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Month: July 2017

This is not even physically possible: Yahoo News fictional headline

This is not even physically possible: Yahoo News fictional headline

Yahoo News goes full on stupid with this fiction news headline, which links, in turn to a news report having nothing to do with the headline. Remember, they have layers and layers of fact checkers. The fictional news just never ends, does it? This headline has been live for at least 4+ hours without correction. Unfortunately, on today’s online and social media world, the headline is the message that sticks. Most people only read headlines, unfortunately. This works as propaganda…

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Every photo of yourself appearing on Facebook is used to create a biometric database

Every photo of yourself appearing on Facebook is used to create a biometric database

He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names. But what Licata, now 34, didn’t know was that every time he was tagged, Facebook stored his digitized face in its growing database. …. Facebook is working on advanced recognition technology that would put names to faces even if they are obscured and identify people by their clothing and posture. Facebook has filed patents for technology allowing Facebook to tailor ads based on users’ facial expressions. Saving face: Facebook wants access without limits- Social…

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Posting online photos could cause you to lose property insurance

Posting online photos could cause you to lose property insurance

Posting updates about your holiday on social media could leave you vulnerable to being burgled – and even worse, your insurer may not pay out if your things are stolen. Source: How ‘Insta-bragging’ could soon invalidate your insurance Data from ADT, the alarm and security systems provider, revealed that 78pc of burglars use Facebook and Twitter to target potential properties. This is why I post any “on vacation” photos to restricted social media only (“friends” on FB or email, only). All other photos,…

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News media creates entirely fictional cause for couple’s suicide deaths

News media creates entirely fictional cause for couple’s suicide deaths

Here is how the story appeared: A New York couple upset over their rising health care costs jumped to their deaths this week, leaving a note that they could no longer pay to treat their medical issues.   The suicide took place in New York City’s Murray Hill neighborhood early on Friday, the New York Post reported. The couple was both in their 50s, the report noted, and they were found dead after having jumped from a building between Park…

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Charts that do not mean what you think they mean

Charts that do not mean what you think they mean

A popular meme in media and social media is commentary about income distribution. The typical chart distributes the population into fifths or quintiles, like the chart shown here. The popular interpretation of this chart is to find your income level at left and conclude you are stuck in that quintile forever – and your prospects for advancement are non-existent. Did you know this interpretation is wrong? Most people do not stay in the same quintile. People look at this chart,…

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Fact checking USA Today’s ACA news report

Fact checking USA Today’s ACA news report

Some major players, such as Anthem, plan to no longer offer coverage in many places next year in part because of uncertainty about federal policy. But Centene, another insurer, is expanding its coverage areas. So its not really a problem? Facts: In two more years, there will be no Individual Market Health Insurers in the United States! Draw the trend line yourself! For 2018, about 55% of counties have zero to two insurers. Dozens of counties, including almost the entire…

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Move to ban anonymous online comments

Move to ban anonymous online comments

Los Angeles Times: That’s why I’m increasingly thinking that our best solution to keeping trolls at bay may be a requirement by social-media sites that all members use their real names when posting comments. Source: To thwart the trolls, social-media sites should require users’ real names – LA Times The reporter further states that all social media users should be required to provide a credit card account in order to sign up, to insure that real names are used. Note…

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Snopes rips the media for fake news stories

Snopes rips the media for fake news stories

An in-depth analysis of the false allegations and misleading claims made against the 45th President since his inauguration. Source: The Lies of Donald Trump’s Critics, and How They Shape His Many Personas Read it, please. I am not a fan of President Trump, did not support him and I am not involved with either the Democrat or Republican parties. I have watched with disbelief, however, as the full power of propaganda messaging has been brought to play by “professional journalists”….

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Social media fake propaganda poster

Social media fake propaganda poster

This is a photograph of an animal crossing bridge in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This bridge has nothing to do with the Netherlands. The photo was stolen from Joel Sartore, a professional photographer for the National Geographic Society, Geo, Smithsonian and others, and the photo is featured on his own page: https://www.joelsartore.com/keyword/greatest-hit/page/3/ Why do people create these garbage posters? And why do people share them? Why do people then add supportive comments to these posts? And why are people…

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Recent positive national news stories about Reno, Nevada were planted by a PR agency

Recent positive national news stories about Reno, Nevada were planted by a PR agency

I’d read several of the recent national press stories about Reno, Nevada, all of which acted as cheerleaders for the area. Turns out, and not surprisingly, these stories were planted by a public relations agency: The national news stories began popping up about two years ago, celebrating Reno’s economic revival, touting the city as “actually pretty cool” and ruminating on the region’s Silicon Valley-esque potential. Just two weeks ago, a Bloomberg story titled “Reno Is Starting to Look More Like…

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14 year old electrocuted by cell phone? Amazon’s Alexa calls 9-1-1?

14 year old electrocuted by cell phone? Amazon’s Alexa calls 9-1-1?

Something is missing from this story (and other versions of it that are all over the media) – a 14 year old taking a bath, reached for her cell phone that was connected to a charger, and this caused her death by electrocution. A cell phone charger outputs 5 volts, typically at less than 1.0 amps (newer chargers may go up to 2.0 amps). This low voltage and power level is not going to kill anyone, in a bath tub…

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Newsweek’s fictional news report about the Montana earthquake

Newsweek’s fictional news report about the Montana earthquake

Natural Disaster: 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Montana, Raising Supervolcano Concerns By Ryan Bort On 7/6/17 at 11:03 AM Yellowstone National Park, which covers parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, lies on top of a supervolcano that could effectively wipe out the United States if it were to explode. The last time it did, 640,000 years ago, it expelled 240 cubic miles (think about that) of rocky debris into the sky. Early Thursday morning, residents of southern Montana feared the worst…

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Your social media posts must be curated

Your social media posts must be curated

Source: Your social media activity could help, or harm you If you do not have a social media presence, employers say they are concerned there is something odd – or perhaps you are disconnected from modern technology. If you have a social media presence, then they check for your views and say they are concerned about “extreme views”, which is not well defined. Probably best to just post cat photos and videos!