Rank Propaganda / Thought Policing / World Disordering

  • In the 'big tent' of free speech, can you be too open-minded?

    some arguments are cleverly deceptive, and engaging with them open-mindedly can actually undermine knowledge. Imagine a hard-to-follow mathematical proof, its flaw difficult to spot, that indicates 2 + 2 = 5. Interestingly, Fantl sees his stance as consistent with intellectual humility: No one is an expert on everything, and we’re all unlikely to spot fallacies in complex deceptive arguments outside our expertise.

    There’s another worrisome cost to engaging with deceptive counterarguments: Some of them harm people. To engage open-mindedly with Holocaust denial, for example – to treat it as an option on the table – is to fail to express appropriate solidarity with Jews and other victims of the Nazi regime. More than giving offense, engaging those views could make someone complicit in ongoing oppression, possibly by undermining education about genocide and ethnic cleansing.

    Does this mean that I recommend seeking out Holocaust deniers for dialogue? No. Some views really are beyond the pale, and regular engagement has diminishing returns. There are only so many hours in the day. But that stance should be adopted sparingly, especially when experts in the relevant community are conflicted.

    • "Holocaust Deniers" is often used to preclude education about the Holocaust: It wasn't just Jews, but that's not compatible with Today's Narrative. The open minded approach the rest of the article advocates implies "within our tent." The walls of the Big Tent, once erected, shrink rapidly. People inside often fail to notice it happening.
  • An FAQ from the future — how we struggled and defeated deepfakes

    And so was born the voluntary FACStamp on May 1, 2026. For consumers, FACStamped content displays a small “FAC” icon in one corner of your screen or includes an audio FAC notice. The signal can be turned off by the user, or it can be set to appear for only five or 10 seconds at the start of a media stream. FACStamps are entirely voluntary. But every member of the FAC Alliance pledged that their internet, broadcast and physical reports would publish only FACStamped media in their news sections.

    The newest phones, tablets, cameras, recorders and desktop computers all include software that automatically inserts the FACStamp code into every piece of visual or audio content as it's captured, before any AI modification can be applied. This proves that the image, sound or video was not generated by AI.

    A bipartisan group of senators and House members plans to introduce the Right to Reality Act when the next Congress opens in January 2029. It will mandate the use of FACStamps in multiple sectors, including local government, shopping sites and investment and real estate offerings. Counterfeiting a FACStamp would become a criminal offense. Polling indicates widespread public support for the act, and the FAC Alliance has already begun a branding campaign.

Trump / War against the Right / Jan6

  • Fears grow that Trump will use the military in ‘dictatorial ways’ if he returns to the White House

    Part of the aim is to identify like-minded organizations and create a coalition to challenge Trump from day one, those taking part in the discussions said. Some participants are combing through policy papers being crafted for a future conservative administration. They’re also watching the interviews that Trump allies are giving to the press for clues to how a Trump sequel would look. Other participants include Democracy Forward, an organization that took the Trump administration to court more than 100 times during his administration, and Protect Democracy, an anti-authoritarian group.

    Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill worry that Trump might invoke the act to involve the armed forces in the face of domestic protests or if the midterm elections don’t go his way. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is crafting a bill that would clarify the act and give Congress and the courts some say in its use. Its chances of passage are slim given that Republicans control the House and are largely loyal to Trump.

    Judge Florence Pan asked one of Trump’s lawyers whether a president could, for example, sell military secrets or order the elite SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival with impunity under the legal argument.

    “The military is hundreds of thousands of people strong, and ultimately Trump will find people to follow his legal orders no matter what,” said a former senior official who served in the Trump administration, speaking on condition of anonymity to talk freely. “The Insurrection Act is a legal order, and if he orders it there will be military officers, especially younger men and women, who will follow that legal order,” the former official added.

    Sending troops into American streets is often a bad idea, military experts say, pointing to the sort of tragedy that unfolded at Kent State University in 1970 when National Guardsmen shot and killed four students protesting the Vietnam War. In his appearance before the congressional Jan. 6 committee, Milley said that there was “significant pressure on Secretary Esper to deploy forces” to deal with the 2020 racial justice protests.

    • too much to swallow. Who was it quartered troops on Congress for 2 weeks plus on Jan6? If Trump "is gonna do $BAD", then why didn't he do it on Jan 6 / Jan 7, when he was in office and the Democrats were making it absolutely clear that they intended to hang him for anything they could imagine? Waiting 4 years, until re-election, seems a curious step in a "planned coup" when he was much better positioned to do all that previously, and left that position willingly.
  • Georgia DA Fani Willis claims 'improper' relationship accusations are based on race

  • "I love my country too much to vote for Donald Trump," Sen. Joe Manchin says

Religion / Tribal / Culture War and Re-Segregation

  • Western Brands Boycott Calls Intensify After US Jets Bomb Yemen | ZeroHedge

    One X user pointed out, "None of these brands have anything to with Yemen and the US didn't invade Yemen, also why is their idea of a boycott just targeting snacks."

  • Power companies paid US Southern civil right leaders as loyal industry advocates

    millions of dollars flowed from utilities to Black leaders and their groups since at least 2009

    The multibillion-dollar power companies use Black support to divert attention from the environmental harms that spew from their fossil fuel plants, the investigation found, harms which disproportionately fall on Black communities.

    Some civil rights and faith leaders “will sell you out because they’ll sell anything – they’ll sell seawater,” said the Rev Michael Malcom, executive director of the environmental justice organization Alabama Interfaith Power & Light, in Birmingham.

    David Pellow, director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, says the payments represent “the cold, hard, brutal” facts that power companies “need to maintain [public] was support for what they’re doing”. A “really effective way” of controlling the narrative in favor of utilities, Pellow said, has been “buying off people in communities who have a vested interest in fighting those companies”.

Space / Boomy Zoomers / UFO

Economicon / Business / Finance

  • Panama Canal drought forces Maersk to start using land bridge for Oceania cargo

  • The Effects of Interest Rates on Commodity Prices

  • After big tech layoffs, Silicon Valley may have lost its monopoly on workers

  • Google's billions make job cuts 'needless' – union

  • Five richest men double their money as poorest get poorer

  • The Businesses That Rescued America From Inflation, Recession, Lost Jobs - WSJ

    “We’d always been plane-restrained or gate-restrained. Coming out of the pandemic, for the first time we were people-restrained,” said Greg Muccio, head of talent acquisition at Southwest Airlines

    U.S. crude oil output hit a monthly record in September. For the first 10 months of 2023, it averaged 12.9 million barrels a day. That was about half a million more than the Energy Information Administration had projected for 2023, back in January 2022.

    Camden expanded into single-family rentals. Last fall, it started leasing 189 houses in Houston. Camden’s projects were part of a record 439,000 units completed last year, according to RealPage. McConnico estimates another 600,000 to 650,000 will be completed this year. Not surprisingly, rents on new leases have stopped rising. At Camden, new lease rates were down 3.3% in the fourth quarter through late October compared with the fourth quarter of 2022, Campo said. At new projects, there are offers of a month’s free rent.

    Analog Devices, which makes roughly 75,000 types of chips for industrial, automotive and electronics products across a hybrid network of in-house and outsourced factories. One quick way was to expand production at a fabrication plant in Camas, Washington, from five to seven days a week. Given the tight labor market, Jain said, “we thought it would be quite hard.” But employees welcomed the option of working 12-hour days three or four days a week, he said, instead of the usual five-day workweek. The company boosted capacity at fabrication plants in Beaverton, Ore., and Limerick, Ireland, by installing additional chip-making tools. Some tool makers who were themselves short of chips agreed with Analog to give priority to each other’s orders. “

    For automakers, chip shortages are largely over. As a result, inventories are rising, and prices in December were lower than a year earlier.

    The economy isn’t out of the woods. Inflation, while much lower than a year ago, is still higher than in 2019, and wages are still growing faster than is compatible with the Fed’s 2% inflation target. Whether inflation falls further—and recession avoided—will be mostly a question of demand. Supply has done its part.

Gubmint / Poilitcks / Law Making

External Security / Militaria / Diplomania

  • US Has Grown Weak on Immigration, Technology, Education, Rule of Law - Bloomberg

    The harsh reality is that the US is no longer very good at “getting B to do something that B would not otherwise do.” Who now thinks of Afghanistan, hastily abandoned to the Taliban in 2021? Ukraine, still struggling against the Russian invader, is slipping from public consciousness amid dwindling financial support from Washington.