Censorship: YouTube censors experts who do not quote official guidelines on coronavirus

Censorship: YouTube censors experts who do not quote official guidelines on coronavirus

Youtube joins Twitter in censoring any speech that is seen as a “denial of expert guidance”. This includes censoring fully qualified individuals with PhDs and MD degrees, if they do not adhere precisely to CDC and WHO recommendations regarding any aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Journalism: Story refutes its own headline

Journalism: Story refutes its own headline

Time Magazine ran with the headline “Accidental Poisonings Rise After Trump Disinfectant Comments”; the headline, however, is refuted by the story’s own text. In fact, the rise in accidental poisoning began six weeks before Trump’s bizarre comments, and was part of a longer term trend in an increase in accidental poisoning. The sharp increase that began in February was due to many people acquiring and misusing (and making accessible to children) alcohol-based sanitizers and bleach.

Impact of fake social media: “False Claim of Forced Removals Under Contact Tracing Bill”

Impact of fake social media: “False Claim of Forced Removals Under Contact Tracing Bill”

A fake social media propaganda meme has circulated saying a House Bill will require the mandatory separation of family members if one tests positive for Covid-19. The meme is fake but many people believed what they read or heard. Yesterday I witnessed this first hand as a middle aged woman broke down and cried, fearing the government would separate her from her elderly mother, for whom she is the primary care giver. This is the awful impact of garbage posts on social media.

Public health messaging has been a mess

Public health messaging has been a mess

Public health’s messaging about all things corona virus has been a fiasco of inconsistent, contradictory, incoherent and unclear communications. Every aspect has been a disaster. Experts in risk communication say the same thing – it just been one big mess.

When the Ministry of Truth encounters experts who are wrong – what to do?

When the Ministry of Truth encounters experts who are wrong – what to do?

Someone else asks the awkward question about Twitter’s Ministry of Truth that deletes tweets not adhering to the “expert” line: But what to do when the experts, like WHO, were in fact, wrong? Current policy is to prohibit those who question WHO. Now Twitter will label tweets as well as shadow ban anything that conflicts with the Ministry of Truth.

“The Market for Depressing Predictions Is Booming”

“The Market for Depressing Predictions Is Booming”

The media focuses on doom and gloom based frequently on rampant speculation. No one “reports” anymore. Instead, they prognosticate and speculate about the future with made up gloom and doom, most of which makes no logical sense. The reason for the gloom and doom is due to an odd bit of psychology. Negative information always takes precedence over positive information – it is a basic survival mechanism to pay attention to bad things. The media know this. And strangely enough, news consumers seek out more bad news to validate their feelings of anxiety.