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YouTube -- Blonde in the Belly of the Best: The Desperate Left | Data & Society Study
"I'm supposed to believe we live in a vicious Patriarchy when a good, upstanding man can be torn down by claims that could be made by anyone and the Left will never allow him to exonerate himself." [https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/18/report-youtubes-alternative-influence-network-breeds-rightwing-radicalisation]
minitrue  threatnarrative  conspiracy  discourse 
39 minutes ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Alternative Influence: YouTube Censorship Manifesto - Rebutted!
'The George Soros’ Open Society Foundation funded Data & Society Research Institute recently released a report titled “Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube” by Rebecca Lewis [https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/18/report-youtubes-alternative-influence-network-breeds-rightwing-radicalisation]. The report claimed that 65 political commentators had created a “Alternative Influence Network” by adopting “brand influencer” techniques with the goal of “selling” a far-right political ideology. The “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” style report sought draw collaborative connections between many political commentators including Stefan Molyneux – and far-right ideology, and was thus widely spread by the mainstream media.' -- Are you or have you ever been a Search Engine Optimizer?
minitrue  threatnarrative  conspiracy  discourse  StefanMolyneux 
1 hour ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- The stupidity of modern anti-racism by Andrew Doyle
'According to a New York research institute known as Data & Society, there exists a sinister ‘Alternative Influence Network’ (AIN) which enables far-right radicalisation through YouTube. Via a ‘six degrees of separation’-style flowchart [https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/18/report-youtubes-alternative-influence-network-breeds-rightwing-radicalisation#img-2], one that wouldn’t look out of place on David Icke’s notice board, a researcher called Rebecca Lewis has somehow managed to join the dots between political worldviews opposed by the liberal-left – conservatism, libertarianism, classical liberalism – and white-nationalist extremism. It is the most egregious example of guilt by association and the continuum fallacy I’ve seen for a long time. The camel has its nose well and truly under the tent. -- ... For the likes of Lewis, the world is to be viewed through an ever-shrinking Overton window, and those who advocate free-thinking are engaged in a form of radicalisation.' -- https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/18/report-youtubes-alternative-influence-network-breeds-rightwing-radicalisation
minitrue  threatnarrative  conspiracy  discourse 
3 hours ago by adamcrowe
A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage - The Awl
one of those articles with an idea that’s so juicy it sticks in your head forever
economics  food  conspiracy  market 
yesterday by aaronbeekay
Kavanaugh and Vince Foster
Yet another ugly episode from the Supreme Court nominee's life
politics  kavanaugh  conspiracy  clinton  vincefoster 
2 days ago by nelson
A trail of ‘bread crumbs,’ leading conspiracy theorists into the wilderness • New York Times
Mattathias Schwartz:
<p>For months now, one such anonymous source — an internet user called “Q Clearance Patriot” or “Q,” posting on anarchic, underbelly-of-the-internet message boards like 4chan and 8chan — has been spreading its “crumbs” across the web, offering up a running commentary on the state of the nation in a gnomic and paranoid style. To call the result a mere “conspiracy theory” doesn’t quite do it justice, shortchanging both its utterly absurd wrongness and its vast pseudo-explanatory power. Q’s prophecies are something closer to a grand unifying conspiracy theory, one that incorporates older absurd theories (stretching back to the Kennedy administration) and continuously spins off new tendrils, glomming itself onto news events as they unfold. Good and evil, it claims, have mustered two warring teams; the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. The heroes are the military (especially the Marines) and President Trump, who is secretly cooperating with Robert Mueller to, some disciples imagine, uncover a global ring of sex-trafficking pedophiles. And even this risks making it sound more realistic than it is…

…“Your President needs your help,” writes Q in one “Q drop” — that’s what Q’s followers, or “bakers,” call each bread crumb. Q engages the bakers as collaborators who “research” lines of inquiry and offer possible answers to Q’s hypnotic flurries of leading questions. (“Las Vegas. What hotel did the ‘reported’ gunfire occur from? What floors specifically? Who owns the top floors?”) But Q balances fear-mongering with notes of reassurance: The bakers are, by poring over each nonsensical hint, supposedly aiding their fellow “patriots” on the inside. Bad news is merely a “distraction.” The president’s behavior is merely a ruse. The good guys are secretly in control, and they are going to win.</p>

I do like "utterly absurd wrongness". It must be nice, if you're a conspiracy theory sort of person, to have one where the Good Guys (and Gals) are going to win. So much happier than conspiracies about 9/11 and banks.
qanon  conspiracy 
9 days ago by charlesarthur
E-cigarettes could stub out tobacco bonds sooner than thought | Reuters
The states with the highest populations, such as California and New York, are owed the most. The majority of them arranged to get much of their money up front by selling bonds and pledging the annual payments to the bond holders.

The only problem is that as tobacco shipments decline, so do the payments. And sales of e-cigarettes, which now appear to be helping to accelerate the tobacco-consumption decline rate, are not counted as cigarette sales under the MSA.

The outlook for tobacco bonds is so dire that a forecast last month from Moody’s Investors Service predicted 65 to 80 percent were headed toward default.
e-cigs  ecig  health  conspiracy 
9 days ago by mullingitover
Politicalprof
Apparently, QAnon has mapped out every conspiracy and how they all work to make Donald Trump awesome. See: it all makes sense! If you’re smart enough …
infographic  conspiracy  deception 
11 days ago by basemaly

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