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Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group Message Board › Terry's comment re: why standard of practice for media wouldn't work

Terry's comment re: why standard of practice for media wouldn't work

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False flag (aka Black Flag) operations are covert operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.

The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is: flying the flag of a country other than one’s own.

False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations and can be used during peace-time.

When False Flags dont Fly anymore PEOPLE ARE LEARNING THE TRUTH

False Flag Operations

London 7/7London Metro Bombings 7/7/2005
The most recent major act of terrorism in the western world, the London train bombings were referred to by the English as “our September 11th.”

As with 9/11, the official, public version of 7/7 is inadequate, oversimplified and most likely an orchestrated deception. Little known reports in the mainstream media and alternative, independent research have made a compelling case for 7/7 being a false flag operation.

A former member
Post #: 574
some events are synthetically created to achieve a goal later on..or how false flags in a way have gotten more sophisticated..

Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is a 2007 book by Canadian author Naomi Klein, and is the basis of a 2009 documentary by the same name.[1]

The book argues that the free market policies of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman have risen to prominence in some countries because they were pushed through while the citizens were reacting to disasters or upheavals.
It is implied that some man-made crises, such as the Falklands war, may have been created with the intention of pushing through these unpopular reforms in their wake.

A former member
Post #: 575
fixing errors in the record..and discerning the non-news from content which has the appearance of being like 'news'.

Media Matters

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation — news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda — every day, in real time.

Using the website as the principal vehicle for disseminating research and information, Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

A former member
Post #: 576

A prime example of the deliberate production of ignorance cited by Proctor is the tobacco industry's conspiracy to manufacture doubt about the cancer risks of tobacco use.

Under the banner of science, the industry produced research about everything except tobacco hazards to exploit public uncertainty.[5][6]

Some of the root causes for culturally-induced ignorance are media neglect, corporate or governmental secrecy and suppression, document destruction, and myriad forms of inherent or avoidable culturopolitical selectivity, inattention, and forgetfulness.[7]

Agnotology also focuses on how and why diverse forms of knowledge do not "come to be," or are ignored or delayed.

For example, knowledge about plate tectonics was censored and delayed for at least a decade because key evidence was classified military information related to underseas warfare.[5]

Doubt Is Their Product

Authors@Google: David Michaels

Author David Michaels visits Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Ca, to discuss his book "Doubt is

Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health".
This event took place August 27, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series.

In Doubt is Their Product, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry's duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards.
Product defense consultants, he argues, have increasingly skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products.
To keep the public confused about the hazards posed by global warming, second-hand smoke, asbestos, lead, plastics, and many other toxic materials, industry executives have hired unscrupulous scientists and lobbyists to dispute scientific evidence about health risks.
In doing so, they have not only delayed action on specific hazards, but they have constructed barriers to make it harder for lawmakers, government agencies, and courts to respond to future threats.

David Michaels is a scientist and former government regulator.
During the Clinton Administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health, responsible for protecting the health and safety of the workers, neighboring communities, and the environment surrounding the nation's nuclear weapons factories.
He currently directs the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

A former member
Post #: 577

the various mediums(television, radio, periodicals, etc) are essentially toxic to ones mental hygiene.


When the media makes a star - they make you the sucker.

Starsuckers is the most controversial documentary of the year, and was released in British cinemas in November 2009 to critical acclaim.
It's a darkly humourous and shocking exposé of the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it.
Directed by Chris Atkins, BAFTA nominated for Taking Liberties, Starsuckers exploded into the news in October when it emerged that the team had been selling fake celebrity stories to all the British Tabloids.
This became a news sensation in it's own right, and was followed by the darker revelation that Atkins had secretly filmed four journalists for three Sunday tabloids trying to buy medical records.
The filmmakers also stung Max Clifford, who the film shows boasting about his clients on undercover camera.
When Clifford found out, he hired the infamous law firm Carter Ruck and threatened to injunct the film which would have prevented it's release.
The film ends with a damning critique of Bob Geldof's Live Aid and the star-studded Live 8 concerts in 2005.

A former member
Post #: 579
the fact that the governmental wheels are so lubricated with private special interest money denies the rest of the public the sense that their is integrity in the system. Even when there is.

@Google: Lawrence Lessig: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It

In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low.
More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis:
how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system.
Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation.
He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system.
He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories.
And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system.
In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it.
In Republic, Lost, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

A former member
Post #: 580

Fooled by Randomness

Taleb sets forth the idea that modern humans are often unaware of the existence of randomness. They tend to explain random outcomes as non-random.

Human beings:

overestimate causality, e.g., they see elephants in the clouds instead of understanding that they are in fact randomly shaped clouds that appear to our eyes as elephants (or something else);
tend to view the world as more explainable than it really is.
So they look for explanations even when there are none.

Other misperceptions of randomness that are discussed include:

Survivorship bias. We see the winners and try to "learn" from them, while forgetting the huge number of losers.
Skewed distributions.
Many real life phenomena are not 50:50 bets like tossing a coin, but have various unusual and counter-intuitive distributions.
An example of this is a 99:1 bet in which you almost always win, but when you lose, you lose all your savings.
People can easily be fooled by statements like "I won this bet 50 times". According to Taleb:
"Option sellers, it is said, eat like chickens and go to the bathroom like elephants", which is to say, option sellers may earn a steady small income from selling the options, but when a disaster happens they lose a fortune.

Reflection on a Crisis DLD09

A former member
Post #: 581

Taleb Explains "Black Swan"

Black swan theory
The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept that the event is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major impact.
After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight.

The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:

The disproportionate role of high-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance and technology

The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities)

The psychological biases that make people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs

Unlike the earlier philosophical "black swan problem", the "black swan theory" refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history.
Such events, considered extreme outliers, collectively play vastly larger roles than regular occurrences.[1]

A former member
Post #: 582

The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See

2 million views for an old codger giving a lecture about arithmetic? What's going on? You'll just have to watch to see what's so damn amazing about what he (Prof. Albert Bartlett) has to say.

When I saw this lecture at a conference in 1995, I came out blasted, thinking "This needs to be required listening for every person on the planet.
Nothing else will matter if we don't understand this."
The presenter is Albert Bartlett, a retired Physics prof. at U of Colorado-Boulder.

The presentation is titled "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy," and I introduce it to my students as "The most boring video you'll ever see, and the most important."
But then again, after viewing it most said that if you followed along with what Bartlett is saying, it's quite easy to pay attention, because the content is so damn compelling.

If you forward this to everyone you know, we might actually stand a chance in staving off disaster in the global finance system, peak oil, climate change, and every other resource issue you can think of.
Without a widespread understanding of what Bartlett's talking about, I think we won't be able to dodge ANY of those issues.

BE ABSOLUTELY SURE you catch the parts about "the bacteria in the bottle" (in Part 3) and the list comparing things that add to the problem and things that address the problem.
If we don't choose from that right-hand column, nature will choose for us.

I for one, would rather we be the ones making the choice.

A former member
Post #: 583

the 'KONY' viral internet movement appears to be a 'disaster capitalism' or 'false flag' event
to capture the oil of Uganda.

KONY 2012 = BIG OIL - Turth About Kony 2012 - Uganda oil find 2009 - Share this video!

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