Beware deceptive news
I wanted to caution everyone who looks to the Internet for news and opinion. False reports and biased opinions masquerading as reason and science are increasing (no, Pope Francis and President Obama are not planning to stage a coup in Texas). As I scan the news for stories worth repeating, I have had to become more scrupulous in checking content and sources. The major subjects for deceit are:
- Energy production with fossil fuels (appearing in items about human-caused climate change and alternative energy sources),
- Food production with pesticide resistant crops, economic benefits of logging, grazing, plowing, and pumping,
- Security obtained with weapons sales and military might.
The most destructive effects of the trickery come from the rhetoric and decisions of politicians and government administrators controlled by private industry. The result is a massive barrage of deception and diversion of public funds to support the energy, chemical, land-use, and military industries. The pursuit of profits is preventing true progress and security.
I will continue to scan for accurate reports and honest opinion. Please lend a hand and tell me if you spot a false story that slipped past me. Thank you.
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- GarryRogers NatCon (Nature Conservation) News (includes climate)