26 October 2020 — Mint Press
Freedom of speech on the Internet is all but extinct, and on the eve of the 2020 US elections, a de facto “free speech court” is going to make sure it never comes back. On Facebook at least.
By Raul Diego
26 October 2020 — Mint Press
Facebook content is already partially curated by government-linked think tanks, but for Samantha Power and others, that is simply not enough.
By Alan Macleod
Writing in the Washington Post, senior Obama-era official Samantha Power has called on social media giant Facebook to do more to crush what she calls conspiracy theories and disinformation circulating on its platform. Continue reading
27 October 2020 — The Lowdown
This week, documents released to The Lowdown confirm that Serco has brought in under-qualified staff to clinical jobs within the struggling test and trace system. There are no financial penalties in their contract, whilst fines are in place for NHS trusts who fail to meet financial targets. There are scant details about how public money is being spent, and the government can only account for a third of the £12bn put aside for test and trace. The public deserves to know, please share our content where you can. Continue reading
26 Oct, 2020 — RT
[Could it really be that the flu is being conflated with Covid-19? Just a thought. WB]
By Peter Andrews, Irish science journalist and writer based in London. He has a background in the life sciences, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in genetics.
There has been a 98% plummet in flu infections this year, dispelling fears of a Covid and flu ‘twin-demic’ about which many had warned. Experts say we can thank masks and social distancing. But does this really add up? Continue reading
23 October 2020 — FAIR
Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party won a decisive victory in the country’s presidential elections on Sunday, with its candidate Luis Arce apparently winning by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff, likely achieving an absolute majority. The leading opposing candidate, neoliberal Carlos Mesa, and the right-wing unelected President Jeanine Áñez congratulated Arce on his victory. Continue reading
26 October 2020 — Jonathan Cook
Facebook, Google and Twitter are not neutral platforms. They control the digital public square to aid the powerful – and can cancel any of us overnight
Middle East Eye – 26 October 2020
There is a growing unease that the decisions taken by social media corporations can have a harmful impact on our lives. These platforms, despite enjoying an effective monopoly over the virtual public square, have long avoided serious scrutiny or accountability.
28 September 2020 — Dr Malcolm Kendrick
(This post contains an erratum regarding a technical issue, at the end)
There has been a lot of noise about false positive COVID19 tests in the news. So, I thought I would try to explain what it all means. Or do my best anyway. Continue reading
13 September 2020 — Dr Malcolm Kendrick
[Winter is coming]
In the flu pandemic at the end of World War One, the average age of death was twenty-eight . In the UK, the average age of death from COVID19 is eighty-one for men, and eighty-four for women. Which is older than the average life expectancy in parts of the UK. These data are from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), as analysed and reported in the Daily Mail . Continue reading
26 October 2020 — Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
[What is the true Infection Fatality Rate]
This article appeared in Russia Today https://www.rt.com/op-ed/504167-facebook-fact-checkers-censorship/ I have made a couple of small changes to it
Facebook fact checkers censured me, and informed me I was wrong, when I said COVID infection fatality rate was around 0.1%. But what do the latest studies say?
23 October 2020 —Edward Curtin
By Edward Curtin
When The New York Times and CNN recently referred to the staged town hall spectacles of Biden and Trump as dueling events, they inadvertently revealed the truth that U.S. presidential elections are America’s favorite movie and that the corporate media is in the entertainment business. Continue reading
25 October 2020 — Craig Murray
The true mortality rate of covid-19 remains a matter of intense dispute, but it is undoubtedly true that a false public impression was given by the very high percentage of deaths among those who were tested positive, at the time when it was impossible to get tested unless you were seriously ill (or a member of society’s “elite”). When only those in danger of dying could get a test, it was of course not at all surprising that such a high percentage of those who tested positive died. It is astonishing how many articles are published with the entirely fake claim that the mortality rate of Covid-19 is 3.4%, based on that simple methodology. That same methodology will today, now testing is much more widely available to those who feel ill, give you results of under 1%. That is still an overestimate as very few indeed of the symptomless, or of those with mild symptoms, are even now being tested.
25 October 2020 — Mint Press
A new study conducted across nine countries revealed that Facebook played a leading role in facilitating anti-Muslim violence by providing a platform for Islamophobic groups to organize and refusing to stop them when their activities were brought to its attention.