The firestorm over “transgender” bathroom access

The past few weeks have been a media fire storm over “transgender rights” and access to public and privately owned bathroom facilities labeled “Women” or “Girls” or “Men” or “Boys”.

But there is a bigger issue to address in terms of our locker room style, gender specific bathrooms. Parents with young children, and anyone assisting a disabled person  encounter the problem of gender specific bathrooms all the time.

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Panama Free Trade Agreement propaganda video is accurate and effective

SandersPanamaTL;DR Summary

  • In 2011, Bernie Sanders spoke forcefully against a free trade agreement with Panama because Panama operates as a tax haven with secret bank accounts.
  • True-Sanders did speak forcefully against the PFTA.
  • True-Panama does have low corporate tax rates, tax havens and banking secrecy.
  • This is an effective propaganda poster (video) because it is topical, makes good use of facts (not false assertions or logical fallacies), and is conveyed simply and directly. It is also unusual for a propaganda message like this to contain what is effectively data, rather than pure emotional content, although the end result is similar in terms of the target being emotionally jolted to take action.
  • The poster is also effective because of timeliness immediately after widely publicized news reports about tax havens based in Panama. In a way, the news reports could be viewed as “pre-propaganda” which is messaging that prepares a target for propaganda directing one to take action. A conspiracy theorist might say the news reports were pre-propaganda timed to assist the Sanders campaign by reinforcing his policy perspectives.

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Iraqi girl in orphanage drew photo of her mom and fell asleep

girlonsidewalkTL;DR Summary

Actual photo: Taken by an Iranian photographer, of her cousin, who had fallen a sleep while drawing chalk figures outside.

The photo was stolen from the photographer’s Flickr post and the text description is false.  More of the photographer’s work may be seen here including similar style photos with the same young girl (some really great photos too!). For some reason, the propaganda poster did not use the similar photo where she is curled up inside a drawing of an elephant.

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Same country, different data – the ease of creating propaganda posters

DenmarkTL; DR Summary

  • All true.
  • Illustrates the ease of creating propaganda posters.
  • Share if you agree!

As I continue to cross-check the very popular (on social media) Denmark propaganda posters, I created one of my own!



Points that did not fit on this poster:

  • Denmark has the highest taxes in the world
  • Denmark has the highest personal debts in the world with household debt equal to 321% of disposable income.
  • Banks pay negative interest rates – meaning that savers pay the bank to hold their money
  • One of the easiest countries in which to fire workers!

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