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🚨New paper with @Flavio_Azevedo_ & @Sander_vdLinden!🚨
Climate of conspiracy: A meta-analysis of the consequences of belief in conspiracy theories about climate change in Current Opinion in Psychology. doi.org/10.1016/j.cops…
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We analyse the meta-analytic associations between climate change #conspiracy beliefs and a number of attitudes, perceptions, behavioural intentions and policy support from 22 independent samples. 2/11
doi.org/10.1016/j.cops… Figure summarizing our main...
With regards to attitudes and perceptions, medium-to-large associations were found between climate change conspiracy beliefs and lower acceptance of both climate and general science, pro-environmental concern, and a small-to-medium association for lower trust. 3/11
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1/🧵 Long COVID Brain Science: 🧠

For ~100M suffering 🌎, let’s use data to combat myths & #Misinformation

COVID is biologically dangerous long after virus is gone

#LongCOVID affects our….

📍Olfactory & Limbic Systems
📍 Interferon Autoimmunity
📍PET scans
📍Astrocytes

How?
2/ First, Epidemiological comparisons…

FLU vs. COVID

Survivors of viral infxns like #Flu don’t complain of 200 long-term symptoms & ~90% ongoing mood disorders.

#LongCOVID pts do.

Flu kills 0.5M/year vs COVID has killed 10X that (5M) in just 2 years.

bit.ly/3mJTBK4
3/ Consider this:

A study of 150k COVID survivors, hospitalized & not.

COVID survivors had 10-15X ‼️higher risk of considering #suicide at 1 year than 11M control patients.

This is horrifying, yet people still deny #LongCOVID’s importance.

WHY?

bit.ly/3HnHZpB
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Once again there is a wave of #misinformation about #ExcessMortality & #vaccines in the US.

A mysterious insurance report says “excess mortality is rising” could it be the vaccines?
No. Virtually all the excess mortality is associated with COVID infections!

A debunking 🧵.
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Every few months, a myth of “unexplained deaths not from COVID” resurfaces.
Last time they claimed “young people” were inexplicably dying. Looking at the actual data it was pretty clear that virtually all the excess deaths under 45 were due to COVID.

2/
In a later incarnation, this conspiracy theory revolved around a mysterious (and nameless) "insurance industry expert” & "former Wall Street analyst” who did his own analysis and “found an 84% increase in excess mortality."

This too has been debunked.
reuters.com/article/factch…
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After the sinking of the Lusitania, Sen. Robert La Follette claimed that the ship had actually been carrying large amounts of ammunition for the UK govt. The US & UK govts claimed this was false-even though both knew it wasn’t-& their respective medias dutifully repeated the lie.
A campaign (ultimately unsuccessful) was launched to remove La Follette from the Senate, & a big part of their charges was that he’d been spreading what would in today’s Orwellian lingo be called #misinformation.
Just a few years after the war ended, a New York customs official claimed the ship had in fact been carrying a large amount of ammo. Divers on the wreck in 2008 proved the customs official & La Follette were correct, & that the US & UK govts & press had knowingly lied at the time
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Here’s a story that would've been funny if it wasn’t so worrying. @RSF_inter publish their latest index on press freedom in which #Greece has dramatically dropped from position 70 to 108. To those closely following political developments in the country, this was no surprise. 1/
#Greece, after conservative New Democracy took power in 2019, has been in a downward spiral of #democratic_backsliding that affects every level of the polity: overpowering the executive, undermining the independence of institutions, assaults on minority rights & press freedom. 2/
Regarding the media sphere in particular, the conservative government has consistently tried to silence critical voices, while rewarding media outlets willing to turn a blind eye to their (mis)conduct & amplify their propaganda. 3/
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🚨Our new review paper 🚨 (with @roozenbot & @Sander_vdLinden) of #inoculationtheory applied to tackling #misinformation is out in the special issue “Threats to #Science” in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science!

🧵See 7 major points + link below:
🧵No, #fact-checking or #debunking is NOT enough to combat online misinformation - #fakenews can continue to influence reasoning and beliefs, even after it has been retracted/corrected. (1/7)
🧵Originating in the 60’s as a “vaccine for brainwash”, inoculation theory offers a logical basis for developing a psychological “#vaccine” against misinformation. (2/7)
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🧵(1/10) Today is #WorldPressFreedomDay and we are joining the celebration by showing you some of our analysis in the last years. Interested? Take a look at our new thread and RT 🙌
(2/10) 🔴Media freedom remains a problem in many Balkan states, with journalists working in highly polarised political environments and encountering threats from criminal groups, says @RSF_inter ' 2022 World Press Freedom Index

balkaninsight.com/2022/05/03/med…
(3/10)🗨️From physical attacks to death threats and home break-ins, journalists from around the Balkans shared their personal stories of the threats that have stayed with them, sometimes years afterward. The video is originally published on this day, 2018.

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🌍 Our 2022 #Science Board Symposium on "The #Emergent #PoliticalEconomy or #ClimateChange" kicks off with opening remarks from President David Krakauer.

Follow this 🧵 as we provide live coverage of this event all day...
"For those of you who think behavior change can prevent #ClimateChange...behavior WILL change when climate changes. Shutdowns from the pandemic resulted in a reduction of #C02 emissions of about 7.5%."
- SFI/@Harvard Prof Dan Schrag opens our speaker series today
"We *used* to talk about #ClimateChange used to be something that would happen to people in Bangladesh fifty years from now."

Re: #ClimateJustice,
"Children born today are going to deal with climate change they had no role in causing."

- SFI/@Harvard Prof Dan Schrag
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Thread. 🧵

Here is list to date of allegations against truckers convoy proven false by police & other federal authorities.

#disinformation #misinformation #cdnmedia #onpoli #cdnpoli #EmergenciesAct #FreedomConvoy #Charter40 @Safety_Canada @JusticeCanadaEN @OttawaPolice

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— March 19 @TorontoStar story that police found “weapons inside some of the trucks,” that “loaded shotguns were found.” None were found.

2/8
— March 11 @CBCNews story that “total economic damage” cost Ottawa $200 million. Compensation claims to April 15 totaled $820,000.

3/8
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Information Disorder Report:

#Disinformation: false information deliberately created to cause harm.

#Misinformation: false information, but not created with the intention to mislead.

#Malinformation: information based on reality, but used to deceive.

rm.coe.int/information-di…
The Council of Europe report provided a conceptual framework for thinking about information disorder, arguing that only by beginning with a shared understanding can we start constructively discussing solutions, & set out proposals they hope will help bring nuance to the debate.
If we are serious about creating solutions, we need to consider the specific & shifting motivations of different types of agents, the characteristics of different types of messages, & the factors impacting how people interpret those messages.
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We all unknowingly share #misinformation sometimes🙈. Some of us more often than others. Here we know a guy who makes people’s phones hot with #fakenews in the friends #WhatsApp groups📱🔥.

His name is 🎤 #Kofi 🎤 Image
#Kofi is your everyday young person who’s very invested in current affairs in Africa & across the world📰📱📺 Image
#WhatsApp is #Kofi’s app of choice. He however shares online news and content from very questionable sources in the friends group. Often without #verifying the content🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️ Image
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Worldwide, journalists are being killed, harassed, and imprisoned, as public opinion about #journalism globally is at an all-time low. At 11 am PST we'll discuss this with @pressfreedom, @RicardoTrotti, Slavic Sacramento and @goldkorn. Join via FB: fb.me/e/1yrfRL17N
Welcome to today's briefing, "#Journalists in the Crosshairs: The War on Information." You can follow the conversation here @EthnicMediaSvc and via FB Live: fb.me/e/1yrfRL17N
"In the 50 years I have been working in this field, it feels like a very dangerous time to be a #journalist," says EMS Director Sandy Close. #PressFreedom
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We are being manipulated in AB.

It seems to be working.

Working to bolster policy-makers & lobby groups, I mean.

They want us to think COVID is over, or at least not that bad. It's a deceitful narrative that is killing us, b/c so many believe them.

#CovidIsNotOver
/2 Gov of AB wants us to believe COVID cases are not so high comparatively, and anyway it's "just" Omicron, the 'mild' one, right? Seems safe enough, esp for those who vaxxed and/or were recently infected (the combination being over 80% of all Albertans) alberta.ca/stats/covid-19…
/3 It's a trick. An optical illusion.

Low prevalence leads to low case numbers.

But so does low testing. AB cut testing to ludicrously low rates. AB has the lowest per capita testing of all the large provinces in Canada, 1/2 the national avg.

health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/epide…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 03/18/2022 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2022/03/18/dai…
Protein tweak makes CRISPR gene editing 4,000 times less error-prone
newatlas.com/science/crispr…
#CRISPR, #GeneEditing, #Cas9Protein, #ErrorCorrection
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Dr. Fauci Still Treats Patients, Contrary to Dr. Oz's Claim 

An article I came across recently. I was surprised. My earlier impression was that #AnthonyFauci served purely as a government bureaucrat. factcheck.org/2022/01/dr-fau… via @factcheckdotorg
From the article. Image
An earlier article, referenced in OP.

Why NIH's Anthony Fauci is treating Ebola patients himself

Spending 2 hours daily with patients has given NIAID chief "much more profound respect" for the disease

science.org/content/articl…
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👋🏻 live-tweeting from @sxsw today

First up…

🎤 @FrancesHaugen: The Facebook Whistleblower

#SXSW #SXSW22 #franceshaugen #facebook
3 Truths about Facebook's Censorship
💭 Al Censorship is ineffective
💭 Al Censorship does not scale
for a diverse world
💭 Al Censorship distracts from real solutions
that protect free speech

🎤@FrancesHaugen / @sxsw #facebook #meta #censorship #SXSW #SXSW2022 #SXSW22
In 2019
💭 12% of Facebook posters in the US
made up 80% of Speech
💭 1% of posters in some countries
made up 80% of Speech

🎤@FrancesHaugen / @sxsw #facebook #meta #censorship #SXSW  #SXSW2022  #SXSW22 #misinformation
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🚨 Two years into the #COVID19 pandemic, as the US death toll approaches 1,000,000, a new survey has revealed that a simple change in Americans' diet could have prevented millions of infections--and countless deaths. (1/4)
This new research shows that people who consumed one particular product were 61% more likely to catch Covid than consumers who used either or both of two popular alternatives. (2/4)
The results are truly shocking:

45% of people who consumed Product A over the past 2 years caught #COVID19

vs.

Only 28% of people who consumed Products B and/or C

Put simply, consuming Product A made you 61% more likely to catch Covid than consuming Products B and/or C (3/4)
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🧵22 THINGS I’VE LEARNT ABOUT HUMANITY IN THE PAST 2 YEARS🦠💥

1. Most people would rather accept a lie as truth, than admit they were wrong. Many of those same people would forgo freedoms & accept punishments just to save face, and prolong the canopy of deceit.

More👇🏻
2. Millions of people struggle to comprehend the power and wealth mindset — and that just because an individual already has power and wealth, doesn’t mean they aren’t desperate for more of it. All lifestyles are relative, and naivety is a key component here.
3. Humans are generally complacent about the hard won ideas of freedom and liberty. Equally, most are blissfully unaware of the psychological techniques used to chip away at these important rights, while convincing you that you still have them.
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🧵1/ This is an analysis of all accounts using the terms '#Ukraine' and 'bio labs'. I wanted to see which accounts were pushing this narrative the most, & which were the most influential. This is an analysis of around 20k Twitter interactions from approx 17k unique accounts Image
2/ Broadly speaking there are two communities. Cluster 1 are those generally promoting the existence of 'biolabs', mostly with nefarious undertones. Cluster 2 are accounts reporting on the US rejection of biolabs conspiracies, e.g. @washingtonpost Image
3/ Within group one there are a few tight clusters mentioning biolabs, and seemingly helping push the conspiratorial narrative including numerous Americans, such as @JackPosobiec @ChuckCallesto @bennyjohnson

#Ukraine Image
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#THREAD

Conspiracy Theories & the Manufacture of Dissent.

In a democratic society, the quality of information that citizens consume matters, since the ability to develop informed opinions is central to pressuring Govt to formulate policies that serve a common good." - DiMaggio.
A summary #THREAD of Anthony R. DiMaggio's 2022 paywalled article:

'Conspiracy Theories & the Manufacture of Dissent: #QAnon, the ‘#BigLie’, #Covid19, & the Rise of Rightwing #Propaganda'.

journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
DiMaggio's journal article examines the impact of partisanship, rightwing media, and social media on attitudes about contemporary conspiracy theories. Mainstream scholarly views that ‘both sides’ of the political aisle indulge routinely in such theories are challenged.
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