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Brexit has already cost the U.K. more than its EU budget payments, study shows
The damage to the U.K. economy caused by the vote to leave the European Union two years ago already exceeds the size of the budget contributions Britain will be able to claw back when it finally leaves the bloc, according to an economic study by the Centre for European Reform.
popularStupidity  globalization 
yesterday by joeybaker
Wildlife poachers in Kenya 'to face death penalty.'
Wildlife poachers in Kenya will face the death penalty, the country’s tourism and wildlife minister has reportedly announced. Najib Balala warned the tough new measure would be fast-tracked into law. Existing deterrents against killing wild animals in the east African nation are insufficient, Mr Balala said, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
governmentIncompetence  win  popularStupidity 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Brexit: Support for Ireland staying in the EU hits record high of 92%, latest poll shows
Support for Ireland remaining in the European Union has reached near-unanimous levels in the Republic, with a solution to the Brexit border problem looking further off than ever. A full 92 per cent of the Irish population now support staying in the EU, according to a new survey by pollsters Red C, with just 7 per cent supporting a theoretical “Irexit” and 1 per cent saying they don’t know.
win  globalization  popularStupidity 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Dutch voters say 'no' to new spy law - Voters in the Netherlands narrowly rejected a proposed law granting authorities sweeping powers to spy on their data. The referendum was non-binding, but the government has said it will take the results seriously.
Voters in the Netherlands narrowly rejected a proposed law granting authorities sweeping powers to spy on their data. The referendum was non-binding, but the government has said it will take the results seriously.
win  surveillanceState  popularStupidity 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
94% of Canadians believe journalism is important to democracy & that policy should reflect protecting it.
New survey finds 94 per cent of Canadians believe journalism plays critical role to democracy, and that policy should reflect protecting it.
popularIgnorance  fourthEstate  win  popularStupidity 
march 2018 by joeybaker
False news stories are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than true ones -- and people, not bots, appear to be to blame
There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed. Science , this issue p. [1146][1] [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aap9559
popularStupidity  informationWar 
march 2018 by joeybaker
False news stories are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than true ones -- and people, not bots, appear to be to blame
There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed. Science , this issue p. [1146][1] [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aap9559
informationWar  popularStupidity 
march 2018 by joeybaker
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