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COVIDenial Executive Summary

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By Desmog Blog Staff, originally published by DeSmog Blog May 7, 2020 “Government should be doing little or next to nothing,” Richard Ebeling wrote in a post about COVID-19 republished on March 24 by the Heartland Institute. “The problem is a social and medical one, and not a political one.” “I just think we’re going to be fine. I think everything is going to be fine,” Heartland editorial director and research fellow Justin Haskins said about COVID-19 during a March 13 episode of the podcast In the Tank. “I really…read more

Are People Getting Sick Staying Home Alone? That’s Not What a Misinterpreted Survey Said

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JIM NAURECKAS Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s “shocking” that most Covid-19 hospital patients “had been staying at home” (CNBC, 5/6/20)—but did his survey really find that? “Who Are the New Covid-19 Hospitalizations in New York?” asked a WNBC headline (5/6/20). “The Breakdown Is Worrisome.” “‘The People Were at Home’: Cuomo Details Surprising Survey Results,” was how the story—based on a May 6 press briefing by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—appeared in the New York Times (5/6/20). CNBC (5/6/20) had: “Cuomo Says It’s ‘Shocking’ Most New Coronavirus Hospitalizations Are People Who Had Been Staying Home.” CBS (5/7/20) went with: “66% of…read more

Measuring the “Filter Bubble”: How Google is influencing what you click

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Dax the duck 4 Dec 2018 DuckDuckGo Blog Over the years, there has been considerable discussion of Google’s “filter bubble” problem. Put simply, it’s the manipulation of your search results based on your personal data. In practice this means links are moved up or down or added to your Google search results, necessitating the filtering of other search results altogether. These editorialized results are informed by the personal information Google has on you (like your search, browsing, and purchase history), and puts you in a bubblebased on what Google’s algorithms think you’re most likely to click on. The…read more