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Celebrity Endorsements and Media Manipulation: Waking Up the Masses

From celebrity endorsements stirring controversy to ‘forever chemicals’ in yoga pants, our media landscape is a maze of manipulation. Dive in to discover how narratives are reframed, free speech is threatened, and cybersecurity hangs in the balance.

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In the realm of media and perception, the manipulation of context is a prevalent issue. This manipulation, often achieved through visual images, headlines, and quotations, can distort public understanding of various issues. For instance, the omission of key context from news stories is a common tactic used by the establishment media to misinform the public. The solution proposed is a reframing of narratives, suggesting that individuals step away from the system that supports those in control and create their own narratives that inspire action and change.

In the world of celebrity endorsements, recent statements made by Jewish celebrities in support of Israel’s actions in Gaza have sparked controversy. Critics argue that these endorsements, which include defending Israel’s actions and implying that all Jews share the same sentiments, are not only promoting violence but also betraying the values they claim to uphold.

Meanwhile, concerns about potential harmful substances found in everyday products are on the rise. The presence of fluoride, microplastics, and phthalates in water and other products has been highlighted, with particular concern for their impact during pregnancy. The conversation extends to the presence of ‘forever chemicals’ in women’s yoga pants and the potential health risks associated with them. The acquisition of natural remedies by corporations, such as Bill Gates’ ownership of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, has also raised eyebrows, with questions about the ingredients used in these products.

In the political sphere, free speech is under threat as censorship becomes a political cause. The House Judiciary Committee has released a report revealing the role of government officials in channeling demands for removal or bans from state and local officials. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has emerged as a critical control center in this system, extending its mandate to include combating “malinformation.” The Biden Administration has supported a global effort to score, target, and ban opposing views, leading to a federal court injunction against aspects of this system.

This censorship extends to social media platforms, with a report by the Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government highlighting the role of the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) and other organizations contracted by the Department of Homeland Security to censor Americans. The EIP, consisting of four partners, was funded by the government and worked to identify and remove posts deemed as misinformation. The report reveals that these censorship efforts were biased, targeting true information posted by Republicans and conservatives while leaving false information from Democrats and liberals untouched.

Finally, in the field of cybersecurity, the World Economic Forum report, Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2023, indicates that the majority of cyber and business leaders believe that global geopolitical instability will likely lead to a catastrophic cyber event in the next two years. To address these risks, organizations are urged to develop strategies focused on systemic approaches to securing cyberspace. The Annual Meeting on Cybersecurity 2023 aims to foster collaboration on making cyberspace safer and more resilient, bringing together over 150 of the world’s foremost cybersecurity leaders from various sectors.

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Annual Meeting on Cybersecurity 2023 to Address Global Cyber Risks and Foster Collaboration

To effectively prepare for and address cyber risks within the multiple transitions the world is going through, organizations need to develop strategies focused on systemic approaches to securing cyberspace.

Source | Submitted by congero1

Government-Funded Partnership Exposed for Censoring Americans' Political Speech, House Report Reveals

The EIP’s operation was straightforward: ‘external stakeholders,’ including federal agencies and organizations funded by the federal government, submitted misinformation reports directly to the EIP. The EIP’s misinformation ‘analysts’ next scoured the internet for additional examples for censorship. If the submitted report flagged a Facebook post, for example, the EIP analysts searched for similar content on Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Reddit, and other major social media platforms. Once all of the offending links were compiled, the EIP sent the most significant ones directly to Big Tech with specific recommendations on how the social media platforms should censor the posts, such as reducing the posts’ ‘discoverability,’ ‘suspending [an account’s] ability to continue tweeting for 12 hours,’ ‘monitoring if any of the tagged influencer accounts retweet’ a particular user, and, of course, removing thousands of Americans’ posts.

Source | Submitted by aaronmckeon

Government, Academic, and Media Corporations Form Triumvirate of Censorship, Reveals House Judiciary Committee Report

Free speech is in a free fall as millions embrace censorship as a political cause, including some now running for federal office on a pledge to silence others.

Source | Submitted by aaronmckeon

Johnson & Johnson Faces Over 50,000 Lawsuits Over Asbestos in Talcum Powder

They knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder.

Source | Submitted by nils-grimley

Jewish Celebrities Accused of Equating Judaism with Crime and Endorsing Israeli Genocide in Gaza

That’s why I’m so flabbergasted about the Jewish celebrities who have taken to the hustings over the last few weeks not only to embrace Israel’s mass murder of the civilians of Gaza – a slaughter that makes Berkowitz’s eight homicides look like a practical joke – but have even insisted that all Jews feel the same way.

Source | Submitted by nils-grimley

The Power of Context: How Manipulation Shapes Our Perception

Excluding key context from a news story is one of the simplest and most effective ways that lackey reporters use to mislead the public.

Source | Submitted by nils-grimley

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