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How the media reports on murders of the transgendered – and how it conflicts with the data

How the media reports on murders of the transgendered – and how it conflicts with the data

There are many news reports about a growing “epidemic” of transgender murders in the United States. However, the data show a nearly constant trend line from 2015 to 2019. Further, the transgender murder rate, based on the data, is 1/4th to 1/2 that of the overall U.S. population. (It is possible that the underlying data is poor, which the Human Rights Campaign hypothesizes – but news reports calling out an epidemic in the absence of data to support that are not even pseudo news reporting – they are creative fiction writing.)

All murders are wrong, period. Violence and hate are wrong, period.

This post is about news reporting, not the transgender community.

Cambridge Analytica used the Phillipines as a test bed for propaganda algorithms

Cambridge Analytica used the Phillipines as a test bed for propaganda algorithms

Cambridge Analytica tested their propaganda algorithms in smaller social media market countries before unleashing their propaganda campaigns in target countries such as the United States. This enabled CA to optimize their propaganda messaging and targeting to obtain the greatest effectiveness.

How journalism’s Continuous Negative News and hysteria is killing people

How journalism’s Continuous Negative News and hysteria is killing people

No kidding: “America and its young people live in an age of near-constant bad news. OregonLive, like other news websites, is replete with headlines that stoke young people’s existential fears: stories highlighting climate change, mass shootings, political hate and the like.”

We actually live in the best of times with plummeting global poverty and illiteracy rates, rising incomes and middle income lifestyles that exceed the super wealthy of just 100 years ago. In the U.S., crime, including violent crime, is in a long term declining trend. But you probably do not know this because of the media’s focus on gloom and doom.

News and social media are literally killing our youth via increasing suicide rates as they are flooded with unnecessary fear mongering. The constant negativity is damaging – yet the media will continue down this path even while acknowledging their own role.

Too many “leaders” lead by anecdotal stories and not data and facts, yielding wrong conclusions and solutions

Too many “leaders” lead by anecdotal stories and not data and facts, yielding wrong conclusions and solutions

Leaders “lead” via anecdotal stories and ignore the actual data. The result is government programs (and propaganda campaigns) to fix things that are actually getting better, often vastly better. These false statements from “leaders” then get amplified on social media by the statistical illiterate. Propaganda has never had a greater opportunity to control others than in today’s word of social media amplification!

News is mostly negative because news consumers pay more attention to negative news

News is mostly negative because news consumers pay more attention to negative news

Many studies have found that the “news” is mostly negative, and many studies have also found that news consumers seem to desire negative news. A new study found this is true across 17 countries and is not relegated just to the U.S. or certain European news outlets. A corollary hypothesis is that with the advent of online news and counting of clicks, news editors are aware that negative news sells and hence, choose to deliver more negative news today.

Gramblr Instagram photo uploader and malware botnot no longer available

Gramblr Instagram photo uploader and malware botnot no longer available

Instagram intentionally makes it very difficult to upload photos from a PC. Instagram wants everything to be smartphone-centric. Many people use a variety of tricks to get around this upload problem including processing photos on their PC or Mac and then transferring them to their phone or tablet for upload using the Instagram app.

Because of this (dumb) limitation of Instagram, users wanted an easy way to upload photos from their PC. A malware company developed Gramblr as an easy way to upload from your PC. Their software was very sophisticated on many levels, one of which was that it secretly viewed Youtube videos behind the scenes each time you upload a photo to Instagram. Their business model was to sell Youtube video views and likes, and to deliver those views through the Gramblr bot net.

As of the summer of 2019, Gramblr has disappeared and their website is gone. The Gramblr botnet has been shut down (or at least no new users will get infected).

Youtube now pseudo fact checking some videos

Youtube now pseudo fact checking some videos

Youtube has begun flagging videos on selected topics and displays a fairly large banner with a quote from Wikipedia – just in case the video does not meet Google’s own definitions of truthiness. Or something. It’s kinda weird since they use Wikipedia – the encyclopedia that anyone can and does edit – as the source of truth.