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Month: March 2016

Denmark has free child care? Uh, no.

Denmark has free child care? Uh, no.

TL; DR Summary Part 1: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Not true) Part 2: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not). Part 3: Denmark has a 33 hour work week (No, it does not) Part 4: Denmark has Free University ? Yes but read why – it’s not why you think) Part 5: Denmark has Free Childcare? No, it does not – this claim is a lie). Part 6: Denmark has…

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Effective propaganda poster: Sanders and Trump both fly on jets

Effective propaganda poster: Sanders and Trump both fly on jets

TL; DR Summary Sanders has traveled by bus and also by airline coach but he recently began using a Gulfstream jet charter too. Trump flies on his own corporate aircraft. Trump is a billionaire and he does seem self-obsessed. Poster appeals to the populist perspective of Sanders and the greedy narcissistic perspective of Trump – but the implication that Sanders does not fly a private jet is no longer true. Truth means little in a good social media propaganda poster! (This was shared…

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Logical fallacy: Linking a $15 minimum wage in 2022 to unemployment in 2015

Logical fallacy: Linking a $15 minimum wage in 2022 to unemployment in 2015

TL; DR Summary Occupy Democrats issued propaganda posters in 2015 proclaiming that in spite of a $15 minimum wage, Seattle’s unemployment has gone down and restaurants are booming, But the $15 wage does not take effect until 3 to 7 years into the future. This linkage is a logical fallacy.                 Poster 2 Source: Occupy Democrats.  Shared over 28,000 times. There is no connection between a $15 minimum wage and Seattle restaurants or unemployment in 2015…

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How social media propaganda silences dissent

How social media propaganda silences dissent

The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends. Source: Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study – The Washington Post Rather than increasing perspectives, social media naturally enforces a conformity in ideas, in order…

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Fake news is a profitable industry

Fake news is a profitable industry

TL;DR Summary Fake news is a profitable industry. More on that in a previous post. Fakes news that goes viral, generates lots of ad views; and it is not just The Onion. Social media sharing makes this possible. And makes propaganda sharing even easier. Fake news is, incidentally, a relatively new addition to the media landscape. The Internet’s always teemed with rumors and scams, of course. But the fake news industry — a crop of Web sites dedicated solely to…

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Is this why Denmark has free college education?

Is this why Denmark has free college education?

TL;DR  Summary   Part 1: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Not true) Part 2: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not). Part 3: Denmark has a 33 hour work week (No, it does not) Part 4: Denmark has Free University? Yes but read why – it’s not why you think) Part 5: Denmark has Free Childcare? No, it does not – this claim is a lie). Part 6: Denmark has Free…

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Social media propaganda posters use “new math”!

Social media propaganda posters use “new math”!

TL; DR Summary For the math challenged: 99% of 1% is about 1% of all voters 57% of 99% is about 57% of all voters Therefore, the 1% always win the elections – say what? Their own poster shows that 57% of voters took part, not 1% and there is no indication that 99% of the electorate is not voting. Geesh. This poster is nonsense. But you can be sure it was shared tens of thousands of times online. Because people…

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Heidi Cruz scares the Hell out of All Americans … says Trump Supporter

Heidi Cruz scares the Hell out of All Americans … says Trump Supporter

TL; TD Summary The details on the poster are somewhat true. The person who created this is the  unbiased[not] publisher of Trump Magazine. Uses fear, assertions, transference, and a fierce, evil looking photo to make its point. But this propaganda poster has way too much detail. Few people will read all the text. If reading takes more than 5 seconds to rouse your System 1 thinking, the poster’s message is probably dead-on-arrival.

Doctored photos that no one questions

Doctored photos that no one questions

TL; DR Summary Doctored or “PhotoShopped” photos are common in propaganda. This photo appeared in my social media this morning, purportedly showing a dog peeing on the face of Ted Cruz. This is a doctored photo from 2012. The original is here. We have seen and will see many more like this during an election cycle. The original photo was of Rasim Ljajic, a medical doctor and the Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications, and President of the…

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Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a 33 hour work week

Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a 33 hour work week

TL;DR  Summary Part 1: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Not true) Part 2: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not). Part 3: Denmark has a 33 hour work week (No, it does not) Part 4: Denmark has Free University ? Yes but read why – it’s not why you think) Part 5: Denmark has Free Childcare? No, it does not – this claim is a lie). Part 6: Denmark has Free…

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How Bill Gates counts to ten

How Bill Gates counts to ten

TL;DR Summary Funny-made me laugh. But the humor only works if you succumb to “What you see is all there is”. The list leaves out Windows 98SE and Windows ME. Windows NT and 2000 were business operating systems that were later merged with the consumer operating system to create Windows XP. NT and 2000 were not linear successors to Windows 98, by any means.  Indeed, NT was shipping two years before Windows 98 was released! Shared into my FB feed,…

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Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a $20 minimum wage

Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a $20 minimum wage

TL;DR Summary In Part 1 of this review, we showed the claim that Denmark is the happiest country in the world because of the listed items is a logical fallacy; its not true. In this part, we learn that the $20 minimum wage claim is not true either. Part 1: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Not true) Part 2: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not). Part 3: Denmark has a…

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Denmark Fairy Tales: Is Denmark the happiest country because of this? No.

Denmark Fairy Tales: Is Denmark the happiest country because of this? No.

TL; DR Summary Denmark is the happiest country because of an alleged $20/hour minimum wage, 33 hour work week, etc. Is Denmark the world’s happiest country? On one survey, yes. On other surveys, no. Pick your survey! Is the happiest nation rating system based on the items listed on the poster? No. They have little or nothing to do with the rating. The poster uses a logical fallacy. The fictitious and non-existent link between the rating and the alleged reasons…

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Pilots silently demonstrate against “chemtrails” – HOAX

Pilots silently demonstrate against “chemtrails” – HOAX

TL;DR Summary Shared into my FB stream today, purportedly showing that pilots are well aware of the dangers of alleged “chemtrails” but are not permitted to speak out, so they march silently in protest. TOTAL HOAX Photo was doctored from a photo of striking pilots carrying strike posters. You can see the original photo for yourself. STOP! Stop sharing sharing stuff like this that makes the sharer look like a gullible fool.