You probably have heard it from a few people, that social media is no good. I know that I have been beating those drums for a while now. I've been collecting stories, but its like I'm banging my head against a wall sometimes. One could say, oh let's legislate the internet. But these ideas can be very abstract and hard to legislate against.
Social media also leads to information bubbles. The information bubbles can devolve man back into their most tribalistic forms. Looks at what is going on in the United States. You are either with them or against them. These information bubbles along with search algorithms tend to tell the user that what they are doing is absolutely correct. If you think that Trump is being controlled by lizard people and your searches keep leading you down that path. You are will start to get these false-positive results that reinforce your beliefs. Look at 9/11 and the conspiracies that swirl around it. These information bubbles also have a direct correlation to terrorism and being able to recruit online. Unless this problem is fixed, and therein lies the problem. I feel that this will not get any better, and it has the possibility of leading the world of the rail.
When fake news kills: Lynchings in Mexico are linked to viral child-kidnap rumors
An enraged mob attacked Flores, 21, and his uncle, Alberto Flores Morales, 56, beating them before dousing them with gasoline and burning them alive on the street outside the police station here. The pair had been mistakenly suspected of child abduction, authorities said.
"It was like a great spell had overtaken the people," said Lidia Palacios, a handicrafts shopkeeper who witnessed the linchamiento, or lynching, as such mob killings are known in Mexico. "They were yelling, 'Kill them! Kill them!'"
The barbaric episode - reminiscent of mob killings in India fueled by viral messages - illustrates how in an era of proliferating smartphone use, rumors looped on social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp can generate hysteria and vigilante justice.
Rohingya Muslims, ethnic cleansing and social media
Rohingya Muslims make up a small minority of the population in the mostly Buddhist nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. They have long faced discrimination and repression, and have largely been denied citizenship by the government, although many families have lived in villages concentrated in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state for generations.
After a Rohingya militant group attacked police posts and an army base in August, killing 12 security force members, the military responded with a campaign of indiscriminate violence against the Rohingya population. Troops burned homes and villages to the ground, killing thousands of men, women and children in tactics widely condemned as ethnic cleansing.
"The clearest evidence is, would be the satellite imagery that shows 340 destroyed villages. Not houses -- villages," said David Mathieson, an independent analyst who has lived and worked in the region for years.
Over the last six months, nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled their homes, many with horrific memories of seeing loved ones slaughtered or of surviving gang rapes.
It's not just a campaign of silence -- it's one of systematic disinformation and persecution fueled by social media. In a tragic irony, some of the same digital tools the refugees consider a lifeline have been weaponized against them.
"Social media has been, I think, one of the most damaging aspects of this entire crisis," Mathieson said. "And I think people internationally need to realize that five years ago, it cost a couple hundred dollars to get a sim card. Not many people had phones. And so, what we've seen in the past three or four years is this country getting online, everyone having a cheap smartphone and access to Facebook. And so there's not the media literacy, there's not the kind of ability to understand this medium, and the limitations of online speech."
Yes, it's a clickbaity title. While I was on active duty I witnessed it once and did nothing about it.
I was stationed in Kodiak, Ak and sitting next to who I would describe as "a friendly acquaintance", I knew her but we didn't hang out in the same crowd, I just knew her from work and we had a friendly relationship. So we were sitting down doing paperwork when a male coworker walked past us. You could tell he was in a really pissed off mood, and my female coworker who I was sitting next to said to him, "Is there anything I can do, to make you not so pissed off". He immediately replied, "Yeah, you can show me your tits".
I immediately looked to my female coworker to gauge her response. I didn't know what level of friendship that these two had. The military is obviously male-dominated as will its humor. When I looked at her, I could tell that they weren't that type of friends. In that amount of time, he had already walked off. I kinda looked at her and said, "What the fuck?", and that was the last of it...
Until 3 hours later and I was at home and received a call from my Senior Chief. He said to me as soon as I answered the phone, "Separation, ya got one chance, to be honest". I told him I immediately knew what he was talking about and would be glad to help out in any way that I could. So we went over the day's events, how the guy said what he said to her, and I looked at her for some sort of signal that they were on that type of level with each other, and that by the time I did realize they weren't, he had walked off.
I was told to report in immediately to his office. He then proceeded to give me the ass chewing of my lifetime. I knew what the guy had said was wrong, and I should have chased him down and chewed his ass out or at least report it to a supervisor. He also proceeded to tell me that I was just as liable for doing nothing as what the guy said. I told my Senior Chief that I was willing to help out in any way I could and that I did not have any doubt in my mind that I was going to be brought up on charges as well.
In the end, though, I was written up for it. Which I totally deserved. I was a witness for the Court Marshall of the male, it turns out that once she said something 2 other women in the shop spoke up as well.
It's not something that I'm proud of. I let a fellow sister in arms be treated like shit without correcting the problem, and for that, I could only atone to my fellow sister in arms, who immediately accepted my apology.
I guess my message is to the other men out there is. It can happen and happen fast, we can no longer be silent on the sidelines.
Source: NBC News
Law enforcement sources said they began trailing Carballido Thursday after being informed of an armed home invasion earlier in the day in which he performed a lewd act on a man. At about 8 p.m., he began firing at police from his vehicle near the intersection of Northwest 72nd Avenue and Seventh Street.
The intense gunfire was captured on cellphone video by a woman on the balcony of an apartment overlooking the crime scene.
Mid-morning Friday, Miami police were knocking on the door of a home in the 8600 block of Southwest 34th Terrace. Police, who had not officially released Carballidos name, said they were trying to notify his next of kin about the mans death.
Read more: https://www.policeone.com/federal-law-enforcement/articles/481073006-Video-Man-shooting-AK-47-at-cops-killed-in-wild-shootout/
Just another night in America.
This site has been hack twice during high profile incidents. The first was during the election, and the second time was a script attack when Mueller was announced as lead investigator.
Even if im just being a tad paranoid, it's always good to change your password every 90 days at most.
One side of America now hates and distrusts the other side that now anything that ever happen will now be suspect as partisan foul play.
This has been brought to you directly by Putin and their fake online social media accounts. The division has been brewing in this country for a while now, and today we got so see the end result.
I wish there was an off switch to the internet. Which is the bitter hypocrisy of this post.
Keep up with the hopes and prayers. I've had a friend that was killed by the lack of VA services. Bloodwork that showed he had cancer, sat unlooked at for months. When they found it, they actually told him by phone and told him that an ambulance is on its way to come to pick him up at his house and take him to the Alvin C York VA center in Nashville. That, and the lack of care that I got/get, its no surprise there is this type of crisis exists.
I will say, however, that the only real care that I got was from one Psychiatrist. The problem is, she isnt even working there anymore. To have to go through something like PTSD counseling (who I had through another counselor) which is nothing more than having to relive the worst moments of your life over and over again until you are able to not be paralyzed from it. While having to go through this therapy, I did it by a Facetime type app at the VA, and it was prone to cutting out. Which really sucks especially if you are at a critical point in the session, you're all emotional and the video feed goes dead. I mean, who wouldn't love to get this type of "fantastic free healthcare". Its almost as if not having any at all would just be the same.
I love the 20 years that i did in the military. I've had memories that only people could wish for, but on the other edge of the stick. I also deal with memories that nobody should ever have to go through.
The VA found that there were more than 6,000 veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016. Veterans accounted for 14 percent of all suicides in the United States in 2016, yet veterans comprise just 8 percent of the population, the report said, according to the newspaper.
In the report, the VA described veteran suicide as an urgent crisis that it can't address by itself. Still, some advocates say the department has not devoted enough resources to this issue.
If any other population of 20 million people were exposed to these threats, it would be considered a public health priority, Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the newspaper. There has never been a national call to action.
I'm nobody special, I'm not a unicorn. I know I can yell from the top of my lungs and things wouldnt change.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed I will be going to Washington to protest immediately. I'm a disabled veteran that "doesnt have anything better to do"
I've never been big on protesting. I think the most I really do is bellyache on the internet on how much he is a traitor. However both my wife and daughter have both been affected personally by this in the past and are now having to go through it again with this being blasted 24/7.
I dont think I'm special, but I certainly dont think I would be alone.
My eyes have been opened so much in the last 3 months, i will no longer sit on the sidelines.
I cant even begin to imagine what this dotard is going to covfefe about.
The fact that it's coming now is interesting.
The Republicans new defense, in saying, "a normal person would immediately call the police, or stop going to these parties."
Sure, myself as an adult I would immediately call the police. Or of course I would never hang out with these people.
However, they are not looking at this through 13-17 year old eyes like when it happened though. How many kids are gonna narc out their friends, or risk being a social outcast by speaking up. Especially with this group of narcissists we are talking about.
They also in full blown victim shaming mode. These people disgust me.
I am always guilty of, hoping out for the best. That there will be a Republican who will take a stand and say, "No, this isnt right." "We need to at least need to have an investigation prior to confirming Kavanaugh."
What doesnt make sense to me, (in addition to the other things listed here) is why are they gonna sink themselves on this guy? Even if you remove every scummy accusation against him. There are still other VALID reasons why he should have a "real FBI investigation" into him. Not just an FBI background check which obviously doesnt turn things like this up.
With the world as crazy at it is, whether its domestic or international. Captured on video and widely shared on social media, the attack over the weekend on an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps parade in Iran is both a huge event to pay attention to.
It seems like they came under attack from an Arab group hostile to Iran, with several groups having already claimed responsibility, making the confusion of this attack even more. We have already heard how Isreal attacked Syrian positions, and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an arms depot near the airport where new weapons recently arrived for the Iranians or their Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah terror group.
We know that during that strike, a Russian aircraft was shot down accidentally by an outdated Russian S-200 missile battery. Since then Russia has already said they will send Syria the newer S-300 system. This has garnered a response from the United States, and it also is going to affect Isreal in the future if they were to fly more air strikes in Syria. The newer system is obviously going to be harder for the Isreali Air Force to get around. The US will also not be happy with the newer system in an area with US aircraft flying around.
It just seems to me, that there is to much going on that is connected. With both Trump and the Iranian leader in NY for the UN meetings, things could get interesting.
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