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Which ‘news’ is ‘real’ and which is ‘fake’?

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I came across this article about how it’s unlikely that the Washington Post – supposed 1960s bastion of investigative reporting – will ever report on Jeff Bezos and his relationship with the CIA.

That’s because that would take money off the table.

In a market economy, there’s no doubt in my mind that the profit motive is important, but how does it affect ‘news’ and more importantly, the credibility of that news source?

We’ve endured decades of garbage from the likes of PostMedia, Rebel Media and many traditional outlets (who hasn’t yelled at their radio while some moron throws thought grenades out across his microphone) and others that simply want to fan the flames.  And when the flames go out, they light them up again.

Let’s pivot to England and see that the Guardian is reporting on Bill Gates’ statement that ‘Tens of millions could be killed by eco-terrorism’.  This is a shocking and alarmist article, but doesn’t seem to be getting much press, well, anywhere.

Unfortunately, a Google search only yields Business Insider and Breitbart (but only on an unrelated topic).

When someone I would consider to be a world leader makes a pretty shocking statement like that, why is no one covering it?

We get more press about McDonald’s going to all day breakfast sandwiches (which in my view is the extreme version of fake news being spewed by the likes of ‘credible’ institutions like the CBC) than we do about something like this.

I know so many people are wrestling with this, especially when the ‘Leader of the Free World’ declares that everyone is fake news, but only because they’re questioning his sanity.

In an interesting twist, I too was accused of basically being a Kellyanne Conway clone because I don’t trust the media, but I bring it back to how things got twisted by the Canadian Conservatives when talking about the census.  I refused to do the census because it was being managed and handled by Lockheed-Martin.  My words were spun in a way that I was now a frothing at the mouth libertarian that didn’t want government in my life.

This was a lie at my expense.  More importantly, my belief system was manipulated into this awful and disgusting Frankenstein-like abortion of intent that I was permanently pushed away from the Conservative Party of Canada.

(Likewise now for the Liberals who have pushed me away from voting for them ever again because they stole my vote under the promise of electoral reform).

I see this today with the media and don’t have a solution for understanding how badly our information is being manipulated against us in order to create a story that suits a handful of old white men determined to f*ck the world royally for their own gain.

All I can do is try to summarize and see if that helps us at least set the stage for creating or stimulating ‘real’ conversation about critically important issues:

  1. News is vital to a functioning democracy.   Without it, we have some kind of ‘ism’ (Fascism, Socialism, Communism, take your pick).
  2. The vast majority of news is suspect because it’s driven by the profit-motive.  Full disclosure might solve that problem.
  3. The vast majority of ‘public’ news is susceptible to interference by third-parties and propaganda. Again, full disclosure might help, but it’s unlikely.
  4. People need motivation (usually financial, but fear is another good reason) to properly research stories.
  5. Stories need an audience.
  6. Audience exists for at least two reasons:  desire for truth and desire for entertainment.
  7. People are dropping paid subscriptions – and the life-blood of news investigation – in favour of secondary and alternative sources.  Advertisers are disappearing. For-profit companies are losing money hand over fist.

When you piece together the central issues, it’s easy to see how people can easily be herded towards what they want to hear, which is what is happening in all camps, including the Trump base.

What’s the solution? Here are some basic ideas:

In Canada, we spend about a billion per year on the CBC.  A lot of it goes into garbage like Schitt’s Creek and dozens of other Cancon projects.

  1. Let’s start by properly allocating public funds for proper public investigation and stop with the entertainment side of the business.
  2. Let’s create a free source of news that all Canadians – including for-profit news companies – can access, read, report on and interpret for the benefit of all Canadians.
  3. Let’s stop the CBC from posting stories that have been paid for by private companies and PR experts.
  4. Let’s instead put some of the funds that are spent on companies like Canada News Wire and give out investigative research grants to people that successfully pitch and win the money.
  5. And let’s make sure that we continue to work in a transparent environment so that we can understand who’s behind the story.

Let’s own the news.  It’s our right.  It’s our obligation.

Hey Vacci-Nazis: Earn $100k from Robert DeNiro & RKF Jr.

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Robert DeNiro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are offering $100K US (!!) to anyone that can prove vaccines are safe.

Story here.

On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don’t harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children,” Kennedy said at the joint press conference Wednesday.

The cash challenge is offered through Kennedy’s World Mercury Project for anyone “who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women.”

And just in case you wanted to go all ape-shit on DeNiro or others that are trying to educate the public about how badly we’re being manipulated into damaging our children, please read this quote from DeNiro:

“I think the movie (Vaxxed) is something that people should see,” he said. “There’s a lot of information about things that are happening with the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies, there’s a lot of things that are not said. I, as a parent of a child who has autism, I’m concerned. And I want to know the truth. I’m not anti-vaccine. I want safe vaccines.

I’m not anti-vaccine.  I want safe vaccines.

I’ll add to DeNiro’s quote:  I want companies that make profit removed from the vaccination industry.

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Trump’s Closed Door Policy Opens The World To New Reichstag Moment

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The famous quote from Shakepeare:  ‘All the world’s a stage and we are merely players’.

What we are witnessing with the new Trump regime is nothing short of a bizarrely concocted series of theatrics into making the world think that there’s some sanity holding sway in the United States.

The recent decision by the federal appeals court against Trumps closed door immigration and refugee policy is case in point.

Trump’s outrage is enormously public and … on cue.

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This is all a well scripted act.

The rejection of Trump’s closed policy will open the door to the next big ‘Reichstag moment’ in the United States.
Wait for it.
It will come.
They do not have the patience for a Supreme Court challenge (even though they control it now).
And then the shit will really hit the fan.
Martial law.  No more rights.  No more privacy (not that we have any).
Complete and utter concentration of control at the top.
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Quote for our times

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I marvel at the simple notion that we are now run by a gaggle of 70 year-olds that swear by deregulation and dog-eat-dog capitalism but they live in gated communities that will turf you out if you dare paint your door a different colour.

Me, Feb 8, 2017.

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Electoral Reform Petition: Tell Them You Care

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There is an official petition concerning electoral reform available here:

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-616

Please sign it, send it and share it.

Our future depends on it.

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