Why are we mostly ignoring the climate crisis? The message is wrong

Decades of doom-mongering haven’t stopped global warming. This a story about people, not numbers. Sunny Hundal Open Democracy 15 October 2018 My wife asked last week whether climate change means it’s not worth having children. She was only half joking. She had asked me what the IPCC report was about and I said something like: … Continue reading Why are we mostly ignoring the climate crisis? The message is wrong

The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Democrats' Left Turn by Thomas B Edsall New York Times Oct 18, 2018 Today, we're going to skip the foreplay. Here's the money shot: "The dominant role of well-educated, relatively upscale white Democrats in moving the party to the left reflects the declining role of the working class in shaping the party’s ideology." Upscale … Continue reading The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Don’t Just Blame Donald Trump

Don't just blame Donald Trump for the current anti-intellectual threat to democracy, blame reality TV as voters "go with their hearts" instead of relying on research or reason, writes the NBA great. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter The November midterm elections won't be decided by the tawdry Brett Kavanaugh debacle, the fluttery tinsel economy or … Continue reading Don’t Just Blame Donald Trump

Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy

TJ Coles Counterpunch Oct 8, 2018 Algorithms are getting so sophisticated, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell which online comments are real and which are generated by “bots”; which sites are genuinely popular and which are generating fake hits. In my new book Real Fake News (Red Pill Press), I argue fake news can be traced … Continue reading Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy

Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn

Media Lens October 3, 2018 If there's one thing we've learned in the 17 years since Media Lens began, it's that media professionals generally hate being challenged, critiqued or criticised. This fierce antipathetical belligerence underlies the corporate media's total refusal to mention, far less discuss, a recent damning report on how the corporate media have … Continue reading Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn

An Empire of Fraud: Made in America

by Nicholas Levis Counterpunch Oct 5, 2018 Lest it be washed out by the next Spectacle, allow me to summarize the most important article yet about the Life of Trump, and to make explicit a couple of the explosive points that the New York Times only implies. On the front end, Fred Trump’s fortune drew from … Continue reading An Empire of Fraud: Made in America