Geitonia Mas https://geitoniamas.net Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:39:44 +0300 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Study: Teaching Students Philosophy Will Improve Their Academic Performance https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/think-and-discuss/philosophy/efarmosmeni-filosofia/item/3865-study-teaching-students-philosophy-will-improve-their-academic-performance https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/think-and-discuss/philosophy/efarmosmeni-filosofia/item/3865-study-teaching-students-philosophy-will-improve-their-academic-performance Study: Teaching Students Philosophy Will Improve Their Academic Performance
by Paul Ratner There are many attempts to improve student performance which result in a host of measures, ranging from misguided to inspired. Such efforts include not assigning students homework,…
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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Εφαρμοσμένη Φιλοσοφία Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:07:29 +0200
Pharma Execs Arrested In Conspiracy To Create Opioid Addicts For Profit https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3864-pharma-execs-arrested-in-conspiracy-to-create-opioid-addicts-for-profit https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3864-pharma-execs-arrested-in-conspiracy-to-create-opioid-addicts-for-profit Pharma Execs Arrested In Conspiracy To Create Opioid Addicts For Profit
The U.S. overdose epidemic is a complex, multi-layered conspiracy. Here is one piece of the puzzle. By: Isaac Davis / Waking Times Just under the radar of the American dream is…
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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Global Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:39:35 +0200
The Fake Campaign to Blame ‘the Russians’ https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3860-the-fake-campaign-to-blame-the-russians https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3860-the-fake-campaign-to-blame-the-russians The Fake Campaign to Blame ‘the Russians’
By Dave Lindorff* TheNew York TimesandWashington Post, the nation’s two top national newspapers, have been breathlessly reporting of late, with little sign of any appropriate journalistic skepticism, on a purported…
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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Global Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:32:38 +0200
Hillary Clinton Is Not Simply a Symptom of Our Corrupt System, She Is a Leading Cause https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3853-hillary-clinton-is-not-simply-a-symptom-of-our-corrupt-system-she-is-a-leading-cause https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3853-hillary-clinton-is-not-simply-a-symptom-of-our-corrupt-system-she-is-a-leading-cause Hillary Clinton Is Not Simply a Symptom of Our Corrupt System, She Is a Leading Cause
 by Saib Bilaval Since the results of the US Presidential election were announced, media focus has been on how Donald Trump won, rather than how Hillary lost. In the two…
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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Global Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:59:27 +0200
CDC forced to release documents showing they Knew Vaccine Preservative Causes Autism. https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/prosopika/health/item/3851-cdc-forced-to-release-documents-showing-they-knew-vaccine-preservative-causes-autism https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/prosopika/health/item/3851-cdc-forced-to-release-documents-showing-they-knew-vaccine-preservative-causes-autism CDC forced to release documents showing they Knew Vaccine Preservative Causes Autism.
PhD Scientist and Biochemist Reveals Hidden CDC Documents Showing Thimerosal In Vaccines Increase Neurologic Disorders The CDC has been shunning the correlations between thimerosal and neurological disorders for a very…

A vaccine industry watchdog has now obtained CDC documents that show statistically significant risks of autism associated with the vaccine preservative, something the CDC denies even when confronted with their own data

For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”

Factually, thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound that is a known human carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen and immune-system disruptor at levels below 1 part-per-million, and a compound to which some humans can have an anaphylactic shock reaction. It is also a recognized reproductive and fetal toxin with no established toxicologically safe level of exposure for humans.

In November, 1997, the U.S. Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act, requiring the study of mercury content in FDA-approved products. The review disclosed the hitherto-unrecognized levels of ethylmercury in vaccines.

In July 1999, public-health officials announced that thimerosal would be phased out of vaccines. The CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and FDA insisted that the measure was purely precautionary. They requested of all vaccine manufacturers to eliminate mercury from vaccines.

The requests were denied by vaccine manufacturers and continued every year thereafter.

The FDA does not require ingredients that comprise less than 1 percent of a product to be divulged on the label, so a lot more products may have thimerosal and consumers will never know.

Elevated Risk of Autism

When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect…” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Toxic Effects of Thimerosal No Longer Disputed by Scientific Study

Thimerosal-Derived Ethylmercury in vaccines is now well established as a mitochondrial toxin in human brain cells.

There are dozens of scientific inquiries and studies on the adverse effects of thimerosal, including gastrointestinal abnormalities and immune system irregularities.

Thimerosal, is metabolized (converted) into the toxic and “harmful” methylmercury. And then in turn, the harmful methylmercury is metabolized (converted) into the most harmful, long-term-toxic, “inorganic” mercury that is retained in bodily tissue.

“Inorganic” mercury is the end product of mercury metabolism. Methylmercury subject groups confirm that the metabolic pathway for mercury in the human and animal body consists in the reduction/conversion of the harmful methylmercury into a more harmful “inorganic” mercury which is tissue-bound, and long-term-toxic. Hence, both the originating substance (methylmercury) and its conversion/reduction, inorganic mercury are found.

Based on published findings by Dr. Paul King, the metabolic pathway for organic mercury involves the conversion of Ethylmercury (Thimerosal) into “methylmercury” and then the further reduction of “methylmercury” into inorganic mercury.

Congress Must Act

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource — children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect…” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Toxic Effects of Thimerosal No Longer Disputed by Scientific Study

Thimerosal-Derived Ethylmercury in vaccines is now well established as a mitochondrial toxin in human brain cells.

There are dozens of scientific inquiries and studies on the adverse effects of thimerosal, including gastrointestinal abnormalities and immune system irregularities.

Thimerosal, is metabolized (converted) into the toxic and “harmful” methylmercury. And then in turn, the harmful methylmercury is metabolized (converted) into the most harmful, long-term-toxic, “inorganic” mercury that is retained in bodily tissue.

“Inorganic” mercury is the end product of mercury metabolism. Methylmercury subject groups confirm that the metabolic pathway for mercury in the human and animal body consists in the reduction/conversion of the harmful methylmercury into a more harmful “inorganic” mercury which is tissue-bound, and long-term-toxic. Hence, both the originating substance (methylmercury) and its conversion/reduction, inorganic mercury are found.

Based on published findings by Dr. Paul King, the metabolic pathway for organic mercury involves the conversion of Ethylmercury (Thimerosal) into “methylmercury” and then the further reduction of “methylmercury” into inorganic mercury.

Congress Must Act

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource — children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

healthcure.press/

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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Health Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:39:45 +0200
Could Obama's last act as president be pardoning Hillary? White House won't rule out last minute clemency that would protect Clinton from Trump https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3841-could-obama-s-last-act-as-president-be-pardoning-hillary-white-house-won-t-rule-out-last-minute-clemency-that-would-protect-clinton-from-trump https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/global/item/3841-could-obama-s-last-act-as-president-be-pardoning-hillary-white-house-won-t-rule-out-last-minute-clemency-that-would-protect-clinton-from-trump Could Obama's last act as president be pardoning Hillary? White House won't rule out last minute clemency that would protect Clinton from Trump
By Francesca Chambers   The White House isn't ruling out the possibility of Clinton receiving a last-minute pardon from President Obama White House deflected a question about President-elect Donald Trump’s intent to appoint a…

Press Secretary Josh Earnest deflected a question about President-elect Donald Trump’s intent to appoint a special prosecutor to review Clinton’s emails by saying that the White House doesn’t announce pardons before they’re doled out.

‘The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons. And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals,’ he said.

Earnest added, ‘That’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations.’

 

For over a year, Clinton had been embroiled in a FBI investigation into her private email server, but the investigation was closed for a second time just earlier this week.

Obama could pardon her whether she asks for it or not.

Coming up with a pardon that would cover all of the various charges Trump’s administration could throw at her could prove difficult, legal experts told Politico.

The clemency declaration would have to be worded such that it protects her from prosecution for potential violations tied to the Clinton Foundation.

A dismissal of potential crimes that wide-reaching would leave a mark on Obama’s reputation.

Back in 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor to the White House, Richard Nixon.

 

Ford did it for any crimes that Nixon may have committed against the country while he served as president.

At the time, he justified his decision by claiming that an extensive trial would have further polarized the country.

Clinton’s husband’s departure from the White House was overshadowed when he granted Marc Rich, a fugitive at the time, clemency on his last day in office.

Rich’s ex-wife made a large donation to the Clinton Library and was a high-dollar Democratic donor.

In recent months, Republicans have alleged that the senator violated the law, and are pushing to put her behind bars.

Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, two of Trump’s possible picks for attorney general, have openly advocated for a re-do.

 

 www.dailymail.co.uk

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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Global Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:54:38 +0200
Economists Should Stop Defending Milton Friedman’s Pseudo-science https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/economics/global-economy/item/3826-economists-should-stop-defending-milton-friedman-s-pseudo-science https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/economics/global-economy/item/3826-economists-should-stop-defending-milton-friedman-s-pseudo-science Economists Should Stop Defending Milton Friedman’s Pseudo-science
By  George H. Blackford “Consider the problem of predicting the shots made by an expert billiard player. It seems not at all unreasonable that excellent predictions would be yielded by…
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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) Global Economy Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:59:20 +0300
Good News for the People of Europe: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Is Dead. Negotiations have Failed. https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/european-union/item/3823-good-news-for-the-people-of-europe-the-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-is-dead-negotiations-have-failed https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/european-union/item/3823-good-news-for-the-people-of-europe-the-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-is-dead-negotiations-have-failed Good News for the People of Europe: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Is Dead. Negotiations have Failed.
The German Minister of Economy and Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, a few days ago has declared that the European Union should not submit to the demands of the United States,…

Negotiations started in 2013. After 14 ‘rounds’ of talks dealing with 27 points, no agreement has been reached, none whatsoever, leading to the conclusion that the deal is dead. Even though Mme. Merkel defended the treaty with all her heart up to the end of July 2016, both Germany and France now request a definite end to the negotiations.

 

The collapse of the TTIP is one of the best news for Europe – and I mean the people of Europe – in recent times; an initiative of the two major players in the EU. This decision has several meanings:

 

1. European countries are gradually taking back their sovereignty from Brussels and decide for themselves what is good for them and for Europe;

2. With a failed TTIP Europe escapes, or avoids, being enslaved by US corporatism, financial institutions – and US legislation;

3. Europe may now continue making its proper policies on socioeconomy, environment, food safety, agriculture — and

4. Europe is now freer to pursue its own monetary policy. Under the grip of the TTIP, it would have been difficult, say impossible, to adopt a monetary policy outside of the Euro which many countries would like, openly or covertly – some without making a lot of noise for fear of being ‘reprimanded’ by Brussels.

 

The fact that authorities of both, France and Germany, stated in unison that the negotiations failed, is a sign that there is still a spirit of autonomy in Europe. What is called ‘negotiations’ were never really negotiations – a give and take between equal partners. It was from the beginning a one-way street, where the exceptional nation imposed its rules. There was no way of getting the slightest concession from them – not an iota.

 

No doubt Washington had no intention to share any of the benefits of this ‘Free Trade Agreement’ with Europe. The exceptional people wanted it all. For example, the term ‘Appelation Contrôlée’ for wine and cheese in France and other European countries, used to protect the farmers of a given region – would have disappeared. The US wanted everything to be open for the ever dictating ‘market’. Nothing was to be clearly defined, as far as Europe was concerned. No transparence – just a vast base for cheating, consumers and nations.

 

TTIP talks were held in top secret, behind closed doors. Not even politicians, let alone the public at large which eventually would have had to bear the consequences of the deal, had access to the documents being ‘negotiated’. – It showed the Machiavellian nature of empire at its best.

 

China knew very well why they were not even interested in participating in the TPP (Transpacific Partnership), a similar trade agreement with eleven Pacific nations and the US.

 

Let’s recall the key point that would have meant disaster for Europe:

- A private corporate tribunal that would have had supremacy over sovereign government legislation. For example, the tribunal could have imposed ‘sanctions’ or fines on governments, whose legislation, say for health, environmental protection and other social reasons, would have reduced corporations’ profit margins.

- Similar in the banking sector, monetary policy would have been firmly dictated by the FED, Wall Street (i.e. Goldman Sachs – see Greece and the head of the ECB, a former GS exec) and the European Central Bank. This for now is still the case, but with an unsustainable and unreformable EU and Euro, both are destined to disappear sooner or later. It is likely that many countries are already quietly and clandestinely arranging for “Plan B” – preparing exit strategies. Indeed, since BREXIT, there are numerous political movements to this effect under way – and this not only in the most devastatingly affected southern European countries, but also in northern Europe.

- Agriculture policy would have been dictated by Washington, especially with regard to GMOs and ag-subsidies. Monsanto and the like would have had free access to all of Europe, and none of the EU members could have passed legislation prohibiting genetically modified seeds.

- Standards for health and nutrition would have been imposed by Washington, i.e.  by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most of these standards are considerably weaker than European equivalents, potentially exposing European citizens to greater health risks than current EU standards foresee.

- Labor laws would have been weakened in according to US standards which foresee virtually no protection for workers. The Brussels imposed new labor law in France, dubbed as the ‘El Khomri law’, after the French Minister of Labor, Myriam El Khomri, would reduce significantly French labor rights, fought for and attained with decades of efforts – literally sweat and tears – by French workers and unions. The new French labor law, signed as a decree by PM Manuel Valls under a dubious special provision in the Constitution (instead of being passed through Parliament), was a precursor for things to come in the rest of Europe – had the TTIP gone forward. This controversial law is currently at the demand of more than 60 French Parliamentarians being reviewed by the French Conseil d’Etat (equivalent to other countries’ Supreme Court) and may quite possibly be either canceled or sent to Parliament for a decision. Now that the TTIP is dead, it is possible that the law will be repealed.

 

The day the TTIP died was a great day for Europe. Although Europe is far from being out of the woods. Her own problems keep piling up, many of them also a direct or indirect consequence of empire.

 

To mention just a few –

  • immigration from US-NATO war-destroyed countries;
  • the never ending financial cum economic crisis;
  • the complete absence of solidarity among EU nations;
  • the lack of EU countries’ sovereignty; the missing EU Constitution giving member countries a common perspective and political agenda;
  • the increasing (‘false flag’) terror attacks throughout Europe; – and not least NATO – which through its aggression towards Russia is increasingly becoming a risk of war – of WWIII – that would for the third time in 100 years devastate Europe.

This time the rest of the world would very likely not be spared. Many countries are conscious of this danger and would like to get out of NATO, but don’t dare say so, because of fear from the boots of Washington.

 

Let’s hope the death of the TTIP will bring a new breeze of fresh air and ideas into European sovereignty.

 

This article is in part based on an TV debate sponsored by PressTV, French Edition.

 

Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik, PressTV, The 4th Media, TeleSUR, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.

 

 www.globalresearch.ca

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info@geitoniamas.net (Geitonia Mas) European Union Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:30:27 +0300
Study: People Who Consume Mostly Liberal or Mostly Conservative News Easily Reject Facts https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/views-and-opinions/item/3807-study-people-who-consume-mostly-liberal-or-mostly-conservative-news-easily-reject-facts https://geitoniamas.net/index.php/en/en/city-citizen/politics/views-and-opinions/item/3807-study-people-who-consume-mostly-liberal-or-mostly-conservative-news-easily-reject-facts Study: People Who Consume Mostly Liberal or Mostly Conservative News Easily Reject Facts
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

On a daily basis, the Free Thought Project is accused of being a conservative mouthpiece, funded and run by the Koch brothers. Also, on a daily basis, the Free Thought Project is accused of being a liberal mouthpiece, funded and run by George Soros.

On a daily basis, these assertions are wholly and undeniably wrong.

When there is a government boot on your neck, whether this boot is from the left foot or right foot is of no concern.

The Free Thought Project does not keep it a secret that we hold no faith in the two-party political paradigm or process and we seek only truth and liberty for all.

We believe in freedom — and we do not follow that statement up with the word ‘but.’

We want interracial transgendered couples to be able to cultivate their organic marijuana fields on solar powered tractors, armed with AR-15s, while blogging about being anti-war and against police brutality.

Consequently, as a glaring new study illustrates, partisan media wants the exact opposite.

The study, published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, is titled, Driving a Wedge Between Evidence and Beliefs: How Online Ideological News Exposure Promotes Political Misperceptions.

The study’s authors set out to determine if partisan media sources contribute to political ignorance — and they did just that.

Data came from a three-wave panel study conducted during the 2012 presidential election. Participants were interviewed first during July-August 2012, a second time in August-October and a final time in November. A total of 652 nationally representative participants completed all three surveys, as noted by Ohio State University. 

“Partisan online media drive a wedge between evidence and beliefs,” said R. Kelly Garrett, lead author of the study and professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

“The more people use these sources, the more likely they are to embrace false claims, regardless of what they know about the evidence,” he explained.

The study found that both liberals and conservatives fell victim to disinformation from their perceived ‘unbiased’ sources.

“What you believe isn’t just about what party you belong to. Where you get your news matters, too,” Garrett said.

According to the study:

The emergence of the Internet as a primary source of political information has transformed many Americans’ experience of the news, giving voice to previously marginalized political factions and creating outlets for explicitly ideological reporting (Stroud, 2011; C. Sunstein, 2001). This transformation has been accompanied by numerous high-profile misperceptions, such as erroneous beliefs about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and about the birthplace of President Obama (World Public Opinion, 2006; YouGov Staff, 2014). The possibility that these phenomena are related is troubling, but evidence for the relationship is limited and the processes by which it might occur are not well understood. This article further substantiates the idea that ideologically slanted online news use promotes misperceptions.

The study focused on four misconceptions, or rather, untruths; two held prominently by liberals, and two held prominently by conservatives.

The well-documented falsehoods that favor Republicans were the claims that President Obama was not born in the United States, and that there were weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. The Democrat-favored misperceptions parallel these. One claim was critical of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, suggesting that Mitt Romney actively managed Bain Capital when the firm started investing in companies that outsourced work abroad. The other claim concerned an assertion supporting a widely held Democratic policy position, namely that there was an immediate drop in marine life diversity in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill.

The study found that when people consumed news from obviously left or obviously right-leaning news sites, that they were more likely to believe lies.

According to the study, when the test participants do not consume news from partisan media, they had only a 3% chance of believing lies as compared to a 33% chance by those who did.

According to OSU, because the researchers looked at participants over time, they were also able to see a feedback loop: Use of partisan media leads to inaccurate beliefs which lead to more partisan media use and so on, Garrett said.

“It isn’t just that people who hold false beliefs are more likely to consume partisan media,” he said. “The use of these outlets also predicts false beliefs in the future.”

In other words, Americans are stuck in a vicious loop of political ignorance and it is getting worse.

For the majority Americans, the United States political system is seen as a football game. Any time their party is in power, it’s as if they are ‘winning’ and the other party or team is ‘losing.’ But what most Americans fail to see is that both ‘teams’ have the same owner. That owner cares not about which one of their teams is ‘winning,’ just so long as its one of their teams in the game.

Republicans are for big government if with war and Democrats are for war if with big government. They are merely different sides to the same coin.

Seeing outside of the two-party paradigm is a difficult task, as this study shows. The partisan press, or ‘cheerleaders,’ are constantly bombarding their ‘fans’ with ideas and half-truths that reinforce this narrative. It can take years for people to break their conditioning and see the political system for the rigged game that it is.

The good news is that once you see the system for what it is, you cannot unsee it. No one goes back to sleep, despite the fact that waking up to the system can be particularly stressful.

The number of people waking up to the controlled two-party system is ever-increasing and those people, in turn, wake up others.

If you are one of those people who sees Washington DC as the Don King boxing match that it is, then you are doing something right. You are likely a reader of the alternative media, you probably don’t watch massive amounts of television, and you likely have a thirst for a lesser ignorance.

If you are accused of being a liberal and a conservative in the same conversation, it’s probably because you have broken free from the cult-like constraints placed on you by the system.

However, only waking up is not enough. If you want to affect positive change in this world, then you have to become that change. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out, buy a bullhorn and begin screaming in the streets.

Simply changing your purchasing habits can force a change far greater than any bullhorn. Voting with your dollars is far more effective at inciting change than a voting booth.

The radical and peaceful change that society needs will most assuredly not originate from the center of the very system that is designed to prevent it.

You can quite literally ‘be the change that you want to see in this world,’ and you can start this now.

Do not be discouraged by the establishment who attempts to silence your radical and peaceful views and keep them on the fringe. They do it out of fear. It’s merely an act of self-preservation, and it shows that open-mindedness and peace are overcoming cruelty and ignorance. Always remember, no army can stop an idea whose time has come.

Share this article with your friends who have broken free from political labels and let them know they are doing it right!


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Drink up—it's on us! Then go protest the TPP to your heart’s content. To get to the Democratic National Convention, you take the subway to the AT&T Station and walk…
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