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Google launches news initiative to combat fake news

Source: Reuters

Google is launching the Google News Initiative, to weed out fake news online and during breaking news situations, it said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google said it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to improve the accuracy and quality of news appearing on its platforms. (bit.ly/2DHgQf0)

The changes come as Google, Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) face a backlash over their role during the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-google-news/google-launches-news-initiative-to-combat-fake-news-idUSKBN1GW2C0

I hope this works. Whatever happens with this, things should be better for the mid-terms, insofar as fake news, with Facebook, Twitter, and Google all on the hot seat about what happened, and with steps that are, and will be, taking place to combat fake news.

I believe that this is one reason Trump adopted the "fake news" meme. Because he participated in a scheme to spread fake news, and it's part of the GOP strategy to attack your opponent with negativity that you yourself are guilty of, before they get a chance to do it. That way, after you have claimed "fake news," they own the term, so when the opposition tries to use it, it falls flat and seems more like a "you, too" thing said defensively.

Also why he yelled "the election is rigged!" When all along, HE had participated in rigging the election.

Hope whatever Google does, helps with this problem, though. For myself, I use news organization sites directly, whenever possible. I don't rely on "news" on social media, like Facebook. If it's not being reported by Reuters, AP, CNN, MSNBC, MSN, NBCnews, CBSnews, etc. Legitimate news orgs that at least have a vetting procedure in place for what it reports. Some journalistic cred.

And now (quiet, please)....and now, for some synchronized swimming

Note the graceful movements, how in sync they are. Flawless.

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"The 64 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's untethered Pennsylvania speech"

The 64 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's untethered Pennsylvania speech

5. "President Moon of South Korea said without Donald Trump, the Olympics would have been a total failure. That's true. True."
Ok, follow this logic: Trump is tough on Kim Jong Un and North Korea → Kim backs down off his nuclear threats → Olympics succeed. Done and done!


7. "He's a sleeping son of a bitch."
This is a sentence from the President of the United States. (He's talking about "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd.)


9. "They are very happy with what I'm doing."
Trump is talking here about Japan. And he's wrong.


12. "NBC is perhaps worst than CNN, I have to tell you. And MSNBC is horrible."
Updated Trump media rankings: 1. CNN 2. NBC 3. MSNBC ("horrible" ).

See the full list. The repitition of the ego-stroking ones is sad, really. A lot of Trump at a glance...the real, disgusting Trump. He apparently rambled on for an HOUR before getting around to talking about the Repub nominee that he was there to endorse. https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/11/politics/trump-speech-pennsylvania/index.html

I am also running across people in various places on the internet (I started noticing them last year), and people we may know who profess to be "independent," but who sooner or later spout something that sounds suspiciously like Trump or promotes a Trumpian view of something. But nothing a Trumper says or believes (see list above) is remotely like a normal person. That's how far off the scale the Trumpers are. Even my lean-right brother is anti-Trump and says nothing that sounds remotely like anything Trump would say. He disagrees with every one of Trump's positions. Because Trump is an idiot with mental issues. If anything, because Trump thinks one way, that's reason enough to take the opposite position. Because if Trump thinks it, it CAN'T be right. And if Trump says something that sounds good or logical, all you have to do is wait a day, because his position will change.

Parody Project - 12 Months of Trump

Pretty good. I missed this one over Christmas.

Look for Trump & Congressional cohorts to remove impediment to a third term....

I've seen two references, now, to a possible removal of the impediment to a Presidential third term by Trump (& cohorts). And Trump himself recently said something like he was planning on the 7 years remaining, and then who knows.

I would not be surprised to find there's an actual plan for this, how to do it. They've already got their 2020 campaign started.

Just chew on that for a while. As if we needed another reason for it being critical to get him out of the White House.

Obama's First Retrospective Job Approval Rating Is 63%

This is from Feb 15th, so I don't know if it was posted already.

But Gallup released the results of a new poll on Obama's job approval, in retrospect, now that a bit of time has passed.

His job approval rating is now 63%.

Ahead of him are Kennedy (86%), Reagan (72%), George HW Bush (64%). George HW Bush?

George W Bush, ironically (who always seemed to want to outdo his father) is #8 on the list, below Jimmy Carter.


My brother the gun nut...

My brother, the ultimate gun nut. He collects them. He even has an assault rifle (put away...he doesn't shoot it). He goes to the shooting range. He lovingly cleans his guns and is always on the lookout for yet another gun. He is a strong 2nd Amendment supporter. He thinks the government tried to take guns and ammo away from the citizens a few years ago, when the local shops ran out of ammo (I asked him...you don't think the shops were out because there had been a run on the ammo, and the stores sold out? He just looked at me, as if he hadn't considered that. I mean, Target runs out of clothing, if something's popular and there's a run on it.)

I'm telling you all this to tell you...my brother is fine with assault rifles being banned. In fact, he thinks they SHOULD be. He says they are war weapons and don't belong out in the general public. Those gun shocks, or whatever those things are called - those should be banned, too, he thinks. These type of things serve no useful purpose except to kill people, he said.

He used to be an NRA member, but left a couple of years ago after one of those shootings where an assault rifle was used.

Just letting you know: There ARE 2nd Amendment supporters who will agree to, or go along with, some control bills.

In my state the law is arresting people for threats against schools.

Facebook posts about "I may shoot up a school tomorrow. You never know." Arrested 28 year old man. A couple of juveniles were picked up and are being investigated.

Very proactive. Good.

These are wacky people...the ones doing threats after these Florida kids were killed. There are so many wackos...they should NOT have guns. And this is gun territory. Easy to get a gun.

Florida Legislature rejects weapons ban with massacre survivors en route to Capitol

Source: CNN

The Florida state House on Tuesday rejected a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines as dozens of survivors of last week's school shooting headed to the state Capitol to turn their grief into political action.

Lawmakers voted down a motion to consider the ban during a session that opened with a prayer for the 17 people killed by a former student last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The vote in the Republican-dominated body was 36-71.

Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery of the Capitol during the vote appeared stunned, according to CNN affiliate Spectrum News 13/Bay News 9.

House Rep. Kionne McGhee of Miami invoked the shooting in asking that HB 219 -- which would ban AR-15 rifles and other assault weapons and large capacity magazines -- be moved from committee to the House floor for questions, debate and a vote.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/us/florida-legislature-weapons-ban/index.html

If the people of Florida want the ban on assault weapons and large mags, they need to vote these legislators out and replace them with ones who do what their constituents want. VOTE 'EM OUT!
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