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Media damage

 

They say the best way to get over a relationship is by getting into a new one, or maybe getting under somebody new. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The thing to realize with that logic is after those warm cuddly nights with a stranger, you find out nothing with you has changed. Those old scars never had a chance to heal and move on. Newscasts I feel are the same way. The news today has become a 24 hour circinate of opinions, distorted facts and panels who decides for the American people, why, how, and what to think about.

The most glaring observation in my mind at this moment is this ever closing in on us race war, that CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other stations are baiting us into. Race as always been a touchy subject in this country, largely due to an overall avoidance of talking about the roots causes of it in America. The news pundits will happily talk about black on black crime and point the finger as to say. “See, look the numbers prove it! “Black people you can’t live in denial all the time.” While black on black crime is a plague on black communities, you can’t hold a mirror up unless it’s a two-way one.

The US Department of Justice declared that in 2011 white on white crime was at a staggering 84%. In 2013, crimes committed by whites such as vandalism, larceny-theft, aggravated assault and weapons carrying were higher than any other group. There is more to the stats, but I’m really not here to drag out all the numbers. My point is why isn’t this brought to mainstream media and put into the cycle of news and topics of conversation. My hunch is that, because race will be taken off the table, it becomes something that gets swept under the rug.

Another divide and conquer tactic the news stations uses to add to is agenda is airtime. According to MediaQuant a firm that tracks media coverage of candidates and gives a dollar value based on advertising rates. In their analysis Donald Trump has gotten almost $2 billion dollars worth of free media attention. He more than doubled what Hillary Clinton got with $746 million in the same time frame.

Just by those numbers alone, it doesn’t seem to be providence that Trump is the Republican nominee. It seems more engineered and manufactured through a mechanical allusion that was pre-planned. At the same time, news networks made Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric synonymous with his rise in the polls. They somehow grossly neglected that fact that they became avaricious and fed the beastly orange tint monster camera time so they can maintain their parasitical consanguinity.

Hillary Clinton as well has made her own magic these last couple of months. The road in front of her seems clear. With the email scandal behind her and Bernie Sanders, once her biggest blockade to the nomination on her side, things have turned around. There are however some people crying foul. Whether they are bitter Sanders followers who can’t stand the sight of Hillary to win the presidency or not. One such reason, whispers are circulating is that there are doubts Hillary won her races far and square.

There have been claims of fraud in states like Iowa, California and Arizona saying that Bernie Sanders won those states by the popular and delegate count. Even though the issue was brought once on Bernie campaign trail, it never gained traction and lied dead in the water allowing Clinton to focus on her email scandal.

As someone who looks for different perspective on the issues. Beware, personal agendas are usually the fuel that motivates pundits and the rest of the talking heads. It’s good to have your ideas challenged, but way too often these shows will have an unbalanced panel that too often shows unwavering support for the views of the host. Although studies have shown that we usually follow personalities and judgments that we already have. It doesn’t hurt to see the other sides argument.

Part of the reason this country remains so divided is that instead of just displaying the facts. Now we have tv shows, news broadcasts showing their own slanted points of view. Whether it’s liberal or conservative they can offer a broader discussion, but too often most of them huddle in their corners and look for counter arguments instead of truth. If facts matter then they should speak for themselves and not the speaker formulating them into his contorted narrative.

coon

I know I really don’t disgust these issues on my blog, but there has been small annoyances that I haven’t properly addressed. I’ll try to make this quick and just so we’re clear, I’m talking about black coons in America in this blog. So what is a coon? My definition would be someone who backstabs his own people to get into the good graces of the dominant society. This person will talk down to other blacks and use ignominies to further align themselves with the dominant society. The payoff for their blind allegiance can be tv time, radio hosts jobs, book deals and popularity among other xenophobes.

These specified pockets of blacks who turned their backs on their own would rather prove ways white supremacy and racism doesn’t exist. They promote the same code words and slander that racists use to blame the problem of our state of being solely on ourselves. While I don’t see 100% blame can be put on just blacks, I also can’t say whites are the only participants in our own destruction. Since the days of Ptolemy I in ancient Egypt when he stole the land and self-proclaimed himself a god there have been “sellouts” who saw joining up with the enemy rather than fighting against them.

Today, there is a definite audience out there that will listen to a black person who holds other blacks accountable to the point where there is no exception. Within the last few years you have seen more and more black personalities on the rise such as Ben Carlson, Raven Symone, Tommy Sotomayor, Jesse Lee Peterson, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey and more but I’m not trying to name them all. The reason these figures have been allowed to gain power in society and other aren’t is simply because they stay on the narrative that racism is a made up fixation that is used as an excuse by urban ghetto community’s way of life.

In many and almost all cases of police brutality the victim somehow gets transformed into the aggressor and the officer is simply just doing his job. I know there cases where black people are clearly in the wrong and we have the tendency to holler out racism before knowing all the facts. Case in point, when Daniele Watts(Django) accused a cop of being racist, some people automatically jumped to the side of her story, but when the tape came out and it clearly showed her as a liar and agitator, she was arrested correctly. In other cases such as the one this week where a high school student was dragged by excessive force, we once again manned our battle stations in the race war. Blacks on one side and whites on the other. The American coon see this chances to throw another person under the bus to advance their own worth among the so-called “elite” class.

When you’re constantly putting down your own people instead of providing a solution you have become not only part of the problem with race in America, honestly, I don’t want you at the table when we meet up for a solution. Some would argue that from birth we are taught to hate ourselves and praise white people and for that I can agree, but I would also argue is that it takes real discipline to yourself in a state of mind that portrays you inferior. Within the last three years alone, I found out more about myself online than my combined years of schooling. It is this self-taught education that commands me to try and expose this knowledge to the masses and do better for my African brothers and sisters.

When these coons give identical views as conservatives who would rather see you behind bars than empowering yourself, I feel you traded in your black soul for their alternate reality. As far as I’m concerned they can stay on the side they’re on. We don’t want you back. I can’t say we don’t have our cluster of problems, but we have to build with each other to fix it and draw strength from our old nation building ancestors and the ancient ones who built Egypt as one of the greatest empires on earth, still to this day. I say that to say that we can do it again, starting now.

It’s been awhile since I last wrote an article so I feel I owe you an explanation. I’ve been away attending school, working on finding a better employment opportunity and trying to figure out a way to help start a family business or at least teach them the importance of money and how to build a business. I’m in a position where many Americans find themselves, simply I need to bring in more money. Everytime I think of working two jobs I think of the long hours, lack of sleep and just missing out on events like family outings and for what? I can’t help but think of an old friend of mine who was an older man who worked two full-time jobs for 20 yrs and had nothing to really show for it. He had a house and a wife and kids, but he never saw them because he was always at work and a wife that fought with him almost everyday.

The old man would always come into the job looking beat down. His eyes were red and he looked drained out, he often had to sit down on the job just to make it during his shift. My point is, while he was the main provider in the household I don’t see where he benefited from it himself. While he was an honorable man I didn’t see any joy in his life. In my life while I don’t mind working hard, because I’ve had two jobs but after sitting in my manager’s office one day while he basically nonchalantly demoted me I realized that businesses don’t care about you only the bottom line. I gave up the Puritan work ethic to work myself to the bone for just a paycheck. I want my kids to gain something from my efforts and not just toys and allowance. I want them to see how I plan, strategize and implemented a family business that makes money.

I want my girls to know the value of money and how to make it responsible and not have the crippling fear that African-Americans have of starting a business on their own. As of 2014 stats from statistic brain.com African Americans own about 800,000 businesses, but we only have 3 CEO’s that work in fortune 500 companies.  The road to economic empowerment has to start when we’re children. In most cases that I run into black people don’t mind working two or three jobs, but when it comes to starting their own businesses in which we desperately need more leaders, we’re constantly coming up short. It’s like we’re fine being complacent and used by someone else. When one of us finally makes a business for themselves, we question their competence and work ethic.

I want to change the cycle of growing up, going to college to work for somebody else. I want my girls to know what it’s like to work for themselves and know the steps from start to finish what it takes to do it. I want to build their self-esteem and confidence so they know it is possible and have the gumption and the fortitude to go for it. For my plan of action I’m growing a garden and when my vegetables are ripe enough I’m gonna see if I can sell them at a farmer’s market. I also want to start a weekly garage sale that myself and my girls will commandeer. I also want to talk to them about handling money and what’s it’s like working with people. My hope is that they will be able to take the stigma away from starting a business. As for me raising my little girls to be better than me is my job. I don’t mean working two jobs so that can have more than I had, but show them how to make a job so they can be better than I am.

 

welfare queen

Within the last couple of years I’ve heard this rhetoric that going on public assistance sucks you down into the bottom of the barrel of society. Suddenly, ordinary citizens whom had a life changing event such as losing a job, or taking on another unexpected expense brings them down. The US like most other countries shames our poor and those who are on public assistance. What’s even more shameful are the minorities on public housing or food stamps. It’s as if the public perception turns these people into leeches on society, where everyone else has to pay their way.

Just recently Missouri Republicans proposed a bill that would prohibit buying steaks, seafood,cookies,chips, energy drinks,soft drinks. In Wisconsin, Republicans want to limit other foods such as beans, potatoes, pasta sauce, herbs, spices, tuna,pickles, sauerkraut, soups, salsa and ketchup. The real issue is not the food that is being taken away, even though it doesn’t make sense to limit the food without any reasonable explanation. My main gripe I have is with the perception of programs such as SNAP that are the primary source of food and support for minority families. The stark reality is that non-hispanic white makeup 37.6% of food stamp recipients, while blacks only makeup 15.8%. The misconception of the single mother “welfare queen” has been painted on the backs of black women like an unwanted tramp stamp.

My viewpoint has been and will be that corporations and the wealthiest elite want the races to keep bickering over crumbs while they take and take away from all of us. Evidence of my theory is that the government gives 92 billion in corporate subsidies, while using 59 billion for social welfare programs. One thing is clear, the government has always been giving handouts, whether it’s called subsidies, SNAP, there is little difference to me.

Below are a list of US Government programs that were used to elevate Europeans lifestyles.

Headright

Headright System-This program granted early settlers land. The program was practiced in Maryland, Georgia, North and South Carolina. Settlers were given up to 1,000 acres just for crossing the Atlantic Ocean and help populate the colonies. Tobacco and other agricultural crops needed a labor force and settlers who paid for their servant would be given land to mend to. The practice started in Jamestown,Virginia in 1618 and continued into the 1700’s. By 1699 a settler would be paid in fifty acres for every slave they owned and added to the labor force. One settler was given 3,000 acres because he owned 60 slaves.

Homestead Act

Homestead Act– In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law that anyone who fought for the US government would have the right to file an application for a federal land grant. Slaves could apply, but since they weren’t granted citizenship until later on. Between 1862 and 1934 over 270 million acres were given to descendants of Europeans. The practice was kept alive all the way to 1976,but continued in Alaska until 1986.

GI Bill

GI Bill-The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944 benefits included low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, cash payments of tuition and living expenses to attend university, high school or vocational education, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. This bill was for every war veteran and upwards of about 8 million vets took full advantage. Sadly, African-Americans were left by the waist side, while this bill propelled hundreds of thousands of white families into middle class status.

NRA

New Deal-The New Deal were various domestic programs to help get Americans back to work and out of the Great Depression slump. The President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed these laws between 1933 and 1938. While whites were giving an edge, blacks were often left out of the loop. Programs such as the WPA, NYA and CCC allocated a mere 10% of their budgets for blacks and whites were the beneficiaries of the other 90%. Unions excluded blacks from joining and blacks would be forced out of jobs to later on be given to whites. In 1933 the NRA was called the “Negro Removal Act” by blacks and with good reason. Over 500,000 African-Americans were taken out of work to make room for their white counterparts.

Slavery

Slavery-The Atlantic Slave Trade during the 18th and 19th century was a practice in British North America and all 13 colonies. Over 11 million Africans were brought across the Atlantic into the Americas. They were forced into labor to grow cotton, tobacco, and other crops on plantations. According to Harper’s Magazine descendants of those enslaved would be owed 40 trillion dollars in reparations for 222,505,049 labor hours from 1619 to 1865.Europeans gained great amounts of wealth and power during that era and their descendants still have reaped the benefits since that time.

Emancipation

The Columbia Emancipation Act– As previously discussed slave owners saved literally trillions of dollars of labor by using forced Africans into slavery. When slavery was abolished in 1862 it came with a price tag. Slave owners were given $300($7,000 today) per freed slave in reparations. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, 2,989 became free. The slave owners were paid under Emancipation Proclamation just for keeping their loyalty to the Union and loss of income.

I really don’t want to use this information to hang over people’s heads. It’s not be used as a punchline in a tit for tat argument, but for learning purposes and a true understanding of how one group of people seemed to have imagined, drawn, sculpted and created the American Dream, while others simply did not elevate to that level. It is clear that white Europeans and descendants have had a huge, leaps and bounds head start in the economic race and for every fictitious “Welfare Queen” there were hundreds of real white women and men who benefited from the government made up of the people of the same ancestry and lineage who also wanted to see themselves and others excel.

 

 

blue diamond

 

They say there are a 6 million ways to die. No one ever says how you can make money off the dead. Yes, one of the many joys capitalism is that it has not moral base(it really needs one). When the morality checks and balances and no parameters that needs to be crossed, it then gives way that are grossly outrageous. There are some many ways to desecrate the cadaverous. It’s just business never personal with making revenue and clearly this could be an issue for your local Priest to reason with.

1. Algordanza Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, now they took that saying to a whole new level. Algordanza a diamond company whose headquarters in Switzerland and has stores in 19 other countries including the US. They recently invented a way to turn human ashes into blue diamonds. The process takes the 18% of carbon that makes up the human body and separates the carbon from the other elements in the human ashes. These “memorial” diamonds have the same chemical and physical properties as a regular diamond. The average cremation creates 5 pounds of ashes, while the process only needs 1.1 pounds to make a diamond. Contaminants are filtered out in a two-step process and then adding iron and cobalt. The largest diamond you can order is one carat and takes four to six months to complete. Blue one carat diamonds can range from $6,800 to $11,200 dollars.

2. Organ HarvestThe black market literally has blood on their hands from illegally and immorally taking organs from men, women and children. The most incident that got media attention is the story of Kendrick Johnson, a teen in Georgia who reportedly of an accidental death when he was rolled up in a school gym mat. The parents had a second autopsy performed where they found his brain, heart, lungs and liver were taken out and newspaper was stuffed into the corpse. They also determined the cause of death was blunt trauma to the right side of is neck. The sad part is hospitals in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles are paying $150,000 dollars for each organ. It seems doctors, hospitals don’t ask and don’t care about the origins of these organs. The organ brokers make the most of the deal, while the donor if still alive gets $5,000 dollars.

Insurance

3. Dead Peasants Insurance– I first heard about the Dead Peasants Insurance or Janitor’s insurance from Michael Moore’s film about capitalism. It’s detestable to think this practice is still being exercised, but it’s capitalism at its finest. For those of you who don’t know what it is by now. “The 2006 law stipulated that companies could not deduct certain expenses of acquiring and holding such a policy from their taxable corporate income unless the covered employee worked at the company during the 12 months prior to his or her death. Before that, employers were able to buy policies under which they could collect death benefits decades after a person’s employment terminated.” Companies like Wal-Mart, Dow Chemical, American Electric Power, Winn-Dixie Store and Camelot Music made millions by cashing on their dead employees.One example of this practice is Amergy Bank made $4.75 million off an employee who they fired,but made money on his death after hearing he had a brain tumor.

4. Tissue Donation– Tissue donation applies to anything that is not a living organ and can be taken from the dead body. Tendons, veins and human bone can be used on future patients in need. $80,000 or more can be made from a single body through tissue donation. One single donor can impact up to 50 people. Tissue companies make over a billion dollars a year. Tissue donations can help with burn victims and also cosmetic surgery such as smoothing wrinkles and plumping up lips. Over 30,000 bodies are donated every year.

5. Unclaimed Money- If you are the rightful heir to a deceased relative unclaimed money and property, then you want to see if you are owed anything. Sites like unclaimed.org and missingmoney.com and great search engines to get access to anything untouched.

grave

6. Grave Robbery– The term rest in peace does not exist in this world for the affluent. Even in death the greedy and those who have no shame will take what they want from the resting places of those buried in the ground. It seems that people high on meth have become the new wave of gravediggers and stealing from sites associated with the civil war and Native Americans. They look for anything of value to feed their habit. This is a new low, even for meth heads. Depending on the artifacts found and sold they can be anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars.

7. Cannibal Restaurant in Nigeria– You’ve heard of Tiger testicle soup? Maybe not, well how about human heads wrapped in cellophane for the for the purpose to be eaten. Yup, a restaurant was closed down when they uncovered a hotel restaurant was serving human flesh and even had roasted human head on the menu. A lump of human meat was sold at N700 which converts into $60 US dollars according to google. This is really sick stuff man.

Update-5/20/2015

8. Leather Made from Human Skin-If you ever looked at someone’s handbag or shoes and thought it was a great accessory, you may want to ask them where they got it. Not just to be nosy so you can buy it yourself, but to make sure it’s not made from human skin. One such company called HumanLeather.co.uk says they make items from real human skin and sell them to a strict affluent clientele. The site claims this is legal and they get their skin from recently deceased cadavers that were sold to them by the deceased family for compensation. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon and dates back to the 17th century and maybe earlier. For example the French used to bound their books in human skin and made slippers from them as well. One article in the Mercury in 1888 claims a doctor only used African skin to make his shoes,because of he says they were the most pliable and enduring. Fast forward to today and the practice is still going strong to today. So how much for some of the items offered: Wallet-$14,000, Belt-$15,750, Shoes-$27,000. This is the world we live in.

It’s a truly sick world we live in where the voiceless are used for profit and their families are left out. Are we in such economic despair that we sacrifice our meritorious values and replace them with hollow dividends and revenue streams where you cash in by using cadavers as legal tender. These atrocious acts mark a declination in any virtuous trait that I once thought was incorruptible. I was truly mistaken.

6/21/16 –Update

In addition to the other listings I made I found out another example of how people are worth more dead than alive. In particularly people of dark skinned color. Melanin is a determining factor in creating skin color in humans and also can be used for radiation protection, anti-oxidants, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Melanin can be found in every organ of the human body, and darker skinned people have more melanin than light skinned or Caucasians.

A little known fact about melanin is that it is the most expensive material on earth, costing $350 dollars a gram. “Many scientific studies have verified that melanin has unique characteristics for a wide range of applications, especially in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and battery technology sectors which have growing global demand,” said Kenneth Nealson, Ph.D., vice president of research at River Road Research.

Many African-Americans, Africans and people with darker skinned tint are weary about this. When you do the math of adding the grams of an average dark skinned male weighing about 150 lbs. is worth 28 million dollars roughly. With this kind of incentive, fearful conspiracy theorists are putting together accusations that the reason why African Americans are dying at rates higher than other races can partly be due to the worth of their melanated skin.

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riots

Whenever I hear about the words peaceful protest and civil disobedience I think of tree hugging hippies that chain themselves to a tractor singing hymns. Answering violence with peace to me never seemed like a good idea. The only example I had to relate to the boycotting of the buses orchestrated by the NAACP and MLK Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy Satyagraha, which means adherence to truth. I am not against civil disobedience as a whole. I just feel that this cannot be the only course of action when you face corrupt governments, dictators, rebel armies, extremists and other psychopaths who would scowl at any measure of trying to make peace without the use of lethal force.

riot

For the most part I get it, using brutality against brutality ends in more bloodshed. Honestly though, after peace talks have failed, strikes that don’t grab anyone’s attention and interventions between the two parties have not and most likely will not agree, it’s no longer a matter acting “civil.” Take for instance back in 2011, in an attempt to overthrow Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year reign, protestors formed mass non-violent demonstrations.  900 of the protestors were killed during these demonstrations.In a twist of irony the Egyptian army who would not open fire on the crowd, which signaled the turn around in the protest that lead to Mubarak’s downfall. The army was not eager to relinquish power and ended up throwing the protestors in jail. Another protest in Libya against the military might of Muammar al-Qaddafi was met with rebellion after the peaceful demonstrations did not work. The turmoil was finally resolved after nine months of bloodshed that resulted in a body count with a range from 10,000 to 30,000 people.

Also in Syria in 2011 the civil war between Alawites, Christians and Drutes  against Assad’s barbarous regime that claimed close to 5,000 citizens a month for 7 months. That’s around 35,000 lives taken and this was supposed to be peaceful protesting. Even in American history, peaceful resistance resulted in lives lost. The Native Americans were forced off their land at gunpoint. After the Supreme Court ruled that they do not own land back in 1823, Native Americans made attempts to stay on their land. President Andrew Jackson enacted The Indian Removal Act, after the Supreme Court (Worcester vs Georgia)upheld their right to stay on the land. Jackson’s motives were,based on his acquirement of gold during the gold rush era. 4,000 Native Americans lost their lives on the Trail of Tears and this shows that even political and judicial victories will never overrule greed, corruption and disregard of human life.

riotsss

The greatest example that comes to mind for my case, not to abide by civil disobedience is Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted India independence from Britain. He fought to end discrimination and the heavy taxes on his people. During Gandhi’s time in South Africa he witnessed and experience deep seeded racism against himself and his people. This inspired him to rally allies and gather for a rebellion. However, during 1947 riots against Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs resulted in over half a million deaths, which is suspected to be more according to Jens Arup Seip in addition to over 100,000 imprisoned. India eventually gained independence in 1947. The irony in his non violent protests is that Gandhi was not against violence in his own words he argued, Gandhi explains his philosophy and way of life in his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Gandhi realized later that this level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he believed everyone did not possess. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it were used as a cover for cowardice, saying, “where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.”

I’m not against peace talks, and strikes I just know the rebellious spirit of the founding fathers still lives in the American spirit. Oppressive forces in this country are the militarized police in place of the British Red Coats. One thing that we need to keep in mind is the insatiable thirst for blood that was inherited from the mother country. It is not in our nature to understand peaceful resolve in my opinion without it being a secondary thought. We fell heir to the predatorial, rapacious,avaricious manner of the plunderers of the villages of our authoritarian rulers. The ones who were more domineering than anyone else.

 

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With the midterms just a day away I thought it might be a good time to bring up a topic that really doesn’t get much media attention as it should. Whoever you were going to vote for or have voted for in the past was probably because of some key areas you sided with your candidate. The public usually chooses candidate based on the issues that matter to them. If an election team can show you in comparison to another candidate’s their likability in certain areas that are also coextensive to yours than you more likely to vote in favor of the person whose interests you share. Simple, right? No one doubts the polls and charts and graphs that are totally accredited.

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The agency GCHQ according to The Intercept has tools that can manipulate internet traffic and spread preselected messages across social media. Documents provided by Edward Snowden show how GCHQ has the ability to plant false stories and accusations into the internet , tweaking the results of online polls, inflating pageview counts, and censoring videos that are deemed extremists.The information provided below was provided by ZDNet:

— Astral Projection: Remote GSM secure covert Internet proxy using TOR hidden service

— Poison Arrow: Safe malware download capability

— Airwolf: YouTube profile, comment and video collection tool

Birdstrike: Twitter monitoring and profile collection

Glassback: The technique of getting a target’s ISP address by pretending to be a spammer and pinging them; the target does not need to answer

Miniature Hero: Active Skype capability; a provision of real-time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) as well as bidirectional instant messaging and contact lists

— Photon Torpedo: Technique to actively grab the ISP address of an MSN messenger user

— Spring-Bishop: Finding private photos of targets on Facebook

— Bomb Bay: The ability to increase hits to websites, thereby increasing rankings

— Burlesque: The ability to send spoofed SMS messages

Gestator: The amplification of a given message, usually a video, on popular multimedia sites like YouTube

— Scrapheap Challenge: An amazing tool used to spoof emails from Blackberry targets

— Sunblock: The capability to deny functionality to send/receive email or view material online

— Underpass: This can change the outcome of online polls (it was previously known as Nubilo)

— Warpath: The mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations (PSYOPS) campaign

— Husk: A secure, one-on-one web-based dead drop message platform

The document then quotes: “fully operational, tested and reliable,” adding, “Don’t treat this like a catalogue. If you don’t see it here, it doesn’t mean we can’t build it.” Further, the document notes: “We only advertise tools here that are either ready to fire or very close to being ready.”

In 2012 Facebook increased the number of hard news feeds at the top of almost 2 million of its users. This was done three months prior to Election Day. As a result, voter turnout and engagement was at an all time high. There was an experiment based on adding the “I’m Voting” button to a user’s feed. Out of the 61 million users, a group of 600,000 users were shown the button, but not the info if their friends had voted and the results they found were that 20 percent of the users who saw their friends using the I voted button also would use the button as opposed to 18% who didn’t get the I voted message from their friends. The study also concluded that Facebook increased voter turnout 340,000 of .14 percent of the total voting age population in 2010.

manipulation

9 million people clicked on the button on election day back in 2012. There are no stats on the effect of Facebook on the election turnout,but it did introduce another kind of polling. Academics and Facebook scientists revealed that they altered the emotional content of 700,000 users news feeds. The data showed that the user would likely post four more negative words per 10,000 written after one positive post was removed from their feed. The public should be fearful since Facebook can use algorithms and data to manipulate people in ways they don’t understand. Sociologist Zeynep Tufecki calls this learning how to “engineer the public” without public knowledge. There are not protocols in place for Facebook to be transparent so these tactics may have already played out in past elections and upcoming ones as well.

Statistics can be made up on the spot. 86% to be exact, according to truthpizza.org and the other 24% can be misleading. It seems that the sampling can play a huge role in statistical manipulation. If you take five people and ask them about Barack Obama and they have really nothing flattering to say about the current President of the United States then based on those five people a poll can say Barack is not well liked. What I didn’t tell you is that these five “random” people were chosen based on their bias views on the President. They were pre-selected based on their past voting behavior which was most likely conservative republican, who voted against Barack in the past. So don’t let the polls fool you. Another concern is about generalization in statistical polls. Some false generalizations may come from a stat that is used when, for example, ask another 5 random people (for real random this time) and you find out of the 5, 3 people think education is the most important issue in the election. Based on that it would be safe to assume that a majority of the whole out of the pool you sampled from also think education is the most important issue, when in fact it could have been number three on the list. See how that works!!!!

We also have to take into account poll questions that can be misleading as well. If I ask you, “Do you think it’s fair to increase taxes to help the moochers get more in welfare money? Hmmm, what would say? Suppose I asked you the same question this way. “Do you think it’s fair to increase taxes to help the homeless, veterans, disabled and less fortunate? What answer would you say now? Get my point? So clearly it’s how the questions are asked that makes a difference. Another way would be asking multiple questions from one side of an argument, then asking the poll responder about the same issue. This can also influence poll responses favorably or unfavorably.

Polls

It can also be misleading using factual information. How can that happen? Let me explain If tell you taste testers say an increasing number of people believe Burger King has the best tasting french fries. Then, someone else says there’s an increasing number of people who believe Wendy’s has the best tasting french fries. You might think, both can’t be true, wrong. If I increase the survey responders than the original than poll before me and notice a 30% increase in survey size and they both have a noticeable difference in size of people who like their product it’s a win win for both fast food companies. You also take this group of stats.

January $ .76
February $ .54
March $ .51
April $ .63
May $ .80
June $ .91
July $ .76

You could easily say from March to June the prices jumped from .51 to .91 cents or an increase of 78%… Zooooinks!!!!! That’s a lotIf you include the whole, you’ll find that there is no increase. Other, aversion, you need to look at is if someone points out a ranking, such as he’s the second highest paid actor in Hollywood. They never really state that if an actor get revenue from the film alone or has a hand in writing it as well or producing the film. Watch those ranking stats. If I say Tupac was the greatest musical artist to come out of California. You might take me seriously since I said musical artist, but there many more types of musical artist than just hip hop. Qualifiers can be misleading as well. Last using percentages instead of actual number can work for or against the narrative. If I say 27 urban males were killed this year due to violence in my town. If I say 6% of urban males in my town were killed due to violence you can sense the difference. Now what if I said that the time span for the measurement was over ten yrs, doesn’t that alter the polls?

The moral of the story is that these polls and statistics we put emphasis on can be misleading.

 

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