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Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be “self-investigating” a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.

So yes, fake news is a big problem.

These stories have gotten a lot of attention, with headlines claiming Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump in November’s election and sites like American News sharing misleading stories or taking quotes out of context. And when sites like DC Gazette share stories about people, who allegedly investigated the Clinton family, being found dead, the stories go viral and some people believe them. Again, these stories are not true in any way.

Stopping the proliferation of fake news isn’t just the responsibility of the platforms used to spread it. Those who consume news also need to find ways of determining if what they’re reading is true. 

Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

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Hello again FMA friends!! As promised, here are the daily themes and some more info for Briggs Week 2k17!

  • The dates are 8-14 January, 2017!
  • Tag your submissions with #briggsweek2k17!
  • Late submissions will be accepted too - just make sure you tag them so we can scoop them up!
  • Each day will have two themes assigned to it - you can choose one or both or come up with your own!
  • Just to emphasize: this is not a ship week, but rather a celebration of all things Briggs and the familial relationships found within!
  • We’ll be keeping this blog SFW (blood/violence is okay).

The (optional) themes for each day are as follows:

  • Sunday, January 8: Olivier Mira Armstrong // Secrets
  • Monday, January 9: Captain Buccaneer // Origins
  • Tuesday, January 10: Major Miles // Heritage
  • Wednesday, January 11: Neil // Downtime
  • Thursday, January 12: Briggs Doctor // Conflict
  • Friday, January 13: Vato Falman // All Dressed Up
  • Saturday, January 14: Briggs Background Characters // Outsiders

If you have any questions, send them to this blog!

stay frosty!! ✌️ ✌️
-Mod Molly (@mollymerula)

wholockedcumberwumber  asked:

Lucy Collins had just turned 18. granted she had psychic powrs but she had never thought of herself as witch until she found her grandmother family grimoire. Here she was at Robicheaux's Academy for gifted girls. it was almost christmas time and she had been there a few months she had studied where Kyle went when he was taking breaks "You don't speak i made you a present. it is hte first time i;ve knitted anything." she ahnted him a box containing a scarf, "I hope you like it."

/stares at the box and slowly unwraps it, glancing up at you and smiling/ /grins when I pull out the scarf/ /says slowly/ T-thank….yo-you.

  • me: do you ever think about what would have happened if remus lupin had taken wolfsbane potion that night at the shrieking shack? if they had managed to bring in peter to the castle, they would have proven sirius's innocence. sirius would have taken in harry. harry would have had a loving home, as sirius would have surely been happy to share stories from the marauders' days. maybe parental responsibility would have stopped sirius from fighting during the skirmish at the ministry of magic and instead, lead him to escort harry and the other children out to safety. would he have survived? would he have lived to see harry grow up? would he and harry finally have found the family they had both been longing for?
  • mom: i just asked how was your day at work

yall: hi

me: I LOVE RAY MANCHESTER HE DESERVES LOVE AND HAPPINESS AND I’M GLAD HE’S FOUND A PURPOSE OF NOT BEING TREATED LIKE A LAB RAT BUT USING HIS EXPERIENCES AND POWERS FOR GOOD ALTHOUGH HE MESSES UP SOMETIMES THAT’S OKAY I’M PROUD OF HIM HE HAD NO CHILDHOOD AND WAS ALWAYS ALONE AND HE FOUND A FAMILY IN HIS SMALL GANG OF FRIENDS INCLUDING THE KIDDOS, GOOCH AND SCHOWZ AND I HOPE HE IS NEVER SAD

anonymous asked:

With a ranger team do you prefer a pre-existing group of friends / a team training to become rangers (Ninja Storm, Samurai, SPD) or a team that is randomly put together so you can watch them build friendships, learn how to become rangers and be a cohesive team?

this is a great question!

i think pre-existing group of friends is not necessarily the same thing as a team training to become rangers, though? the samurai and spd rangers weren’t friends from the start. and i love all those seasons but i think kat @powerprincesses says it best re: which trope is more fun:

“but honestly? spd gave me a group of ppl that hated each other and i got to watch them fall in love and that is the best ever……dino thunder did the same………why is disney era so Good To Me”

but i do love, like, my mmpr original five or the stone canyon trio! it’s just there’s no better trope than found family in the most unexpected of circumstances tbh

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Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts
Your friend shares a story on Facebook. You read the headline and you think it's too good to be true, but it looks like it's from a news site. Experts offer tips to help you sniff out fact from fake.

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences.  On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be “self-investigating” a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.

So, yes, fake news is a big problem.

These stories have gotten a lot of attention, with headlines claiming Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump in November’s election and sites like American News sharing misleading stories or taking quotes out of context.  And when sites like DC Gazette share stories about people who allegedly investigated the Clinton family being found dead, the stories go viral and some people believe them.  Again, these stories are not true in any way.

Stopping the proliferation of fake news isn’t just the responsibility of the platforms used to spread it.  Those who consume news also need to find ways of determining if what they’re reading is true.  We offer several tips below.

The idea is that people should have a fundamental sense of media literacy.  And based on a study recently released by Stanford University researchers, many people don’t.

Sam Wineburg, a professor of education and history at Stanford and the lead author of the study, said a solution is for all readers to read like fact checkers.  But how do fact checkers do their job?

Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, says fact checkers have a process for each claim they deal with.

“You’ll isolate a claim that has something that can be objectively verified, you will seek the best primary sources in that topic.  Find whether they match or refute or prove the claim being made, and then present with all limitations the data and what the data says about the claim being made,” Mantzarlis says.

That’s the framework for professionals, but there are ways for everyone to do a bit of fact checking themselves.

Melissa Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.  When she saw her students referencing questionable sources, she created and shared a document with them of how to think about sources, as well as a list of misleading, satirical and fake sites.

Both Mantzarlis and Zimdars agreed there are a few best practices people can use when reading articles online.

[snip]

These tips are just a start at determining what type of news an article is. Zimdars outlined these and others in a guide for her students.

If you do these steps, you’re helping yourself and you’re helping others by not increasing the circulation of these stories.

And you won’t be the only one trying to stop the spread of this false content.  The company leaders behind the platforms these stories are shared on are trying to figure out how to fix the issue from their side, but they are also trying to make sure not to limit anyone’s right to freedom of speech.  It’s a tricky position to be in, but they’ve said they’ll try. In the end, it really does depend on taking responsibility and being an engaged consumer of news.

Here’s one last thing.  Satirical publications exist and serve a purpose, but are clearly labeled as exaggerated and humorous by the writers and owners.  Some of the more well-known ones like The Onion and ClickHole use satire to talk about current events.  If people don’t understand that, they might share these articles after reading them in the literal sense.

If this happens or if you see your friends sharing blatantly fake news, be a friend and kindly tell them it’s not real.  Don’t shy away from these conversations even if they might be uncomfortable.  As said, everyone has to help fix the fake news problem.

More at main article (which tumblr isn’t letting me post – something in it’s tripping some filter?)

  • Pay attention to the domain and URL 
  • Read the “About Us” section
  • Look at the quotes in a story 
  • Look at who said them 
  • Check the comments 
  • Reverse image search

Short Version: Verify the Authority of Sources.

One thing I’m really loving about Criminal Minds is how often the characters refer to each other as family - loudly and overtly. Usually when you get action shows (as well as ‘masculine’ characters - the muscled, FBI shoot-‘em-first-ask-questions-later type) the only reference to love that you get is subtext, or at the most a declaration when someone is dying/presumed dead. But Criminal Minds says ‘screw you’ to all that. Penelope says “I love you” to the team all the time. They constantly say it back. Rossi admits freely that he’s more “married” to them than any of his ex-wives and Hotch is as protective as any Papa. Reid has had a HUGE amount of character development in terms of becoming comfortable around everyone, JJ shouts loud and clear that she doesn’t want to leave, the team becomes Emily’s literal family when Doyle is looking for someone to target. And Morgan, the most ‘masculine’ and presumably ‘stoic’ of the lot is throwing out “I love you”s left and right. 

For ‘just a cop show,’ Criminal Minds helps to counter a lot of stereotypes. There’s a ton I could say about it. But by far my favorite thing is that they let the found family actually acknowledge that they’re a found family. They’re proud

And that’s super refreshing. 

AUs for some found families
  • “wellp we’re the only kids of our religion at this boarding school, guess i know who i’m going to meet with on holy days all year” au
  • “you’re the grizzled old mechanic i’m kinda scared of who’s been keeping my car running and you found out i’m living in my car and oh shit you offered me the couch at your place? and you made me breakfast? how do i even pay you back, can i work for you?” au
  • “this is the sixth school i’ve moved to in the last year and my parents figure my attitude problem is hopeless but shit you teach the only subject i actually care about and you do it in a really engaging way and can i come study in your classroom at lunch cause if i’m ever gonna catch up i need the extra time” au
  • “you’re the only one who noticed i was being bullied on the bus and you’ve been sitting next to me every day since, can i buy you lunch or something since you’re my new bodyguard” au
  • “we met mourning neighboring headstones in this graveyard so we bonded initially over our losses but now it turns out you work in the field I’ve always wanted to get into, i’d love to intern/apprentice for you” au
  • “you come in and order the same thing at my diner every night after 1am and i’ve been overhearing your angry phone calls, tonight’s meal is on the house and you can tell me everything, i’ll hold your hand” au
  • “i tell one obnoxious bully to leave a couple smaller kids alone and now the little ones are following me around bringing me flowers and smooth rocks they find, i guess these are my little siblings now” au
  • “i have a terrible relationship with my parents and i guess your parent has been through that and they’re being really understanding and helpful, i’m staying on your couch for a bit while i deal with the situation, and wow you’re a great kid let’s be bffs” au
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On the Run - Jailbreak - Back to the Barn

Steven learning things about his Gem Moms that they were afraid of telling him or that they may not have wanted him to know at all, and accepting and loving them no matter what. Inspired in part by this post.

Bonus:

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This is the best summary of Leverage I’ve ever seen and this video deserves more views.