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Daily Bread for 5.2.22: The Short Distance Between Whitewater and the Kremlin

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 55.  Sunrise is 5:46 AM and sunset 7:57 PM for 14h 11m 02s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 2.6% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 2012, a pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in…

Daily Bread for 4.27.22: How Putin Conned the Right

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 44.  Sunrise is 5:53 AM and sunset 7:51 PM for 13h 58m 27s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 11.5% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1945,  Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting to escape disguised as a…

Daily Bread for 3.21.22: Putin’s Torrent of Lies

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 71.  Sunrise is 6:54 AM and sunset 7:09 PM for 12h 14m 36s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 88.1% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Library Board meets at 6:30 PM. On this day in 1965, Martin Luther King…

Kasparov on Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63), the former chess champion and longtime human rights activist, recently described the role of propaganda in creating fear, uncertainty, and doubt.  The thread from Twitter is below (linked here from the first tweet) in the thread: As you watch Trump’s defenders lie, deflect, and distract today and in the coming weeks, remember…

The Myth of a ‘Backfire Effect’ to Fact Checking

When someone debunks a claim or article through fact-checking,  does doing so generally produce a backfire effect where others commit even more strongly to the debunked notion? No, not generally. Laura Hazard Owen writes The “backfire effect” is mostly a myth, a broad look at the research suggests: The growing stream of reporting on and…

The Ongoing Battle Against Russian Trolls

In The trolls are winning, says Russian troll hunter, Charles Maynes reports on the long – and sometimes inside – struggle against online Russian trolls: The journalist and 33-year-old mother of two, [Lyudmila] Savchuk started noticing websites and social media accounts attacking local opposition activists in her hometown of Saint Petersburg with a frequency she…

Operation InfeKtion: The Worldwide War on Truth (Part 3 of 3)

?? Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB…

Operation InfeKtion: The Seven Commandments of Fake News (Part 2 of 3)

Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies…

Operation InfeKtion: Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News (Part 1 of 3)

Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies…