Jim Acosta, a CNN White House correspondent, may be putting his foot in his mouth, after claiming incorrectly that Trump’s reference to a story that was finally debunked via New York Times and AP corrections was “fake news.” Acosta went as far as to refer to the press meeting in Poland as a “fake news conference.” During the Thursday news conference with Polish president Andrzej Duda, Trump responded to a query from NBC News‘ Hallie Jackson about the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“I heard it was 17 agencies. I said, ‘Boy, that’s a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies, right? Let’s check it.’ And we did some very heavy research. It turned out to be three or four. It wasn’t 17. And many of your compatriots had to change their reporting or they had to apologize or they had to correct.”
The Associated Press, New York Times, L.A. Times, CNN, NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC News, and USA Today were just a few major news outlets to repeat the “17 intelligence agencies narrative,” even after it had been debunked by James Clapper. Just weeks after the first retracted AP story, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before congress on which agencies were involved.
A seemingly impromptu act of civil disobedience by Lauren Southern replacement Laura Loomer at Canadian right wing news outlet The Rebel has sparked controversy and questions from both left and right wing reporters. Laura Loomer rushing the stage during a Manhattan performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has grown into something of a viral media event, but there seem to be some questions and controversies regarding the rushing of the stage that have commentators on both sides of the aisle scratching their heads.
Emma Roller’s laughable defense that she was “trolled” into becoming the source of slander that led to libel (the slur heard round the world) in the Independent UK and Israel’s Ha’aretz, two widely recognized and respected international media sources is only the latest successful media hoax by the trolls at 4chan.
Interestingly enough, mass media seems to always (intentionally or not) get 4chan completely wrong. Perhaps the perfect illustration being the initial coverage of /b/ by a Fox news affiliate back in 2006. During the Fox news coverage of the “hackers on steroids” the piece begins with the sad tale of a “former anon” as well as interview with a “current anon.” (If you ask me, most likely they’re in fact the same troll, but that’s purely conjecture).
“I believe they’re domestic terrorists,” a woman exclaims. Immediately cut to a scene of stock video of an exploding van. The video itself flashes for just under three seconds & most eyes would be drawn to the blast rather than the “demonstration” disclaimer in the upper left hand corner of the screen. From originating the digital update to the classic bait and switch, the rick-roll to convincing Oprah to spout a meme from Dragonball Z, 4chan has been for years slowly creeping into the mainstream.
4chan’s mass media hoaxes continued to grow culminating in Marblecake Day, the commemoration of the precision hack of Time’s 100 most influential people (moot, the 4chan admin was at the top of the list and the top below him spelled out “marblecake, also the game”). For Marblecake day (which spread out for a week or two at least) Youtube was invaded with a stream of pornography. The YT invasion, like many of 4chan’s exploits had to be brought to the attention of the media by anon themselves. 4chan’s hoaxes are generally personally embarrassing to the “hoaxed” themselves.
“I was trolled” is a laughable defense according to Richard Barnes, pro bono attorney for Cassandra Fairbanks. It’s a sure admission that due diligence, journalistic integrity and commitment to broadcasting the truth was lacking when Emma Roller fell for the 4chan “OK hoax.”
Doubtful though, CNN didn’t even know 4chan wasn’t a single person last time I checked…
Emma Roller didn’t even retract her statement or delete the tweet once the ADL none too subtly entitled article, “No, the “OK” gesture is not a hate symbol” was published May 1, just days after the April 28th tweet by Roller which resulted in the Independent UK article (shared over 40,000 times) of the 29th. Barnes and Fairbanks may pick up a suit against Independent as well. Cassandra, who is half Puerto Rican, had used the “OK” hand gesture regularly long before the February 27th initiation of Operation O-k-k-k.
Not only does the history of /b/’s meddling with media expose how little outsiders seem to understand the dense labyrinth of inside jokes, codes & culture of the infamous 4channers, but the breakdown of trust in traditional media that has only grown since the wish fulfillment analysis of Brexit and Trump’s victory revealed major deficits in traditional media forecasts. Will normies ever learn?
It all began innocently enough, Laci Green finally broke her YouTube radio silence of a few months around May 11. At the same time, the former host of MTV’s Braless announced the following to her Twitter followers.
“my intentions: open a dialogue. learn a thing. evaluate popular anti/SJ arguments based on science, logic. explore the matrix. eat pocky.”
The dialogue she was planning to open was with anti-feminist and anti-SJW (social justice warrior) YouTube channels. The Matrix name drop was a sly reference to the world of so-called “red pilled” men’s rights activists. Not unlike former feminist Cassie Jaye, Laci found that certain members of the feminist community took great offense to the idea of even considering, much less attempting to “see how the other half lives.”
The origins of both medicine and religion have some similar roots. Many of them reach thousands of years back to Tengerian tradition of Shamanic myth, magic and medicine. The Tengerian Shamanic tradition of Siberia was also influential on the traditional Christmas celebration and the Santa Claus mythos connected to it, as we’ll see today.
Among these cultures are the northern Tungusic people, Lapps, Evenki and other Siberian tribes. The Evenki were predominantly hunter-gatherers and reindeer herders as were most living in the harsh region. The Evenki people’s word “saman” meaning “one who knows the spirits” is the root of the word describing the “medicine man” type religious healer in pre-modern cultures. An important part of the religious and healing ceremonies of the Tengerian Shamanic medicine man was the use of “fly agaric” the Amantis muscaria mushroom, better known colloquially as a “red-cap” or “toadstool.”
If you’ve seen pictures of giant red warty mushrooms in fairy tale drawings or little white spotted mushrooms in Byzantine art featuring Jesus then you’ve seen the amanitas mushroom. Interestingly enough, it’s not called a toadstool because toads are known to sit on it, rather because of a constituent that also happens to be found in “eyes of newts”(or Bufo Alvarius, the Sonoran Desert Toad) and other witchy sounding formulas.
this is from shore leave at the america’s best value in shelbyville, some notes on the saga thus far. no regrets and no apologies for the $hi77y sound quality. new laptop soon(ish) if all goes according to plan (for once).
Galley Beggar defies simple definition with ease, being a complex thing of no simple conception themselves. No friend of pigeonholes, the Beggar crew is something of an electric based neo-folk outfit with some slightly psychedelic, almost metal underpinnings bleeding in at times just in case things were getting too neat at the corners. There unfortunately aren’t a lot of groups around today that express the same sort of singularity of vision and execution as Galley Beggar, but the English Psych-Folk revivalists do the job of ten groups in the interim.
They much more closely fit the weird and ethereal world of psychedelic folk of the 60s (a la Ace of Cups or Leopold Perry) or the funky, quasi-metal progressive neo-folk stylings of Jethro Tull in the 70s than much from their contemporaries. There’s definitely something heavy, portentous and potent in that old folk groove the Beggar’s wield however as they twist it from Celt to blues to Black Sabbath and back again.
The album opens with a simple heathen hymn, entitled Salome. Salome’s slyly Gaelic blues banshee howl is captivating from the initial trip of the opening riff as it repeats and reverberates. A sense of something building, something circling is nearly ever-present on Heathen Hymns.
I was drawn to the UK based “minstrels in the galley” from their name on, and it makes sense considering my love and appreciation for English and Celtic folk music and lore. The name itself refers to a malevolent sort of spirit supposed to haunt Somerset and Suffolk region in the North of England. The Galley Beggar carries it’s own severed head while squealing like a banshee, quite a sight it seems and existing solely for the purpose of inspiring fright… (Continue reading at New Noise Magazine)