Michael Rupp
Here's what I think is the original source of the investigation into this particular #RealEstate #Graft by #Putin:
A #Russian to #English translator seems to work pretty well if you don't want to read it as is.
Michael Rupp
I'm testing that Ground.News app
I'm never 100% sure of anything, but I think I'm underrating the importance of this new service when I call it wildly important and vital to the future of society at this troubled time for humanity on the Earth.
Spoiler alert: It was created by a NASA engineer/scientist with the intent of not introducing any bias to the news.


It's called "Ground.News" (that's their main website URL too). It's an app for most smartphones, and also a web service.

You can just put in a news story and it gives you an aggregated collection of what all the news sources are saying about a story. Last night I started a free trial of their premium service ($0.99/month) but I'm pretty sure I'll pay them for this.

Last night while dinking around on their site I went into the Politics section. Somehow down the list, this one caught my eye. Netflix already erroneously suggested I watch this movie a few days ago or more. It's just not something I want to spend my time on. That was my prejudged (not prejudiced) opinion, which in hindsight was correct. Seeing this histrionic reporting of comments by #GOP elected officials, including #CancelCulture calls which they say they're against, and considering the weight of the number of right-leaning news sources talking about it made me want to form an opinion about it first.

'Cuties' is a movie out of France, but through the magic of computers, I could play the English version of it so I didn't have to read the whole movie. It's a coming of age type story along with also being a hero's journey for a girl going through the changes of the edge of adulthood. It's artfully done, not a big-budget production, uplifting (depending on how a viewer was cultured), and takes the viewer on a normal healthy moral struggle with a great resolution at the end. It has a slight thread of empowerment of women in it but it's as thin as silk. Mostly its a struggle of girls against girls, girls against women, and a girl against herself.

I think if any reasonable person watches this, they will find the news stories about it making you think the Senators have gone out of their minds. Since most people are rational including members of Congress, it leads me to think it's just a capricious selection of a "villain" that they can rail against in an election year in a Machiavellian way.

Oddly the story is also being run by #Russian #news #sources.

The gist is they are trying to claim it's criminal sexual exploitation of minors. It's not much different from the crap Disney cranks out for late daytime after-school viewing. They do broach the topics of oversexualizing dance moves and costumes for early teens, but they do it to show it's not acceptable and leads to non-wholesome feelings for oneself.

Most of the stories are doing what I call "big-cat" by fluffing up their fur when frightened. They are claiming "widespread criticism" of a film that would likely be hardly known to exist if they didn't pick it to stand on fictional high ground. I wonder if their readers will avoid seeing the film because they think it will expose themselves to empowering the exploitation or make them see un-holy things.

Fake news seems to be the new crack-cocaine. I don't think we're going to build any rehabs for that. We certainly can't police it, because of the first amendment and all. Hopefully, we can grow some cultural immunity to it though. I think a service like this Ground.News is a good #Penicillin.
#groundnews
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Leonard Rose Reich
This alone has made my foray into Friendica worthwhile. What a simple, brilliant idea.
Leonard Rose Reich
This alone has made my foray into Friendica worthwhile. What a simple, brilliant idea.
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