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...bad people usually manage to jam themselves up and in a way that’s better than anything you could have dreamt up.
MUCH #Truth there!
 
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Brand new, hot off the virtual press! So timely. So clear. So important to heed science and reality.

COVER YOUR FREAKIN' FACE! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody


Seriously... Think of the rest of the world, loved ones included.
Respect our fellow inhabitants of our neighbors and our world; listen to science & facts!

#currentevents #randyrainbow #masks #COVID19 #pandemic #truth #satire #coronavirus
 
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May All Be Revealed


https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/may-all-be-revealed-c82cd776c702

“If wars can be started by lies then they can be stopped by truth.”
#JulianAssange
“That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be.”
#PCHodgell
#mayallberevealed #caitlinjohnstone #johnstone #quotes #truth #humanity
 
Didn't the Supremes decide somewhere back that the 2nd's "militia" is in actuality the National Guard? I can't remember... :(
And if you can’t keep your kids from finding your loaded handgun and shooting their siblings, you ain’t gonna be overthrowing a tyrannical anything.
#Truth!

Even idiots have rights, though. Limitations are set by laws, but idiocy is always a variable that we can't seem to avoid. :(
 
OsakaAli ain’t nothin’ but a Nazi.
Uh, I guess.

Joe, joe, joe, joe, ..... joeeee. { #TRUTH } ⊄ { @**joe braun}
 

An HN reader comments: I'd like a world where everyone consistently applies critical thinking to all sources of information.


That specifically Does. Not Scale.
[1]It fails two ways:
  • Individuals suffer information overload, trust breakdown, and validation fatigue.
  • Society finds itself with no common foundation of common shared facts and mechanisms. All points of view are asserted to be equally valid, expertise is entirely dismissed. Tribal beliefs are asserted as true (for Us) and invalid (if Them).
There is, I'll posit, a broad gulf between "verify everything" and "be prepared to question any belief". One varient of the latter is "strong opinions, weakly held". I'm not fully convinced this is a valid model, but it seems a good initial approach. It addresses both the need. to act in the moment, based on. partial information, and the realisation that this information and conclusions based on it may be faulty. The problem occurs when making decisions with no recourse --- betting the farm, burning the boats.

Otherwise, I lean strongly on Baconian, Pragmatic principles: our brains, both individually and socially, are sense-making organs, optimising for practical benefit. A challenge is that subject to perception, processing, and model-generation costs, complexity and rigour, though affording greater accuracy and precision, have enormous costs.

A manifestly false assumption of rational markets (and behaviour) theory is that information is free. It's not --- it has extraordinary costs, and model formation and coordination --- getting everyone on the same page --- are among the highest. We're constantly facing a complexity cost constraint (this is the essence of Gresham's law), in which a much simpler model is, under relaxed environmental selection, often more useful, as it permits discarding expensive perception, processing, and model transmission (education of the population). Which works fine until environmental selection mechanisms are increased.

What a trust, not in authority but in expertise, has to offer, suject to sufficient checks, is an efficient distribution of information, processing, and model formation. This is the ultimate aim of Baconian Science, expressed in the motto of the Royal Society: In nullis verba --- on the word of no person. Rather, it is justified trust in experiment, experience, integrity, and institutions, that gets you this.

Mind, the usual problem is that power-serving institutions have a staggering tendency to become self-serving and select not based on truth but on self-interest. Correcting for this tendency is the great problem of polity, commercial, social, justice, and moral systems.[2]

Notes:

  • As I was composing this reply, another HNer in a different thread makes similar remarks: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23450409
  • This piece comes as I'm trying to wrestle another essay on truth and epistemology. Though it, so far, is winning.
#truth #belief #socialKnowledge #culturalKnowledge #RogerBacon #trust #belief #pragmatism #GreshamsLaw
 
and at the moment, my species has a heckuva lot of work ahead of it, if they’re going to survive the results of their own practices.
More #Truth!
 
@Rasmus Fuhse do you actually make music?

seriously, Queen isn't the worst band in the world, but I wouldn't exactly call them good. If you need proof, try going out and doing a random sample of people to see how many have Queen in their album collections (and I'm talking actual physical albums, not some downloads that were free). Fact is, next to no one alive wanted to spend actual money on that stuff, and for good reason. Had Wayne's World combined with MTV not shoved Queen back into the pop consciousness back in the 90s, they'd be well forgotten by now. #TRUTH
Lot of Queens music was almost sort of a joke and a pun of itself....
Flash Gordon, Radio GaGa.... and honestly, ask the typical person on the street to name a Queen song outside of Bohemian, Another one bites the dust, and We will rock you (solidified into consciousness mostly due to sports) and you'll basically draw blanks.
Whitesnake is a much better band than Queen, there was at least some technical merit there, and I wouldn't exactly call Whitesnake good either. (but for some reason the pop lords decided they'd rather shove Queen more down people's gullet than Whitesnake for whatever reason).
but whatever "New Kids On The Block had a lot of hits....."

It's not like people that don't do music know much about music anyhow.

I'm just layin it out there
don't shoot the messenger.
 

The Dictum That Truth Always Triumphs Over Persecution Is One of Those Pleasant Falsehoods Which All Experience Refutes

But, indeed, the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries.

To speak only of religious opinions: the Reformation broke out at least twenty times before Luther, and was put down. Arnold of Brescia was put down. Fra Dolcino was put down. Savonarola was put down. The Albigeois were put down. The Vaudois were put down. The Lollards were put down. The Hussites were put down. Even after the era of Luther, wherever persecution was persisted in, it was successful. In Spain, Italy, Flanders, the Austrian empire, Protestantism was rooted out; and, most likely, would have been so in England, had Queen Mary lived, or Queen Elizabeth died. Persecution has always succeeded, save where the heretics were too strong a party to be effectually persecuted. No reasonable person can doubt that Christianity might have been extirpated in the Roman empire. It spread, and became predominant, because the persecutions were only occasional, lasting but a short time, and separated by long intervals of almost undisturbed propagandism.

It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as truth, has any inherent power denied to error, of prevailing against the dungeon and the stake. Men are not more zealous for truth than they often are for error, and a sufficient application of legal or even of social penalties will generally succeed in stopping the propagation of either.

The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favourable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it."
-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty https://www.utilitarianism.com/ol/two.html

#JohnStuartMill #Truth #FreeSpeech #OnLiberty
 
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Quote of note:

"Truth is literally a matter of life and death."

"This is not a novel concept for those of us in the IC. Inscribed on the wall when you enter CIA’s headquarters is this biblical inscription: 'And Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free'. After nearly 20 years in the IC, I know that the inscription is no mere inspirational saying. It reflects a core value at the heart of the intelligence profession. As indeed it must. The security of the American people and that of our allies depends on intelligence professionals seeking the truth and providing it to the nation’s leaders."

Via Seek and Speak the Truth

#truth #intelligence #myphoto
 
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"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -- Plato

#truth #fear
 
Two reasons he is not quite lying.

1) He doesn't remember and he reshapes that to "I didn't know" to help in the current context. His brain clearly is pretty much shot at this point as evidenced by his every attempt at extemporaneous speech. He probably doesn't remember much of anything especially since few things are of enough importance to him to make a lasting impression.

2) When he was young he told lies. Everyone does. He suffered fewer consequences than most people and as he got older his wealth guaranteed he would be surrounded by sycophants who would never call him on anything he said. Without social limits his mendacity blossomed until he had developed a manner of speaking and thinking that had no need for independent truth. The "facts" included in his pronouncements are merely rhetorical tools for expressing emotion-based content to effect desired results in his environment. It probably confuses him when people pick apart what to him is a gestalt to be understood by its intent. In many of these cases I don't think he is aware he is speaking untruths.

#Trump #truth #speech
 
Of course he is.

Biden Is Still Lying About His Positions on Social Security Cuts, the Bankruptcy Bill, and More

"Former Vice President Joe Biden told at least five lies during Sunday night’s one-one-one Democratic presidential debate with his last remaining opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Networks and outlets from CNN to Politico covered the debate as a win for Biden."

#election2020 #truth #lies
 
This is fscking bullsh1t. History must be told truthfully, regardless of political overtones.

National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump

"The Archives acknowledged in a statement this week that it made multiple alterations to the photo of the 2017 Women’s March showcased at the museum, blurring signs held by marchers that were critical of Trump. Words on signs that referenced women’s anatomy were also blurred."

"In the original version of the 2017 photograph, taken by Getty Images photographer Mario Tama, the street is packed with marchers carrying a variety of signs, with the Capitol in the background. In the Archives version, at least four of those signs are altered."

"A placard that proclaims 'God Hates Trump' has 'Trump' blotted out so that it reads 'God Hates'. A sign that reads \'Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women' has the word Trump blurred out."

"Archive officials did not respond to a request to provide examples of previous instances in which the Archives altered a document or photograph so as not to engage in political controversy."

#truth #transparency #history #NationalArchives
 
Quote of note:

"As I watch the media be more skeptical about the Iran escalation than I've ever seen them in my life when it comes to military action, I'm struck by the idea that Trump may have done us a big favor. Skepticism over the rationales the government uses for war has usually been in short supply at times like these so perhaps the fact that Trump is an inveterate liar --- and his government is too --- has finally opened their eyes to the fact that all is often not as it seems in these situations. If we get through this, the key will be to hold them to this when someone other than Trump is doing it. Because he certainly is not the first. He and his men are just so crude and lacking in credibility that it's impossible not to notice." -- Heather Digby Parton

Via Maybe Trump has done us a little favor?

#war #journalism #truth
 
@Michael Moceri only an idiot would pick on you for referencing gun safety rules.

#Truth!



I've stated my position of firearms ownership and most here will notice that I do NOT participate in the debates of that subject at all. I most definitely agree with @Dr. Cassone's comment above.
 
We've bought the fish antibiotics before. We've never ever owned a fish. #truth
 

How America Created Its Shameful Wealth Gap


I'm passing this one along in the clear instead of in privately shared Aspects as I think its important that the message gets out that is contained within it. It will likely draw attacks from the various Alt-Right, White Supremist and Neo-Nazi crowd on some of the other pods (which often happens when I make posts in public on Diaspora) as they don't want facts known that don't fit their misinformation and lies they use to inflate their egos and recruit to their Hate Groups.



#CurrentEvents #SocialIssues #RobertReich #Economics #Wealth #USA #Inequity #YouCannotFrugalOutOfThis #Science #SocialScience #Truth #Racism
 
” #Suicided” for #exposing the #truth, #RIP and #make-it-viral, barely a mention of her in the msm:
Jennifer Jaynes Cause of Death | Jennifer Jaynes Dead

Schooltips: Jennifer Jaynes Cause of Death | Jennifer Jaynes Dead (schooltips)

 
” #Suicided” for #exposing the #truth, #RIP and #make-it-viral, barely a mention of her in the msm:
Jennifer Jaynes Cause of Death | Jennifer Jaynes Dead

Schooltips: Jennifer Jaynes Cause of Death | Jennifer Jaynes Dead (schooltips)

 
Doug Senko - about 7 hours ago
Guy was a Republican for 90% of his life.

Paul Ferguson - about 7 hours ago
Still is as far as I’m concerned.

#TRUTH

 
Quote of the day:

"Democrats are more likely to say they rely on scientists and academics, while Republicans are more likely to trust what they hear from President Trump."

Via 47% of Americans say they struggle to determine whether information is true

#truth #facts #propaganda #disinformation
 
Just the facts... not opinion, spin, or "fake" disinformation.
Stay tuned...
"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names."
- Confucius
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
- Buddha

Subpoenas mark first concrete steps for Trump impeachment


#impeachment #corruption #lies #lordofthelies #coverup #reality #facts #truth #crisis #constitution
 
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The #naked #truth

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvellous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbours no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

The world famous painting- "The Truth coming out of the well" Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.
 
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The #naked #truth

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvellous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbours no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

The world famous painting- "The Truth coming out of the well" Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.
 
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The #naked #truth

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvellous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbours no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

The world famous painting- "The Truth coming out of the well" Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.
 

Global Cooling


NASA's John L. Casey's research:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+l+casey

Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever:


Peter Temple:


Climatologist Dr Richard Keen:


Russian Scientists predict global cooling:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f_bBMkIP8s

Please do not spin away in a huff yelling "Climate Denier", "Climate Denier".

Look at the videos...
#globalwarming
#pffffft.
#globalcooling
#truth
#AlGoreLied
#ItIsAllAboutNormalEarthCyclesAndThatIsIt
 
THIS is the most important thing you will read all week.

Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement

"In 2014, Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist born in the Soviet Union, published 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible', which drew on his years working in Russian television to describe a society in giddy, hysterical flight from enlightenment empiricism. He wrote of how state-controlled Russian broadcasting 'became ever more twisted, the need to incite panic and fear ever more urgent; rationality was tuned out, and Kremlin-friendly cults and hatemongers were put on prime time'."

"Since 2016, the book has enjoyed a new life among people struggling to make sense of the dual shocks of Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory. Both catastrophes demonstrated the triumph of xenophobic post-truth politics, and both were assisted by Russian information warfare. Pomerantsev’s book about Russia suddenly seemed prophetic about the rest of the world."

"Now, he’s written a penetrating follow-up, 'This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality', that is partly an effort to make sense of how the disorienting phenomena he observed in Russia went global. The child of exiled Soviet dissidents, Pomerantsev juxtaposes his family’s story — unfolding at a time when ideas, art and information seemed to challenge tyranny — with a present in which truth scarcely appears to matter."

"'During glasnost, it seemed that the truth would set everybody free', he writes. 'Facts seemed possessed of power; dictators seemed so afraid of facts that they suppressed them. But something has gone drastically wrong: We have access to more information and evidence than ever, but facts seem to have lost their power'."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #Truth #Propaganda #PysOps #InformationWarfare

The New York Times: Opinion | Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement (By MICHELLE GOLDBERG)

 
Worth a read.

Opinion: The weaponisation of information is mutating at alarming speed

"Communication has been weaponised, used to provoke, mislead and influence the public in numerous insidious ways. Disinformation was just the first stage of an evolving trend of using information to subvert democracy, confuse rival states, define the narrative and control public opinion. Using the large, unregulated, open environments that tech companies once promised would “empower” ordinary people, disinformation has spread rapidly across the globe. The power that tech companies offered us has become a priceless tool in propagandists’ hands, who were right in thinking that a confused, rapidly globalising world is more vulnerable to the malleable beast of disinformation than straightforward propaganda. Whatever we do, however many fact-checking initiatives we undertake, disinformation shows no sign of abating. It just mutates."

"While initially countries that were seasoned propagandists, such as Russia and North Korea, were identified as the main culprits, the list of states employing disinformation is growing. China is apparently using disinformation to portray Hong Kong protesters as proxies of nefarious western powers and violent rioters, potentially to prepare the ground for more violent intervention to suppress the movement. India has been the host of constant disinformation campaigns, either ahead of the most recent elections or during the current standoff with Pakistan over Kashmir. Lobbying and PR firms have now professionalised online disinformation, as the cases of Sir Lynton Crosby’s CTF Partners in the UK and the troll farms in the Philippines indicate."

"The next stage in the weaponisation of information is the increasing effort to control information flows and therefore public opinion, quite often using – ironically enough – the spectre of disinformation as the excuse to do so. Internet shutdowns made headlines recently during India’s communications blackout in Kashmir but they have already become commonplace in Africa. Access Now has reported that internet shutdowns between 2016 and 2018 more than doubled. According to some reports, the app used by protesters in Hong Kong to coordinate, Telegram, also received a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack from mainland China."

#InformationWarfare #Truth

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The use of the word "Concentration Camps"

From Arnheim:

Americans tend to conflate the idea of “concentration camps” with “death camps” because that’s how the simplified version of the war’s history presents them. Most of the concentration facilities run by the Nazi regime eventually became “death camps,” especially once it was clear that the Reich was on the back foot—but on the most literal level, the purpose of a concentration camp is right there in the name: to concentrate a group of people (often considered “undesirable”) in a limited space for ease of both containment and control.

In that sense, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct about what we are doing to undocumented immigrants in this country: we are placing them in concentration camps. We needn’t be yanking their gold teeth, performing medical experiments on them, or shoving them all into a concrete room for a “shower” (please understand that I’m not making light of any of those things) in order for the fact that they’re in concentration camps to be true.

We did the same thing to Japanese-Americans during WW II—we just like to tell ourselves it was different from what the Reich was doing because we weren’t actively feeding anyone to furnaces.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct to call the camps we’re detaining other human beings in “concentration camps.” She’s being called out because of the emotional resonance that term has in our history that exists entirely separately from its clinical meaning, but she is not wrong.

It’s just kinda galling to watch the people who’re freaking out over her (admittedly pathos-based-and-triggering) phrasing also praise Trump’s categorization of our undocumented immigration situation as “an invasion” (which is another pathos-steeped loaded label specifically designed to elicit an emotional response).


#CurrentEvents #Immigration #Truth
 
When the onion seems more like real news than the real news, we are really hosed.
@William Robison... Ugh... #Truth!
 
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