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This is an important topic that I would like to cover as I lay some ground rules for this blog. The term ‘Fake News” has been increasingly used over the last several years, notably during the last election cycle. Fake news can mean outright false information. It could also mean someone calling out a news outlet for providing misleading information without full context, and then spinning a certain narrative based on speculation. With the 24 hours news cycle it is even more acute as there are vastly different ideas on how to run this country in this time of great change.

Therefore most of what you hear these days are simply battling op-eds, with tribes of people that will follow their “side” or “team” regardless of factual content or logic. This is a true lack of critical thinking. For this blog, I will always lay out what I know to be the facts and let people decide. There will be times when people do not agree on the facts.

Fortunately the focus of this blog will be my own experiences and ideas on how people can improve their lives. It will be very difficult to completely avoid current events and news, however, as my ideas or plans may be influenced by the external environment. An example would be if the Fed started printing money again or a significant court ruling.

Lastly I always question a given narrative, especially those presented as “official.” Does that mean to not believe everything you hear? No, however you should always ask “why?” and then ask “why?” again and again until you get the root of the matter (the proverbial five whys). In other words “Trust but verify”.

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Lindsay

Hey there! Great post. Mom would love that you are doing this.

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Fake News is propaganda. The reach is now just instant and global. We have always faced it. Now we are starting to understand the true influence and nature of it… as a whole

But it’s not like the Russians or Americans who pull on these strings need that lesson. They know how this game is played. Propaganda works

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The “ sides” as you say use the term fake news as an accusation they can hurl at one another and in effect clouds and the truth and further confuses the masses, kind of like how the “flat earth” videos were planted onto YouTube to discredit [some] really good grass roots boots-on- the-ground cottage industry reporters who rise up to tell the truth from the arm chair quarterback perspective. It’s a term now used by politicians in the same way when we were teens and heard our parents use the slang of the time; it lost its appeal. In other… Read more »

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Interesting post, Ray! Isn’t Zero Hedge one of the Russian propaganda outlets, though?