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Hillary’s Electoral Fraud

This is some next-level poetic justice: A Michigan recount backed by Jill Stein and the Democrats, and intended to delegitimize Trump’s astonishing victory on November 8, has actually exposed widespread fraud in precincts which voted heavily for Clinton. Hillary even sucks at cheating. Via the Detroit News: Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month. Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of … Continue reading

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Fake News Versus Misleading News

I’m watching the mainstream media have fits over so-called “fake news.” The theme they are pushing is that fake news stories are more damaging to society than normal news that includes the following:

1. True stories told out of context to intentionally mislead.

2. Biased reporting that the media doesn’t realize is biased.

3. Giving a spotlight to people who are lying.

4. Misleading by putting emphasis on some things and not others.

5. True stories too complicated for the public to understand.

6. True reports of sources that happen to be lying but we don’t know it. (That gives you the Iraq war, for example.)

7. Having boths sides represented when one side is clearly lying or wrong.

8. Simplification to the point of misleading.

9. Showing clear disdain for the opinions on one side but not the other.

I could go on. But I think you get the point. Most humans live the illusion that people can do a good job of sorting out truth from fiction if only they have good data. But that’s only true for trivial decisions with no emotional content. For any decision that matters, facts are irrelevant to decision-making. Humans choose their paths based on how they feel. Later they rationalize their decisions. The human mind doesn’t make decisions based on facts and reason. We only think we do. 

Does fake news matter in a world in which humans don’t use facts and reason to make decisions in the first place? Well, yes and no.

Obviously fake news can change people’s minds and influence the real world. If that influence causes people to act in some dangerous or suboptimal way, we can say the fake news was bad.

But what if the fake news is created with good intentions? For example, suppose you believed that Donald Trump would be the best president and you knew that facts and reason don’t change minds as well as fake news. In that situation you might create a fake news story that helps your candidate win, but you would be doing so in the interest of society.

In my worldview – that of a hypnotist and persuader – all news is persuasion, and it is presented for that purpose even if the presenters don’t think of it that way. According to this worldview, what matters is the effectiveness of the fake news and whether it is intended for the public good or just to generate click-ad revenue for the creator. Fake news is neither good nor bad. It is a tool of persuasion, just like mainstream news that can be either based on truth or not. In both cases what matters is how people are influenced. The underlying truth is generally beyond the public’s grasp. And it doesn’t matter most of the time.

if you live in the two-dimensional world where you still think truth and facts and reason matter to decisions, you probably think fake news is a problem. But in the 3rd dimension – where persuasion matters and reason is an illusion – fake news is a tool. And a tool can be used for good or evil.

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Republicans Should Snuff Out Deadly Tobacco Rules: New at Reason

While Republicans warn federal agencies against passing “midnight regulations” during the lame-duck session, there are also regulations that have already been passed but haven’t yet been implemented that the GOP and President-Elect Donald Trump should consider revoking.

Steven Greenhut and David Bahr write:

They can begin with a set of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tobacco rules that have been moving ahead glacially and in full daylight, but which are so fraught with unintended consequences and so harmful to consumers and businesses that it’s hard to understand how they got this far.

We’re referring to the “deeming” rules the FDA approved last summer and which—barring an act of congressional or Trumpian intervention—will go into effect August 2018.

The final regulation deems some non-tobacco products as tobacco, thus giving the federal government broad authority to regulate and ban them. Those products include e-cigarettes, electronic devices that heat a flavored liquid and allow people to inhale the resulting vapor. The liquids are not made from tobacco, but usually contain nicotine. “Vaping” is proving to be one of the most effective means to break smokers of their dangerous habit, which explains why these rules are so dangerous.

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Trump Could Pick Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, John Bolton Would Be Deputy

RexThe next secretary of state will be Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, NBC News reported. Former U.S Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will serve as Tillerson’s deputy.

That’s according to two unnamed sources within the Trump transition team. NBC was careful to note that nothing is final until President-Elect Trump makes a statement. There’s reason for some amount of skepticism, in other words.

The news follows recent unconfirmed reports from the CIA that Russia acted covertly to throw the presidential election to Trump. But, as U.S. Rep. Justin Amash pointed out on Twitter, people should be skeptical of such claims until presented with concrete proof.

As for Tillerson and Bolton, there are good reasons to be concerned about both developments. Tillerson is an incredibly close business partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was even awarded the Russian Order of Friendship in 2012 after negotiating a $500 billion energy partnership with Russia. According to The Hill, that deal has been halted as a result of sanctions levelled against Russia due to Putin’s military aggressiveness in Crimea, but Tillerson would now be well-placed to lift those sanctions.

To be clear, lifting economic sanctions is often a good idea—economic interdependence is the foundation of mutual peace and prosperity—and Donald Trump’s comparative reluctance to restart the Cold War was one of the better things about his candidacy. But Tillerson’s very direct business interests are hopelessly entangled with the Russian state, and his selection creates a real possibility for diplomacy based upon crony corporatism. The U.S. should be less hawkish toward Russia because it’s the smart thing to do, not because it enriches the mega-corporation recently helmed by the secretary of state.

Then there’s Bolton. As Daniel Larison writes at The American Conservative, “The fact that Bolton is receiving a top job anywhere in the administration is an indictment of Trump’s judgment and a sign of just how reckless and aggressive U.S. foreign policy is likely to be in the coming years.”

But remember: We don’t know for certain that Tillerson has been chosen to be secretary of state, and we certainly don’t know whether the Senate will confirm him.

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We Won’t Stop Lone Wolves With More Foreign Interventions: New at Reason

The attack at Ohio State University last week appears to be the most recent incident of lone-wolf terrorism.

Bonnie Kristian writes:

For the last 15 years, conventional political wisdom has dictated that an aggressive foreign policy marked by preemptive military interventions and lengthy nation-building commitments and paired with a Constitution-trampling surveillance state is the best way to contain and prevent terror. But with some $12 trillion already promised or spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and nothing to show for it—not to mention the debacle in Libya and the diverse other stagnating or even counterproductive interventions the U.S. presently maintains in Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and beyond—that argument becomes increasingly difficult to take seriously.

Indeed, it is now impossible to avoid the conclusion that government invasions of our privacy amount to worthless security theater, while these overseas adventures do little or nothing to prevent lone-wolf attacks. Individuals like Artan, who seems to have had no real contact with the Islamic State (ISIS), are lost in the “haystack” of digital data the feds collect, and they are mostly unaffected by the fortunes of the Mideast militants they admire. Whether ISIS controls vast swathes of territory or is eradicated entirely makes no practical difference to this new sort of terrorist, who needs little to no resources or logistical assistance to carry out his dastardly plot.

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