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Comment Re:worst ones (Score 1) 323

Well, okay, let's do as you suggest. The ultimate ad-hominem, reject all media because it's been found to be inaccurate. Mainstream, non-mainstream alike, because it's not like Breitbart or Reddit are any better.

Now what? How do we know anything about anything happening beyond our immediate vicinity?

Comment Re:$50 - an hour? (Score 3, Insightful) 52

My personal time is sold at market rates. For the simple reason that I could sell it at market rates at any time. IT security people are sought after and, let's be honest here, we can pretty much demand what we want and it's being paid.

The point is, why should my personal time be any cheaper than my "professional" time? It's not like I'm doing what I really enjoy doing when upgrading an OS, we're not talking about playing my favorite game.

Comment Re:Examples? (Score 1) 205

Russia stands to gain a lot from Trump's election. Scaling back NATO, the US looking inward and playing a smaller role internationally etc. Putin certainly seems to get on with Trump better than he does with Clinton too.

Of course most of it is still conspiracy theory bullshit. Maybe the person releasing Clinton's emails was working for the Russian state, maybe they were just acting for their own reasons.

By the way, what right wing websites would you consider reliable? Don't tell me Breitbart.

Comment They let the ban on propagandizing citizens expire (Score 4, Informative) 205

Three and a half years ago the US government, under the Obama administration, let the ban on propagandizing US citizens expire - and immediately began writing and spreading "fake news".

From an FP article dated July 14, 2013:

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. governmentâ(TM)s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.

So the only thing new here is US citizens noticed one of the government's renewed, official, domestic propaganda operations.

Comment Re:Surprising? Not so much. (Score 2) 100

It's often just laziness. Sexting children is a hard problem to solve, requiring more than 2 minutes of thought... So screw it, pass the problem on to the social media companies. Just say they can fix it, people will assume you know what you are talking about and no one can accuse you of not doing anything.

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