Leaders are destroying our trust in government

Leaders are destroying our trust in governmentPeople fear that their government may not have their best interests at heart As the Covid-19 pandemic waned, the World Health Organization (WHO) took a survey to determine what factors led some countries to effectively manage their fight against the disease while others suffered from soaring infection rates and deaths. The usual expected factors, such…

TikTok’s monkeypox disinformation follows familiar pattern

Monkeypox conspiracy videos were viewed 1.5 million times within 30 hours of posting

TikTok’s monkeypox disinformation follows familiar patternConspiracy theories about monkeypox are spreading as fast as the virus itself, mirroring the proliferation of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the University of Alberta. Social media is the biggest driver of the monkeypox “infodemic,” with TikTok at the top of the list, according to Timothy Caulfield and Marco…

The CIA’s man in Cuba

Rolando Cubela was a key player in ongoing American plots to kill Fidel Castro

The CIA’s man in CubaAged 89, Rolando Cubela died in late August. If you’re wondering who he was, you’re probably not alone. But, at one time, Cubela was an important figure. As the CIA’s man in Havana, he was a key player in ongoing American plots to kill Fidel Castro. Cubela was born in Cuba in 1933, became involved…

Surprise! Elected officials tend to do what the rich tell them to

Elite influence is no myth

Surprise! Elected officials tend to do what the rich tell them toDo you believe “Big events (wars, recessions, elections) are controlled by small groups secretly working against the rest of us”? Abacus surveyed 1,500 Canadians on that question, and 44 per cent agreed. However, the pollster characterized those who “believe dangerous contrarian theories” and “mistrust what media report and what governments say” as “a poison affecting…

Don’t get sucked in by “expert” predictions

Forecasters with the biggest news media profiles are especially bad at predicting the future

Don’t get sucked in by “expert” predictionsYears ago, an elderly couple went to a country fair. The husband was captivated by an animated psychic promising to tell his age and what kind of person he is. He inserted a coin, and the machine sprang to life. The animatronic clairvoyant peered into her crystal ball, mumbled a few words, and pointed to…

A year after U.S. citizens stormed the Capitol, America remains upside down

If a huge majority of Americans can't denounce what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. has big problems

A year after U.S. citizens stormed the Capitol, America remains upside downImagine a country where football players kneeling on the sideline peacefully protesting inequalities in their country are labelled “unpatriotic,” “treasonous” and “sons of bitches” by the president of the country, while citizens who violently storm the nation’s Capitol and break into the House Chamber in an attempt to stop the certification of a presidential election…

NBA’s anti-vaxxers put far too many people at risk

We need a lot more ‘we’ people than ‘me’ people – in professional sports and everywhere else

NBA’s anti-vaxxers put far too many people at riskNational Basketball Association training camps are in full swing and 50 or so players (of about 530 total) have yet to receive a single COVID-19 vaccine dose. That’s an issue NBA executives and coaches were hoping to avoid. This summer, league officials proposed a mandate requiring all players to be vaccinated against COVID in order…

Social media campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancy

Aims to help people find credible information online

Social media campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancyThe problem with combatting the misinformation swirling around COVID-19 is, according to University of Alberta health law professor Timothy Caulfield, that all fronts the fight takes place on are of equal importance. “For a long time there has been this tolerance of pseudoscience and misinformation,” said Caulfield. “But there are recent studies that show once people believe…

Stuck in a dangerous information echo chamber

When we limit our media consumption to one side of the political spectrum, we get a distorted picture of reality

Stuck in a dangerous information echo chamberEveryone likes positive affirmation. It’s nice knowing that while the rest of the world has gone crazy, your friends have your back. It feels even better when you have thousands of friends agreeing with everything you say. Frankly, that’s the power of social media, where positive affirmation is only a few clicks away. Social media…