Fake News – Ranting a bit
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10103) 5 years ago
People across the board seem to have lost their critical thinking and reasoning skills. And it seems that most everyone is comfortable with that and content to exist in an echo chamber. We’ve not only lost the ability to listen to dissenting opinions, we don’t even seek them out. We have become content with our willful ignorance and reach out and embrace it whole heartedly.

We’ve become a nation of spoilt children, we shout and pout and stamp about when we don’t get our way. Our first instinct is to attack the messenger rather than the message. We shun dissenting opinions, we avoid facts that might cause us to challenge our beliefs and we delude ourselves into believing propaganda because it’s easier than thinking for ourselves. Confirmation bias rules the day.

On top of that, we’ve lost the desire and ability to engage in civil discourse when it comes to most any topic under the sun.

As for the prospect of Russian interference in the recent election, if this is ever proved to be true, I see it as something akin to an act of war**. I’m not advocating nuking the Kremlin over it, but I would see it as a direct attack on our Nation. But of course, the bottom line is – if Russian state-sponsored propaganda did have some effect on this past election, the lion’s share of the blame for that lies at the feet of those who sucked it up and swallowed it whole.

**And yes, I know. The U.S. has been interfering in other countries’ elections for at least the past century. But that doesn’t mean I want it happening here.

Here’s an opinion piece that recently caught my attention – again, it’s an opinion piece, so it needs to be viewed with a critical eye. But I did find it to be an interesting read.

Trolling For Trump: How Russia Is Trying To Destroy Our Democracy
--Andrew Weisburd, Clint Watts and JM Berger
WAR ON THE ROCKS
November 6, 2016
http://warontherocks.com/...democracy/
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1913) 5 years ago
I ignore anything on FB. I ignore anything from sites I know are slanted like Faux News or InfoWars. I rely on sources like Reuters and the BBC and the CBC and AP. It's amazing how some HUGE IMPORTANT thing on a fake news site is being completely ignored by the "mainstream media." Well, they are ignoring it because it is bullsh*t.
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Posted by C.J.Desjardin (+139) 5 years ago
Yeah but have you heard about #pizzagate...
It has to be true because they have pictures and graphs and it was on Reddit.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9389) 5 years ago
Reddit? I only read subbreddits I trust to be 100% real, like /r/magictcg, /r/raspberry_pi or /r/adorableporn
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2904) 5 years ago
I just read a recently published book written by Malcom Nance entitled, "The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election." The author had a career in naval intelligence and is a counter-terrorism expert. I highly recommend the book if you are interested in cyber-warfare and how the Russians have hacked more than the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the U.S.

Don't just take my word for it. Here is what a reader named Mark Herman wrote in his review of the book on amazon.com

"I do not care what party or political doctrine you support, but if you care about the United States of America you need to read this book. Our country is under a serious attack and Malcolm Nance has laid out a compelling case that describes the depth and breadth of this Kremlin cyber offensive. I spent over 3 decades conducting wargames in the Pentagon and I recognize the patterns he describes whose intent is to manipulate our election. Based on this book and my own knowledge of Russian Hybrid War we will see more 'leaked emails' and I predict amongst the volume of emails will be false information that we will be unable to distinguish from the hacked information. I assert that the goal of this offensive is to insert that false narrative into our election. Again, I do not care who you do or do not support, but as an American I do not want to be told by a foreign enemy what to think. It is rare to read a book that describes an attack while it is still ongoing. We have not seen the end of this Russian effort to undermine our faith in our institutions. Our country is under attack, believe it."

You can find the book at amazon.com
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3269) 5 years ago
I did read the book and watched it play out. Pretty amazing.
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Posted by Sam Colt (-141) 5 years ago
Tin hats anyone?... Tin hats?...

[Edited by Sam Colt (11/29/2016 5:17:12 PM)]
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10103) 5 years ago
Yes, ad hominem fallacies are very much a part of the problem.
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Posted by gunsngold (-2414) 5 years ago
Does you tube count as social media in your opinion HAL?

I am no fan of facebook either. But since I am part jewsish through my Buckner side of the family, I get my news from jewish sources such as Israeli news live. I know its not cnn or fox, but it is surprisingly accurate.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17830) 5 years ago
Whoa! Knock me over with a feather! Danny is PART JEWISH??!?!??!!??

Are you related to one of the 8 Jewish banking families that control the world's economy???

If you see Danny walking around town with a shovel, FOLLOW HIM! He is likely to be moving his secret stash of gold.
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Posted by David Schott (+17681) 5 years ago
No, he said he's part "jewsish", not Jewish.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15214) 5 years ago
Reply to gunsngold (#369471)
gunsngold wrote:
Does you tube count as social media in your opinion HAL?

I am no fan of facebook either. But since I am part jewsish through my Buckner side of the family, I get my news from jewish sources such as Israeli news live. I know its not cnn or fox, but it is surprisingly accurate.


And exactly how do you determine "suprising accuracy"? News is not a forecast of things to come in which the expected result can be measured against current results. News is what happened or is currently happening. It's "current history".

And honestly, unless you are an eyewitness, "news" it is always what someone else thinks happened. As Voltaire says "cherish those who seek the truth, but beware of those who find it".
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Posted by gunsngold (-2414) 5 years ago
Didn't know you were an anti-Semite Gunner. Oh wait, yes I did.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3269) 5 years ago
Hal...I just finished reading the full article and it closely ties with information in the book, "The Plot To Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and Wikileaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election". When you are actually reading about all of this, it is interesting watching it play out. I do see why they reference us as "Useful Idiots"...! Thank you, Hal...Political Warfare is amazing. Also very scary. The desire for World Power by weakening another World Power Politically and Financially is pretty evident. Not a good time for Complacency.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17830) 5 years ago
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Posted by David Schott (+17681) 5 years ago
An article from the November 2, 2016, Miles City Star:

Hannity Spreading Fake News
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