Stuff that headbangers believe

This is a really good read for anyone interested in conspiracy theorists and the alt-right particularly with their surge in popularity over the last couple of years. The researcher is Irish and pulls a lot of really interesting things together and highlights some of the real dangers to democracy (like when echo chambers convince themselves that they are the silent mass-majority and how Twitter and Facebook in particular are responsible for helping to amplify lies for profit) there are some conclusions and suggestions at the end as to how the situation can be improved. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62907667-web-of-lies
 
Our fellow corkman Shane didn't like it at all
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I thought the subject topic would make for an interesting read, particularly as there is a lack of comparable books dealing with conspiracy theories in an Irish context. The recent rise of misinformation and disinformation has become a real problem in society and is undoubtedly exacerbated by social media and the platform it provides for fake news. As such, there is certainly a role for a book on the subject. However, this particular book was a disappointment, and I'm not convinced the author had the requisite level of experience or expertise to write it. The book starts reasonably well, but it loses any semblance of coherence by Chapter 5 ('The Science'), by which stage the author is selectively choosing the information that she feels warrants inclusion. Anyone that lived through the Covid pandemic in Ireland might question the inclusion of some information over other more pertinent facts which are needed to provide a rounded understanding of what is a very recent period in our history. As the book progresses, it increasingly reads as though the author is trying to prove her own preordained bias whilst unconsciously resorting to lazy tropes that are recognisable from the opposing factions of the online culture war.

This is a really good read for anyone interested in conspiracy theorists and the alt-right particularly with their surge in popularity over the last couple of years. The researcher is Irish and pulls a lot of really interesting things together and highlights some of the real dangers to democracy (like when echo chambers convince themselves that they are the silent mass-majority and how Twitter and Facebook in particular are responsible for helping to amplify lies for profit) there are some conclusions and suggestions at the end as to how the situation can be improved. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62907667-web-of-lies
 
4. If the E.U. were somehow controlling Ireland we would have politicians of all parties out in the media every single day just blaming the E.U. for all the problems in Ireland as a handy excuse.
Have we paid the latest fine the gave us for not implementing their directions quickly enough.
How much was that fine.

Stacky?
 
Matt Cooper had a fella on yesterday who wrote a book on the murder of Frank Hegarty the informer from Derry,
Scap is suspected of pulling the trigger, Mcguinness told Hegarty if he returned to Derry his safety would be guaranteed,
The author asked how it was McGuinness seemed to live a charmed life while so many volunteers in Derry were shot or locked up,

It's rather amusing how a guy, even 7 years after he died, can play on the minds of so many people. His detractors want to paint him in the worst possible light. Online Loyalist accounts are banging away day after day recently that he was an MI5 agent. Funny but the same Loyalists are usually full of praise for proven MI5 agents, but they despise McGuinness.

I think the size of McGuinness's funeral was testament to how highly he was thought of in Republican circles and beyond. People can attempt all they like to tarnish that image. They can even try pretend he was an MI5 agent. And who knows, after she's passed and can't deny it, they might claim that McGuinness used to beat his wife too, or a myriad of other claims.

Meanwhile McGuinness was a man who did it when it mattered. He stood up for his people militarily and then politically when it mattered.
 
It's rather amusing how a guy, even 7 years after he died, can play on the minds of so many people. His detractors want to paint him in the worst possible light. Online Loyalist accounts are banging away day after day recently that he was an MI5 agent. Funny but the same Loyalists are usually full of praise for proven MI5 agents, but they despise McGuinness.

I think the size of McGuinness's funeral was testament to how highly he was thought of in Republican circles and beyond. People can attempt all they like to tarnish that image. They can even try pretend he was an MI5 agent. And who knows, after she's passed and can't deny it, they might claim that McGuinness used to beat his wife too, or a myriad of other claims.

Meanwhile McGuinness was a man who did it when it mattered. He stood up for his people militarily and then politically when it mattered.
An out and out tout...name one opperation he took part in
protected by brits for years..ended up a millionaire,his brother Willie as well
Why was he never mentioned inn any supergrass trial ?
 
It's rather amusing how a guy, even 7 years after he died, can play on the minds of so many people. His detractors want to paint him in the worst possible light. Online Loyalist accounts are banging away day after day recently that he was an MI5 agent. Funny but the same Loyalists are usually full of praise for proven MI5 agents, but they despise McGuinness.

I think the size of McGuinness's funeral was testament to how highly he was thought of in Republican circles and beyond. People can attempt all they like to tarnish that image. They can even try pretend he was an MI5 agent. And who knows, after she's passed and can't deny it, they might claim that McGuinness used to beat his wife too, or a myriad of other claims.

Meanwhile McGuinness was a man who did it when it mattered. He stood up for his people militarily and then politically when it mattered.
Sir Jimmy Saville also had a huge funeral........


McGuinness only converted to democracy after 30+ years of failing to bomb and murder his way to a United Ireland.
 
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