Tuesday, July 14, 2020

TECHNOLOGY: DISTRACTING, DISTURBING, DECEIVING & DELUDING OURSELVES TO DEATH

by Jim Quinn, The Burning Platform:

“What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth.

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” ― Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Trump Supporter Booted Off Frontier Airlines Flight for SECOND TIME Over Saying ‘Make America Great Again’

by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

In 2016, Kenny Cool was booted off of a Frontier Airlines flight for saying “Make America Great Again.” On Monday evening it happened once again — on the same airline.

While attempting to travel from Las Vegas back home to St. Louis, Cool was called a “school shooter” over his hat and says another passenger asserted that they want to kill the president.

Neocon-Backed NewsGuard, Microsoft’s “Fake News” Nanny, Linked To Pro-Saudi Media Blitz

from ZeroHedge:

NewsGuard – the neocon-backed browser extension claiming to be the latest arbiter of “fake news,” has some interesting forces behind it.

Included automatically with the mobile version of Microsoft’s edge browser, NewsGuard has recently come under fire for giving a “red” rating to a number of conservative news outlets, while giving a “green” rating to several sites notorious for uncorrected falsehoods.

Media To Be Held Legally Accountable For Their Fake News And Deliberate Lies That Have Led To Death Threats Against Catholic High School Students

by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

Brief Recap: One would have to be living under a rock to have not heard how the mainstream media as a whole attacked a group of Catholic high school students after a short video clip went viral, with the media claiming the clip showed a “mob” of students in “MAGA hats” “surrounding” a “Vietnam veteran,” and “mocking” or “taunting” him. Within a day, a longer version of the video showed the veteran, who did not serve in Vietnam, had approached the group of students, and started banging his drum into the face of one of those students. He was not taunted, they did not surround him and they did not mock him.

WATCH: Cop Covers Up His Body Cam to Hide Fellow Cops Beating Surrendering Man

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Just as his fellow cop began to dole out street justice to a compliant and surrendering man, this cop covered up his body cam as not to document it.

Miami, FL — When people get excited about police wearing body cameras and their potential to accurately document the situation, it is important to remember that the video will only exist if the person wearing that camera allows it to. Highlighting this point is the recent case out of Miami in which a police officer was recorded covering his body camera as he and his fellow officers waylaid a suspect.

YouTube Tweaks Recommendations Algorithm To Block Videos By Flat Earthers, 9/11 Truthers

from ZeroHedge:

YouTube has already employed a number of strategies to suppress content its owners have branded “conspiratorial”, “hateful” or otherwise contrary to the company’s Silicon Valley value system – including demonetizing videos and deplatforming controversial content creators like InfoWars. Yet, criticisms about YouTube being a breeding ground for these non-mainstream, Overton-window-expanding ideas have persisted. Now, the company is trying something that could potentially harm the company’s treasured view-hours metric: Tweaking its algorithm to stop users from being ushered into conspiratorial “rabbit holes” on everything from flat earthers, to the 9/11 truther movement, to purveyors of miracle cures.

U.S. Loses Most Ground In ‘Best Country’ Ranking

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from ZeroHedge:

Since its first edition in 2016, the Best Country Ranking by U.S. News and World Report has made headlines, mainly in countries rejoicing to be named among the best countries to live, work and invest in.

As Statista’s Katharina Buchholz notes, the report, which was published in its fourth edition this week, showed that while most countries can look back at a stable record among the top 10 best countries, the U.S. has lost most ground against its competitors. Since 2016, it has lost four ranks, falling from rank 4 to rank 8. Germany has suffered a loss of three ranks, while the U.K. and France both lost two.

SNOPES, FACT-CHECKER FOR FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE, BOTCHES NATHAN PHILLIPS FACT CHECK

by Peter Hasson, The Daily Caller:

  • Snopes refused to correct an inaccurate fact-check calling it “unproven” that American Indian activist Nathan Phillips falsely claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.
  • It’s a proven fact that Phillips falsely claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.
  • Both Facebook and Google give Snopes preferential treatment on their platforms.

Snopes, a left-leaning fact-checking website given preferential treatment by both Facebook and Google, flubbed its fact-check of American Indian activist Nathan Phillips’ false claim of being a Vietnam veteran.

7 Important Stories You Missed While The Media Obsessed Over MAGA Kid

by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

Another week, another opportunity for the corporate media to send the Internet into a frenzy and divide the nation over a fake controversy based on sloppy news reporting. 

For the last week the “mainstream media” and their loyal followers have been freaking out over a video purporting to show a conflict between a group of Catholic boys attending the anti-abortion March for Life and a group of Indigenous people celebrating Indigenous People’s Day in Washington D.C. The situation became even more toxic due to the fact that the boys were wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats and allegedly shouting “Build The Wall!”. Meanwhile, Nathan Phillips, one of the indigenous marchers,  walked into the crowd of high school teenagers and eventually stood face to face with a student named Nick Sandman. Phillips played his drum and sang his prayers while staring in the face of the smirking teenager.