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Carl Sagan's "Baloney Detection Kit": A Toolkit That Can Help You Scientifically Separate Sense from Nonsense | Open Culture
Given the embarrassing wealth of access to information and educational tools, maybe it’s fair to say that the first and last line of defense should be our own critical reasoning. When we fail to verify news—using resources we all have in hand (I assume, since you’re reading this), the fault for believing bad information may lie with us.
thinking  deception  truth  conspiracy  video  vrandtruth18 
4 days ago by basemaly
ComicBook.com Writer Chase Magnett Threatens "Consequences" After Marvel Fired Chuck Wendig - Bounding Into Comics
After Marvel fired Chuck Wendig, ComicBook.com writer Chase Magnett threatened anyone who might replace Wendig on the Shadow of Vader series.
comics  conspiracy  feminism 
5 days ago by pankkake
Exclusive: Who Killed Michael Hastings? | Occupy.com
The story that Hastings was working on at the time of his death centered around CIA Director John Brennan, the chief architect of President Obama’s foreign drone program. It related specifically to Brennan’s role as the administration’s point man tracking investigative journalists and their sources in Washington.
cia  conspiracy 
6 days ago by foliovision
Enrico Mattei - Wikipedia
During his controversial tenure of ENI, Mattei had made many enemies. The U.S. National Security Council described him as an irritation and an obstacle in a classified report from 1958. The French could not forgive him for doing business with the pro-independence movement in Algeria. Responsibility for his death has been attributed to the CIA, to the French extreme-nationalist group, the OAS, and to the Sicilian Mafia.[3]
cia  conspiracy 
6 days ago by foliovision
There are Many Problems With Mobile Privacy but the Presidential Alert Isn’t One of Them | Electronic Frontier Foundation
On Wednesday, most cell phones in the US received a jarring alert at the same time. This was a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, also commonly known as the Presidential Alert. This is an unblockable nationwide alert system which is operated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (*not* the President, as the name might suggest) to warn people of a catastrophic event such as a nuclear strike or nationwide terrorist attack. The test appears to have been mostly successful, and having a nationwide emergency alert system certainly doesn’t seem like a bad idea; but Wednesday’s test has also generated concern. One of the most shared tweets came from antivirus founder John McAfee.
cellphones  conspiracy  emergency  POTUS  privacy  security  twitter  EFF 
13 days ago by rgl7194
Conspiracy Theories Around the "Presidential Alert" - Schneier on Security
Noted conspiracy theorist John McAfee tweeted:
The "Presidential alerts": they are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones - giving them full access to your location, microphone, camera and every function of your phone. This not a rant, this is from me, still one of the leading cybersecurity experts. Wake up people!
This is, of course, ridiculous. I don't even know what an "E911 chip" is. And -- honestly -- if the NSA wanted in your phone, they would be a lot more subtle than this.
RT has picked up the story, though.
(If they just called it a "FEMA Alert," there would be a lot less stress about the whole thing.)
POTUS  cellphones  emergency  security  privacy  conspiracy 
13 days ago by rgl7194
Judge Kavanaugh and the information terrorists trying to reshape America • WIRED
Molly McKew:
<p>In 2014, Chuck Johnson explained in a Mother Jones interview how he offered "bounties" to independent online researchers to solve "puzzles" that he gave them. What he said is actually a good description of why QAnon works: "You get all these hobbyists and amateurs and people out there who have a lot of time on their hands, many of whom are retired or they're a mother, their kids are sleeping while they're researching, they're stay-at-home moms, or they're college students or they're unemployed or this is their moonlighting thing. All those people are starting to find one another." It's that sense of being a part of a bigger mission…

…even before Q was visible at Trump rallies and the media was writing about it, there was a disturbance in the Q-force. In May 2018, Infowars and the others in the Stone cadre started urgently denouncing QAnon, saying it had been "hijacked" by a deep-state information campaign or maybe just by people out to make a buck. For most of the summer, Posobiec teased that he would explain the whole deal.

In September, his opus supposedly debunking QAnon debuted, outing MicroChip, the aforementioned bot-king, and someone named Dreamcatcher as the creators of QAnon. According to Micro (if any of this is to be believed), they basically just created a word salad out of the stuff Trump supporters believed—the sex trafficking mania, Clinton is about to be arrested, the Generals, Russia's not a thing, Trump is the savior—and made a list of questions that would tantalize that audience and engage them online.

"It was meant to be funny, to get people's imaginations going," Micro said in his interview with Posobiec. "It's not supposed to go this far." He said they only wrote a few of the original posts, essentially to bring disparate factions of the Trump movement together, and then someone else took it over.</p>


Fascinating tour around the insane alt-right conspiracy theories. And their idiot helpers.
altright  conspiracy 
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