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lifesitenews.com – A religious lobbyist promotes agitprop and pseudoscience

Post by A440 » Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:57 am

This site is a typical example of a front for a extremist political/religious lobbyist which promotes an agenda under the guise as being a "news outlet", which they are clearly not. They clearly promote extreme religious opinion over democratic principles or factual reporting.

lifesitenews.com
The website was founded by the Campaign Life Coalition which is a Canadian political lobbyist organization founded in 1978. . . LifeSiteNews primarily reports on anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and pro-Evangelical Christian Issues. An example of a pro-Christian story can be found here: Why being Christian means traveling with Jesus from Bethlehem to Calvary. LifeSiteNews also has promoted President Trump as evidenced by this piece: How Trump brought Christmas back to America. (really! /s) Editorially, every single story is right-leaning, such as this story that also sources non-credible sources such as Rush Limbaugh and CNSNews. In general, story selection favors the Christian right and denigrates the left.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/life-site-news/

Considering their alleged Christian POV, they are not very good Christians since they have failed many fact-checks:
"Target is donating $100,000 to “promote gay lifestyles to school children.”MOSTLY FALSE
Parents in California are not allowed to pull their children out of sexual education classes.MOSTLY FALSE
The proceeds of Girl Scout Cookies are used to support Planned Parenthood.FALSE
“Johns Hopkins study mysteriously disappears after it revealed, in spite of COVID, no more deaths in 2020 than in prior years”INACCURATE
This site also sponsors links to discredited medical sources which have promoted false scientific claims regarding the COVID pandemic:

"Frontline doctors website: how to obtain and safely use Hydroxychloroquine and much more"

which links to americasfrontlinedoctors.com, see: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/americas-frontline-doctors/ or 'Merck stops developing COVID vaccine: Better immunity found through ‘natural infection’ which falsely implies that immunity through infection is a better course of action than recieving a vaccine.
Merck discontinued their vaccine trials because the immune response from their vaccines were inferior to those reported for other COVID-19 vaccines – not because "immunity through infection is a better course of action" as this site wrongfully claims. See: https://publichealthcollaborative.org/misinformation-alert/mercks-decision-boosts-natural-immunity-misinformation/

This article also claims that "One of Merck’s now discontinued vaccines had been linked to abortion . . ." which is not factual since non of Merck's vaccines cause abortion or is a direct product of abortion.
This same article goes on to claim that there is no need for any vaccines for COVID-19, which is absolutely not promoted by any legitimate medical authority. See: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-vaccine/art-20484859 and this link for


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gellerreport.com – It's all in the networking

Post by A440 » Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:15 pm

This site is the personal blog of Pamela Geller, an American anti-Muslim, far-right, political activist, blogger and commentator who chiefly promoted birther conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama, saying that he was born in Kenya and that he is a Muslim.
She has denied genocides where Muslims were victims, such as that of Albanians in Kosovo, Bosnians in Srebrenica, and the Rohingya in Myanmar.

gellerreport.com
The Geller Report (GR) is a right-wing source, run by Pamela Geller. GR is more of a personal blog than an actual news source, parroting the most extreme rhetoric of the right in general, and anti-Muslim sentiment in particular. There is no attempt at factual reporting or presenting opposing views in the stories, and they are heavily biased in their wording and content. The sources GR uses in the stories are either from other extreme sources or misrepresented.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/geller-report/

For one example of how this site is a nexus for extreme conspiracy theory, psuedoscience, right-wing rhetoric and undoubtedly disinformation, consider the Disqus comments from just one article,
"MASS MURDERING 9/11 mastermind and other GITMO terrorists in line for coronavirus vaccines BEFORE AMERICANS" demonstrates the problems with this site as being an amplifier for psuedoscience and conspiracy theory:
By all means please let a terrorist have my vaccination against Covid-19. This is the best news I've heard in awhile as I keep reading about this vaccination having been forced on nurses who have died from it a short while later.

The EXPERIMENTAL "vaccines" are POISON that will alter the human DNA - FOREVER, with an element that is patented, which means who ever gets it will be OWNED.

the virus is over.. The US gov is taking covid funds for global warming.

actually, anti vax says it rewrites your DNA to produce the virus... When you encouter the wild stuff, an immune response is triggered and it goes after everything producing the virus. Sterilization anyone?

The vaccines are EXPERIMENTAL and their sole purpose is to control, track, trace and kill you. De-population at it's finest! And the best part is, they do NOT prevent anything!! Wake up, people!! They are intentionally going for the minorities to get rid of them.

A vaccine uses a weakened strain of the pathogen. In the case of this toxic serum, an mRNA [messenger] enzyme is used to attach to one's DNA [genetic] code, forever altering one's genetic code. That's called a mutation, and this mutation will naturally lead to future diseases in those who get the mRNA jab . . . Have you noticed the silence of the Marxist community to the utilization of an mRNA enzyme serum that mutates one's DNA [genetic] code?
You get the idea. This sort of mind rot goes on and on.

The site and article above also has direct call outs to parler.com and promotes a hashtag for StolenElection. This demonstrates how many disinformation sites are closely tied together by linkage not just in quoting articles from questionable sources but in the use of hashtags to promote content and ideas and the use of the newer fact-free video or social media sites such as Parler or Rumble.

This site has failed many basic fact-checks:
In October 2018, the website falsely claimed that a Swedish Christmas concert had been cancelled, so as to not offend Muslims. In November 2018, the website falsely claimed that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had been cleared of criminal wrong-doing in the Russia probe. The website described the Russia probe as a "coup" against President Donald Trump. The website promoted falsehoods about the COVID-19 pandemic.
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Geller

Additional failed fact-checks are:
In Parkland, Fla. “the mass murderer was immersed in Islamic and leftwing hate.” – PANTS ON FIRE
ISIS supporter tweeted at 10:34 a.m. Shooting began at 10:45 a.m.” in Chattanooga, Tenn. – FALSE
Did Migrants Destroy a Car in Italy? – FALSE
Muslims Declare December 24th an Islamic Holiday – FALSE
CORONAVIRUS: Reports of 10,000 DEAD in Wuhan, China. – FALSE
Did Pennsylvania reject 372,000 mail-in ballots? – FALSE
Wisconsin counted 3,239,920 votes but only has 3,129,000 registered voters. – FALSE
Says CNN video shows “HAMMER / Scorecard Voter Software Fraud in Real Time” – PANTS ON FIRE
Did WikiLeaks dump documents November 17, 2020 revealing a CIA base in Frankfurt, Germany, was used to hack U.S. elections? – FALSE
Presidential electors in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada cast their electoral college votes for President Donald Trump. – FALSE
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market-ticker.org – Not what it appears to be

Post by A440 » Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:27 am

Based upon the URL, one would think that this blog is about stock market information,

yet . . .

It actively promotes psuedoscience and draws questionable conclusions based upon a lay-person's understanding.

market-ticker.org
Example:
2021-02-02 09:11 by Karl Denninger
in Covid-19 , How Many Lies Do You Give Them?
Mr. Denniger, claims (regarding COVID vaccines): "There is no reason to believe that a vaccine produces a better immune response -- or a longer-lasting one -- than natural infection. But the CDC said otherwise and was recommending that people who had Covid and recovered, and are potentially at high risk, get the vaccine.
However, in reality: "It is true that natural infection almost always causes better immunity than vaccines. Whereas immunity from disease often follows a single natural infection, immunity from vaccines usually occurs only after several doses. However, the difference between vaccination and natural infection is the price paid for immunity":
The price paid for immunity after natural infection might be pneumonia from chickenpox, intellectual disability from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), pneumonia from pneumococcus, birth defects from rubella, liver cancer from hepatitis B virus, or death from measles.
Immunization with vaccines, like natural infections, induces long-lived immunity, but unlike natural infection, immunization does not extract such a high price for immunity; that is, immunization does not cause pneumonia, intellectual disability, birth defects, cancer or death.
See: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-safety/immune-system-and-health

Other similar posts, such as: I Told You So -- In March Of 2020 makes claims that Covid-19 was likely an accidental release from Wuhan and mentions HCQ as being worthy of investigation for treatment.
See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/01/was-new-coronavirus-accidentally-released-wuhan-lab-its-doubtful/

This is simply the blog of a person who invests in the stock market and is just clever enough to misinterpret medical information, having made an assumption that he has the expertise to understand the science behind it. He clearly does not.

The harm from such sites comes from the fact that such sites help amplify and help spread medical disinformation, which in turn, causes harm, for example, one comment on this site promoted the link (www.unz.com/gatzmon/a-brief-examination-of-some-facts-related-to-mass-vaccination/), which is a known psuedosicence site. See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-unz-report/

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americasfrontlinedoctors.com – Space Alien DNA and all

Post by A440 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:30 pm

This site is an American right-wing political organization that attempts to create policy positions based upon medicine and spreads fictional conspiracy theories. Founded by Simone Gold and promoted by the Tea Party Patriots, It has opposed COVID pandemic lockdowns, social distancing mandates, while claiming alleged and unapproved treatments for COVID-19 were enough.
Gold and the group's communications director John Strand were both arrested in connection with the January 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.

americasfrontlinedoctors.com
. . . a handful of conspiracy-minded physicians that include luminaries such as Dr. Stella Immanuel who alleges that alien DNA is being used in medical treatments and that researchers are working on a vaccine to prevent people from becoming religious. She also believes in a conspiracy by the “Illuminati” to destroy the world with abortion, gay marriage, and of all things, children’s toys. As far as gynecological diseases go, they can be caused by having sex with witches and demons that appear in dreams.
See: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-critical-thinking-pseudoscience/back-away-americas-frontline-doctors
Gold additionally has stated that the COVID pandemic is not serious and does not merit the attention it has received, though to date, 456,000 Americans have died from COVID:
Gold has a history of downplaying the seriousness of the virus. In an interview posted to YouTube in May, Gold compared the virus to the flu, questioned the value of social distancing, and called Covid-19 “really a disease of patients with pre-existing conditions and even more so nursing home patients.” Gold has opposed mandatory mask requirements and signed on to a letter with several hundred doctors urging states to resist lock-downs as a measure to control the infection’s spread. Several states that had resisted such measures have since seen their number of cases surge as of 07.29.20.
See: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-28/tea-party-group-is-behind-banned-viral-doctors-video

And, hey, it gets better:
Then we have the founder of “America’s Frontline Doctors,” Dr. Simone Gold, who was arrested for taking part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. She has a sordid history of attacking Dr. Fauci’s sound scientific advice and claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental biological agents.” She warns people not to be “coerced” into taking them. Lockdowns, this guru maintains, have mental health effects that are more harmful than those caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which according to her, are minimal. Dr. Gold trots out the usual nonsensical trope about 99% of infections by the virus being harmless. While it is true that most infected people experience mild or moderate symptoms, roughly 10-15% progress to serious disease and about 5% become critically ill. In some cases, symptoms can linger for months, maybe even years. . .
This group falsely claims that COVID vaccines are an "experimental vaccine," while failing to mention the safety trials and large phase III efficacy trials, along with the fact that no vaccine mandate exists.
These "doctors/erstwhile activists" also do conspiracy theory:
“Big Pharma” is said to be hiding hydroxychloroquine benefits because this cheap drug would undermine the potential profits from vaccines

(COVID) vaccines have not been properly tested and mess with our DNA.

. . . two factories manufacturing ingredients for hydroxychloroquine pills mysteriously blowing up simultaneously. (so as to insure the profits of vaccine manufacturers)
Did I mention the space alien DNA?

This handful of physicians, who have no specific training in epidemiology, virology or infectious disease, claim to have better knowledge of COVID-19 than the thousands of academic and pharmaceutical researchers who have forged specialized careers in these areas. The only expertise they have actually demonstrated is in spreading misinformation and undermining evidence-based advice.

Another example of this group's singular lack of expertise in matters related to COVID or vaccines:
One (of the frontline doctors from a July 2020 presentation in front of the Supreme Court) is Douglas Deibele, who claimed on Twitter in March that he'd successfully treated 500 patients on a combined regimen of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin – curious, given that Deibele is a dentist who has not practiced medicine in more than two decades, having set aside teeth in favor of acting. Look fast to see his uncredited bit parts in, for instance, Bad Samaritan. He is not the only member of the group who is no longer practicing medicine, but that didn't stop them from advising a vulnerable public against wearing masks and maintaining social distance, among other false, potentially lethal rantings.
For further citations regarding this organization, please see this:
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/90533
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/90536
https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200805itt-facts.html
https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/07/30/americas-frontline-doctors/
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/americas-frontline-doctors-hydroxychloroquine-breitbart-donald-trump-1034927/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Frontline_Doctors



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Free the space aliens now!

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americasfrontlinedoctors.com – Addendum

Post by A440 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:43 pm

(see the thread entry above)


These are just three sources and types of disinformation sites which promote and amplify the psuedoscience and political disinformation that is produced by americasfrontlinedoctors.com

These three sites are different in goals and origins yet their agendas overlap and it is this toxic convergence wherein lies so much of the disinformation that has threatened so much of what has been taken for granted and harmed the public good.

thehighwire.com
https://thehighwire.com/videos/americas-frontline-doctors-speak-out/
Created by Del Bigtree, is one of the preeminent voices of the Vaccine Risk Awareness Movement, i.e., anti-vaxxer.
Anti-vax believers comprise a large part of scientific disinformation online. The Lancet says "A new report by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has lambasted social media companies for allowing the anti-vaccine movement to remain on their platforms. The report's authors noted that social media accounts held by so-called anti-vaxxers have increased their following by at least 7·8 million people since 2019." See: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(20)30227-2/fulltext

See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-highwire/


newsbreak.com
https://www.newsbreak.com/news/1614304188733/dr-simone-gold-of-americas-frontline-doctors-responds-to-twitters-censorship-of-her-account

This site acts as a relay to other sites of questionable veracity. Basically it's a click-bait site.
The many goal of click-bait sites is to make money. Politifact notes that "Paris Wade and Ben Goldman, the two men behind the fake news site LibertyWriters.com, said they made up to $40,000 per month in the runup to the 2016 presidential election." See: https://www.politifact.com/article/2017/oct/04/more-outrageous-better-how-clickbait-ads-make-mone/

See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/news-break/


tennesseestar.com
https://tennesseestar.com/2020/08/09/dr-simone-gold-of-americas-frontline-doctors-responds-to-twitters-censorship-of-her-account/
This site is a “Delaware-registered company, Star News Digital Media, Inc., whose explicit strategy is to target battleground states with conservative news (Tea Party). This site is not a valid source of news or health information though such sites borrow facts to create fictional narratives that support legislation that is favourable to their financial backers and politicians.

See:
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-tennessee-star/
https://www.snopes.com/news/2019/03/04/activists-setup-local-news-sites/

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theconservativetreehouse.com – There are more than squirrels in this tree

Post by A440 » Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:59 am

I'm breaking out certain reviews for sites which are noted purveyors of rumour, gossip and just plain unsubstantiated claims which is fraudulent in nature. This site fits that description in that it has many problems and exemplifies one of the types of disinformation (fake news) promotion and violence. This is a blog that goes well beyond merely expressing political opinion and actively promotes and amplifies disinformation that does have a negative effect upon society at large.

theconservativetreehouse.com
The Last Refuge is a conservative news and opinion blog that encourages comments on their posts. . .
The website completely lacks transparency as it does not cite authors, disclose authors, ownership, or location. . .
The Last Refuge (Conservative Treehouse) reports news with a strong conservative bias with all stories favoring the right and denigrating the left. There is considerable use of loaded language in headlines such as this: Sketchy Business: Grassley Releases Original Ford Letter to Feinstein… Although this particular article is written well and utilizes sourcing, it ends in big bold letters LIES!, conveying strong support for Judge Kavanaugh without evidence. On the website, they also list a blogroll of favorite/similar media sources that come straight from our (mediabiasfactcheck) right bias and questionable sources list. Here are a few examples: Gateway Pundit (questionable), Geller Report (questionable), Jihad Watch (questionable), and Truth Revolt (questionable), PJ Media (questionable). In general, the Conservative TreeHouse promotes strongly right biased propaganda and is often not factual.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-last-refuge/

The owner of the site has been revealed in various sources as Mark Ivor Bradman, a 46-year-old from Florida who has been known for doxing a trial witness, in relation to the trial of George Zimmerman for killing Travyon Martin, a 17-year-old Black man who was shot in 2012 by Zimmerman. See: https://pando.com/2020/12/10/what-one-far-right-websites-removal-reveals-about-future-webhost-law/

This blog host comments, which in turn run the gamut of disinformation, pseudoscience, etc. It is mostly an amplifier for disinformation instead of an examination of fact. Below are samples of commentary taken from a post "Six Republican Senators Align With Democrats Claiming Impeachment of Former President is Constitutional, It Ain’t":
the LA rep died as a warning.. ANYONE WITH A PRE-existing condition CAN BE KILLED and no one will doubt it was covid.
the COVID was the weapon to eliminate anyone without a question. We all accept people with high blood pressure dying of it, or other mild issues… We are told if u have any mild condition that COVID can take it AND KILL you..
remarkable bioweapon. its like a SUICIDE PLACEBO.

Every second talking about anything other than the stolen election is surrender.

24 Judges just resigned over the last 2 days in order for the fake Biden administration to ‘appoint’ new Judges…..This was on the scrolling screen at the bottom of NewsMax on Monday……

(Lisa Murkowski) She receives most of her campaign contributions from the Alaskan tribes who do not need to report the amounts. They also tell her what to do.

there are rumors (solid leads) that cassidy is busy working with the biden administration to regain some lost policy wrt offshore drilling..and the entire petrochem industry here, specifically LNG processing and storage facility (big big big money), understanding that some concessions towards this impeachment may put in him in “good standing” to thwart the obvious next targets of the biden plan to collapse the gop support from big oil.

The entire system in DC is operating outside the constitutional framework… FUBAR.
We’re in the midst of a Constitutional crisis with two branches of government that were not legitimately elected and a third branch that itself has gone totally politically biased.
You get the idea.

This site has promoted false claims, which were reported and amplified by Donald Trump, regarding a Buffalo (NY) protester, shoved by Police, as being an ANTIFA provocateur:
. . . The source of the story, One America News Network (OAN, OANN), is a right-wing commentary channel. The journalist behind OANN's story, Kristian Rouz, also works for Sputnik News, a Russian news agency frequently described as a propaganda outlet. In his work for OANN, Rouz has spread conspiracy theories and displayed favorable stances towards the Russian government. Rouz himself did not provide any evidence, only referring to a report by The Conservative Treehouse, a right-wing blog. The blog post, written by someone using the pseudonym "Sundance", claimed without evidence that Gugino is a "professional agitator and Antifa provocateur".
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_police_shoving_incident
https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-the-conservative-treehouse-the-blog-thats-ground-zero-for-insane-trump-sht
This site was also kicked off of WordPress last December for TOS violations, namely Section five (prohibited content) and "calls to violence"
See: https://wptavern.com/wordpress-com-gives-conservative-treehouse-the-boot-citing-tos-violations

This site has obviously failed many fact checks, among which are:
“San Juan Teamsters didn’t show up for work to distribute relief supplies” because they went on strike. – PANTS ON FIRE
Philando Castile was wanted for armed robbery when he was killed by police officers. – MOSTLY FALSE
Image shows a photograph of Umpqua shooter Chris Harper-Mercer altered by CNN to make him appear white. – FALSE
A photograph depicts the arrival of 10,000 Syrian refugees in New Orleans in November 2015. – FALSE
Freddie Gray was injured in a car accident and underwent spinal surgery prior to his arrest and death. – FALSE
Are Muslim nurses excused from washing their hands before medical procedures in Britain? – FALSE
Asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 never occurs – FALSE
Also read: https://www.newsguardtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ConservativeTreeHouse-1.pdf

Please rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/theconservativetreehouse.com

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Heartland.org and stoppingsocialism.com – A toxic combination of conspiracy and paid corporate corporate advocacy

Post by A440 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:56 pm

I have focused up these two sites because, first heartland.org is the sponsor of stoppingsocialism.com, thus one is parent and the other offspring. These sites, in particular, represent the state of the art in the use of political disinformation through the use of conspiracy and false information.

Both sites demonstrate extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. The Heartland Institute, which has vested interests in the American fossil fuel industry and acts as a generator of policy positions and disinformation (Think Tank). See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartland_Institute

heartland.org
Founded in 1984, The Heartland Institute is an American conservative and libertarian public policy think tank that worked with the tobacco company Philip Morris to attempt to discredit the health risks of secondhand smoke and to lobby against smoking bans.
The Heartland Institute has also run afoul of science-driven policy in American governance:
Since the 2000s, the Heartland Institute has been a leading promoter of climate change denial. It rejects the scientific consensus on climate change and makes unsubstantiated claims that policies to alieveate climate change would be damaging to the economy. . . The Heartland Foundation has been criticized by some scientific organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists who said “Heartland has a long history of intentionally trying to confuse the public on behalf of corporate sponsors.” though Heartland disputes this statement.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/heartland-institute/

The Heartland Institute is a nonprofit that has received funding in the past from notable right-leaning institutions such as Exxon-Mobil, Charles G. Koch Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. the Heartland Institute listed their donors in the past, however, they have since stopped listing where their money comes from.

The Heartland Institute’s primary mission is to advocate for corporations and minimal regulations, for example, they have advocated on behalf of the tobacco industry claiming that “We argue that the (smoking) risks are exaggerated by the public health community to justify their calls for more regulations on businesses and higher taxes on smokers and that the risk of adverse health effects from second-hand smoke is dramatically less than for active smoking, with many studies finding no adverse health effects at all. These positions are supported by many prominent scientists and virtually all free-market think tanks.” While Heartland may be able to find a few scientists and virtually all free-market think tanks (who aren’t scientists) to claim that second-hand smoke is not very harmful, that goes completely against the consensus of the science.
Currently this institution promotes the interests of corporations through the use of political disinformation and conspiracy theory as promoted by talk radio personalities such as Glenn Beck.

The Heartland Institute is also a leading supporter in human-influenced climate change denial and when it comes to climate change information, they have made numerous false or misleading claims:
Work requirements “have been proven to help impoverished families move from dependency to self-sufficiency.”  – MOSTLY FALSE

“Model outputs published in successive IPCC reports since 1990 project a doubling of CO2 could cause warming of up to 6°C by 2100. Instead, global warming ceased around the end of the twentieth century and was followed (since 1997) by 19 years of stable temperature. Earth has not warmed significantly for the past 18 years despite an 8 percent increase in atmospheric CO2.” – INACCURATE

“[climate models] systematically over-estimate the sensitivity of climate to carbon dioxide … and modelers exclude forcings and feedbacks that run counter to their mission.” – INCORRECT

“Solar forcings are not too small to explain twentieth century warming. In fact, their effect could be equal to or greater than the effect of CO2 in the atmosphere.” – INCORRECT

“Forward projections of solar cyclicity imply the next few decades may be marked by global cooling rather than warming, despite continuing CO2emissions.” – INCORRECT
The Heartland Institute attempts to promote fictional narratives, which use the natural biases we have as humans, to their political advantage. A part of these fictional narratives is the category called Conspiracy Theory.

For some background on this phenomena, throughout the twentieth century, right-wing extremist groups in the U.S. like the John Birch Society (JBS) spread conspiracy theories about the threat posed by international cooperation. Among these was the idea that the United Nations was a front for a communist takeover of the world, or for instituting one world religion. During the mid-twentieth century, these conspiracy theories remained on the margins of political discourse as the mainstream Republican party rejected their views. However, today, conspiracies propagated by JBS and other similar groups are increasingly embraced by elected Republican officeholders as a means to drive certain sectors of voters. (cite: https://drexel.edu/coas/faculty-research/fellowships/coas-undergraduate-fellowships/06-graham-19/)

This movement towards embracing and using conspiracy theory is especially apparent in the embrace of conspiracy theories surrounding Agenda 21, a non-binding, aspirational statement signed at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 by Republican President George H.W. Bush. As the Southern Poverty Law Center states: "The Birch Society and an array of other radical-right groups see Agenda 21 and virtually all other global efforts as part of a nefarious plan on the part of global elites to form a socialistic one-world government, or 'New World Order.'" Rather than distancing themselves from these inaccurate claims, in January of 2012, the Republican National Committee embraced them by denouncing the non-legally binding document as a "destructive and insidious scheme to impose a socialist/communist redistribution of wealth."
We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order – a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. When we are successful – and we will be – we have a real chance at this new world order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of the U.N.'s founders.
United States President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1991, in a speech given shortly after the commencement of Operation Desert Storm.

Conspiracy theorists often claim that Bush was implying the creation of a one-world government in this speech.
The common theme in conspiracy theories about a New World Order is that a powerful and secretive elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually control the world through an autonomous world government, which would replace sovereign nation-states and put an end to international power struggles. See: https://evil.fandom.com/wiki/New_World_Order

Though many are aware of the Qanon conspiracy movement or simply Q — a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotted against former U.S. president Donald Trump while he was in office — newer conspiracy theories, based upon this notion of a one-world government have cropped up since then. (cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon)

Since July 2020, one new conspiracy theory emerged which claims that "Over 20 goals comprise a "new world order" the United Nations will focus on as part of its "Agenda 21/2030 Mission Goals". For a complete debunking of this theory, see: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/07/23/fact-check-uns-agenda-21-2030-agenda-wont-create-new-world-order/5474884002/

Especially since the advent of the Trump administration, there has been an attempt to harness such conspiracy theories for political gain since many believers are either evangelicals or have a firm mistrust of government or simply want change. Donald Trump deliberately used this to harness and increase his voting block through this, augmented by social media. (cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories_promoted_by_Donald_Trump)

Towards this end, we now see more political operations attempting to harness this same energy, thus we now come to one of the Heartland Institute's newest projects, stoppingsocialism.com.

stoppingsocialism.com
Launched in 2019 by the Heartland Institute and The Henry Dearborn Institute for Liberty, Stopping Socialism is a website focused on the "moral dangers" associated with socialism and communism. The primary focus is the fight against the Great Reset conspiracy (promoted by Glen Beck) which is about a manufactured story about "global elitists" and their attempt to redistribute wealth on an international level, eradicate freedom and to promote a one-world government.
This is basically a revised version of your New World Order conspiracy theory, only this time its promoted by The Heartland Institute and Glenn Beck.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/stopping-socialism/

Mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times, the BBC, and The Guardian have traced the spread of the Great Reset Conspiracy Theory, which had integrated the anti-lockdown conspiracies, to far-right internet personalities and groups – some also supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory – including Candace Owens, Glenn Beck, Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, and Paul Joseph Watson, the UK-based editor of Alex Jones' far-right conspiracy website Infowars where he advocated for the New World Order among others. (cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Reset#Conspiracy_theory_by_the_same_name)

Prime Minister Trudeau's use of the term "reset", during the September 29, 2020 6-minute virtual address to the UN General Assembly, was interpreted by conspiracy theorists as evidence of a great reset conspiracy that they had been predicting for months. Pierre Poilievre (Canadian politician) was merely repeating the messaging of conspiracy theorists that, included the controversial petition, written by Archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò and spread in the conservative Catholic community—including "CatholicVote", an organization that supported Trump's re-election—which alleged that "disproportionate and unjustifiable" Covid-19 restrictions were part of plot in which "foreign powers" and "shady business interests" were planning on using "subtle forms of dictatorship" with the ultimate goal of forming "a world government."

Stoppingsocialism articles are opinion only, using fact as a means to create an alternative reality which "could" plays a major role in their arguments. (see: Joe Biden Just Moved America Closer than Ever to the Radical ‘Great Reset’
. . . However, that does not mean that President Biden is a Marxist socialist. Rather than support policies designed to usher in absolute wealth equality and common property ownership, Biden aims to control the economy using the strategies outlined by supporters of the “Great Reset,” a far-left movement supported by countless leaders at many of the world’s most influential international institutions and multinational corporations and banks, including the World Economic Forum, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Bank of America, and Microsoft. . . The second strategy is to completely transform the way businesses—especially large multinational corporations—operate by coercing them into promoting leftist ideas in exchange for government funding, tax breaks and other special treatment, and by using taxes and regulations to punish businesses that do not support left-wing causes. (false)
Stopsocialism.com and its affiliates falsely claim that Biden’s “Build Back Better” slogan is really a cover for nefarious plotting of a global cabal from Davos, Switzerland, intent on abolishing private property and building prison camps for the dissenters who refuse to accept microchips that will read their thoughts.
See: https://www.thedailybeast.com/joe-bidens-presidency-already-has-its-first-conspiracy-theory-the-great-reset

As Will Sommer writes in The Blaze:
The Great Reset is a hodgepodge of one-world-government fears that has gained steam in the wake of Biden’s win. It’s been fed by right-wing media personalities who have told their audiences that Biden is bent on launching said reset by using the coronavirus pandemic to ban religion, crush small businesses, and turn humans into something like robots—or replace them with actual robots.

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has declared that the Great Reset is “up in your grill,” while talk radio host Glenn Beck said the Great Reset is a plot to institute Nazi-style restrictions on American citizens. WorldNetDaily has called it a scheme from our “globalist overlords.” Pro-Trump personalities “Diamond and Silk” have warned their audience on Newsmax TV that Biden is behind the Great Reset plot.
Thus, The Great Reset has become grist for massive QAnon-like conspiracy theories, used by various groups to promote their own self-interests. For example, Justin Haskins (writer/editor at stoppingsocialism.com) is often referred to as “a leading authority on the Great Reset” in right-wing media. He not only writes for publications like Breitbart, he is the editorial director and a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank founded in 1984 to deny the science of climate change. That is the backdrop on which Haskins distorts the message of the Great Reset, transforming it into a socialist plot to implement the Green New Deal, when in fact it is anything but socialist. See: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/12/30/inside-the-many-conspiracy-theories-about-the-great-reset/


Please feel free to rate both heartland Institute and their offspring "stoppingsocialism" accordingly:

https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/heartland.org
https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/stoppingsocialism.com

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Unrated website plandemicvideo.com marked safe by "Machine Learning"

Post by Site-rater » Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:56 pm

Scorecard: https://mywot.com/scorecard/plandemicvideo.com

Website hosts the completely debunked "documentary" called Plandemic which is a COVID-denying, conspiracy theory loaded, anti-vax propaganda film.

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Re: Unrated website plandemicvideo.com marked safe by "Machine Learning"

Post by A440 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:38 am

Yes, as in:

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-plandemic-video-idUSKBN22R2ZC
https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2020/plandemic-recirculates-after-platforms-say-they-took-it-down/

Noted and rated accordingly. I'm surprised this site is up.

Other sites hosting this trash:

brighteon.com
bitchute.com
wojcik.at


Sites like this are why the Machine Learning is current not fully up to the task in vetting harmful sites.
Disinformation is the new Malware which is used to hack people's brains. IMHO, WOT needs to step up their game.

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greatawakening.win

Post by Site-rater » Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:38 pm

Website has QAnon conspiracy theories and violent threats, as seen at the screenshots shown at hxxps://www.reddit.com/r/ParlerWatch/comments/lsggqp/covid_vaccine_or_lead_infusion/

Rated 4/5 stars on WOT, possibly by its own members.

Scorecard: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/greatawakening.win (WOT needs to bring back the select text and right click scorecard shortcut, and not behind a paywall)

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