There’s a Difference: Fake News and Junk News

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Source: OfTwominds.com
Charles Hugh Smith
February 21, 2017

Media junkies on the tragic path to extinction believe the junk news, non-junkies see through the manipulation.

The mainstream media continues peddling its “fake news” narrative like a desperate pusher whose junkies are dying from his toxic dope. It’s slowly dawning on the media-consuming public that the MSM is the primary purveyor of “fake news”– self-referential narratives that support a blatantly slanted agenda with unsupported accusations and suitably anonymous sources.

Many of these Fake News Narratives are laughably, painfully bogus: that President Trump is a Russian tool, to take a current example. (That President Obama was a tool of the neocon Deep State–no mention of that. According to the MSM, America doesn’t even have a Deep State–har-har…the joke’s on you if you are credulous enough to swallow this risible absurdity.)

But the real danger isn’t fake news–it’s junk news. Junk News (the title of a 2009 book by an Emmy Award–winning journalist– Junk News: The Failure of the Media in the 21st Century) —is related to Junk Science and Junk Food.

Junk science is presented as “science” but cherry-picks data to support a specific but unstated agenda–an agenda that requires downplaying or overlooking conflicting data.

One common example of junk science is the approval of new medications by the FDA. If you actually dig into Phase III data, you may well find that the “benefits” of the new wonder-drug are barely above statistical chance, and the potential interactions with commonly prescribed (or imbibed) drugs are ignored.

This is how we end up with medications with an unfortunate side-effect: death from misadventure, addiction, in combination with other commonly prescribed meds, etc.

(For more junk science, check out how meds going off-patent magically get FDA approval for additional –and immensely profitable– patent protection.)

Junk food is now so ubiquitous we lose sight of its core qualities: it is “food” in the sense of being digestible, but it is harmful above very small, occasional doses. It is not “food” in the context of natural food or healthy food–in those contexts, “junk food” must be placed in parentheses because it doesn’t qualify as “food.”

It is empty calories, garbage that generates a host of chronic illnesses, but not “food” in the sense of being nutritious, life-supporting or healthy.

Junk news is like junk science–cherry-picked to support a corporate agenda–and like junk food in being digestible but toxic. As this brilliant essay explains, the unemployment rate is an premier example of junk news (and junk economics–a thriving subculture of junk science and junk news–just read any Paul Krugman spew for an example.)

Our Miserable 21st Century (Commentary Magazine)

An unemployment rate of 4.7% once meant full employment and rising wages for the laboring class–but alas, now it is just another ginned-up junk-econ/junk-news “statistic” designed to push a bogus narrative: everything is awesome (as the financial security of the bottom 80% swirls the drain).

Continue Reading At: OfTwoMinds.com

Media Matters assembled $13.4M budget for 34-person team focused on destroying, discrediting the independent media

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Source: NaturalNews.com
J.D. Heyes
February 19, 2017

It seems that Barack Obama is no longer officially president, but he is the mastermind behind a large, well-funded effort to operate a “shadow” government whose primary goals are a) undermining President Donald Trump, and b) preserving Obama’s awful, job-killing, freedom-smothering Alt-Left agenda.

There are many fronts in this war to delegitimize Trump, and that includes battles to silence the alternative media networks and outlets that have consistently come to the president’s defense with truthful, honest reporting that the discredited establishment media is incapable of. (RELATED: “Sleeper Cell” Obama Running Shadow Government Op To Discredit Natural News And Other Pro-Trump Independent Media)

And these battles will begin with several organizations that were part of that Obama “legacy,” built over the final years he spent in office, with the singular goal of ensuring Trump fails and his Marxist far-Left agenda survives and moves forward.

As The National Sentinel reported last week, the operation was exposed by Hoover Institute media fellow, author and investigative journalist Paul Sperry, who said Obama has issued orders to his “troops” to swing into action:

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

Sperry, writing in the New York Post, said that Obama was working to establish what will essentially be a shadow government to ensure that Trump’s “American First” agenda is thwarted (and this guy was an American president?).

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

One of these groups is Media Matters, an out-there far-Left media ‘watchdog’ organization run by David Brock that is gearing up to spend millions to wage war on the truth, the American people who believe in Trump and support him, and the system of government that has held our country together for more than two centuries.

Revealed in this confidential memo, Media Matters’ master plan is called, “Democracy Matters, Strategic Plan for Action,” and it involves:

— Attack the alternative media (including Natural News’ founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, who was threatened with reputation destruction just last week) in a relentless attempt to discredit us as “right-wing propagandists”

— Specifically, the Alt-Left group pledges to “weaponize our research products to understand and take action against the changing media ecosystem and the extremists seeking to manipulate it…. Key alt-right figures will lose credibility and influence in response to our research and pressure”

— Use social media to assault conservative voices and reputations while defending and promoting big government, authoritarianism pushed by the Democratic Party

In order to pull this off, Media Matters has assembled a budget of $13.4 million to hire 34 people to research Trump supporters in the media and elsewhere and attack them. (RELATED: Trump Calls Out Press For Sabotaging His Efforts To Improve Relations With Russia)

Liberty-minded independent media are already well aware of what we’re up against.

“Several intelligence insiders have come forward over the past few days to describe a ‘shadow government’ of Obama holdovers leaking information to derail the Trump presidency, with National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s resignation their first great success,” reports Breitbart News.

“There are even allegations that former President Barack Obama himself is actively involved, citing his establishment of a command center in Washington and continuing involvement with activist organizations.”

Never prone to conspiracy theories, even talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh has begun to discuss the plotting and scheming of the “deep state” – the embedded federal bureaucracy that is pro-Obama, pro-big government and pro-globalism, but anti-America-first and definitely anti-Trump.

However, discrediting us won’t be as easy as Media Matters or the Obama machine think. After all, despite Hillary Clinton winning a majority of votes (thanks solely to the state of California), Trump won the vast majority of the country. Also, most Americans don’t trust the mainstream media that Media Matters will have to rely on to get its message out. And using social media is no guarantee of success, either, as conservatives also use it.

Nevertheless, the battle lines have been drawn. Trump’s election has brought together what remains of the Alt-Left. They won’t give up and they’re not going away. Neither, it seems, is the 44th president.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

Sources:

TheNationalSentinel.com

Breitbart.com

Gallup.com

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The Flynn Thing & Dyeing The Waters…A Sting Operation?

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 19, 2017

I rarely cover much U.S. domestic politics on this website because, well, frankly, because it’s both depressing and hysterical (in the humorous sense), all at the same time. That is the cost, I suppose, of running an empire on corruption, blackmail, globaloneyism, and just plain old fashioned Rockefailure-Soros stupidity for so long. Now, as I’ve been given to understand the whole episode of the Flynn resignation, he didn’t do much more than have a telephone conversation with a Russian diplomat, during which the Russian asked about sanctions(See http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/02/make-firing-michael-flynn.html), and Flynn responded that it would have to be taken up once the then President-elect was in office. Forgive me, but that sort of thing is what I thought national security advisors were supposed to do. But then the whole thing exploded into this corporate controlled media circus that President Trump is being influenced by the always-byzantine-never-to-be-trusted Russians and their evil Machiavellian criminal super-genius, Vladimir Putin, who, for the moment, has replaced the “Israel-and-the-Zionists-are-behind-everything” meme with the “Vladimir Putin is behind everything” meme. Next week it may be the Jesuits-are-behind-everything meme (and let’s not forget, Pope Francis is a Jesuit! Q.E.D.)

Now, I’ll believe that President Trump is a Russian agent when he builds his first high-rise casino in Moscow with the evil Machiavellian criminal super genius Vladimir Putin present at the ribbon cutting along with the balalaika band, and with a major equity stake in said casino (and hey, they have lots of Eskimos in Russia, so it could be an Indian casino, and everyone will be happy because it will be politically correct. That’s a hint, Vlad.  With careful planning, this could become a major modus operandi of the Trump-Putin cabal, giving new meaning to the phrase “pay to play” as Trump high rise casinos go up all over the world.).  And our wonderful always-informed-and-always-to-be-trusted corporate controlled media seem conveniently to have forgotten Darth Hillary’s little uranium sales and so on to Russia(See Russia? Look who’s really in bed with Moscow), not to mention the money that allegedly flowed into the Clinton coffers from Angela Merkel’s Germany (German taxpayer money, as I recall,see Merkel BACKED Hillary: Clinton Foundation received £4M German taxpayer cash pre-election), not to mention the (out)house of Saud. Nothing to see here, no foreign influence here, folks. Move along.

All that said, something about the Flynn thing has bothered me since it first surfaced, and that is that it seems to have all the hallmarks of a classic sting operation: the level of predictable outrage far exceeded the scale of the alleged breech by Flynn. Now, while I’ve shared that suspicion with a few friends privately, when I opened up my emails preparing to schedule this week’s blogs, I found the following intriguing article that was shared by Mr. G.L.R., and it outlines my suspicions far better than I ever could:

http://ronfor37.org/2017/02/15/is-the-flynn-resignation-a-sting/  (You’ll have to copy and paste this link into your browser, as the linking function would not work for some reason.)

Now, what always bothered me about the Flynn affair was something this article brings out: Flynn would hardly have been unaware that his conversations were being “listened to” by American intelligence, and it was this factor that led me to entertain my suspicion that the whole thing was a sting operation to begin with, a point which the article itself brings out, citing no less than the New York Times itself. But now comes the cruncher: the press, supposedly basing its stories on “inside sources”, cannot get the story’s details straight, an egregious example of “BMLS” (Benghazi Memory Lapse Syndrome). Well, after all, “at this point, what difference does it make?” Well, the difference, the problem, as the article points out, is this:

A foolproof method of identifying someone talking to the press is to give him a specific story.  If that story is published, you know where it came from, because it’s a unique story.  Why would the intelligence officials have so many different stories if they read the same transcripts?  The only possible answer is that each official was given a different transcript.  Why would the intelligence officials have so many different stories if they read the same transcripts?

The FBI cleared Flynn on January 23.  The “leaks” were published February 9.  So Trump has everything he needs to reform the CIA, NSA, etc.

The FBI and Senate Intelligence Committee are going to investigate now.  Trump ran his own sting a month back, when he identified intelligence officials as leakers.  Trump warned them that this was illegal.  It appears he’s taken dramatic action.  The end.(Emphasis added)

Now, years and years ago, I wrote an historical novel(only a part of which was ever published, and self-published at that), in which the villain just happens to be the head of the Byzantine Empire’s intelligence and foreign service (the Bureau of Barbarians). This individual suspected that the Emperor Charlemagne had a spy in the Byzantine Imperial court, but did not know who. So, he held a party, during which he pretended to let various suspects know that he had a spy in Charlemagne’s court, but to each suspect, he told a different name of his spy. When Charlemagne executed a particular individual for espionage and treason, the Byzantine spymaster knew who among his suspects was the spy. It’s a classic case of what people in spy craft call “dying the waters.” In this case, if the article is correct, and various people were shown different transcripts, then several waters were dyed, and several “sources” for the leaks are implied. And if this was a sting operation of this sort, then it also has enormous implications for political fallout as well, for with congressional investigations pending, those within both parties who are opposed to the administration of Mr. Trump, will be confronted with some embarrassing information…

But that, of course, is all high octane speculation. Time will tell.

See you on the flip side…

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About Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Breakaway Ruminations #4 – Divide & Conquer Left | Right Paradigm

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Zy Marquiez
February 16, 2017

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil.”
– John Adams

“They don’t want to see us unite: All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.  They don’t want to see us live together: all they want to do is keep on killing one another.”
– Bob Marley

Given the enormous amount of division taking place the last year or so, and specifically the last three months, it seemed prudent to take a gander at the Divide & Conquer Left-Right Paradigm again.

Nowhere was the socially engineered fracturing of the populace more obvious then within the bowels of social media, where individuals of all walks of life were attempting to make other people conform to their points of views, or cease their relationships altogether that in many instances were years in the making.  It is a quite unfortunate state of affairs that people’s values have declined so much to even ruminate on such possibilities.

Divide and conquer is a concept that takes an enormous portion of most of the populace’s time and yet receives no attention from mainstream media, and barely even the alternative media, and with good reason, for the media usually serves the job of stoking the fires of division.

What exactly is this system-installed and bifurcated left-right paradigm?

To simplify, the left-right paradigm is a concept from political sciences and anthropology which proposes that societies have a tendency to divide themselves into ideological opposites.

That’s certainly one way to look at it.

Another way of viewing this would be proposing the establishment carries out this division on purpose to make it seem like there are only two sides to every debate, thus making the populace a lot more malleable and easier to control.  After all, two sides are magnitudes easier to control than say, hundreds, or thousands.   Rarely are things ever that simple.

First things first, let’s take a cursory glance at some – although certainly not all – of the permutations that the left/right paradigm is often bandied as. Being cognizant of these will make it easier for an individual to center their mind onto particular divisive agendas that are taking place within the media.

The Left/Right paradigm includes, but is not limited to:

– Back people vs. White people
– Muslim vs. Christians
– Republicans vs. Democrats
– East vs. West
– US vs. Russia/China
– US vs. Middle East
– Poor vs. Rich
– Liberals vs. Conservatives [could dovetail into politics, but it need not]
– Religion vs. Atheism
– Gay vs. Straight
– Women vs. Men
– Young vs. Old
– Prolife vs. Prochoice

There are many more derivatives, but those examples are some of the most salient ones out there.

In any case, take a good minute or two to ponder at that list again. What don’t you notice anywhere?

The individual.

To those in power, the individual is antithetical to the establishment’s plans.  The individual is a rebel, someone to be avoided at all cost.  This is why from youth, particularly through schooling, society has been indoctrinated to conform to fit within these divide and conquer structures that fracture the populace.

A keen glance at how the system operates is crucial in order to understand the full breadth and scope of this issue.  For this we will take a gander at some snippets provided by John Taylor Gatto’s system breaking book, Dumbing Us Down The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling.

Below are a handful of the many countless passages within the book that speak a length about how this pervasive and constant divide and conquer issue takes place beginning in childhood, brought about through public schooling:

“It is absurd and anti-life to be part of the system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class.  That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does” [1][Bold Emphasis Added]

Not allowing individuals to be part of other points of views in life, to diversity – other shades in the endless spectrum of life – stultifies their growth because their mind doesn’t expand as it would if they were exposed to many points of views.  Furthermore, in inculcates the meme that the box – whatever reality the comptrollers are parading around – is all there is, and anything beyond the box is to be seen as suspect.  Ideas do not get considered and creativity gets incinerated at warp speed, like a snowman in a blast furnace.

Moreover:

The highest value to the Combine [those in control] is neither democracy nor accountability, but compliance, pure and simple, and its favorite stratagem is to divide and conquer.  And if that doesn’t work, there’s always drugs.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added, Italic Emphasis In Original.]

Life a hot knife that slices through butter, this particular thought by Gatto minces no words.

The favorite strategy is divide and conquer, which undoubtedly takes place by individuals being cut out from the diversity of life and is manifested from youth by behavior that’s been socially engineered to be predictable.

This is why ultimately, freedom from conformity is as vital as ever if the individual is to survive and keep their inherent nature, and if society is going to shed the shackles of division that benefit the comptrollers.

In fact, being free and not conforming and melting into the collective was so important, that Thomas Jefferson, echoed these poignant words:

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men…where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction [to a party] is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go at all.”[Emphasis Added]

In other words, as long as the individual is lucid enough to think for themselves, and has the foresight, logic, and critical thinking needed to understand the issue, individuals should remain just that, individuals.

The self-cognizant and critical thinking individual will never be part of the group. They will always be a person within a group, there’s a difference, and this distinction is crucial.

How can an individual rectify this relentless situation?

Perhaps it’s best to heed the words of Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, which they shared in their notable book, How To Read A Book

The best protection against propaganda of any sort is the recognition of it for what it is.  Only hidden and undetected oratory is really insidious.  What reaches the heart without going through the mind is likely to bounce back and put the mind out of business.   Propaganda taken in that way is like a drug you do not know you are swallowing.  The effect is mysterious; you do not even know afterwards why you feel or think the way you do.“[3][Bold Emphasis Added]

A person can’t tackle issues they are blind too.

And isn’t it ironic, that people, immediately after taking a hit from the mainstream media – and even alternative media – divide and conquer left right paradigm pill, soon forgo all logic and reason, acting in primal fashion based on the box-version of reality most media parades?  It’s almost like a scheduled hatred session, not unlike hateweek in Orwell’s 1984.[4]

And it always happens when and where the mainstream media tells you, and never otherwise.  This goes to show how integral the mainstream media is in socially engineering this divide and conquer at the outset.[5]

Knowing this, what’s an incisive individual to do?

Cut these issues off at the pass.  See the deceptions taking place by what your intuition tells you, and be wary about anything that stirs the fires of division.

Realize that following your intuition is merely the first step in a long process of growth that the individual will go through once their mind is open capable of discerning divisive mechanisms for what they are.

Once individuals fully comprehend how the system strives to use every single individual as pawns in a game, it’s easy to quit the nonsense altogether.

But more importantly, the individual should relish their inherent capability of knowing that, if they are cognizant of the modus operandi, no amount of propaganda or divisive tactics will ever seep into their mind.  Thus, this brings the ability to think lucidly, decisively, and proactively.

Breaking away into total awareness is the key.

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Sources & References:

[1] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, p. 24.
[2] Ibid., p. xvii.
[3] Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How To Read A Book, pg. 194.
[4] George Orwell, 1984, in reference to Hateweek, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_week
[5] Breakaway Guide To The Mainstream Media

Boom: Thousands Of Medical Studies Found To Be Useless

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Source: NoMoreFakeNews.com | JonRappoport.wordpress.com
Jon Rappoport
February 14, 2017

I’m talking about little defenders of consensus science, bloggers who love and adore every official pronouncement that comes down the pipeline from medical journals and illustrious doctors.

Dear Bloggers: Thousands of published studies you cite and praise are wrong, useless, irrelevant, deceptive—and the medical journals know it, and they’re doing nothing useful about it.

The issue? Cell lines. These cells are crucial for lab research on the toxicity of medical drugs, and the production of proteins. Knowing exactly which cell lines are being studied is absolutely necessary.

And therein lies the gigantic problem.

Statnews.com has the bombshell story (July 21, 2016):

“Recent estimates suggest that between 20 percent and 36 percent of cell lines scientists use are contaminated or misidentified — passing off as human tissue cells that in fact come from pigs, rats, or mice, or in which the desired human cell is tainted with unknown others. But despite knowing about the issue for at least 35 years, the vast majority of journals have yet to put any kind of disclaimer on the thousands of studies affected.”

“One cell line involved are the so-called HeLa cells. These cancerous cervical cells — named for Henrietta Lacks, from whom they were first cultured in the early 1950s — are ubiquitous in labs, proliferate wildly — and, it turns out, contaminate all manner of cells with which they come into contact. Two other lines in particular, HEp-2 and INT 407, are now known to have been contaminated with HeLa cells, meaning scientists who thought they were working on HEp-2 and INT 407 were in fact likely experimenting on HeLa cells.”

“Christopher Korch, a geneticist at the University of Colorado, has studied the issue. According to Korch, nearly 5,800 articles in 1,182 journals may have confused HeLa for HEp-2; another 1,336 articles in 271 journals may have mixed up HeLa with INT 407. Together, the 7,000-plus papers have been cited roughly 214,000 times, Science reported last year.”

“And that’s just two cell lines. All told, more than 400 cell lines either lack evidence of origin or have become cross-contaminated with human or other animal cells at some point in their laboratory lineage. Cell lines are often chosen for their ability to reproduce and be bred for long periods of time, so they’re hardy buggers that can move around a lab if they end up on a researcher’s gloves, for example. ‘It’s astonishingly easy for cell lines to become contaminated,’ wrote Amanda Capes-Davis, chair of the International Cell Line Authentication Committee, in a guest post for Retraction Watch. ‘When cells are first placed into culture, they usually pass through a period of time when there is little or no growth, before a cell line emerges. A single cell introduced from elsewhere during that time can outgrow the original culture without anyone being aware of the change in identity’.”

Getting the picture?

HUGE numbers of published studies are based on knowing which cells are being used and tested. And much of the time, the researchers don’t know. They pretend they do, but they don’t.

Their work is completely unreliable.

Everyone involved (for decades) looks the other way.

It’s the secret no one wants to talk about.

Thousands and thousands and thousands of medical studies are useless, and their conclusions are unfounded, and turn out to be random.

This is like saying, “Well, we built all those buildings in the city, but the concrete we used was probably cardboard. Let’s not talk about it. Let’s just wait and see what happens.”

Millions of patients who are taking drugs are guinea pigs. Researchers originally tested the toxicity of drugs on cells they assumed were relevant, but they were wrong. They said the drugs were safe, but they were working with cells that had no bearing on safety.

This is one reason why, on July 26, 2000, Dr. Barbara Starfield, a highly respected public health expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, could conclude, in the Journal of the American Association, that FDA approved medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans every year—which becomes a MILLION deaths per decade.

The original researchers on those drugs pretended they knew what they were doing.

Pretended.

Everything I’m describing and citing in this article?

The FDA knows about it.

The CDC knows about it.

The World Health Organization knows.

National health departments all over the world know.

Medical schools know.

Many doctors know.

Many, many researchers know.

Many hospital executives know.

All pharmaceutical executives know.

Many mainstream medical reporters know.

All medical journals know.

But they continue to promote life-destroying fake news.

Blog that.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.