This Axios news report makes the classic reporter error – providing percentage increases without every providing a starting value. Does a scary +100% mean something increased from 1 to 2? We have no way of knowing.
The Los Angeles Times was bought by a billionaire who put his trust fund wealthy daughter in charge of the paper – with resulting nonsense.
5% per year rent cost increase is a “Surge”. Surge has become a favorite word in the media. But at least they issued a correction – to remove pronouns from the article.
Reporter completely screws the story. Never, ever leave a reporter or editor in a room, alone, with a number.
“I don’t think that people want governments to tell them what’s true or false,” Smith said when asked about Microsoft’s role in defining disinformation. “And I don’t think they’re really interested in having tech companies tell them either.” Source: Microsoft Won’t Label Fake News as False in Attempt to Avoid ‘Censorship’ Cries – Bloomberg
After a large group of students engaged in a vulgar cheer targeted at a religion, the U of O has apologized and issued the usual “Begging the Question” fallacy statement. A lot more background and examples on the Begging the Question fallacy. After demonstrating who they are, they now say this is not who they are: But we take great pride in creating a welcoming, respectful place, workplace environment for everybody. Unfortunately a few individuals decided to chant some offensive…
US Customs preserves data from phones, laptops, and tablets seized from international travelers. The data is held for up to 15 years and can be viewed by thousands of CBP employees. Source: US Customs stores duplicates of travelers’ phone and laptop contents — including medical records, photos, and calendar appointments — without much oversight, report says
According to the Department of Justice (unnamed sources), the FB rummaged through everyone’s private messages and determined if they expressed anti-government ideas or questioned the 2020 election results, and if so, turned them over to the FBI. Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice. Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody…
I had never investigated the Blue Check program until moments ago. It is used to further our neo-feudalism of elite versus the plebians, ensuring that we know our place. Only the truly elite are supposed to get Blue Check marks. Blue Checks are a mark of techno-nobility.
“Fan-baiting” is said to be a movie marketing technique where studios intentionally create controversy about the plot, characters or casting for the purpose of creating outrage and social media discussions, thereby increasing publicity for the film.