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The Facts of Life

By Patrick Van Roy On February 24th, 2020 at 4:28 am

Guest Post by Paul 

I’ve just been following a thread here over at Slugger : fact-checking-and-fast-news

Regarding the phenomena of false claims, deliberate misinformation & unsubstantiated claims etc.

When making a point on ATW and using third party links to support it I have a rule that I try to check it three times from three separate, reputable sources to attempt to verify its credibility.

The big culprit in spreading false information is social media and the anonymous, glorified blog ‘news aggregate’ sites with a political agenda that have sprung up around the internet but of course the British tabloid gutter press and the Oval Office ‘alternative facts’ guys hav a fair hand in it too.

Here on ATW I’ve noticed a pattern where quite often claims are made without any reference to verification whatsoever and where batshit Youtube videos and the comments on them are used as supposed ‘evidence’ to push a point and where these claims are questioned the sources used to disprove them are dismissed as having a political agenda, (as if the original point made wasn’t politically driven), I’ve also noticed that a claim will be made, will be dismissed and then will be claimed again weeks / months later.

It also has to be said that from objective, empirical observation this comes overwhelmingly from the right side of the ATW house.

It’s said that the first casualty of war is truth and for me this is the real culture war that we’re consistently being told to be on guard against. When it seems that opinions are built on foundations of sand and misinformation is deliberately planted in order to muddy the waters of discourse hoe do we discrete fact from deliberate erroneous fiction?

I ENJOYED THAT

By Pete Moore On February 23rd, 2020 at 6:58 pm

Weak End at Bernie’s?

By Mahons On February 23rd, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Is Bernie Sanders the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party? He has done well in the wacky early contests of Iowa, New Hampshire and now Nevada. How will that play out in the more populous and diverse states coming up?
If you are a Democrat of the please not Bernie crowd, your options are limited. Every single alternative from Bloomberg to Biden, from Once in Love with Amy to Mayor Pete, to Speaks With Forked Tongue has, lets face it, issues. And those issues are disconcerting for Democrats, never mind moderates and Republicans.
Is another unlosable election wave going to crash on the rocky shore of the Trump Error? Will the Democrats find themselves at the weak end with Bernie?

REPARATIONS NOW

By Pete Moore On February 22nd, 2020 at 8:46 pm

Economist Thomas Sowell writes: “More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.” This includes the huge role played by Arab-Muslim slavers.

As to the Arab-Muslim slave trade, Ghanaian professor and minister John Azumah helped set the record straight in “The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa.” In an interview about his book, Azumah said the following:

“While two out of every three slaves shipped across the Atlantic were men, the proportions were reversed in the Islamic slave trade. Two women for every man were enslaved by the Muslims.

Ghanaian professor and minister John Azumah said quite a few interesting things which are laid out in the link. Race/anti-white hucksters like to talk about slavery and the slave trade. Slavery into what is now the US was puny in scale compared elsewhere. So puny it barely warrants a mention.

“THE NEWEST OLD TOWN IN THE WORLD”

By Pete Moore On February 22nd, 2020 at 7:57 pm

I can’t describe how happy these rare outbreaks of architectural sense make me. The Altstadt of Frankfurt has been rebuilt and restored. Thirty five buildings in total, of which 15 are complete reconstructions of the 17th-Century town destroyed in World War Two.

Death to modernist architecture.

 

LITTLE LEO UNFRIENDS THE EU

By Pete Moore On February 22nd, 2020 at 6:58 pm

How times change. A year ago Leo Varadkar was full of himself, boasting that “I am the EU” on Brexit, as he warned a British Prime Minister of tough realities outside of his beloved European Union. Having served his purpose, he and the Republic of Ireland are learning of the tough realities of life inside the European Union without the UK contribution.

Oh wow, maybe the cost of staying in such a great thing like the EU can run too high after all. Having allowed that you can pay too much for too little in return, he might start to wonder why we left. It’ll be Irexit next, then a border poll – one where the Irish decide to apply to rejoin the United Kingdom.

MICHAEL O’LEARY IS RIGHT

By Pete Moore On February 22nd, 2020 at 6:23 pm

You don’t look for a dog in a cattery.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been criticised for saying Muslim men should be profiled at airports.

The chief executive told the Times that “males of a Muslim persuasion” who are single and travelling alone pose the largest terror threat to airlines.

Note the typical BBC spin. It often doesn’t report what was first said or done but the reaction to it. It does this when it wants the audience to adopt the same reaction. “Michael O’Leary is a bad man and muslims are good and it would be unfair to profile them” is the actual message. It is a common method of BBC propaganda.

But the message is wrong and Michael O’Leary is right. It’s a measure of his self-confidence that he said something so obviously correct it’s guaranteed to have the left spitting mad. Which it did. Muslim men should be profiled at airports (and wherever young Western girls are).

The Left demand Censorship

By Patrick Van Roy On February 22nd, 2020 at 1:29 am

Bloomberg cut an ad to spin his debate performance. Every campaign does it, it’s standard fare. Yet all day the media have gone nuts. He altered a video, he cut pieces together… blah blah It’s already been scrubbed by YouTube. Facebook and Twitter are “debating” whether or not it should run….. Excuse me ? Whether or not it should run….

Who the hell do these people think they are ? It’s Political Speech you can not censor it period. I live in a Super Tuesday State Bloomberg has been running ads here for a week, if I didn’t know who he was I’d vote for him. Whoever is doing his Comercial PR Presence is without a doubt the best I’ve ever seen. It’s not just the tech weenies pushing censorship. In looking for the Ad all I could find is this by the Washington Post…..

One thing Bloomberg got right in the Debate…. his side are the Communists

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On February 21st, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism, a weekend of smashing the Irish at Twickenham arrives. Or maybe not. I fancied England to beat Ireland on Sunday. Then today Eddie Jones named the team. He has clearly entered the “I am an infallible genius” phase of his tenure. We have a 5 at 6, a 6 at 8, a 10 at 12, a 13 at 14 and an 11 at 15. If any of that works he will be a genius. Ireland appear to rediscovered some biff under Andy Farrell so at least we have a bruising one to look forward to. After Tyson Fury does Deontay Wilder.

But enough of that. I’ve been listening to this great old album this week so we’ll hear a bit of it now. Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

THE COCK OF THE SOUTH WALKS

By Pete Moore On February 21st, 2020 at 7:09 pm

Leo Varadkar has resigned as Irish Prime Minister after failing to command a majority of MPs for his re-election.