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The Truth About Multiculturalism & Immigration. 9 Secrets About Female Nature Told By A Hot Girl Dying Of Cancer. CIA Funding and Manipulation of the U.S. News Media. New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship. A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression.

New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.” The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.'” 50-year-old CARTOON TRIED TO WARN US. The Principles of Influence (video)

The Century Of The Self. Propaganda 2.0 and the rise of ‘narrative networks’ George Dvorsky November 16, 2011 DARPA, the Pentagon's advanced concepts think-tank, is looking to take propaganda to the next level and they're hoping to do so by controlling the very way their targets perceive and interpret the flow of incoming information.

Propaganda 2.0 and the rise of ‘narrative networks’

The Pentagon believes that by engaging in 'narrative control' they can alter an individual's grasp on reality and the way in which they evaluate current events. The Battle for Your Mind: Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public By Dick Sutphen. Authoritarian followers Mind Control Subliminals By Dick Sutphen Summary of Contents The Birth of Conversion The Three Brain Phases How Revivalist Preachers Work Voice Roll Technique Six Conversion Techniques 1. keeping agreements 2.physical and mental fatigue 3. increase the tension 4.

The Battle for Your Mind: Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public By Dick Sutphen

Uncertainty. 5. Jargon 6. No humor Stockholm SyndromeDecognition Process Step One is ALERTNESS REDUCTION Step Two is PROGRAMED CONFUSION Step Three is THOUGHT STOPPINGTrue Believers & Mass Movements Persuasion Techniques YES SET TRUISMS SUGGESTION Imbedded Commands INTERSPERSAL TECHNIQUE Visualisation SHOCK AND CONFUSIONSubliminal Programming Mass Misuse Vibrato Extra Low Frequencies The Neurophone. The Persuasive Power of Repeated Falsehoods. Chances are you heard some blatantly untrue statements during last night's debate.

The Persuasive Power of Repeated Falsehoods

It's a cynical, manipulative strategy, but it works: Psychological studies have consistently shown that oft-repeated statements are more likely to be perceived as true, regardless of their actual veracity. Since this "Illusory Truth Effect" was first noted in the late 1970s, it has been widely assumed that this ploy is effective only on people unfamiliar with the issue in question. Knowledge of the subject matter will lead people to dismiss the lie and distrust the liar, one might assume. Astroturf and manipulation of media messages. Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook. During the Italian elections last year, a post appeared on Facebook that rapidly became viral.

Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook

The post’s title was this: “Italian Senate voted and accepted (257 in favor and 165 abstentions) a law proposed by Senator Cirenga to provide policy makers with €134 billion Euros to find jobs in the event of electoral defeat”. The post was created on Facebook page known for its satirical content and designed to parody Italian politics. It contains at least four false statements: the senator involved is fictitious, the total number of votes is higher than is possible in Italian politics, the amount of money involved is more than 10% of Italian GDP and the law itself is an invention. The parody struck a chord with disenchanted voters who shared it some 35,000 times in less than a month. Study: Belief in Free-Market Economics Linked to Distrust of Science.

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Study: Belief in Free-Market Economics Linked to Distrust of Science

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org. People who support free-market economics are more likely to reject proven science, according to a study published in Psychological Science last month. 10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web. No, it’s not Spiderman’s latest web slinging tool but something that’s more real world.

10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web

Like the World Wide Web. The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle”¦they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other. Former fellows at conservative think tanks issued flawed UCLA-led study on media's "liberal bias. News outlets including CNN cited a study of several major media outlets by a UCLA political scientist and a University of Missouri-Columbia economist purporting to "show a strong liberal bias.

Former fellows at conservative think tanks issued flawed UCLA-led study on media's "liberal bias

" But the study employed a measure of "bias" so problematic that its findings are next to useless, and the authors -- both former fellows at conservative think tanks cited in the study to illustrate liberal bias -- seem unaware of the substantial scholarly work that exists on the topic. In recent days, news outlets including CNN cited a study of several major media outlets, "A Measure of Media Bias" (pdf) by political scientist Timothy J. Groseclose of UCLA and economist Jeffrey D. A Measure of Media Bias. A Measure of Media Bias Tim Groseclose Department of Political Science Jeff Milyo Department of Economics.

A Measure of Media Bias

Pew Finds Extreme Conservative Bias In Media. A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that, in the past five months, the American main stream media has given Pres.

Pew Finds Extreme Conservative Bias In Media

Obama the most unremittingly negative press of any of the presidential candidates by a wide margin, while giving Republican candidates extremely positive press coverage. Liberal Media Bias -- You’ve probably heard it used to describe the American main stream media hundreds, if not thousands of times. Top Think Tanks Cited by the U.S. Media Changes: A Shifting Bias? According to the progressive media watchdog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), there is a distinct bias in the U.S. media. More right-wing think tanks are cited than left-wing think tanks. More recently however, centrist organizations with little or no political bias have been referenced more than either the right or the left.

Liberal or Conservative Bias? The_world_is_not_falling_apart_the_trend_lines_reveal_an_increasingly_peaceful. Photo by Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” In his well-known essay On Bullshit, Harry Frankfurt defines bullshit as speech that is designed to impress but lacks a direct concern for the truth. Under such a definition, a large portion of what we read online today is likely to be bullshit. Some types of bullshit are political in nature, such as the misleading claim that only 16 mass shootings took place under President Bush’s tenure, compared to a whopping 162 under President Obama.

Such claims are valued for their persuasiveness in making a point, rather than for their connection to reality. Other bullshit, such as clickbait, is motivated by the commercial mandates of the digital age, in which companies endlessly chase more page views, likes, followers, subscribers and customers. 'Blacklisting' of Right-Wing Stories More Proof that Facebook 'Rules the News' Revelations that Facebook may have regularly "blacklisted" conservative stories from the platform's "trending" news section was met with outrage on Monday from journalists across the political spectrum who found the company's alleged abuse of power "disturbing" and potentially dangerous.

After speaking with several former "news curators," Gizmodo technology editor Michael Nunez reported Monday that the social media platform routinely censored stories "about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users. " The contracted employees also said they were "instructed to artificially 'inject' selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all," and were specifically asked to exclude "news about Facebook itself in the trending module. " The Conspiracy Theory Detector. This past September 23 a Canadian 9/11 "truther" confronted me after a talk I gave at the University of Lethbridge.

He turned out to be a professor there who had one of his students filming the “confrontation.” By early the next morning the video was online, complete with music, graphics, cutaways and edits apparently intended to make me appear deceptive (search YouTube for “Michael Shermer, Anthony J. Undoing Power. Why You're Stuck in a Narrative. Culture Hacking: America's next big industry? The End Of The World Isn't As Likely As Humans Fighting Back. Why it’s time to rethink visual storytelling on the web from the bottom up. Upworthy: I Thought This Website Was Crazy, but What Happened Next Changed Everything - Derek Thompson. Post-Digital Writing. Why Google Wants to Get Its Hands on Mystery Company 'Magic Leap' Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination. Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A "Neural Turing Machine" Augmented Reality Startup Magic Leap, Funded by Google, is Working on Super-Real 3-D “Light Field” Display.

Make Your Own World With Programmable Matter. CNN: Anonymous Wants To See An All Out Revolution Here In The United States! Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action. Social Movements in the Age of the Internet. Twitter, Facebook, and social activism.

A Catalogue of Social Media (and Related) Tools. 7 Citizen Journalism Websites For Crowdsourced News. Former CIA Spy Tells the Truth.

I unlearned everything past because in the future truth matters.