Friday, May 26, 2017

Theories That Became Facts

10 More Crazy Conspiracy Theories That Became Conspiracy Facts



Americans need to come to terms with the simple fact that they no longer live in a democratic society, and so taking action within a broken system in hopes that the next candidate will actually follow through with their promises, is futile and ultimately counter-productive. The dire need for this country, this planet, to wrestle away the driving force behind the current seat of power and set course for a viable and sustainable future can not be overstated, and is likely beginning to become starkly apparent to the average American.

A Shadowy Corporate Lobby Is Quietly Trying to Ban Protesting Across the U.S.

A Shadowy Corporate Lobby Is Quietly Trying to Ban Protesting Across the U.S.
Of the 26 bills examined, ten were authored or sponsored by at least one known ALEC-affiliated politician, often times more.
If ALEC is behind the recent wave of recent anti-protest bills, it wouldn’t be the first time the ‘non-profit’ organization has sponsored such legislation. In 2003, ALEC-crafted legislation for states that would have criminalized animal rights activists protesters as “eco-terrorists” — in conjunction with their push for the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which they had also drafted. AETA was passed in 2006.
While there is no indication that anti-protest legislation is on ALEC’s current agenda, it is worth noting that the kinds of protests being targeted are all in conflict with ALEC’s anti-worker and anti-environmental platform,” Yoder wrote, referencing ALEC’s 2016 agenda.

Monday, May 22, 2017

March for Science finally released thoroughly fact-checked crowd count | Grist

March for Science finally released thoroughly fact-checked crowd count | Grist

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.



When protesters descended on Washington, D.C., last month for the March for Science, they carried signs that were straight to the point: “What do we want? Evidence-based science. When do we want it? After Peer Review.” And unlike the administration they were protesting, organizers were careful to apply scientific rigor to how they calculated the number of people who participated in the march.


As a result, it took organizers an unusually long time — three weeks — to come up with their estimate for how many people took part in the April 22 marches in Washington and 600 other cities worldwide. In a blog post published Monday, organizers approximated that nearly 1.1 million people had protested around the world, with the largest marches taking place in D.C. (100,000), San Francisco (50,000), Los Angeles (50,000), Chicago (60,000), and Boston (70,000).