Friday, May 01, 2020

Reliable and unreliable media


Links to my posts with links to reliability of various "news" web sites

Media bias chart
http://patriciashannon.blogspot.com/2018/01/media-bias-chart.html

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts according to Forbes
http://patriciashannon.blogspot.com/2017/03/10-journalism-brands-where-you-find.html

Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors
http://patriciashannon.blogspot.com/2016/07/snopes-field-guide-to-fake-news-sites.html

Honest Reporting
http://patriciashannon.blogspot.com/2017/03/honest-reporting.html

If You’re A Liberal, Stop Sharing Links From These Fake News Sites
http://patriciashannon.blogspot.com/2017/03/if-youre-liberal-stop-sharing-links.html

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Fact-checking sites:

https://www.snopes.com/

http://www.politifact.com/

http://factcheck.org/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/

https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/category/fact-checking-project/

Friday, March 15, 2019

Media bias chart


Pretty much fits my observations of the ones I am familiar with.




Sunday, March 10, 2019

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.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/berlinschoolofcreativeleadership/2017/02/01/10-journalism-brands-where-you-will-find-real-facts-rather-than-alternative-facts/#341d134ae9b5

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

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.

http://www.snopes.com/2016/01/14/fake-news-sites/

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.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Roads Washed Out, Dozens of Sinkholes Reported as Flash Flooding Slams Upper Midwest
https://weather.com/news/news/2018-06-17-flash-flooding-minnesota-michigan-wisconsin


On May 17, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Aimovig for the preventive treatment of migraines in adults with episodic or chronic migraines.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/18/health/migraine-treatment-fda-bn/index.html


Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/17/secret-va-nursing-home-ratings-hide-poor-quality-care/674829002/


Giant Hogweed, an invasive plant that can cause third-degree burns and permanent blindness, has been found in Virginia, according to researchers at the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech.
So far, there has been just one confirmed sighting of Giant Hogweed — in Clarke County, Virginia, but the dangerous plant also grows in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, according to CBS.
The plant can easily be mistaken for other harmless plants, such as Queen Anne’s Lace and Cow Parsnip.
http://whnt.com/2018/06/17/plant-that-causes-third-degree-burns-blindness-found-in-virginia/


All about 'plogging': The new eco-friendly workout trend
https://www.nbcnews.com/better/pop-culture/all-about-plogging-newest-eco-friendly-workout-trend-ncna882886


Pittsburgh cartoonist says he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jun/17/pittsburgh-post-gazette-rob-rogers-cartoons


An insect Armageddon is under way, say many entomologists, the result of a multiple whammy of environmental impacts: pollution, habitat changes, overuse of pesticides, and global warming. And it is a decline that could have crucial consequences. Our creepy crawlies may have unsettling looks but they lie at the foot of a wildlife food chain that makes them vitally important to the makeup and nature of the countryside. They are “the little things that run the world” according to the distinguished Harvard biologist Edward O Wilson, who once observed: “If all humankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”
[I have only seen a few fireflies in my yeard for the past few years. Used to be a lot.]
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/17/where-have-insects-gone-climate-change-population-decline

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Trump told 4 lies about the inspector general report in one short Fox News hit
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/15/17467706/trump-inspector-general-fox-news


Greater levels of vitamin D associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer
[Too much vitamin D is toxic.]
Except under medical supervision and monitoring, intake of vitamin D3 must not exceed 10,000 IU per day. Blood serum levels exceeding 125 ng/ml have been linked to adverse side effects, such as nausea, constipation, weight loss, heart rhythm problems and kidney damage.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uoc--glo061518.php


The results of a 23-year, follow-up study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) suggest early, intensive treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has long-term benefits including the normalisation of mortality to levels consistent with the general population.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/elar-eit061518.php


Large international study links blood vitamin D levels to colorectal cancer risk
However, risk did not continue to decline at the highest concentrations.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/acs-lis061118.php


Flavor additives used in electronic cigarettes and related tobacco products could impair blood vessel function and may be an early indicator of heart damage
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/aha-tae061118.php


Teenage girls who regularly binge drink may fail to reach their peak bone mass
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/joso-bmm060818.php


In a recent study, scientists at the Department of Cardiology at the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have identified an enzyme responsible for aircraft-related vascular damage. The researchers were also able to show that night-time noise has a particularly harmful effect and thus demand that night-time sleep be protected from noise.
Aircraft noise leads to an increased development of cardiovascular diseases in the long term, as a series of precursor studies has now shown unequivocally. In 2013, the research group of Professor Thomas Münzel succeeded in demonstrating that simulated nocturnal noise increases the stress hormone epinephrine, reduces sleep quality, and damages the vascular system, called endothelial dysfunction. Further studies on a newly developed animal model showed last year that aircraft noise leads to a significant increase in stress hormones, a vascular dysfunction, increased oxidative stress, and inflammatory processes in the vessels as well as a marked change in the expression of genes in the vessel wall.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/jgum-msi061318.php


House Republicans propose financial penalties for states that block offshore drilling
[Why do republicans only think states rights are important when it would lead to evil, not to allow states to protect people, the environment, etc.]
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/06/13/house-republicans-propose-financial-penalties-for-states-that-block-offshore-drilling/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f7e0336bd35a


Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uonc-ust061318.php


Children with eye conditions commonly referred to as lazy eye and crossed eyes were slower at marking answers on multiple-choice answer forms typically used in timed, standardized tests
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/jn-cec061218.php


The effect of portable music players on the hearing of children is unclear. A new study found that about 1 in 7 children (9 to 11 years of age) showed signs of noise-induced hearing impairment, prior to exposure to known noise hazards such as club and concert attendance. Portable music players, used by 40 percent of 2,075 children in the study from the Netherlands, were associated with high-frequency hearing loss. Repeated measurements are needed to confirm this association.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/jn-apm061218.php


Patients maintain muscle mass 5 years after surgically induced weight loss
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/byu-spm061418.php


. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason - a food allergen.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/nhla-nrf061318.php


The scientists found that linuron, which is used as a pesticicide, impaired the males' fertility, and that tadpoles developed ovaries instead of testicles to a greater extent, which caused a female-biased sex ratio
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uu-epi061318.php


The American College of Physicians (ACP), together with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of Texas vs. the United States. The College strongly opposes a lawsuit that would jeopardize key health care protections patients rely on that were put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
ACP is concerned that this case risks turning back the clock on federal health policy and that it would disregard several vital provisions of the ACA-- making it harder for patients to access care and for physicians to treat them. Should the case move forward, protections for patients with pre-existing conditions would be eliminated; annual and life-time dollar limits on coverage plans could be reinstated, negatively impacting patients who need it the most; and individuals under the age of 26 would no longer be eligible to be covered by their parents' health plans.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/acop-wmo061418.php


study by researchers investigating the 2015 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, found that a syringe services program is an important tool to control and prevent HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs in a nonurban area
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/iu-sep061418.php


161 genetic factors for myopia identified
"We have known for some time that education-related behavior is a major environmental factor in developing short-sightedness", said co-author Professor Norbert Pfeiffer, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mainz University Medical Center. It was unclear which role close-up work during reading plays in the process, or if lack of sunlight is responsible. The new results provide important insights into the underlying biological mechanisms. They also support the most important advice Pfeiffer can give to concerned parents as a preventive measure against myopia: "Send your kids to play outside for two hours every day. And it's not just their eyes that will benefit."
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/jgum-1gf061418.php


Both quantity and quality of sleep affect cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/mgh-bqa060718.php


Gum disease may be a key initiator of rheumatoid arthritis related autoimmunity
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/elar-gdm061418.php


not only may opioid use increase the risk of bone fractures, but opioids may also impair healing.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/lsuh-swi061518.php

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Citibank will pay a huge fine for manipulating an important interest rate.
The bank settled with attorneys general in 42 states for $100 million. Following an investigation, the states said Citibank manipulated Libor, a benchmark interest rate that helps set lending rates across the world.
Citibank made millions of dollars of gains from its "fraudulent conduct," the attorneys general said.
http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/15/news/companies/citibank-libor/index.html


Supermassive black hole violently swallows star, and researchers watch
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/15/supermassive-black-hole-eats-star-and-researchers-watch/704374002/


Peggy Whitson, NASA's record-breaking astronaut, announces retirement
She's spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions. She's also the world's most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 under her spacesuit belt.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/peggy-whitson-retires-1.4708376

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West Antarctic ice melt poses unique threat to U.S.
https://www.axios.com/losing-ice-from-west-antarctica-threatens-us-coast-e2beb1aa-d68a-4c50-acf1-e716e66d5403.html


Antarctica’s ice is melting 3 times faster than in 2007
Antarctica is melting so fast, scientists say, that it will contribute 6 inches to sea-level rise by 2100.
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/antarcticas-ice-is-melting-3-times-faster-than-in-2007/


New York’s attorney general filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity and saying that Trump had repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at 2016 campaign events.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-york-files-suit-against-president-trump-alleging-his-charity-engaged-in-illegal-conduct/2018/06/14/c3cbf71e-6fc9-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c95c07ce4887


Combining fat and carbs overloads the brain and makes us overeat
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/combining-fat-carbs-overloads-brain-makes-us-overeat-n883201


According to a recent paper, relaxing land use regulations in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City could increase the average U.S. worker’s income by almost $9,000 a year and add trillions to the economy.
Economists Chang-Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago and Enrico Moretti of the University of California, Berkeley argue that U.S. workers are poorer because certain cities use zoning to constrain their housing supply, limiting the number of workers who can share in those cities’ economic success. They conclude that these exclusionary zoning policies lowered the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by more than 50 percent between 1964 and 200
https://www.theregreview.org/2018/06/14/somogyi-zoning-codes-gdp/


Disposable wipes – essentially baby wipes designed for adults – have become the scourge of residential and municipal sewer systems around the world.
Nonwoven cloths have been getting stuck in pipes and sewer machinery, creating massive, expensive clogs in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, London and many other places for years, sparking lawsuits from cities and consumers.
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/may/26/disposable-wipes-sewer-toilet-cities-flushable


Human disturbance is turning mammals into night owls, with species becoming more nocturnal when people are around, research has revealed.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/14/human-activity-making-mammals-more-nocturnal-study-finds


A new NASA-led study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number.
The new study projects atmospheric rivers will be significantly longer and wider than the ones we observe today, leading to more frequent atmospheric river conditions in affected areas.
https://skepticalscience.com/2018-SkS-Weekly-News-Roundup_21.html


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The team of biologists surveyed select species around the world to determine how the hues of modern light-emitting diode (LED) lamps affect wildlife. They found that blues and whites are worst while yellow, amber and green are more benign. Some creatures, including sea turtles and insects, are especially vulnerable.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uosc-cws061118.php


Intensifying river floods could lead to regional production losses worldwide caused by global warming. This might not only hamper local economies around the globe - the effects might also propagate through the global network of trade and supply chains
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/pifc-cft052518.php


Limiting global warming to 1.5°C could avoid around 3.3 million cases of dengue fever per year in Latin America and the Caribbean alone
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoea-lgw052518.php


Fires ignited by lightning have and will likely continue to increase across the Mediterranean and temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere under a warmer climate
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/psu-cci053018.php


Sunny California may be getting too sunny. Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once common low-lying morning clouds in many southern coastal areas of the state, leading to increased risk of wildfires, says a new study.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/teia-hid053018.php


Changing our lifestyles and the way we travel could have as big - if not more of an impact on CO2 transport emissions, as electric vehicles and the transport technology revolution, according to new Oxford University research.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoo-ktc053018.php


Hazardous chemicals such as bromine, antimony and lead are finding their way into food-contact items and other everyday products because manufacturers are using recycled electrical equipment as a source of black plastic
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uop-rep052918.php


The wealthiest areas of the world will experience fewer changes in local climate compared to the poorest regions if global average surface temperatures reach the 1.5°C or 2°C limit set by the Paris agreement, according to new research.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uom-gwh052918.php


A truck kicking up dust as it speeds down a dirt road is a typical image in country music videos. But this dust from unpaved roads is also an environmental and health hazard. To prevent dust clouds, some states treat dirt motorways with oil and gas wastewater. Now one group reports in Environmental Science & Technology that this wastewater contains harmful pollutants that have the potential to do more harm than good.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/acs-oag052518.php


Policymakers are being misinformed by the results of economic models that underestimate the future risks of climate change impacts, according to a new journal paper by authors in the United States and the United Kingdom, which is published t4 June 2018.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/lsoe-ems053118.php


Plastic nanoparticles - these are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1 micrometre in size - could potentially contaminate food chains, and ultimately affect human health, according to a recent study by scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). They discovered that nanoplastics are easily ingested by marine organisms, and they accumulate in the organisms over time, with a risk of being transferred up the food chain, threatening food safety and posing health risks.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/nuos-nai053118.php


What would happen if all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles were removed from a smaller European city? Up to 4% of all premature deaths could be prevented, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/lu-the060418.php


Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by changing how we travel, heat homes, use devices
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/iifa-gwc060118.php


Since the 1960s, scientists at the University of Vermont have been documenting the decline of red spruce trees, casualties of the damage caused by acid rain on northeastern forests.
But now, surprising new research shows that red spruce are making a comeback--and that a combination of reduced pollution mandated by the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act and changing climate are behind the resurgence.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uov-sro060518.php


Weather-related disasters can make people more religious but it depends on the toll they inflict, suggests new UBC research. If a disaster injures a significant number of people, it can strengthen religiosity among those who are already religious. But if a disaster inflicts mostly economic damage, the opposite effect applies.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uobc-ial060518.php


A two year project to repeat a famous bird survey by driving over 20, 000km in a 4x4 across Botswana has confirmed researchers' fears: many birds of prey are fast disappearing from one of Africa's last great wilderness areas.
Reported sightings of iconic species of eagle and vulture declined by as much as 80% compared with the previous survey, while some migrant species recorded last time have vanished,
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uoct-ssb060618.php


Pollution is changing the fungi that provide mineral nutrients to tree roots, which could explain malnutrition trends in Europe's trees.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/icl-pht060418.php


Nutrient pollution makes ocean acidification worse for coral reefs
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uoha-npm060518.php


Nutritional quality of fish and squid reduced by warm water events
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uos-nqo060718.php


Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and flooding, according to a new study published Wednesday (June 6) in the journal Nature.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uow-has060718.php


Consumer food choices can help reduce greenhouse emissions contributing to climate change
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/tuhs-cfc060718.php


After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September of 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began distributing emergency food. An analysis of 10 consecutive days of federal food aid delivered during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria reveals that much of this food exceeded the dietary limits for sodium, added sugars and saturated fats outlined in federal dietary guidelines.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/n2-ffa053118.php


Moderate and extreme temperatures could increase the risk of occupational injuries
Extremes of cold and heat increased the risk of injury by 4% and 9%, respectively.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/bifg-mae060718.php


Ukrainian villages still suffering legacy of Chernobyl more than 30 years on
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uoe-uvs060718.php


If no action is taken to reduce the negative impacts on agricultural yields, the researchers estimate that the environmental changes predicted to occur by mid- to end-century in water availability and ozone concentrations would reduce average yields of vegetables and legumes by 35% and 9% respectively. In hot settings such as Southern Europe and large parts of Africa and South Asia, increased air temperatures would reduce average vegetable yields by an estimated 31%.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/lsoh-pec060818.php


Which food type is more environmentally costly to produce -- livestock, farmed seafood, or wild-caught fish?
The answer is, it depends. But in general, industrial beef production and farmed catfish are the most taxing on the environment, while small, wild-caught fish and farmed mollusks like oysters, mussels and scallops have the lowest environmental impact, according to a new analysis.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uow-cmt060618.php


The results show that warmer temperatures by the end of this century will reduce yields of corn/maize throughout the world, confirming previous research. But the study also shows dramatic increases in the variability of corn yields from one year to the next and the likelihood of simultaneous low yields across multiple high-producing regions, which could lead to price hikes and global shortages.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uow-wcw060618.php