Calling Bullshit: Is More Information Making Us Less Reasonable?

by James McWilliams Pacific Standard edited by O Society April 17, 2019 A class on "calling bullshit" offered at the University of Washington teaches the proliferation of algorithms and data makes misinformation more widespread. To prepare themselves for future success in the American workforce, today's college students are increasingly choosing courses in business, biomedical science, engineering, … Continue reading Calling Bullshit: Is More Information Making Us Less Reasonable?

Can We Stop Pretending Now?

The Trump Era as an Occasion for Truth Telling by Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch edited by O Society April 13, 2019 Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an … Continue reading Can We Stop Pretending Now?

How Rachel Maddow Became InfoWars

by Peter Van Buren American Conservative edited by O Society April 8, 2019 Rachel Maddow (MSNBC screenshot)   Though she doesn’t often bring it up these days, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow remembers how the media abetted the Bush administration’s lies justifying the 2003 Iraq invasion. That was when elite (in many cases handpicked) journalists spent months serving … Continue reading How Rachel Maddow Became InfoWars

The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

by Jonathan Leo & Jeffrey Lacasse Society Download as PDF Abstract The cause of mental disorders such as depression remains unknown. However, the idea that neurotransmitter imbalances cause depression is vigorously promoted by pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric profession at large. We examine media reports referring to this chemical imbalance theory and ask reporters for … Continue reading The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

Why the Dust Won’t Settle After Mueller’s Report

The report won’t be “full and thorough” so Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate written by Patrick Lawrence  Consortium News edited by O Society Mar 19, 2019 Last week gave us mounting indications Robert Mueller finished his two-year probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and is about to issue … Continue reading Why the Dust Won’t Settle After Mueller’s Report

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed to the public: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go? https://youtu.be/VmG4nBhp6bU Trump's Budget Proposal Cuts Everything Except the Military, Which Gets Its Usual Raise   by Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone Mar 17, 2019 A retired Air … Continue reading The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

What We Know About Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11

The Saudi government still says it had no connection to the hijackers. Newly released classified information proves otherwise. BY SIMON HENDERSON Foreign Policy JULY 18, 2016 edited by O Society Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images Sometimes reality is so absurd, it outstrips anything conspiracy theorists could come up with. More than 13 years after the congressional investigation published … Continue reading What We Know About Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11