The Not Fake News Update, 19 August 2020

It’s easy sometimes to miss what’s really going on in the world while being subjected to the endless distractions of infotainment. And, now that there are so very many of us self-isolating, we have the further limitations of our own personal echo chambers. All things considered, it’s a wonder anyone ever notices anything at all.

So here’s a quick update on what you might have missed in the past few days while paying attention to other things. We hope it may be of use.

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So, About The Post Office…

Opinion/Analysis

Politicians, the news, and social media are all full of stories about the Post Office: According to most, the present administration is attempting to gut it for nefarious purposes. To this end, they’ve hired a major party donor and Wall Street crony to run it into the ground. This person’s payment will obviously be through his massive investment in competing companies.

One of the first rules of detecting Fake News is the following question:
Is this too good to be true? (more…)

F&L 2020: Trump/Pence vs. Biden/Harris

Opinion/Analysis

It’s been decided:  This November, our ballots will feature Biden/Harris for the Democrats; presumably, they’ll be facing Trump/Pence* for the Republicans.  This settles one of the oft-repeated questions from past weeks, “Who will he pick?”, leaving us with… well, with rather more questions.  These include “What will the electoral map look like?”, “How do the candidates stack up against each other?”, and the all-important “Who should I vote for?”

At present, the editorial staff here at The Not Fake News has mixed feelings ourselves on that last question, so we’re not inclined to opine. (more…)

F&L 2020: Kamala Harris (No, Not The Wrestler)

The first major candidate to drop out of the Democratic Primaries, Senator Harris was nevertheless in the race long enough to eviscerate Uncle Joe in the debates and to get spanked by Tulsi in her own turn.  Her fundraising was legendary but her polling was abysmal (particularly after the Gabbard debacle), and she dropped out not only before New Hampshire and Iowa but actually before 2020 — on the 3rd of December 2019, in fact, before even such notable losers as John Delaney and Marianne Williamson.

As a result, we never profiled here alongside the other candidates — a deficit we mean to make up for now.  So who is she really, and what was she before? (more…)

F&L 2020: Is Uncle Joe Senile?

Opinion

Let’s face it:  As long as Uncle Joe has been campaigning, his foot’s been in his mouth as often as not.  Heck, given his repeated plagiarism, sometimes it’s someone else’s foot.  …Or is that him being creepy?  I lose track.  But that’s O.K., I guess, because so does he.

In any other campaign season, the candidates would need to be out on the road (more…)

Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 (with a note on the AAPS)

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are not doctors.  At best, we’re debunkers of internet myths and news commentators.  If you’re reduced to getting medical advice from an upjumped social media blog like this, you really need a better PCP.  And no, that’s not medical advice any more than the rest of this is; it’s just informed opinion.)

Everyone’s got a position on HCQ, but most of you haven’t bothered to review the facts first before choosing which ground to stand.  For a disturbing number of people, it’s enough that Donald Trump endorses it.  (I blame our national trait for this — a uniquely American optimism.  -Editor)

To be clear:  It’s bad enough that people who esteem Trump highly will take his medical advice; he’s certainly no doctor.  What’s terrifying is that people who believe Trump is (more…)

The Not Fake News Update: 31 July 2020

Television news and internet feeds all seem to report continuously on the same disasters over and over, inundating with crises and negative news until we start to burn out.

Well, friends, we’ve got you covered.  The Not Fake News presents a lovely list of all the crises and negative news that major media forgot to mention.  So sit back, relax, and start reading! (more…)

Quick Reminder

Editor’s Desk

If you’re paying attention to the headlines, you’re seeing a lot of bad news these days.

What with COVID-19 to start with — there’s no way we’ll get good news from a nasty pandemic — and then China and Iran being militant, not to mention Russia messing with our elections again, it’s easy to feel inundated by the horrors of life on Earth right now.  Every new story just adds to the pressure until it feels like we’re buried in an avalanche of ills and awfuls.

So I’d like to take a moment to remind you of some things you might be forgetting: (more…)

It’s Meme Season Again

It happened in 2016, and we were shocked at how easily we got played.  Now it’s happening again, and we’re playing along — again.  In case anyone asks:  This is why we can’t have nice things.

For those of you with short memories (more…)