Sunday Morning

The Puke Funnel

The Russian "Firehose of Falsehood" propaganda model. - Like Naked capitalism said you can replace "Russia" with any other media you like, or don't like, and the article applies. 

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran - I don't think any of these are going to happen.

Facebook bans major fake news operation run from Israel
Interestingly, one of the visuals on its website appears to show a demonstration in Venezuela, suggesting a covert Israeli role in the US-led effort to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

..  the Israeli influence campaign spent more than $800,000 on fake ads since 2012 – eight times more than what a Russian troll farm is said to have spent on social media ads ..

U.S. news has shifted to opinion-based content that appeals to emotion; newspapers have shifted less than TV has
I like the stock ticker symbols showing but no mentioning that corporate, for profit media is really at the heart of the problem. 
The sample included the New York Times, Washington Post and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CBS CBS, +0.04%  , ABC DIS, -0.34% , CNN T, +0.57% , Fox News FOX, +2.05% FOXA, +2.22%  , MSNBC CMCSA, +0.81% , Politico, the Blaze, Breitbart, Buzzfeed Politics, the Daily Caller and the Huffington Post.
The following ignores the real problem. Old people watch Fox News which has pushed opinion as new for 20 years.
The good news: Most Facebook FB, -0.90% users did not share any fake news articles during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study released earlier this year. The small number who did were mostly Republican-identifying Americans over the age of 65. The findings suggest the need for “renewed attention” to educate “particular vulnerable individuals” about misleading information, the authors said. 
So why are Republican baby boomers more likely to share fake news on Facebook? One theory: As they didn’t grow up with technology, they may be more susceptible to being fooled in an online environment. (Case in point: the variety of scams that have had success with older Americans by preying on their lack of familiarity with how computers and technology work.)
This chart is good but I'd like to see one for social issues and one for economic issues. Fox and CNN wouldn't be that far apart on the economic side.

Elizabeth Warren Was Smart to Tell FOX to Go to Hell - I agree. She's right in her description of Fox and has nothing to gain by giving them air time.


ANGELA MERKEL IDENTIFIES U.S. AS GLOBAL RIVAL THAT, ALONG WITH CHINA AND RUSSIA, EUROPE MUST UNITE AGAINST - The Trump administration's recklessness toward, well, everyone, is pushing Europe away.

MAGA - really


Are we sure Iran is the main threat to peace? -  Syria says missiles fired from Israeli-held territory at Damascus - Twice? - Syria reports second Israeli attack in a row on Saturday

Really though, right now Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo are the main threats to peace.

Equality or lack of...

Stumbling and Mumbling on inequality - HOW INEQUALITY MAKES US POORER

Why capitalists hope you have a short memory

Downward Mobility Matters More Than Liberal-Conservative Labels

Wikipedia - Wage share - the downward slope of worker income started in the 70s and except for the dotcom and housing bubbles has been on a downward trend since. The Bush years between the crashes saw the worst declines

Here's a walk through this period.

When American Capitalism Meant Equality

1 comment:

  1. I cannot quite ever get used to techniques of sarcasm and wry humor or tell them apart from dead-serious candor. So, as a result I'm having a difficult time unpackaging this sentence fragment from The Rand Corporation. "...conventional wisdom on effective influence and communication from government or defense sources, which traditionally emphasize the importance of truth, credibility, and the avoidance of contradiction." Oh God! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!