Denmark has free child care? Uh, no.

TL; DR Summary

Denmark has subsidized child care; Denmark does not have free child care. After the subsidy, average child care costs are slightly less than the average price in the U.S.

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Effective propaganda poster: Sanders and Trump both fly on jets

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  • Sanders has traveled by bus and also by airline coach but he recently began using a Gulfstream jet charter too.
  • Trump flies on his own corporate aircraft.
  • Trump is a billionaire and he does seem self-obsessed.
  • Poster appeals to the populist perspective of Sanders and the greedy narcissistic perspective of Trump – but the implication that Sanders does not fly a private jet is no longer true. Truth means little in a good social media propaganda poster! (This was shared into my FB stream).

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Logical fallacy: Linking a $15 minimum wage in 2022 to unemployment in 2015

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  • Occupy Democrats issued propaganda posters in 2015 proclaiming that in spite of a $15 minimum wage, Seattle’s unemployment has gone down and restaurants are booming,
  • But the $15 wage does not take effect until 3 to 7 years into the future.
  • This linkage is a logical fallacy.










Poster 2 Source: Occupy Democrats.  Shared over 28,000 times.

There is no connection between a $15 minimum wage and Seattle restaurants or unemployment in 2015 because there is not yet a $15 minimum wage.

The $15 minimum wage in Seattle will kick in gradually over a period of 3 to 7 years, depending on the type of employer.

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How social media propaganda silences dissent

The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends.

Source: Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study – The Washington Post

Rather than increasing perspectives, social media naturally enforces a conformity in ideas, in order that people avoid feeling like outcasts. Consider this in terms of social media propaganda: if your news feed is filled with propaganda posters expressing group beliefs (even when factually or logically wrong), you will be less likely to express alternative beliefs (even when factually or logically correct). In this way, social media propaganda not only serves to further an organization’s agenda but acts to suppress dissent.

This concept is not new. When I was in elementary school, decades ago, a friend used to get a group of kids together and then go up to an unsuspecting kid and tell a “joke” that made no sense and was not funny. But all the kids who were “in” on the deal would break out laughing – as would the unsuspecting target who succumbed to instant peer group pressure. Social media is the same idea, but on a global scale.

Fake news is a profitable industry

TL;DR Summary

  • Fake news is a profitable industry. More on that in a previous post.
  • Fakes news that goes viral, generates lots of ad views; and it is not just The Onion.
  • Social media sharing makes this possible. And makes propaganda sharing even easier.

Fake news is, incidentally, a relatively new addition to the media landscape. The Internet’s always teemed with rumors and scams, of course. But the fake news industry — a crop of Web sites dedicated solely to passing off fact as fiction, for the resulting ad revenue — has only exploded within the past two years. National Report was registered in February 2013, and is now so successful that it’s planning an empire of five more fake-news sites.

Source: This is not an interview with Banksy – The Washington Post

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Is this why Denmark has free college education?

TL;DR  Summary

  • Denmark has free tuition because …
    • College grads earn only slightly more than high school grads (2015 data says just 11% more), reducing incentives to go to college.
    • A shrinking youth population
    • Fewer Danish adults have a college degree compared to the U.S.
    • Denmark has economic reasons to pay students to attend college.

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Social media propaganda posters use “new math”!

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For the math challenged:

  • 99% of 1% is about 1% of all voters
  • 57% of 99% is about 57% of all voters
  • Therefore, the 1% always win the elections – say what?
  • Their own poster shows that 57% of voters took part, not 1% and there is no indication that 99% of the electorate is not voting. Geesh.
  • This poster is nonsense.
  • But you can be sure it was shared tens of thousands of times online. Because people anchor on the 99% figure in the first sentence and then falsely compare that to the 57% figure. Please! Think!
  • Occupy Democrats is a professional propaganda business – they know precisely what they are doing and deliberately employed the psychological “anchoring” concept to design this poster.

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Heidi Cruz scares the Hell out of All Americans … says Trump Supporter


  • The details on the poster are somewhat true.
  • The person who created this is the  unbiased[not] publisher of Trump Magazine.
  • Uses fear, assertions, transference, and a fierce, evil looking photo to make its point.
  • But this propaganda poster has way too much detail. Few people will read all the text. If reading takes more than 5 seconds to rouse your System 1 thinking, the poster’s message is probably dead-on-arrival.

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Doctored photos that no one questions

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  • Doctored or “PhotoShopped” photos are common in propaganda. This photo appeared in my social media this morning, purportedly showing a dog peeing on the face of Ted Cruz.
  • This is a doctored photo from 2012. The original is here. We have seen and will see many more like this during an election cycle.
  • The original photo was of Rasim Ljajic, a medical doctor and the Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications, and President of the Social Democratic Party of Serbia.
  • This works as propaganda because its funny and for those who wish it to be true, it seems plausible. They quickly Like and Share the photo on social media. Oddly enough, the original photo from which this was stolen featured the President of the Social Democratic Party.

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Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a 33 hour work week

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