Historical happenings

6/21/1621 Twenty-seven Czech leaders are executed on Old Town Square in Prague following the Battle of White Mountain.
The mass execution comes as the the Catholic Habsburgs take their revenge on the leaders of the Protestant Bohemian Revolt by the Austrian Habsburgs, which has resulted in the Thirty Years’ War.

6/21/1915 ~ Germany uses poison gas for the first time in warfare in the Argonne Forest.

6/21/1939 ~ Baseball legend Lou Gehrig is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–a disease which wastes muscles.

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Idiot’s Corner

Given the levels of comprehension shown by the ejectees from the educational institutions, The lede on this article really isn’t surprising.

Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey

Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements – as opposed to opinion – in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Monday.

The survey comes amid growing concerns about so-called fake news spread on the internet and social media. The term generally refers to fabricated news that has no basis in fact but is presented as being factually accurate.

Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc’s Google and other tech companies have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on social media platforms.

The main portion of Pew’s survey polled 5,035 adult Americans aged 18 and above in February and March. The study was intended to determine if respondents could differentiate between factual information and opinion statements in news stories.

Participants were given five factual statements such as “spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid make up the largest portion of the U.S. federal budget,” and five opinion statements such as “democracy is the greatest form of government.” They were asked to identify which ones were factual and which were opinions.

Only 26 percent were able to correctly identify all five factual statements. On opinions, about 35 percent were able to correctly identify all five statements. Roughly a quarter got most or all wrong in identifying facts and opinions, the research showed. [snip]

“There is a striking difference in certain Americans in distinguishing what are factual statements and what are not and that depends on one’s level of digital savviness, political savviness,” Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew Research Center, said in an interview.

The study also found that when Americans call a statement “factual” they overwhelmingly also think it is accurate. They tend to disagree with factual statements they incorrectly label as opinions, Pew said.

The research showed Republicans and Democrats were also more likely to think news statements are factual when the statements appeal to their side, even if the statements were opinions.

The largest part of this problem arises from the fact that most younger persons are taught what to think not how to think. Regardless of our political biases (we all have them) one needs to know the difference twix beliefs and reality. Leaders in the military learn rapidly to discern between what someone would like to do and what they actually CAN do.

To quote Dirty Harry, “A man has to know his limits”.

Historical happenings

6/7/1775 The United Colonies change their name to the United States.

6/7/1932 ~ Over 7,000 war veterans march on Washington, D.C., demanding their bonus pay for service in World War I.

6/7/1942~ The Japanese invade Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.

Historical happenings

6/3/1864 Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia.

6/3/1942 ~ Japanese carrier-based planes strafe Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as a diversion of the attack on Midway Island.

6/3/1989~ The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested.

Mélange

True to form the Snowflakes and their parents exhibit terminal stupidity.

Make way for the fools. Problem is they vote.

Writer: I Would Rather My Daughter Date an MS-13 Member Over a Republican

A writer said that he’d rather have his daughter date a member of the murderous MS-13 gang than a Republican.

Rob Rousseau, who also stated that he does not have actually have a daughter, expressed his preference in a tweet last week.

You want the best for your children. Not the worst,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said on “Fox & Friends.”

“MS-13’s motto: Kill, rape, control … That’s what you want dating your daughter?” [snip]

Rousseau’s tweet came just a day after President Trump described members of the gang as “animals” during a roundtable at the White House.

Trump’s remarks were taken out of context by much of the media, which ran stories that claimed he used the term to describe illegal immigrants more broadly.

“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before,” Trump had said.

As per usual, the idiots will make statements that never actually could affect them.

Would you expect more from “Tide Pods” eaters?

WATCH: More Millennials Would Rather Date a Convicted Felon Over a Trump Supporter

Would you rather date a convicted felon or someone who supports President Trump?

That’s what Daily Caller reporters Amber Athey and Justin Caruso asked people on the streets of Washington, D.C.

Stunningly, a majority of respondents said they would rather date a convicted felon, without even knowing what crime this hypothetical individual committed.

When asked why they wouldn’t date a Trump supporter, people said they “just couldn’t” and would “never” do it.

On “Fox & Friends First,” political commentator Lawrence Jones said he’s embarrassed as a millennial himself.
He noted the confidence with which many of the people said they would choose a felon over a Trump supporter.

“Our next generation is just screwed up,” Jones said. “If these are gonna be the people that are running our nation and they would prefer to date a felon, we’re screwed. snip]”

And they probably will given the level of IQ they exhibit.

Look out where you send your daughters.

Report: Planned Parenthood Covers Up Sex Abuse of

Planned Parenthood once again finds itself under fire after a report was released showing that the ‘women’s health’ clinic performed abortions on young girls who had been sexually abused by family members, and then failed to report these crimes. Instead of taking a harsh stance against sexual abuse, Planned Parenthood sent these girls back home to the abusive arms of the family members who perpetrated sex crimes without law enforcement having any knowledge.

This blatant lack of action comes from the organization that not only claims to champion women and sexual assault victims, but also one of the strongest voices in the TimesUPand #MeToo movements. Planned Parenthood repeatedly tells everyone to #TrustWomen who report sexual assault and abuse, but turned a blind eye to girls as young as 12 and 13 years old who confided in Planned Parenthood workers about abuse instances.

These new reports are not the singular offenses of Planned Parenthood’s complicity in sexual abuse, the organization has been caught covering up child sexual abuse cases previously. [snip]

PP is nothing more than a eugenics program in Margaret Sanger’s image.

Look out where you send your daughters.

RESIST: New Poll Shows Ted Cruz Crushing His Leftist Media Darling Opponent in Texas

Just a few weeks ago, the media was abuzz about liberal Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s chances to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz (a.k.a. “that piece of garbage,” according to our moral superiors).  A blue wave was brewing, it seemed (ahem), O’Rourke was raising money hand over fist, and a fresh poll showed the contest within just three points, inside the margin of error.  In deep red Texas, of all places!  Perhaps Beto’s glaring primary night weaknesses had already dissipated, and 2018’s inevitable nationwide stampede to the Left was underway; political gravity was starting to impose its will.  Or perhaps giddy liberals were once against wish-casting their way into delusion.  Quinnipiac’s newest survey shows Cruz shaking off his (supposedly) weak start and opening up a double-digit lead.  Look at some of these internals:
[snip]

This is just one poll; the one that counts is in November.

Ponder this

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

~ Voltaire

Signs of the times