Link Me Up, Scotty - Critical Thought Edition

Monday, January 23, 2017

Popehat takes a look at how to be more discerning about accuracy when we read a news story - even a story from a source that has been reputable in the past.

Popehat: A group blog about whatever its authors want. Often its authors want to talk about free speech, liberty, criminal justice, the legal system and its foibles, and related issues. But Popehat isn't a law blog, and what is published there isn't legal advice. They also like to talk about games and what you might call geek culture.
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Yes, he's my President, and I do own his sorry ass in my capacity as a U.S. citizen. But as professional historian David remarks, he doesn't seem too interested in having me as his citizen. And so the fight begins. #rebelallianceforfreedom

4 Quarters, 10 Dimes: The personal blog of David, a History Professor who chooses not to use his last name on-line.
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Outside the Beltway analyzes "the most dreadful inaugural address in history." Please note that this description comes not from a liberal, but from a well-respected conservative writer. Time to gird our loins, fellow rebels.

Outside the Beltway: An online journal of politics and foreign affairs analysis written by a highly educated and ridiculously qualified staff.

(WaPo: Mainstream media source with minimal partisan bias)
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One of our favorite charities, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, has teamed up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation in a first of its kind program to help reduce the number of gun suicides. We keep a number of firearms in the Big Brown House, and while our daughter did not take her life with a gun, I have known families where this was the case. If I was a believer, I would call this God's work.

H/T Sistah Stacey

AFSP: The leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
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The Atlantic with photographs of the Women's March from around the world. I wanted to attend very badly, but I get claustrophobia and anxiety in large groups, so I exercised some self-care and stayed home.

Thank you to my fellow humans who went and exercised their 1st Amendment rights so vociferously, and so peacefully. Not a single arrest was made in Washington D.C., and the reports I've read from around the country all speak to the civility of the marchers, the helpfulness and professionalism of the police, and the spirit of kindness that pervaded these events. Girlz rule.

(The Atlantic: Skews left but still a reliable source of in-depth news)
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Our regressive Republican controlled Congress is introducing a Bill that will revoke the U.S.' membership in the United Nations. To give you some context, they're calling it "The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017," which makes me throw up in my mouth. I don't even know what to say about this, other than if they were really interested in "restoring" our "sovereignty," they'd allocate some money to an investigation of how Pootie & Company's interfered with our elections.

congress.gov: The official webpage of the United States Congress.
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ETA: I used to have a screen capture here from a fake Mike Pence Twitter account. Thanks to NeuronDoc for pointing out this "fake news" so I could remediate.

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