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AN ELECTION FIX IN THREE LETTERS: RCV (IT MEANS YOU'LL NEVER HAVE TO VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS AGAIN)

Screenshot from Represent.US's "Ranked Choice Voting vs The Establishment," below.




It's called "Ranked Choice Voting."  Even if you think you already know about RCV, do yourself & your country a favor and watch the video below.  

Your country will thank you for it.  That is, if it makes it through being bearbaited into a race war, lullabyed so we can better be looted, & sleepwalked into lengthening a pandemic.




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Andy Ngo: A Curated List Of Links Unmasking Portland's Most Dangerous Propagandist & Extreme Far Right Apologist


 

 

 Quick rundown:

- Andy was instrumental in the early dissemination of one of two videos that just so happened to begin before the shooting, and the only video to record the entire event.  

- Whoever recorded the second video also lucky enough to catch the event may be affiliated with whoever recorded the first. The people seen in the second video (and by implication, whoever they are with and who or whatever is taking the video) can be seen in the first video, around the corner.  (This of course proves nothing, is just interesting. They look to me like they are waiting for something or someone.) One of them glances directly at the camera in the first video, just before the shots are fired.

-Andy is pushing the narrative that "Antifa" is responsible for the shooting.

-Andy has been pushing the narrative that "Antifa" is violent in Portland for a long time. He has written a book about this, after being supposedly attacked (the details of which are in question), and also after

-Andy lost his position with a right wing newspaper for being at a bar with the extreme right wing group Patriot Prayer, as they were planning to target left wing protesters with violence, and not reporting on it or saying anything to stop it

-That right wing group, Patriot Prayer, was behind the caravan that rallied in a Portland suburb and then, protected by police (according to reports on Twitter), drove down to assault left wing protesters with paint ball guns and pepper spray

-The man who was shot and killed was wearing a Patriot Prayer ball cap.

 

 

Links:


How a Right-Wing Troll Demonized Antifa to the Mainstream ...

www.rollingstone.com › culture › culture-features › an...

Sep 3, 2019 - Andy Ngo was hit with a milkshake by counter-protesters at a far-right rally in Portland in June. Moriah Ratner/Getty Images. There's a folksy ...


Chad Loder on Twitter: "Remember when Andy Ngo adopted ...

twitter.com › chadloder › status

Aug 3, 2020 - Embed Tweet. Remember when Andy Ngo adopted a fake British accent for several months? #UnverifyAndyNgopic.twitter.com/quAo3Bdrd9.


Right-wing troll Andy Ngo busted for publishing ... - News Break

www.newsbreak.com › news › right-wing-troll-andy-n...

Right-wing activist Andy Ngo is frequently accused of trying to dupe the public with deceptively edited videos that paint left-wingers and “antifa” as violent and ...


Portland's Andy Ngo Is the Most Dangerous Grifter in America

www.jacobinmag.com › 2019/08 › andy-ngo-right-win...

Aug 16, 2019 - Though he poses as a journalist, the purpose of his platform is to sow harassment and violence against his targets on the Left — and the ...


Hot Air - Reporter Andy Ngo: The list of fake hate crimes ...

www.facebook.com › hotaircom › posts › reporter-and...

Reporter Andy Ngo: The list of fake hate crimes is pretty long.


Chad Loder on Twitter: "Right-wing troll Andy Ngo busted for ...

twitter.com › chadloder › status

Aug 2, 2020 - They never expect you to read the article "According to an investigation by the Daily Beast, Ngo was part of an unaffiliated group of ...


Should Andy Ngo be unverified for creating alter-egos and ...

meaww.com › news › celebrity

Aug 2, 2020 - The controversial journalist was accused of collaborating with far-right-wing groups and provoking protesters to establish that antifa-related ...


Vic Berger IV on Twitter: "The hate group collaborator ...

twitter.com › vicbergeriv › status

Jun 27, 2020 - The hate group collaborator “journalist” Andy Ngo was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Sometime around 2019, he picked up an English ...


Ground Game LA 🥾 on Twitter: "Andy Ngo is a fake journalist ...

twitter.com › GroundGameLA › status

Aug 2, 2020 - I'd stay away from the kill lists when there's plenty of verifiable stuff against him. Stuff that won't be seen as Antifa conspiracy theories, ...


Andy Ngo - RationalWiki

rationalwiki.org › wiki › Andy_Ngo

“”Ngo is yet another Free Speech Guy bizarrely fixated on proving that Islam is inherently bad and violent under the guise of searching for the "truth" while ...


Right-wing troll Andy Ngo busted for publishing ... - Reddit

www.reddit.com › thedavidpakmanshow › comments

Aug 4, 2020 - 98 votes, 12 comments. 22.2k members in the thedavidpakmanshow community. TDPS is a progressive news and political talk program, known ...


Fascist propagandist Andy Ngo currently pushing ... - Reddit

www.reddit.com › fakenews › comments › fascist_prop...

There are two big lies that caught on during Andy Ngo's tweet storm of this weekend's protests in portland. 1. He lied about American Guard (a …


Right-wing troll Andy Ngo busted for publishing ... - Reddit

www.reddit.com › GamerGhazi › comments › rightwin...

Aug 4, 2020 - 284 votes, 48 comments. 28.7k members in the GamerGhazi community. Diversity and geek culture collide.


Journalist Andy Ngo loses job after publication of undercover ...

www.washingtonexaminer.com › news › journalist-and...

Aug 27, 2019 - Conservative journalist Andy Ngo is no longer an editor for the website Quillette after the publication of a video apparently showing him ...


Andy Ngo, Other Conservatives, Busted for Fake Stories

www.dailydot.com › debug › andy-ngo-fake-articles

Jul 7, 2020 - Andy Ngo's Post Millennial busted for publishing story by fake person (updated). Doing media is harder than you think. Aug 4, 2020, 8:42 am*.


How did Quillette editor Andy Ngo manage to pick up an ...

www.reddit.com › thedavidpakmanshow › comments

24 votes, 48 comments. 22.3k members in the thedavidpakmanshow community. TDPS is a progressive news and political talk program, known for …


#UnverifyAndyNgo is trending after Ngo was linked to Iranian ...

www.reddit.com › Portland › comments › unverifyand...

Aug 4, 2020 - 411 votes, 85 comments. 169k members in the Portland community. /r/Portland is the regional subreddit for Portland, Oregon and its residents.


Fascist propagandist Andy Ngo currently pushing ... - Reddit

www.reddit.com › AntifascistsofReddit › comments › f...

70.2k members in the AntifascistsofReddit community. Welcome to r/AntifascistsofReddit, which is the premier anti-fascist community on Reddit. The …


Andy Ngo Is Journalism's Problem | Above the Law

abovethelaw.com › andy-ngo-is-journalisms-problem

Sep 3, 2019 - The former Quillette writer represents a new kind of perfidious pseudo-journalist born of the social media age who was granted a professional ...


Fake News Proliferates Following Two Mass Shootings ...

www.rollingstone.com › culture › culture-features › el-...

Aug 5, 2019 - After a tragic mass shooting event, many struggle to make sense of the bloodshed and unnecessary violence. Unfortunately, this often results in ...


Right-wing "journalist" Andy Ngo outed: Video shows him ...

www.salon.com › 2019/08/28 › right-wing-journalist-a...

Aug 28, 2019 - Ngo was embraced by Ted Cruz and interviewed by Jake Tapper. But maybe he was just an alt-right troll all along.


Andy Ngo, Who Became a Right-Wing Star, Leaves Quillette ...

www.thedailybeast.com › andy-ngo-who-became-a-rig...

Aug 27, 2019 - The writer and photog is out of a job after being caught in incriminating undercover footage with right-wing activists. His former employer insists ...


How a Dubious Claim of Cement Milkshakes in Portland ...

www.motherjones.com › politics › 2019/07 › how-a-du...

Jul 2, 2019 - The police claimed that left-wing protesters were hurling cement drinks. There's no evidence to back that up.


We're Being Played | Commune - Commune Magazine

communemag.com › were-being-played

Aug 1, 2019 - Milkshakes aren't terrorism. “Andy Ngo is an independent journalist in the Pacific Northwest… He was at an antifa rally over the weekend, ...


Conservative journalist Andy Ngo says assault involving Antifa ...

thehill.com › hilltv › rising › 454712-conservative-jour...

Jul 25, 2019 - A conservative journalist who says he was assaulted by an antifascist group during protests in Portland, Ore., last month told Hill.TV that he ...


Media presented far-right grifter Andy Ngo as a credible ...

www.mediamatters.org › fox-news › media-presented-f...

Aug 28, 2019 - Now it's been revealed that Ngo has secretly been working alongside a violent far-right group to cherry-pick and misrepresent left-wing activism in ...


Right-wing "journalist" Andy Ngo outed : Portland - Reddit

www.reddit.com › Portland › comments › rightwing_jo...

964 votes, 334 comments. 171k members in the Portland community. /r/Portland is the regional subreddit for Portland, Oregon and its residents.


Andy Ngo suspended by Twitter - Washington Times

www.washingtontimes.com › news › nov › andy-ngo-s...

Nov 25, 2019 - Andy Ngo committed the "hateful conduct" in response to a tweet by former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.


Right-wing troll Andy Ngo busted for publishing ... - Reddit

www.reddit.com › samharris › comments › rightwing_t...

I remember Sam talking about this for a good while now. Using advanced text-to-speech technologies that mimic a person's voice to make them say things they ...


Ted Cruz's Hearing on Anarchist Violence Was a Farce

theintercept.com › 2020/08/05 › ted-cruz-hearing-antifa

Aug 5, 2020 - Cruz kept mentioning Democrats' failure to condemn a murder that was actually carried out by the far right — and refused to be corrected.


Right Wing Provocateur, Andy Ngo, Pushes Fake Antifa Story

loveandragemedia.org › 2019/08/04 › right-wing-prov...

Aug 4, 2019 - by Love and Rage Team / The States Currently making the rounds among right wing media outlets, is a story about an upcoming "10-day siege" ...


E13: Lies Damned Lies and Andy Ngo - Libcom

libcom.org › book › export › html

12 Rules for What discuss the fake concrete milkshaking of fake journalist Andy Ngo on the 29th of Jun 2019 in Portland Oregon and discuss how antifascists ...


Andy Ngo is NOT a journalist. He is a... - Direct Action Alliance ...

zh-cn.facebook.com › DirectActionPDX › posts › andy...

Andy Ngo is NOT a journalist. He is a fascist propagandist. His signature is to publish misleading attacks, like the attack on a muslim student at PSU...


Andy Ngo and the Atomwaffen Kill List · EmilyGorcenski.com

emilygorcenski.com › post › andy-ngo-and-the-atomw...

Aug 4, 2020 - There's a meme that says that Andy Ngô is a threat to our communities and provides kill lists to Atomwaffen. I am one of the people on that kill ...


Andy Ngo's congressional testimony about Antifa | News Break

www.newsbreak.com › Oregon State › Portland

Sen. Ted Cruz held a congressional hearing Tuesday on the subject of Antifa. Andy Ngo was given an opportunity to testify and he gave a five minute speech ...


Portland journalist Andy Ngo speaks out, says Antifa behind ...

abc7news.com › portland-journalist-speaks-out-says-ant...

Jul 1, 2019 - SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Portland journalist who was attacked Saturday is speaking out to ABC7 News and says Antifa members attacked ...


Right-wing troll Andy Ngo busted for publishing ... - Reddit

www.reddit.com › GoodRisingTweets › comments › rig...

Aug 4, 2020 - 850 members in the GoodRisingTweets community. Spicy new tweet material. This is an algorithmic subreddit based on my own algorithm for ...


Cody Johnston on Twitter: "Hey Ted, it's another day of the ...

twitter.com › drmistercody › status

Jul 25, 2020 - ... retweeting Andy Ngo which means I'm once again asking if you're aware that propagandist Andy Ngo is such a massive and obvious fraud ...


Vic Berger IV on Twitter: "Everything Andy Ngo does, he does ...

twitter.com › vicbergeriv › status

Jul 20, 2020 - Everything Andy Ngo does, he does in bad faith. He's even recently adopted a British accent because he thinks it makes him sound more ...




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An Example Of Misinformation On Social Media Willfully Downplaying Coronavirus Danger





Now I think not preventing even one preventable death is a grievous mistake, & doing so on purpose, knowing the consequences, is a crime. 


But let’s leave that aside for the moment, and look at this conversation I had recently on Twitter. It was in response to a reply to the the above tweet:

 



I knew his numbers looked wrong, so I originally responded by working out what he was actually saying. (For the purposes of argument.)  

 

 

 

I left it there, being tired, and went to bed.


When I looked at it again I knew the stats had serious issues. Here are the COVID-19 numbers for today, August 27, 2020.

 

Blurred but otherwise unredacted screenshot here.



 The stats in above Twitter conversation claimed less than 10% of people show symptoms, & only .002% of the people that show symptoms need hospitalization.


So that’s only .002% of 10%, which is the same as 0.0002 per 100 people, which is the same as 2 people in 1,000,000.


These stats claim that only 2 people per million positive coronavirus cases are bad enough to require hospitalization.


If everyone in the US tested positive, that would mean only 656 people hospitalized (and by implication, a smaller amount dying).


THE US HAS HAD ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE THOUSAND (183,000) DEATHS TO DATE FROM COVID-19.


Errors such as this in statistics appear to me to indicate a willful attempt to misinform that in this context I consider criminal.

 



To be fair to the intelligence of Twitter, there were other objections mounted while I was composing:

 


 

Thanks to every one of them.  I wish I knew what goes through a person's mind to willfully misinform.  Actually, maybe I don't want to know.


I do know that that last paragraph I wrote reminds me of so many phrases demonizing people (liberals, SJWs, protesters, antifa, etc.) that I find on far-right platforms.  Usually after coming to conclusions based on erroneous assumptions and faulty logic.  Neither of which are I think at play here, but if they are, please tell me, either in the comments or on Twitter.


Thank you.





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How To Glossy Political Mail: An Object Lesson in BS Detection

Royalty free, I might add.


I got a piece of political mail, glossy (actually semi-gloss), on card stock, you know the type.  I always think at least the print shops are getting some business, but you and I know its not a mom and pop.  What do I see but Carroll’s Alice, meeting the Caterpillar, above.

 

If you're thinking, that’s “Alice in Wonderland,” that’s not from Grimm’s collection of fairy tales, you’d be correct.  At least, I'd be one to say you were correct, because I do not think you can call "Alice in Wonderland," a fantasy that Lewis Carroll made up for one little girl, a fairy tale, that is, one of the traditional stories about magical creatures retold often, particularly to children.  One was published as a book by the author; the others are  passed down over generations and then collected, by other people, into books.

Ah, but both are stories you tell kids.  I guess they are the same, then.  Not.


If you go ahead and apply our preliminary findings to the truth of the accompanying statement, following the thrust of the argument but armed with your knowledge of English lit, you might catch a glimpse, as I did, of something slithering.


So we can bet that the State Legislature is doing no such thing.  I don’t think there are any 'experts' who have weighed in on 'flavored hookah tobacco.' If there were, wouldn’t there be a quote there from one of them?  Instead of a vague reference? Instead we get a statistic: “The California Department of Health reports that California kids smoke more flavoured hookah tobacco than flavored cigarettes.”  


Here might be a good place to note that I am pretty sure that smoking from hookahs is a practice that originated in the Arab world, and found more widespread introduction in America via people immigrating from countries in which the practice was popular.  Those would be countries we would think of as Muslim.  I know that detail is being deployed here,  I can smell it. (Update:  see the update below.)


This group, ’Tobacco Free California,” their name appeals to the recent anti-tobacco trend, but their warning is just as empty of actual information as that last statistic. (While it is a stretch to call these 'statistics,' I thought I would go ahead and do that, for now.) 


“Hookah use is increasing among young adults.”  Source please.  Context.


STATISTICS MEAN NOTHING WITHOUT CONTEXT.  


Like, where?  How big is the sample?  When? Who did the study?


Here’s what I can tell you from experience: 


• the sale of flavored cigarettes has been banned almost everywhere.

• social distancing rules would not permit gatherings like the one pictured on the back.

• most universities are doing remote learning this semester because of COVID-19


All of which makes the conclusion suspect.  But note, this isn’t put out by the politician pictured; it is trying to make you tell him something.  So now this ad is activist?  Awfully well funded for an activist movement. They usually call me, if they have enough funds to be more than just an online campaign. But where is the phone number to call?  


More to the point, where is the proof that this bill is giving 'special protections' for 'flavored hookah tobacco'?


Maybe it’s on the other side.

 

Nope.


Nope. More mealymouthed statistics, and this guy's pic again at the bottom.  


The quote from the American Lung Association isn’t even about the tobacco, but about the charcoals used to heat it, which are not themselves smoked.  They are lit beforehand, and the tobacco is not introduced until

they are already lit.  No one smokes the charcoals, they would taste bad, even if you flavored them, and wouldn’t get you high.

Its like saying BBQ is toxic because of the chemicals off-gassed when you light the briquets.


Both the statements about hookahs are misleading:  The first, “Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke flavoured tobacco,” is, correct me please if I am wrong, guilty of the pars pro toto fallacy.  Hookahs can be used to smoke anything, flavoured tobacco, unflavoured tobacco, passion flower leaves (actually an excellent tobacco substitute), pot, opium, mugwort.  Everything except meat and cheese. Maybe.


The second, “Hookah stores are increasing in number around colleges,” ought to set off fallacy warning bells just on account of its vagueness.  It’s 'murder and ice cream' revisited: just because murder rates go up when more ice cream is being consumed, doesn’t mean the guy driving the ice cream truck is complicit. 

 

Well, not unless certain factions keep on with their idiocy: they seem to think that social distance guidelines are a personal insult, that wearing a face mask is a Communist plot. The irony here is not just about the findings of Russia investigation —  if things keep going the way they have been in America, soon that ice cream truck may be pressed into doing double duty as a corpse wagon.

(Would the ice cream song then be like Monty Python's “Bring out yer dead?”)

 

Maybe the stores are increasing in number around colleges because a “hookah store” is just a weird name for a head shop!


Did you notice that somewhere along the way, all hookah tobacco became flavored, as far as this ad is concerned?  In fact, they want you to think of hookah tobacco like all tobacco.  So now all tobacco is flavored, and all little kids want to do is suck it down whenever you aren’t looking, and because it is flavored that means they will love it.


Reminds me of people who think that if you recognize LGBTQ+ rights, the inevitable consequence is that they will be raping your children.  Maybe that’s just me.


This argument smells so bad, I am starting to think its a good bet that isn’t even what this piece of legislation is about. (Update: see update.)


All of which mealymouthedness makes me wonder about the people who put up all the money for this semi-gloss ad on heavy card stock. ’Tobacco Free California.’  Who else?  'RESOURCE • 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 600 • Sacramento, California, 95814'


Then there’s that block of text up in the corner where the return address should be. Let's look at that.




Altria. Altria.  Where have I heard that name before….   

 

Hey aren’t they the new name for Big Tobacco?  Don’t they own Camel & Nat Sherman? Didn’t they buy Philip Morris?  Or am I thinking of the new slick name for Kraft foods?


The answer is “Yes.”


Altria is all those things, Gentle reader.  Altria is Big Tobacco, & Kraft foods.


That’s who is funding this ad.


All I need to know is that Altria is behind this.  


I feel a sense of completion; I can stop here.  I am not even sure if I am going to dig up dirt about Tobacco Free America or RESOURCE, or up Senate Bill 793 before I publish, before I vote the opposite way.  I have more important things to do. 


Like smoke some pot.



***


Update

 

Upon hearing the draft version of this post, Corporanon went and looked up SB 793.  Dig, if you will, the evil:


It bans the sale of all flavoured tobacco products in California.  State wide, not just county by county.  


So voting “NO” on SB 793 would allow, or continue to allow, the sale & distribution of flavoured tobacco products.


There is an exception for hookahs, probably because of smoking mixtures traditional in Arab culture.   

 

(Charcoals and traditional tobacco are in fact sold at my local Halal grocery slash butcher shop slash deli.  I have never seen White college kids buying these products.  If I see them there at all, they are there for the awesome sandwiches.)



***


I am not sure why I bothered to write this.  I doubt it will get seen by enough people to do any good, that is, to stop the misinformation propagated either by the specific ad I use as an example, or by the countless ones like it.  But I did.  Because reasons.



(See below.)



Full disclosure:  Personal details irrelevant to my argument of interest to those interested in deploying the ad hominem in counterargument will be posted in the orange square above.  For your convenience.


By the way, ad hominem is the lowest form of argument, and does nothing to advance understanding of the topic at hand.  But you knew that.


Hopefully whatever you think about all this, if you live in California, now your vote will be better informed.


Hat tip to Wonkette for influencing my writing style.  Hat tip to Sarah Cooper for influencing the title.





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