Rank Propaganda / Thought Policing / World Disordering

  • WSJ Editor-in-Chief Admits To Davos Elites 'We No Longer Own The News' | ZeroHedge

    "I think there’s a very specific challenge for the legacy brands, like the New York Times and like the Wall Street Journal," Tucker said, adding "If you go back really not that long ago, as I say, we owned the news. We were the gatekeepers, and we very much owned the facts as well." "If it said it in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, then that was a fact," she continued, adding "Nowadays, people can go to all sorts of different sources for the news and they’re much more questioning about what we’re saying."

  • Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? Here's what the science says

    conspiratorial ideation is strongly related to abnormal-range traits, such as schizotypy, paranoia, tendencies to have unusual experiences, trait psychoticism, and hostility. These traits are associated with impaired functioning and a negative perception of others and events. On the other hand, normal-range personality traits (captured by the Big Five model) showed very small correlations with conspiratorial ideation. This indicates that while these general traits have some influence, they are not as pivotal in predicting belief in conspiracy theories as abnormal-range traits.

    One interesting finding was the role of humility. Both general humility and intellectual humility were significant, negative correlates of conspiratorial ideation, particularly when measuring honesty–humility and comprehensive features of intellectual humility. This suggests that a lack of humility is a notable marker of conspiratorial thinking. These findings highlight that conspiratorial ideation is more closely linked with psychopathology and certain personality disorders than with general personality functioning.


Pox / COVID / BioTerror AgitProp

Religion / Tribal / Culture War and Re-Segregation

Edumacationalizing / Acedemia Nuts

Info Rental / ShowBiz / Advertising

TechSuck / Geek Bait

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  • The Open Source Sustainability Crisis

    Just as the security crisis is adjacent to the sustainability crisis, so is the Open Source diversity crisis: Open Source is markedly less demographically diverse than software engineering in general. We have not just inequality of outcome but inequality of opportunity. 35% of people don’t even have Internet access yet, let alone free time to hack on Open Source projects. Structural inequalities can be thought of as the largest of hoops to jump through in order to get paid fairly for producing widely adopted Open Source software. We should directly address this wider diversity crisis, and, we should work on resolving the sustainability crisis.

Space / Boomy Zoomers / UFO

Economicon / Business / Finance

  • Yield curve adds to mystery over US economy

    There is rising confidence in a US economic soft landing but a classic recession-predictor in markets is still flashing red — the so-called inversion of the yield curve. Normally, the longer the term of a bond, the higher the yield as investors seek compensation holding the debt at a greater time and the extra risk that entails. When the yield curve inverts, yields on short-term bonds rise above longer-term ones. It has been seen as a harbinger of bad economic times because it implies expectations that interest rates will be lowered in the longer term to stimulate growth.

    Perhaps the way to conclude the yield curve puzzle is to remember that a soft landing does not necessarily preclude a shallow recession. The five-plus quarter-point interest rate cuts currently being priced in by investors imply something potentially more painful. Otherwise, why would the Fed slash rates so speedily without a rapidly weakening economy to rescue? A gradual slowdown is certainly a simpler story, but it still does not quite account for all the facts.

  • How America accidentally made a free-money machine for banks

    investors are betting the central bank will cut rates significantly, the cost of borrowing today is only 4.8%. Yet because those rate cuts have not yet happened, the Fed still pays banks 5.4% on their cash balances. In other words, banks can draw loans just to make a spread of 0.6 percentage points, risk-free, at the expense of the central bank. Should the expected rate cuts take place, the banks need not suffer a negative interest margin, because they are free to repay the loans early, a valuable option the Fed, in effect, gave away for nothing. Borrowers’ identity will eventually be made public, so the only constraint on them is the risk to their reputations—but some may consider such shameless opportunism a virtue.

  • US home sales see worst year since 1995

  • Why the S&P's New Record May Not Mean a Bull Market

Gubmint / Poilitcks / Law Making


Iran / Houthi / Red Sea / Mediterranean


  • Why Israel Will Never Manage to Destroy All Hamas Tunnels in Gaza - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    The Israel Defense Forces will not destroy all the Hamas and Islamic Jihad tunnels under Gaza. Probably not even most of them. This assessment, which has yet to be voiced publicly, is shared by all levels of the IDF. From the generals, trying to plan what they call a "year of warfare" in 2024, through the brigade and battalion commanders who are spending entire weeks on the ground to destroy just one section of the tunnel system, all the way down to the combat engineering troops, who are now starting to come out of Gaza after three months of fighting with mixed feelings. On the one hand they have carried out an unprecedented number of tunnel demolition missions. On the other, they know many more such tunnels remain intact.

  • Sports Emerges as New Front in Israel-Hamas War | RealClearWire

    The International Ice Hockey Federation, or IIHF, first banned Israeli athletes from international competitions, then abruptly reversed that decision on Wednesday. The Federation this week determined that it did indeed have the “safety and security support needed” to allow Israel, which won the silver medal last year in its division, to take place in a tournament being held in Bulgaria. Previously, the IIHF had decided to exclude the Israeli team from all of its competitions “for the time being” out of concern for athletes’ safety.

  • How Israel has repeatedly rejected Hamas truce offers

Health / Medicine

Environment / Climate / Green Propaganda