Monday, January 27, 2014

Random Thoughts: Facebook Propaganda.

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook. 
Please keep this going around the world. Denmark is a big shame. The sea is stained in red and in the meanwhile it’s not because of the climate effects of nature. link

The problem is that the information in the link is not completely true.

The best lies always start with the truth.

So what is true?
These are pictures of a whale hunt. 

So what isn't true?
"It's because of the cruelty that the human beings (civilized human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.  This happens every year in Feroe Iland in Denmark . " (sic)

This does not take place in Denmark. It takes place in the Faroe islands. The Faroe islands are a completely autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark. They have their own government and laws.

" In this slaughter the main participants are young teens. WHY? A celebration,  to show that they are adults and mature! In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other killing or looking at the cruelty supporting like a spectator."

This is not some celebration of adulthood. It is a community subsistence hunt. For over a thousand years the people of the Faroe islands have hunted Pilot whales which is the common name for these animals. The meat is shared equally with all the members of the community. 

" It is necessary to mention the Calderon dolphin which like all other dolphins are endangered and near extinction."

First of all the "Calderon dolphin" is the long finned pilot whale. It is not endangered or near extinction. The pilot whale is really a large member of the dolphin family, but the simple truth is that while some species of dolphins are endangered the pilot whale is not.  The numbers taken by these hunts are so low compared to the population that it is classified as sustainable. 

It then goes on about how much "fun" the men are having and how cruel it is. It is all pure manipulation or propaganda.

So you support these whale hunts?
No, I don't. Part of the issue is that subsistence hunting is allowed in many nations.  Eskimos and Inuits hunt whales and like the people of the Faroe islands consider it an important part of their culture.  To the people of the arctic it is the same as bison hunting is to the Native American.  As far as whaling goes this is a lot less harmful than the "scientific" whaling done by Japan, Iceland, and Norway.  Over all I do not support whaling for any reason.

If you think it should stop what is your problem?
My problem is that I support the truth. If something is not 100% true then it is a lie. People need to have truthful information to make good choices. Here is a link to a wikipedia entry on the subject read it and decide for yourself. 

Why are you picking on the left?
Actually, I picked this post because it has some basis in truth. This one does not.

"THIS NEEDS TO GO AROUND THE USA MANY TIMES SO KEEP IT GOING!
If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying. This incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms. "These are federal employees," says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, "on federal property and on federal time.. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately."

And it is not true. There is no shades of grey in this it is just flat out not true. Well it is a picture of Marines praying but other than that it is false. The ACLU did file a case to stop the mandatory mid day meal prayer at the academy but people in the military are still allowed to pray. Both the left and the right pass on things that are flat out not true.I

Conclusion.
Before you share, post, or like anything that seems completely unjust or evil, Google it! Do a search and find out if it is completely true. Even if it is for a cause you support do not repost or endorse things that are not true. Opinions can vary on subjects, but facts can and should be checked. If you find something not true then let the person posting it know and give them the links. There are no good lies when it comes to things like this. Even if it supports your viewpoint it is still a lie. If you feel the subject is important enough but the info you got is not 100% true or is manipulative then create your own post with the real facts and share that. One more thing, if you see a post claiming you will get money for sending an email or liking a post? It is probably not true.  

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