Begging the question fallacy: Again, company demonstrates who they are and asserts its not who they are

Begging the question fallacy: Again, company demonstrates who they are and asserts its not who they are

After firing employees for doing good deeds, the CEO of US Bank asserts “this is not who we are”. This is known as the “begging the question” fallacy, which is to assert that something is true, in spite of actual events, and assert everyone agrees with this. This method is extremely common in corporate and government propaganda efforts.

Climate communications: Media and some climate researchers misleading the public

Climate communications: Media and some climate researchers misleading the public

Two climate scientists, in a comment in Nature, note the media (and many climate scientists too) have been incorrectly presenting the RCMP8.5 “worst case scenario” as the most likely case. Data show this worst case is extremely unlikely, but its use in climate communications propaganda messaging has led to a mental health crisis as up to half of various population groups believe humanity may be extinct in ten years, and many youth are now medicated for anxiety caused by exaggerated climate communications efforts.

Privacy: AVAST Anti-virus program collects all your web site browsing history and sells it to retailers

Privacy: AVAST Anti-virus program collects all your web site browsing history and sells it to retailers

Avast anti-virus software has been tracking your web site visits, every web site page and click you make, your Google searches and GPS location information – and selling that to corporate America for marketing purposes. I just deleted all free anti-malware programs on my computer.

Privacy: We now have 24×7 surveillance of everything we do on or offline

Privacy: We now have 24×7 surveillance of everything we do on or offline

Low cost technology has enabled us to collect any information, from anyone, from anywhere, 24 x 7, in real time – and to store that in massive databases. Most of us have no knowledge of what is being recorded about us. Corporations ostensibly will use the data to figure out how to sell us more stuff we probably do not need. Governments may use the data to control their populations activities or to automatically find suspects merely because their phone put them near a bad person at a bad time.