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Crazy: The U.S. Racial Classification System is Nonsensical

Crazy: The U.S. Racial Classification System is Nonsensical

In 1977, the US decided to classify people by race. We decided the world was made up of 4 “races” and 1 “ethnicity”. An indigenous heritage person in North America is “Native American”, but an indigenous person in South America is …. Hispanic. People in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Pakistan, India and more are “Asian” “race”, which makes no sense. And many people are of mixed racial heritage (including my family) – but oddly, even if only a tiny part of the heritage is an ethnic group, it is legal to declare yourself part of that group. As the interviewed professor notes, it is now possible for a majority of the U.S. population to qualify as a “minority owned business”. That’s funny when a majority can qualify as a minority 🙂 It is a big mess that was news to me as I had not thought about these issues before.

Rep.-elect George Santos: How to be an idiot

Rep.-elect George Santos: How to be an idiot

Rep. Elect George Santos (R, NY) has admitted to have lied about almost all of his background including college history (he didn’t go to college), work history, charity, and family history. He defends this by arguing he did not commit any crimes…. he is an outright liar and now he will soon be a Congressional Representative. Obviously, well qualified for the job!

Media: News cannot get the simplest of facts correct

Media: News cannot get the simplest of facts correct

Local TV News KTVZ, Bend, Oregon published a report that 10 seconds of fact checking would have been detected as an erroneous news report. While about 80% of flights were canceled due to a heavy snowstorm, they ran a report saying the snowplows worked great and “no commercial flights were impacted”. WHAT?

Spin: Why misinformation didn’t wreck the midterms

Spin: Why misinformation didn’t wreck the midterms

Two years ago, we were told by multiple “sides” that misinformation and disinformation on social media threw election results. Two years later, oddly, everyone is pretending the same misinformation and disinformation no longer is an issue – which is not very believable. And then spin: “The amount of content we saw that you could call kind of election disinformation was actually larger than what we saw in 2020 — but overall, the effects were much more muted,” Source: Why misinformation…

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Politics: Controversy over newly elected PM Giorgia Meloni

Politics: Controversy over newly elected PM Giorgia Meloni

Newly elected PM Giorgia Meloni is definitely on the “Right” of the political spectrum. For various reasons, the left has labeled her a “fascist”. Presiident Biden piled in, issuing a statement that the freely and democratically elected PM is, in fact, demonstration of “anti-democracy”. I don’t understand this – isn’t a democratically elected official, even if we disagree with them, still an act of democracy? Bear in mind, I am a brain injured idiot and may be my brain is easily confused.

CNBC reporter makes up the news

CNBC reporter makes up the news

CNBC cites a Pew report to claim that more people are sharing living arrangements due to student debts. But nowhere in the Pew report does it say that. In fact, the Pew report suggests the majority of the change is due to the increase in the immigrant population in the U.S. CNBC just made up a news report to push the student debt meme.

Bad news sells

Bad news sells

Business news reporters, who generally do a good job, also admit they believe “unfavorable articles were more likely to attract readers”. The result, across all news media, is that the news focuses on negativity and what is perceived as wrong with the world. There is rarely, ever, good news. This results in entire societies living in an unnecessary culture of perpetual outrage, fear and anxiety. This is not healthy.