ON THIS DAY: August 15, 2018

August 15th is

Chauvin Day *

Check (Your Pet’s) Chip Day *

National Relaxation Day *

Lemon Meringue Pie Day

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ON THIS DAY: August 14, 2018

August 14th is

Creamsicle Day

World Lizard Day

Social Security Act Day *

National V-J Day *

International Rosé (wine) Day

National Navajo Code Talkers Day *

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ON THIS DAY: August 13, 2018

August 13th is

Filet Mignon Day

Prosecco wine Day

International Lefthander’s Day *

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TCS: Ecology, Blue Beads and Honey Buzzards

Good Morning!

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings.
This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning
a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

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You would have thought that our first priority would be to ask what
the ecologists are finding out, because we have to live within the
conditions and principles they define. Instead, we’ve elevated the
economy above ecology.

– David Suzuki

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disinformation as misinformation and malinformation also involves framing

By ann summers

Excellent Mother Jones article on disinformation that offers an opportunity to remind us that the interpretive tools are there, but they get misused or disused.

Disinformation is false information that is deliberately created with the intent to mislead someone or cause harm. It falls under the larger umbrella of misinformation, which is defined as any kind of false information.

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Claire Wardle, the executive director of First Draft, a project of the Harvard Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center, created a taxonomy for understanding the different types of mis- and disinformation, and breaks it out in this helpful chart here. (Mother Jones)

And then there’s artistic creativity in the production of information, but some folks can’t get past their fear of interpreting information, since there are so many bad examples of media that claim to be “entertainment” or “performance art” such as Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones. Their humor tends not to be very funny as much as it depends on insults veiling pathological phobias.

Others are funny even as some folks are simply intolerant of indeterminate meaning that often comes from humor, especially the kind that is transgressive.

Worse are those whose disinformation consumption becomes blinkered, where otherwise (insert political preference) people decide that calling the cops should be reflexive: #BBQBecky, #PermitPatty, #SidewalkSusan, etc.

Some folks just aren’t good with nuance, regardless of their ideological preferences, and are perhaps thin-skinned about their own tolerance of Nazis. Defending the cleansing sunlight of the public sphere on hate speech doesn’t work when the RWNJs wear tin-foil hats; you’ll need a solar furnace or sharks with lasers.

Post-war Germany probably does a better job dealing with the speech rights of Nazis than the US did with defeating them.

As George Lakoff speaks of frames, he is speaking of cultural context because everything is framed, and the RW wants the opposite, that anti-diverse monoculture of Trumpian newspeak.

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ON THIS DAY: August 12, 2018

August 12th is

International Youth Day *

Julienne Fries Day

Middle Child Day

Personal Computer Day *

Vinyl Record Day *

World Elephant Day *

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ON THIS DAY: August 11, 2018

August 11th is

Ingersoll Day *

Play in the Sand Day

Presidential Joke Day *

Raspberry Bombe Day

Daughter and Son Day

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