Politifact Lies

Politifact is a news organization that measures the truthiness of political statements. Well, they’re liars now too.

Politifact Has Decided That A Totally True Thing Is The “Lie Of The Year,” For Some Reason


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Paul Krugman wakes up this morning, mourning the death of Politifact. He has good cause! In announcing its 2011 “Lie Of The Year,” the truth-squadding agency has settled on something that isn’t so much a “lie” as it is “100 percent true on its face,” and the selection seems to have been made because it doesn’t seem to understand some very basic things about Medicare’s defined health benefits.

As Politifact sees it, the “lie of the year” is the phrase, “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” Okay. What is “Medicare?” Medicare is a single-payer health care system that primarily benefits seniors aged 65 and up, but it also covers younger Americans who have certain disabilities or who require kidney dialysis for any type of end-stage renal disease. It helps to cover the following things: hospital care, doctors’ visits, outpatient care, prescription drugs and some preventative services. It’s a defined health care benefit provided by the federal government.


Mediaite also has a great article about the controversy:


Politi-f**ked: Why Politifact’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ Is Not Just Wrong, It’s Irresponsible

Mediaite

Since announcing “Republicans voted to end Medicare” as its “Lie Of The Year” yesterday, Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check outfit Politifact.com has faced more blowback than a chronic spitter on a Ducati. While they apparentlythink this is just griping by the left, even the conservative National Review says they got it wrong. What Politifact doesn’t seem to realize is that this wasn’t just a wrong decision, it was anirresponsible one that undercuts their own, and journalism’s, duty to serve the public.

After their announcement, Politifact editor Bill Adairwent on CBS’ The Early Show to propagandize, and even lie, about the Paul Ryan budget plan, while the site’s Twitter feed blithely retweeted cherry-picked criticism of their decision (notably not that National Review post, nor Mediaite’s calling out of their editor), and retweeting people who cast the blowback as a left/right issue. They also made sure to buttress their decision with support fromWaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler (himself prone to bad judgment), and by pointing out that FactCheck.org made a similarly bad ruling.


You know we’re fucked when the ‘fact checkers’ reveal themselves to be liars too.

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Huff Post: “Quote of the Year: ‘I am the 99%'”

As the 2011 year comes to a close, and I step one foot closer to the end of my six month grace period for my student loans, now is the time to look at our year in review. Journalist and news sites are already claiming that the Occupy moment takes the cake for quote of the year. Their slogan, “I am the 99%” doesn’t only sound like an ad for STD awareness, but also sounds like the spirit of America, according to some.

Now, I’ll let my judgments rest for now about the movement and what it stands for. They have gotten quite organized. Ron Paul is apparently the political face of the movement, which makes it anything but democratic.

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I actually like Ron Paul. He’s smart, honest (unlike most Washington fat cats) and he’s a doer. Not big on rhetoric or fancy speeches and stuff. My problem with this Occupy movement is a silly little issue. I live in Atlanta and work Downtown near Woodruff Park and Peachtree and Pine (where Occupy Atlanta lives). Everyday I pass dozens of homeless men and women, accompanied by Georgia State and Tech students protesting the big corporations and fighting the good fight. The rallies look dull and sort of cult-ish. I am sure you’ve seen video’s like this:

To me, it is laughable that they actually call this a revolution. In the 1960’s, anti-war and anti-jim crow protesters didn’t sound like they were at a Jim Jones sermon. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m down for the cause. I hate the 1% just like the other 50% of Americans who have now realized that the American Dream lives no more. See, I knew that the American Dream was dead once we elected Obama. That is the white man’s strategy. [joke]And not that I am comparing movements (which I clearly am), but I just don’t see where  Occupying parks and city streets can change how people feel and spend their money (especially the top 1%).

I want to beleive that this is the beginning of something powerful, because the issue they are addressing is the new civil rights issue of our time. But when the Movement is almost a year in stride, has no leader(s) and no clear alternative to how things are, besides making every-fucking-thing free (which wouldn’t be that bad, I guess) it makes me wonder how successful it can be.

I guess quote of the year is a good start, but now where do they go from here? In Atlanta it has already lost its fired and even though they are located in cities throughout the United States, I wonder how many people are ready to take control, and how many are simple-minded hipsters trying to be a part of a game they don’t fully understand.

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Legendary Author, Journalist Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

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Vanity Fair reported late last night that Christopher Hitchens died at age 62. His death was caused by pneumonia brought upon by esophageal cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2010.

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“Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic,” Hitchens wrote nearly a year ago in Vanity Fair, but his own final labors were anything but: in the last 12 months, he produced for this magazine a piece on U.S.-Pakistani relations in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, a portrait of Joan Didion, an essay on the Private Eyeretrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a prediction about the future of democracy in Egypt, a meditation on the legacy of progressivism in Wisconsin, and a series of frankgraceful, and exquisitely written essays in which he chronicled the physical and spiritual effects of his disease. At the end, Hitchens was more engaged, relentless, hilarious, observant, and intelligent than just about everyone else—just as he had been for the last four decades.

Much of my philosophy and outlook on life came from Hitchens. He taught me rationalism. Skepticism. Wit. I’d be a totally different person today sans Hitchens’s influence. I will miss him.Read more about the death of Christopher Hitchens at The Huffington Post.

PhotoBlog: Satellite spots China’s first aircraft carrier at sea

A commercial satellite operator says it has captured a rare image of China’s first aircraft carrier as it sailed through the Yellow Sea, after going through an exercise that’s the 21st-century equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.

DigitalGlobe said the aircraft carrier showed up on a cloud-filled picture snapped on Dec. 8 by its polar-orbiting QuickBird satellite from a height of 280 miles (450 kilometers). An analyst spotted the ship while checking the image on Tuesday, said Stephen Wood, the director of the company’s analysis center.


I thought this was a pretty cool article. It’s pretty amazing that guy was able to spot it, especially given how cloudy it was.
The thing I was most surprised about was the fact that this is China’s first aircraft carrier. Seriously? That makes me feel a whole hell of a lot better about all that money we owe them.
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Marijuana for Children with ADHD?



So that’s a very old story from Countdown. But I just found it so let’s pretend it’s new.

I’m not one of those potheads who claim marijuana cures everything. However, I do think that when it comes down to it, a cookie with weed in it can’t be any worse for a child than the amphetamine concoctions we give them now.

This comes from personal experience; I’m 21 right now, which means I was an elementary school student during the Ritalin craze of the 90′s. I was tested for ADHD in second grade. I’ve always wondered, as my memory of the event is rather fuzzy, how you go about determining whether or not a seven-year-old has ADHD. Have you ever had a conversation with a seven-year-old?

Answer: No.

Because seven-year-olds are fucking stupid, and it’s impossible to have a conversation with one. You may have talked to a seven-year-old before. There’s a difference. Conversation involves the mutual exchange of ideas. If you find yourself wiser upon engaging in verbal communication with a seven-year-old, you’re either a six-year-old or a fucking moron.

Which leads me to my next question. How could you possibly diagnose a seven-year-old with a learning disability when the symptoms double as a description of most children under nine.

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Allow me to explain, the symptoms of ADHD as listed on WebMD are as follows:

  • Difficulty paying attention to details and tendency to make careless mistakes in school or other activities; producing work that is often messy and careless.
  • Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli and frequently interrupting ongoing tasks to attend to trivial noises or events that are usually ignored by others
  • Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities
  • Difficulty finishing schoolwork or paperwork or performing tasks that require concentration
  • Frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to another
  • Procrastination
  • Disorganized work habits
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities (for example, missing appointments, forgetting to bring lunch)
  • Failure to complete tasks such as homework or chores
  • Frequent shifts in conversation, not listening to others, not keeping one’s mind on conversations, and not following details or rules of activities in social situations

Hmmm, that sounds awfully similar to every single seven-year-old ever. “Failure to complete tasks such as homework or chores”???

Let me get one thing straight. I didn’t do my homework or chores because I was seven. Seven-year-olds don’t give a fuck, as they lack a fuck to give. I certainly didn’t start doing either of those things once I was forced to start taking Ritalin every morning, and I’m pretty sure the only seven year olds who did care about that stuff were the ones getting their asses kicked by their schoolmates.

Moral of the story: make your kids get stoned when they’re young. That way it won’t be the cool thing to do when they get older.

This post brought to you by the letter weed.

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Grand Theft Auto V Facebook Ad Scam Still Running

A few days back, I posted this article about a Facebook Advertisement for a free copy of GTA V.

Beware, this is ad is a scam, and it is still running on Facebook.

I saw it again just a moment ago. I was surprised because I figured by the time I posted my original article about it, Facebook would have taken it down. Well, they didn’t. In fact, upon further inspection, I found the website was updated.

It’s being run from http://www.gamergiveaway.net. The exact link it took me to a few days back was http://gamergiveaway.net/l/gtav-giveaway/2/, today it linked me to http://gamergiveaway.net/l/gtav-giveaway/.

I just wanted to point this so hopefully people who Google the website will find this before giving their information to it. Just to make myself entirely clear about how I know this website Facebook is advertising is a scam, allow me to lay out my logic.

First of all, Grand Theft Auto V is not out yet. That means only the publisher, Rockstar Games, would be able to give out beta copies. A quick whois search will reveal it’s not likely set up by anyone from Rockstar. However, that’s no longer necessary as this updated version of the scam features the following statements:

We are looking for enthusiastic GTA players to be the first to test out the brand new GTA V. Just complete our short 30-second survey and enter your contact information so we know where to send your copy of GTA V. Your survey information helps us determine how to improve the gaming experience.

Okay, so the implication given by the website is that it’s set up by Rockstar. Oh, except for the disclaimer the scammer decided to put up since my last visit.

This site is NOT created or associated with Rockstar games or Facebook in any way. This site runs promotional offers not related to anything offered by Rockstar Games.

So the scam reveals itself all on the same page. I wonder if anyone has been either stupid or wishful enough to fall for it.

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Daily Show Moment of Zen – Mitt Romney on Music (12/7/2011)

One of my favorite parts of The Daily Show on Comedy Central is its Moment of Zen segment, where a short clip from that day’s news coverage (almost always from one of the three US cable news networks) closes the show unaccompanied by commentary. They’re generally moments of awkwardness, often targeted towards the most dedicated news-junkie. Though recent news coverage has provided for some great “moment of zen” moments, last night ended with a clip of Mitt Romney from back in 1994. And it’s one of the funniest I’ve seen in a while.

Mitt Romney on Music.

Those seven seconds of Mitt Romney’s life sum up his entire political career splendidly. I mean, have you ever heard a more prototypical ‘politician’ response to such a basic question? What a phlegmatic dude.

Being an observer of Romney for a while, I’m sure that what he meant by, “Well, I like music of almost any kind including this,” was, “What is this ‘muzaak’ you speak of?”

Either that or, “Mormons are only allowed to listen to polka.”

Feel free to give your own speculations of what Romney’s honest answer would’ve been.

Being a man of fairness, here’s the video in its full context.


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Could Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ Ad be More Predictable?

Rick Perry promises war on homosexuals and religious freedom

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I knew I had to write something about this after seeing it. However, Ed Darrell expresses the same sentiments as mine with regard to Perry better, and in fewer words (and expletives), than I could. Which I appreciate, as now I may focus on making fun of him.

This ad will re-define the boundaries of political satire this election cycle. It reads like a Saturday Night Live parody of a Bush 2000 campaign ad. That is to say, Rick Perry is the exaggerated manifestation of Bush.

Here’s a quote from the video, to which I shall respond humorously.

…you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

Actually, Rick, I believe you do. [Insert rimshot here]. In fact, church every Sunday is merely one condition that must be met in order to ‘know’ that. The others – if I’m not mistaken – include KKK meetings every Friday night, and a propensity toward male prostitutes and/or giving blow-jobs to strangers in airport bathrooms.

That’s all I got for now. I’ll update this if I think of any other jokes. I’m sure I will.

Be sure to check out Ed Darrell’s blog, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. He’s got heaps of other interesting posts.

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