Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Truth About Fake News It's Not Fake

Of late, my social media is overflowing with dire warnings about fake news.  Those in charge claim that we simple folk need measures to protect us from the horrifying consequences of fake news.  We need our news feeds monitored and filtered.  We need to only read what they deem appropriate.

At first, this seems logical.  I don't want to waste my time with false information.  I don't like being deceived.  No one does.  I would gladly see satirical news sites like the Onion disappear.  Yes, it is funny but more than once I have seen them referenced as truthful and reliable.  To me, the Onion and others like it are the true "fake news" and every piece needs to be clearly labeled as such at the very beginning of the article.  Burying its intent as farce at the end of a very long piece is deceptive.

The real issue is not whether or not we are being misled by fake news.  If it were fake news, the real news stations would disregard it just as they have disregarded the National Enquirer and other such news sources for decades.  The real threat is that we will actual hear truths that someone or some group does not want us to hear.

People who reach a different conclusion or ask different questions are not fake news.  They are a most valuable resource.

In a huge world of activity, why do the major mainstream news stations often cover exactly the same stories and often in the same order?

Yesterday, I watched CNN, MSNBC, and FOX for the first time in weeks.  I was interested to hear their take on the Italian referendum that happened that previous day.  I watched for several hours and flipped between the channels.  The three were still myopically focused on Trump, Hillary, and the election.  Enough with the rehash.

There is a very simple solution to the Fake News question.

Citations.  If the story does not cite sources, skip it.  I get very annoyed when I am reading an article or watching a video and the sources are not cited.  This is most problematic on YouTube where people will just pluck a video and repost it.  I often watch lectures by my favorite researchers but have no idea the date of the recording until I hear some context clues,  I would love YouTube to require source information in the description box.  

If the authors must use anonymous sources, use caution.  Anonymous sources can be reliable and may need to be hidden to protect themselves and their families.  Where did the reporters get the information that broke Watergate?  An anonymous source they named Deep Throat.

It really is that simple.  Learn to discern fact from fiction by checking sources.  Insist that satirical news be clearly identified at the onset as satirical.

Plenty of times news reporters make mistakes when reporting.  That doesn't make them fake.  That proves they are human.  The honest reporters will issue corrections and retractions.

What of the times when reporters and networks purposely deceive us?  It happens.  Google it.  Anderson Cooper's nose disappearing in a green screen when "on location" at Sandy Hook.  Two reporters communicating via satellite but actually in the same parking lot with the same cars passing them.  Implying they are standing in front of the crime scene by erecting their own police tape.  These are just a couple of the more obvious example.

The more I hear about fake news, the more I research to find the truth.  So far what I have found has shattered me worldview.  That view was naive and filled with overly simplified versions of truth and outright lies.  This is the first is a series of posts about what I have learned.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

American Fraud: Can We Handle the Truth?

In a very famous movie staring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, one of the lead characters yells the famous line, "You can't handle the truth!".   Every person hearing that line in the context of the movie and in every other context imaginable immediately thinks, "of course I can".  But can we?  More to the point, would we even recognize the truth if we heard it or saw it?  These are questions that until very recently were mostly rhetorical. Of course we want to know the truth about everything. The truth would be obviously the the truth when we did hear it, read it, see it, or feel it.  How could the truth of our reality be otherwise?

In my insatiable quest for knowledge, I started exploiting the internet and its vast source of information.  When I was still hampered by slow DSL connections, I was limited to what I could read or download as audio-only.  This satisfied me for years and I still have several years worth of iTunesU courses bookmarked in the category of "when I have time".  With faster service I am finally able to stream lectures by John Dominic Crossan, Bart Erhman, and many other scholars whose works I had studied.  I was also finally able to quickly explore topics that were not covered in typical college and seminary lectures.

I discovered that there was more to YouTube than in inane drivel popularized on Facebook and Twitter.  As I worked on my crafts and as I cleaned the house, I watched videos on topics I didn't even know existed.  I fell into the proverbial rabbit hole and there is no way to unlearn what I have learned.  With the knowledge I have learned, I cannot un-eat the forbidden fruit of knowledge and return to blissful ignorance.  Our world is as it is whether we choose to acknowledge the truth or not.
This winter I will be writing a series of blogs and I will attempt a video presentation of the vast information I have uncovered.  Many mornings as I drive my youngest to school, we discuss my latest fascination, the latest bit of information that has once again shattered my world.  I do not have many answers but my questions have grown exponentially.  Most of them boil down to  simple ones.

Why are people who ask uncomfortable questions labeled as conspiracy theorists and even sometimes imprisoned?  When did it become criminal to seek to understand some of the most heinous events of our recent past?  Who really controls the narratives that we are told and decides which discoveries are not worth airing?  Why are we allowing our children's education to be dictated by corporate interests and letting the schools be run in the very ways I was taught in my teacher education courses were ineffective and even detrimental?

I am already digressing.

One topic leads to another which leads to another and another.  What for me began as a curiosity about Judaism, a shattered world view.  However, as a very wise man liked to say, "until you are lost you cannot be found".   I am lost.

Things I have learned....(in no particular order except for how they popped into my head as I type)

1.  Gobeklitepe a site recently discovered in Turkey which predates Stonehenge by thousands of years. 

2. Rendlesham Forest Incident- Britain's Roswell.

3. Strange Noises heard ll over the world.  I have heard strange booms that have no explanation.

4. Common Core testing is NOT standardized.  It is taken on a computer and the test is modified for each student based on each answer given.

5. The gas chambers at Auschwitz shown to tourists were built in 1947. 

6. A scientist asked to test the gas chambers for gas residue was jailed when his results did not fit the accepted narrative.

7. Hitler condemned the killings and the destruction that occurred on the "Night of Broken Glass". 

8. World Jewry declared war on Germany in 1933.

9. MK Ultra is real.

10. Men Who Stare at Goats was based on a real military unit and real events.

11. The Bilderberg Group, Bohemian Grove, Council on Foreign Relations, Continuity of Government, Trilateral Commission, Vril, 

12. False Flag Operations

13. Oswald did not kill Kennedy

14. Gulf of Tonkin

15. 9/11 did not happen as we were told.

16. HAARP

17. Chemtrails

18. Fluoride

19. Disclosure Project

20. Missing time, Betty and Barney Hill, Travis Walton, Bud Hopkins, John Mack

21. Russian Men in Black documentary.  (Not a comedy)

22. Black Budget

23. Unacknowledged Special Access Projects

24  Project Paperclip

25. Aleister Crowley

These are only a few of the topics that have changed to way I see the world.  If you have made it this far and not dismissed me as just another nut case, here are a few of the researchers I follow who have opened my life.


Linda Moulton Howe- earthfiles.com  Linda has reported science news for decades. She is an amazing woman who does such old fashioned yet vital things like checking sources before reporting a story.

Jim Marrs- another old fashioned journalist who follows the facts wherever they may lead.

Joseph Farrell, Peter Levenda, Richard Dolan, David Irving, David Cole, Stanton Friedman- historians and researchers who use primary sources.

Dark Journalist, Forum Borealis, Giza Death Star, Catherine Austin Fitts, Freedom Of Mind, AronRa, Jews for Judaism, Henry Abramson, Sam Harris, Peter Boghossian, Matt Dillahunty, Steven Greer, Bart Ehrman and Rabbi Art Green are a few of the other sources I study.

Do not take my word for anything.  Ask questions.  Ask yourself why it is considered dangerous or unpatriotic to ask certain questions.  I have not linked any of my sources in this blog nor have I provided any references.  That is totally out of character for me.  I am the footnote and reference queen.  I want to be able to check ever statement made in an article and I want my readers to check my work.  If I am wrong, if I have misunderstood something, I want to know.  In future articles, I will have so many citations your head will spin.  This one is just my Sunday morning rambling and plan of action.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Achieving the Impossible: What is DECA?

In yesterday's post about Gabe and his success in DECA, I neglected to explain DECA.  I probably forgot to discuss DECA because I know next to nothing about business .  Ask me about just about anything else and I can speak intelligently.  Just don't ask me about business and finance.

Here is a description of the goal of DECA from its website deca.org.

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

http://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-competitive-events/


PARTICIPANTS
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1 participant
EXAM
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Business Administration Core
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE
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1 content interview; 2nd for finalists
PREPARATION TIME
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10 minutes
INTERVIEW TIME
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10 minutes

Monday, April 4, 2016

Achieving the Impossible: Gabe's Journey from Early Intervention to the International DECA Competition

Achieving the Impossible!

Gabe's  Journey from Early Intervention to the International DECA Competition.

Gabe has achieved the impossible.  He placed 4th at the DECA state competition in Columbus and qualified to compete in the International DECA competition in Nashville at the end of April.  He is spending hours studying and practicing to prepare for this competition.  This is his dream.  Competing with other top DECA students.

Please consider helping with the cost of spending almost a full week in Nashville.  I installed a PayPal donate button on this blog.  I wish we could absorb the cost without a problem but reality is we can't.  Any help with the cost would be appreciated.  If we raise more money than Gabe needs, it will be donated to USHS DECA for future students to use.  No student should miss the opportunity to compete due to lack of funds.  I hate fundraising but we are the working poor and not part of the 1%.

For those who do not realize just how fantastic and amazing Gabe is.....


Spring 2001, our lives fell apart and my dreams for Gabe's future faded when we decided to have him tested for autism.  At two years old, he had just started a half day Early Intervention program.  He didn't talk and his behaviors were concerning.  What worked with his older brother didn't work with him.  After his diagnosis was confirmed, we didn't take anything for granted including whether Gabe would graduate from high school with his peers.

This concern was confirmed when Gabe's school at the time tried to convince us that he needed to repeat Kindergarten.  We resisted and Gabe continued to 1st grade with his peers.  When we moved to Upper Sandusky before his 2nd grade year, Gabe was just beginning to communicate but he could not read or do math.  I remember one professional warning that he may never understand money or mathematics.  I remember being warned he might not be able to live on his own- ever.  There were no guarantees.

Gabe has proven everyone wrong.  He has even proven his most ardent supporters wrong.  Gabe pushes himself much further than I like.  He insisted on taking college classes his junior year and doubled up for the fall semester of his senior year while playing football, wrestling and running track.  Gabe found a way to take DECA for the sole reason of these competitions.  He is even already admitted to BGSU and the BGSU College of Business for next year.

One of the goals he mention was to become Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  He just might do it.  Or, he might solve our national financial problems and eliminate the federal government's black budget.

Here is a description of the goal of DECA from its website deca.org.

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

http://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-competitive-events/


PARTICIPANTS
competitive_events_participants_1
1 participant
EXAM
competitive_events_exam
Business Administration Core
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE
competitive_events_judge
1 content interview; 2nd for finalists
PREPARATION TIME
competitive_events_time_10
10 minutes
INTERVIEW TIME
competitive_events_time_10
10 minutes