Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors, updated 7/9/2017

I'm not giving examples of fake news items, because research has shown that when this is done, many people will remember the debunked "news" but not remember that it is false.

It boggles my mind that so many people on Facebook will take seriously obviously satirical items.

Kim LaCapria
Jan 14, 2016

The sharp increase in popularity of social media networks (primarily Facebook) has created a predatory secondary market among online publishers seeking to profitably exploit the large reach of those networks and their huge customer bases by spreading fake news and outlandish rumors. Competition for social media’s large supply of willing eyeballs is fierce, and a number of frequent offenders regularly fabricate salacious and attention-grabbing tales simply to drive traffic (and revenue) to their sites.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Honest Reporting

For the list liberal fake news sites he warns against, see the preceding blog post "If You’re A Liberal, Stop Sharing Links From These Fake News Sites"

I point out that Modern Liberals itself does contain a clearly labeled humor/satire section.


If you want to subscribe to honest reporting on national issues in the United States, there are many reputable and mostly neutral sources like AP, Reuters, BBC out there.

Here are a few of the websites I go to for news or opinion articles.

If You’re A Liberal, Stop Sharing Links From These Fake News Sites, update 7/2/2017

I haven't looked at all of these web sites, but the ones I have I agree should be disregarded.

To avoid confustion, I'll list the sources he recommends is a separate post.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts

I went ahead and went with their headline, although I disagree with their rosy view of WSJ editorials. I have found the WSJ editorials not trustworthy. They are often biased on behalf of the power elite. As this article says, it does provide info on what the non-batty right-wing is saying.

By Paul Glader
Paul Glader is an associate professor of journalism at The King's College in New York City, a media scholar at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership and is on Twitter @PaulGlader.
Feb 1, 2017

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Twitter Admits There Were More Than 50,000 Russian Bots Trying to Confuse American Voters Before the Election

Friday, January 19, 2018


OnePlus says up to 40,000 customers were affected by credit card security breach

EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution

Turpin case: Siblings allegedly starved, shackled and taunted with food
[The authorities are looking for homes for the children. First choice is given to relatives, and the elderly parents of this horrible father have been asked if they can take the children. They were the ones who raised this monster, and from reports of their child-rearing actions, I doubt they would give the children the nurturing they need, even if they had the energy at their age. They have expressed doubt that they can take the children on at their age.]

Trump and your finances: Taxes, student and payday loans, tips targeted in 1st year

Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps
[Not surprising. An example of why republicans worked so hard to block Obama's court nominations. If you didn't vote for Hillary, you enabled this.]

In world first, drone rescues 2 swimmers off Australian beach
Lifeguards launched drone, which dropped flotation device down to swimmers

Poll: More than half of Americans strongly disapprove of Trump

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Temperatures like these are now about fifteen times rarer. This is equivalent to cold waves being about 4ºF (2ºC) warmer than they used to be.

Of 21 Winter Olympic Cities, Many May Soon Be Too Warm to Host the Games

One year in to Trump’s presidency, the world’s citizens give U.S. leadership a record low rating

Chris Christie stopped by TSA for evading security checkpoint

Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage
A neurologist who studied violent criminals found that almost all of them showed signs of brain damage, usually from child abuse.

California torture house: 13 siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower twice a year

From my own experience, sadistic power freak parents use religion as an excuse, and as a weapon to keep their children subservient.

Aunts of 13 captive children reveal years of secrecy and concerns

Trump rode golf cart while G7 leaders walked through Sicily

Like Oceans, Freshwater Is Also Acidifying

Conservative Ohio Voters Support Green Energy, Oppose Coal Bailouts, Poll Finds

How Much Has ‘Climate Change’ Been Scrubbed from Federal Websites? A Lot.

How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

By Peter Stone And Greg Gordon
January 18, 2018

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections.


The extent to which the FBI has evidence of money flowing from Torshin to the NRA, or of the NRA’s participation in the transfer of funds, could not be learned.

However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

Two people with close connections to the powerful gun lobby said its total election spending actually approached or exceeded $70 million. The reporting gap could be explained by the fact that independent groups are not required to reveal how much they spend on Internet ads or field operations, including get-out-the-vote efforts.


A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change

Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim
Jan. 17, 2018


On Dec. 30 of last year, about 200 people gathered in front of the provincial governor’s office to protest the water transfer project. Their slogans soon morphed into chants of “Death to the dictator,” the main rallying cry of anti-government protesters who poured into streets nationwide in the biggest spasm of public anger Iran has seen in years.

The uprising — in which at least 21 people died and thousands were arrested before authorities reimposed order — had many sparks: rising prices, persistent unemployment, bank collapses, a wide wealth gap, corruption in the theocracy.

But an overlooked factor, analysts say, is the impact of climate change and the widespread perception that Iran’s leaders are mishandling a growing problem of water scarcity.

“People believe that this is yet another major crisis the country is facing, and the people at the top are too incompetent and too corrupt to care,” said Meir Javedanfar, a professor of Iranian politics at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, an Israeli university.

“It does not seem to be a priority of the regime to address the drought issue,” he said. “As long as it’s not a priority, nothing will happen until something breaks.”

Many environmental activists believe Iran is quickly approaching its breaking point as diminishing rainfall and warmer temperatures have caused lakes to disappear, kicked up blinding dust storms and emptied out once fertile regions as farmers seek economic refuge in cities.

Drought is a concern across the Middle East, but Iran’s 80 million people are especially at risk. This month, the director of Iran’s Drought and Crisis Management Center, Shahrokh Fateh, said that 96% of the country’s land area was experiencing prolonged drought conditions, the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported.

In some of the hardest hit areas, including border provinces where ethnic and religious minorities complain of official neglect, concerns over natural resources were a key driver of the demonstrations that began in late December.

“People in my area do not want to politicize their environmental concerns, but water shortages and pollution of the air and rivers are seen as political crises,” said Yusef Farhadi Babadi, an environmental activist in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari. “People want to reclaim their rights to clean air and water and efficient water use.”


Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the government to “manage climate change and environmental threats,” but the response from successive governments has been mixed.


Amazon announces finalists for second headquarters

By James F. Peltz
Jan 18, 2018 Inc. said Thursday that Los Angeles and 19 other places are the finalists for the $5-billion second headquarters the giant online retailer plans to build.

The largest concentration of contenders is in the Northeast; Los Angeles is the only finalist west of the Rocky Mountains.


The list includes Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Toronto; Washington; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; Nashville; Newark, N.J.; and Columbus, Ohio. It also listed northern Virginia and Maryland's Montgomery County — both near Washington, D.C. — as potential sites.

Amazon said that in the coming months, it would work with each finalist location "to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership" before making a final decision later this year.
Translation, they will try to extort the highest bribe of corporate welfare. Since state and local taxes are so regressive, lower income people will pay proportionally more.


When Amazon issued its request for a proposal from bidders, the company said it would give priority to areas with more than 1 million people that are within 45 minutes of an international airport.

Amazon also said it's looking for an area that has a "highly educated labor pool" and a "strong university system."

The e-commerce titan also made it clear that it's looking for incentives, such as tax breaks.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018


I am posting less for a few days because my newer laptop is in the shop, and I'm using an old one with 1 G of Ram which is very, very slow on the internet.

EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards