlor, Salon or the Nation. NC gets a mention in this one though.”
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“Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds is the fifth installment in the National Intelligence Council’s series aimed at providing a framework for thinking about the future. As with previous editions, we hope that this report will stimulate strategic thinking by identifying critical trends and potential discontinuities. We distinguish between megatrends ...
EFF Posting: “Cold River and other books czeched (sic) out from a library and terms searched on library computers can reveal a teenager’s questions about sexual orientation, a neighbor’s religious leanings, or a student’s political interests. Libraries across the country, particularly public libraries, make it part of their mission to serve the most vulnerable and underserved user groups, including users who are homeless, unemployed, or recent migrants or refugees. And when government agents come looking, these library users need librarians to have their back. Libraries and librarians have long been stalwart guardians of the rights of free expression and inquiry. As part of their profession, librarians protect their users’ ability to access even the most controversial information and ideas free from government scrutiny
leaders of the non-profit world and document their work through images and films. By sharing their knowledge,explore seeks to connect people to extraordinary cultures and ideas. These expeditions also serve as a way to identify potential recipients for Annenberg Foundation grants. To date, over $69 million has been awarded to over 300 non-profit organizations worldwide.”
“To a young person, $1,000 can be a lot of money. To us, it isn’t,” says Strachman. “We collect social geeks—1517 is a search cost.” King of Facebook
NGOs are smuggling immigrants into Europe on an industrial scale
Fake News About ‘Fake News’ – The Media Performance Pyramid Media Lens
Digital publications are thriving in Europe where legacy media is weak
“Part of the reason fake news is so easy to believe is that fringe stories no longer read or sound all that different from too many of the real stories. Too often, both have little or no sourcing; they lack context and they get disseminated with almost no fact-checking.” — Greta Van Susteren, former Fox News anchor
1) Debunking pioneer Craig Silverman will be BuzzFeed's media editor. (2) A TV station takes viewers on the road to help them fact-check stories. (3) Factcheckers.it launches with an educational, rather than informational, mission. (4) HonestAds.org is launching its Polygraph blog to help people fight fake news. (5) BuzzFeed News figures out where Donald Trump gets his news from. (6) More evidence, possibly, that repeating something makes it seem true. (7) Facebook is admitting it needed to do more about fake news and tried something out, probably inadvertently. (8) More partisan fact-checkers, hurray. (9) More depressing news about how many people believe fake news. (10) A look at FactMata, a Google DNI-funded automated fact-checking project.