This is just too damn rich: Brian Williams, that’s right BRIAN “Mr. I was suspended for lying to the American people repeatedly” WILLIAMS, frets about “fake news”

I’ve been watching the “fake news” nonsense very closely. It seems to be a mix of partisans looking for a reason, any reason, why so many people just rejected Hillary and by extension Obama when in their opinion Clinton was clearly the superior choice, (Remember the whole email private server thing, and the Clinton Foundation money, and the quarter million dollar “speeches” to the bailout banks, and the get out of jail pass from Comey, and the rigged primaries,

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Baby boomers still get their “news” from TV (Infographic)

TV news is terrible. MSNBC, Fox, almost all of it is ridiculous and just feels like propaganda these days. (I mean, Brian Williams is back on TV. ) This is one of the reasons why TV news has been abandoned by so many. I can’t remember for instance the last time I watched a broadcast of a “nightly news” show. (Maybe when I was visiting my mom earlier this year.) However, older folks continue to cling to the boob tube as a legitimate source of news.

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Crony media not trusted by public anymore, trust in banks, religion also has eroded

This is a direct reflection of the Internet revolution.

People have always questioned the established order of a particular time. They had hunches that something was amiss. That the whole story wasn’t being told. Now people can follow their hunches more easily by going online.

It’s not so different from what happened with the printing press.

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(Are you ready?) Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants

 

I’ve been following digital implants and under the skin RFID chips for over a decade. Interestingly the first responses to my posts were incredulous mixed with off the wall conspiracy rants. Then as the reality of such devices has increasingly rushed toward us people have begun to think seriously about what it means to have a tracking chip embedded in their person. What does it mean that the device which holds your financial information also houses you medical information?

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America: A Nation of Idiots (?)

I added the question mark to the headline.

I have to say that we do some pretty stupid things. We vote for people who take away our rights, who lie straight faced to us. We continue to prop a banking system which plays us for, well, idiots. We continue to let a political class act as it wishes even as it gives the rest of America the finger. We allow wars to be waged in distant places at great cost to life,

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CIA director: There’s no need to release the 28 classified pages of the 9/11 report

Director Brennan says that it would be “unhelpful” to release the 28 pages of the September 11th report which some say implicate or at least connect official Saudidom.

My question is,”To whom would such declassification be unhelpful?” I’d say it might be quite helpful to historians and the American people who would like to get a complete picture of what happened on that day. On the other hand it might be unhelpful to people who would prefer to keep history muddled.

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What is “nonlinear (narrative) warfare”? 5 minute VIDEO from Adam Curtis (A “red pill” kind of video)

This is pretty heady and heavy stuff. I don’t agree with every point made in this short clip but it asks an interesting question.

How much of what is presented to us as news, as important, is just manufactured?

Likely a good bit. If so, why are these narratives manufactured in the first place? Is the public deliberately presented with contusing information and concepts by powerful interests? If so can this be countered?

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Politico: Spare Me Your Hypocritical Journalism Lecture, Mr. President

President Obama has been no friend to the real press. He’s been very friendly to the propaganda press, MSNBC people, Jon Stewart, and other folks who can be counted on to keep the White House narrative going generally.

Those whose business is real news have been systematically shunned if not targeted. Some, including “liberal” journalists have called Obama the worst president ever for press freedom. Susan Page at The USA Today said that the Obama administration was most dangerous to media in history.

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Thousands in Hong Kong have rallied against the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China

The dungeon is a scary place. Officials in places like China know it and the people who push the envelope for freedom in places like China know it. It continually amazes me the bravery exhibited by champions of information in parts of the world where the sun can be turned out forever on someone just on the whim of a mid level bureaucrat. China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Cuba, other places.

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Washington Post says; “Trust in the media is at an all-time low. That’s a terrible thing for all of us.” (No it’s not. It’s a good thing.)

Interesting that Dems still trusted the media more than Republicans and independents all through the Bush years.

Of course The Post thinks the fact that the public no longer trusts it is a bad thing. That a small group of media outlets can no longer completely dominate the news “narrative” is terrible in the eyes of one of the #oldmedia outlets. We wouldn’t expect them to like it. But that people no longer trust the “media” particularly the “legacy,”

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How the American government is trying to control what you think

People in Washington DC are very concerned with “narratives” and “optics.” Such things drive the place in many respects.(Second only to money, and the 2 are entwined.) How do people think about stories? How do stories look in the eyes of the public. Spin. Bull. Propaganda.

Propaganda. It’s on the rise in this country, though it is not a new phenomenon. But now, the Obama administration is positioning psychologists and behavioral economists in government agencies in an effort to “nudge”

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