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!
Academics have long maintained they have a “freedom of speech” to pursue whatever they want to pursue in terms of research; this freedom extends to political opinions. In my state, all public sector workers have protection on their off-the-job speech. Private sector workers have no such protections and may be fired or receive negative performance reviews for their off-work speech. Which means when it comes to speech, some have more freedom than others, and that means, for example, that viewpoints of academics and public sector workers could be more influential because others may not be able to counter their comments.
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.
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.
Two appalling bad studies were widely shared by “experts” on social media. One was so bad, and its errors so obvious, that they only way they could have decided to share was to do so without having read even the abstract of the study.
UK lawmaker proposes requirement that social media companies evaluate and score the truthfulness of every statement made online, and issue a cumulative “truth” score for each individual. What could possibly go wrong?
Specifically, Oregon distinguishes between “journalists” who receive enhanced protection for lawsuits, and citizens, who do not have the same free speech protections. The state’s highest court declined to extend certain free speech protections available to the media to ordinary people, batting down arguments that anyone with an internet connection and an opinion now acts as a journalist. Source: Online reviewers in Oregon on notice: Supreme Court declines to offer ordinary people higher media protection from libel suits – oregonlive.com As…
Researchers in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui say they have developed a device that can determine loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) using facial scans. Source: Chinese researchers develop device they say can test loyalty of ruling party members — Radio Free Asia Says it uses facial recognition and emotion detection AI, combined with EEG and other metrics to determine one’s political party loyalty.
Really? Nina Jankowicz says that “verified” Twitter users should be able to edit other users’ tweets if they believe they are misleading. Source: Nina Jankowicz says verified Twitter users should ‘edit’ tweets
The White House issues a bizarre official tweet saying that when Biden took office, January 20, 2021, “no vaccine was available”. This is bizarre on multiple levels. Unfortunately, it leads many of us to conclude that all political speech is disinformation, all the time.