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Social Media-itis
by Lewis Morris  
Manafort/Assange Drama Proves Media Will Buy 
Any Russia Conspiracy Story, No Matter Its Flaws  
by Mollie Hemingway
{} ~ Many media figures have swallowed whole, without evidence, a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump became president by treasonously colluding with Russia... to steal the 2016 election from its rightful owner, scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. The information operation that pushed this story turned out to have been secretly developed and funded by scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, a fact uncovered only through the tenacious digging of Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the face of major opposition from the media and Democrats on the committee. The information operation has been fed to an increasingly compliant and credulous media with nearly no resistance. Fusion GPS is the scumbag/liar-Clinton- and Democrat-funded group that initiated the Russia collusion story, although it is now, according to congressional testimony, being spearheaded by the Democracy Integrity Project and funded to the tune of $50 million. The Washington Post quietly admitted, buried the news, really, that the operation was funded by scumbag-George Soros. The latest questionably sourced information in support of this dramatic tale that opponents of Trump cling to in order to delegitimize the results of the 2016 election is that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013, 2015 and, ominously, in spring of 2016, just as the Trump campaign was heating up. Assange is holed up in London at the Ecuadorian embassy there and published the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and scumbag/liar-Clinton aide John Podesta. Even on first read the story seemed difficult to believe. It was based on anonymous sources so non-descript that they could be any of literally millions of people. A document from Ecuador’s Senain intelligence agency allegedly claimed a “Manaford” had visited Assange along with “Russians.” The story mentioned the discredited dossier that journalists wrote about and intelligence agencies used to secure wiretaps on Trump associates despite the failure to verify its claims...
Migrant Caravan Lies Exposed 
By A Border Patrol Agent  
by Stephanie Hamill
{} ~ The president of the National Border Patrol Council sat down with the Daily Caller to talk about  migrant caravan... that has reached the border town Tijuana. Brandon Judd, who has served as a border patrol agent for over 20 years, separates fact from fiction on the caravan. He tells The Daily Caller things the liberal media won’t.
Antifa Thugs Rob and Assault 
Marines while Calling them ‘Nazis’
by Ben Sellers
{} ~ A group of Marine Corps. reservists may have gone to a Philadelphia “We the People” rally on Nov. 17 seeking solidarity with “all Patriots... Militia, 3%, Constitution-loving Americans, pro good cop, pro ICE, pro law and order, pro life, pro American value, pro gun and anti illegal immigration” demonstrators. Instead, they were assaulted near the birthplace of American independence by a gang of criminal, domestic-terrorist thugs associated with Antifa, who called the servicemen “Nazis” and “white supremacists,” according to Philadelphia magazine. The magazine said it was unclear from available information whether the victims were, in fact, participants in the rally prior to the assault. One of the ringleaders of the city’s Antifa movement, 33-year-old Tom Keenan, has now turned himself in for the crime and is being charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment. According to police, the suspects—described as “numerous males and females” sprayed Mace at the Marines and then punched and kicked them, as well as stealing a cell phone. Although the perpetrators fled the scene, police released a video showing some of them earlier in the day, which may have helped identify Keenan...
61 Media Mistakes in the 
Trump Era: The Definitive List
by Sharyl Attkisson
{} ~ We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about... That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.” But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago. Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions. What’s worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we sometimes correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we’re getting so much wrong. It’s a little bit like a police officer taking someone to jail for DUI, then driving home drunk himself: he may be correct to arrest the suspect, but he should certainly know better than to commit the same violation...
Manafort Slams Report About Meeting with 
Assange, Says it’s “False” and “Libelous”
by Sara Carter
{} ~ Paul Manafort slammed The Guardian’s report Tuesday, which suggested he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016... around the same time he joined the Trump campaign as chairman. Manafort was convicted earlier this year on multiple accounts of financial fraud connected to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. “This story is totally false and deliberately libelous,” said Manafort in a statement through his attorneys. “I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him. I have never been contacted by anyone connected to Wikileaks, either directly or indirectly.” Manafort added that he has “never reached out to Assange or Wikileaks on any matter. We are considering all legal options against the Guardian who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.” The Guardian story published early Tuesday morning accused Manafort of meeting with Assange multiple times before the presidential election. The news agency, which originally attributed the information to “two unnamed sources” and later changed to “sources”, said that Manafort met Assange in 2013, 2015 and then in the spring of 2016. According to the paper the two men reportedly met inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has been living under his claimed asylum... If this true where are the recording and videos of this meeting? 
Social Media-itis
by Lewis Morris:  Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania may have finally proven what people have suspected for years: Social media is bad for your mental health.

             Okay, maybe that’s a little exaggerated, but professors Melissa Hunt, Rachel Marx, Courtney Lipson, and Jordyn Young at UPenn’s psychology department found that decreasing social media usage can reduce feelings of depression and loneliness. It may also reduce a person’s narcissistic and other self-centered behavior.
               The study, published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, delved into the social-media habits of 143 University of Pennsylvania students over a period of several weeks. Half the students used Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat like they normally would, while the other half restricted their usage to 10 minutes a day. Both groups where evaluated throughout the course of the study on seven different scales measuring moods and psychological well-being.
               The group that significantly restricted their social-media usage demonstrated improved mental health, while the other group showed signs of increased depression and loneliness.
               Participants in the study noted feeling happier when they used social media less. “Not comparing my life to the lives of others had a much stronger impact than I expected,” said one student. “I felt a lot more positive about myself during those weeks.
               This report breaks new ground in the study of social media and its effects on human behavior because prior studies only found a correlation between social media and depression, whereas the work at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that social media may be the cause of depression.
               More work needs to be done to determine the cause and effect of such behaviors, but we already have the evidence we need to prove that over-reliance on social media is harming our society. Many people in today’s youngest generation, who never knew a world without social media, have become so entranced by the power of social-media platforms that they make most decisions based on gleanings from the online world.
               Depression, loneliness, and attempted suicides among adolescents have risen sharply since 2010. There is also a steep rise in the number of people suffering from narcissism. These are not just people who are stuck on themselves in the classic sense; these are people so self-absorbed that it negatively impacts their lives and their ability to have functional relationships with other people.
               Social media does have value. It can help spread information, it keeps us connected with people, and it can bring together people of common interest who might not otherwise connect. However, the creators of these platforms have designed it in such a way as to make it addictive.
               Facebook’s “like” button, which has since been copied by many other social media platforms, is a perfect example. What started out as a simple feature to show approval for someone’s post became a craving for affirmation. Very quickly, people drew a direct connection between how many “likes” they received with their sense of self-worth. Instead of sharing information on social media for the sake of sharing it, people began crafting posts specifically to draw positive responses from others. The number of likes or followers a person collected on social media inflated or deflated their self-worth, skewing their sense of self-importance, and hampering their ability to negotiate social interactions.
               As we have said many times, on platforms like Facebook and Twitter you are the product. The goal of these companies is to rope you in, collect as much data on you as possible, and use that data to make money, either by selling your data outright to third parties or by selling you products or services. The platforms will tell you whatever you want to hear and show you whatever you want to see to keep you coming back.
               One way to combat the problem is to exercise personal responsibility and treat social media more like a disease. Throughout history, one of the best ways to combat disease was nutrition. The same can be done for social media.
               Proper nutrition creates a healthier body and a stronger immune system, making it harder for disease to take hold. The same can be done for the mind, making people more resilient to the ill effects of social-media addiction. Examples of this include engaging in critical thinking, healthy skepticism to group ideas, and using common sense can protect yourself from the mass hysteria, fake news, and narcissistic impulses that social media so easily breeds.  ~The Patriot Post  

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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