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The Sad & Strange Reason We Censor Ourselves Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent August 27, 2014   Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter appear to provide a plethora of conversations on a myriad of topics that would assumingly broaden the public discourse; however researchers have discovered the opposite. The Pew Internet Research Project (PIRP) surveyed 1,801 adults in 2013 trying to decipher the effects of social media and discovered on crucial element that has caused self-censorship across the web – Edward Snowden. Because of revelations of the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on the internet, Americans have a conflicted stance on…

Is This the Reason Why the VA is Lying About Veteran Suicides? Health

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent August 26, 2014   If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to be believed, than only 790 retired soldiers have taken their lives in 2013. Shockingly, data analysis of public records dating back to 2005 show that 6,256 suicides were carried out by soldiers, active and US veterans. Ira Katz, acting director of the mental-health operations for the VA sent “not for the CBS interview request” emails that stated: “Shh! Our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 suicide attempts per month among veterans we see in our medical…

Why the Censorship of Foley Beheading Video Matters Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent August 23, 2014   According to Philip Smyth, researcher of activity of jihadists on social media, who has been monitoring the developments of the James Foley beheading video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and has found that tech corporations such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were integral in stopping the viral spread of this content on the internet. This “rise in speed” with which the video was removed from the web impressed Smyth who remarked: “It’s happening. I can tell you first hand because I…

Facebook Marking Certain Articles With ‘Satire’ Tags to Help Readers Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent August 18, 2014   According to a representative from Facebook (FB), the social media giant is “running a small test which shows the text ‘[Satire]‘ in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units.” This “experiment” has been ongoing for more than a month and an interesting amount of news articles have fallen under the “satire” label prompting those who are curious to…

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Common Core on Our Children? Government

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent August 4, 2014 Diane Ravitch, educational expert, has been vocal about the fact that “there is no empirically reliable information on how [CCSS] … project will affect our children.” According to Jeff Bearden, superintendent of Rome City Schools in New York, “common core is a set of standards. Its not a curriculum.” Bearden goes on: “What that means is teachers across the country have the same standards in math and English language arts for students in K-12. How those standards are taught is up to individual states and local school…

New Report Explains Obama’s Crusade to Censor the Press Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent July 28, 2014   The non-governmental organization (NGO) Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have released a report explaining the damage caused by US government surveillance agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA). The report states: “Journalists told us that officials are substantially less willing to be in contact with the press, even with regard to unclassified matters or personal opinions, than they were even a few years ago. Journalists and their sources, as well as lawyers and their clients, are changing their behavior…