This thread at Twitter offers an excellent explanation of what’s happened to the newspaper business, by Jeremy Littau, journalism professor.
In a new study published Thursday in the journal Science, political scientists surveyed the inhabitants of this Internet pocket around the time of the last presidential election, from Aug. 1 to Dec. 6, 2016. They found that people who shared fake news were more likely to be older and more conservative. “Super-sharers” were responsible for the bulk of fake news, soaking their Twitter feeds in falsehoods with the gusto of kids with water pistols. They were enthusiastic communicators, tweeting an average of 70 times a day, and had a very limited reach.
A former high-ranking U.S. government official recently admitted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation previously worked to keep “progressives” and “socialists” out of government–years after the agency officially claimed they no longer engaged in such efforts.
Message to liberals: Maybe you should cool it with the FBI Lovefest, eh?
The right-wing blogs are abuzz with stories about “Pelosi refuses to meet with Angel Moms”. As is so often the case, particularly with right-wing groups, there’s much more to the story. A right-wing activist, Maria Espinoza, who reportedly participated in the “Eagle Forum” and various Tea Party meetings, began to track down people whose relatives had been killed by an undocumented immigrant. She is reportedly a founder of “The Remembrance Project” (a right-wing anti-immigrant group).
Bill McKibben calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ proposed “Green New Deal” a “stroke of genius” and the “Most serious response to the [climate] crisis yet”!
What Bill, and most of the rest of the country ignore: The Green Party introduced the Green New Deal some 10 years ago.
Why has it been ignored?
Thank the corporate media and the duopoly, as well as the duopoly and the media encouraging voters to ignore third parties.
The Oregonian/OregonLive has found criminal cases involving at least five Saudi nationals who vanished before they faced trial or completed their jail sentence in Oregon. They include two accused rapists, a pair of suspected hit-and-run drivers and one man with child porn on his computer.
The Dunning-Kruger effect explains why unskilled people think they know it all and tend to be overconfident.
Here’s an excellent article by Gwynn Guilford, at Quartz, about the failure of American manufacturers. It focuses largely on the management failures at GM.
” “American companies tend, fundamentally, to mistrust workers,” writes Keller in Rude Awakening. “There is a pervading attitude that ‘if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile’ because they don’t really want to work. “