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Daily Digest 3/19 - The Surrealism of the Information War, Record Floods Bring New Toll For Farmers

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:44 AM

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The Surrealism of the Information War (newsbuoy)

Unless people tightly lock themselves mentally into the delusions of dogmas, either religious or ideological, and seek comfort in a universe of magical thinking, the truth is never an absolute. This being said, in order to allow an acceptable level of conviviality in human society, thinkers should seek truth in the subjective reality while knowing that the holy grail of pure truth is the ultimate lie. If one would be so naive or foolish enough to think he has found the absolute truth, looking at it would be like staring straight into the sun at midday, without shields and with eyes wide open, for a full hour. In the process, the believer of absolute truth would go blind.

We are already ruled by “private governments,” and they suck (jdargis)

The right and the left tend to agree that this is a problem, although their proposed solutions are quite different. One thing that hasn’t been proposed is to create private, capricious marketplaces governed only by corporations, but that’s where we’ve ended up.

The Government Is Using the Most Vulnerable People to Test Facial Recognition Software (tmn)

Through a mix of publicly released documents and materials obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, we’ve found that the Facial Recognition Verification Testing program depends on images of children who have been exploited for child pornography; U.S. visa applicants, especially those from Mexico; and people who have been arrested and are now deceased. Additional images are drawn from the Department of Homeland Security documentation of travelers boarding aircraft in the U.S. and individuals booked on suspicion of criminal activity.

The Chaotic Triumph of Arron Banks, the “Bad Boy of Brexit” (jdargis)

According to Andrew Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Endowment, Russian officials believed that the West had been pursuing a “regime-change agenda” around the world, particularly in Ukraine in 2014, and worried that Putin’s regime might be targeted next. “Russia felt they needed to push back hard,” Weiss told me. “They wanted to promote cleavages in the West, and that’s where their promotion of populist and nationalist groups and—I think—their support of Brexit fits in.”

Commercial Ammo: The Untold History of Springfield Armory and America's Munitions Factories (Alex)

Ammunition remained largely the same for centuries: Little balls of metal virtually anyone could make. This was true until the invention of rifling in the mid-19th century. Even this invention was, at first, not terribly useful for military purposes. Not only did the barrels quickly become useless, but the barrels often could not be fitted with a bayonet. This made early rifles impractical for military use and mostly a bit of a toy. Not until the advent of progressive rifling (which came, depending on one’s point of view, fortuitously or not, in the middle of the U.S. Civil War), did rifles become practical for military, and also widespread civilian purposes.

If Liberals Won’t Enforce Borders, Fascists Will (tmn)

This massive new wave of immigration has brought many benefits to the United States. Of the 122 Americans who won a Nobel Prize from 2000 to 2018, 34 were immigrants. Four of the five Americans who won Nobels in 2016 were born outside the country. Of the 41 Fortune 500 companies created since 1985, eight had an immigrant founder. In many ways, the United States is a stronger, richer, and more dynamic country because of international migration. I am an immigrant myself. Born in Canada, I attended college in the United States, became a permanent resident, raised a family here, and was naturalized in 2007.

‘It’s Probably Over for Us’: Record Floods Bring New Toll When Farmers Can Least Afford It (jdargis)

The rail lines and roads that carry their crops to market were washed away by the rain-gorged rivers that drowned small towns, forced thousands of evacuations and killed at least three people. Some farmers say they have been cut off from their animals behind walls of water, while others cannot get to town for food and supplies for their livestock.

What, Exactly, Are Southern California’s Coyotes Eating? (tmn)

For the past two years, Brown has led a project to collect coyote scat around the Conejo Valley, including Thousand Oaks, and compare it to samples collected in denser, busier Los Angeles. “Our goal was to look at urban to suburban gradient, and see how that affects their diet,” Brown says.

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Narrative drives MSM coverage. Don’t be herded.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/why-does-the-mainstream-media-purposely-ignore-the-mass-killings-of-christians-that-happen-all-over-the-globe

Last week, when a deranged lunatic gunned down dozens of Muslims at two mosques in New Zealand it suddenly became the biggest news story in the world, and rightly so.  It was a major news event, and it needed to be reported.  But shouldn’t mass killings of Christians be given the same sort of media coverage?  Sadly, we all know that doesn’t happen.  Whenever there is a mass killing of Christians, it is usually entirely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this is happening.  Those that control the mainstream media consider Christians to be one of the main obstacles to “progress” in this country, and so any story that would put Christians in a positive or sympathetic light simply does not fit any of the narratives that they are pushing.

 

As a result of the lack of media coverage, the vast majority of Americans do not know that “4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons” last year.

That number breaks down to an average of 11 per day...

If you were to replace “Christians” with some other favored group in any of the examples that I have just shared, you would instantly have front page news all over the planet.

The mainstream media is definitely not “independent”, and they are not looking out for you.

 

They have their own agenda, and anything that does not fit that agenda does not get to be part of “the news”.

So far in 2019, there have been 453 Islamic terror attacks in which 1,956 people have been murdered.  But you will never hear those numbers from the mainstream media.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/434274-leader-of-muslim-american-group-blames-trump-for-sharp-rise-in

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 If you were to replace “Christians” with some other favored group in any of the examples that I have just shared, you would instantly have front page news all over the planet.

If that writer hasn't seen massacres of Christians on the front pages, he hasn't been paying attention. Or maybe his media diet isn't varied enough?

That said, regardless of what happened or who is involved it usually takes a large event to get large coverage. We hear about massacres of [whatever group] only when they're "big enough". Or any other disaster, for that matter.

Example: consider the huge media coverage of the Ethiopian air crash which recently killed 157 people. Then consider how seldom it's mentioned that car crashes kill over a million people per year. The difference is major, but car fatalities usually happen one or a few at a time so they don't get much notice except locally. A higher death toll will get wider coverage. (I guarantee that every Canadian reading this has heard of the Humboldt bus crash.)

The pattern holds for things like house fires, gun violence, drug deaths, robberies, fraud, you name it. We hear about big bad events but not much about small bad events even if their cumulative effects add up to be much larger.

Alas, it's the nature of the MSM beast; events often get more attention because of their drama than because of their true significance.

And too many of us lap it up ...

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 If you were to replace “Christians” with some other favored group in any of the examples that I have just shared, you would instantly have front page news all over the planet.

If that writer hasn't seen massacres of Christians on the front pages, he hasn't been paying attention. Or maybe his media diet isn't varied enough?

That said, regardless of what happened or who is involved it usually takes a large event to get large coverage. We hear about massacres of [whatever group] only when they're "big enough". Or any other disaster, for that matter.

Example: consider the huge media coverage of the Ethiopian air crash which recently killed 157 people. Then consider how seldom it's mentioned that car crashes kill over a million people per year. The difference is major, but car fatalities usually happen one or a few at a time so they don't get much notice except locally. A higher death toll will get wider coverage. (I guarantee that every Canadian reading this has heard of the Humboldt bus crash.)

The pattern holds for things like house fires, gun violence, drug deaths, robberies, fraud, you name it. We hear about big bad events but not much about small bad events even if their cumulative effects add up to be much larger.

Alas, it's the nature of the MSM beast; events often get more attention because of their drama than because of their true significance.

And too many of us lap it up ...

 

Google "nigeria christain deaths" and name which sources the typical American would read.

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 Google "nigeria christain deaths" and name which sources the typical American would read.

Thanks - that clearly demonstrates the value of a more varied media diet.

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 Google "nigeria christain deaths" and name which sources the typical American would read.

Yeah, those aren't my news sites either.

Interesting.  The "usual suspect" news organizations are silent about these deaths.  Probably they are worried these sort of repeated mass murders/genocide/ethnic cleansing attacks would reinforce some stereotype they don't want to reinforce.  Even though the Muslim/Christian civilizations had a fault line war that lasted hundreds of years, with chunks of Eastern Europe changing hands several times.

Which of course is why Eastern Europe refuses to take in Syrian refugees.  They've seen that movie before, and it didn't end well for them.

And presumably that's also why the Muslim nations aren't so pleased when the "Crusaders" come to visit.  That whole experience wasn't so nice for them either.

I'd be willing to bet that the newspapers in Muslim countries have no problem printing stories that reinforce the "crusader" stereotypes.  I don't think their society is convulsed with political correctness in the same way we are.  Do they laugh at us, I wonder?  I suspect they do.

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Truth in Tom's Point Re: US MSM Coverage But for A Diff Reason

Apart from the points made by Yoxa and MarkM, I think there's probably a much simpler reason why, by my observation, there may be some validity in Tom's point regarding US MSM, (as opposed to other sources) tending to report terror attacks on migrant minorities rather than attacks on Christians.  However, I don't think it has to do with there being a biased leftist narrative against Christians or something similar.

Hate-based mass attacks on ethinic or religious groups tend to be against minorities in the countries they occur in.  It's not a great revelation that minorities tend to get scapegoated and killed.  It's been going on since the dawn of time.  US (and developed world) MSM tends to focus on news from either the US or developed countries - the US, Australia/NZ and Europe - that have white majorities and similar, Christian-based cultures, simply because those are the places that seem 'closer' to us - we identify with them. And I'd guess crucial questions regarding whether mass killings of Christians outside of developed countries get big coverage are:  "Were the Christians white?  Were they from the US or developed countries, or native people?"  for the same reason - ability to identify.  In this less than deeply religious US, my guess is that you attract identification of a much wider interested audience when you add 'white' and 'developed world' than just the category 'Christian' alone.

We might see a headline on page 2 about some of the horrendous religious slaughters that happen between Hindus and Muslims in India, or in Nigeria or Africa at intervals, but there's more of a sense of it being 'their problem' and distant.  How much MSM focus here was there on the terrorist bomb that killed 40 Hindus a month ago in Kashmir, or the government action that likely sparked the bombing in which they shot into a crowd of protesting Muslims and randomly killed seven civilians and injured 40 there the month before?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/15/asia/kashmir-attack-india-pakistan-intl/i...

Violence either carried out by white perpetrators against minorities or by minorities against the majority white Christian culture in developed countries tends to get bigger and more prolonged MSM coverage.  For example, the mass attack by Islamists in Paris got huge coverage, as did the Islamist San Bernardino attack in California - both minority attacks on Christian/white culture,  as does this white racist attack on minorities New Zealand.  They all get more coverage because they feel closer, more like something happening to us, a threat to us and our culture from hate, both outgoing and incoming.   Stats show clearly that there are more mass shootings by white men in general in the US, but that may be simply because there are more white men than other ethnicities, and the same may apply to mass killings motivated by racial or religious hatred.  It's the mass killing and the hate that's the problem, IMO.

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Along The Lines Of

"In the American Media,white people debate whether race matters,rich people debate whether poverty matters,and men debate whether gender matters.People for whom these problems have no alternative but to matter-for they structure the the limitations of their lives-are locked out of the discussion."    Sarah Kendzior

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US MSM perspectives

Couldn't help comment on this one. The NYT seems to think flooding in the US midwest is devastating. Try Malawi:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cyclone-idai-mozambique-malawi-zimbabwe-1.5062169?cmp=rss

I don't the Christian/Moslem issue is the big ISSUE!

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A Couple of Problems with the Christchurch Massacre Footage

Here and here (damn, can't find the longer video.  Sombody help!)  [please ignore the monologue and watch for the brass and the magazine on the floor]

1.  The possession and viewing of the video has been criminalized in NZ.  Respect for the dead??  Or not wanting a careful analysis by a skeptical and observant population--similar to what happened to the towers collapse on 9/11 where careful analysis showed a demolition wave beneath the canopy of the twin towers and documented free-fall in Building 7 that NIST was intending to ignore?

2.   At one point, the shooter is standing out on the sidewalk firing down the sidewalk.  Brass is ejected from the right side of his rifle and never hits the ground.  It disappear in mid air.  No brass accumulates or bounces off the sidewalk.  Oops.

3.  When the shooter enters the prayer room for the first time, there are dead people to the left of the doorway.  They are lying in postures of death before he shoots in that direction for the first time.

4.  When the shooter enters the mosque front hallway for the first time, there is a loaded rifle magazine seen briefly on the floor.  On the way out, he stoops down and picks up the magazine, inserts it into the rifle and shoots with it.  How did a loaded magazine get into the hallway prior to his initial entry?  This sounds like a CGI addition where the timing was in error.

5.  Softer points:  A) No visible damage is happening to the walls. No dust.  B)  The angle of the GoPro camera conveniently catches the firing of the gun without simultaneously showing the impacts on the target (in many cases).  This makes it simpler to fabricate a video.  C)  No screaming--ubiquitous in these events.

Things are not right.  I do not know what to make of it but I see things that are not right.

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Re: A Couple of Problems

Longer Video as requested. Second source here.

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Bullet casings dematerializing...

Skip down the "BreakTheMatrix" page that Time2Help linked above, to the 3rd video on the page.  advance it to the 8:50 mark where the shooter is out on the sidewalk.  Where is the ejected brass?  Do you see any brass hit the ground?

 

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Alfred H has the right attitude

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Looked authentic to me

I’ve seen probably 150-200 people shot and shooting crime scenes (though almost exclusively where handguns and shotguns were used, very very few rifles). The video looked real to me, though it was grainy and jumpy, which left room for people to question its authenticity. Most of us are used to seeing this kind of violence in television and movie productions using the highest quality cameras, lighting and editing. This is what it looks like on a GoPro mounted on the shooters helmet.

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You're awfully handy to have around.  :)

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Warning: shameless plug

Unless participants at the April conference in Sebastopol demand a different subject, my presentation on Sunday morning will be “Responding to an Active Shooter.” The Christchurch incident illustrated all of the points I’m going to make, one being “Don’t freeze!” If you want to talk about what was “unbelievable” in the video, how about how so many people froze in place and otherwise failed to respond in any meaningful or timely way?  The shooter, who must’ve been quite a “Sight” carrying a shotgun and rifle wearing a helmet with GoPro mounted on top, walked right by two men standing on the sidewalk outside the mosque (~50-70 feet from the mosque entrance). They just stood there and did nothing. I assume their mouths dropped open, but the video quality is so poor you can’t make out their facial features. They didn’t take cover, run away (at least not immediately), shout out a warning, or attack the shooter empty-handed when he turned his back on them. Inside the mosque in the main prayer room at least 20 people simply cowered in two corners as if waiting to be shot. They didn’t run away, climb out a window, hide in a different room, or attempt to fight back. They died after the shooter went back to his car, got another rifle, walked back into the mosque and administered coup de grace shots to make sure they were all dead (not just wounded or playing dead). While he was gone, no one still living thought to lock or barricade the mosque doors. And there were still people outside in the open for him to shoot when he emerged from the mosque the second time on his way to escape in his car. Unbelievable! (Except freezing is a very common reaction, if not THE most common.)

My presentation will help you break that very strong and natural tendency to freeze. A handful of others who have been in my previous presentations have reported back to me that when they found themselves in close proximity to gunshots or other grave danger after experiencing my presentation they DIDN’T freeze and immediately took effective action to protect themselves while most of the people around them stood there dumbstruck.

”Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

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Warning: Shameless Question

Knowing what to do in a situation where there is an active shooter could save countless lives but there is little info, training or discussion on the subject. It seems unkind to educate only those who can, afford, and do attend the conference.  Perhaps sharing this info with the greater audience would be beneficial and appreciated.  How about an article or podcast?

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Fine with me

But I’m just a customer here. No one owns the “intellectual property” I plan to share in Sebastopol so I don’t see any reason why I can’t make it available after the sold out conference. I will have to figure out how to take my PowerPoint outline and turn it into a narrated video presentation. I bet Adam would help me, or someone else here could private message me and offer to help.

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CGI -- Or Can Keanu Revees Really Fly?

First, I have to say that the makers of The Matrix movie were incredibly lucky to have found and actor who can fly.  Keanu Revess is really an exceptional actor.  He can fly, leap high into the air, dodge bullets and actually learned Kung Fu in just a few seconds when it was downloaded directly into his consciousness!  I would NEVER have believed he could do these things if I had not seen them with my own eyes.

 

OK, I'm being silly.  Computer Generated Imagery is incredibly good.  How do you tell if it is real?   So, mostly, you can't.  But occasionally a gift is given and a sharp eye will notice an impossibility in the graphics, or a shift in momentum that is impossible.

plastic fork cannot puncture a bowling ball in the "real" world.  But in the CGI world, it can.  So if you watch a plastic fork puncturing a bowling ball how will you evaluate?  What if an authority assures you that it is true?

I don't have good answers.  Just the question.

Occasionally an error in the CGI rendering is found that allows the video to be identified as false.  One such error is a layering error when something moves behind a background object that it should pass in front of.  For example:  look at the left wing of this airplane.

Or a thin-shelled aluminum machine might be seen to slice through structural steel box columns.   Or a thin shelled hollow airplane plunge through dirt and disappear in its entirety beneath the soil?

So these occasional gifts are offered.  I consider the failure of ejected brass to land and bounce on the sidewalk to (possibly) be one of those gifts.

 

 

 

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That would be awesome!

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